Giants 24, Texans 16: Saquon Barkley carried the ball 35 times for 152 yards and a touchdown, giving the Giants both consistency and explosiveness. Daniel Jones delivered the ball well on just 17 attempts and found Darius Slayton for several plays from at least 30 yards, including a short pressure throw that Slayton took 54 yards for a score. Houston’s Davis Mills did his best to keep pace but saw constant pressure, taking four sacks.
Vikings 33, Bills 30 (overtime): Justin Jefferson’s one-handed snag in the fourth quarter to keep the game alive could be the catch of the season. Josh Allen fumbled for a Vikings touchdown but then led a field goal drive that sent the game into overtime, where Minnesota responded with a 33-yard field goal. Allen walked downfield but threw an interception to Patrick Peterson in the end zone, Peterson’s second of the game and Allen’s third pick from the red zone in two weeks, to seal the Vikings victory.
Titans 17, Broncos 10: Although receiver Jerry Jeudy fell early, the Broncos had a number of first-half hits, including a 66-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to a wide-open Jalen Virgil. The Broncos blew a 10-0 lead as Nick Westbrook-Ikhine’s 119 yards and two touchdowns led the way for Tennessee. Wilson’s goal-line interception ended Denver’s comeback attempt.
Steelers 20, Saints 10: New Orleans committed 10 penalties and gave away the ball twice, and Najee Harris’ 99 rushing yards on 20 carries helped Pittsburgh hold the ball for 38:56, completely stifling the Saints.
Dolphins 39, Browns 17: Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined for 110 yards and a touchdown, but neither Dolphin caught more than five passes as Tua Tagovailoa distributed the ball effectively. Tagovailoa finished 25 of 32 with three passing touchdowns and 285 yards in a game that was decided in the third quarter.
Kansas City 27, Jaguars 17: Kansas City found a role for former Giants receiver Kadarius Toney, who had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, as a horizontal stretch. Kansas City sent him on several quick throw sweeps, moves and throws to the perimeter. But the team saw receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster leave the game in the second quarter after what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit left him motionless on the turf with his hands frozen in the air. There was no penalty on the tackle.
Lions 31, Bears 30: Justin Fields scored four touchdowns for the Bears but threw a 6 pick to Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah in the fourth quarter. Detroit’s Jared Goff has worked well as a point-and-shoot passer, working to the tune of 9.1 yards per attempt without any of the turnovers that so often plague him.
Buccaneers 21, Seahawks 16: Tom Brady finally looked comfortable enough to land the Seahawks secondary for his season-best quarterback rating (85.9). Geno Smith chained two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but the Buccaneers killed the final four minutes to ensure Smith couldn’t get one last shot on the lead.
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