Quarterback casualties continued to mount in the National Football League during Week Seven games Sunday.
Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears (groin), Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles (head) and Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams (knee) all were not around at the conclusion of games their teams lost.
Bradford appears to be the most seriously injured.
Already sidelined are usual starters EJ Manuel of the Bills, Michael Vick of the Eagles, Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans, Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings and Brian Hoyer of the Cleveland Browns.
The biggest changes in the standings occurred in the AFC West, where Kansas City took sole possession of first with Denver’s first loss and in the NFC North, where Green Bay (4-2) won its third straight to jump ahead of Detroit and Chicago.
The most surprising outcome: Dallas’ plodding 17-3 win at Philadelphia in a matchup of what had been two of the league’s highest scoring teams. The result left the Cowboys alone atop the NFC East.
Game of the day
Jets 30, Patriots 27 (OT)
The scoop: Nick Folk got a second chance after a 56-yard miss moments earlier and kicked a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime to give New York the upset. The Jets got the do-over because Chris Jones of the Patriots was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward to try to block the kick, a new NFL rule. After New York went in front, 27-21, on Geno Smith’s 8-yard run and a 37-yard field goal by Folk, the Patriots tied it on the second of two field goals by Stephen Gostkowski with 16 seconds left in regulation. New England had defeated New York in six straight regular-season meetings, and saw its 12-game winning streak against the AFC East end.
Why the Jets won: Each side had a pick six, but Antonio Allen’s 23-yarder in the third quarter was a momentum changer, putting the Jets back in the game, 21-17. New York had 46:13 minutes of possession time to New England’s 23:40.
Colts 39, Broncos 33
The scoop: Throwing for three touchdowns and running 10 yards for another, Andrew Luck outshone Peyton Manning until the Denver quarterback led a comeback from a 36-17 deficit. On his first game back in Indianapolis, Manning was honored by the Colts in a pregame video tribute.
Why the Colts won: Denver couldn’t get the Indy offense off the field for most of the first half.
Bengals 27, Lions 24
The scoop: Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal as time expired won it for the Bengals, who had led most of the way. Last week, Nugent’s kick in overtime beat the Bills. Andy Dalton of the Bengals and Matt Stafford of the Lions each passed for three touchdowns.
Why the Bengals won: Rookie Sam Martin of the Lions shanked a punt just 28 yards to midfield in the final minute, putting Cincinnati in position to drive 15 yards for Nugent’s game-winner.
Cowboys 17, Eagles 3
The scoop: Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown for Dallas. Only 20 points were scored in the game despite the teams coming in averaging a combined 58 per game and 55 points-against. It was a punting duel, with 13 in the first half alone. The Eagles have lost a franchise-worst nine straight games at home. A Cowboys defensive line missing three of its projected starters pressured and harassed Foles before sending him to the sideline on the last play of the third quarter. They intercepted rookie backup Matt Barkley three times in the fourth quarter.
Why the Cowboys won: Monte Kiffin’s defense stopped the Eagles cold. Monte must have learned something watching Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense maul Kiffin’s Southern California units the last two years.
Chiefs 17, Texans 16
The scoop: If losing their fifth in a row wasn’t enough, the Texans lost linebacker Brian Cushing for the rest of the season. Cushing, who missed who most of the 2012 with a knee injury, may need surgery for a torn LCL in his left knee. He suffered the injury and a broken leg when he was struck by the helmet of Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles in the third quarter. Kansas City went to 7-0, the second best start in franchise history. KC sealed the win when Houston quarterback Case Keenum was sacked by Tamba Hali at his 2 and Derrick Johnson recovered for the Chiefs with 1;34 left. Kansas City was able to run out the clock. Keenum, making his first NFL start in place of Schaub, threw for 271 yards and a touchdown.
Why the Chiefs won: Keenum got little help after running back Arian Foster left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Houston was limited to four first downs and just two field goals in the second half.
Packers 31, Browns 13
The scoop: Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 36 for 260 yards and three touchdowns in methodically carving up the Cleveland defense. Tight end Jermichael Finley had a 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter before leaving with a neck injury after a late hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson.
Why the Packers won: They kept Cleveland out of the end zone until there was just 6:09 left in the game.
49ers 31 , Titans 17
The scoop: Colin Kaepernick threw for 199 yards and ran for 68 and a touchdown as the 49ers won their fourth straight. The Titans lost their third straight despite the return of quarterback Jake Locker after missing two games with a sprained right hip and knee. Locker threw for 326 yards with two TD passes in a fourth-quarter spurt that came up short.
Why the 49ers won: In the two middle periods Tehnessee did not to cross the 50.
Best of the rest
Chargers 24, Jaguars 6
The scoop: Philip Rivers threw for 285 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Mathews ran for 110 yards and a score, and the Chargers had no problem with a short week, a cross-country flight and an early start time. Winless Jacksonville has lost all seven games by double digits, the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to gain that dubious distinction.
Why the Chargers won: Their longest run was only 14 yards but they averaged 4.0 per attempt and had touchdown drives of 80, 80 and 84 yards.
Redskins 45, Bears 41
The scoop: Roy Helu’s third touchdown, a 3-yard run with 45 seconds to play, gave Washington the win in a game that had five lead changes. Robert Griffin III completed 18 of 29 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Redskins, who have both of their wins against backup quarterbacks. This time it was Josh McCown, who entered in the second quarter after Cutler left with his injury. McCown, playing in a regular-season game for the first time since the 2011 season, completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown. Devin Hester of the Bears tied Deion Sanders’ NFL career record of 19 return touchdowns when he returned a punt 81 yards for a score to tie the game at 17 in the second quarter. Matt Forte ran for three Chicago touchdowns.
Why the Redskins won: After falling behind by three with 3:57 left, they drove 80 yards for the winner.
Panthers 30, Rams 15
The scoop: Carolina led all the way in a heated game. The Rams lost their cool with several personal foul penalties – and then lost Bradford to an apparent left knee injury late in the fourth quarter. The Rams were flagged for five personal fouls and Chris Long was ejected for throwing a punch. Bradford was running toward the sideline when he was pushed out of bounds by safety Mike Mitchell and came up holding his left knee. He was carted to the locker room.
Why the Panthers won: Cam Newton completed 15 of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn intercepted Bradford on the game’s first play and returned it 35 yards for a score.
Steelers 19, Ravens 16
he scoop: Shaun Suisham drilled a 42-yard field goal with no time remaining to give the Steelers their second straight win and first at home. Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. He hit Antonio Brown for a pair of big gains on Pittsburgh’s final drive, putting Suisham well within range to win it. Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown but couldn’t stop the defending Super Bowl champions from losing for the third time in their last four.
Why the Steelers won: They kicked field goals in their last three series and were helped by a kick return game that had runs of 44 and 42 yards.
Dog of the day
Falcons 31, Buccaneers 23
The scoop: Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jacquizz Rodgers, and the Falcons snapped their three-game losing streak.
Why the Falcons won: Despite missing injured receiving stars Julio Jones and Roddy White, Ryan had a spectacular day, completing 20 of 26 and posting a 148.4 passer rating.
Wire services contributed to this report.