Welcome to Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season, where every team has officially completed the first half of the season, and the march towards a postseason berth becomes more real.
As for the playoff-minded Kansas City Chiefs, they welcome back star QB Patrick Mahomes, who missed two games after dislocating his kneecap.
Keep track of Mahomes’ return and all of the early action around the league.
Tennessee Titans 35, Kansas City Chiefs 32
Really weird finish in Nashville, where the Chiefs essentially threw a win away.
K.C. was lining up for a 47-yard field goal, but Dustin Colquitt wasn’t ready for the snap, which was bobbled and eventually thrown away. The problem? It was flagged for intentional grounding. So instead of going up 35-27, K.C. turned the ball over to Tennessee.
That’s when Ryan Tannehill turned into Tom Brady, leading the Titans on a 4-play, 39 yard TD drive that he capped off by converting the 2-point conversion on his own.
As for the rest of the game ...
It took more than three quarters, but Patrick Mahomes finally performed a magic trick – and just when K.C. needed it most.
On third-and-9 from his own 37 and with the pocket collapsing quickly, Mahomes evaded numerous defenders, leapt and found Mecole Hardman for a 63-yard TD. Check it out:
He finished with 446 yards passing and three touchdowns.
But K.C. wasn’t been able to contain Derrick Henry, who ripped off a 68-yard TD run in the third quarter and finished with 188 yards rushing and two scores.
What has gotten into Mitchell Trubisky? Maybe turning off the TVs in Halas Hall worked? The beaten-down Bears QB has three touchdown passes and Chicago is rolling.
The Lions went into this one shorthanded, playing without Matthew Stafford, and it’s showing.
Lamar Jackson is not fair. This is your weekly reminder:
Jackson & Co. are not suffering from a post-Patriots hangover. Against the winless Benglas, Jackson and the Bengals are doing whatever they want on offense.
Oh, and they’re getting a little tricky, too. Fun fact: in this play, they had three former Heisman winners in the backfield.
PICK-SIX ALERT: Marcus Peters just gave the Ravens a 25-point lead with an 89-yard interception return for a TD. It’s getting ugly in Cincinnati.
Baltimore now has five defensive TDs on the season as a third-quarter fumble recovery for a score opened up a billion-point lead (well, only 39 points but it might as well be a billion).
This one’s basically done. Robert Griffin III is in at quarterback for the Ravens.
Cleveland Browns 19, Buffalo Bills 16
The Browns jumped out to the early lead when Baker Mayfield hit Jarvis Landry for a 17-yard TD. But then they started Browns’ing again.
A 14-play drive died on the 1-yard line when this happened ...
Browns just ran eight plays from the Bills 2 yard line without sniffing a touchdown.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 10, 2019
But for all of the Browns bashing, it’s not like Buffalo is running away with this thing. The play of the Bills has been equally ugly.
Atlanta Falcons 26, New Orleans Saints 9
What has gotten into the Falcons? Atlanta is playing like its season isn’t over, taking a control of things in New Orleans. The Saints, on the other hand, look like they’re allergic to the end zone. Drew Brees has been sacked four times and the offense is stuck in neutral.
New York Jets 34, New York Giants 27
It’s been big-plays only in the second half. The Jets expanded their lead in the third quarter on a Jamal Adams strip-sack of Daniel Jones that he took to the house for a 25-yard score. Big Blue responded with a 61-yard Jones-to-Golden Tate TD pass to make it a one-score game.
The Jets came flying out of the gates early – Sam Darnold had TD on the ground and in the air – but the Giants are trying to claw their way back into it. Speaking of claws: No signs of any cats in the stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Arizona Cardinals 27
It’s been a back-and-forth game so far in Florida, where Jameis Winston is putting on a typical performance – two TDs and two picks.
Kyler Murray continues his solid play, setting another rookie record in this one.