The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 37-18 as they extended their winning streak against the NFL franchise.

Dallas were too good for New York at MetLife Stadium, where the visiting Cowboys made it six successive victories over the struggling Giants on Monday.

It was not pretty but it was effective for the Cowboys, who improved to 5-3 for the season as the Giants dropped to 2-7.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott led the way with three touchdowns after throwing 22 of 35 for 257 yards and an interception, while Ezekiel Elliot added 139 yards.

The Giants only trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter, but their sloppiness proved detrimental after rookie QB Daniel Jones had an interception and two fumbles lost.

Coming off a bye, the Cowboys made a slow start after Prescott was intercepted on the first offensive play of the night by Antoine Bethea as the teams traded field goals in the opening quarter.

The Giants moved 12-3 ahead with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter after Jones threw a one-yard touchdown to Cody Latimer, with Aldrick Rosas adding a 25-yard field goal.

However, the Cowboys stole the momentum back from the Giants with 10 points in the remaining minutes for a 13-12 half-time lead in the Big Apple – Prescott connecting with Blake Jarwin for a 42-yard touchdown and Xavier Woods intercepting Jones for a field goal.

After the Cowboys and Giants exchanged field goals in the third period, Prescott's TD pass for Michael Gallup gave Dallas a 23-15 advantage and his 45-yard throw to Amari Cooper with eight minutes remaining effectively sealed the win after Rosas' field goal had trimmed the deficit.

The Cowboys ended the night with another touchdown when Jones – who finished 26 of 41 for 210 yards – was strip-sacked by Dorance Armstrong and Jourdan Lewis ran 63 yards into the end zone.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said it is far too early to determine whether quarterback Jacoby Brissett will face the Miami Dolphins following his medial collateral ligament injury.

Colts QB Brissett suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's 26-24 NFL defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9.

Brissett went down early in the second quarter after Quenton Nelson stepped on his left ankle before the Colts guard appeared to fall on his team-mate's left leg.

An MRI on Monday indicated no major damage and the Colts (5-3) will wait until Wednesday's practice to gain a better insight into whether Brissett will be able to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.

"We're just going to have to wait until Wednesday to see how it feels," Reich said. "I mean, it's one thing to come in today after the injury and feel a little [better].

"I think in his mind he felt a little bit better than he expected to feel today, but that's still a far cry from being able to play the game.

"He's optimistic, but you have to wait until Wednesday, 48 hours to see how it responds to see if you can even start thinking about practicing and wrapping your mind around playing Sunday."

Reich added: "We'll be optimistic, but we're going to see how it has to go during the week."

The Miami Dolphins will be without running back Mark Walton for four games after he was suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

It was confirmed on Monday that Walton had been suspended due to multiple incidents prior to signing for Miami in the offseason.

Walton, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals but was waived after his third arrest of 2019, has started the past four games and rushed for 201 yards on 53 carries this season.

"We have been in communication with the NFL regarding Mark's suspension," Dolphins coach Brian Flores said.

"The conduct of our players is very important and Mark has done everything we have asked of him both on and off the field since signing with the Dolphins. We look forward to having him back at the conclusion of his suspension."

Walton will be eligible to return in Week 14 against the New York Jets.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will undergo surgery on a core muscle injury that has seen him miss most of the season.

Jackson initially sustained the injury in Week 2, though – after consultations with experts – the Eagles and the 32-year-old opted against surgery.

The three-time Pro Bowler returned to action against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, only to aggravate the issue.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson stated after the 22-14 win over the Bears that the move to take the receiver off was a precautionary one.

However, Philadelphia have now confirmed Jackson will go under the knife and he is reportedly facing six weeks on the sidelines.

"DeSean Jackson will undergo surgery this week on a core muscle injury," the Eagles said in a statement.

"He originally suffered the injury on September 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Following the game in Atlanta, DeSean met with the Eagles and multiple independent specialists to determine the best course of action.

"DeSean worked hard for six weeks to progress to a point where all parties were comfortable with him returning to practice, and then to play in the game against the Chicago Bears.

"During the first quarter against the Bears, DeSean experienced discomfort and was held out for precautionary reasons.

"After further testing and discussion, it was determined that the best course of action for a full recovery is to proceed with surgery."

Malcolm Butler could miss the remainder of the Tennessee Titans' season after suffering a wrist injury in Sunday's defeat to the Carolina Panthers.

Cornerback Butler left the game late in the second quarter after being beat to a touchdown pass from Kyle Allen by Curtis Samuel, which put the Panthers 17-0 up.

Carolina eventually triumphed 30-20, leaving the Titans with a 4-5 record.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel on Monday revealed Butler will sit out the Week 10 clash with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Asked if Butler could miss the rest of the season, Vrabel told a news conference: "That's a possibility.

"He's not going to make it this week, so I would say it's probably not good."

Jermaine Whitehead has been waived by the Cleveland Browns following a Twitter outburst from the safety on Sunday.

Threatening tweets were sent from Whitehead's account to several people who criticised his performance in a 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Cleveland condemned the 26-year-old's "totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate" behaviour and on Monday elected to cut him.

Whitehead made eight appearances in 2019, accumulating 41 tackles and one interception for the 2-6 Browns.

Lamar Jackson is separating himself in the battle for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, according to Baltimore Ravens team-mate Earl Thomas.

Jackson led the Ravens to a 37-20 win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown while running for 61 yards and two scores against a defense many believe to be the best in the NFL.

His display will give rise to talk of the Baltimore quarterback being firmly in the MVP conversation, and Thomas believes Jackson is at the head of the race.

"He played MVP-type football," Thomas said. "He's separating himself."

Tight end Mark Andrews added "That's our MVP and that's the league's MVP, no doubt about it. He's a special player. A guy like that, you can't replace. He's just special."

Jackson, however, is not interested in individual acclaim.

"We got a lot of season left to play, so -- I worry about next game; I don't really care about that," he said of MVP chants sung by the crowd during the defeat of New England.

"I appreciate it; but like I said before, I want something better than that.

"We played tonight like it was a championship game. We've just got to keep going."

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said quarterback Jacoby Brissett will undergo further tests amid fears he suffered a medial collateral injury.

Brissett went down early in the second quarter of Sunday's 26-24 NFL loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers after guard Quenton Nelson stepped on his left ankle.

Nelson then appeared to fall on Brissett's left leg, forcing the Colts QB to leave the field and exit the game.

Reich revealed an initial diagnosis indicates a possible MCL injury, though more testing will determine the severity of Brissett's problem.

"I think at this point it looks like a sprain, but we'll see to what degree," Reich said. "I think we've gotta see how it responds."

Brian Hoyer replaced Brissett and threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns, but also had a pick-six as the Steelers won.

On Hoyer's introduction, Reich added: "Just had to make a decision. I really don't think he [Brissett] was good enough to go.

"We made the best decision for Jacoby and for the team, really, to hold him out. He was hobbling pretty bad."

The Colts are now 5-3 and are obviously hoping Brissett's injury does not cost him significant playing time.

 

The New England Patriots and their undefeated start to the NFL season came to an end following a 37-20 loss to the streaking Baltimore Ravens.

After eight consecutive wins to open the campaign, Super Bowl champions the Patriots fell to the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday.

It was Baltimore's fourth straight victory as they improved to 6-2, while the Patriots dropped to 8-1 – leaving the San Francisco 49ers as the only unbeaten team remaining.

 

Three takeaways from Ravens' win over Patriots

Lamar Jackson is the real deal

If it was not evident already, Baltimore's Lamar Jackson is one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks.

The second-year star out of Louisville threw for 163 yards on 17-of-23 passing for one touchdown and no interceptions. He added another 61 yards on the ground on 16 attempts for another two scores.

Jackson's athleticism was on full display all night as he consistently extended plays with his feet, found open receivers down the field and eluded a pass rush from the Patriots' tenacious defense. 

After dropping back-to-back games to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns in September, Baltimore have quietly won four in a row.

New England's defense have rough night

Through their first eight games, the Patriots had been anchored by their defense.

Heading into Sunday's contest, New England had allowed 10 points or fewer five times, including two shut-out wins over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

The Patriots got their first taste of a potent offense on Sunday and they had no answer. Baltimore jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and managed to pull away in the fourth.

New England's defense surrendered a season-high 37 points and 26 first downs to Baltimore.

Needless to say, the Patriots were not exactly at their best against the Ravens.

Patriots still in the NFL's top tier

As rough as Sunday's loss was, New England are still in the league's upper echelon.

The Patriots remain favourites for the AFC East title. Head coach Bill Belichick does have several challenges ahead of him, though.

New England play the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Kansas City over their next four games after facing little to no competition in the first half of the season.

Based on their track record, one can assume the Patriots will do just fine as long as Belichick's roaming those sidelines and Tom Brady is still under center.

Russell Wilson led the way as the high-flying Seattle Seahawks rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-34 in overtime, while the Miami Dolphins ended their NFL drought.

Seattle quarterback Wilson continued his MVP-calibre season by tying a career high with five touchdown passes for the Seahawks on Sunday.

The Seahawks star hit Jacob Hollister on a 10-yard touchdown on the opening possession of overtime in Seattle, where the home side trailed 21-7 midway through the second quarter.

Seattle also overcame Jason Myers' missed 40-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of regulation as the Seahawks improved to 7-2.

Wilson – who posted his third career game with five TD passes – was 29 of 43 for 378 yards, while Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston finished 29 of 44 passing.

After seven consecutive defeats, the Dolphins finally opened their 2019 account with a 26-18 victory against fellow strugglers the New York Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick inspired the Dolphins by throwing three touchdown passes as the Jets suffered their fourth successive loss to Miami.

 

Allen impresses in first start

Brandon Allen was the star of the show for the Denver Broncos. Allen – a fourth-year quarterback – capped his maiden NFL start by leading the Broncos to a 24-19 win over the Cleveland Browns. The 27-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams two months ago, threw for 193 yards on 12-of-20 passing.

Melvin Gordon had a pair of touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers snapped a three-game losing streak courtesy of a 26-11 win against the Green Bay Packers. Michael Badgley also kicked four field goals.

 

Bears lack bite against Eagles

It was a forgettable outing for the Chicago Bears, who went down 22-14 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago had just nine yards in the first half and trailed 19-0 before the Bears got on the board in the third quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was 10 of 21 for 125 yards and was sacked three times as the Bears crashed to a fourth straight loss.

Sunday's results

Houston Texans 26-3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills 24-9 Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers 30-20 Tennessee Titans
Kansas City Chiefs 26-23 Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins 26-18 New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles 22-14 Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers 26-24 Indianapolis Colts
Oakland Raiders 31-24 Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos 24-19 Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers 26-11 Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks 40-34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OT)

Cowboys at Giants

The New York Giants (2-6) welcome the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) to MetLife Stadium on Monday. Dallas will be looking to post back-to-back wins after last month's victory over rivals the Eagles ended a three-game losing run.

The Miami Dolphins finally won their first game of the 2019 season as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns in a 26-18 victory over the New York Jets.

Miami, who have traded away several of their key players in recent weeks as they look to rebuild, were 0-7 heading into a contest against their AFC East rivals, but finally claimed their first win under rookie head coach Brian Flores.

Former Jets quarterback Fitzpatrick threw for 288 passing yards and three scores, two of which were caught by wide receiver Preston Williams.

The Jets dropped to 1-7 on the season and the loss will heap more pressure on their head coach Adam Gase, who was fired by the Dolphins in December after going 23-25 across three seasons in Miami.

With Miami's victory, the 0-8 Cincinnati Bengals are the only winless team remaining in the NFL.

The Kansas City Chiefs are once again without starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Mahomes had returned to practice this week, albeit on a limited basis, nearly three weeks after dislocating his right kneecap in a victory over the Denver Broncos.

According to reports, the reigning NFL MVP is "on the cusp" of making a comeback, but that will have to wait until next week's clash with the Tennessee Titans at the earliest.

With Mahomes still sidelined, the Chiefs will once again start Matt Moore, who threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns in the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8.

The Seattle Seahawks were not the only team interested in Josh Gordon, according to his agent.

Gordon joined the Seahawks via waivers after he was released from the New England Patriots off injured reserve following a short stint with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

The wide receiver's agent David Canter told ProFootballTalk that nine different teams showed interest in working out Gordon, though he would not reveal any of their names.

Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games before leaving the Patriots.

The 2012 second-round supplemental draft pick out of Baylor was placed on the IR with a knee injury on October 23.

It was reported the injury was minor and Gordon hoped to be released by the organisation so he could join another team.

New England recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons last month, so it was becoming obvious Gordon's time could come to an end pretty soon.

Gordon's departure marks the third wideout to leave New England this season after the team traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in August and cut Antonio Brown in September in wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Gordon now joins Tyler Lockett and rookie DK Metcalf as top targets for quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle.

However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Gordon will not have a role in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he gets adjusted to his new team.

"He's done a lot of good stuff, made a lot of good plays and all that, so we'll find out more next week," Carroll said. "He won't have anything to do with this game."

 

With another slate of games set for Sunday, we take a look at all that is happening around the league. 

From a few injury updates to a rookie getting his first NFL start, we cover it all in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter Dwayne Haskins to make first NFL start

It is official. Dwayne Haskins, selected by the Washington Redskins with the number 15 pick out of the 2019 draft, will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Washington interim coach Bill Callahan announced on Friday that Haskins would get the nod, with Colt McCoy serving as the backup while Case Keenum remains in the concussion protocol.

"We're really excited about Dwayne's opportunity," Callahan said. "Young quarterback going up against one of the top three defences in the league. It'll be a great challenge for him. Good learning experience. Great challenge for all of us to pull together and rally around Dwayne and go out there and compete against a top team in the AFC East."

However, Callahan would not reveal whether Haskins will remain the starter going forward, but the team has been "very encouraged" by his progress.

Cam Newton's season could be in jeopardy

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is going to need a bit more time before he is ready to return from a foot injury, casting his season into doubt.

Newton travelled to Green Bay on Friday to visit foot specialist Dr Robert Anderson. Carolina ruled Newton out of its Week 9 home game against the Tennessee Titans earlier this week.

"I spent a long time speaking with Cam this week and he's done everything he possibly can in his rehab process to get his foot to 100 percent," general manager Marty Hurney said in a team release. "Unfortunately, we haven't reached that point. The next step is for him to go see Dr. Anderson and gather more information."

While the team's update did not offer any sort of timetable for Newton's return, NFL Media reported "playing football is a long way off" for the quarterback.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton could miss 3-4 weeks

T.Y. Hilton has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a calf injury and he is expected to miss even more time. 

Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich announced on Friday that Hilton is likely to miss three to four weeks as he recovers from an injury suffered during Wednesday's practice. 

Hilton was in a walking boot on Thursday and did not practice with the team, though the injury is not considered to be significant. 

Two things that don't matter 49ers tight end George Kittle played through injury 

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle finished Thursday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals with six catches for 79 receiving yards and one touchdown , but it was not without some pain. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan revealed after the game that Kittle was not only dealing with knee pain, but also an ankle injury and a nagging groin issue.

Kittle was injured on the first play of the game when he appeared to bang his knee on Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones in the backfield. He stayed down before walking to the team's medical tent for further evaluation and went to the bench instead of the locker room.

Despite his injury, Kittle still managed to score an impressive tying touchdown on a 30-yard reception just before the end of the first quarter. 

Cardinals cut Alfred Morris

The Cardinals are cutting running back Alfred Morris after just a week-plus stint, coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed. 

The move comes after Kenyan Drake had a strong performance against the 49ers on Thursday and as David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are nearing a return at running back.

Morris was inactive against the New Orleans Saints last week, but played on Thursday while Johnson and Edmonds were out. The veteran will hit waivers and become a free agent if he goes unclaimed.

One video you have to see

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins spoke about his excitement for playing at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Friday's tweet of the day

Antonio Brown has not stopped tweeting yet.

He took to Twitter on Friday to share the key card he received from the New England Patriots, which has his first name misspelled. He added the hashtags "Boomin" and "Disrespect."

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