By Nick Shook
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Week 6 wasn’t one to write home about for road teams. Only three came away with wins, while a few others watched their chances at victory slip away in the waning moments. The pickings were unusually slim, but stars emerged. These are the best road performers from Week 6.
Greatest on the Road
Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
This selection kicks off a pair of decisions between quarterback and running back. This could have gone to Alex Smith, who was accurate and decisive, completing 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards. But we instead turn to the backfield, where an unheralded tailback took the reigns and led the Chiefs‘ offense with punishing runs.
Kansas City isn’t a team that beats you with the big play, but instead picks you apart with quick passes and a consistent run game. Ware was the engine that powered the rushing attack in Week 6.
The Chiefs running back ran with authority, bouncing off first contact and often requiring multiple defenders to take him down. The result: a career-high 131 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in a slop-fest in Oakland. Kansas City moved down the field with efficiency, setting up the offense for touchdown runs of less than three yards three times. Ware owned one of those scores, while Jamaal Charles grabbed another. In the end, the Chiefs left Oakland with a division win that declared they’re here to stay in the battle for the AFC West.
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Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
The questions are getting louder. Is this Dak Prescott‘s team to lead, or Tony Romo‘s?
On Sunday with Romo sidelined, it was the former, and the rookie continued to shine. Prescott saw his streak of passes without an interception come to an end, but that didn’t stop his arrow, which continues to point upward. The quarterback completed 18 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, including a completion for six to Cole Beasley that essentially put the game on ice for Dallas. As the Cowboys‘ defense repeatedly capitalized on Green Bay’s mistakes, Prescott captained an offense that, without Dez Bryant, churned up close to 200 yards on the ground and spread the ball among six receivers.
It produced the Cowboys‘ fifth-straight win and only intensified the debate over who should line up under center for the Cowboys in the near future.
Arrelious Benn, Jacksonville Jaguars
I know, I can’t believe I’m typing this either. What year is it?
Benn only had one catch in the game. He only has three on the year. But what a catch it was.
Trailing 16-10 in what was otherwise a snooze-fest in Chicago, Blake Bortles dropped back and found Benn over the middle on a slant. The wideout from Illinois caught the ball, fell, got up without being touched and raced 51 yards to the end zone for a touchdown that proved to be the difference. It capped what has been an arduous four years for the receiver who has dealt with a bevy of injuries, including a torn ACL while he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was an afterthought all the way up until late in the fourth quarter, when his touchdown lifted the Jaguars to a much-needed win and Benn back into the spotlight after years spent in the shadows.