ImageBuffalos Josh Allen was sent to the locker room for evaluation after this devastating hit from New Englands Jonathan Jones.CreditRon Schwane/Associated PressSeven teams entered the day undefeated but Buffalo and Detroit, in games that were far closer than most people expected, narrowly lost. We were following along with the early action in Week 4.
With 20 seconds left in the game, Kansas Citys Darrel Williams punched the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line. That score along with the extra point put the Chiefs (4-0) on top, 34-30, in a win over the Detroit Lions. The key play on the game-winning drive was a 15-yard run by Patrick Mahomes that came on a 4th-and-8 from the Chiefs 34-yard line.
Matthew Stafford and the Lions were given one more chance to take the lead but a pair of deep passes from the Kansas City 44-yard line into the end zone failed to hit their targets and the Lions dropped to 2-1-1.
Buffalos defense had an incredible day, largely eliminating Tom Brady from the game, but the Patriots (4-0) beat the Bills, 16-10, thanks largely to Matt Barkley throwing an interception with 1:27 to play.
Both of these hits are the exact kind of plays football is trying to legislate out of the game. They endanger the long-term health of players and the viability of football in general.
Plenty of positives can be taken from a game in which the Bills (3-1) were in the thick of things until the final two minutes and Buffalo just may have won if Josh Allen had not gotten injured.
Brady will likely not forget a game in which he completed just 18 of 39 passes for 150 yards and an interception. He did not throw a touchdown pass.
That was the first thing that came out my mouth on the sideline, Hyde said. If one of us did that to [Brady], we wouldnt have been in the game anymore.
Matthew Stafford, ignoring a hip injury that nearly kept him out of the game, led the Lions down the field with ease and hit Kenny Golladay with a high pass in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown that, along with the extra point, put Detroit ahead by 30-27 with just over two minutes left in the game. Golladay just barely got a second foot down on the touchdown catch but the call on the field was upheld after review.
Theres no room in football for that,” McDermott told reporters. Its a shame to see a player like Josh, or any player, to go down from a hit like that.
The Giants rookie sensation took things down a notch in his second start, but he still came out with a win, leading Big Blue to a 24-3 victory over the Washington Redskins. Jones threw a pair of interceptions and was held to 225 passing yards but Wayne Gallman was terrific in place of Saquon Barkley and Washington, even after switching to Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, was never truly in the game. The Giants defense held the Redskins to 176 yards of total offense.
Josh Allen of the Bills took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from New Englands Jonathan Jones and was forced to come out of the game at least temporarily as Buffalo trails New England, 16-10, in the fourth quarter.
Allen was nearly motionless on the turf following the impact but was able to walk off the field. After being evaluated on the sideline for a potential concussion, Allen ran back to the locker room. Matt Barkley is in at quarterback for Buffalo.
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Kansas City was trailing Detroit, 23-20 in the fourth quarter, but a wild hook-and-lateral in which Patrick Mahomes threw to Travis Kelce who pitched the ball back to LeSean McCoy was the key play in a drive that went 75 yards in nine plays. The Chiefs now lead, 27-23.
Lamar Jackson seemed to make things interesting with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews that temporarily narrowed Baltimores deficit to 24-18, but Nick Chubb answered right back with an incredible 88-yard touchdown run on the first play of Clevelands ensuing possession. Chubb is up to 162 rushing yards and three touchdowns, all of which have come in the second half. The Browns lead, 30-18.
The Patriots stretched their lead to 16-10 on a 23-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, but the points might as well be charged to Buffalos offense, as the drive was set up when Josh Allen threw his third interception of the day.
Ramsey has two years of team control remaining on his contract, including a $13.7 million team option that the Jaguars exercised last offseason.
Buffalos defense had been terrific to start the second half, forcing punts on consecutive Patriots possessions, but giving Tom Brady chance after chance never ends well.
Buffalo cost itself a timeout on the drive by challenging a non-call on a play which the Bills believed was offensive pass interference. No contact was made on the play.
Nick Chubb had two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and the Browns took command against the Ravens in Baltimore, leading by 24-10 with one more quarter to play.
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Clevelands defense has lacked consistency this season, but there was never any question of the units overall talent. That group has been a huge part of todays success, limiting the dynamic Lamar Jackson to 91 passing yards and 64 rushing yards.
Baker Mayfield has thrown for 322 yards despite Odell Beckham Jr. being held without a catch, and that success has come with plenty of support from Chubb, who has 74 yards on 15 carries to go with the two touchdowns.
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Daniel Jones continues to get plenty of help from his teammates, as Jabrill Peppers delivered a pick-six on a bad pass from Washingtons Dwayne Haskins late in the third quarter. Peppers returned the ball 32 yards for a score and the Giants are now leading, 24-3.
A different Bills offense emerged from the locker room after halftime. Josh Allen completed all six passes on his teams opening possession and then punched the ball into the end zone on a 4th down run, that along with the extra-point got the Bills right back into the thick of things against the Patriots, 13-10.
The 75-yard drive by the Bills took nine plays and had New Englands defense on its heels the entire time.
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Frank Gore has been incredible, Josh Allen was fairly awful, and the upstart Buffalo Bills are hanging tough at home against New England, trailing by 13-3 at halftime. Tom Brady has played far below his typical standards, completing 9 of 22 passes for 90 yards, and he threw his first interception of the season, but New Englands defense has kept the Patriots in control regardless. A missed 49-yard field goal by Buffalo in the final seconds of the half could come back to haunt the team.
Baker Mayfield has 208 passing yards to Lamar Jacksons 34 and the Browns lead the Ravens by 10-7 at halftime. Jarvis Landry is having a huge game for Cleveland, with six catches for 126 yards, and the Browns defense has thus far forced the Ravens into running the ball some and not much else.
Daniel Jones has thrown two interceptions, but the Giants are still leading by 17-3 at halftime thanks to some stellar play from backup running back Wayne Gallman and the overall ineptitude of the Redskins. Coach Jay Gruden made the switch to Dwayne Haskins at quarterback but that has yet to make a huge difference.
Kyle Allen has the Panthers leading yet again. The second-year quarterback, filling in for Cam Newton, threw four touchdown passes in last weeks win, and while he doesnt have any yet today, his Panthers are leading the Houston Texans by 10-3 at halftime.
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The Lions led by 10-0 at one point, but no lead is safe against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes has yet to throw a touchdown pass, but he did have an interesting play where he broke off a huge run after staring back at an official, potentially hoping for a penalty call. The game is tied, 13-13, at halftime.
The Titans, thanks to a huge game from Marcus Mariota, are destroying the Falcons in Atlanta, leading by 24-7 at halftime. Mariota has 189 passing yards and three touchdowns.
The Dolphins are only losing by seven points at halftime! Philip Rivers of the Chargers has thrown for 197 yards and two touchdown passes, but Josh Rosen kept Miami in the game with a 34-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Melvin Gordon is active but has yet to appear in the game.
Furthermore, considering trading Ramsey in-season, and then quickly trying to move on from that notion, was always going to be problematic as well. In the players mind, he was moving closer than ever to getting out, and pulling that away only heightens tensions.
Derek Carr has two touchdown passes, Trevor Davis ran in a 60-yard touchdown, and the Raiders lead the Colts by 21-10 at halftime in Indianapolis.
After the Patriots had marched 93 yards on 15 plays, Buffalo, putting great pressure on Tom Brady, took the ball away with an end zone interception by Micah Hyde. It was Bradys first interception of the season.
New England, which had started the drive at its own 5-yard line following a punt, kept things alive at one point by going for it on 4th-and-8 from Buffalos 35-yard line. The aggressiveness was rewarded when Buffalos TreDavious White, having just returned from a foot injury, was called for a 27-yard pass interference penalty.
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Facing a desperate situation, Buffalos offense went 52 yards on six plays, and while things fizzled out, the Bills were able to capitalize on the turnover with a 46-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka.
The Dwayne Haskins era is upon us. With Washington down by 14-0 in the second quarter, and with Jay Gruden potentially coaching to save his job, the Redskins pulled Case Keenum from the game, replacing him with Haskins, the 15th pick in this years draft. Haskins led Washington on a 34-yard drive that ended with a field goal.
Haskins, a Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State last season, had not thrown a pass coming in to todays game, but he connected on his first three attempts in this game (an incomplete pass was negated by a penalty.)
1. The Browns defense held Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense in check. Cleveland might have put up 40 on the Ravens (2-2), but its defense was a crucial part of its success. Aside from a Willie Snead garbage-time touchdown, the Ravens offense couldnt make big plays, struggled on third down and turned the ball over in critical moments. The Ravens filled the stat sheet with yards, but their offense was rhythm-less to the point where Jackson had to take matters into his own hands and scurry to make plays when his receiving corps was bottled up. The Browns (2-2) also did it with a banged-up secondary as Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams and Morgan Burnett were held out of the game, but their replacements were superb. Damarious Randall blitzed from his corner position to sack Jackson on a big third-down play in the first quarter. Jermaine Whitehead had a beautiful interception in the fourth quarter, and deflected a pass during a corner blitz that allowed DT Devaroe Lawrence to get another late interception of Jackson. Clevelands defense also forced Mark Ingram to cough up his first turnover of the year. They were short-handed but the Browns had the upper hand with effective scheming from DC Steve Wilks against a dynamic Ravens offense.
With both the Redskins and Giants in the N.F.C. East, this could be the first of dozens of matchups between Haskins and the Giants Daniel Jones.
Oakland had looked horrible since starting the season with a win over Denver in Week 1, but the Raiders are off and running in Indianapolis, leading by 21-7 early in the second quarter. Derek Carr is 11 of 13 for 102 yards and two touchdown passes while the teams newest acquisition, Trevor Davis, delivered the biggest play of the game so far with a 60-yard touchdown run. They will play the second half without linebacker Vontaze Burfict who was ejected in the second quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
At the close of the first quarter, this game was all Patriots. Despite not looking particularly sharp, Tom Brady barely had to break a sweat thanks to his teams defense and New England was leading by 13-0.
Gore will likely see his touches go down as the season goes on, since rookie running back Devin Singletary is expected back soon from a hamstring injury. But even if his time as a starting running back is short-lived, Gore appears on pace to move into third place on the all-time rushing list this season.
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Josh Allens no good very bad day continued late in the quarter as the Bills quarterback threw a second interception — this one to J.C. Jackson — and is now 1 for 8 for 10 yards in what had been predicted by some to be his chance to shine on a big stage.
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Frank Gore has been terrific for Buffalo, carrying the ball six times for 43 yards, but Buffalos three turnovers are making this look like a blowout in the making.
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The Giants are leading the Redskins, 14-0, thanks to some terrific early work from Wayne Gallman. Saquon Barkleys backup has rushing and receiving touchdowns already today and Daniel Jones has started the game by completing 9 of 11 passes for 89 yards. The Giants continue to look like an entirely different team in the post-Eli Manning era.
The Lions got off to a quick 10-0 lead against Kansas City, with Matthew Stafford fighting through a hip injury to throw a touchdown pass, and the Browns took an early 7-0 lead against the Ravens when Baker Mayfield found Ricky Seals-Jones for a 9-yard touchdown pass.
Having entered Sunday just 357 yards behind the Detroit Lions legend Sanders, Gore would need to average about 20 yards per game the rest of the way to move up the list — barring injuries.
The Bills are in big trouble at home against New England. Their offense, trying to answer New Englands touchdown, sputtered and then disaster struck when Corey Bojorquezs punt attempt from Buffalos 33-yard line was blocked, recovered by Matthew Slater, and taken into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. Stephen Gostkowski hit the extra point this time and New England leads by 13-0 with just over six minutes left in the first quarter.
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Josh Allen of the Bills took a chance downfield with an aggressive pass and Devin McCourty made him pay for it with an interception. It was McCourtys fourth consecutive game with an interception, tying a franchise record set by Mike Haynes in 1976. More important, it gave Tom Brady and the Patriots a short field, which they took advantage of by scoring on 4-yard run by Brandon Bolden.
Buffalos defense had opened the game with a strong stop of the Patriots. The Bills gave up an immediate 15-yard run to Sony Michel but proceeded to absolutely smother the Patriots, forcing a pair of incomplete passes and then stopping Michel for no gain on a third down run.
But after Allens mistake, the Patriots made short work of Buffalo, going 50 yards on seven plays. In a continuing concern, however, Stephen Gostkowski missed his extra-point attempt. Gostkowski is just 10 for 14 on extra point attempts this season.
Melvin Gordon, a star running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, did not end his contract holdout until Thursday, but as a result of an injury to Justin Jackson, there is a chance Gordon will play on Sunday in his teams road game against the bottom-feeding Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m., Eastern time.
We understand that Melvins been back for a day and a half, so we have to be careful if he plays, how much he plays and even if he plays at all, Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn said on Friday.
Gordon, who averaged an eye-popping 5.1 yards a carry in 12 games last season, has long been one of the most talented running backs in the N.F.L., but he engaged in a fruitless standoff with his team in hopes of securing a hefty raise. In contrast to Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, whose holdout netted him a new contract with $50 million in guaranteed money, Gordons holdout cost him about $1 million and he is still playing on his original deal.
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The Chargers have gotten terrific production from Austin Ekeler in place of Gordon, but with Jackson having been ruled out with a calf strain, Los Angeles is thin at running back, which resulted in Gordons being declared active on Saturday.
Its not like Ive been sitting around and Im coming in overweight or anything like that, he said. But its not like I get a preseason game to get warmed up. You kind of get in and get right in the fire.
Benjamin Hoffman is a senior staff editor and regular contributor to the Keeping Score column in sports. He joined The Times in 2005. @BenHoffmanNYT • Facebook