Lamar Jackson overshadowed fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the NFL season.
Jackson had four touchdown passes as the in-form Ravens recorded a sixth straight victory – their longest winning streak since 2000 – with a resounding 41-7 result at home in what was the headline act in the early schedule on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys had to work far harder to see off a Detroit Lions team once again without Matthew Stafford, while the Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 20-0 half-time deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 27-23.
Kyle Allen endured a rough outing as the Carolina Panthers surprisingly fell to the Atlanta Falcons, a result that puts the New Orleans Saints – 34-17 winners over the Tamp Bay Buccaneers – in the driving seat in the NFC South.
The Buffalo Bills moved to 7-3 with a 37-20 result against the Miami Dolphins and there was an excellent outing for Sam Darnold, his four touchdown passes helping the New York Jets to a 34-17 victory over a Washington Redskins franchise who now own a sorry 1-9 record.
RAVENS CONTINUE TO BE LEMAR-VELLOUS
It was billed as the battle between the former first-round picks and college rivals. Instead, the clash between dynamic duo Jackson – who threw four touchdown passes and also ran for 86 yards – and Watson turned into a lopsided contest.
Mark Ingram caught a pair of touchdowns while Gus Edwards galloped in on the ground for a 63-yard score against a Houston team who struggled badly, meaning they slip to 6-4 for the season.
They did at least avoid a shut-out loss on their travels, Carlos Hyde rumbling in from 41 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. It was a tough outing for Watson, though, as he managed just 169 yards passing while also throwing an interception.
With the Texans beaten, the Indianapolis Colts now top the AFC South after quarterback Jacoby Brissett led them to a 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on his return from a knee injury.
VIKINGS BUCK TREND TO BEAT BRONCOS
A first home loss of the season appeared on the cards for Minnesota when they mustered just 47 yards of offense in the first half.
However, Kirk Cousins engineered a stunning turnaround after the interval, the quarterback throwing for 319 yards and three scores, including a stunning 59-yard effort to Stefon Diggs.
They still had to survive a dramatic finish to prevail, though, as Denver failed to cap off a late fourth-quarter drive with a touchdown, throwing three incomplete passes after they had moved the ball to the four-yard line in the closing seconds.
VICTORY pic.twitter.com/ozUMpDMrgX— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 17, 2019
NO DOUBTING THOMAS AS PANTHERS SLIP UP
After a stunning home loss to Atlanta in Week 10, New Orleans relied on Michael Thomas to help them returning to winning ways at the expense of Tampa Bay.
Wide receiver Thomas finished with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, in the process becoming the first player in NFL history to record 90 or more receptions in the first 10 games of a season.
The Saints' 8-2 record gives them a comfortable cushion at the top of their division after nearest rivals Carolina fell to the Falcons, who picked off Panthers quarterback Allen four times in a dominant 29-3 road win.
8 catches— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 17, 2019
|Hamilton ditched Kaepernick tribute after being told of ´potential consequences´|
|Julian Edelman offers to take DeSean Jackson to Holocaust Museum|
|49ers RB Mostert requests trade after failed contract talks|
|Coronavirus: Chiefs and Ravens announce plans for reduced capacities|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: Garrett´s great start, Trubisky a failure - The nine players drafted befo|
|Browns sign OT Wills to four-year rookie contract|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: ´We´re going to be a good team for a long time´ - Balance key to megadeal|
|Eagles & former team president condemn DeSean Jackson´s anti-Semitic post|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: Which quarterbacks could be next for a huge NFL payday?|
|Patrick Mahomes extension: The teams who passed on the $503m quarterback|
|NFL players call for cancelled preseason|
|Mahomes is already rivalling Brady and Manning - how the Chiefs QB stacks up in numbers|
|´Let me borrow $5´ - LeBron congratulates Mahomes on record-setting contract extension|
|Mahomes´ unique talents make him worth giant price tag|
|Chiefs sign Super Bowl MVP Mahomes to record 10-year extension|
|Chiefs & Mahomes agree to 10-year extension – reports|
|Browns TE David Njoku wants trade|
|FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change name|
|Cam Newton says Patriots contract is about respect, not money|
|Cam Newton: Belichick´s plan ´may not be what everyone thinks´, says Cousins|
|Jordan Love: Packers QB signs NFL contract|
|I will always be your #1 - Brady reminds Edelman of bromance as Cam signs in New England|
|Richard Sherman: ´Disgusting´ that Cam Newton will make so little in New England|
|Cam Newton ´will be great´ for Patriots|
|Cam Newton joins New England Patriots – reports|
|Former NFL coach, ´Hogs´ architect Joe Bugel dies at 80|
|Jordan Love can be Packers´ Taysom Hill, says Brett Favre|
|LeBron James says NFL owes Colin Kaepernick an apology|
|Panthers coach Rhule would consider kneeling during anthem|
|Stefanski: Odell Beckham to be at full strength for Browns´ camp|
|NFL Hall of Fame Game, induction ceremonies postponed to 2021|
|Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett 50-50 on signing franchise tag|
|Coronavirus: Cowboys´ Elliott close to workout return after COVID-19 diagnosis|
|Washington Redskins remove former owner Marshall from Ring of Fame|
|Brady and Bucs team-mates hold workout despite NFLPA warning|
|Roethlisberger pleased with where he is during rehab - Tomlin|
|Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford stepping down|
|Cowboys QB Dak Prescott signs $31.4m franchise tender - reports|
|Kaepernick set for ´hero status´, says NFL Hall of Famer Favre|
|Coronavirus: Bucs close facility after positive COVID-19 tests|
|Statues removed of former owners of Twins, Redskins for racist ties|
|President Trump suggests Saints QB Brees ´caved under the PR pressure´ by changing stance on kneelin|
|New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams requests trade|
|San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel suffers broken foot|
|Coronavirus: Chief medical officer says NFL will be ´flexible and adaptable´|
|Rams, Chargers to feature on new season of Hard Knocks|
|Coronavirus: Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson tests positive for COVID-19|
|Offensive explosion leaves San Francisco on cloud nine - Kyle Shanahan´s 49ers in numbers|
|Colin Kaepernick: Chargers coach Lynn says he fits team´s ´style of quarterback´|
|Las Vegas to host 2021 Pro Bowl|
|Lamar Jackson annoyed by Patrick Mahomes comparisons but would love his ´cannon arm´|
|NFL commissioner Goodell encourages teams to sign Kaepernick|
|Eagles Pro Bowl G Brooks tears Achilles, likely out for 2020|
|49ers hand Shanahan multi-year contract after Super Bowl appearance|
|President Trump to boycott NFL and US soccer games if players kneel|
|Baker Mayfield says he will kneel for anthem|
|J.J. Watt: Kneeling for the anthem isn´t disrespecting the flag or military|
|Alvin Kamara to attend NASCAR race after Confederate flag ban|
|Texans coach O´Brien says he will kneel with players|
|Trubisky motivated by Bears bringing in Foles: It´s a business decision|
|Dalvin Cook´s potential Vikings holdout carries more risk than reward|
|Coronavirus: Ravens coach Harbaugh calls NFL´s COVID-19 guidelines ´impossible´|
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he regrets not signing Colin Kaepernick|
|NFL commits $250m over 10 years to combat systemic racism|
|Coronavirus: NFL extends virtual offseason to June 26|
|Colts QB Philip Rivers annoyed by talk he ´couldn´t play anymore´|
|Minnesota´s Twins donate $25m, Vikings $5m for racial justice|
|Chiefs QB Mahomes wants to ´help the world´ amid anti-racism protests|
|Jets LB Mosley cleared for full return following groin surgery|
|Carolina Panthers remove Jerry Richardson statue amid concerns|