Six week’s into the NFL season we have seen some epic battles, contenders rise, and an entire division collapse. We also got yet another Monday Night Double header, and a week free of any teams having to cancel games due to COVID. The NFL seems back on track.
Two undefeated contenders in the AFC
Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans to be good this year was not very controversial. They were both in, or at least near, the top 10 of every power rankings. Both were popular picks to make the playoffs, and the Titans came into the season favorites to win their division. Not many expected both teams to be this good, though.
The Steelers got to 5-0 this week as they emphatically beat down their longtime rival Cleveland Browns, putting a team that seemed to be on the rise to AFC North contention back in their place. They were in control from kickoff to the final whistle in their 38-7 victory, and maintained their grasp on first place in a tough division.
Tennessee instantly bounced back from having to sit out a few weeks because of COVID last week when the thrashed the Buffalo Bills. This week they were visited by the Houston Texans, a team that had long dominated the AFC South before falling on hard times this year. The Titans and Texans played a classic, and an MVP caliber performances by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry were enough to get the Titans over the line in a 42-36 overtime thriller. Tennessee is also 5-0 this year.
Pittsburgh and Tennessee look like the two of the best teams in the AFC, and both could realistically play in the Super Bowl this season. Which makes this week a treat, as the two are set to collide in Nashville in Week 7 for a potential AFC Championship game preview.
Who can compete with the Seahawks?
The AFC looks as competitive as ever, but it is a different story in the NFC.
The Seattle Seahawks, another 5-0 squad, were on a bye this week. They are clear favorites to make the Super Bowl, but one other team may have made their mark this week, showing that they could compete with them.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat down the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. At 4-0, Green Bay looked like they would be the only team capable of competing with Seattle if given the chance, but they were outclassed at Raymond James Stadium. They allowed 38 unanswered points after taking an early 10-0 lead, and the Bucs defense absolutely shut down quarterback Aaron Rodgers after that.
One other contender is lurking in the shadows it seems, and it is the most confusing team in football. The 5-1 Chicago Bears do not look good at all, but NFL teams do not get to 5-1 by accident. The Bears are now leaders in the NFC North, and if they can win games looking this bad, what happens if they get it together and actually start playing like a good football team?