Backup quarterbacks securing huge wins. An additional time thriller in Baltimore. And the top of a ridiculously promising rookie season for Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow. Sunday was a reminder of how unpredictable the N.F.L. might be, in addition to how merciless it may be.
Right here’s what we realized:
Sunday’s Prime Performers
Prime Passer: Deshaun Watson
Even in a win there’s a lingering feeling that Watson is being requested to do an excessive amount of to pull Houston to relevance. Watson took that idea fairly actually on a key play within the second quarter by which he ran for a 4-yard landing with a linebacker and a defensive again each clinging to him for expensive life. “I used to be simply attempting to make one thing occur,” Watson mentioned. “It simply gave the offense power and the entire crew power once they noticed that and it continued by way of the remainder of the sport.”
Prime Runner: Derrick Henry
Denver’s Melvin Gordon, Kansas Metropolis’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire and New Orleans’ Taysom Hill every ran for 2 touchdowns, however Henry’s 29-yarder in additional time was the icing on the cake of a day by which he ran for extra yards than every other participant, whereas pushing previous 1,000 for the season. “I attempt to do something I can when the ball’s in my hand to assist our crew win,” Henry mentioned.
Prime Receiver: Keenan Allen
There’s a gentle asterisk on any feat achieved in opposition to the Jets, however Allen turned simply the fifth participant to have two profession video games with 15 or extra catches. Allen can be as much as 605 catches in 96 profession video games and has 4 extra tries to attempt to surpass Antonio Brown’s 622 for essentially the most in a participant’s first 100 video games.
One* Sentence About Sunday’s Video games
*Besides when it takes extra.
Steelers 27, Jaguars 3 Pittsburgh’s Chase Claypool caught a 31-yard scoring go within the second quarter — his tenth whole landing of the season, which is essentially the most in a rookie large receiver’s first 10 video games within the Tremendous Bowl period. Odell Beckham Jr. had 9 for the Giants in 2014.
Titans 30, Ravens 24 (additional time) Since Baltimore’s bye week, the Ravens have misplaced three of 4 video games, and Lamar Jackson has been a part of the issue with 4 interceptions in that span — he had solely six in 15 begins final season.
Colts 34, Packers 31 (additional time) Philip Rivers threw three landing passes and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 90 yards, however Indianapolis was almost undone by a sequence of penalties late within the fourth quarter that prevented it from working out the clock because it clung to a 3-point lead.
Chiefs 35, Raiders 31 Derek Carr hit tight finish Jason Witten for a 2-yard landing go that gave Las Vegas a lead with simply 1 minute 48 seconds remaining, however that was far an excessive amount of time to depart for Kansas Metropolis’s offense. Patrick Mahomes took his crew 75 yards on simply seven performs, retaking the lead with a 22-yard landing go to Travis Kelce. Mahomes even left 28 seconds on the clock for good measure.
Texans 27, Patriots 20 A loss was unhealthy sufficient, however New England additionally presumably misplaced working again Rex Burkhead for the remainder of the season to a knee harm that was extreme sufficient that CBS selected to not present replays of it. The eight-year veteran had six touchdowns in 10 video games and was properly on his method to surpassing his career-high of eight.
Saints 24, Falcons 9 Taysom Hill had a pleasant sufficient day, but it surely was the New Orleans protection that actually shined, sacking Matt Ryan eight instances, intercepting him twice and permitting Atlanta to transform simply two of its 14 third-down alternatives.
Cowboys 31, Vikings 28 Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 103 yards and Dallas got here from behind to take the lead with lower than two minutes remaining due to Andy Dalton’s third landing go of the day. Minnesota put up 430 whole yards, however its protection was as soon as once more its undoing.
Broncos 20, Dolphins 13 Tua Tagovailoa had simply 83 yards passing by way of three quarters and was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led the crew to a area objective but in addition threw an interception with simply over a minute remaining. Coach Brian Flores mentioned Tagovailoa will maintain his job because the crew’s beginning quarterback.
Chargers 34, Jets 28 Gang Inexperienced was down by 24-6 at halftime and was struggling to comprise quarterback Justin Herbert, however Coach Adam Gase appeared to take over play-calling duties and the Jets have been far simpler within the second half, with three landing drives that every went for greater than 70 yards.
Panthers 20, Lions 0 Detroit’s Matthew Stafford performed by way of an injured thumb on his throwing hand, and he most likely ought to have sat this one out because the Lions have been shut out for the primary time in Stafford’s 159 profession begins. It was the primary shutout for Carolina’s protection since 2015.
Browns 22, Eagles 17 Three straight dwelling video games for Cleveland have resulted in three consecutive ugly video games, however the Browns walked away with two wins by letting the crew’s working sport and protection do the majority of the work in opposed climate situations. At 7-3, the Browns have their finest 10-game begin since 1994.
Footballers 20, Bengals 9 Every thing was overshadowed by Joe Burrow’s harm, however Washington obtained strong efforts from Antonio Gibson (94 yards speeding, one landing) and Terry McLaurin (84 yards receiving) whereas inching nearer to Philadelphia on the high of the N.F.C. East.