Seferian-Jenkins returns, Bucs win
Tampa Bay Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned from a lengthy shoulder injury that had sidelined him since the third week of the season, and his Bucs (6-6) knocked off the Atlanta Falcons (6-6) 23-19 Sunday. Seferian-Jenkins had three receptions for 31 yards, including a long of 15 in the victory.
The Falcons have now lost six of seven, including five straight, after starting the season 5-0. Despite the loss, Desmond Trufant had another solid game for the Falcons with four tackles, a pass deflection and an interception.
Panthers survive in New Orleans to remain perfect
The Carolina Panthers (12-0) remained the only undefeated team in the NFL by outlasting the New Orleans Saints (4-8) in a 41-38 shootout Sunday. Rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson had a pair of tackles for the Panthers in the victory. Former Husky teammate Hau'oli Kikaha shined in the losing effort for the Saints with seven total tackles (three solo) and a deflected pass.
Peters continues stellar rookie campaign for Chiefs
Rookie Marcus Peters continued what has been a fantastic season for the Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) with six tackles, two pass deflections, and his team-leading fifth interception of the season in their 34-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders (5-7). Fullback Marcel Reece had one run for four yards and three receptions for 19 yards in the Raiders' fourth loss in their last five games.
Around the NFL
- For the fourth time this season, Jermaine Kearse was held without a reception Sunday, as the Seattle Seahawks (7-5) trounced the Minnesota Vikings (8-4) 38-7.
- Travis Coons was one-for-two on field goal attempts, kicking a 47-yarder to account for all of the Cleveland Browns' (2-10) scoring as they lost 37-3 to the rival Cincinnati Bengals (10-2). Rookie Danny Shelton chipped in four tackles for the Browns in the loss.
- Running back Chris Polk rushed 12 times for 61 yards and had an 11-yard touchdown reception, but his Houston Texans (6-6) came up short against the Buffalo Bills (6-6), falling 30-21.
- Donald Butler had one tackle for the San Diego Chargers (3-9), who fell to the Denver Broncos (10-2), 17-3.
- The Washington Redskins (5-7) fell to the Dallas Cowboys (4-8) 19-16 despite huge games from Mason Foster (7 tackles) and Dashon Goldson (6 tackles), who both also recorded fumble recoveries in the loss.