With their Week 6 slate of games in the books, here are the biggest winners and biggest losers from Week 6.
New England Patriots: New England led the NFL with 5.9 yards per play, but that was aided by their two big defensive performances against the Ravens.
Brady led all quarterbacks in completion percentage, and New England was able to complete 62.5 percent of its passes.
On top of that, the Patriots defense held Ravens running back Jeremy Hill to just four yards per carry, which was the most of any team.
The Patriots are going to need some help on the offensive line to keep Brady in check.
It won’t be easy, as they will likely be without starting offensive lineman Logan Mankins (groin) and left tackle Nate Solder (knee).
Indianapolis Colts: Indianapolis has been on a tear with two consecutive wins, but the Colts didn’t do it without some tough losses.
The defense was dominant on Thursday night, surrendering just 10 points to the Jaguars.
Quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, had his best game of the season against the Raiders.
The Colts will need to keep things in check on the ground if they want to keep pace with their playoff rivals.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens will need some extra help to get back to the postseason after a rough start to the season.
They will be without their starting running back (Ray Rice), but backup C.J. Anderson was able.
Anderson led Baltimore in rushing yards (1,088), and he added four receptions for 37 yards.
The Ravens defense has been a massive liability on offense, but they still rank sixth in scoring defense and sixth in total defense.
Baltimore is on pace to finish with the fourth-best record in the AFC, which will be tough to beat when they face the Jets in Week 7.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns will face a big test in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints are ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in total offense (315.2 yards per game), and the Browns have allowed the sixth-most yards per drive (5.8).
The Browns are in a tough spot, as the defense is ranked 15th in points allowed per game (30.7).
If they can’t keep pace, they could be in big trouble.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are looking to avoid their worst start since 2002, when they went 8-8 and finished fourth in the NFC West.
San Fran will have to improve on their rushing attack to be in playoff contention.
They rank in the middle of the pack in rushing offense, and they are allowing the fourth most yards per attempt (7.6).
The 49er defense has struggled with consistency at times in the past two weeks, but it has shown flashes of its elite level.
It will be a challenge for the Niners to stay afloat without linebacker Aldon Smith.
Detroit Lions: The Lions were at the top of the AFC East after their bye week, but their performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars put them in a tight spot.
The Lions rank in last place in rushing defense, allowing 6.5 yards per rush.
The offense isn’t the problem, as quarterback Matthew Stafford leads the league in touchdown passes with 39.
The pass rush has been impressive for the Lions, but don’t expect much from the pass rush alone against the Jaguars, who rank sixth overall in sacks (11.5).
The Lions will need all the help they can get against the run if they are going in the right direction.
New York Giants: New York’s offense is still struggling to find its groove.
It has scored just 18 points in its last four games.
The Giants have struggled to run the ball (2.7 yards per carries), but the defense has held opposing running backs to a total of just 78 yards.
It is up to Eli Manning and company to find a way to score, as there are only eight teams in the league with more passing yards per pass attempt (5,000) than the Giants.
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are looking for their first victory in six weeks.
The team is averaging just 9.5 points per game and has allowed the fifth-fewest points per play in the NFL (8.3).
The defense will have its work cut out for it against the Patriots, who are second in the Patriots’ own defense.
New Orleans Colts: The Colts are on the rise after a 4-1 start, but injuries have hampered their offense.
They have allowed a league-low 7.8 yards per reception, the third-lowest mark in the entire league.
They are also allowing the fifth most touchdowns (34).
The Colts defense will be up against the Browns, who lead the league at 28.5 sacks per game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay’s defense has looked great in recent