The Atlanta Falcons prove to be too much for the Carolina Panthers
It was a low scoring game all the way through, but the Falcons were able to overcome the Panthers despite losing Calvin Ridley in the first half. Although they did benefit after Teddy Bridgewater missed time with a scary neck injury. He did return but it was already too late as the Falcons won 25-17.
The Pittsburgh Steelers remain perfect after win over the Baltimore Ravens
The Steelers continue to prove that they are a powerhouse in the AFC. That was on display this week after a 28-24 victory over Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a game that came down to the wire. Pittsburgh now moves to 7-0 and two games ahead of the Ravens in the battle for the AFC North.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins get a big win against the Los Angeles Rams
It was the first start of Tagovailoa’s young career, and he didn’t have a terrific outing. Throwing for under 100 total yards but he was able to manage a touchdown pass in the first half. However, it was the Miami defence that won them this game as they were able to intercept Jared Goff twice and force him to fumble twice.
Miami also scored points on special teams, as Jakeem Grant was able to return a punt for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Everything was clicking for the Dolphins as they took a 28-17 victory.
The Kansas City Chiefs blow out the New York Jets
In a game that saw Patrick Mahomes throw four touchdown passes, the Chiefs absolutely obliterated the Jets in this one, winning 35-9 and forcing a shutout in the second half. At one point, the Jets were lining up for a field goal in the closing seconds of the first half that would have made the score 12-21, but the kick was eventually blocked. They then failed to put up any points or even get themselves into scoring position after that.
The loss drops the Jets to 0-8 on the season while the Chiefs move up to 7-1.
The Green Bay Packers get stunned at home by the Minnesota Vikings
Despite being the clear favourites in the matchup, Green Bay just couldn’t contain Dalvin Cook. Cook ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns while adding on two receptions for 63 yards and another touchdown. He has now become the third player in Minnesota history to score four-plus touchdowns in a single game. This led the Vikings to their big 28-22 win over the Packers, as they improve to 2-5 while Green Bay falls to 5-2.
The Indianapolis Colts demolish the Detroit Lions
Detroit had no answers for Philip Rivers and the Colts in this game, as they were able to put up points in bunches en route to their 41-21 victory. Rivers threw for 262 yards to go along with three touchdown passes but it was their defence that did the heavy lifting in this matchup. Picking up five sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. It was a bad day for Lions fans as they get dropped down to 3-4 on the season. Meanwhile, the Colts keep their hopes of winning the division alive by improving to 5-2.
Las Vegas Raiders get a gritty win over the Cleveland Browns
In a game that had very little offensive highlights, the Raiders young running back
Josh Jacobs was able to deliver an incredible performance to lift his team to a 16-6 victory in bad weather with winds reaching 30mph. Jacobs took 31 carries and turned them into 128 yards but was unfortunately held without a touchdown as there was only one of them scored throughout the game.
For Cleveland, they drop consecutive games to bring their record to 5-3 on the year. While the Raiders keep their playoff hopes alive with a win, going to 4-3.
The Cincinnati Bengals upset the Tennessee Titans 31-20
After starting out 5-0 on the year, the Titans have now dropped their last two games with each of them coming at the hands of AFC North teams. They got great production out of Derrick Henry yet again but were unable to stop Joe Burrow and this inconsistent Bengals offence. Burrow threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns while Giovani Bernard ran for 62 yards and a touchdown. Bernard also hauled in a receiving touchdown, as he led the charge for a Bengals team that was missing Joe Mixon.
Cam Newton loses the game for the Patriots as they fall to the Buffalo Bills
While Newton played well throughout the game, he fumbled the ball inside the Bills redzone down three points while the clock was winding down. Buffalo ended up recovering that fumble and kneeling the clock out, handing the Patriots their fourth straight loss for the first time since 2002. Meanwhile, the Bills survive a poor outing from Josh Allen to improve their record to 6-2 and keep themselves at the top of their division.
The Denver Broncos pull off an outstanding comeback over the Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were leading this game by 21 points in the second half but were unfortunately unable to come away with the victory. Denver had been putting together a come back throughout the entire second half and were just about to fall short before a pass interference call was made against the Chargers, placing the ball at the Chargers one-yard line and putting one second on the clock. The Broncos were then able to score a touchdown in the last play of the game to eventually give them the 31-
30 victory and their fourth win against the Chargers in their last five matchups.
The San Francisco 49ers cannot catch a break as they fall to the Seattle Seahawks 37-27
The 49ers continue to be plagued by the injury bug this season as they lost Jimmy Garoppolo to another ankle injury. To make matters worse, they also lost their superstar tight end George Kittle with a broken foot, sidelining him for the next six to eight weeks. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf just keep on getting better. Metcalf hauled in 12 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns, once again proving that he is near impossible to defend.
The New Orleans Saints win an overtime nail biter against the Chicago Bears
Alvin Kamara proves yet again that he is more than capable of making up for the Saints loss of Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. He picked up 67 yards on the ground while adding 96 yards through the air, leading them to a 26-23 victory. On the other hand, Chicago was able to jump out to an early 10-point lead but ended up falling behind quickly as the Saints offence started to click. The Bears also had a shot to end the game in overtime but failed to get into field goal position, punting back to New Orleans as they went on to kick the game-winning field goal. The win moves the Saints to 5-2 while Chicago falls to 5-3.
The Dallas Cowboys continue to struggle without Dak Prescott, they lose to the Philadelphia Eagles 23-9
Dallas was without their backup quarterback Andy Dalton for this game as he was injured in their last matchup which meant that 7th round pick Ben DiNucci got the start in this game. While he still has some potential, none of that was on display in this game. He barely completed 50% of his passes and didn’t even total 200 passing yards. They also fumbled twice throughout the game which gave the Eagles more than enough time to carve up the Cowboys atrocious defence. Shockingly, each of these teams has a real shot at making the postseason despite their combined record of 5-10-1.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely escape a close game against the New York Giants
While everybody assumed that Tom Brady and the Buccaneers would blow out the Giants, the Giants kept the game close all the way through. New York even held the lead for a substantial amount of time before eventually losing 25-23 after a controversial two-point conversion failed. The loss now gives the Giants their third 1-7 start in the last four seasons, while the Buccaneers move up to 6-2.