Yesterday was full of exciting NFL action, a handful of upsets, a blowouts, a tie and an almost tie. As always, the Any Given Sunday rule applied.
Washington Redskins 27 Cincinnati Bengals 27
The London footballers got their money’s worth when the Redskins and Bengals went five full quarters to end in a 27-all tie. I can just here the whacky water cooler conversations going on in London work places this week: “Five quarters? Do those bloody Americans know a quarter is one-fourth?”
New England Patriots 41 Buffalo Bills 25
Tom Brady wasn’t around when Buffalo snuck into Foxboro and stole a win early this season. Well, Daddy’s home and was having none of it this time around as he threw four touchdown passes, going 22 of 33 for 315 yards.
Arizona Cardinals 20 Carolina Panthers 30
The Panthers got right finally, hanging 24 points on a confused Cardinals team by halftime. Despite their best efforts, the Arizona birds never seemed to get much going in this one and will fly back to the desert to continue searching for answers of their own.
New York Jets 31 Cleveland Browns 28
Josh McCown came out and gave the Brown’s faithful some hope, leading his team to a 20-7 halftime lead. But once the second half began, the Browns did what the Browns do and the Jets took advantage of Cleveland’s nature to seal the deal.
Detroit Lions 13 Houston Texans 20
If Houston could play all their games at NRG they’d be the best team in the league. For the first time in franchise history, they’re 5-0 at home, where embattled quarterback Brock Osweiler has completed eight of his nine touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs 30 Indianapolis Colts 14
KC opened up and early lead, lost their starting quarterback then watched their backup come in and torch the Colts secondary. Once the pride of the AFC South, Indy’s now struggling to stop opposing offenses and struggling harder to not waste Andrew Luck’s career.
Seattle Seahawks 20 New Orleans Saints 25
One of the more exciting games of the day came down to the final play as Seattle tried in vain to comeback on the Saints. After the game, irony reigned as Richard Sherman complained about poor officiating. The same poor officiating that sealed the Seahawks win against Atlanta a few weeks ago.
Oakland Raiders 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
In the second overtime game of the day, that came down to the wire, Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass with 1:45 left in quarter #5 to cement the win for the Silver and Black. Carr completed 40 passes for 513 yards and 4 touchdowns.
San Diego Chargers 19 Denver Broncos 27
San Diego scored first, but Denver scored the most. In a game that’s biggest excitement was all bad, (beloved defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was injured on a busted play that saw Melvin Gordon accidentally run over the great coach on the sideline), Denver continues to chase after Oakland in the toughest division in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons 4:25pm FOX
Aaron Rodgers found his old mojo and threw four touchdowns in this NFC shootout, but unfortunately for Cheesehead Nation, the Falcons wouldn’t be denied, capturing their fifth win of the year.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 8:30pm NBC
In the final overtime game of the day, a game that saw the two heralded rookie quarterbacks watch their teams kick six field goals, the Cowboys stepped up to claim their sixth straight win that puts them atop the NFC East and the NFC period. If Chicago knocks off Minnesota tonight, Dallas will reign supreme in their conference for the first time in a long time.