7. Cowboys 24, Bears 31
DAL – With each loss, the Cowboys’ shoulders slump further, never finding life in the offense until the 4th quarter when the blowout set in. Zeke Elliott was the only thing working for much of the game until Michael Gallup, and Amari Cooper broke free late in the game. But besides Cooper and Elliott, there are few teammates threatening to score each week. As for the defense, Mitchell Trubisky made the Cowboys look silly.
CHI – Trubisky shocked the NFL world for the second straight week with three touchdown passes and some nifty scrambling for another score in the second half. It’s the kind of play that we saw him utilize in 2018. The Bears just need this version of Trubisky to show up each week. As for rookie RB David Montgomery, he’s running okay, but his failure to score in 8-of-13 games is a concern.
8. Colts 35, Bucs 38
IND – Indy’s kicking problems continue as new kicker Chase McLaughlin missed what would’ve been a game-tying field goal in the 4th quarter. It ruined a solid game by Jacoby Brissett, Zach Pascal, and Darius Leonard on the defensive side (9 total tackles and an interception for a touchdown). Marcus Johnson’s 150 yards off of three catches, including a touchdown, caught many off guard.
TAM – The Colts got the entire Jameis Winston experience as he threw for 456 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for another, but was picked off three times including one for a pick six. And while it may have been a narrow victory, the team lost Mike Evans potentially for the season with a hamstring injury suffered on a 61-yard touchdown catch and run. Winston usually spreads the ball and while Chris Godwin saw action as usual, it was Justin Watson who was second on the team with targets and caught a touchdown.
9. Titans 42, Raiders 21
TEN – Ryan Tannehill did it again, scoring multiple touchdowns in every game he has started this season. The Titans are averaging 31.4 ppg with Tannehill as the starter, and 14.0 with Marcus Mariota as the starter. Also dominating another game on the ground was Derrick Henry who had another 103 yards added to his total and two touchdowns, becoming one of the most feared offensive players in the second half of the season. He is tied for first in the league with 13 touchdowns and vaulted into second in rushing yards with 1,243 yards, with nearly half of that total coming in just the last four weeks combined.
OAK – For another week, the Raiders looked outmatched from whistle to whistle as the Titans scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. They didn’t have Josh Jacobs in the backfield and are in need of more playmakers. Foster Moreau has 21 receptions for 174 yards and five touchdowns and vultured another touchdown away from teammate Darren Waller who has 72 yards for 880 yards on the season and just three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Tyrell Williams remained cold, and has not seen the end zone since scoring in each of the first five games of the season, and has gone over 50 yards receiving once in the last six games.