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NFL Rewind: Seven division leaders keep on winning

The supposed game of the day between the Saints and Bills turned out to be one of the most one-sided of the 2017 season. All six of the division leaders that played won, though not all were as impressive as the Saints. It was that kind of Sunday in Week 10 of the National Football League season.
Pittsburgh in the AFC North, Tennessee and Jacksonville, who are tied in the AFC South, Minnesota in the NFC North, New Orleans in the NFC South and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West were first place teams that extended winning streaks. New Orleans won its seventh straight, Minnesota its fifth. New England in the AFC East won its fifth in a row at Denver while Kansas City in the AFC West and Philadelphia in the NFC East had the weekend off.

The big news on a day of no surprises was the San Francisco 49ers ending its nine-game losing streak that extended to the end of last season. The Niners defeated the New York Giants to go 1-9 for the season, leaving Big Blue more blue at 1-8. Cleveland couldn't hold a 24-17 second half lead and fell to 0-9 for the season.

Injuries continued to make news. New Orleans special teamer Daniel Lasco was taken off the field in an ambulance to a local hospital after suffering was thought to be a neck or head injury after a collison when he was covering a kickoff in the second quarter. Former Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins left the Rams' xx-xx victory over the Texans in Houston with a foot injury, the same kind of injury that plagued him in his career start with Buffalo.

Game of the day

Falcons 27, Cowboys 7
The scoop: Dallas scored first on an 11-yard run by quarterback Dak Prescott. Atlanta took over from there. Tevin Coleman scored from a year out to end an 80-yard drive and put Atlanta in front, 10-7. Matt Ryan threw for two touchdowns in the second half. Without suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas still ran for 107 yards and a 4.9 average but Prescott passed for only 176.
Why the Falcons won: They turned in their best defensive game of the year, holding Dallas to 233 total yards.

The leaders

Patriots 41, Broncos 16

The scoop: It was more a case of big plays by the Pats' special teams than Tom Brady. Dion Lewis put New England in front, 14-3, with a 103-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. A Denver fumble on a kick return led to another Patriots score. Special teams helped New England to a 27-9 halftime lead. Brady passed for touchdowns to Rex Burkhead, Dwayne Allen and James White.

Why the Patriots won: Brady peppered the Broncos with short and medium passes. Of his first 24 completions, none was longer than 26 yards.

 Steelers 20, Colts 17
The scoop: Indy built a 17-3 lead early in the third quarter, but was outscored 17-0 the rest of the way on two Ben Roethlisberger TD passes and Chris Boswell's winning field goal from 33 yards on the last play. The kick ended a 70-yard Steelers drive and was set up by a 32-yard pass to Antonio Brown.
Why the Steelers won: They clamped down and allowed Indy just 19 yards, two first downs and took the ball away on an interception in the Colts' last five possessions of the game.

Titans 24, Bengals 20
The scoop: DeMarco Murray scored all three Titans touchdowns, two on short runs and the other on a 7-yard pass from Marcus Mariota with 36 seconds left in the game. The winning Td came after Andy Dalton hooked up with A.J. Green on a 70-yard pass to give Cincinnati its only lead of the gamek 20-17 with 5:03 left.
Why the Titans won: The Green TD pass was the only time Cincinnati crossed midfield in the second half. Dalton lost two fumbles, one after the Bengals had reached the Tennessee 9-yard line in the second quarter.

Jaguars 20, Chargers 17 (OT)

The scoop: Former Charger Josh Lambo kicked a 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in regulation to tie it and booted the winner from 30 yards with 3:12 in overtime to win it. The winning kick came after A.J. Bouye intercepted a Philip Rivers pass and returned it 51 yards to the Chargers' 17 when L.A. appeared to be driving for the winning score. Blake Bortles attempted 51 passes for the Jags, completing 28 for 273 yards and one touchdown. Ex Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had four total tackles and one quarterback hit for the Jaguars. Both Chargers touchdowns were passes from Rivers to rookie running back Austin Ekeler.
Why the Jaguars won: The contained the Chargers' offense most of the game. L.A. punted at the end of its first five possesions and had five punts and two turnoves in its 10 series after halftime.

Vikings 38, Redskins 30
The scoop: Case Keenum passed for four touchdowns to four different receivers for Minnesota which won its fifth in a row. Adam Thielen had eight receptions for 166 yards including his 7-yard touchdown grab. Kirk Cousins passed for a touchdown on a spectacular one-handed catch by Maurice Harris that at first was ruled an incompletion. Cousins also ran for two Washington touchdown.
Why the Vikings won: They scored touchdowns, all on Keenum passes, on four straight possessions in the middle of the game to take a 35-17 lead

Rams 33, Texans 7
The scoop: Jared Goff passed for three touchdowns in the third quarter when L.A. blew it open taking its lead from 9-7 to 30-7. It started with a 92-yard TD pass to former Bill Robert Woods. A 17-yard pass to Watkins followed. Goff hit Woods again from 12 yards with left in the period.
Why the Rams won: Houston turned the ball over four times and was limited to 283 yards of offense.

Follow the leaders

Packers 23, Bears 16
The scoop: Green Bay never trailed in the game. the packers took a 23-13 lead on Brett Hundley's 19-yard pass to Davante Adams with 5:29 left. The other Green Bay scoring came on a 37-yard run by Ty Montgomery and three Mason Crosby field goals. Rookie Mitch Trubisky of the bears passed 46 yards to Joshua Bellamy to bring Chicago to within 16-13 early in the fourth quarter.
Why the Packers won: They rushed for 160 yards and Hundley had no turnovers. The Green Bay backup QB completed 18 of 25 for 212 yards and had a 110.8 passer rating.

Lions 38, Browns 24
The scoop: Drew Stafford passed for three touchdowns in the second half, two in the fourth quarter, to bring Detroit from behind. Cleveland had taken a 24-17 lead when rookie QB DeShone Kizer scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2:23 left in the third quarter. That was the last Cleveland score however. The Browns ran all over the Lions, 201 yards in 33 attempts, but went three and out and turned the ball over on an interception in their last four possessions.
Why the Lions won: The Browns are snake-bit. They had a third-down pass completion from Kizer to tight end Steve DeValve end up in a fumble and a 44-yard touchdown return by Nevin Lawson. Then Cleveland lost Kizer for a couple of series after he suffered a rib injury.

Buccaneers 15, Jets 10
The scoop: Veteran QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Bucs and Josh McCown of the Jets each passed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The game was all field goals before that, three by Patrick Murray of Tampa Bay and two by Chandler Catanzaro of New York. Fitzimmons (17 of 34 for 187 yards) passed 6 yards to running back Charles Sims III for a 15-3 lead with 6:05 left. McCown hooked up with Robbie Anderson on a 38-yard scoring pass form 28 seconds left for the Jets.
Why the Bucs won: Until late in the fourth quarter, the Jets either punted or turned the ball over on their side of the 50 on every possession.

Dog of the day

49ers 31, Giants 13

The scoop: San Francisco took its first lead on an 83-yard pass from rookie C.J. Beathard to ex Bill Marquise Goodwin, who played with a heavy heart after the death of his infant son earlier in the day due to complications in his premature delivery.

Why the 49ers won: They had 477 yards of total offense, their season high. 

News wire services contributed to this report.




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