Denver 25, New Orleans 23
The Broncos (7-3) beat the Saints (4-5) in a way that has never been done before in the NFL. Brandin Cooks 32-yard touchdown reception had tied the game at 23 with 90 seconds left, and the extra-point was poised to give New Orleans the lead. Justin Simmons blocked the kick, and Will Parks returned the football for two points to give Denver a 25-23 victory. The two defenses went at it all game - while New Orleans harassed Denver all day, causing six sacks and two interceptions, the Broncos created four takeaways of their own.
Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 15
Matt Ryan found Taylor Gabriel for a 76-yard touchdown to put the Falcons (6-4) ahead in the fourth quarter 15-13, but for the most part the Eagles (5-4) defense shut down the NFL’s highest scoring offense entering the day. The Eagles scored the final 11 points to win the game, and outgained the Falcons 429 yards to 303. A season-high 208 of those came on the ground, and Ryan Mathews found the endzone twice for Philadelphia.
Washington 26, Minnesota 20
After falling behind 14-0, the Vikings (5-4) staged a brief comeback bid, scoring all 20 of their points in the second quarter. Four second half field goals from Dustin Hopkins ensured Washington the victory. This was the fourth straight loss for Minnesota after beginning the season 5-0. This one relinquished the lead in the division to Detroit. Stefon Diggs led all receivers with 13 catches for 164 yards.
Tennessee 47, Green Bay 25
DeMarco Murray kicked off the game with a 75-yard touchdown run and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass just for good measure while the Titans (5-5) ran up a 21 point first quarter lead over the stunned Packers, who lost their third game in a row to drop to 4-5. Marcus Mariota (19-for-26, 295 yards, 4 TD) threw touchdowns to four different receivers. One, Delanie Walker, reeled in nine catches for 124 yards. The Packers turned the ball over three times.
Houston 24, Jacksonville 21
For the second straight week the Jaguars (2-7) lost after outgaining their opponent but losing the turnover battle. Kareem Jackson began the game with a 42-yard interception return to put Houston on the board, and Brock Osweiler (14-for-27, 99 yards, 2 TD) added two more touchdown passes. Allen Robinson caught a touchdown pass and the ensuing two-point conversion to pull Jacksonville within three, but there wasn’t enough time left to pull even with the 6-3 Texans.
Tampa Bay 36, Chicago 10
Four Chicago turnovers (three by Jay Cutler (16-for-30, 182 yards, TD, 2 INT)) let the Buccaneers (4-5) run away with a game they only gained 360 yards in. Jordan Howard had 100 yards on just 15 carries for the Bears (2-7,) who dropped their second straight after a brief return to glory dominating the Vikings on Monday Night. Tampa Bay have now won three of five after beginning the season 1-3.
Los Angeles 9, New York Jets 6
The Jets (3-7) benched Ryan Fitzpatrick for the second time this season, opting to give second-year player Bryce Petty (19-for-32, 163 yards, TD, INT) his first NFL start. The Rams (4-5) stayed with Case Keenum (17-for-30, 165 yards) instead of turning to rookie Jared Goff, and it got them their first win in five weeks. The two struggling offenses combined for just 576 total yards. Three Greg Zuerlein field goals, none longer than 38 yards, were enough to win the game.
Kansas City 20, Carolina 17
Four field goals from Cairo Santos and a pick-six from Eric Berry brought the Chiefs (7-2) back from the 17-point hole they started the game in. Alex Smith (25-for-38, 171 yards, INT) was back at quarterback for the Chiefs, and was joined in the backfield by Spencer Ware. Both missed last week's victory over the Jaguars - another game the Chiefs won despite gaining less than 260 total yards. The Panthers (3-6) had won their previous two games after starting the season 1-5.