Here are some quick thoughts on the action from week six of the NFL season.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 in a thrilling affair from M&T Bank Stadium. While the Ravens won the battle, it appears they lost the war. The Ravens lost two of their best defensive players to season ending injuries. Linebacker Ray Lewis was lost to a full tear of the triceps muscle on his right arm. Cornerback Lardarius Webb will miss the remainder of the season thanks to a torn ACL in his left knee. Defensive end Haloti Ngata tore the MCL in his right knee. While Ngata will be able to play through the injury, it is unclear at this time how much he can play and how it will affect his play. These are three huge injuries that could severely impact the Ravens season. It is a shame. As one of only two teams currently with a winning record in the AFC, (Houston Texans) the Ravens were in a really strong position to secure a first round bye and possibly home field advantage through the playoffs. Now everything is in doubt.
The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 2-3 on the season after losing to the Tennessee Titans 26-23 at LP Field in Nashville. It was the Steelers third straight road loss. They have now lost five if their last six on the road. I think Steelers fans should officially be concerned. The Steelers running game is abysmal and they can't seem to keep anyone healthy on the defensive side of the ball. I would not panic yet, however. As noted earlier, only two AFC teams have a winning record. The Steelers are still in the thick of it. Considering the recent injuries suffered by the Ravens, a division title is still in reach.
The Philadelphia Eagles snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when they blew a ten point lead with just over five minutes remaining, going on to lose to the Detroit Lions 26-23 in overtime. The loss was reminiscent of many of the Eagles losses last year. They controlled the game and had the lead heading into the fourth only to leave with a loss. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was relieved of his duties and replaced by Todd Bowles. While the defense was an issue, the Eagles have deeper, more concerning issues. Their offensive line is horrific. Their pass to run ratio is skewed heavily to the pass despite the presence of one of the league's best backs in LeSean McCoy. The Eagles have a lot of work to do as they enter their bye week if they want to save their season.