Giants 17, Rams 10— Lackluster game for both sides; both TD drives were 35 yards long, after turnovers. Giants also scored on a pick-6 and had two INTs in end zone. Time for Los Angeles to play rookie QB Goff; they’re not making the playoffs this year, let him get his feet wet so that next year he can hit the ground running.
Eagles 21, Vikings 10— First game in NFL history with an 11-3 halftime score. There were turnovers on five consecutive possessions in this game- very sloppy— first time since 2005 that happened. Both teams coughed ball up four times in the game. Vikings were last unbeaten team in NFL; they had turned ball over only once all season (+11). Eagles ran a kick back for a TD for the second week in a row, but they’ve scored only one offensive TD in last two games.
Chiefs 27, Saints 21— Just second game in NFL this year (Atl-Oak, Wk 2) where neither team went 3-and-out. Saints were 9-14 on 3rd down, outgained KC 463-326 but were -2 in turnovers, including a pick-6. New Orleans covered four of last five games. Chiefs are +9 in turnovers in their last four games.
Lions 20, Redskins 17— Every Detroit game has been decided by 7 or less points; their four home games were decided by total of 9 points. Washington scored with 1:05 left to take lead, before Stafford drove Lions 75 yards in six plays to win game with 0:16 left. Detroit won its last three games (all at home); Redskins had their 4-game win streak snapped here.
Bengals 31, Browns 17— Cleveland (0-7) has played seven games, used six different QBs, first NFL team to do that since 1976 Buccaneers, who were an 0-16 expansion team (Steve Spurrier was one of the QBs). Bengals ran ball for 271 yards, outgained Browns 559-352; not often an NFL team gains 559 yards.
Dolphins 28, Bills 25— Miami ran ball for 256 yards here, after running it for 222 yards in win over the Steelers last week- they had averaged 72.4 yards/game on ground in five games before that. Buffalo plays New England/Seattle the next two weeks, so their 4-2 start could be a distant memory unless they can at least split that pair.
Raiders 33, Jaguars 16— Decisive win for Oakland team that was +3 in turnovers, 8-18 on third down and ran ball for 144 yards in flagfest where both sides had 115+ penalty yards. Raiders are east of Mississippi for 5th time in eight games next week (@ Tampa); at 5-2, they’re a legit threat to make playoffs for first time since 2002, when they lost the Super Bowl.
Colts 34, Titans 26— Indy pulled off a surprise onside kick when they led 14-6; that doesn’t count as a turnover but it should. Colts have now beaten the Titans 10 games in a row, five in a row here. If Houston loses in Denver tonight, they’ll be in first place at 4-3, with these two a game behind and Jaguars 2-4. Luck threw for 353 yards as Indy bounced back from loss to the Texans last week.
Jets 24, Ravens 16— Baltimore started season 3-0, have now lost four games in row; all seven of their games were decided by 8 or less points. Geno Smith got hurt, so Fitzpatrick wound up back on field, was 9-14 for 120 yards, leading three scoring drives. If you’re the Ravens and you fire your offensive coordinator, replacing him with Marty Mornhinweg is the best you can do?
Chargers 33, Falcons 30 OT— San Diego fights like hell every week; they were down 27-10 on road here, rallied to win in OT, when Falcons went for it on 4th-and-2 from their own 43 or so in OT. Chargers are 5-2 vs spread this year, 4-1 as an underdog- they scored 31+ points in four of last six games. Addition of rookie DL Bosa has bolstered their defense.
Buccaneers 33, 49ers 17— Niners had 14-0 leads in three of their seven games, but have not won since their season opener. Tampa Bay ran for 249 yards here, outgained SF 513-273 in what turned into a severe beating. Bucs were +2 in turnovers; teams that were +2 or better in turnovers are 37-6 this season, 36-3 since Week 2.
Patriots 27, Steelers 16— Bye comes at right time for Pittsburgh- they play Ravens/Browns in two of first three games after the bye, so Big Ben’s injury shouldn’t hurt them too much. New England actually has a revenge game next week, when they visit the Bills in Orchard Park, in the first rematch of the NFL season.
Seahawks 6, Cardinals 6– Epic gag job by both kickers in OT; both kicks were less than 30 yards, either would’ve won the game. Seattle leads in NFC West, so doesn’t hurt them as much. Until Russell Wilson starts running around again, Seahawks are ordinary- two divisional road games, no TDs- they lost 9-3 in Los Angeles in Week 2