Rams dominate the Patriots on Thursday Night
The Rams defence got the best of Cam Newton and the Patriots in this game as they were able to completely stifle them throughout the game. Newton only threw for 119 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during their 24-3 loss. The loss hurts the Patriots chances of making the postseason, putting them down to 6-7 on the year while the Rams continue their bid for first place in the division at 9-4.
Vikings inability to make a field goal costs them the game against the Buccaneers
The Vikings kicker Dan Bailey went 0-3 on field goal attempts along with a missed extra point during their 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers. Minnesota was able to march down the field on almost every single drive and would have been in prime position to win the game if it weren’t for the missed field goals. Tampa Bay squeaked away with a victory here but wasn’t able to hold the ball for that long at all as the Vikings completely dominated the time of possession throughout the ball game. Minnesota drops to 6-7 on the year while the Buccaneers maintain playoff position at 8-5.
Cardinals stifle the Giants
This game ended up being a very low scoring affair with neither team really getting a groove going throughout the ball game. Kyler Murray threw for 244 yards and a touchdown, but their true success was in the ground game, totalling 159 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Giants fumbled the ball FIVE times in this game. It was so bad that Daniel Jones was benched in the fourth quarter in favour of Colt McCoy. The loss kicks the Giants out of the current playoff standings at 5-8 while the Cardinals tighten their grip on that last seed at 7-6.
Chiefs barely defeat Dolphins in one of the best games of the week
The Dolphins defence proved that they are a legit threat in this league after intercepting Patrick Mahomes three times throughout the game. Mahomes had only thrown two interceptions all season long up to that point. Miami jumped out to a big lead early on in the game but allowed Kansas City to score 21 unanswered points to get back in front. The Chiefs then went for it on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining and picked it up, sealing their 33-27 victory and moving them into sole possession of first place in the AFC at 12-1. The Dolphins slip down the rankings a small bit but remain in the playoff picture at 8-5.
Derrick Henry steamrolls the Jaguars
Much like we have seen all season long, Henry stomped on this young Jaguars team. Rushing for 215 yards and two touchdowns in what has turned out to be a normal day at the office for him. The Titans were also able to harass Mike Glennon throughout the game so much that he was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Gardner Minshew. This win keeps the Titans in position to take the division at 9-4 on the year while the Jaguars look forward to their top draft pick at 1-12.
The Cowboys dominate the Bengals
This was a headline I wasn’t expecting to see this week. Andy Dalton threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns without an interception en route to their 30-7 win over the struggling Bengals. Cincinnati was putting up great efforts’ week after week with Joe Burrow starting at quarterback but ever since his injury, this team seems lost. Brandon Allen has not played well whatsoever in his time as the starter as this team just hope their star young quarterback is able to recover. Dallas somehow keeps themselves alive in the playoff race at 4-9 while the Bengals drop to 2-10-1.
Chicago breaks losing streak and stomps on the Texans
After jumping out to their 5-1 start the Bears found themselves at 5-6 heading into this matchup. They were able to get some of their momentum back with their 36-7 win over the Houston Texans this week though. Mitchell Trubisky looked like his old self again with three touchdowns and 267 yards through the air. Their defence was also able to smother Deshaun Watson throughout the game. It was a huge win for a Chicago team fighting for a postseason spot as they move up to 6-7 on the season while the Texans drop to 4-9 on the year with a top draft pick calling their name.
Drew Lock leads the Broncos to a big win over the Panthers
There has been a ton of controversy over Lock’s ability to lead this team after multiple bad outings this season. He silenced the doubters this week with 280 passing yards, four touchdowns and not one interception. He lit up a talented Panthers defence that has been playing very well this season despite their inexperience. After this huge 32-27 victory, the Broncos move up to 5-8 on the season while the Panthers drop down to 4-9.
Colts decimate the Raiders on the road
The Colts have been taking their performances to new heights in the past few weeks, with this big victory over the Raiders being an example of that. Philip Rivers was able to pass for 244 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while their rushing attack had taken 31 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns. It was an all-around excellent victory for a Colts team that remains in first place in their division at 9-4. For the Raiders, they have had multiple bad games in a row now despite barely winning their last game against the Jets, they fall to 7-6 on the year and on the verge of being eliminated from postseason contention.
The Jets remain winless after big loss in Seattle
This Jets team is one of the worst teams in NFL history. They were stomped by the Seahawks 40-3 in this game despite facing the 31st ranked defence in the league. Sam Darnold was only able to throw for 132 yards in this contest and no interceptions although a number of Seahawks defenders dropped what would have been interceptions. On the other side of the ball, Russell Wilson was able to do whatever he wanted, dishing it out to every receiver on the lineup. Seattle moves up to 9-4 on the season while the Jets keep their sights fixated on the number one selection in the draft at 0-13.
Washington scores multiple defensive touchdowns in win over 49ers
Washington was able to walk away with a win here despite having 108 total passing yards in this game. It was their defence that got the job done yet again for this team as they got two defensive touchdowns for the first time since 1997. It was a decent game for them while the 49ers really just beat themselves in this game. They did some good things in this matchup, but nothing really stood out for this injury-riddled team. The 49ers fall to 5-8 and are almost eliminated from the postseason while the Football Team moves up to 6-7 after this 23-15 win.
Chargers beat Falcons on a game-winning field goal as time expires
The battle between these two teams ended up being low scoring, as the Chargers barely squeaked away with this big 20-17 win. Matt Ryan didn’t help his teams’ case this week as he threw for three interceptions while Herbert added an interception of his own in a very sloppy game. Los Angeles gets a win here to move up to 4-9 on the year while the Falcons drop down to 4-9. This game has no playoff implications, but it was a good morale boost for the Chargers.
Packers get the best of the Lions for the second time this season
It is really difficult to stop Aaron Rodgers, especially when he starts getting comfortable in the pocket. That is exactly what happened in this matchup as he threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while adding on a rushing touchdown. Those four scores helped them take this 31-24 victory over their division rivals. The Lions had played very well throughout the game but the talent difference between these two teams is really what put them behind in this matchup. Detroit falls down to 5-8 on the season while the Packers take over the number one seed in the NFC at 10-3.
Jalen Hurts leads Eagles to upset win over Saints
After not allowing a single player to rush for over 100 yards in 56 straight games, the Saints allowed two this week as both Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts ran for over 100 yards. Hurts added something new to this struggling offence that the Eagles have not had all season long. For the Saints, they looked caught off guard at some of the things that Hurts was doing on the offensive side of the ball and struggled with Taysom Hill under centre. It was just a small setback for a Saints team that still sits at 10-3 on the year while the Eagles continue to fight for a playoff spot at 4-8-1.
Buffalo hands Pittsburgh back to back losses
Pittsburgh has now lost two straight games after starting the year off 11-0. They had a lot of the same problems that they faced last week with their wide receivers and tight ends dropping easy passes on drives that are rolling. Their defence did all they could against a Josh Allen and this talented Bills offence but was just unable to hold them for the entire game. Neither team was able to get much success on the offensive end until the Bills were able to get a pick-six off of a Ben Roethlisberger pass right before the end of the first half. Pittsburgh drops to the number two seed in the AFC at 11-1 while the Bills move up to 10-3 on the season.
Baltimore tops Cleveland in possibly the game of the year
It was a fantastic day offensively for both teams in this matchup as there were nine rushing touchdowns between both teams. That said a record that no team had accomplished since 1922. Baltimore found themselves down one point with Lamar Jackson in the locker room on third down. Backup quarterback Trace McSorley got hurt, Jackson flew back onto the field and the Ravens scored a touchdown on that fourth down. Cleveland marched back down and scored only to have the Ravens kick a field goal as with about two seconds remaining. The loss hurts the Browns chances of winning the division, but they remain in the playoffs right now at 9-4 while the Ravens move up to 8-5 after this much-needed victory.