You can always count on injuries and upsets every week and this week wasn’t an exception. Throw defense out of the window in this aerial affair. Improving to (3-4) are the Arizona Cardinals who outdistanced the (2-5) New Orleans Saints, 42-34. Saints QB Andy Dalton’s two “six pick” interception returns sealed the Saints doom. It was the injury return of Cardinal WR DeAndre Hopkins who collected 103 yards of receiving, inspired his team. Speaking of improving how about the (4-3) Cincinnati Bengals who dominated the (3-4) Atlanta Falcons ,35-17. Bengals QB Joe Burrow was on fire connecting on 481 yards of passing and three scores. Mostly to WR Tyler Boyd who totaled 155 yards and two scores.
The (5-2) Dallas Cowboys defense forced five turnovers to defeat the (1-6) Detroit Lions, 24-6. The return of Dallas starter QB Dak Prescott was a welcome sight as he completed 207 yards and a score to help solidify the win. The (4-2) Tennessee Titans run game used plenty of regulation time as RB Derrick Henry rumbled 128 yards to defeat the (3-3-1) Indianapolis Colts, 19-10. Colts ended a three-game winning streak.
A three-game losing streak ended by the (4-3) Baltimore Ravens who defeated the (2-5) Cleveland Browns, 23-20. Ravens RB Gus Edwards 66-yard two score performance was the difference.
On any given Sunday any team can defeat another in this league. True fact as the (2-5) Carolina Panthers upset the (3-4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 21-3. As Panthers RB D’Ontra Foreman rumbled for 118 yards on 15 carries. “This is the first time in twenty years Brady has been under five hundred,” noted the Captain. One of the league’s most improved teams are the (5-2) New York Jets with their fourth straight win by defeating the (2-5) Denver Broncos, 16-9. Broncos QB Mark Rypien started in place of an injured Russell Wilson (hamstring) tossing 225 yards of completions in the loss. After Jets RB Breece Hall rumbled 63 yards for a touchdown, he eft the game with a knee injury and did not return.
A dominating performance by (2-4) Las Vegas Raiders, who defeated the (1-4-1) Houston Texans, 38-20. It was “The Josh Jacobs Show” as the running back dashed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to solidify the win.
Both Seattle and the Los Angeles Chargers ended the day with (4-3) records, as the Seattle Seahawks picked up the win, 37-23. Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III toppled the Chargers secondary, rushing for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Chargers CB JC Jackson incurred a season ending knee injury.
Red- hot like their uniforms are the (5-2) Kansas City Chiefs with a resounding 44-23 victory over the (3-4) San Francisco Forty Niners.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes overmatched the Niners defense tossing for 423 yards and three scores for the win.
In Miami, it was the return of QB Tua Tagovailoa. Back from concussion protocol, he led the (4-3) Dolphins to victory. Tagovailoa tossed 261 yards of completions and a score to halt a three- game skid. “It is great to see Tua return and get a win,” noted the Captain.
One of the hottest teams in football, the (6-1) New York Giants, maintained on the best record, defeating the (2-5) Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-17. Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence tossed 310 yards of completions. Meanwhile, Giants RB Shaquon Barkley rushed for 110 yards to aid the win. The Jaguars came within a whisker of winning this game. With just seconds remaining, they got the ball down to the one-yard-line but just couldn’t get the last yard before the clock ran out.
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