Bills, Cowboys, 49ers win during Week 10 in NFL
Buffalo finally has a win. To get it, the Bills had to extend a record losing streak by their opponent.
Dallas has its second win, and the first for Jason Garrett as an NFL head coach.
San Francisco got its third victory of the season and, yes, might be climbing into contention in the NFC West.
After three straight close calls, the Bills made sure there would be no 0-16 teams this season by beating the only franchise to manage that ignominious feat, the Lions, 14-12 on Sunday. The win at Orchard Park, N.Y., gave Detroit a 25-game road skid, snapping a league record it held with, who else, itself.
“At the end of the game, I saw a fan pull up a sign that said something about `the streak continues,’” Detroit receiver Nate Burleson said. “It’s definitely frustrating.”
The frustration of being the NFL’s only winless club is over for the Bills, who got two touchdowns from Fred Jackson: a 1-yard plunge and a 16-yard catch in a sloppy game played in rain-soaked conditions between two perennial losers.
Buffalo (1-8) ended what had been its worst start to a season since going 0-11 in 1984. The Lions (2-7) broke the road losing streak they set in dropping 24 in a row from 2001-03.
A 33-20 victory against the New York Giants meant something extra to the Cowboys, who had lost five in a row, costing Wade Phillips his coaching job. Garrett moved up from offensive coordinator on Monday, and Dallas (2-7) made a slew of big plays to snap a five-game winning string for New York (6-3).
“The key today was we made the plays when we had to make the plays as opposed to not making the plays the first eight weeks of the season,” linebacker Keith Brooking said. “We stuck together. We fought and we did everything in our power to get the win today.”
San Francisco is 3-6 after its 23-20 OT win against the Rams, but that merits consideration as a contender to win the NFC West, where the leader is Seattle at 5-4. Joe Nedney kicked a 29-yard field goal with 9:38 left in overtime, and Troy Smith passed for 356 yards against St. Louis (4-5).
“When you’re part of a team that has nothing but a winning tradition, you want to keep that going as a quarterback,” Smith said, overlooking the 49ers’ current seven-year absence from the playoffs. “There’s too many tremendous athletes here to not share, for everybody to not have the opportunity to make a play.”
Also Sunday, it was Jacksonville 31, Houston 24; the New York Jets 26, Cleveland 20 in OT; New England 39, Pittsburgh 26; Seattle 36, Arizona 18; Chicago 27, Minnesota 13; Denver 49, Kansas City 29; Miami 29, Tennessee 17; Indianapolis 23, Cincinnati 17; and Tampa Bay 31, Carolina 16.
The weekend began with Atlanta beating Baltimore 26-21 on Thursday night. Monday night’s matchup is Philadelphia (5-3) at Washington (4-4).
Off this week are Green Bay, New Orleans, Oakland and San Diego.