A year ago, only the Packers (509) scored more points than Sean McDermott’s club (501). Six games into 2021 and the first-place Bills had already put 203 points on the board – 31-plus in each of their last five games. Quarterback Josh Allen picked up where he left off from a season ago. But it’s Buffalo’s defense that has been much improved and it entered Week 7 as the league’s top-ranked unit. And the club has allowed just 16.3 points per contest.
When last the Buccaneers were seen more than a week ago, the team was holding off the Eagles at Philadelphia. The defending Super Bowl champions would be without Lavonte David, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski as they hosted the Bears. That didn’t matter to Tom Brady, who played pitch and catch for most of the day with wideout Mike Evans. And the Tampa defense pressured Bears’ rookie quarterback Justin Fields into five turnovers.
The frontrunners in the NFC West hosted the Houston Texans in a reunion of sorts for Cardinals’ defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. After a so-so start, the Arizona offense got its act together and Kliff Kingsbury’s team came up with 31 answered points after falling behind, 5-0, in the second quarter. Kyler Murray was sacked four times and picked off once but threw for three scores. Houston managed only 160 total yards.