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Both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots will be hungry to show a positive response to their first defeats of the NFL season in Week 11.

Inspired by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks ended San Francisco’s perfect record with a 27-24 overtime victory at Levi's Stadium on Monday, Jason Myers settling it with a field goal.

The 49ers will look to take their frustration out on the struggling Arizona Cardinals, who have lost three in a row, on Sunday

The Patriots are also 8-1 after going down 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at the start of November - they return to action following a bye week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We take a look at the Week 11 schedule using Stats Perform data.

 

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Steelers (5-4) at Browns (3-6), 8:20pm

- Pittsburgh have won four in a row despite averaging 299 yards per game. The only other time in the last three years that a team won four straight despite averaging less than 300 total yards was the Bears in November 2018 (291 per game).

- The Browns have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time since December 2016.

- Mason Rudolph is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first seven NFL games – injured team-mate Ben Roethlisberger is also on that list.

 

SUNDAY

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8), 1pm

- The Jets have won their last two games against Washington after losing eight of the first nine clashes between the franchises.

- Washington, coming off a bye week, have failed to score 10 points in any of their last three outings.

- The Jets are averaging 164.0 net passing yards per game this season, the lowest mark in the NFL. Their opponents are only fractionally better at 169.7 yards.

 

Saints (7-2) at Buccaneers (3-6) 1pm 

- The Saints earned a 31-24 home win over the Buccaneers in Week 5 and will attempt to record the first season sweep by any team in the series since New Orleans won both in 2014.

- Tampa Bay will be bidding to score 30 points or more in three consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

- With his season-high 13 catches in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Thomas surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) for the fastest player in NFL history (56 games) to reach 400 career receptions.

 

Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3) 1pm 

- The two franchises have won seven games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, with the last 10 contests decided by a margin of eight points or less.

- Kirk Cousins is three touchdown passes shy of 150 for his career after throwing for 15 in six games since the beginning of October. 

- Denver have not forced a single turnover in six different games this season, already tied for the most zero-takeaway outings in any season in franchise history.

 

Bills (6-3) at Dolphins (2-7) 1pm 

- In their last three meetings, Miami have a +13 point differential in the first half while Buffalo are +44 after the interval.

- Buffalo rushed for a season-low 84 yards in a 19-16 loss in Cleveland last week. Since 2017, the Bills are 1-13 when gaining less than 100 yards on the ground, tied for the worst record in such games over that span.

- Miami had three takeaways in a 16-12 win over the Colts last time out, nearly doubling their season total (four to seven), and 13 points off takeaways nearly tripled their season total (seven to 20).

 

Jaguars (4-5) at Colts (5-4) 1pm

- The Jaguars have posted two shutouts over the previous three seasons – and both came against the Colts.

- Nick Foles, named the starter again on his return from injury, has posted a 10-2 record as a starter in November or later since 2016, the best in the NFL (including postseason - minimum 10 starts).

- Each of Indianapolis' nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history (Lions had 11 straight in 2016).

 

Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1) 1pm

- Dallas have won three in a row against the Lions (regular and postseason), dating back to their 24-20 win in the 2014 Wild Card game.

- The Cowboys were held to just 50 yards rushing in a 28-24 loss to the Vikings last weekend and did not gain a single first down on a run play for the first time since a defeat to Washington 12 years ago.

- Detroit's 20-13 defeat to the Bears last week saw all three Chicago scores coming on passing touchdowns. That was Detroit's fifth consecutive game allowing multiple passing scores, the longest single-season streak for the Lions since the first six games of the 2016 season.

 

Falcons (2-7) at Panthers (5-4) 1pm

- Atlanta have had the better results in this divisional series in recent years, having won three straight and six of the last seven between the teams. 

- Last week's 26-9 victory at New Orleans was Atlanta's third straight on the road in NFC South play, dating back to last December's win at Carolina.

- Christian McCaffrey will be attempting to become the first player with a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in the same season since another Panther, DeAngelo Williams, did so in 2008.

 

Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2) 1pm

- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. 

- Houston are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.

- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers.

 

Cardinals (3-6-1) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05pm

- The Cardinals suffered a third successive loss when going down to the Buccaneers last week - their fifth game decided by three points or less this season.

- San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks was their first in which they forced at least four turnovers since 2016 – when the opponents were Arizona.

- The Niners had a season-low 87 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but still rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 161.8, behind only Baltimore (197.2).

 

Patriots (8-1) at Eagles (5-4) 4:25pm

- The 37 points conceded by New England in the loss to Baltimore were 20 more than they had had yielded in any other contest this season.

- Over their last eight games, the Eagles have alternated either winning two in a row or losing two in a row. They will be looking for a third victory on the spin this weekend.

- After scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots two seasons ago, Philadelphia have not scored as many as 35 points in any game since.

 

Bengals (0-9) at Raiders 5-4) 4:25pm

- The Bengals are 4-1 in games played in California since 2010. 

- All five of the Raiders' wins this season have come by one possession (eight points or fewer). The only team in the NFL with more one-possession wins this year is Seattle (seven).

- The Raiders have not turned the ball over in their previous three games, only the second time in franchise history they have gone three straight without a giveaway (also in 1979).

 

Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4) 8:20pm

- Chicago have won six of the last seven games against the Rams, allowing just 10.7 points per game in the six wins but 42 points in the one loss (21-42 in 2013). 

- The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions despite putting up just 226 yards of total offense.

- The Rams and Bears have both allowed 18 rushing plays of 10 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Offensively, the Bears have just nine rushing plays of 10+ yards, fewest in the NFL, while the Rams have 22.

 

MONDAY

Chiefs (6-4) at Chargers (4-6) 8:15pm

- The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 of last season. 

- The Chiefs have lost four of their last six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last time out. 

- Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.

Eric Reid said former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout "feels like a PR stunt".

NFL teams have been invited to attend a private workout held for Kaepernick on Saturday as the outcast eyes a return to the league.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the ex-49ers QB attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

Reid kneeled alongside Kaepernick in 2016 and also filed a grievance against the league, but he was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2018.

Asked about the workout, Panthers safety Reid told reporters on Wednesday: "At this point I'll believe it when I see it. At this point it feels like a PR stunt, again it being on a Saturday.

"What decision-makers are going to be able to attend the workout? Other strange thing is I saw reports that teams are interested in Colin, but they reached out to the league about it. That's strange, so we'll see what happens.

"It's disingenuous. They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours' notice and tell him it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We'll see."

While Reid and Kaepernick are sceptical about the workout, the 32-year-old quarterback is ready for his audition, which is reportedly set to be attended by representatives from the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

Reid added: "I spoke to him [Kaepernick] last night. He had the same concerns that I just mentioned about why it's on Saturday.

"But he's ready, he's been training like I've been telling y'all ever since I got here. For three years now he's been training so he's ready."

"He has a rocket for an arm," Reid continued. "He's tall [6-foot-4], so he can see over the pocket. And he's mobile. He's [Baltimore Ravens quarterback] Lamar Jackson before Lamar Jackson. And he can still throw the ball.

"He's in the prime of his career. He still has a cannon for an arm. He can still run. Too late for his career? No."

The Houston Texans have claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off waivers, the NFL franchise announced on Wednesday.

Hargreaves was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, two days after being benched by head coach Bruce Arians for a "lack of hustle".

The 24-year-old – who was selected with pick 11 in the 2016 NFL Draft – has now joined Houston following 35 games over three and a half seasons in Tampa Bay.

While bringing in Hargreaves, the Texans waived CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun from the active roster.

Prior to the season, Hargreaves – who was benched in the third quarter of the Bucs' 30-27 home win over the Arizona Cardinals – had been held out of the first OTAs by Arians.

Arians did not believe Hargreaves was ready to practice, though he did go on to start all nine of the Bucs' games.

Tampa Bay had picked up the $9million fifth-year option on Hargreaves' contract for 2020, but that was only guaranteed for injury.

Hargreaves could make his debut for the Texans (6-3) when Houston face the high-flying Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

 

New York Jets chairman and chief executive officer Christopher Johnson has confirmed Adam Gase will stay on as the team's coach in 2020.

The Jets have struggled so far in 2019 and are 2-7 nine games into Gase's first season at the helm.

However, despite acknowledging the frustration at the Jets' form, Johnson insists Gase has his full support.

"I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here," Johnson told reporters at practice on Wednesday.

"Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam [Darnold]. He has Joe [Douglas'] trust. He has my trust. He's a good man. He's a good coach.

"It's the trust that I see, seeing him work with Sam, just as a small portion of this question, gives me a lot of confidence.

"Seeing him work with Joe, it's a whole new dynamic in this building. It's a really positive dynamic. They have the same vision for this team.

"There are a number of reasons but those are two really big ones I felt confident about Adam as our coach going forward."

New York also struggled last season, finishing last in the AFC East standings with a 4-12 record.

Gase's next task will be to inspire his team – which overcame the New York Giants in a rivalry game last time out – on the road against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

NFL clubs have been invited to attend a private workout held for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

Kaepernick has long since maintained his readiness to play in the NFL again and in October his representatives released a fact sheet in an attempt to address "false narratives" and "set the record straight". The document detailed Kaepernick's many accomplishments with the 49ers, whom he led to Super Bowl XLVII, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

According to reports from NFL Media and ESPN, Kaepernick's workout will be held in Atlanta and will include on-field work and an interview, with all franchises invited to attend and video of both to be made available to teams.

A memo sent to teams obtained by ESPN read: "Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his [Kaepernick's] representatives and they recently emphasised his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them.

"We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career."

In his career with the 49ers, which encompassed two NFC Championship game appearances as well as the narrow Super Bowl defeat, Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He ran for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Tyler Lockett's leg injury should not be a significant concern going forward, coach Pete Carroll has said in a huge boost for the Seattle Seahawks.

The wide receiver suffered severe swelling on a leg contusion late on in Monday night's dramatic road win over NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers.

He was taken to a Bay Area hospital when the Seahawks' medical staff were concerned over how swiftly the swelling was developing, with fears it could be compartment syndrome.

Lockett remained in hospital overnight but, in a positive update on Tuesday, Carroll explained the stay was precautionary and that he does not see the injury causing many availability issues, particularly with Seattle (8-2) now on a bye week.

"It should be okay, it shouldn't be a big problem going forward," Carroll said to 710 ESPN Seattle.

"There's concern there could be some complications when you have something like that." 

The NFL Network reported Lockett's injury is more of a bad shin bruise that swelled rather than anything more serious. 

Lockett has been a pivotal player for the Hawks this season, becoming Russell Wilson's most trusted target and hauling in 62 catches for 793 yards and six touchdowns through 10 games.

Vernon Hargreaves has been waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two days after he was benched by head coach Bruce Arians for a "lack of hustle".

Drafted number 11 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the cornerback's tenure with the Bucs officially came to an end on Tuesday after playing in 35 games over three-and-a-half seasons.

Hargreaves was benched in the third quarter of the team's 30-27 home win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, which moved them to 3-6 in what has been a disappointing season.

Arians explained Hargreaves "didn't look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle" and the 24-year-old, who returned to the game late on, did not question the decision when speaking afterwards.

"After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, coach [Bruce] Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said after the team confirmed the move.

"Decisions such as this are always difficult, but I felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. 

"We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward."

Prior to the season, he had been held out of the first OTAs by Arians, who did not believe he was ready to practice, though he did go on to start all nine of the Bucs' games so far.

The Bucs had picked up the $9million fifth-year option on Hargreaves' contract for 2020, but that was only guaranteed for injury.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals waived veteran linebacker Preston Brown.

Brown, 27, had played in all nine games for the winless Bengals in 2019 and signed a new three-year contract before the season.

Russell Wilson credited a starring performance from Jadeveon Clowney after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a game he described as the "craziest" of his NFL career.

The Seahawks won a thrilling contest on the road against their NFC West rivals 27-24 as time expired in overtime courtesy of a 42-yard field goal from Jason Myers.

A chaotic Monday Night Football encounter saw the two teams combine for seven turnovers, while Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard kick that would have given the 49ers victory.

Wilson and his team-mates could barely believe what had transpired as they moved to 8-2 and handed the Niners (8-1) a first defeat of the season.

But the exploits of Clowney, who produced a season-high 12 pressures including five QB hits, a sack and a forced fumble, were central to Wilson's thoughts. 

The former Houston Texans star, who joined the Seahawks in an August trade, also had a defensive touchdown.

"Clowney was playing lights out - that's why we got him," said MVP candidate Wilson.

"The plays he was making were incredible. He has been a force throughout his whole career and to have him on our football team is great. 

"He was talking it up on the sidelines and focused. We were all together and he was one of the main leaders in that."

Of the Hawks' victory, he added: "That was the craziest game I've ever been a part of.

"It felt like an NFC championship game right there. Just back and forth, back and forth, two great teams going after it."

Clowney himself explained Seattle's defensive line had been keen to make a point after taking criticism in the first half of the season, while the Niners' unit, led by Nick Bosa, had received rave reviews.

He said: "Up front we've been getting hammered all season long about this front not playing well.

"We needed to do a little something different. All week long I said in my head, 'We've got to out-do their D-line'.

"If you ain't competing, you need to retire. It's all about competing at the end of the day and I don't want to be outperformed by anybody."

And he echoed Wilson by adding: "There was so much going on. This was the craziest game of my career, hands down."

Kyle Shanahan was left to rue too many mistakes from the San Francisco 49ers after their unbeaten run was ended by the Seattle Seahawks in dramatic fashion.

The Niners became the last NFL team to lose their perfect record this season on Monday, going down 27-24 in overtime at Levi's Stadium to move to 8-1.

Jason Myers' 42-yard field goal won a pulsating contest, while the Seahawks' MVP candidate Russell Wilson completed 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards, threw one touchdown and an interception.

Chase McLaughlin missed an opportunity to win it for the Niners with a 47-yard field goal in the extra period, before Myers stepped up to inflict a first loss of the season on San Francisco.

Seattle are hot on the heels of the Niners at 8-2 in the NFC West, and Shanahan felt his side only had themselves to blame for slipping up.

"You're always disappointed when you don't win, especially when we felt we had a number of chances," Shanahan said. "I was very proud of our guys.

"I thought we competed very hard. Guys left it all out there. I know guys are hurting right now. I thought all three phases played hard. I thought our defense played unbelievable.

"I thought the offense played hard as they could but made way too many mistakes to be able to pull out a win in that game."

The Niners also lost Emmanuel Sanders (rib), D.J. Jones (groin), Matt Breida (ankle), Ronald Blair (knee) and Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion) to injury.

 

The Seattle Seahawks handed the San Francisco 49ers their first loss of the NFL season with a thrilling 27-24 overtime victory on Monday.

Jason Myers' 42-yard field goal in OT saw the Seahawks win an enthralling contest at Levi's Stadium.

Seahawks star Russell Wilson led the way, completing 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Seattle were forced to come from behind after the 49ers, who are now 8-1, made a fast start.

Jimmy Garoppolo (24 of 46 for 248 yards, one TD and one interception) was inconsistent, while Deebo Samuel finished with 112 receiving yards before the Seahawks (8-2) won a thriller between NFC West rivals.

San Francisco also have injury worries after the likes of Emmanuel Sanders (rib), D.J. Jones (groin) and Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion) were ruled out during the game.

The 49ers dominated the opening quarter and a seven-play, 83-yard drive finished with Garoppolo finding Kendrick Bourne up the middle to make it 10-0.

Seattle found a response late in the second quarter, Jadeveon Clowney scoring after Jarran Reed forced a fumble from Garoppolo.

The Seahawks scored twice late in the third quarter to take a 21-10 lead, only for the 49ers to fight back.

Wilson was sacked by the 49ers before a Germain Ifedi fumble allowed DeForest Buckner to score, a Chase McLaughlin field goal then levelling the scores with six minutes, 21 seconds remaining.

Seattle restored their lead through a 46-yard Myers field goal with 1:48 left in the encounter.

However, McLaughlin – a rookie – stepped up for the 49ers as time expired, converting a 47-yard field goal to force overtime.

Incredibly, Wilson was intercepted as he looked to be leading Seattle to victory before McLaughlin pulled a 47-yard attempt with 3:06 to play.

Wilson would take his next chance, his 21-yard run leading to Myers' game-winner from 42 yards.

Brandon Brooks has been handed a new contract by the Philadelphia Eagles, reportedly making him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Brooks' deal with the Eagles was set to expire in 2020, but on Monday the team confirmed the 30-year-old had signed a new deal through to 2024.

The guard, who is a Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler - has been one of the most consistent performers in his position across the league in 2019, having overcome an Achilles tendon injury sustained in a playoff defeat to the New Orleans Saints in January.

"Since the day he walked into the building, he's been a consummate Eagle," Philadelphia's general manager Howie Roseman said.

"You just see that with everything he does on and off the field. Certainly, you're talking about a player who is the best at his position in the National Football League, a guy who gets hurt in the Divisional Round playoff game and who works his butt off to get back for this season's opener.

"He means so much to our football team and our organisation and I'm extremely proud to have him with us going forward."

NFL Media have reported the deal is worth $54.2million, with $30m guaranteed.

Dwayne Haskins has been named as the Washington Redskins starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, interim coach Bill Callahan has confirmed.

Rookie Haskins made his first start for the Redskins in a 24-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 9.

But Callahan, whose team are 1-8 in 2019, liked what he saw from the 22-year-old, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 144 yards and an 86.2 passer rating.

Callahan also announced Case Keenum will serve as backup to Haskins, with Colt McCoy named as the Redskins' third option.

Haskins, who played his college football at Ohio State, was selected 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Redskins had a bye for Week 10, but are back in action against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Kyle Rudolph produced a highlight-reel moment as the Minnesota Vikings trumped the Dallas Cowboys, while the Green Bay Packers saw off the Carolina Panthers.

Rudolph scored with a one-handed catch during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Cowboys in Week 10 of the NFL season.

The Packers benefited from an Aaron Jones hat-trick as they beat the Panthers 24-16, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins also won.

 

VIKINGS VANQUISH COWBOYS

In Prime Time and under the Arlington lights, the Vikings beat a winning team on the road for the first time in almost two years, having gone 10 games without success.

Dalvin Cook ran for 97 yards, including the decisive touchdown on fourth down, and Kirk Cousins threw for two TDs – both to Rudolph.

Cowboys star Dak Prescott had 397 yards and three touchdowns as Dallas (5-4) fell into a tie for first place with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

 

JONES INSPIRES PACKERS IN THE SNOW

Jones scored three touchdowns as the Packers proved too strong for the Panthers on a snowy Sunday at Lambeau Field.

For the second time this season, Jones had a hat-trick of TDs – becoming the first Green Bay running back since Jim Taylor in 1962 with multi three-touchdown games in a season.

MVP candidate and Panthers star Christian McCaffrey was stopped by Preston Smith and the Packers (8-2) at the goal line as time expired.

"We all know that Christian is a very talented player, and he's been mentioned in the MVP race. So maybe it's time to start talking about Aaron Jones," said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 233 yards, including 118 yards to Devante Adams.

Carolina's McCaffrey had 108 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for the Panthers, who dropped to 5-4.

 

SILENCE OF THE RAMS AS STEELERS HOLD FIRM

The Steelers extended their winning streak to four games by edging the Rams 17-12 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh forced four turnovers, while the Rams converted just one of 14 third downs in a performance that yielded a lone touchdown.

As for the Steelers (5-4), their defence came up big to stifle the visiting Rams (5-4), who lost ground to the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers (8-0) and Seattle Seahawks (7-2) in the NFC West.

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph – who became the ninth QB since the 1970 merger to throw a touchdown in each of his first seven games – finished with 22 of 38 passes for 242 yards and a TD.

 

DOLPHINS GO BACK-TO-BACK

The Dolphins started the season with seven straight defeats, but Miami are riding some momentum after upstaging the Colts 16-12.

Miami claimed back-to-back victories by capitalising on the Colts' (5-4) turnovers – converting three turnovers into 13 points on the road in Indianapolis.

Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown run as Miami (2-7) posted their first away success since September 2018.

"We are starting to come together," said Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. "I think being able to overcome adversity is part of playing in the National Football League. We're starting to do that at a higher level now."

It was a forgettable outing for struggling Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who missed another extra point that ruined a chance for Indianapolis to kick a field goal to send the game into overtime.

Colts coach Frank Reich said: "We've been committed to [Vinatieri]. We're going to always evaluate. Everybody gets measured. Everybody is held accountable, from top to bottom. That's always the case. Nothing meant to read into that. That's the reality of the business. There's been no discussions about that between [general manager] Chris [Ballard] and I. That's just the business."

Aaron Jones deserves to be talked about in the conversation around the NFL MVP, according to Green Bay Packers team-mate Aaron Rodgers.

Jones rushed for three touchdowns as the Packers improved to 8-2 thanks to a 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The 24-year-old running back has scored 14 TDs this season and Rodgers said Jones should be among those considered for the MVP award.

"I know that Christian [McCaffrey, Panthers running back] is a very talented player and he's been mentioned in the MVP race," the Packers quarterback told a news conference.

"Maybe it's time to start talking about Aaron Jones."

The Packers (8-2) are clear atop the NFC North, leading the Minnesota Vikings (6-3), Chicago Bears (4-5) and Detroit Lions (3-5-1).

Rodgers, 35, urged his team-mates to recognise the opportunity ahead of them this season.

"I was just talking with Jimmy [Graham], I know you guys don't get to talk to him a whole lot, but I will share this," he said.

"We're both pretty excited about the opportunity, being older players, just understanding how special this feels and it doesn't happen like this all the time.

"We've both been through rough seasons over the years where you're just not quite in the mix and this feels different.

"Hopefully those guys understand how important the opportunity is and not do anything stupid that's going to jeopardise their role in that opportunity."

Lamar Jackson starred for the Baltimore Ravens again on Sunday, joining Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks to have multiple games with perfect passer ratings in the same season.

Second-year passer Jackson completed 15 of his 17 pass attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens routed the winless Cincinnati Bengals 49-13 to improve to 7-2 at the top of the AFC North.

It was the second time this season Jackson had returned a perfect passer rating of 158.3 as he followed up his big day against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

The only other quarterback to have more than one perfect passer rating in a season was Pittsburgh Steelers signal caller Roethlisberger, who had two in 2007.

Critics questioned whether Jackson would be able to succeed as a pocket passer in the NFL but through 10 weeks he is one of the leading contenders for the MVP award.

"I'm a quarterback at the end of the day and I want to prove that each and every day," Jackson told reporters.

"If I don't complete a pass in practice, I'm ticked off."

Jackson also led the Ravens in rushing, accumulating 65 yards on the ground, including a 47-yard score.

That touchdown featured Jackson bamboozling two Bengals defenders with a brilliant spin move.

"They'll be watching that run for decades and decades," added Baltimore's head coach John Harbaugh.

"That's rare. That was special."

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