The Lions are the worst team in the league
The NFL continues to give our friends across the pond the worst it has to offer, as London fans got to see the Detroit Lions get absolutely curb-stomped by the Kansas City Chiefs. Even with star running back Jamaal Charles on Injured Reserve, the Chiefs had Charcandrick West, Alex Smith, Spencer Ware, and De'Anthony Thomas combine to run for 206 yards and four touchdowns. Alex Smith would also throw touchdown passes to tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The Chiefs' defense terrorized Matt Stafford, sacking him six times and picking him off twice.
The Lions started well, as they started the game with a 63 yard drive that ended with them kicking a 35 yard field goal, but they held without a score until the middle of the fourth quarter, at which point the Lions were already down by 35. With the loss, the Lions have the worst record in the NFL, at 1-7
The Buccaneers surpassed their 2014 win total on Sunday with a 23-20 win over the turnover-prone Atlanta Falcons. First Julio Jones fumbled at the Atlanta 41 after a 35 yard reception, Kwon Alexander recovered the ball for Tampa Bay and took it to the Falcons 21. The Buccaneers would kick a 38 yard field goal less than a minute later. On the very next drive Matt Ryan was intercepted by Kwon Alexander. Jameis Winston would throw a touchdown to Buccaneers Tight End Cameron Brate six plays later to put the Buccaneers up by 10.
The third Falcons turnover came during their opening drive in the second half. Matt Ryan fumbled the snap at the Buccaneers 24, where Buccaneers defensive lineman Henry Melton recovered it. Jameis Winston had a four yard touchdown run seven plays later. Matt Bryant would kick a field goal and Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to Jacob Tamme and Julio Jones to force overtime.
Jameis Winston would lead the Buccaneers on a 15 play, 68 yard drive and Connor Barth would kick a field goal to give the Buccaneers the lead. On the Falcons' next offensive drive they were only able to make it to the Atlanta 42 before turning the ball over on downs.
The Arizona Cardinals struggled in the first half of yesterday's game against the Browns, as three Josh McCown touchdown passes put the Cardinals in a 10-20 hole entering the half. But Carson Palmer responded with three touchdown passes in the second half to Troy Niklas, Larry Fitzgerald, and Michael Floyd.
The selection of Todd Gurley continues to pay dividends for the St. Louis Rams, as the first round pick was a major part of the Rams' victory over the 49ers with 20 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. 2013 first round pick Tavon Austin was also a major contributor with three carries for 21 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.
The 49ers offense was anemic as usual, with Colin Kaepernick serving as the team's leading rusher with six carries for 28 yards. Mike Davis was tackled in the endzone by James Laurinaitis, which resulted in a safety. Colin Kaepernick completed 20 of 41 passes for 162 yards.
Saints win, defense dies
Drew Brees shrugged off the concerns about his age and added some more accolades to his already decorated career when he threw seven touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints' 52-49 victory over the New York Giants. Eli Manning had a pretty good day as well, throwing six touchdowns in the Giants loss. Trumaine McBride was the only non-offensive player to score a touchdown, with a 63 yard fumble return. The Saints defense made the big stop with 20 seconds left to go in the fourth quarter and Kai Forbath kicked the game-winning field goal from 50 yards out.
Dalton proves clutch, Steelers with a huge loss
The Bengals advanced to a franchise best 7-0 record against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Bengals picked off Ben Roethlisberger twice in the fourth quarter. The first interception led to Andy Dalton throwing a nine yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green that put the Bengals up for good. The second interception led to Mike Nugent's 44 yard field goal. The Steelers tried to rally with 1:47 left in the game, but Ben Roethlisberger's pass to Antonio Brown fell incomplete at the end of the game.
To make matters worse for the Steelers, star running back Le'Veon Bell will miss the remainder of 2015 with an MCL tear.
These aren't Crazy Al's Raiders
The Oakland Raiders continue to rise, coming off another excellent performance from second year quarterback Derek Carr. Carr threw touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree, Taiwan Jones, and Andre Holmes. Latavius Murray carried the ball 20 times for 110 yards. Rookie sensation Amari Cooper had something of a down week with only five receptions for 46 yards.
Geno Smith saw action for the first time this season after Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with an injury. Smith performed somewhat well, throwing two touchdown passes and only one interception. The Raiders shut down the Jets run game, with running back Chris Ivory stymied all game.