The Seattle Seahawks' flawless start to the NFL season came to an end in dramatic fashion against the Arizona Cardinals, while Tom Brady made history in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' crushing win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Arizona converted a field goal with only seconds remaining in overtime as the Cardinals completed a thrilling 37-34 comeback win over the previously unbeaten Seahawks on Sunday.

Brady surpassed New Orleans Saints counterpart Drew Brees for a league record, while Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers also won.

 

CARDINALS SOAR AS SEAHAWKS FALL

In one of the games of the season, the Cardinals triumphed thanks to Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in Arizona.

The Seahawks – led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson – appeared on track to improve to 6-0, having led 27-17 at half-time and 34-24 heading into the final three minutes of regulation.

But the Cardinals rallied – Kyler Murray's eight-yard pass to Christian Kirk reducing the deficit to three points before Gonzalez converted a 44-yard field goal to force OT.

Gonzalez had the chance to settle the contest with a field goal early in OT but missed, however, the Cardinals kicker redeemed himself at the death.

Murray finished 34-of-48 for 360 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Wilson was 33-of-50 for 388 yards, three TDs and as many interceptions.

In a remarkable showdown, Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf produced a sensational chase-down, delivering a touchdown-saving tackle on Budda Baker's 90-yard interception return in the second quarter.

 

RECORD-SETTING BRADY INSPIRES BUCS

Bucs quarterback Brady moved top of the NFL's all-time list for touchdown passes after leading Tampa Bay to a 45-20 rout of the Raiders.

Brady replaced Brees for the most TD passes in league history with his throw to Tyler Johnson in the fourth quarter.

A six-time Super Bowl champion, Brady eclipsed Brees' record with his 559th career touchdown pass, one ahead of his Saints counterpart.

Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions or sacks against the Raiders (3-3) as NFC South leaders the Buccaneers improved to 5-2 for the season.

Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller – who finished with 109 yards – Chris Godwin and Johnson all connected with Brady for TDs, while Raiders QB Derek Carr was 24-of-36 for 284 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and three sacks.

 

CHIEFS TAKE DOWN BRONCOS, 49ERS THRASH NEWTON'S PATS

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were too good for the Broncos, winning 43-16 on the road.

Played in snow, the Chiefs (6-1) led 24-9 at half-time and never looked back as they claimed their 10th consecutive victory over AFC West rivals the Broncos (2-4).

Mahomes extended his NFL-leading streak to 17 successive games with a touchdown throw, finishing 15-of-23 for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Le'Veon Bell impressed on debut after rushing for 39 yards on six carries.

It was a forgettable outing for Cam Newton and the New England Patriots, who were easily beaten 33-6 by the 49ers in Foxborough.

Newton – who was nine-of-15 for 98 yards – threw three interceptions and was replaced in the fourth quarter as the Patriots slumped to their third consecutive loss.

Former Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed his return to New England, where the 49ers star was 20-of-25 for 277 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

"It was a cool week," Garoppolo said. "Just a lot of emotions, a lot of memories. Especially coming back here, seeing the same stadium, hearing the same songs they used to play, a lot of memories came back ... But it was a fun night.

"Couldn't imagine it going any better than this."

Meanwhile, Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

 

Week 7 scores:

Philadelphia Eagles 22-21 New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 Tennessee Titans
Washington Football Team 25-3 Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills 18-10 New York Jets
New Orleans Saints 27-24 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-20 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 37-34 Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions 23-22 Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45-20 Las Vegas Raiders
San Francisco 49ers 33-6 New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs 43-16 Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers 39-29 Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals 37-34 Seattle Seahawks (OT)

There was concern for Odell Beckham Jr. after he sustained a knee injury in the Cleveland Browns' tight win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Beckham had to be taken off in the first quarter following an injury as the Browns star tried to make a tackle after quarterback Baker Mayfield – who turned in a remarkable performance – threw an interception with his first pass, though Cleveland prevailed 37-34.

Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Steelers came out on top in an NFL contest between two 5-0 teams, seeing off the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Sunday.

 

CONCERN FOR BECKHAM BUT MAYFIELD SHINES

Mayfield went on to star for the Browns, but his first pass was a dreadful one, as he picked out the Bengals' Darius Phillips rather than wide receiver Beckham – it was the second game in succession that Cleveland's quarterback has seen his opening pass intercepted.

In an attempt to recover, Beckham lunged into a tackle, but ultimately suffered an injury which NFL sources suggest could be serious. The Bengals pounced on the pick with a drive that ended with a touchdown run for quarterback Joe Burrow.

Yet Mayfield – who came in for criticism after a poor display against the Steelers last week – overcame his bad start to run the show for the Bengals.

Having gone 0 for 5, Mayfield subsequently completed the next 22 of 23 attempted passes. His final throw was met brilliantly by Donovan People-Jones in the end zone, securing the win for the Browns with 15 seconds remaining.

It was a fifth touchdown throw of a frantic game for Mayfield, who said afterwards: "What criticism? What are you talking about?"

Cincinnati rookie Burrow was the other star performer, landing 35 of 47 passes for a season-high 406 yards and three touchdowns, but his team's defense was no match for a fired-up Mayfield, who finished with 297 yards and five touchdowns.

STEELERS STAY PERFECT THANKS TO GOSTOWKSI MISS

Stephen Gostkowski missed a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left on the clock as the Steelers held firm to secure a three-point triumph over the Titans, ending their opponents' winning start while preserving their perfect record.

Led by the excellent Ben Roethlisberger, who went 32 of 49 passing for 268 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, the Steelers started well.

An opening-drive touchdown snapped a 23-game streak without one and the Steelers kept up the momentum in the second quarter with Benny Snell going over.

Corey Davis responded for the Titans, though Chris Boswell nosed Pittsburgh further ahead before Roethlisberger picked out Diontae Johnson for their third touchdown.

Boswell converted a 30-yard field goal to make it 27-7 at the start of the third quarter, and those points proved vital as the Titans mounted a comeback.

With Derrick Henry – who finished on 75 running yards – racing into the end zone late on, the chance to level things up fell to kicker Gostkowski, only for the veteran campaigner to slice wide.

Pittsburgh (6-0) top the AFC North, with the Browns (5-2) in third and Bengals (1-5) fourth. 

COWBOYS ANOTHER QUARTERBACK DOWN AFTER HEAVY WASHINGTON DEFEAT

The Dallas Cowboys failed to overcome the third-quarter loss of quarterback Andy Dalton as they went down 25-3 to the Washington Football Team.

Dalton exited after taking a shot to the head, with Washington linebacker Jon Bostic ejected for the hit.

Dallas' back-up quarterback, making his second start in place of the injured Dak Prescott, was ruled out with concussion, and head coach Mike McCarthy was infuriated with how his team reacted to Dalton's injury, with no players confronting Bostic.

"We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another. It definitely was not the response you would expect," McCarthy told reporters. 

The Cowboys and Washington are now tied on 2-5 in an open NFC East, which is topped by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, Drew Brees completed 29 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 27-24 to move top of the NFC South.

The Buffalo Bills claimed an 18-10 win over the struggling New York Jets, and the Green Bay Packers are now 5-1 after a convincing 35-20 victory against the Houston Texans, who have just one win to their name in 2020.

Also 1-6 are the Atlanta Falcons, who went down by one point to the Detroit Lions.

 

Week 7 scores:

Philadelphia Eagles 22-21 New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 Tennessee Titans
Washington Football Team 25-3 Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills 18-10 New York Jets
New Orleans Saints 27-24 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-20 Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns 37-34 Cincinnati Bengals
Atlanta Falcons 22-21 Detroit Lions

Two of the NFL's leading quarterbacks go head-to-head in Sunday's NFC West divisional match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.

The 5-0 Seahawks are coming off a bye week and have QB Russell Wilson putting together an MVP year, although he has struggled against the Cardinals in the past.

Meanwhile, Kyler Murray is impressing in an Arizona team that beat Seattle when they last met in December 2019.

We use Stats Perform data to look at that game and the rest of the Week 7 slate.
 

FEATURE GAME

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- The Seahawks are 6-1 (.857) in games after a bye week since 2013, which is the best record in the NFL. The lone loss during this span came against the Cardinals in 2015 (39-32).

- Since 2018, Wilson is averaging 183.3 passing yards and has three passing touchdowns to one interception over four games against Arizona. Against all other opponents in this span, Wilson is averaging 252.3 passing yards and has an 82/14 TD-INT ratio (33 games).

- Murray completed a career-low nine passes in the win over the Cowboys, but still finished with 188 passing yards. The last player to rack up that many yards through the air on fewer than 10 completions was Brian Hoyer on October 12, 2014 (217 yards on eight completions versus Pittsburgh).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 1pm

- This is just the sixth game in the Super Bowl era between two teams entering the game at 5-0 or better. Each of the previous five were won by a team that went on to make the Super Bowl (1973 Vikings, 2004 Patriots, 2007 Patriots twice, 2015 Broncos). Both franchises are 5-0 for the second time in their history. Pittsburgh started 7-0 in 1978 and went on to go 14-2 and win the Super Bowl, while Tennessee were 10-0 in 2008.

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Sunday's game will be played 6,566 days since the last time the Patriots took the field on or after October 1 with a sub-.500 record. This last occurred on November 3, 2002, when New England travelled to Buffalo to face – just as this week, with the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo – a former Patriots QB. They defeated Drew Bledsoe and the Bills 38-7.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Patrick Mahomes is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 15 TD passes and no more than one interception over his team's first six games of a season, along with Aaron Rodgers in 2014 and Tom Brady in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders - Sunday, 4.05pm

- After going down 10-0 in the first quarter, Tampa Bay ripped off 38 unanswered points to defeat the Packers last week, the second-longest unanswered scoring run in franchise history. The longest came in a 41-0 win over Chicago back on September 10, 2000. Tampa Bay's defense held Green Bay QB Rodgers to a 35.4 passer rating in last week's win, the third-lowest of his career. The Buccaneers have now caused two of Rodgers' three career pick sixes after Jamel Dean took one to the house in the second quarter.

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Bears improved to 5-1 with a 23-16 win over the Panthers in Week 6, their best start since going 5-1 in 2012. Chicago's average margin of victory is just 4.0 points this season compared to 19.4 points during the 2012 start.

ELSEWHERE...

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington lost to the Giants 20-19 in the Meadowlands last week, their first one-point defeat since a 24-23 decision against the Cowboys in Week 16, 2013. Sunday was the eighth time since 2018 that Washington have had at least two fourth-down conversions, tied for third-most in the league (0-8 in those games).

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets - Sunday, 1pm

- The Jets are 0-6 for just the second time in franchise history after starting 0-6 in 1996 (finished 1-15). They rank last in scoring offense (12.5 PPG) and point differential (-18.3). That is their second-worst point differential through six games in franchise history ahead of the 1976 Jets (-20.3).

Carson Wentz showed all the qualities of a top quarterback in the Philadelphia Eagles' 22-21 comeback win over the New York Giants, according to coach Doug Pederson.

Philadelphia were on the brink of a fifth NFL defeat of the season in Thursday's contest as they trailed 21-10 with just over six minutes left to play at Lincoln Financial Field.

Wentz instigated the fightback for the injury-hit Eagles, leading a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter and finishing 25-of-43 for 359 yards.

Pederson, who has resisted calls to bench Wentz this season, believes the 27-year-old is fast becoming one of the best around in his position.

"He's taking steps in the right direction to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league," Pederson said.

"Facing adversity down a couple of scores in the fourth quarter, he really hung in there. 

"It wasn't maybe on the stat sheet things looked good, but there were some throws, and there were some decisions I think he would want back. 

"But I'll tell you what, he's the leader of our team for a reason, and you saw that tonight, leading our team down there to get the two scores late in the game."

Brandon Graham sealed the victory by strip sacking Daniel Jones as the Eagles made it eight wins in a row against the Giants and moved into the driving seat in the NFC East.

Wentz, who missed a two-point conversion late on in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, was happy with the win a game in which his side were not always at their best.

"It was an ugly game," he told FOX Sports. "It was an ugly game, and we left a lot of points out there, lot of plays. 

"But to stay in it, keep believing and keep fighting, and pull it out, I'm proud of these guys.

"This was a huge one for us. It's obviously not been the start to the season that we're looking for. 

"But the NFC East is wide open, and we've got a lot of divisional games coming up, so this was a big one for us."

The Giants had not previously lost a game they had led by 11-plus points in the fourth quarter since going down 38-31 to the Eagles in December 2010.

Head coach Joe Judge is keen to move on from the remarkable collapse with the visit of Tampa Bay Buccaneers up next.

"The focus is not frustration," he said. "The focus is on correcting mistakes and moving forward and that's where we have to steer it as a team."

Kansas City Chiefs recruit Le'Veon Bell said he is excited about the opportunity to reinvent himself with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

Bell was cut by the New York Jets last week – less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent in 2019.

The three-time Pro Bowler and running back is now a member of the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal in Kansas City, where he will team up with former MVP and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Bell is determined to return to his best, having averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games for the Jets following his arrival at the end of 2018.

"I played at a high level for so long," Bell said on Wednesday. "I had two years [with the Jets] where it has not been a high level, and people kind of look at it like that.

"So I wanted to get here, get my feet back under me, get in a good offense, get the ball when I can [and] not have too much pressure on me, just play football.

"I think coming here will give me the opportunity to do that. There are a lot of [good] players. I don't necessarily have to worry about how many times I'm touching it."

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell moved to the Jets and struggled to reach his lofty heights.

Bell was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

The All-Pro spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at the Buffalo Bills.

Bell added: "I never played with a player MVP-wise."

"It was just undeniable to try to come here to help this team any way I can help them out," Bell said. "When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there's only one football to kind of go around.

"I think there's going to be a lot of opportunity to kind of show what I can do in space, running routes. I think this offense is a good fit for my skill set. I think coach [Andy] Reid does a good job of getting backs the ball in space. I'm glad I've got this opportunity."

Bell has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

Since entering the league as the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has rushed for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, while receiving for 3,160 yards and eight TDs.

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes – preparing for Sunday's clash against the Denver Broncos – said: "He's a mismatch coming out of the backfield. The way he's able to run routes, the way he's able to split out and basically be a receiver out there is pretty special.

"He's going to get a lot of matchups I don't think he's had recently with a lot of linebackers on him, and I'm sure he's pretty excited about that."

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed the Green Bay Packers their first loss of the NFL season, while Tua Tagovailoa made his debut as the Miami Dolphins thrashed the New York Jets.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers went head-to-head, and the Buccaneers came out on top at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

In Florida, the Dolphins blew out the Jets, leaving New York 0-6 and putting further pressure on under-fire head coach Adam Gase.

In the last game of the day, the San Francisco 49ers bounced back from consecutive losses by beating the Los Angeles Rams.

 

DEAN SPARKS BUCCANEERS AGAINST PACKERS

With the Buccaneers trailing 10-0, Jamel Dean's pick-six of Rodgers sparked Tampa Bay on the way to a 38-10 victory.

The Buccaneers scored 38 consecutive points, with Brady throwing touchdown passes to Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter.

Brady completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards and the two TDs.

The quarterback connected with former New England Patriots team-mate Gronkowski for their 79th TD. They are tied for the fourth most by a duo in NFL history, alongside Dan Marino and Mark Clayton, as per NFL Research. Only Peyton Manning-Marvin Harrison, Philip Rivers-Antonio Gates and Steve Young-Jerry Rice are ahead of them.

Packers star Rodgers threw two interceptions and was sacked four times, finishing with just 160 passing yards after completing 16 of 35.

 

MORE MISERY FOR JETS AS TUA DEBUTS

Tagovailoa, the fifth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, came on for his debut in the Dolphins' 24-0 win over the struggling Jets.

He replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had completed 18 of 27 passes for 191 yards, three TDs and two interceptions as the Dolphins improved to 3-3. Tagovailoa completed two passes for nine yards.

Under pressure at the helm of the Jets, Gase said his players were hurting.

"In this locker room, these guys are good guys that work extremely hard. It's frustrating when you talk to them on Monday and you can tell they're hurting," he said.

"They come in to work and do a good job and have high energy at practice. I feel the players are the ones who are trying to flip this thing, they're taking the lead on this. We've just got to keep grinding and find a way to fix these early mistakes to try and flip the game."

 

49ERS BOUNCE BACK

The 49ers improved to 3-3 courtesy of a 24-16 win over the Rams.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw three touchdown passes – to Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk – and completed 23 of 33 for 268 yards.

Kittle had 109 receiving yards for San Francisco, including a 44-yarder from Garoppolo for a TD in the second quarter.

Rams QB Jared Goff struggled, completing just 19 of 38 passes for 198 yards, to go with two TDs and an interception.

 

Week 6 scores:

Tennessee Titans 42-36 Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens 30-28 Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons 40-23 Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers 38-7 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 31-27 Cincinnati Bengals 
Detroit Lions 34-16 Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears 23-16 Carolina Panthers
New York Giants 20-19 Washington Football Team
Denver Broncos 18-12 New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins 24-0 New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-10 Green Bay Packers
San Francisco Giants 24-16 Los Angeles Rams

Star running back Le'Veon Bell is set to sign for NFL Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell was cut by the New York Jets on Tuesday – less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent in 2019.

Reports linked All-Pro RB Bell to the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Chiefs.

On Thursday, Bell told ESPN that he intends to join Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Bell will have the chance to reunite with the Jets (0-5) when the Chiefs (4-1) and the struggling New York franchise meet in Week 8.

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell moved to the Jets and averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games.

The three-time Pro Bowler was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

Bell – who is reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Chiefs – spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at Buffalo.

The 28-year-old has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

Since entering the league as the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has rushed for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, while receiving for 3,160 yards and eight TDs.

The Buffalo Bills have looked into the possibility of signing Le'Veon Bell, head coach Sean McDermott has confirmed.

Bell was on Tuesday cut by the New York Jets less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent arrival in 2019.

According to reports, the All-Pro running back is expected to land with either the Bills, Miami Dolphins or Kansas City Chiefs.

McDermott confirmed he had discussed Bell's situation with general manager Brandon Beane but would not disclose anything more.

"You know Brandon and I, we always look into every situation, this being one of them," said McDermott.

"We're trying to improve our football team. That's as much as I can tell you now."

Asked for his general thoughts on the 4-1 Bills' running game this season, he added: "I think we can be better in a lot of areas - that being one of them, our ability to run the football. We've got to be able to be balanced as much as we can in games."

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell joined the Jets and averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games.

The three-time Pro Bowler was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

Bell spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at Buffalo.

The 28-year-old has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

The Bills play the Jets again at MetLife Stadium on October 25.

Joe Flacco will start a second straight game at quarterback for the New York Jets against the Miami Dolphins with Sam Darnold still ruled out. 

The woeful Jets are 0-5 after Flacco played in the absence of Darnold (shoulder) in a 30-10 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week. 

Flacco will have another opportunity on the road against the 2-3 Dolphins, with the Jets unwilling to take any risks with their starter in a lost season. 

"There's no doubt none of us would say he's anything but tough, but we just want to make sure he's good before we put him out there," under-pressure coach Adam Gase said about Darnold, who is targeting a Week 7 return against the Buffalo Bills. 

"He is better than what he was last week. The more time you give him, the better he'll feel. He is taking the steps that we need him to take to give us an opportunity to take into next week. We'll make that decision when we get there. 

"He is doing a good job of communicating and letting us know how he feels. He's being honest in terms of his pain tolerance, his range of motion, him being able to work on his throwing motion a little bit. He's a quick healer." 

Flacco threw for 195 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions against the Cardinals, completing 18 of 33 passes. 

Between Darnold and Flacco, the Jets rank last in the NFL with their average of 176 passing yards per game. 

While there have been issues with injuries and the level of talent around him, Darnold has struggled, throwing for three TDs and four picks through the first four games before suffering an injury against the Denver Broncos. 

Per the NFL's NextGen Stats, his season completion percentage of 59.4 per cent is below its expected level, putting him third-worst in the NFL among qualifying QBs, while his passer rating (70.7) is only above that of Daniel Jones and Carson Wentz.

The offense did not get much help when the decision was made to release unsettled running back Le'Veon Bell, midway through his second season after signing a lucrative four-year contract. 

Bell had been unhappy with his usage by Gase, who has opted to continue calling plays against the Dolphins having pondered giving them up amid intense speculation over his job security. 

However, he was reluctant to go into much detail when asked to reflect on the release of Bell. 

"It's irrelevant at this point," said Gase. "It didn't work out. It didn't work out. We're going to focus on this game right now. 

"For whatever reason it didn't work out. Our team is moving forward to Miami, that's the number one concern for us right now. 

"I'm sure he'll get an opportunity somewhere else. We'll see what happens. We've got to coach better. We've got to play better. And that's really the entire team."  

A rare positive for the Jets has been the form of wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who leads the NFL with his average of 111.7 yards per game after reaching the 100-yard mark in all three games he has played. 

Crowder is averaging eight yards after the catch, 3.2 above his expected total. Only Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Chase Claypool (4.4 yards over expectation) is faring better in that category among NFL receivers.

The New York Jets have released disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell.

Bell was signed by the Jets on a four-year, $52.5million contract in March 2019, but he struggled under head coach Adam Gase.

The 28-year-old returned from a hamstring injury on Sunday as the Jets fell to 0-5 after a 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Much to the frustration of Gase, Bell liked tweets saying the Jets should trade him, and that they should have targeted him more against the Cardinals.

The Jets announced on Tuesday they had released Bell, having tried to trade the three-time Pro Bowler.

"After having conversations with Le'Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le'Veon," Jets general manager Joe Douglas said.

"The Jets organisation appreciates Le'Veon's efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team.

"We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success."

Bell played just 17 games for the Jets, finishing with three rushing touchdowns and 863 yards, as well as 500 receiving yards and one TD.

He previously starred across five seasons with Pittsburgh and he could reportedly return to the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers went 4-0 for the season as rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool ran in four touchdowns to inspire a thrilling 38-29 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The other unbeaten record on the line on Sunday tumbled, though, with the Las Vegas Raiders stunning the Kansas City Chiefs with a 40-32 victory.

Elsewhere, interim head coach Romeo Crennel got off to a winning start with the Houston Texans, while there was an emotional return for Alex Smith as Washington continued to struggle.

 

CHASE RUNS AWAY WITH IT

Pittsburgh's unblemished start – the first time they have gone 4-0 since 1979 – owes much to the burgeoning relationship between veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and breakout star Claypool.

A stunning outing began when he ran into the end zone for a two-yard score after a seven-minute drive in the first quarter before Roethlisberger found Claypool for a third-down completion and a 14-7 advantage.

Claypool also scored on the Steelers' first drive of the third quarter and Roethlisberger targeted the Canadian youngster 11 times. He did so tellingly with Pittsburgh holding a slender two-point lead in the closing minutes, allowing Claypool to conclude a stellar performance that featured seven receptions, 110 receiving yards and six rushing yards.

Kansas City found themselves on the wrong end of a typically high-scoring affair against the Raiders, who had five plays of at least 40 yards and made 490 yards overall in offense.

The game was in the balance at 24-24 at half-time but Patrick Mahomes threw his first interception of 2020 in the final quarter – Josh Jacobs ultimately the beneficiary with his second touchdown.

Derek Carr threw three TDs as Las Vegas improved to 3-2.

CRENNEL GETS HOUSTON ON THE BOARD

A 0-4 start saw Houston fire Bill O'Brien and install Crennel as the oldest head coach in NFL history.

He was 73 years and 115 days old on Sunday, but perhaps felt half his age as the Texans compiled a 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now similarly 1-4.

Deshaun Watson threw two interceptions but had a solid outing overall, finding eight different catchers and completing 25 of 35 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

ALLEN RETURNS BUT WASHINGTON WOES CONTINUE

Already without Dwayne Haskins, Washington's problems at quarterback were compounded when Kyle Allen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey.

It meant a return for Alex Smith, making a first NFL appearance for 693 days after recovering from a career-threatening compound leg facture in 2018.

The 36-year-old was understandably rusty, getting sacked by six times as the Rams ran out 30-10 winners.

Washington have now lost four consecutive games by 14 or more points – the first such slump by a franchise since 2001.

Joe Flacco coming in for injured signal caller Sam Darnold did nothing to lift the New York Jets from their malaise as a 30-10 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium saw them drop to 0-5.

The Cardinals' Kyler Murray passed for a career-high 380 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for a TD of his own.

Murray completed 27 of his 37 passes, including one of 37 yards for a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown. Hopkins racked up a game-high 131 yards and five other Cardinals players broke 30 receiving yards.

Flacco was 18 of 33 for 195 yards and a touchdown, while he was sacked twice.

Week 5 scores:

Los Angeles Rams 30-10 Washington
Pittsburgh Steelers 38-29 Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals 30-10 New York Jets
Las Vegas Raiders 40-32 Kansas City Chiefs
Carolina Panthers 23-16 Atlanta Falcons
Houston Texans 30-14 Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens​ 27-3 Cincinnati Bengals

The winless New York Jets have activated star running back Le'Veon Bell from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's clash against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bell landed on IR last month after injuring his hamstring in the Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, but the three-time Pro Bowler has recovered.

The 28-year-old, who missed three consecutive games, resumed practice this week after he was designated to return on Wednesday.

"He did a good job of, one, getting healthy and then staying in good shape," Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Saturday. "Did a good job making sure that he maintained where his weight was.

"It's pretty easy, especially when you have a hamstring issue to where you can't do what you're normally used to doing, he did a great job as far as making sure he stayed right where he was at when he got hurt. I think he feels even better now than he did when we kind of hit that first game."

Bell rushed six times for 14 yards against the Bills and had two receptions for 32 yards prior to the injury.

The struggling Jets – who will be without injured quarterback Sam Darnold – will be hoping Bell can spark the team following a 0-4 start to the season.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been ruled out of their Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a shoulder injury.

Former Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco will be under centre at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, with Darnold considered week-to-week for the 0-4 Jets.

Darnold was injured in last Thursday's 38-27 loss to the Broncos after being slammed to the ground when sacked by Denver linebacker A.J. Johnson in the first quarter.

The third-year passer came out of the offense to have his throwing shoulder assessed and was replaced by Flacco but only missed five offensive plays before returning and finishing the game.

However, Darnold has suffered an AC joint sprain and head coach Adam Gase confirmed he remains in a lot of pain and would have difficulties even practicing this week.

Flacco, a free-agent signing for the Jets this offseason, will therefore make his first start of the season having only just recovered from neck surgery.

The Super Bowl XLVII MVP is in his 13th year in the league and has thrown for over 40,000 yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions, but he has started only 17 games since the 2017 season.

Meanwhile, this is now the third straight year that Darnold has missed time after a foot injury in 2018 and a bout of mononucleosis last year.

His latest issue has come at a bad time given the Jets are assessing their former first-round pick ahead of deciding whether or not to take up his fifth-year option.

The Jets offense ranked last in yardage and 31st in points in 2019, while they are next to last in each of those categories through four weeks of the 2020 campaign.

Darnold ranks 33rd in yards per attempt (5.74), 32nd in touchdown percentage (2.2 per cent) and 31st in passer rating (70.7) among qualifying QBs in 2020.

Under-fire coach Adam Gase assured New York Jets fans he is as unhappy as they are about the team's start to the 2020 season after another tough loss against the Denver Broncos.

The Jets moved to 0-4 with a 37-28 reverse on Thursday, piling further pressure on Gase.

The coach wore a pained expression throughout his post-game news conference and was asked directly if he had a message for those fans who want to see him fired.

"We're working to get this thing right," Gase said. "I'm not happy about this. I know we can play way better than this, I know we cannot beat ourselves and do the things we're doing."

He added: "This is what I do for a living and this is what this coaching staff does. It's the adversity of the NFL."

Gase was hamstrung by his team's ill-discipline, with the Jets committing six personal fouls on defense - including Quinnen Williams' face mask on the Broncos' Brett Rypien in the final five minutes that extended Denver's game-winning drive.

"We had multiple chances to get off the field. We hurt ourselves," an exasperated Gase explained. "The penalties were just brutal.

"We made them punt one time. We just couldn't do the right stuff. We're hitting them too late, getting personal fouls, it's ridiculous.

"When you look at it, there's 11 penalties for 118 yards. We hurt ourselves, we hurt ourselves.

"We need to get this corrected and we need to figure out what guys are going to do the right things at the right time. This is not the way that we're going to play."

The Jets' offense was little better, with Sam Darnold taking six sacks and Gase criticising the team's "one-dimensional" running game. They were also zero-for-three in the red zone.

"We had a couple of opportunities that really we missed," the coach said. "They've been a good red zone team - since Vic [Fangio] got there, they've always been a good red zone team.

"We had like one down on each attempt where we had to make that play, because that's how we're going to get in, and we didn't make that play."

Gase was not helped by a first-quarter hit on Darnold, which left his quarterback nursing a sore shoulder, although he returned to finish the game.

"The way he got thrown down, I was trying to blueprint out how the rest of the game was going to go with Joe, trying to make sure to call it right and not put him in harm's way," the coach said.

Darnold, who scored a 46-yard rushing touchdown, added: "It's fine. I'll take it day by day at this point, see what they say tomorrow [Friday]."

The Denver Broncos edged the New York Jets 37-28 for their first win of the NFL season on Thursday.

Brandon McManus delivered a 53-yard field goal before Melvin Gordon sealed the win with a late touchdown at MetLife Stadium.

It came after the Jets rallied in the fourth quarter, but they fell to 0-4 this season as the Broncos improved to 1-3.

The result is sure to put further pressure on Jets head coach Adam Gase, who is now 7-13 at the helm of the team since taking over in 2019.

Gordon finished with 107 rushing yards, including two TDs, while Tim Patrick had 113 receiving yards for the Broncos.

Brett Rypien went 19 of 31 with two TDs and three interceptions on his first NFL start, while Jets quarterback Sam Darnold had 230 yards, completing 23 of 42 passes.

Darnold had an early impact, a 46-yard run seeing him score the game's opening touchdown.

But the QB was nursing a sore shoulder after being sacked in the first quarter, and briefly left the game before returning.

The Broncos took the lead to begin the second quarter, Jerry Jeudy making a great catch from Rypien's pass for 48 yards and his first TD.

Sam Ficken drilled field goals for the Jets either side of Gordon rushing over for Denver, who led 17-13 at half-time.

Rypien picked out Patrick after another Ficken field goal as the Broncos entered the last quarter with a 24-16 lead.

McManus extended that advantage to 11 points before the Jets rallied, firstly through a 54-yard field goal from Ficken.

Rypien threw a pick-six to Pierre Desir and Ficken's 36-yarder had the Jets ahead with six and a half minutes left.

But with just over three minutes remaining, Denver restored their lead thanks to a 53-yard field goal from McManus before Gordon's 43-yard run wrapped up the win.

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