2022 NFL season, Week 6: What We Learned from Sunday's games – NFL.com

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Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:
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Grant Gordon’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Micah Parsons had zero QB pressures on 10 pass rushes in the first half. He had two QB pressures on five second-half pass rushes.
NFL Research: The Eagles scored 20 points in the second quarter, bringing their total to 112 points scored in the second stanza in 2022, which is the most points by any team in any quarter in the first six games of a season in NFL history. It’s also more than 11 teams, including the Cowboys, Packers and Rams, have total points in 2022.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Josh Allen excelled on passes outside the numbers in Week 6, completing 16 of 20 attempts for 229 yards and three touchdowns (+17.2% CPOE).
NFL Research: Patrick Mahomes (168) passed Peyton Manning (167) for the second-most pass touchdowns in a player’s first six seasons in NFL history. Mahomes now only trails Hall of Famer Dan Marino (196). Mahomes played one game as a rookie in 2017.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: After catching just three of eight intermediate targets for 56 yards combined between Weeks 1-5, Allen Robinson caught all three intermediate targets for 50 yards Sunday.
NFL Research: Matthew Stafford’s interception Sunday was his 29th career pick-six, tying Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the second most by any player since at least 1950.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Geno Smith was 1 of 6 passing for 17 yards on passes of 10-plus air yards in this game. Prior to Sunday, Smith had registered a 129.7 passer rating on such passes in Weeks 1-5, which was the third-best mark in NFL over that span.
NFL Research: Seahawks rookie cornerbacks continue to make an impact. Tariq Woolen had his fourth consecutive game with an interception, only the third rookie since 2000 to do so. He also had a fumble recovery, giving him six total takeaways this season (no one else in the NFL has more than four). Fellow rookie Coby Bryant forced that fumble, his fourth forced fumble in 2022, which also leads the NFL.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Quinnen Williams, who leads all defensive tackles in pressure rate (14.8%) and sack rate (3.7%), had a career-high seven QB pressures with two sacks on 34 pass rushes.
NFL Research: Sauce Gardner had two passes defensed. He joins Desmond Trufant (2013) as the only players since 2000 with a pass defensed in each of his first six career games.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the game: Three Patriots defenders — Deatrich Wise, Matthew Judon, Anfernee Jennings — recorded four or more quarterback pressures in Sunday’s win.
NFL Research: With a win over his former team, Bill Belichick tied legendary Bears owner and coach George Halas with 324 career wins (including playoffs), the second-most by a head coach in the history of the NFL. It was also Belichick’s 257th regular-season win, tying Don Shula (with Miami) for the second-most wins by a head coach with a single team.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Lamar Jackson’s fourth-quarter INT gave the Giants a 39.8% increase in win probability, going from 16.7% to 56.5%.
NFL Research: This is the seventh time — and the first since 2009 — that the Giants have started 5-1 or better in the Super Bowl era. They also did so in 1986 and 1990 and went on to win Super Bowl both of those years.
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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Vikings edge Za’Darius Smith totaled 10 QB pressures, which tied the most pressures in a game for Smith since 2016, and two sacks on 40 pass rushes.
NFL Research: Adam Thielen’s touchdown was the 51st of his career, passing Wes Welker (50) for the third-most by an undrafted player in the common draft era. Only Antonio Gates (116) and Rod Smith (68) have more.
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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the game: Chase Claypool caught all four targets for 65 yards and a TD on passes of 10-plus air yards (seven catches for 96 yards, TD on the day).
NFL Research: Steelers win their first game without T.J. Watt since he was drafted in 2017 (0-8 entering the game). Tom Brady loses his first game vs. a rookie starting QB since 2014 (entered game 12-0).
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Bobby Kownack’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the game: Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman collected five receptions between the hashes, tied for most in a game since 2016.
NFL Research: Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (61,500) passed Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) for seventh-most passing yards all time.
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Michael Baca’s takeaways:
Next Gen stat of the day: Jimmy Garoppolo completed 4 of 11 passes for 72 yards with two interceptions on throws of 10-plus air yards (0-4, INT on deep passes).
NFL Research: Players with two-plus passing touchdowns, one or fewer incompletions, 50-plus rushing yards, and one-plus rushing TD in an NFL game since 1950: HOFer Walter Payton in 1983, and Falcons QB Marcus Mariota versus the 49ers on Sunday.
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Nick Shook’s takeaways:
Next Gen Stat of the game: Ja’Marr Chase’s 60-yard touchdown reception had a completion probability of just 32.8 %. Chase added the cherry on top of the unlikely sundae by gaining +47 yards after the catch over expected on the score, the third most YACOE on a reception in his career.
NFL Research: Ja’Marr Chase has recorded 16 receptions for 353 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games in New Orleans (2020 College Football Playoff National Championship and Sunday against the Saints).
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Carson Wentz, Brian Robinson and the Commanders edged Justin Fields and the Bears, 12-7, on Thursday night.
In an instant classic rife with drama, controversy and stupendous individual efforts, it was Mahomes and Co. who hung on for a 30-29 Chiefs win over the Raiders on Monday night.
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Faced with fourth-and-1 from the Colts’ 5-yard line and down by three points in OT, Broncos rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett went for the win, but a Wilson throw into the end zone was broken up by Stephon Gilmore for a 12-9 Indianapolis win.
On the strength of three touchdowns of more than 30 yards — including a scintillating 57-yard touchdown catch and run by Deebo Samuel — the 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.
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Quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals, keyed by a 59-yard touchdown catch by Tee Higgins, handed the Miami Dolphins their first loss of the season Thursday night on Prime Video.
A sensational one-handed touchdown catch by Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb proved to be the turning point in Dallas’ win over New York on Monday night.
Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s Week 3 action.
The Jacoby Brissett-led Cleveland Browns held off the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night to take first place in the NFC North in the early portion of Week 3.
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs hooked up for three touchdowns as the Bills dominated the Tennessee Titans in the first of two games, while Jalen Hurts put on a show in leading the Philadelphia Eagles past the Minnesota Vikings.
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