The 40 things we learned from Week 6 of the NFL season:
1. Week 6 … the day Tom Brady played his first home game of the 2016 season, Colin Kaepernick returned to the starting lineup, and Odell Beckham Jr. had a breakout game, a guy named Jay Ajayi stole the show.
2. Wait, what? Jay who?
3. The former Boise State star ran for 204 yards — most in the NFL this season — and two TDs as the Miami Dolphins stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers.
4. Think LeSean McCoy is the happiest person in America today (besides the staff here at “40 Things We Learned,” of course)? If there was one coach he wanted to have a career day against it was Chip Kelly. McCoy can take that off his bucket list now.
5. Beckham’s second half: 211 receiving yards and two TDs. The big one, of course, was the 66-yard catch and run on fourth-and-1 that gave the new York Giants the victory in the final minutes against the Baltimore Ravens.
6. But note to Odell: Enough with the kicking net thing. It’s kind of creepy now.
7. So we now get two weeks to debate the Dak Prescott or Tony Romo debate. Zzzzzz.
8. Well, sure, the Seattle Seahawks defense should be ranked No. 1 ... if the referees are going to make the opposition catch the ball one-handed with the game on the line. Just an embarrassing missed call on Julio Jones that happened in clear view of everyone at the end of the Falcons-Seahawks game.
9. At least, in this case, NFL refs guru Dean Blandino can’t go on state-run TV (NFL Network) this week and say there wasn’t enough visual evidence, blah, blah, blah … you saw it, we saw it, the country saw Richard Sherman pull down Jones’ arm on a play that would have given Atlanta a chance to kick a field goal and win the game.
10. Please don’t go on a Twitter rant against us, Mr. Trump, but the election is over. Whenever the Washington Redskins win their final home game before a presidential election, the party that currently holds the White House wins. (The lone election since 1936 it didn’t hold true was 2012.)
11. And here is how it is rigged: The Redskins play another “home” game before the big vote, but it is in London, so technically it doesn’t count in this formula.
12. The Los Angeles Rams are .500. Of course.
13. The Cleveland Browns remain winless. Of course.
14. Think the Steelers might have been peeking ahead to next week’s showdown against the Patriots? Yeah, us, too. But that game loses a lot of juice with Big Ben set to undergo surgery for a torn meniscus, according to one report.
15. This will get overlooked, but Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton played well against the Patriots.
16. Drew Brees now has a TD pass in 57 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in league history.
17. Faster than you could say Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan had two sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles rookie tackle.
18. Vaitai was filling in for Lane Johnson, suspended 10 games for violating the substance abuse policy for the second time.
19. One thing about the San Diego Chargers: They make you watch to the end. For better or worse.
20. RIP Dennis Byrd. If you don’t know who Dennis Byrd is, Google it. A special man.
21. We know that, technically, it is a penalty because you can’t use the ball as a prop, but Vernon Davis shooting a jump shot resulting in a 15-yard taunting foul is everything that is wrong with the NFL these days.
22. By the way, how those TV ratings doing, Mr. Commissioner?
23. For the second straight week a team couldn’t even spell a player’s name right. This week it was Prince Amukamara of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His jersey read: "Amuakmara." (Last week, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had his name misspelled “Griffin.")
24. Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons threw up on the field. Sometimes you just wish you didn’t have high-def TV.
25. We hate to nit-pick the Patriots — for one, the spoiled New England fans fill up our inbox — but Stephen Gostkowski is no longer the automatic kicker he once was. He has missed field goals in three of four previous games and Sunday missed a PAT.
26. Probably not a great sign for the NFL when fans are begging for the Sunday night game NOT to go to overtime, but that's the risk you take with Colts-Texans. Here's to hoping Seahawks-Cardinals proves more interesting in next Sunday's prime time slot.
27. Cam Newton. Still being classy after losses we see. A 90-second session with nothing to say in New Orleans.
28. No worries, Cam. At 1-5, people aren’t really going to care what you say pretty soon anyway.
29. We know it is hard in Cleveland to see the glass half-full (unless you’re talking about the Indians or Cavaliers). But take heart, Browns fans: Terrelle Pryor is going to be fun to watch every Sunday.
30. Speaking of baseball, Bears coach John Fox should be sending thank-you notes to the Cubs every day. The longer they remain alive, the longer people in Chicago will overlook what is happening with the Bears.
31. Remember a couple weeks ago when Lions WR Golden Tate was “benched” and all types of questions buzzed about his future in Detroit? Well, he had a career-high 165 receiving yards Sunday.
32. You don’t want to mess with Andy Reid when he is coming off a bye. Now 16-2 as head coach.
33. Somewhere, Marc Trestman, fired this week as Ravens offensive coordinator, had to be chuckling when Baltimore couldn’t score with three cracks from the 1-yard line against the Giants and ended up losing by four points. We know we would have been.
34. Why Bill Belichick is king, Chapter 2,467: When Rob Gronkowski got flagged for a personal foul after chirping at the Bengals, Belichick pulled him for a play. And got in his face.
35. The last time the Eagles had a pick-six against the Redskins before Sunday, it as an interception of a pass thrown by Donovan McNabb. Weird.
36. Ezekiel Elliott behind this Cowboys offensive line just doesn’t seem fair.
37. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 220 yards and three TDs. In the third quarter alone. Against the Legion of Boom. Yeah, we think these Falcons might be for real this season.
38. It doesn’t happen much, so it needs to be noted Packers fans booed the home team Sunday. And, yes, they were looking at you, Aaron Rodgers.
39. Chiefs CB Marcus Peters had another interception. That’s five in the last five games. Ho-hum.
40. Twin brothers Mike (Dolphins) and Maurkice (Steelers) Pouncey played each other for the first time. Just weird it hadn't happened before now. That is all.
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