NFL Week 6 Sunday Huddle: Deshaun Watson wins QB duel vs. Chiefs; 49ers top Rams to stay undefeated

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A quarterback duel erupted in Kansas City Sunday and Deshaun Watson was the signal-caller to come out on top.

The matchup between Watson and the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes pitted two of the NFL's most dynamic quarterbacks against each other and it made for an exciting matchup featuring — you guessed it — some big throws and big carries. But ultimately Watson and company came away with a 31-24 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

Thanks, in part, to 21 unanswered points from the Texans in the second quarter. Watson continued to roll and helped put Houston ahead for good with a short one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth.

Watson finished 30-of-42 passing for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 42 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Mahomes finished 19-of-35 passing for 273 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for his first pick of the year. 

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the 49ers shut down the Rams offense and got a solid game from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to win, 20-7, and move to 5-0 on the year. And quarterback Sam Darnold made a successful return to the lineup as the Jets upset Dallas, 24-22, for their first victory of the season.


Texans first-round lineman Tytus Howard had to be carted off the field after going down with a knee injury in the second half of the game versus the Chiefs.

Seahawks tight end Will Dissly was carted the field in the first half against the Browns with an Achilles injury that could cost him the rest of the season.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper appeared to have reinjured his quadriceps on the Cowboys' opening offensive possession early in the first quarter. He did not return.

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left the game against the Ravens with a left knee injury and did not return. Offensive lineman John Miller was also ruled out after suffering a left groin injury.

Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders was ruled out against the Titans with a knee injury.

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham exited the matchup with the Vikings after suffering an ankle injury. Tackle Jason Peters (knee) also sustained an injury and never returned.


Yeah, this is nice. In Darnold's return, he had multiple highlights but nothing beats this huge touchdown pass to Robby Anderson.

What was better: the touchdown or the celebration? 

Jimmy Garoppolo tried Rams cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters won this time.

Stefon Diggs had a day. First came this long touchdown and then a 51-yard score.

This is certainly one way to score. 

Christian McCaffrey brought it all to London: the juke, the spin and the score.

The rookie is showing off and also helping the Cardinals stay ahead of the Falcons.

Phillip Lindsay takes it to the house as the Broncos faced the Titans.

It's going, going, going... It's good.


Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback to rush for 150-plus yards in a game since Colin Kaepernick ran for 151 yards in 2014.

Kyler Murray is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have 20-plus completions in each of his first six career games.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson finished the win over the Browns with a 117.6 passer rating. He now has a 100-plus passer rating in all six games this season. As mentioned by NFL Research, the only two other players with more 100-plus games to start a season in the Super Bowl era were Tom Brady (eight) in 2007 and Aaron Rodgers (12) in 2011 — both won NFL MVP that season.


Eagles linebacker Zach Brown was mum's the word on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins after Philadelphia's 38-20 loss — and Brown called Cousins the "weakest link" earlier in the week: "I'm here to talk about the game. Is there any other questions besides about Kirk Cousins?" 

Ron Rivera addressed quarterback Cam Newton's absence, which has seemed less daunting with the success of Kyle Allen, who led the Panthers to a win over the Buccaneers in London Sunday: “I’m not going to speculate on anything until I have to address that. So until then, we’re going to stay in the now, stay in the focus of what we’re doing right now. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not going to deal with the question until it is time. ... Our quarterback right now playing for us is Kyle. So we’re not going to address it.”

Bucaneers quarterback Jameis Winston struggled across the pond, with five interceptions and a lost fumble, and coach Bruce Arians wanted to make one thing clear: "Throw the damn ball away. You avoided one, you might've avoided two. You ain't throwing it anywhere — to a receiver. Throw it away."


Teams on bye week

Bills, Bears, Colts and Raiders

Thursday's game

Patriots 35, Giants 14

Sunday's games

Panthers 37, Buccaneers 26Seahawks 32, Browns 28Texans 31, Chiefs 24Redskins 17, Dolphins 16Vikings 38, Eagles 20Saints 13, Jaguars 6Ravens 23, Bengals 1749ers 20, Rams 7Cardinals 34, Falcons 33Broncos 16, Titans 0Jets 24, Cowboys 22

Still to come

Sunday's game

Steelers at Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET

Monday's game

Lions at Packers, 8:15 p.m. ET