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Follow forth actuality for common updates and developments from all of Sunday’s NFL games. Analysis aback afterwards “Sunday Night Football” for a attending at the better moments and trends to watch.
Big plays bottomward the stretch: The Chiefs-Patriots d has been aggregate admirers (and NBC) could accept wanted, with Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady dueling anniversary added in a high-scoring challenge that went bottomward to the wire. There were alike some nice arresting plays brindled in, but two of the game’s better accepting weapons, Rob Gronkowski and Tyreek Hill, added than fabricated their presences acquainted in the final account of regulation, anniversary his own, signature way.
First, Gronk threw a aberrant stiff-arm on a hapless Kansas City defender, casting him to the accommodation as he bashed downfielod for a big gain. That drive, admitting concluded up blockage with a acreage ambition that gave New England a seven-point lead, and moments later, Hill angry it up on a 75-yard reception.
Ultimately, though, Gronkowski and the Pats got the aftermost laugh, as his additional huge grab of the closing amplitude put New England into chip-shot acreage ambition ambit with beneath a minute left. Sure enough, Stephen Gostkowski nailed the game-winner as time expired, abrogation Mahomes and Co. with a 43-40 loss.
Ravens booty bottomward Titans, repeatedly: Here’s a statistical allegory you don’t consistently see: Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota had 10 completions, while Baltimore’s aegis sacked him 11 times. The Ravens set a aggregation almanac with that massive absolute and, not surprisingly, thoroughly aside the Titans in a 21-0 wipeout.
Over their aboriginal bristles amateur of the season, in which they went 3-2, the Titans had alone accustomed a absolute of nine sacks. Mariota became the aboriginal quarterback to get taken bottomward that abounding times aback the Jets’ Greg McElroy in 2012, address of the Chargers (per ESPN).
Gurley acme 200: Todd Gurley became the aboriginal Ram to blitz for over 200 yards aback Marshall Faulk in 2001. Gurley topped the mark in the fourth division adjoin the Broncos, accepting the all-important yardage on a 26-yard carry.
The abounding alive aback additionally denticulate his 11th touchdown of the season, notching the best through six amateur aback the Seahawks’ Shaun Alexander acquaint 12 in 2005 (per ESPN). Los Angeles bare Gurley’s heroics, as its breach was captivated added in ysis than accepted by the Broncos in a 23-20 win.
Dak throwing dimes: Wait, wasn’t Dak Prescott accepting agitation accepting the Cowboys’ casual breach off the ground? And don’t the Jaguars accept one of the NFL’s best arty canyon defenses?
Well, not in the aboriginal bisected Sunday. Prescott strafed Jacksonville over the aboriginal two quarters, completing 13 of 18 passes for 151 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Dallas sprung a abruptness at home by branch to the locker allowance with a 24-0 lead. The aggregation would go on to beating the Jags, 40-7.
Wide receiver Cole Beasley was the big almsman of his quarterback’s define passing, carriage in six receptions for 79 yards and both scores, while Prescott additionally led his aggregation in first-half rushing, with nine carries for 53 yards and addition touchdown. For his part, Jags quarterback Blake Bortles acquaint a nice-looking achievement allotment of 75.0, but alone on 6-of-8 casual for a bald 35 yards, while affecting Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey submitted a conspicuously quiet accomplishment on one of Beasley’s scoring plays.
Fighting Irish: Cowboys buyer Jerry Jones hosted UFC superstar Conor McGregor at AT&T Stadium. The MMA fighter’s day job hasn’t been activity all that able-bodied of late, accustomed a asperous accident beforehand this ages to Khabib Nurmagomedov, but his attack to bandy a football indicates that he would be astute not to abdicate it.
Start early, run late: Several of the aboriginal Sunday NFL amateur went bottomward to the wire and the season’s abnormal band of overtime amateur continued.
This time, it was the Bears and Dolphins in a shootout in Miami, one that happened with Brock Osweiler starting for an afflicted Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins looked for all the apple as if they were activity to drive bottomward the acreage and account the game-winner in OT and again the Bears recovered Kenyan Drake’s lix on, essentially, the one-inch line. With Drake on the amusement with a anhydrate over his head, the Bears collection for a 53-yard acreage ambition attack by Cody Parkey, whose bang went advanced appropriate with aloof beneath 2 account left.
Given the reprieve, Osweiler and the Dolphins collection to the 29, with Jason Sanders blame the 47-yard acreage ambition with three abnormal larboard for the 31-28 victory.
Miami-Chicago was aloof one of several nail-biters, with Cincinnati-Pittsburgh and Atlanta-Tampa Bay activity bottomward the wire in our takeaways from the aboriginal games. The Buccaneers about pulled off a amazing win, but a last-second comedy featuring several laterals did not absolutely assignment out.
We’ve apparent this before: The Steelers accept had the Bengals’ number, whether in the approved division of the postseason, but they had to action for the win in Cincinnati. Antonio Brown delivered the Steelers, with a touchdown accession with 10 abnormal left.
The added Matty needs ice: In Atlanta, acclaim Matt Bryant and his now aching hamstring with a 57-yard acreage ambition for a 34-29 achievement over the Buccaneers. Bryant headed for the locker allowance avaricious his apish afterwards the bang and, luckily for the Falcons, Jameis Winston couldn’t assemblage the Bucs.
Seahawks leave Raiders reeling: Derek Carr was aged in London, abrogation the d with a larboard arm injury, and so was Amari Cooper, who larboard with a blow on a helmet-to-helmet hit that was not flagged. The Seahawks came abroad with a 27-3 win.
J-E-T-S: Sam Darnold shows that one New York (New Jersey) aggregation has a quarterback for the approaching with a 42-34 achievement over Andrew Luck’s Colts.
A Bills replay: Nathan Peterman got the adventitious to atone for aftermost season, again a Nathan Peterman interception happened and the Texans won their third beeline game. Josh Allen larboard with an elbow abrasion afterwards his game-day began with advanced receiver Kelvin Benjamin crumbling to accept a t with him.
Redskins win (and accumulation drama): The Redskins-Panthers ball on the field, nearly eclipsed by the Josh Norman-Jay Gruden ball off it, came bottomward to a bent drive by Cam Newton that fell short.
A Browns’ band ends: The Browns were aggravating to be best over their aboriginal four home amateur for the aboriginal time aback 1963. So abundant for that as the Chargers carved up Gregg Williams’s aegis for a 38-14 win.
A Vikings cruise? The Vikings got accomplished the Cardinals 27-17, with Kirk Cousins casual for 233 yards.
Mahomes vs. Brady: The now-grizzled adept Tom Brady stands on the bend of history as the New England Patriots comedy the Kansas City Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football” and all about the alliance he’s seeing amateur quarterbacks actuality befuddled into the fire. Brady sat for a division aback he entered the league, but that’s a affluence that Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen aren’t accepting and Brady thinks that call is alone allotment of the reason.
“I anticipate it was a altered time. Football was altered then,” he said of his 2000 amateur division (via WEEI). “Now, in some ways, pro football is added adored academy football. In some ways, the alteration — it’s added agnate than it acclimated to be aback I aboriginal started. Football now is removing some of the concrete elements of the game. It’s added of a amplitude game. You see a lot of academy plays added in the pro d now than I bethink aback I started.”
It absolutely makes for a added absorbing and watchable artefact and, of course, the Patriots had article to do with the change as aboriginal adopters of some elements of the advance offense. The 3-2 Patriots will get a aftertaste of what the 5-0 Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes can do.
It’s aloof a assurance of the times in a division in which the boilerplate passer appraisement is 93.4 (it was 84.2 from 2002 through aftermost season) and 10 starting quarterbacks accept passer ratings college than 100. (Eight of those 10 are 30 or younger.) Mahomes, as Next Gen Stats notes, has been “on the run” (at 8-plus mph at the time of the pass) on 22.2 percent of his attempts this season, the accomplished amount amid QBs. And his achievement allotment charcoal abiding while the alliance boilerplate declines.
Eric Reid’s affirmation goes on: Panthers assurance Eric Reid continues to booty a knee during the civic anthem, aloof as he has done aback his canicule with the San Francisco 49ers and alongside above assistant Colin Kaepernick. This week, he knelt afore the d adjoin the Redskins at FedEx Field.
A alive sight: Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier absolved assimilate the acreage at Paul Brown Stadium, abiding for the aboriginal time aback he was carted off afterwards adversity a austere gesic abrasion in a d aftermost fall.
Be beholden for assorted screens: The Red Sox and Patriots both comedy in prime time Sunday; the Brewers and Packers do the aforementioned in prime time Monday.
This week’s bye teams: The Lions and Saints are off.
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Fournette out again: Jaguars alive aback Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will not comedy adjoin the Cowboys. Nor will cornerbacks D.J. Hayden (toe) and Tre Herndon (hamstring) and abhorrent lineman Josh Wells. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee) will play.
Eric Berry uncertain: Chiefs assurance Eric Berry (heel) and linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) are doubtful adjoin the Patriots and arresting aback Eric Murray (ankle) is out. Advanced receiver De’Anthony Thomas refractured his leg in convenance Thursday. Patriots bound end Rob Gronkowski (ankle), alive back Sony Michel (knee) and receivers Josh Gordon (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (thigh) are listed as questionable.
Torn biceps for Peters? Eagles lineman Jason Peters is believed to accept broken his biceps Thursday night, according to the NFL Network.
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