The Houston Texans defeated the Chicago Bears 13-6 in a showdown of one-loss teams in the National Football League, while New York’s Giants and Jets both lost by at least 18 points for the first time in 29 years.
Houston’s Arian Foster caught a two-yard pass just before halftime for the only touchdown last night at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Texans improved to 8-1, matching Atlanta for the NFL’s best record after the Falcons lost 31-27 yesterday on the road against the New Orleans Saints.
The Bears (7-2) had four turnovers as their six-game winning streak ended. Jay Cutler had two interceptions before becoming the third starting quarterback to be knocked out of a game with a concussion yesterday, joining Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers.
The Eagles, without Vick, lost their fifth straight game as the Dallas Cowboys scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally for a 38-23 victory. The 49ers and St. Louis Rams played to a 24-24 tie, the first in the NFL since Nov. 16, 2008.
The Seattle Seahawks sent the Jets to their third straight loss with a 28-7 victory yesterday, while the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Giants 31-13 to end a four-game losing run. The last time both New York teams lost by at least 18 points on the same day was Oct. 16, 1983, according to ESPN.
The New England Patriots held on for a 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills, improving to 6-3 as Devin McCourty intercepted a pass in the end zone with 23 seconds left.
Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Baltimore Ravens set a franchise record for points scored in a game to improve to 7-2 with a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders. In yesterday’s other Week 10 matchups, it was Tennessee 37, Miami 3; Minnesota 34, Detroit 24; Tampa Bay 34, San Diego 24; and Denver 36, Carolina 14.
The Week 10 schedule, which began Nov. 8 with the Indianapolis Colts winning 27-10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, concludes tonight with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers are 3-0 at home this season and seeking a fourth straight victory overall.
The Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals don’t play this week.
The Texans managed only 215 offensive yards against the Bears’ defense last night, yet held Chicago to 249 yards and forced two fumbles in addition to twice picking off Cutler, who didn’t return after halftime because of the concussion.
With backup Jason Campbell at quarterback, the Bears managed one first down on their four fourth-quarter possessions and gained a total of 32 yards.
“It was a tough night for the offenses,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said at a news conference. “I’m proud of my team that we found a way to win.”
The Falcons, who entered Week 10 as the NFL’s only unbeaten team, lost in New Orleans as Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes. The Saints (4-5) twice prevented the Falcons from scoring in the final two minutes, including once after Atlanta reached their 1-yard line.
The Seahawks rolled past the Jets in Seattle as receiver Golden Tate caught a touchdown pass and also threw for a score. The Seahawks improved to 6-4, including a 5-0 mark at home, while New York dropped to 3-6, extending its worst start since losing eight of its first nine games during the 2007 season.
The Jets, coming off a bye week, managed 185 yards of offense and had three turnovers. Their only score came on a 21- yard fumble return by Muhammad Wilkerson, as quarterback Mark Sanchez finished 9-of-22 for 124 yards, with one interception and a fumble.
“We had two weeks to prepare for this game, we thought we were prepared,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s just really disappointing. It’s about a two percent chance of making the playoffs or something like that with the record we have, but we’re going to take that shot.”
In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes as the Bengals sent the Giants to a second straight loss. The Bengals (4-5) scored on their opening two possessions, including a 56-yard reception by A.J. Green, who scored for the eighth straight game to extend the NFL’s longest active streak.
Andre Brown got New York’s sole touchdown on a 2-yard run with 2:46 to play. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has now gone three games without throwing a touchdown pass.
“I told the team that we certainly got into this mess together and we’ve got to find a way to get out of it together,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whose team takes a 6-4 record into its bye week.
The Cowboys improved to 4-5 as their defense scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns off turnovers by Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles, who replaced the injured Vick. Philadelphia fell to 3-6 and has now logged five consecutive defeats for the first time in coach Andy Reid’s 14-year tenure.
The 49ers scored 17 fourth-quarter points behind backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick to force overtime against the Rams, yet couldn’t pull out the win. Both teams missed field goals in overtime, while the Rams (3-5-1) had an 80-yard pass completion on the first play of extra time erased because of an illegal formation penalty. The 49ers are now 6-2-1.
“I’ve been doing this a while and I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game like this,” said Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who’s in his 18th year as an NFL head coach. “We had a number of chances to put this one away and unfortunately we didn’t.”
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