The 32 things we learned from Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season:
1. The No. 1 team in the NFL, at least in terms of its record, remains the Arizona Cardinals. The franchise is 6-0 for the first time since it left St. Louis following the 1987 season, embarrassing the Browns 37-14 in Cleveland on Sunday and without the help of head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Beat the lowly Houston Texans next weekend, and the Cards will match their 1974 brethren for the hottest start in club annals.
1a. And in the ever-evolving MVP race, Arizona QB Kyler Murray appeared to create some breathing room from the pack after totally outclassing the Browns’ Baker Mayfield, Murray’s former teammate at the University of Oklahoma and a fellow Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick. Murray matched his career high, established in Week 1 of this season, with four TD passes in Cleveland and now has 14 this season.
2. However, the No. 1 story in the NFL has been Jon Gruden’s swift and stunning fall as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Silver and Black players spent the week answering questions about their disgraced coach – many offering Gruden grace and support despite the abhorrent torrent of emails that led to his ouster – yet somehow managed to rally behind interim boss Rich Bisaccia while whipping the AFC West rival Broncos 34-24 in Denver. The victory puts the Raiders right back into the AFC playoff picture as the second projected wild card.