Wed, Nov 7, 1:05pm by Staff Writer
The New Orleans Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season with a pulsating 45-35 win at the Superdome on Monday (AEDT).
It was an offensive master class from both teams, with the Saints leading 35-14 late in the first half, only for the Rams to rattle off the next 21 points to tie the game at 35-35 in the second half.
The Saints scored a field goal and touchdown in the final quarter to prevail and move to 7-1 on the season.
New Orleans is now $6 to win the Super Bowl, with the Rams going out to $5.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees had another stellar game, with 346 yards and four touchdowns.
His opposite Jared Goff threw for 391 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
New Orleans receiver Michael Thomas was exceptional with 211 yards on just 12 receptions, as well as a touchdown.
Carolina ($21) continued its unbeaten run at home with a 42-28 win against division rival Tampa Bay ($426).
The Panthers are now 5-0 at home, with Cam Newton throwing two touchdowns.
The Panthers led 35-14 at half time in a high scoring game, with new Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling.
He threw four touchdowns but also had two interceptions and just 243 yards in the match. The Bucs fall to 3-5 and 1-4 on the road.
Kansas City ($6) heaped more pressure on the Cleveland Browns ($501) with a 38-21 win in Cleveland.
The Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the week, with the instability proving costly against the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes has produced consistently for the Chiefs this season and that didn’t change against the Browns, with the rookie throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns.
Atlanta ($67) has won back-to-back games as it looked to move above 0.500 after it crushed the Washington Redskins ($51) in D.C.
Matt Ryan had four touchdowns for the Falcons, who scored at least one touchdown in every quarter.
Alex Smith had 46 pass attempts for the Skins, but managed just one touchdown as they struggled to get anything going. Washington is 5-3 on the season and remains first in the NFC East.
Chicago ($26) made it two losses in six days for Buffalo ($501) at home as they crushed the Bills 41-9 in western New York.
The Bears used a 28-0 second quarter outburst to win the game. Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman had three interceptions in a dour showing for the home side as they lost their seventh game of the season.
Chicago moves to 5-3 on the season and 2-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh ($15) avenged a home loss against the Ravens earlier this season to produce a 23-16 win in Baltimore ($67).
It is Baltimore’s third straight loss and their trademark defensive pressure has deserted them.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had two touchdown and 270 yards, while his opposite Joe Flacco threw for 209 yards and no touchdowns.
Houston continues to be one of the hottest teams in the NFL, producing its sixth straight win with a 19-17 triumph in Denver.
The Texans ($21) are two games clear atop the AFC South standings and benefited from a Brandon McManus missed 51-yard field goal as time expired that would have tied the game for Denver.
There were also wins in week nine for Miami ($301), Minnesota ($15) and San Francisco ($501) against the New York Jets ($501), Detroit ($301) and Oakland ($501) respectively.
The Los Angeles Chargers ($15) won their sixth game of the season with a surprise 25-17 road win at Seattle ($81).
The Seahawks drop to 4-4 on the season, with quarterback Russell Wilson scoring two touchdowns in a 235-yard game.
Dallas ($67) kept in touch with Washington in the NFC East with a win in Monday Night Football against Tennessee ($81).
Tennessee ($81) won their fourth game in five starts with an upset win in Monday Night Football against Dallas ($67).
Week nine was a bye week for Cincinnati ($41), Indianapolis ($201), the New York Giants ($501), Philadelphia ($26), Arizona ($501) and Jacksonville ($67).
Super Bowl 53 odds
New England Patriots $4.50
Los Angeles Rams $5
Kansas City Chiefs $6
New Orleans Saints $6
Los Angeles Chargers $15
Minnesota Vikings $15
Pittsburgh Steelers $15
Carolina Panthers $21
Houston Texans $21
Chicago Bears $26
Philadelphia Eagles $26
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