Raiders beat Broncos to claim throne atop AFC West
The Oakland Raiders are for real, folks. They played arguably their best game of the season on Sunday night, beating the Broncos by a score of 30-20. The Raiders were thoroughly in control from start to finish, largely due to the play of their defense. They pieced together their best performance of 2016, holding the Broncos to only 13 first downs on the day. To put that into comparison, the Raiders had 30.
Offensively, quarterback Derek Carr struggled, but Oakland’s running back Latavius Murray picked up the slack to finish with 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns. If the season were to end today, the Raiders would have a first-round bye in the playoffs. Unlike the Jaguars, the offseason hype surrounding Jack Del Rio’s Raiders was warranted.
Big Ben returns, but Steelers fall to Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger returned for Pittsburgh, but looked like a shell of his former self for the better half of this game. Big Ben finished 23 completions on 45 attempts, 264 yards and two touchdowns, but most of those statistics were compiled in garbage time. Baltimore’s defense played terrific, containing Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell to only 32 yards rushing, while also holding wide receiver Antonio Brown in check until the game was out of reach. The biggest play of the day came from Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace, who took a quick slant 95 yards to the house against his former team:
Packers fall to the Colts at Lambeau in the biggest upset of Week 9
The Green Bay Packers entered Sunday as a 7.5 point favorite over the Indianapolis Colts, but were dominated by the Colts on their home field, losing 31-26. The final score isn’t an accurate representation of the game, as the Colts led by double digits for the majority of the game. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck played well, routinely knifing through the Packers defense in crucial situations.
Green Bay now trails the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce loses his cool, gets ejected for throwing towel at referee
Kansas City beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 19-14 in a relatively uneventful game, with the best highlight came from Kelce, who earned two consecutive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties before getting tossed from the contest. Check it out for yourself: