Many of the favored groups received on Sunday, however there was nonetheless a little bit drama, together with a mistake-filled efficiency by the main candidate for the Most Invaluable Participant Award, an unbelievably dangerous day for a veteran kicker and an upset led by a rookie quarterback making his first begin. And the Pittsburgh Steelers, who began the season 11-0, have misplaced two video games in a row.
Right here’s what we discovered:
High Passer: Drew Lock
Lock says he desires to let the ball fly on each play, however has largely proven a conservative strategy below the steering of John Elway, the Broncos’ president. “He has preached to me simply doing all your job and never making an attempt to power something,” Lock stated. “When you power it, these are those you need again.” The strategy labored effectively on Sunday, with Lock lulling Carolina right into a false sense of safety after which beating them with a pair of lengthy touchdowns to Ok.J. Hamler. Lock completed the day with a career-high 4 passing touchdowns.
High Runner: Derrick Henry
After a 215-yard efficiency in Tennessee’s 31-10 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, Henry has 4 profession video games with 200 or extra dashing yards and two or extra touchdowns, breaking a tie he held with Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson, every of whom is within the Corridor of Fame. Henry is main the N.F.L. with 1,532 yards dashing this season — simply 8 wanting the entire he led the N.F.L. with final yr — and he has run for 100 or extra yards in his final 9 street video games, one wanting Sanders’s N.F.L. document.
Jacksonville Coach Dough Marrone stacked the field for a lot of the sport, however was left at a loss when requested if there was extra his workforce may have executed to decelerate the Titans famous person. “I don’t suppose we may get any extra individuals up there,” Marrone stated.
High Receiver: Ok.J. Hamler
Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins and Kansas Metropolis’s Travis Kelce shared the N.F.L. lead with 136 yards receiving every, nevertheless it’s laborious to match the effectivity of Hamler’s day by which Denver’s rookie extensive receiver had simply two catches, however they went for touchdowns of 37 and 49 yards. The second landing gave the Broncos the insurance coverage they wanted to carry off a Carolina comeback.
“I beat the man, simply ducked my head down, similar as I did the final one, simply ran full pace to the upright,” Hamler stated of his 49-yard landing. “Subsequent factor I do know it’s within the air. I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve acquired me a play.’ Drew threw an excellent ball and I simply needed to go get it.”
One* Sentence About Sunday’s Video games
*Besides when it takes extra.
Colts 44, Raiders 27 There have been so many issues you possibly can give attention to on this convincing Indianapolis victory: Philip Rivers’s two landing passes; Jonathan Taylor’s career-high 150 yards dashing (and two touchdowns); or Khari Willis’s 50-yard pick-6. However while you issue within the diploma of issue, the spotlight to recollect is Kenny Moore’s one-handed interception in the long run zone within the second quarter.
Chiefs 33, Dolphins 27 It regarded prefer it may very well be a protracted day for Kansas Metropolis when the Chiefs fell behind by 10-0 within the second quarter, however because of landing drives of 75 and 74 yards, the Chiefs led at halftime, and by no means trailed once more.
Titans 31, Jaguars 10 Jacksonville has misplaced 12 consecutive video games — one wanting the franchise document — and a change at quarterback to Gardner Minshew within the second half led to a fast landing, however that wasn’t almost sufficient to make this recreation aggressive.
Buccaneers 26, Vikings 14 Tampa Bay had the ball for lower than 21 of the sport’s 60 minutes, and whereas Minnesota had the sport’s main passer, main rusher and main receiver, the Buccaneers walked away with a reasonably simple victory thanks largely to errors pressured by the workforce’s terrific go rush.
Packers 31, Lions 24 Aaron Rodgers had 290 yards passing, three touchdowns and solely seven incompletions — a typical day for him at this level — and Inexperienced Bay clinched the N.F.C. North. Of bigger concern for Detroit than the loss was an damage sustained by quarterback Matthew Stafford by which he took a tough hit by Inexperienced Bay’s Kenny Clark on the finish of a run and appeared to harm his ribs.
Payments 26, Steelers 15 Stefon Diggs had 10 catches for 130 yards and a landing. He’s the primary participant this season to achieve 100 receptions.
Seahawks 40, Jets 3 Final week felt like the underside for the Jets, however the workforce’s former star security, Jamal Adams, was credited with a sack of Sam Darnold within the second quarter, giving him the N.F.L.’s single-season document for sacks by a defensive again with 8.5. Adams solely wanted 9 video games to interrupt Adrian Wilson’s document of eight, which was set over the course of 16 video games in 2005. Rubbing some salt within the Jets’ wounds, the workforce’s former quarterback, Geno Smith, got here on in aid of Russell Wilson for mop-up responsibility on the finish of the blowout. The Jets are 0-13.
Eagles 24, Saints 21 Taysom Hill handed for a career-high 291 yards, however he additionally threw an interception and misplaced a fumble. The loss broke a streak of eight consecutive wins by backup quarterbacks for New Orleans.
Cardinals 26, Giants 7 Arizona’s Haason Reddick turned the sixteenth participant to document 5 or extra sacks in a recreation (for the reason that statistic turned official in 1982), main an all-out assault by which the Cardinals produced eight sacks and 11 quarterback hits. Reddick, who got here into the day with solely 12.5 sacks in 60 profession video games, additionally pressured three fumbles.
Chargers 20, Falcons 17 It regarded just like the Chargers have been throwing away one more potential win when Justin Herbert was intercepted with lower than a minute remaining. However Michael Davis stole momentum proper again for Los Angeles by intercepting a Matt Ryan go, and Herbert was capable of get his workforce shut sufficient for Michael Badgley to win the sport with a 43-yard subject purpose as time expired.
Footballers 23, 49ers 15 A number of issues went flawed for Washington on this recreation, however the rookie defensive finish Chase Younger placed on a present with six tackles, a sack, two passes defended, two quarterback hits and a 47-yard fumble restoration for a landing.
Bears 36, Texans 7 Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has taken his lumps over the previous couple of years — largely on account of his being drafted forward of Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson — however he had a terrific recreation towards Watson’s Texans, finishing 24 of 33 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Cowboys 30, Bengals 7 In his return to Cincinnati, Andy Dalton was hardly excellent, however he did sufficient to beat the lowly Bengals, tossing two landing passes with out committing a turnover. Aldon Smith, a defensive finish who missed 4 seasons due to off-field points, contributed to the scoring together with his first profession landing.
Broncos 32, Panthers 27 Loads went proper for Denver on this one, with Drew Lock throwing a career-high 4 landing passes, Diontae Spencer returning a punt 83 yards for a rating and the Broncos’ protection holding sturdy towards Carolina’s comeback try.