Normalize scoreboard watching this early in the season!
With the Dallas Cowboys playing Monday night against the LA Chargers, fans had the luxury of taking in Sunday's Week 6 action without a care in the world, though it potentially stung to watch if you didn't rid the taste of last week's loss to the 49ers.
While the Cowboys should keep that L in the back of their mind all season, whatever leftover stench there was post Week 5 vaporized in a vanish Sunday after the Jets pulled off a come-from-behind victory against the Eagles.
The loss drops the Eagles to 5-1 on the season, just a game in front of the Cowboys. It was an uncharacteristically sloppy display from Philadelphia, particularly quarterback Jalen Hurts. He threw three interceptions, including one with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter with the Eagles in the driver's seat up 14-12 and the Jets out of timeouts.
It's an ugly result for myriad reasons, but none bigger than the fact the Jets scraped the barrel of their cornerback room for the game. Michael Carter was New York's only healthy starting CB and he left with a hamstring injury.
Philly's defeat sparked an emotional reaction from wideout A.J. Brown.
AJ Brown calling out Eagles' loss caps brilliant Cowboys Sunday.
The Eagles haven't looked sharp (relative to the standard they set in 2022) all season. They weren't going to maintain an undefeated pace for very long, but nobody expected a loss to the Zach Wilson-led and injury depleted Jets.
Just like nobody expected the 49ers to suffer their first loss of the year Sunday.
Facing a Browns team that was down to its second-string quarterback, San Francisco missed a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds and suffered their first defeat of the season. Some calls admittedly didn't go the 49ers way down the stretch, but the offense mustered 215 total yards and lost the time of possession battle (typically a strength of theirs) by nearly six minutes.
They didn't deserve to win, which is shocking to type. Unlike the Eagles, San Francisco had enjoyed an authoritative start to the year. They were universally crowned the Super Bowl favorites after they thumped the Cowboys 42-10 in Week 5. Sunday proved they're not invincible.
Entering the bye in Week 7, the Cowboys are suddenly presented with a season-defining game Monday night against the LA Chargers.
Win and the Cowboys enter the bye 4-2 and one game behind the Eagles in the NFC East with both games vs Philly still on the schedule ... and on San Fran's tail in the NFC. Lose, though, and Dallas drops to 3-3 with a week to stew in the fact they blew a golden opportunity to flip the script on their season.
Is it that crazy to call tomorrow a must-win?