Bruce Arians said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just needed to execute better after falling to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday.

Tom Brady struggled as the Buccaneers slipped to 7-4 following a 27-24 loss at Raymond James Stadium.

The Buccaneers quarterback was 26 of 48 for 216 yards and two touchdowns, while Jordan Fuller intercepted him twice – including as Brady looked to lead Tampa Bay on a game-tying or winning drive.

Buccaneers head coach Arians backed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and said execution was Tampa Bay's problem.

"I thought he called a good ballgame, we've just got to execute better," Arians told a news conference.

"When guys are open, we've got to hit them and we can't misread coverage. We've got to protect a little bit better when we do have guys deep and let him hit that guy instead of have that pressure that costs us an interception.

"As a collective, everybody's got to play better."

Brady took the blame for the second interception thrown to Fuller and Arians said the star quarterback had misread the coverage.

"The first one he got hit, he got hit, it looked like he had Chris [Godwin] going right down the middle and stepped up and just didn't get enough on it with the pressure, and the last one was just a misread of the coverage," Arians said.

Two of the Buccaneers' four losses this season have come to the team above them in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints (8-2).

Of the six teams they have beaten, only two – the Green Bay Packers (7-3) and Las Vegas Raiders (6-4) – have winning records.

"At times, we look really, really good, and then there are times when we obviously don't," Arians said.

"I felt very, very comfortable in the two-minute drive until that throw, but we made some plays and obviously we didn't make enough in this ballgame offensively, defensively or special teams to win."

The Buccaneers face another huge test against the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) on Sunday.

Tom Brady lamented the late interception he threw for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Los Angeles Rams, saying it "can't happen".

Looking to respond to Matt Gay's field goal, Brady was intercepted by Jordan Fuller for the second time as the Buccaneers fell to the Rams 27-24 on Monday.

Brady struggled throughout at Raymond James Stadium, going 26 of 48 for 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while he was sacked once.

The six-time Super Bowl champion was particularly unhappy with his late throw as he tried to connect with Cameron Brate.

"Just a bad read and Cam was running up the seam and the last second I saw the safety coming over and just popped it over Cam's head," Brady told a news conference.

"Just a bad read, bad throw, decision, everything, can't happen."

The Buccaneers finished with 251 total yards to the Rams' 413, with LA pair Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods becoming the fourth team-mate duo in the past 70 years to have 11-plus receptions and 130-plus receiving yards in the same game, as per NFL Research.

Brady said the Buccaneers (7-4) needed to improve ahead of Sunday's blockbuster clash against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Tonight was very inefficient, did not a very good job there in the second half, defense played great, kept coming up with huge stops, getting us the ball back and offensively we just couldn't make the plays that were necessary to be efficient," he said.

"We had plenty of chances so gotta get them fixed."

Jared Goff said he was unsure if a late field goal would be enough as the quarterback praised the Los Angeles Rams' defense after they held off Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Goff led an eight-play, 53-yard drive that saw Matt Gay convert a 40-yard field goal that was enough for the Rams to edge the Buccaneers 27-24 in the NFL on Monday.

Brady was intercepted by Jordan Fuller for the second time as he tried to respond for the Buccaneers, the Rams winning to improve to 7-3 and go top of the NFC West.

Goff said there were no guarantees against Brady after Gay's field goal with two minutes, 36 seconds remaining.   

"You never know. Whenever Brady's on the other side, with that much time, you never know," he told ESPN.

"Our defense stepped up and did a great job and that's a good offense we played today, and a good defense.

"We did a great job."

Like Brady, Goff threw two interceptions, while the Rams QB went 39 of 51 for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

Goff lamented his own errors before composing himself late, with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods becoming the fourth team-mate duo in the past 70 years to have 11-plus receptions and 130-plus receiving yards in the same game, as per NFL Research.

"The last drive, we just got back to ourselves," Goff said.

"I was making some pretty dumb mistakes, honestly, at the end there, just not taking care of the ball and being smart with it, got back to ourselves on that last drive and put some points on the board."

Tom Brady struggled as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Los Angeles Rams 27-24 in the NFL on Monday.

Brady completed 26 of 48 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, but the Buccaneers quarterback also threw two interceptions and was sacked once at Raymond James Stadium.

The Rams improved to 7-3 and went top of the NFC West, while the Buccaneers are 7-4 and sit second to the New Orleans Saints (8-2) in the NFC South.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 39 of 51 for 376 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Cooper Kupp (145) and Robert Woods (130) both had more than 100 receiving yards.

In the end, Goff led a late drive that saw Matt Gay convert a field goal with less than three minutes left, before Brady was intercepted to end the Buccaneers' chances.

Goff picked out Woods to complete a 13-play, 80-yard drive and give the Rams a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers responded early in the second quarter, Mike Evans showcasing his power to score after a pass from Brady.

Leonard Fournette rushed over from two yards for the Buccaneers before Van Jefferson scored his first career TD after a pass from Goff to bring the Rams level.

The Rams would go into half-time ahead, Goff and Woods combining for 35 yards to set up Gay's 38-yard field goal.

Since Sean McVay became head coach in 2017, the Rams were 31-0 (now 32-0) when leading at half-time. They are the only undefeated team in such games over that span, with every other having at least two losses, as per NFL Research.

After Ryan Succop's 38-yarder made it 17-17, Gay missed from 44 yards before Brady was easily intercepted by Jordan Fuller.

The Rams capitalised as Goff found Cam Akers for his first career NFL TD.

But Goff was intercepted by Jordan Whitehead to give the Buccaneers an opportunity they would not waste, Chris Godwin diving into the endzone after a 13-yard pass from Brady with less than four minutes remaining.

That score again saw Brady pass Drew Brees for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history, moving onto 566.

Goff led an eight-play, 53-yard drive to putt Gay in position for a 40-yard field goal with two minutes, 40 seconds remaining, and Brady was intercepted by Fuller again as the Rams saw out their win.

Only one team have been able to get the measure of Patrick Mahomes and Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020.

The Chiefs have an 8-1 record this season, with their sole defeat coming at home to divisional rivals the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5.

Kansas City this week have the opportunity to avenge the 40-32 reverse, however, with superstar quarterback Mahomes long since having recovered from that blip.

The game in Las Vegas is among the key Week 11 matchups we preview with Stats Perform data.

FEATURED GAME

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- The Chiefs have started the season with wins in their first four road games for the second year in succession. The only time in franchise history the team started a season 5-0 on the road was in 1966, when they went 7-0 away from home en route to a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl.

- Mahomes has played two road games against the Raiders in his career, throwing four touchdown passes without an interception in each contest. Mahomes' only interception of 2020 came in the Week 5 loss to Las Vegas by Jeff Heath; since then, he has 13 TD passes and no interceptions in 144 pass attempts.

- There are two quarterbacks in the NFL who have double-figure touchdown passes and fewer than three interceptions: Mahomes (25 TDs, one interception) and Derek Carr (16 TDs and two interceptions). Among QBs in league history with at least 1,000 pass attempts, Mahomes is first in touchdown/interception ratio (5.32) and Carr is eighth (2.48).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday, 1pm

- After going 7-1 at home a season ago, Baltimore have lost twice at M&T Bank Stadium in 2020, including their most recent home game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers three weeks ago. The Ravens have not dropped consecutive home games since Week 7 and 9 of the 2018 season – just before Lamar Jackson took over as starting QB.

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns - Sunday, 1pm

- Carson Wentz has completed under 60.0 per cent of his passes in each of his past five games, the longest streak by any player this year. He has a career-low 58.2 completion percentage in 2020, the second-lowest mark among 33 qualified players (min. 14 pass attempts per team game; Drew Lock – 55.0).

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Packers' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week gave Matt LaFleur a 20-5 regular-season record as a head coach. He is the sixth head coach since the merger to have 20 or more wins through 25 games.

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Bucs snapped a five-game losing streak against the Rams by scoring a franchise-record 55 points in last year's meeting. That was also one point shy of the most allowed by the Rams all-time.

ELSEWHERE...

Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday, 1pm

- Pittsburgh are the fifth team in history to start 9-0 while scoring at least 24 points in every game. The Steelers are also the first team in the Super Bowl era to have fewer than 50 rushing yards in three straight games and win all three.

New York Jets at Los Angeles Chargers - Sunday, 4.05pm

- The Jets are coming off their bye after losing their ninth straight game to the New England Patriots 30-27 in Week 9. They led the Patriots for 43 minutes and one second of game time but gave up 10 points in the final two minutes to remain winless. New York have lost each of their past four games coming off a bye week.

The Los Angeles Rams are following an "intensive protocol" after one of the team's players tested positive for coronavirus.

All operations will take place away from the Rams' training facility on Wednesday except for those going through pre-arranged rehabilitation programmes.

The unnamed player is now isolating away from the rest of the roster.

"This evening, we learned a Rams player tested positive for COVID-19," a statement read.

"The player immediately entered self-quarantine and out of an abundance of caution, we are entering intensive protocol. 

"Other than select players with assigned rehab, all football activities will take place remotely on Wednesday. Players and coaches will conduct their normal meeting schedule from home. 

"This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials as the health and safety of the team is our highest priority."

The 6-3 Rams are scheduled to face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) on Monday.

Russell Wilson is determined to dust himself down and go again following a disappointing showing in the Seattle Seahawks' 23-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The star quarterback failed to throw a touchdown, finishing 22 of 37 passing for 248 yards and two interceptions as the Rams (6-3) tied the Seahawks at the top of the NFC West.

Despite an uncharacteristically untidy display, Wilson spoke like a man with no regrets.

"I'm never going to shy away from leaving it all out there," he said.

"If you don't shoot, you'll never make it, you know what I mean?

"We can still get better; we can still find our way. We've got tough challenges ahead of us but nothing that we can't overcome and nothing that I won't overcome.

"I'm looking forward to keep going and just keep believing in it all."

The first of Wilson's interceptions saw him attempt to seek out tight end Will Dissly in the end zone, passing up on the chance to scramble for the first down in a move that backfired courtesy of Rams cornerback Darious Williams' intervention.

It came as a surprise to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who expects much better from the 31-year-old.

"Yes, it was a bad play," he said. "It was a decision that, you know, rarely have we seen Russ do.

"He's on the other side of the field moving that way and throwing the ball back across. He does miraculous things often and that wasn't one of them."

Ben Roethlisberger returned and fuelled the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers as a Hail Mary pass lifted the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.

Coronavirus protocols kept Roethlisberger away from Pittsburgh's team facility all week, but the star quarterback led the unbeaten Steelers to a 36-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Kyler Murray's throw saw the Cardinals claim a stunning last-gasp 32-30 success against the Buffalo Bills, while Cam Newton enjoyed a memorable outing as the New England Patriots upstaged the Baltimore Ravens.

 

STEELERS STAY PERFECT

There is no stopping the Steelers through nine games of the 2020 season.

Roethlisberger – one of four Steelers placed on the COVID-19 list at the start of the week – threw for a season-high 333 yards and four touchdowns, completing 27 of 46 passes.

The two-time Super Bowl champion connected with Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster in the first half, before throwing TD passes to Chase Claypool twice in the second half.

T.J. Watt sacked Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow twice – he had two sacks, four QB hits and two tackles for loss. T.J. Watt and J.J. Watt (2015) are the only players over the past 15 seasons to record nine-plus sacks, 25-plus quarterback hits and 10-plus tackles for loss in their team's first nine games of a season, per NFL Research.

It was a tough outing for number one pick Burrow, who was 21 of 40 for 213 yards, a touchdown and four sacks as the Bengals fell to 2-6-1.

 

CARDINALS CLAIM LAST-GASP WIN

Murray made NFL history after combining with DeAndre Hopkins for an incredible game-winning touchdown for the Cardinals.

Murray's 43-yard pass was brilliantly caught by Hopkins in the endzone with two seconds remaining to secure a victory for the Cardinals, who improved to 6-3 after scoring 17 unanswered points, having trailed the Bills 23-9.

The top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray's throw to Hopkins was his only touchdown pass, as he finished 22 of 32 for 245 yards.

According to Stats Perform, Murray became the first player in NFL history with a pass TD and a rush TD in five straight games, thanks to his pass to Hopkins.

Murray also joined Newton as the only QBs in NFL history with 6,000-plus pass yards and 1,000-plus rush yards in their first 25 career games, as per NFL Research.

 

NEWTON'S PATS SILENCE JACKSON AND RAVENS

The Patriots may be struggling following the departure of Tom Brady, but Bill Belichick's side shocked the Ravens 23-17 for back-to-back wins.

Newton became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with nine rushing touchdowns in his first eight games of a season, according to NFL Research.

The former MVP rushed for one TD and 21 yards, while he was 13-of-17 passing for 118 yards and another touchdown in New England, where the Patriots (4-5) rallied.

With seven weeks still remaining, 2020 is already the first season in league history in which two quarterbacks – Newton (nine) and Murray (10) – have each had nine-plus rushing TDs.

Baltimore star and reigning MVP Lamar Jackson was 24 of 34 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as the Ravens fell to 6-3.

 

RAMS TAKE DOWN WILSON'S SEAHAWKS, BREES INJURY OVERSHADOWS SAINTS WIN

The Los Angeles Rams smothered Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson and won 23-16.

Wilson did not throw a touchdown, finishing 22 of 37 passing for 248 yards and two interceptions as the Rams (6-3) stifled the high-flying Seahawks (6-3).

The NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints topped the San Francisco 49ers 27-13 but it came at a cost on home soil.

Drew Brees suffered a rib injury in the first half and is set to undergo an MRI and X-Ray after taking a hit from 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street before being replaced by Jameis Winston at half-time.

Brees threw a touchdown, the 41-year-old finishing eight of 13 for 76 yards as the Saints eventually improved to 7-2 for the season.

 

Week 10 scores:

Cleveland Browns 10-7 Houston Texans
Detroit Lions 30-27 Washington Football Team
Green Bay Packers 24-20 Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants 27-17 Philadelphia Eagles
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 46-23 Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers 36-10 Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Rams 23-16 Seattle Seahawks
New Orleans Saints 27-13 San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals 32-30 Buffalo Bills
Las Vegas Raiders 37-12 Denver Broncos
Miami Dolphins 29-21 Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots 23-17 Baltimore Ravens

Two in-form quarterbacks will go head to head when the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams meet in a crunch NFC West game on Sunday.

Russell Wilson's phenomenal displays have helped the Seahawks go 6-2 to top their division, but Jared Goff has strung together some impressive performances and is coming off a bye week ahead of a mouth-watering clash at SoFi Stadium.

The Buffalo Bills have made their best start to a season since they made the Super Bowl after the 1993 season, but their defense will need to be strong to keep DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals at bay.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be hoping to improve to 9-0 against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend but could be forced into doing something that has not occurred in 22 years.

We use Stats Perform data to preview the standout matchups in Week 10.
 

FEATURED GAME

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams - Sunday, 4.25pm (all times Eastern)

- The Seahawks average 34.3 points per game and allow 30.4; their games produce an NFL-high average of 64.7 total points. Rams games, meanwhile, see an average 43.1 points scored – 24.1 by Los Angeles and 19.1 by their opponents – which is the fourth lowest in the league.

- Wilson needs two touchdown passes to reach 30 for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in his career. Dave Krieg is the only other Seahawk to have hit that mark, having thrown for 32 touchdowns in 1984.

- Goff has thrown TD passes in seven straight games, setting a personal high for consecutive games with a touchdown pass in a single season. The last such single-season streak of eight or more games by a Rams QB occurred in 2005 by Marc Bulger (eight games).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins – Sunday, 4.05pm

Tua Tagovailoa has won each of his first two starts, throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions. Only one Dolphins quarterback has started his NFL career 3-0 before, Damon Huard in 1999.

Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, 4.05pm

- The Bills' 7-2 start is their best through nine games since 1993 (7-2), when they made their fourth straight Super Bowl appearance. However, wideout Hopkins has 60 receptions this season, the most by a player in his first eight games with a team in NFL history, and is eight receptions away from becoming the first player with 700 receptions before turning 29.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, 4.25pm

- Ben Roethlisberger was this week added to the Steelers' reserve/COVID-19 list and if he is unable to start Pittsburgh would be the first team since the 1998 Denver Broncos to change starting QBs with an unbeaten record and eight or more wins. His absence would deny an entertaining matchup with Bengals signal caller Joe Burrow, who has passed 330 times, has five 300-yard games and 284.0 yards per contest with a record of 2-5-1 after eight starts in his rookie campaign. At the same point in his debut season in 2004, Roethlisberger attempted 172 passes, had no 300-yard games, averaged 176.5 yards per game – and went 8-0.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – Sunday, 8.20pm

- Cam Newton has six more rushing touchdowns (eight) than passing touchdowns (two) this season. The last player with that big of a difference was Chicago's Johnny Lujack in 1950, who finished with 11 rush TDs to just four pass TDs (minimum 100 pass attempts in season).

ELSEWHERE…

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns – Sunday, 1pm

- Nick Chubb has been designated to return from injured reserve this week after missing the Browns' previous four games. Cleveland have averaged 204.5 rushing yards per game in four games with Chubb in the lineup this season and 95.5 yards per game without him.

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Sunday, 4.25pm

- The 49ers are averaging 53.5 rush yards per game and 2.74 yards per rush over its past two games compared to 137.7 per game and 4.77 per rush over their first seven.

The Seattle Seahawks returned to winning ways in the NFL on Sunday, while the Denver Broncos completed a stunning last-gasp comeback.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks topped last season's Super Bowl finalists the San Francisco 49ers 37-27.

The Broncos somehow rallied past the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints were involved in a brawl, while the Philadelphia Eagles saw off rivals the Dallas Cowboys.

 

SEAHAWKS BOUNCE BACK

The Seahawks went down to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime in Week 7, ending their unbeaten start to the season.

But Wilson threw four touchdowns and star wide receiver DK Metcalf dominated as NFC West leaders the Seahawks (6-1) powered past the 49ers in Seattle.

MVP candidate Wilson completed 27 of 37 passes for 261 yards and no interceptions, teaming up with Metcalf in devastating fashion.

Metcalf caught Wilson's first two TD passes, finishing with 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. It gave the WR new career bests in both receptions and yards.

After Seattle's Tyler Lockett had 15 catches, 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns last week, the Seahawks became the first team ever to have different players with 12/150/2 or better in back-to-back games, per Stats Perform.

The 49ers dropped to 4-4 and 1-2 in the NFC West at CenturyLink Field, where stars Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle exited with injuries in the fourth quarter.

After Tevin Coleman (knee) left in the first quarter, quarterback Garoppolo – who missed two games recently – appeared to tweak his ankle, while tight end Kittle hurt his foot.

"I knew it was hurt once we all saw it and he didn't go back in on that one play," 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He had a good week of practice throwing, but high ankle sprains linger, so you never know when it's going to affect you. I know he hurt it later in the game, or re-hurt it, and we'll wait until tomorrow to see how bad it is."

Garoppolo was 11-of-16 for 84 yards and an interception prior to exiting the game.

 

BRONCOS BLITZ CHARGERS

The Broncos (3-4) emerged from the jaws of defeat to snatch a 31-30 win over the Chargers (2-5).

Denver – led by Drew Lock – scored 21 points in the final quarter and 28 in the second half to stun the visiting Chargers.

Lock went 14-of-18 passing for 155 yards with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone, the Broncos QB finishing 26 of 41 for 248 yards, three TDs and an interception.

KJ Hamler completed the comeback at the death, connecting with Lock on a one-yard pass as time expired.

Hamler became the first player to score a game-winning touchdown with no time left for his first career TD since Ernest Wilford in 2004, according to Stats Perform.

 

WIMS EJECTED FOR PUNCHING GARDNER-JOHNSON

The Bears went down 26-23 to the Saints in overtime, a loss headlined by wide receiver Javon Wims' ejection.

Wims sucker-punched Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the third quarter – approaching the latter from behind and unleashing a flurry of hits to the helmet.

Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins jumped in and attacked Wims before both teams got involved and broke up the brawl.

"We talked to him and told him that's not how things go here," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "One of Javon's strengths is character and who he is as a person and he has since apologised but there is no part of that in this game. Again, I still haven't seen it, but from what I heard it is not good. That's now how we roll here and we'll be talking to him."

In Sunday's late game, the Eagles defeated the slumping Cowboys 23-9 to extend their lead in the NFC East.

Carson Wentz was 15 of 27 for 123 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Eagles improved to 3-4-1, while the Cowboys fell to 2-6.

The Eagles became the first NFL team to have under 250 total yards, turn the ball over four-plus times, get sacked four or more times and yet still win the game by 14-plus points since the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the 1982 AFC Championship Game, per Stats Perform.

Week 8 scores:

Atlanta Falcons 25-17 Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills 24-21 New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals 31-20 Tennessee Titans
Las Vegas Raiders 16-6 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 41-21 Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings 28-22 Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs 35-9 New York Jets
Miami Dolphins 28-17 Los Angeles Rams
Pittsburgh Steelers 28-24 Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos 31-30 Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans Saints 26-23 Chicago Bears (OT)
Seattle Seahawks 37-27 San Francisco 49ers
Philadelphia Eagles 23-9 Dallas Cowboys

Tua Tagovailoa revelled in his first victory as an NFL starter after the Miami Dolphins defeated the Los Angeles Rams 28-17.

The Dolphins promoted Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback for the Week 8 showdown, at the expense of veteran and much-travelled signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick.

In his first career start, Tagovailoa – the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft – threw his first NFL touchdown, finishing 12-of-22 for 93 yards and no interceptions.

"That was fun," Tagovailoa said. "It always feels good throwing a touchdown.

"It's not easy scoring against a defense like that but just enjoying the moment every time. I'm keeping that ball."

Tagovailoa found DeVante Parker with a three-yard TD pass at the end of the opening quarter in Miami.

The 22-year-old also had two carries for the Dolphins, who improved to 4-3 for the season.

"I don't think I played to the standard of what this offense is capable of. There were certain plays where I could have stepped up and made the right throw, made the right decision," he continued.

"But it's good that we still came out with the win. Thank God we've got a good defense."

Miami scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a game for the first time since 2009, while it was also the first time the Dolphins have ever done all three in the first half.

The Dolphins have outscored their opponents by 57 points in the first half of games, only behind the Baltimore Ravens (plus-66).

Miami topped Los Angeles despite being outgained 471-145. According to Stats Perform, they are just the third team in the Super Bowl era to win by double digits despite being outgained by 300-plus yards, joining the 2000 Ravens and 2002 Houston Texans.

"We won. We won the game. It's a team football game. It's not a one-man show. He made enough plays for us to win the ballgame," Dolphins head coach Brian Flores added.

"Collectively, if we don't play well in one phase, we have to pick each other up. It's his first NFL game against a real good defense. You got to take that into account, as well. But the rest of the team picked him up, and we got the W."

Patrick Mahomes turned in a stellar display as he led Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs to a huge win over the New York Jets.

The Chiefs ran out 35-9 winners on Sunday, with quarterback Mahomes at his inspired best.

Elsewhere, the Buffalo Bills picked up a 24-21 victory against the New England Patriots – their first home win against the six-time league champions since 2011.

 

MAHOMES INSPIRES RAMPANT CHIEFS

There was no stopping the Chiefs in their home clash with the Jets, whose dismal start to the season never looked likely to end.

The Jets are 0-8 after a wonderful display from Kansas City, who were marshalled brilliantly by Mahomes as the star threw for 416 yards and five touchdowns.

AFC West leaders Kansas stemmed Sam Darnold from the off, and the visiting quarterback could only watch as Mahomes ran the show.

Darnold did not have his top receivers Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman to aim for due to injuries and was only 18 of 30 for 133 yards as the Jets fell to 0-8 for the first time since 1996.

Kansas' triumph also took head coach Andy Reid onto 229 wins – tying him with Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau for the fifth-most in NFL history.

Second in the AFC West are the Las Vegas Raiders, who overcame the Cleveland Browns – third in the AFC North – 16-6.

BILLS SNAP PATRIOTS STREAK, GRANT STUNS RAMS

The Bills ended a nine-year wait for a home victory over the Patriots as they claimed a 24-21 win in Buffalo.

Cam Newton's fumble on a late drive ultimately cost the Patriots, who are now 2-5 from their opening seven games. 

As well as marking Sean McDermott's first triumph over Patriots coach Bill Belichick, it is a win that moved the Bills (6-2) to 4-0 in the AFC East.

New England had not lost an away game at Buffalo since September 2011, while the Bills had not beaten the Patriots at all in seven games prior to the Week 8 clash. 

Meanwhile, Jakeem Grant scored a stunning touchdown to help the Miami Dolphins to a 28-17 success over the Los Angeles Rams.

Grant ran in a mesmerising 88-yard punt return – the first this season in the NFL – helping the Dolphins, who sit second in the AFC East, to a fourth victory of the season.

In an all-NFC North clash, the Minnesota Vikings clinched a 28-22 win over their rivals Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Dalvin Cook was the star with four touchdowns – three running and one receiving.

STEELERS STAY PERFECT

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only unbeaten team remaining after they maintained their winning start with a dramatic 28-24 triumph over the Baltimore Ravens.

Lamar Jackson looked set to win it for the hosts in the dying seconds in Baltimore, yet AFC North leaders Pittsburgh clung on thanks to some fantastic defense.

With the last throw of the game, Jackson attempted to pick out Willie Snead in the end zone, but his flat pass was knocked down by a combination of Justin Layne and Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Defeat leaves the Ravens at 5-2 and second in the division, which is stacked up by the Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1), who shocked the Tennessee Titans.

Joe Burrow was key, with the quarterback completing 26 of his 37 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

Burrow also avoided any sacks, as the Bengals sealed a 31-20 victory – their second home win of 2020.

In Sunday's other game, the Indianapolis Colts halted the Detroit Lions' two-game winning streak with a 41-21 rout.

Week 8 scores:

Atlanta Falcons 25-17 Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills 24-21 New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals 31-20 Tennessee Titans
Las Vegas Raiders 16-6 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 41-21 Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings 28-22 Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs 35-9 New York Jets
Miami Dolphins 28-17 Los Angeles Rams
Pittsburgh Steelers 28-24 Baltimore Ravens

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, but the Baltimore Ravens will hope to stop them earning a slice of history.

For just the second time, the Steelers are 6-0 and victory at M&T Bank Stadium would see them match the franchise-best seven-game undefeated start set in 1978.

Games between these NFC North rivals are typically tight affairs, though. Since 2008, 14 of their 24 regular-season meetings have been decided by three points or fewer – the most of any matchup in that time frame – and the Ravens have won eight of those 14 nail-biters.

The Minnesota Vikings have the unenviable task of trying to stop an in-form Aaron Rodgers when they return from their bye week, while a significant milestone is in the offing for Travis Kelce.

We use Stats Perform data to preview the standout matchups on the Week 8 slate.
 

FEATURED GAME

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Sunday 1pm (all times Eastern)

- Lamar Jackson has been held under 200 passing yards in four consecutive starts, though the Ravens won three of those games. Jackson has completed less than 60 per cent of his attempts in three of his last four contests, dropping his season completion percentage to 63 – 26th among 32 qualifiers.

- Since 2000, the Steelers (226) and Ravens (210) rank second and fifth respectively in total victories (regular season and playoffs). The teams have combined to win 14 of 18 AFC North titles all-time, and, in 19 of the past 20 seasons, at least one of the two teams reached the postseason.

- After throwing one interception in the first five games of 2020, Ben Roethlisberger was picked off three times in last Sunday's victory at the Tennessee Titans. Including the postseason, Roethlisberger is 15-10 in his career against the Ravens – but only 4-6 on the road. However, he was triumphant on his past two visits to Baltimore (2017, 2018).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns – Sunday, 1pm

- The Browns' last-minute 37-34 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last week moved them to 5-2, giving them their best seven-game start to a season since re-joining the NFL in 1999. It is the fourth time since the merger that Cleveland has five or more wins through seven games (1977, 1993, 1994).

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Sunday, 1pm

- Rodgers had four touchdown passes and no interceptions in a 35-20 win against the Houston Texans last time out. His 17 TD passes this year matches a career high through six games of a season, along with his 2011 MVP campaign

New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, 1pm

- Kelce has 6,966 receiving yards in 103 career games. If he gets to 7,000 on Sunday, he would be the second-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach that mark, behind only Rob Gronkowski (100).

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears – Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 27-24 at home last week. Each of their past three games has resulted in a win by six points or fewer, just the third time they have ever had such a streak (three games across the 1990 and 1991 seasons; four games in 1988).

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Niners are averaging 7.0 yards per carry when rushing to the right (483 yards on 69 attempts), more than any team in any direction this season. They have a combined 479 yards on 122 carries to the left and up the middle

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Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins – Sunday, 1pm

- Tua Tagovailoa will be making his first career start on Sunday. The fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, he is the second highest-picked Alabama quarterback of all time (Harry Gilmer went first overall in 1948), and the second-highest QB ever selected by the Dolphins (Bob Griese went fourth overall in 1967).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants – Monday, 8.15pm

- With a 45-20 win over the Raiders last week, Tampa Bay have now had back-to-back wins of at least 25 points for the first time in franchise history (defeated Green Bay by 28 in Week 6). The Bucs had just two such wins over the previous seven seasons combined.

Punter Johnny Hekker was the toast of the Los Angeles Rams after their impressive win over the Chicago Bears, being hailed as "phenomenal" by head coach Sean McVay. 

But the four-time Pro Bowler took it all in his stride, determined to spread the goodwill through the ranks after the 24-10 success on Monday. 

Hekker became the only NFL punter in the past 30 years to punt five times or more in a game and pin an opposing team to their 10-yard line or inside on every occasion. 

The 30-year-old's reaction was casual. 

"We got bounces," he said. "Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't, and when they come in bunches like this it's fun. 

"It was a great overall performance by our punt team and shows the work we put in during the week pays off." 

McVay said: "He was phenomenal. Exactly what we expect. Don't ever take it for granted. I wasn't surprised but you're definitely appreciative of the effort he had tonight. It was a big-time deal." 

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald told ESPN that Hekker was the Rams' star performer, saying: "He did an amazing job, he was on fire. I think he deserves the game ball. He had a hell of a game." 

Reacting to that level of praise, Hekker said: "It's great to know that Aaron Donald knows my name sometimes, that guy's such a star in this league. I love AD, it's so much fun." 

He added: "I'm really proud of the way we played complementary football tonight. 

"You get good bounces and our guys produced on the outside. Our gunners did a great job of being available down there to down some footballs. 

"Our protection was great. They brought in some big bodies and really wanted to rush some punts, got into some defensive safe looks and weren't going to give us much as far as they were trying to take away fakes, and in their plus territory they were trying to rush and get near me if they could. 

"But our guys did a great job and were stout. It's just another day at the office. I'm glad we got some production and it just needs to be another building block in the progression of our special teams unit, because we need to get better if we want to help our team win games." 

The Rams improved to 5-2 with their victory. 

"You go into every game with the same mentality and same mindset, to be a positive influence on the game," Hekker said. "We were able to be a bit more of a prominent positive influence." 

Nick Foles said the Chicago Bears were at a "crossroads" and their resolve to make this season a success would be tested by the 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. 

Monday's setback saw Chicago's record worsen to 5-2 as they were limited to a season-low in points and had 279 total yards of offense. 

Quarterback Foles finished 28-of-40 for 261 yards and no touchdowns at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, throwing two interceptions and being sacked on four occasions. 

"This is where you test your culture," Foles said. 

"This is where you test the people you work with, whether it's the coaches or players. 

"Like, who are we going to be? Are we going to be in it together or are we going to go against each other? That's sort of the crossroads. 

"We're very fortunate to be 5-2. Everything's in front of us, season's not over. I think that's important, to remind every single person, not only in the locker room but out there. 

"We have to continue to work through this. Conversations are important and obviously implementing, so that's something the coaching staff and players, we have to continue to look at ourselves in the mirror and ultimately be there for one another and go through this thing like people that care about each other. 

"It's the toughest part of sports but I know someday when I'm done playing this game I'll look back and miss these moments in the sense of, wow, that's where those special relationships were made, and the tough times." 

Coach Matt Nagy expressed concerns about Chicago's capabilities running the ball. Their numbers this season are a far cry from what Nagy wants, and they were held to just 49 rushing yards by the Rams. 

Overall, they have rushed for 589 yards in seven games, compared to 839 by their opponents. 

That gives Chicago the lowest average rushing yards per game in the NFL - just 84.1 - paling against the 164.3 average achieved by the Baltimore Ravens, the leaders in that department. 

Nagy said: "It's not where I want to be. You've got to run the ball in this league. You've got to be able to run the ball. We're trying to figure out ways to do it and right now we gotta be better there, it starts with me. 

"I have to be able to rely on our other coaches that we have on the staff that I have a lot of belief in. And I'm talking all across the board, but in particular, offensively. 

"We're 5-2. We built this little cushion and now it's our job to be able to use it, and not lose it." 

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