Some surprises and strange play calls end Week 6 in the NFL

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Cardinals fall from ranks of the unbeatens

Sean MacCourtney | Sports writer | @seanmaccourtney

Saints 31 Falcons 21

Drew Brees was 30 of 39 for 312 yards and one touchdown. Mark Ingram added two rushing touchdowns and Benjamin Watson had 10 catches for 127 yards and one touchdown. Matt Ryan was 30 of 44 for 295 yards and two touchdowns and Devonta Freeman had 13 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown for Atlanta. Freeman also added a receiving touchdown in the loss.

Bengals 34 Bills 21

The Bengals remained undefeated, as Andy Dalton was 23 of 33 for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Marvin Jones had nine catches for 95 yards and one touchdown. LeSean McCoy had 17 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown for Buffalo.

Steelers 25 Cardinals 13

Mike Vick went down with an injury but Landry Jones stepped up when it mattered most for Pittsburgh. Jones was 8 for 12 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell added 88 yards on 24 carries. Martavis Bryant had six catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns to knock off the formerly undefeated Cardinals. Carson Palmer was 29 of 45 for 421 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions for Arizona.

Broncos 23 Browns 20

The Denver defense continues to dominate. They forced three turnovers including a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Aquib Talib to help the Broncos stay undefeated. Peyton Manning was 26 of 48 for 290 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Ronnie Hillman ran the ball 20 times for 111 yards. Emmanuel Sanders added four catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. Josh McCown was 20 of 39 for 213 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions for Cleveland.

Lions 37 Bears 34

Detroit picked up their first win of the season in an NFC North division game. Matthew Stafford was 27 of 42 for 405 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Calvin Johnson had six catches for 166 yards and one touchdown and Lance Moore had five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery had eight catches for 147 yards and one touchdown for Chicago.

Vikings 16 Chiefs 10

Teddy Bridgewater was 17 of 31 for 249 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Adrian Peterson had 26 carries for 60 yards and Stefon Diggs had seven catches for 129 yards in the win over the Chiefs. Alex Smith was 22 of 37 for 282 yards and one touchdown for Kansas City.

Dolphins 38 Titans 10

Ryan Tannehill was 22 of 29 for 266 yards with two touchdown and two interceptions as the Dolphins won their first game after former head coach Joe Philbin was fired. Lamar Miller had 19 carries for 113 yards and one touchdown. Marcus Mariota was 21 of 33 for 219 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions for Tennessee. Mariota also went down with a knee injury after being hit low while in the pocket.

Jets 24 Redskins 20

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 19 of 26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns with one interception as the Jets held off struggling Redskins. Chris Ivory had 20 carries for 146 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Marshall added seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown. Kirk Cousins was 25 of 43 for 196 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for Washington.

Texans 31 Jaguars 20

Brian Hoyer continued his stellar play since becoming the starting quarterback for Houston. He was 24 of 36 for 293 yards and three touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins continued his hot start as he had 10 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Even in a losing effort, Blake Bortles was impressive as he was 30 of 53 for 331 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions for Jacksonville.

Panthers 27 Seahawks 23

The Panthers stayed unbeaten while the Seahawks dropped to two and four. Cam Newton was 20 of 36 for 269 yards with one touchdown and 2 interceptions. Jonathan Stewart had 78 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns. Greg Olsen had seven catches for 131 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Russell Wilson was 18 of 30 for 241 yards and one touchdown for Seattle.

Packers 27 Chargers 20

Philip Rivers threw for over 500 yards, but it still wasn’t enough to take down the Packers. Aaron Rodgers was 16 of 29 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. James Starks had 10 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown. Philip Rivers was 43 of 65 for 503 yards and two touchdowns and Keenan Allen had 14 catches for 157 yards for San Diego.

49ers 25 Ravens 20

Colin Kaepernick was 16 of 27 for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Torrey Smith had three catches for 96 yards and one touchdown. After injuring his back in week five against the Steelers, Steve Smith Sr returned to the field and had seven catches for 137 yards and one touchdown for Baltimore.

Patriots 34 Colts 27

Tom Brady was 23 of 37 for 312 yards with three touchdowns and one interception as the Patriots defeated the Colts yet again. LeGarrette Blount had 16 carries for 93 yards with one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown. Andrew Luck played his best game of the season for the Colts. Luck was 30 of 50 for 312 yards and three touchdowns. However, a questionable play call on fourth down that even to this day people still don’t understand might have cost the Colts a chance at winning this one.

Eagles 27 Giants 7

Philadelphia picked up a huge win over New York on Monday Night Football. It was an ugly game through but Sam Bradford, who was 24 of 38 for 280 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and the rest of the Eagles made enough plays to win the game. DeMarco Murray had his best game as an Eagle. Murray carried the ball 22 times for 109 yards and one touchdown. Riley Cooper had three catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. Eli Manning was 24 of 38 for 189 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for New York.