Bills earn 1st sweep of Patriots since '99 with 38-9 win
– Josh Allen passed for four touchdowns and the Buffalo Bills became the first AFC East foe to sweep the season series with the New England Patriots in two decades with a 38-9 victory on Monday night. The last division opponents to sweep the Patriots were the Jets and Dolphins in 2000. Stefon Diggs had nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns, setting a Bills single-season record for receiving yards. The Patriots closed to 10-9 on Newton's 9-yard TD run in the second quarter, but Nick Folk missed the extra point and the Bills pulled away from there. INJURIESBills: S Jordan Poyer was helped off field late in second quarter to be evaluated for a head injury.
Undefeated Titans getting healthy after COVID-19 outbreak
The undefeated Titans are healing up from the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak. DeCastro will miss his third game of the season after sustaining an abdominal injury last week against Philadelphia. Johnson, Pittsburgh’s second-leading receiver, is out because of a back injury suffered on a punt return last week. Cincinnati also will be missing starting defensive tackle D.J. Eagles: RT Lane Johnson, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery, CB Avonte Maddox, S Marcus Epps, LB Duke Riley, QB Nate Sudfeld.
Patriots place 3 more on COVID-IR but Broncos game still on
The Patriots went back to work Saturday, Oct. 17, one day after a fifth player on the team tested positive for COVID-19 and one day before their twice-postponed game against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos had COVID-19 news of their own Saturday: Running backs coach Curtis Modkins has tested positive and won’t make the trip to New England. Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars said that a practice-squad player tested positive. The Jaguars also placed defensive end Josh Mauro on the regular COVID-19 list. The Falcons had to shut their facility Thursday but reopened Friday after one nonplayer tested positive.
Chiefs lean on D to beat Pats 26-10 in COVID-19-delayed game
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) celebrates after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Kansas City. Later on Saturday, it same out that Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta'amu also had tested positive, forcing the NFL to postpone the game. In retrospect, the Patriots (2-2) probably wish the game was delayed even longer so they could get their QB back. This time, the Chiefs stripped the ball loose and recovered it, keeping New England from another field-goal attempt. And when Hill took a jet sweep to the pylon for a touchdown, the Chiefs had some breathing room.