Kansas City Chiefs recruit Le'Veon Bell said he is excited about the opportunity to reinvent himself with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

Bell was cut by the New York Jets last week – less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent in 2019.

The three-time Pro Bowler and running back is now a member of the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal in Kansas City, where he will team up with former MVP and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Bell is determined to return to his best, having averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games for the Jets following his arrival at the end of 2018.

"I played at a high level for so long," Bell said on Wednesday. "I had two years [with the Jets] where it has not been a high level, and people kind of look at it like that.

"So I wanted to get here, get my feet back under me, get in a good offense, get the ball when I can [and] not have too much pressure on me, just play football.

"I think coming here will give me the opportunity to do that. There are a lot of [good] players. I don't necessarily have to worry about how many times I'm touching it."

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell moved to the Jets and struggled to reach his lofty heights.

Bell was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

The All-Pro spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at the Buffalo Bills.

Bell added: "I never played with a player MVP-wise."

"It was just undeniable to try to come here to help this team any way I can help them out," Bell said. "When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there's only one football to kind of go around.

"I think there's going to be a lot of opportunity to kind of show what I can do in space, running routes. I think this offense is a good fit for my skill set. I think coach [Andy] Reid does a good job of getting backs the ball in space. I'm glad I've got this opportunity."

Bell has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

Since entering the league as the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has rushed for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, while receiving for 3,160 yards and eight TDs.

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes – preparing for Sunday's clash against the Denver Broncos – said: "He's a mismatch coming out of the backfield. The way he's able to run routes, the way he's able to split out and basically be a receiver out there is pretty special.

"He's going to get a lot of matchups I don't think he's had recently with a lot of linebackers on him, and I'm sure he's pretty excited about that."

Ryan Fitzpatrick labelled the Miami Dolphins' decision to demote him and promote Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback "heartbreaking", with the veteran questioning whether he has started his last game in the NFL.

The Dolphins have turned to Tagovailoa – the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft – to start against the Los Angeles Rams following Miami's Week 7 bye on November 1.

Tagovailoa will lead the way, despite Fitzpatrick overseeing blow-out victories against the winless New York Jets (24-0) and San Francisco 49ers (43-17) and a 3-3 record in Miami.

Though his errors did not prove critical against a dismal Jets team, Fitzpatrick was underwhelming in Week 6 as he threw for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Fitzpatrick's seven interceptions are the third-most in the NFL behind Minnesota Vikings signal-caller Kirk Cousins (10) and Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (nine). Fitzpatrick is 18th of 33 qualifying quarterbacks in adjusted net yards per attempt with 6.62.

The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick was always seen as the placeholder for Tagovailoa but the much-travelled quarterback – who has spent time with the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers – told reporters on Wednesday: "I was shocked by it. It definitely caught me off guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart just hurt all day. It was heartbreaking for me.

"[Head coach Brian Flores] Flo kind of said what he said and said what he said to you guys as well, and that's the decision and the direction that the organisation is going in.

"Obviously we've talked in the past, me and you guys, about how I'm the placeholder and this eventually was going to happen.

"It was just a matter of kind of when, not if. It still just ... it broke my heart yesterday. It's a tough thing for me to hear and to now have to deal with, but I'm going to do my best with it."

Fitzpatrick added: "There was a lot of stuff going through my mind yesterday, just from a personal standpoint, not necessarily with the team. Is this it? Like, was that my last game as an NFL player in terms of being the starter and going out there and playing?

"I've been a starter, I've been benched all kinds of different ways, but this one just really more so than any of them ... this organisation and what we've been through the last year and a half, this was kind of the first place other than Buffalo where I just felt fully committed and invested and felt like it was my team.

"To have that, I think that's a lot of the reason why I just ... my heart was so heavy yesterday. But that's the direction that the organisation and I've just got to accept it."

Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a storied career with Alabama that saw him replace Jalen Hurts for the second half of the National Championship game at the end of the 2017 season and lead them to a dramatic overtime win over Georgia.

Michael Thomas was listed as a limited participant in practice as the New Orleans Saints prepare for their Week 7 clash with the Carolina Panthers.

All-Pro wide receiver Thomas has not featured for the Saints this season since their opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A high ankle sprain kept Thomas on the sidelines and, though he was fully recovered for the Week 5 meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers, he did not play in the overtime win because of an altercation with a team-mate at practice.

Coming off their Week 6 bye, the Saints listed Thomas as being limited because of ankle and hamstring injuries.

It is unclear whether he will be ready for the visit of the Panthers to provide a boost for an unconvincing Saints offense.

The Saints are 3-2 after squeaking past the Chargers, with Thomas' four-game absence keenly felt.

He led the NFL in receiving yards in 2019 with 1,725, averaging 107.8 per game.

This season, running back Alvin Kamara is the Saints' leading receiver averaging 79 yards per game. Veteran Emmanuel Sanders, with whom quarterback Drew Brees has taken time to establish a rapport, is next with 304 yards at a rate of 60.8 per game. 

The 2020 NFL season is approaching its midway point, and it is becoming ever more clear which teams are likely to be in the mix for the postseason and which will almost certainly be watching the postseason from home.

From a fantasy perspective, there is plenty of evidence to guide managers regarding what players and teams they can rely on in their quest for glory.

By the same token, it should now be obvious which defenses have significant weaknesses and can be exploited by astute fantasy managers who pay attention to matchups.

Here we pick four players and a defense who have favourable matchups in the upcoming round of games and merit starter consideration for Week 7.

QB: Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are not an easy team to watch nor do they have the players to put Burrow, the first overall pick in the draft, in a position to succeed.

However, regardless of the on-field results, Burrow and the Bengals have typically been good for passing yardage. Burrow already has four 300-yard games to his name as a pro and his best performance of his young career came in Week 2 against this week's opponents, the Cleveland Browns.

Burrow threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions in that meeting and, with last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts providing signs of a burgeoning rapport with A.J. Green, there is reason to be encouraged that he could replicate that display against a Browns team coming off a bruising blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RB: Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones has emerged as a pivotal player for the Tampa Bay offense, helping take the pressure off Tom Brady with three successive 100-yard efforts, including a two-touchdown display in last Sunday's blowout of the Green Bay Packers.

The Las Vegas Raiders' run defense has stiffened in recent weeks but, given they began the season by giving up at least 100 yards on the ground in their first three games, fantasy players with Jones on their roster should approach this week with plenty of confidence he can have another productive outing.

WR: Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals

The offseason acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins bumped speedster Kirk down the wide receiver pecking order but, despite averaging only four targets a game, he has taken significant advantage of his opportunities in recent weeks.

He has 183 receiving yards and three touchdowns over the course of the last three games and showed off his abilities as a deep threat on his 80-yard score against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

Given Russell Wilson's devastating form throwing the ball, there is a strong chance the Cardinals may have to go downfield often to keep up with the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks in their NFC West clash. That would spell excellent news for Kirk, who can do significant damage against a Seahawks defense surrendering 370.4 passing yards a game – the worst in the NFL.

TE: Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers

The days of the Jacksonville Jaguars as a competitive concern in the 2020 NFL season appear to have long since ended. Theirs is a defense that has given up over 400 yards four times this season, making them an ideal opponent for Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert as he looks to get his first win.

Henry will likely be a frequent recipient of passes from Herbert, as the tight end has been targeted at least seven times in all but one game this season. His level of opportunity and the expected lack of resistance from the fast-fading Jaguars is a recipe for an impressive statistical performance.

D/ST: Washington Football Team

While the early-season shine is very much off Washington following their loss to the New York Giants in Week 6, their defense gets the benefit of going up against an offense in shambles in Week 7.

The Cowboys committed four turnovers in Monday's 38-10 loss to the Cardinals and have given away 15 so far this season. With backup quarterback Andy Dalton playing behind a decimated offensive line, the likelihood is Dallas will continue to surrender possession. Having forced eight turnovers this season, Washington and their fearsome defensive front should make it another long game for Dalton and the Cowboys.

The Miami Dolphins have named Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback, the rookie first-round pick taking over from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Miami selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft, despite concerns over a dislocated hip he suffered in his final college game for Alabama last November.

He made his debut on Sunday, appearing late in the fourth quarter as the Dolphins eased to a 24-0 win over the New York Jets to improve to 3-3.

And, according to reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, he will replace Fitzpatrick after Miami's Week 7 bye and make his first start against the Los Angeles Rams on November 1.

Though his errors did not prove critical against a dismal Jets team still waiting for their first win, Fitzpatrick was underwhelming in Week 6 as he threw for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

His seven interceptions are the third-most in the NFL behind Kirk Cousins (10) and Carson Wentz (nine). Fitzpatrick is 18th of 33 qualifying quarterbacks in adjusted net yards per attempt with 6.62.

The 37-year-old was always seen as a placeholder and mentor for Tagovailoa, who will hope to reproduce his spectacular college performances at the highest level of the sport.

Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a storied career with Alabama that saw him replace Jalen Hurts for the second half of the National Championship game at the end of the 2017 season and lead them to a dramatic overtime win over Georgia.

The most efficient quarterback in college football history with a 199.4 rating at Alabama, the Dolphins will hope Tagovailoa can provide an instant spark as they look to contend with the 4-2 Buffalo Bills in the race for the AFC East title.

Ezekiel Elliott issued an apology following the Dallas Cowboys' heavy loss to the Arizona Cardinals, admitting after two costly fumbles: "I need to be better".

The Cardinals improved to 4-2 as they thrashed the Cowboys 38-10 in Texas, running all over their opponents as they amassed 261 total rushing yards in the one-sided contest on Monday.

Dallas were without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the Week 5 win over the New York Giants. The defeat drops them to 2-4 for the season, though they still remain top of the NFC East.

Running back Elliott insisted the result was not down to Prescott's absence, instead pointing to his pair of fumbles in the first half as key moments. Having lost possession on back-to-back drives, he accepted responsibility for the result.

"I don't think we can use that [Dak's absence] as an excuse," Elliott told the media.

"I'm just going to keep saying it over and over - I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off.

"I want to say I'm sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better."

Both turnovers led to touchdowns for Arizona and, after Kenyan Drake put the Cardinals 14-0 up, Tony Pollard - not Elliott - was on duty at running back for the Cowboys.

Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy made clear that despite the change during the game, Elliott remains the team's lead back.

"Every player who plays in this league, and it's no different on our football team, if you don't take care of the football it obviously affects your opportunities," McCarthy said in his post-game media conference.

"Tony got an opportunity, I thought he did some really good things. At the end of the day, Zeke is our bell cow and we need to get it right. He's part of the plan and he's going to be part of our success.

"We need to get it right and take care of the football, that's for everyone who touches the football on our team."

Elliott finished the game with 49 rushing yards on 12 attempts, while Pollard had 31 yards on 10 carries.

The Cowboys are on the road in Week 7, taking on divisional rivals Washington.

Patrick Mahomes is unfazed by what approach the Kansas City Chiefs take, saying he just wanted to win after beating the Buffalo Bills.

Mahomes completed 21 of 26 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the 26-17 victory over the Bills on Monday.

However, the Chiefs' running game was key as they rushed for 245 yards – with Clyde Edwards-Helaire accounting for most of those with 161 on 26 carries.

Chiefs star Mahomes, who rushed for 36 yards, said he was happy to take any approach – as long as his team were winning.

"It was definitely different. I had a few of those RPOs called and I had to tell myself not to throw it, just keep handing that thing off," the quarterback told a news conference.

"Clyde was running well, O-line was blocking well, and I just want to win, I don't care how that's done – pass, run, defense, whatever that is.

"We found a way to do that."

Mahomes connected twice with Travis Kelce for touchdowns as the Chiefs improved to 5-1.

The 2018 NFL MVP said the Bills' plan was why the Chiefs relied so heavily on their running game.

"Obviously we had a few more pass plays called, we always do, but once we saw how deep their linebackers and safeties and corners were playing, we knew we had the run game" Mahomes said.

"We really just stayed with it and if teams are going to play us like this you're going to see us running the football and we have the guys that can do it."

AFC West leaders the Chiefs face the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

Tom Brady got the better of Aaron Rodgers in the most high-profile game of an NFL Sunday that also saw the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans move to 5-0.

The Seattle Seahawks are the only undefeated team remaining in the NFC after Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recovered from a poor start to earn an emphatic 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Pittsburgh crushed divisional rivals the Cleveland Browns, while the Titans needed overtime to win a wild encounter against the Houston Texans in an AFC South battle.

With all but two Week 6 games now played, we reflect on the best statistics from another thrilling slate.

Brady and Gronk connection is back

The Bucs defense played its part against the Packers, but it was also a decent game from Brady, who had a 104.9 passer rating (166 yards, two TDs).

Rob Gronkowski had a slow beginning to his 2020 NFL return, but he was targeted on eight occasions this time, hauling in five catches for 78 yards (47 per cent of Brady's total) and a touchdown.

Brady and Gronk have now combined for 91 TDs, including postseason play, with this score seeing them surpass Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates for third on the all-time list for a QB-receiver pairing.

Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) are next in their sights, though they have some way to go to catch Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114).

With starting tight end O. J. Howard out for the season, a resurgent Gronk in addition to star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin should keep Brady and the 4-2 Bucs firing.

Rivers bounces back

Philip Rivers had made an underwhelming start with the Indianapolis Colts, so he needed a big performance and duly delivered one as his team rallied to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-27.

The 38-year-old recorded 371 passing yards and three touchdowns with one interception as receiver Marcus Johnson (five catches, 108 yards) enjoyed a big game.

It was the 30th time Rivers produced a 300-yard game with at least three TDs, only the sixth player to reach that milestone behind quarterback greats Drew Brees (67), Brady (51), Manning (46) and Rodgers (36).

Titans make history

The Titans' thrilling 42-36 win over Houston saw Ryan Tannehill throw for 364 yards (four TDs and one INT), while Derrick Henry rushed for 212 yards (two TDs), including an epic 94-yard score.

As a result, they became the first team in NFL history with a 350+ yard passer and a 200+ yard rusher in the same game.

Henry's 264 yards from scrimmage (he had 52 receiving yards) was a career-high and he became the first player to record a 200+ yard rushing game in three consecutive seasons.

He also equalled the record for rushing touchdowns of at least 90 yards (two), as well as drawing level with O.J. Simpson and Barry Sanders with five rushing scores of 70+ yards.

Only Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson (both seven) have more in that category.

Patriots stumble without Brady

Life after Brady was never going to be easy for the New England Patriots, but few would have expected them to lose 18-12 at home to the Denver Broncos.

They lost despite the returning Drew Lock throwing two poor interceptions in the fourth quarter, while the victorious Broncos did not score a touchdown in the game.

Lock became only the second QB to defeat the Pats under Bill Belichick in a road game while throwing multiple interceptions, joining Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, who did so in Week 10 of the 2001 season when he won the MVP award.

New England dropped to 2-3, so are now below .500 through five games for the first time since 2001, the year Brady went on to win his first Super Bowl.

The Pats' streak of 18 straight seasons above .500 after five weeks of play had been the longest in NFL history.

Year of the comeback

The Colts' win saw them come from 21-0 down, while the Bucs were in a 10-point hole before recovering to beat the Packers.

Those games continued a 2020 trend of dramatic fightbacks and this is the first-ever NFL season where at least one team has won after being at least 16 points down in each of the first six weeks.

Nineteen games have seen comebacks of 10 or more points, tying the records set through Week 6 from the 2011 and 1987 campaigns.

The Colts' remarkable victory, though, was the first time since Week 1 of the 2016 season that a team has recovered from as many as 21 behind. 

The last occasion had seen the Kansas City Chiefs trail 24-3 before fighting back to win 33-27 in overtime against the Chargers, who then represented San Diego.

Lamar Jackson clocked his highest speed in the NFL with his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles but there was an aspect of disappointment in the play for the Baltimore Ravens quarterback.

Reigning MVP Jackson sprinted at 21 miles per hour on his 37-yard TD run in the third quarter of the Ravens' narrow 30-28 victory at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 6.

The third-year signal caller had 108 yards rushing on nine carries, in addition to passing for 186 yards and one touchdown. It was the eighth time in his NFL career – including the postseason – that he has reached triple figures in both categories in the same game, tying the record held by Michael Vick.

Jackson turned back to check if he was going to be caught when he stepped inside the 20, which is something he admitted he should not have done.

Asked what it feels like when you turn around and realise no one will stop you, he said: "I don't like what you just said there because usually when I think I'm not gonna get caught and I start slowing down, people always give extra effort and I'm getting slapped on the foot and stumbling and no touchdown. So, I've got to do better.

"I'm not going to look back next time, just keep my eyes forward and get all the way to the end zone because I don't need no mishaps."

On the speed he displayed, Jackson added: "Well, I slowed down. I just had to burst. A lot of guys did a great job with their assignments, I just had to be ready and do the rest. My number was called and I'm gonna try to finish it."

Jackson's third-quarter score put the Ravens up 24-6, but Carson Went found Jason Croom and Travis Fulgham for touchdowns that were followed by two-point conversions.

Wentz scored a one-yard touchdown inside the final two minutes, but Matthew Judon and L.J. Fort stopped him and Boston Scott running in a game-tying two-point conversion.

"I was thinking 'read zone' because they had run it multiple times earlier," said former Eagles linebacker Fort.

"Me and Judon were able to make the stop. You always want to make big plays, especially coming from a team that let you go. So, that was a great feeling, and to be able to get the closer was the cherry on top."

Kyle Shanahan was proud of the way the San Francisco 49ers responded against the Los Angeles Rams after "getting embarrassed" by the Miami Dolphins. 

The 49ers improved to 3-3 with a 24-16 win over the Rams, a week on from a 43-17 blowout at the hands of Miami. 

Coach Shanahan had sensed there was a strong performance in the offing all week, having been impressed by the attitude in practice. 

"When you get embarrassed like that, you can find out a lot about your team," he said. "I was very impressed with the character of our team and the way they carried themselves and the way they came out to practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and really the way they responded to all of us getting embarrassed. 

"They tried to get better this week and not worry about anything else, and usually when you do that, you can put together those type of practices, usually the results are better, and I'm glad that they were because I thought they really earned it throughout the week and today." 

Jimmy Garoppolo, who was benched midway through that defeat to the Dolphins, bounced back in style on Sunday to throw three touchdown passes to Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk. 

Garoppolo completed 23 of 33 passes for 268 yards and was 18 of 23 on throws of five yards or less as he flourished in a "pick-your-poison" plan by Shanahan. 

Such was the authority with which San Francisco started that they were 21-6 ahead in the second quarter, the Rams outgained 291 yards to 102 as Garoppolo's counterpart Jared Goff struggled in the first half.  

"Kyle is mixing all that stuff up like that, it makes it hard on defenses," Garoppolo said. "It's a pick-your-poison type of thing, and Kyle did a great job tonight putting us in good positions. He was on point tonight, so it makes all of our jobs a lot easier. 

"I thought the O-line as a whole just did a phenomenal job. It started with the run game and then the pass game, the pockets were clean all night ... I didn't get hit very much, felt great coming out of this game. When the O-line plays like that, it sets a tone for our whole offense, and they did it tonight." 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed the Green Bay Packers their first loss of the NFL season, while Tua Tagovailoa made his debut as the Miami Dolphins thrashed the New York Jets.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers went head-to-head, and the Buccaneers came out on top at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

In Florida, the Dolphins blew out the Jets, leaving New York 0-6 and putting further pressure on under-fire head coach Adam Gase.

In the last game of the day, the San Francisco 49ers bounced back from consecutive losses by beating the Los Angeles Rams.

 

DEAN SPARKS BUCCANEERS AGAINST PACKERS

With the Buccaneers trailing 10-0, Jamel Dean's pick-six of Rodgers sparked Tampa Bay on the way to a 38-10 victory.

The Buccaneers scored 38 consecutive points, with Brady throwing touchdown passes to Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter.

Brady completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards and the two TDs.

The quarterback connected with former New England Patriots team-mate Gronkowski for their 79th TD. They are tied for the fourth most by a duo in NFL history, alongside Dan Marino and Mark Clayton, as per NFL Research. Only Peyton Manning-Marvin Harrison, Philip Rivers-Antonio Gates and Steve Young-Jerry Rice are ahead of them.

Packers star Rodgers threw two interceptions and was sacked four times, finishing with just 160 passing yards after completing 16 of 35.

 

MORE MISERY FOR JETS AS TUA DEBUTS

Tagovailoa, the fifth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, came on for his debut in the Dolphins' 24-0 win over the struggling Jets.

He replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had completed 18 of 27 passes for 191 yards, three TDs and two interceptions as the Dolphins improved to 3-3. Tagovailoa completed two passes for nine yards.

Under pressure at the helm of the Jets, Gase said his players were hurting.

"In this locker room, these guys are good guys that work extremely hard. It's frustrating when you talk to them on Monday and you can tell they're hurting," he said.

"They come in to work and do a good job and have high energy at practice. I feel the players are the ones who are trying to flip this thing, they're taking the lead on this. We've just got to keep grinding and find a way to fix these early mistakes to try and flip the game."

 

49ERS BOUNCE BACK

The 49ers improved to 3-3 courtesy of a 24-16 win over the Rams.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw three touchdown passes – to Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk – and completed 23 of 33 for 268 yards.

Kittle had 109 receiving yards for San Francisco, including a 44-yarder from Garoppolo for a TD in the second quarter.

Rams QB Jared Goff struggled, completing just 19 of 38 passes for 198 yards, to go with two TDs and an interception.

 

Week 6 scores:

Tennessee Titans 42-36 Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens 30-28 Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons 40-23 Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers 38-7 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 31-27 Cincinnati Bengals 
Detroit Lions 34-16 Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears 23-16 Carolina Panthers
New York Giants 20-19 Washington Football Team
Denver Broncos 18-12 New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins 24-0 New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-10 Green Bay Packers
San Francisco Giants 24-16 Los Angeles Rams

Tom Brady hailed Jamel Dean for the pick-six that "sparked" the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their win over the Green Bay Packers.

With the Buccaneers trailing the Packers 10-0, Dean intercepted Aaron Rodgers and went 32 yards to score as Tampa Bay produced 38 unanswered points in a 38-10 victory.

Brady, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, praised Dean on Sunday.

"Jamel made a hell of play," the Buccaneers quarterback said. "He did that to us in training camp a few times.

"That was a huge play, sparked us, then we got another turnover, got the ball in, had a decent drive, got the ball in. It was good. I think not turning the ball over helped a lot. Not being behind on down and distance helped a lot.

"But certainly there are things we can do better than what we did today and we're going to keep working at it."

Brady connected with Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski during the Buccaneers' 28-point second quarter.

Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians also said Dean's pick-six was the key for the Buccaneers, who are 4-2 and handed the Packers their first loss of the season.

"They came out with a pretty quick start and we kind of hung in there and then Dean made his play," he said.

"That kind of changed the whole momentum, I thought, in the whole stadium."

The Green Bay Packers suffered their first defeat of the NFL season at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes it is a necessary wake-up call for the franchise.

Green Bay carried a flawless 4-0 record into the Week 6 contest, but the Packers were upstaged by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 38-10 on Sunday.

It was a forgettable day for the Packers at Raymond James Stadium, where two-time MVP Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions and a pick-six as he finished 16-of-35 for 160 yards without a touchdown.

"You don't ever want to lose like this," Rodgers said. "I felt like we needed a little bit of a wake-up call at some point this season because things have been so good and there's been so much talk maybe outside the building about the ease with which we're moving the ball on offense and scoring.

"I think we needed kind of a kick in the a*** a little bit. There's a little bit of wake-up to stop feeling ourselves so much and get back to the things that got us to this position. I think this would be, unfortunately but fortunately, something we can really grow from."

It was a rare pick-six for Super Bowl champion and MVP Rodgers, who had only been intercepted and returned for a score on two previous occasions in a stellar career dating back to 2005.

"That s*** happens," Rodgers, who was replaced by Tim Boyle late in the game, said. "I haven't had a lot of those over the years. But the wind was blowing pretty good right to left, and like I said, I felt good about the spot.

"I knew it was tight, we've hit throws like that, but I missed on my spot by probably a foot, or so. And the kid made a good play."

Rodgers – interception-free on his first 156 passes of the season before that run came to an end against the Bucs – added: "I don't feel like we ever got into a rhythm, or even the 10 points to start the game. We had off-scheduled plays to keep our drives alive. They deserve credit -- they got us out of our rhythm."

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