Things we learned in Week 6
Compiled by Thomas Harrigan, Jesse Pantuosco, and Steve Schwarz

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning is human after all. Of course for Denver's quarterback it still means throwing for almost 300 yards and leading his undefeated Broncos to another victory.

Below are a few more things we observed on Sunday afternoon.

Green Bay at Baltimore

Sunday definitely wasn't one of Aaron Rodgers' flashiest performances (17- for-32, 315 yards, TD, INT, 21 yards rushing) but give him credit for hanging in there without two of his best receivers (James Jones and Randall Cobb both were injured in the first half).

Eddie Lacy hasn't missed a beat since coming back from his concussion. In his last two games, he's racked up 219 yards on 46 carries.

Running the football is usually one of Baltimore's biggest strengths. After rushing 22 times for 47 yards on Sunday, I'm not sure you can say that anymore.

What happened to Torrey Smith this week? The Ravens' receiver only contributed one catch for 12 yards (four targets). He had at least 85 yards in each of his previous five outings.

Mason Crosby had an interesting conclusion to the second quarter. After missing wide right on a 44-yarder with 20 seconds left, Joe Flacco fumbled just two plays later to set Green Bay up at the 13-yard line. Crosby made it from 31 yards out and the Packers went to the locker room with a 6-0 lead. Crosby would later add another field goal in the fourth quarter.

Dallas Clark's 18-yard touchdown on Sunday was the 51st of his career. Only six tight ends in history have scored more touchdowns than Clark.

Cincinnati at Buffalo

Sunday was Cincinnati's first overtime victory since October of 2009. It was Buffalo's first overtime loss since 2010 (they lost in overtime three times that season).

In his first career start, Duke alum Thad Lewis put together a quarterback rating of 100.5. That's the highest QB rating for a Bills' quarterback since Week 1 (E.J. Manuel against the Patriots). His last-second touchdown to Marquise Goodwin was a thing of beauty.

The expectation was that Robert Woods would be the featured receiver in Stevie Johnson's absence. It didn't quite work out that way. The rookie only had two catches for nine yards on Sunday.

Andy Dalton turned in his biggest fantasy output of the season (337 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT). To be fair, almost all of his 27 fantasy points came before halftime.

Sunday marked the end of a mini-slump for A.J. Green (six receptions, 103 yards, TD). Before Sunday, he hadn't gone over the 100-yard mark since Week 1 (162 yards, 2 TD in a loss to the Bears).

Bills' linebacker Kiko Alonso came away with 22 tackles on Sunday. That gives him 66 for the season, which leads the league. Did I mention he's a rookie?

Detroit at Cleveland

Here is Joseph Fauria's stat line from Sunday: three catches, 34 yards, three touchdowns, 21 fantasy points. He's listed at No. 3 on Detroit's tight end depth chart. Fantasy football no longer makes sense to me.

Megatron was mega-average. Calvin Johnson did his best playing through a knee injury on Sunday, but the result was only three catches, for 25 yards. Hopefully he'll be closer to 100 percent next week against the Bengals.

Josh Gordon (seven catches, 126 yards) still hasn't had a bad game since coming back from his suspension. If he keeps this up, he'll finish the year with 1,287 yards and eight touchdowns. That yardage total would have been good for 11th-best in the league last year.

Don't sleep on Chris Ogbonnaya (85 yards from scrimmage, one TD). Aside from maybe Oakland's Marcel Reece, he may be the most useful fullback in fantasy football.

I saw a lot of people starting Willis McGahee (10 rushes, 37 yards) in their flex spots this week. I'm guessing those owners won't make the same mistake in Week 7.

St. Louis at Houston

Once considered favorites to win the AFC South, the Texans have now lost four straight. They haven't done that since 2010. That year, Houston had two different four-game losing streaks.

Matt Schaub or T.J. Yates? Gary Kubiak was wavering so the football gods went ahead and made the choice for him. Schaub hurt his leg early in the third quarter and did not return. Yates, it is!

Speaking of Schaub, the streak is finally over. Matt Schaub did NOT throw a "pick-six" today. T.J. Yates did though.

I guess we should mention the Rams at some point, right? They won by 26 and Sam Bradford (12-for-16, 117 yards, 3 TD) was a big part of it.

The Rams' defense/special teams finished with 29 fantasy points on Sunday. That's more than they had scored in their previous four weeks combined.

Zac Stacy, now the Rams' starter at running back, finished with 79 yards on 18 carries. That comes one week after scrambling for 78 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Say what you want about the kid but at least he's consistent.

Andre Johnson (seven receptions, 88 yards) is on pace for 1,320 receiving yards this season. That's the good news. The bad news is, he still hasn't scored a touchdown. Including the postseason, Johnson has now gone ten straight games without a touchdown. That's the longest touchdown drought of his career.

You probably didn't notice because the Texans were busy losing by almost 30 but Arian Foster actually had a monster fantasy day on Sunday. Ninety-eight of his season-high 141 rushing yards came before halftime.

Oakland at Kansas City

Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece were all active, but the Raiders' best runner was, and is, quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Denarius Moore and Pryor are quickly becoming a solid passing combination. Moore caught a touchdown pass against the Chiefs for his fourth touchdown in five games. He's also totaled at least 66 yards in each of his last four contests.

Jamaal Charles led the Chiefs in both rushing and receiving. Although the team is now 6-0 they need develop another weapon or two if they want to continue to win.

Over the past two weeks we've seen why Kansas City QB Alex Smith can't be a starting fantasy quarterback. He's averaged 186 yards passing without a touchdown and one interception.

Carolina at Minnesota

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton connected with Steve Smith for their first TD hookup since Week 1. Still, it's troubling that his longest catch this season is just 19 yards.

Newton also threw touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell (79 yards) and Mike Tolbert (10). And rushed for a touchdown.

DeAngelo Williams was given plenty of red zone chances to score, but couldn't. He'll continue to rack up the yards (at least until Jonathan Stewart returns), but he's not going to give you much upside unless he remembers how to get into the end zone. Didn't he score 20 times in 2008?

Minnesota's entire team looked like they didn't want to be playing a football game.

Pittsburgh at New York Jets

After a stunning two-touchdown, 84-yard debut in Week 4 versus Minnesota, Steelers' rookie running back Le'Veon Bell looked ordinary against the Jets (34 yards rushing, 22 yards receiving).

But his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, continued his good play from London, going 23-of-30 for 264 yards and a score without an interception.

The Jets couldn't get anything going - not in the air (184 net yards) or on the ground (83 yards).

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Looking very much like Michael Vick, Nick Foles finished off the Eagles' first drive with a 4-yard quarterback draw for a touchdown. After almost throwing a red zone interception.

Foles threw for 151 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The TD pass was to DeSean Jackson who beat Darrelle Revis to the inside. He finished with 296 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 133.3 QB rating. Makes figuring out next week's starter that much harder.

The Eagles' pass defense continues to be a boon to opposing wide receivers. Vincent Jackson totaled 114 yards and two scores - earning his first yardage bonus since Week 1.

They even made rookie quarterback Mike Glennon look decent. In the first half Glennon was 12-for-18 for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Riley Cooper finally got noticed for something good - four catches for 120 yards and a score. He'll be a waiver wire favorite for many in the upcoming week.

Jacksonville at Denver

In the first half Chad Henne threw for more yards than Peyton Manning. Yes, you read that correctly. Still, Manning threw for three touchdowns - two to his guys and one to Jaguars' linebacker Paul Posluszny, while Henne failed to get his team into the end zone.

With Cecil Shorts sidelined by a shoulder injury, Justin Blackmon was the workhorse for Jacksonville catching 14 balls for 190 yards.

We though Knowshon Moreno would have a good day because we expected Denver to be running out the clock for most of the second half. He did have a big fantasy afternoon (104 combined yards, three TDs), but the Broncos needed all of it to get rid of the pesky Jaguars.

Manning finished with "just" 295 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. ok by normal standards, but we've come to expect more from No. 18. He also lost two fumbles.

Tennessee at Seattle

Ryan Fitzpatrick has very little fantasy value and has yet to throw for 250 yards in a game as a starter for the Titans. Or complete 60 percent of his passes. Or throw for more touchdowns than interceptions.

Chris Johnson couldn't find any room to run because of the inept passing game, rushing for just 33 yards on 12 carries.

If you started the Seattle defense then thank holder Chris Maragos for killing your team's total when he foolishly tried to make a play of a botched field goal attempt. In truth, however, if Russell Wilson doesn't make a bad decision to throw the ball in the field of play with 16 seconds remaining and no time outs, the Seahawks probably get three cracks at a touchdown and never have to kick.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did it on the ground (21-77-2) and in the air (4-78) as the Seahawks had to work hard to keep their home winning streak alive (11 games).

New Orleans at New England

The Saints three touchdowns were scored by Travaris Cadet, Khiry Robinson and Kenny Stills. Who dat?

The dice came up snake eyes for Jimmy Graham's fantasy owners. After posting huge numbers for five weeks, he disappeared under the blanket coverage for Aqib Talib. He also missed some time in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and didn't catch a pass for the first time since October 2010.

Drew Brees was held under 300 yards for the second consecutive week after reaching that magic number nine straight times.

It took Tom Brady 59 minutes and 55 seconds to throw a touchdown pass in Week 6 after not throwing one in Week 5. He had thrown at least one TD pass in 52 games before last week.

Stevan Ridley finally came to life (20-96-2). But that had to happen because I sat him down this week in favor of Steelers' rookie Le'Veon Bell. Oops!

Arizona at San Francisco

I said it last week and I'll say it again - Andre Ellington (7-56-1, 36 yards receiving) is the only Cardinals' back to own, not Rashard Mendenhall (42 combined yards).

Those fantasy owners who shied away from Larry Fitzgerald when some pre-game announcers were saying he was 50-50 at best to play, will have missed out on his 75-yard touchdown catch. That's why you have to stay on top of your guy until you hear the official word from the team.

Arizona bottled up the 49ers running game, but couldn't stop Vernon Davis, who had 171 yards ... before half-time. He finished with eight receptions for 180 yards and two scores.

Don't you hate it when your guy does all the work (Frank Gore) and someone else reaps the touchdown reward (Kendall Hunter)?

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