Everything you missed from an exciting NFL Sunday in Week 12

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 12

The bye weeks are over and the playoff races have officially begun.

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Thanksgiving is over, but we still had a busy Sunday in the NFL. Although there was only one matchup between teams with winning records — the Saints vs. Rams — that just meant we got to enjoy a lot of silliness from today’s games.

Such as:

Catch up with the best highlights and biggest news from Sunday.


Dolphins CB Bobby McCain was ejected vs. Patriots for punching Danny Amendola.

A fight between Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib started a full-on Raiders vs. Broncos brawl. And after both were ejected, Marshawn Lynch personally escorted Talib out of the stadium.

Here’s a brief history of the Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib beef.

The Bears got stuck in Philadelphia because their plane broke down.


The Bears and Eagles turned the ball over to each other on the same play.

The Patriots ran a fake punt for the 1st time in 13 years and it worked perfectly.

Two Chiefs players tried to catch the same screen pass. It failed miserably.

Julio Jones caught a 51-yard TD pass … from WR Mohamed Sanu. Jones’ second touchdown came after he took a Bucs defender’s ankles.

Cam Newton slapped away Jamal Adams when he tried to interrupt the Superman celebration.

The Browns had to turn to emergency punter Zane Gonzalez, who shanked his first try.

Alshon Jeffery made $250,000 with a touchdown against the Bears, his old team.

The Eagles executed a perfect group bowling celebration after Alshon Jeffery’s TD.

Delanie Walker performed CPR on a football and Fox announcer Chris Myers thought he was burping a baby.

The Eagles didn’t just beat the Bears — they did the “Electric Slide” on them.

A creative Bears fan holds up Firefox logo while calling for John Fox’s job.

It took 11 games, but the Raiders finally got their first INT of the season.

The Rams celebrated a TD by recreating Simba’s birth from The Lion King.

Alvin Kamara shows why he’s so special with this flawless hurdle over a Rams defender.

Steelers LB Vince Williams and Packers WR Geronimo Allison butted heads, then got their facemasks stuck together.

Mike McCarthy helped the Steelers tie the game with an unrealistic 57-yard FG attempt.

Antonio Brown’s incredible toe-tapping catch was the only reason the Steelers beat the Packers.

Why T.J. Watt wasn’t flagged for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Brett Hundley before the Steelers beat the Packers.


Patriots special teams ace Nate Ebner picked up a first down with a fake punt against the Dolphins. Unfortunately for Ebner, he injured his knee and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

DeShone Kizer left to be evaluated for a possible concussion. Cody Kessler took over against the Bengals briefly, until Kizer was cleared and returned.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen left in the third quarter against the Jets with a foot injury. It was his first game back since he broke his foot in Week 2.

Amari Cooper was taken to locker room after a hit to the head vs. the Broncos. He was later ruled out with a concussion.

Paxton Lynch, in his first start of the season for the Broncos, left with an ankle injury and did not return. Trevor Siemian replaced Lynch and played pretty well.

C.J. Beathard injured his knee late against the Seahawks, and some 49ers players weren’t happy fans cheered for Jimmy Garoppolo while Beathard was done.

Week 12 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Atlanta Falcons 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 16

Tennessee Titans 20, Indianapolis Colts 16

Buffalo Bills 16, Kansas City Chiefs 10

New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 17

Carolina Panthers 35, New York Jets 27

Philadelphia Eagles 31, Chicago Bears 3

Seattle Seahawks 24, San Francisco 49ers 13

Arizona Cardinals 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 24

Los Angeles Rams 26, New Orleans Saints 20

Oakland Raiders 21, Denver Broncos 14

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Green Bay Packers 28

The top stories from Sunday’s NFL action

Before the games

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, the rest of Week 12 gets underway Sunday. We got some important matchups and potential playoff previews as the postseason race reaches critical mass.

The biggest game of the early window features a suddenly cold Chiefs team against the Bills. Buffalo got headlines for all the wrong reasons last week, when Sean McDermott’s quarterback gambit backfired spectacularly. Tyrod Taylor is back in after Nathan Peterman’s five-interception disaster, but has the damage already been done? The Bills are clinging to playoff hopes at this point.

The late afternoon has by far the biggest game of the week, with the 7-3 Rams hosting the 8-2 Saints. It would not be surprising if they met again in January. New Orleans has a winning combination of a strong running game and surprisingly good defense (oh, and Drew Brees is still really good). Jared Goff has cooled off after a strong start to he year, and he’s now without Robert Woods for a few weeks. Sean McVay might be looking at his first real test with injuries starting to pile up.

Sunday Night Football features a Steelers vs. Packers matchup that could’ve been a Super Bowl preview in an alternate timeline. Unfortunately, Aaron Rodgers is out with a broken collarbone and the Packers have struggled badly without him. Brett Hundley could have his hands full against a resurgent Steelers defense.

Here’s everything that happened Sunday in NFL’s Week 10

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 10

The playoff races has started to heat up this week.

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On paper, this wasn’t the most exciting week in the NFL. The only game between teams with winning records was a matchup between the Bills and Saints — and for a while, that was the only blowout of the day.

But just as we hoped, things got a little weird.

The Steelers looked lifeless for most of their game against the Colts, but they were able to come back and win on a last-second field goal. The Lions were on the verge of getting upset by the Browns until the fourth quarter rolled around. Detroit pulled away for the win.

But the wackiest game was the Jaguars’ overtime win against the Chargers. The ending was filled with turnovers and dumb penalties.

And the 49ers got their first win of the season! The Giants, who fell to 1-8, somehow look worse every week. The same could be said for the Broncos, who rolled over against the Patriots on Sunday night.

Here’s all the big news and highlights from Sunday.


Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank took their feud to the next level and avoided each other before the Cowboys-Falcons game.

The Jerry Jones vs. Arthur Blank dispute was impossible to ignore during the Falcons-Cowboys game.

Martellus Bennett went from getting cut by the Packers to active for the Patriots in just four days.


Teddy Bridgewater wiped tears of joy before his first game back in Vikings gear since 2015.

Washington WR Maurice Harris gave us a catch of the year candidate.

Ryan Fitzpatrick loves his Rubik’s Cube.

Brett Hundley burned a timeout for no reason against the Bears.

The Jaguars torched the Chargers on 56-yard TD with this masterfully executed fake punt.

Stefon Diggs was penalized for doing his best Antonio Brown impression: celebrating a TD by leaping onto the goalpost for a hug.

Vontaze Burfict got ejected, and then walked off field making the Johnny Manziel money sign.

The Bears had first-and-goal, but a terrible John Fox challenge turned it into a Packers touchback.

The Vikings celebrated Adam Thielen’s TD with a game of leapfrog.

The Browns ran a QB sneak 15 seconds before halftime with no timeouts. It was as dumb as it sounds.

Steelers punter Jordan Berry turned on the jets to stop the Colts’ 2-point play after a blocked XP.

Kirk Cousins scored a touchdown, the refs did nothing, and things got weird.

The Chargers couldn’t even run out the clock without fumbling.

Watch a naked Bills fan storms the field — and gets tackled.

Adam Thielen is rewarding the Vikings’ patience with another monster performance.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead jokingly added himself to the inactives list after punting zero times against the Bills.

JuJu Smith-Schuster and Le’Veon Bell tried to re-enact the A.J. Green-Jalen Ramsey fight during a TD celebration.

The Cowboys don’t miss anyone as much as they miss LT Tyron Smith.

Kyle Shanahan got a three-cup Gatorade bath after the 49ers’ first win.

Dion Lewis got some help from a Broncos player on a 103-yard kick return TD.

Brock Osweiler nailed some poor guy on the Broncos’ sideline in the head with a football.

The Patriots scored a touchdown when the Broncos only had 10 men on the field to stop it.

Dion Lewis took his touchdown celebration right into our living rooms.

The Broncos set up Patriots TDs with both too many and too few players on the field.


The Packers can’t catch a break. Rookie RB Aaron Jones is out with a knee injury, and Ty Montgomery, who took his place, didn’t return with a rib injury.

Browns LB Jamie Collins intercepted Matthew Stafford, but then immediately left the game with a knee injury. He did not return.

Washington RB Rob Kelley did not return against the Vikings with an ankle injury.

DeShone Kizer left after taking a big shot to the ribs against the Lions. Cody Kessler took over at QB, but Kizer eventually returned.

Steelers corner Joe Haden fractured his fibula against the Colts.

Devonta Freeman didn’t return against the Cowboys after leaving with a head injury.

Jacoby Brissett enters concussion protocol after the game against the Steelers.

Texans receiver Will Fuller left the game against the Rams with a ribs injury and did not return.

Week 10 scores and schedules (all times Eastern)

New Orleans Saints 47, Buffalo Bills 10

Green Bay Packers 23, Chicago Bears 16

Detroit Lions 38, Cleveland Browns 24

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Indianapolis Colts 17

Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Los Angeles Chargers 17 (OT)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15, New York Jets 10

Tennessee Titans 24, Cincinnati Bengals 20

Minnesota Vikings 38, Washington 30

Los Angeles Rams 33, Houston Texans 7

Atlanta Falcons 27, Dallas Cowboys 7

San Francisco 49ers 31, New York Giants 21

New England Patriots 41, Denver Broncos 16

The top stories from Sunday’s action

Before the games

We’re well on our way into the second half of the NFL season. For the most part, we’re still trying to sort out the contenders and pretenders, but every game picks up a sense of urgency as the playoff races heat up in earnest.

To be honest, the early afternoon schedule doesn’t have a lot of compelling matchups, with Saints vs. Bills being the only game where both teams have a winning record. The Saints are cooking with six straight wins, thanks to an improved defense and the emergence of rookie running back Alvin Kamara. The Bills made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin, who should make his Buffalo debut this week. We’ll see if he can boost a struggling pass offense.

The other early game to watch pits the Vikings against Washington, which picked up a big win against the Seahawks last week but still has a ton of injury concerns. The Vikings officially shut down Sam Bradford for the season and Teddy Bridgewater is activated, but they’re still not in a rush to get him back on the field with Case Keenum exceeding expectations. In the meantime, Minnesota will look to consolidate its grip on the NFC North.

The late afternoon is defined by missed opportunities. Texans vs. Rams looked like a great matchup two weeks ago, but Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice and Tom Savage was predictably terrible in last week’s loss to the Colts. The Rams are flying high at 6-2 under Sean McVay and it would be surprising if they didn’t roll a hobbled Texans team here.

Another late afternoon game pits the Falcons against the Cowboys, who finally, officially don’t have Ezekiel Elliott after his six-game suspension started this week. The offense now belongs to Dak Prescott, who looks like he should be up to the challenge.

Finally, the Broncos continue their quarterback crisis against the Patriots on SNF. Brock Osweiler is getting another start despite last week’s poor performance, while Trevor Siemian is glued to the bench and Paxton Lynch is still recovering from a shoulder injury. Even with a great defense, it’s hard to see Denver keeping pace with Tom Brady on primetime.

Catch up with all the Week 11 NFL action from Sunday

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 11

The playoff races are in full force as the holiday season approaches.

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Mid-November in the NFL means two things: the byes are coming to an end, and playoff implications are starting to ramp up.

The day got off to a slow start, but things quickly picked up. The Saints were trailing by 15 points late in the fourth quarter against Washington. But they fought their way back to win it 34-31 in overtime.

The Bears were poised to take their game against the Lions to overtime. Mitchell Trubisky led the Bears on a touchdown drive to tie things up, and the Lions answered with a field goal. Trubisky got the Bears in field goal range, but Connor Barth’s kick went wide right, and the Bears lost 27-24.

The Ravens’ defense pulled off their second shutout of the season, handing the Packers a 23-0 loss in Lambeau Field. It happened exactly 11 years to the day after Green Bay’s last shutout loss at home.

The Giants took the Chiefs to overtime and pulled off the 12-9 win. And the Browns somehow made it through an entire game without a single penalty for the first time since 1962, but they still lost to the Jaguars 19-7.

In the late afternoon, we got two scores we have never seen before in the NFL: the Patriots’ 33-8 win over the Raiders, and the Chargers’ 54-24 victory against the Bills.

It was a strange day for coaching challenges, too. Here are the good, the bad, and missed opportunities.

An NFC East rivalry matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys capped off the night. Dallas held a slight lead at halftime, and then Philly lit it up in the second half for a 37-9 win.

Catch up with all the big news and best highlights from Sunday in Week 11:


Before the Raiders-Patriots game, the NFL announced it will play games in Mexico through the 2021 season.

Marshawn Lynch sits during the U.S. anthem, stands for Mexico anthem prior to the Raiders’ game vs. Patriots.

LeBron James believes that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL.

Jerry Jones is threatening the Cowboys offensive line to play better or else.

The Bills have no choice but to go back to Tyrod Taylor (who should’ve never been benched in the first place).


The Giants decided RB Shane Vereen should throw a pass in the red zone. He threw an interception.

Look at Giants 350-pound DT Damon Harrison gloriously rumbling after his first career interception.

Mike Zimmer’s world came crashing down when he realized just how bad his challenge was.

Case Keenum pulled off a beautiful throw even after being hit in the head, twice.

The Texans celebrated Lamar Miller TD by running a 4x100m relay race in the end zone against Cardinals.

Packers players keep turning invisible thanks to CBS’ down and distance marker.

Blake Bortles just threw a pass behind his own head.

Mike Wallace somehow caught this TD pass, then did the Lambeau Leap in Green Bay.

The only thing less amused than this Packers fan is the dead fox on his head.

This acrobatic play by Jags WR Dede Westbrook was somehow ruled no catch by the officials.

Terrell Suggs ended the Packers’ comeback hopes with a clutch sack, then danced it out.

It looked like Packers lineman Mike Daniels peed himself, but he denied it

Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions in his first start. No surprise that the Bills turned back to Tyrod Taylor in the second half.

Dre Kirkpatrick would have had a 100-yard pick-six if a ghost hadn’t caused him to fumble.

Stephen Gostkowski’s 62-yard field goal in Mexico City would have been good from 70.

Tony Romo knew the Raiders were going to blow it on this play against the Patriots.

Raiders WR Johnny Horton wasn’t ejected for slapping Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones in the helmet. Here’s why.

Brock Osweiler’s “God damn it, no!” is the funniest pre-snap adjustment.

Eagles emergency kicker Kamu Grugier-Hill was pretty good at kickoffs … for a linebacker.


Marshon Lattimore, the Saints’ star rookie CB, injured his ankle against Washington.

Jay Cutler left to be evaluated for concussion vs. Buccaneers and did not return. Matt Moore came in to replace him.

Washington’s leading rusher, Chris Thompson, was carted off with a leg injury against the Saints. His season is over.

Texans RB D’Onta Foreman injured his Achilles on a touchdown run against the Cardinals. He could miss the rest of the season.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott left the game against the Cowboys and was ruled out with a concussion.

Week 11 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Detroit Lions 27, Chicago Bears 24

Jacksonville Jaguars 19, Cleveland Browns 7

Baltimore Ravens 23, Green Bay Packers 0

Houston Texans 31, Arizona Cardinals 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Miami Dolphins 20

Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 7

New Orleans Saints 34, Washington 31 (OT)

New York Giants 12, Kansas City Chiefs 9 (OT)

Los Angeles Chargers 54, Buffalo Bills 24

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Denver Broncos 17

New England Patriots 33, Oakland Raiders 8 (Mexico City)

Philadelphia Eagles 37, Dallas Cowboys 9

Before the games

With Thanksgiving just a week away, the NFL season reaches its final stretch run. The playoff races are well underway and nearly every game from here on out is critical as teams try to punch their ticket.

The biggest game of Week 11 happens in the early time slot when the 7-2 Vikings face the 7-2 Rams. Not many people would’ve predicted in August that this would be an important matchup, but it’s been that kind of season so far. Case Keenum is getting another start, but it might only be a matter of time before we see Teddy Bridgewater back on the field. Meanwhile, the Rams are riding an explosive offense and strong defense to one of the league’s best records.

Bucs vs. Dolphins was originally scheduled for Week 1, but Hurricane Irma forced the NFL to reschedule it here. As a result, both teams are playing 16 straight weeks with no bye, and it’s starting to show. The Bucs have vastly disappointed at 3-6 while losing Jameis Winston to a shoulder injury, and the Dolphins are on a three-game losing streak.

In the late afternoon, Patriots vs. Raiders is the national game to watch for. This looked like a lot more interesting matchup a few months ago, but the 4-5 Raiders have underachieved while the Patriots’ defense improved and Tom Brady is doing his thing with a 7-2 record. While this could still be an entertaining game, the stakes are much lower with the Raiders fading out of the playoff picture.

Finally, we have an NFC East grudge match on Sunday night with the Cowboys hosting the Eagles. Philly is coming off a bye week at 8-1 and can essentially dust off the division race with a win here. Dallas badly missed Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, and Sean Lee in last week’s 27-7 loss to the Falcons. Elliott is still serving his suspension, Lee is out several weeks with a hamstring injury, and Smith is questionable to return. Things could get ugly here again.

Follow our complete Week 3 coverage here

NFL scores 2016: Dak Prescott leads Cowboys past Bears in Week 3

The Broncos and Vikings both picked up their third victories of the season on the road, Carson Wentz and the Eagles easily won the Battle of Pennsylvania, and the Cowboys had no trouble with the Bears on Sunday night.

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Week 3 of the NFL season is almost finished after several teams earned huge victories on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers nearly let a solid lead escape as the Detroit Lions came from behind before ultimately Aaron Rodgers and company eventually won the NFC North matchup, 34-27. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, looked solid in their game against the Cincinnati Bengals, defeating them 29-17 as Trevor Siemian led his squad to the win.

In the late afternoon, we got the much-anticipated Battle of Pennsylvania with the Philadelphia Eagles shocking the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. Carson Wentz has been the talk of the league after the rookie had two solid performances, looking the part of an NFL franchise quarterback. He looked even better in Week 3 when the Eagles crushed the Steelers, 34-3.

Sunday Night Football was an easy win for the Cowboys, who got out to an early lead against the Bears before finishing them off, 31-17. Dallas already led by double-digits at halftime, and while Chicago made some moves in the second half, there were far too many mistakes. Even without Tony Romo, Dallas’ offensive line and playmaking weapons have allowed quarterback Dak Prescott to settle in nicely.

On Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints will cap Week 3 with a matchup at the Superdome.

Complete Week 3 schedule and scores (all times Eastern)

New England Patriots 27, Houston Texans 0

Buffalo Bills 33, Arizona Cardinals 18

Minnesota Vikings 22, Carolina Panthers 10

Denver Broncos 29, Cincinnati Bengals 17

Green Bay Packers 34, Detroit Lions 27

Baltimore Ravens 19, Jacksonville Jaguars 17

Miami Dolphins 30, Cleveland Browns 24, OT

Washington 29, New York Giants 27

Oakland Raiders 17, Tennessee Titans 10

Seattle Seahawks 37, San Francisco 49ers 18

Los Angeles Rams 37, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32

Indianapolis Colts 26, San Diego Chargers 22

Kansas City Chiefs 24, New York Jets 3

Philadelphia Eagles 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 3

Dallas Cowboys 31, Chicago Bears 17

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, Monday 8:30 p.m., ESPN


Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. reenacted the ending of Dirty Dancingin the end zone. And Beckham may have won the battle with Norman, but Washington still left the game with the victory.

The Browns got off to a terrible start in rookie QB Cody Kessler’s debut. But we did get to see QB-turned-WR Terrelle Pryor take snaps under center. And catch a few passes. And run the ball a couple of times. And play defense to guard against a Hail Mary. And he probably sold concessions at halftime, too. And he almost beat the Dolphins by himself, until the Browns got in the way.

Patrick Peterson snagged a magnificent one-handed interception against the Bills. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, it’s been their one highlight of the game.

Packers CB Damarious Randall had the most savage pick of the day when he stole the ball right out of Eric Ebron’s hands.

The Packers kick returner once again took advantage of the NFL’s rule book to get an opposing kicker to kick out of bounds.

Jamison Crowder’s 50-yard punt return was made possible by his incredible juke on the Giants.

The Cardinals got burned by a bad snap again.

Allen Robinson’s catch in the end zone was ruled incomplete … and then overturned. Here’s why it was a touchdown.

Odell Beckham Jr. got the better of Josh Norman — including this one-handed grab — but Norman got to walk off the field with the W. So Beckham started a new rivalry: with this poor net.

No one tailgates like Bills fans.

The Lions committed the biggest pass interference penalty in at least 15 years.

Tyler Lockett had no mercy for 49ers punter Bradley Pinion.

Caraun Reid with the FAT GUY — er, rumblingest, bumblingest, stumblingest TD!

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw SIX interceptions against the Chiefs. Needless to say, it was the worst passing performance so far this season.

Jalen Ramsey is a rookie, but he isn’t afraid to trash talk anyone — including Steve Smith, the king of trash talk.

Major Injuries

Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland left against the Giants with an ankle injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Safety DeAngelo Hall is done for the year with a torn ACL.

Giants rookie cornerback Eli Apple was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Packers tight end Jared Cook was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury.

The Vikings’ injuries continue. Guard Alex Boone was carted off with a hip injury.

Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o was carted off the field with a non-contact leg injury.

Russell Wilson injured his left leg, but only left for one play. Soon after, though, the Seahawks shut him down due to their commanding lead over the 49ers.

Vikings roll past Giants on ‘MNF’ to stay unbeaten

NFL scores 2016, Week 4: Vikings stifle Giants at home to stay unbeaten

Minnesota capped an exciting Week 4 with a 14-point win over the Giants on “Monday Night Football.”

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The NFL has reached the quarter mark of the 2016 season following an exciting round of Week 4 games.

Sunday’s action got started off early with a London game between the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have had a disastrous 0-3 start to the season, but they potentially saved head coach Gus Bradley’s job — for now at least — with a 30-27 win over the Colts. Both teams are now 1-3, and the Houston Texans still have the inside track on the AFC South crown, even though they lost J.J. Watt for the year.

Seattle didn’t have much trouble with its cross-country trek to New York. The flight home will no doubt be a cheerful one as the Seahawks outplayed the Jets in a 27-17 victory.

The Atlanta Falcons surprisingly find themselves in first place in the NFC South at 3-1 after they managed to keep the once-powerful Carolina Panthers in the league basement with a 48-33 victory. It didn’t help the Panthers at all that Cam Newton was pulled from the game to undergo concussion evaluations.

Rex Ryan’sBuffalo Bills are never boring, but the New England Patriots‘ offense sure was as they stumbled and fell to their rivals, 16-0. The Bills didn’t appear too fazed by their injuries, while the Patriots are definitely ready to welcome Tom Brady back next week.

With a win on the road against the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys improved to 3-1 behind the rookie combo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams stayed on top of the NFC West with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Sunday Night Football featured the Pittsburgh Steelers getting Le’Veon Bell back after he served his three-game suspension. Behind five touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh absolutely crushed the Kansas City Chiefs 43-14 in game that didn’t even seem that close.

This week’s Monday Night Football game also didn’t quite live up to expectations. The Minnesota Vikings improved to 4-0 with a 24-10 win over the New York Giants that ended without much drama. New York entered the game 2-1 and looked ready to give the Vikings a real challenge at home, but Minnesota’s defense was once again up to the task as Eli Manning and Co. had more turnovers (two) than touchdowns (one). We’re still waiting for that one week of truly amazing primetime games this season.

Complete schedule and results (all times Eastern)

Cincinnati Bengals 22, Miami Dolphins 7

Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Indianapolis Colts 27

Atlanta Falcons 48, Carolina Panthers 33

Oakland Raiders 28, Baltimore Ravens 27

Chicago Bears 17, Detroit Lions 14

Houston Texans 27, Tennessee Titans 20

Buffalo Bills 16, New England Patriots 0

Seattle Seahawks 27, New York Jets 17

Washington 31, Cleveland Browns 20

Denver Broncos 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7

Los Angeles Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 13

New Orleans Saints 35, San Diego Chargers 34

Dallas Cowboys 24, San Francisco 49ers 17

Pittsburgh Steelers 43, Kansas City Chiefs 14

Minnesota Vikings 24, New York Giants 10


Allen Robinson spun the football and earned a taunting penalty, which cancelled out a penalty on the Colts for a high hit. Makes sense.

The Bills and Patriots couldn’t even wait until kickoff to start fighting.

It only took a pair of three-and-out drives for Bill Belichick to smash a tablet.

This cameraman has excellent “stop, drop, and roll” skills.

Here’s why 6’4, 274-pound defensive end Michael Bennett is wearing tiny kicker shoulder pads.

Earl Thomas tried his hand at officiating after the Jets fumbled.

Terrelle Pryor scored his first receiving touchdown for the Browns and did a LeBron celebration … and was then penalized for it. Boooo.

Josh Norman shook off a shaky first half to play shutdown defense. He even got penalized for imitating Katniss Everdeen.

Norman’s old team, the Carolina Panthers, were helpless against Julio Jones and his 300 receiving yards.

Rex Ryan celebrated the Bills’ big win by doing his favorite thing: messing with the Patriots.

A fan threw a helmet at Jerry Jones for an autograph and oops, it hit the Cowboys’ owner in the head.

The refs probably screwed the Browns, the last winless team in the NFL, on a fumble call.

The Buccaneers’ game was delayed by weather for the second straight week. They lost (again).

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was fined again for a touchdown celebration.

Mike Zimmer can’t stop cussing even when the Vikings are winning.


Cam Newton went head-to-head with a Falcons defender and left the game. The Panthers later confirmed he suffered a concussion.

Darrelle Revis left the Jets game vs. the Seahawks and did not return.

Trevor Siemian was carted off with a shoulder injury against the Buccaneers. Rookie Paxton Lynch took over under center.

49ers LB NaVorro Bowman suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against the Cowboys.

Carson Palmer left the Cardinals-Rams game with a concussion and is unlikely to play Thursday night against the 49ers.

Follow all the NFL Week 5 scores here

NFL scores 2016: Buccaneers outlast Panthers on ‘Monday Night Football’

In Week 5, Tom Brady made his triumphant return and the Falcons proved they’re for real against the Broncos. On Monday night, the Buccaneers hung on in a crucial NFC South game against the Panthers.

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Week 5 was another exciting weekend of NFL action, punctuated by the long-awaited return of Tom Brady and a handful of testy challenges for playoff hopefuls.

With the DeflateGate saga finally over, the New England Patriots welcomed Brady back to the field on Sunday. While the team had been doing fine without its star quarterback, Sunday proved to be quite the party for Brady and his fellow Patriots as they romped to a win over the Cleveland Browns. The Browns went through several quarterbacks throughout the contest and will no doubt be trying to solve their issues at that position this week.

The Philadelphia Eagles dropped their first game of the year after the Lions came back to win in Detroit, while the Minnesota Vikings stayed perfect while making life miserable for Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans. At this point, Osweiler looks like a downgrade from Brian Hoyer.

In the late afternoon, the surging Atlanta Falcons got their first true challenge of the season when they faced the Denver Broncos on the road. Matt Ryan shredded the Carolina Panthers last week, while Julio Jones went off for 300 receiving yards. The Broncos kept Jones in check, but it was the Falcons’ defense that surprisingly came through to hand Denver its first loss of the season. Last year’s second-half collapse won’t soon be forgotten, but the Falcons already have a comfortable lead in the NFC South.

With Ezekiel Elliott heating up and Dak Prescott playing well, the Cowboys won their fourth straight game after topping the Cincinnati Bengals at Jerry World. The Oakland Raiders also moved to 4-1 when the San Diego Chargers found yet another gut-punching way to lose.

Sunday Night Football has a high-profile matchup between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. Through a weird quirk of the schedule, the Giants are traveling to the Midwest in primetime for the second week in a row, having played the Minnesota Vikings on the road last Monday night. This one worked out the same way for New York, with another loss, 23-16 to the Packers.

On Monday night, the Buccaneers pushed the Panthers deeper into the hole this season with a 17-14 win. Kicker Roberto Aguayo, who has gotten a lot of attention for his struggles after being a second-round pick, made the game-winner as time expired for Tampa Bay.

Below are all the scores, highlights, and odds and ends for Week 5.

Week 5 scores and schedule

Arizona Cardinals 33, San Francisco 49ers 21

New England Patriots 33, Cleveland Browns 13

Detroit Lions 24, Philadelphia Eagles 23

Washington 16, Baltimore Ravens 10

Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 23

Tennessee Titans 30, Miami Dolphins 17

Minnesota Vikings 31, Houston Texans 13

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, New York Jets 13

Atlanta Falcons 23, Denver Broncos 16

Dallas Cowboys 28, Cincinnati Bengals 14

Buffalo Bills 30, Los Angeles Rams 19

Oakland Raiders 34, San Diego Chargers 31

Green Bay Packers 23, New York Giants 16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Carolina Panthers 14


Colts mascot Blue was forced to pay up after losing a bet last week to Jags mascot Jaxson De Ville.

Cody Kessler was having a good day, until he threw the ball out of the end zone for a safety. And then got hurt. Things escalated quickly.

Everyone is excited that Tom Brady is back (except for the Browns).

Brady showed no signs of rust, other than with his lame dad celebrations.

One Vikings fan bit the head off a live fish during the tailgate. Are Vikes fans trying to give Bills fans a run for their money?

The Vikings don’t even know how to spell the name of their own Pro Bowl defensive end, Everson Griffen.

The NFL made Antonio Brown take off his Muhammad Ali cleats, a week after it allowed him to wear Arnold Palmer ones. Death, taxes, the No Fun League.

The Ravens turned a pick-six into a 17-yard gain for Washington after linebacker C.J. Mosley fumbled the ball out of the end zone. Better to be lucky than good if you’re Washington, though.

The Eagles’ first lost of the year came after a controversial fumble call.

Rex Ryan was actually being nice when he named all USC alumni as his captains before the Bills played the Rams in the L.A. Coliseum.

One of the USC alums, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, felt right at home with a pick-six.

Tyrod Taylor lined up behind the wrong lineman. Whoops!

Brandon Marshall said the Jets were in the perfect place at 1-4. Let’s just say the Jets’ locker room was a really weird place after their latest loss.

The Chargers’ fourth-quarter curse continued after they botched a game-tying field goal attempt.

A few players went out of their way to avoid fun TD celebrations after the NFL’s draconian taunting rules.

Odell Beckham Jr. made up the kicking net he previously beat up, a truly touching moment.

Ted Ginn fumbled a punt after getting kneed in the stomach by a teammate.

Major Injuries

Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler is considered day-to-day after exiting with a chest injury. Charlie Whitehurst took over and became the fifth player to take snaps at quarterback for the Browns this season. Whitehurst also briefly left with a knee injury but returned.

Josh Norman headed to the locker room after injuring his right wrist, but he returned in the second quarter.

Steve Smith left against Washington with an ankle injury and did not return.

Jets linebacker David Harris injured his hamstring and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph suffered a concussion and did not return.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy went down with a left ankle injury in the third quarter against the Giants, and did not return.

Rams star CB Trumaine Johnson was carted off with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill left with a chest injury that he suffered in the second half against the Cowboys.

The Steelers’ leader in sacks Cameron Heyward left in the second quarter against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury.

Cardinals soar past Jets on MNF

NFL scores 2016: Cardinals soar past Jets on ‘Monday Night Football’

The Cardinals wrapped up an exciting Week 6 by blowing out the Jets in Arizona.

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Week 6 of the NFL season is in the books, and there were a handful of exciting games over the weekend.

The 1 p.m. slate found the Eagles getting a loss that they likely hadn’t anticipated as they fell to Washington by a single score. Washington kept pressure on Carson Wentz, and pulled out the tight victory in the NFC East matchup.

Another 1 p.m. game that had piqued interest was the matchup between the Bengals and the Patriots. Unfortunately for Cincinnati fans, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were just too much to handle. It was a career-best day for Gronk, who hauled in 162 receiving yards and a touchdown.

In the late afternoon, we got some marquee NFC games with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Atlanta Falcons. Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to their fifth straight win, and Ezekiel Elliott continues to live up to the hype for Dallas, becoming the first rookie to rush for 130 yards or more in four straight games.

With the loss, the Packers fell further behind the Minnesota Vikings, who are undefeated and on bye this week, in the NFC North.

The Seahawks got their bye week at a perfect time and Russell Wilson is close to full health after battling ankle and knee injuries earlier in the year. The Falcons dispatched the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos last week and Matt Ryan is playing at an MVP level, but they threw away their chance to take down the Seahawks on the road. Instead, Seattle came back to win, 26-24, but not without controversy thanks to a pass interference no-call.

On Sunday night, the Colts surged out to a lead in Houston, but Brock Osweiler came alive at the right time to help the Texans erase a late 14-point deficit and win in overtime. Houston improved to 4-2 and remains atop the AFC South.

The Week 6 finale on Monday Night Football saw the Arizona Cardinals have little trouble dispatched the New York Jets, 28-3. David Johnson had a monster game with 111 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while the defense allowed just 33 yards on the ground.

Here are all the scores, highlights, injury news, and odds and ends for Week 6.

Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

San Diego Chargers 21, Denver Broncos 13

Buffalo Bills 45, San Francisco 49ers 16

Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Chicago Bears 16

Detroit Lions 31, Los Angeles Rams 28

Miami Dolphins 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 15

New England Patriots 35, Cincinnati Bengals 17

New Orleans Saints 41, Carolina Panthers 38

New York Giants 27, Baltimore Ravens 23

Tennessee Titans 28, Cleveland Browns 26

Washington 27, Philadelphia Eagles 20

Kansas City Chiefs 26, Oakland Raiders 10

Dallas Cowboys 30, Green Bay Packers 16

Seattle Seahawks 26, Atlanta Falcons 24

Houston Texans 26, Indianapolis Colts 23 (OT)

Arizona Cardinals 28, New York Jets 3


The Jaguars weren’t even close to spelling Prince Amukamara’s name correctly.

Brandin Cooks’ bow-and-arrow celebration has been neutered to avoid a fine from the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick made his first start of the season and found Torrey Smith for a 53-yard strike, Kaepernick’s first touchdown pass in 364 days.

Eli Manning became just the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 touchdowns.

Vernon Davis scored his first touchdown in two years, but found out the hard way that his favorite celebration is now illegal.

If the Raiders move to Vegas, they should build a stadium that doesn’t fill with water.

Losing to the Dolphins left at least one Steelers player literally sick.

The Browns and Eagles found a way around the NFL’s ban on GIFs.

Panthers punter Andy Lee introduced the slide tackle to the NFL.

Things got pretty heated between Gronk and Vontaze Burfict.

Congratulations to Odell Beckham Jr., who is now engaged to the kicking net. Those two have come so far!

It was clear that Fun OBJ was back, and he practically beat the Ravens all by himself with a 222-yard game.

Golden Tate celebrated a touchdown by becoming a Lions cheerleader.

The Rams tried to blow up the Lions’ victory formation.

Colin Kaepernick was back under center and he wasn’t the savior for the 49ers. No one expected him to be anyway.

Cam Newton played like Superman, and it wasn’t enough to stop the Panthers from falling to 1-5.

Dak Prescott owns the record for most passes without an interception to start an NFL career. He passed Tom Brady in the record books.

Eddie Lacy can’t stop hurdling!

Dontari Poe is the Chiefs’ FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN secret weapon.

Jalen Ramsey has backed up his trash talking with his play on the field, including sealing the Jaguars’ win against the Bears.

The Seahawks got so excited after a touchback that they attacked their own mascot. Poor Blitz.

Ooh boy, Richard Sherman got REAL MAD when the Julio Jones scored a touchdown against Seattle’s blown coverage. Then later, Dan Quinn got REAL MADDER when Sherman wasn’t called for pass interference at the end of the game.

Frank Gore became the Colts’ first 100-yard rusher in four years on Sunday night, and liked it so much he did it twice. Wait, what?

Brock Osweiler will get credit for it too, but this touchdown was all Lamar Miller.

Jeff Fisher says the Rams’ players took it upon themselves to bust the Lions’ victory formation.

Patrick Peterson warmed up for Monday Night Football dressed as a giant, inflatable dinosaur.


Ben Roethlisberger injured his left knee against the Dolphins and even though he came back into the game after halftime, he had surgery for a torn meniscus on Monday. There is currently no timetable for his return.

The Bills got a scare when LeSean McCoy went down with an injury, but he later returned.

Odell Beckham Jr. headed to the locker room with a hip injury but came back in and had a huge game.

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is out after sustaining a concussion against the Giants.

Browns safety Jordan Poyer was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a lacerated kidney.

49ers CB Rashard Robinson was ruled out with a concussion.

Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel left the game against the Seahawks after suffering a concussion.

Mo Claiborne left in the third quarter against the Packers due to a concussion.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett limped off with a knee injury and did not return, though Pete Carroll expects him to be fine.

Davante Adams exited against the Cowboys to get evaluated for a concussion.

The Packers lost CB Damarious Randall for the remainder of the game after he left with a groin injury.

Colts tight end Dwayne Allen left early against the Texans and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Terrell Suggs will undergo tests on Monday to determine if he has a torn bicep.

Broncos bottle up Osweiler, Texans in Week 7 win

NFL scores 2016: Broncos bottle up Brock Osweiler, Texans in Monday night victory

Denver shut down its former quarterback to wrap up Week 7 with a 27-9 win over Houston.

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The NFL has wrapped up Week 7, and as we approach the midpoint of the season the playoff picture is starting to take shape. We’re still a long way from any serious playoff races, but the contenders and pretenders are starting to get well-sorted at this point.

In the final game of the week, Brock Osweiler struggled against his former team as the Denver Broncos rolled to a 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans. Osweiler passed for just 131 yards on 41 attempts and Denver leaned on its ground game (190 rushing yards) and defense to get the win.

This Sunday started early with another London game, but this one comes with a twist. Rather than being held at Wembley Stadium like every other London matchup, this game was being played at Twickenham Stadium, a historic rugby cathedral that’s been standing for over a century. That added just a little flavor to a not very pretty 17-10 win for the Giants over the Rams. Despite a four-interception day from Case Keenum, Jeff Fisher insists he’s not going to start No. 1 pick Jared Goff.

The game on the 1 p.m. schedule that was the most touted was the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Minnesota Vikings. Philly picked up a big win, 21-10, to keep its race in the NFC East alive while knocking off the last undefeated team in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions won their third game in a row thanks to Matthew Stafford’s secretly great comeback skills. New York Jets snapped their losing streak with a win over the Baltimore Ravens, who dropped their fourth straight. The Cleveland Browns remain the only winless team in the NFL after they lost to their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals.

The most anticipated game of Week 7 featured the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the New England Patriots, an epic showdown between Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger … or at least it was, before Roethlisberger tore his meniscus last week. Landry Jones started in his place and the game was significantly less exciting as a result, with the Patriots winning 27-16. The NFL just can’t catch a break this season with star-studded matchups falling apart.

The San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons brought the dramatics once again. Philip Rivers led the Chargers on a game-tying drive with 18 seconds later and — following another uncalled pass interference against Julio Jones — the game headed to overtime. The Chargers won on a 42-yard field goal.

Any hope for Sunday Night Football finding its groove died with whatever the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks gave us. The two NFC West powerhouses provided a battle of defense and field goals all night, and both teams missed easy, chip shot field goal attempts late in overtime in their 6-6 tie.

Week 7 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Green Bay Packers 26, Chicago Bears 10

New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10

Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 17

Detroit Lions 20, Washington 17

Oakland Raiders 33, Jacksonville Jaguars 16

Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 21

Miami Dolphins 28, Buffalo Bills 25

New York Jets 24, Baltimore Ravens 16

Philadelphia Eagles 21, Minnesota Vikings 10

Indianapolis Colts 34, Tennessee Titans 26

San Diego Chargers 33, Atlanta Falcons 30 (OT)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, San Francisco 49ers 17

New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 16

Seattle Seahawks 6, Arizona Cardinals 6 (OT)

Denver Broncos 27, Houston Texans 9


Landon Collins broke all the tackles on this pick-six for the Giants.


The Vikings and Eagles are competing to see who can turn the ball over more.

The game between the Vikings and Eagles was getting so heated that even the refs were throwing elbows.

Golden Tate caught an unlikely pass that bounced off a defender’s back.

43-year-old Adam Vinatieri has now made an NFL-record 43 straight field goals.

Washington’s doink missed field goal should have counted on the style points alone.

A.J. Green somehow caught a one-handed Hail Mary touchdown right before halftime. A.J. Green is a cheat code.

Michael Crabtree was penalized for a throat slash celebration he didn’t even do.

Kirk Cousins fumbled the ball into his own running back’s crotch. Balls!

Sometimes turning the ball over is good — if you’re the Browns and Jets, at least.

The Jaguars were in full-on implosion mode after Malik Jackson and then Jalen Ramsey were ejected.

Marquette King’s conversion on fourth-and-24 is just one of many reasons to love the Raiders punter.

Jay Ajayi became just the fourth player ever to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back weeks. The Dolphins’ new all-Ajayi offense is totally working.

The refs DIDN’T flag Gronk’s touchdown dance. Finally, a celebration that’s legal!

Gronk is well aware that he’s one away from his 69th touchdown ever. Nice nice nice nice nice

Eli Manning insists he didn’t use “Trump” as an audible, buuuuuut that sure sounded like “Trump.”

The Steelers made the worst fourth-down decision of the week.

Here’s why the Seahawks weren’t called for a leaping penalty when they blocked a field goal (Sorry Bruce Arians.)

We still can’t believe those last five stupid, glorious minutes of the historic tie between the Seahawks and Cardinals. But the reactions of the players were so agonizing to watch.

The Monday Night Football crew tried kicking field goals. The results were not pretty.

Brock Osweiler somehow threw a fumble seven yards. A fumble!

Major injuries

Geno Smith’s first start since 2014 was short-lived after he headed to the locker room with a knee injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick was back under center for the rest of the game.

The Jets were also without Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold after he left with an ankle injury.

Cody Kessler was ruled out after being evaluated for a concussion, leaving the Browns with yet another rookie quarterback. Kevin Hogan became the sixth player to take snaps for the Browns this season.

Bills safety Aaron Williams suffered a neck injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game after a cheap shot from the Dolphins.

The Lions and Washington both lost their top cornerbacks. Darius Slay did not return after suffering a hamstring injury, and Josh Norman exited due to a concussion.

LeSean McCoy played despite dealing all week with a hamstring injury … and then left the game with a hamstring injury.

Tevin Coleman did not return against the Chargers with a hamstring injury.

Texans tackle Derek Newton was carted off with a knee injury against the Broncos.

Follow all the Week 8 NFL action here

NFL scores 2016: Bears surprise Vikings with 20-10 win on ‘Monday Night Football’

Chicago finished off Week 8 with an unexpectedly confident victory over division-leading Minnesota.

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We’re reaching the halfway point of the NFL season and the playoff picture is starting to take shape. The week wrapped up Monday night with the Minnesota Vikings losing to the Chicago Bears, 20-10, for their second straight loss since starting 5-0.

The Sunday slate started off early, with an overtime game in London between Washington and the Cincinnati Bengals that ended with a 27-27 tie. For the first time since 1997, we got to see back-to-back ties in the NFL.

There was almost another tie, but Derek Carr was able to lead the Raiders to a walkoff win with 1:36 left in overtime against the Bucs. The Raiders still won despite an NFL-record 23 penalties in a single game.

The 1 p.m. ET slate was headlined by a rematch between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots. The game was decidedly one-sided with Tom Brady and the gang rolling up, over and around the Bills for a 41-25 victory.

The Seattle Seahawks came within inches of a last-second win over the New Orleans Saints, but they couldn’t overcome another bad performance by the offense. The Seahawks dropped to 4-2-1 and the Saints are now 3-4.

The Cleveland Browns started off hot, but the New York Jets came out strong in the second half. It was the most heartbreaking loss for the 0-8 Browns yet, and that’s saying something.

The San Diego Chargers were finally getting the breaks their way after some awful luck earlier in the season, but they couldn’t pull off a second win over the Denver Broncos this season.

In the NFC game, the Atlanta Falcons were once again in a game that came down to the wire, but this time they came out on top against the Green Bay Packers. Matt Ryan found Mohamed Sanu for a touchdown with 32 seconds left, and the Falcons remain on top of the NFC South.

Last week’s Sunday Night Football game was a dud, with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks limping to a 6-6 tie. There was far more excitement this week with the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. The hated divisional rivals also went to overtime, though with several more points on the board this week, and Dak Prescott finding Jason Witten for a touchdown in the extra period ended the night in the Cowboys’ favor. Dallas improved to 6-1.

Follow along below for all the scores, highlights, injury news, and odds and ends.

Complete Week 8 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Tennessee Titans 36, Jacksonville Jaguars 22 (Thursday)

Washington 27, Cincinnati Bengals 27 (OT, London)

New England Patriots 41, Buffalo Bills 25

Carolina Panthers 30, Arizona Cardinals 20

New York Jets 31, Cleveland Browns 28

Houston Texans 20, Detroit Lions 13

Kansas City Chiefs 30, Indianapolis Colts 14

New Orleans Saints 25, Seattle Seahawks 20

Oakland Raiders 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 (OT)

Denver Broncos 27, San Diego Chargers 19

Atlanta Falcons 33, Green Bay Packers 32

Dallas Cowboys 29, Philadelphia Eagles 23 (OT)

Chicago Bears 20, Minnesota Vikings 10


Not even a blatant hold from Josh Norman could stop A.J. Green from making a spectacular catch.

He was probably (hopefully!) being sarcastic, but Jay Gruden said he didn’t know games could end in a tie.

Josh Norman wants the refs reprimanded after he was flagged five times against the Bengals.

Earl Thomas was penalized for hugging a ref. Hugs, not flags!

DeAndre Hopkins is lifting Brock Osweiler’s spirits with a sweet one-handed catch.

Gronk scored the 69th touchdown of his career. If only there was a word to describe the occasion …

Browns fans messed up their sign, so say goodbye to the Dawg Pound and say hello to #GPODAWUND.

Raiders OT Donald Penn scored a FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN agains the team that once cut him.

Bill O’Brien got REAL MAD at his special teams coordinator.

Pete Carroll got REAL MAD at the refs.

Quincy Enunwa might have saved Ryan Fitzpatrick’s job all by himself.

Never tweet, Joe Namath.

Yep, someone threw a dildo on the field during the Bills-Patriots game.

We have a solution to the NFL’s declining ratings: frisbee dog!

Sunday was not a very kicker-friendly day.

Washington’s PR guy shoved a German reporter who tried to interview kicker Dustin Hopkins.

Cam Newton said he “doesn’t feel protected” by NFL officials and plans to talk to Roger Goodell about it.

Richard Sherman was on the wrong end of a no call this week, and he didn’t like it one bit.

Travis Benjamin’s touchdown catch was so mesmerizing it should be an award-winning film.

The Chargers coached themselves to a loss.

The Cowboys’ best play against the Eagles was a fake punt.

Did Dez catch it? (Yes, he did.)

The Bears put together some spooky, scary photos for Halloween.

Jay Cutler threw a pinpoint pass right off the back of Alshon Jeffery’s head.

Matt Hasselbeck’s Brian Urlacher costume was uncanny.

Major Injuries

Washington safety Duke Ihenacho left in overtime with a concussion.

Sean Smith did not return for the Raiders due to a shoulder injury.

Alex Smith left to undergo a concussion test early against the Colts and was later cleared and returned. However, after his head was slammed to the ground in the third quarter, Smith exited the game again and was ruled out, though the Chiefs say he did not suffer a concussion. Nick Foles took over under center both times and might have played better than Smith.

Spencer Ware was also ruled out of the game for the Chiefs with a concussion.

Bryce Petty made his regular season debut after Ryan Fitzpatrick exited to get evaluated for a concussion. Fitzpatrick came back in soon after.

Vontae Davis was evaluated for a concussion.

Shaq Thompson did not return for the Panthers after suffering a knee sprain.

Vince Wilfork left the game against the Lions with a groin injury.

Devontae Booker left with a shoulder injury but later returned. The Broncos, who placed C.J. Anderson on IR earlier in the week, can’t really afford any other running back injuries.

In a scary moment, Broncos DC Wade Phillips was carted off the field after Melvin Gordon collided with him. Phillips was taken to the hospital but was alert and moving all his extremities. He was later released and is expected back to work Monday.

Cowboys safety Barry Church was ruled out with an arm injury.

Tyrann Mathieu is out 3-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.

Week 8’s most important NFL games

NFL standings: Updating the playoff picture during Week 8

The Eagles had an opportunity to knock the Cowboys down a peg in the standings this week and blew it.

This week is the unofficial halfway point of the NFL season. From here on out, games take on an increased significance as the year winds down and the playoffs loom. Nobody is out of it, technically, but already some games matter more than others.

This week’s games still have us wondering which team, if any, can legitimately challenge the Patriots for the AFC. There might not be an answer to that question. Hell, it’s hard enough trying to figure out which team is second-best in the AFC.

Right now, the Broncos have a hold on the No. 2 spot in the playoff standings thanks to their win this week over the Chargers. The Raiders also have six wins, but they’re in the wild card spot. Speaking of, the AFC West is bonkers right now. Three teams from that division could make the playoffs. The Chiefs currently have the second wild card spot.

The most important game this week was Sunday’s primetime tilt between the Eagles and Cowboys. An Eagles win would have put them in first place in the NFC East, but they let the Cowboys rally to tie late in the fourth quarter. The game headed to overtime, where the Cowboys won and stayed atop the NFC. The loss punted the Eagles from the playoff standings this week.

Remember, this is all still very preliminary. Standings are sorted in part based on win percentage, and that’s skewed because some teams have played an extra game thanks to bye weeks.

We’ll update this throughout the day on Sunday and into Monday night.

Washington 27, Bengals 27

Oh great, another tie to gum up the standings!

Chiefs 30, Colts 14

Kansas City’s fate right now depends on what the Broncos do. If Denver loses, the Chiefs will be in second place in the division.

Raiders 30, Buccaneers 24

The Raiders stay in first place in the division. And they still have the second seed in the AFC for now.

Saints 25, Seahawks 20

Seattle stays on top of the NFC West standings despite the loss. Arizona lost, too, which helps them by leaving the division standings in stasis for now.

Texans 20, Lions 13

The Texans hang on to first place in the AFC South!

Jets 31, Browns 28


Patriots 41, Bills 25

The Patriots created even more separation between them and the rest of the AFC.

Panthers 30, Cardinals 20

That’s only the second win of the season for the Panthers. They’re still at the bottom of the NFC South, but with the way things are going, you never know!

Broncos 27, Chargers 19

Denver holds on to a wild card spot and remains in the lead in the AFC West at 6-2.

Falcons 33, Packers 32

The Falcons hang on to first place in the division.

Cowboys 29, Eagles 23

Dallas solidifies its lead in the division and hangs on to the top spot in the NFC, even with a Vikings win, thanks to having a better conference record.

Bears 20, Vikings 10

Moral victory for the Bears, while the Vikings still hold the top spot in the division.

On a bye this week: Dolphins, Giants, Rams, Ravens, Steelers, 49ers

Here’s what the standings look like with one gameleft to play this week:


  1. Patriots (7-1, AFC East)
  2. Broncos (6-2, AFC West)
  3. Texans (5-3, AFC South)
  4. Steelers (4-3, AFC North)
  5. Raiders (6-2, Wild card)
  6. Chiefs (5-2, Wild card)


  1. Cowboys (6-1, NFC East)
  2. Vikings (5-2, NFC North)
  3. Seahawks (4-2-1, NFC West)
  4. Falcons (5-3, NFC South)
  5. Packers (4-3, Wild card)
  6. Giants (4-3, Wild card)