Backup quarterbacks with big wins. An overtime thriller in Baltimore. And the end of a ridiculous promising crook for Joe Burrow of Cincinnati. Sunday was a reminder of how unpredictable the NFL can be, as well as how cruel it can be.
Here’s what we learned:
Sunday top performers
Top Passer: Deshan Watson
Even a win has a frightening feeling that Watson is being asked to do a lot to pull Houston into relevance. Watson took that concept literally on a major play in the second quarter, in which he ran for a 4-yard touchdown with a linebacker and a defensive back both clinging to him for dear life. “I was just trying to make something,” Watson said. “It just gave offense energy and the whole team energy when they saw that and it continued through the rest of the game.”
Top Runner: Derrick Henry
Denver’s Melvin Gordon, Kansas City’s Clyde Edwards-Heller and New Orleans’ Tassom Hill each ran for two touchdowns, but Henry’s 29-yard inning overtime was a cake icing on a day in which he was more than any other player Used to run for more yards. While the last 1000 pushes for the season. Henry said, “I can try to do anything when I have the ball to help our team win.”
Top Recipients: Keenan Allen
Any feat accomplished against the Jets has a light asterisk, but Allen became just the fifth player to play two career games with 15 or more catches. Allen has up to 605 catches in 96 career games and four more tries to surpass Antonio Brown’s 622 Most in a player’s first 100 games.
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Steelers 27, Jaguar 3 Pittsburgh’s Chase Kleppul caught a 31-yard scoring pass in the second quarter – his 10th total touchdown of the season, the most in the first 10 matches of a rookie wide receiver in the Super Bowl era. Odell Beckham Jr. had nine for the Giants in 2014.
Titans 30, Ravens 24 (Longer) Since Baltimore’s bye week, the Ravens have lost three of four games, and Lamar Jackson has been part of the problem with four interceptions in that span – he made just six of 15 starts last season.
Colts 34, Packers 31 (Longer) Phillip River threw three touchdown passes and Jonathan Taylor ran for 90 yards, but Indianapolis was almost undone by a series of penalties late in the fourth quarter that kept the clock running out as it led by 3 points.
Head 35, Raider 31 Derek Carr pestered Jason Witten for a 2-yard touchdown pass that gave Las Vegas the lead with just 1 minute 48 seconds left, but there was too much time left for the Cannes City offense. Patrick Mahomes led his team to just seven plays for 75 yards, giving Travis Kelsey an edge with a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Mahomes also gave up 28 seconds on the clock for good measure.
Texas 27, Patriots 20 One defeat was bad enough, but New England also lost Rex Burkhead the rest of the season due to a knee injury that was severe enough that CBS opted not to show it replays. The eight-year-old veteran scored six touchdowns in 10 matches and managed to surpass his career-best eight.
Saints 24, page 4 Taysom Hill had a pretty good day, but it was the New Orleans defense that actually sacked Matt Ryan eight times, intercepted him twice and allowed Atlanta to convert just two of his 14 third-down opportunities.
Cowboys 31, Vikings 28 Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 103 yards and a third touchdown pass of the day from Andy Dalton led Dallas to a lead of less than two minutes. Minnesota threw for a total of 430 yards, but was defended once again.
Broncos 20, Dolphins 13 Tua Tagovailoa had 83 yards on just three carries and that was for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led the team to a field goal, but threw an interception for more than a minute. Coach Brian Floers said Tagovailoa will continue his job as the team’s starting quarterback.
Charger 34, Jets 28 Gang Green was down 24-6 and struggled to contain quarterback Justin Herbert, but coach Adam Gasey appeared to handle play-calling duties and the Jets went somewhere in the second half with three touchdown drives Were more effective, each for more than 70 yards.
Panthers 20, Lions 0 Matthew Stafford of Detroit played through an injured thumb on his throwing hand, and he probably should have sat it out as the Lions were out for the first time in Stafford’s 159 career debut. It was the first shutout for Carolina’s defense since 2015.
Brown 22, Eagles 17 There have been three consecutive ugly games in three straight home games for Cleveland, but Brown won two, giving the team a running game and a chance for the defense to operate in adverse weather conditions. At 7-3, Brown has had his best 10-game start since 1994.
Footballer 20, Bengal 9 Joe Burrow’s injury was all but watched, but Washington was solided by Antonio Gibson (94 yards rushing, one touchdown) and Terry McLaurin (84 yards), inching closer to Philadelphia at the top of the NFC East. Attempted.