Sean McDermott’s squad made its way to the desert to take on the explosive Cardinals. The Bills owned a 16-9 halftime lead and limited the Cardinals to three field goals. The AFC East leaders would extend that advantage to 14 points but couldn’t hold off the Arizona offense. Buffalo’s much-maligned defensive unit wound up allowing 453 total yards, 43 of that on a Kyler Murray-to-DeAndre Hopkins’ TD connection with two seconds remaining.
Off a prime time thrashing at the hands of the Saints, the humbled Buccaneers made their way to Carolina looking to sweep the Panthers for the first time since 2016. Carolina capitalized on an early Tampa turnover and Bruce Arians’ team trailed 14-7 after one quarter. But Ronald Jones’ 98-yard TD run in the third quarter (see ESPN’s Jenna Laine) was part of a 26-point second-half and an offensive performance that produced an imposing 544 total yards.
The NFC North leaders had a few extra days to prepare for the visiting Jaguars. Matt LaFleur’s offense stumbled early but by halftime quarterback Aaron Rodgers had thrown for one score and ran for another as Green Bay owned a 17-10 lead. Matt LaFleur’s team trailed by three early in the fourth quarter. Rodgers finished 325 yards and a pair of TDs (1 interception), including a six-yard score to Davante Adams that proved to be the difference.