1. Patriots lose first game– It was the game of the week and it was as good as advertised. The Patriots limped into Denver with injuries to Edelman and Amendola, two of Brady’s key receivers and the Broncos were set to start another game with Brock Osweiler under center. New England got off to a quick start early on and then Denver made their adjustments in the second half. They would go on to win this game in OT, 30-24 to hand the Patriots their first loss of the season. If that was a playoff preview, we were highly entertained.
2. Panthers remain perfect– Heading into their game with Dallas, the Panthers were an underdog against a Cowboys team that seemed to find their rhythm when Tony Romo got back from his injury. Carolina took that to heart and played as if they were the favorite to win that game. Two pick six’s of Tony Romo and a balanced effort on offense kept the Panthers atop the NFC at 11-0, their best start in franchise history. The Cowboys also lost Tony Romo for the year as he reinjured that collarbone. It’s been a tough season for the Dallas Cowboys.
3. Bears stun Packers– Everything seemed to be well with the world again after the Packers snapped that three-game skid, right? Not so fast. On a very special night when Brett Favre’s jersey was retired at Lambeau, the Packers just couldn’t get it going. They struggled to convert on third down, they couldn’t get the running game going and the offensive line once again struggled to protect Aaron Rodgers. The Bears simply wanted it more and the one thing I took away from that game was Jay Cutler simply outplayed Aaron Rodgers. That was the Bears first win at Lambeau since 2007.
4. Oklahoma wins Big-12: The Bedlam battle. It has come down to this. The winner will be crowned a conference champion and have a great shot at making the final four. Oklahoma dominated this game from the get go and never looked back. Baker Mayfield had a big game and this Sooners defense dominated the Cowboys offense. It’s looking really good for Oklahoma right now to make the playoffs.
5. Seahawks outduel Steelers– I was very intrigued by this match up. A top five corner was facing a top wide out and the corner shut down Antonio Brown. This game was decided by offense and not defense. Moving forward if the Seahawks are going to win football games, their offense will have to score points like they did yesterday against the Steelers. Their defense just isn’t what it used to be.