Kareem Hunt’s spectacular touchdown highlighted a 30-23 Kansas City victory over the Denver Broncos that stretched the Chiefs’ lead atop the AFC West on Sunday.
With Kansas City facing fourth-and-one in the third quarter, Hunt took a shovel pass from Patrick Mahomes, hurdled one defender and then broke several more tackles on his way to a 23-yard score.
The touchdown gave the Chiefs a 30-14 lead, and there was no way back for Denver as Kansas City moved to 7-1.
Cam Newton threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another on the ground as the Carolina Panthers beat the Baltimore Ravens 36-21 to move to 5-2.
Though unbeaten at home, Carolina found themselves rated as underdogs against the league’s top-ranked defence, but certainly did not play like it.
The game was essentially over at half-time after three unanswered Panthers touchdowns – including an 11-yard rush and a six-yard reception for Christian McCaffrey – helped Carolina into 24-7 lead.
Dirk Koetter’s decision to bench quarterback Jameis Winston in the third quarter almost paid off as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied against the Cincinnati Bengals only to lose 37-34 on a late field goal.
Winston had thrown four interceptions by the time he was replaced with Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the third – with the last of them returned for a touchdown by Jessie Bates to put Cincinnati 34-16 up.
Fitzpatrick led Tampa Bay on three scoring drives as Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 38-yard field goal before Fitzpatrick connected with Mike Evans and OJ Howard on 72- and 18-yard touchdown passes to level the game at 34-34 with 1:10 left on the clock.
But Cincinnati snatched victory at the death as Randy Bullock kicked a 44-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.
The Philadelphia Eagles became the first team to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in London since 2014 as the reigning Super Bowl champions got back to 4-4 with a 24-18 victory.
Carson Wentz and Blake Bortles both threw for 286 yards in the game, but Wentz had three touchdowns to Bortles’ one and the Eagles took victory.
The Seattle Seahawks improved to 4-3 as Russell Wilson threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns – all the scores coming in the second quarter – and Chris Carson rushed for 105 yards with one touchdown in a 28-14 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Baker Mayfield may have given the Cleveland Browns hopes of a brighter future but he cannot yet give them a road win.
The Browns’ losing streak away from home hit 25 games as they went down 33-18 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who got 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns from James Conner.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns as the Chicago Bears beat the New York Jets 24-10, while Adrian Peterson piled up 149 yards with a touchdown as the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-13.