Panthers lose again, Packers beaten


After six weeks, the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape, and there are some surprise teams in and out of the conversation.

The season for the Carolina Panthers is in jeopardy after the defending NFC champions fell to 1-5 with a 41-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Green Bay Packers are far from dead at 3-2, but it is hard to take them seriously as Super Bowl contenders as a once-dominant offense has yet to get on track as injuries have hit both sides of the ball.

They suffered a 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are another two-loss team that have yet to put things together. The Steelers have the offensive weapons to put up huge numbers, but they were not there in a 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

With Tom Brady back for his second game since serving a four-game suspension, the New England Patriots again cruised to victory over an AFC North opponent, crushing the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17.

At 5-1, the Patriots appear to be the class of the AFC.

The Buffalo Bills, who were written off after two losses to open the season, had a 45-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers for their fourth straight victory.

The Jacksonville Jaguars edged the Chicago Bears 17-16, the Detroit Lions got past the Los Angeles Rams 31-28 and the New York Giants overcame the Baltimore Ravens 27-23.

The Tennessee Titans beat the Cleveland Browns 28-26, the Washington Redskins were 27-20 winners over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed a 26-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Seattle Seahawks edged the Atlanta Falcons 26-24 and the Houston Texans rallied for a 26-23 overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts.



Both of Odell Beckham Jr.'s touchdowns against the Ravens were from long distance, going for 75 and 66 yards, respectively. The 66-yarder was the game-winner.

Brandin Cooks was a huge reason the Saints beat the Panthers, catching seven passes for 173 yards and an 87-yard first-quarter touchdown. 

Colin Kaepernick's first, and only, touchdown of the NFL season was a 53-yarder to Torrey Smith to briefly give the 49ers a 10-7 lead against the Bills. 

Titans receiver Kendall Wright caught eight passes for 133 yards, including a gorgeous diving catch to score from 53 yards out in a victory over the Browns.



A week after throwing for 406 yards and three scores against the Browns, Brady put up 376 yards and three scores in a win over the Bengals.

Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott ran for 157 yards to lift Dallas to a convincing win at Lambeau Field.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a big day with 403 passing yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday's win. He now has 302 touchdown passes for his career to become the eighth player in NFL history with at least 300 touchdown passes. Sunday's win was also the 100th of Manning's career, becoming the 14th quarterback all-time with 100 victories. 



Each win during the Bills' four-game streak was by at least 11 points, marking the first time in the career of coach Rex Ryan his teams recorded four straight double-digit victories.

Brady was 29 of 35 Sunday to give him 5,010 completions for his career, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 5,000. He joins Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees to reach the 5,000-completion plateau.

Case Keenum threw a late interception to help the Lions hold onto a victory, but before that the quarterback set a Rams franchise record with 20 consecutive completions. He finished 27 of 32 for 321 yards and three touchdowns.



Panthers coach Ron Rivera said next week's bye comes at the "perfect time". "We have a chance to get away from it, shake it off, and then come back refocused and ready to roll, take it one at a time," he said. "That's the only challenge that we have left. That's the truth of the matter. If we look at it any other way, we are not going to give ourselves a chance."

Brady on the play of running back James White, who caught two touchdown passes Sunday: "I can't say enough great things about James as a player, as a person, as a team-mate, his work ethic, his attitude. He went to Wisconsin, that's about the only thing bad about him."