Eagles 34, Packers 27
The Philadelphia Eagles came into Lambeau Field on Thursday night with their backs against the wall. With Desean Jackson out with an abdominal strain, the Eagles turned to Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert who were not at full health. And after going down 10-0 early after a 7-yard touchdown run by RB Aaron Jones and a 30-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, it looked like the Eagles were prepping themselves for their 3rd straight loss. But a 67-yard kickoff return by rookie RB Mile Sanders, the Eagles were set up for their first score of the night which was a 6-yard touchdown reception by Alshon Jeffery. The Packers answered on their next drive with a field goal to take a 13-7 lead, but Philadelphia took their first lead of the night when Wentz connected with TE Dallas Goedert for a 3-yard touchdown pass. After a strip-sack of Aaron Rodgers, the Eagles extended their lead with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Jordan Howard. The Packers got a 19-yard touchdown reception by WR Geronimo Allison at the end of the first half. A 20-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Howard would Philadelphia a 27-20 lead in the 3rd quarter. Greenbay tied the game with a 19-yard touchdown reception by TE Jimmy Graham. After a 2-yard touchdown run for Jordan Howard, the Eagles had a 34-27 lead at the start of the 4th quarter. With the game on the line, the Packers found themselves on the Eagles 1-yard line with less than a minute to go and their dreams for a win would be dashed with Nigel Bradham intercepting Rodgers’ pass in the endzone. The Eagles move to 2-2 and the Packers get their first loss of the year at 3-1. Wentz finished with 16 completions on 27 attempts, 160 yards, and 3 touchdowns as the Eagles stuck to their run game and finished with 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Jordan Howard had the most impressive night with 3 touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers had a stellar performance, going 34 for 53 with 422 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Titans 24, Falcons 10
Both teams entered this matchup at 1-2 and with the history of playoff chances at 1-3, they were both desperate for the win. The Falcons were coming off a 27-24 loss of the Colts and were looking to bounce back in front of their home crowd. The Titans were coming off an embarrassing performance against the Jaguars and were hoping to get something going on offense. And Titans QB Marcus Mariota did just that, opening up their scoring campaign with a 55-yard touchdown reception to WR A.J. Brown. The Falcons were able to answer with a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Ito Smith. But two touchdown passes and a 43-yard field goal by the Titans had them up 24-7 at halftime. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant would make a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, but it would be nowhere near enough to push the Falcons to victory. Mariota went 18 for 27 with 227 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Matt Ryan went 35 for 53 with 397 yards and no touchdown passes. TE Austin Hooper would catch 130 of those yards, but would never find the endzone. On the winning side, Brown would have 3 receptions for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns to help push the Titans to 2-2 as the Falcons fall to 1-3.
Patriots 16, Bills 10
In a comeback rally cut short, the Bills got their first loss of the season. The most notable storyline from this game was Bills QB Josh Allen leaving early after taking a big hit to the head, leaving backup QB Matt Barkley to fight for a win. The Patriots would go up 13-0 early after a 4-yard touchdown run by RB Brandon Bolden and an 11-yard blocked punt return by WR Matthew Slater. Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka would get the Bills on the board in the 2nd quarter with a 46-yard field goal, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Josh Allen in the 3rd quarter would put Buffalo within 3 at 13-10. The Bills would try to rally with a late touchdown by Barkley, but an interception by Jamie Collins in the red zone would end those hopes. The Patriots would cushion their lead with a 23-yard field goal by Gostkowski within the last minute. The Patriots improve to 4-1 and take sole possession atop the AFC East.
Chiefs 34, Lions 30
The (technically) undefeated Lions were looking to prove themselves a worthy opponent as they faced the Chiefs at home. They jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter after a 25-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater and a 5-yard touchdown reception by TE T.J. Hockenson. This deficit was no problem for the Chiefs red-hot offense, and they tied the game in the 2nd quarter with a 23-yard field goal by kicker Harrison Butker and a 1-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy. The Lions hoped to have the lead at halftime after a 48-yard field goal by Prater with 1 minute to go in the first half. But the Chiefs were able to take the ball down the field and put themselves into field goal range and tied the game 13-13 with a 43-yard kick by Butker. The Chiefs got off to a strong start in the second half after a 100-yard fumble return by CB Bashaud Breeland, giving Kansas City a 20-13lead. But a 53-yard field goal by Prater and a 9-yard touchdown reception by WR Kenny Golladay gave the Lions a 23-20 lead. A 1-yard touchdown run by RB Darrel Williams gave the Chiefs a 27-23 lead to start the 4th, but a 6-yard touchdown reception by Golladay gave the Lions a 30-27 lead within the last 2:30. But Patrick Mahomes will do what he does and despite Andy Reid’s history of poor clock management, the Chiefs got a 1-yard touchdown run by Williams with 20 seconds to go would give the Chiefs the win as they become one of the 3 remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.
Chargers 30, Dolphins 10
The Chargers cruised to an easy win over the struggling Dolphins for their first win in Miami in 30 years. The Dolphins took their first lead of the season (baby steps here guys, baby steps) after a 34-yard touchdown pass by Josh Rosen that was hauled in by WR DeVante Parker, giving Miami a 7-3 advantage. But the Chargers would quickly be washed away after Phillip Rivers connected with RB Troymaine Pope for a 13-yard touchdown, giving the Chargers a 10-7 lead in the first quarter. The Dolphins tied the game in the 2nd quarter with a 30-yard field goal by kicker Jason Sanders. But that would be the last scoring play for the Dolphins. Rivers would connect one more time, hitting Ekeler for an 18-yard touchdown, putting the Chargers up 17-10 at halftime. Kicker Ty Long would add two field goals to the score, (a 45-yard one in the 3rd and a 51-yard field goal in the 4th), and Ekeler would get his second touchdown on a 1-yard run in the 4th quarter. The Chargers would improve to 2-2 and the Dolphins dismal season would continue as the fall to 0-4.
Raiders 31, Colts 24
The Raiders jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over the Colts after an 18-yard pass hauled in by TE Foster Moreau and an explosive 60-yard touchdown run by Trevor Davis. Colts QB Jacoby Brissett got his team on the board in the 1st quarter after connecting with TE Jack Doyle. The Raiders would extend their lead when Derek Carr would throw a 19-yard touchdown pass to WR Tyrell Williams. But a 26-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri would cut the Colts deficit to 21-10 at halftime. A field goal in the 3rd quarter by Daniel Carlson would push the Raiders lead to 24-10. Colts WR Chester Rogers would cut their deficit to 24-17 with a 5-yard touchdown, but a 30-yard interception by Raiders safety Erik Harris would give Oakland a comfortable 31-17 lead in the 4th quarter. A late 48-yard touchdown hauled in by TE Eric Ebron with a little over a minute to go would cut the Raiders lead to 31-24, but it wouldn’t be enough, and both teams are now 2-2.
Redskins 3, Giants 24
After stunning the Bucs last week in a comeback victory, rookie QB Daniel Jones was looking to continue his hot streak against their division rival the Washington Redskins. The Giants got off to a strong start, going up 14-0 by the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Jones was able to connect with RB Wayne Gallman for a 6-yard touchdown pass for their first score, and Gallman would find the endzone again on a 1-yard touchdown run. The Redskins first and only points of the day came from a 21-yard field goal by kicker Dustin Hopkins, but a 30-yard field goal by Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas as time expired in the first half gave New York a 17-3 lead. Safety Jabrill Peppers would expand the Giants lead with a 32-yard interception return off of Redskins backup QB Dwyane Haskins, who was put in after a disappointing performance by Case Keenum. Haskins wouldn’t perform much better, going 9 for 17 with 107 yards and 3 interceptions. Despite having 2 interceptions, Daniel Jones still impressed by going 23 for 31 with 1 touchdown pass. The Giants get back on their feet and improve to 2-2 as the Redskins fall to 0-4.
Browns 40, Ravens 25
Baker Mayfield made it very clear this week that he was tired of the “overrated” comments and was desperate to prove himself as a force to be reckoned with as the Browns went into Baltimore to face off against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Mayfield had a strong performance, going 20 for 30 with 342 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, but the star of the day for the Browns was RB Nick Chubb who had 165 yards on 20 carries with 3 touchdowns. The Browns took the lead after a 9-yard touchdown reception by TE Ricky Seals-Jones. The Ravens tied the game in the 2nd quarter after Jackson connected with WR Miles Boykin for a 9-yard touchdown pass. But after two touchdown runs by Nick Chubb, the Browns had a 24-10 lead at the end of the first half. The Ravens would cut into the Browns lead after an 8-yard touchdown reception by TE Mark Andrews, with a successful 2-point conversion by Mark Ingram II. Chubb would explode with an 88-yard touchdown run, and this combined with kicker Austin Seibert’s 43-yard field goal and a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Dontrell Hilliard would expand the Browns lead to 40-18 in the 4th quarter. A 50-yard touchdown reception by WR Willie Snead IV with 30 seconds to go would minimize some of the damage, but the Browns would cruise to victory and sit on top of the AFC North at 2-2.
Panthers 16, Texans 10
The Panthers needed backup QB Kyle Allen to deliver a win against the Texans to prevent them from falling to 1-3. And despite his three fumbles, Carolina was able to come away with the win on the road. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey broke a 3-3 tie with a 3-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to go in the first half, giving Carolina a 10-3 lead. Texans QB Deshaun Watson tied the game again in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. But two field goals by kicker Joey Slye (55 yards and 26 yards) in the 4th quarter would secure the win for Carolina. McCaffrey was spread out all over the field (no surprise there), with 93 rushing yards on 27 carries and 1 touchdown. He also had 86 receiving yards on 10 carries, which would help the Panthers overcome Allen’s mistakes.
Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10
Russell Wilson and Jadeveon Clowney shined in the Seahawks win over the still winless Arizona Cardinals. Seattle jumped out early to a 10-0 lead after a 33-yard field goal by kicker Jason Myers and a 27-yard interception return by Clowney. The Cardinals would get on the board after a 33-yard field goal by kicker Zane Gonzalez, but the Seahawks would pad their lead before halftime with a 9-yard touchdown reception by TE Will Dissly and a 24-yard field goal by Myers, giving Seattle a 20-3 advantage. The Cardinals would try to make a comeback in the 4th quarter after a 9-yard run by QB Kyler Murray, but a 9-yard touchdown run by RB C.J. Prosise would give Seattle a comfortable lead and another win to help them improve to 3-1.
Vikings 6, Bears 16
Despite losing starting QB Mitchell Trubisky at the beginning of the game with a left shoulder injury, the Bears were able to overcome the Vikings at home. The Bears had no problem building a strong lead for their defense led by Khalil Mack. A 10-yard touchdown pass by backup QB Chase Daniel put Chicago up 7-0 in the first quarter and a 25-yard field goal by kicker Eddy Pineiro as time expired in the first half gave Chicago a 10-0 lead at halftime. 2 more field goals by Pineiro (38 yards and 30 yards) would put the Bears up 16-0 going into the 4th quarter. A 2-yard touchdown run by Vikings RB Dalvin Cook would get Minnesota on the board late in the 4th quarter, but Kirk Cousins continued struggles contributed to the Vikings loss as the fall 2-2 and the Bears add to the win column at 3-1.
Jaguars 26, Broncos 24
Overnight fan sensation Gardner Minshew II was looking to keep his hot streak going with a win over the struggling Denver Broncos. Denver would strike first with a 25-yard touchdown reception by TE Noah Fant in the first quarter. The Broncos built a strong lead by halftime, going up 17-6 after a 33-yard field goal by kicker Brandon McManus and a 7-yard touchdown reception by WR Courtland Sutton. The Jaguars would get their first lead after Minshew would connect twice in the 3rd quarter, once with RB Ryquell Armstead for 7 yards, and with TE James O’Shaughnessy for 18 yards. The Jaguars would extend their lead in the 4th quarter with a 34-yard field goal by kicker Josh Lambo, giving Jacksonville a 23-17 lead. But Broncos QB Joe Flacco connected with Sutton again with under 2 minutes to go, giving Denver a 24-23 lead. But a 33-yard field goal as time expired by kicker Josh Lambo would give the Jaguars the win as they improve to 2-2.
Buccaneers 55, Rams 40
Despite throwing for 517 yards, Jared Goff’s 3 interceptions would contribute to the Rams being upset at home by Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers had a big lead by the middle of the second quarter, going up 21-0 after a 3-yard touchdown run by RB Payton Barber and 2 touchdown receptions by WR Chris Godwin. But a 13-yard touchdown run by RB Todd Gurley II and a 5-yard touchdown reception by TE Gerald Everett would cut the Rams deficit to 21-14. A 5-yard touchdown run by RB Ronald Jones would help the Bucs expand their lead to 28-14, but the Rams would cut that deficit to 11 after a 58-yard field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlian at the end of the first half. Bucs QB Jameis Winston would connect with TE Cameron Brate in the 4th to push them to a 38-20 lead. The Rams would answer with a 5-yard touchdown run by Gurley, but what followed that was a 67-yard touchdown reception by WR Mike Evans, giving Tampa a 45-27 lead. A 29-yard touchdown reception by WR Cooper Kupp and a 32-yard interception return by CB Marcus Peters would cut the Rams deficit to 5 at 45-40. But a 21-yard field goal by kicker Matt Gay and a 37-yard fumble return by former Rams player Ndamukong Suh would seal the win for Tampa Bay.
Cowboys 10, Saints 12
The undefeated Cowboys were handed their first loss of the year against the Drew Brees-less Saints on Sunday Night Football. The only scoring plays between each team in the first half were field goals. Dallas would score first off a 28-yard field goal by kicker Brett Maher would give the Cowboys an early lead. But 3 field goals by Saints kicker Will Lutz in the second quarter, including one as time expired, would give New Orleans a 9-3 lead at the end of the first half. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott would get in the endzone on a 1-yard touchdown run, and this would be the only touchdown by either team. A 26-yard field goal by Lutz early in the 4th quarter would be enough to give the Saints the win as both teams now sit at 3-1.
Bengals 3, Steelers 27
Two winless teams faced off on Monday Night Football, looking to finally get in the win column. The Bengals would strike first for their only score of the night off of a 28-yard field goal by kicker Randy Bullock. The Steelers would start their shutout scoring campaign with a 21-yard touchdown reception by RB James Conner, and that combined with a 29-yard field goal by kicker Chris Boswell would put the Steelers up 10-3 at the end of the first half. Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels’ 2-yard rushing touchdown along with a 43-yard touchdown pass by backup QB Mason Rudolph in the 3rd quarter along with a 49-yard field goal by Boswell in the 4th quarter would contribute to the Steelers blowout as they get their first win of the year at 1-3 and the Bengals fall to 0-4.