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NFL 2020 Week 11 Recap

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

NFL 2020 Week 11 Recap

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks was the Thursday night game. These teams played a thriller in the Desert earlier this year won by Arizona 37-34 on the final play. Both teams came in 6-3 tied with the rams atop the NFC West. The Seahawks made it look easy on their first drive. On 3rd and 6 from their own 29, Russell Wilson hit Carlos Hyde for 9 yards. On 3rd and 3 from their own 45, Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for 4 and again for 10. On 3rd and 2 from the Arizona 28, Hyde gained 3. Wilson then went deep to DK Metcalf for a 25 yard touchdown. The 12 play, 75 yard, 6 minute drive meant a 7-0 Seahawks lead. A n unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a punt against the Seahawks gave the Cardinals the ball at midfield. On 3rd and 1 from the Seattle 41, Kenyon drake gained 3. The second quarter began with the Cardinals facing 2nd and 10 from the Seattle 27. Murray went deep to Williams for 25 yards. Drake then got the carry and stretched the ball across the pylon for a touchdown and a 7-7 game. 

After a touchback, Hyde gained 5 and 7 and Wilson added 5. On 3rd and 5 from their own 42, Wilson went to Dallas for 11. Scarbrough added 12. On 3rd and 3 from the Arizona 28, Hyde ran for 17. Wilson hit Lockett for an 11 yard touchdown. The extra point doinked off the upright no good as the Seahawks led 13-7. With 1:17 left in the half the Seahawks got it back at their own 13. Consecutive penalties had the Seahawks with 1st and 19 at their own 4. On 2nd and 16 from their 7, Wilson hit Lockett for 10. On 3rd and 6 from their own 17, Wilson ran for 7. Wilson ran for 8 and hit Dallas for 13. Only 20 seconds remained in the half and the Seahawks were out of timeouts. From their own 45, Wilson went deep and defensive pass interference on Patrick Peterson meant a 46 yard gain. 11 seconds remained. From the 9, Wilson threw incomplete. With 5 seconds left, Pete Carroll took no chances. Myers hit the 27 yard field goal as the Seahawks took the 16-7 lead to the club houses.

The Cardinals began the third quarter facing 3rd and 11 from their own 18. Murray threw incomplete but defensive unnecessary roughness meant 15 yards. Murray hit Kirk for 13 and 14. On 3rd and 6 from the Seattle 36, Murray hit Hopkins for 6. On the next play a run lost 8 yards, but a horsecollar tackle on Bobby Wagner instead meant a 15 yard gain. Murray then hit Drake for 3, Edmonds for 8 and Arnold for the 4 yard touchdown. The 11 play, 81 yard, 5 minute drive had the Cardinals within 16-14. The Seahawks took over at their own 28. Wilson went to Metcalf for 22 and to Greg Olsen for 10. On 3rd and 7 from the Arizona 37, Wilson hit Lockett for 5 and then a melee broke out. Instead of 4th and 2, a taunting penalty on Arizona meant 15 more yards. Hyde ran for 15 and then for the 2 yard touchdown for a 23-14 Seahawks lead. 

The Cardinals got the ball back with terrible field position at their own 10. On 3rd and 1 from their 19, Drake gained 2. Murray went to Hopkins for 11. On 2nd and 21 from their own 21, Murray hit Edmonds for 19. On 3rd and 2 from their 40, Murray hit Hopkins for 4. Murray went to Hopkins for 23 and Larry Fitzgerald for 18. The fourth quarter began with Drake running for 12. On 3rd and goal at the 3, Seattle sent everyone after Murray. Murray off his back foot threw a fade to a wide open Drake for the score. With 13 minutes left in regulation, the Cardinals were within 23-21. With 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation, the Cardinals got the ball back and disaster struck. First Murray was called for intentional grounding. On 2nd and 22 from their own 2, holding in the end zone gave the Seahawks a safety and a 25-21 lead. 

The Seahawks took the free kick at their own 40. Wilson hit Will Dissly for 10. On 3rd and 4 from the Arizona 40, Wilson hit Lockett for 7. On 3rd and 1 from the Arizona 24, Wilson hit Hollister for 9. On 2nd and 7 from the Arizona 12, a pitchout was fumbled. The Seahawks were lucky to escape with an 11 yard loss. With 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation, Kliff Kingsbury wasted a challenge on the play in the hopes that the Cardinals recovered the ball. Replay clearly showed Hyde fall on his own fumble for the Seahawks. The call stood and the Cardinals lost a timeout. On 3rd and 18, Wilson threw incomplete. The Cardinals were lucky that the officials missed a hit to Wilson’t head. Myers hit a 41 yard field goal. The Seahawks led by 7 but the Cardinals would have 2:19 to make a comeback. 

The Cardinals took over at their own 21. Murray went to Fitzgerald for a pair of 6 yard gains as the clock hit the 2 minute warning. Murray hit Andy Isabella for 6 and Kirk for 12. Murray hit Fitzgerald for 11 and Edmonds ran up the gut for 11 more. After a pair of incompletions, Kliff Kingsbury with 45 seconds left had to waste a 2nd timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty. The Seahawks then burned their first timeout on defense. Another incompletion left 4th and 10 at the Seattle 27. With everything on the line, there would be no Hail Mary this time. Murray was sacked by Carlos Dunlap as the much-maligned Seattle defense got the team the win. 28-21 Seahawks   

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Swamp Rats — The Bengals moved 75 yards in 14 plays and 7 minutes. Yet Randy Bullock’s 34 yard field goal try doinked off the upright no good. The non-Redskins took over at their own 24. Mckissic gained 14. Alex Smith is supposed to throw 4 yard passes, but his first pass was a 42 yard bomb to Terry McLaurin. On 3rd and 2 from the Cincinnati 12, Thomas got the deuce. On 3rd and goal at the one, Gibson got in to make it 7-0 No-Names. The Bengals moved 72 yards in 10 plays. On 3rd and goal at the 3, Burrow threw incomplete. Zac Parsons decided to go for it. Burrow rolled all the way out, tried to find a seam and run for it, and got blasted by Chase Young. The No-Names recovered in the end zone for what should have been a touchback, but things got bizarre. The Bengals tried to run the fumble out of the end zone, but around the 2 yard line the return man got hit and fumbled the ball back into the end zone. The No-Names fell on it again, but because the ball went out of the end zone and then went backward, the Non-Redskins would be hit with a safety. After all of that, there was offensive holding on the Bengals. To avoid the safety, Ron River had to accept the penalty. This gave the ball back to the Bengals on 4th and goal at the 13. The officials then had another lengthy committee meeting. The defender never had possession of the ball, so the eventual recovery was not a safety. The non-Redskins did get the touchback after all. Games involving bad teams often have lengthy bouts of confusion on plays resulting in no points.  

In the second quarter the Bengals took over at their own 32. Burrow went to Boyd for 9. Perine ran for 7. Burrow was sacked, but a defensive facemask meant 15 more yards. Burrow went deep to Higgins for 25 yards and to AJ Green for the 5 yard touchdown. Naturally the extra point was no good but the Bengals were within 7-6. The Bengals got it back at their own 24 and moved to a 1st and 10 at the Washington 32 at the 2 minute warning. A false start followed by incompletions killed the drive. randy Bullock hit a 53 yard field goal to make it 9-7 Bengals. Smith was intercepted, but Bullock missed a 58 yard field goal to end the half. 

In the third quarter the Bengals Faced 3rd and 2 from their own 10. Burrow threw deep incomplete and was injured on the play. It was his knee, and Bengals fans were given the worst case scenario. Burrow would be out for the rest of the season. He Tweeted “see you next year.” The punt gave Washington the ball at their own 45. Gibson ran for 19 and 16 sandwiched around a 14 yard completion from Smith to McLaurin. Smith hit Sims for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 14-9 No-Names. Ryan Finley came in for Burrow, and Finley was a sitting duck. The defense suffocated him. Dustin Hopkins hit field goals of 32 in the third quarter and 50 in the fourth quarter for the No-Names to complete the scoring. 20-9 Swamp Rats

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints — Taysom Hill got the start for the injured Drew Brees. The Falcons began facing 2nd and 7 from their own 28, Matt Ryan went deep to Calvin Ridley for a 46 yard gain and to Zaccheaus for 10 more. On 3rd and 4 from the Saints 10, Ryan threw incomplete. Younghoe Koo hit the 28 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Falcons. The Saints moved from their own 30 to a 2nd and goal from the 4. Hill threw incomplete and then completed a pass for no gain. Wil Lutz hit the 22 yard field goal for a 3-3 game. After a touchback the Falcons moved to a 3rd and 7 at the Saints 33. Matty Ice threw incomplete but Koo hit from 51 to make it 6-3 Falcons. After a touchback the Saints moved to a 1st and 10 at the Atlanta 32. Yet a sack of Hill killed the drive. From 53 yards out to tie the game, Lutz was no good. The Falcons moved from their own 30 to a 3rd and 7 at the Saints 34. Ryan threw incomplete, but Koo nailed a 52 yarder. With 4 1/2 minutes left in the half, the Falcons led 9-3. Yet after that the Saints took over.

From their own 20, Hill hit Michael Thomas for 16 and Kamara ran for 7. Hill went deep to Sanders for a 44 yard gain. On 3rd and 6 from the 9, Hill went to Jared Cook for just enough. Kamara ran for a 3 yard touchdown as the Saints led 10-9 with 1:46 left in the half. The Saints began the third quarter facing 2nd and 4 from their own 26. Hill hit Thomas for 15 and 9 and went to Latavius Murray for 25. Murray then ran for 11. On 3rd and goal at the 7, Hill hit Thomas for 5. Sean Payton gambled on 4th and goal at the 2. Out of the shotgun, Hill found an opening and ran it in. The 10 play, 8- yard, 6 minute drive had the Saints up 17-9. A 14 yard punt return had the Saints taking over at their own 47. Defensive pass interference gave the Saints 18 more yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Atlanta 28, Hill gained 6. Hill then ran for a 10 yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. The Saints got to 8-2 as Hill got his first NFL starting victory. 24-9 Saints 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars — The 9-0 Steelers took on the 1-8 Jaguars. Chase McLaughlin hit a 41 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Jaguars. Doug Marrone called a surprise onside kick that did not work. That concluded all Jaguars highlights. Pittsburgh had golden field position at the Jacksonville 46, but came up empty when Chris Boswell missed a 45 yard field goal. The Steelers began the second quarter at their own 24. They moved to a 3rd and 8 at the Jags 26. Ben Roethlisberger threw incomplete, but this time Boswell was good from 44 for a 3-3 game. The Steelers got it back at their own 29. A short completion was followed by a 15 yard defensive penalty for lowering the head to initiate contact. On 3rd and 5 from the Jags 46, Big Ben hit Washington for 12. Roethlisberger then went deep to Chase Claypool for a 31 yard touchdown. Midway through the second quarter, the Steelers had a 10-3 lead. 

After a touchback the Jaguars moved all the way to a 2nd and 9 at the Pittsburgh 11. Luton was intercepted at the 2 yard line by Minkah Fitzpatrick, who returned it 37 yards to the Pittsburgh 39. James Conner ran for 17. On 3rd and 10 from the Jags 44, Roethlisberger went to Johnson for 20 and again for 23 down to the one. Bennie Snell crashed in for the score with 44 seconds left in the half. Instead of a 10-10 deadlock, the Steelers led 17-3. A pointless second half saw Boswell hit a 47 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger then hit Eric Ebron for a 20 yard touchdown to complete the blowout. 27-3 Steelers

New England Patriots at Houston Texans — The Patriots came in at 4-5 but winning 2 straight. They began at their own 16. Cam Newton went to James White for 34 yards and to Byrd for 17 more. Harris had gains of 4, 7 and 2. On 3rd and 1 from the Houston 10, Burkhead got the yard. Harris ran for a 9 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Patriots. The Texans took over at their own 27. Deshaun Watson hit Randall Cobb for 4 yards and then connected with Brandon Cooks for a 44 yard gain. On 3rd and 10 from the New England 25, Watson went to Akins for a 22 yard gain. Watson then went to Cobb for a 3 yard touchdown and a 7-7 game. 

In the second quarter the Patriots took over at their own 29. Byrd took an end around 11 yards. On 3rd and 3 from their own 47, Newton gained 5. Newton then went to Meyers for 20. On 3rd and 17 from the Houston 35, a completion only gained 9. Nick Folk hit from 45 to make it 10-7 Patriots. A touchback and a defensive illegal use of hands had the Texans at their own 30. Watson ran for 8 and hit Akins for 6. On 3rd and 4 from midfield, Watson went deep o Akins for 25 and to Cooks for 21. Watson ran for the 4 yard touchdown to put the Texans up 14-10 with 4 minutes left in the half. The Texans got it back at their own 20 with 2:20 left. Watson ran for 11. Watson hit Brown for 18, Fuller for 9, Akins for 24, Johnson for 4, Cooks for 14, Keke Coutee for 4, and with 10 seconds left in the half, Coutee again for the 6 yard touchdown to make it 21-10 Texans.

In the third quarter the Patriots faced 3rd and 10 at their own 18. Newton went to Byrd for 30. On 3rd and 2 from the Houston 44, Newton hit White for just enough. Newton then went deep to Byrd for a 42 yard touchdown to get the Patriots within 21-17. The Texans soon faced 3rd and 10 from their own 25. Watson hit Fuller for gains of 13 and 22. Yet on 3rd and 3 from the New England 18, Watson threw incomplete. Kaimi Fairbairn hit from 36 to cap the 11 play, 57 yard 6 minute drive and make it 24-17 Texans late in the third quarter. The Patriots mounted a staggering 16 play, 65 yard drive that consumed 9 1/2 minutes. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Houston 15, Newton was sacked for a 9 yard loss. The Patriots had to settle for a 36 yard Folk field goal as they trailed 24-20 midway through the fourth quarter. Houston soon faced 3rd and 4 at their own 31. Watson hit Fuller for gains of 14 and 20. On 3rd and 3 from the Patriots 28, Watson threw incomplete. Fairbairn hit from 46. With Texans led by 7 with 4:14 to play, but they did not close the door. 

The Patriots moved from their 20 to a 3rd and 4 at the Houston 24 with 1:20 to play. Newton threw incomplete. On 4th and 4 Newton scrambled for his life and trying to avoid a sack threw a desperation ball to nobody incomplete. The Patriots took their timeouts on defense and got the ball back at their own 29 with 9 seconds left. From his own 38 with 4 seconds left, Newton launched a desperation Hail Mary. Izzo caught it for a 50 yard gain, but he was quickly tackled at the Houston 12 yard line. The Patriots 20 year dynasty is now on the brink. 27-20 Texans

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns — Miserable weather in Cleveland is a given. The Eagles moved 71 yards in 10 plays and 6 minutes. On 1st and goal at the 5, the Eagles fumbled and the Browns recovered. The Browns moved 95 yards in 13 plays and 7 minutes. On 1st and goal at the one, Hunt lost a yard. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Hunt gained the yard back. Kevin Stefanski went for it, and on 4th and goal at the one, Hunt barley got in. Yet on further review, his elbow came down just short and the touchdown was reversed to a goal line stand. In the second quarter the Eagles moved from their own one yard line to a 2nd and 7 at the Cleveland 46. Carson Wentz got hit as he threw and the ball popped up into the air. Takitaki returned the interception 50 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Browns lead. In the third quarter the Browns fumbled and the Eagles recovered at the Cleveland 19.Wentz went deep to Rodgers for the touchdown for a 7-7 game. 

The Browns took over at their own 25 and Baker Mayfield went deep to Hodge for a 42 yard gain. On 3rd and 5 from Philadelphia 28, Mayfield got tackled for no gain. Cody Parkey hit a 46 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Browns. A punt had the Eagles pinned at their own 2 yard line. On 3rd and 8 from their 4, Wentz was sacked in the end zone for a safety. The Browns led 12-7 but wasted the free kick when Parkey missed from 47 one minute into the fourth quarter. The Eagles faced 3rd and 2 from their own 45 and Wentz hit Rodgers for 29. On 3rd and 9 from the Cleveland 25, Wentz tried to force a ball to the end zone between 3 defenders. It bounced off the receiver’s hands and appeared to be intercepted. Wentz was lucky that officials reversed the call to an incompletion. Elliott hit from 43 to get the Eagles within 12-10 with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

This time the Brows struck quickly. From their own 21, Mayfield hit Hodge for 18. Nick Chubb barreled over tacklers for a 54 yard gain. Karim Hunt ran for a 5 yard touchdown as the Browns led 19-10 with 9 minutes left. The Browns got it back at their own 47 and marched 10 plays, taking 4 1/2 minutes off the clock. Parkey hit a 28 yard field goal with 4 minutes left to put the Browns up 22-10. After a touchback the Eagles quickly moved to a 1st and goal at the 10 with 2:13 to play. Wentz was then intercepted at the 3 yard line. The Eagles took their timeouts on defense and got the ball back at the Cleveland 47 with 1:39 left. Wentz hit Dallas Goedert for a 4 yard touchdown, but only 35 seconds remained. The onside kick failed. The Browns are 7-3 and winning ugly in conditions that are even uglier. The bad news is that even though they are finally winning, they have to live in Cleveland where it snows every football Sunday. Fans of the Mistake by the Lake will take it. 22-17 Browns 

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers — PJ Walker got his first NFL start in place of an injured Teddy Bridgewater. The Panthers began their second drive at their own 5 yard line. On 3rd and 1 from their own 14, Mike Davis gained 2. Walker went to Moore for 14 and then went deep to Moore for a 52 yard gain. Walker then hit Curtis Samuel for 10. On 3rd and goal at the one, Davis banged it in up the gut for a touchdown to cap the 10 play, 95 yard, 6 minute drive and make it 7-0 Panthers. In the third quarter the Panthers faced 2nd and 6 from their own 38. Walker hit Robbie Anderson for 18 and Moore for 20. On 3rd and 3 from the Detroit 17, Walker hit Samuel for the touchdown to make it 14-0 Panthers. The rest of this unwatchable game saw Joey Slye drill a 56 yard field goal late in the third quarter. He missed a 42 yarder in the fourth quarter but the Lions ran into the kicker. So given  second chance, he hit from 37. The tape of this game should be burned. 20-0 Panthers

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens — Brian Billick, Shannon Sharpe and Jeff Fisher are long since retired, but this rivalry still burns deep. Before the game, John Harbaugh exchanged some testy words with Mike Vrabel. The Titans began at their own 21 and a defensive pass interference on the first play meant a 39 yard gain. On 3rd and 11 from the Baltimore 41, Ryan Tannehill hit Batson for 14 yards. Tannehill hit Smith for the one yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Titans. The Ravens soon faced 3rd and 3 from their own 32. Lamar Jackson ran for 5. On 3rd and 10 from their own 37, Jackson hit Andrews for 14. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Titans 15, an incompletion was followed by a pair of runs that gained only 3 total yards. Justin Tucker hit the 30 yard field goal to get the Ravens within 7-3. The Titans moved from their own 16 to a 3rd and 4 at their own 38 to start the second quarter. Tannehill was intercepted by Bowser, who returned it 25 yards to the Titans 22. Yet on 1st and goal at the 7, Jackson lost 3 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 9, Jackson threw incomplete. Tucker hit from 27 but the Ravens still trailed 7-6. 

The Ravens got it back at their own 40 and JK Dobbins ran for 11, 4 and 7. On 3rd and 13 from the Titans 41, Jackson went deep to Andrews for 30 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Titans 2, Dobbins ran it in. Jackson hit Dobbins for the 2 point conversion as the Ravens led 14-7. After a touchback, Tannehill ran for 21. On 4th and 7 just shy of midfield, Mike Vrabel called a fake punt. Woodside the punter hit Westbrook-Ikhine at the marker. Officials called it a first down down. On 3rd and 7 from the Baltimore 41, Tannehill threw incomplete but roughing the passer meant 15 more yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Baltimore 17, Derrick Henry gained 3. Yet on 2nd and 10, a sack from Tannehill killed the drive. Stephen Gostkowski hit the 40 yard field goal with 52 seconds left in the half to get the Titans within 14-10.  In the third quarter the Ravens took over at their own 26. On 3rd and 5 from their own 41, Jackson hit Dobbins for 6 with a defensive facemask adding 15 more. Jackson went to Mark Andrews for a 31 yard touchdown as the Ravens led 21-10.

The Titans soon faced 3rd and 4 from their own 41. Tannehill hit Brown for 12 and then went deep to Davis for a 50 yard gain. On 2nd and goal from the 7, a high snap sailed over Henry’s head. The Titans fell on it but suffered a 20 yard loss. Gostkowski hit from 40 as the Titans trailed 21-13. The Ravens took over at their own 17. From their own 44, Jackson went deep and was intercepted. The Titans took over at their own 15. On 3rd and 10, Tannehill hit Firkser for 12 and Davis for 16. Henry ran for 24. Yet on 3rd and 2 from the Baltimore 4, Tannehill threw incomplete. With 11 minutes left in regulation, Mike Vrabel opted for the field goal. Gostkowski hit from 22 and the Titans were within 21-16. 

The Titans got it back at their own 10 midway through the fourth quarter. Tannehill ran for 12. Tannehill hit Firkser for 9, Davis for 22 and Brown for 25. On 2nd and 2 from the Baltimore 6, another bad snap out of the shotgun nearly killed the drive. The Titans were lucky to retain possession after an 8 yard loss. Yet on 3rd and 10, Tannehill went to Brown, who appeared stopped for no gain. Instead Brown broke hard tackles and barreled over defenders for the 14 yard touchdown. Tannehill ran for the 2 point conversion as the Titans led 24-21 with 2:18 to play. After a touchback Jackson hit Willie Snead for 8 and ran for 8 more. Jackson hit Andrews for 15 and ran for 14 himself. Jackson went to Bryant for 16. On 1st and 10 from the Titans 14, a false start led to a 10 seconds runoff penalty. Jackson hit Snead as the Ravens took their 2nd timeout with 32 seconds left. On 2nd and 6 from the Titans 10, Jackson threw incomplete twice. Tucker hit the 29 yard field goal as these teams went to overtime tied 24-24.

The Ravens won the toss and got the ball first in overtime. On 2nd and 8 from their own 27, Jackson was belted for a 9 yard loss. The Titans took over at their own 27. Tannehill went to Davis for 14 and 11 and to Brown for 11 more. Halfway through overtime, the Titans had 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 29. The Baltimore defense had hung tough all game but they finally broke. Henry ran for the 29 yard touchdown to end the game. Last year the Ravens were 14-2 but the Titans came into Baltimore in the playoffs and hit the Ravens in the mouth. This time the Titans did it again. The Titans are 7-3 while the once hot Ravens are now 6-4 and struggling. 30-24 Titans, OT 

New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers — The Chargers came in 2-7 while the Jets were 0-9. League rules prevented this game from being canceled. Early on the Chargers had to punt on 4th and 16 from the Jets 46. The punt was blocked and the Jets took over at the Chargers 29. Perine ran for a 5 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good but the Jets led 6-0. The Chargers moved after a touchback to a 2nd and 7 at the Jets 15. Justin Herbert went to Keenan Allen for 14 but Allen got blasted at the one yard line and fumbled. The Jets recovered at their own 4. The Jets had all the momentum, but needed only one play and 4 seconds to screw it up. Joe Flacco was intercepted by Campbell for an easy 6 yard defensive touchdown and a 7-6 Chargers. lead. 

The Chargers got it back at their own 43. Herbert hit Ballage for 3 and Allen for 9. Ballage ran for 9. The second quarter began with the Chargers facing 3rd and 4 at the Jets 39. Herbert hit Williams for the touchdown and the 14-6 Chargers advantage. The Chargers quickly got it back at their own 28. Herbert went bombs away to Johnson for a 54 yard gain. On 3rd and goal from the 2, Herbert hit Hunter Henry for the touchdown to make it 21-6 Chargers. With 1:16 left in the half the Chargers took over again at their own 14. Herbert hit Allen for 5 and Henry for 22. A defensive pass interference call meant a 37 yard gain. With 37 seconds left the Chargers had 1st and 10 at the Jets 17.  Herbert threw incomplete twice and was then sacked. Mike Badgley hit the 44 yard field goal as the Chargers were dominating 24-6 at the half. For some reason, the second half was played.

The Jets faced 3rd and 3 from their own 33. Flacco hit Smith for 5. On 3rd and 13 from their own 35, Flacco hit Crowder for 16 and then went deep to Perriman for a 49 yard touchdown. The Jets were only down 24-13. After a touchback, Herbert hit Allen for 9 and Guyton for 4. Ballage ran for 17 and 4. Herbert hit Allen and Kelley for a pair of 10 yard gains and to Ballage for 9. On 3rd and goal from the 13, Herbert fired a laser to Allen for the touchdown as the Chargers were comfortably ahead 31-13 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.  

The Jets soon faced 3rd and 5 at their own 30. Flacco threw incomplete but defensive illegal contact gave the Jets the 5 yards. On 2nd and 20 from their own 25, Flacco hit Johnson for 12 and on 3rd and 8 hit Mims for 27. On 3rd and 3 from the Chargers 29, Flacco threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant a 19 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Flacco threw incomplete again but another defensive pass interference call meant 1st and goal at the one. Flacco hit Perriman for the score as the Jets trailed 31-19 after three quarters after another missed extra point. After a toucback, the Chargers at up the fourth quarter clock. A staggering 16 play, 70 yard, 8 1/2 minute drive had the Jets reeling. A touchdown would put the game out of reach. Yet with 6:45 to play, on 4th and 1 at the Jets 5, Anthony Lynn decided to play it safe. Badgley hit the 23 yard field goal to make it 34-19 Chargers. 

The Jets were down to their last gasp facing 4th and 5 at their own 30. Flacco went deep to Mims for 25 yards. On 3rd and 7 from the Chargers 42, Flacco hit Mims for 19 with roughing the passer on joey Bosa adding 11 more. Flacco hit Chris Herndon for a 6 yard touchdown. With 4 minutes left the Jets were still alive down 34-26. Rather than run the ball and grind down clock, the Chargers came out throwing and went nowhere. An incompletion even stopped the clock. The Jets got it back in excellent field position at their own 46 with 2:48 to play. On 3rd and 4 from the Chargers 48, Flacco was sacked but another roughing the passer penalty on Bosa meant 15 yards. At the 2 minute warning, the Jets had 2nd and 9 at the Chargers 32. Flacco threw 3 straight incompletions. The Chargers faced 4th and 14 at their own 28 with 8 seconds left. They already had one punt blocked, so Anthony Lynn took no chances. His punter stood at the back of the end zone and was pushed out for an intentional safety with one second left. The free kick was too deep for a fair catch, so the Jets had to run it back. There was not a single lateral as the return man was tackled to end it. The Chargers tried but failed to blow the game. The Jets at 0-10 remained winless, witless and worthless. Somehow Adam Gase is still employed. Just End The Season. 34-28 Chargers

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos — The Dolphins were 6-3 while the Broncos were 3-6. On the third play of the game on 3rd and 10 from his own 20, Drew Lock was intercepted. He threw 4 interceptions last week and picked up right where he left off. The Dolphins began at the Denver 22. Tua Tagovailoa threw it right back to Denver, but defensive holding nullified that interception. On 3rd and 1 from the Denver 4, Ahmed got the yard. Tagovailoa hit Parker for the 3 yard touchdown as the Dolphins led 7-0. Yet after that the Denver defense dug in.

The Broncos faced 3rd and 10 from their own 27, Lock went to Hunter for 15. Philip Lindsay ran for 20. The Broncos soon faced 2nd and 22 from the Miami 48. Lock went to Jerry Jeudy for 9. On 3rd and 13, Lock scrambled for 14. Melvin Gordon ran for 9 and Lock hit Vannett for 15 down to the one. Gordon got in for a 7-7 ballgame. The second quarter belonged to the field goal kickers. Brandon McManus hit from 29 for the Broncos. The Dolphins moved 52 yards in 14 plays and 7 1/2 minutes, but settled for a 41 yard field goal from Sanders to tie the game again. McManus hit from 47 to end the half with the Broncos up 13-10. 

In the third quarter the Broncos moved 61 yards in 10 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. Yet on 4th and 1 from the Miami 14, Vic Fangio decided to go for it and Gordon got stuffed. The Broncos got it back at their own 19. On 3rd and 2 from their 27, Lock hit Hamler for 16. Gordon ran for 9. On 3rd and 8 from the Miami 42, Lock threw incomplete but roughing the passer kept the drive going. Gordon ran for a 20 yard touchdown as the Broncos led 20-10 after three quarters and were smelling upset. With 11 minutes left in regulation, Brian Flores benched Tagovailoa and brought in the best homeless man to ever play football. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard. On 3rd and 3 from his own 28, Fitzpatrick went to Gesicki for 25 and Ahmed for 11. On 1st and 10 from the Denver 36, Fitzpatrick threw incomplete twice and ran for only one yard. Sanders drilled a 53 yard field goal to get the Dolphins within 7. 

After a touchback, the Broncos looked to put the game away. Lock went to Fant for 29. Lock ran for 9 and Lindsay added 20 more. With 6 minutes left in regulation, the Broncos had 1st and goal at the 9. Even a field goal would lock up the win. Gordon got the carry straight up the middle and was headed toward the end zone. At the last moment, he was stripped o the ball at the one yard line. The officials inexplicably called it a touchdown, but the call was reversed to a fumble recovered by the Dolphins at their own one yard line. Fitzpatrick and his magic beard needed to go 99 yards. Fitzpatrick hit Parker for 15 and ran for 5, with 15 more added on for defensive unnecessary roughness. On 3rd and 1 from the Miami 45, Fitzpatrick hit Gesicki for 6. On 2nd and 20 at their own 41, Fitzpatrick hit Hollins for 9. On 3rd and 11 from midfield, Fitzpatrick hit Parker for 21 and Perry for 12. With one minute left, the Dolphins faced 3rd and 8 at the Denver 15. Fitzpatrick went to the end zone and was intercepted for a touchback. After the game Brian Flores announced that Tagovailoa would start next week. 20-13 Broncos

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings — Early in the game Kirk Cousins was sacked and fumbled and the Cowboys took over at the Minnesota 30. Red Rifle Andy Dalton was back from his concussion, and he hit CeeDee Lamb for 21 and Ezekiel Elliott for the 6 yard touchdown to make it 6-0 Vikings. After a touchback Cousins went to Adam Thielen for a 28 yard gain. Calvin Cook ran for 2, 11, 3 and 5, but the last run was nullified by an illegal chop block. On 2nd and 22 from the Dallas 41, Cousins hit Smith for 12 and on 3rd and 10 found Smith for 11. Cook ran for 5 and 3. On 3rd and 2 from the Dallas 10, Cousins hit Thielen for 8. On 3rd and goal at the one, Cook got in for a 7-6 Vikings lead after the 12 play, 75 yard, 7 minute drive. 

In the second quarter a field position game saw the Cowboys take over at their own 48. Elliott ran for gains of 7, 4 and 5. On 3rd and 1 from the Minnesota 30, Elliott got stopped. Mike McCarthy decided to go for it. On 4th and 1, Lamb took an end around 6 yards. Dalton went to Michael Gallup for 19 and to Lamb for a 4 yard touchdown as the Cowboys led 13-7 with 5 minutes left in the half and moved to a 3rd and 1 at the Minnesota 38. Dalton threw incomplete and with 1:55 left Mike McCarthy went for it. Dalton threw incomplete again. Cousins quickly hit Cook for 26 yards, but on 2nd and 8 from the Dallas 34, a completion was fumbled and the Cowboys took over at the Minnesota 48. Dalton hit Amari Cooper for gains of 5, 10 and 32 down to the Minnesota one yard line with 8 seconds left. Dalton threw incomplete and the Cowboys took their last timeout with 5 seconds left. Mike McCarthy played it very safe on the road. Greg Zuerlein hit the 19 yard field goal as the Cowboys took the 16-7 lead to the locker rooms. 

The Vikings went right to work in the third quarter. After a touchback, Cook ran for 9 and 2. Cousins went deep to Thielen for a 51 yard gain. On 3rd and 3 from the Dallas 6, Cousins ran for a 4 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Cousins fired to the corner of the end zone and Thielen made a leaping one-handed juggling catch for the touchdown to get the Vikings within 16-14. The Vikings got it back at their own 19. Cook ran for 9 and 13. Cousins on 1st and 16 from his own 39 went to Jefferson for 20. Cook ran for 5, 8 and 7. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Cousins went to Thielen for a 3 yard touchdown. The 12 play, 81 yard, 7 minute drive had the Vikings up 21-16. 

After a touchback, Dalton went to Schultz for 9. Elliott ran for 3, 15 and 6. Tony Pollard then broke free for a 42 yard touchdown. Lamb ran in the 2 point conversion. With 12 minutes left in regulation, the Cowboys led 24-21. This wild fourth quarter was just getting started. After a touchback, Cook ran for 16. Cousins hit Thielen for 13. Cousins went deep to Justin Jefferson for a 39 yard touchdown. With 9 1/2 minutes left, the Vikings were back on top 28-24. With 4 minutes left the Cowboys took over at their own 39. Dalton hit Gallup for 10 and Elliott ran for 18. On 3rd and 12 from the Minnesota 35, a surprise Pollard only gained 6. With 2:05 left the Cowboys faced 4th and 6 at the Minnesota 29. Dalton went to Cooper for 10. Dalton then hit Elliott for 5 and Schultz for 10. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Dalton went to Schultz for the touchdown and the 3 point lead. 13 seconds later after a touchback, on 4th and 6 from his own 29, Cousins threw his third straight incompletion. After 6 lead changes including 4 lead changes in the fourth quarter alone, the Cowboys ended the 3 game winning streak of the Vikings. 31-28 Cowboys

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts — The 7-2 Packers took on the 6-3 Colts and their top ranked defense. Both teams fumbled on their first possession and the Packers got it back just shy of midfield. On 3rd and 1 from the Indianapolis 42, Aaron Rodgers ran for 4. Rodgers hit Tonyan for 4, Lewis for 8 and Tonyan for a 25 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Packers. The Colts soon faced 3rd and 12 at their own 23. Philip Rivers went to TY Hilton for a 13 yard gain. Harris ran for 19. Rivers connected with Pittman for a 45 yard touchdown and a 7-7 game. On the last play of the first quarter the Packers face 1st and 20 from their own 15. Rodgers was intercepted and the Colts took over at the Packers 35. The Colts went nowhere and Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 50 yard field goal try. After that the Packers exploded.

The Packers took over at their own 40 and Rodgers hit Devantae Adams for 20 and Aaron Jones for 5. On 3rd and 1 from the Indy 31, Williams got the yard. Rodgers went to Brown for 23 down to the 2 yard line. Jones ran it in to make it 14-7 Packers. The Colts took over at their own 29 and Rivers was quickly intercepted at the same spot. Rodgers hit Sternberger for 8 and 12 and Adams for the 5 yard touchdown to make it 21-7 Packers. After a touchback, runs and short passes had the Colts facing 3rd and 2 at their own 43. Taylor got the 2 yards. On 3rd and 9 from their own 46, Rivers hit Zach Pascal for 20 and Pittman for 16. Rivers went to Burton for the 17 yard touchdown with 1:52 in the half to get the Colts within 21-14. The Packers faced 3rd and 1 at their own 34. Williams gained 2. On 3rd and 1 from their own 45, Rodgers went deep incomplete but drew a 51 yard defensive pass interference call with 16 seconds left in the half. On the next play Rodgers hit Williams for a 4 yard touchdown as the Packers led 28-14 at the midpoint.

The Colts scratched and clawed in the second half as the Packers went nowhere. The Colts in the third quarter embarked on a 14 play, 56 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive. Yet on 1st and goal at the 10, a run lost a yard and Rivers was sacked for an 8 yard loss. Blankenship hit from 37 to get the Colts within 28-17. The Colts got it back at their own 45. On 3rd and 10, Rivers hit Taylor for 9. Frank Reich decided to go for it on 4th and 1 at the Packers 46. Rives came out and Jacoby Brissett came in for one play. Brissett gained 4 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Packers 33, Hines gained 4. Rivers went to Hilton for 23 and to Doyle for a 6 yard touchdown. The 2 point conversion succeeded and the Colts were within 28-25. 

The Colts got the ball back at their own 36. Taylor ran for 14 as the Colts began the fourth quarter at midfield.Rivers went to Pascal for 20 and to Mo Alie-Cox for 8. On 3rd and 2 from the Green Bay 12, Taylor got tackled for a 2 yard loss. Blankenship hit from 32 as the game was tied 28-28 with 11 minutes left in regulation. The Packers fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Colts recovered at the Green Bay 28. On 3rd and 2 from the Green Bay 20, Taylor ran for the touchdown, but offensive holding nullified the score and killed the drive. Blankenship hit from 43 as the Colts led 31-28 with 9 minutes left. The Packers from their own 23 took 6 minutes off the clock. Yet on 3rd and 8 from the Indy 41, Rodgers went t Tonyan for only 7 yards. Matt LaFleur opted against bringing in Mason Crosby for a 52 yard yard field goal try to tie the game. LaFleur was going for the win. Yet rather than try  quarterback sneak, Rodgers threw incomplete. 

From his own 34, Rivers hit Johnson for 14. With 2:17 left on 1st and 10 from the Green Bay 42, the Colts committed offensive holding on consecutive plays followed by an illegal motion. The Packers were able to preserve for their timeouts. On 3rd and 19 just shy of midfield, Rivers hit Wilkins for only 14. The clock hit the 2 minute warning as the Colts had to decide what to do on 4th and 4 from the Green Bay 36. A 54 yard field goal, even if good, would still only put the Colts up by 6. Frank Reich decided to go for it and Rivers hit Hines for 13 yards. The Colts celebrated, but then self destructed. Again 2 offensive holding calls on the next 3 plays had the Colts facing 2nd and 20 and allowed the Packers to preserve their final timeout. 

Then things got crazy. On 3rd and 36 from the Green Bay 39, rather than just hand the ball off, Rivers went back to pass and got hit as he was throwing. No whistle blew, and Kirksey picked it up and raced 71 yards for a shocking defensive touchdown. Replay clearly showed that Rivers’s arm was going forward, and the touchdown was reversed to an incompletion. Yet again the Packers still had their last timeout. A great punt pinned the Packers at their own 6 yard line with 1:25 to play. This game should have been over but 5…yes 5…offensive holding calls on the Colts in the last 2 minutes prevented them from running out the clock. 

On 3rd and 10 from his own 6, Rivers launched a bomb and Marques Valdes-Scantling answered it for a 47 yard gain. With 1:10 left the Packers took their last timeout. Rodgers hit Adams for gains of 14 and 18. With 42 seconds left on 2nd and 10 from the Indy 15, Rodgers hit Tonyan for only 7. Rodgers did not spike the ball because that would have made it 4th down. Rodgers let the clock run down so the Colts would not have another possession. On 3rd and 3 from the 8, Rodgers fired high and out the back of the end zone incomplete. With 3 seconds left, Crosby hit the 26 yard field goal. The game was going into overtime tied 31-31. The Packers won the toss and received, but disaster struck on the second play of overtime. On 2nd and 2 from their own 30, a short completion to Valdes-Scantling was fumbled. The hero of the fourth quarter was now the goat. The Colts took over at the Green Bay 29 and ran 3 straight times. They managed to avoid offensive holding. On 4th and 2 from the Packers 21, Blankenship came in for the 39 yard field goal to win it. The kick was good. Veterans Rodgers and Rivers had a lengthy friendly chat on the field after the game, two future first ballot Hall of Famers paying each other mutual respect. 34-31 Colts, OT

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders is the Sunday night game. The Chiefs came in winners of 18 out of their last 19. Their only loss was in Kansas City in Week 5 when the Raiders came in and shocked the Chiefs 40-32. The Chiefs came in burning for revenge. With the Raiders 6-3 and the Chiefs 8-1, this was finally a rivalry again. The only way to beat Patrick Mahomes was to outscore him, which means Derek Carr needed to move the ball at will. Josh Jacobs had to pound the rock. Most of the Raiders defense did not practice all week due to COVID rules, but the players were all cleared to play Sunday. The Las Vegas Death Star saw action from the start. The Chiefs have never beaten the Las Vegas Raiders, but the Raiders only moved to Sin City this year. 

Determined to run the ball, Jacobs started with gains of one and 4. On 3rd and 5 from his own 30, Carr went deep to Darren Waller for a 26 yard gain. Carr then went deep again to Nelson Agholor for 29 more. Jacobs banged ahead for 13 yards and then again for the 2 yard touchdown and the 7-0 Raiders lead. The Chiefs took over at their own 15. Mahomes hit Carl Ewards-Helaire for 8 and Pringle for 10. On 3rd and 1 from their own 42, Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill for 14. On 3rd and 1 from the Raiders 35, Mahomes threw incomplete. Walrus Andy Reid decided to go for it, and Mahomes hit Hill for 6 and again for 8. Mahomes hit Hill for a 3 yard touchdown. The 14 play, 85 yard drive ate up 7 1/2 minutes for a 7-7 ballgame. 

The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, setting up the Raiders at their own 40. Carr went to Hunter Renfrow for 16. On 3rd and 7 from the Chiefs 35, Carr hit Darren Waller for 7 and Alec Ingold for 11. With the first quarter winding down, Carr decided to get in one more play. He faked hurrying up, waited, got the Chiefs to bite on the hard count, and threw a perfect fade to Agholor for a 17 yard touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Raiders up 14-7, but the Chiefs came back again. From their own 27, Carl Edwards-Helaire ran for 10. Mahomes hit Robinson for 17 and Travis Kelce for 21. A very questionable defensive pass interference call meant an 18 yard gain down to the 3 yard line. Edwards-Helaire appeared stopped but bulldozed past the plane of the goal for a touchdown. 2 possession by each team meant 2 touchdowns by each team and a 14-14 game. 

After a touchback, Carr hit Jones for 18. Davante Booker came in and ran for 6 and 5. Carr under heavy pressure found Carrier in the flat for a 14 yard gain. Carr found Waller, who stiff-armed and steamrolled over a tackler for 11 yards. On 3rd and goal at the one, Carr threw a fade that was well defended. Edwards had a shot at the touchdown, but when he landed the ball came out incomplete. Carr wanted to go for it, but the ball was actually loser to the 2 than the one. Gruden opted for the field goal as a penalty flag came down. Unsportsmanlike conduct on the Raiders bench moved the ball back to the 17 and simplified the decision. Daniel Carlson hit the 35 yard field goal as the Raiders led 17-14. 

The Chiefs after a touchback committed an offensive facemask and a false start to create 2nd and 25 from their own 10. Bell ran for 11. On 3rd and 14 from his own 21, Mahomes scrambled and actually threw an incompletion. The Raiders defense finally got a stop. The Raiders took over at their own 32 with 2:07 left in the half. It was imperative that the offense not give Mahomes the ball back before the end of the half, especially since the Chiefs would get it to start the third quarter. Carr avoided a sack and hit Waller for 18. Carr avoided more pressure and ran for 5. Yet on 2nd and 5 from the Chiefs 44, a pass to Agholor past the marker was dropped. On 3rd and 5 scrambled but could not find anyone and threw it away. The Raiders punted, and the Chiefs took over at their own 13 with 1:24 left in the half and all 3 timeouts. 

Mahomes hit Williams for 11 and 8, Pringle for 3 and Kelce for 19. All of that took only 20 seconds. On 3rd and 10 from the Raiders 46, Mahomes faked out 2 defenders and ran for an 11 yard gain with defensive holding adding 5 more. Another defensive holding penalty was followed by an 11 yard completion to Kelce. With 19 seconds left in the half the Chiefs had the Raiders defense on the ropes. On 1st and 10 from the Raiders 14, the Raiders needed a miracle and got one. Mahomes was intercepted by Trayvon Mullen at the 2 yard line. Mullen actually fell down on the play and was very lucky that Mahomes threw the ball inside rather than to the wide open receiver outside. The receiver went the wrong way and Mullen made a great grab. Last week the Raiders tried to get points deep in their own territory and it resulted in a turnover and points for Denver. This week Jon Gruden took a knee.

A penalty on the second half kickoff had the Chiefs beginning the third quarter at their own 7 yard line. It didn’t matter. On 3rd and 1 from their 16, Mahomes hit Robinson, who in trying to stretch the ball bobbled it when he hit the ground. At first officials ruled it incomplete, and then inexplicably reversed it to a catch. Jon Gruden challenged the call, and on further review the call stood. The Raiders lost a timeout and the  Chiefs had a critical 3 yard gain and a first down. Mahomes hit Hill for 9, Edwards-Helaire for 9, Kelce for 8, Leveon Bell for 11, Kelce for 12 and Hill for 13. Edwards-Helaire ran for a 14 yard touchdown. The staggering 16 play, 93 yard drive ate up over 8 1/2 minutes and put the Chiefs up 21-17. 

The Raiders soon faced 3rd and 6 from their own 29. A 3 and out would be devastating in that situation. Carr found Waller for 16, Agholor for 7 and Jacobs for 9. Jacobs ran for 11. On 3rd and 6 at the Chiefs 24, Carr hit Renfrow for a 21 yard gain. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Carr found a wide open Waller for a 3 yard touchdown. The 11 play, 75 yard drive ate up 6 1/2 minutes. Each team had the ball only once in the third quarter. Each team scored one touchdown as the Raiders led 24-21. The Raiders defense finally came alive after a touchback. A run was blown up in the backfield for a 4 yard loss. A false start set up 3rd and 16 for the Chiefs from their own 19. Mahomes rolled to his right and with a man about to bring him down had enough strength to throw across his body. At the last moment, Nick Morrow tipped the ball away for an incompletion. The Chiefs actually punted and the Raiders took over at their own 32. On 3rd and 4 from his  own 38, Carr went bombs away to Agholor, who beat the defender. The ball hit him right in his hands and for the second time on the night, Agholor just dropped it. A penalty on the punt return backed the Chiefs up to their own 9 yard line.

On 3rd and 5 from their own 14, Mahomes found Hill for 15, with another 15 tacked on for a late hit out of bounds. Once again, the Raiders defense could not get off the field on a key third down. On the next play Hill was taken down in the backfield for a 5 yard loss. On 3rd and 9 from their own 45, Mahomes scrambled for a 7 yard gain. On 4th and 2 from the Raiders 48 with 8 1/2 minutes left, Andy Reid took a timeout. The football world knew he was going for it. The only question was the play. With a man in his face, Mahomes fires over the middle to Robinson for 9 yards. Mahomes went to Kelce for 19. The Raiders burned their 2nd timeout. Mahomes hit Hill for 9. Bell ran for a 6 yard touchdown. The 12 play, 91 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive put the Chiefs up 28-24. The Raiders defense had given up second half drives of 93 and 91 yards. It was up to Carr to make up for the defense again, as he has been doing for his entire career. 6 minutes remained.

On 2nd and 5 from their own 30, Carr went deep to Ingold. It would have been a difficult catch, but it was catchable and he dropped it. On 3rd and 5, Carr found Agholor for 20 to midfield. Henry Ruggs took an end around 12 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Chiefs 29, the Raiders fumbled, but the Chiefs had jumped offsides, which was what disrupted the play to begin with. On 3rd and 10 from the Chiefs 23, Carr went deep incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 22 yards and 1st and goal at the one. Jacobs got stopped but defensive unsportsmanlike conduct again meant 1st and goal at the one. Then came a false start and a run that lost 3 yards at the 2 minute warning. Carr went to Waller for 7 yards to set up 3rd and goal at the one as the Chiefs took another timeout with 1:48 left. Carr faked the handoff to Jacobs and rolled out. He fired to Jason Witten, who had committed the false start a few plays earlier. Witten caught it before being knocked backward, but he was just over the plane of the goal for the touchdown. With 1:43 left the 112 play, 75 yard drive gave the Raiders and the lead again by a field goal. Now it was time for the defense to finally try and stop Mahomes.

After a touchback, Mahones hit Hill for 10 and again for 9. On 3rd and 1 from their own 44, Mahomes went to Mecole Hardman for 16, Kelce for 15 and Williams for 3. With 34 seconds left facing 2nd and 7 from the Raiders 22, the Chiefs took their final timeout. A field goal would tie the game but the entire football world knew Mahomes would go for the win. Paul Guenther’s defense used their one miracle at the end of the first half. They were not getting another one. Mahomes went to Kelce for the touchdown. After a touchback, Carr had only 28 seconds left. A desperation lob by Carr into double coverage was intercepted. One day this will go down as an instant NFL classic, but for now it was just a gut punch. The Raiders went toe to toe with the defending champs and were 30 seconds away from sweeping them. Yet instead the Chiefs are 9-1 and the Raiders are 6-4. The Raiders will have the entire week to question what could have been if Agholor and Ingold had not both dropped 2 key passes. More importantly, the pass defense remains awful. Then again, nobody else seems to be able to stop Mahomes either. 35-31 Chiefs

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the Monday night game. These two teams both came in with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. The Rams began their first drive facing 3rd and 1 at their own 29. Jared Goff hit Greg Everett for 6. On 3rd and 4 just past midfield, Goff connected with Cooper Kupp for a 37 yard gain. On 3rd and 2 from the Tampa 4, the Buccaneers jumped into the neutral zone. On 3rd and goal at the 4, Goff hit Robert Woods for the touchdown. The 13 play, 80 yard, 8 minute drive made it 7-0 Rams. The Buccaneers soon faced 3rd and 10 from their own 25. Tom Brady threw incomplete but a very questionable pass interference call on Jalen Ramsey gave the Buccaneers 20 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Rams 47, Brady hit Chris Godwin for 7 and Rob Gronkowski for 16. The second quarter began with the Buccaneers facing 3rd and 1 from the Rams 9. Brady hit Mike Evans, who bulldozed over and dragged tacklers, stretching just past the pylon for the touchdown and a 7-7 game 

The Buccaneers got it back and faced 3rd and 6 from their own 36. Brady hit Cameron Brate for 7. On 3rd and 9 from their own 44, Brady hit Brate for just enough. On 3rd and 8 from the Rams 45, Brady threw deep incomplete but another defensive pass interference call meant 25 yards. A third defensive pass interference call added 18 more yards down to the 2. Leonard Fournette ran it in to make it 14-7 Buccaneers. The Rams soon faced 3rd and 3 from their own 32. Goff went to Woods for 9, to Tyler Higbee for 7, and to Kupp for 24 and 6 more. On 3rd and 4 from the Tampa 12, the defense jumped offside. Goff then went to Jefferson for the touchdown and a 14-14 tie with 4 1/2 minutes left in the half. 

The game slowed down considerably after that. The Rams got the ball back at their own 19 with one minute left in the half. Goff hit Higbee for 5, Kupp for 9, and Brown for 8. On 3rd and 2 from their own 41, Goff hit Everett for 4. Only 19 seconds remained as the Rams faced 1st and 10 from their own 45. Goff went to Woods for 35 yards and spiked the ball to stop the clock with one second left. Newly acquired Matt Gay hit a 38 yard field goal to put the Rams up 17-14 at the intermission. After a touchback to start the third quarter, the Rams soon faced 1st and 10 from their own 36. Goff was intercepted by Jason Pierre Paul, who returned it to the Rams 22. The Buccaneers offense went nowhere but Ryan Succup hit a 38 yard field goal for a 17-17 tie. The Rams after a touchback moved to a 3rd and 1 at the Tampa bay 25. Akers got the carry and lost a yard. Gay missed a 44 yard field goal and the game remained tied. The Bucs took over at their own 34 but disaster struck 2 plays later. From their own 44, Brady went deep and was intercepted by Fuller. Fuller returned the interception 37 yards to the Bucs 37. 

On 2nd and 13 from the Buccaneers 40, Goff hit Everett and Reynolds for consecutive 18 yard gains. Goff went to Akers for a 4 yard touchdown. With 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the Rams led 24-17. At the end of the third quarter, the Buccaneers faced 3rd and 15 from their own 8. Brady got nailed in the end zone and appeared to fumble the ball. The Rams picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown as the officials blew the whistle very early. It was called an incomplete pass. 20 years later, the man behind the Tuck Rule still gets the calls. The ball appeared to come loose before Brady’s hand went forward, but Sean McVay lost his challenge and a timeout. The Rams began the fourth quarter at their own 42, but failed to take advantage of the field position. With 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation the Buccaneers faced 4th and 1 at the Rams 43. Bruce Arians decided to go for it and Brady threw incomplete. Yet on 2nd and 16 from their own 37, Goff was intercepted. The Buccaneers took over at the Rams 44.

Brady hit Godwin for 10. Fournett ran for 6, 3, and on 3rd and 1 from the Rams 25, a tough 2. Brady went to Evans for 10. Brady then found a wide open Godwin in the slot. Godwin leapt from the 5 yard line threw a tackler and stretched the ball just over the pylon before landing for an acrobatic 13 yard touchdown. With 4 minutes left in regulation, the game was tied for the fourth time at 24-24. After a touchback, Goff immediately hit Woods for a 23 yard gain and again for 9 more. On 3rd and 1 from the Bucs 43, Goff went to Kupp for 19. On 3rd and 8 from the Bucs 22, Sean McVay called a safe run that went nowhere. The Buccaneers took their 2nd timeout on defense with 2:40 left. Gay came in for a field goal try to give the Rams the lead. From 40 yards out, the kick was good and the Rams led 27-24. The Buccaneers took over at their own 19 with 2 1/2 minutes left and one timeout plus the 2 minute warning. 

Brady hit Brate for 7 and Godwin for 12 as the clock hit the 2 minute warning. From his own 38, Brady went deep and was intercepted by Fuller. From their own 37, Malcolm Brown gained 6 and the Bucs took their final timeout with 1:43 to play. The Rams ran a couple more times and did not get the first down. They took the clock down to 9 seconds and took their final timeout. Sean McVay decided to punt, and Barner decided against a fair catch. He received it at his own 18. Needing 82 yards, he came up 75 yards short as he was tackled at the 25 without trying to lateral the ball. The Rams are 7-3 and the Buccaneers are 7-4 after a good football game that saw 99 passes. Brady was 26 of 48 for only 216 yards and 2 touchdowns. Goff was 39 of 51 for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns. Both signal callers were picked off twice. 27-24 Rams

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Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans was the Thursday night game. A pair of good football teams faced off in an AFC South showdown. Early on the Titans made it look easy. From their own 33, Ryan Tannehill hit Blasingame for 13 and AJ Brown for 21. On 3rd and 2 from the Colts 25, Tannehill hit Davis for 20 and D’Onta Foreman for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Titans. After a touchback, the Colts failed to convert on 3rd and 1 from their own 45. Frank Reich decided to gamble on 4th and 1 in his own territory and Taylor got a critical 2 yards. Yet on 4th and 1 from the Titans 29, Reich went for it again and Wilkins got stopped short. The Colts got it back and moved from their own 25 to a 3rd and 3 at the Titans 6 yard line. Philip Rivers threw incomplete. This time Frank Reich settled for the 24 yard field goal. Rodrigo Blankenship hit it and the Colts were within 7-3. In the second quarter after a touchback, the Titans moved with help from Derrick Henry ripping off a 20 yard gain. Yet on 3rd and 8 from the Indy 35, a completion from Tannehill to Batson only gained 5 Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 50 yard field goal to make it 10-3 Titans. 

The Colts took over at their own 20. Rivers hit Nyheim Hines for 11. On 3rd and 2 from their own 39, Rivers hit Pittman for 30, Taylor for 14 and Hines for the 13 yard touchdown to make it 10-10. After a touchback, Henry caught a pass for 6 and ran for 8, 5, 4 and 16. Tannehill went to Davis for 18. Defensive pass interference added 17 yards down to the one. Jon Smith got in as the Titans led 17-10 with 3 minutes left in the half. The Titans moved the ball well for most of the first half, but after that the Colts defense shut them down. The Colts took over at their own 24 and Rivers hit Hilton for 11. On 3rd and 4 from their own 41, Rivers went to Harris for 21 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Titans 30, Rivers hit Hilton for 8. With 16 seconds left in the half the Colts had 2nd and 8 at the Titans 9. Rivers was sacked for an 11 yard loss. Without a timeout, Rivers hurried everyone to the line and spiked the ball with one second left. Blankenship hit from 43 as the Colts trailed 17-13.

The Colts ended the half with a 13 play, 51 yard drive and began the third quarter with a 15 play, 73 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive. From their own 26, they moved to a 4th and 2 at the Titans 25. Frank Reich went for it and Rivers hit Zach Pascal for 9. On 4th and 1 from the Titans 7, Reich gambled again. Taylor gained 2. On 3rd and goal at t he one, Taylor got stopped and Reich rolled the dice a 3rd time. Wilkins got stopped. The Titans defense celebrated the goal line stand, but it was their last gasp. They were exhausted. The Titans faced 3rd and 1 at their own 20 and needed to give their defense a rest. Instead, Tannehill was sacked for a 10 yard loss. Then Daniel shanked a 17 yard punt to set up the Colts at the Titans 27. The Titans defense finally broke. Pittman ran for a 21 yard gain and Hines ran for a 2 yard touchdown to make it 20-17 Colts. 

The Titans went 3 and out and had to punt on 4th and 9 from their own 26. Things got worse for Daniel as this time his punt was blocked. TJ Carrie picked it up and ran for a 6 yard special teams touchdown to make it 27-17 Colts. In the fourth quarter the Titans moved from their own 22 on a 52 yard, 12 play drive. With 12 minutes left in regulation and needing 2 scores, Gostkowski came in for a 44 yard field goal try to make it a one score game. The kick was no good. From their own 34, the Colts quickly delivered the dagger. A defensive facemask moved the ball near midfield. Rivers went to Pittman for a 40 yard gain. Jacoby Brissett came in for one play and ran for a 2 yard touchdown to complete the scoring. The Titans reached 3rd and 3 at the Indy 12 but Tannehill fired incomplete twice as both teams are 6-3 on the year but the Titans have lost 3 of their last 4 games. 34-17 Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers — A couple weeks ago the 5-1 Packers were shocked at home by 1-5 Minnesota. Today the 6-2 Packers were supposed to steamroll over the anemic 1-7 Jaguars. Cue ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why they PLAY the GAMES!”   Jacksonville’s defense came for a street fight. In the first quarter from their own 38. Jake Luton went to DJ Chark for 11 and Robinson ripped off 3 straight 6 yard gains. On 3rd and 4 from the Green Bay 33, Luton threw incomplete. Chase McLaughlin hit a 52 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Jaguars. Bad field position and the Jacksonville defense were hurting the Packers, who took over at their own 9. On 3rd and 3 from the 16, Rodgers went to Devontae Adams for 6. On the first play of the second quarter from their own 22, Rodgers went bombs away to Marques Valdez-Scantling, who broke a tackle, crisscrossed the field, picked up an inadvertent block from the official, and outraced the defense for a 78 yard touchdown and a 7-3 Packers lead. One play gave the Packers the lead and one play gave it back to the Jaguars. This time it was special teams as Keelan Cole returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown to make it 10-7 Jaguars. 

The Packers soon faced 3rd and 6 from their own 23. Rodgers went deep to Valdez-Scantling for 22. On 3rd and 7 from his own 48, Rodgers hit Williams for 12. On 3rd and 1 from the Jacksonville 31, Williams got the yard. Rodgers hit Adams for 18. Rodgers ran for a 5 yard touchdown as the 13 play, 81 yard, 8 minute drive had the Packers up 14-10 with 2:15 left in the half. After a touchback, the Jaguars soon faced 1st and 10 at their own 37. Luton went over then middle and was intercepted by Amos, who returned it 23 yards to the Jags 26. With 19 seconds left the Packers faced 3rd and 17 at the Jags 22. Rodgers fired a laser over the middle to Adams for the touchdown. However, offensive holding nullified the score. The Packers settled for a 39 yard Mason Crosby field goal and a 17-10 halftime lead. 

In the third quarter the Packers were pinned at their own 2. Rodgers hit Adams for a 22 yard gain, but Adams fumbled and Miles Jack recovered for the Jaguars at the Green Bay 16. On 3rd and 6, Luton hit Kenneth Cole for a 12 yard touchdown and a 17-17 tie. After a touchback the Packers moved to a 3rd and 3 at the Jags 33. Rodgers threw incomplete and Matt LaFleur opted to go for it rather than try a 51 yard field goal with wind resistance. Rodgers threw incomplete again. The Packers got it back at their own 20. Rodgers went to Valdes-Scantling for 31 yards. Yet on 3rd and 8 from the Jacksonville 47, Rodgers was intercepted. The Jaguars took over at their own 44. Luton went to Chark for gains of 21 and 17. Robinson ran for an 18 yard touchdown, but it was nullified by offensive holding. the Jaguars settled for a 31 yard McLaughlin field goal and a 20-17 lead with 13 minutes left in regulation. 

The Packers soon faced 3rd and 9 from their own 26. Rodgers went deep to Tronyan for 23 and Aaron Jones for 7. Jones ran for 20. Rodgers hit Valdes-Scantling for 18 and Adams for the 6 yard touchdown. With 9 minutes left the Packers had a 4 point lead. With 2 1/2 minutes left, the Packers had the ball and faced 3rd and 1 from their own 23. Jones got stopped and the Jaguars had life. A short 30 yard punt had the Jaguars taking over at their own 47. At the 2 minute warning on 3rd and 2 from the Green Bay 45, Robinson gained 9. Yet consecutive sacks of Luton had the Jaguars facing 4th and 26 from their own 48 with 1:10 left. Luton is not Donovan McNabb, and the Jaguars did not convert. The Jaguars were game, but their miserable season continued and the Packers survived a scare. 24-20 Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers — One week after the worst beating of his career, Tom Brady sought to rebound. However, the Buccaneers had a problem even making the 90 minute flight to Charlotte. Their private plane had mechanical issues and was stranded on the tarmac for 5 hours of a 7 hour delay. The Buccaneers were as out of sync as their plane early on. On their second play from scrimmage from their 26, a short completion was fumbled and the Panthers took over at the Tampa 33. On 4th and 3 from the Tampa 26, Matt Rhule decided to go for it. Teddy Bridgewater hit Robbie Anderson for 9. Bridgewater went to Thompson for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Panthers. After a touchback, Brady went deep to Chris Godwin for 23 yards. On 3rd and 2 from the Carolina 44, Brady went deep to Mike Evans for 19. On 3rd and 7 from the Carolina 22, Brady went to Godwin for 14. On 3rd and goal from the Carolina 5, Brady hit Cameron Brate for the score. The 10 play, 75 yard drive tied the game 7-7. 

After a touchback the Panthers quickly responded. From his own 38, Bridgewater went deep to DJ Moore for a 38 yard gain. On the next play a simple West Coast Offense pass from Bridgewater to Moore went for a 24 yard touchdown and a 14-7 Panthers advantage. In the second quarter after a touchback the Buccaneers went on a 14 play, 70 yard, nearly 7 minute drive. On 3rd and 1 from their own 44, Jones gained 3. On 3rd and 1 from the Carolina 44, Leonard Fournette gained 14. On 3rd and goal from the 5, Brady threw over the middle incomplete. Ryan Succop hit the 23 yard field goal to get the Buccaneers within 14-10. The Panthers soon faced 3rd and 3 from their own 32. Bridgewater went to Thomas for 7. On 2nd and 4 from the Tampa 43, Bridgewater was belted by Minter for an 8 yard loss. Yet a horrendous roughing the passer call on Minter kept the drive going. It was a textbook legal hit, and if Minter grabbed Bridgewater’s helmet it was because Bridgewater lowered his own head. Nevertheless, that penalty was enough for Joey Slye to hit a 46 yard field goal to make it 17-10 Panthers with 4 minutes left in the half. 

The Buccaneers soon faced 3rd and 11 at their own 24. Brady fired over the middle to Godwin for 15 and to Antonio Brown for 16. On 2nd and 13 from the Carolina 48, just past the 2 minute warning, Brady went deep to Rob Gronkowski for a 44 yard gain. Brady threw a high pass over the middle and Mike Evans made the leaping catch and somehow got both feet inbounds in the back of the end zone. with 35 seconds left in the half the game was tied 17-17. The Panthers took over at their own 25 and Bridgewater went deep to Moore for a 42 yard gain. Yet on further review it was reversed to incomplete as the ball hit the ground. It was Bridgewater’s first incompletion of the game after 14 completions to start.                              

After a touchback to start the third quarter, runs and short passes had the Buccaneers facing 3rd and 1 from their own 46. Brady went to Godwin for 31 yards. On 1st and goal at the 7, Brady threw incomplete twice and ran for one yard. Succop hit from 24 to make it 20-17 Buccaneers. The Buccaneers got the ball back but were pinned at their own 2 yard line. Ronald Jones took a handoff up the middle, broke through several tackles, escaped a couple of attempts to catch him from behind, and ended up with a 98 yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked but the Buccaneers led 26-17. One play after a touchback, Bridgewater was intercepted. The Buccaneers took over at the Carolina 38 and moved to a 2nd and goal at the one. This time Jones lost a couple yards and Brady threw incomplete. Succop hit from 21 to make it 29-17 Buccaneers. After a touchback the Panthers faced 4th and 5 from their own 40. Matt Rhule gambled on a fake punt and Charlton was sacked. Another short field for the Buccaneers at the Carolina 35 led to Succop’s fourth field goal from 40 yards out as the Buccaneers were up 32-17 early in the fourth quarter. 

After surrendering 22 consecutive points, the Panthers got a jolt of momentum when Cahnon returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to the Tampa 4 yard line. 2 plays later Bridgewater ran for the 3 yard touchdown. With 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation, Matt rule made the questionable decision to try for the 2 point conversion. Bridgwater threw incomplete and the Panthers trailed 32-23. The Buccaneers soon faced 3rd and 1 from their own 34. Brady hit Brown for 8. On 3rd and 3 just shy of midfield, Brady hit Brown for 25. Jones ran for 12 and Brady hit Evans for 13 down to the one. Brady crashed into the line and got the touchdown to make it 39-23 Buccaneers with 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation. With 4 minutes left Brady hit Gronk for a 7 yard touchdown to complete the blowout and right the Tampa Bay pirate ship. 46-23 Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants — Somebody has to win the NFC Least. Nobody should care. The Giants began facing 2nd and 15 at their own 10. Daniel Jones hit Slayton for 22. Gallman gained 17. On 3rd and 8 from the Philadelphia 38, the Eagles jumped. On the next play Jones got around the end for a 34 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Giants. After a touchback the Eagles got stopped on 3rd and 1 from their own 47. Doug Pederson decided to go for it. On 4th and 1 Carson Wentz hit Reagor for 10. On 3rd and 3 from the Giants 22, Wentz threw incomplete. Elliott hit the 40 yard field goal to get the Eagles within 7-3. After a touchback, Jones hit Smith for 11, Mack for 9, and Shepard for 12. On 3rd and 2 from the Philly 33, Jones hit Shepard for 3. Morris ran for 4 and 10. On 3rd and 1 from the 2, Penny got stopped. Joe Judge decided to go for it. On the first play of the second quarter on 4th and 1 from the 2, Gallman went airborne over the top for the touchdown to make it 14-3 Giants. 

The Eagles began the third quarter at their own 16. Miles Sanders ran for 14. Wentz hit Dallas Goedert for 6 and Ward for 5. Boston Scott took an end around 56 yards for a touchdown. Although Scott may have stepped out of bounds, a lengthy review let the touchdown stand. Doug Pederson went for the 2 point conversion and Sanders got in as the Eagles were within 14-11. After a touchback Jones went deep to Shepard for 27 and to Golden Tate for 38. Gallman gained 8, one, and on 3rd and goal at the one, the last yard to make it 21-11 Giants. After a touchback, the Eagles soon faced 1st and 10 from their own 36. Wentz hit Reagor for 16, Goedert for 8, and Ward for 16 and 5. Sanders ran for 14 and Clement got the 5 yard touchdown. Doug Pederson again inexplicably went for a 2 point conversion and Wentz was sacked. The Eagles were within 21-17 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

The Eagles began the fourth quarter at their own 5 yard line and had to punt on 4th and 17 from their own 11. Jabril Peppers returned the punt 20 yards to give the Giants a short field at the Philly 41. With 9 minutes left Jones ran for a 14 yard touchdown, but it was nullified by offensive holding. Graham Gano hit a 35 yard field goal to make it 24-17 Giants midway through the fourth quarter. After a touchback the Eagles moved to a 1st and 10 at the Giants 36. A run went nowhere and Wentz threw 3 straight incompletions as the Eagles turned it over on downs with 5 minutes left. Rather than grind down clock, Jones went deep to Slayton for a 40 yard gain. That was enough for Gano to come hit a 44 yard field goal with 3:10 left to lock up the win. 27-17 Giants 

  

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns — The start of this game was delayed 35 minutes due to lightning. The winds were a factor all game. The Browns began after a touchback with a 12 play, 52 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive. On 3rd and 1 from the Houston 7, rather than play smashmouth, Baker Mayfield was in the shotgun. A low snap rolled pass him. Mayfield picked it up and threw it away. The intentional grounding call was a 16 yard loss. Cody Parkey hit the 41 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Browns. The Texans from their own 29 embarked on a 14 play, 67 yard, 7 minute drive. Yet early in the second quarter on 3rd and goal from the 2, DeShaun Watson fired to Randall Cobb, who dropped it. Romeo Crennel went for it. Out of the shotgun, Watson tried the quarterback draw and the Browns defense knew it was coming. Miles Garrett blew up Watson for a 2 yard loss. With 4:20 left in the half the Browns took over at their own 4 yard line. The moved all the way to a 3rd and 4 at the Houston 37. Mayfield had an open receiver but misfired incomplete. Rather than try a 55 yard field goal in bad conditions, Kevin Stefanski decided to go for it. Mayfield went deep and overthrew his receiver incomplete. 

In the third quarter the Texans moved from their own 29 to a 4th and 2 at the Cleveland 27. Romeo Crennel prepared to go for it, called timeout, and then opted for the field goal. Form 46 yards out, Kaimi Fairbairn was no good. Late in the third quarter the Browns faced 3rd and 18 from their own 28. Mayfield hit Higgins for 21. On 3rd and 8 just past midfield, Mayfield threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant a 14 yard gain. Nick Chubb did the rest, running for 11, 11 again, 4, and then the 9 yard touchdown. 90 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Browns led 10-0. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Texans took over at their own 10. Watson hit Fells for 15. On 3rd and 6 from their own 29, Watson hit Cobb for 29 and again for 10 with unnecessary roughness adding 15 more. Watson went to Pharaoh Brown for a 16 yard touchdown to get the Texans within a field goal with 5 minutes left. The Browns fumbled the ensuing kickoff but were lucky enough to recover at their own 3 yard line. Karim Hunt ran for 3, 6, and on 3rd and 1 from his own 12, a critical 2. Hunt ran for 19 as the clock hit the 2 minute warning. Hunt then ran for 3 and 4 as the Texans were out of timeouts. With 1:07 left, it call came down to the Browns facing 3rd and 3 at their own 40. After 6 straight carries by Hunt, it was Chubb who got the carry and broke free for a 59 yard gain down to the Houston one yard line. Kevin Stefanski took a knee rather than run up the score. 3 years after going 0-16, the Browns are 6-3 after winning a truly ugly one. 10-7 Browns 

Washington Election Chaos at Detroit Lions — In 1991 this game mattered. The Lions took over at their own 8 yard line. Swift ran for gains of 5, 11 and 16. Matthew Stafford went deep to Hall for a 55 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Lions lead. The No-Names managed to moved from their own 26 to a 2nd and 8 at the Detroit 20. Alex Smith threw incomplete twice and the No-Names settled for a 38 yard Dustin Hopkins field goal to trail 7-3. The Non-Redskins began the second quarter punting on 4th and 5 from their own 12. The Lions took over at their own 47. Adrian Peterson ran for 13, caught a pass for 9, and ran for 4. On 3rd and 10 from the Washington 27, Stafford went deep to Marvin Jones for the touchdown to make it 14-3 Lions. 

A strong kickoff return had the non-Redskins taking over at midfield. On 4th and 3 from the Detroit 43, Riverboat Ron Rivera went for it and Smith hit Sims for 13. Yet on 3rd and 5 from the Detroit 25, Smith overthrow an open receiver deep incomplete. Hopkins then missed a 43 yard field goal. Washington got it back and moved from their own 16 to a 1st and 10 at the Detroit 33 with 1:20 left in the half.  short completion was fumbled as the 11 play, 53 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive came up empty. The Lions took over at their own 19 and Stafford hit Jones for 19, Hockensen for 8 and Hall for 6. Matt Prater nailed a 53 yard field goal to end the half with the Lions up 17-3. The Lions began the third quarter facing 2nd and 20 from their own 26. Stafford went to Swift for a 26 yard gain. On 3rd and 4 from the Washington 42, Stafford went to Hockensen for 5 and Jones for 18. On 3rd and 6 from the Washington 15, Stafford went to Swift for the touchdown. Midway through the third quarter, the Lions led 24-3. Yet nobody blows big leads like the Lions. 

The Election Frauds took over at their own 18. Gibson caught a 13 yard pass from Smith and then ran for 12. Smith hit Wright for 6, Sims for 11, and Terry McLaurin for 20. With 3 minutes left in the third quarter, the No-Names faced 4th and 13 at the Detroit 17. One defensive stop would end the game. Smith hit Thomas for 15 and JD McKissic ran for the 2 yard touchdown to get the Non-Redskins within 24-10. The Redskins got it back at their own 16 and Smith hit Sims for 19 and Thomas for 14 as the third quarter ended. On 3rd and 2 from the Detroit 43, McKissic got just enough. Smith hit McLaurin for 11, Wright for 13, and Gibson and Wright for 8 apiece. Gibson ran for a 2 yard touchdown as the Non-Redskins only trailed 24-17 with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The No-Names got it back with 9 minutes left and soon faced 3rd and 5 at their own 39. Smith went deep to Sims for 23 and to Thomas for 27. Gibson ran for a 5 yard touchdown. With 6 minutes left, the game was now tied 24-24. 

After a touchback Stafford hit Swift for 9 and 5 and Gibson for 10. On 3rd and 1 from their own 48, Swift gashed the No-Names for gains of 17, 9 and 6. On 1st and 10 from the Washington 20, rather than grind down the clock, Matt Patricia opted for the passing game. Stafford threw incomplete twice sandwiched around a failed run. With 2 1/2 minutes left Prater came in for a 37 yard field goal try. The kick was good and the Lions led 27-24, but this game was far from over. The Non-Entities took over at their own 11 and needed 17 plays. On 3rd and 13 from their own 8, Smith went deep to McLaurin for 26. On 4th and 5 from their own 39, Smith threw incomplete. Yet defensive pass interference meant 5 yards. These are the Lions. On 3rd and 10 from their own 44, Smith threw incomplete. Yet defensive holding meant new downs. These are the Lions. On 3rd and 10 from just shy of midfield, Smith hit Sims for 11 and McLaurin for 11 more. Hopkins came in for a 41 yard field goal try. The kick was good. The game was tied 27-27 with only 16 seconds left and appeared headed for overtime. These are the Lions.

After a touchback, Stafford hit Cephus for 10 and took their first timeout with 12 seconds left. Stafford then threw deep incomplete but roughing the passer gave the Lions 15 yards to midfield with 6 seconds left. Stafford quickly fired to Jones for 9 yards and called another timeout with 3 seconds left. Prater came in for a 59 yard field goal try. Prater holds the NFL record for a 64 yard field goal, and in the past drilled a 59 yarder at the gun to force overtime in a win. This time it was to avoid overtime, and again Prater delivered. Despite another double digit collapse, this time Detroit found a team who wanted it less. 30-27 Lions

Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals — Early on the Cardinals moved 75 yards in 13 plays and 5 minutes. From their own 20, they reached 2nd and goal at the 5. Kyler Murray threw incomplete twice. Zane Gonzalez hit from 23 to make it 3-0 Cardinals. A 40 yard kickoff return had the Bills taking over at their own 37. Josh Allen hit Knox for 6 and Stefan Diggs for 10. On 3rd and 8 from the Arizona 45, Allen hit John Brown for 31.nSean McDermott then went to the bag of tricks. Allen threw a backward pass to Isaiah McKenzie and McKenzie threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Allen to make it 7-3 Bills. 

In the second quarter, the field goal kickers took over. Tyler Bass hit from 54 to make it 10-3 Bills. Gonzalez hit from 42 and Bass answered from 55 to make it 13-6 Bills. Despite a 16 play, 72 yard drive and 2nd and goal at the 3, Murray again threw incomplete twice. Gonzalez hit from 21 with 90 seconds left in the half but Bass leveled a 58 yarder at the gun as the Bills took a 16-9 advantage to the intermission. In the third quarter the Cardinals fumbled and the Bills recovered with a short field at the Arizona 37. Allen went to Cole Beasley for a 22 yard touchdown for a 23-9 Bills lead. 

After a touchback, Murray hit Kirk for 9, Deandre Hopkins for 35, Kirk again for 6, and Edmonds for 11. On 3rd and 3 from the Buffalo 21, Murray hit Kirk for 7. Edmonds ran for 6, Drake added 7, and Murray got the last yard to get the Cardinals within 23-16. The Bills had to punt on 4th and 4 from their own 18, and a 12 yard punt gave the Cardinals the ball at the Buffalo 30. On 3rd and 7 Murray threw incomplete. Gonzalez hit from 45 to get the Cardinals within 23-19. After a touchback the Bills faced 2nd and 10 from their own 39. Allen hit Singletary for 21 yards, but offsetting penalties nullified the gain. On the next play Allen went deep and was intercepted by Patrick Peterson. The Cardinals took over at their own 44 and struck quickly. Murray ran for 28 and then for a 15 yard touchdown as 17 unanswered points had the Cardinals up 26-23 after three quarters. 

Each quarterback was intercepted in the fourth quarter, and with 3 1/2 minutes left the Bills took over at their own 22. On 3rd and 4 from their own 28, Allen hit Beasley for just enough. Allen ran for 12. On 3rd and 5 just shy of midfield, Allen hit Beasley for 7. On 2nd and 13 from the Arizona 47, Allen hit Beasley for 17. Allen went deep to Diggs for a 21 yard touchdown with 34 seconds left. Diggs was the hero from the Minneapolis Miracle, and this game would end in another miracle. Although the Bills led 30-26, it would not be another Diggs miracle finish. After a touchback, Murray hit Andy Isabella for 14, Hopkins for 9 and Larry Fitzgerald for 9. With 11 seconds left and the Cardinals out of timeouts, the Cardinals had 1st and 10 at the Buffalo 43. Murray scrambled, barely avoided being sacked, and launched a Hail Mary to the end zone. Hopkins was surrounded by 3 defenders, but somehow he out-jumped them all and held on to the ball for a miracle touchdown with 2 seconds left. Sean McDermott took a knee on the extra point rather than risk it being blocked and returned. The lateral attempt on the kickoff went nowhere and the Cardinals had a finish for the ages. 32-30 Cardinals

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins — The Chargers find creative ways to lose heartbreakers, but this game started with them getting blown out. They punted on 4th and 14 from their own 21 and the Dolphins blocked it. The Dolphins took over at the Chargers one and Ahmed got in for a 7-0 Dolphins lead. The Dolphins got it back at their own 12. Tua Tagovailoa went deep to Gesicki for 23 and Grant for 13. Ahmed ran for 18. Tagovailoa hit Grant for 15. Ahmed ran for 8. On 3rd and 1 from the Chargers 10, Tagovailoa threw incomplete. On 4th and 1, Brian Flores played it safe and opted for the field goal. Sanders hit from 28, but the defense jumped offside. Flores took the points off the board. On 3rd and goal from the 3, Tagovailoa hit Grant for the touchdown and the 14-0 Dolphins lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Dolphins moved from their own 44 to a 3rd and 1 at the Chargers 9. The Dolphins were in complete control when a fumbled snap was returned 44 to the Miami 37. At that point the Chargers tried to claw back. 

Kelley gained 7 and 2. On 3rd and 1 from the Miami 28, Ballage gained 10 and 3. On 3rd and 2 from the Miami 10, Ballage only gained one. Anthony Lynn decided to go for it. On 4th and 1 from the Miami 9, Ballage got the yard. On 3rd and goal at the one, Ballage got stopped. Anthony Lynn again went for it and Justin Herbert easily snuck across for the touchdown. With 4 1/2 minutes left in the half, the Chargers were within 14-7. With 1:20 left in the half the Chargers had to punt on 4th and 15 from their own 10. A 20 yard punt return gave the Dolphins a short field at the Chargers 47. Tagovailoa hit Perry for 13. Sanders nailed a 50 yard field goal as the Dolphins took the 17-7 lead to the club houses. In the third quarter the Chargers took over at their own 32. Herbert hit Keenan Allen for 15 and Nabers for 9. On 3rd and 3 from the Miami 34, Herbert hit Williams for 10. Ballage ran for 7, 4, 7 again, and 4 again, Herbert hit Hunter Henry for the 2 yard touchdown as the Chargers were within 17-14 midway through the third quarter. 

After a touchback Tagovailoa hit Gesicki for 17 and Perry for 8. Ahmed ran for 18 and Tagovailoa hit Shaheen for 19. Despite 1st and 10 from the Chargers 18, a pair of runs gained a total of one yard and on 3rd and 9 Tagovailoa threw incomplete. Sanders hit the 35 yard field goal to make it 20-14 Dolphins with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. The Chargers moved from their own 18 to a 1st and 10 at their own 47 to start the fourth quarter. On 3rd and 12, Herbert was intercepted by Howard, who returned it 28 yards to the Chargers 32. Tagovailoa hit Grant for 12. Ahmed ran for 11 and 2 and caught a pass for 2. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Tagovailoa hit Smythe for the touchdown. The 2 point try failed but the Dolphins led 26-14 with 12 minutes left in regulation. Sanders would miss a 47 yard field goal with 8 1/2 minutes left, but with the Chargers facing 4th and 1 at their own 46, Herbert threw incomplete. Sanders did hit from 49 with 4 minutes left to tighten the screws and make it 29-14 Dolphins. Herbert did hit Allen for a 13 yard touchdown with 2 minutes left, but the onside kick failed and the Dolphins got to 6-3 on the year. 29-21 Dolphins

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders — Throw out the records when these AFC West rivals play. The Raiders were one dropped pass from being 4-4 instead of 5-3. The Broncos bungled the opening kickoff, starting at their own 3 yard line. They punted on 4th and 5 from their own 8. Hunter Renfrow returned the punt 29 yards to the Denver 23, but a penalty on the return instead had the Raiders taking over at their own 38. On 3rd and 5 from their own 43, Carr went to Renfrow for 25 yards and Henry Ruggs for 9. Carr ran for 9 and Josh Jacobs ran for an 11 yard touchdown. The Raiders led 7-0, but their offense took most of the rest of the half misfiring on all cylinders. 

The Broncos took over at their own 26. Drew Lock hit Nick Fant for 9, Patrick for 14, and Jerry Jeudy for 17. On 1st and 10 from the Raiders 32, Lock threw 3 straight incompletions. Brandon McMcManus hit a 50 yard field goal to get the Broncos within 7-3. The Broncos got it back and had to punt on 4th and 10 from their own 2. Hunter Renfrow returned the punt 60 yards for a Raiders touchdown, but an illegal blindside block nullified the score.

The Broncos got it back and moved from their own 7 to a 3rd and 14 from their own 32. Lock went deep and was intercepted by Jeff Heath, who returned it 24 yards to the Denver 39. On 3rd and 2 from the Denver 31, Davante Booker only gained one. Jon Gruden began the second quarter deciding to go for it on 4th and 1 from the Denver 30. Jacobs got the yard but offensive holding killed the drive and pushed the Raiders out of field goal range. The Raiders got it back and faced 3rd and 7 from their own 32. Carr fired to Nelson Agholor, and Agholor just dropped it. The Broncos faced 3rd and 15 from their own 24. Lock hit Jeudy for 26 and Patrick for 27. On 3rd and 3 from the Raiders 16, a completion gained only one yard. Vic Fangio opted for the field goal and McManus hit from 33 to get the Broncos within 7-6. 

The Raiders took over at their own 13. Jacobs gained 9. Carr hit Waller and Jacobs for 8 yard apiece. On 3rd and 4 from their own 47, Carr went deep incomplete. Yet the defense jumped offside and the drive continued. Carr hit Edwards for 16 and Jacobs ran for 24. At the 2 minute warning the Raiders had 2nd and goal at the 6. Carr threw incomplete twice. Carlson hit a 24 yard field goal and the Raiders led 10-6. After a touchback with 1:44 left, the Broncos moved 65 yards in 11 plays. With 18 seconds left in the half the Broncos had 2nd and 4 at the Raiders 5. Lock easily got in for the touchdown, but offensive holding nullified the score. On the next play from the 10, Lock went to the end zone and was intercepted again by Heath. The Raiders only led 10-6 at halftime, but that interception was a momentum shift. 

The Raiders began the third quarter facing 3rd and 7 from their own 23. Carr hit Agholor for 8. Jacobs ran for 13 and 6. Carr went deep to a wide open Darren Waller, who dropped it. It was a gift touchdown refused. On 3rd and 7 from their own 48, Carr went deep to Waller again over the middle and Waller caught it for a 24 yard gain. Yet after 1st and 10 from the Denver 28, Jacobs was tacked for a 5 yard loss and Carr threw incomplete followed by a gain for nothing. Carlson drilled a 52 yard field goal to make it 13-6 Raiders. The Raiders never put games away, but in this game they eventually did. They got it back at their own 22. Jacobs ran for 11 and 2. A sack of Carr was nullified for defensive holding. On 3rd and 4 from their own 46, Carr went to Ruggs for 21. Booker ran for 9, 9 and 2. . Carr went to Jacobs for 13. On 3rd and 5 from the Denver 10, Carr hit Waller for just enough. Jacobs ran for a 5 yard touchdown as the Raiders led 20-6 after three quarters.

Two plays after a touchback to start the fourth quarter, Lock was intercepted for the third time. Nassib returned it 23 yards to the Denver 11. Yet on 3rd and 3 from the Denver 4, Carr threw incomplete. Carlson hit the 22 yard field goal to make it 23-6 Raiders. With 10 minutes left in regulation, the Broncos took over at their own 7. A short completion was fumbled, and the Raiders recovered at the Denver 7 yard line. One play was enough for Booker to run it in and make it 30-6 Raiders. The Broncos finally reached the end zone with 6 minutes left but the 2 point conversion failed. So did the onside kick. From the Denver 48, Booker carried 7 straight times. He gained, 3, one, 8 on 3rd and 6, 2, 9, 2, and just past the 2 minute warning, a 23 yard touchdown. Lock threw in a fourth interception for good measure. The Raiders defense came into the game with 3 interceptions and 5 total turnovers the whole year. They got 4 interceptions and 5 total turnovers in this game alone. Jon Gruden likes to pound the rock, and did his team ever. They ran the ball 41 times for 203 yards, 5 yards a carry. Jacobs finished with 112 yards on 21 carries. The Raiders are 6-3 and next week have a major AFC West showdown against Kansas City in Las Vegas. 37-12 Raiders

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams — A critical NFC West showdown took place in Los Angeles. After a touchback to start the game, the Rams moved 70 yards in 10 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. Yet on 2nd and 3 from the Seattle 4, Akers lost a yard and Jared Goff then threw incomplete. Kai Forbath hit a 23 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Rams. The Seahawks soon faced 3rd and 1 from their own 31. Russell Wilson went to Greg Olsen for 22 and Swain for 21 and 8. Collins ran for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 7-3 Seahawks. 

The Rams soon faced 3rd and 4 at their own 29. Goff went deep to Tyler Higbee for 39, to Higbee again for 14, and to Greg Everett for 16 down to the one. Darrell Henderson got the yard to make it 10-7 Rams. The Rams got it back at their own 7. Akers gained 17. Goff hit Robert Woods for 8 and Josh Reynolds for a pair of 9 yard gains. On 3rd and 1 from midfield, Brown ran for 13. On 3rd and 9 from the Seattle 36, Goff hit Brown for 11, Reynolds for 10, and Cooper Kupp for 9. On 3rd and 2 from the Seattle 7, Brown got in to make it 17-7 Rams.  

The Seahawks took over at their own 32. Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for 6 and then again for 39 yards. On 3rd and 11 from the Rams 24, Wilson hit Homer for only 5 yards. Myers hit a 37 yard field goal to get the Seahawks within 17-10. After the teams exchanged turnovers, the Seahawks took over at their own 9 with 1:11 left in the half. They moved to a 1st and 10 at the Rams 43 with 14 seconds left in the half. Wilson threw 3 straight incompletions. Yet Pete Carroll and the entire team got a jolt of energy when Myers drilled a 61 yard field goal to end the half wit the Seahawks within 17-13.

The Rams began the third quarter at their own 12. Henderson ran for 16. On 3rd and 13 from their own 25, Goff hit Reynolds for 17 and 21. On 3rd and 5 from the Seattle 32, Goff went to Woods for 7 and Reynolds for 9. On 3rd and 2 from the Seattle 4, Goff threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 1st and goal at the one. Brown got the touchdown. The extra point was no good but the Rams led 23-13 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter after the 14 play, 88 yard, 7 minute drive. The rest of the game belonged to the defenses. In the fourth quarter the Seahawks had consecutive turnovers with a fumble and an interception. With 3 1/2 minutes left the Seahawks ere pinned at their own 5. They moved 74 yards in 13 plays. On 1st and 10 from the Rams 11 with 35 seconds left, Wilson was sacked for a 10 yard loss. Needing 2 scores with 25 seconds left, Myers came in and hit a 39 yard field goal. The onside kick failed and the Rams got the win as both teams are 6-3 on the year. 23-16 Rams 

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints — Saints are in Super Bowl or bust mode, and the 49ers are injury riddled. The 49ers began with 3rd and 1 from their own 34. McKinnon gained 2. On 3rd and 4 from their own 42, Nick Mullens hit James for 5. On 3rd and 2 from the Saints 45, Mullens hit Kendrick Bourne for 4. Unnecessary roughness tacked on 15 more yards. Mullens hit Aiyuk for 14 and again for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 49ers. The Saints then fumbled a punt and the 49ers recovered just past midfield. On 2nd and goal at the 3, McKinnon lost 2 yards and Mullens was sacked. Robbie Gould hit a 32 yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter. The 49ers led 10-0, but after that the Saints defense turned out the lights.

The Saints began their onslaught with special teams, as the ensuing kickoff was returned by Harris 75 yards to the San Francisco 25. The offense went backward but Wil Lutz hit a 49 yard field goal to get the Saints within 10-3. The 49ers then fumbled a punt and the Saints recovered at the San Francisco 21. Roughing the passer put the ball on the 11. On 3rd and 1 from the 2, Alvin Kamara got in for a 10-10 game. The 49ers moved from their own 14 to a 3rd and 1 at the Saints 41 at the 2 minute warning. Mullens threw incomplete and Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it. On 4th and 1, McKinnon got blown up for a 2 yard loss. Drew Brees form his own 43 hit Kamara for 8 and again for 34. On 3rd and 3 from the San Francisco 8, Brees hit Sanders for 5. Kamara ran for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 17-10 Saints.

Drew Brees did not play the second half as Jameis Winston finished the game. Brees was playing with sore ribs and he finally could no longer go. While he rested in the training room, the Saints defense did the rest. Lutz added a 23 yard field goal with 12 minutes left in regulation. The 49ers then fumbled another punt and the Saints recovered at the Frisco 22. Latavius Murray ran for 18 and Kamara ran for a one yard touchdown to have the Saints up 27-10 midway through the fourth quarter. The 49ers did manage one more field goal but this game was about the 49ers turning the ball over, especially on punts. It was a costly victory for the Saints. They are 7-2, but will be without Brees for several weeks. He has several broken ribs on each side and a punctured lung. 27-13 Saints

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers — Sometimes a bad team can go on the road and shock a much better team. This was not that game. Goliath beat up David early and often. The Bengals fumbled a punt and the Steelers recovered at the Cincinnati 32. Chris Boswell hit a 41 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Steelers. A 15 yard punt return gave the Steelers the ball back at the Cincinnati 46. On 3rd and 6 from the Cincy 12, Ben Roethlisberger threw incomplete. Boswell hit a 30 yarder to make it 6-0 Steelers. The Steelers got the ball back at their own 26. Roetholisberger went deep to Johnson for a 46 yard gain. Roethlisberger then went to Washington for 16 and to Johnson for the 12 yard touchdown. The 2 point try failed but the Steelers led 12-0. 

In the second quarter the Bengals took over at their own 10. Perine ran for 14. Joe Burrow went deep to Higgins for a 54 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Burrow threw incomplete. Zac Parsons went for it and Burrow hit Higgins for the touchdown to get the Bengals within 12-7. The Steelers soon faced 3rd and 6 from their own 26. Roethlisberger hit Chase Claypool for 15 and Juju Smith-Schuster for 24. Roughing the passer and defensive pass interference penalties gave the Steelers 30 free yards down to the 5. On 3rd and goal from the 8, Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster to make it 19-7 Steelers. Boswell tacked on a 45 yard field goal with 1:48 left in the half to make it 22-7 Steelers. The Bengals moved from their own 22 to a 1st and 10 at the Pittsburgh 35 with 30 seconds left. Burrow was sacked to kill the drive. The second half was a formality. In the third quarter the Steelers marched 67 yards in 12 plays. Big Ben hit Claypool for an 11 yard touchdown to make it 29-7 Steelers. In the fourth quarter the Steelers returned a punt 42 yards to the Cincy 15. Roethlisberger hit Claypool for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 36-7 Steelers. For the few people somewhere in Southwestern Ohio who cared, the Bengals managed another field goal. Mike Tomlin has the NFL’s only unbeaten team as the Steelers got to 9-0 on the year. 36-10 Steelers

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots was the Sunday night game. John Harbaugh is one of the only coaches who could beat Bill Belichick when the Patriots were at their best. This is the worst Patriots team in 20 years, while the Ravens only 2 losses came against 9-0 Pittsburgh and 8-1 Kansas City. Yet it is always a mistake to count out the Evil Hoodie, especially in a driving rainstorm. The Ravens took over at their own 6 yard line midway through the first quarter. On 3rd and 2 from their own 14, Lamar Jackson gained 3. Jackson hit Andrews for 13 and Willie Snead for 21 more. Jackson ran for 7 and hit Duvernay for 19. On 3rd and 2 from the New England 9, Edwards gained 3. On the first play of the second quarter, Jackson hit Snead for the 6 yard touchdown to cap the 13 play, 94 yard, 8 minute drive and make it 7-0 Ravens.

After a touchback, Cam Newton went to Meyers for 19 with 15 more tacked on for lowering the head to initiate contact. On 3rd and 3 from the Baltimore 34, Burkhead gained 4. Newton hit Izzo for 20 and Burkhead for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 7-7. The Ravens soon faced 3rd and 1 from their own 34. Jackson got the yard. Jackson hit Andrews for 11 and Edwards for 31. Another lowering the head to initiate contact penalty meant 1st and goal at the 9. On 3rd and goal at the 6, Jackson threw incomplete. Justin Tucker hit a 24 yard field goal as the Ravens led 10-7 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half. After that the Patriots took over.

On 3rd and 2 from their own 33, Newton hit James White for 4. Harris gained 12, 5 and one. On 3rd and 4 from the Baltimore 45 at the 2 minute warning, Newton hit Meyers for just enough. Harris gained 13 and 4. With one minute left in the half, Bill Belichick went to his bag of tricks. Newton pitched it to Meyers, who threw the halfback option pass to Burkhead for a 24 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good but the Patriots led 13-10. The Ravens after a touchback moved to a 2nd and 4 at the New England 38 with 7 seconds left in the half. Even the great Justin Tucker should not be asked to try a 56 yard field goal in a driving rainstorm. Rather than try and gain a few more yards, Jackson went deep and was intercepted. 

The Patriots struck quickly in the third quarter after a touchback. Harris gashed the Baltimore defense for gains of 16 and 25. Newton went to Meyers for 26. Newton ran for the 4 yard touchdown to make it 20-10 Patriots. The Ravens moved from their own 27 to a 4th and 1 at the Baltimore 48. John Harbaugh decided to go for it and out of the shotgun Ingram fumbled. The Patriots moved from the Baltimore 37 to a 3rd and goal at the 2. Newton threw incomplete but Nick Folk hit the 20 yard field goal to make it 23-10 Patriots with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Then momentum shifted again.

After a touchback, Jackson hit Boyle for 4, Duvernay for 14 and Andrews for 18. Again, the Ravens faced 4th and 1 at the New England 48. Again John Harbaugh went for it. This time Edwards gained 11. On 3rd and 4 from the New England 31, Jackson gained 8. Jackson went to Snead for an 18 yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter as the Ravens were back in it down by 6.The fourth quarter was a slog. With 3 1/2 minutes left the Ravens took their first timeout on defense as the Patriots faced a critical 3rd and 3 from their own 25. Newton fired over the middle to Meyers for 4 yards. On 2nd and 2 from their own 37, the Patriots got another first down when the defense jumped. With the Ravens out of timeouts, everything came down to the Patriots facing 3rd and 7 from their own 45 at the 2 minute warning. Newton tried to run, saw no openings, and quickly went down after a 2 yard loss protecting the football. The Ravens took over at their own 17 with 1:05 to play. The rain turned into a monsoon and on 4th and 6 from their own 21, a pass past the first down marker was dropped with 2 seconds left. 23-17 Ravens

 

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears was the Monday night game. The Bears started 5-1 but have lost 3 straight. The Vikings started 1-5 but have won 2 straight. This was an NFC North slobber knocker. The Vikings moved from their 25 to a 1st and 10 at the Chicago 40. Kirk Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph for 12 but Rudolph fumbled and the Bears recovered at their own 27. 2 plays later Nick Foles was intercepted, setting the Vikings up at the Chicago 41. On 3rd and 5 from the Chicago 36, Cousins hit Beebe for 12. On 3rd and 3 from the Chicago 17, Cousins hit Adam Thielen for the touchdown to make it 7-0 Vikings. The Bears after a touchback moved 70 yards in 14 plays and 6 minutes. Yet on 3rd and goal at the 5, Foles threw incomplete. Cairo Santos hit the 23 yard field goal to get the Bears within 7-3. In the second quarter the Vikings moved from their 20 to a 1st and 10 at the Chicago 28 with 1:51 left in the half. Cousins was intercepted by Khalil Mack, who returned it 33 yards to the Minnesota 45. Foles hit Miller for 21 and then threw 3 straight incompletions. Santos hit from 42 as the Bears trailed 7-6 at the break.

The third quarter started with a bang when Cordarelle Patterson returned the second half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and a 13-7 Bears lead. Special teams again played a role as the Vikings punted and the Bears fumbled it. The Vikings took over at the Chicago 20, but Cousins threw incomplete twice sandwiched around a failed run. Dan Bailey hit a 37 yard field goal to get the Vikings within 13-10. The Vikings got it back and faced 3rd and 1 at their own 24. Calvin Cook ripped off a 36 yard gain, but offensive holding nullified it. On 3rd and 11 from their own 14, Cousins went deep to Jefferson for 54 yards. On 3rd and 10 from the Chicago 32, a completion only gained 7. Bailey hit from 43 as the game was deadlocked 13-13 after three quarters.  

The Vikings began the fourth quarter at their own 37. Cook ran for 8 and 13. On 1st and 20 from the Chicago 48, Cousins hit Rudolph for 22 and Jefferson for 14. Cook ran for 6. On 3rd and 4 from the Chicago 6, Cousins fired to Thielen in the end zone for the touchdown. The 10 play, 63 yard, 5 minute drive put the Vikings up by 6 with 10 minutes left in regulation. A terrible snap on the extra point led to a desperation incomplete pass. Another special teams play had the Bears in golden field position when they returned a punt 32 yards to the Minnesota 46 with 5 minutes left. On 4th and 9 from the Minnesota 35, Foles faced heavy pressure but went deep. Miller dove but the ball was just barely overthrown. Miller got fingers on it but could not haul it in as it fell incomplete. 2:04 remained, and the Bears had all 3 timeouts plus the 2 minute warning. 

At this point Minnesota had out-gained Chicago 360 to 131 but was still barely ahead. Cousins went to Rudolph for 21 yards. On 3rd and 6 from the Chicago 36, Mike Zimmer played it safe. A run gained only one yard. A 53 yard field goal would lock up the win, but Zimmer took no chances. A punt went for a touchback. Foles had 44 seconds and 0 timeouts to go 80 yards and pull off a miracle. Foles immediately got slammed to the ground and stayed down for several minutes. Mitchell Trubisky was already out with a separated shoulder. The 3rd string quarterback is Tyler Bray. He had 37 seconds to work with, a tough ordeal for his very first NFL action. His first pass was a completion to Nall for 18 yards. He then spiked the ball to stop the clock and then got belted for an incompletion. With 8 seconds remaining, it came down to 4th and 10 from the Chicago 38. Needing 62 yards, he threw a 10-15 yard out incomplete. 19-13 Vikings

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Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers was the Thursday night game. Last year the 49ers humiliated the Packers twice, but the 49ers are a shell of what they were last year. The Packers immediately marched down the field after a touchback. Rodgers threw a gorgeous 36 yard bomb to Davante Adams for a touchdown and a 7-0 Packers lead. The 49ers moved from their own 20 to a 3rd and goal at the 4. Nick Mullens went to Cracraft for the touchdown, but on further review it was ruled incomplete. Robbie Gould hit the 22 yard field goal, but after that the Packers put the game away. An interception of Mullens set the Packers up at the Frisco 38. On 4th and 1 from the San Francisco 18, Rodgers hit Adams for 4. On 3rd and 5 from the 9, Rodgers threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 1st and goal at the one. Rodgers hit Marcedes Lewis for the score midway through the second quarter to make it 14-3 Packers. The Packers got it back and soon faced 3rd and 5 at their own 18. Rodgers was intercepted but the defense had too many men on the field. On 3rd and 5 from their own 28, Rodgers ran for 7. Rodgers then went deep to Marques Valses-Scantling for a 52 yard touchdown bomb to make it 21-3 Packers. In the third quarter the Packers faced 3rd and 7 from their own 23. Rodgers went deep to Adams for 49 yards. On 3rd and 3 from the Frisco 21, Rodgers hit Adams for 11. On 3rd and goal at the one, Rodgers found Valdes-Scantling to make it 28-3 Packers. Green Bay added 2 field goals and the 49ers in the fourth quarter got a pair of garbage touchdowns. 34-17 Packers

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills — Roberts returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the Seattle 45. On the 3rd play from scrimmage, Josh Allen went deep to Ian McKenzie for a 25 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Bills. The Bills got it back at their own 28 and Allen hit Davis for 15 and Brown for 13. On 3rd and 2 just past midfield, Allen went to Cole Beasley for gains of 9 and 7. Allen went to Singletary for 22. Allen ran for 7 and hit Kroft for a one yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Bills. The Seahawks moved 70 yards in 10 plays and 6 minutes to a 4th and 1 at the Buffalo 5. Pete Carroll decided to go for it. Wilson went to the end zone and was intercepted for a touchback. The Bills moved 54 yards in 11 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Seattle 19 in the second quarter, Allen was sacked twice. Tyler Bass hit the 44 yard field goal as the Bills were dominating 17-0.

The Seahawks soon faced 3rd and 3 at their own 22. Wilson threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant a 25 yard gain. Wilson then threw a perfect bomb to DK Metcalf for a 41 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the one, Dallas got stopped. Pete Carroll went for it again and this time Wilson got the yard to get the Seahawks within 17-7. Yet after a touchback the Bills came back in a big way. Allen hit Brown for 18 and Stefan Diggs for a pair of 21 yard gains. Allen went to Brown for 11 and Davis for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 24-7 Bills with 4 minutes left in the half. The Seahawks soon faced 2nd and 12 at their own 23. Wilson went to Hollister for 16. On 3rd and 2 from his own 47, Wilson hit Hollister for 19. On 2nd and 3 from the Buffalo 27, Wilson threw incomplete twice. Jason Myers hit the 45 yard field goal to get the Seahawks within 24-10. The Bills missed a 61 yard field goal to end the half, but the Seahawks began the third quarter by fumbling. The Bills took over at the Seattle 23. On 2nd and goal at the 2, a short pass lost 2 yards and the  Allen threw incomplete. Bass hit the 22 yard field goal to make it 27-10 Bills.

The Seahawks soon faced 3rd and 6 from their own 29. Wilson hit Moore for 6, Metcalf for 27, Hollister for 13, Metcalf for 10 and Greg Olsen for 5. On 3rd and 8 from the Buffalo 16, Wilson hit Hollister for 11. Dallas ran for the 4 yard touchdown to get the Seahawks within 27-17. The Seahawks got it back at their own 30 and Wilson hit Dissly for 26. On the next play roughing the passer added 15. Yet on 2nd and 5 from the Buffalo 24, a run lost 2 and Wilson threw incomplete. Myers hit from 44 to get the Seahawks within 27-20 after three quarters.

The Bills took over at their own 18. Allen hit Moss for 20 and Diggs for 25. On 3rd and 11 from the Seattle 34, Allen was sacked but illegal contact instead kept the drive going. On 3rd and 16 from the Seattle 35, Allen went to Brown for 33 yards. Moss ran for a one yard touchdown with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation to give the Bills breathing room up 34-20. The Seahawks soon faced 3rd and 25 at their own 10 after consecutive sacks of Wilson. Wilson went deep and was intercepted. White returned the intercepted 28 yards to the Seattle 3. On the next play Allen got around the end for a 41-20 Bills lead with 9 1/2 minutes left.

The Seahawks kept fighting. After a touchback, Wilson hit Lockett for 11 and then went deep to Moore for a 55 yard touchdown. The Seahawks were within 41-27. The Seahawks got it back and faced 3rd and 2 from their own 28 with 6 1/2 minutes left. Wilson was sacked and fumbled. The Bills recovered at the Seattle 19. Bass hit the 31 yard field goal to make it 44-27 Bills with 4 minutes left and put the game out of reach. Seattle did score once more, but that was it. Wilson was 28 of 41 for 390 yards and 2 touchdowns but also with 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles. Allen was a lights out 31 of 38 for 415 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Allen was sacked 7 times and Wilson was sacked 5 times. The Seahawks have the league’s worst pass defense, but 5 turnovers by the offense including 4 by Wilson did not help matters. A rematch of this game would be well worth the price of admission. 44-34 Bills

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts — A pair of good teams slugged it out. In the first quarter the Colts had 3rd and 6 at their own 39. Philip Rivers hit Pitman for 13 and Zach Pascal for 20. Harris ran for 16. Taylor ran for a one yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Colts. Late in the first quarter the Colts had 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 45. Taylor ran for 9 yards but then fumbled the ball. Clark recovered it for the Ravens and weaved through traffic, hurdling Rivers on the way to a 65 yard defensive touchdown and a 7-7 game. With 5 minutes left in the half the Colts faced 3rd and 8 at their own 9. Rivers threw incomplete, but roughing the passer kept the drive going. The 11 play 68 yard drive allowed Blankenship to hit a 43 yard field goal as the Colts led 10-7 at the break.

In the third quarter the Ravens fumbled but one play later the Rivers threw a very controversial interception. Replay clearly showed an incomplete pass, but the referees blew it and the Ravens took over at their own 46. Jackson ran for 3, 20 and 4. Jackson hit Boyle for 12 and Andrews for 4. On 3rd and goal at the one, Edwards got in. The 10 play, 54 yard, 5 minute drive and the Ravens up 14-10 after three quarters. The Ravens got it back at their own 25. Jackson hit Boykin for 11 and Boyle for 9. On 4th and 3 from the Indy 43, John Harbaugh decided to go for it. JK Dobbins got around the end for just enough as the third quarter ended. The Ravens began the fourth quarter with smash mouth football. Dobbins gained 3, Jackson ran for 8, Edwards gained 5. Dobbins ran for 8 and one. On 3rd and 1 from the indy 9, Jackson ran it in himself. With 11 minutes left in regulation, the 14 play, 75 yard, 8 1/2 minute drive had the Ravens up 21-10. Justin Tucker added a 48 yard field goal at the 2 minute warning as suffocation Baltimore defense got the Ravens another hard-nosed win. 24-10 Ravens

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars — Both teams are 1-6, but they came out smoking. On 3rd and 8 from their own 27 on the third play from scrimmage, Luton went deep to DJ Chark for a 73 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Jaguars lead. 2 plays after a touchback the game was tied. David Johnson ran for 18 and DeShaun watson and Brandon Cooks connected on a 57 yard touchdown to make it 7-7. The Texans got it back at their own 19. Watson went to Darren Fells for 19 and Atkins for 9. Yet on 2nd and 1 from the Jaguars 34, a run lost 2 yards and Watson threw incomplete. Kaimi Fairbairn nailed a 54 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Texans. The Texans got it back at their own 30. They moved to a 3rd and 11 at the Jags 36. Watson gained 10 with defensive unnecessary roughness adding 15. Yet the Texans settled for a 30 yard Fairbairn field goal in the second quarter to lead 13-7.

After a touchback, Luton hit Chark for 5 and Robinson ran for 12 and 3. Luton hit Tyler Eifert for 17 and Robinson gained another 6, 8, 3, 3, 11, and finally, the one yard touchdown. The extra point was no good but the game was tied 13-13. With 2:11 left in the half the Texans took over at their own 2. Defensive offside moved the ball to the 7. Defensive pass interference on a deep ball meant a 50 yard gain. Watson then ran for 9, hit Johnson for 10, and ran for 16 down to the one. Johnson got the last yard with 30 seconds left in the half as the 98 yard drive had the Texans up 20-13.

That was enough time for a 39 yard kickoff return to set up the Jaguars at their own 41. Luton hit Thompson for 12 and 6 and Josh Lambo drilled a 59 yard field goal to get the Jaguars within 20-16. In the third quarter the Jaguars moved from their own 9 to a 3rd and 5 at the Houston 40. Luton went deep and was intercepted by Hargreaves at the Houston 19. On 3rd and 6 from their own 23, Watson went deep to Will Fuller for a 77 yard touchdown and a 27-16 Texans lead. The Jaguars after a touchback moved to a 3rd and 2 at the Houston 11. A short completion lost a yard. Lambo hit the 30 yard field goal to get the Jaguars within 27-19 after three quarters. With 3 minutes left the Jaguars took over at their own 20. Luton hit Conley for 10, Thompson for 13, Eifert for 12, Chark for 20 and Eifert for 12. With 90 seconds left, Luton ran for the 13 yard touchdown. It came down to the 2 point try to tie the game. Luton threw incomplete. His valiant attempt in replacing the injured Gardner Minshew fell one completion short. 27-25 Texans

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans — The Titans began at their own 22. From their own 34, Ryan Tannehill hit AJ Brown for 38 yards. That was enough for Stephen Gostkowski to hit a 40 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Titans. The Titans got it back at their own 9 and Derrick Henry bulldozed for gains of 6, 2, 2 and 4. On 3rd and 6 from their own 23, Tannehill hit Brown for 17. On 3rd and 7 from their own 43, Tannehill hit Firkser for 9. On 3rd and 2 from the Chicago 40, Tannehill went deep to Brown for the touchdown to make it 10-0 Titans. In the third quarter the Bears moved from their own 27 to a 3rd and 13 at the Titans 30. A short pass lost 4 yards and was fumbled. King picked up the fumble and rumbled 63 yards for a defensive touchdown as the Titans led 17-0 after three quarters. The Bears responded with a 15 play, 63 yard, 7 minute drive. Yet on 1st and goal at the 4, Nick Foles was sacked, a run went nowhere, and Foles threw incomplete. Cairo Santos hit a 22 yard field goal with 12 1/2 minuets left in regulation to avoid the shutout. The Titans took over at their own 24. Henry ran for 26. Tannehill hit Brown for 6, Firkser for 12, Smith for 30, and Smith again for a 2 yard touchdown to make it 24-3 Titans.

Nick Foles has led miracle comebacks before, including 3 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. He needed to do it again. After a touchback, Foles hit Robinson for gains of 5 and 27 and Montgomery for 13. On 4th and 5 from the Titans 25, Foles hit Miller for 12 with a facemask adding 7 more. Foles hit Ryan Nall for a 6 yard touchdown to get the Bears within 24-10 with 5 minutes left. The Titans went 3 and out and the Bears took over at their own 39 with 4 minutes left. A short completion as fumbled and the Titans took over. Yet the Titans went 3 and out again as the Bears took over at their own 20 with 2:01 to play. Foles hit Nall for 16. Roughing the passer on the next play added 15. On 3rd and 8 from the Titans 46, Foles threw incomplete but defensive unnecessary roughness meant 15 more yards. Foles hit All for 12, Robinson for 11 and Jimmy Graham for an 8 yard touchdown. With one minute left the bears were within 7 points. At this point their miracles ran out as the onside kick failed. The Bears have lost 3 straight after a 5-1 start. 24-17 Titans

Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs — The only way to beat the Chiefs is to keep Patrick Mahomes off the field. The Panthers began with a 15 play, 75 yard, 9 minute drive. The Panthers finally had Christian McCaffrey back. Teddy Bridgewater hit Mccaffrey for 7, Robbie Anderson for 4, and Davis for 12. On 3rd and 4 from the Chiefs 40, McCaffrey ran for 5. On 3rd and 6 from the Chiefs 31, Bridgewater hit Moore for 7. On 4th and 3 from the Chiefs 9, Matt Rhule decided to go for it. A perfectly executed screen pass led to Bridgewater hitting McCaffrey for the touchdown to make it 7-0 Panthers. The Chiefs soon faced 3rd and 8 on their own 27. Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill for 14, Travis Kelce for 10 and Carl Edwards-Helaire for 8 with unnecessary roughness on the previousnplay adding 15. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Carolina 21, Mahomes threw 3 straight incompletions. Harrison Butker hit the 39 yard field goal to get the Chiefs within 7-3.

The Panthers in the second quarter took over at their own 26. They had to punt on 4th and 7 from their own 45. Matt Rhule called a fake punt that was executed perfectly. Charlton threw a deep pass to Zylstra for a 28 yard gain. Bridgewater then went to McCaffrey for 7 and Curtis Samuel for a 14 yard touchdown to make it 14-3 Panthers. After a touchback, Mahomes hit Mecole Hardman for gains of 6 and 32. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Carolina 37, Mahomes again threw 3 straight incompletions. Walrus Andy Reid trusted Butker with a 55 yard field goal try, and Butker delivered to get the Chiefs within 14-6. The Chiefs got it back at their own 35 and Mahomes hit Kelce for 23 and Hill for 7. From the Carolina 28, Mahomes hit Kelce for 5 and 8 and Hill for 14 down to the one. Mahomes hit Robinson for the touchdown as the Chiefs were within 14-13 with 3:45 left in the half. The Panthers took over at their own 21. On 3rd and 4 from their own 41, Bridgewater threw incomplete but roughing the passer kept the drive going. The drive died at the Chiefs 32, but Joey Slye hit a 47 yard field goal to put the Panthers up 17-13 at the intermission.

The third quarter began ugly. Butker missed a 48 yard field goal for the Chiefs. Then Slye had a 51 yard try for the Panthers drink off the upright no good. The Chiefs soon faced 3rd and 7 at their own 44. Mahomes went deep to Kelce for 44 yards. Mahomes hit Edwards-Claire for a 4 yard touchdown as the Chiefs led 20-17. The Chiefs got it back at their own 31. Mahomes ht Hardman for 10. On 3rd and 5 from their own 46, Mahomes went deep to Hill for 26 and to Hill again for the 28 yard touchdown. Only 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Chiefs led 26-17 after the failed extra point.

The Panthers took over at their own 30 and Bridgewater went deep to Samuel for 28 yards. With 13 minutes left, Matt Rhule decided to go for it on 4th and 14 at the Chiefs 46. Bridgewater took off running and dove in the air between 2 tacklers. His gutty effort meant 15 yards and a key first down. Bridgewater then went deep to McCaffrey, who made a leaping catch for a 24 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the 4, Bridgewater ran it in himself for the touchdown. The Panthers were within 26-24 with 10 1/2 minutes to play. With plenty of time left, Rhule opted for an onside kick. The Panthers recovered, but they touched the ball after only 9 yards. The Chiefs took over at the Carolina 39. On 3rd and 2 from the Carolina 31, Mahomes hit Kelce for 13. On 3rd and 7 from the Carolina 15, the defense jumped offside. On 3rd and 2, Mahomes gained 6. Mahoems hit Hill for a 2 yard touchdown as the Chiefs led 33-24 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Panthers soon faced 3rd and 5 at their own 30. Bridgewater went to Samuel for 11, McCaffrey for 9, Anderson for 22, Samuel for 11, Davis for 5 and Anderson for 3. Just before the 2 minute warning, the Panthers needing 2 scores faced 3rd and 2 at the Chiefs 7. McCaffrey ran for 6 and then for the one yard touchdown. With 1:55 left, the Panthers were back within 2. The Panthers held on defense and got the ball back at their own 9 with 1:26 left and 0 timeouts. On 3rd and 5 from their own 28, Bridgewater went to Samuel for 23 yards and spiked the ball to stop the clock with 9 seconds left. A short pass gained nothing and left only 5 seconds. Another incompletion left 2 seconds. Rather than give Slye a fighting chance, they brought him in for a 67 yard field goal try for the win and NFL history. The kick never had a chance, going way wide by a country mile as the Chiefs escaped. It was a heart-stopper, but the Chiefs are 8-1, making Andy Reid a most Happy Walrus indeed. 33-31 Chiefs

New York Giants at Washington Election Frauds — league rules prevented this game from being canceled. The Giants gambled on 4th and 1 from the Washington 35. Naturally they didn’t make it. On the next play Kyle Allen hit Gibson for a 21 yard gain, but Gibson fumbled it and Jabril Peppers recovered it for the Giants. From their own 19, Daniel Jones went deep to Mack for a 50 yard gain. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Washington 20, Jones threw 3 straight incompletions. Graham Gano hit a 38 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Giants. Later on the non-Redskins fumbled a punt and the Giants took over at the Washington 16. Gallman ran for a 2 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Giants.

The non-Redskins did move from their own 26 to a 2nd and 4 at the Giants 10. A false start and offensive holding killed the drive. Dustin Hopkins hit a 48 yard field, but the Giants came right back. After a touchback, the Giants faced 3rd and 5 at their own 41. Jones hit Shepard for 21. Gano hit a 48 yard field goal to make it 13-3 Giants. The Giants got it back at their own 23. Alfred Morris gashed his former team for gains of 11, 19 and 5. On 3rd and 5 from the Washington 40, Jones hit Board for 10. Morris ran for another 8 and one. Jones went to Evan Engram for a 16 yard touchdown as the Giants were dominating 20-3 with 2 minutes left in the half.

The game changed drastically in the second half. The No-Names began the third quarter facing 2nd and 6 at their own 29. Kyle Allen went out injured in the first half with an ankle injury and had to be taken off the field with a cart. Alex Smith, who recently recovered from a life-threatening leg injury of his own, played the rest of the game. Smith is known for dinking and dunking but he can throw the deep ball. He went deep to Sims for a 45 yard gain. From the Giants 18, Gibson ran for 6, 11 and the one yard touchdown to get the No-Names within 20-10. The Giants after a touchback moved to a 2nd and 7 at the Washington 22. Yet a sack and offensive holding killed the drive. Gano hit a 42 yard field goal and the Giants were up 23-10.

The Redskins soon faced 3rd and 4 at their own 27. Smith connected with Sims for a 33 yard gain. On 2nd and 13 from the Giants 43, Smith hit Wright for 15. On 3rd and 14 from the Giants 32, Smith hit Mickissic for only 6. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Hopkins hit from 44 to get the No-Names within 23-13. The Redskins got it back at their own 16 and struck quickly. Smith hit McKissic and Wright for a pair of 8 yard gains. Smith then went deep to Terry mcLaurin, who broke through pathetic attempts at tackling and raced for a 68 yard touchdown. With 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation the No-Names were within a field goal. The Giants managed to take 5 minutes off the clock while gaining only 9 yards. The Riveras took over at their own 11 and moved to a 3rd and 10 at the Giants 40 with 2:18 to play. Smith was intercepted by Peppers. The Election Frauds took their timeouts on defense and got the ball back at their own 28 with 1:48 left. From their 32, Smith went over the middle and was intercepted again by Ryan. The Deficits could not overcome the deficit as the Giants improved to 2-0 against Washington and winless against everyone else. 23-20 Giants

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings — Both teams came in under .500 but the Vikings were coming off a big road win over Green Bay. The Vikings took over at their own 33. Calvin Cook ran for 13. Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph and Jefferson for a pair of 22 yard gains. Cook ran for the 5 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Vikings. The Lions took 6 1/2 minutes to move 12 plays but Matt Prater missed a 46 yard field goal. From their own 36, Cook ran for 9 and 11. Cousins went deep to Adam Thielen for 30 yards. Cousins hit Smith for a 9 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good but the Vikings led 13-0.

The Lions again drove the ball well on a 15 play, 75 yard drive that consumed 8 minutes. Yet on 3rd and goal at the one, Adrian Peterson was blown up for a 4 yard loss. Prater hit the 23 yard field goal in the second quarter to get the Lions on the board. The Lions got it back at their own 28 and defensive pass interference added 7 yards. Matthew Stafford hit Cephus for 20 and Danny Amendola for 8. On 3rd and 6 from the Minnesota 26, Stafford hit Hockensen for 11 and Jones for the 15 yard touchdown to get the Lions within 13-10.

The Vikings took over at their own 13 with 1:15 left in the half. Cousins hit Thielen for 8, Rudolph for 10 and Thielen for 29. Cook ran for 13 and Cousins hit Abdullah for a 22 yard touchdown as the Vikings took a 20-10 lead to the locker rooms. In the third quarter the Vikings faced 3rd and 5 at their own 28. Cousins went deep to Justin Jefferson for 35 yards. Cook gained 12 and 4. On 3rd and 6 from the Detroit 21, Cousins threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant an 18 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the one, Cousins hit Irv Smith for the touchdown. Midway through the third quarter, the Vikings led 27-10.

Then came some ugliness. The Lions moved from their own 25 to a 1st and 10 at the Minnesota 20. Stafford was then intercepted. The Vikings had to punt and the Lions blocked it. The Lions took over at the Minnesota 22. On 3rd and goal at the 5, Stafford went to the end zone and was intercepted again for a touchback. The Lions got it back to start the fourth quarter at their own 31. Stafford hit Jones for 12 and Swift for gains of 9 and 19. On the next play Stafford was sacked and left the game hurt. On 3rd and 9 from the Minnesota 27, Chase Daniel threw incomplete. Needing 3 scores with 11 minutes left, Matt Patricia opted for the field goal. Prater hit from 45 and the Lions were within 27-13. After all of that, the Viking put the game away 20 seconds later after a touchback. Cook broke free for a 70 yard touchdown to make it 34-13. The Vikings may wish to work on their special teams, since the Lions blocked another punt to set up one more touchdown. 34-20 Vikings

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons — The Broncos overcame a 21 point second half deficit to win last week while the Falcons have blown several double digit fourth quarter leads. Early on Matt Ryan after a touchback hit Hurt for 11 and Julio Jones for 5. On 3rd and 5 from his own 41, Ryan hit Zaccheaus for the required 5. Todd Gurley ran for 4 and 13. On 3rd and 7 from the Denver 34, Ryan threw incomplete. Younghoe Koo hit the 52 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Falcons. The Falcons got it back and faced 3rd and 4 from their own 21. Ryan hit Gage for 8 and Jones for 6.  On 3rd and 1 from their own 38, Smith got the yard. On 3rd and 11 just shy of midfield, Ryan went bombs away to Zaccheaus for a 51 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Falcons.

The Broncos finally got going after a touchback. Drew Lock hit Jerry Jeudy for 18 and Hamler for 14. Hamler ran for 15. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 25, Lock threw 3 straight incompletions. Brandon McManus hit a 43 yard field goal to get the Broncos on the board in the second quarter. The Falcons soon faced 3rd and 3 from their own 32. Ryan hit Zaccheaus for 5, Jones for 11, and Zaccheaus deep for a 42 yard gain. On 3rd and 6 from the Denver r9, Ryan hit Brandon Powell for the touchdown to make it 17-3 Falcons. The Falcons got it back at their own 16 and moved 67 yards on 12 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. Yet on 2nd and 7 from the Denver 10, Ryan threw incomplete and was then sacked. Koo hit the 35 yard field goal as the Falcons led 20-3 at halftime.

The Broncos moved in the third quarter from their own 35 to a 1st and 10 at the Atlanta 25. Yet a pair of incompletions sandwiched around a 2 yard run ended the drive. McManus hit from 41 to get the Broncos within 20-6. Matty Ice was quickly intercepted, but the Broncos could not capitalize. The Falcons got it back at their own 20. A roughing the passer call and defensive unnecessary roughness moved the chains and gave the Falcons 30 free yards. Ryan ran for 12 and went to Julio Jones for a 21 yard touchdown. With 6:20 to play in the third quarter the Falcons led 27-6. However, the Broncos overcome deficits and the Falcons blow leads.

The Broncos faced 3rd and 6 at their own 34. Lock went to Jeudy for gains of 7 and 24. The fourth quarter began with the Broncos facing 3rd and 3 at the Atlanta 28. Lock went to Hamilton for just enough. On 3rd and 5 from the Atlanta 20, Lock went to Jeudy for the touchdown. With 13 minutes left in regulation the Broncos were within 27-13. They got the ball back and Lock was quickly intercepted to set up the Falcons at the Denver 12. Two plays later Gurley ran for a 4 yard touchdown. With 9 minutes left in regulation, the Falcons led 34-13.

The Broncos after a touchback saw Lock hit Hamer for 36 yards. Yet on 3rd and 6 from the Atlanta 35, Lock threw incomplete twice. The Broncos got it back at their own 31 needing 3 scores with 5 1/2 minutes left. Lock ran for 16 and hit Fast for 11. Defensive pass interference added 14. Lock went to Vannett for 11 and ran for 8. On 3rd and 2 from the Atlanta 9, Lock hit Tim Patrick for the touchdown. With 4 minutes left, the Broncos were within 34-20. The Broncos got it back with 3:17 left at their own 18. Lock went to Hamler for 3 and 9 with defensive unnecessary roughness adding 15. Lock went deep to Jeudy for 41 and ran for the 10 yard touchdown. A pair of drives that each took 90 seconds had the Broncos within 7 with 1:52 to play. The Broncos again held on defense and got it back at their own 20 with 38 seconds left. Lock threw 3 straight incompletions. With 23 seconds left on 4th and 10, Lock fumbled the snap out of the shotgun. This time the Falcons avoided a complete meltdown. 34-27 Falcons

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers — The former teams of Oakland and San Diego met in Los Angeles. Early on after an exchange of punts the Chargers missed an early opportunity when Mike Badgley missed a 48 yard field goal. The Raiders took over at their own 38 and Josh Jacobs ran for 10 and 4. Derek Carr hit Darren Waller for 6. On 3rd and 10 from the Chargers 42, Carr went to Jalen Richard for 19. Davante Booker got around the end for a 23 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Raiders lead. The Chargers soon faced 3rd and 4 at their own 25. Justin Herbert hit Hunter Henry for 11 and Keenan Allen for 17. On 3rd and 6 from the Raiders 41, Herbert hit Allen for 13. Ballage ripped off a 14 yard gain. The second quarter began with the Chargers facing 3rd and 4 at the 8. Herbert only gained 3. On 4th and 1 from the 5, Anthony Lynn decided to go for it. Ballage ran it in for a 7-7 game.

A field position game in the second quarter had the Chargers punting on 4th and 14 from their own 7. The Raiders took over with a short field at the Chargers 44. Henry Ruggs ran for 10 and Josh Jacobs ran for 7 and 4. On 3rd and 1 from the Chargers 14, Jacobs got around the end and made a dive from the 3 yard line and somehow broke the plane of the goal. Jacobs was way out of bounds but his foot never came down because he was on a player. The touchdown stood as the Raiders led again 14-7.

A sack of Herbert had the Chargers facing 2nd and 16 from their own 19. Herbert hit Guyton for 9 and on 3rd and 7 found Hunter Henry for 10. Herbert went to Williams for 21. With 1:45 left in the half the Chargers faced 3rd and 16 at the Raiders 44. Jon Gruden called a timeout on defense. The hope was to get a stop and get the ball back. This strategy often backfires because it gives the offense more time to plan a play rather than race to the line in a panic. Herbert hit Williams for just enough. Herbert then went deep to Allen for a 27 yard touchdown. With 26 seconds left in the half the game was tied 14-14 after the 10 play, 75 yard, 5 minute drive. After a touchback, all the Raiders had to do was take a knee. Instead Jon Gruden picked the worst time to get aggressive. Carr was sacked and fumbled and the Chargers recovered at the Raiders 27 yard line with 8 seconds left. Badgley hit a 45 yard field goal for a gift 17-14 Chargers lead. 2 scores in the final 30 seconds had the Raiders deflated.

In the third quarter the Raiders shook off the blunders. Jalen Richard returned the kickoff 44 yards to the Raiders 45. Jacobs ran for 10. On 3rd and 10 Carr went deep to Nelson Agholor for a 45 yard touchdown bomb and a 21-17 Raiders lead. The Raiders got it back and faced 3rd and 4 at their own 31. Carr went deep to Hunter Renfrow for a 53 yard gain. On 3rd and 10 from the Chargers 16, Carr scrambled up the middle. He normally slides but this time he leapt over the top for a 12 yard gain. Carr hit Darren Waller for the 2 yard touchdown. Midway through the third quarter, the Raiders led 28-17. The Raiders had all the momentum, but they do not handle prosperity well. They do not finish games.

The Chargers soon aced 3rd and 1 at their own 36. Kelley gained 2. Herbert then went deep to Johnson for a 50 yard gain. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Raiders 11, Herbert threw 3 straight incompletions. Badgley hit the 29 yard field goal to get the Chargers within 28-20. The Raiders moved from their own 25 to a 3rd and 2 at the Chargers 42. Carr went deep and hit Ruggs, but he was out of bounds. The fourth quarter began with Jon Gruden deciding to go for it on 4th and 2. It was just gamesmanship as the Chargers failed to jump offside. The Raiders punted and the Chargers took over at their own 18. Herbert hit Allen for 10 and Henry for gains of 7 and 23. Herbert hit Kelley for 12 and Ballage ran for gains of 9 and 6. On 3rd and goal at the 9, Herbert threw incomplete but defensive holding meant 1st and goal at the 4. Herbert moved back for his life and tossed a floater before getting belted. Nabers caught it for the touchdown but Herbert stayed down. He had to come out for one play as Tyrod Taylor came in for the 2 point conversion. Taylor scrambled all over the field and got past several tacklers, but Nick Kwaitkowski drilled him short. The Chargers were within 28-26 with 9 minutes left in regulation.

The Raiders as expected went 3 and out. Yet just when it looked like the Chargers had all the momentum, they messed up. Hill fumbled the punt and the Raiders recovered it at the Chargers 31 yard line. Carr hit Agholor for 10. On 3rd and 7 from the Chargers 18, Carr hit Waller for only 5. On 4th and 2 from the Chargers 13, a touchdown would ice the game. Jon Gruden took no chances. Daniel Carlson hit the 31 yard field goal. The Raiders led 31-26 with 4:40 to play, but it would be up to the much maligned Raiders pass defense to get a stop when it mattered.

The Chargers faced 3rd and 1 from their own 34. Herbert hit Allen for 8 yards. On the next play Herbert got drilled, as offensive holding pushed the Chargers back. At the 2 minute warning, the Chargers faced a critical 3rd and 6 at their own 47. Herbert escaped a sack and ran for the sticks, coming up inches short. Anthony Lynn called the Chargers first timeout with 1:25 to play. It all came down to 4th and inches from the Raiders 48. Herbert pitched it to Ballage for 4 yards. Herbert then hit Ballage for 11 as the Chargers took their 2nd timeout with 55 seconds left at the Raiders 34. Herbert hit Kelley for 5 and 6 with 32 seconds left. Herbert hit Kelly for 4 as the Chargers took their final timeout with 25 seconds left. Herbert went to Williams for 16 and spiked the ball with 6 seconds left. 4 yards separated the teams. Herbert threw a fade to Williams. He had it in his hands but at the very last moment it was broken up. One second remained as Williams remained on the ground. The 15 play, 71 yard drive came down to one final play. One second. 4 yards. Herbert threw another fade to Parham as the defender fought for it. Parham came down with it as the Chargers celebrated a 32-31 win and the Raiders protested the catch. Unlike the election, this dispute only needed a few agonizing minutes to resolve. Replay clearly showed that the ball hit the ground. The Chargers lost another gut-wrenched and the Raider somehow survived to get to 5-3. Carr only had 160 yards passing but the Raiders also rushed for 160. As Al Davis said, it doesn’t have to look pretty as long as you win. Just Win Baby. 31-26 Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys – The Steelers entered the NFL’s lone unbeaten team. The Cowboys are a dumpster fire. With Dak Prescott out for the year and Andy Dalton still suffering fro a concussion, third string quarterback Ben DiNucci was not getting it done. The fourth string quarterback is Garrett Gilbert, a journeyman who is on his 7th team since 2014. In his 6 years he has thrown 6 passes, completing 2 of them. All Pittsburgh had to do was roll over a lifeless Dallas team. Cue ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why they PLAY the GAMES!” In the first quarter the Cowboys moved 65 yards in 12 plays and 7 minutes. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Pittsburgh 14, a pair of runs went nowhere and Gilbert was sacked. Greg Zuerlein hit a 38 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Cowboys. In the second quarter the Steelers moved from their own 30 to a 4th and 1 at the Pittsburgh 35. mike Tomlin went for it and Bennie Snell got stuffed. Gilbert then ran for gains of 15 and 11 and hit Schultz for 16. On 3rd and 7 from the Pittsburgh 20, Gilbert went to CeeDee Lamb for Gilbert’s first NFL touchdown pass and a 10-0 Cowboys lead. Special teams gave the Cowboys phenomenal field position when Canaday fielded a punt at his own 6 yard line. Canady lateraled to Goodwin, who outraced the coverage for 83 yards down to the Pittsburgh 11. A penalty moved the ball back to the 31, leading to a 44 yard Zuerlein field goal. In a shocker, the Cowboys led 13-0 with 4 minutes left in the half.

The Steelers finally woke up after a touchback. Ben Roethlisberger hit Juju Smith-Schuster for 8, Chase Claypool for 9 and Johnson for 13 at the 2 minute warning. On 3rd and 6 from their own 41, Big Ben hit Eric Ebron for 9, Claypool for 10, Ebron for 5, and Washington for a 17 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good but the Steelers were within 13-6. Only 1:10 remained in the half but that was enough time for the Cowboys to self-destruct. The Cowboys fumbled and the Steelers took over at the Dallas 39. With 2 seconds left Chris Boswell came in for a 54 yard field goal. The kick was no good but the Steelers got a break when they were penalized for a false start. A false start cannot be declined. So Boswell got a second chance from 59 yards out, and nailed that one as the Steelers trailed 13-9.

The Cowboys began the third quarter at their own 23. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 5, 8 and 3. On 3rd and 2 from the Pittsburgh 43, Pollard gained 20. On 1st and 10 from the Pittsburgh 23, Gilbert was sacked and then threw incomplete twice. Zuerlein hit from 45 to put the Cowboys up 16-9. The Cowboys after a touchback got it back and moved 53 yards in 12 plays and 6 1/2 minutes. On 4th and 1 from the Pittsburgh 22 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter, Mike McCarthy made a fateful decision. He opted not to go for it. Zuerlein hit the 39 yard field goal. The Cowboys led 19-9 and were smelling upset.

The Cowboys defense had been solid all game, but they finally broke. After a touchback, Roethoisberger hit Smith-Schuster for 20. On 3rd and 10 from his own 45, Roethlisberger again hit Smith-Schuster for 20. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger went deep to Smith-Schuster for a 31 yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked but the Steelers were within 19-15. Dowdle returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards to the Pittsburgh 36. The Cowboys had a chance to do real damage. With 12 minutes left in regulation, on 3rd and goal at the 5, Gilbert was intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Steelers took over at their own one yard line. Roethlisberger hit McCloud for 8. On 3rd and 2 from their own 9, Roethlisberger hit Claypool for 7, McCloud for 8, Johnson for 9 and Claypool for 14. Roethlisberegr was sacked and fumbled. Smith recovered it and returned it 22 yards to the Pittsburgh 21. Yet it was all for naught as illegal contact on the defense kept the drive going. McFarland rn for 6 with 15 more tacked on for unnecessary roughness. On 3rd and 7 from the Dallas 24, Roethlisberger threw incomplete. Boswell hit the 43 yard field goal as the Steelers trailed 19-18 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Steelers got it back at their own 21 with 4 minutes left. On 3rd and 10 Roethlisberger threw incomplete but a roughing the passer was a lifeline for Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger hit Claypool for 9 and Johnson for a 42 yard gain. Roethlisberger hit Claypool for 5 and Ebron for the 8 yard touchdown. The 79 yard march had the Steelers up by 5 with 2:19 to play. After a touchback, the Cowboys faced 4th and 8 at their own 41 with 1:45 left. Gilbert got belted by 2 defenders for a brutal 17 yard loss. The game appeared over but the Cowboys still had 2 timeouts. They took them on defense. On 4th and 1 from the Dallas 15, a field goal would make it an 8 point game. Mike Tomlin went for it all. James Conner got blown up for a 4 yard loss.

The Cowboys had life. They had 38 seconds to go 81 yards. Gilbert went deep to Lamb for 32 yards. On 3rd and 10 just past midfield, Gilbert hit Michael Gallup for 20. With 4 seconds left, it came down to one play on 3rd and 4 from the Pittsburgh 23. Garrettt Gilbert had a chance to etch his name in Cowboys and NFL lore with one play. He avoided the rush, stepped up in the pocket, and fired over the middle tot he end zone. It was knocked away incomplete. The Cowboys fought with a ton of heart, but the Steelers remained unbeaten. Despite winning 6 Super Bowls, the Steelers had never been 8-0 before. Even the Steel Curtain teams did not do that. The 2020 team under Mike Tomlin has. 24-19 Steelers

Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals — Josh Rosen played for Arizona 2 years ago and Miami last year. This year Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa were the starters. Tagovailoa had a terrible debut but won. Early on the Cardinals moved from their 25 to a 3rd and 3 at the Miami 45. Murray was sacked and fumbled. Lawson picked it up and raced 36 yards for a defensive touchdown. The Dolphins led 7-0 and for the 2nd straight week were winning without offense. After another touchback, a defensive pass interference call meant 20 more yards. On 3rd and 6 just shy of midfield, Murray hit kirk for gains of 8 and 10 and Larry Fitzgerald for 17. On 3rd and 9 from the miami 14, Murray ran for 10 and then hit Williams for the 4 yard touchdown. The 10 play, 75 yard drive made it 7-7.

The Dolphins brought their offense on this day as well. Short gains after a touchback followed by offensive holding had the Dolphins facing 2nd and 20 at their own 36. Tagovailoa was sacked but a defensive facemask meant 15 yards forward. Tagovailoa hit Williams for 11, ran for 5, and hit Gesicki for 17 and Smythe for 19. Howard ran for the 2 yard touchdown for a 14-7 Dolphins lead. After a touchback the Cardinals needed only 90 seconds. Murray went to Fitzgerald for 16. On 3rd and 7 from their own 44, Murray went deep to kirk for a 56 yard touchdown to start the second quarter and make it 14-14.

After a touchback, Tagovailoa went deep to Williams for 35 yards. Ahmed ran for a 19 yard gain. On 3rd and 7 from the Arizona 9, Tagovailoa hit Williams for the touchdown. 3 straight touchdown drives had the Dolphins up 21-14. The Cardinals moved easily from their own 25 to a 2nd and 4 at the Miami 13. A run lost 6 yards and Murray threw incomplete. Zane Gonzalez hit a 37 yard field goal to get the Cardinals within 21-17. With 46 seconds left in the half the Dolphins took over at their own 36. Tagovailoa hit Grant for 16 and after a sack hit Laird for 17. Sanders drilled a 56 yard field goal to end the half with the Dolphins up 24-17.

The Cardinals began the third quarter at their own 13. Murray hit Hopkins for 17, Foster for 7 and Kirk for 14. Defensive pass interference on an incompletion added 18 yards. Murray hit Darrell Daniels for a 21 yard touchdown for a 24-24 game. The Cardinals took over at their own 16. Murray hit Fitzgerald for 11 and Hopkins for 6. With 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter on 4th and 1 from their own 46, Kliff Kingsbury decided to go for it. Murray threw incomplete but their were offsetting penalties. Defensive pass interference was nullified by an ineligible receiver. Given a second chance, Kingsbury went for it again. Murray ran for a 28 yard gain. On 2nd and 13 from the Miami 29, Murray threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 4 yards and a first down. Murray hit Edmonds for 10 and ran for a 12 yard touchdown himself. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the Cardinals led 31-24.

The Dolphins got it back at their own 7 yard line and soon faced 3rd and 9 from their own 8. Tagovailoa hit Parker for 14. On 3rd and 4 from their own 28, Tagovailoa ran for 6. A defensive foul for lowering the head to initiate contact on the next play meant 15 more yards. Tagovailoa went to Parker for 17 and Grant for 6. Tagovailoa then ran for 17 and found Mack Hollins for an 11 yard touchdown. With 11 12/2 minutes left in regulation, this game was tied 31-31.

The Cardinals moved from their own 27 to a 4th and 1 at their own 47 midway through the fourth quarter. Kliff Kingsbury decided to go for it. Jones gained 4. With 5:20 to play the Cardinals faced 4th and 1 at the Miami 40. Kingsbury again gambled and this time he lost as Edmonds got stuffed. Tagovailoa hit Gesicki for 19. On 3rd and 10 from the Arizona 41, a completion from Tagovailoa to Grant only gained 9. With 3 1/2 minutes left on 4th and 1 from the Arizona 32, Brian Flores took no chances. Jason Sanders nailed the 50 yard field goal to give the Dolphins the lead. After a touchback, Murray went deep to Kirk for 35 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Miami 41, Murray threw incomplete at the 2 minute warning. This time on 4th and 1 Kingsbury decided not to gamble for the win. Zane Gonzalez came in for a 49 yard field goal to tie it. The kick was no good. The Cardinals had all 3 timeouts. The Dolphins faced 3rd and 1 at their own 48 with 1:05 left. Tagovailoa kept it himself and gutted out the yard and then took a couple knees to run out the clock. Tua is 2-0 as a starter and both teams are 5-3 after this thrilling game. 34-31 Dolphins

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the Sunday night game. The Big storyline was obviously Tom Brady against Drew Brees. Another storyline was head case Antonio Brown coming back from his 8 game suspension and playing four his 4th team in a year. Michael Thomas was also back on the field after missing most of the season due to injuries and suspension. Yet the real storyline is that the 5-2 Saints were playing against the 6-2 Buccaneers for the NFC South lead. The Saints won at home in the season opener 34-23 but now the rematch was in rainy Tampa. Early on it was all Saints. The Saints took over at their own 35. Brees hit Alvin Kamara for 6, Thomas for 8, Hill for 11 and Callaway for 6. Ob 3rd and 3 from the Tamp Bay 33, Sean Payton brought in taysom Hill for one play. Hill hit Jared Cook for 19 yards. On 3rd and 10 from the Tampa 14, Brees went to Smith for the touchdown and the 7-0 Saints lead. Late in the first quarter the Buccaneers punted on 4th and 8 from their own 4. A short punt gave the saints a short field at the Tampa 35. Kamara gained 17. Brees hit Thomas for 8 and on the last play of the first quarter hit Trautman for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Saints.

A 15 yard punt return gave the Saints the ball back only 40 seconds later at midfield. On 2nd and 16 from their own 44, Brees went to Hill for 21. Taysom Hill lined up at quarterback again and this time ran for 23 yards, hurdling a pair of defenders. Brees hit Emanuel Sanders for a 12 yard touchdown to make it 21-0 Saints. The Buccaneers did not even have a first down. From their own 23, they finally got one when Brady hit Johnson for 11 yards. Yet on the next lay, a short pass was deflected and intercepted by the big man Onyemata. The Saints took over at the Tampa 27. On 3rd and 5, Brees hit Sanders for 9. Hill gained 12 down to the one. Kamara got the yard as the Saints were winning in shocking fashion up 28-0. It was the biggest first half deficit Brady had ever faced in his 21 year career.

The Buccaneers moved from their own 25 to a 3rd and 6 at the Saints 38. A pass from Brady to Chris Godwin was dropped. Bruce Arians went for it on 4th and 6 and Brady went bombs away for all the marbles to Rob Gronkowski. The ball was just overthrown incomplete with 5 minutes left in the half. Kamara ran for 11. Brees hit Thomas for 20 and Sanders for 12. At the 2 minute warning, the Saints faced 3rd and 7 at the Patriots 18. A pass to Cook past the first down marker saw him get hit and lose the ball incomplete. Wil Lutz hit the 36 yard field goal as the Saints were rolling up 31-0. With 1:49 left after a touchback, Brady hit Brown for 10 and Evans for 22 Brady then went deep and was intercepted at the Saints 15.  The second half was a formality. A 10 play, 70 yard, 7 minute drive led to a 3 yard touchdown pass from Brees to Hill with 9 minutes remaining to make it 38-0 Saints. The Saints sweet the season series. Brees’s 4 touchdown passes moved him ahead of Brady on the all time list 564 to 561. The Buccaneers kicked a field goal with 6 minutes left to avoid the shutout. Up by 35 with 6 minutes left, Brees took a seat and his backup Jameis Winston came in for some mop up against his old team. The Buccaneers also set an infamous record for fewest rushing attempts in a game. The Buccaneers only rushed 5 times for a total of 7 yards, and the last rushing attempt was Blaine Gabbert taking a knee. 38-3 Saints

New England Patriots at New York Jets was the Monday night game. These are not the same Patriots. They are a 2-5 team. However, surely they could steamroll over an 0-8 Jets team. With Sam Darnold out, aging Joe Flacco would be starting. To sum up ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why they PLAY the GAMES!” The Jets began with Frank Gore gaining 5, 4, and one 3rd and 1 at their own 34, a critical 3. Joe Flacco went to Griffin for 5 and to Mims for 26 yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Patriots 17, Flacco threw incomplete. Castillo hit the 35 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Jets. After a touchback, Harris ran 12 and 3. On 3rd and 5 from the Jets 46, Can Newton hit Byrd for 8 and Meyers deep for 33 yards. Newton ran for the 5 yard touchdown as the Patriots led 7-3.

In the second quarter the Jets took over at their own 7 yard line. Perine ran for 7 and one. On 3rd and 2 from their own 15, Flacco went to Berrios for 13, Mims for 17, and Perriman for a 50 yard touchdown bomb. Flacco can still throw the long ball as the Jets led 10-7. The Patriots moved after a touchback to a 4th and 1 at the Jets 39. Bill Belichick decided to go for it and James white got blown up for a 4 yard loss. From their own 43, Flacco hit Griffin for 23 yards. That was enough for Castillo to hit a 50 year field goal to put the Jets up 13-7. The Patriots took over at their own 19. Newton hit Johnson for 6 and Meyers for 13. Newton was belted for a 10 yard loss, but a horrendous roughing the passer call on a textbook legal hit gave the Patriots 15 yards. On 3rd and 6 from the Jets 43, Newton hit Meyers for 15. Nick Folk hit a 45 yard field goal to get the Patriots within 13-10 with one minute left in the half. Rater than take a knee from their own 23, Adam Gase got aggressive. He hit Mims for 15. Defensive pass interference added 42 yards. Flacco then went to Crowder for a 20 yard touchdown as the Jets had the stunning halftime lead.

The Patriots began the third quarter at their own 22. Harris ran for 11 and 2. Newton hit Meyers for 20. Burkhead ran for 5, 5, 3, and on 3rd and 2 from the Jets 24, another 7. On 3rd and 4 from the Jets 11, B urkhead got just enough. Harris ran for 6 and Burkhead got the last yard. The 13 play, 78 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive had the Patriots within 20-17. After a touchback, Flaccon hit Gore for 8 and Crowder for 6. On 3rd and 1 from their own 45, Perine gained 3. Flacco hit Perriman for 19. On 3rd and 9 from the Patriots 32, Flacco hit Perriman for 12 and again for the 15 yard touchdown. After three quarters, the 11 play, 75 yard, 6 minute drive meant. Jets were winning a shocker up 27-17.

The Patriots took over to begin the fourth quarter at their own 32. On 3rd and 6 from their own 36, Newton hit Byrd for 10 and Meyers for 11. On 3rd and 1 from the Jets 34, Newton gained 2. Burkhead gained 7 and Harris added 6. On 3rd and 1 from the Jets 10, Newton got nailed for a 4 yard loss. On 4th and 5 from the Jets 14, the Jets got called for too many men on the field. Those types of errors normally kill the Jets. Yet on 2nd and goal from the 7, offensive holding killed the drive. On 3rd and goal at the 13, Newton only gained 3. After a staggering 17 plays and 58 yards on a drive that ate up 9 1/2 minutes, the the Patriots settled for a 29 yard Folk field goal to get within 27-20 with 6 minutes left in regulation.

The Jets took over from their own 18. On the first play from scrimmage, Flacco went deep and was intercepted. The Patriots took over at their own 28. On 3rd and 10, Newton threw incomplete but defensive holding kept the drive going. Harris gained 21. On 3rd and 20 from their own 44, Newton went to Meyers for 19. On 4th and 1 from the Jets 37, Newton gained 3. Newton then hit Byrd for 31 yards as Byrd criss-crossed the field down to the Jets 3 yard line. On 2nd and goal from the one, Newton got stopped as the clock hit the 2 minute warning. On 3rd and goal from the one, Newton crashed just over the plane of the goal for a 27-27 game.

The Jets went nowhere and the Patriots got it back at their own 22 with 47 seconds left. What happened next was inevitable. Newton hit White for 11. With 22 seconds left the Patriots faced 3rd and 1 from their own 42. Newton gained 5 and spiked the ball to stop the clock with 8 seconds left. Newton then went to Meyers for 20 yards as the Patriots took their last timeout with 3 seconds left. Folk came in for a 51 yard field goal try for the win. If ever a game did not deserve overtime, this was it. Of course, the kick was good. The Jets find new creative ways to lose. Adam Gase at 0-9 still has not been fired. The Jets are still winless, witless and worthless. The deal with the devil that the Evil Hoodie Bill Belichick made has still not expired. 30-27 Patriots.

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Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers was the Thursday night game. The Falcons have blown a ton of fourth quarter leads. After a touchback, Matt Ryan threw a 24 and 28 yard deep passes to Julio Jones to start the game. On 3rd and 2 from the Carolina 4, Todd Gurley only gained one. Raheem Morris decided not to go for it. Younghoe Koo hit the 20 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Falcons. The Panthers soon faced 3rd and 5 from their own 30. Teddy Bridgewater threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 8 yards. On the next play defensive unnecessary roughness meant 15 more yards. Davis ran for gains of 7 and 17 and curtis Samuel ran for a 12 yards touchdown to make it 7-3 Panthers. After a touchback, the Falcons marched 57 yards in 12 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. On 3rd and 15 from the Carolina 41, Ryan hit Calvin Ridley for 16. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Carolina 13, Ryan threw incomplete twice and was then sacked. Koo hit from 37 but the Falcons trailed 7-6. In the second quarter the Falcons took over at their own 17 and Ryan was immediately intercepted. The Panthers took over with a short field at the Atlanta 40. On 3rd and 2 from the Atlanta 32. Bridgewater hit Samuel for 3. On the next play Bridgewater went back to Samuel for a 29 yard touchdown to make it 14-6 Panthers.

After a touchback, Hill ran for 8 and 4. Ryan went deep to Hurst for 18 and again for 8. On 3rd and 2 from the Carolina 37, Ollison took the snap out of the shotgun and gained 3. Ryan went to Ridley for 19 and scrambled for a 13 yard touchdown himself. The 10 play, 75 yard drive got the Falcons within 14-13. The Panthers after a touchback moved to a 4th and 1 at the Atlanta 34. Rather than try a 53 yard field goal, Matt Rhule opted to go for it. Out of the shotgun, Bridgewater got stopped for no gain. From the Atlanta 35, Ryan hit Gage for 19 and Blake for 7. With 1:23 left in the half, the Falcons had 3rd and 3 at the Carolina 23. Ryan only gained 2 but defensive holding meant a 5 yard gain. A sack of Ryan killed the drive but Kool hit his third field goal from 36 yards out to put the Falcons up 16-14 at the break. In the third quarter the Panthers moved from their own 25 to a 4th and 1 at the Atlanta 42. Again Matt Rule went for it. Davis got blown up for a one yard loss. Koo would hit his fourth field goal from 29 to make it 19-14 Falcons.

With 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the Panthers punted on 4th and 9 from their own 37. Matt Rhule called a fake punt, and Chinn got around the end for a 28 yard gain. On 3rd and 7 from the Atlanta 37, Bridgewater was sacked. However, a defensive personal foul resulting in a disqualification gave the Panthers 15 more yards. Bridgewater briefly left the game injured and Walker came in. On 3rd and 7 from the Atlanta 21, Walker threw incomplete. Slye hit from 39 as the Panthers were within 19-17. The Falcons faced 3rd and 7 from their own 28. Ryan ran for 10 and Hill added 14. Ryan hit Hurst for 12 and Jones for 9. From the Carolina 17, Gurley did the rest. He ran for 6, 8 and the 3 yard touchdown. The extra point failed but the Falcons led by 8 with 11 minutes left in regulation. With 3 minutes left the Panthers began their last chance to tie the game pinned at their own 5 yard line. With 1:47 left the Panthers faced 3rd and 18 from their own 24. Bridgewater went deep to Moore for a 42 yard gain. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Atlanta 34, Bridgewater threw incomplete twice. On 3rd and 10 Bridgewater ran for only 4 yards. With one minute left, on 4th and 6 from the Carolina 30, Bridgewater was intercepted by Wreh-Wilson. This time the Falcons took a lead and held it to close out a win. 25-17 Falcons

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens — This was another AFC North masterpiece between the 6-0 Steelers and the 5-1 Ravens. On the 3rd play from scrimmage, the Ravens faced 3rd and 6 at their own 29. Lamar Jackson was intercepted by Robert Spillane, who returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. One minute into the game, the Steelers led 7-0. After a touchback, Jackson hit Miles Boykin for 14. On 3rd and 7 from his own 42, Jackson only gained one yard. Yet unnecessary roughness on the defense meant 15 yards and a first down. On 2nd and 11 from the Pittsburgh 43, Jackson hit Will Snead for 34 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 6, Jackson hit Boykin for the touchdown for a 7-7 game. In the second quarter the Ravens got it back at their own 20. Edwards ran for 25 and 6 and Dobbins added 12. Jackson ran for 14. Gus Edwards ran for a one yard touchdown. The 80 yard drive did not feature a single pass as the Ravens led 14-7. The Ravens got it back at their own 8 yard line with 3:44 left in the half. With 30 seconds left in the half the Ravens were still at their own 45. Jackson went to Snead for just enough. Justin Tucker drilled a 51 yard field goal as the Ravens led 17-7 at the intermission.

The Ravens took over in the third quarter at their own 17 and Jackson was immediately intercepted again. The Steelers took over at the Baltimore 21. Two plays later Ben Roethlisberger hit Eric Ebron for an 18 yard touchdown to get the Steelers within 17-14. The Steelers got it back at their own 23. Roethlisberger hit Ebron for 14 and Chase Claypool for 9 and 8. On 3rd and 4 from the Baltimore 19, Big Ben hit Juju Smith-Schuster for 7 and again for a 14 yard touchdown to put the Steelers up 21-17 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. A 15 yard punt return had the Ravens taking over at their own 47. They began the fourth quarter facing 3rd and 14 at their own 43. Jackson went deep to Duvernay for a 39 yard gain. On 2nd and 22 from the Pittsburgh 30, Jackson hit Snead for 24. On 3rd and goal at the 3, Jackson hit Marquise Brown for the touchdown. With 12 minutes left the Ravens led 24-21.

The Steelers soon faced 3rd and 1 from their own 29. Roethlisberger hit McCloud for 6 with 15 more tacked on for a face mask. On 3rd and 1 from the Baltimore 41, Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster for 2. Defensive pass interference added 20 more yards. Roethlisberger went to Smith-Schuster for 11 and to Claypool for the 8 yard touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter, the fourth lead change had the Steelers up by 4. After a touchback, the Ravens moved 69 yards in 10 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. At the 2 minute warning, the Ravens faced 4th and 3 from the Pittsburgh 8. Jackson only gained 2 and fumbled. The Steelers took over at their own 6. On 3rd and 1 from their own 15, James Conner got stopped for no gain. The Ravens got it back at their own 37 with 52 seconds left and no timeouts. On 4th and 2 from his own 45, Jackson found Snead for 32 yards. Jackson spiked the ball to stop the clock with 5 seconds left. From the Pittsburgh 23, it all came down to one play. Jackson went to the end zone incomplete. The Steelers remained the NFL’s lone unbeaten team. Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh gave us another classic in one of the NFL’s best rivalries. The rematch cannot come soon enough. 28-24 Steelers

Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins — Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard has been playing well, but it was time to begin the Tua Tagovailoa era. For 20 years, the Dolphins have tried to find a successor to Dan Marino. Tagovailoa has been touted as that prospect. On Tagovailoa’s second play from scrimmage from his own 23, he was sacked and fumbled. The Rams took over at the Miami 15. Darrell Henderson ran for 4 and 7 and Robert Woods ran for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Rams. Then The Dolphins exploded and never looked back.

An interception of Jared Goff had the Dolphins at the Rams 33. Tagovalioa hit Smythe for 8 and Grant for 15. On 3rd and goal at the 3, Tagovailoa DeVante Parker for the touchdown on the last play of the first quarter to make it 7-7. The game got bizarre in the second quarter. The Dolphins took over at their own 3 yard line. Myles Gaskin ran for 6 and fumbled as the Rams had a golden chance for the lead at the Miami 7. On 2nd and goal from the 9, the Rams offense was blown up by a fumble. Andrew Van Ginkel returned the fumble 78 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7 Dolphins. On the next Rams series Goff was intercepted, but the Dolphins did not capitalize. The Rams got it back and faced 3rd and 8 at their own 31. Goff was sacked and fumbled. Van Noy recovered for the Dolphins and returned the fumble 28 yards to the Rams one yard line. Gaskin got in as the Dolphins were winning a shocker 28-7. The Rams did manage a field goal at the end of the half and a touchdown with 10 minutes left in regulation. With 3:42 to play, Kai Forbath came in for a 48 yard field goal try to get the Rams within 8 points. The kick was no good. Goff threw 61 passes, completing 35 of them for 355 yards, one touchdown and 2 interceptions. Tagovailoa certainly did not have Dan Marino’s numbers. Marino threw 5 touchdown passes in his first NFL start. Tagovailoa was 12 of 22 for only 93 yards, one touchdown and 0 interceptions. The Dolphins had 145 yards of total offense. Yet Tagovailoa beat Marino in what matters most, winning his first start. 28-17 Dolphins

New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs — Sometimes the worst team in the league can go on the road and shock the best team in the league in an upset for the ages. This was not that game. The Chiefs were favored by 20 1/2 points. The Chiefs began at their own 10.Patrick Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill for 13, Mecole Hartman for 9, Robinson for 15, Leveon Bell for 18 and Hardman for a 30 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Chiefs. The Jets after a touchback moved 54 yards on 12 plays and 6 1/2 minutes. Yet despite 1st and 10 from the Chiefs 20, the drive stalled. Sergio Castillo hit a 39 yard field goal to get the Jets within 7-3. The Chiefs got it back at their own 27. Mahomes hit Yelder for 5, Travis and Kelce for 13. On 4th and 4 just past midfield, Andy Reid called a fake punt. Pringle hit Townsend for 13. On the next play Mahomes went to Hill for a 36 yard touchdown as the Chiefs led 14-3  after the first quarter. In the second quarter Castillo hit a 55 yard field goal. The Jets got it back and moved 51 yards in 13 plays and 7 minutes. Castillo hit from 48 and the Jets only trailed 14-9 with 3 minutes left in the half. Would the Jets pull off their biggest upset since Super Bowl III?

No. From their own 24, the Chiefs stopped being bored and put the game away. Mahomes went to Kelce for 15 with 15 more tacked on for roughing the passer. On 3rd and 13 from the Jets 26, Mahomes went to Kelce for 18 and back to Kelce for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 21-9 Chiefs. On the last play of the half, the final Jets ray of hope was extinguished when a 47 yard field goal try by Castillo was blocked. The second half was a formality. In the third quarter the Chiefs moved 83 yards. Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson for a 26 yard touchdown to make it 28-9 Chiefs. In the fourth quarter the Chiefs moved 65 yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Jets 41, Mahomes went to Hill for the final touchdown to complete the blowout. The Jets remain winless, witless and worthless. Just End The Season is still real. Adam Gase is somehow still employed. This is not why they play the games. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have almost locked up the AFC West even though the season is only half over. This makes Andy Reid a most happy walrus indeed. 35-9 Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers — The 1-5 Vikings with no defense went on the road and were expected to get destroyed by the 5-1 Packers. To quote ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why they PLAY the GAMES.” after a touchback the Packers went right to work. Aaron Rodgers hit Tonyan for 8 and Williams ran for 6, 10 and 9. On 4th and 1 from the Minnesota 24, Matt LaFleur decided to go for it. Rodgers went to Sternberger for 13. On 3rd and 4 from the Minnesota 5, Rodgers went to Davante Adams for the touchdown and the 7-0 Packers lead. Ho hum. Yet the Vikings from their own 27 pounded the ball. Calvin Cook ran for 2 and 12. On 3rd and 1 from midfield, Cook gained 2. Kirk Cousins went to Kyle Rudolph for 12. On 3rd and 8 from the Green Bay 34, Cousins went to Cook for 13. Cook then ran for a 21 yard touchdown to cap the 10 play, 73 yard, 6 minute drive and make it 7-7.

The Packers soon faced 3rd and 1 at their own 37 to start the second quarter. Dillon gained 3, 8 and caught a pass for 16. Rodgers hit Adams for 14. On 3rd and 2 from the Minnesota 23, Williams gained 6. On 4th and 1 from the Minnesota 8, Matt LaFleur again decided to go for it. Williams got the yard. On the next play defensive pass interference added 6 yards down to the one. Rodgers hit Adams for the touchdown. The 15 play, 72 yard drive consumed 9 minutes off the clock and put the Packers up 14-7. The Vikings soon faced 2nd and 7 at their own 36. Cousins hit Smith for 16 and Jefferson for 7. On 3rd and 7 from the Packers 29, Cousins went to Adam Thielen for 6. On 4th and 1 from the Green Bay 23, this time it was Mike Zimmer’s turn to go for it. Cook gained 3, 9, 7, 3, and the one yard touchdown. The 12 play, 67 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive had the game tied 14-14. Both teams had the ball twice in the first half and each team had 2 touchdowns. Yet the game changed in the third quarter.

The Vikings began the third quarter at their own 15. Cook ran for a 37 yard gain. On 3rd and 8 from their own 46, Beebe gained 16. On 3rd and 6 from the Green Bay 26, Cousins threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant a 20 yard gain. On 3rd and goal from the 6, Cousins threw incomplete again and defensive pass interference again meant 5 yards and the ball on the one. Cook got the touchdown as the Vikings led 21-14. The Packers after a touchback soon faced 2nd and 17 at their own 18. Rodgers went deep to Tonyan for a 45 yard gain. Yet from the Minnesota 37, Rodgers threw 3 straight incompletions. Matt Lafleur passed up a 55 yard field goal try and again went for it. On 4th and 10 Rodgers threw his 4th straight incompletion. For the first time all game, a drive did not produce a touchdown. The Vikings kept rolling. Cousins went to Thielen for 12. On 3rd and 9 from midfield, a short swing pass from Cousins to Cook saw cook evade tacklers all over the field for a 50 yard touchdown. 4 drives meant 4 touchdowns as the Vikings led 28-14 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter.

The Packers after a touchback moved to a 4th and 3 at the Minnesota 44. Matt LaFleur again went for it and Rodgers hit St. Brown for 12. Yet on 1st and 10 from the Minnesota 32, consecutive offensive holding penalties killed the drive. After three quarters without a punt, the fourth quarter began wit the Packers facing 4th and 22 at the Minnesota 44. The game finally saw the first of several punts. With 11 minutes left in regulation the Packers moved from their own 36 to a 4th and 9 at the Minnesota 32. With 8 1/2 minutes left, Matt LaFleur went for it and Rodgers threw incomplete. The Packers got it back with 6 minutes left at their own 26. On 3rd and 3 from their own 45, Rodgers was sacked and fumbled. Yet Minnesota had too many men on the field, giving the Packers 5 yards and a key first down. Mike Zimmer unsuccessfully challenged the call. On 3rd and 10 from midfield, Rodgers went to Taylor for 26. On 1st and 20 from the Minnesota 34, Rodgers went to Sternberger for 27 and Adams for the 7 yard touchdown. With 2:42 to play, Matt LaFleur inexplicably went for a 2 point conversion. Williams got the carry and was ruled short. Yet on further review it was reversed to crossing the plane of the goal. The Packers were within 6. With 47 seconds left the Packers took over at their own 28. With 12 seconds left the Packers were at the Minnesota 41. Rodgers had time to pull off another miracle. The Hail Mary never happened as Rodgers got belted just before releasing the ball and fumbled. Mike Zimmer’s much maligned defense had a game that his teams have been known for before this season. 28-22 Vikings

Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions — Each quarter of this game was different. In the first quarter the Lions blocked a punt and took over at the Colts 32. Two plays later Matthew Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 25 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Lions. Yet the second quarter was a Colts romp. From their own 39, Philip Rivers hit Alie-Cox for 15, Johnson for 21, and Nyheim Hines for a 22 yard touchdown to make it 7-7. The Colts got it back at their own 27. Wilkins ran for 3 and 16. Rivers hit Alie-Cox for 14. On 3rd and 4 at the Detroit 34, Rivers was sacked but defensive unnecessary roughness meant 15 yards. Rivers hit Zach Pascal for 16 and Jack Doyle for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 14-7 Colts. The Lions punted on 4th and 21 at their own 14. A 15 yard interference with the kick had the Colts with a short field at the Detroit 48. On 4th and 1 from the Detroit 39, Frank Reich decided to go for it. Taylor gained 2. Rivers went to Burton for 8 and to Hines for a 29 yard touchdown. The extra point failed but the Colts led 20-7. On the last play of the half, a 48 yard field goal try by Matt Prater for the Lions was no good.

The third quarter saw the Lions get back in it. On 3rd and 8 from their own 34, Stafford went to TJ Hockensen for 15 and Adrian Peterson for 5. On 3rd and 5 from the Indy 46, Stafford went to Danny Amendola for 14, James for 23 and Kerryon Johnson for a 9 yard touchdown. The Lions were right back in it down 20-14. The Lions got it back and moved from their own 36 to a 3rd and 9 from the Indy 25. Looking to take the lead, Stafford was sacked and fumbled. The Colts took over at their own 40. On 3rd and 9 from their own 41, Rivers hit johnson for 18. On 3rd and 14 from the Detroit 45, Rivers went deep incomplete but defensive pass interference meant a 41 yard gain. On 3rd and goal at the one, Wilkins got in. Wilkins ran in the 2 point conversion to make it 28-14 Colts 90 seconds into the fourth quarter. One play after a touchback, Stafford was intercepted by Kenny Moore, who returned the pick 29 yards for another touchdown and a 35-14 Colts lead. The Lions did get one more touchdown, but Rivers led a 12 play, 73 yard, 5 minute drive to complete the blowout. Trey Burton ran for a 2 yard touchdown as Matt Patricia remained mystified as to why he was still coaching the Lions. 41-21 Colts

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns — The 1980 season became famous for a Raiders game in Cleveland with snow, brutal cold, and a Red Right 88 call. Mike Davis intercepted Brian Sipe as the Browns suffered heartbreak and the Raiders won the Super Bowl. This game featured some snow and cold but was less significant. Nevertheless, both the Raiders and Browns are both slowly improving. The 1980 game had crazy winds that bedeviled Browns kicker Don Cockroft. In this game it was Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson who came in for a 41 yard first quarter field goal that looked dead center before the wind took it all the way to the upright where it bounced off it no good. The Browns moved 60 yards in 14 plays and 8 minutes. Early in the second quarter Cody Parkey hit a 41 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Browns. The Raiders responded with a staggering 16 play, 8 1/2 minute drive that moved 58 yards. Yet on 3rd and 9 from the  Browns 10, controversy ensued. Carr threw a fade to the end zone to Henry Ruggs, who clearly got both feet inbounds. The officials ruled Ruggs out of bounds, and Jon Gruden unsuccessfully challenged the call. The Raiders were clearly robbed, but Carlson hit from 29 to make it 3-3 with 5:17 left in the half.

The Raiders got it back at their own 34 and moved to the Cleveland 15. Carlson hit from 33 as the Raiders took a 6-3 lead to the locker rooms. The Browns in the third quarter moved 55 yards in 11 plays and 6 minutes. Yet on 3rd and 6 from the Raiders 20, this time controversy went in the other direction. Baker Mayfield went to Jarvis Landry for the touchdown. On further review, the play was reversed incomplete. Replay showed that the ball hit the ground, but it was the Browns who felt they were robbed. Parkey hit from 38 for a 6-6 game in the third quarter.

Then came the drive of the game. After a touchback, Josh Jacobs gained 8 and 3. On 3rd and 8 from their own 38, Derek Carr scrambled for 11 yards. Carr then went to Hunter Renfrow for 9, Darren Waller for 6, and Renfrow again for 11. On 3rd and 3 from the Cleveland 15, Carr hit Waller for 6. The fourth quarter began with a 6-6 tie and the Raiders facing 3rd and goal from the 4. Carr fired a bullet over the middle to Renfrow for the touchdown. Officials were concerned that the ball hit the ground, but on further review the touchdown stood. Either way, the defense jumped offside as the Raiders led 13-6. After the 15 play, 75 yard, 9 minute drive, The Raiders got it back and mounted another 13 play, 74 yard, 9 minute drive. From their own 20, the Raiders methodically ate up clock as Jacobs rushed for 3, 14 and 6. Yet the Raiders still struggle to close out games. On 1st and goal at the 2, Jacobs gained one. Then Jacobs was stopped twice. On 4th and goal at the one, Jon Gruden decided to go for it. Then came the killer delay of game penalty. With 4 1/2 minutes left, Carlson hit the 24 yard field goal to hit make it a 10 point Raiders lead. Needing 2 scores, Parkey came in for a 37 yard field goal for the Browns at the 2 minute warning. The kick looked dead center, but the wind grabbed it and pulled it wide. 40 years after Red Right 88, the elements brought another crazy game. 16-6 Raiders

Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals — The Titans are a very good team. The Bengals are a bad team with hope for the future. This should have been a simple Titans win by playing smashmouth football. Again, cue ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why they PLAY the GAMES!” In the first quarter the Bengals moved from their own 28 to a 1st and 10 at the Titans 17. On 3rd and 8 from the 15, Joe Burrow threw incomplete. Randy Bullock hit the 33 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Bengals. The Titans got off to a rough start, with Ryan Tannehill being intercepted and on the next series the Titans missing a tying field goal. The Bengals began the second quarter at their own 43. On 3rd and 8 from the Titans 42, Burrow hit Tate for just enough. On 3rd and 1 from the Titans 25, Burrow hit Carter for 2. Defensive pass interference meant a 22 yard gain down to the one. Samaje Perine got the yard as the Bengals led 10-0.

The Titans finally got going as Derrick Henry barreled ahead for gains of 9, 13 and 8 with 15 more added for a horsecollar tackle. Foreman added 11 and 3. Henry then 6, 4 and 3. Finally, Tannehill threw the only pass on the drive, an incompletion. On 3rd and goal at the 3, Henry ran it in. The 10 play, 75 yard drive had the Titans within 10-7. Yet from their own 27, the Bengals responded. Bernard gained 12 and Burrow hit Higgins for 13. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the half, the Bengals faced 4th and 5 at the Titans 43. Zac Parsons decided to go for it and Burrow went deep to Higgins for 22 yards. On 3rd and 1 from the Titans 12, Bernard ran for the touchdown with 30 seconds left in the half to make it 17-7 Bengals.

Late in the third quarter the Bengals took over at their own 14. Burrow hit Tate for gains of 8 and 12 and to AJ Green for 13. On 3rd and 3 from the Titans 40, Burrow hit Boyd for 9 with 15 more added for unnecessary roughness. The fourth quarter began with the Bengals facing 3rd and 1 from the Titans 7. Burrow hit Boyd for the touchdown to make it 24-7 Bengals. Down by 3 scores, the Titans quickly moved 75 yards. Tannehill went to Brown for a 9 yard touchdown to get the Titans within 24-14 with 11 1/2 minutes left. Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to the Titans 44. Perine ran for 16. On 3rd and 9 from the Titans 23, Burrow hit Boyd for 18 and Bernard for the 6 yard touchdown to make it 31-14 Bengals. The Titans got one more touchdown, but the Bengals mounted an 11 play drive that consumed over 5 1/2 minutes. It was the Bengals who played smashmouth in a major upset. 31-20 Bengals

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills — The Patriots were 2-4 and the Bills were 5-2. Every time someone has a chance to put a dagger in the Patriots, Evil Hoodie Bill Belichick extends his deal with the devil and the Patriots win. In the first quarter the Bills faced 3rd and 1 from their own 31. Singletary gained 3. On 3rd and 4 from their own 40, Josh Allen hit Cole Beasley for 12. and ran for 19 himself. Zach Moss ran for 21 and then for the 8 yard touchdown. The 10 play, 78 yard, 5 minute drive had the Bills up 7-0. The Patriots in the second quarter managed 2 field goals of 43 and 33 yards by Nick Folk. The Patriots only trailed 7-6 at halftime. The Patriots were still hanging around.

After a touchback to start the third quarter, Singletary ran for 6, Moss added 6 more, and Singletary added another 18. Allen connected with Stefan Diggs on a short pass that went for 41 yards. On the next play Moss ran for the 4 yard touchdown to make it 14-6 Bills. Yet later on the Bills had to punt from their own 12. A 15 yard punt return gave the Patriots a short field at the Buffalo 37. On 3rd and 10 Burkhead ran for 10 and Damien Harris ran for 5 and then for the 22 yard touchdown. Cam Newton hit Meyers for the 2 point conversion. After three quarters the game was tied 14-14. The Patriots were still hanging around.

The key play in the game came with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Bill Belichick called a surprise onside kick that didn’t work. The Bills had a short field at the New England 45. Singletary gashed the Patriots defense for gains of 5, 9 and 17. Miss added 2, 12, and on 3rd and 1 from the Buffalo 5, a critical 3 yards. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Allen got in. With 13 minutes left in regulation, the Bills led 21-14. The Patriots took over at their own 28. Newton went to Byrd for gains of 22 and 9. Harris blistered the Buffalo defense for gains of 13, 18, 7 and one. On 3rd and goal at the 2, Newton ran it in. With 9 1/2 minutes left, it was a 21-21 game. The Patriots were still hanging around.

The Bills took over at their own 27. Allen ran for 3 and Singletary added 8. Allen hit Kroft for 11 and moss gained 14. Allen hit Brown for 21. On 3rd and 5 from the Patriots 10, Allen threw incomplete. Tyler Bass hit the 28 yard field goal. Yet the Patriots had 4 minutes left to again confound the naysayers. The Patriots began at their own 21. They moved 65 yards in 12 plays. With 37 seconds left in the game, the Patriots had 2nd and 10 at the Buffalo 19. They still had 2 timeouts. Then came the unthinkable. Well in easy field goal range and a chance for a touchdown and the win, Newton ran for 5 and then got hit and fumbled. The Bills recovered at their own 13. This was a big win for Sean McDermott and the entire Bills organization. While the season is only half over, this could finally be the end of the Patriots billion year reign over the AFC East. 24-21 Bills

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos — Nobody blows games like the Chargers. They soon faced 3rd and 12 at their own 28. Justin Herbert was intercepted by Simmons, who returned it 46 yards to the Chargers 16. The defense held Denver to a 35 yard Brandon McManus field goal and a 3-0 Broncos lead. With 6 minutes left in the half, the Chargers got it back at their own 20. On 3rd and 3 from their own 27, Herbert went to Keenan Allen for just enough. Herbert then went to Jackson for 34 and to Allen for 22. After 28 minutes, the Broncos were winning a hideous 3-0 slog. Just past the 2 minute warning, the Chargers faced 3rd and 3 at the Denver 9. Herbert went to Allen for the touchdown to make it 7-3 Chargers. The Chargers got it back at their own 20 with 1:11 left in the half. Herbert was sacked but illegal contact meant a 5 yard gain. Jackson ran for 22 yards. Herbert went deep to Williams for a 36 yard gain down to the Denver 2. Herbert hit Nabers for the touchdown as 2 scores in the final 2 minutes had the Chargers up 14-3 at the half.

After a touchback to start the third quarter, the Chargers kept rolling. Jackson ran for gains of 4, 6 and 4. Pope ran for 14 and 5. Herbert threw a 24 yard touchdown pass to Williams to make it 21-3 Chargers. The Chargers got it back and faced 3rd and 4 from their own 32. Pope ran for 8 and then 26 more. On 1st and 10 from the Denver 34, Herbert threw 3 straight incompletions. Mike Badgley hit a 52 yard field goal. Midway through the third quarter, the Chargers were winning a laugher up 24-3. Remember, these are the Chargers.

The Broncos soon faced 3rd and 8 from their own 27. Drew Lock hit Hamilton for 18. Philip Lindsey raced for a 55 yard touchdown to get the Broncos within 24-10. The Broncos got it back and Lock was quickly intercepted. Jenkins returned it 23 yards to the Denver 24. Even a field goal would make it a 3 score game again. On 3rd and 5 from the Denver 19, Herbert went to the end zone and was intercepted for a touchback. Lock then hit Jerry Jeudy for 15. Denver began the fourth quarter facing 3rd and 16 from the Denver 29. Lock went deep to Jeudy for 43 yards. Lock hit Albert Okwuegbunam for a 9 yard touchdown. With 11:42 left in regulation, the Broncos were within 24-17.

After a touchback, Herbert hit Williams for 16. On 3rd and 1 from the Denver 47, Herbert got stopped for no gain. Yet a defensive facemask penalty gave the Chargers 15 yards. On 3rd and 7 from the Denver 29, Herbert threw incomplete. Badgley hit the 47 yard field goal. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Chargers were back up by 2 scores 27-17. Remember, these are the Chargers.

30 seconds later the Broncos were in the end zone again. After a touchback, Lindsay ran for 20 yards and a defensive unnecessary roughness penalty added 15. Lock then went to DaeSean Hamilton for a 40 yard touchdown. Just like that the Broncos were within 27-24. After a touchback the Chargers mounted a 12 play, 60 yard, 5 minute drive. With 3 1/2 minutes left the Chargers had 1st and 10 at the Denver 17. A touchdown would ice the game. Instead an illegal crackajack penalty on the Chargers killed the drive. Badgley hit the 33 yard field goal. With 2 1/2 minutes remaining, the Chargers still led 30-24. Yet the door was not closed. Remember, these are the Chargers.

The Broncos began at their own 19. At the 2 minute warning the Broncos faced 3rd and 1 from their own 28. Melvin Gordon gained 10 against his former team. On 3rd and 8 from their own 40, Lock threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 5 yards and an automatic first down. On 3rd and 5 from the Chargers 29, a completion from Lock to Gordon only gained 4. Yet after further review it was reversed to a 5 yard gain and a 1st down. With 7 seconds left, it all came down to 4th and 4 from the Chargers 18. Lock threw incomplete. Yet remember, these are the Chargers. Defensive pass interference meant one untimed down from the one yard line. One play. One yard. Lock went KJ Hamler for the touchdown. Naturally, McManus hit the extra point for the win. Vic Fangio’s team is resilient while Anthony Lynn has seen his team blow three 17+ point leads in the same season. For 31 teams that would be a shocker. Remember, these are the Chargers. 31-30 Broncos

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks — The Seahawks lost a stunner last week at home in overtime against Arizona. No longer unbeaten, they were determined to take their anger out on an injured 49ers team, and they did. In the first quarter a short field had the 49ers at the Seattle 49. On 3rd and 5 from the Seattle 20, Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted. The Seahawks soon faced 3rd and 8 from their own 16. Russell Wilson went to Bellore for 9 and Tyler Lockett for 12. Moore ran for 13. Wilson went to DK Metcalf for a 46 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good but the 86 yard drive had the Seahawks up 6-0. A touchback and a roughing the passer penalty had the 49ers at their own 40. Garoppolo hit Kendrick Bourne for 9 and Kyle Juszczyk for 13. On 4th and 1 from the Seattle 27, Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it. JaMycal Hasty gained 4. On 3rd and 9 from the Seattle 15, Garoppolo hit Bourne for 10. On 3rd and goal from the one, Hasty ran for the touchdown. The 49ers led 7-6 midway through the second quarter, but after that reality set in.

From their own 19, Wilson hit Lockett for 11 and Metcalf for gains of 15 and 35. Wilson threw a 2 yard touchdown to Metcalf with 3 minutes left in the half to make it 13-7 Seahawks. The Seahawks in the third quarter moved from their own 37. Wilson ran for 21 with defensive holding adding 5. On 3rd and 3 from the 49ers 12, Wilson hit Metcalf for 7. On 3rd and goal from the 2, Wilson hit DeeJay Dallas for the touchdown as the Seahawks led 20-7. The 49ers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Seahawks took over at the 49ers 21. On 3rd and 1 from the 12, Dallas ran for 6. On 3rd and goal at the 6, Wilson hit David Moore for the touchdown. The Seahawks got it back at their own 24. Moore ran for 15 and Wilson hit Metcalf for 14. Jason Myers hit a 48 yard field goal one minute into the fourth quarter. 24 unanswered points had the Seahawks up 30-7. Kyle Shanahan benched Garoppolo, who has still not recovered from his ankle injury early in the year. Nick Mullens did lead a pair of touchdown drives, but Dallas ran for a one yard touchdown on a short field to put the Seahawks up 37-20 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Mullens even led a 3rd touchdown drive, but all that did was make the score look respectable. This game was a blowout. 37-27 Seahawks

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears — Both teams came in well over .500 as the Saints brought the offense and the Bears had the defense. Yet the anemic Chicago offense had few people taking the team seriously. In the first quarter, the Saints moved 55 yards in 12 plays and 7 minutes. They settled for a 38 yes Wil Lutz field goal. The Bears moved 49 yards in 12 plays and 7 minutes. They settled for a 44 yard Cairo Santos 44 yard field goal for a 3-3 game. In the second quarter the Saints moved 79 yards but Lutz doinked a 27 yard field goal try off the upright no good. After 20 minutes of incredibly dull football, the game actually turned interesting.

On 2d and 5 from their own 25, Nick Foles went deep to Mooney for 50 yards. Foles then went to Allen Robinson for a 24 yard touchdown to make it 10-3 Bears. The Bears got it back and faced 3rd and 1 from their own 48. Montgomery ran for a 38 yard gain. On 3rd and 7 from the Saints 11, Foles threw incomplete. Santos hit the 29 yard field goal. The Bears led 13-3 with 1:40 left in the half, but they could not keep the pinball wizard down.

From his own 32, Brees hit Jared Cook for 11. On 3rd and 13 from his own 40, Brees hit Alvin Kamara for 12. With 34 seconds left in the half, Sean Payton decided to go for it on 4th and 1 from his own 48. The man who kicked an onside kick to start the second half of the Super Bowl still has cojones of steel. Kamara gained 7. With 18 seconds left, the Saints were at the Chicago 29. Brees threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant a 13 yard gain. 12 seconds remained after an incompletion. Brees then went to Cook for the 16 yard touchdown with 3 seconds left as the Saints only trailed 13-10. In the third quarter the Bears punted on 4th and 23 from their own 13. Harris returned the punt 42 yards to the Chicago 16. Yet the Saints wasted the golden opportunity and settled for a 27 yard Lutz field goal and a 13-13 tie. The Bears quickly faced 2nd and 20 from their own 31. Foles was intercepted and the Saints had another short field at the Chicago 39. Again the Saints settled for a 39 yard Lutz field goal to lead 16-13. After both teams turned it over on downs, the Saints took over at their own 36. Brees went to Cook for 11 and Kamara for 13. Brees went to Smith for 9 and to Taysom Hill for  20 yard touchdown. 20 straight points had the Saints up 23-13 with 10 minutes left in regulation.

After a touchback, momentum shifted again. Foles hit Montgomery for 7 and 9, Rob Vinson for 28, and Graham for 11. On 3rd and 12 from the Saints 14, Foles threw incomplete. However, defensive pass interference meant a 13 yard gain and the ball on the one. On 3rd and goal from the 3, Foles hit Darnell Mooney for the touchdown. With 3 1/2 minutes left the Bears were within 23-20. The Bears held on defense and got the ball back at their own 32 with 1:51 left and 2 timeouts. With 1:38 left it came down to 4th and 8 at their own 34. Foles hit Anthony Miller for 11. With 38 seconds left the Bears faced 4th and 2 from the Saints 47. Foles found Robinson again for 7. With 13 seconds left Santos came in for a 51 yard field goal try to tie the game. The kick was good, and this roller coaster game was going to overtime tied 23-23. Both teams punted in overtime and the Saints took over at their own 32 with 3:48 left in the extra session. Brees hit Harris for 6 and Hill ran for 10. Brees went to Smith for 14. Kamara ran for 20. After a delay of game, on 1st and 15 from the Chicago 16, Sean Payton took no chances. Lutz came in for a 35 yard field goal try with 1:36 left. The kick was good and the Saints escaped with the tough road win. 26-23 Saints, OT

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles was the Sunday night game. Both of these awful teams had a chance to be atop the NFC Least with a losing record. Sometimes a pair of bad teams can come together and produce a thrilling game for the ages. This was not that game. In the first quarter Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein hit a 49 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Cowboys. The teams exchanged fumbles. The Eagles took over at their own 17. Scott gained 9, Wentz added 7, Jalen Reagor gained 6 and Scott ran for 7 more. On 3rd and 2 from the Dallas 36, the Cowboys jumped into the neutral zone. On 2nd and 14 from the Dallas 35, Wentz went deep to Fulgham for 32 yards. Wentz went to Reagor for a 3 yard touchdown as the Eagles led 7-3 after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Eagles had a fumble, an interception and turned it over on downs. Zuerlein hit another 49 yard field goal and ended the half by leveling a 59 yard field goal as the Cowboys led 9-7 at halftime. Inspired by Zuerlein, the Cowboys took the second half off. The third quarter was even uglier. The Eagles suffered an interception. The Cowboys missed a field goal. Wentz capped a 58 yard drive with a 9 yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 3 to Fulgham. Wentz hit Reagor for the 2 point conversion to make it 15-9 Eagles. In the fourth quarter the Cowboys turned it over on downs. Dallas got it back and moved from their 25 to a 3rd and 6 at the Philly 21 with 5:18 to play. Third string rookie quarterback DiNucci was hit and fumbled. Rodney McLeod returned the fumble 53 yards for the clinching touchdown. The Eagles defense added a safety for good measure. The tape of this game should be burned, never to see the light of day. 23-9 Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants was the Monday night game. The 5-2 Buccaneers were expected to roll over a Giants team with one 1-point win preventing them from being the Jets. Again, cue ESPN uber-announcer Chris Berman: “THAT’s why they PLAY the GAMES!” The Buccaneers moved from their own 25 on an 11 play, 57 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. Yet on 3rd and 5 from the Giants 18, Tom Brady threw incomplete. Ryan Succop hit a 37 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Buccaneers. The Buccaneers got it back and faced 2nd and 8 from their own 12. A short completion was fumbled and the Giants recovered at that spot. On 3rd and 5 from the 7, Daniel Jones hit Dion Lewis for the touchdown as the Giants led 7-3. The Giants defense played inspired and with 5 minutes left in the half the Giants took over at their own 23. Jones hit Slayton for 14. Wayne Gallman gained 17. Jones hit Slayton and Shepard for a pair of 11 yard gains. Jones hit Evan Engram for 12 down to the 2. Gallman got in. With 1:46 left in the half the Giants were winning a stunner 14-3.

Bruce Arians is known for a high-flying offense but his weapons on this night were struggling. With 20 seconds left in the half on 3rd and 2 from the Giants 23, a completion gained only one yard. Succop hit from 40 as the Buccaneers trailed 14-6 at halftime. In the third quarter Jones was quickly intercepted to give the ball to the Buccaneers at their own 42. Yet on 3rd and 3 from the Giants 24, Brady threw incomplete. Succop hit from 43 as the Buccaneers were within 14-9. The Buccaneers got it back again at their own 33. Leonard Fournette ran for a pair of 7 yard gains. Brady went to Rob Gronkowski for 16 and Mike Evans for 20Defensive pass interference on the next pass added 14 down to the 3. Brady hit Gronk for the touchdown. The 2 point try failed but the Buccaneers led 15-14 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter.

The Giants soon faced 2nd and 16 fro their own 23. Jones hit Shepard for 15. Pn 3rd and 1 Jones hit Engram for 4. Jones went to Slayton for 11 and deep to Engram for 30. Offensive holding killed the drive. Graham Gano hit the 33 yard field goal as the Giants led 17-15 after three quarters in search of a monumental upset. A short 33 yard punt gave the Giants the ball at their own 43. With 12 minutes left the Giants had 2nd and 5 at their own 34. Jones was intercepted at that spot. On 3rd and 4 from his own 40, Brady hit Mickens for 8. On 1st and 20 from his own 38, Brady hit Johnson for exactly that. Brady then went to Cameron Brate for 25 and then to Mike Evans for the 8 yard touchdown. With 9 minutes left, the Buccaneers led 22-17.

The Buccaneers got it back at their own 33 and moved to a 3rd and 1 at the Giants 20. A touchdown would put the game away. Fournette got stopped. On 4th and 1, a clearly visibly upset Brady had to accept that Bruce Arians opted for the field goal. He trusted his defense, and nobody thought Jones would lead a comeback. Succop hit from 38 as the Buccaneers led by 8 with 3:40 left. On 4th and 5 from his own 35 with 2:50 left, Jones scrambled for his life and threw an off target ball that was somehow caught by Slayton for a 12 yard gain. With 1:25 left the Giants had 4th and 16 just past midfield. Jones found Shepard for 20. On 2nd and 10 from the Tampa Bay 19, Jones threw to the end zone and Tate made a leaping catch for the touchdown. Brady looked on in disgust. The Giants were a 2 point conversion away from a miracle. Jones threw incomplete. Defensive pass interference was called, but after a lengthy officials meeting, they ruled there was no penalty. Then the onside kick failed. The Giants were game, but lost again to fall to 1-7. The Buccaneers certainly did not play their best football, but they are 6-2 without apologies. 25-23 Buccaneers