Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season featured exciting back-and-forth games, wild finishes and dominant performances.
Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers from Sunday’s action:
Winner: Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars might as well call London home after winning their first game under Urban Meyer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday morning. Jacksonville entered the game on a 20-game losing streak and was down to the Miami Dolphins 13-3 entering the second half.
No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence remained calm and helped lead three scoring drives in the second half, including a crucial 12-yard completion to Laviska Shenault Jr. with five seconds left to set Matthew Wright up for the game-winning kick.
Wright, who was activated from the Jaguars practice squad less than 22 hours before the game, drilled a 53-yarder through the uprights to lift Jacksonville over Miami.
Lawrence completed 25 of his 41 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown. He became the first rookie QB to win an NFL International Series game.
The Jaguars are nowhere near a finished product and have a tough schedule ahead of them, but the first win is always an important one and a step in the right direction for Meyer, Lawrence and the future in Jacksonville.
Winner: Carson Wentz turning back the clock in Indianapolis
Is Carson Wentz officially back?
It certainly looked like it in the Indianapolis Colts’ win over the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon. Wentz and the Colts leaned heavily on the vertical passing game early, connecting with wide receiver Parris Campbell on a 51-yard pass for Indianapolis’ first touchdown of the day.
Wentz has enjoyed a nice stretch of games since returning from ankle injuries suffered during a Week 3 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He’s thrown for 853 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three starts.
Winner: Kliff Kingsbury-less Cardinals
Having no head coach was apparently no problem for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. With Kliff Kingsbury watching from home, Arizona didn’t skip a beat against the Cleveland Browns, en route to its first 6-0 start since 1974.
Murray threw four touchdown passes and two of them came in the first half. Baker Mayfield’s hail mary to Donovan Peoples-Jones to end the second quarter wasn’t even enough as the Cardinals already had the game well in hand.
As the last undefeated team in the NFL, there should not be any doubt about Arizona’s place as a legitimate title contender in the league.
Winner: Rich Bisaccia and the Raiders
The Rich Bisaccia era in Las Vegas began with a resounding win. After a week of controversy ending with Jon Gruden’s resignation last Monday night, the team’s new interim coach was able to right the ship and snap the Raiders’ two-game losing streak by defeating the Denver Broncos.
Derek Carr continued his impressive 2021 season, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Jacobs rushed for a touchdown, Kenyan Drake found the endzone twice and Henry Ruggs III had a huge day with three receptions, 97 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders’ defense put the pressure on Broncos’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater all day forcing four turnovers. The Raiders season is far from over.
At 4-2, they are currently tied for first place atop the AFC West with the Los Angeles Chargers, who suffered their second loss of the season Sunday afternoon to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
Loser: Brian Flores and the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins flew to London hoping to secure their second win of the season with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returning as the starter.
While Tagovailoa played well, throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns, costly decisions from head coach Brian Flores ultimately cost the Dolphins the game. Miami decided to go for it on fourth down near midfield late in the game and were stopped by Jacksonville.
There’s still plenty of time for the team to turn things around. The emergence of Jaylen Waddle in Sunday’s game should be something to be proud about but starting out the season 1-5 and losing to a previously winless team is still a cause for concern heading into their bye week.
Loser: Chicago Bears when facing Aaron Rodgers
The Chicago Bears aren’t very good when Aaron Rodgers is their opposing quarterback. In the 27 games Rodgers has played against the Bears, the future Hall of Famer has a 22-5 record and posted another great game on Sunday.
Rodgers threw for 195 yards and threw two touchdowns in the 24-14 win. He also added a rushing touchdown, celebrating afterward by reminding Bears fans why he’s been so dominant over the years.
The Packers are the favorites to win the NFC North, but the Bears had a chance to take control with a win on Sunday. But in order to do that they have to solve the Rodgers’ puzzle that has eluded them all of these years.
Loser: Justin Herbert’s MVP chances
Justin Herbert looked like he was on his way to an MVP season after an incredible performance last week against the Browns.
This week, he crashed back to earth. The Baltimore Ravens dominated the Chargers in a 34-6 game. Brandon Staley’s fourth-down gambles weren’t working against Baltimore’s defense and Herbert looked wildly inaccurate at times.
Of course, this isn’t the end for Herbert and the Chargers are still one of the best teams in the AFC. But the Ravens asserted their dominance as the team to beat for now and Herbert’s MVP hopes took a hit as a result.