Here's What Happened in NFL Week 10 – New York Times


The Falcons, Saints and Vikings all won big games on a Sunday that provided plenty of highlight-reel plays and more drama than was expected. Here’s a look at what happened in N.F.L. Week 10:

Patriots jump on Broncos, and never look back.

The Denver Broncos never stood a chance. At the end of New England’s first drive, the Patriots punted, Denver’s Isaiah McKenzie muffed the catch, and two plays later New England was on the board with a 7-0 lead. The score was never in doubt in the eventual 41-16 victory, with Tom Brady throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns while Denver repeatedly failed to turn yards into points.

New England, who opened up a two-game lead over Buffalo in the A.F.C. East, is one of five 7-2 teams, all of which are one game behind the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles for the best record in the N.F.L. Denver, on the other hand, dropped to 3-6, three games behind Kansas City in the A.F.C. West.

Without Elliott, Cowboys come up short against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Falcons finally held onto a lead. It turns out all they needed was a career-best performance from Adrian Clayborn, a defensive end who was absolutely dominant with six sacks and seven quarterback hits. Clayborn’s disruption gave Dak Prescott absolutely no time to work and the 27-7 Falcons’ victory broke a three-game winning streak by the Cowboys. In the first game of Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, Dallas had just 107 rushing yards, 42 of which came from Prescott.

Matt Ryan hooked up with Justin Hardy on a 3-yard pass for Atlanta’s first offensive touchdown in the third quarter this season. Early in the fourth, Ryan put the game away for the Falcons (5-4) by tossing one to Austin Hooper for a 1-yard score.

While the Cowboys (5-4) surely missed Elliott, who

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