This may turn out to be the season that brings “football” back into NFL football. A number of games during the first three weeks—including just four on Sunday—settled the kickers with ice water flowing through their veins to snatch victory in the final seconds of the game, with Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens becoming the latest poster for the kicker tournaments.
Tucker set an NFL record by hitting a 66-yard field goal with a time-lapse to give Baltimore a 19-17 win in Detroit.
Tucker’s kick hit the crossbar and then bounced back over it, sending Baltimore into a raucous celebration and stunning the Lions. Matt Prater holds the old 64-yard mark. Prater provided a kick for the Denver Broncos in 2013 against the Tennessee Titans.
Two games before Tucker kick, he turned Baltimore fourth and 19th for Detroit’s 48-yard line on a 36-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to Sammy Watkins. This was the Ravens’ only downward turn in 10 attempts. Jackson went 16 of 31 passes for 287 yards for the Ravens. He also rushed for 58 yards on seven gigs.
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Justin Herbert led Los Angeles to a touchdown with 32 seconds left on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs upset the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24 in a West Asian First Division game in Kansas City, Missouri.
Alohi Gillman’s interception enabled the Charger to capture 41 with 1:42 remaining. The pick was the second L.A. knocked out Patrick Mahomes, who had only suffered his third defeat in 19 games against his West Asian rival.
A false start knocked Los Angeles out of field goals, but the Chiefs were called to interfere with a fourth pass down before a second two-stroke hit by Mike Williams landed 4 yards for the decisive hit. Tristan Vizcaino missed Pat.
Herbert passed for 281 yards, and went to 26 of 38 with four touchdowns, as the two-time title-holders the Chargers dropped last place in the Western Division by capitalizing on four fast eats. Three of these ended the possessions of the first three presidents.
Mahomes went to 27 of 44 for 260 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He could not muster the Chiefs because their final possession expired at Los Angeles 49. The Mahomes’ last three attempts fell incomplete, including a Hill Mary to finish the match.
RMS 34, Pirate 24
Matthew Stafford scored four goals to lead Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory by defeating guests at Tampa Bay.
Stafford has continued to play well with the Rams since joining Los Angeles on an off-season deal, completing 27 of 38 passes for 343 yards. Stafford’s favorite target was Cooper Kupp, who finished nine receptions for 96 yards and two points on 12 goals.
DeSean Jackson added three receptions for 120 yards, including his first touchdown as a ram — a 75-yard result. Tom Brady finished 41 of 55 for 432 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Saints 28, Patriots 13
James Winston threw two touchdown passes, and the New Orleans defense snatched the first of three interceptions of Mac Jones’ career in defeating the New England hosts.
Winston completed 13 of 21 for 128 yards and was not intercepted. Jones, the #1 draft pick for the Alabama rookie Patriots, completed 30 of 51 pass attempts for 270 yards and one touchdown, but BJ Williams’ interception led to a touchdown, and Malcolm Jenkins had a 34-yard interception to return for the touchdown for New Orleans.
Jones’ last pass in the game was intercepted by Marshawn Lattimore. Jones entered the game after completing 73.9% of his passes, but only delivered one hit to the Patriots.
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Mason Crosby converted a 51-yard field goal Sunday night as time ran out, lifting Green Bay to victory over San Francisco in Santa Clara, California.
Aaron Rodgers set Crosby’s field goal by winning 25 and 17 yards for Davante Adams. It was Crosby’s 26th consecutive field goal attempt dating back to last year. Rodgers scored 23 of 33 attempts for 261 yards with two goals. Adams had twelve passes for 132 yards as Green Bay moved up to number one in the NFC North.
San Francisco led 28-27 with 37 seconds left when Jimmy Garoppolo found Kyle Goczyk with a 12-yard touchdown pass, capping a 75-yard run. Garoppolo finished the game 25 of 40 for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Vikings 30, Seahawks 17
Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 38 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns as Minnesota claimed its first win of the season, defeating Seattle in Minneapolis.
Alexander Mattison, who plays for Dalvin Cook, who missed out with an ankle injury, rushed 26 times for 112 yards for the Vikings and added 59 yards in six receptions. Greg Joseph, who missed a 37-yard field goal attempt in the last second that would have given the Vikings a victory in Arizona last week, made his three kicks account for all of the scoring after the break.
The Seahawks blew up a double-digit lead for the second week in a row after losing to Tennessee 33-30 in overtime the previous Sunday.
Titans 25, Colts 16
Ryan Tanehill threw three touchdown passes and Derek Henry rushed for 113 yards as Tennessee earned a win over Indianapolis in Nashville, Tennessee.
Taneyhill hit Jeremy McNichols for 10 yards with 12:56 left in the game, followed by a two-point conversion by Henry that gave Tennessee a 22-13 lead. After Rodrigo Blankenship scored his third Colts field goal, 24 yards before 10:20 left, the Titans melted nearly 7 1/2 minutes on the clock before Randy Bullock converted the 32-yard field goal with 2:58 residual.
Tanehill completed 18 of 27 passes for Tennessee, who had possession of the ball for just over 34 minutes and edged out Indianapolis 368-265.
Cardinals 31, Jaguar 19
Killer Murray passed for 316 yards and Byron Murphy received two interceptions, one of which came back for touchdown, to lead undefeated Arizona over host Jacksonville.
Murray rushed the touchdown and completed 28 of 34 passes without a touchdown and an interception for Arizona. Christian Kirk finished with seven catches for 104 yards and AJ Green had five catches for 112 yards.
The game featured a play tied to the longest running run in NFL history. When Matt Prater’s attempt for a 68-yard field goal failed with the first-half time up, Jamal Agnew rolled the ball into the end zone and returned 109 yards for a touchdown.
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Karim Hunt had 155 yards of melee and touchdown, Miles Garrett scored 4.5 bags and Cleveland slipped for a win over Chicago.
Baker Mayfield completed 19 of 31 passes for 246 yards for Cleveland, who won his second game in a row after his season-opening drop against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown scored nine sacks as part of a dominant defensive effort.
Facing repeated duress in his first career start, Bears rookie Justin Fields completed only 6 of his 20 passes for 68 yards. The Bears were credited with only one passing yard—due to losing yards in those nine removals from the fields—and 47 total yards in 42 offensive plays.
Hawks 17, Giants 14
Youngwi Koo made a 40-yard field goal as the time ran out, and lifted the Atlanta visit over a winless New Yorker in East Rutherford, NJ.
Coe gave the Hawks their first win after recovering from a 14-7 delay in the last 12 minutes. His kick easily cleared the tops and sent the Giants to a 0-3 start and their second successive defeat was sealed by a game-winning field goal at the bell.
Matt Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. It was a 9-for-10 in Atlanta’s peg drive when the Falcons went 4-for-4 in third-place transfers. Ryan threw the 350th and 351st touchdowns in his career. He called on a 4-yard touchdown to Olamide Zaccheaus shortly before the break and by 1 yards to Lee Smith with 4:13 remaining.
Bills 43, Washington 21
Josh Allen passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for a hit to help Buffalo score an easy win over Washington in Orchard Park, New York.
Emmanuel Sanders had two touchdown passes, and Dawson Knox and Zach Moss each got a score in Buffalo’s favour. The Bills have outpaced their opponents 78-21 in winning streaks since losing at home to the Steelers in their first week.
Cole Beasley hit a career high of 11 receptions while accumulating 98 yards and kicking Tyler Bass three field goals for the Bills. Jordan Boyer and Micah Hyde collected interceptions when Buffalo forced three turns and outplayed Washington 481-290. Allen completed 32 of 43 passes while recording his ninth passing career for 300 yards.
Bengals 24, Steelers 10
Joe Borough and Jamar Chase got into a pair of landings and the Cincinnati Visitors from Pittsburgh were in 24-10 at Heinz Field.
Burrow threw for 172 yards with only four incomplete and three touchdowns as Cincinnati won Pittsburgh for the first time since 2015. Thanks to a win late last season, the Bengals have now won back-to-back games against their top-tier rival since 2012-13. This was the Bengals’ first win by more than 10 points over Pittsburgh since 1995.
Joe Mixon added 90 yards in a sprint on 18 holders for Cincinnati, and Chase finished with four yards for 65 yards. The starters’ first-round draft pick has four touchdowns in its first three NFL games.
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Teddy Bridgewater threw for 235 yards Sunday as the Denver defense harassed rookie quarterback Zach Wilson during their third straight win, eliminating New York in Denver.
Wilson, ranked No. 2 overall in the NFL last spring, endured a miserable second game in a row against a defense able to pressure him steadily. He completed 19 of 35 passes for 160 yards with two interceptions and was sent off five times.
New York (0-3) managed just 43 yards to the ground and finished the day with just 162 yards. He hasn’t scored a drop since the last quarter of his first week loss in Carolina.
Raiders 31, Dolphins 28
Derek Carr completed a massive 34-yard extra pass for Brian Edwards, and Daniel Carlson netted a 22-yard field goal a few minutes later, leading the hosts Las Vegas to beat Miami.
Carr passed for 386 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders overcame an early 14-point deficit. Carr crossed 300 yards in his fifth straight game.
The Raiders scored their first 3-0 start since 2002. Strikers running back Peyton Barber rushed for a career high of 111 yards and one point.