Raiders stun NFL champ Chiefs as Seahawks, Steelers stay unbeaten
Derek Carr threw 347 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday to ignite the Las Vegas Raiders over the previously undefeated Kansas City 40-32 and overcome two epic NFL droughts.
Carr had a 6-0 record at Arrowhead Stadium - he lost an average of 17 points - and the Raiders had lost seven home games in a row at the reigning Super Bowl champion's home stadium, but both hoodoos were broken in high. Scoring duel.
"We stayed together, played with confidence and played easily from start to finish," said Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby.
Carr completed 22 of 31 passes while Josh Jacobs raced 23 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
"We knew what we were capable of," said Carr. "We were once 14-3 (down) and a few years ago we would have been down over that. Now let's say we can make up for that in a few games."
The Raiders improved to 3-2, one game behind the 4-1 bosses in the AFC West division.
The Chiefs and Raiders were level 24-24 at halftime, but the Vegas defenders forced three straight punts and Jeff Heath intercepted Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes to set up a Raiders touchdown.
"It appeals to the kind of people we have on this team," said Raiders coach Jon Gruden. "We brought people with us who have an advantage and want to keep up."
Mahomes completed 22 of 43 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns and ran for one more score, but the Chiefs suffered their first loss since last November in Tennessee.
- Seahawks set standards -
Russell Wilson drove Seattle 94 yards in 1:42 and threw the crucial six yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf in fourth place, 15 seconds from the end, to give the Seahawks a 27-26 win over Minnesota in a seesaw competition .
"We just believed that if we got the ball back, something great would happen," said Wilson. "Incredible game, like a heavyweight fight."
The Seahawks were the first NFL team to reach 5-0 that season and hit the mark for the first time in team history.
"We had some great teams. This is definitely one of them," said Wilson. "We have to stay on course. We haven't done anything yet."
Pittsburgh remained unbeaten when they held back against Philadelphia at 38-29 and made it 4-0 for the first time since 1979.
The Steelers hadn't scored 30 points in a game since late 2018, but Ben Roethlisberger completed 27 of 34 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns, all to rookie Chase Claypool, who scored a total of seven catches for 110 yards and also ran a touchdown .
The Steelers scored five hits in a row from the second quarter to give them a 31-14 lead. However, the Eagles fought back and missed a chance to take the lead when Jake Elliott missed a 57 yard field goal attempt with 3:18.
Pittsburgh took over and 38-year-old "Big Ben" linked up with Claypool from 35 yards for a touchdown to seal the triumph.
- Prescott for Dallas -
The Dallas Cowboys took the lead in the NFC East Division with a 2-3 with a 37-34 win over the visiting New York Giants, but suffered the biggest injury of the day.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was carted off the field in tears and was hospitalized prior to surgery for a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle.
"It sucks," said Cowboys, and ran Ezekiel Elliott back. "I know we won. It's a shame to lose Dak, our leader. We'll need everyone to fill this void."
Prescott had run at 1,690 more mileage than any other passerby in NFL history over a four-game period.
Alex Smith made a stunning comeback at the age of 36 in Washington's 30:10 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Smith completed 9-of-17 for 37 yards in reserve. He hadn't played since sustaining spiral and compound fractures to the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in November 2018, which required 17 surgeries.
"Very surreal at first," said Smith. "It was almost a blessing to make it happen as soon as possible ... Just no thinking and walking and playing."
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