There was plenty of drama around the NFL on Sunday, and some of it even took place on the field.
Seven games were decided by six points or less, including five that came down to the final play of the game.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were at the center of the drama, leading come-from-behind wins.
Brady connected with Brandin Cooks on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds remaining to lift the Patriots to a 36-33 lead over the Texans.
Denver could have had Dak Prescott in last year’s draft, but it locked into Paxton Lynch, and now it’s still starting Trevor Siemian. Dallas is built for this game, as Ezekiel Elliott can wear down the Broncos’ front, and Prescott can keep working inside to Cole Beasley and Jason Witten as Dez Bryant is contained by another good secondary. The Cowboys will stop the run and make Siemian uncomfortable enough in catchup mode. Cowboys win 24-20 and cover the spread.
Last time these teams played in Atlanta, the Falcons rolled to an NFC title in the Georgia Dome. Green Bay’s defense had a strong follow-up game vs. Seattle last week but will be tested as a fired-up Matt Ryan fires in his new home digs. The Falcons are a little more fast and furious in their back seven in prime time, and Ryan will make one more big play than Aaron Rodgers. Falcons win 31-27 and cover the spread.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Maclin underwent concussion protocol after falling and hitting his head during an intercepted play in the second quarter against Jacksonville. He was cleared to return at the start of the second half.
Brent Urban, DE, Baltimore Ravens: Urban (foot sprain) was injured early in the second quarter against the Jaguars. The Ravens were already down one starting lineman, with Brandon Williams not making the trip to London because of a foot injury.