Written by ROB MAADDI, a professional football writer for the Associated Press.
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Dallas was in control. Detroit and Denver made a comeback. Jacksonville and Buffalo bounced back. San Francisco had an easy win.
On Sunday, there were not many unexpected outcomes as 10 out of the 12 favored teams emerged victorious. Each team achieved their win in unique ways.
Include Miami, Cleveland, Houston, and the Los Angeles Rams among the victorious teams. The only upsets came from Green Bay and the New York Giants, though they were minor in comparison to their opponents.
Reworded: It was no surprise when the Cowboys easily defeated the struggling Carolina Panthers with a score of 33-10. Dak Prescott was able to rest on the sidelines for another fourth quarter as Dallas (7-3) achieved their sixth win by a margin of more than 21 points in 10 games.
DaRon Bland scored a touchdown after intercepting the ball, marking his fourth pick-6 of the season. Additionally, Micah Parsons recorded 2.5 sacks. However, the Cowboys have a challenging road ahead as they strive to catch up to the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) in the NFC East. Their remaining schedule includes five games against teams with winning records out of a total of seven games.
According to Prescott, despite appearing to be a weaker team, we were aware that we needed to start strong and not underestimate them. We were able to accomplish our goal and secure the win, although it may not have been perfect. We will need to review the footage to see where we can improve, but a win is a win and we are satisfied with the outcome.
The Lions exhibited their determination in a 31-26 triumph over Chicago after falling behind by 12 points with only three minutes left on the clock. Despite three interceptions and negative reactions from the audience, Jared Goff rallied and led Detroit (8-2) to their strongest start through 10 games since 1962, just in time for Thanksgiving.
The Broncos were behind throughout the game against Minnesota, but they managed to come back and secure a 21-20 win thanks to Russell Wilson’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton with just 1:03 left on the clock.
The Denver team, with a record of 5 wins and 5 losses, has experienced a positive change in their season under the leadership of their new coach, Sean Payton. They have won four consecutive games and are now in the running for a spot in the AFC playoffs.
“We’re gaining some momentum. I’m not sure if I’m ready to get into the groove yet,” Payton stated.
The Jaguars responded to a humiliating and embarrassing defeat against the 49ers last week by dominating Tennessee with a 34-14 victory. Trevor Lawrence threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more, contributing to the Jaguars’ impressive record of 7-3 with six wins in their last seven games.
After a difficult week that resulted in offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey being fired, the Bills had a dominant victory over the Jets with a final score of 32-6. This game also marked the end of Zach Wilson’s playing time as he was benched by the Jets.
Joe Brady’s play-calling was instrumental in getting Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense back on course, leading them to a victory over a two-game slump and improving their chances in the playoff hunt.
The San Francisco 49ers dominated against the undermatched Tampa Bay team, securing a 27-14 victory. Quarterback Brock Purdy had an impressive performance, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns with a perfect passer rating. After a three-game losing streak, the 49ers (7-3) have returned to their top-notch level of play.
According to 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead, our team cannot reach our objectives or become champions of the Super Bowl during October. Our aim is to perform at our peak during the months of November, December, and January.
Despite committing three turnovers, the Dolphins managed to defeat the Raiders, who were under the leadership of interim coach Antonio Pierce. Miami’s dynamic duo of Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill shined yet again, leading their team to victory. The game was tighter than expected due to Miami’s mistakes.
According to Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, the game was not necessarily bad. However, we fell a bit short in scoring only 20 points in the win.
The Browns utilized their dominant defense to narrowly defeat the Steelers 13-10 with the help of rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Myles Garrett recorded two sacks and Cleveland’s defense limited Pittsburgh to 249 yards. Despite the loss of Deshaun Watson for the remainder of the season, the Browns (7-3) possess a formidable defense that can dictate the outcome of games and have an impact in the postseason.
Despite throwing more interceptions against Arizona than he had all season, C.J. Stroud still managed to lead the Texans to a 21-16 victory. He ended the game with 336 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Next week, the Texans (6-4) have the opportunity to take the top spot in the AFC South if they defeat the Jaguars.
“I am grateful to our team for their efforts in getting us to this point where we can compete. Since the beginning, I have only asked our team to strive for improvement and growth. Being able to play significant games towards the end of the season shows that everyone is dedicated to getting better. It is a positive sign for us to be in this position.”
All teams strive to compete in significant matches. It is impossible to predict the outcome once they reach that stage.
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