The Denver Broncos postponed a planned practice on Friday as a precaution after a player tested positive for COVID-19.

As they prepare for Sunday's home game against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Broncos will hold virtual meetings while operating under the league's coronavirus protocols amid the health pandemic.

Denver also confirmed that the individual who tested positive is now in self-isolation, as are two other players deemed to have been close contacts.

"We were informed early this morning that a Broncos player has tested positive for COVID-19," a statement from the team read.

"The player is at home in self-isolation along with two other players who were determined to be close contacts. Our organisation, which has been operating under the league's intensive protocols, is in consultation with the NFL and taking guidance from medical experts.

"As a precaution, we have made the decision to postpone today's practice and conduct virtual meetings in preparation for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The team is scheduled to return to UCHealth Training Center for practice tomorrow.

"The health and safety of the players, coaches and staff will continue to be of the highest priority."

According to an ESPN report citing an unnamed source, a player from the Minnesota Vikings roster has also returned a positive test result for the virus. 

The Vikings travel to face divisional rivals Green Bay in Week 8 of the regular season.

A thrilling win for the Arizona Cardinals over the Seattle Seahawks means there are no undefeated teams left in the NFC after an NFL Sunday which saw several dramatic finishes.

The Cardinals won an overtime thriller 37-34 against NFC West rivals Seattle, with Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in OT giving Kyler Murray a statement win over Russell Wilson.

After building a big lead, the Pittsburgh Steelers – who moved to 6-0 - just held on to hand the Tennessee Titans their first loss, while the Cleveland Browns earned a wild win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Only one Week 7 game – the Los Angeles Rams against the Chicago Bears - remains, so we have taken a look at some of the best statistics to emerge from another entertaining group of matchups.

Burrow and Herbert sensational again

Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert continue to enjoy remarkable rookie seasons.

Despite the Bengals ultimately going down to a 37-34 loss against the Browns, Burrow threw for 406 yards – the best total of his young career – as well as three touchdowns, while adding a further rushing score.

Burrow (one INT and a 112.5 passer rating) became the first rookie in NFL history to produce a performance with at least 400 yards and three TDs through the air along with a rushing TD.

The Bengals quarterback already has five games with 300+ yards and is now only one game behind the rookie record held by Andrew Luck, who had six in 2012.

With nine games still to go in the regular season, Burrow looks poised to pass Luck's mark emphatically.

Herbert, meanwhile, recorded his first win and also had a career-high passing performance (347 yards) as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

He had three passing TDs and became only the second rookie QB ever, after Deshaun Watson, to have at least three scores through the air in three consecutive games.

Herbert - who also 66 yards (one TD) rushing - now has 1,542 passing yards through his first five career games, only the second player after Cam Newton (1,610) to go above 1,500 over that span. 

While his yardage is just short of Newton, Herbert is the only player to achieve the feat with a passer rating above 100 (his rating is 108.1).

Murray matches Brady comeback

The Cardinals and Murray were 10 points behind with under seven minutes left against the Seahawks but pulled off a remarkable victory.

Only once before had a QB thrown three or more TDs and overcome a fourth-quarter deficit of 10+ points in a game against Wilson. That was Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX at the same University of Phoenix Stadium.

It was Murray's first career fourth-quarter comeback of 10+ points and he became the first QB this season to do so in a game that went to overtime.

Despite a disappointing loss, Wilson (three TDs and three INTs) moved on to 22 passing TDs this season. He is only the fourth player in NFL history with 20+ passing TD across his team's first six games. 

That is a good omen, as the other three - Peyton Manning (2013), Brady (2007) and Brett Favre (1996) - all went on to win the MVP award and reach the Super Bowl.

Adams helps Green Bay bounce back

Davante Adams exploded for a career-high 196 receiving yards (13 catches, two TDs) as the Green Bay Packers won comfortably 35-20 at the Houston Texans.

The Packers wide receiver now has four career games with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and two TDs, tying Keenan Allen for the most among active players inside their first seven NFL seasons.

One more this year would see him match the all-time record (five), which is jointly held by Chad Johnson and Andre Rison.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (283 yards, four TDs and zero INTs) had his 50th game with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

He was the fourth all-time to do that, behind fellow greats Brady (60), Brees (54) and Manning (51).

Brady passes Manning and Brees

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were spectacular in their 45-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Brady was on fire, throwing for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (127.0 rating) as well as adding a rushing score.

He passed Drew Brees' record and now has the most passing TDs in NFL history (559).

Brady, 43, also produced his 94th career game of 300+ passing yards, passing Manning (93) for second-most ever, with Brees still holding that record (122).

NFC East reaches a new low

The Dallas Cowboys' demoralising 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team means no NFC East team has won more than two games through seven weeks.

Excluding strike seasons, it is the first time in history that has happened in the NFL for every team in a division, with the Philadelphia Eagles somehow leading the standings on 2-4-1.

By contrast, the 2020 NFC West is only the fourth division ever where every team has won at least four games through seven weeks.

The San Francisco 49ers are bottom of the division despite having a winning record (4-3).

The Seattle Seahawks' flawless start to the NFL season came to an end in dramatic fashion against the Arizona Cardinals, while Tom Brady made history in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' crushing win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Arizona converted a field goal with only seconds remaining in overtime as the Cardinals completed a thrilling 37-34 comeback win over the previously unbeaten Seahawks on Sunday.

Brady surpassed New Orleans Saints counterpart Drew Brees for a league record, while Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers also won.

 

CARDINALS SOAR AS SEAHAWKS FALL

In one of the games of the season, the Cardinals triumphed thanks to Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in Arizona.

The Seahawks – led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson – appeared on track to improve to 6-0, having led 27-17 at half-time and 34-24 heading into the final three minutes of regulation.

But the Cardinals rallied – Kyler Murray's eight-yard pass to Christian Kirk reducing the deficit to three points before Gonzalez converted a 44-yard field goal to force OT.

Gonzalez had the chance to settle the contest with a field goal early in OT but missed, however, the Cardinals kicker redeemed himself at the death.

Murray finished 34-of-48 for 360 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Wilson was 33-of-50 for 388 yards, three TDs and as many interceptions.

In a remarkable showdown, Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf produced a sensational chase-down, delivering a touchdown-saving tackle on Budda Baker's 90-yard interception return in the second quarter.

 

RECORD-SETTING BRADY INSPIRES BUCS

Bucs quarterback Brady moved top of the NFL's all-time list for touchdown passes after leading Tampa Bay to a 45-20 rout of the Raiders.

Brady replaced Brees for the most TD passes in league history with his throw to Tyler Johnson in the fourth quarter.

A six-time Super Bowl champion, Brady eclipsed Brees' record with his 559th career touchdown pass, one ahead of his Saints counterpart.

Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions or sacks against the Raiders (3-3) as NFC South leaders the Buccaneers improved to 5-2 for the season.

Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller – who finished with 109 yards – Chris Godwin and Johnson all connected with Brady for TDs, while Raiders QB Derek Carr was 24-of-36 for 284 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and three sacks.

 

CHIEFS TAKE DOWN BRONCOS, 49ERS THRASH NEWTON'S PATS

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were too good for the Broncos, winning 43-16 on the road.

Played in snow, the Chiefs (6-1) led 24-9 at half-time and never looked back as they claimed their 10th consecutive victory over AFC West rivals the Broncos (2-4).

Mahomes extended his NFL-leading streak to 17 successive games with a touchdown throw, finishing 15-of-23 for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Le'Veon Bell impressed on debut after rushing for 39 yards on six carries.

It was a forgettable outing for Cam Newton and the New England Patriots, who were easily beaten 33-6 by the 49ers in Foxborough.

Newton – who was nine-of-15 for 98 yards – threw three interceptions and was replaced in the fourth quarter as the Patriots slumped to their third consecutive loss.

Former Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed his return to New England, where the 49ers star was 20-of-25 for 277 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

"It was a cool week," Garoppolo said. "Just a lot of emotions, a lot of memories. Especially coming back here, seeing the same stadium, hearing the same songs they used to play, a lot of memories came back ... But it was a fun night.

"Couldn't imagine it going any better than this."

Meanwhile, Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

 

Week 7 scores:

Philadelphia Eagles 22-21 New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 Tennessee Titans
Washington Football Team 25-3 Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills 18-10 New York Jets
New Orleans Saints 27-24 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-20 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 37-34 Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions 23-22 Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-20 Las Vegas Raiders
San Francisco 49ers 33-6 New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs 43-16 Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers 39-29 Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals 37-34 Seattle Seahawks (OT)

The 2020 NFL season is approaching its midway point, and it is becoming ever more clear which teams are likely to be in the mix for the postseason and which will almost certainly be watching the postseason from home.

From a fantasy perspective, there is plenty of evidence to guide managers regarding what players and teams they can rely on in their quest for glory.

By the same token, it should now be obvious which defenses have significant weaknesses and can be exploited by astute fantasy managers who pay attention to matchups.

Here we pick four players and a defense who have favourable matchups in the upcoming round of games and merit starter consideration for Week 7.

QB: Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are not an easy team to watch nor do they have the players to put Burrow, the first overall pick in the draft, in a position to succeed.

However, regardless of the on-field results, Burrow and the Bengals have typically been good for passing yardage. Burrow already has four 300-yard games to his name as a pro and his best performance of his young career came in Week 2 against this week's opponents, the Cleveland Browns.

Burrow threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions in that meeting and, with last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts providing signs of a burgeoning rapport with A.J. Green, there is reason to be encouraged that he could replicate that display against a Browns team coming off a bruising blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RB: Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones has emerged as a pivotal player for the Tampa Bay offense, helping take the pressure off Tom Brady with three successive 100-yard efforts, including a two-touchdown display in last Sunday's blowout of the Green Bay Packers.

The Las Vegas Raiders' run defense has stiffened in recent weeks but, given they began the season by giving up at least 100 yards on the ground in their first three games, fantasy players with Jones on their roster should approach this week with plenty of confidence he can have another productive outing.

WR: Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals

The offseason acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins bumped speedster Kirk down the wide receiver pecking order but, despite averaging only four targets a game, he has taken significant advantage of his opportunities in recent weeks.

He has 183 receiving yards and three touchdowns over the course of the last three games and showed off his abilities as a deep threat on his 80-yard score against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

Given Russell Wilson's devastating form throwing the ball, there is a strong chance the Cardinals may have to go downfield often to keep up with the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks in their NFC West clash. That would spell excellent news for Kirk, who can do significant damage against a Seahawks defense surrendering 370.4 passing yards a game – the worst in the NFL.

TE: Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers

The days of the Jacksonville Jaguars as a competitive concern in the 2020 NFL season appear to have long since ended. Theirs is a defense that has given up over 400 yards four times this season, making them an ideal opponent for Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert as he looks to get his first win.

Henry will likely be a frequent recipient of passes from Herbert, as the tight end has been targeted at least seven times in all but one game this season. His level of opportunity and the expected lack of resistance from the fast-fading Jaguars is a recipe for an impressive statistical performance.

D/ST: Washington Football Team

While the early-season shine is very much off Washington following their loss to the New York Giants in Week 6, their defense gets the benefit of going up against an offense in shambles in Week 7.

The Cowboys committed four turnovers in Monday's 38-10 loss to the Cardinals and have given away 15 so far this season. With backup quarterback Andy Dalton playing behind a decimated offensive line, the likelihood is Dallas will continue to surrender possession. Having forced eight turnovers this season, Washington and their fearsome defensive front should make it another long game for Dalton and the Cowboys.

Drew Brees acknowledged the New Orleans Saints' thrilling 17-point comeback to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers was a "wild one" but says the win will help the team become "battle-tested".

The veteran quarterback overcame a deficit of 17 points or greater for just the second time in his career as the Saints earned a 30-27 overtime win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Brees last achieved the feat against the Miami Dolphins back in the 2009 Super Bowl-winning season and his 12th career overtime victory sees him tie Tom Brady for the most in the NFL as a starting QB.

After finishing with 325 passing yards, a touchdown pass and a touchdown run, Brees told ESPN: "Yeah, this was a wild one.

"The bottom line is we were not playing Saints football in the first half. There were too many mistakes that get you beat.

"We shouldn't have had to mount the comeback we had to mount in order to win this game."

The Saints are enduring a mixed season but now move to 3-2 and once again showed their mettle having come back from 14 points down against the Detroit Lions last time out.

It was a comeback triumph that took the shine off a fine performance from Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who became the first rookie to throw for four touchdowns in a Monday Night Football game.

"At the end of the day, these are growing experiences. These are learning experiences," Brees added. 

"To have wins like this, where you really have to fight to win – just like we did last week – this is how you grow as a team. This is how you become battle-tested. And I think it pays dividends as you move along here."

The Saints now have some time to recharge with a Week 6 bye, after which star wide receiver Michael Thomas should be back in the fold.

Thomas was not part of the line-up against the Chargers following reports he threw a punch at a team-mate in practice, having missed three games because of an ankle injury.

Brees said head coach Sean Payton had addressed the issue and there will be no lasting ramifications.

"Mike is a big part of this team, and he's going to be a big part of this team moving forward," he said.

"We had an incident, and Sean addressed it and we're gonna be all good."

The New Orleans Saints escaped with a 30-27 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Chargers after fighting back from a large deficit in the NFL.

Drew Brees and the Saints trailed 20-3 with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter, but New Orleans rallied from 17 points down to prevail on Monday.

The Saints closed within 27-20 with under four minutes of regulation time to play before star quarterback Brees connected with Alvin Kamara for 28 yards and Taysom Hill levelled proceedings 52 seconds from the end in the final quarter.

Wil Lutz then converted a field goal with 5:08 remaining in OT at Mercedes-Benz Superdome to give the Saints (3-2) back-to-back wins.

Brees had entered the game 1-48 in his career when trailing by at least 17 points. The Super Bowl champion and MVP improved to 2-48 in such scenarios.

He finished 33-of-47 for 325 yards, one touchdown, one rushing score and one interception for the Saints, while Chargers QB Justin Herbert was 20-of-34 for 264 yards and four TDs.

Herbert – the sixth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – made history after becoming the first rookie to throw four touchdown passes on Monday Night Football.

The Chargers (1-4) stormed out of the blocks away from home, Herbert combining with Keenan Allen for a 17-yard score and a 6-0 lead in the opening quarter, though Lutz' 48-yard field goal reduced the deficit.

Herbert continued to cause New Orleans plenty of problems in the second period after throwing TD passes to Mike Williams and Hunter Henry as the Chargers took a 20-10 lead into the interval following Brees' one-yard running score.

Lutz nailed another field goal, a 53-yard effort, for the only score in the third quarter before the Saints completed their comeback in the final period – touchdowns from Jared Cook and Hill, sandwiched in between Williams' 64-yard combination with Herbert – forcing OT.

New Orleans Saints star Michael Thomas is listed as questionable for Monday's NFL showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Thomas has been sidelined by an ankle injury since Week 1, though the Saints wide receiver has practiced on a limited bases every day for two consecutive weeks.

After being ruled out last week, Thomas is now questionable for the clash with the Chargers in Week 5.

"We'll always do what's best for the athlete and be smart regarding any player," Saints head coach Sean Payton said.

Thomas – a three-time Pro Bowler – broke the NFL record for most catches in 2019 with 149 receptions.

In his only appearance this season, Thomas had three receptions for 17 yards.

The Saints are 2-2 after snapping a run of back-to-back defeats by topping the Detroit Lions 35-29 in Week 4.

An unstoppable force meets the immovable object in Week 5 of the NFL season as the Cleveland Browns host the Indianapolis Colts. 

Cleveland's offense has averaged over 200 rushing yards a game through the campaign's first quarter, while the Colts defense has been among the best run-stuffers in the league so far. 

Two of the NFL's finest young receivers will look to grab the acclaim when the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks face the Minnesota Vikings, while the Washington Football Team and Houston Texans will hope a big change can reverse their fortunes. 

Here, we look at the NFL's latest slate using Stats Perform Data.

 

FEATURE GAME

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 4.25pm (All times Eastern)

- Colts QB Philip Rivers enters the matchup with 4,996 career completions and he will almost certainly become the fifth player to complete 5,000 passes on Sunday. In the last 60 seasons, only three other quarterbacks have completed a higher percentage of their attempts through four games with a new team than Rivers' 72.7 per cent – that list includes Matt Schaub (74.0 per cent, 2007 Houston Texans), Teddy Bridgewater (73.0 per cent, 2020 Carolina Panthers), and Mark Herrmann (73.0 per cent, 1985 San Diego Chargers). 

- The Colts allowed just 28 rushing yards in their Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears, their fewest since Week 3 of 2009 (24 rushing yards versus the Arizona Cardinals). They have allowed just 945 total yards this season, their fewest through four games since holding opponents to 575 yards through the first four games of 1971.

- The Browns trio of Kareem Hunt (five TDs), Odell Beckham Jr. (four TDs), and Nick Chubb (four TDs) are the fifth trio of team-mates to each score four touchdowns in the first four games of the season. They are the first to do so since the 2013 Denver Broncos group of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans - Tuesday, 7pm 

- Buffalo have recorded 21 plays of at least 20 yards this season, second-most in the NFL behind only the Dallas Cowboys (23). Tennessee have an NFL-low nine plays of 20-plus yards this season, though neither the Titans nor the Bills have a single 20-yard running play this season. 

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, 9.20pm 

- Ascending Seahawks star D.K. Metcalf leads the NFL in yards per catch (25.2 - minimum 10 receptions) and catches for 25-plus yards this season (seven). Justin Jefferson, a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, ranks second in both these categories (21.8 average, 6 catches of 25-plus yards). 

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday, 1pm

- Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (1,526) and Raiders tight end Darren Waller (1,392) rank first and second in receiving yards for players at their position since 2019. Kelce's 845 career receiving yards against the Raiders are the most among active players at any position.

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1pm

- The Steelers are looking for their first 4-0 start since 1979. Their current streak of 40 consecutive seasons without a 4-0 start is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 48-year streak by the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1960-2007.

Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints - Monday, 9.15pm

- Ahead of meeting the Justin Herbert-led Chargers, New Orleans QB Drew Brees has a 20-10 record when facing off against first-year quarterbacks, including wins in each of the last five such games. In those wins, Brees has a 75.8 completion percentage and has a 12-1 TD-INT ratio.

ELSEWHERE...

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans - Sunday, 1pm

- The Texans fired Bill O'Brien this week. He was the seventh coach in NFL history to be replaced following back-to-back 10-win seasons with a team, though the first to be replaced after four or fewer games. O’Brien's replacement, Romeo Crennel, will be the oldest head coach in NFL history (73 years and 115 days on Sunday).

Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington, who will have Kyle Allen starting at QB after benching Dwayne Haskins, have now lost three straight games by at least 14 points after a 31-17 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. The last time the franchise lost four straight games by at least 14 points was in 2001.

The Philadelphia Eagles completed a dramatic comeback to upstage the San Francisco 49ers for their first win of the season on Sunday.

Philadelphia used a big fourth quarter to stun last season's Super Bowl finalists the 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Week 4.

Things got physical between Jalen Ramsey and Golden Tate as the Los Angeles Rams beat the New York Giants 17-9.

There were also wins for the in-form Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts.

 

EAGLES SHOCK NINERS

After two losses and a draw to open 2020, and with a growing injury list, Philadelphia faced an uphill battle away to the 49ers.

The Eagles (1-2-1) also trailed in the fourth quarter before back-to-back touchdowns lifted Philadelphia past San Francisco.

Carson Wentz threw a 42-yard TD pass to Travis Fulgham with less than six minutes remaining as the Eagles moved ahead 18-14.

With starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined, Nick Mullens then threw an interception that Alex Singleton returned for a TD as the 49ers (2-2) lost at home again.

Mullens, who committed three turnovers, was 18 for 26 for 200 yards and a touchdown before he was replaced by 49ers team-mate C.J. Beathard.

Eagles QB Wentz finished 18-of-28 for 193 yards, a touchdown and interception, while he rushed for 37 yards and a TD as the Eagles moved top of the NFC East.

NO LOVE LOST IN INGLEWOOD

There was not much drama between the Rams and Giants, that was until the game ended.

The Rams (3-1) claimed a hard-fought victory over the winless Giants (0-4) after Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp combined for a 55-yard TD with just under seven minutes left to play at SoFi Stadium.

After grinding out victory, things really heated up as Rams star Ramsey and Giants wide receiver Tate traded punches.

Ramsey, who has two young children with Tate's sister, and the latter were pulled apart by team-mates in chaotic scenes.

"We don't want to have happen at the end of the game what happened," Giants coach Joe Judge said afterwards. "That's not the way we want to be as a team."

 

BILLS STAY PERFECT

The Bills remain undefeated after seeing off the Las Vegas Raiders 30-23.

Josh Allen led the way, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for another as the Bills improved to 4-0 for the season.

QB Derek Carr was 32 for 44 for 311 yards and a pair of TDs after the Raiders (2-2) lost their second straight game and first at the new Allegiant Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Philip Rivers and the Colts (3-1) took down the Chicago Bears (3-1) 19-11.

Rivers was 16 of 29 for 190 yards and a touchdown as he moved within four completions of joining Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning with 5,000.

 

Week 4 scores:

Seattle Seahawks 31-23 Miami Dolphins
Cincinnati Bengals 33-25 Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings 31-23 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 49-38 Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens 31-17 Washington Football Team
New Orleans Saints 35-29 Detroit Lions
Carolina Panthers 31-21 Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-31 Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams 17-9 New York Giants
Buffalo Bills 30-23 Las Vegas Raiders
Indianapolis Colts 19-11 Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles 25-20 San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians lauded Tom Brady following his "outstanding" performance as the legendary quarterback's five touchdowns sparked a comeback against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Brady was at the forefront for the rallying Buccaneers, who overturned a 17-point deficit to top the Chargers 38-31 in NFL action on Sunday.

The six-time Super Bowl champion threw five TD passes, three of those coming in the second half, as the Buccaneers completed their second largest comeback – behind a 21-point fightback over the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.

Brady finished 30-of-46 for 369 passing yards and just one interception for the Buccaneers, who posted their third consecutive win.

"I thought he just played outstanding," Arians told reporters post-game.

"I've just got to coach him up better on that one play [that was intercepted] and just get it coached better. But he played fantastic and was lights-out in the second half."

"We knew we played poorly. It was just a show of character. I can honestly say, had this been last year, we would have gotten our ass beat by 20," coach Bruce Arians said, praising the leadership of his captains.

"[With] Tom -- he's never behind in his mind, so we can always make plays to win games."

Brady and the Bucs were forced to dig deep at home to the Chargers, having trailed 24-7 in the second quarter before scoring 21 unanswered points.

The Bucs continued to rally and eventually improved to 3-1 for the season, their best start since the 2011 campaign.

It was Brady's biggest comeback since overcoming a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

"We've got to do a good job forcing them to cover everything," said Brady. "The passing got a little compressed and then we made some plays down the field and it opened some things up. You've got to make them defend everything.

"We put ourselves in a pretty good hole and we were just going to have to dig our way out of it. That's just the way football works sometimes. We've just got to tighten things up. I'm glad we came back. The defense made a big play for us just before the end of the half and that got us and that got us ignited a little bit.

"We made some plays in the third quarter, made some good plays in the fourth quarter. We started the game well, finished the game well, that middle part we've just to figure out how to play 60 minutes well."

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. dashed the Dallas Cowboys' comeback hopes in Week 4, while the Seattle Seahawks improved to 4-0. 

Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow claimed his first win as the Cincinnati Bengals overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25, while the Carolina Panthers caused an upset, beating the Arizona Cardinals 31-21. 

Both the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens rebounded from Week 3 reverses, but Los Angeles Chargers passer Justin Herbert came up short as he became the latest rookie QB to lose to a team led by Tom Brady. 

Elsewhere, in a battle between two previously winless teams, it was the Minnesota Vikings who triumphed, dropping the Houston Texans to 0-4.

 

BECKHAM OUTSHINES DAK WITH BIG DAY

Dallas knew all about Beckham's brilliance - it was against the Cowboys when he performed his astonishing one-handed touchdown grab as a rookie with the New York Giants - yet they failed to stop Cleveland's receiver grabbing two first-half touchdowns - one thrown by fellow wideout Jarvis Landry. 

The Browns were 41-14 up by the end of the third quarter but the Cowboys, who rallied from 29-10 down to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, came roaring back thanks to Dak Prescott, who had 502 passing yards and four touchdown throws. 

However, Beckham scored on a 50-yard end-around run to seal Cleveland's 49-38 win, with Dallas' nemesis going off for 154 yards from scrimmage and three scores.

SEAHAWKS SURVIVE MIAMI TEST

Seven teams began Week 4 with a perfect 3-0 record and Seattle became the first to go 4-0, securing a 31-23 win over the Miami Dolphins. 

Russell Wilson threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns - giving him 16 already for the season - while running back Chris Carson also found the end zone twice and the Seahawks defense picked off a couple of Ryan Fitzpatrick passes. 

Fellow preseason Super Bowl favourites New Orleans and Baltimore got back on track, the Saints triumphing 35-29 over the Lions while the Ravens defeated the Washington Football Team 31-17, during which Lamar Jackson becoming the quickest in NFL history to reach 5,000 career passing yards and 2,000 yards rushing.

BURROW GETS FIRST W, HERBERT COMES CLOSE TO UPSTAGING BRADY

First overall pick Burrow led the Bengals to their first victory of the 2020 campaign, though it was Joe Mixon's 181 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns that really made the difference against the Jaguars. 

Herbert, another opening-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, looked on course for his maiden NFL win too, the Chargers racing into a 24-7 lead thanks in part to a Brady pick-six. 

However, Brady, whose teams had won their previous 10 straight games against rookie QBs, would end the high-scoring contest with five touchdown passes, Tampa Bay triumphing 38-31. 

Week 4 scores:

Seattle Seahawks 31-23 Miami Dolphins
Cincinnati Bengals 33-25 Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings 31-23 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 49-38 Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens 31-17 Washington Football Team
New Orleans Saints 35-29 Detroit Lions
Carolina Panthers 31-21 Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-31 Los Angeles Chargers

The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens both improved to 2-0 in the NFL but in contrasting fashion on Sunday.

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Chiefs needed overtime to see off the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 in Week 2.

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens powered past the Houston Texans 33-16 on the road.

Meanwhile, Kyler Murray dazzled for the high-flying Arizona Cardinals and Russell Wilson sparked the Seattle Seahawks.

 

MAHOMES' CHIEFS OUTLAST CHARGERS

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs stayed perfect thanks to Harrison Butker's 58-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining in OT.

Butker drilled three field goals for the day as he tied a Chiefs record for distance, while becoming the second kicker in NFL history to make a pair of 58-yard kicks in the same game.

It completed a rally for the Chiefs, who overturned a 17-6 deficit in the third quarter to survive an impressive NFL debut by Chargers rookie Justin Herbert.

Herbert threw 311 yards to become the ninth player since the merger to top 300 in his first game. He was 22 of 33 for a touchdown and interception.

As for former MVP and last season's Super Bowl MVP Mahomes, the Chiefs quarterback finished 27 of 47 for 302 passing yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards.

 

RAVENS PRESERVE UNBEATEN RUN

The Ravens overcame a slow start to extend their regular-season winning streak to 14 games – the longest run since the Carolina Panthers reeled off 18 successive victories in 2014-15.

Reigning MVP Jackson threw for 204 yards and a touchdown, while he rushed for 54 yards in Houston, where the Ravens led 20-10 at half-time.

The Ravens rushed for 230 yards compared to the Texans' 51 as Mark Ingram II had 55 and a touchdown.

"We feel like we have the best backfield in the league. We just try to prove that, week in, week out," Ingram said.

MURRAY HAS CARDINALS SOARING

Murray continues to show why the Cardinals were so desperate to draft him with the number one pick last year after inspiring a 30-15 victory against the Washington Football Team.

Second-year quarterback Murray finished with 286 yards and a touchdown, while he ran for two TDs in a stunning display.

Murray – a dual-threat – put on a show as he ran with the ball and went for 14 and 21 yards to help the Cardinals improve to 2-0.

"As soon as I leave the pocket I survey the field," Murray said. "Seeing how the blocks were set up, they were set up pretty perfectly. Once I get a guy one on one, I like my chances."

Cardinals star DeAndre Hopkins had eight catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Wilson fuelled the Seahawks to a 35-30 win over the New England Patriots.

Wilson was 21-of-28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns as the Seahawks made it two victories from two games.

It condemned Can Newton and the Patriots to their first loss of the season after Tom Brady's QB replacement in New England finished 30 of 44 for 397 yards, a touchdown, interception and a sack in Seattle.

 

Week 2 scores:

Chicago Bears 17-13 New York Giants 
Dallas Cowboys 40-39 Atlanta Falcons 
Green Bay Packers 42-21 Detroit Lions 
Tennessee Titans 33-30 Jacksonville Jaguars 
Indianapolis Colts 28-11 Minnesota Vikings 
Buffalo Bills 31-28 Miami Dolphins 
San Francisco 49ers 31-13 New York Jets 
Los Angeles Rams 37-19 Philadelphia Eagles 
Pittsburgh Steelers 26-21 Denver Broncos 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-17 Carolina Panthers
Arizona Cardinals 30-15 Washington Football Team
Kansas City Chiefs 23-20 Los Angeles Chargers
Baltimore Ravens 33-16 Houston Texans
Seattle Seahawks 35-30 New England Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes felt he was "killing the team" early before a comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chiefs rallied from a 17-6 deficit in the third quarter to beat the Chargers 23-20 in overtime in the NFL on Sunday.

The reigning Super Bowl champions were also behind late before Harrison Butker drilled a 30-yard field goal to force OT, prior to his 58-yard effort winning the game for the Chiefs.

Mahomes, who finished 27 of 47 for 302 passing yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards, took responsibility for the Chiefs' slow start.

"I think I was so frustrated at the beginning of the game because I knew it was just me that was killing the team," the quarterback told reporters.

"Guys were getting open, the line was giving me enough time, but I wasn't making the throws in the right spots.

"I take that upon myself, I have to find a way to start better, not put ourselves in a hole like that so it's not so hard at the end of the game."

The Chiefs' comeback saw them improve to 2-0 after a win over their AFC West rivals.

Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP and the Super Bowl LIV MVP, said it was important for the Chiefs to win despite being below their best.

"It means a lot," he said. "Obviously we didn't play the way we wanted to play, but to find a way to win, I think that when you get to the playoffs or when you get to later in the season and trying to make these runs, not every game is going to be a blowout, not every game you're going to be winning the whole entire game, there's going to be difficult situations.

"There's great football players all around this league and so we have to find a way to win no matter what adversity hits us and no matter what situation we're in in the game."

The Chiefs will face the Baltimore Ravens (2-0) in Week 3.

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were among the most impressive teams in Week 1 - now they meet at CenturyLink Field on Sunday Night Football.

Cam Newton, Tom Brady's replacement at quarterback, led New England to a 21-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins, while Russell Wilson put on a passing clinic when completing 31 of his 35 attempts in Seattle's 38-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

A repeat of Super Bowl XLIX is the standout game of Sunday's slate, though there are plenty more mouth-watering encounters, including the Baltimore Ravens facing the Houston Texans.

Here we break down the big matchups using Stats Perform data.

 

FEATURE GAME

Patriots at Seahawks - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- This will be the first game in NFL history in which both teams will have a head coach aged 68 or older. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is 69, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 68.

- Newton led the Patriots with 75 yards rushing on a game-high 15 carries in his Pats debut last week. Should he finish as New England's leading rusher again in Seattle, Newton will be his team's leading rusher for a 37th time - a new record for the most such games by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

- New England have won eight straight games against NFC opponents, including their Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams, dating back to a loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 3 of the 2018 season.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Rams at Eagles - Sunday, 1pm

- The Eagles have won the last six meetings between these teams, including one-score wins in Los Angeles in 2017 (43-35) and 2018 (30-23). They have averaged 32.2 points during the win streak, with at least 30 points in each of the last five meetings.

Broncos at Steelers - Sunday, 1pm

- The Broncos have won four of the last five games against the Steelers, including two playoff wins. Four of those five games were decided by seven points or fewer.

Chiefs at Chargers - Sunday, 4.25pm

- After starting last season 6-4, Kansas City have won 10 straight games - regular season and playoffs. The streak began last November with a win over the Chargers in Mexico City. Each of the last seven victories have come by a double-digit margin; since 2000, only the 2007 Patriots (eight games) have had a longer streak of wins by 10 or more points.

Ravens at Texans - Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Ravens have gone 12 straight regular-season games without trailing in the second half, the longest streak by any NFL team since the Chicago Bears had a 12-game streak from 1933-34. The last team to have a streak longer than 12 games was the Green Bay Packers from 1929-30 (18).

Saints at Raiders - Monday, 4.15pm

- Josh Jacobs had three rushing touchdowns in Week 1, becoming the first Raider to do so since Latavius Murray, who is now with New Orleans, had three in Week 9 of 2016. Only two Raiders have rushed for three touchdowns more than once – Marcus Allen (five times) and Pete Banaszak (twice).

ELSEWHERE...

Falcons at Cowboys - Sunday, 1pm

- Dak Prescott has not been intercepted in his last 223 pass attempts going back to last November, the longest streak in Cowboys history. Troy Aikman held the previous mark at 216 passes in 1999.

Lions at Packers - Sunday, 1pm

- Green Bay have won seven straight home openers since a 30-22 loss against the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. That is the second-longest active streak of its kind, behind the Seahawks (11 straight).

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