It was not the day many individuals anticipated. The Broncos, the Falcons and the Bears all pulled off upsets on the street. The Buccaneers made simple work of the Packers, the Eagles gave the Ravens a scare, and the Browns went from trying like an offensive juggernaut in Weeks 2 by way of 5 to being completely humiliated by the Steelers.
However when you think about that a number of N.F.L. groups handled closed observe services this week due to optimistic coronavirus exams, the truth that the video games have been even performed was almost as shocking because the outcomes on the sphere.
Right here’s what we realized:
One* Sentence About Sunday’s Video games
*Besides when it takes extra.
Buccaneers 38, Packers 10 Nearly the whole lot went Tampa Bay’s means, however essentially the most stark factor about this recreation was doubtless the go safety, as Aaron Rodgers, who had been sacked simply 3 times over his workforce’s first 4 video games, was put down 4 occasions by the Buccaneers’ fearsome go rush. Rodgers completed the day with a passer score of 35.4, the third-worst mark of his profession.
Titans 42, Texans 36 (additional time) It’s exhausting to quibble with a recreation wherein a workforce’s offense managed 601 whole yards, however Tennessee actually ought to be involved about its protection, which allowed 412 yards and 36 factors to a workforce that fired its head coach and common supervisor two weeks in the past.
Steelers 38, Browns 7 Cleveland averaged 37.5 factors over its earlier 4 video games however might do completely nothing towards Pittsburgh, with quarterback Baker Mayfield trying beat up and ineffective whereas throwing for 119 yards, one landing and two interceptions. The Browns have topped 30 factors 4 occasions and been held to lower than 10 twice.
Colts 31, Bengals 27 It was an emotional week for Indianapolis, because the workforce needed to briefly shut its facility due to a couple of false optimistic exams for the coronavirus, fell behind by 21-0 to Cincinnati after which raced again to win, tying the franchise’s document for largest comeback in an everyday season recreation.
Ravens 30, Eagles 28 Baltimore was overwhelming Philadelphia with its operating recreation throughout its 17-0 begin, however in a uncommon occasion of the Ravens taking their collective foot off the fuel, they very almost let the Eagles pull off an upset solely to be bailed out when Carson Wentz couldn’t run the ball in for a 2-point conversion with slightly below two minutes remaining.
Bears 23, Panthers 16 It’s exhausting to get enthusiastic about Chicago’s offense, whatever the workforce’s document, however the Bears’ protection had a throwback day, forcing three turnovers together with a game-saving interception within the last two minutes.
Falcons 40, Vikings 23 The firing of Coach Dan Quinn and the return of Julio Jones have been actually elements in Atlanta’s first win of the season, however having Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins soften all the way down to the tune of three interceptions within the first half helped stake Atlanta to such a large lead that the workforce was in cruise management for a lot of the day.
Broncos 18, Patriots 12 It appeared like New England would have a straightforward win at dwelling as soon as it was introduced that Cam Newton was energetic, however Denver got six field goals from Brandon McManus and simply barely held off a comeback. Newton took his workforce to Denver’s 24-yard line within the last minute of the sport, down by simply six factors, however the Patriots turned the ball over on downs when Newton’s go to N’Keal Harry fell incomplete.
Dolphins 24, Jets 0 It was the complete Ryan Fitzpatrick expertise, because the veteran quarterback threw for 3 touchdowns, was intercepted twice, and did a Patrick Mahomes impersonation by finishing a brief left-handed go within the simple victory. Tua Tagovailoa made his N.F.L. debut, nevertheless it was to mop up a laugher somewhat than to exchange his workforce’s unstable starter — and Fitzpatrick was leading the cheers for the rookie who will ultimately change him.
Lions 34, Jaguars 16 Matthew Stafford threw a landing go — he now has one towards all 31 groups apart from Detroit — D’Andre Swift ran for 116 yards and the Lions gained so convincingly that Jacksonville Coach Doug Marrone acknowledged after the sport that his job could also be in jeopardy.
Giants 20, Footballers 19 Tae Crowder’s fumble restoration for a landing put Large Blue up by seven with lower than 4 minutes to play, however this recreation between also-rans was determined when Coach Ron Rivera, determined to remain within the N.F.C. East playoff race, had his Footballers gamble with a 2-point conversion try within the recreation’s last minute, solely to have Kyle Allen throw an incomplete go beneath strain. Rivera wished a clear win somewhat than to probability it in additional time, however he needed to accept a loss.