Chargers 33, Steelers 30— Pittsburgh led 23-7 at half; Chargers had ball three times in second half, ran 31 plays for 231 yards for two TD’s and a FG- they also ran a punt back for a TD, and converted 2-point conversions after both TD’s.
Chargers won eight of their last nine games after a 1-2 start; they’re game behind Kansas City- they visit Arrowhead Stadium in Week 15. Bolts are 6-0 outside of Los Angeles. If season ended today, Chargers would be right back here for a Wild Card game.
Steelers lost for second week in row and now leads the Ravens by half-game in AFC North; they still have to play New England and the Saints.
Titans 26, Jets 22— Jets had a pick-6, blocked a punt, blocked a PAT, led 16-0……but lost. Gang Green has now lost six games in a row (1-5 vs spread). Last five times Jets had the ball, they ran 12 plays for 52 yards, 2 first downs, no points. Jets are 0-9 when they score less than 34 points.
There are four teams a game behind Baltimore for the #6-seed in the AFC; Titans are one of them. Tennessee is 4-1 at home this year; since ’16, Titans are 8-4-2 vs spread as a home favorite, 1-1 this season.
Cardinals 20, Packers 17— 14-point underdog Arizona ended lot of Survivor pools with this win; they also ended Mike McCarthy’s tenure as Packers’ coach.
Green Bay missed a 49-yard FG at the gun, as Packers lost for 5th time in last six games. This was the Cardinals’ first win in Wisconsin since 1949- they had lost their last eight visits there. McCarthy was fired before the 4:00 games were over.
Green Bay has only one offensive TD in 2nd half of their last three games. Right now, the Packers would draft after Cleveland; who would’ve expected that this summer? Will be very interested to see who this team hires as their next head coach.
Giants 30, Bears 27 OT— An unusual game:
— Chicago gifted the Giants with a defensive TD 0:38 into the game.
— Bears scored a TD, with a defensive lineman carrying the ball.
— Giants ended the first half by making a 57-yard FG.
— Giants took the lead when a WR threw a 49-yard TD pass.
— Bears were down 10 with 1:30 left, but kicked a FG, recovered an onside kick, then tied the game on a pass by a RB at the gun.
— Giants won in OT; they’ve won three of their last four games.
— Seven of last nine Chicago games, last four New Jersey games went over total.
Jaguars 6, Colts 0— Second NFL game this season without a TD scored; other one was also a Jaguar home game (9-6 loss to Titans). There was another game with no offensive TD’s scored (Jets-Dolphins) but there was a defensive TD in that game.
When this game was scoreless early in 2nd quarter, Colts went for it on 4th down inside Jags’ 5-yard line and got stuffed. Whatever happened to scoring first??? Loss snaps a 5-game Indy win streak, 7-game Jacksonville losing skid; Jaguar QB Kessler gets first win as an NFL starter (1-8) after losing all his starts for Cleveland in ’16.
Buccaneers 24, Panthers 17— Carolina loses its 4th game in row; they have one takeaway in those four games. Newton threw four INTs in this game. Panthers are 1-5 on road this year, and they were down 17-0 in third quarter in the game they won. Carolina is still only game out of second Wild Card spot, if Redskins lose Monday night.
First time in 10 years this season series was split; Buccaneers had 14-yard edge in field position. Bucs have only one giveaway in last two games, after 27 in previous nine games.
Rams 30, Lions 16— Aaron Donald is freakin’ awesome; for second game in row, his strip/sack created an LA TD that put them in commanding position. Rams scored 30 points but watching the game, I felt like Detroit has a good defense; two of Rams’ three TD drives started in Detroit territory. LA beat spread for only second time in last eight games, running ball for 149 yards.
First time since 1979 Rams won NFC West in consecutive seasons. Five of last six Detroit games stayed under the total; Lions had ball in red zone five times, scored only one TD, three FG’s- very hard to beat the Rams scoring only one TD. Rams are now 9-2-1 vs spread in their last 12 post-bye games.
Ravens 26, Falcons 16— Whats happened to Atlanta’s offense? They gained total of only 131 yards in this game, throwing for only 97. Falcons lost last four games, scoring 16-19-17-16 points- their longest play in this game was 17 yards.
Both teams scored one offensive TD and each team scored a defensive TD.
At this point, Baltimore is the #6 seed in the AFC, but is only half-game out of first place in AFC North; Lamar Jackson is now 3-0 as an NFL starter; will Joe Flacco get traded this winter?
Texans 29, Browns 13— Houston won its last nine games after starting season 0-3; they’re 17-10-1 vs spread in last 28 games as a home favorite, and covered five of last six tilts overall.
Cleveland turned ball over four times (-4), after having four giveaways total in their previous five games. Since ’15, Cleveland is 10-19-1 as road underdogs, 2-3-1 this year. Browns outgained Houston in this game while running 22 fewer plays (74-52), but when you’re -4 in turnovers, you lose just about all the time.
Dolphins 21, Bills 17— Buffalo outgained Dolphins 415-175 but lost; they turned ball over three times (-2). Miami is 4-0 when it allows 20 or fewer points, 1-6 when they allow more. Dolphins are still struggling on 3rd down; they’ve converted just 17 of last 63 3rd down plays.
Dolphins are 5-1 at home this season; last two years, Fish are 3-0-2 as home favorites, 2-0-1 this season. Buffalo ran ball for 212-167-198 yards in its last three games. Under is 3-0-1 in Miami’s last four games.
Broncos 24, Bengals 10— I’m told that quarterback is an important position, and it doesn’t look like Cincinnati has one, with Andy Dalton injured. Denver ran ball for 218 yards, had 10-yard edge in field position, sending Bengals to sixth loss in their last seven games. Last four years, Broncos are 9-4-1 as road favorites, 2-0 this year. Last five Denver games stayed under total.
Chiefs 40, Raiders 33— KC stayed game ahead of Chargers in AFC West; they recovered three fumbles by Oakland, were +2 in turnovers’ and scored 40 points in a game where their game plan was screwed up by Kareem Hunt’s suspension late in week.
Oakland lost seven of its last eight games (2-6 vs spread); they’re 1-4 at home, with losses by 20-14-14-7 points. Raiders are 4-8-1 in last dozen games as a home underdog, 1-3 this season. Imagine how bad they’d be doing if they weren’t paying their coach $10M a year?
Patriots 24, Vikings 10— Miserable day for NFC North, with all four teams losing, none of them covering, and Packers firing their coach. Vikings stayed under their team total in six of last seven games.
Patriots won eight of last nine games, are 6-0 at home. Since ’15, NE is 19-7-3 as home favorites, 5-1 this year. Total yardage in this game was 471-278, Patriots. Last five NE games went under the total. Minnesota regains #6 seed in NFC East if Eagles beat Washington Monday night.
Seahawks 43, 49ers 16— Seattle won its third straight game, scoring 27-30-43 points; right now, they’re #5 seed in NFC and would visit Dallas in a Wild Card game. Seahawks have beaten the 49ers ten games in a row; Seattle covered 10 of last 14 tries as a double digit favorite.
49ers lost nine of last ten games; they’re 0-7 on road, and have zero takeaways in their last four games (-18 in last eight games).