Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (Browns won, 37-24)
This win was not kind to either quarterback: the Browns lost Brian Hoyer for the season and the Bills lost EJ Manuel for at least a few weeks – both with knee injuries.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (Saints won, 26-18)
You might say the Saints are rolling.
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (Bengals won, 13-6)
Huge win for the Bengals, huge loss for Tom Brady. The game ended his streak of 52 consecutive games scoring touchdown passes, a number hot on the heels of Drew Brees’ record of 54.
Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams (Rams won, 34-20)
Just when you think it can’t possibly get any worse for the Jaguars, they lose their top draft pick, OT Luke Joeckel, for the season, and starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, left the game with a hamstring injury. Salt in the wound: they play Denver, in Denver, next week. Anvils spontaneously falling from the sky in Jacksonville is probably the only condition in which this week gets worse for them.
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (Ravens won, 26-23)
Miami’s receivers tried really hard to not catch any passes in the 4th quarter. And they succeeded!
Philadelphia Eagles at NY Giants (Eagles won, 36-21)
I’m surprised I don’t see eyeballs lying on the side of the road when I drive through New York these days. Giants fans have to be getting to the point where they are ready to poke their eyes out every Sunday. It’s just so bad.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Packers won, 22-9)
At least one streak was upheld this weekend: the Lions have officially lost 22 consecutive games at Lambeau field (every matchup in Green Bay since 1991!) – the longest road losing/home winning streak in NFL history.
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans (Chiefs won, 26-17)
It looked like the Titans were going to make a game of this thing in the second half, but the Chiefs went on to win and become the only team in NFL history to advance to 5-0 after only winning 2 games the season prior.
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (Colts won, 34-28)
What a nail biter. Later this week we’ll be talking about how to pick an NFL team to cheer for, and if you are currently team-less, might I suggest considering the Colts? They have so many components of a compelling franchise. And…even though I’m too bitter about last September to truly advocate the Seahawks…they’d be worth a look, too. Great young teams.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals (Cardinals won, 22-6)
The Panthers have gotten a lot of press as one of the more underrated teams in the league this season…but this game didn’t do much to encourage the naysayers to quit nay-saying.
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys (Broncos won, 51-48)
The best game of the season thus far. Without a doubt.
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (49ers won, 34-3)
The final score is more indicative of the Texans play than the Niners.
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (Raiders won, 27-17)
Perhaps the Chargers were all asleep for this one, too.
NY Jets at Atlanta Falcons (MNF on ESPN)
All of the other AFC East teams lost this week and it would not be immensely surprising if the Jets join the party tonight.
Bye (off) Week: Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins