WPatrick Mahomes and Josh Allen go toe-to-toe January game game thrillerIt was unthinkable that any game in the near future (or future) would match the craze. Well, grab our beer, the Vikings and the Bills are on Sunday.

The Bills suffered the same fate as they did in that playoff game, a tough overtime loss. This time 33-30. And Josh Allen was just as worried as he was in January. But not because of NFL rules It kept him from getting the ball. Overtime. At this time, Allen was responsible for the central offense.

Allen’s mistakes were a recurring theme, but it was just one interesting slice of football we experienced in regulation minutes on Sunday. To sum up the brain-frying action in the dying stages (not an easy task)

— The Vikings are down 27-23 (thanks to a missed extra point on a CJ Ham touchdown) and need a touchdown to win.

— A 12-play, 75-yard drive proved Justin Jefferson was no man. Regardless of the number of defenders the receiver has, he has everything in his sight. This included an unbelievable 32-yard one-handed catch on fourth-and-18.

— All efforts futile The Vikings’ first possession at the goal line included a Kirk Cousins ​​fumble and a fumble by Jefferson, who was ruled at the one-yard line after a first down. Offsides kept the Vikings close, but they couldn’t push Cousins ​​over the goal line on fourth down. The Bills are on their way to victory again. (It’s enough to cause anxiety for non-Bills and Vikings fans. I can’t imagine how the actual fans felt.)

— Then, with 41 seconds left and the Bills leading 27-23, comes a bad chance to end all bad fumbles by the Bills at their own one-yard line. The Vikings fumbled a loose ball in the Bills end zone to take a 30-27 lead (are you kidding me?).

— we have thirty-six seconds, more than enough time to drive the Bills into field goal range (thanks in part to holding that Maybe he shouldn’t have stopped.). Tyler Bass’ 29-yard field goal is good. We’re headed to overtime! (There is no way for this game to end normally.)

–Minnesota wins and makes some big gains. Are we going to deny Alan again? no way. The Vikings could only muster a field goal. What do you say?

— Allen leads a good drive, picking up huge chunks of yardage with his footwork and strength. But then he throws the ball Directly in the hands of Patrick Peterson. game over.

A 27-10 lead in the third quarter was a blow for Buffalo. Allen took the blame for his poor pace when it looked like the game was wrapped up, which is a fine display of leadership, but his decisions when it counted are now a matter of concern. In the last two gamesAllen threw four interceptions three In the red zone, and only one touch. The Bills are 0-2 in that span. This season, the Bills looked like the best team in football. They are now 6-3 and tied for second in the AFC East with the New York Jets. (Thank the Jets for their better division record).

The only consolation for Buffalo was that this wasn’t a playoff game and Allen was playing with an elbow, the condition. Uncertainty until the beginning. The quarterback still showed his arm strength and athleticism on Sunday: After all, Allen is still better than most quarterbacks at 75%. The wheels haven’t fallen off in Buffalo — Allen’s elbow will continue to rehab and, at some point, cornerback Tredevious White will make his 2022 debut — but you have to wonder if this team is doomed when it comes to these dramatic finishes.

About Minnesota: Hello world, meet the 8-1 Vikings. a lot of NFL Fans didn’t pay much attention to them because the Vikings don’t have flashy quarterbacks. But damn, Cousins ​​Engineer can come back. Sunday marked fifth He orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback this season, tying the NFL record. To do it in Buffalo, down 27-10, when Von Miller came alive in the second half, is amazing. The argument that the Vikings’ record is due to facing weak teams and creating too many backups can now be dismissed. Minnesota’s only loss this season was to the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles and, as seen in Buffalo, there’s a lot to like.

MVP of the week

Tua Tagovailoa is leading the Miami Dolphins who have looked impressive this season.
Tua Tagovailoa is leading the Miami Dolphins who have looked impressive this season. Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP

Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Miami Dolphins. Tua’s skeptics lined up for miles as they headed into the finals. He either doesn’t look the part or is thought to lack arm strength. They said the Dolphins should look at Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson. Well, the sorry streak better be extended because Tagovailoa turned in another sensational performance and is now leading the Dolphins 7-3. won 39-17 against the Cleveland Browns. Tagovailoa was nearly flawless, passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Having weapons like Tyreke Hill helps, but Tagovailoa deserves credit for the Miami Heat’s boatload. His 118.4 passer rating this season is the highest by a third-year quarterback in NFL history.

Video of the week

Tom Brady was trying to show off his many talents to German audiences, but he stumbled along the way. By itself. If Brady didn’t face the defender and get in the ground, he would have been denied the option. right …

Fortunately for Brady, this interception and his throws as a quarterback mean little to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Key 21-16 win against the Seattle Seahawks. The Bucs defense was impressive in the first half, pressuring Geno Smith at will and holding the Seahawks to score. On the other side of the ball, the Bucs finally found a running attack with Rashad White gaining 105 yards on 22 attempts.

The Munich crowd was vibrant. They nailed the wave, took me home, belted country roads, and stayed in the stadium after the game, swinging, singing and taking in the spectacle that is the NFL.

Quote of the week

Jim Irsay: “Jeff’s fingerprints are all over this win.

That said, the team simplified the playbook and delegated more to its assistants on Saturday.

— Zack Keefer (@zkeefer) November 14, 2022

Jim Irsay said it first Unusual hiring of Jeff Saturday It worked in the first week. According to Irsay, Saturday delegated more to his assistants, who in turn simplified the playbook. The result was He won 25-20 The Las Vegas Raiders and Josh McDaniel parted ways with Indianapolis before his head coaching start. The Colts coaching staff made the dramatic move to start Matt Ryan, who has been benched since Week 7. Ryan and the tight end offensive line and the return of Jonathan Taylor are 1-0 as a head coach through Saturday.

The state of the week

McDaniel is off to a 6-0 start to his head coaching career. He has been ever since. 7-24. McDaniel’s Raiders are on a roll: They’ve lost four straight and are playing wild football. On Sunday, they committed 10 penalties for 74 yards. Derek Carr started the game 0-5 but managed to make an adjustment. No matter how you feel about the Raiders, it’s worth watching Carr emotional and “angry” after the game. This is not a happy franchise.

Elsewhere around the league

— Former Bears tight end Muhsin Muhammad once called Chicago “a place where receivers go to die.” For quarterbacks like Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler and Mitch Trubisky (among many, many, many others), that statement has proven true. But now it seems the impossible has happened and in Justin Fields, the Bears have found a quarterback who is not only talented and athletic, but also fun to watch.

Bears On Sunday, they lost to the Detroit Lions 31-30 But Fields stole the show, especially on the ground. A week after compiling 178 rushing yards, Fields ran for another 147 and was responsible for four touchdowns. Unfortunately, he added a pick six at the time, but the future looks bright.

— Aaron Rodgers He had some unkind words. Instead of trying to win, he played conservative in the final two minutes against Mike McCarthy’s Dallas Cowboys for head coach Matt Lafleur. Green Bay Packers In the end he won 31-28 In overtime and Christian Watson’s breakaway play helped make up a two-point deficit. But Green Bay is still just 4-6 and the quarterback-head coach relationship looks as icy as ever.

— TJ Watt returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers after a seven-game absence and immediately got two touchdowns. Cornerback Levi Wallace said after the game about Watt’s mere presence, “it affects everything.” Steelers The New Orleans Saints won 20-10.

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