Joe Burrow threw for a career-high 416 yards and three touchdowns, including a pivotal 82-yarder to rookie Ja’Marr Chase in the third quarter, and the Cincinnati Bengals won their AFC North showdown against the Baltimore Ravens in style, pulling away in the second half for a 41-17 victory.
The Bengals (5-2) drew even with the Ravens (5-2) atop the division, a sign that Burrow and Chase might be ahead of schedule in turning around the struggling franchise. The former LSU teammates were too much for Baltimore to handle, and Cincinnati’s offense moved the ball pretty easily from the middle of the second quarter on.
Chase had eight catches for 201 yards, easily the most productive performance of his impressive debut season. He broke Speedy Thomas’ franchise rookie record of 177 yards receiving, set in a 1969 game at Denver. Lamar Jackson threw for 257 yards and ran for 88, but he was sacked five times as the Ravens had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Kansas City Chiefs 3–27 Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for a score and the Tennessee Titans routed the Kansas City Chiefs for their fifth win in six games. This was also the second victory in six days for the Titans (5-2) over teams that played for the AFC championship last January. They edged Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night and followed that by simply dominating the two-time defending AFC champs as Tennessee jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead.
The Chiefs (3-4) have lost two of three and dropped to 1-4 in the AFC this season. They also were held to their fewest points since a 38-3 loss to Denver in December 2012.
Chicago Bears 3–38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay are 7-1 for the first time in franchise history. Tom Brady’s 600th career touchdown pass in the regular season was among four for the seven-time champ as the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers beat the Chicago Bears 38-3. Tampa Bay led 35-3 at halftime.
Washington 10-24 Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers defeated Washington 24-10 for their sixth consecutive victory.
Washington outgained Green Bay 430-304 but had had five scoreless trips inside the Packers 30-yard line, including back-to-back series that ended inside the five-yard line. Before Sunday, Packers opponents had scored touchdowns every time they reached the red zone.
The Packers (6-1) haven’t lost since falling 38-3 to New Orleans on the season’s opening Sunday. Green Bay now enter the toughest stretch of their schedule with games at Arizona on Thursday night and at Kansas City on 7 November. Washington (2-5) have lost three straight.
Rodgers went 27 of 35 for 274 yards with touchdown passes to Davante Adams, Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan.
Houston Texans 5-31 Arizona Cardinals
DeAndre Hopkins caught a touchdown pass against his former team, Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass for his new team and the Arizona Cardinals scored 31 unanswered points to roll past the Houston Texans 31-5.
The Cardinals remain the NFL’s only undefeated team and improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1974. The Texans (1-6) – who looked totally overmatched for three quarters – have lost six straight games.
Philadelphia Eagles 22–33 Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr threw for 323 yards, completing 31 of 34 pass attempts with one touchdown, and the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-22.
The Raiders (5-2) outgained Philadelphia 443-358 in a dominating performance that saw Las Vegas score on five straight possessions after their first series ended with Carr being intercepted inside the Eagles’ five-yard line. It was Las Vegas’ second straight win since former coach Jon Gruden resigned because of offensive emails he sent before being hired in 2018.
Carolina Panthers 3–25 New York Giants
Daniel Jones threw a five-yard touchdown pass and made a spectacular one-handed 16-yard catch on the game’s only meaningful touchdown drive in leading the New York Giants to a 25-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Jones touchdown pass went to Dante Pettis and survived a very long replay review in helping the Giants (2-5) hand Carolina (3-4) their fourth straight loss with star running back Christian McCaffrey sidelined.
Pettis coincidently threw the slightly overthrown pass on the flea flicker which Jones caught with the finger tips of his throwing hand. Jones finished 23 of 33 for 203 yards and had six carries for 30 yards.
Detroit Lions 19–28 Los Angeles Rams
Matthew Stafford passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns against his former team, and Jalen Ramsey made an end zone interception with five minutes left in the Los Angeles Rams’ 28-19 victory over Jared Goff and the winless Detroit Lions.
Goff passed for 268 yards and nearly led the Lions (0-7) to an upset win in his first meeting with the Rams (6-1), who traded him for Stafford in a blockbuster deal last winter. The Rams led 25-19 when Goff drove the Lions to the Los Angeles 12 in the waning minutes while converting four third downs on an excellent drive. But Ramsey came up with his latest game-changing play on his 27th birthday when he picked off an errant throw by Goff, who was being hit by the Rams’ other 2020 All-Pro, Aaron Donald.
New York Jets 13–54 New England Patriots
Mac Jones passed for a career-high 307 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Harris rushed for 106 yards and two scores and the New England Patriots handled the visiting New York Jets 54-13.
Jones (24 of 36) earned his first home victory in his fifth start at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots (3-4) avoided their worst home start since a 6-0 loss to the Jets in 1993 dropped them at 0-5 at Foxboro Stadium.
Atlanta Falcons 30–28 Miami Dolphins
Matt Ryan passed for 336 yards, nearly half of them going to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, and Younghoe Koo made a 36-yard field goal as time expired to give the Atlanta Falcons a 30-28 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Pitts had seven catches for 163 yards, the last 28 of those on a sideline route with just under two minutes left to get the Falcons into field goal range. Koo’s third field goal of the game saved Atlanta after the Falcons wasted a 13-point fourth-quarter lead.