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Pittsburgh Steelers best, RGIII worst in week 6 of the NFL (10 items)

By Mitch Kunzler
For the Deseret News

Oct. 15, 2013

Entering Week 6 there were three undefeated teams in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs. As the week ended, only the Broncos and Chiefs remain in that category, and they just happen to play in the same division.

Along with the undefeated teams, the list of the winless teams in the NFL also shrunk in Week 6. The Pittsburgh Steelers snatched up their first win of the season.

With the ups and downs consistently trending every week, there are exciting moments in every NFL game. With that being said, here is the best and worst of Week 6 in the NFL.

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1 of 10. BEST

Steelers win their first game

The Steelers faced off against the New York Jets Sunday in a game in which Pittsburgh was in desperate need of its first win of the season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and a touchdown to lead the Steelers to victory.

Pittsburgh's defensive end Brett Keisel believes that this first win could be the start of something great.

"We're not going to quit," Keisel told ESPN. "Obviously, it wasn't the start we wanted, but the men in this locker room believe there's a chance that something great could come out of this if we all work toward it."

With the win, the Steelers move to 1-4, and will have a chance to continue their road to greatness Sunday when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

2 of 10. WORST



Texans get crushed by Rams, fans cheer when Schaub gets injured

It is never a pretty sight when an athlete goes down with an injury. When Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub went down with an ankle injury against the St Louis Rams, the sound of cheering was the last thing you'd expect to hear. Nevertheless, the sound of cheering could be heard throughout the Houston crowd as Schaub clutched his leg.

T.J. Yates replaced Schaub, but things only got worse. Yates threw two interceptions. The Texans turned the ball over four times in the game in the 38-13 loss.

While Schaub could return as early as this week, many changes need to take place for this disappointing Houston (2-4) team.

3 of 10. BEST

Chiefs defense dominates, move to 6-0

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to impress football fans everywhere. While ending the 2012 season with the worst record in the NFL, the Chiefs have managed to remain as one of the two undefeated teams left in the NFL.

Sunday, Kansas City faced the Oakland Raiders in a game where the Chiefs owned the game on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs' defense managed to sack Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor 10 times, pick off three interceptions, and score a touchdown. Running back Jamaal Charles also ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns. When all was said and done, the Chiefs defeated the Raiders, 24-7.

With the win, the Chiefs move to 6-0 and look to extend their streak Sunday against the decimated Texans.

4 of 10. WORST

Buccaneers defense gets scorched by Eagles

Entering the season, the expectations were high for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They had a franchise quarterback in Josh Freeman, a superstar receiver in Vincent Jackson, a future star in Doug Martin, and a promising defense. It looked as thought it was going to be a great season.

Now at this point in the season, everything has fallen apart. The Buccaneers cut Freeman, Martin isn't having the type of season everyone hoped for, and the defense is just awful. Tampa Bay hasn't won a game all season.

Sunday's matchup had Tampa Bay facing the Philadelphia Eagles who were missing their starting quarterback Michael Vick. The Eagles had no problems however. The Buccaneers defense couldn't stop back up quarterback Nick Foles. Foles threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another touchdown. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy also ran for 116 yards in the 31-20 win.

With the loss, the Buccaneers are now 0-5 and they have some big changes that need to be made before heading to Atlanta to face the Falcons.

5 of 10. BEST

Tom Brady throws last-second TD pass, Pats hand Saints first loss

With 1:13 left in the game, New England quarterback Tom Brady took the field trailing the New Orleans Saints by four points. Many of the New England fans had already left the game, and were making their way to their vehicles. Brady then led the Patriots on a 70-yard drive in which he picked apart the Saints' defense, including two passes to former BYU wide receiver Austin Collie.

On the final play of the drive, Brady threw a strike to Kenbrell Thompkins for a touchdown with only five seconds remaining. Brady ended the game with 269 yards and a touchdown in the 30-27 win, proving once again why he is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

With the win, the Patriots improve to 5-1 on the season, while handing the Saints their first loss of the season.