Wow!! What an electric day of football Sunday turned out to be. A torrential downpour on Sunday night football that helped the Patriots get a victory. I still think there might be a chance Bill Belichek can control the weather. An incredible throw and catch on a Hail Mary to win the game in Arizona. Much more to dive into so let’s get right into it.
The split on 1:00 vs 4:00 starts was little strange this week as we only saw 5 games start in the early window. Some may say they didn’t enjoy the games being played at that time but there was some action. The Browns and Texans started off the day being slightly delayed due to a bad storm rolling through Cleveland. It didn’t get any easier once they got on the field. The Texans were unable to get anything going. Scoring only a touchdown in the 4th quarter to make it a three point game. Even with the wind, Cody Parkey was able to hit a 41 yard field goal in the first quarter that ended up being the difference. Nick Chubb scored the only touchdown for the Browns on a 9 yard run in the 4th quarter. The Browns might be better off playing in a storm more often as they took the ball out of Baker Mayfield’s hand and got over 100 yard performances from both Chubb and Kareem Hunt. I feel bad for any one that had Browns -4. You always hate to see a bad beat like that. Even if you’re on the winning side. Betting karma will come back around to help you out next weekend.
The Lions saw their early lead fade away fast as the Washington Football Team came back from down 21 points to tie the game with 6:09 minutes to go. After the Lions added a field goal, the Football Team would still not be denied, tying the game with 0:16 to go. With three timeouts, Matt Stafford was not to be denied as he was able to get into field goal position in only 3 plays. The Football Team helped out with a roughing the passer penalty and Stafford only needed to get 4 yards to get into Prater’s range.
The Packers came in with the biggest spread in Vegas this week with a -13.5 against the Jaguars. Like we always say, anything over a 10 point spread is probably too much in the NFL. Both teams are still paying some of the top athletes in the world. The Jaguars showed up and competed to the very end, holding a brief lead in the 4th quarter. The Jags were helped out in the second quarter by a 90 punt return for a touchdown by Keelan Cole. The Packers defense has not been very good, but they made plays when they needed to yesterday. A few big sacks on 3rd down, an interception, and a late stop helped propel the Packers to a 24-20 victory.
To end the wrap up, we go to Arizona where the Bills ran away from the Cardinals but could not keep their foot on the gas en route to a 32-30 loss. With a 23-9 lead in the 4th quarter, led by Josh Allen throwing and catching a touchdown pass, The Bills defense could not slow Kyler Murray down. Two Kyler touchdown runs and a Zane Gonzalez field goal later, the Cardinals were suddenly in the lead in just over 5 minutes of game time. Josh Allen was able to lead the Bills on a 12 play, 78 yard drive and ended with a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs to take back the lead. It appeared with only 0:16 left on the clock, the game was all but over. Murray had different plans though as he rolled outside the pocket and hurled the ball towards the end zone, only to have it drop right into the hands of DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins showed why he was still considered as one of the top receivers in the league, hauling in one of the best catches I’ve seen in awhile. Bills players and fans are crushed as they look to move on at 7-3 while the Cardinals are excited to move into a 3 way tie for the division lead. The final 7 weeks are going to be fun out West.