THE NFL ON CBS 2020 / SUPER BOWL LV

2019-20 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW

 

Week 1 (September 8) – THE NFL ON CBS kicked off its 60th season.

 

Baltimore 59 – Miami 10 (Catalon/Lofton/Feely): The Ravens scored 42 points in the first half, the most by any team in the first half of a season-opening game in NFL history, en route to a 59-10 win over Miami. QB Lamar Jackson led his team to victory competing 17-of-20 for 324 yards including two to rookie WR Marquise Brown, who recorded TDs of 47 and 83 yards on his first two catches of his NFL in career in his debut…Kansas City 40 – Jacksonville 26 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): KC QB Patrick Mahomes passed for 378 yards and three TDs while WR Sammy Watkins had nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Chiefs to a 40-26 win over the Jags…Buffalo 17 – N.Y. Jets 16 (Harlan/Gannon//Balionis): Bills QB Josh Allen threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to John Brown with three minutes left, and the Bills overcame four early turnovers to rally from a 16-0 second-half deficit and stun Le'Veon Bell and the Jets 17-16 in the season opener. Bell totaled 92 scrimmage yards (60 rushing, 32 receiving) and one TD reception in the losing effort…Tennessee 43 – Cleveland 13 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes - one a backbreaking, 75-yarder on a screen to big back Derrick Henry - and Tennessee rolled to a 43-13 rout over Cleveland, which fizzled in its highly anticipated opener. Titans TE Delanie Walker had two TD catches in the fourth, and Tennessee's defensive backs intercepted Baker Mayfield three times in the final 15 minutes…Cincinnati 20 – Seattle 21 (Dedes/Archuleta): Seattle QB Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks withstood a career day from Cincy QB Andy Dalton to beat Cincinnati 21-20. Dalton passed for a career-high 418 yards including two TDs to John Ross, who had seven catches for 158 yards in the losing effort…Indianapolis 24 – L.A. Chargers 30 (OT) (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Charger RB Austin Ekeler totaled 154 scrimmage yards (96 receiving, 58 rushing) and three TDs to lead L.A. to a 30-24 OT victory…

 

 

Week 2 (September 15)

 

Buffalo 28 – N.Y. Giants 14 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): QB Josh Allen has the Bills off to their first 2-0 start in five years and just their third in 11 years by posting wins over the Jets and Giants. The somewhat-maligned Allen ran for a touchdown, threw for another, and the Bills finished their claim on the bragging rights of New York with a 28-14 victory over the Giants…New England 43 – Miami 0 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Antonio Brown, who signed Monday with the Patriots, made an 18-yard catch on his first play and finished with 56 yards receiving, all in the first half, including a touchdown reception. New England's defense outscored Miami with interception returns for touchdowns of 54 yards by Stephon Gilmore and 69 yards by Jamie Collins Sr. The Patriots totaled seven sacks and four interceptions and earned their most lopsided win in the 108-game history of the series…Jacksonville 12 – Houston 13 (Catalon/Lofton): Houston led by 7 in the fourth quarter when Jacksonville rookie QB Gardner Minshew led a long drive that included an 18-yard run on fourth-and-10, and he capped it with a 4-yard TD pass to DJ Chark. Instead of trying to tie it with an extra point, Jags coach Doug Marrone opted to go for the potential win by having RB Leonard Fournette attempt to run it in for the 2-point conversion. But the big running back was stopped…Indianapolis 19 – Tennessee 17 (Dedes/Archuleta): Colts QB Jacoby Brissett became the latest Indianapolis quarterback to top Tennessee, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 4:38 left to lead the Colts to a 19-17 victory in the Titans' home opener…L.A. Chargers 10 – Detroit 13 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Lions QB Matthew Stafford and Darius Slay had a lot to do with the L.A. Chargers leading the Lions for three-plus quarters. And, both players bounced back in the final minutes to lift Detroit to a 13-10 victory. Stafford threw a go-ahead, 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay midway through the fourth quarter and Slay made an interception in the end zone with 1:03 left…Kansas City – Oakland (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes bounced back from the first scoreless opening quarter of his career in the regular season by throwing four touchdown passes in a near-perfect second period that led the Chiefs to a 28-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders

 

 

Week 3 (September 22)

 

Baltimore 28 - Kansas City 33 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns in another record-setting performance, and the Chiefs’ defense corralled Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson most of the rain-soaked afternoon, allowing the Chiefs to squeak out a 33-28 victory…Cincinnati 17 – Buffalo 21 (McCarthy/Feely): Bills RB Frank Gore scored on a 1-yard run with 1:50 remaining in rallying Buffalo to a home-opening 21-17 victory over the winless Cincinnati BengalsAtlanta 24 – Indianapolis 27 (Catalon/Lofton): Indy QB Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes in the first half, and Marlon Mack scored on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter to lead the Colts past Atlanta 27-24…N.Y. Jets 14 – New England 30 (Harlan/Gannon//Jacobson): Pats QB Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes and New England didn't allow a defensive touchdown for the third straight week as they dominated in a 30-14 win over the N.Y. Jets. Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead each added a rushing touchdown for the Patriots (3-0), who won their seventh straight over the Jets and earned their ninth consecutive regular-season win at home over their AFC East rival…New Orleans 33 – Seattle 27 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Three years removed from a knee injury that nearly ended his career, Teddy Bridgewater was an unexpected winner. He threw two touchdown passes in his first start with Drew Brees out, watched his teammates add TDs on defense and special teams and help lead the Saints to a 33-27 win over Seattle…Houston 27 – L.A. Chargers 20 (Dedes/Archuleta): Deshaun Watson threw for 351 yards and hit Jordan Akins with two of his three touchdown passes, and J.J. Watt had two of the Texans' five sacks of Philip Rivers in their 27-20 victory over the L.A. Chargers. Akins made the first two TD catches of his career and fellow tight end Darren Fells also caught a TD pass for the Texans (2-1), who rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit with 20 consecutive points on the way to their franchise's second-ever win over the Chargers (1-2)…Pittsburgh 20 – San Francisco 24 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dante Pettis with 1:15 remaining and the 49ers overcame five turnovers to beat the Steelers 24-20 on for their first 3-0 start in 21 years.

 

 

Week 4 (September 29)

 

Oakland 31 – Indianapolis 24 (Harlan/Gannon//Schriffen): Oakland QB Derek Carr led the Raiders to touchdowns on three of their first four drives, and S Eric Harris returned a late interception 30 yards for a touchdown to secure a 31-24 victory at Indianapolis…New England 16 – Buffalo 10 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): It was a defensive slugfest between two AFC East rivals in a game the Patriots seemed ready to blow open by building a 13-0 lead after the first quarter. J.C. Jackson had two of the Patriots' four interceptions and also blocked a punt that led to Matthew Slater returning it 11 yards for a touchdown in leading the Pats to a 16-10 win over the Bills...Cleveland 40 – Baltimore 25 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Browns QB Baker Mayfield threw for 342 yards and a touchdown, Nick Chubb ran for a pivotal 88-yard score and the Browns beat Baltimroe, 40-25 to earn a share of first place in the AFC North. Chubb finished with 165 yards and three touchdowns against the league's third-ranked rushing defense. Jarvis Landry had eight catches for 167 yards before leaving with a suspected concussion, and Odell Beckham Jr. had two catches for 20 yards in a supporting role…Tennessee 24 – Atlanta 10 (Dedes/Archuleta//Ross): Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota threw three first-half touchdown passes, two to A.J. Brown, and the Titans defense had three fourth-down stops to beat the Falcons 24-10…L.A. Chargers 30 – Miami 10 (McCarthy/Feely): Chargers QB Philip Rivers compounded Miami's misery by throwing for 310 yards and two scores. He completed 24 of 30 attempts with no interceptions and directed a 10 1/2-minute drive in the third quarter that helped Los Angeles take control and lead his team to a 30-10 win…Jacksonville 26 – Denver 24 (Catalon/Lofton): Jags RB Leonard Fournette ran for a career-best 225 yards on 29 carries, sparking the Jaguars to a 26-24 win on K Josh Lambo's 33-yard field goal as time expired…Minnesota 6- Chicago 16 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Bears backup QB Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for Chicago. Daniel threw for 195 yards and a touchdown after Trubisky exited with a left shoulder injury, and Chicago swarmed NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook in a 16-6 victory over the Vikings. 

 

 

Week 5 (October 6)

 

Jacksonville 27 – Carolina 34 (Catalon/Lofton//Ross): Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey tied a career high with 237 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns, Brian Burns returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown and had a strip-sack in the fourth quarter, and the Panther held on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-27 for their third straight win…N.Y. Jets 6 – Philadelphia 31 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Philly’s Nate Gerry returned an interception for a score, Orlando Scandrick took a strip-sack the distance and Philadelphia routed the New York Jets 31-6. The Eagles (3-2) smothered third-string quarterback Luke Falk and overwhelmed New York's offense on a day Carson Wentz was ordinary…Buffalo 14 – Tennessee 7 (Dedes/Archuleta): Buffalo QB Josh Allen threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Bills beat the Titans 14-7 in a defensive showdown for their third straight win in this series. The Bills (4-1) now have won three consecutive games away from Buffalo for the first time since 2004…Baltimore 26 – Pittsburgh 23 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Ravens K Justin Tucker made a 46-yard field goal in overtime to lift Baltimore past the Steelers 26-23. Baltimore (3-2) snapped a two-game skid when safety Marlon Humphrey stripped Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and recovered the fumble at the Pittsburgh 34. Tucker knocked through the winner four plays later. Lamar Jackson threw for 161 yards with a touchdown and three picks and also ran for a game-high 70 yards. Mark Ingram ran for a touchdown for the Ravens, who won in Pittsburgh (1-4) for the second straight…New England 33 – Washington 7 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns, and New England got another strong performance from their defense in a 33-7 rout of the winless Redskins. Now in his 20th season, Brady whisked by Brett Favre into third place on the career list with 71,923 yards passing. The 42-year-old Brady now trails only Peyton Manning (71,940 yards) and Drew Brees (74,845)…Denver 20 – L.A. Chargers 13 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Denver RB Phillip Lindsay got his first 100-yard game of the season and the Broncos got their first win under Vic Fangio by defeating the L.A. Chargers, 20-13. Lindsay rushed for 114 yards on 15 carries as Denver (1-4) raced to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter and held on for the 500th victory in franchise history.

 

 

Week 6 (October 13)

 

Cincinnati 17 – Baltimore 23 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Ravens QB Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to pass for at least 200 yards and rush for 150 in a single game in leading his team to a 23-17 win over the winless (0-6) Bengals. Tapering off his downfield runs at the end, Jackson finished tantalizingly short of Michael Vick's single-game record of 173 yards rushing by a quarterback…Houston 31 – Kansas City 24 ( Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown while running for two more, outdueling Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes, who was famously picked two spots ahead of him in the 2017 draft. Carlos Hyde ran for 116 yards and a touchdown against the team that traded him to Houston in the preseason, when the Chiefs decided there was no room for him in their own backfield…New Orleans 13 – Jacksonville 6 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew was harassed, hurried and humbled in a 13-6 loss to the Saints, his worst performance of the season coming just a few hours after Pope Francis accidentally tweeted support for the visiting team. The Saints (5-1) held Minshew without a touchdown pass for the first time in six games and limiting the Jaguars (2-4) to a season-low 226 yards…Tennessee 0– Denver 16 (Catalon/Lofton//Schriffen): The Broncos (2-4) blasted their way to seven sacks and three interceptions while sending Marcus Mariota to the bench and then stifling his backup, Ryan Tannehill, too, in a 16-0 win, their first shutout in two years. They allowed just 204 yards on the day…Dallas 22 – N.Y. Jets 24 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Jets QB Sam Darnold returned - and so did New York’s hopes to turn around a season that was quickly unraveling without him. Darnold gave the Jets' struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from mononucleosis, and New York held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 for their first win of the season.

 

 

Week 7 (October 20)

 

Miami 21 – Buffalo 31 (Catalon/Lofton): Tre'Davious White forced two second-half turnovers, Micah Hyde returned an onside kick for a touchdown, and the Buffalo Bills rallied from a five-point deficit for a 31-21 victory over the winless Miami Dolphins… Houston 23 – Indianapolis 30 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Colts QB Jacoby Brissett threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Indianapolis sealed a 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans with Darius Leonard's late interception. Indy (4-2) has won three straight in the series and took over the early season lead in the AFC South…Oakland 24 – Green Bay 42 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 429 yards with five touchdowns and one rushing TD in leading the Packers to a 42-24 win over Oakland and upping their record to 6-1. Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes to eight different targets and finished with the first perfect passer rating of his career. Appearing in his 172nd career game, Rodgers surpassed Drew Brees (180 games) as the fastest quarterback to reach 350 career touchdown passes in NFL history.Jacksonville 27 – Cincinnati 17 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Jax QB Gardner Minshew led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that put the Jags ahead to stay, and Yannick Ngakoue returned an interception 23 yards to clinch a 27-17 victory over the winless Cincinnnati Bengals. The Jags (3-4) managed only field goals by still-perfect Josh Lambo until their rookie quarterback and their depleted defense made game-turning plays at the end…L.A. Chargers 20 – Tennessee 23 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): The Titans had a goal-line stance not once, twice but thrice. Each time, they needed the replay official to overturn the call on the field turning what the Chargers thought were a pair of go-ahead touchdowns and a final ruling that gave the ball - and the game - to the Titans. Jurrell Casey recovered a fumble by Melvin Gordon at the goal line with 15 seconds left, and Tennessee pulled out a 23-20 victory over the Chargers after a frantic final minute.

 

 

Week 8 (October 27)

 

Denver 13 – Indianapolis 15 (Eagle/Fouts//Wsshburn): Indy K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard FG with 22 seconds left that proved to be the winning score for the Colts’ 15-13 win over Denver. The NFL's career scoring leader overcame two earlier misses to keep Indy (5-2) atop the AFC South with its third straight victory…Cincinnati 10 – L.A. Rams 24 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught seven passes for a career-best 220 yards, QB Jared Goff threw for two touchdowns and Los Angeles beat the winless Cincinnati Bengals, 24-10 to make for another successful trip to London…N.Y. Jets 15 – Jacksonville 29 (Dedes/Archuleta): Jets QB Sam Darnold was sacked a career-high eight times and threw three interceptions in Jacksonville's 29-15 victory over the New York Jets. Darnold also was picked off twice in the fourth quarter, including one that set up Jax QB Gardner Minshew's game-sealing score to DJ Chark with a little more than four minutes to play. Minshew completed 22 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. He scrambled for another 32 yards…Arizona 9 – New Orleans 31 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): New Orleans QB Drew Brees passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns in his first game in more than five weeks since thumb surgery, and the Saints won their sixth straight with a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. With few exceptions, Brees was accurate and looked composed even as his pass blocking collapsed, completing 34 of 43 passes…Cleveland 13 – New England 27 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): New England QB Tom Brady threw for 259 yards and two touchdown passes to help head coach Bill Belichick earn his 300th career victory in the Patriots' 27-13 win. Belichick sits behind only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) on the NFL's all-time list…Oakland 24 – Houston 27 (Catalon/Lofton//Ross): Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to lift the Texans to a 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders in a game where the team lost star defensive end J.J. Watt to a season-ending injury to a pectoral muscle.

 

 

Week 9 (November 3)

 

Indianapolis 23 – Pittsburgh 24 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Indy K Adam Vinatieri missed a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 1:14 remaining, but instead sealed the Steelers’ 26-24 win. QB Mason Rudolph threw for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Pittsburgh, and Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 96 yards for a score as the Steelers (4-4) won their third consecutive game. Backup RB Trey Edmunds ran for a career-high 73 yards and Chris Boswell kicked four field goals as Pittsburgh reached the midpoint of the season at .500 despite losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a right elbow injury in Week 2…N.Y. Jets 18 – Miami 26 (Dedes/Archuleta//Ross): Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes, two of them to rookie Preston Williams, and the Dolphins got their first win of the season by beating former coach Adam Gase and the N.Y. Jets 26-18…Tennessee 20 – Carolina 30 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey had 166 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns, and the Panthers bounced back from an embarrassing defeat with a 30-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans…Cleveland 19 – Denver 24 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Denver QB Brandon Allen led the Broncos past Cleveland 24-19 in his NFL debut, 1,402 days after his last start at the University of Arkansas. Allen's numbers weren't overwhelming – 12-of- 20 for 193 yards - but his addition to the offense was dazzling…Green Bay 11 – L.A. Chargers 26 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Chargers RB Melvin Gordon scored two touchdowns and the defense held Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers to one of his worst outings as the Chargers dominated the Packers, winning 26-11.

 

 

Week 10 (November 10)

 

Detroit 13 – Chicago 20 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Chicago QB MitchellTrubisky tied a season high with three touchdown passes, and the Bears withstood a late charge by Detroit with Jeff Driskel filling in for injured quarterback Matthew Stafford, beating the Lions, 20-13…Buffalo 16 – Cleveland 19 (Catalon/Lofton/Balionis): Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 left as the Browns snapped a four-game losing streak - and took some pressure off first-year coach Freddie Kitchens - with a 19-16 win over the Bills, who couldn't come up with one last goal-line stand…Baltimore 49 – Cincinnati 13 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Baltimore’s dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for three touchdowns in a near-perfect performance and pulled off a sensational 47-yard touchdown run as the Ravens routed the NFL's only winless team 49-13Kansas City 32 – Tennessee 35 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill and a cornerback only activated off injured reserve a week ago helped make the Chiefs pay for their fifth and sixth attempts. Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left, and Joshua Kalu blocked a last-second field goal attempt to beat the Chiefs 35-32 to spoil the return of NFL MVP Patrick MahomesMiami 16 – Indianapolis 12 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run, the Dolphins converted three Colts turnovers into 13 points and the defense preserved a 16-12 victory at Indianapolis with a red-zone stop in the final minute for their second consecutive win.

 

 

Week 11 (November 17)

 

Denver 23 – Minnesota 27 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): The Vikings erased a 20-0 halftime deficit with touchdowns on each of their four drives in the second half, fending off the Broncos by forcing three straight incomplete passes in the end zone over the final 10 seconds to preserve a 27-23 victory. This was the first time in five years - a span of 100 games including the playoffs - that an NFL team won after trailing by 20-or-more points at halftime, though New England did defeat Atlanta in Super Bowl LI after an 18-point deficit after two quarters grew to 28-3…Jacksonville – Indianapolis (Catalon/Lofton//Grady): Marlon Mack waited patiently for holes to open. Jonathan Williams took advantage of each opportunity. Jacoby Brissett and Nyheim Hines both ran for scores, and even All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson got a chance to carry the ball. The throwback strategy worked perfectly. Indy rushed for a season-high 264 yards and overpowered Jacksonville 33-13 for the franchise's 300th win since moving to Indianapolis in 1984…Buffalo 37 – Miami 20 (Dedes/Archuleta): Buffalo QB Josh Allen tied a career-high with three touchdown passes and ran for another score to help the Bills complete a season sweep of Miami by winning 37-20. The victory gave the Bills (7-3) their best 10-game record since 1999…Houston 7– Baltimore 41 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Ravens QB Lamar Jackson threw four touchdown passes and ran for 86 yards to help Baltimore extend its winning streak to six games with a 41-7 rout of the Texans. The game was billed as a matchup between first-place AFC teams and two of the best double-threat quarterbacks in the NFL. Jackson and the Baltimore defense made it a one-sided affair against the Texans and Deshaun Watson, and now the Ravens (8-2) are riding their longest winning streak since a seven-game run in 2000, their first Super Bowl season…New England 17 – Philadelphia 10 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Julian Edelman threw a go-ahead 15-yard TD pass to Phillip Dorsett and New England rallied for a 17-10 victory over Philadelphia. Tom Brady threw for 216 yards, leading the Pats (9-1) back from a 10-0 deficit, but it was Edelman, the Patriots’ gritty wide receiver, who found a target in the end zone. It was the first time in Brady’s career that another player on his team had more TD passes when he played the entire game…Cincinnati 10 – Oakland 17 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Maxx Crosby had the best day by a Raiders pass rusher in nearly four years, and Trayvon Mullen kept Oakland's defensive surge going with a game-clinching interception that ended any hopes that Cincinnati had of ending its winless start. On a day when Jon Gruden's offense committed a pair of turnovers, including Josh Jacobs' first career fumble in the red zone, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's unit made all the difference. Oakland QB Derek Carr passed for 292 yards and a touchdown, Jacobs had his fourth 100-yard game in the last six weeks, and the Raiders beat the stumbling Bengals 17-10 

 

 

Week 12 (November 24)

 

Denver 3 – Buffalo 20 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Buffalo QB Josh Allen threw two touchdowns passing and Shaq Lawson had two of the Bills’ four sacks in a 20-3 win over Denver and are off to their best start in 23 years.

John Brown made a diving 34-yard touchdown catch, and Cole Beasley scored on an 18-yard reception. Allen finished 15-of-25 for 185 yards and threw his first interception in 172 attempts. Bills RB Frank Gore had 65 yards rushing to up his total to 15,289 and move ahead of boyhood idol Barry Sanders into third on the NFL career list…Oakland 3 – N.Y. Jets 34 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading the Jets past the Raiders 34-3 for their first three-game winning streak in over two years. Brian Poole returned an interception 15 yards for a TD and the rest of the defense made things miserable for Oakland QB Derek Carr, who was pulled by coach Jon Gruden with just under two minutes left in the third quarter…Pittsburgh 16 – Cincinnati 10 (Catalon/Lofton//Shriffen): Pittsburgh back-up QB Devlin “Duck” Hodges took over for struggling Mason Rudolph and threw a 79-yard touchdown pass sparking the depleted Steelers to a 16-10 victory that kept the Bengals the only winless team in the NFL. Hodges connected with James Washington on the game-turning play in the third quarter, leaving Pittsburgh (6-5) with a quarterback decision as it moves forward without Ben RoethlisbergerCarolina 31 – New Orleans 34 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Saints K Wil Lutz kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired, and New Orleans beat Carolina 34-31 to take a four-game lead in the NFC South with five games left. Drew Brees completed 30-of-39 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns, and led New Orleans from its own 14-yard line with 1:51 left to the Carolina 15 with three seconds remaining to set up the winning kick, capping a contest filled with late momentum shifts and critical errors - none bigger than Carolina kicker Joey Slye's missed field goal from 28 yards with two minutes left…Jacksonville 20 – Tennessee 42 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Tennessee scored four touchdowns over six offensive plays in the third quarter, routing Jacksonville 42-20 for their second straight victory. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill ran for two TDs and threw two TDs to improve to 4-1 as Tennessee's starter Derrick Henry became the first player in the NFL since 2006 to score two TDs within 20 seconds, and rookie receiver A.J. Brown capped the scoring spurt with a 65-yard TD catch that made it 35-3 with 6:57 left in the third quarter.

 

 

Week 13 (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 & Dec. 1)

 

Buffalo 26 – Dallas 15 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): John Brown became the first Buffalo receiver to throw a touchdown pass, Josh Allen set a franchise record by producing at least two touchdowns in an eighth consecutive game and the surging Bills beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 26-15 on Thanksgiving Day. Allen ran for a TD and threw a scoring pass to Cole Beasley, who had 110 yards receiving in the stadium where he spent his first seven seasons as the Bills (9-3) got their first Thanksgiving win since 1975 in their first appearance on the holiday in 25 years.

 

Cleveland 13 – Pittsburgh 20 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Pittsburgh QB Devlin ''Duck'' Hodges threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second career start. Rookie RB Benny Snell ran for 63 yards and his first NFL touchdown, and the banged-up Steelers exacted revenge for their whipping at the hands of the Browns two weeks ago with a 20-13 victory…Washington 29 – Carolina 21 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Washington RB Derrius Guice ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and his team made a late goal-line stand to secure a 29-21 victory over Carolina for their second straight victory. Adrian Peterson added 99 yards and a score as the Redskins (3-9) piled up 248 yards on the ground and scored their most points this season. The Panthers' (5-7) fourth straight loss could put coach Ron Rivera's job in jeopardy…Tennessee 31 – Indianapolis 17 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:02 left to play, helping Tennessee turn the tables at Indianapolis with a 31-17 victory. The Titans (7-5) snapped a three-game losing streak in the series, winning for only the third time in the past 17 meetings. It also allowed Tennessee to leapfrog Indianapolis in the AFC South…N.Y. Jets 22– Cincinnati 6 (Dedes/Archuleta): Cincy QB Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile and got a long-awaited win for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets that ended the longest losing streak in Bengals history…L.A. Chargers 20– Denver 23 (Catalon/Lofton): Denver K Brandon McManus kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired capped a furious final 14 seconds and gave the Broncos a sweep of their AFC West rivals with a 24-20 win. Denver rookie quarterback Drew Lock's debut win for Denver included a pair of touchdown throws to Courtland Sutton but just 134 yards passing and it came a month after Brandon Allen beat Cleveland. It made the Broncos the first team in league history to have two quarterbacks start and win their NFL debuts in the same season…Oakland 9– Kansas City 40 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): KC QB Patrick Mahomes threw for a touchdown and rqa for a touchdown, but it was Juan Thornhill's pick-6 and a long list of blunders by Raiders QB Derek Carr and Co. that really made the difference. They allowed Kansas City to cruise to a 40-9 victory and into a two-game lead over the Raiders in the division race.

 

 

Week 14 (December 8)

 

Baltimore 24 – Buffalo 17 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Baltimore extended its franchise-best winning streak to nine straight and improved to 11-2 with a 24-17 win, its best record through 13 games in team history. Lamar Jackson finished 16 of 25 for 145 yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception in a game the Ravens' bulldozing offense was mostly held in check. Baltimore was held to a season-low 257 yards, and punted seven times for an offense that entered the game with just 24 punts on the season. With 40 yards rushing, Jackson upped his total to 1,017, which is 23 short of breaking the single-season record for quarterbacks set by Michael Vick in 2006…Denver 38 – Houston 24 (Harlan/Gannon//Ross): Drew Lock threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, Kareem Jackson had an interception and returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown against his former team as the Broncos built a huge first-half lead and coasted 38-24 over the Houston Texans…Indianapolis 35 – Tampa Bay 38 (Dedes/Archuleta): The suddenly red-hot Buccanneers (6-7) will miss the playoffs for the 12th straight year despite rallying to beat Indianapolis 38-35 for their third consecutive victory and fourth in five games. Jameis Winston continued to state his case for keeping the starting quarterback job beyond 2019, overcoming another turnover-marred performance by throwing for 456 yards and four touchdowns including the-winner with 3:51 remaining…Cincinnati 19 – Cleveland 27 (Mowins/Barber): Browns RB Nick Chubb ran for 106 yards - 99 after halftime - and Baker Mayfield and Kareem Hunt had rushing touchdowns as Cleveland kept its faint hopes alive with a 27-19 win over Cincinnati, who outplayed the Browns but couldn't get their second win…Miami 21 – N.Y. Jets 22 (McCarthy/Feely//Livingston): Jets K Sam Ficken kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give the Jets a 22-21 comeback victory after they benefited when an incomplete pass was reviewed in New York and a rare game-altering pass interference ruling on Miami was added…Kansas City 23 – New England 16 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Kansas City clinched the AFC West when Bashaud Breeland knocked away Tom Brady's fourth-down pass attempt to Julian Edelman in the end zone and the Chiefs beat New England 23-16. After building a 20-7 lead, the Chiefs survived a series of mistakes and questionable officiating to hold off a late rally by the defending Super Bowl champions…Pittsburgh 23 – Arizona 17 (Catalon/Lofton//Balionis): Diontae Johnson ran back a punt for an 85-yard touchdown and the defense had three crucial interceptions in the second half as Pittsburgh beat Arizona 23-17 for its seventh win in eight games…Tennessee 42 – Oakland 21 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Ryan Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns, Derrick Henry ran for two scores and the Titans won their fourth straight game by beating Oakland 42-21

 

 

Week 15 (December 15)

 

Houston 24 – Tennessee 21 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Carlos Hyde ran for 104 yards and scored a TD with 10:34 left and Ka'imi Fairbairn's 29-yard field goal with 3:26 remaining provided the winning margin as the Texans scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to beat the Tennessee Titans 24-21…Denver 3 – Kansas City 23 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Patrick Mahomes threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were on the receiving end of many of his biggest throws, as the AFC West champions romped to a 23-3 victory over the rebuilding Broncos to remain in the hunt for the No. 2 playoff seed and a potential first-round bye…New England 34 – Cincinnati 13 (Catalon/Lofton//Balionis): Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to move within one of the NFL career record, Stephon Gilmore returned one of New England's four interceptions 64 yards for a score, and the Patriots clinched a playoff berth with a 34-13 victory over Cincinnati…Miami 20 – N.Y. Giants 36 (Dedes/Archuleta//Livingston): Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw two touchdowns in what might have been his final home start for the Giants and New York snapped a franchise record-tying nine-game losing streak with a 36-20 victory over Miami. Giants RB Saquon Barkley ran for 112 yards and scored two walk-in touchdowns and New York's much-maligned defense added a safety as the Giants (3-11) handed the Dolphins (3-11) their second loss in as many weeks at MetLife Stadium…Jacksonville 20 – Oakland 16 (Harlan/Gannon//Schriffen): Jacksonville scored 17 unanswered second-half points including a four-yard touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in the game. Gardner Minshew threw two TD passes to Chris Conley in the final 5:15 of the game and the Jaguars spoiled the final scheduled game at the Coliseum by beating the Raiders 20-16…Cleveland 24 – Arizona 38 (McCarthy/Feely): The Cardinals snapped their losing streak at six games – and Kenyon Drake snapped his personal skid at 14 - by beating Cleveland 38-24. The Browns fell to 6-8 to further damage their already slim playoff hopes. Drake ran for a season-high 137 yards and four TDs six weeks after being acquired by the Cardinals in a mid-season trade with the Miami Dolphins…Minnesota 39 – L.A. Chargers 10 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): The Vikings forced seven Chargers' turnovers and converted them into 20 points. It is the most takeaways for a Mike Zimmer-led unit, surpassing the six that Dallas forced against Washington in 2003 in their 39-10 win over the Chargers.

 

 

Week 16 (December 22)

 

Baltimore 31 – Cleveland 15 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes - two to tight end Mark Andrews late in the first half - and rushed for 103 yards as the Ravens clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs for the first time with their 11th straight win, 31-15 over Cleveland to lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs…Cincinnati 35 – Miami 38 (OT) (Catalon/Lofton//Grady): Miami gave up 16 points in the final 29 seconds of regulation but regrouped, and Jason Sanders kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired for a 38-35 win. Andy Dalton threw for 396 yards and four touchdown passes, including three in the final 5:01 of regulation as Cincinnati rallied from a 35-12 deficit…Pittsburgh 10 – N.Y. Jets 16 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): The Pittsburgh Steelers’ path to the postseason just got a lot more difficult. They entered their game against former teammate Le'Veon Bell and the N.Y. Jets with their playoff destiny in their hands. They fumbled that away with an ugly 16-10 loss…Detroit 17– Denver 27 (Harlan/Gannon//Feely): Drew Lock threw a shovel pass to DaeSean Hamilton to put Denver ahead, Phillip Lindsay sealed the game with a late TD scamper and the Broncos extended the Lions’ skid to eight straight with a 27-17 win…Oakland 24 – L.A. Chargers 17 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders will go into the final week of the season still having a chance for the playoffs after a 24-17 victory over the Chargers snapped a four-game losing streak. Oakland (7-8) still has a chance after losses by Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Cleveland. It needs a win over Denver next week and some help for only their second postseason trip since 2003. Carr completed 26 of 30 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown in leading the Raiders.

 

 

Week 17 (December 29)

 

N.Y. Jets 13 – Buffalo 6 (McCarthy/Feely): Sam Darnold hit Jamison Crowder for a 1-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and the Jets avoided finishing their fourth consecutive season with double-digit losses in a 13-6 win over Buffalo's backups. The Jets missed the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season, but finished at 7-9 under first-year coach Adam Gase for their best record since going 10-6 in 2015…L.A. Chargers 21 – Kansas City 31 (Harlan/Gannon//Schriffen): The Chiefs beat the Chargers 31-21 behind big games from Mecole Hardman and Damien Williams, and the Dolphins rallied to stun the Patriots 27-24 in the closing seconds to give the Chiefs a No. 2 seeding in the AFC Playoffs...Miami 27 – New England 24 (Gumbel/Green//Collins): The Patriots of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick never have made the Super Bowl while playing in the wild-card playoff round. They'll have to make some more franchise history to win another NFL title as a No. 3 seed. Miami dropped New England into the Wild Card round when Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki with 24 seconds remaining for a stunning 27-24 victory…Oakland 15 – Denver 16 (Catalon/Lofton): The Broncos posted their third consecutive losing season but they head into 2020 with renewed optimism thanks to rookie quarterback Drew Lock, who went 4-1 in his five starts in leading his team to a 16-15 win over the Raiders. The Broncos finished 7-5 after a winless first month under first-year head coach Vic FangioTennessee 35 – Houston 14 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): The Titans secured their playoff spot with a 35-14 victory on over Houston, who had already bested Tennessee for the AFC South crown and had nothing to play for. Derrick Henry rushed for a season-high 211 yards and three touchdowns for the Titans (9-7), who will now prepare for their intriguing first-round matchup with New England…Pittsburgh 10 – Baltimore 28 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Baltimore finished off its best season in franchise history with a 28-10 win over Pittsburgh as they go into the AFC Playoffs as the No. 1 seed…Indianapolis 20 – Jacksonville 38 (Dedes/Archuleta): Jax QB Gardner Minshew turned in his best performance in two months, throwing for 295 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-20 victory over Indianapolis.