Welcome to game day.
Just like a week ago, the NFL action began early in the a.m. this side of the pond, with the Philadelphia Eagles holding off the Jacksonville Jaguars at London's Wembley Stadium. For the Jaguars, the loss drops them further behind the streaking Houston Texans for the AFC South lead. Philadelphia, meanwhile, avoids dropping their fourth game in five weeks.
Note: All times listed in eastern.
The Packers' odd aversion to more heavily utilizing Aaron Jones has frustrated fantasy owners, but the second-year running back has enjoyed a big day in Los Angeles. So far, Jones has 11 carries for 82 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown to bring Green Bay within three points of the Rams. With Jones burning one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Packers' coaching staff will have little choice but to keep feeding him.
Shockingly, two bad offenses struggled to get into the end zone Sunday. Still, a blazer like Marquise Goodwin can make something out of nothing, giving the game one of its few highlights:
The 2018 season hasn't gone well for anyone associated with the Raiders, but Derek Carr has dealt with more issues than most. The team has traded away two of their best players including top wideout Amari Cooper, and Carr's performance has nosedived of late. Still, the quarterback has played better against the Colts, scoring his first rushing touchdown of the year as well as another to veteran pass catcher Brandon LaFell. For those who started Carr this week, he has rewarded.
At the half, the Rams have all but erased the Packers' 10-point lead. A beautiful toe-tapping reception by Todd Gurley (see below) set up an easy score for Josh Reynolds just a few plays later, with a two-point conversion falling just short of the goal line. Los Angeles receives to open up the third quarter, giving Sean McVay's high-powered offense a chance to take the lead.
According to Chiefs coach Andy Reid, Tyreek Hill strained his groin during the team's 30-23 victory over the Broncos. Such an injury would affect any wideout, especially one used on as many deep routes as Hill. Kansas City doesn't lack for weapons, so Patrick Mahomes and the offense can weather a brief absence for Hill.
4:16 p.m. - FITZ. MAGIC.
3:50 p.m. - FITZMAGIC RETURNS
3:27 p.m. - Fitzmagic time
After Jameis Winston tossed his fourth interception of the afternoon, the Buccaneers made the switch back to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, of course, led the team to a red-hot offensive start during Winston's three-game suspension. It remains unclear whether Tampa, already down three scores and all but out of the game, plans to return to Winston next week.
Though Sunday has already produced some remarkable catches, A.J. Green put the rest to shame with this seemingly impossible contested touchdown haul:
DeSean Jackson might want out of Tampa, but he continues to make huge plays for the Buccaneers. Late in the second quarter, the veteran wideout caught a 60-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay its first score of the game. In doing so, Jackson set a new NFL record for most touchdowns of 60 or more yards.
1:24 p.m. - Tarek Cohen scores on perfect screen play