Change you can believe in? It's business as usual in the NFL

In a league that's so competitively balanced, games often come down to field goals. That was certainly the case in Week 6, with seven of the first 12 games decided by three points or fewer.

Following a game-winning kick Thursday by Tennessee's Rob Bironas, Atlanta's Bryant, Detroit's Jason Hanson and Buffalo's Rian Lindell kicked game-winners Sunday.

On the flip side were Dallas' Dan Bailey, who was wide on a 51-yard kick that would have beaten Baltimore; St. Louis rookie Greg Zuerlein — nicknamed "Legatron" — who missed three, including a 66-yarder at the end that had the distance but not the direction; and Arizona's Jay Feely, whose team lost in overtime after he made a club-record 61-yarder in the fourth quarter but followed that by clanking a 38-yarder off an upright in overtime.

Through five games, the NFL was on a record pace in terms of kicking accuracy. Kickers had made 88.6% of their field-goal attempts (272 of 307); the season record is 84.5% (845 of 1,000).

Tricky Tebow

So far, Tebow's biggest contribution to the Jets has come on special teams. He has converted three first downs out of punt formations, the latest coming Sunday when he took the snap on a fake and threw a dink pass to Nick Bellore, who ran down the seam for 23 yards.

A Chief concern

Kansas City has a dubious distinction through six games. The Chiefs are the only team that has yet to have a lead at any point in regulation. Their lone victory came in overtime at New Orleans. The Chiefs have been outscored, 51-6, in the first quarter.

Making a stand

After two brutal outings, Buffalo's defense came through in a 19-16 overtime victory at Arizona, ending the Cardinals' eight-game home winning streak.

The Bills sacked Kevin Kolb five times and limited Arizona to 150 yards passing. Kolb left with roughly two minutes left in regulation after suffering a rib and chest injury and was replaced by John Skelton.

Buffalo's Jairus Byrd had two interceptions, the second setting up the game-winning field goal.

Bad news for Baltimore

Two key Ravens defenders sustained season-jeopardizing injuries. NFL.com reported that the team fears All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis' arm injury is a torn triceps, which would probably end his season. And cornerback Lardarius Webb had to be helped off the field after banging his knee.

After the game, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh painted a grim picture of Webb's situation, one that likewise would be season-ending.

"Lardarius Webb does not look good right now," he said. "It's a potential ACL. We've got a problem there. We don't know for sure, but that's what it looks like right now."

Seattle reign

In a matchup between the NFL's No. 1 offense (New England) and No. 1 defense (Seattle), it was the Seahawks who came out on top, edging the Patriots in Seattle, 24-23.

It was Pete Carroll's first victory over New England, the franchise he coached for three seasons in the 1990s.

"That was a long time ago and there have been a lot of games," Carroll said. "I really love [Patriots owner] Robert Kraft; he's a great man and he's been great throughout the years about our separation of sorts. I respect the heck out of him. But I'm a competitor and, heck yeah, I want to win against those guys."

The signature play was a 46-yard touchdown pass from Seattle rookie Russell Wilson to Sidney Rice with 1:20 remaining.

"If guys didn't believe in him," Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said of Wilson, "I guarantee they believe in him now."

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