Vikings, Packers lose again in NFL

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The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers saw their NFL losing streaks continue on Sunday.

Of the seven teams in the NFC North and NFC South who were playing Sunday, only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won. The NFC South was 1-3 on Sunday while the North teams were 0-3 with the Detroit Lions on their bye.

The Vikings, who began the season 5-0, lost their fourth straight game with a 26-20 defeat to the Washington Redskins.

It would be easy to say the Vikings are in danger of missing the playoffs, except the Packers have been unable to capitalise on Minnesota's losses.

The Packers fell to 4-5 with their third straight defeat, a 47-25 shellacking at the hands of the Tennessee Titans.

The Chicago Bears fell victim to Jay Cutler resorting to his turnover-prone ways in a 36-10 loss against the Buccaneers.

The Atlanta Falcons appeared poised to take control in the NFC South, but the NFL's highest-scoring team were held to just one touchdown in a 24-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers both inexplicably lost with some late-game drama.

The Saints scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks and needed only Wil Lutz's extra points to break a 23-23 tie with one minute, 21 seconds remaining.

But Lutz's kick was blocked and returned for two points by Denver defensive back Will Parks to give the Broncos a 25-23 victory.

The Panthers were also tied late and were driving for a potential game-winning score against the Kansas City Chiefs before losing 20-17.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the New England Patriots 31-24, the Dallas Cowboys overcame the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-30 and the Arizona Cardinals edged the San Francisco 49ers 23-20.

The Miami Dolphins had a 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers, the Los Angeles Rams beat the New York Jets 9-6 and the Houston Texans enjoyed a 24-21 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

OFF AND RUNNING

The Titans were off and running against the Packers with DeMarco Murray's 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston did a Houdini act by escaping the Bears pass rush to complete a 39-yard pass to Mike Evans. Tampa scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Martino on the very next play.

ZEKE ZEROES IN ON DICKERSON

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 32-yard run. Elliott, who also caught two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, now has 1,005 yards this season. He leads the NFL in rushing and is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie record of 1,808 rushing yards in 1983. Only Dickerson and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, in 2007, have rushed for over 1,000 yards in their first nine games. 

Larry Fitzgerald continued to move up all-time receivers' lists. He caught 12 passes for 133 yards in Sunday's victory over the 49ers. Fitzgerald is now sixth all-time in receptions with 1,086. He is the third youngest receiver with at least 14,000 receiving yards and is now 11th all-time.

 

NEWTON'S 'DAB' RETURNS

Not only did Panthers quarterback Cam Newton bring back the "Dab" Sunday, he set several records in the process. Newton threw for 261 yards and ran for 54 yards in the loss to the Chiefs to become the first player in NFL history with 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in his first six seasons. Newton became the fifth-youngest player to throw for 20,000 yards, behind only Drew Bledsoe, Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Dan Marino. Newton, who finished Sunday's game 23 of 38, also passed Jake Delhomme's team record of 1,580 completions with a nine-yard pass to tight end Greg Olsen in the first quarter.

 

ALL DAK FROM HERE

With Tony Romo set to return from injury in week 11, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave Dak Prescott a vote of confidence after the team's eighth straight win Sunday.

"We're going to the let the decision in this case make itself," Jones said. "Dak has the hot hand and we're going to go with it."

"The hole was wide open," Elliott said of his game-winning touchdown. "We've got the best offensive line in the league.

"It parted like the Red Sea. All I had to do was run."