Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll revealed his multi-year contract extension has been "in the works for a long time".

The Seahawks did not announce the new deal, though Carroll has reportedly agreed to a four-year extension that makes him among the highest-paid coaches in the NFL.

Carroll spoke about the contract following Sunday's 44-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills as the Seahawks fell to 6-2 for the season.

"For a gesture like this from Jody Allen and the organisation and all, and then, at a time when everybody's suffering and struggling and all that," Carroll told reporters.

"It was something that has been in the works for a long time. I'm talking about way before all the issues that have happened and so it finally came together.

"Just didn't feel like it needed to be talked about unless we had to."

Carroll – the oldest head coach in the NFL aged 69 – has been in charge of the Seahawks since 2010 following a lengthy stint at USC.

Now in his 11th season in Seattle, Carroll is the winningest head coach in Seahawks history with a 106-61-1 record.

Carroll has guided the Seahawks to a Lombardi Trophy, two Super Bowls, four NFC West titles and eight playoff appearances.

Tom Brady and Drew Brees will break their own record for the oldest pair of starting quarterbacks in NFL history when the New Orleans Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The previous record was set when the Saints secured a 34-23 victory over the Bucs in their season opener in September, and the veteran duo will have a combined aged of 85 years and 30 days when they face off again at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

Tampa Bay could have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal this weekend, though, with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown having reunited with former New England Patriots team-mate Brady and being available after serving an eight-game suspension for "multiple violations of the league's personal conduct policy".

We preview that matchup and the other stand-out games in Week 9.

 

FEATURED GAME

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- In games facing off against Brady, Brees has a 4-2 record and averaged 245.8 passing yards with a 14-1 touchdown-interception ratio. In the same games, Brady is averaged 294.8 passing yards but has only a 9-8 TD-INT ratio.

- Alvin Kamara (556) is the only running back leading his team in receiving yards this season. The Saints have never had a running back lead them in receiving yards, while the Buccaneers have just one such instance – Mike Alstott (557) in 1996.

- Brown, who has played just one game over the past 22 months, caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his last appearance on the field (Week 2, 2019).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills - Sunday, 1pm

- After a four-touchdown performance against the San Francinsco 49ers, Russell Wilson has thrown multiple TDs in eight straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the longest streak by a Seahawk all-time (Wilson has done this twice previously, Dave Kreig did it 1986-87).

Baltimore Raves at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday, 1pm

- The Ravens are leading the NFL in yards per carry (5.49) for the second straight season, while the Colts rank last (3.48). However, the Colts have not allowed an opposing player to rush for 75+ yards in their past 11 games, their longest such streak since 1988 (also 11).

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 1pm

- Tennessee have just seven sacks this season, tied with the Las Vegas Raiders for the second fewest in the league. Chicago quarterbacks have been sacked 20 times this season, 10th most in the league, including a season-high five times against New Orleans on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Cowboys have dropped three straight games, during which they’ve been outscored 86-22; Dallas have scored one touchdown and allowed 11 in that stretch. The minus-64 scoring margin is the third worst for the team in any three-game span dating back to 1963.

Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Kyler Murray threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns against Seattle before their bye week and rushed for another score, his seventh rushing TD of the season. The only other quarterback in the Super Bowl era to rush for seven TDs in their first seven games of season was Cam Newton in 2011 (7). No QB in that span has had eight rushing TDs in their first eight games of a season – Newton has six rushing TDs in six games in 2020.

ELSEWHERE...

Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday, 1pm

- Travis Kelce recorded a season-high 109 receiving yards and added one receiving touchdown in the win over the New York Jets. Carolina are allowing 8.1 yards per catch to tight ends this season, lowest in the NFL.

New England Patriots at New York Jets - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Jets lost to the Chiefs 35-9 in Kansas City on Sunday and are now 0-8 for just the second time in franchise history – the 1996 team started 0-8 before winning in Week 9. New York have 29 points in their past four games, their fewest in a four-game span since scoring 25 in Weeks 10-13, 2005.

A battling win over the Baltimore Ravens in a huge divisional game meant the Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 7-0 as part of a busy NFL Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger produced a clean game and threw a decisive touchdown pass to Chase Claypool with seven minutes left as Pittsburgh won 28-24 on the road against the Ravens to remain as the only undefeated team in the NFL.

The New England Patriots' struggles continued in a late loss to AFC East rivals the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks bounced back from their loss to the Arizona Cardinals as they beat the San Francisco 49ers in an important NFC West contest.

With only one Week 8 game – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New York Giants – left on the schedule, we have reviewed some of the best statistics from another entertaining slate.

Wilson ahead of Manning record pace

The Seahawks prevailed 37-27 against the injury-hit Niners, with Russell Wilson once again coming to the fore.

Quarterback Wilson threw for 261 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, good for a 128.3 passer rating.

He has now racked up an incredible 26 passing TDs through seven weeks, more than Peyton Manning had in 2013 when he went on to throw for a single-season record 55 TDs.

Only Tom Brady, who had 27 through seven games in 2007, has set a faster pace to start a campaign than Wilson. The then-New England Patriots QB ended that season with 50 TDs, the record Manning would go on to beat.

Wilson is also setting some remarkable career win statistics. Midway through his ninth season, he now has 92 regular-season victories, tied with Manning for the record inside nine campaigns. 

Including the postseason, he has 101 triumphs, tied with Brady for the most over the first nine years of any NFL QB's career – putting him one win away from the outright lead in both categories.

As things stand, only Manning (275) and Hall of Famer Dan Marino (266) have more than Wilson's 253 TD passes in their first nine seasons and the Seahawks QB still has nine games to go in 2020.

Cook spectacular to see off Packers

Few expected the Minnesota Vikings to triumph on the road against NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers, but a sensational display from running back Dalvin Cook ensured they did just that.

Cook had a career-high 226 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns, three of which were on the ground in a 28-22 triumph.

He is the first NFL player in 18 years (since Clinton Portis in Week 15 of the 2002 season) to produce at least 200 scrimmage yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score in a single game.

Cook now has 10 rushing TDs in his first six games this year and the only players to score more in that span at the start of a season are Jim Brown (14 in 1958), Shaun Alexander (12 in 2005) and Emmitt Smith (11 in 1995).

Burrow makes rookie history

Joe Burrow tasted victory for the second time in his NFL career as the Cincinnati Bengals emerged as surprise 31-20 victors against the Tennessee Titans.

The QB completed 26 of his 37 passing attempts in the upset win, ending with a 106.7 rating after two TD passes and zero picks.

Burrow, selected at number one overall in the NFL draft, now has 221 completions in his first eight career games, the most in NFL history.

This was already his sixth game with at least 25 completed passes and he looks poised to break that rookie record too. It is currently held by Carson Wentz, who had seven such games in 2016.

Eagles win ugly against Cowboys

A miserable season for teams in the NFC East continued with an uninspiring 23-9 win for the Philadelphia Eagles over the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday Night Football.

The Cowboys fell to 2-6 as third-string QB Ben DiNucci – playing due to Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton both being ruled out – fumbled twice and was sacked four times, throwing for just 4.5 yards per attempt.

Wentz and the Eagles were not much better, though, with the fifth-year QB registering just 4.6 YPA, his two TDs overshadowed by two interceptions and two fumbles as he, like DiNucci, was sacked on four occasions.

Indeed, the Eagles became the first team since the Miami Dolphins won the 1982 AFC Championship game (the Mud Bowl) against the New York Jets to win by 14+ points while producing under 250 total yards, having 4+ turnovers and being sacked 4+ times.

Saints leaning on Kamara 

With Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders out, the New Orleans Saints once again leaned heavily on Alvin Kamara as they beat the Chicago Bears 26-23 in overtime.

RB Kamara had nine catches for 96 yards, adding a further 67 on the ground.

He already has 55 receptions this season, having tallied exactly 81 in each of his first three years in the NFL.

Matt Forte and LaDainian Tomlinson are the only other running backs in NFL history to record 50+ catches in each of their first four seasons.

Kamara also has six straight games with 100+ scrimmage yards, the longest streak by a Saints player since Deuce McAllister in 2003 (nine consecutive games).

The Seattle Seahawks returned to winning ways in the NFL on Sunday, while the Denver Broncos completed a stunning last-gasp comeback.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks topped last season's Super Bowl finalists the San Francisco 49ers 37-27.

The Broncos somehow rallied past the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints were involved in a brawl, while the Philadelphia Eagles saw off rivals the Dallas Cowboys.

 

SEAHAWKS BOUNCE BACK

The Seahawks went down to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime in Week 7, ending their unbeaten start to the season.

But Wilson threw four touchdowns and star wide receiver DK Metcalf dominated as NFC West leaders the Seahawks (6-1) powered past the 49ers in Seattle.

MVP candidate Wilson completed 27 of 37 passes for 261 yards and no interceptions, teaming up with Metcalf in devastating fashion.

Metcalf caught Wilson's first two TD passes, finishing with 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. It gave the WR new career bests in both receptions and yards.

After Seattle's Tyler Lockett had 15 catches, 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns last week, the Seahawks became the first team ever to have different players with 12/150/2 or better in back-to-back games, per Stats Perform.

The 49ers dropped to 4-4 and 1-2 in the NFC West at CenturyLink Field, where stars Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle exited with injuries in the fourth quarter.

After Tevin Coleman (knee) left in the first quarter, quarterback Garoppolo – who missed two games recently – appeared to tweak his ankle, while tight end Kittle hurt his foot.

"I knew it was hurt once we all saw it and he didn't go back in on that one play," 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He had a good week of practice throwing, but high ankle sprains linger, so you never know when it's going to affect you. I know he hurt it later in the game, or re-hurt it, and we'll wait until tomorrow to see how bad it is."

Garoppolo was 11-of-16 for 84 yards and an interception prior to exiting the game.

 

BRONCOS BLITZ CHARGERS

The Broncos (3-4) emerged from the jaws of defeat to snatch a 31-30 win over the Chargers (2-5).

Denver – led by Drew Lock – scored 21 points in the final quarter and 28 in the second half to stun the visiting Chargers.

Lock went 14-of-18 passing for 155 yards with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone, the Broncos QB finishing 26 of 41 for 248 yards, three TDs and an interception.

KJ Hamler completed the comeback at the death, connecting with Lock on a one-yard pass as time expired.

Hamler became the first player to score a game-winning touchdown with no time left for his first career TD since Ernest Wilford in 2004, according to Stats Perform.

 

WIMS EJECTED FOR PUNCHING GARDNER-JOHNSON

The Bears went down 26-23 to the Saints in overtime, a loss headlined by wide receiver Javon Wims' ejection.

Wims sucker-punched Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson in the third quarter – approaching the latter from behind and unleashing a flurry of hits to the helmet.

Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins jumped in and attacked Wims before both teams got involved and broke up the brawl.

"We talked to him and told him that's not how things go here," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "One of Javon's strengths is character and who he is as a person and he has since apologised but there is no part of that in this game. Again, I still haven't seen it, but from what I heard it is not good. That's now how we roll here and we'll be talking to him."

In Sunday's late game, the Eagles defeated the slumping Cowboys 23-9 to extend their lead in the NFC East.

Carson Wentz was 15 of 27 for 123 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Eagles improved to 3-4-1, while the Cowboys fell to 2-6.

The Eagles became the first NFL team to have under 250 total yards, turn the ball over four-plus times, get sacked four or more times and yet still win the game by 14-plus points since the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the 1982 AFC Championship Game, per Stats Perform.

Week 8 scores:

Atlanta Falcons 25-17 Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills 24-21 New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals 31-20 Tennessee Titans
Las Vegas Raiders 16-6 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 41-21 Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings 28-22 Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs 35-9 New York Jets
Miami Dolphins 28-17 Los Angeles Rams
Pittsburgh Steelers 28-24 Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos 31-30 Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans Saints 26-23 Chicago Bears (OT)
Seattle Seahawks 37-27 San Francisco 49ers
Philadelphia Eagles 23-9 Dallas Cowboys

LeBron James dubbed DK Metcalf "Baby Bron" as the Seattle Seahawks star produced another dominant performance against the San Francisco 49ers.

Metcalf enjoyed the best game of his career, the wide receiver finishing with 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's 37-27 win over the 49ers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

It gave Metcalf – who showed incredible speed to chase down Budda Baker on his 90-yard interception return in Week 7 – new career bests in both receptions and yards as NFC West leaders the Seahawks (6-1) bounced back from their overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar and four-time NBA champion James posted an Instagram story, which read: "WE BUILT DIFFERENT!! @DKM14 AKA BABY BRON."

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said: "What a fantastic game he played. Just so tough and so physical.

"Just a dominant player out there today, with a couple of touchdowns, and just big plays, one right after another."

"He's just so freakin' tough," Carroll said. "Whether he's blocking guys, or whether he's catching the ball, or they smack him when the ball arrives, and he stands over those guys when they fall off of him.

"When he caught the ball on the crossing route, I started screaming that they weren't going to get him, right when he was way over there, because he's just too fast. He just circled the whole defense and put it in the end zone, and I don't even think they touched him. It was a great play.

"We're so lucky to have him, and to have him growing and emerging into such a dominant football player. He's really something."

After Seattle's Tyler Lockett had 15 catches, 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns last week, the Seahawks became the first team ever to have different players with 12/150/2 or better in back-to-back games, per Stats Perform.

"Tyler actually told me on the field, 'Man, we have the best duo in the league,'" Metcalf said. "We feed off of each other very well … We don't care who gets the credit or who gets the shine one week, because he has my back no matter what and I have his no matter what.

"And like I said, shout out to D-Mo [David Moore] and Freddie [Swain]. They come up clutch every time they come into the game. It just speaks highly of our receiver room and the standard that we hold each other to."

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was 27-of-37 for 261 yards and four touchdowns, without an interception against the 49ers.

Wilson regrouped after throwing three interceptions against the Cardinals, boosting his MVP candidacy.

"The Russ for MVP train is back on the tracks," Seahawks team-mate and wide receiver Metcalf said. "Let's go."

"Russell played terrific today," Carroll said. "He knew how this game was going to go; we had to throw the ball quick, and a lot of short stuff and all that ... He did a great job throughout the day."

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, but the Baltimore Ravens will hope to stop them earning a slice of history.

For just the second time, the Steelers are 6-0 and victory at M&T Bank Stadium would see them match the franchise-best seven-game undefeated start set in 1978.

Games between these NFC North rivals are typically tight affairs, though. Since 2008, 14 of their 24 regular-season meetings have been decided by three points or fewer – the most of any matchup in that time frame – and the Ravens have won eight of those 14 nail-biters.

The Minnesota Vikings have the unenviable task of trying to stop an in-form Aaron Rodgers when they return from their bye week, while a significant milestone is in the offing for Travis Kelce.

We use Stats Perform data to preview the standout matchups on the Week 8 slate.
 

FEATURED GAME

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Sunday 1pm (all times Eastern)

- Lamar Jackson has been held under 200 passing yards in four consecutive starts, though the Ravens won three of those games. Jackson has completed less than 60 per cent of his attempts in three of his last four contests, dropping his season completion percentage to 63 – 26th among 32 qualifiers.

- Since 2000, the Steelers (226) and Ravens (210) rank second and fifth respectively in total victories (regular season and playoffs). The teams have combined to win 14 of 18 AFC North titles all-time, and, in 19 of the past 20 seasons, at least one of the two teams reached the postseason.

- After throwing one interception in the first five games of 2020, Ben Roethlisberger was picked off three times in last Sunday's victory at the Tennessee Titans. Including the postseason, Roethlisberger is 15-10 in his career against the Ravens – but only 4-6 on the road. However, he was triumphant on his past two visits to Baltimore (2017, 2018).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns – Sunday, 1pm

- The Browns' last-minute 37-34 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last week moved them to 5-2, giving them their best seven-game start to a season since re-joining the NFL in 1999. It is the fourth time since the merger that Cleveland has five or more wins through seven games (1977, 1993, 1994).

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Sunday, 1pm

- Rodgers had four touchdown passes and no interceptions in a 35-20 win against the Houston Texans last time out. His 17 TD passes this year matches a career high through six games of a season, along with his 2011 MVP campaign

New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, 1pm

- Kelce has 6,966 receiving yards in 103 career games. If he gets to 7,000 on Sunday, he would be the second-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach that mark, behind only Rob Gronkowski (100).

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears – Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 27-24 at home last week. Each of their past three games has resulted in a win by six points or fewer, just the third time they have ever had such a streak (three games across the 1990 and 1991 seasons; four games in 1988).

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, 4.25pm

- The Niners are averaging 7.0 yards per carry when rushing to the right (483 yards on 69 attempts), more than any team in any direction this season. They have a combined 479 yards on 122 carries to the left and up the middle

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Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins – Sunday, 1pm

- Tua Tagovailoa will be making his first career start on Sunday. The fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, he is the second highest-picked Alabama quarterback of all time (Harry Gilmer went first overall in 1948), and the second-highest QB ever selected by the Dolphins (Bob Griese went fourth overall in 1967).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants – Monday, 8.15pm

- With a 45-20 win over the Raiders last week, Tampa Bay have now had back-to-back wins of at least 25 points for the first time in franchise history (defeated Green Bay by 28 in Week 6). The Bucs had just two such wins over the previous seven seasons combined.

Carlos Dunlap's long association with the Cincinnati Bengals has come to an end after he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.

Defensive end Dunlap was in his 11th season with the Bengals, the team who drafted him in the second round back in 2010. 

However, the 31-year-old was rumoured to be frustrated by his role within the defense this season, leading to him reportedly being told to remain at home on Wednesday. 

The Seahawks - who have a 5-1 record but allowed opposing teams to average 28.7 per game against them - have sent offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 draft to get Dunlap, who has two years remaining on his contract.

"Carlos had many fine seasons here and showed rare physical talent that took him to multiple Pro Bowls," Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement.  

"I will always remember the role he played as a key part of exceptional defenses that we rode to the playoffs year after year. There are a lot of fond memories I have of Carlos, and I wish him well."

Dunlap played 155 times for the Bengals - starting in 115 of them - and recorded 525 tackles and 82.5 sacks.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley have been released by the Dallas Cowboys.

It is the latest roster move by the struggling Cowboys, who sent Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick on Tuesday.

A thrilling win for the Arizona Cardinals over the Seattle Seahawks means there are no undefeated teams left in the NFC after an NFL Sunday which saw several dramatic finishes.

The Cardinals won an overtime thriller 37-34 against NFC West rivals Seattle, with Zane Gonzalez's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in OT giving Kyler Murray a statement win over Russell Wilson.

After building a big lead, the Pittsburgh Steelers – who moved to 6-0 - just held on to hand the Tennessee Titans their first loss, while the Cleveland Browns earned a wild win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Only one Week 7 game – the Los Angeles Rams against the Chicago Bears - remains, so we have taken a look at some of the best statistics to emerge from another entertaining group of matchups.

Burrow and Herbert sensational again

Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert continue to enjoy remarkable rookie seasons.

Despite the Bengals ultimately going down to a 37-34 loss against the Browns, Burrow threw for 406 yards – the best total of his young career – as well as three touchdowns, while adding a further rushing score.

Burrow (one INT and a 112.5 passer rating) became the first rookie in NFL history to produce a performance with at least 400 yards and three TDs through the air along with a rushing TD.

The Bengals quarterback already has five games with 300+ yards and is now only one game behind the rookie record held by Andrew Luck, who had six in 2012.

With nine games still to go in the regular season, Burrow looks poised to pass Luck's mark emphatically.

Herbert, meanwhile, recorded his first win and also had a career-high passing performance (347 yards) as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29.

He had three passing TDs and became only the second rookie QB ever, after Deshaun Watson, to have at least three scores through the air in three consecutive games.

Herbert - who also 66 yards (one TD) rushing - now has 1,542 passing yards through his first five career games, only the second player after Cam Newton (1,610) to go above 1,500 over that span. 

While his yardage is just short of Newton, Herbert is the only player to achieve the feat with a passer rating above 100 (his rating is 108.1).

Murray matches Brady comeback

The Cardinals and Murray were 10 points behind with under seven minutes left against the Seahawks but pulled off a remarkable victory.

Only once before had a QB thrown three or more TDs and overcome a fourth-quarter deficit of 10+ points in a game against Wilson. That was Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX at the same University of Phoenix Stadium.

It was Murray's first career fourth-quarter comeback of 10+ points and he became the first QB this season to do so in a game that went to overtime.

Despite a disappointing loss, Wilson (three TDs and three INTs) moved on to 22 passing TDs this season. He is only the fourth player in NFL history with 20+ passing TD across his team's first six games. 

That is a good omen, as the other three - Peyton Manning (2013), Brady (2007) and Brett Favre (1996) - all went on to win the MVP award and reach the Super Bowl.

Adams helps Green Bay bounce back

Davante Adams exploded for a career-high 196 receiving yards (13 catches, two TDs) as the Green Bay Packers won comfortably 35-20 at the Houston Texans.

The Packers wide receiver now has four career games with at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and two TDs, tying Keenan Allen for the most among active players inside their first seven NFL seasons.

One more this year would see him match the all-time record (five), which is jointly held by Chad Johnson and Andre Rison.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (283 yards, four TDs and zero INTs) had his 50th game with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

He was the fourth all-time to do that, behind fellow greats Brady (60), Brees (54) and Manning (51).

Brady passes Manning and Brees

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were spectacular in their 45-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Brady was on fire, throwing for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (127.0 rating) as well as adding a rushing score.

He passed Drew Brees' record and now has the most passing TDs in NFL history (559).

Brady, 43, also produced his 94th career game of 300+ passing yards, passing Manning (93) for second-most ever, with Brees still holding that record (122).

NFC East reaches a new low

The Dallas Cowboys' demoralising 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team means no NFC East team has won more than two games through seven weeks.

Excluding strike seasons, it is the first time in history that has happened in the NFL for every team in a division, with the Philadelphia Eagles somehow leading the standings on 2-4-1.

By contrast, the 2020 NFC West is only the fourth division ever where every team has won at least four games through seven weeks.

The San Francisco 49ers are bottom of the division despite having a winning record (4-3).

Kyler Murray described ending the Seattle Seahawks' perfect start to the NFL season as a "huge" step for the Arizona Cardinals. 

Zane Gonzalez's field goal secured a dramatic 37-34 overtime victory for the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. 

The Seahawks - led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson - were 27-17 in front at half-time and 34-24 up heading into the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, but they were unable to hang on to move to 6-0. 

Murray threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns with an interception on 34-for-48 passing, while the quarterback also recorded 67 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. 

Victory for Arizona moved them to 5-2, just behind the Seahawks in the NFC West, and Murray felt the way his team went about coming from behind showed the progress they are making.

"These are the games you honestly dream about growing up, watching 'Sunday Night Football' last week, playing on Monday," Murray said. 

"These are the games that you want to be a part of, and to be a part of these games, you gotta win, and you gotta keep winning. 

"So I'm just super proud of the team, the way we fought, not giving up, no matter the circumstances, just keep battling, keep battling. And that's what we did. So I think that's huge for us to take that next step." 

Murray added: "I don't think I smiled all game, honestly. Just because it felt like you had to have your head down, just keep grinding. Just because when you're playing Russell, anything's possible, and I think everybody saw it tonight. 

"For me, personally, my mindset was just move the ball, do what I do. Move the ball, be myself and lead the guys down the field, make smart decisions, take care of the ball. 

"Whatever I see, go with it, trust it and do it with conviction, and let my guys - obviously, we got a lot of playmakers on my team on the offense - get the ball in their hands, and let them do what they do."

Russell Wilson described DK Metcalf's chase down of Budda Baker as "one of the most remarkable plays" he has ever seen after the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks' unbeaten start to the NFL season came to an end with an 37-34 overtime loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Metcalf produced an incredible play during the second quarter, showing incredible speed to chase down Baker on his 90-yard interception return.

Wilson said the play by the Seahawks wide receiver was one of the best he had witnessed.

"It was one of the most remarkable plays I've ever seen," the Seattle quarterback told reporters.

"The play, the effort by DK, you know, I kind of got blocked by the lineman there and I was trying to get away and I tried to make the effort but DK had the angle, he just kept going man, it was just an unbelievable play by him, just the effort.

"I really respect him for that and if that's what it takes just as a winning effort, like I've told you guys he's one of the best players in the league, he's one of the most special guys I know.

"He's one of my best friends and I really respect him, not just because of his effort on that particular play, but that's who he is, that's who he is every day and he's consistent in that way and that's what I love him for."

Wilson completed 33 of 50 passes for 388 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions, to go with 84 rushing yards, as the Seahawks (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season.

The MVP candidate became the first player in NFL history to have at least 380 passing yards and 80 rushing yards in a game.

"I thought we played a great game except for those three plays honestly and those were my fault," Wilson said. "There's so much that we can do and we have so much confidence, our confidence is not going to waver, they're a great football team too.

"We knew it was going to be a battle, it always is down here and whenever we play, so nothing really changes except for the fact that we just have to tighten up some things. I have to be better, which I'm looking forward to.

"I'm looking forward to playing the next game, I wish we could play tomorrow and that's just our mentality and we'll be back stronger, we'll be better and I thought we laid it all on the line."

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)

The Seattle Seahawks will put the NFC's last undefeated record on the line when they take on divisional rivals the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Inspired by an MVP-calibre start from quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have reaped the rewards of shifting their emphasis to a passing attack in the early weeks of the 2020 NFL season.

After some strong moves in the offseason, the Cardinals have impressively moved to 4-2 with second-year QB Kyler Murray producing some must-see plays.

Ahead of what looks likely to be a high-scoring NFC West battle, we have compared the two QBs and their supporting casts.

Can Murray emulate Wilson?

There are similarities between Murray and Wilson, two diminutive quarterbacks who also pose a significant threat in the running game.

Murray has shown signs of promise and if he can get anywhere near the level of Wilson in his NFL career, the Cardinals will rejoice.

The Seahawks QB has made a spectacular start to 2020, throwing 19 touchdowns to just three interceptions through five games at an average of 300.4 yards per game with a 129.8 passer rating.

That puts him third in YPG, first in passer rating and top for passing TDs, even though he is coming off a bye week and some of his counterparts have played six times.

Seattle average a league-leading 33.8 points per game and look impossible to stop, despite having a woeful defense that is worst in the league for yards allowed (471.2 per game).

Per the NFL's NextGen Stats, Wilson is completing 72.8 per cent of his passes compared to an expected rate of 65.1. The plus 7.7 differential is comfortably the league's best, while Murray (two per cent over expectation), ranks 17 of 38 qualifying QBs.

Are the Cardinals capable of stopping Wilson? Since 2018, they have had some success, as he is averaging 183.3 passing yards and has three TDs to one interception over four games against Arizona. 

Per Stats Perform data, against all other opponents in this span, he is averaging 252.3 yards and has an 82-14 TD-INT ratio in 33 games.

The Seahawks are 6-1 in games after a bye week since 2013, best in the NFL, though the lone loss during this span came against the Cardinals in 2015.

Arizona also won the most recent matchup 27-13, though they are yet to face the 2020 Seahawks offense which has reached a new level.

Murray, meanwhile, completed a career-low nine passes in Monday's 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys, but still finished with 188 passing yards courtesy of big completions to DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. 

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).

Murray leads all QBs with 370 rushing yards and six touchdowns, his speed and elusiveness ensuring he remains a potent threat even when the passing attack is out of rhythm.

Through the air, the 2019 number one overall pick has 10 touchdowns to six interceptions through six weeks, with his 1,487 passing yards putting him in the middle of the league.

Murray vs Wilson's first two seasons

In his first 22 games as a starter, Murray has 5,209 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, plus 914 rushing yards (10 TDs).

His career passer rating is 88.5, whereas Wilson topped 100 in each of his first two seasons, and his yards per attempt number (7.0) falls short of how the Seahawks QB (7.9 and 8.2) began his career in 2012 and 2013.

But less than halfway through year two, Murray is already closing in on the 1,028 rushing yards Wilson produced over his first two full seasons and has already doubled his rival's TD total on the ground for those years (five).

The passing is less explosive than early career Wilson, but the rushing ability is more productive and game-changing. Solid passing figures and spectacular running give the Cards hope of further growth to come.

Hopkins and Metcalf lead NFL receivers, Drake bounces back

Two of the year's top wide receivers will be on show, as Hopkins (100.2) and D.K. Metcalf (99.2) lead the league in yards per game.

Hopkins was a spectacular addition for the Cardinals in a trade with the Houston Texans and has even been better than advertised, already racking up NFL highs in yards (601) and receptions (47).

Metcalf, meanwhile, is posing a huge threat down the field, catching passes at a league-high 22.5 yards per reception and has five touchdowns.

He is averaging 6.1 YAC, well over his expected rate of 4.0, with Hopkins also excelling in that category. His 260 YAC are second only to Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, and his 5.7 YAC per reception rate is 1.7 over expectation.

While Murray has been thriving on the ground, running back Kenyan Drake had a slow start to the year until he burst into life against the Cowboys.

He rushed for 164 yards, just two shy of his career high that came against Seattle last December (two TDs).

Drake came into the Cowboys game with a rushing yardage that was 71 yards below his expected total, worst in the NFL, but the stunning performance was 87 RYOE, the NFL's third-best 2020 performance in a game and enough to bring him back into positive territory.

The Cardinals reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the sixth consecutive game, racking up a season-high 261. Per Stats Perform data, it is the first time they have had such a streak to begin a season since 1988.

On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals - now playing without injured star pass-rusher Chandler Jones - are going to have a hard task stopping Wilson despite being second in the NFL for points allowed (18.7).

Seattle's defense has struggled to get pressure and cover the pass, a worrying combination Murray must exploit knowing his team likely have to emerge triumphant from a shoot-out to take victory.

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).

Russell Wilson believes the Seattle Seahawks are a "great place" for Antonio Brown to grow as the star quarterback approved the team's interest in the free agent.

The Seahawks have been linked with All-Pro wide receiver Brown, who was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied.

Brown – a seven-time Pro Bowler – has been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

Wilson was asked about Brown and he told reporters on Thursday: "Most of the conversations I've had with most his former team-mates and stuff like that said that he worked hard every day.

"He came ready and I think he had a bad year or two there that didn't go the way you want it to.

"I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with coach [Pete] Carroll, with the teammates that we have, the men that we have and the growth, I think, if he does play football, I think this is a great place. If he does play again, I think this is a place that he'll grow a lot as a man as well."

"I think Antonio definitely has taken those steps [in the right direction] and like I said, nobody's perfect," Wilson said. "From the conversations I've had with him, he's really been remorseful and just he's been humbled along the way. Like I said, I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody."

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Brown only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson, whose Seahawks are first in the NFC West with a perfect 5-0 record, added: "I think the reality about Antonio is he is one of the best players to play this game obviously.

"I think that he has always been a special player in terms of [on] the field. The reality with Antonio is, he's had some tough moments in his life, especially as of late. I think he's gone through a lot of things he wishes he could take back and do, and just not say, whatever it might be.

"But I think he is a special player, for sure. I don't know what's going to happen with him or not. I don't know how serious it is us getting him or not. But I do know that obviously he can play some football. I think that's the thing.

"I've developed a personal relationship with him, and not everybody is perfect. And I think that's the reality, none of us are. So hopefully he gets to play football again."

"I think we've been great all year," Wilson continued. "I think you're always trying to look to see how can we get better, how can we get better in every way."

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