It was a day to forget for Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns who once again failed at the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Tennessee Titans remained unbeaten in the NFL after late drama on Sunday.

Both the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants finally remembered what it feels like to be on the winning team, but the New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos to slip to 2-3 and be under ,500 in October for the first time since 2002.

There was drama as the Tennessee Titans downed the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts moved to 4-2 thanks to a 31-27 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals.


HURT MAYFIELD STRUGGLES AS STEELERS CONTINUE BROWNS DOMINANCE

The Steelers made it 17 straight wins over the Browns in Pittsburgh with a comprehensive 38-7 mauling of their AFC North rivals, during which the influence of Cleveland quarterback Mayfield was quelled.

Cleveland headed into the fixture on the back of a first four-game winning streak since 2009, but Mayfield – contending with a rib injury that limited his practice time – and the Browns offense never got going.

Mayfield was just two-of-seven passing for five yards with a sack and two picks on third downs, and was sat down for Case Keenum deep into the third quarter. In total he was sacked four times and intercepted twice in a bruising outing.

James Conner was impressive for Pittsburgh, finishing with 101 yards on 20 carries and scoring the Steelers' first offensive touchdown in the second quarter, which made the score 17-0.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 of 22 passes for 162 yards and throwing for a touchdown, while Chase Claypool and Benny Snell also scored rushing touchdowns on a great outing for the now 5-0 Steelers.

The Baltimore Ravens are second behind Pittsburgh in their division after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 30-28, and they have now scored 20-plus points in 29 straight games – the second-longest streak in NFL history.


FALCONS, GIANTS UP AND RUNNING

The Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers saw them slip to 0-5 for the season last week.

But under the leadership of interim coach Raheem Morris, the Falcons routed the Minnesota Vikings 40-23 at U.S. Bank Stadium for their first win of the season.

Julio Jones came back into the line-up and collected eight receptions for the return of 137 yards, while also celebrating his first two touchdowns of the season. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan, whose future in the team was called into question after a poor start, made 30 of 40 passes for 371 yards.

Joe Judge's first win as New York Giants coach came in vastly different circumstances, scraping past the Washington Football Team 20-19.

Washington missed when they opted to go for a two-point conversion with 36 seconds remaining, rather than take the kick for an extra point that would have taken a game riddled with errors into overtime.

It meant only the New York Jets - in action later in the day - had yet to win in the NFL this season.


HENRY, TITANS RALLY PAST TEXANS

The Titans stayed perfect at 5-0 following a dramatic finish to their 42-36 triumph over the Houston Texans.

It did not look like being the Titans' day given they had two turnovers, saw Stephen Gostkowski have a field goal blocked and fail with another, while Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdown passes and the Titans defense gave up 335 yards in passing.

The last of those touchdown passes from Watson had Houston up by seven points with one minute and 50 seconds remaining but they crucially failed with a two-point conversion.

Ryan Tannehill consequently drove the Titans 76 yards and found A.J. Brown with a six-yard touchdown pass with only four seconds left to force overtime.

The brilliant Derrick Henry, who finished with 212 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving, then took a direct snap for a five-yard touchdown to win it three minutes and 30 seconds into overtime.

The Chicago Bears improved to 5-1 after defeating the Carolina Panthers 23-16.


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

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel saw his faith in his team pay off in droves as they improved to 4-0 with a 42-16 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills despite wretched preparation.

The game was postponed to Tuesday following a spate of positive coronavirus tests for the Titans, which led to their training facility being closed.

It meant Vrabel's team had just three practices in 16 days, but that did not stop them dominating at LP Field, where Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns and Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 28 passes for 195 yards and three TDs.

The display filled Vrabel with pride and confidence that his men can overcome any difficulties to prevail.

"I'm never going to question this football team. I'm never going to question the effort," Vrabel said, per ESPN.

"I'm never going to go into a game questioning how we're going to do. I expect us to win and play with great effort.

"You don't all of a sudden galvanise when things are bad. I think that's a testament to the players and what we've tried to build here.

"You don't always say, 'Oh, there's a s***-storm. We better galvanise.' You stay tight throughout, and you hope that the fundamentals and your core beliefs and core values take over when things get difficult."

The clash was tied after the opening quarter, in which Isaiah McKenzie scored after Tannehill and A.J. Brown connected on a 16-yard pass.

Henry surged over to reclaim the lead for the Titans in the second quarter and Tannehill's 10-yard run saw them into a 21-10 half-time advantage.

Quarterback Josh Allen, who went 26 of 41 for 263 yards with two TDs for the Bills, threw one of his two interceptions to Malcolm Butler in the third quarter and the Titans capitalised through a Jonnu Smith TD.

Given plenty of time, Allen found T.J. Yeldon with a 22-yard pass into the end zone in the fourth quarter, but Henry and Smith ensured the Titans pulled away for a comprehensive victory.

The Titans are top of the AFC South, while the Bills (4-1) remain in first place in the AFC East.

The Tennessee Titans improved to 4-0 and handed Buffalo their first loss of the NFL season with a 42-16 thrashing of the Bills on Tuesday.

Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns as the Titans dominated at LP Field in a clash that was postponed due to positive coronavirus tests.

Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 28 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns, including twice connecting with Jonnu Smith, and the quarterback rushed for one of his own as the Titans scored six TDs.

Buffalo were level after the first quarter, with Isaiah McKenzie scoring after Tannehill and A.J. Brown had earlier connected on a 16-yard pass.

Henry rushed over to restore the Titans' lead in the second quarter and Tannehill's 10-yard run saw them into a 21-10 half-time lead.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who went 26 of 41 for 263 yards with two TDs, threw one of his two interceptions to Malcolm Butler in the third quarter and the Titans capitalised through a Smith TD.

Given plenty of time, Allen found T.J. Yeldon with a 22-yard pass into the end zone in the fourth quarter, but Henry and Smith ensured the Titans pulled away for a comprehensive victory.

The Titans are top of the AFC South, while the Bills (4-1) remain in first place in the AFC East.

The Tennessee Titans closed their training facility once again on Sunday due to another positive coronavirus test.

The Titans' clash with the Buffalo Bills was put back two days to Tuesday by the NFL as a result of COVID-19 cases.

Tennessee were able to return to their training facility on Saturday after no positive tests were found for two days in a row.

However, they have now been forced to close it down just a couple of days before they are due to face the Bills at Nissan Stadium.

A Titans statement said: "This morning we learned that a staff member tested positive. We have temporarily closed our facility and are in communication with the league on the next steps."

The Titans' Week 4 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be postponed until later this month.

The New England Patriots' training facility was also shut down again on Sunday amid reports of a new coronavirus case, putting their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos in doubt. 

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, becoming the team's second high-profile case after Cam Newton. 

Quarterback Newton had missed the Week 4 encounter with the Kansas City Chiefs, with that game pushed back a day as a result of isolated cases for both teams.

New England, beaten 26-10 by reigning champions the Chiefs, had been able to return to the practice field on Saturday, having received no further positive results up to that point. 

An unstoppable force meets the immovable object in Week 5 of the NFL season as the Cleveland Browns host the Indianapolis Colts. 

Cleveland's offense has averaged over 200 rushing yards a game through the campaign's first quarter, while the Colts defense has been among the best run-stuffers in the league so far. 

Two of the NFL's finest young receivers will look to grab the acclaim when the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks face the Minnesota Vikings, while the Washington Football Team and Houston Texans will hope a big change can reverse their fortunes. 

Here, we look at the NFL's latest slate using Stats Perform Data.

 

FEATURE GAME

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 4.25pm (All times Eastern)

- Colts QB Philip Rivers enters the matchup with 4,996 career completions and he will almost certainly become the fifth player to complete 5,000 passes on Sunday. In the last 60 seasons, only three other quarterbacks have completed a higher percentage of their attempts through four games with a new team than Rivers' 72.7 per cent – that list includes Matt Schaub (74.0 per cent, 2007 Houston Texans), Teddy Bridgewater (73.0 per cent, 2020 Carolina Panthers), and Mark Herrmann (73.0 per cent, 1985 San Diego Chargers). 

- The Colts allowed just 28 rushing yards in their Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears, their fewest since Week 3 of 2009 (24 rushing yards versus the Arizona Cardinals). They have allowed just 945 total yards this season, their fewest through four games since holding opponents to 575 yards through the first four games of 1971.

- The Browns trio of Kareem Hunt (five TDs), Odell Beckham Jr. (four TDs), and Nick Chubb (four TDs) are the fifth trio of team-mates to each score four touchdowns in the first four games of the season. They are the first to do so since the 2013 Denver Broncos group of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans - Tuesday, 7pm 

- Buffalo have recorded 21 plays of at least 20 yards this season, second-most in the NFL behind only the Dallas Cowboys (23). Tennessee have an NFL-low nine plays of 20-plus yards this season, though neither the Titans nor the Bills have a single 20-yard running play this season. 

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, 9.20pm 

- Ascending Seahawks star D.K. Metcalf leads the NFL in yards per catch (25.2 - minimum 10 receptions) and catches for 25-plus yards this season (seven). Justin Jefferson, a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, ranks second in both these categories (21.8 average, 6 catches of 25-plus yards). 

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday, 1pm

- Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (1,526) and Raiders tight end Darren Waller (1,392) rank first and second in receiving yards for players at their position since 2019. Kelce's 845 career receiving yards against the Raiders are the most among active players at any position.

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1pm

- The Steelers are looking for their first 4-0 start since 1979. Their current streak of 40 consecutive seasons without a 4-0 start is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 48-year streak by the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1960-2007.

Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints - Monday, 9.15pm

- Ahead of meeting the Justin Herbert-led Chargers, New Orleans QB Drew Brees has a 20-10 record when facing off against first-year quarterbacks, including wins in each of the last five such games. In those wins, Brees has a 75.8 completion percentage and has a 12-1 TD-INT ratio.

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans - Sunday, 1pm

- The Texans fired Bill O'Brien this week. He was the seventh coach in NFL history to be replaced following back-to-back 10-win seasons with a team, though the first to be replaced after four or fewer games. O’Brien's replacement, Romeo Crennel, will be the oldest head coach in NFL history (73 years and 115 days on Sunday).

Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington, who will have Kyle Allen starting at QB after benching Dwayne Haskins, have now lost three straight games by at least 14 points after a 31-17 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. The last time the franchise lost four straight games by at least 14 points was in 2001.

The Tennessee Titans-Buffalo Bills game has been rescheduled for Tuesday as a result of coronavirus cases, the NFL announced on Thursday.

A COVID-19 outbreak within the Titans' organisation forced the NFL to postponed Sunday's clash in Tennessee, where last week's Week 4 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be postponed until later this month.

The Titans' (3-0) meeting with the Bills (4-0) is now set to be played at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday, with the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots showdown moved to Monday.

"These scheduling decisions were made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the league stated in the announcement.

Should the matchup between the Titans and Bills be played on Tuesday, the Week 6 fixture involving the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo will be moved from October 15 to later in the weekend.

The Titans are yet to return to their facility following the spate of positive tests and, on Thursday, NFL Network and ESPN both reported a fresh instance of a player contracting COVID-19.

In addition, an inconclusive positive test from Wednesday has now been confirmed as a definite positive, meaning that, since September 24, Tennessee have had 12 players and nine personnel staff contract the virus.

Whereas other teams have reported isolated or just a few cases, the Titans' large number has led to an NFL investigation into the possible cause of the outbreak.

The Patriots played Super Bowl champions the Chiefs on Monday – a day later than planned because of positive COVID-19 tests for both teams.

Stephon Gilmore became the second high-profile Pats player to return a positive test on Wednesday after quarterback Cam Newton did so last week, but there were reports every Patriots player tested negative when the latest results were returned on Thursday.

Tennessee's Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills appears in further doubt following reports of another positive coronavirus case for a Titans player.

An outbreak within the Titans organisation last week led to their Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers being postponed until later this month.

Mike Vrabel's team are yet to return to their facility following the spate of positive tests and, on Thursday, NFL Network and ESPN both reported a fresh instance of a player contracting COVID-19.

In addition, an inconclusive positive test from Wednesday has now been confirmed as a definite positive, meaning that, since September 24, Tennessee have had 12 players and nine personnel staff contract the virus.

Whereas other teams have reported isolated or just a few cases, the Titans' large number has led to an NFL investigation into the possible cause of the outbreak.

Tennessee, who have started 3-0, are due to host the 4-0 Bills on Sunday in Nashville but, given they have been unable to practice at their facility, it seems likely that game will have to be postponed.

That will cause problems with the NFL's schedule given the Titans were given their one bye in Week 4 when their game against the Steelers could not take place.

Should the Bills be handed their bye this week, their next game will be a crucial Thursday Night Football showdown with a Kansas City Chiefs team who would be playing their third game in 11 days.

The defending Super Bowl champions played the New England Patriots on Monday - a day later than planned because of positive COVID-19 tests for both teams.

Stephon Gilmore became the second high-profile Pats player to return a positive test on Wednesday after quarterback Cam Newton did so last week, but there were reports every Patriots player tested negative when the latest results were returned on Thursday.

The NFL was facing up to another coronavirus crisis on Wednesday, after it emerged two more Tennessee Titans players and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Tennessee's Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the AFC South franchise, with more than a dozen cases among players and coaches. 

There had been two straight days without a positive test, raising hopes the Titans could return to their facility, but NFL Network and ESPN both reported two fresh cases involving Tennessee players on Wednesday, throwing their Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills in Nashville on Sunday into doubt. 

Pats cornerback Gilmore is also reported to have contracted the virus, becoming the second high-profile player in New England to test positive after quarterback Cam Newton last week.

The Patriots' Week 4 trip to Kansas City had to be pushed back a day as a result of isolated positive cases for both teams and was only allowed to proceed because everyone else had received the all-clear. 

However, given the virus' incubation period, there will now be a fear over a spread as last season's Defensive Player of the Year Gilmore played on Monday when the Chiefs won 26-10. 

ESPN reported no Chiefs players had returned a positive result during their latest round of testing. 

However, it also claimed a Las Vegas Raider player had shown to have contracted the virus. 

It comes after the NFL issued a memo to teams regarding stricter COVID-19 protocols as it aims to prevent outbreaks similar to the one seen in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Titans had no fresh coronavirus cases in the latest round of tests, according to reports, moving them a significant step closer to a return to action. 

Tennessee's Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed until later in the NFL season after a number of players and team staff tested positive for COVID-19.

In-person club activities were suspended by the Titans last Tuesday after eight cases were announced. 

There were further positive outcomes during testing in the following days too, though Monday's reported update raises hopes they will be able to play in Week 5. 

Per NFL protocols amid the global health pandemic, Tennessee will need a second successive round of negative tests to be able to reopen their facilities. 

They are due to host the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, a clash between two teams with unbeaten records in the early stages of the 2020 campaign.

With Week 4 now serving as a bye week for both the Titans and Steelers, the NFL opted to move their game to Week 7. 

Pittsburgh will now visit Tennessee on October 25, with the Titans' scheduled Week 7 clash with the Baltimore Ravens on that date shifted to November 1. 

As a consequence of the schedule changes, Baltimore's bye week will move up from Week 8 to Week 7.

The Tennessee Titans will now face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7 after Sunday's game was postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

The matchup was set to be pushed back from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday after the Titans confirmed three players and five personnel staff had contracted COVID-19.

However, the matchup was then removed from the Week 4 schedule following three further positive tests for Tennessee, two players and one among the staff.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Friday that another two Titans players had tested positive.

With Week 4 now serving as a bye week for the Titans and Steelers, the NFL confirmed the adjustments to the schedule.

Pittsburgh will visit Tennessee on October 25, with the Titans' scheduled Week 7 clash with the Baltimore Ravens on that date moving to Week 8 and taking place on November 1.

Baltimore's bye week will move up from Week 8 to Week 7 as a consequence of the changes.

Both Tennessee and Pittsburgh are 3-0 through the first three games of the season.

 

The Week 4 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans will be played later in the NFL season following further positive coronavirus tests.

The game was pushed back from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday after the Titans confirmed three players and five personnel staff had contracted COVID-19.

However, following two further positive tests in the Tennessee camp, one for a player and one among the staff, the teams will now meet later in the season.

An NFL statement released on Thursday read: "The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game scheduled for Week 4 will be rescheduled to later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19 today. An announcement of the new game date will be made shortly.

"The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.

"The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice."

Though the entire NFL preseason slate was scrapped this year, this is the first instance of a regular-season game being postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The Titans and Steelers have both started 3-0, two of seven NFL teams yet to lose a game through three weeks.

The NFL has confirmed the Week 4 game between Tennessee and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Nissan Stadium has been postponed after multiple Titans players tested positive for coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the Titans confirmed three players and five personnel staff had contracted COVID-19, while NFL Network reported another player had tested positive on Wednesday.

An NFL statement read: "The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1pm ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game-day personnel.

"Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible".

Though the entire NFL preseason slate was scrapped this year, this is the first instance of a regular season game being postponed because of the COVID crisis.

The Tennessee Titans have suspended in-person club activities after eight positive tests for coronavirus.

Three Titans players and five personnel officials returned positive COVID-19 tests, the NFL announced.

The Minnesota Vikings, whom the Titans defeated 31-30 on Sunday, have also put a halt to in-person activities.

"Out of the abundance of caution, the organisation has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus," the Titans said in a statement.

"Several tests have come back positive and [we] are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow [Wednesday]."

An NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) statement added: "On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives. The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.

"Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments.

"All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available."

ESPN reported the Titans' facility will be shut down until Saturday, throwing their Week 4 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday into doubt.

The Vikings are scheduled to face the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons set an unwanted NFL record on Sunday as they suffered another fourth-quarter collapse to lose to the Chicago Bears.

Under-fire Dan Quinn saw his men surrender a 16-point lead to lose 30-26 a week after a humiliating last-gasp loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

There were big wins for the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns, while the Tennessee Titans once more had Stephen Gostkowski to thank for a narrow victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers also won, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals playing out the first tie of the season.

 

FALCONS FELLED BY FOLES

Falcons coach Quinn looks to be in trouble after another fourth-quarter collapse by Atlanta, this time leading to a four-point loss to the Bears.

Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes in the final quarter, the latter connecting with Anthony Miller with two minutes remaining, as Chicago recovered from 16 points down to move to 3-0 for the season.

The Falcons are the first team in NFL history to blow a lead of 15 points or more in the fourth quarter and lose in back-to-back matches.

Matt Ryan was intercepted by Tashaun Gipson late on as a miserable day for the Falcons was compounded by the losses of Russell Gage (concussion) and Grady Jarrett (hip).

RAMS FALL SHORT IN SPECTACULAR COMEBACK, PATRIOTS SIX IN A ROW AGAINST RAIDERS

The Los Angeles Rams almost completed the third-biggest comeback ever in the regular season, only to be denied by a Tyler Kroft touchdown with 15 seconds remaining.

The Bills had squandered a 25-point advantage but were bailed out by Kroft's second of the game following good work from Josh Allen.

Elsewhere in the East, the Patriots moved to 2-0 at home as three touchdowns from Rex Burkhead led them to a 36-20 defeat of the Las Vegas Raiders.

 

TITANS BUOYED BY GOSTKOWSKI SIX APPEAL

The Titans downed the winless Minnesota Vikings 31-30 thanks to the boot of Stephen Gostkowski.

A career-high six field goals, including a 55-yarder with less than two minutes on the clock, helped to banish memories of some wayward kicking in his first two Titans outings.

Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 181 yards and scored for the Vikings, but they are 0-3 for the first time in seven years.

The Steelers are still perfect, though – they moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2010 by defeating the Houston Texans 28-21, Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a franchise-record 221st appearance.

Week 3 scores:

Atlanta Falcons 26-30 Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills 35-32 Los Angeles Rams
Cleveland Browns 34-20 Washington Football Team
Minnesota Vikings 30-31 Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots 36-20 Las Vegas Raiders
New York Giants 9-36 San Francisco 49ers
Philadelphia Eagles 23-23 Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21 Houston Texans

Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson will do battle on Monday Night Football in Week 3 as the Kansas City Chiefs face the Baltimore Ravens.

Mahomes, the Super Bowl LIV MVP and 2018 season NFL MVP, and fellow quarterback Jackson, the 2019 season's NFL MVP, will hope to get the W that moves their team to 3-0.

That clash, one of a number of enticing Week 3 matchups, will provide an early indication of which franchise might be in the best shape to be the AFC's Super Bowl LV representative too.

Here, using Stats Perform data, we break down that game and the other top Week 3 showdowns.

 

FEATURE GAME

Chiefs at Ravens - Monday, 8.15pm (All times Eastern)

- There have been 13 games featuring the reigning and previous NFL MVPs starting against each other at the quarterback position (including playoffs). The reigning MVP has led his team to victory in eight of the last 10 such matchups, and is 8-5 overall.

- Mahomes hooked up with Tyreek Hill for a 54-yard touchdown in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. That was Mahomes' 11th career touchdown pass of 50-plus yards (most in the NFL since 2018). The Ravens as a team have only had nine such touchdowns since 2015, four coming from the arm of Jackson.

- The Chiefs are 6-3 against the Ravens, including wins in each of the three most recent matchups and they have a 4-1 record in Baltimore.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Texans at Steelers - Sunday, 1pm

- The Steelers are 2-0 for the seventh time since 2000. They made the playoffs in each of the previous six seasons, reaching three Super Bowls and winning two titles. Pittsburgh's last 3-0 start was in 2010, when the Steelers made their last trip to the Super Bowl.

Raiders at Patriots - Sunday, 1pm

- New England are tied for ninth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (142.0) and are eighth in passing offense (268.5 yards per game). They are one of three teams in the league's top 10 in both categories, joining the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams. In Sunday's loss at the Seattle Seahawks, Cam Newton passed for 397 yards, including 312 in the second half.

Rams at Bills - Sunday, 1pm

- Buffalo are attempting to start 3-0 for a second straight season, a feat they have accomplished only twice previously in franchise history (1964-65, 1991-92). The Bills have won 10 straight games since December 2018 when scoring 20 or more points, the longest active streak in the NFL. 

Cowboys at Seahawks - Sunday, 4.15pm 

- Dak Prescott enters this weekend with 99 career touchdown passes in 66 career games. With another touchdown pass on Sunday, Prescott would be the fastest Cowboy to reach 100 TD passes – Tony Romo currently holds the record at 79 games.

Packers at Saints - Sunday, 8.20pm

- Since 2018, Davante Adams - who could miss this game through injury - has accounted for 27.8 per cent of Green Bay's receiving yards, the fifth-highest mark in the NFL. The player with the highest percentage during this span is Saints star Michael Thomas (34.5 per cent), who is out this week with an ankle injury.

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Titans at Vikings - Sunday, 1pm

- Ryan Tannehill threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, extending his streak of regular season games with multiple touchdown passes to a franchise-record nine games. Tannehill has a 118.1 passer rating since joining Tennessee in 2019, the best mark in the NFL over that span (minimum 250 attempts).

Buccaneers at Broncos - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Melvin Gordon has tallied 148 rushing yards on 34 attempts this season, 124 more than the Broncos' next-leading rusher (Phillip Lindsay, 24). Gordon also has five receptions and has accounted for 41.9 per cent of the Broncos' touches this season, fifth highest in the NFL.

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