NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 6

(originally written 10/20/20)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.


Such as:

 

  • New England fell to 2-3 with their 18-12 loss to visiting Denver, the first time they've been sub-.500 after five games since 2002. Also, Broncos QB Drew Lock became the youngest QB to win at Gillette Stadium (est. 2002)

  • Cincinnati fell to host Indianapolis, 31-27. The Colts improved to 3-0 at home for the first time since 2010, while executing the largest home comeback (21 points) in their history. Colts QB Philip Rivers now owns the second-longest regular season start streak (230) since the merger, behind only Brett Favre's 297.

  • Pittsburgh blew out visiting Cleveland 38-7, marking their first 5-0 start since 1978. The Browns recorded their 17th straight loss at Heinz Field despite DL Myles Garrett earning a sack for the 5th straight game, the first Brown to do so since Anthony Pleasant in 1995.

  • Also, Cleveland's streak of 12 straight games with a turnover forced ended.

  • The Lions won at Jacksonville 34-16, holding on after blowing three straight games with double-digit leads. RB D'Andre Swift became the first rookie Lions RB with 100 rush yards and two TD's in a game since Barry Sanders in 1989.

  • Also, QB Matthew Stafford (a career Lion) has now beaten all 31 other teams.

  • The host Giants squeaked past Washington 20-19, as QB Daniel Jones threw his first TD pass since the season opener. Also, Jones' 49-yard run is the longest by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

  • Atlanta's 40-23 victory at Minnesota was only the second such final score in NFL history; New England beat Tennessee by that score in December 2006.

  • Eagles WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside saved RB Miles Sanders' hide in their 30-28 home loss to the Ravens:

  • In beating Carolina in Carolina 23-16, the Bears moved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since their Super Bowl season of 2006.

  • After last week's 43-17 whipping of San Francisco, Miami pitched a shutout vs. the Jets 24-0. The last time they won consecutive games by 20+ points was 1990 (over the Colts and Cardinals).

  • Tampa Bay crushed Green Bay 38-10, as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a pick returned for a TD for only the third time in his long career. Good news for the Pack: RB James Jones became the first Packer (non-kicker) to score in each of their first five games since 1952.

  • Several bits from Tennessee's 42-36 overtime comeback win vs. Houston: The Titans became the first NFL team with a 350-yard QB (Ryan Tannehill, 364) and a 200-yard RB (Derrick Henry, 212). They also became the 4th team ever with a 300-yard QB, a 200-yard RB, and a 100-yard receiver (Anthony Firkser, 113). Also, their 601 total yards of offense broke a franchise record (583, set by the Oilers in 1991).

  • More from Houston/Tennessee: The Texans became the first team since 2003 to "force" two missed field goals in consecutive games. 

  • On Sunday Night Football, San Francisco bounced back from consecutive losses with a 24-16 victory over the visiting Rams; 49ers TE George Kittle broke Vernon Davis's TE team record for 100-yard receiving games with his 10th.

  • Also, 49ers WR Deebo Samuel did this:

  • In the early Monday Night Football game, Buffalo fell to visiting Kansas City 26-17. It was the first time in the (QB) Pat Mahomes era that the Chiefs finished a game with more rushing yards than passing yards. Still, Mahomes became the fastest in league history to throw 90 TD passes (40 games, breaking Dan Marino's record of 37).

  • In the late Monday Night Football game, it was Arizona thrashing the Cowboys in Dallas, 38-10. In the loss, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott lost his third and fourth fumbles of the season; all nine others among the NFL's Top 10 rushers have combined for three. 

  • More from Dallas: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray won for the 5th time (against zero losses) at AT&T Stadium; he was victorious there thrice in high school and once in college. Murray also became just the second Cardinals QB with six rushing TD in a season (Jim Hart, 1968).

  • The Raiders, Seahawks, Saints and Chargers enjoyed bye weeks. Road teams finished 7-7 in Week 6.

Sources: ESPN.com, SI.com, NFL.com, NFL Primetime, CBSSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts