Raiders 30, Buccaneers 24 OT— Oakland is 5-0 on road for first time since 1977; all five of their wins are east of Mississippi- they outgained Tampa Bay 626-270 in a game that went OT, but Raiders set an NFL record with 23 penalties for 200 yards. Jameis Winston has regressed; he was not an accurate passer in this game.
Redskins 27, Bengals 27 OT— Second tie in two weeks; Washington was awful in red zone (4 trips, 10 points), missed a 34-yard walk-off FG in OT. Cousins threw for 458 yards, but Redskins had 106 penalty yards in game where teams combined to convert 16 of 32 on third down. Cincy had 35 first downs, Washington 30.
Titans 36, Jaguars 22— I’m not sure how Jax coach Bradley still has a job after this debacle on Thursday, but he does. Jaguars fired the OC instead. When the sideline reporter asks you at halftime, “Do you think your team has quit on you?” it is a pretty good indication you should lose your job, but Bradley is still employed. What a country.
Texans 20, Lions 13— Sometimes life is simple; Houston is 5-0 at home, 0-3 on the road. Texans had a 17-yard edge in field position in this game- teams like that very seldom lose. In a domed stadium, neither team gained 300 yards, which is odd. All eight tDetroit games have been decided by 7 or less points.
Saints 25, Seahawks 20— Seattle’s offense is banged-up; when you score only one offensive TD against the Saints, thats a huge red flag. New Orleans won three of last four games, is 5-1 vs spread in last six. Russell Wilson ran ball three times for 11 yards; until those numbers get better, Seattle is off-limits for me. Wilson’s mobility makes him great.
Patriots 41, Bills 25— Brady’s four games this year: W33-13, W35-17, W27-16, W41-25. Yards per pass in those games: 9.6, 9.4, 8.5, 7.5.
There were 129 offensive plays in this game and 22 accepted penalties for 200 yards, In the TCU-Texas Tech game Saturday, there were 175 offensive plays, with 5 accepted penalties for 35 yards. NFL is terribly over-officiated; no one pays to watch men in striped shirts throw flags.
Jets 31, Browns 28— Cleveland led 20-7 at the half, but they’ve now been outscored 131-51 in second half of games. Browns hired a “genius” from Harvard to run their front office, same guy who was Billy Beane’s right-hand guy for a while with the Oakland A’s (Jonah Hill’s character in Moneyball). Browns are 0-8; wonder what Hue Jackson thinks of his boss, the genius, the guy who gets him players?
Chiefs 30, Colts 14— Nick Foles came on in relief of a banged-up Alex Smith, was 16-22/223 in his first significant action as a Chief. As a Ram fan, I’m happy for Foles, who got a raw deal from the Rams- when protected, he is pretty good. KC was +2 in turnovers in this game; since Week 2, NFL teams that are +2 or better in turnovers are 36-3.
Panthers 30, Cardinals 20— Eight sacks for Carolina in this game; have to be worried for the Arizona offense- they outgained Seattle 443-257 last week, but tied 6-6. Cardinals ran ball only 10 times for 24 yards- no balance. This game was 24-7 at the half. NFC West teams are 5-11 vs spread in non-divisional games this season.
Falcons 33, Packers 32— Dan Quinn has coached 24 games for Atlanta; underdogs are 20-3 vs spread in those games (one game at Tampa LY was pick ‘em). Over is 7-1 in Falcon games this year, because a) their defense sucks and b) they’ve got a good passing game and they play home games in a dome. For three of four Packers who caught a TD pass in this game, it was their first career TD catch.
Broncos 27, Chargers 19— This has been a weird week; in first 10 games of the week other than this one, there were a total of 15 turnovers in 10 games- not many. In this game, both teams turned ball over three times, with each team scoring on a pick-6. Denver DC Wade Phillips (age 69) was taken to hospital after a sideline collision in second quarter- looked like his head hit the ground after the collision. Obviously, we hope he is feeling better.
Cowboys 29, Eagles 23 OT– Second year in row these divisional rivals played OT in Dallas; this time Cowboys won in battle of rookie QB’s. One thing that stands out from stats; Dallas had six plays of 20+ yards, Eagles had none. Philly has now lost three of last four games after a 3-0 start, with five offensive TDs in last four games.
Cubs 3, Indians 2– FOX and ticket scalpers in Cleveland are happy with this score- Game 6 is Tuesday in Cleveland. One thing puzzles me; why do so many famous people root for the Cubs? Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, Joe Mantegna, Vince Vaughn, Bob Newhart. There don’t seem to be many famous Indian fans.