In Week 9, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 4-1. Here's a look at how each team performed:
How 'bout them Dolphins? They absolutely dismantled the Chargers en route to their third consecutive win, outgaining San Diego 441-178 and forcing four turnovers on the day. The Dolphins were led by Ryan Tannehill, who completed 24 of his 34 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
Arizona got off to a shaky start against the Brandon Weeden-led Cowboys, falling into a 10-0 hole after one quarter. It was all Cardinals in the final three quarters, though. Arizona was up 14-10 by halftime, and the Cardinals put the game away with back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals are the only one-loss team left in the NFL.
The latest Brady/Manning Bowl went to Tom Brady in one-sided fashion. Brady completed 33 of his 53 passes for 333 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, and he really performed well when throwing in the direction of Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. Edelman caught nine passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, and he also had a punt return for a touchdown. Gronkowski, meanwhile, hauled in nine catches for 105 yards and a score. New England really looks like the best team in the AFC right now.
Week 13 - vs. Bears (3-5) - Bye week
Chicago had the week off.
After Mike Evans caught his second 24-yard touchdown pass of the day to give Tampa Bay a 17-16 lead, it looked like the Bucs might be on their way to their second win of the season. However, they were unable to keep Cleveland out of the end zone in the fourth quarter, and they were unable to answer after allowing the go-ahead score with nine minutes to go.
The Vikings rallied back from deficits of 10-0, 20-14 and 26-21 in this game. They completed their final comeback with 3:27 to go in the fourth quarter when Matt Asiata scored his third touchdown of the game. Asiata also converted the ensuing two-point conversion, giving the Vikings a 29-26 lead that eventually became a 29-26 victory. Minnesota is now in third place in the NFC North with one more win than the Bears.
Week 16 - at Bears (3-5) - Bye week
Week 17 - at Packers (5-3) - Bye week
Green Bay also had the week off.
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