NFL scores 2016: Seahawks’ rowdy win over Bills caps off Week 9
Week 9 wrapped up with the Seahawks hanging on for a huge win over the Bills on “Monday Night Football.”
We’ve passed the halfway point in the NFL season and it’s time to start paying serious attention to the playoff picture. Week 9 featured a slate full of big games, and several teams boosted their postseason odds with crucial victories.
Perhaps the most important game of the 1 p.m. schedule featured an AFC North matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers’ struggles continued, despite the fact that star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was back in the lineup. The Ravens took advantage of those struggles and in the process ended a their four-game losing skid as they picked up the 21-14 win.
Another key divisional game pitted the suddenly vulnerable Minnesota Vikings against the Detroit Lions. The Vikings capitalized on a late drive that ended with a touchdown and the 16-13 lead with just 23 seconds remaining in the game. Minnesota’s defense then inexplicably allowed the Lions to move the ball down the field and into field goal range, where Detroit tied the game and forced overtime. The Vikings then fell apart, allowing an 11-play drive that culminated in a touchdown and the 22-16 win for the Lions.
The Vikings still hold a half-game lead in the NFC North. Later in the day, the Packers fell to the Colts and out of the playoff picture — for now.
In the AFC East, the Dolphins have now won three in a row, beating the Jets, 27-23, on Sunday. Jay Ajayi didn’t reach 200 yards, but he did get more than 100 rushing yards against the league’s top rush defense.
The biggest game of Week 9 in a walk was the Sunday Night Football showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. Latavis Murray rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and the Raiders held serve at home, beating the Broncos to sit all alone in first place in the AFC West at 7-2.
And to wrap up the week, Seattle got a big (if controversial) 31-25 win over Buffalo on Monday Night Football. The Bills had a chance to win in the final minute, but the Seahawks’ defense held strong in the red zone to force a turnover on downs to clinch the victory.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick left in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins with a knee injury. Bryce Petty replaced him, taking the first snaps of his NFL career, but Fitzpatrick later returned to the game. He’ll get an MRI on Monday.
As the NFL heads into Week 10, the remaining games are crucial for the teams that want to clinch a playoff berth. While no one has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, there is no room for error.
The New England Patriots are up by three games in the AFC East, and they will likely win the division again the year. The Oakland Raiders are sitting at the top of the AFC West with seven victories, but the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs have six. The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for first in the AFC North. However, the Ravens hold the tiebreaker because they have more division wins.
The Houston Texans are leading the AFC South at 5-3, but the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans are on Houston’s tail at 4-5. The AFC North, AFC South, and AFC West are still up for grabs.
In the NFC, the Cowboys are the hottest team at 7-1, and they are first in the NFC East. While the New York Giants have five wins, the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington have four.
In the NFC North, the Vikings started off at 5-0, but they are now on a three-game loosing streak. However, Minnesota is still ahead in the division, but the Lions are only one game away from taking the division lead.
The Matt Ryan-led Atlanta Falcons are ahead by two game in the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints are right behind Atlanta with four victories. The Seattle Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West and got a bit of breathing room in the division with a win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. Seattle has now won five games, and the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals both have three wins.
NFL scores 2016: Giants keep pace in NFC East with narrow win over Bengals
The Steelers and Cowboys gave us the most entertaining game of the year, and on Sunday night, the Patriots and Seahawks almost topped it. The Giants and Bengals had a pretty good Monday, too.
As we close the door on Week 10 of the NFL season, the postseason race is starting to sort itself out. The Baltimore Ravens climbed one step closer to earning a playoff berth by beating the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football to take a lead in the AFC North, and several teams improved their position Sunday.
There were eight games in the 1 p.m. ET slate with a pivotal NFC game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles on tap. The Eagles ended a two-game losing skid with the 24-15 win and are back above .500 again. Meanwhile, the Vikings continued their skid with their fourth straight loss, falling to 5-3-1 Washington.
The Denver Broncos topped the New Orleans Saints, but not without a little controversy. The Saints were attempting the go-ahead extra point, but the Broncos blocked it and brought it back for the game-winning score. The officials reviewed the play to see if Denver’s Will Parks stepped out of bounds on the return, but they upheld the call. Broncos win, 25-23.
In the second group of games, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys gave us perhaps the best game of the season. Dak Prescott led the Cowboys into Pittsburgh, where the Steelers were trying to end a three-game losing streak. It looked like the Cowboys might seal a victory when Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown with less than two minutes left to give the Cowboys the lead. Then, the Steelers drove right down the field and Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown on a fake spike touchdown to give them the lead.
But the Cowboys weren’t done, and Elliott struck again, this time sprinting untouched for a 32-yard game-winning touchdown to break the Steelers’ hearts.
To close out the day on Sunday Night Football, the New England Patriots host the Seattle Seahawks gave us a Super Bowl rematch for the ages. Once again, the game came down to the 1-yard line. This time, the Seahawks came out on top.
On Monday night, the New York Giants earned a huge home win over the Cincinnati Bengals to stay in second place in the NFC East. New York might have a tough time catching up with Dallas, but these wins will be crucial if the team wants to land a wild card spot.
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Elsewhere in the NFC East, the New York Giants continued their own winning streak. The Giants have now won five in a row after a 22-16 victory over the Chicago Bears.
The Ravens are still on top of the AFC North, but are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who easily dispatched the winless Cleveland Browns. Speaking of tenuous division leads, the Detroit Lions remain in first in the NFC North after a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Minnesota Vikings snapped their losing streak and are right there at 6-4 with the Lions.
Right behind them in the division, the Green Bay Packers suffered a fourth straight loss, thanks to a porous defense allowing Kirk Cousins and Washington to have their way on Sunday Night Football.
In the late afternoon slot, the Seattle Seahawks basically ran out of running backs but saw quarterback Russell Wilson throw one touchdown pass and catch another in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle improved to 5-0 at home this season, staying in good shape for a first-round bye.
No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff is made his NFL debut for the Los Angeles Rams, who led most of the game against the Miami Dolphins before falling in the final two minutes.
The week concluded in Mexico City, where the Oakland Raiders finished off a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans to keep pace in a tough AFC West. The Raiders, Broncos, and Chiefs are all now tied with 7-3 records after 11 weeks this season.
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NFL scores 2016: Live updates, results, highlights, and more from Week 12
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The Cowboys became the first 10-win team of the 2016 season with a win over Washington during Thursday’s triple-header. No team is going to catch them for that mark, not this Sunday anyway. However, a few could get one step closer to double digits.
Kansas City moved to 8-3 and in second place in the AFC West, behind the 9-2 Raiders, who withstood a furious Panthers rally earlier in Oakland.
New England had a tough time with the rival New York Jets, but pulled it out in the end. It was win number 200 for Tom Brady, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most of all time by a quarterback (playoffs included).
In the NFC, the Cardinals-Falcons game didn’t live up to expectations as Atlanta’s hot offense proved to be far too much for their foes from Arizona. New Orleans hosted the Rams, and it was an absolute one-sided contest and Sean Payton made sure the score reflected it.
On Monday night, the Packers kept their hopes alive in the NFC North with a big win over the Eagles. Aaron Rodgers had one of his best games of the season by throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead Green Bay to victory.
In the AFC, the Bills shook off a slow start and, thanks to some help from Gus Bradley and the officiating, handed the Jaguars their sixth straight loss.
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Week 12, Scores and schedule (all times Eastern)
Detroit Lions 16, Minnesota Vikings 13 (Thursday)
Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington 26 (Thursday)
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Indianapolis Colts 7 (Thursday)
NFL scores 2016: Live updates, highlights, news, and more from Week 13
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With Thanksgiving in the rearview window, the NFL season entered its final stretch run in Week 13. Plenty of teams are still alive in the playoff chase and nearly every game from here on out has big stakes.
The Indianapolis Colts got back to .500 with a 41-10 win over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. That vaults them into a three-way tie with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans atop the AFC South.
Week 13 has no shortage of games featuring teams trying to solidify their postseason positioning. The Atlanta Falcons were about to seal a win over Kansas City when the first pick-two to ever be scored in the NFL gave the Chiefs the win. The Baltimore Ravens held on to the AFC North pole with a convincing win over the once-red-hot Miami Dolphins. The Green Bay Packers were completely at home in the snow as they continued to build on their momentum with a win over the Houston Texans, whose lead in the AFC South is slowly slipping away.
The late afternoon slate featured the Oakland Raiders coming back from two scores back to beat the Buffalo Bills. Khalil Mack was a monster on defense for the Raiders, whose offense also kicked into gear in the second half to reclaim to No. 1 seed in the AFC at 10-2.
The Steelers held off the Giants to keep pace with the Ravens atop the AFC North, while the Buccaneers beat the Chargers to leapfrog Washington for the sixth seed in the NFC. Washington fell to the Cardinals in Arizona.
This week’s Sunday Night Football game doesn’t look as exciting as it did in August, with the Seattle Seahawks hosting a fading Carolina Panthers team. It was more of the same on Sunday night, with the Seahawks blasting the Panthers 40-7.
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Credit the Giants defense for playing one hell of a game. The secondary didn’t give Dallas’ receivers any room to work. The pass rush, without Jason Pierre-Paul, gave the vaunted Cowboys offensive line no quarter.
Down by three in the fourth quarter, Dak Prescott finally hit Dez Bryant for what should’ve been a much-needed first down. Dez even caught it this time! But then he fumbled it. The Giants recovered and burned one critical minute off the clock, giving Dallas the ball with barley a minute left.
It looked like Dez caught a 17-yard pass on a critical fourth-and-10, but the ruling was overturned. No catch.
Prepare yourself. The Tony Romo takes are coming. They’ll be here all week, probably beyond that.
“Dallas would’ve won that game with Romo at quarterback” is the general theme.
Whatever. Prescott helped get the Cowboys to 11-2 and probably to a No. 1 seed in the NFC. That hot take also ignores the fact that the Giants defense was very good on Sunday night, and there’s no guarantee that Romo or any other quarterback would’ve played any better.
Rise of the forgotten teams
The next biggest story from Sunday, the overarching theme that will have ramifications for the playoffs and beyond, was the surprise teams showing up to tell us that they aren’t really a surprise anymore. They are, to use the old cliche, for real.
Realest of the bunch may be the Tennessee Titans, a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2008, when Jeff Fisher of all people, was still running the team. All the Titans did this week was embarrass the Super Bowl champion Broncos, their defense in particular.
Tennessee had 138 rushing yards on 26 attempts in the first half this season (Denver had 12 rushing yards through the first two quarters). They also had a 13-0 lead. Their passing game didn’t do much, but it never really needed to.
They’re tied with the Texans at 7-6 in the AFC South. However, Houston has an edge because they’re 4-0 against the division while the Titans are 1-3. The Titans play the Jaguars in two weeks and then it’s a Week 17 showdown with the Texans, in Nashville, that could determine the division winner.
Also in the department of WTF, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep on winning, beating the Saints 16-11 and making Drew Brees look all too human in the process. Keith Tandy intercepted Brees in the final minute of play to seal the win. Their defense is quietly pretty damn good.
Roberto Aguayo didn’t even miss any kicks!
Tampa is tied with Atlanta, which also won this week, at 8-5, but the Falcons have the edge after sweeping their series with the Bucs this year. The Bucs and Cowboys are playing next Sunday night in primetime.
The Bucs and the Titans vying for playoff spots. The Broncos and Packers holding on for dear life. The 2016 NFL season is starting to get fun!
Deflated balls and defeated Rex Ryan
Before the games kicked off on Sunday there were two stories commanding most of the oxygen.
Ryan needed a big performance from his team. Instead, the Bills allowed Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell to rush for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 62 receiving yards, making him the only player besides Jim Brown with at least 225 rushing yards, three touchdowns and at least 50 receiving yards in a game. Yes, Le’Veon Bell may have gotten Rex Ryan fired.
Aqib Talib had a good reason for going after Harry Douglas
I’ve heard better excuses from children, or even Jeff Fisher!
Aqib Talib took it upon himself to retaliate. I honestly can’t say that I blame him. Douglas didn’t get penalized for that play. He’ll probably get a fine, which is kind of meh.
I wish I had some salient point about how the league could deal with this. I’m not sure there really is an easy way. An eye for eye usually causes more problems than it solves, but if someone’s going after a teammates knees, what do you expect to happen.
It’s virtually the same hit Campbell put on Cam Newton, one that Newton complained about because it didn’t get called in the game. Campbell did get fined for that one, and he may get fined for this one too. But it doesn’t look like a dirty play and Campbell doesn’t have a reputation for those kind of hits either.
The Dolphins quarterback probably has a torn ACL, leaving Miami to chase a Wildcard spot with Matt Moore under center. It’s probably not a death blow to their playoff hopes, at least not as bad as it seems on first glance.
Tannehill had 10 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 96.9 QB rating since the Dolphins started their 7-1 run back in Week 6. It means more work on the offensive line and the running game, but with their next two against the hapless Jets and Bills, it’s possible. They catch the Patriots in Week 17, but New England could be resting its starters at that point.
Tough break for the Dolphins. They finally seemed to be evolving into something better than an ongoing disappointment.
Seahawks have become the Steelers of the NFC
One thing I’ll never understand about the Steelers is how they can be such a great team, loaded with talent, and then go on the road and lose a game where they should’ve won. I realized something watching Russell Wilson’s five-interception day in Seattle’s 38-10 loss to Green Bay: this is what the Seahawks have become.
This is an immensely talented team that takes fans to the highest of highs, like a beatdown of the Panthers last week at home and 31-24 road win over the Patriots in Week 10. And then they’ll lose a game like this one or one against the Buccaneers in Week 12.
The Seahawks have weaknesses. It certainly doesn’t help trying to defend against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers without Earl Thomas. They didn’t have him against the Bucs either. And that offensive line, woof! But they seem to able to muddle through with whatever terrible o-line they have from time to time.
Russell Wilson threw a career-high five interceptions. His passer rating over his last three games is 53.3, a mark only Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer have bested. The difference is Wilson is a perennial MVP favorite, deservedly so.
Every team has bad games, terrible stretches and forgettable seasons. It’s just weird to see a team go from such extremes week to week, but the Steelers and Seahawks are doing their best to normalize it.
His 32 touchdown passes lead the NFL, and he’s on pace to match his 2014 MVP numbers. There’s nothing else to the Packers offense right now. Rodgers is doing the heavy lifting and they’re going places because of it. Is there anything more to being an MVP than that?
Let us praise the losers
It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you win or lose. Or something like that.
Arizona Cardinals — It rained and rained and rained on the Cardinals. “But when it continually pours when you have the ball, which was kind of odd, it’s tough, it makes it tough,” Arians said after the game.
NFL scores 2016: Live results, highlights, news, and more
The Packers, Titans, and Patriots were among teams to earn crucial wins in Week 14.
Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season is officially in the books after another exciting slate of games across the league.
On Monday night, the New England Patriots hung on for a 30-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. A pair of fumbles on special teams almost cost New England the game, but it hung on to deliver a huge blow to the Ravens’ chances of winning the AFC North.
In the early games on Sunday, the Houston Texans took a step ahead of the Colts in the AFC South with a 22-17 victory over Indianapolis. Of course they are still tied in first place with Tennessee thanks to a solid win by the Titans over the Broncos, 13-10.
Rams vs. Seahawks 2016 final score: Seattle clinches NFC West with 24-3 win
The Rams fall to 4-10 with the loss.
Firing Jeff Fisher didn’t make a difference for the Los Angeles Rams this week, as they fell 24-3 on the road to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.
These division rivals first met in Week 2 of the regular season, battling to a 9-3 Seahawks win in Los Angeles. This Week 15 matchup featured more scoring, but only by the Seahawks.
After a slow start, and a scoreless first quarter, Seattle surged back and dominated Los Angeles. The Seahawks’ defense sacked Jared Goff four times and forced a fumble.
Russell Wilson bounced back from a terrible Week 14 performance in a 38-10 loss to the Packers in Green Bay to finish Thursday’s game 19 of 26 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and one late-game interception.