Chargers pick up an overtime victory over Raiders
Led by three touchdowns from Justin Herbert, the Chargers were able to get the best of their division rivals in this Thursday night showdown. The Raiders had gotten the ball first in overtime and kicked a field goal but were unable to hold down this explosive offence that was even missing Keenan Allen for the majority of the game. The win doesn’t affect the Chargers playoff hopes as they are eliminated from contention at 5-9 but it badly hurts the Raiders hopes of the postseason, falling to 7-7.
Buffalo keeps on rolling after big win over Denver
After this dominating 48-19 victory over the Denver Broncos, the Bills were able to clinch first place in the AFC East for the first time since the year 1995. Josh Allen further cemented his place in the MVP race with another fantastic performance through the air while their defence was able to completely stifle Drew Lock and this inconsistent Denver offence that is badly missing Courtland Sutton. With the win, Buffalo moved up to 11-3 on the year and into the second seed in the AFC while the Broncos drop to 5-9 on the year and out of the playoff race.
Green Bay handles the struggling the Panthers 24-16
Almost all of the action in this game came in the first half. The score was 21-3 entering the half with the Packers looking to blow out this young and inexperienced football team until the Carolina defence put their foot in the ground and made a statement. Holding Aaron Rodgers to only 143 passing yards and only three points in the entire second half. Carolina had a shot to win it at the end but was unable to come away with the miracle ending, giving the Packers yet another win. Green Bay is now in sole possession of first place in the NFC at 11-3 while the Panthers dropped out of the race a few weeks ago at 4-10.
Cowboys fend off 49ers in shootout victory
A 41-33 final for this game was definitely not expected heading into the weekend. Andy Dalton led the way for the Cowboys, throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns while Nick Mullens got himself benched towards the end of the game for the 49ers. C.J. Beathard found himself closing out the game but was only able to put up 100 yards and a touchdown before the game came to a close. The win keeps Dallas alive in the playoff race at 5-9 (somehow) while the 49ers are looking for the exit door at 5-9 due to them being in last place in their division.
Seattle earns a playoff spot after win over Washington
It was another disappointing offensive day for the Russell Wilson led Seahawks after starting the year out as one of the best offences in the NFL. Wilson only threw for 121 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Dwayne Haskins put up 295 yards and a touchdown to go with his two interceptions. Washington gave themselves a shot to win it at the end, but Haskins was unable to lead a scoring drive which sealed the victory for the Seahawks. Seattle now tightens their grip on first place in their division at 10-4. On the other hand, Washington somehow finds themselves in first place in their division at 6-8.
The Bears get revenge on the Vikings
Ever since Chicago changed their play-calling duties, David Montgomery has turned himself into a top running back in the NFL. He continued his hot streak into this game as he took 32 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns en route to the teams 33-27 victory over their division rivals. Obviously, Dalvin Cook did his thing with 132 yards and a touchdown himself, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago has control of this game from the start. Minnesota is now on the brink of elimination at 6-8 while the Bears keep their fantasies alive at 7-7.
Dolphins eliminate Patriots from playoff contention
The Dolphins were finally able to get some revenge on the team that has bullied them the past few years. They were able to defeat the New England Patriots 22-12 this weekend which eliminated them from the postseason this year for the first time since 2008. Tua Tagovailoa had another decent game with two rushing touchdowns and 145 passing yards with an interception. Nevertheless, it got his team the victory which keeps them in the playoff seeding for now at 9-5. New England finds themselves at 6-8 with the hopes of ending the year on a good note.
Baltimore stomps on the Jaguars
Lamar Jackson scored four touchdowns in the Ravens 40-14 win over one of the worst teams in the league. Nothing went right for the Jaguars as they even lost their star running back James Robinson for the last quarter of the game due to an ankle injury. Baltimore was winning by so much that their backups came in during the fourth quarter and they were still able to generate success on offence. Baltimore finds themselves on the outside looking in at 9-5 while Jacksonville looks for that number one overall pick at 1-13.
Buccaneers rally back to defeat Falcons
The Falcons continue to lose game after leading by large amounts. They were winning 17-0 at halftime against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers only to end up losing 31-27 in the game. Brady threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns in the matchup while Matt Ryan battled that as best as he could with 356 yards and three touchdowns. Tampa Bay moves up the ranks a small bit in the NFC at 9-5 while the Falcons have already been eliminated and fall to 4-10.
The Titans blow out the Lions
In a game that saw Matthew Stafford exit the game with an injury, this game was dominated entirely by the Titans. Ryan Tannehill was able to throw for 273 and three touchdowns without an interception while adding on two rushing touchdowns en route to their 46-25 win. The win puts the Titans at 10-4 on the year with the team reaching 10 wins for the first time since 2008. Meanwhile, the Lions look towards the NFL draft after falling to 5-9.
Colts squeak out another victory over Texans
Somehow, the Texans found a way to lose in the exact same heartbreaking way that they did earlier in the year against the Colts. With under two minutes left, Houston was driving down the field and found themselves in the red zone. Deshaun Watson delivered a strike to Keke Coutee but he ended up fumbling at the one-yard line. Indianapolis recovered the fumble and kneeled the clock out to win their 10th game of the season while the Texans dropped to 4-10.
Kyler Murray outduels Jalen Hurts in exciting battle
It is safe to say that Jalen Hurts has cemented his role as the starting quarterback after another fantastic game. Hurts threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions while adding on a rushing touchdown during the Eagles 33-26 loss. Hurts just wasn’t able to defeat Murray as he threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns with a rushing touchdown himself. It was an insane game filled with big plays and was just a glimpse of what is to come with these two young quarterbacks. Arizona holds onto the last seed in the NFC for a little while longer as they go to 8-6 on the year while the Eagles playoff hopes start to diminish at 4-9-1.
New York Jets get their first win of the season
Arguably the most shocking game of the season, the Jets were able to pull off an incredible upset over the playoff-bound Los Angeles Rams. New York was able to jump out to a hot 13-0 start and was then able to close out the 23-20 victory over the Rams. The Jets showed a lot of heart out there this weekend as they were clearly looking to win a ball game this year. However, many fans were upset with the win as they drop to the number two overall pick in the draft. Regardless, the 1-13 Jets will get a top pick in the NFL while the Rams continue to battle for playoff position at 9-5.
Chiefs defeat Saints in possible Super Bowl preview
This was one of the best games of the week as each of these teams put up great efforts in the Chiefs 32-29 victory over the Saints. Mahomes threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns while Drew Brees threw for 234 and three touchdowns along with an interception. Each defence was able to show that they could keep up with anybody and it was a perfect chess match between two of the top teams in the league. In the
end, the Chiefs held on after watching their 14-0 start disappear as they move up to 13-1 on the year. New Orleans drops to 10-4 and now has a two-game losing streak.
Browns grind out tough win over Giants
Led by Baker Mayfield’s 297 passing yards and two touchdowns, the Browns were able to pick up another win as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. They were also able to get some good production out of their star running backs with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt having good days. Meanwhile, the Giants couldn’t get any type of offence going without Daniel Jones during their 20-6 loss. The win keeps Cleveland in the playoff picture at 10-4 while the Giants hopes of making the postseason start to shrink at 5-9.
Bengals extend the Steelers losing streak to three
It was a terrible night for the Steelers all the way through. They were down 17-0 at the end of the first half as the Bengals never looked back. They played fast and strong despite being on their third-string quarterback with Joe Burrow and Brandon Allen both out for the game. The Steelers have now lost their past three games after an 11-0 start to the year and will now have some questions to answer heading into the last two games of the season. Pittsburgh sits at 11-3 on the year while the Bengals are already out of the playoffs at 3-10-1.