PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers played 5 days ago, but the rest of the NFL wrapped up week 6 of the season over the weekend and last night, with the week concluding with a record-breaking comeback win by the Broncos on Monday Night. Here are some of the biggest story lines from the week.
ALL ALONE ON TOP
The Atlanta Falcons used a 55 yard field goal by Matt Bryant with :06 left to beat the Oakland Raiders and stay undefeated on the season. That win, combined with the Texans 42-24 loss to the Packers leaves the Falcons as lone remaining perfect team on the year. Atlanta will stay undefeated for at least one more week as they are on their bye week next week. They will try to get to 7-0 the following week when they travel to Philadelphia for an NFC battle.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE
Home teams won 9 of the first 12 games in Week 6 before losing the final two games in prime time. At the end of the week home teams finished 9-5, including the Baltimore Ravens winning their 14th straight home game when Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey missed a potential game winning 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation.
AFC NORTH RECAP
The AFC North went 2-2 on the week, with the Steelers being the lone out of division loss. The Browns got their first win of the season, beating Cincinnati 34-24 at home. The win snapped their franchise long 11-game losing streak dating back to last November. The Browns lost 7 of those 11 games against AFC North rivals.
WEEK 7 SCHEDULE:
Browns @ Colts
Ravens @ Texans
Steelers @ Bengals
The two most notable injuries for the Steelers last week were on the offensive side of the ball. Rashard Mendenhall injured his Achilles tendon in the loss Thursday night, but that injury does not seem to serious. The injury of concern is the knee injury to Maurkice Pouncey. Early reports are that both Pouncey and Troy Polamalu will miss this weeks game in Cincinnati.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is reportedly done for the 2012 season, with a torn tricep muscle. Staying in the AFC North, Browns running back Trent Richardson has injured ribs, but is likely to still play in Indianapolis on Sunday.
AVERAGE IN THE AFC
Through 6 weeks of the NFL season and just 2 of the 16 teams in the AFC have winning records. The Ravens and Broncos are both 5-1 leading the way followed by 7 teams with a 3-3 record. All 4 team in the AFC East are 3-3. The AFC also is the home of the worst record in the NFL, both the Browns and Chiefs are sitting at 1-5 this year. The strength of the NFC may be the main reason for the sluggish start by the AFC. In the 28 games between the two conferences this season, the AFC has won just 9.