In Week 6, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 5-4. Here's a look at how each team performed:
Week 7 - vs. Saints (2-3) - Bye week
New Orleans had the week off.
The Falcons had a tough time getting anything going against the Bears. Matt Ryan's numbers weren't necessarily bad (19-for-37, 371 yards, one touchdown and one interception), but the Falcons had no success running the ball. As a team, they had only 42 yards on 13 carries (3.2 average), and that played a big part in their loss to the Bears.
Oh, Miami. With an opportunity to do the Lions a big favor by knocking off the Packers, the Dolphins choked in the final seconds. They let Aaron Rodgers march Green Bay 60 yards in the final two minutes of the game, and they allowed him to throw the game-winning touchdown with only three seconds left on the clock. So, so close.
The Cardinals got Carson Palmer back on Sunday, and they fended off Washington's late comeback attempt to move to 4-1 on the season. The Redskins tried to make things interesting with a late touchdown to cut the lead to 23-20, but a Cardinals pick-six with 18 seconds left put the game away.
It was definitely too early for people to write off the Patriots a couple weeks ago. Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday, and he led New England to a big divisional win.
Jay Cutler threw for 381 yards and had one touchdown and no interceptions in this one. Also, Matt Forte rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and he caught 10 passes for 77 yards. The pair helped power the Bears' win over the Falcons, which snapped a two-game losing streak for Chicago.
Incredibly, Joe Flacco had four touchdown passes in the first quarter alone, and he had his fifth a little more than a minute into the second quarter. I'm not quite sure what the Bucs were trying to accomplish on defense, but this game was 38-0 Ravens at halftime. It was yet another one-sided blowout for the Bucs.
You probably already know what happened in this game. Teddy Bridgewater threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times, and he was absolutely shut down by the Lions defense.
The flip side of Miami's choke job is that the Packers put together an impressive rally. They were down 24-17 before getting a field goal with 4:09 left, and they won the game in the final seconds when Rodgers found Andrew Quarless from 4 yards out. Green Bay has now won three straight since losing to the Lions.