Jared Goff had 302 passing yards, Darious Williams had two interceptions and the Los Angeles Rams moved up to No. 1 in the National Association’s West Section with a 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Malcolm Brown scored two touchdowns and Darrell Henderson again crossed the goal line for the Rams (6-3).
Returning to the field after their week off, the Rams gave up just three runs after the first half and posted a fifth win in their last six games against the Seahawks.
Quarterback Russell Wilson passed 248 yards and rushed for 60 for the Seahawks (6-3), who have lost three of their last four games after winning their first five games.
Wilson suffered two interceptions and was the victim of a fumble. In the Seahawks’ three losses, Wilson made ten single turnovers.
The Rams’ brilliant performance was clouded by the loss of strong left tackle Andrew Whitworth to a knee injury late in the first half. Whitworth, a 15-season NFL veteran, was escorted off the field in a cart.
Williams, the Rams’ rising star as a defensive back, managed an interception in the end zone in the first half. His second, spectacular, came near midfield with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter.
Broncos 12 – Raiders 37
Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns, Jeff Heath made two of his team’s five turnovers and the Las Vegas Raiders easily beat the Denver Broncos 37-12.
For once, quarterback Derek Carr didn’t have much to do for the Raiders (6-3), who posted a third straight win. Ground offense and an opportunistic defense, which showed up in the game last in the NFL for induced turnovers, took over.
Heath intercepted two passes from Drew Lock in the first half, Carl Nassib and Nick Kwiatkoski followed suit in the fourth quarter and Nevin Lawson made a fumble from DaeSean Hamilton and recovered the ball.
All of these turnovers led the Broncos (3-6) to a third loss in four games.
The pace of the game changed towards the end of the first half when Lock appeared to have scored a touchdown with seconds on the dial that would have given the Broncos a 13-10 lead.
Tight end Noah Fant, however, was caught out for holding back in the end zone and on the next game Lock saw Heath make his second interception at his expense.
The Raiders then put the game out of reach with two long, productive offensive thrusts in the third quarter. One led to a 52-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson and the other led to Jacobs’ second touchdown on a five-yard rush.
Chargers 21 – Dolphins 29
Salvon Ahmed rushed for 85 rushing yards and the Miami Dolphins earned a fifth straight win, winning 29-21 ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Ahmed landed a touchdown on a one-yard run in his team’s first offensive play – after Miami blocked a punt.
In his first career start, Ahmed, an undrafted player, gave the boot to a gravel attack ranked in the NFL shallows.
He had the opportunity by virtue of injuries to two other running backs.
Tua Tagovailoa was content with 169 passing yards, but has been 3-0 since taking over from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Justin Herbert struggled with the blitz and had just 187 passing yards, his lowest total of the season.
Jakeem Grant helped the Dolphins by racking up 57 yards on three punt returns. In defense, Emmanuel Ogbah collected a sack in a sixth game in a row.
Possessing their best record after nine games (6-3) since 2001, the Dolphins will replay Sunday in Denver.
The Chargers (2-7) lost a third straight game.
Bills 30 – Cardinals 32
A superb Kyler Murray-DeAndre Hopkins connection, with two seconds on the clock, saw the Arizona Cardinals win 32-30 over the Buffalo Bills.
With that 43-yard catch, made despite three roofers, Hopkins brought his total for the day to 127 receiving yards.
The Cardinals improved their performance to 6-3, they who are tied at the top of their section.
With 34 seconds left, Josh Allen landed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs.
The Bills (7-3) thought they were heading towards a fourth straight win, before the spectacular outcome.
Murray had 245 aerial yards, with one touchdown pass and one interception.
He also made two breakthroughs in the pay zone, including one from 15 yards.
It’s been five games in a row with at least one touchdown. Murray is the first NFL quarterback with the honor since 1956, when Tobin Rote pulled it off with Green Bay.
For the Bills, Cole Beasley stood out with 109 yards and one touchdown, on 11 catches. Tyler Bass had field goals of 58, 55 and 54 yards.
49ers 13 – Saints 27
Drew Brees quit after two quarterbacks with a rib injury, but Alvin Kamara signed three touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints beat the 49ers of San Francisco, 27-13.
Brees was injured on a game where Kentavius Street was punished, while registering a sack. A defending player cannot drop onto a helpless quarterback with all or most of their weight.
Missing just two games immediately, Brees returned for a surrender to Kamara. The latter had a two-yard touchdown run, leveling the score at 10-10.
Brees stayed on until the end of the second quarter, completing a two-minute climb with a three-yard touchdown pass to Kamara.
When the second half started, it was Jameis Winston who took over. Brees stayed on the sidelines.
Brees totaled 76 passing yards. Kamara provided 83 yards on seven receptions.
Unbeaten in six games, the Saints (7-2) will try to extend the streak on Sunday at home, against the Atlanta Falcons.
Nick Mullens had 247 passing yards for the Niners (4-6). However, he was intercepted twice in the Saints area.