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NFL 2019 Week 7 Recap

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

NFL 2019 Week 7 Recap

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos was the Thursday night game. The Chiefs started 4-0 and lost 2 straight, both at home. The Broncos started 0-4 but won 2 straight, one of them on the road. The Broncos marched 75 yards wit the opening kickoff. Royce Freeman ran for a one yard touchdown. Vic Fangio inexplicably went for a 2 point conversion that failed. The Broncos led 6-0, concluding all Broncos highlights for the night. The Chiefs came back 75 yards easily. LeSean Shady McCoy ran for gains of 7 and 19. On 3rd and 2 from the Denver 21, Patrick Mahomes went to Mecole Hardman for the touchdown and the 7-6 Chiefs lead. Hardman then returned a punt 36 yards to the Denver 21. Harrison Butker hit the 33 yard field goal to make it 10-6 Chiefs. Fangio then tried a fake punt on 4th and 4 from his own 46 that failed. Taking over at the Denver 38, the Chiefs moved to a 3rd and 1 at the Denver 5. Williams got stopped and Walrus Lite Andy Reid decided to go for it. Mahomes took the quarterback sneak and gained 2 yards, but at a heavy price. Mahomes injured his leg on the play. He was down on the ground for several minutes. Matt Moore played the rest of the way. On 4th and goal at the one, Reid opted for the field goal. Butler hit from 20 to make it 13-6 Broncos. Joe Flacco was then sacked and fumbled, and Ragland returned it 5 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-6 Chiefs at halftime. The second half was uneventful. Moore hit Tyreek Hill for a 57 yard third quarter touchdown. Butker tacked on one more fourth quarter field goal. Despite the big win, the grim news was that Mahomes would be out 3 weeks. 30-6 Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins — The unbeaten 49ers took on the pathetic Redskins. A driving rain meant a scoreless first half in which both teams missed a field goal Robbie Gould hit field goals of 28 in the third quarter and 22 and 29 in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. For the sake of football fans everywhere, tape of this game should be burned. 9-0 49ers. 

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants — A pair of bad teams played. The Cardinals moved 75 yards in 13 plays and nearly 7 minutes. On 3rd and 6 from the Arizona 46, Kyler Murray hit Clay for 12 yards. On 4th and 3 from the Giants 35, Kliff Kingsbury decided to go for it. Murray hit Sherfield for 4 yards. Edmonds ran for a 20 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Cardinals. Daniel Jones was quickly intercepted, setting up the Cardinals at the Giants 32. Edmonds ran for one, 11, and then the 20 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Cardinals. In the second quarter Zane Gonzalez hit a 47 yard field goal to make it 17-0 Cardinals. Then the game changed.

The Giants took over at their own 21. Jones hit Evan Engram for 6 and Saquon Barkley ran for 20. From the Arizona 48, Jones hit Golden Tate for 20 yards and Ellison for the 28 yard touchdown to get the Giants within 17-7. The Cardinals then punted on 4th and 20 from their own 4. The punt was blocked and recovered in the end zone by the Giants for another touchdown to get them within 17-14 at halftime. The Giants got it back and faced 2nd and 8 at the Arizona 37. Jones was sacked and fumbled, and the Cardinals recovered just shy of midfield. After a defensive unnecessary roughness penalty, Edmonds ran for a 22 yard touchdown to put the Cardinals up 24-14. Aldrick Rosas missed a 37 yard field goal for the Giants, but Big Blue got it back at their own 18. Jones hit Latimer for 10, Barkley ran for 11, and Jones hit Slayton for 20. Barkley ran for 6 more, and Jones hit Latimer for 13, Fowler for 6, and ran for 9 more himself. Barkley ran for the 7 yard touchdown to get the Giants within 24-21 with over 8 minutes left. With 2 1/2 minutes Pat Shurmur decided to go for it with the Giants facing 4th and 15 at their own 33. Jones was sacked and fumbled and the Cardinals recovered at the Giants 17. The defense held and took their timeouts. Gonzalez hit the 35 yard field goal. The Giants got it back at their own 12 yard line with 2:09 left. Jones was sacked again and fumbled again. On 4th and 29 from their own 4 with 41 seconds left, Jones threw incomplete again. 27-21 Cardinals

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts — The Colts took over at their own 6 yard line. Jacoby Brissett went to Hines for 13 and Zac Pascal for 20 more. On 3rd and 10 from their own 39, Brissett hit Rogers for 19. On 3rd and 3 from the Houston 35, Brissett went to Doyle for 19. On 3rd and 5 from the Houston 11, Brissett hit Pascal for the touchdown to make it 7-0 Colts. Early in the second quarter the Colts were stopped on 3rd and 1 at their own 45. Frank Reich decided to go for it and on 4t and 1 Marlon Mack got stopped. The field position led to a 47 yard field goal by Kaimi Fairbairn to get the Texans on the board. Facing 3rd and 14 at their own 16, Jacoby Brissett fumbled and the Texans recovered to have 1st and goal at the 4. Yet on 3rd and goal, Deshaun Watson was sacked. Fairbairn hit again from 31 to get the Texans within 7-6. 

After a touchback, Brissett went to TY Hilton for 23 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Houston 44, Brissett went to Pascal and Hilton for a pair of 12 yard gains. Brissett then went to Eric Ebron for 17 yards and back to Hilton for the 2 yard touchdown to make it 14-6 Colts. After a touchback, the Texans had 1:49 to work with. The Texans did have 1st and goal at the 10 with 41 seconds left, but a pointless short pass gained 2 yards. After 2 more incompletions, the Texans settled for a 26 yard Fairbairn field goal to trail 14-9.

On the first play of the third quarter from their own 26, Brissett went to Pascal for a 34 yard gain. On 3rd and 10 from the Houston 40, Brissett went to Ebron for 16 yards and Hilton for 11 more. On 3rd and 1 from the 4, Brissett went to Ebron for the touchdown to make it 21-9 Colts. After a touchback, Watson went to Deandre Hopkins for 14 yards. Carlos Hyde ran for 5 and 7. Watson went deep to Kenny Stills for a 45 yard gain. On the next play Keke Coutee ran for a 4 yard touchdown to get the Texans within 21-16. 

The Colts soon faced 3rd and 11 at their own 24. Brissett threw incomplete but defensive holding was a killer penalty. On 3rd and 6 from their own 33, Brissett went deep to Ebron for 33 yards. On 3rd and 7 from the Houston 31, Brissett went to Hilton for 25 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 12, Brissett threw incomplete but an unnecessary roughness penalty meant 1st and goal at the 6. Brissett hit Pascal for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 28-16 Colts. The fourth quarter began with Bill O’Brien going for it on 4th and 1 from his own 35. Watson hit Stills for 4 yards. Yet O’Brien went for it again on 4th and 1 from his own 48 and Watson threw incomplete. The next time the Texans got the ball, Watson was intercepted. With 8:41 left the Texans got it back again at their own 21. Watson went deep to Stills for 41 yards. Watson then hit Fells for 8 and Johnson ran for 11. Watson hit Hopkins for a 4 yard touchdown. With 6 1/2 minutes left in the game, the Texans were again right back in it down 28-23. Houston’s defense kept them in the game, but a perfect punt had the Texans pinned at their own 4 yard line with 4 minutes left. On 4th and 9, Pascal was tackled in the end zone for a safety to give the Colts a 7 point lead with 2:41 to play. The Texans got it back at their own 36 with 1:41 left. With 26 seconds left from the Houston 48, Watson went deep and was intercepted. 30-23 Colts

Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers — The Raiders got the ball first and Jon Gruden immediately pounded the rock. Josh Jacobs ran for 9, 2, and then a 42 yard gain. Daniel Carlson hit a 45 yard field goal for a 3-0 Raiders lead. The Packers quickly faced 2nd and 3 at their own 32. Jones ran for 15 yards. On 3rd and 7 from midfield, Aaron Rodgers went to Graham for 29 yards and to Jones for the 21 yard touchdown to make it 7-3 Packers. In the second quarter the Raiders took over at their own 14. On 3rd and 6 from their 18, Carr went to Davis for 10. On 3rd and 11 from the Oakland 41, Carr went to Keylan Doss for 31 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Packers 21, Carr went to Hunter Renfrow for 4 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the 10, Carr went to Moreau for the touchdown to make it 10-7 Raiders.

The Packers soon faced 2nd and 6 at their own 22. Rodgers went to Vitale for 21 yards. On 2nd and 17 from their own 46, Rodgers hit Williams for 9 and on 3rd and 8 hit Greg Allison for 15 more. From the Oakland 25, defensive pass interference meant a 22 yard gain. Rodgers hit Williams for the 2 yard touchdown to make it 14-10 Packers. The Raiders moved after a touchback with ease. Deandre Washington gained 8. Carr went to Darren Waller for 16 yards and then on a deep route for a 48 yard gain. On 2nd and goal at the one, the Raiders showed why they lose gains. Rather than run up the gut, Carr scrambled around the end and made the exact same mistake he has made in past years. He tried to stretch the ball past the pylon and ended up fumbling it through the end zone for a touchback. On 3rd and 3 from their own 27, Rodgers threw incomplete but a terrible roughing the passer call on Mayowa kept the drive going. Mayowa dove and grabbed Rodgers by the ankles, but it was a totally clean play. On 3rd and 5 from the Packers 47, Rodgers went to Allison for 9. Rodgers then went deep to Kumerow for a 37 yard touchdown with 12 seconds left in the half. Rather than a 17-14 Raiders lead, the 14 point swing had the Packers up 21-10. On the first play of the third quarter, the Packers moved to turn out the lights. From their own 22, Rodgers went deep to Valdes-Scantling for a 59 yard gain. Rodgers ran for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 28-10 Packers.

The Raiders tried to make a game of it. After a touchback, they moved 75 yards in 12 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. On 3rd and 2 from the Packers 7, Carr hit Waller for the touchdown to get the Raiders within 28-17. Yet the depleted secondary had no answers for Rodgers. From their own 15, Rodgers went to Shepherd for 25 yards. On 3rd and 8 from their own 42, Rodgers went to Kumerow for 17 yards. From the Oakland 29, Rodgers went to Lazard for 26 yards and Jimmy Graham for the 3 yard touchdown to make it 35-17 Packers after three quarters. In the fourth quarter the Raiders moved 74 yards in 11 plays and 6 minutes. On 4th and goal at the one, Jacobs got stopped. The Raiders got it back at their own 42 and Carr hit Marcel Atman for a 36 yard gain. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Green Bay 15, Carr went to the end zone and his pass was deflected and intercepted for a touchback. Three times the Raiders moved into the red zone. Two of those times they were one yard away. They came up with nothing all three times. Rodgers on 3rd and 4 from his own 26 put the dagger in with a pass to Valdez-Scantling that went for a 74 yard touchdown. Oakland got a late garbage touchdown to pad the stats. Carr was 22 of 28 for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns, but also a killer fumble and interception in the red zone. It wasted a great da for Jacobs, who had 124 yards on 21 carries for nearly 6 yards per carry. Yet he got stopped from the one. Rodgers was a lights out 25 of 31 for 429 yards, 5 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating that nobody understands. 42-24 Packers

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions — The Lions took over at their own 23 and quickly benefitted from a 31 yard defensive pass interference call. On 3rd and 9 from the Minnesota 28, Matthew Stafford went to Danny Amendola for 12 yards and Jones for the 16 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Lions. The vikings took over at their own 27. Dalvin Cook ran for 15 and Kirk Cousins went to Smith for a 28 yard gain and Adam Thielen for a 25 yard touchdown to make it 7-7. The Lions soon faced 3rd and 2 at their own 33. Stafford hit Jones for 4 yards and then connected with Amendola for a 36 yard gain. Stafford capped the drive with a 3 yard touchdown pass to Jones for a 14-7 Lions lead. The first quarter ended with Abdullah returning the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Detroit 39. On 3rd and 10, Cousins went to Stefan Diggs for 27 yards. Cook ran for gains of 10 and 14. On 3rd and goal at the 3, Cousins was intercepted for a touchback, but defensive pass interference instead meant 1st and goal at the one. Cousins hit Johnson for the touchdown to make it 14-14 early in the second quarter.

The Vikings got the ball back at their own 3 yard line. On 3rd and 2 from their 11, Cousins hit kyle Rudolph for 15 yards. From their 30, Cousins went to Diggs for 10 yards. Diggs fumbled but the Vikings retained possession. On 3rd and 2 from the Detroit 28, Cousins hit Rudolph for 9. Mattison ran for 9 and Cook ran for 2 and for the 8 yard touchdown to make it 21-14 Vikings with  1/2 minutes left in the half. The 15 play, 97 yard drive took nearly 7 1/2 minutes off the clock. The Lions soon faced 3rd and 1 at their own 34. McKissic got around the end for 14 yards.. Stafford hit Jones for 9, Amendola for 5, and Kenny Golladay for 21 yards. With 27 seconds left, on 2nd and 20 from the Minnesota 24, Stafford threw incomplete. Yet roughing the passer put the ball on the 12. On 3rd and 8 from the 10, Stafford hit Jones for the touchdown with 2 seconds left in the half for a 21-21 game.

The Vikings took the second half kickoff and marched down the field as this shootout kept going. On 3rd and 11 from the Minnesota 35, Cousins hit Diggs for 14 yards and Johnson for 19 yards. From the Detroit 25, Cook ran for 12 and Cousins hit Smith for 10. Cousins hit CJ Ham for the 5 yard touchdown as the Vikings took the 28-21 lead. The Lions soon faced 2nd and 12 at their own 10. Stafford went to Amendola for 13 yards and deep to Hall for a 47 yard gain. Yet on 3rd and 8 at the Minnesota 28, Stafford threw incomplete. Matt Prater hit the 46 yard field goal to get the Lions within 28-24. Early in the fourth quarter Dan Bailey missed a 45 yard field goal that would have gotten Minnesota’s lead back up to 7 points. The Lions moved from their 35 to a 4th and 2 at the Minnesota 41. Matt Patricia decided to go for it and Stafford threw incomplete. 

Cousins quickly hit Smith for 10. Cook gained 3, 6, and on 3rd and 1, 23 yards. Cousins hit Rudolph for a 15 yard touchdown. with 5:40 to play, the Vikings had some breathing room up 35-24. After a touchback, Stafford went to Amendola for gains of 11 and 10 and TJ Hockenson for 14 more. Stafford went to Jones for another 10. On 3rd and 10 from the Minnesota 30, Stafford hit Jones for 24 yards. Stafford went back to Jones for a 2 yard touchdown. The 2 point try failed, but with 3 minutes left the Lions were within 35-30. They needed one defensive stop. In a game with no defense, a stop was not coming. On 2nd and 5 from their own 30, Mike Zimmer decided not to go conservative smash mouth. He got aggressive and went for it all. Cousins went deep to Diggs for a 66 yard gain. With 1:55 left, Cook ran for the 4 yard touchdown to put the game out of reach. An interception of Stafford with one minute left only concluded the inevitable. Both quarterbacks were sensational, with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions until Stafford was picked off in the final minute. Cousins was 24 of 34 for 337 yards and Stafford was 30 of 45 for 364 yards. Yet it was the Vikings with the win that now have a 5-2 football team. Cousins was supposed to be the last piece. Today he played like it. 42-30 Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals — The Jaguars took on the winless and witless Bungles. A 21 yard Josh Lambo field goal in the second quarter had the Jaguars up 3-0. With 2:14 in an ugly first half, the Bengals took over at their 20. Red Rifle Andy Dalton hit Erickson for 12 and then again deep for a 48 yard gain. On 2nd and 18 from the Jacksonville 28, Dalton went to Erickson for 27 yards. Dalton then went to Joe Mixon for a 2 yard touchdown and a 7-3 Bengals lead with 1:25 left in the half. After a touchback, Gardner Minshew went to Conley for 7 and again for 29. On 3rd and 10 from the Cincy 44, Minshew hit Westbrook for 33 yards. Yet from the 11, Minshew threw incomplete twice. Lambo hit the 29 yard field goal to end the half with the Jaguars down 7-6. The Bengals fumbled early in the third quarter, setting up the Jaguars at their own 43. Lambo hit from 37 to make it 9-7 Jaguars. The Bengals took over at their own 9 and moved to a 2nd and 1 at the Jags 19. Rather than run the ball, Dalton threw incomplete twice. Going for it was rejected. Randy Bullock hit the 38 yard field goal as the Bengals had the 10-9 lead after three quarters. Yet these are the Bengals.

Jacksonville after a touchback saw DJ Chark run for 20. Minshew then found Conley for a 47 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Minshew hit Keelan Cole for the touchdown. Doug Marrone went for 2 and Minshew hit Conley for the conversion to make it 17-10 Jaguars. Dalton then had a fourth quarter for the ages, and not in a good way. Dalton moved the Bengals 60 yards in 10 plays to a 1st and 10 at the Jags 15 with a chance to take the lead. Dalton completed a pass to Miles Jack. Problem: Jack plays defense for the Jaguars. The Bengals got it back at their 23. Three plays later, Dalton completed a pass to Yannick Ngakoue. Problem: Ngakoue plays defense for the Jaguars. His interception return of 23 yards the other way went for a defensive touchdown and a 24-10 Bengals lead with 4 1/2 minutes left. The Bengals got a ray of hope when the ensuing kickoff was returned 61 yards to the Jacksonville 41. One play later Dalton completed a pass to Harrison. Problem: Harrison plays defense for the Jaguars. The last turnover led to a 26 yard Lambo field goal just past the 2 minute warning that put the game out of reach. 3 fourth quarter interceptions and 18 straight points turned a slugfest into a 27-10 Jaguars lead. Cincinnati got a garbage touchdown with 23 seconds remaining to remain winless. 27-17 Jaguars

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills — The Bills are a good team with a very good defense. The Dolphins are a terrible team with little to no offense. In the first quarter Steve Hauschka hit field goals of 39 and 43 to make it 6-0 Dolphins. Yet Josh Rosen was benched before the game in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard. After a touchback following the second field goal, Fitzpatrick went deep to Williams for a 35 yard gain. Walton ran for 12. On 3rd and 1 from the 3, Ballage got the touchdown on the first play of the second quarter for a 7-6 Dolphins lead. In the second quarter Hauschka would hit his third field goal from 45 yards out for a 9-7 Bills lead. After a touchback, Fitzpatrick hit Williams for 13 and Wilson for 22 more. Roughing the passer on an incompletion added 15 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Buffalo 12, Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker for the touchdown with 6 minutes left in the half. The rest of the half and the third quarter were scoreless, as the Dolphins took a 14-9 lead into the fourth quarter in front of a worried home crowd in Orchard Park. Yet these are the Dolphins. The Dolphins began the third quarter with a staggering 16 play, 63 yard drive that consumed a mind-numbing 10 minutes off the clock. The Dolphins even converted on 4th and 1 from the Buffalo 4. Yet on 1st and goal at the 2, Fitzpatrick fumbled and lost 10 yards. On the next play he was intercepted at the 2 yard line. Instead of 21-9 or even 17-9, the Bills only trailed 14-9 and they made the Dolphins pay. 

From their 2, DiMarco ran for 4 yards and Frank Gore added 15 more. On 3rd and 1 from their 30, Gore gained 5. Josh Allen then went deep to Williams for 23 yards and to Gore for 11 more. The fourth quarter began with the Bills facing 3rd and 7 at the Miami 28. Allen hit Cole Beasley for 8 and then John Brown for the 20 yard touchdown. Sean McDermott went for 2 and Allen got it himself for a 17-14 Bills lead one minute into the fourth quarter. With 9 minutes left, the Dolphins took over at their own 8. From their 22, a short completion was fumbled, recovered by the Bills, and returned 11 yards to the Miami 16. Allen hit Beasley for a 3 yard touchdown to put the Bills up 24-14 with 6 1/2 minutes left. With 4 minutes left, Miami took over at their own 40. On 4th and 8 from the Buffalo 43, Fitzpatrick hit Gesicki for 9 yards. On 3rd and 4 from the Buffalo 28, Fitzpatrick went to Hurns for 17 yards and ran the final 11 yards himself.. With 1:45 left, the Dolphins were within 24-21. Yet only 7 seconds later the game was over as the onside kick was returned 45 yards by Micah Hyde for the clinching touchdown. 22 fourth quarter points got the Bills to 5-1 and left the Dolphins an 0-6 mess. 31-21 Bills 

Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons — The Rams had lost 3 straight after a 3-0 start but played the woeful Falcons. The addition of Jalen Ramsey was expected to bolster the Rams defense. Both kickers Greg Zuerlein and Matt Bryant have been goats in recent weeks. This week Bryant hit from 52 while Zuerlein dunked a 40 yarder off the upright no good. Zuerlein then hit a 55 yarder for a 3-3 game. The Rams began the second quarter at their own 15. Jared Goff hit Woods for a 25 yard gain and again for 9 more. On 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 36, Goff threw incomplete but roughing the passer kept the drive going. On 3rd and 2 from the Atlanta 13, Goff hit Todd Gurley for the touchdown and the 10-3 Rams lead. Zuerlein tacked on a 25 yard field goal late in the half to make it 13-3 Rams. Bryant missed from 50 for the Falcons to end the half. In the third quarter after a touchback, the Rams soon faced 2nd and 10 from their own 39. Goff went deep to Everett for 33 yards, to Henderson for 8, to Cooper Kupp for 6, to Everett for 5, and to Everett again for an 8 yard touchdown to have the Rams comfortably ahead 20-3. An interception of Matt Ryan had the Rams at the Atlanta 16. On 3rd and goal at the one, Goff got in to make it 27-3 Rams. An Atlanta fumble led to a 15 play, 62 yard, 8 minute drive that culminated in a 20 yard Zuerlein field goal with 5 1/2 minutes remaining. 30 straight points had the Rams cruising 30-3. Atlanta got one garbage touchdown but then gave up one as the Rams defense recovered a fumble for a touchdown to close the blowout. 37-10 Rams

Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans — Sometimes a pair of bad teams can play a thrilling game for the ages. This was definitely not that game. Anthony Lynn decided to have the Chargers go for it on 4th and 2 from the Titans 31 rather than try a 49 yard field goal. Philip Rivers threw incomplete. Cody Parkey hit a 45 yard field goal for the Titans and McLaughlin answered from 29 for a 3-3 game. In the second quarter the Chargers took over at their own 6 yard line. On 3rd and 3 from their 13, Rivers hit Keenan Allen for 17, Austin Ekeler for 15 and 5, Hunter Henry for 7, and Allen for 15. On 3rd and goal at the one, Rivers hit Melvin Gordon for the touchdown to cap the 14 play, 94 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive to make it 10-3 Chargers. The Titans took over at their 14 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half. Ryan Tannehill played in place of the benched Marcus Mariota, and he hit Brown for 16 yards and 15 more, and hit Henry for 18 yards. Henry then ran for 12 and 4. With 25 seconds left in the half, Tannehill went to Davis for the tying touchdown. A scoreless third quarter had these teams entering the fourth quarter deadlocked 10-10.

The Titans took over at their own 15 and Tannehill hit Sharpe for 14 yards and Humphries for 11 more. From just past midfield on 3rd and 2, Tannehill went to Firkser for 27 yards. On 3rd and 11 at the Chargers 23 to start the fourth quarter, Tannehill hit Humphries for 14 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 5, Tannehill hit Sharpe for the touchdown. The routine extra point was made exciting by the doink king, Cody Parkey. He had a multiple doink game last year with Chicago in addition to a double doink kick that cost the Bears a one point playoff loss to Philadelphia. He doinked this extra point no good as well as the Titans led 16-10 with 13 minutes left in regulation. After a touchback, Rivers went to Henry for a pair of 23 yard gains. Yet the drive died after that. McLaughlin hit a 50 yard field goal as the Chargers trailed 16-13 with 11 minutes left to play.

The Titans soon faced 3rd and 1 at their own 34. Tannehill connected with Davis for a 38 yard gain. From the Chargers 22, Henry ran for 8, 3, and then the 11 yard touchdown. With 6 1/2 minutes left the Titans had some breathing room up 23-13. Only 90 seconds later that breathing room was gone. Rivers after a touchback hit Williams for 11, Hunter for 11 and 13, and then Ekeler on the bomb for the 59 yard touchdown. With 5 minutes left the Chargers were back within 23-20. After a touchback, the Titans m vied to a 4th and inches just past midfield. Mike Vrabel decided to go for it. Tannehill tried to sneak over the top but was ruled short of the sticks. Despite having all 3 timeouts, Vrabel for some bizarre reason did not challenge the spot. The Chargers took over with 2 1/2 minutes left. One completion for 6 yards followed by lazy lack of urgency let the clock hit the 2 minute warning. On 3rd and 4 from the Titans 45, Rivers hit Williams for 10. Rivers then fired to Ekeler for 19 yards to set up 1st and 10 at the Titans 16 with 49 seconds left. Vrabel had to consider using his timeouts on defense. It was a non-issue as Rivers fired over the middle to Ekeler, who banged through the defenders and crashed down over the goal for the touchdown with 37 seconds left. 

On further review, the score was reversed and the ball put half a yard away from the goal. With everything on the line, the Chargers committed a false start. On the next play defensive pass interference put the ball back on the one. Then a carry was again ruled a touchdown, although it again appeared to be short of the goal as this was turning into the Burt Reynolds version of “The Longest Yard.” The ball was put back on the one. This time there was an inexplicable 10 second runoff that should not have been assessed and the Titans should have refused. 22 seconds remained in this horribly officiated game. Gordon then got the carry and tried to smash through. Complete chaos ensued. The Chargers thought Gordon scored. The Titans said they recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchback. If Gordon was down, then the clock would run. Yet the officials were discussing another 10 second runoff which again would have been incorrect. After a lengthy discussion, the officials bungled their saying the right call. Gordon dd fumble short of the goal line, and the Titans did recover. It was a touchback. In a shocking end that was badly officiated and badly coached, Al Pacino’s Tony Montana reminds us that in football, you fight for every last inch. 23-20 Titans  

Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks — A pair of well coached tam with good quarterbacks and good defenses played a solid game as expected. The Ravens moved from their own 16 to a 3rd and 2 at the Seattle 6. Edwards lost a yard and the Ravens settled for a 25 yard Justin Tucker field goal to lead 3-0. Later on the Seahawks faced 3rd and 1 at their own 26. Chris Carson gained 9 yards. 

On 3rd and 11 at their own 34, Russell Wilson went deep to DK Metcalf for 37 yards. The second quarter began with the Seahawks facing 3rd and 3 from the Baltimore 8. Wilson went to Tyler Lockett for the touchdown to cap the 11 play, 83 yard, 6 minute drive and make it 7-3 Seahawks. Each offense then moved into the red zone but could no cross the goal line. Despite 2nd and 8 from the Seattle 10, Lamar Jackson threw incomplete twice. Tucker hit from 28 to get the Ravens within 7-6. The Seahawks moved to a 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 16, but Wilson threw 3 incompletions. Myers hit from 34 to make it 10-6 Seahawks midway through the second quarter. A field position game had the Seahawks with a 3rd and 6 at the Baltimore 34. Yet Wilson was then intercepted by just acquired Marcus Peters. The former Kansas City cornerback returned his interception of Wilson 67 yards for a defensive touchdown and a 13-10 Ravens lead. With 5 minutes left in the half, the Seahawks moved to a 2nd and 10 at the Baltimore 13 with 12 seconds left. Wilson threw incomplete. On 3rd and 10 with 6 seconds left, Pete Carroll took no chances. Myers hit the 31 yard field goal as the teams took a 13-13 tie to the locker rooms. 

In the third quarter Myers missed a 53 yard field goal try that would have given the Seahawks the lead. The Ravens soon faced 3rd and 5 at their own 48. Jackson hit Hurst for 10 yards. Edwards added 14 more on the ground. On 4th and 2 from the Seattle 8 very late in the third quarter, John Harbaugh made the questionable decision to go for it rather than take points on the road. Jackson got the first down and the touchdown himself as the Ravens led 20-13 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter the Ravens turned out the lights. A 13 play, 86 yard drive took 9 minutes off the clock. Tucker hit from 22 to make it 23-13 Ravens with 3:50 to play. One play after a touchback, Baltimore’s defense clammed the door. A fumble was returned 18 yards for a second defensive touchdown. The Seahawks are a good football team,  but Baltimore made a loud statement that their defense is back and they can go anywhere on the road and win. Jackson completed only 9 passes out of 20 thrown for 143 yards. This was not Trent Dilfer game management, but it was pretty close. Needing 3 scores, Myers hit a 35 yard field goal with 1:52 left but nothing more. 30-16 Ravens

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears — Mitchell Trubisky returned for the Bears while Teddy Bridgewater started again for the Saints. Most of this game was the Mike Ditka Bowl, as the defenses played well. 2 minutes into the game, the Saints blocked a Chicago punt through the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 Saints lead. Later on a Chicago fumble had the Saints taking over at the Chicago 24. Bridgewater hit Thomas for 12 and went to Hill for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 9-0 Saints. 15 seconds later Cordarelle Patterson returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a special teams touchdown. In a game with almost 0 offense, the Bears were within 9-7. The second quarter was a slog. Eddie Pineiro hit a 46 yard field goal to put the Bears in front, and Wil Lutz countered from 39 to put the Saints back on top 12–10. Lutz missed from 42 late in the half. 

The third quarter belonged to the Saints. On 3rd and 3 from their own 32, Bridgewater got just enough. Latavius Murray gained 17 yards on the next play. Bridgewater then went deep to Ted Ginn Jr for a 45 yard gain. Murray got the last 3 yards as the Saints took a 19-10 lead. The Bears then immediately fumbled but the Saints went backward and Lutz missed again from 52. Yet the Saints got it back at their own 24. On 3rd and 1 from their 44, Taysom Hill entered and took an end around 23 yards. From the Chicago 21, Murray gained 15 and 2. Bridgewater hit Hill for the 4 yard touchdown as the Saints had a comfortable 26-10 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Lutz hit from 30 and Murray ran for a 4 yard touchdown to extend the blowout. Down by 26, Chicago eventually got a pair of garbage touchdowns. Bridgewater is 5-0 as a starter. Those asking if the Saint have a quarterback controversy will expect an icy stare from Sean Payton. 36-25 Saints 

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys was the Sunday night game. The first quarter was a nightmare for the Eagles. They fumbled, and the Cowboys took over at the Philly 45. On 3rd and 1 from the 36, Dan Prescott gained 8 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Philly 20, Tavon Austin got around the end for the touchdown and the 7-0 Cowboys lead. The Eagles soon fumbled again and the Cowboys recovered at the Philly 14 yard line. One play later Ezekiel Elliott ran it 13 yards. From the one, Elliott leapt over the top for the touchdown and the 14-0 Cowboys lead. Midway through the first quarter, the Eagles faced 3rd and 10 at their own 13. Carson Wentz threw incomplete, but roughing the passer gave the Eagles heir first break. Howard rushed for 16 yards, and then another unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on a defenseless receiver added 15 more. On 2nd and 12 from the Dallas 28, Wentz went deep to Dallas Goedert for the touchdown as 87 yards came with help from 30 penalty yards. The Eagles were back in it down 14-7. 

In the second quarter the Cowboys took over at their own 29. Elliott ran for 11 and Prescott hit Gallup for 8. On 3rd and 1 just shy of midfield, Prescott got stopped. Jason Garrett decided to go for it, and on 4th and 1 Prescott hit Elliott for 9 yards. Pollard ran for 11 and Prescott added 7 more. After a touchdown pass was nullified by offensive holding, the Cowboys soon faced 3rd and 4 at the Philly 25. Prescott hit Jason Witten for 8 yards, Randall Cobb for 16, and Jarwin for the one yard touchdown. The 12 play, 71 yard drive took 6:40 and had the Cowboys up 21-7. The Cowboys got it back with 2:47 left in the half and soon faced 3rd and 9 at their own 21. Prescott threw incomplete but illegal use of hands was a killer penalty. On the next play Prescot went deep to Amari Cooper for a 44 yard gain. Maher hit a 26 yard field goal to make it 24-7 Cowboys with 1:34 left in the half. The Cowboys got it back at their own 30 with 22 seconds left. Prescott played pitch and catch with Witten for gains of 8, 7 and 10. With 4 seconds left, Maher came in for a 63 yard field goal try, one yard short of the NFL record. Maher nailed it as the Cowboys led 27-7 at the break.

In the second quarter the Cowboys took over at their own 29. Elliott ran for 11 and Prescott hit Gallup for 8. On 3rd and 1 just shy of midfield, Prescott got stopped. Jason Garrett decided to go for it, and on 4th and 1 Prescott hit Elliott for 9 yards. Pollard ran for 11 and Prescott added 7 more. After a touchdown pass was nullified by offensive holding, the Cowboys soon faced 3rd and 4 at the Philly 25. Prescott hit Jason Witten for 8 yards, Randall Cobb for 16, and Jarwin for the one yard touchdown. The 12 play, 71 yard drive took 6:40 and had the Cowboys up 21-7. The Cowboys got it back with 2:47 left in the half and soon faced 3rd and 9 at their own 21. Prescott threw incomplete but illegal use of hands was a killer penalty. On the next play Prescot went deep to Amari Cooper for a 44 yard gain. Maher hit a 26 yard field goal to make it 24-7 Cowboys with 1:34 left in the half. The Cowboys got it back at their own 30 with 22 seconds left. Prescott played pitch and catch with Witten for gains of 8, 7 and 10. With 4 seconds left, Maher came in for a 63 yard field goal try, one yard short of the NFL record. Maher nailed it as the Cowboys led 27-7 at the break. The second half was a formality. The Eagles kicked a third quarter field goal and the Cowboys added a fourth quarter one. After the teams exchanged interceptions, a Wentz fumble was recovered at the Philly 16. On 3rd and 2, Prescott ran for the touchdown to complete the blowout. 37-10 Cowboys 

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New York Giants at New England Patriots was the Thursday night game. In two Super Bowls, the heavily favored Patriots were shocked by the underdog Giants. Tom Brady is still playing, and last week passed Brett Favre to become third in all time passing yards. In the first 40 seconds of this game, he passed Peyton Manning to move into second place. He still trails Drew Brees by 3,000 yards. The two Super Bowls involved Eli Manning miracles. In this contest, Manning was on the bench. Daniel Jones is now the Giants quarterback. For over three quarters, this was actually a competitive game. Then reality set in. 

The Patriots moved from their own 28 to a 3rd and 1 at the Giants 19. Sony Michel got the carry and got stopped. Evil Hoodie Bill Belichick decided to go for it and Michel got stopped again. The teams traded punts and then traded interceptions. Late in the first quarter, the Giants punted from their own 19. The punt was blocked by Bolen and recovered by Winovich, who returned it 6 yards for a special teams touchdown and a 7-0 Patriots. In the second quarter the Giants took over at their own 25. At their 35, Jones was intercepted by Harmon, who returned it 27 yards to the Giants 20. On 2nd and 15 from the 25, Brady went to Meyers for 23 yards. On 3rd and goal at the one, Brandon Bolden got in to make it 14-0 Patriots. 

After a touchback, the Giants struck quickly. From their 36, Daniel Jones went to Golden Tate for a 64 yard gain. After another touchback, the Patriots quickly faced 2nd and 12 at the Giants 48. Brady was sacked and fumbled, and Golden returned the fumble 42 yard. With 4 1/2 minutes left in the half, the game was tied 14-14. 

Sony Michel ran the ball 4 straight times, and the Patriots faced 3rd and 6 at their own 41. Brady went to James White for 8 yards, Meyers for 23 more, Julian Edelman for 4, White for 7, White again for 5, and White one final tie for 11 yards down to the one. With 30 seconds left in the half, Nugent got the last yard foe the score to make it 21-14 Patriots. In the third quarter another interception of Jones led to a missed field goal. The Patriots on their next series turned it over on downs. It was a close game as the Giants faced 3rd and 9 at their own 33 with 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The Giants fumbled and Kyle Van Noy returned it 22 yards for a score to make it 28-14 Patriots.  The Patriots got it back at their own 37 and Michel quickly ran for 13 and 4 yards. From the Giants 39, Brady went deep to Edelman for a 36 yard gain. Brady ran for the last yard himself to complete the scoring. 35-14 Patriots

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London was the Sunday early morning game. On the first offensive play from scrimmage, Jameis Winston was intercepted, setting up a 49 yard Joey Slye field goal to make it 3-0 Panthers. A punt would pin the Panthers at their own one yard line. On 3rd and 4 from their 7, Kyle Allen hit Moore for 6 and Greg Olsen for 16. A defensive facemask added 15 and Allen hit Curtis Samuel for 21 and Moore for 23. On 3rd and goal at the one, Allen got stopped. Riverboat Ron Rivera gambled on 4tha nd goal at the one and Christian McCaffrey got in for a 10-0 Panthers lead. The second quarter began with the Panthers fumbling a punt and the Buccaneers recovering at the Carolina 37. Winston went to Howard for 30 yards and Ronald Jones ran for a 5 yard touchdown to get the Buccaneers within 10-7. Yet an interception of Winston set up the Panthers at the Tampa Bay 36. On 3rd and 6 from the 32, Allen hit Moore for 7 and McCaffrey for a 25 yard touchdown to make it 17-7 Panthers. Despite Slye missing a 60 yard field goal try to end the half, the Panthers were in command. 

In the second half the Panthers quickly put the game away. On 4th and 1 from the Tampa 28, this time Ron Rivera played it safe. Slye hit the 46 yard field goal to make it 20-7 Panthers. Winston was quickly intercepted by Luke Kuechly, who returned it 25 yards to the Tampa 8. On the next play Samuel ran for the touchdown to make it 27-7 Panthers. After a Bucs field goal, the Panthers marched 75 yards in 10 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. On 3rd and 4 from the Tampa 27, Allen went to Moore for 16 yards. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Allen hit Samuel for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 34-10 Panthers. Carolina coasted from there. The Bucs did manage to reach the end zone twice, but Slye tacked on one more field goal in a game that was not as close as the score. After an 0-2 start, Allen has led the Panthers to 4 straight wins. Winston threw for 400 yards, but that was misleading. He completed 30 of 54 passes with one touchdown and a miserable 5 interceptions. 37-26 Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens — The Ravens are good and the Bengals are awful, but Brandon Wilson returned the opening kickoff 92 yards fr a touchdown as the Bengals led 7-0 only 12 seconds into the game. After that the Ravens took over. They moved 75 yards easily. Lamar Jackson ran for a 36 yard gain and then for a 21 yard touchdown to tie the game. Baltimore got it back and went 66 yards in 10 plays and 6 minutes. From their 34, Jackson ran for 14 yards and then hit Mark Ingram for 11 more. On 2nd and 14 from the Cincy 45, Jackson hit Andrew for 20. After a false start, Jackson went to Boykin for 18 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Cincy 4, Edwards gained 3 and Ingram got the last yard for a 14-7 Ravens lead. After the first quarter the defenses dug in. Justin Tucker hit a 40 yard field goal to start the second quarter and put the Ravens up 17-7. Randy Bullock countered from 22 to end the half with the Bengals within 17-10. Tucker hit from 49 on the last play of the third quarter to make it 20-10 Ravens. Baltimore in the fourth quarter mounted a mind-numbing 18 play, 83 yard drive that took 9:46 off the clock. Despite 2nd and goal at the 2, the Ravens settled for a 21 yard Tucker field goal to make it 23-10 Ravens with 3:46 left in regulation. By the time Red Rifle Andy Dalton ran for a 2 yard touchdown to cap a 12 play, 75 yard drive, only 90 seconds remained. The onside kick failed and the Bengals remained winless. 23-17 Ravens

Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns — The Seahawks and Browns both talk, but the Seahawks back it up. Early on the Browns looked good. Hilliard returned the opening kickoff 74 yards to the Seattle 23. Nick Chubb returned for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Browns. After a touchback, Russell Wilson hit Willson for 5 and Bellore for 20 to midfield. On 3rd and 2 from the Cleveland 42, Wilson went to DK Metcalf for 30 yards. On 2nd and 14 from the cleveland 16, Wilson ran it in himself. The extra point was no good as the Seahawks trailed 7-6. Cleveland took over at their own 31 and soon faced 4th and  at the Seattle 38. Freddie Kitchens decided to go for it. Baker Mayfield went deep to Jarvis Landry for 27 yards. Mayfield ran for a 10 yard touchdown to make it 14-6 Browns. Cleveland got it back at their own 8 and needed only 3 plays to go 92 yards. Mayfield hit O’Dell Beckham for 9. Chubb ran for a 52 yard gain. On the first play of the second quarter, Mayfield went to Ricky Seals-Jones for a 31 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good, but the Browns were rolling 20-6. Then reality set in.

Jason Myers hit a 38 yard field goal. The Seahawks then blocked a punt and took over at the Cleveland 20. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Wilson threw incomplete. Pete Carroll went for the field goal and Myers hit from 20 to get the Seahawks within 20-12. Mayfield was intercepted, but the Seahawks could not capitalize. The Browns then moved to a 2nd and 8 at the Seattle 10 with 1:36 left in the half. Mayfield went to the end zone and was intercepted again. Seattle took over at their own 12. Wilson went to Chris Carson for 4 and Moore for 14. Wilson scrambled for 11 and then hit CJ Promise for 15 and Tyler Lockett for 22. With 22 seconds left in the half, the Seahawks faced 3rd and 5 at the Cleveland 17. Wilson went to Jaron Brown for the touchdown. The 2 point try failed, but instead of trailing 27-12 or even 23-12, Cleveland mistakes had he Seahawks within 20-18. The second half was inevitable.

In the third quarter, the Browns fumbled and the Seahawks recovered at their own 42. Wilson hit Willson for 11 and Carson ran for 25 more. Wilson hit Moore for 11 more. On 3rd and goal at the 6, Wilson went to Brown for the touchdown. With 6 minutes left in the third quarter, the Seahawks had their first lead of the game up 25-20. The Seahawks got it back and fumbled and the Browns took over at the Seattle 45. On 4th and goal at the one with 10:44 left in regulation, Freddie Kitchens again decided to go for it. Earlier in the drive, Cleveland converted on 4th and 3 from the Seattle 23. Mayfield went to Landry, who fumbled. Chub recovered it, but short of the goal line. Seattle was penalized for having 12 men on the field. Given another chance, Kitchens went for it again. This time Chubb lost a yard. Despite the goal line stand, Seattle had to punt on 4th and 11 from their own 1. Dickson shanked a 23 yard punt. Chubb then ran for 21 yards and then for the 3 yard touchdown. Mayfield hit Harris for the 2 point conversion. With 9 minutes left the Browns led 28-25. Yet the Browns defense could not hold the lead. On 2nd and 5 from their own 26, Wilson hit Metcalf for 12. 2 defensive penalties added 20 more yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Cleveland 21, Wilson hit Lockett for gains of 5 and 15. Carson got the last yard to put the Seahawks back up by 4 points with 3 1/2 minutes left. Mayfield was quickly intercepted again to end any hopes of a comeback. Seattle is 5-1 and playing Pete Carroll team ball. 32-28 Seahawks

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs — Normally the Chiefs get off to a slow start, take the first quarter off, and then explode in the second quarter to obliterate their opponent. Last week they were knocked from the unbeaten ranks in stunning fashion at home. This game was an even bigger surprise. The Chiefs began at their own 9 yard line. On 3rd and 6 from their own 13, Patrick Mahomes and Williams connected for a 52 yard gain. Penalties had the Chiefs facing 3rd and 21 at the Houston 46. Mahomes went to Tyreek Hill for the touchdown. Ho hum, Chiefs up 7-0. The Texans fumbled and the Chiefs took over at the Houston 18. Harrison Butker hit a 41 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Chiefs. The Texans did manage a 44 yard Kaimi Fairbairn field goal to get within 10-3, but the Chiefs offense kept rolling. On 3rd and 8 from their own 12, Mahomes threw incomplete. Yet defensive pass interference meant a 15 yard gain. Mahomes then hit Hill for 9 and Travis Kelce for 18 more. McCoy ran for 15 yards. Mahomes hit Hill for 11 and Damien Williams for the 14 yard touchdown. After one quarter, the Chiefs led 17-3. This game was over. 

Except it wasn’t. In the second quarter it was the Texans who exploded in front of a shocked home crowd at Arrowhead. Carlos Hyde ran for gains of 5, 9 and 11 on 3rd and 1 from the Houston 48. Deshaun Watson hit Fells for 15 yards and Duke Johnson for an 11 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good as the Texans trailed 17-9. The Chiefs moved from their 19 to a 1st and 10 at the Houston 32. Mahomes went for it all and was intercepted for a touchback. Watson went to Coutee for 23 ya, Hyde for 14, Akins for 12, Deandre Hopkins for 6, and Coutee for 2 to set up 4th and 1 at the Chiefs 23. Bill O’Brien decided to go for it and Watson hit Hopkins for 7 and Johnson for 9. Hyde ran for the 2 yard touchdown to get the Texans within 17-16 with 3 minutes left in the half. Then there was chaos. With 1:44 left in the half, Butler missed a 50 yard field goal. With 39 seconds left on 4th and 1 from the Chiefs 40, O’Brien went for it. Watson went for it all and was intercepted for a touchback. Mahomes was then sacked and fumbled, and the Texans recovered at the Chiefs 3 yard line with 23 seconds left. Watson ran for the touchdown as a shellshocked home crowd saw the Texans leading 23-17 at halftime.

Four minutes into the third quarter, momentum swing again when Fairbairn missed a 46 yard field goal to extend the lead. Te Chiefs took over at their own 36. From the Houston 49, McCoy ran for 17 tyards and Mahomes hit Kelce for 16 more and Hardman for another 10. On 3rd and goal at the 6, Mahomes went to Hill for the score. With 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the Chiefs had the 24-23 lead. The Texans moved from their own 23 to 1st and goal at the 8. On 3rd and goal at the 12, the third quarter ended with Watson again being intercepted for a touchback. The Texans got it back at their own 7 to start the fourth quarter. From their 16, Hyde ran for 9. Watson hit Akins for 23 and Fuller for 13. Watson ran for 7 to midfield and Johnson gained 9, 15 and 3.On 2nd and 15 from the Chiefs 19, Watson hit Fells for 18. Watson got the last yard and hit Hopkins for the 2 point try to put the Texans up by 7 with 6:17 left. The Chiefs went 3 and out and the Texans got it back with 5 minutes left at their own 37. Watson hit Hopkins for 18. With 2 1/2 minutes left and the Chiefs out of timeouts, the Texans faced 3rd and 1 at the Chiefs 25. Hyde lost 2 yards. At the 2 minute warning, on 4th and 3 from the 27, a 45 yard field goal would lock up the win. Instead Bill O’Brien put on his big boy pants and risked it all. He went high risk with a pass play. Watson hit Hopkins for 8 yards and took a couple knees. O’Brien would have been pilloried had the Chiefs tied the game. Yet it was the Chiefs losing 2 straight at home to make Andy Reid a most concerned Walrus Lite indeed. 31-24 Texans 

New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars — This was a brutal football game. In the first quarter a short punt had the Saints taking over at the Jacksonville 37. Wil Lutz hit a 47 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Saints. In the second quarter a 66 yard, 13 play drive went no further than the 4 yard line. Josh Lambo hit a 22 yard field goal for a 3-3 game. In the third quarter, an interception of Gardner Minshew allowed the Saints to move from their 40 but no further than the Jacksonville 3 yard line. Lutz hit from 21 to make it 6-3 Saints. Jacksonville moved from their 25 to a 3rd and 2 at the Saints 10. Minshew was sacked and Lambo hit from 32 for a 6-6 deadlock after three quarters. The Saints faced 1st and 20 at their own 15. Teddy Bridgewater went to Thomas for 26 yards. On 3rd and 6 from the Jacksonville 44, Taysom Hill ran for 19 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 4, Bridgewater went to Jared Cook for the only touchdown of the game and a 7 point Saints lead with 12 minutes left. With 9 minutes left on 4th and 2 from the Saints 40, Doug Marrone went for it and Minshew threw incomplete. The Saints ran the final 6 minutes off the clock. Bridgewater was far from spectacular but he managed the game perfectly and let the defense turn out the lights. Bridgewater is 4-0 as a starter as Sean Payton has a 5-1 football team winning with defense rather than offense. 13-6 Saints

Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings — Two years ago the Eagles crushed the Vikings in the NFC Title Game. Minnesota responded by bringing in Kirk Cousins. While that has not worked out well, this game was sweet vindication for him and his team. After a touchback, the Vikings faced 3rd and 13 just past midfield. Cousins went to Adam Thielen for 20 yards. Dalvin Cook ran for 15 more. On 3rd and 2 from the Philly 7, Cook ran for one. Mike Zimmer challenged the spot and won as it was ruled a 2 yard gain and a first down. Cousin hit Thielen for a 6 yard touchdown for a 7-0 Vikings lead. The Vikings got it back at their own 44 and Dan Bailey hit a 39 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Vikings. In the second quarter the Eagles did get a field goal of their own but the Vikings needed only 2 plays after a touchback to strike back. Cousins went to Minneapolis Miracle hero Stefan Diggs for a 52 yard touchdown to make it 17-3 Vikings. Doug Pederson then gambled on 4th and 2 just past midfield. Carson Wentz threw incomplete. On the next play Cousins went to Stefan Diggs for a 51 yard touchdown to make it 24-3 Vikings.  

The Eagles tried to make a game of it. After a touchback, Howard ran for 9. Wentz hit Goedert for 11 and 7. Wentz ran for 16. Wentz went to Miles Sanders for a 32 yard touchdown to get the Eagles within 24-10. In the third quarter the Eagles quickly faced 2nd and 7 at their own 28. Wentz went to Nelson Agholor for 23 and Sanders for 45 more. Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery for a 3 yard touchdown to get the Eagles within 24-17. A short punt had the Eagles getting it back at their own 45. Wentz hit Jeffery for 26 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Minnesota 21, West Coast Offense guru Doug Pederson called a West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass. It lost a yard. Elliott hit a 40 yard field goal to get the Eagles within 24-20. 

Close was not good enough. The Vikings soon turned out the lights. After a touchback, Cousins hit Diggs for 13 and 8 and Johnson for 16. Diggs gained 8 and Cook ran for 6 and 5. Cousins hit Thielen for 8 and Diggs for an 11 yard touchdown to make it 31-20 Vikings. The Vikings got it back at their own 12 in the fourth quarter. From their 16, Cousins went to Smith for 29 yards. Mattison ran for 35 more. Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph for 13. Cook ran for a one yard touchdown to put the game on ice. The Eagles added another fumble and an interception for good measure. Wentz was 26 of 40 for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cousins was a sensational 22 of 29 for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns. Each quarterback was intercepted once. Diggs had 167 yards receiving on 7 catches with 3 touchdowns. 38-20 Vikings

Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins — These teams played in 2 Super Bowls, but this was the Stupor Bowl. Jay Gruden was fired and Bill Callahan took over on an interim basis. After a scoreless first quarter worthy of two winless teams, the Redskins took over at their own 7 yard line. Even the field was awful as the game had to be stopped in the second quarter for turf repair. Adrian Peterson ran for gains of 5, 18, 9, 25 and 3. Case Keenum then threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin to make it 7-0 Redskins. Late in the half Sanders hit a 39 yard field goal as the Dolphins trailed 7-3. In the third quarter it was more Peterson, with gains of 5, 8 and one. On 3rd and 2 just past midfield, Keenum threw incomplete. However, a defensive facemask meant 15 yards. Keenum went to McLaurin again for a 33 yard touchdown to make it 14-3 Redskins. A second interception of Josh Rosen set up the Redskins at the Miami 34. On 2nd and goal at the one, Keenum fumbled but the Redskinsr retained possession at their 3. On the next play Keenum threw incomplete. Keenum threw incomplete. Dustin Hopkins hit the 21 yard field goal to make it 17-3 Redskins after three quarters. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Callahan gambled on a 55 yard field goal try to all but put the game away. It was no good and the Dolphins clung to life. Brian Flores benched Rosen and brought in Duck Dynasty Chabad Rabbi Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard. 

Drake ran for gains of 9 and 5. From the Washington 33, Fitzpatrick hit Walton for 18 yards. Kalen Ballag ran for a one yard touchdown to get the Dolphins within 17-10 with 11 minutes left in regulation. This horrendous game of almost all punts saw the Dolphins take over at their own 25 with 2:02 to play. Fitzpatrick went deep to Gesicki for 30 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Washington 37 with one minute left, Fitzpatrick ran for 5 and hit Hurns for 11 more as the Dolphins took their final timeout with 26 seconds left. With 6 seconds left, the Dolphins were at the Washington 11. Fitzpatrick hit Devante Parker for the touchdown. The Dolphins were an extra point away from overtime. Instead Brian Flores decided to go for the 2 point conversion and the win. While it’s hard to argue with a winless team doing this, the Dolphins were at home and had all the momentum. Overtime would have been a good call. The 2 point try failed when Fitzmagic’s magic ran out and his pass was incomplete. Callahan got the win, while Flores still waits for his first win. Peterson had 118 yards on 23 carries for 5.1 yards a carry in an otherwise horrendous game. 17-16 Redskins

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams — The 49ers were unbeaten, but they had yet to face a real test. This week was supposed to be a reality check. It was, but for NFL fans around the league. The 49ers punted and the Rams took over at their own 44. Brown ran for 9, 10, 7 and 9. Robert Woods ran for 8 and Brown ran for 5 more. Woods ran for an 8 yard touchdown to put the Rams up 7-0 without a single pass attempted. The Rams offense took the final 51 minutes off. After a touchback, the 49ers faced 3rd and 8 at their own 38. Jimmy Garoppollo was sacked, but defensive offside meant 3rd and 3. Garoppolo went to Greg Kittle for 10. Matt Breida ran for 5 and caught a 17 yard pass. Garoppolo hot Pettis for 19 and Tevin Coleman ran for a 2 yard touchdown for a 7-7 game. After a scoreless second quarter, the 49ers dominated the second half with just enough offense and relentless defense. The Rams fumbled the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. The 49ers took over at the Rams 17. On 3rd and goal at the one, Garoppolo got in the end zone to make it 14-7 49ers. Robbie Gould missed a 55 yard field goal to end the half but hit from 25 in the third quarter and  34 in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. The defending NFC champion Rams are 3-3 under Sean McVay while Kyle Shanahan has a 5-0 football team that is for real. 20-7 49ers

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals — A pair of bad teams can sometimes come together and play an exciting game. This actually was that game. The Falcons took over at their own 20 and Matt Ryan went to Julio Jones for 17 yards. On 3rd and 11 from their own 36, Ryan went to Hooper for 19 yards. Devonta Freeman ran for 15. On 3rd and 10 from the Arizona 30, Ryan was sacked. Yet Terrell Suggs jumped offsides. On 3rd and 5, Ryan threw incomplete. Yet Chandler Jones jumped offsides. Freeman ran for 7 and 4 and Ryan hit Calvin Ridley for a 9 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Falcons. After that the Cardinals took over.

From their own 22, Kyler Murray completed a pair of 6 yard passes On 3rd and 10 from their own 34, Murray hit Sherfiel for 38 yards. On 3rd and 7 from the Atlanta 25, Murray only gained 4. Zane Gonzalez hit the 39 yard field goal to get the Cardinals on the board. The Cardinals got it back and soon faced 1st and 17 at their own 7. Chase Edmonds gained 5 and Murray hit Larry Fitzgerald for 18 more. On 3rd and 1 from their own 39, Murray gained 2. On the first play of the second quarter, Murray went deep to Byrd for a 58 yard gain down to the one. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Murray hit Edmonds for the touchdown to make it 10-7 Cardinals. The Cardinals got it back at their own 21 and struck quickly. David Johnson gained 17 yards and caught a pass for 30 more. Murray then went to Edmonds for 31 yards down to the one. Johnson got the yard for the touchdown and the 17-7 Cardinals lead. 

The Falcons did mount an 11 play, 64 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive but stalled at the Arizona 11. Matt Bryant hit the 29 yard field goal to get the Falcons within 17-10. The Cardinals quickly came back 71 yards in 15 plays. On 3rd and goal from the 4 with 4 seconds left, Kliff Kingsbury decided not to risk one more play. Gonzalez hit from 22 to make it 20-10 Cardinals at the half. The Cardinals took the second half kickoff and marched 64 yards. From their 36, Murray ran for 15 yards to midfield. On 3rd and 8 from the Atlanta 48, Murray threw incomplete but illegal contact kept the drive going. On 4th and 2 from the Atlanta 35, Cliff Kingsbury decided to go for it. Murray hit Clay for 6 yards. Murray threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Maxx Williams to have the Cardinals up 27-10. Yet then the game changed again.

After a touchback, the Falcons moved to a 1st and 10 at the Arizona 29. However, the drive stalled and Bryant hit a 44 yard field goal to get the Falcons within 27-13. The Falcons got the ball back at their own 7. On 3rd and 1 from their 16, a wildcat snap to Mohammed Sanu and a handoff to Freeman gained 14 yards. Ryan then hit Hooper for gains of 12 and 22, Ridley for 12, Freeman for 11, Gage for 6, and on 3rd and 4 from Arizona 7, a touchdown pass to Freeman. After three quarters, the Falcons were within 27-20. The Falcons got it back at their 17 one minute into the fourth quarter. On 3rd and 2 from their 25, Ryan hit Jones for 8, Ridley for 23, and Hooper for 30. With 11 minutes left in regulation, Ryan hit Hooper for the 6 yard touchdown. The game was now tied 27-27, and about to get even more exciting.

A short 35 yard punt with 15 yards reversed for fair catch interference had the Cardinals taking over at the Atlanta 45 midway through the fourth quarter. A horse collar tackle meant 15 more yards for the Cardinals. On 3rd and 5 from the Atlanta 14, Murray hit Johnson for the touchdown. With 5 minutes left the Cardinals led again 34-27. Now it was time for Matty Ice. After a touchback, Ryan hit Sanu for 15 and Jones for 22. Freeman gained 9 and 5. Ryan hit Sanu for 9 more. With 1:53 left from the Arizona 12, Ryan went to Freeman for the touchdown. Another coach went for 2 on this day and lost. Dan Quinn took no chances and brought in Bryant for the extra point to tie it. The kick was no good as the home crowd erupted in celebration. Bryant is a great kicker, but he just blew it. With 2 timeouts left, Quinn decided to kick it deep rather than go onsides kick. The Falcons took their last timeout on defense with 1:45 left as the Cardinals faced 3rd and 5 at their own 30. Murray scrambled and got just enough. Officials upheld the first down as the Falcons plummeted to 1-5 on the season. Both quarterbacks were sensational in a game where neither one was intercepted. Murray was 27 of 37 for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns and a 128.2 rating. Ryan was a lights out 30 of 36 for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns and a 144.9 rating. This game deserved overtime, but one missed extra point prevented that. 34-33 Falcons

Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets —Despite losing 2 straight after a 3-0 start, the Cowboys were supposed to roll over the winless Jets. However, the Jets played September without Sam Darnold, who was out with mononucleosis. The Jets with Darnold are a different team. The Jets took over at their 17 and benefitted from a 20 yard defensive pass interference call. On 3rd and 4 from their own 45, Darnold went to Crowder for 24 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Dallas 24, LeVeon Bell got just enough. On 3rd and goal at the 7, Darnold only gained 4 but a horse collar tackle meant 1st and goal at the 2. Bell got in for a 7-0 Jets lead. The Cowboys did get a 50 yard Brett Maher field goal in the second quarter, and had a chance to take the lead with a 3rd and 1 at the Jets 6. Ezekiel Elliott got the carry and lost a yard. Jason Garrett decided to go for it and on 4th and 2 Dak Prescott lost another yard. One play and 12 seconds later, the Jets led 14-3 when Darnold connected with Robby Anderson for a 92 yard touchdown. The Jets got it back at their own 35 at the 2 minute warning. From their 39, Darnold hit Griffin for 11 yards to midfield, Thomas for 33 yards, Griffin for 5 more, and with 27 seconds left in the half, Griffin one more time for a 5 yard touchdown. The Gang Green home crowd was rocking as the Jets had the 21-3 lead.

The Cowboys clawed back before the half even ended. With 16 seconds left on 3rd and 1 from their own 34, Prescott hit Michael Gallup for 17 and Jason Witten for 5. On the last play of the half, Maher drilled a 62 yard field goal. In the third quarter the Cowboys marched 61 yards in 14 plays and over 7 minutes. On 3rd and goal at the 4, Prescott went to Witten for the touchdown. Yet offensive pass interference away from the play nullified the score. Maher hit his third field goal from 32 to get the Cowboys within 21-9. An interception of Darnold led to a fourth field goal try from 40 yards out less than one minute into the fourth quarter. Yet this time Maher was no good. The Cowboys got it back at heir 16 and Prescott went to Tavon Austin for 16 yards with roughing the passer adding 15 more. On 3rd and 3 from the Jets 46, Prescott hit Wilson for 5 yards. On 3rd and 9 from the Jets 40, Prescott hit Witten for 16 and Gallup for 11 more. On 3rd and 2 from the Jets 5, Elliott got in to get the Cowboys within 21-16. With 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation, this had the makings of another Jets collapse.

From their own 23, rather than grind down clock, the Jets got aggressive. Darnold went deep to Crowder for 30 yards and too Anderson for 18 more. With 3 1/2 minutes left, on 3rd and 4 from the Dallas 20, Darnold threw incomplete. Sam Ficken hit the 38 yard field goal. The Jets led by 8, but they had not closed the door. After a touchback, the Cowboys faced 3rd and 8 at their own 39 with 1:56 left. Prescott threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 13 yards. Prescott hen hit Elliott for 12. On the next play Prescott threw incomplete but another defensive pass interference call meant 24 more yards. Then it was consecutive offensive penalties that had the Cowboys facing 1st and 27 from the Jets 29. Prescott threw incomplete but another defensive pass interference meant 13 more yards and another first down. On 3rd and 2 from the Jets 8, Prescot went to Elliott for 4 yards. Prescott ran for the 4 yard touchdown. With 43 seconds left, the Cowboys were a 2 point conversion away from tying the game. Prescott threw incomplete. The onsides kick failed as the Jets hung on for their first win. As for the preseason Super Bowl hype around the Cowboys, they are a 3-3 team that lost to the previously winless Jets and struggled for much of their win over winless Miami. Jerry Jones may start making everyone at Happy Valley uncomfortable again. Jerrah shelled out big bucks, and he is not getting results. Jason Garrett, beware the dreaded vote of confidence. 24-22 Jets

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos — The previously winless Broncos finally got Vic Fangio his first win as an NFL head coach last week. Now they faced a bad Titans team. Sometimes 2 bad teams can come together and play an exciting game for the ages. This was not that game. Brandon McManus hit a 31 yard field goal in the first quarter and a 53 yarder in the second quarter as the Broncos took a 6-0 lead to the locker rooms. In the third quarter on 3rd and 9 from their own 15, Marcus Mariota was intercepted to set the Broncos up at the Tennessee 41. Joe Flacco hit Freeman for 19 and Hamilton for 13. Phillip Lindsay from 2 yards out ran for the gam’s only touchdown. With 5 minutes left in regulation McManus hit a 48 yard field goal to complete the scoring. Mike Vrabel benched Mariota and brought in Ryan Tannehill, who threw in another interception for good measure. This is not the Denver defense that won it all 4 years ago, but on this day it was suffocating. 16-0 Broncos

Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers was the Sunday night game. Starter Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year. Backup Mason Rudolph was out with a concussion. Mike Tomlin was down to his third string quarterback as Devlin Hodges started his first NFL game. One week after losing at home to previously winless Denver, surely the Chargers would show up against a 1-4 wounded Pittsburgh team. No. These are the exact games the perpetually underachieving Chargers lose. 5 minutes into the game, A sack of Rivers meant a fumble and a 9 yard touchdown return by Devin Bush to make it 7-0 Steelers. 2 minutes later an interception by Bush had the Steelers at the Chargers 40. On 3rd and 4 from the Chargers 34, Hodges hit James Conner for 12 yards. On 3rd and from the Chargers 16, Hodges hit Conner for just enough. On the next play Conner ran for a 12 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Steelers. In the second quarter the Steelers moved 86 yards in 14 plays, taking over 9 minutes off the clock. On 3rd and 8 from the Chargers 26, Hodges went to Conner for the touchdown as the Steelers led 21-0 in a Los Angeles soccer stadium that felt like a Pittsburgh home game. The Chargers missed a 43 yard field goal to end the half while the Steelers in the third quarter moved 73 yards in 13 plays and 7 minutes. Despite 1s and goal at the 2, Conner got stopped twice and a shotgun snap on 3rd and goal was fumbled. The Steelers retained possession and Chris Boswell hit the 20 yard field goal. After three quarters, the Steelers led 24-0.

The Chargers went into hurry up mode with 3 minutes left in the third quarter from their own 9 yard line. The fourth quarter began with the Chargers facing 1st and 10 at the Pittsburgh 16. One minute later it was 4th and 14. An exasperated Anthony Lynn went with the field goal to avoid the shutout. Chase McLaughlin hit from 38. Hodges went for the kill shot from midfield and was intercepted. The Chargers took over at their own 30. Rivers led a furious rally, and midway through the fourth quarter the Chargers faced 3rd and goal at the 5. Rivers hit Hunter Henry for the score to get the Chargers within 24-10. With 4 minutes left the Chargers got it back at their own 21. With 90 seconds left Rivers threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to Hunter to get the Chargers within 7 points. The onsides kick failed and the Steelers took over at the Chargers 45. Yet on 4th and 1 from the Chargers 36, Mike Tomlin went ultra conservative. No going for it. No field goal. He punted, and a perfect punt pinned the Chargers at their own one yard line with one minute left and 0 timeouts. Rivers went deep and was intercepted. There was a  Chargers game where a 24-0 first half against the Raiders turned into a 28-24 game. Of course, it was the Chargers who blew that game. This time they just came up short after taking most of the first three quarters off. Rivers was 26 of 44 for 320 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Hodges was a game manager 15 of 20 for 132 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Hodges got his first win as both teams are 2-4. Yet 2 straight home losses exposed the Chargers for what they have been for nearly 6 decades. 24-17 Steelers

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers was the Monday night game. A few years ago the Lions led 20-0 and had the lead after 60 minutes. However, an untimed down and one Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary miracle later, it was the Packers with the 27-23 win. Some things never change. The Lions began a their own 23. On the first play from scrimmage, Matthew Stafford went deep to Kenny Golladay for a 66 yard gain.Yet on the next play out of the shotgun Stafford fumbled the snap for a 5 yard loss. Matt Prater hot a 28 yard field goal for a 3-0 Lions lead. TheLions got it back at their own 26. Again, on the first offensive play, Stafford went deep to Hall for a 58 yard gain. On 3rd and 3 from the 9, Stafford hit Golladay for 6 yards. On 3rd and goal at the one, Johnson got stopped. Matt Patricia went for it. On 4th and goal, Kerryon Johnson got in to make it 10-0 Lions. The Packers fumbled and the Lions took over at their own 32. On 3rd and goal at the 2, the Lions suffered a delay of game. Then on 3rd and goal at the 4, Stafford threw incomplete. Prater hit from 22 early in the second quarter as the Lions were all over the Packers 13-0. Then came reality.

The ensuing kickoff was kicked out of bounds. Despite 1st and 20 at their own 30, Rodgers hit Greg Allison for 21 yards. On 3rd and  6 from the Detroit 45, Rodgers hut Kumerow for 7. On 3rd and 5 from the Detroit 33, Rodgers threw incomplete but defensive holding kept the drive going. On 4th and 5 from the 13, the Packers lined up for a field goal. Yet the defense had too many men on the field, giving the Packers 1st and goal at the 8. These are the Lions. Rodgers hit Jamaal Williams for a 5 yard touchdown to get the Packers within 13-7. The Packers got it back at their own 6 and moved to a 1st and goal at the 10. Yet offensive holding killed the drive. Mason Crosby hit a 37 yard field goal to end the half with the Packers down 13-10. In the third quarter the Packers moved from their 22 to a 3rd and 2 at the Detroit 30. Rodgers threw incomplete. Crosby hit the 48 yarder to tie the game 13-13 only 2 1/2 minutes into the second half.

The Lions could not reach the end zone again. They started a drive at the Green Bay 25 but settled for a 41 yard Prater field goal to lead 16-13. Prater hit again from 51 to expand the lead. Early in the fourth quarter an interception of Rodgers gave the Lions another short field at the Green Bay 43. Again the Lions failed to get a first down. Prater hit his fifth field goal from 54 yards out for a 22-13 Lions lead with 12 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Too many field goals, not enough touchdowns. Green Bay took over at their own 21. Jones ran for 9 and Rodgers hit Lewis for 25 yards. On 3rd and 10 from the Detroit 45, Rodgers was sacked for an 11 yard loss. Yet a controversial illegal use of hands penalty on Trey Flowers meant an automatic first down. On 3rd and 5 from the Detroit 35, Rodgers went to Lazard for a touchdown. With 9 minutes left the Packers were within 22-20. 

The Lions after a touchback faced 2nd and 6 at their own 41. Stafford threw incomplete. Green Bay took over at their own 18 with 6:46 to play, and Rodgers used every second of it. Jones gained 5 and Rodgers hit Lazard for 12. Rodgers ran for 12 to the Green Bay 49. At the 2 minute warning, the Packers had 2nd and 8 from the Detroit 37. Rodgers went to Lazard for 15 yards. The Lions called their final timeout on defense with the Packers facing 3rd and 4 at the Detroit 16. Even if the Packers scored, the Lions would get the ball back. Except they would not. Rodgers threw incomplete but another illegal use of hands penalty on Flowers killed the Lions. The call was very questionable as Flowers somehow managed not to go crazy at the call. The automatic first down allowed the Packers to take the clock down to 2 seconds. Williams ran threw an open hole because the Lions were trying to let him score. Williams knew this and voluntarily went to the ground at the 3 yard line. Crosby came in for the 23 yard try to win it. It was a chip shot, a gift. The Lions needed a miracle. They did not get one. The kick was good. Lions fans can blame the refs, but the Packers were already in field goal range when the second call on Flowers happened. The Packers did not lead the game until the final play. The Packers are 5-1 and winning tough games. Crosby wanted to celebrate by doing the Lambeau Leap into the end zone, but he knew he was too small to make the jump. His teammate spotted him and got him over the railing into the seats where fans mobbed him. It was a sweet funny moment for the NFL and for Crosby, whose wife recently battled cancer. As for the Lions, Rodgers did it to them again. 23-2 Packers

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NFL 2019 Week 5 Recap

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NFL 2019 Week 5 Recap

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks was the Thursday night game. The Seahawks quickly faced 2nd and 18 at their own 17. The Seahawks then fumbled and the Rams took over on the Seattle 33. Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein hit the 47 yard field goal. Zuerlein tacked on a 32 yarder for a 6-0 Rams lead. After a touchback the Seahawks faced 2nd and 11 just shy of midfield. Russell Wilson went deep to Dissly for 38 yards and to Tyler Lockett for the 13 yard touchdown to make it 7-6 Seahawks. In the second quarter the Seahawks took over at their own 27. Wilson hit Lockett for 17 and then went DK Metcalf for a 40 yard touchdown and a 14-6 Seahawks lead. The Rams fumbled, but the Seahawks missed a field goal. The Rams got it back at their own 38 with with 1:33 left in the half. Jared Goff hit Woods for 9, Everett for 6, Woods again for 8 and Cooper Kupp for 15. On 3rd and 10 from the Seattle 24, Goff threw incomplete but roughing the passer moved the ball to the 12. With 6 seconds left in the half, the Rams faced 2nd and 6 from the Seattle 9. Goff hit Kupp for the touchdown as the Rams trailed 14-13 at the break.

After a touchback to start the third quarter, Goff went to Everett for a 30 yard gain. Goff then went to Higbee for gains of 15 and 20. Todd Gurley ran for an 8 yard touchdown to make it 20-14 Rams. Seattle punted, pinning the Rams back at their own one yard line. Seattle got it back at the Rams 47. Wilson hit David Moore for a 10 yard touchdown and a 21-20 Seahawks lead. After a touchback Cooks ran for a 27 yard gain. Goff hit Higbee for 12 and Everett for 32 yards down to the one. Gurley got in for the touchdown. Sean McVay went for the 2 point conversion but it failed, as the Rams led 26-21 after three quarters. 

The Seahawks after a touchback moved to a 3rd and 7 at the Rams 14 to start the fourth quarter. Offensive holding followed by an incompletion meant a 42 yard Jason Myers field goal. 90 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were within 26-24. The Rams faced 3rd and 8 at their own 27. Goff went to Cooks for 29 yards. On 3rd and 13 from the Seattle 47, Goff went to Kupp for 26 yards. On 3rd and 7 from the Seattle 18, Goff threw incomplete. With 9:15 left in regulation, Zuerleing hit from 36 to make it 29-24 Rams.

After a touchback, Wilson hit Lockett for 12 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Rams 43, Chris Carson gained 3 yards. Roughing the passer on the next play added 15 yards. Carson ran for 14. With 2 1/2 minutes left, it came down to 4th and goal at the 5. Wilson hit Carson for the touchdown. The Seahawks were back up 30-29, but the Rams had timeAfter a touchback, the Rams quickly faced 3rd and 10 at their own 36. Goff was intercepted and the Seahawks thought they had the win. However, the Rams still had their timeouts and the 2 minute warning. With 1:57 left on 3rd and 2 at the Rams 43, one first down would end the game. Pete Carroll went to his bag of tricks and called for Lockett to run an end around. Lockett was tackled for an 8 yard loss as the Rams still had life. The Rams took over at their own 7 yard line with 1:50 to play and 0 timeouts. Goff hit Everett for 9, Woods for 11, Kupp for gains of 9 and 11, and Everett for 28 yards. With 30 seconds left, the Rams had 1st and 10 at the Seattle 30. With 15 seconds left, Zuerlein came in for the 44 yard try. With everything on the line and having already made 3 of 3 field goals, Zuerlein’s kick was…no good! He hit it wide as the Seahawks survived a thrilling game with multiple lead changes. At 4-1, the Seahawks sit atop the NFC West as the Rams have lost two straight after a 3-0 start. 30-29 Seahawks

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers — The years go by, but this AFC North rivalry is a constant. Forget the records. Bitter hatred combined with mutual respect makes for a tough, physical close game where home field is nonexistent. These teams set the expectations so high, and they kept being met. Early on Baltimore took over at their own 41. Justin Tucker hit a 27 yard field goal for a 3-0 Ravens lead. Pittsburgh got the ball back at their own 12. Mason Rudolph was the quarterback but Mike Tomlin called a wildcat snap to Samuels, who was quickly intercepted. Baltimore took over at the Pittsburgh 15 and Mark Ingram ran for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Ravens. The Steelers soon faced 2nd and 5 at their own 30. Rudolph hit Washington for 21 yards and then threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Juju Smith-Schuster  to get the Steelers within 10-7.  

Baltimore soon faced 3rd and 1 at their own 34. Edwards got 2 yards. On 3rd and 2 from their own 44 out of the shotgun, Edwards gained 6 yards to midfield as the second quarter began. On 3rd and 9 from the Pittsburgh 35, Jackson went to Andrews for 24 yards and to Marquise Brown for an 11 yard touchdown to make it 17-7 Ravens. Baltimore got it back and faced 3rd and 11 at their own 11. Jackson was intercepted, setting up the Steelers at the Baltimore 16. Yet on 2nd and 1 from the 7, another wildcat snap to Samuels lost 5 yards. The Rudolph was sacked for an 11 yard loss. Chris Boswell hit the 41 yard field goal to get the Steelers within 17-10  with 4 1/2 minutes left in the half. With 33 seconds left in the half and the Ravens facing 2nd and 13 at their own 19, Jackson was intercepted again. The Steelers took over at the Baltimore 25. With 7 seconds left and 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 11, Rudolph threw incomplete. Boswell hit the 29 yard field goal as the Steelers trailed 17-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter the Ravens moved from their 25 to a 4th and 1 at the Pittsburgh 44. John Harbaugh decided to go for it. Jackson fumbled the snap but somehow recovered it and got the yard. It was all for naught as Jackson went deep on the next play and was intercepted for the third time by Devon Bush at the Pittsburgh 13. The Steelers faced 3rd and 11 at their own 12. Rudolph found Washington for a 26 yard gain, but at a heavy cost. Although 15 more yards were tacked on for roughing the passer, Rudolph was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Hodges was the third string quarterback. On 3rd and 8 from the Baltimore 32, Hodges hit Johnson for 13 yards. Mike Tomlin then went to the bag of tricks. Another wildcat snap to Samuels saw him lateral the ball to Johnny Holton. All the trickery gained 4 yards. Hodges then went the traditional route and completed a pass to Vance McDonald for a 14 yard gain down to the one. James Conner got in the end zone as the Steelers led 20-17 after three quarters. 

After a touchback, the Ravens soon faced 3rd and 7 from their own 44. Jackson hit Will Snead for 9 yards and again for 23 more as the fourth quarter began. Offensive holding in the red zone meant 3r and 12 from the Pittsburgh 14. Jackson hit Edwards for only 6 yards. Tucker hit the 26 yard field goal for a 20-20 game with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation. A field position game favored Pittsburgh when Baltimore had to punt on 4th and 10 at their own one yard line. Pittsburgh took over at the Baltimore 45. Hodges ran for 21 yards with defensive holding adding 5 more. On 3rd and 5 from the Baltimore 13, a pass from Hodges to Samuels lost 2 yards. Boswell hit the 33 yard field goal as the Steelers had the 23-20 lead with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

Baltimore on 2nd and 8 from their own 27 saw Jackson complete a pass for no gain. Yet roughing the passer meant 15 more yards for Baltimore. On 3rd and 1 from the Pittsburgh 35, Jackson gained 5 yards. With 20 seconds left the Ravens faced 3rd and 10 from the Pittsburgh 30. Jackson went deep incomplete. With 10 seconds left, all eyes were on Tucker as he came in for a 48 yard field goal try to tie the game. The best kicker in the game did his job. It was only fitting that these teams again went to overtime. 

The Steelers won the coin toss, but Mike Tomlin made a very odd decision. He became the first coach in NFL history to intentionally win the overtime coin toss and defer rather than take the ball. Tomlin’s reasoning was that the defenses had outplayed the offenses most of the game. Had Baltimore won on the first drive, Tomlin would have been pilloried. His decision appeared vindicated when the Ravens ran 3 plays and lost 4 yards. The Steelers got the ball back at their own 32 with a chance to win outright. Yet on 2nd and 7 from their 35, a 10 yard completion from Hodges to Smith-Schuster saw disaster when Smith-Schuster fumbled. The Ravens recovered at the Pittsburgh 34. After 3 safe runs, Tucker came in for a 46 yard try to win it. Again Tucker was good, as the Ravens remained atop the AFC North. 26-23 Ravens, OT

Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders in London — On the same day Jon Gruden was hired to coach the Raiders, there was another hiring with zero fanfare. Gruden was given a press conference worthy of a presidential press conference. Meanwhile, some nondescript bald white guy named Matt Nagy was hired to coach the Bears. Yet it was the Bears who went 12-4 with coach of the year Nagy while the Raiders fell to 4-12 under Gruden. This was the game where Khalil Mack would get revenge against his old team. Even with Chase Daniel filling in for an injured Mitchell Trubisky, The Bears defense would obliterate the Raiders offense. Cue ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why the PLAY the games!”

The Raiders moved from their own 25 to a 1st and 10 at the Chicago 28 with runs and short passes. A run went nowhere and Carr then threw incomplete. On 3rd and 10, Derek Carr hit Jalen Richard for 7 yards. Yet an idiotic unnecessary roughness penalty against Richie Incognito led an angry Jon Gruden to punt rather than try a 54 yard field goal. The Raiders got the ball back at their own 10 yard line. Josh Jacobs ran for 3, caught a pass for 6, and on 3rd and 1 broke free for  21 yard gain. Carr hit Deandre Washington for 10 more yards to midfield. On 3rd and 6 from the Chicago 46, Carr hit Carrier for 20 yards.  On the first play of the second quarter, Jacobs ran for the 12 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Raiders. On 3rd and 5 from their own 29, Daniel was intercepted and the Raiders took over at the Chicago 24. Washington ran for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Raiders. The Raiders got the ball back at their own 49 and moved to a 1st and 10 at the Chicago 19. Jacobs lost a yard, but the real killer was again Incognito. His second mindless penalty was for a chop block, as the Raider Nation wondered why he was on their team. Daniel Carlson hit a 41 yard field goal. The Raiders had a 17-0 halftime lead, which shocked pretty much everyone who had seen these two teams last year.

The problem with the Raiders is they never finish a game. They do not play a complete game. They played a fantastic first half, and were two Incognito penalties away from possible leading 24-0 or even 28-0. Yet the inevitable collapse was predictable. The only surprise was how severe it was. The Raiders usually lose these games in the final moments. This time they fell apart immediately after halftime. On 2nd and 4 from their own 31, Carr fumbled and Mack recovered at the Oakland 14. Defensive pass interference on the next play moved the ball to the 5. David Montgomery ran it in from the one to get the Bears within 17-7. The bears got it back at their own 11. On 2nd and 8, Daniel hit Miller for 10 yards. On 3rd and 9 from their own 24, Daniel hit Burton for 11 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Oakland 41, Daniel went deep to Miller for 32 yards. Daniel hit Allen Robinson for a 4 yard touchdown as the Bears were within 17-14. The Raiders punted again, and Tarik Cohen returned it 71 yards to the Oakland 16. Daniel then hit Robinson for the touchdown. The Raiders had failed in all 3 phases of football as the Bears led 21-17 after three quarters.

Despite the complete meltdown, the good news for the Raiders was that they had the entire fourth quarter to play. A 52 yard kickoff return by Davis with 5 more added on for Chicago being offsides on the kickoff had the Raiders taking over at the Chicago 35. Only one minute into the fourth quarter, the Raiders had 1st and goal at the 3. Carr hit Davis for 2 yards. Davis then fumbled at the one yard line and the bears recovered at that spot. These are the Raiders. On 3rd and 8 from their own 3, one stop would give the Raiders great field position. Instead, Daniel went to Robinson for 32 yards. By the time the defense held, the Raiders got the ball back midway through the fourth quarter at their own 3 yard line.

Jacobs ran for a 15 yard gain, but on 3rd and 8 from the Oakland 20, a pass from Carr to Carrier gained only 2 yards. On 4th and 6, Jon Gruden opted to punt. Yet a running into the kicker penalty made it 4th and 1 from the Oakland 27. With 6 minutes still to play, going for it was not an option. Instead Gruden called a fake punt. Harris gained 4 yards. He did fumble and the Bears recovered, but before the Raider Nation could spit pirate blood, the call was overturned to down by contact. The Raiders kept the ball. On 3rd and 1 from the Oakland 40, Carr went to Moreau for 23 yards. Carr then found Hunter Renfrow for 12 more yards. Carr went back to Moreau for 16 yards as the clock hit the 2 minute warning with the Raiders facing 1st and goal at the 2. This time Gruden didn’t outthink himself. He went basic smash mouth, and his bell cow Jacobs got it in for the touchdown. The Raiders had the 3 point lead. 

After a touchback, the Bears moved to a 1st and 10 at the Oakland 47 with 90 seconds to play. One more first down would mean long field goal range. Not this time. Not on this day. After an incompletion, Daniel went deep and was intercepted by Gareon Conley. From the Oakland 26, Jacobs got 3 straight carries to force the Bears to burn their timeouts but only gained 9 yards. With 21 seconds left, the Raiders punted on 4th and 1 from their own 35. The Bears took over at their own 20 with 13 seconds left. With 3 seconds left, on 3rd and 3 from their own 27, Daniel was sacked for a 9 yard loss. This could have been a fluke win, but Jon Gruden turned the Raiders around the first time he coached them. 5 years from now this game could prove to be a turning point. Attack the Raiders all you want, but they are a 3-2 football team. At this moment, they are winners of 2 straight games, neither of which we’re in their home stadium. 24-21 Raiders

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals — Sometimes a pair of bad teams can come together and play an exciting game. For three quarters this was not that game. By the end of the game, this was that game. In the first quarter the Bengals moved from their own 30 to 2nd and goal at the 4. A run lost a yard and then Red Rile Andy Dalton threw incomplete. Randy Bullock hit the 23 yard field goal for a 3-0 Bengals lead. The Cardinals took over at their own 32 and moved to a 4th and 2 at the Cincy 6 yard line. Cliff Kingsbury decided to go for it. Kyler Murray ran for the touchdown as the Cardinals had the 7-3 lead after after the first quarter. Then came endless field goal attempts. In the second quarter Zan Gonzalez missed from 37 but then hit from 23 to make it 10-3 Cardinals. Randy Bullock hit from 48 to get the Bengals within 10-6. The Cardinals moved to a 1st and goal at the 2 with 13 seconds left in the half. Murray threw to Larry Fitzgerald for no gain and then had to spike the ball with one second left. On 3rd and goal Kingsbury played it safe and Gonzalez hit from 20 to make it 13-6 Cardinals. In the third quarter the Bengals moved to a 3rd and goal at the 5, but Dalton threw incomplete. Bullock hit from 23 to get the Bengals within 13-9. 90 seconds into the fourth quarter, Gonzalez hit from 22. In a game where both offenses bogged down near the goal line, it was the Cardinals with the 16-9 lead.

After endless field goals, a boring game got crazy. From the Arizona 22, Murray hit Fitzgerald for 11. Murray ran for 12 and David Johnson added 8 more. From the Arizona 46, Murray went to Johnson for 17 yards. on the next play Chase Edmonds ran for a 37 yard touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Cardinals had a 23-9 lead. From their own 21, Dalton hit Auden Tate for 9 and Joe Mixon for 16 more. Dalton hit Willis for 12 to the Arizona 36. Dalton then went to Boys for 13, Willis for 9, Uzomah for 8 down to the one. Dalton hit Tate for a 2 yard touchdown to get the Bengals within 23-16 within 4  minutes left. Cincy held on defense and got the ball back at their own 19 with 3:41 to play. Dalton went to Boyd for 29 yards and again for a 42 yard touchdown. At the 2 minute warning, the game was tied 23-23. The Cardinals had collapsed again, but now they have leadership. After a touchback, Johnson ran for 8 and caught a pass for 24 yards. Murray then scrambled for 24 more yards. With 2 seconds left, Gonzalez came in for the 31 yard field goal try to win it. The kick was good. 26-23 Cardinals

Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers — Try finding a single person who thought Gardner Minshew and Kyle Allen would be starting this game. They both got 0-2 teams to 2-2 and put on an exciting game in this one. Carolina took over at their own 22. Samuel ran for 16 and a defensive facemark on the next play added 15 more. Christian McCaffrey ran for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Panthers. Jacksonville quickly struck back after a touchback. Minshew went to DJ Chark for 20 yards, Westbrook for 15 more, and back to Chark for a 37 yard touchdown in a 7-7 game that was just heating up. Later in the first quarter from the Jacksonville 20, Minshew fumbled and Eric Reid recovered for the Panthers at the Jacksonville 24. Allen went to McCaffrey for an 18 yard touchdown as the Panthers led 14-7 after the opening quarter. The Jaguars moved after a touchback to a 3rd and 6 at the Carolina 34 early in the second quarter. Then came another fumble, and this time Brian Burns took it all the way for a 56 yard defensive touchdown. The Panthers had a 21-7 lead, but the Jaguars would claw their way back.

From the Jacksonville 17, Minshew and O’Shaughnessy hooked up for a 35 yard gain. Minshew then went to Westbrook for 30 yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Carolina 11, Minshew went to Chark for the score as the Jaguars got within 21-14. Carolina soon faced 3rd and 13 at their own 24. Allen went deep to Moore for a 52 yard gain. Yet on the next play, a fumble out of the shotgun meant a 12 yard loss. Riverboat Ron Rivera gambled on a 56 yard field goal with 3 minutes left in the half. Joey Slye’s kick was blocked. The Jaguars took over at their own 46. Josh Lambo hit a 35 yard field goal with one minute left in the half as the Jaguars only trailed 21-17. The wildness continued in the third quarter as McCaffrey broke free for an 84 yard touchdown to make it 28-17 Panthers. Yet the Jaguars kept coming back. After a touchback, Minshew hit O’Shaughnessy for 18 yards. On 2nd and 16 from the Jacksonville 37, Minshew went to Chark for a pair of 31 yard gains. Leonard Fournette crashed in from the one to get the Jaguars back within 28-24. With 12 minutes left in regulation, the Jaguars took over at their own 7 yard line. Fournette ran for a 48 yard gain. Despite 1st and 10 at the Carolina 20, a run gained nothing and Minshew threw incomplete twice. With 6 minutes left, Doug Marrone decided to kick the field goal and trust his defense in a game that had little defense. Lambo hit from 28 as the Jaguars were only down 28-27.

Needing a stop, Jacksonville could not get one. On 3rd and 1 from their own 34, Allen hit Moore for 7 yards. On the next play Reggie Bonnafon raced for a 59 yard touchdown. Slye missed the extra point as the Panthers led by 7 with 3 1/2 minutes to play. After a touchback, Minhew quickly moved the Jaguars to a 1st and 10 at the Carolina 39 with 2 1/2 minutes left. Yet Minshew was sacked and fumbled and the Panthers took over at their own 45. Jacksonville held on defense but a great punt pinned the Jaguars at their own 5 yard line with 1:45 left. On 3rd and 10, Minshew hit Conley for 26 yards and Chark for 11 more as the Jaguars took their last timeout with one minute left. Minshew went to Chark for 13 and Westbrook for 6. On 3rd and 4 from the Carolina 39, Minshew hit Lee for 5 yards. With 10 seconds left from the Carolina 34, Minshew went to the end zone for the tying touchdown and was intercepted by eric Reid. Yet defensive illegal use of hands gave the Jaguars one more untimed down from the Carolina 24. Minshew threw incomplete and the Carolina defense had survived. Minshew was 26 of 44 for 374 yards and 2 touchdowns, but also had the costly fumbled. Allen was 17 of 30 for 181 yards and one touchdown, but in a game where neither quarterback was intercepted, Allen was happy to get the win. 34-27 Panthers 

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants — The Giants have a new quarterback but not much talent around him. The Vikings have the running game and the defense, but questions swirl around quarterback Kirk Cousins. Yet the outcome of this game was never in doubt. Minnesota quickly moved after a touchback to a 1st and 10 at the Giants 13. Cousins was sacked for a 9 yard loss to kill the drive. Dan Bailey hit the 31 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Vikings. Minnesota got the ball back at their own 2 yard line. On 3r and 8 from their 4, Cousins hit Adam Thielen for 10 yards, Cook for 15, Stefan Diggs for 8, and Johnson for 23. On the first play of the second quarter on 3rd and 4 from the Giants 15, Cousins went to Thielen for the touchdown to make it 10-0 Vikings.

A 52 yard kickoff return had the Giants taking over at midfield. Jones went to Darius Slayton for a 35 yard touchdown to get the Giants within 10-7. They would get no closer. Dan Bailey hit a 48 yard field goal to make it 13-7 Vikings. Minnesota then marched down the field again but the Giants caught a break when Dalvin Cook after a 19 yard run fumbled and the Giants took over at their own one yard line. Their offense then gave up a safety to make it 15-7 Vikings. The Vikings took over after the free kick and faced 1st and goal at the 2. Cousins threw incomplete, a run lost a yard, and Cousins was then sacked for an 11 yard loss. Bailey hit the 32 yard field goal. The Vikings led 18-7 at halftime, and the Giants were lucky they were not down 27-7. 

In the third quarter the Giants moved from their 25 to a 1st and goal at the 6. A short pass lost 2 yards and a run lost 2 more yards. Jones then threw incomplete. Aldrich Rosas hit the 28 yard field goal, but unnecessary roughness on the defense gave the Giants a new set of downs and 1st and goal at the 5 as Pat Shurmur took the points off the board. It didn’t matter. Jones was sacked for a 10 yard loss and Rosas hit the 32 yard field goal. The Giants still trailed 18-10. Minnesota quickly turned out the lights. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Giants put the ball at midfield. Cook ran for a 41 yard gain. Cousins hit Thielen for the 9 yard touchdown to make it 25-10 Vikings. Minnesota tacked on a fourth quarter field goal to complete the scoring. 28-10 Vikings

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins — The Patriots are a great team. The Redskins are an awful team. For those looking for an upset to shock the world, look elsewhere. Steven Sims ran for a 65 yard touchdown and the Redskins actually had a 7-0 lead. Then reality set in. From the New England 25, Tom Brady went to Ryan Izzo for 29, LaCosse for 22, Sony Michel for 15 yards, and Julian Edelman for the 6 yard touchdown. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski is on injured reserve, and his replacement Mike Nugent missed the extra point. Nugent did hit second quarter field goals of 37 and 23 in a first half where Brady was intercepted twice. Despite only leading 12-7 at halftime, the Patriots turned out the lights in the second half. In the third quarter facing 3rd and 5 at their own 30, Brady hit James white for 21 yards and Brandon Bolden for a 29 yard touchdown to make it 19-7 Patriots. From their own 12, Brady went to Edelman for 15. Sony Michel ran for 25. Brady went back to Edelman for 31 more. Michel ran for the 14 yard touchdown to make it 26-7 Patriots. In the fourth quarter Brady hit Izzo for a 10 yard touchdown to complete the blowout as the 5-0 Patriots are only 11 games from another unbeaten regular season. As for Washington, Jay Gruden was fired on Monday with the Redskins an 0-5 mess. Democrats and Republicans are desperately looking for ways to begin impeachment proceedings against Daniel Snyder. 33-7 Patriots

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles — The Jets are awful, and no improvement seems on the horizon. The Eagles put this game away early, taking over at their own 47. On 3rd and 1 from the Jets 44, Jordan Howard gained 15 yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Jets 19, Carson Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery for 13 yards. On 3rd and goal at the one, Howard got in to make it 7-0 Eagles. On 4th and 1 from the Philly 47, the Jets went for it. A pass was intercepted and returned 51 yards for a defensive touchdown by Nathan Gerry for a 14-0 Eagles lead. In the second quarter the Jets missed a field goal and then Falk was intercepted to set the Eagles up at the Jets 42. Wentz hit Zach Ertz for an 11 yard touchdown as the Eagles led 21-0 at halftime. League ruled prevented the second half from being canceled. The Eagles added a field goal in the third quarter to lead 24-0. The fourth quarter began with the Eagles fumbling a punt, allowing the Jets one touchdown. Yet the Jets returned the favor when Orlando Scandrick returned a Jets fumble 44 yards for a defensive touchdown to complete the blowout. Again, J-E-T-S stands for just end the season. 31-6 Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints — Despite the home field and the better team even with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Saints faced all they could handle from the Buccaneers. The Saints moved from their 36 to a 3rd and 6 at the Buccaneers 11 yard line. Bridgewater threw incomplete. Wil Lutz hit the 29 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Saints. The Saints got it back and faced 3rd and 8 at their own 24. Bridgewater was intercepted by Bunting, who returned it 14 yard to the Saints 20. After a sack of Winston, he responded with a 26 yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin for a 7-3 Buccaneers lead.

In the second quarter after a touchback, the Saints faced 3rd and 7 at their own 40. Bridgewater hit Michael Thomas for 18 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Bucs 16, Alvin Kamara got just enough. Bridgewater then went back to Thomas for the 14 yard touchdown to make it 10-7 Saints. The Buccaneers after a touchback moved to 2nd and 9 at the Saints 29. Winston as sacked and fumbled, but the Buccaneers retained possession with a 6 yard loss. Matt Gay hit a 42 yard field goal and the teams were deadlocked 10-10 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half.

After that Sean Payton’s offense began clicking, although dumb luck helped. On 1st and 20 from their own 15, Bridgewater threw incomplete but a defensive personal foul resulting in a disqualification kept the drive going. On 3rd and 6 from their own 34, Bridgewater hit Thomas for 8 yards and Kamara for 11 more. Taysom Hill came in at quarterback for one play and gained 11 yards. Bridgewater came back in and hit Hill for 26 yards. Bridgewater then went to Jared Cook for the 9 yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the half for a 17-10 Saints lead. In the third quarter, the Saints quickly exploded after a touchback. Bridgewater went deep to Thomas for 42 yards and then to Ted Ginn Jr. for a 33 yard touchdown to make it 24-10 Saints.

The Buccaneers went on a staggering 17 play, 75 yard drive that took over 8 1/2 minutes off the clock. Ball control is fine when you’re winning, but the Bucs were losing. On 4th and 1 from the Saints 39, Bruce Arians went for it and Winston hit Godwin for 14 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Peyton Barber got in to get the Buccaneers within 24-17. In the fourth quarter the Saints answered with a 13 play, 91 yard drive that ate up 6 1/2 minutes. Ball control is fine when you’re winning, and the saints we’re winning. On 3rd and 10 from their own 9, Bridgewater hit Thomas for 20 yards. The fourth quarter began with the Saints facing 3rd and 3 at their own 36. Bridgewater hit Kamara for 8 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Tampa Bay 47, a halfback option pass from Kamara to Hill gained 13 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Tampa 27, Bridgewater went to Kamara for 15 yards and to Thomas for the 15 yard touchdown to put the Saints up 31-17 With 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. By the time the Buccaneers scored a garbage touchdown, only 13 seconds remained. The onside kick failed, 31-24 Saints

Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans — The Falcons took over at their own 34 and Matt Ryan hit Julio jones for 14 yards. On 3rd and 8 from midfield, Ryan went to Jones for 20 yards with 15 more tacked on for roughing the passer. Ryan hit Mohammed San for a 14 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Falcons. After a touchback the Texans faced 3rd and 7 at the Atlanta 47. Deshaun Watson fumbled the shotgun snap but recovered it and somehow ran for a 15 yard gain. On 3rd and 1 from the Atlanta 29, Watson hit Akins for 21 yards and Will Fuller for a 6 yard touchdown to make it 7-7.

The Falcons moved from their 26 to a 3rd and 4 at the Texans 17. Ryan threw incomplete and the second quarter began with a 35 yard Matt Bryant field goal made it 10-7 Falcons. Bryant kicked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds to set up the Texans at their own 40. Watson went to Deandre Hopkins for 14 yards.   On 3rd and 1 from the Atlanta 35, Carlos Hyde gained 2 yards. Watson then went to Will Fuller for a 33 yard touchdown. Kaimi Fairbairn missed the extra point but the Texans led 13-10. The Texans got it back at their own 8 yard line. On 3rd and 3 from their own 26, Watson connected with Fuller for a 36 yard gain. Fairbairn hit a 50 yard field goal for a 16-10 Texans lead with 4 minutes left in the half. Atlanta took over at their own 18. Ryan went to Jones for 8 and Ridley for 16. On 3rd and 1 from the Houston 47, a wildcat snap to Sanu led to Devontae Freeman gaining 21 yards. A facemark penalty added 15 more yards. On 3rd and 5 from the 9 with 22 seconds left in the half, Ryan went too Freeman for the touchdown. The Falcons led 17-16 at halftime, but a competitive game became a blowout in the third quarter.

In the third quarter the Texans quickly faced 3rd and 4 at their own 31. Watson went deep to Coutee for a 51 yard gain. Hyde ran for a one yard touchdown to make it 23-17 Texans. Houston got it back at their own 34 and Watson ran for a 30 yard gain. On 3rd and 4 from the Atlanta 7, Watson threw incomplete. Fairbairn hit a 26 yard field goal for a 26-17 Texans lead. Houston got it back at their own 12 and a roughing the passer call moved them 15 yards. On 1st and 20 from their own 17, Watson went to Fuller for 32 yards and Hopkins for 29 more. From the Atlanta 12, Watson went to Fuller for 11 yards. After going backward, Watson hit Darren Fells for an 8 yard touchdown as the Texans led 33-17 after three quarters. Every time the Falcons tried to get closer, the Texans answered.

The fourth quarter began with the Texans fumbling a punt and the Falcons recovering at the Houston 16. On 4th and 2 from the 8, Dan Quinn had to go for it and Ryan hit Sanu for 7 yards. On 3rd and goal from the one, Matty Ice snuck it in. Ryan hit Hooper for the 2 point conversion to get the Falcons within 33-25. The Texans took over at their own 19 and Hyde ran for gains of 10 and 4. Watson went to Hopkins for gains of 20 and 10. From the Atlanta 37, Johnson gained 24. On 3rd and 9 from the Atlanta 12, Watson hit Fells for the touchdown to make it 40-25 Texans.

Atlanta quickly came back 75 yards, but by the time Ryan threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley to get the Falcons within 40-32, only 3 1/2 minutes remained. Another kickoff went out of bounds to again have the Texans at their own 40. On 3rd and 5 from the Atlanta 44, Watson went to Fuller for the touchdown to make it 47-32 with less than 2 minutes to play. In desperation mode Ryan moved the Falcons after a touchback to a 1st and 10 at the Houston 35 with 24 seconds left. Ryan was the  intercepted by Tashaun Gipson, who ran the other way 79 yards for a defensive touchdown exclamation point. Falcons owner Arthur Blank after the game said that Dan Quinn was not being fired. Meanwhile, Watson was a sensational 28 of 33 for 426 yards, 5 touchdown passes, and 0 interceptions. He had a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, which would mean more if anyone understood what that was. 53-32 Texans

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans — This game was about defense. A field position game had the Bills taking over at their own 40 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half. Josh Allen hit Brown for 11, TJ Yeldon for 4, and on 3rd and 4 hit Williams for 11. Allen then went to Brown for 21 and Lee Smith for the 8 yard touchdown. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the half the Bills led 7-0. Tennessee remained scoreless when Cairo Santos missed a 36 yard field goal try late in the half. An interception of Allen in the third quarter set up Tennessee at the Buffalo 38. On 3rd and 6 Marcus Mariota hit Humphries for 9 yards. On 3rd and goal at the one, Derrick Henry got stopped but the defense jumped offsides. Given another chance, Henry got in for a 7-7 game midway through the third quarter. With 12 1/2 minutes left in regulation the Titans thought they had the lead when Mariota threw a touchdown on 3rd and goal from the 11. Yet he was across the line of scrimmage. Things got worse when Santos had his field goal try from 33 yards out blocked. A sack of Allen had the Bills facing 2nd and 14 at their own 19. Allen scrambled for 6, but unnecessary roughness on the defense meant a gift first down. Allen then went to McKenzie for 46 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Titans 7, Allen hit Duke Williams to put the Bills up by 7 with 9 1/2 minutes left. With 6 1/2 minutes left on 4th and 4 from the Buffalo 35, Mike Vrabel gambled on a 53 yard field goal try. For the third time, Santos was no good. Tennessee got it back but with 4 1/2 minutes left faced 4th and 5 at their own 25. Vrabel opted to punt and trust his defense. After Yeldon gained 11, Frank Gore gashed the Titans for gains of 11, 19, 4 and 3. With 1:50 left and the Titans out of timeouts, it all came down to 3rd and 3 at the Titans 24. Allen gained 5 as the Bills gutted out another tough defensive win. 14-7 Bills 

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers — The Broncos came in winless but the Chargers play down to their competition. After a touchback, Denver jumped all over the Chargers from the very first play. Joe Flacco went to Heuerman for a 26 yard gain. Patrick Lindsay ran for 21 yards and then 12 more. Lindsay ran for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Broncos. Denver got it back and soon faced 3rd and 9 at their own 20. Flacco went to Courtland Sutton for 12 yards. On 2nd and 12 from their own 30, Flacco connected with Sutton for a 70 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Broncos. The rest of the half was ugly. Philip Rivers was intercepted, the Broncos fumbled it back, the Chargers missed a field goal, and the Broncos Brandon McManus made a 40 yard field goal to make it 17-0 Broncos. With 6 seconds left in the half, the Chargers faced 4th and goal at the one. Anthony Lynn decided to go for it. Rivers threw a pass to Austin Ekeler, who fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a touchback. 

In the third quarter the teams traded interceptions, but special teams made it a closer game. Desmond King returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to get the Chargers on the board. Vic Fangio decided to have McManus try a 54 yard field goal, and it was no good. The resulting field position led to Chase McLaughlin hitting a 45 yard field goal. with 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation, the Chargers were within 17-10. With 3:20 left from the Denver 31, Lindsay broke free for a 32 yard gain. With 1:55 left and the Broncos facing 4th and 1 at the Chargers 28, Vic Fangio decided not to go for it. McManus came through on the 46 yard field goal for a 20-10 Broncos lead. Needing 2 scores, there was not enough time. McLaughlin hit a 32 yard field goal with less than 10 seconds left. The insides kick failed and Vic Fangio got his first win as an NFL head coach. 20-13 Broncos

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys — America keep’s hearing about Dallas as a potential Super Bowl team, but Aaron Rodgers owns the Cowboys. An early interception of Dak Prescott had the Packers at the Dallas 47. Rodgers went to Valdes-Scantling for 18 and Aaron Jones for 11 more. Jones ran for an 18 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Packers. The Packers got it back at their own 11, and Rodgers went to Jimmy Graham for 23 yards and Carson for 8 more. From just past midfield, Rodgers went to Tonyan for 23 yards. Jones ran for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Packers. In the second quarter the Packers added a field goal while the Cowboys missed one for a 17-0 Packers halftime lead. The third quarter was more of the same as the Packers began with a 3rd and 4 at their own 48. Rodgers went to Jones for 12 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Dallas 32, Rodgers hit Greg Allison for 22. Jones ran for a 5 yard touchdown and a 24-0 Packers lead. The Cowboys did manage a field goal, but the Packers kept rolling from their own 21. Jones took a wildcat snap 15 yards. Defensive pass interference added 39 yards. Rodgers hit Lewis for 15 and Kumerow for 9 down to the one. Jones got in from there and the Packers led 31-3 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Prescott tried to lead a furious rally and a comeback for the ages. He threw a 40 yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup with 2 minutes remaining in the third quarter to get the Cowboys within 31-10. One minute into the fourth quarter a 2 yard Ezekiel Elliott touchdown had the Cowboys within 31-17. Yet on the next series from their own 34, Prescott was quickly intercepted by King, who returned it 15 yards to the Dallas 29. At that point Green Bay coasted and a 38 yard Mason Crosby field goal put the game out of reach. Prescott added one more touchdown but it was not enough. Prescott finished 27 of 44 for 463 yards and 2 touchdowns, but 3 killer interceptions. Rodgers was 22 of 34 for 238 yards without a touchdown or interception. Aaron Jones finished with 107 yards on 19 carries with 4 touchdowns. 34-24 Packers

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs was the Sunday night game. After getting throttled at home by Oakland, the Colts had no chance on the road at invincible Kansas City. The pinball offense would take out the weak defense. Again, the Swami Chris Berman reminds us that “THAT’s why they PLAY the games!” Harrison Butker did hit a 29 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Chiefs to cap the opening drive, but the Colts defense fought hard all game. The offense then moved 70 yards in 11 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. Runs and short passes moved the Colts to the Chiefs 36. Marlon Mack ran for a 30 yard gain.  Jacoby Brissett ran for a one yard touchdown to make it 7-3 Colts. After a touchback, Mahomes hit Pringle and Robinson for a pair of 12 yard gains. On 3rd and 7 from the Indy 48, Mahomes went to Travis Kelce for 17 yards. On 2nd and 16 from the Colts 37, Mahomes went to Kelce again for 18 yards. The second quarter began with the Chiefs facing 3rd and 18 from the indy 27. Mahomes was not superhuman on this night, but he was on this play as he scrambled forever and found Pringle for the touchdown and the 10-7 Chiefs lead. The Colts would not reach the end zone again, but they would not need to. 

Adam Vinatieri would hit a 32 yard field goal for a 10-10 tie. With 18 seconds left in the half the Colts would again be on the move with a 3rd and 1 at the Chiefs 14. Brissett threw incomplete and Frank Reich took no chance on the road on 4th and 1. Vinatieri again hit from 32 and the Colts had the surprising 13-10 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter, Frank reich gambled on 4th and 1 from the Chiefs 39 one minute into the fourth quarter. Mack gained 3 yards. On 4th and 1 from the Chiefs 27, reich gambled again. Brissett gained 2 yards. Yet on 2nd and 2 from the Chiefs 5, Wilkins lost 8 yards. Vinatieri hit from 31 to make it 16-10 Colts midway through the fourth quarter. With 6 minutes left the Chiefs faced 3rd and 28 from their own 7. Somehow Mahomes found Pringle for 27 yards. On 4th and 1 from their own 34 with 5 minutes left, pass happy Walrus Lite Andy Reid decided to go for it. He actually ran the ball. Williams lost a yard.Vinatieri hit his fourth field goal from 29 yards out to make it 19-10 Colts with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. The Chiefs needed 2 scores, and managed to get to 1st and goal at the 8 with 1:40 to play. Yet a pair of incompletions was followed by a 10 yard sack go Mahomes. Butker hit the 36 yard field goal, but the onside kick failed. Mahomes played on a bad ankle all game, but he made no excuses. He is human after all. The Chiefs were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, making Andy Reid a most displeased Walrus Lite indeed. 19-13 Colts

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers was the Monday night game. Every time the Browns demand they be given the benefit of the doubt, they remind us that they lack consistency. One play and 11 seconds were enough for Matt Breida to run for an 83 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 49ers. One more play was enough for Baker Mayfield to be intercepted. Later in the first quarter the 49ers took over at their own 26.  Mostert ran for 6 and Greg Kittle added 18 more to midfield. A facemask had the 49ers on the move and Goodwin ran for 15 more. On 3rd and goal at the 5, Jimmy Garoppolo hit Breida for the touchdown to make it 14-0 49ers. The Brows did manage a field goal, but another mayfield interception set up the 49ers just past midfield. Garoppolo hit Kittle for 13 yards. On 4th and 1 from the Cleveland 27, Kyle Shanahan went for the kill. Tevin Coleman gained 8 and then ran for the 19 yard touchdown as the 49ers took a 21-3 lead to the locker rooms. A pointless second half saw the 49ers move the ball 90 yards on their first drive of the third quarter. Garoppolo went to Kittle for a 22 yard touchdown. The 49ers tacked on a fourth quarter field goal as the Browns kept wondering why they don’t get more respect. They have yet to earn it. Meanwhile, the 49ers are a very quiet 4-0, their best start in 30 years. 31-3 49ers

NFL 2019 Week 5 Prequel

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

NFL 2019 Week 5 Prequel