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.
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.
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 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.
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.