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The schedule lightens up a bit in the first week with bye teams.

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Bye weeks started around the NFL this week, but that hasn’t stopped the NFL from giving us plenty to talk about. The Panthers look unstoppable after another big win, this time against the Lions. The Jaguars’ defense destroyed the Steelers, just as Maurice Jones-Drew predicted. The late games were highlighted by another Packers-Cowboys classic, with Aaron Rodgers delivering the last-minute winning touchdown in Dallas.

On Sunday night, the Chiefs stayed perfect with a 42-34 win over the Texans. Things were J.J. Watt injured his left knee and is now expected to miss the season, robbing us of seeing him in his prime.

Here’s all the news and highlights from around the NFL:

News

Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts game after some 49ers players kneeled for national anthem. San Francisco safety Eric Reid called the move by Pence “a P.R. stunt.”

Jerry Jones said if any players “disrespect the flag,” they won’t play.

Highlights

Myles Garrett finally made his NFL debut, and he got a sack on his FIRST play. Garrett celebrated his second career sack by paying tribute to J.R. Smith.

The Giants scored their first first-quarter points of the season … on a safety.

The Eagles’ home run touchdown celebration is the frontrunner for best of the season.

Carson Wentz set a career high with three passing TDs … and he did it all in the first quarter.

The Dolphins show us why you should always play until the whistle on this TD.

Christian McCaffrey’s first career touchdown was a nifty, possibly illegal, shovel pass.

Dolphins fans boo Jay Cutler, start a “We want Moore” chant.

Ryan Shazier had one of the strangest interceptions we’ve seen.

The Browns are like Sisyphus trying to get a lead this season.

Larry Fitzgerald became the third player to ever record a catch in 200 straight games.

Curt Menefee’s teleprompter is WAY TOO BIG.

The Browns benched DeShone Kizer. With Kevin Hogan under center, the Browns finally got their first lead of the season.

Browns TE David Njoku spiked the ball directly into his own butt after he scored.

Peyton Manning got to recreate a touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne during his Colts jersey retirement.

Nelson Agholor juked Budda Baker into oblivion on this 72-yard TD.

Titans’ Phillip Supernaw committed two false start penalties in a row, then scored the first touchdown of his career.

Leonard Fournette waved at a Steelers defender to come tackle him.

Odell Beckham Jr. caught a 48-yard touchdown pass, then performed CPR on the ball.

The Jaguars picked off Ben Roethlisberger FIVE TIMES.

Earl Thomas forced a fumble on Todd Gurley with a karate chop.

Adam Vinatieri kicked his 27th career game winner.

Joe Flacco made an elite play!

The Cowboys’ booming kickoff was so strong it made a wonderful-sounding DOINK off the uprights.

Spero Dedes had a hilariously inappropriate new name for Robert Quinn’s sack on Russell Wilson.

The refs flagged the Cowboys for unnecessary roughness for barely touching Aaron Rodgers.

The Cowboys’ desperate final play was filled with lots of laterals, but was doomed to fail.

Jared Goff led a comeback drive in the final minute for the Rams against Seattle, but his potential game-winning touchdown pass went off the hands of Cooper Kupp.

The Packers and Cowboys had to deal with blinding sunlight at AT&T Park in Dallas in the fourth quarter.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wondered if he “doesn’t have it anymore.”

Deshaun Watson saved a TD with a flawless tackle after a fumble against the Chiefs.

Charcandrick West gave us the sassiest TD celebration this season.

Deshaun Watson unloaded a beauty of a 48-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller.

Injuries

Bills tight end Charles Clay, the team’s leading receiver, was carted off with a knee injury. He will not return.

Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker left the game with an ankle injury and will not return.

Odell Beckham Jr. was carted off after he injured he fractured his ankle. He is expected to have surgery. He was the fourth receiver injured in the game.

Giants receiver Brandon Marshall was carted off against the Chargers. Both Marshall and Sterling Shepard were ruled out with ankle injuries. The Giants also lost WR Dwayne Harris to a foot injury.

Bengals corners Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) and Adam Jones (back) were both ruled out with injuries.

J.J. Watt went down with what looked like a tibial plateau fracture. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season. The Texans also lost Whitney Mercilus for the rest of the game against the Chiefs.

Travis Kelce was evaluated for a concussion, returned, left to get evaluated again, and did not return.

Complete schedule and results (all times Eastern)

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Buffalo Bills 16

New York Jets 17, Cleveland Browns 14

Carolina Panthers 27, Detroit Lions 24

Indianapolis Colts 26, San Francisco 49ers 23 (OT)

Miami Dolphins 16, Tennessee Titans 10

Los Angeles Chargers 27, New York Giants 22

Philadelphia Eagles 34, Arizona Cardinals 7

Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 9

Seattle Seahawks 16, Los Angeles Rams 10

Baltimore Ravens 30, Oakland Raiders 17

Green Bay Packers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

Kansas City Chiefs 42, Houston Texans 34

Before the games

We are past the quarter mark and heading straight into the middle stretch of the NFL season. Week 5 marks the start of the bye weeks, and with four teams off in Week 5, there are only 12 games on the Sunday schedule.

The early slate is light on compelling matchups, unless you’re into the battle of winless teams between the Giants and Chargers. Both teams should be better than their 0-4 records indicate, but bad luck and poor play has led them to this point. At least one of them should finally have a win at the end of the day, barring the dreaded tie.

Perhaps the best game of the 1 p.m. ET schedule features the Lions taking on the Panthers, with both teams at 3-1. The Lions and Panthers both sport impressive wins, but have some notable flaws to work out. This game should be an interesting gut check as they try to figure out where they stand in the NFC playoff picture.

Eagles vs. Cardinals is a sleeper Game of the Week pick, based on the talent alone. The Cardinals’ offense has been adrift without David Johnson, but they still boast plenty of star power and no team should take them lightly. On the Eagles’ side, this is a chance for Carson Wentz to really grab the horns and assert himself as one of the league’s top young quarterbacks. It feels like the Eagles still have a lot to prove despite being 3-1 and leading the NFC East.

In the late afternoon, the Rams host the Seahawks in a huge battle for control of the NFC West. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley have turned a new leaf under new coach Sean McVay, reinventing the Rams as an exciting team with game-breaking talent on both sides of the ball. This will be the biggest test of Goff’s development as he goes up against the Legion of Boom.

At 4:25 p.m. ET, the Packers and Cowboys face each other in a rematch of their classic playoff game from last season. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott haven’t been quite as efficient as they were last year, but the Cowboys’ defense is better than advertised and will have their hands full with Aaron Rodgers.

Sunday Night Football has a fascinating matchup between the Texans and Chiefs. The Chiefs are the last unbeaten team left in the NFL, with Andy Reid pulling out all the stops to help his team get there. Meanwhile, the Texans suddenly look like a legitimate contender with Deshaun Watson playing phenomenal football as a rookie. Is he for real, or just riding a hot streak? We’re about to find out when he faces KC’s imposing defense.

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The playoff races are starting to become more defined as we approach the midway point of the season.

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Let’s enjoy another NFL Sunday, shall we?

Unfortunately, a major injury dominated the news again. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone and could be out the rest of the season. Where do the Packers go from here?

The Falcons blew a 17-point lead at home and lost to the Dolphins. Deshaun Watson led the Texans to another big offensive performance against the Browns, who fell to 0-6. Another rookie quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, got his first win for the Bears — and might have helped saved John Fox’s job.

In the afternoon, the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team finally lost. The Steelers beat the Chiefs, in part because they finally let Le’Veon Bell run wild. Adrian Peterson made his debut for the Cardinals, and he looked like his old self.

And the Chargers did it! They won a game on a field goal!

The Giants also did it! They won a game!

Here are all the other big updates so far:

News

The 49ers benched Brian Hoyer and replaced him with C.J. Beathard.

Tom Brady now sits alone in first in wins by a starting quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick files a grievance against NFL owners for collusion.

Ben McAdoo isn’t calling plays for the Giants anymore. Mike Sullivan is.

Martavis Bryant is seeking a trade from the Steelers.

Highlights

Golden Tate made three Saints defenders look silly and then he flipped into the end zone.

What the hell is this Kevin Hogan pick-six?

Tarik Cohen threw a perfect TD pass on yet another trick play by the Bears.

Tom Brady screamed about “F***ING BULLSH*T!

Josh McCown carved up the Patriots in the first half, but it might not matter.

The Ravens got a kick return TD thanks to Bobby Rainey tripping over his teammate.

The Falcons looked like they were trying to give away the game to the Dolphins — and they did.

The Jets’ late touchdown against the Patriots was overruled after a questionable call by the referees.

Kiko Alonso took an afternoon stroll with a Falcons receiver over his shoulder.

It took 25 seconds for both the Jaguars and Rams to score.

Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown on his first drive for the Cardinals.

Le’Veon Bell was flagged for boxing the goalpost.

Look at this perfect Chiefs punt!

Officials cost the Jaguars a fumble return with a quick whistle.

Kareem Hunt dropped a badass stiff arm on the Steelers.

Andy Reid cost the Chiefs much-needed points on a failed fourth-and-goal attempt.

Antonio Brown’s one-handed TD catch off of a tipped pass is MAGIC.

Injuries

Aaron Rodgers was carted off after taking a big hit against the Vikings. He suffered a broken collarbone and could miss the rest of the season.

Jameis Winston injured his throwing shoulder against the Cardinals and is doubtful to return.

Leonard Fournette left with an ankle injury against the Rams, but he was cleared to return to the game.

Trevor Siemian left before halftime with a shoulder injury, but he returned in the second half of Sunday Night Football.

Complete scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Miami Dolphins 20, Atlanta Falcons 17

Chicago Bears 27, Baltimore Ravens 24 (OT)

Houston Texans 33, Cleveland Browns 17

Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 10

New Orleans Saints 52, Detroit Lions 38

New England Patriots 24, New York Jets 17

Washington 26, San Francisco 49ers 24

Arizona Cardinals 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33

Los Angeles Rams 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 17

Pittsburgh Steelers 19, Kansas City Chiefs 13

Los Angeles Chargers 17, Oakland Raiders 16

New York Giants 23, Denver Broncos 10

Before the games

The 2017 NFL season rolls on with 12 games on the schedule for Week 6. With September well in the rearview window, we’re approaching the point of the year where the true playoff contenders get separated from the also-rans. A lot of teams are about to have their seasons defined over the next few weeks.

Perhaps the most important game of the early window is an NFC North battle between the Packers and Vikings. The Vikings are still 3-2 despite major injury problems, losing Dalvin Cook for the year and sitting Sam Bradford back down after rushing him back last week. Minnesota’s defense will have its biggest challenge yet going up against Aaron Rodgers. The 4-1 Packers can take a stranglehold on the division with a win here.

Another early game to watch is a surprisingly intriguing contest between the Patriots and Jets. Believe it or not, both teams are 3-2 and fighting for first place in the AFC East (the Buffalo Bills, also 3-2, are on bye this week). The Jets are riding an unlikely three-game winning streak, but it’ll be truly stunning if they knock off Bill Belichik’s squad, even with the Patriots’ defensive problems.

The biggest game of the week happens in the late afternoon. Which Steelers team will show up this week? That’s the question when they take on the undefeated Chiefs on the road. Ben Roethlisberger threw five picks last and the offense looked sluggish yet again as the Steelers fell to 3-2. For a team with would-be Super Bowl expectations, they really need to start showing something. Any slip-up will be costly with their division rival Ravens, also 3-2, playing the Bears this week.

The second-biggest game of late afternoon feature the Rams and Jaguars, both defying expectations. The 3-2 Rams missed a shot to take control of the NFC West when they fell to the Seahawks, but an improved offense under Jared Goff and Todd Gurley means that they probably won’t be going away soon. The 3-2 Jaguars sit on top of the AFC South and already matched their win total from last season. The defense and Leonard Fournette are playing great, but how much longer can they keep hiding Blake Bortles? We’re about to find out soon.


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Week 7 was headlined by a Super Bowl rematch, but most of Sunday’s best came before that.

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Coming into Week 7, home teams had a losing record this season. After the Raiders’ edge-of-your-seat win over the Chiefs on Thursday, that record was an even 46-46. The tie was broken Sunday, with home teams going 8-5 on the day.

In the early games, the Packers lost to the Saints in their first full game without Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley’s first NFL start was not the spark the Packers needed. The Vikings took the NFC North lead, but not before letting the Ravens get a meaningless touchdown to beat the total.

The Bears topped the Panthers in a otherwise boring game that could be summed up in two GIFs. The Browns had a chance to beat the Titans, but they lost in overtime because, well, Browns.

In the late afternoon, the Cowboys rolled over the 49ers behind a career day from Ezekiel Elliott. The Steelers dominated the Bengals again, and the Broncos were shut out for the first time since 1992.

On Sunday Night Football, the Patriots picked up right where they left off against the Falcons in the Super Bowl, blowing them out 23-7 in a foggy primetime matchup.

Here are all the big plays and major news from around the NFL on Sunday:

News

The Browns made ANOTHER quarterback change, benching DeShone Kizer and putting in Cody Kessler.

T.Y. Hilton doesn’t hold back, saying the Colts’ offensive line needs to block.

CBS cameras showed Doug Baldwin yelling at Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable on the sidelines.

Justin Timberlake was officially announced as the Super Bowl LII halftime performer.

Highlights

Bears safety Eddie Jackson scored TWO 75-yard defensive TDs in the first half against the Panthers. It happened on the one-year anniversary of the injury that ended his college career.

Kenny Stills made a circus catch from his back.

The Packers’ fair catch interference call was correct, even if Ted Ginn Jr. bobbled the ball.

Referee in Colts vs. Jaguars forgot what to call a facemask penalty by saying it was “grabbing the helmet opening.”

Jets WR Robby Anderson celebrated his TD by sitting in the Dolphins stands.

Packers fans got extremely friendly with Aaron Jones on his Lambeau Leap.

Check out this mind-boggling one-handed catch by Christian McCaffrey.

The Buccaneers’ desperation last play had 10 laterals, took 43 seconds and went nowhere.

The Dolphins’ win over the Jets was ugly and beautiful and weird at the same time.

Vontaze Burfict kicked a Steelers player on the second play of the game.

Le’Veon Bell and JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hide-and-seek TD celebration may be the best of the season.

The Seahawks ran 10 plays inside the Giants’ 11-yard line and scored 0 points.

Le’Veon Bell used a stiff arm to jackhammer Dre Kirkpatrick through the Earth’s core.

Melvin Ingram blasted Trevor Siemian with a perfectly legal hit but got flagged anyway.

Jason Witten showed he’s still got it with this incredible one-handed catch.

Cowboys safety Jeff Heath, filling in for Dan Bailey, banged in an extra point off upright with loudest CLANG ever.

This Ben Roethlisberger reaction GIF is everyone’s new favorite meme.

The Seahawks scored on a flea flicker TD that looked exactly like the ‘“Fail Mary.”

The Steelers ran a beautiful fake punt with a double-digit lead to sink the Bengals.

Chris Hogan repped Penn State lacrosse during his Sunday Night Football intro.

The Patriots’ first touchdown against the Falcons was exactly the same play the Chiefs ran earlier this season.

It got really foggy on Sunday Night Football.

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is calling plays from the booth. Is the fog a factor?

Patriots copy a play from the Chiefs

Injuries

Ravens receiver Mike Wallace took a huge hit and got his helmet knocked off. He was almost immediately placed in concussion protocol and ruled out for the rest of the game.

Carson Palmer left the game against the Rams. It was later revealed Palmer had broken his arm and will have surgery. Drew Stanton is now the Cardinals’ starting quarterback.

The Colts lost three of their best defensive players to injury against the Jaguars: Malik Hooker (knee), John Simon (stinger), and Rashaan Melvin (concussion).

Oh no, Browns LT Joe Thomas was injured and missed the first snap of his career. His streak reached 10,363 snaps before he left with a triceps injury. He will not return.

Jay Cutler left with a chest injury and did not return. Matt Moore came in against the Jets.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey left with groin injury, so safety Jeff Heath starting handling kickoff duties.

Scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Buffalo Bills 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Chicago Bears 17, Carolina Panthers 3

Tennessee Titans 12, Cleveland Browns 9 (OT)

New Orleans Saints 26, Green Bay Packers 19

Jacksonville Jaguars 27, Indianapolis Colts 0

Los Angeles Rams 33, Arizona Cardinals 0 (London)

Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 28

Minnesota Vikings 24, Baltimore Ravens 16

Dallas Cowboys 40, San Francisco 49ers 10

Los Angeles Chargers 21, Denver Broncos 0

Seattle Seahawks 24, New York Giants 7

Pittsburgh Steelers 29, Cincinnati Bengals 14

New England Patriots 23, Atlanta Falcons 7

Before the games

With the NFL getting close to its midway point, Week 7 is shaping up as a gut check for plenty of teams, as the line between contenders and pretenders starts to become more defined.

The Brett Hundley era officially begins in Green Bay, when he makes his first NFL start with Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve. Hundley had some great performances in the preseason, but this will be a tough test for him with the Saints’ defense playing better than expected. The Packers’ playoff hopes will live and die based on how well Hundley does.

We’re getting another London game this week, and it’s not in the early morning. Even the Brits want a primetime game once in a while. This time it’s the Rams and Cardinals squaring off as both teams try to make headway in the NFC West. The Cardinals’ offense got a significant boost with a rejuvenated Adrian Peterson, but how long can he hold up? The Rams need more from Jared Goff, who’s fallen into a slump after a hot start to the year.

One of the most important games of the 1 p.m. slot might be … Jets vs. Dolphins? That’s not a typo — one of these teams will be over .500 at the end of the day. The Dolphins’ offense has been comically inept most of the year, but they keep pulling wins out of their hat. The Jets are getting it done with an underrated defense and some old-man grit by Josh McCown. Beating expectations is fun!

The late afternoon is headlined by an AFC North grudge match between the Steelers and Bengals. We’re still trying to figure out the Bengals, who got off to a terrible 0-3 start but rebounded under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. They could give headaches to a Steelers team that doesn’t always play up to its potential.

Finally, the Super Bowl rematch takes place on Sunday Night Football. Get all your 28-3 jokes ready and start preparing some 17-0 ones, because that’s the lead the Falcons blew last week. Neither them nor the Patriots have been as good as advertised this season, but it should still be a great atmosphere as the Falcons try to put some demons behind them.

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The NFL season has hit the halfway point.

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It’s an extra-spooky edition of the NFL this weekend with Halloween right around the corner and the season hitting its halfway point. Week 8 could be a crucial turning point for many teams, with the playoff picture just starting to come into focus.

The day got off to an early start, with the Vikings and Browns squaring off in the final London game of the season. Despite the Browns taking a one-point lead into halftime, the Vikings stormed back to win their fourth game in a row. The Browns, of course, are still winless but hey, they didn’t make a quarterback change!

The 49ers joined the Browns by falling to 0-8, while the Eagles improved their NFL-best record to 7-1. The Saints extended their winning streak to five in a row.

Later in the day, the Seahawks and Texans battled in one of the most entertaining games of the year. Here’s your two-minute recap of the Seahawks 41-38 win. Still want more? How about four ways the game was totally bananas.

On Sunday Night Football, the Steelers held on for a 20-15 win over the Lions to cap off the day.

Here’s all the major news and highlights from Sunday:

News

Le’Veon Bell accuses Bengals RB Joe Mixon of copying him.

Most of the Texans players kneeled during national anthem in protest of Bob McNair’s “inmates” comment.

Highlights

Let’s grade the best Halloween costumes around the league.

Melvin Gordon went basically untouched against the Patriots for the longest TD run of his NFL career.

Philip Rivers did his best Jay Cutler “I don’t give a f—” impression on a wildcat play.

Travis Benjamin ran for a safety on the worst punt return you’ll ever see.

These refs signaling a safety at the same time is mesmerizing.

A tiny kid dressed as Batman rushed the field during Falcons vs. Jets. It was ADORABLE.

Mike Trout gets yet another TD souvenir from the Eagles.

Philip Rivers lost 20 yards went he straight up dropped the ball, then recovered it.

Chuck Pagano was happy he won a challenge, then immediately sad because the Colts still didn’t get the ball.

The Eagles vs. 49ers broadcast was interrupted by an accidental James Franco appearance.

Alshon Jeffery charges the mound in Eagles’ latest baseball celebration.

The Bengals turned the tables with a pick-six vs. Colts right when they looked toast.

Philip Rivers celebrated spiking the ball with 1 second left, then threw a game-ending pick.

Falcons DT Grady Jarrett miiiiight have intercepted this Jets spike.

Earl Thomas baited Deshaun Watson into a pick-six.

The Seahawks challenged a Russell Wilson incompletion so it could be called a fumble.

The Cowboys vs. Washington game interrupted a Corona commercial with perfect timing.

Deshaun Watson told Alfred Blue to block for him, so Blue destroyed a guy.

Richard Sherman finally got his first interception of the season, and he did it by fooling Deshaun Watson.

Deshaun Watson was spun around and still delivered an absolutely perfect TD.

Jimmy Graham’s touchdown catch from Russell Wilson was the perfect ending for an incredible game.

The Seahawks had 479 yards of total offense. Russell Wilson had 482.

Le’Veon Bell celebrated his TD against the Lions by bench pressing with his team.

Ben Roethlisberger kept missing his receivers until he threw a beautiful 97-yard TD to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated his 97-yard TD with a tribute to his stolen bike.

Injuries

Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a gruesome leg injury on a touchdown that the refs ended up overturning. The catch ruled screwed the Bears over on that one.

Week 8 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Minnesota Vikings 33, Cleveland Browns 16 (London)

Buffalo Bills 34, Oakland Raiders 14

Cincinnati Bengals 24, Indianapolis Colts 23

New England Patriots 21, Los Angeles Chargers 13

New Orleans Saints 20, Chicago Bears 12

Atlanta Falcons 25, New York Jets 20

Philadelphia Eagles 33, San Francisco 49ers 10

Carolina Panthers 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3

Seattle Seahawks 41, Houston Texans 38

Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington 19

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Detroit Lions 15

The top stories from Sunday’s action

Before the games

One of the most interesting matchups of the 1 p.m. ET window will be the Bills hosting the Raiders, who are still trying to get their season back on track. Oakland had an incredible comeback win over the Chiefs last Thursday, but it now has to travel to the East coast against a Bills team that’s surprisingly 4-2. This game will say a lot about where the 3-4 Raiders really stand in the playoff hunt.

Are the Saints the best team in the NFC South? Perhaps, but they have a tricky home matchup with the Bears, who keep pulling wins out of nowhere with an aggressively basic offense. How much longer can they keep the training wheels on Mitchell Trubisky? We’ll probably find out when he’s forced to go toe-to-toe with Drew Brees.

Speaking of the NFC South, the Panthers will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they play the Bucs, who have been one of the most disappointing teams this season. At 2-4, Tampa is in real danger of falling out of the Wild Card race, and every game will be must-win from here on out.

There are only two late-afternoon games, and all eyes will be on Seattle when the Seahawks host the Texans, who gained attention for non-football reasons on Friday. After Bob McNair’s “inmates running the prison” comments became public, DeAndre Hopkins walked out of practice and many other players nearly did the same. Expect a show of solidarity on Sunday, in whatever form that may come. As for the on-field product, rookie sensation Deshaun Watson will have his biggest test yet when he goes up against the Legion of Boom.

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We’re now barreling into the second half of the season.

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This Sunday looked a little different than last week. Deshaun Watson, who has been so electric in his rookie year for the Texans, is out for the rest of the season. Brock Osweiler is starting for the Broncos. Jay Ajayi plays for the Eagles now, and Jimmy Garoppolo is with the 49ers (though he did not play this week).

And now that it’s November, the playoff picture has started to, at least ever so slightly, take shape.

The Eagles destroyed the Broncos to improve their NFL-best record to 8-1. They’re torching the NFL with a “college offense” right now. If you want to know what happened but don’t have much time, good news: here’s a two-minute recap.

The Cowboys stayed alive in the playoff race with a big 28-17 win over the Chiefs, while Washington got back in the win column with a thrilling last-minute victory over the Seahawks.

The Raiders closed out the day’s action with a 27-24 win over the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.

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

News

A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey were both ejected after this HUGE fight.

Jameis Winston instigated a big fight between the Bucs and Saints from the sideline.

Eli Manning became the seventh quarterback to eclipse 50,000 career passing yards.

Cam Newton compared the Panthers to the Titanic. Let that … sink in.

Tony Romo’s insight into the Cowboys made for his best day in the booth so far.

Carlos Hyde and two others were ejected after a fight broke out in the Cardinals-49ers game.

Ben McAdoo had no words to describe his halftime speech. Literally no words.

The Dolphins’ field conditions were terrible after Virginia Tech-Miami played on it the night before.

Three Dolphins players got Adam Gase to relax a team rule about kneeling during national anthem.

Highlights

Jameis Winston tried to motivate the Bucs before Saints game by eating a W … with his hand.

Jaguars WR Keelan Cole used one hand to catch a trash pass from Blake Bortles.

Brock Osweiler needed just six passes to throw an interception in his first start back with the Broncos.

The Rams turned third-and-33 into a TD against the Giants’ totally uninterested defense.

The Saints tried to trick the Bucs by hiding a man on a kickoff. It failed spectacularly.

Cam Newton literally dunked on the Falcons with this touchdown dive.

Jay Ajayi’s first TD with the Eagles was a perfect example of why they traded for him.

This adorable Saints baby was furious Ted Ginn tried to give him a football.

Ron Rivera says “don’t do that” after Cam Newton screams about going for it on fourth down.

The Texans’ inability to touch a downed T.Y. Hilton led to an 80-yard touchdown pass.

Julio Jones dropped this wide-open TD pass in heartbreaking fashion against the Panthers.

This Matt Ryan GIF sums up the current state of the Falcons.

Falcons fans thought the team had another timeout because FOX forgot to change the display.

The Texans’ comeback bid with Tom Savage ends with a disastrous last play in a loss to the Colts.

The Cowboys welcome Tony Romo back to AT&T Stadium with a heartfelt tribute video.

Mike Nugent banks in a PAT off the upright for the Cowboys with a loud BOOM.

Tyreek Hill scored on a Hail Mary play that actually wasn’t a Hail Mary at all.

Here’s how the Cowboys let the Chiefs score that inexplicable TD to end the first half.

Blair Walsh missed three field goals for the Seahawks in the first half against Washington.

The Chiefs celebrated Travis Kelce’s TD by pretending to have a potato sack race.

Washington intercepted the Seahawks’ 2-point conversion and returned it 83 yards … for 0 points.

Alex Smith finally threw his first interception of the season (reminder: it’s Week 9).

Andy Reid got blasted by his own running back and barely hit the turf.

Here’s why Josh Doctson’s catch against the Seahawks wasn’t ruled a TD.

The Raiders handed the Dolphins an onside kick with this idiotic formation.

Raiders TE Lee Smith told the ref “I was just kiddin’ around” after unnecessary roughness penalty.

Raiders WR Johnny Holton celebrated a TD by riding an imaginary dolphin.

Raiders OT Marshall Newhouse picked up a fumble and ran. It was glorious.

Injuries

Jameis Winston left with a shoulder injury at the end of the first half. Ryan Fitzpatrick came in to replace him.

Dez Bryant injured his ankle against the Chiefs.

Week 9 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Carolina Panthers 20, Atlanta Falcons 17

Indianapolis Colts 20, Houston Texans 14

Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Cincinnati Bengals 7

New Orleans Saints 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

Los Angeles Rams 51, New York Giants 17

Philadelphia Eagles 51, Denver Broncos 23

Tennessee Titans 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Washington 17, Seattle Seahawks 14

Arizona Cardinals 20, San Francisco 49ers 10

Dallas Cowboys 28, Kansas City Chiefs 17

Oakland Raiders 27, Miami Dolphins 24

Before the games

We’ve now reached November and the NFL season is picking up in urgency as it heads into the second half. Week 9 features plenty of action as teams try to make their mark in the playoff race.

Perhaps the most important game of the early afternoon is an NFC South matchup between the Panthers and Falcons. The defending NFC champs have struggled to find an identity on offense, stumbling to a 4-3 start. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 5-3 but traded away Kelvin Benjamin, so it’ll be interesting to see how the offense adjusts without him.

Following Deshaun Watson’s devastating ACL tear in practice, the Jaguars and Titans are the new favorites to battle for the AFC South crown. Jacksonville hosts the Bengals, while Tennessee is taking on the Ravens. Both teams are 4-3, but the Titans own the head-to-head tiebreaker after beating the Jaguars in Week 2.

Broncos vs. Eagles looked like a lot more interesting game a month ago, but Denver is on a three-game losing streak and benched Trevor Siemian for Brock Osweiler. Meanwhile, Philly is flying high at 7-1 and Carson Wentz has emerged as an MVP contender. It would be surprising if the Eagles don’t improve to 8-1 this week.

Ezekiel Elliott’s legal battle continues after he got granted a stay on his suspension, playing at least one more week as the Cowboys host the Chiefs. KC stopped a two-game slide and is well in control of the AFC West at 6-2. The 4-3 Cowboys can probably forget about the division race, but they’ll stay in the Wild Card picture for as long as they have Elliott.

Washington vs. Seattle is mostly a battle of attrition. Washington will be without Jordan Reed, Trent Williams, and Jamison Crowder. The Seahawks have ruled out Earl Thomas, who pulled his hamstring late in last week’s thriller against the Texans. Other than that, it’s been a great week for the Seahawks, who moved to first place in the NFC West and shored up their offensive line with the Duane Brown trade.