NFL Week 6 Summary
There's an old adage in NFL betting: Always take the team getting 27 points. Actually, it had never happened before Week 6 when the Denver Broncos were 27-point favorites over visiting Jacksonville, the biggest spread in league history.
The Broncos swore they weren't going to over look the winless Jags, but it appeared they did in winning 35-19; it was Jacksonville's first cover of the season. The Jaguars were down only 21-19 midway through the third quarter before two Knowshon Moreno touchdown runs accounted for the final score. The Broncos improved to 6-0 on the total in 2013, but barely; it was set at 54.
The highest previous recorded spread in an NFL game was in 1976 when the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the midst of their dynasty, were 26-point favorite at winless expansion team Tampa Bay on Dec. 5, 1976. Pittsburgh won that game 42-0.
The biggest underdog to win outright in Week 6 was St. Louis as a 9.5-point dog upsetting Houston 38-13 at Reliant Stadium. Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown. That tied for the longest interception-return touchdown in the regular season by a linebacker in NFL history. It was the fifth straight game Houston had an interception returned for a score, also an NFL first. Matt Schaub was the guilty party in the first four games but he was knocked out injured against the Rams and Ogletree's pick came off backup T.J. Yates.
The game of the week was New Orleans at New England in a potential Super Bowl matchup. The Pats were 2.5-point favorites and the game looked lost when they took possession on their own 30 down 27-23 with 1:13 left and no timeouts. However, Tom Brady drove New England down the field and won it on a 5-yard TD pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining. So in that quick span, it went from a seeming lock cover for the Saints to one for the Patriots.
Overall, favorites covered nine of the 15 games in Week 6.
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