Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Panthers won, 31-13)
Who would have guessed at the start of the season that at the halfway point the Buccaneers would still be winless? It’s probably safe to say that things will probably get worse before they get better.
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (Lions won, 31-30)
I was watching the end of this game, rejoicing in the winning pick of the Cowboys that would give me the edge in our family fantasy league and an NFC North team loss, when the Lions charged down the field to score and win in the final minute of regulation. It kind of took the wind out of my sail…but mostly, it was awesome. That’s why we love football.
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (Chiefs won, 23-17)
Hail to the Chiefs, who remain unbeaten and are making a legitimate run at taking the AFC West title from the reigning Broncos.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (Patriots won, 27-17)
Apparently Tom Brady started celebrating Halloween early with a freaky right hand. But because of his year-round magical powers, it didn’t seem to hinder him any.
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (Saints won, 35-17)
The Bills almost gave the Saints a run for their money there at the beginning, but the Saints are so hard to beat at home. Especially when the “limited” Jimmy Graham plays like a beast.
NY Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Giants won, 15-7)
The Giants and Eagles practiced solidarity in this one. No one really felt like scoring offensive touchdowns, so they let their defense and special teams do all the scoring. Someone probably needs to go get Giants’ kicker Josh Brown an ice pack.
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars (49ers won, 42-10)
We’re sorry, London. That was a rough one.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders (Raiders won, 21-18)
(I’m sorry. I had to.)
NY Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (Bengals won, 49-9)
More Halloween fun in the AFC. This time, slaughter-themed.
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (Broncos won, 45-21)
This one was really close until the Broncos opened up a little slaughter fest of their own and scored 38 unanswered points in the second half in Coach Shanahan’s return to Denver.
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals (Cardinals won, 27-13)
Even more surprising than the Bucs fall from grace is their fellow NFC South team’s demise. It’s shocking to see the Falcons at 2-5 on the season.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Packers won, 44-31)
Watching Aaron Rodgers throw a ball is an exercise in leaving your mouth hanging ajar. He’s just so good.
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (MNF on ESPN)
Rams second strong QB Kellen Clemens will be meeting the Legion of Boom tonight. Chances are he won’t be looking to repeat the introduction anytime soon.
Bye: Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans