In a perfect example of “Any Given Sunday” teams that should have lost of paper won in tremendous fashion on the gridiron. The day had many highlights, most notably Ryan Fitzpatrick trying to secure the most interceptions in a single game record and O’Dell Beckham Jr. picking a fight with a kicking net and losing.
Arizona Cardinals 18 Buffalo Bills 33
In what is sure to bring some fire-breathing anger from coach Bruce Arians the Cardinals got outplayed and outscored in every phase of the game. Apparently firing their offensive coordinator was just what the Buffalo doctor ordered.
Minnesota Vikings 22 Carolina Panthers 10
It took Minnesota the entire first half to get on track, but the second half was all Vikings as they shut out the Panthers in the final two-quarters and proved their defense could make it happen after the offense lost their starting QB, RB and left tackle to injury.
Denver Broncos 29 Cincinnati Bengals 17
For the second time this week a rookie quarterback beat a team expected to make the AFC playoffs as Denver’s Trevor Siemian led his Broncos past the Bengals with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Detroit Lions 27 Green Bay Packers 34
Not to be outdone by the rookie in Denver, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers also threw four touchdowns but did it all before halftime to take his Packers to a one game lead on the Lions in the divisional race.
Baltimore Ravens 19 Jacksonville Jaguars 17
In a down-to-the-wire game between AFC hopefuls, the Ravens kicked the go-ahead field goal with 1:02 remaining and hung on to defeat a Jacksonville team many expected to vie for the division title in the AFC South. Baltimore now has sole possession of the AFC North lead while the Jaguars are the only basement dweller in the South.
Cleveland Brown 24 Miami Dolphins 30
In their best showing of the year. the Cleveland Browns managed to take the Dolphins to overtime, tied at 24, but couldn’t stop the Dolphins from scoring a walk-off touchdown keep Cleveland winless and searching for answers.
Washington Redskins 29 New York Giants 27
In one of the more exciting back and forth games of the day, the Washington Redskins won a ‘whoever scores last’ game that had a pile of lead changes, the first ejection under the new personal foul rule and O’Dell Beckham Jr attacking an innocent net that fought back.
Oakland Raiders 17 Tennessee Titans 10
The Oakland Raiders made history in their win over the Tennessee Titans, but not in a good way. The Raider defense has now given up more yards than any Raider unit in history over the first three games. Despite that, they managed to hold an anemic Titans offense to 10 points and seal their second win to stay one behind division rival Denver in the AFC West.
San Francisco 49ers 18 Seattle Seahawks 37
In what seems to be the highest scoring matchup this season of NFC West opponents, the Seahawks finally found their offensive rhythm, hanging 37 points on Chip Kelly’s 49ers who can’t seem to get it together when the game is on the line.
Los Angeles Rams 37 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32
In Sunday’s second installment of “Look, The NFC West Can Score!” Jeff Fisher’s Rams lit up the Tampa Bay defense on the way to their second win after returning to LA. It will take a winner to gain the support of the LA fan base and so far, somehow, Jeff Fisher is finding ways to make that happen.
San Diego Chargers 22 Indianapolis Colts 26
Andrew Luck found a way to keep his Colts from falling to the dreaded 0-3 mark (only three teams who have started 0-3 since 1990 have gone on to make the playoffs) by hitting speedster T.Y. Hilton on a critical pass that Hilton took to the house for the game-winning touchdown. Could this be the play that turned Indy’s season? Only time will tell.
New York Jets 3 Kansas City Chiefs 24
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick cemented his place in NFL history by joining the SIX PICKS team, two of which were returned to the house. The eight total turnovers by Gang Green were the most since 1976. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters now holds the league lead in interceptions, thanks in big part to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Philadephia Eagles 34
Ryan Mallet must have lent his alarm clock to the Pittsburgh Steeler offense as they slept walked their way through the 31 point drubbing at the wings of the Eagles. The Steelers’ had a 305 game streak of never trailing by 30 or more points, a league record, snapped as they let the Ravens take sole possession of the division lead. Meanwhile, Carson Wentz threw for over 300 yards and scored two touchdowns to continue his march to rookie of the year honors.
Chicago Bears 17 Dallas Cowboys 31
The only good news to come from this game for Bears fans is they don’t have to travel to the state of Texas anymore this season, as the Cowboys completed the season sweep of the state over Da Bears. Rookie QB Dak Prescott continued to try and make Cowboy fans forget about Tony Romo going 19 of 24 for 248 yards and a touchdown.