Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Unfortunately, kicker Cairo Santos missed the extra point. The Lions eventually answered with a touchdown and won the game. But Fields has emerged as one of the league’s best rushing threats and an improving passer who can build chemistry with receiver Chase Claypool, whom Chicago acquired from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.

Bears General Manager Ryan Poles has been working to clear cap space ahead of this off-season, and Fields should be hitting a new level just as help arrives in 2023.

49ers 22, Chargers 16: This was a game of attrition. For the first quarter, the Chargers decided to play the best run defense they have all season, relying on five-man fronts to get the job done and hold the 49ers to a field goal. Eventually, the 49ers wore them down as they shelled out 36 carries to Christian McCaffrey, and Deebo Samuel. The run game helped unlock all of the play-action passes Jimmy Garoppolo loves, and that was that. Justin Herbert played a valiant first half despite no rushing support and endless pressure from the 49ers’ front, but he didn’t look the same after a shot to the head late in the second quarter and the Chargers went scoreless in the second half.

Cardinals 27, Rams 17: With Kyler Murray nursing a hamstring injury and Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol, this battle of the backups turned on other position players. Colt McCoy, the Cardinals’ No. 2 quarterback, found DeAndre Hopkins for 98 yards on 10 completions, and benefited from receiver Rondale Moore’s breakout game of nine catches for 94 yards, including one tough contested grab down the field. The Rams’ John Wolford came up short and Cooper Kupp went down with an apparent ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

Packers 31, Cowboys 28 (overtime): Dak Prescott (27 of 46 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns) started the game by throwing two picks then building a 14-point lead over Green Bay. But the Packers’ defense shut out the Cowboys in the fourth quarter and overtime. Christian Watson erupted for three touchdown catches and the Packers ended a five-game slide.

Colts 25, Raiders 20: Another 100-yard game from Davante Adams, another Raiders loss. Jeff Saturday, the Colts’ interim head coach, reinstated Matt Ryan as the starting quarterback and leaned heavily on the run game as well as quick passes, which worked together to negate an already weak Raiders pass-rush. The Raiders are now 2-7 and Josh McDaniels’s seat is on fire.

Giants 24, Texans 16: Saquon Barkley carried the ball 35 times for 152 yards and a touchdown, giving the Giants both consistency and explosiveness. Daniel Jones delivered the ball well on just 17 attempts and found Darius Slayton for multiple plays of at least 30 yards, including a short throw under pressure that Slayton took 54 yards for a score. Houston’s Davis Mills tried his best to keep up but saw constant pressure, taking four sacks.

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