The rookie saved the Buffalo Bills with his last-second touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Watkins caught 9 passes for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Bills won 17-16.
Miami’s signal caller had one of the best games of his career. He completed 25 of 32 passes for 277 yards, 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 123.6, leading the Dolphins to a 27-14 win at the Chicago Bears.
The veteran wide receiver had a great game as the Detroit Lions beat the New Orleans Saints 24-23. Tate caught 10 passes for 154 yards and 1 touchdown.
Green Bay’s quarterback had an almost perfect game, completing 19 of 22 passes for 255 yards, 3 touchdowns and a passer rating of 154.5. The Packers outclassed the Carolina Panthers 38-17.
The Colts dominated the Cincinnati Bengals in every aspect of the game and shut them out 27-0. Indianapolis had the ball for 39:43 minutes and gained a total of 506 yards (171 rushing yards and 335 passing yards). They also limited the Bengals to 32 yards on the ground and 103 yards through the air.
St. Louis Rams Special Teams
First they fooled the entire special teams unit of the Seattle Seahawks on a 90-yard punt return touchdown from WR Stedman Bailey, then they fooled them again with a fake punt to hold on to a 28-26 win over the defending Super Bowl champion.
I am not entirely sure if winner is the right term for Washington’s quarterback but Colt McCoy surpassed QB Kirk Cousins on the depth chart after Sunday’s come-from-behind win against the Tennessee Titans. It remains to be seen how this translates to playing time as QB Robert Griffin III’s return is imminent.
Jacksonville’s running back replaced the injured RB Toby Gerhart and may have won his starting job with Sunday’s performance. Against the Cleveland Browns he ran for 127 yards on 22 carries and scored 1 touchdown.
The quarterback had a rock solid game in Kansas City’s 23-20 win at the San Diego Chargers. Smith completed 19 of 28 passes for 221 yards, 1 touchdown and a passer rating of 103.4.
Murray rushed for 100 or more yards in each of Dallas’ seven games this season. In Sunday’s 31-21 win over the New York Giants he ran for 128 yards and 1 touchdown. He leads the NFL with 913 yards, almost 300 yards ahead of the second ranked running back.
Arizona Cardinals Defense
The Cardinals limited the Oakland Raiders to 220 total yards en route to a 24-13 away win. The Raiders only managed to rush for 56 yards and passed for only 164 yards. Arizona’s defense had a rather short working day, spending just 23:03 minutes on the field.
There was much more to Denver’s 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers than QB Peyton Manning’s historical performance. The Broncos were outstanding on the other side of the ball as well. The defense held RB Frank Gore to 20 yards and the pass rush brought down QB Colin Kaepernick six times, with DE DeMarcus Ware (3.0 sacks) and OLB Von Miller (2.0 sacks) leading the way.
New York Jets
The Jets controlled the ball for 40:54 minutes at the New England Patriots and yet they managed to lose 27-25. Their drives were rather impressive but they often lacked the threat of a touchdown. New York had to settle for 4 field goals and left QB Tom Brady & Co. with enough opportunities to avoid an upset.
Whatever happened to the once great RB Steven Jackson who had 8 consecutive 1,000+ rushing yards seasons with the St. Louis Rams before he came to Atlanta? On Sunday he ran for 22 yards on 8 carries as the Falcons lost at the Baltimore Ravens 29-7. His total yardage and yards per carry dropped considerably since joining the Falcons in 2013.
Houston’s turnovers gave Pittsburgh the definite upper hand. The RB Arian Foster fumble and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick interception turned a 13-10 lead into a 13-24 in the final minute of the first half. The Pittsburgh Steelers went on to win 30-23.