NFL Week 7 Blitz Read: Cowboys, Ravens lose after missed kicks in final seconds

It was a victory 2,121 days in the making for the Redskins but it fell into the hands of the Cowboys’ special teams.

The Cowboys had a chance to pull ahead late in the fourth quarter, as they neared the red zone but would ultimately settle for a field-goal attempt to try and send the game into overtime. But, a costly mistake pushed the visiting Dallas squad back for a long 52-yard attempt for kicker Brett Maher, who nearly pulled it off. The ball, however, hit the upright and gave Washington the 20-17 victory.

It was the first time the Redskins beat the Cowboys at FedEx Field since Washington’s NFC East-clinching win over Dallas in December 2012.

The win wasn’t Washington’s best outing. The Redskins have gone 11 games without a third-quarter touchdown, and had to settle for a field goal to pull ahead of the Cowboys. It was that 21-yard make by Dustin Hopkins that inched Washington ahead for good.

The Ravens were facing a similar situation against the Saints. After letting go of a 17-7 lead, Baltimore pulled within one point of New Orleans after a late touchdown with 14 seconds left on the clock.

The hosting Ravens sent out veteran kicker Justin Tucker, who by all accounts should have tied it up. Tucker had never missed an extra-point, knocking down all 222 of his regular-season attempts. But, that changed Sunday. The Ravens fell 24-23 to the Saints.

What a day for the kickers.

Injury report

Bills running back LeSean McCoy left Sunday’s game against the Colts in the first quarter with a head injury. Buffalo later announced he would not return.

Patriots running back Sony Michel got twisted up with Bears defenders on a fumble and suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. He was quickly ruled out after being helped off the field and to the locker room.

Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander hurt his knee against the Browns, and <a href="http://

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Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was carried off the field with a left ankle injury in their matchup versus the Jets. It was later reported that coach Mike Zimmer believed Rhodes suffered an ankle sprain.

By the numbers

Tennessee has some serious work to do with its 2-point conversion plays.

The Colts’ blowout victory over the Bills is just the latest accomplishment for quarterback Andrew Luck. He completed 17 of his 23 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns.

Highlights

Deandre Hopkins did his best Odell Beckham Jr. impression against the Jaguars.

Patriots receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could not be caught.

Brock Osweiler to Danny Amendola.

Drew Brees is in very elite company. The Saints’ quarterback joined the illustrious 500 touchdown club with this 1-yard pass.

Ravens’ rookie Lamar Jackson scored his first career touchdown on a quarterback keeper.

Quotables

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on why he benched quarterback Blake Bortles: “(The) thought process (was): ‘Hey listen, I’m going to take the quarterback out’ — not like he played worse than anyone out there. He had two fumbles. I just literally did it to try and get a damn spark from this football team to put everyone on notice.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel on why he went for a potential game-winning two-point conversion: “I told the team that we made a decision that we’re going to be aggressive. If we scored, when we scored, if there was less than 40 seconds we were going to go for two to win the game. If there was (over a minute), we’re gonna kick the extra point and go play defense.”

Week 7 NFL scores

Thursday’s game

Broncos 45, Cardinals 10

Sunday’s games

Chargers 20, Titans 19
Panthers 21, Eagles 17
Vikings 37, Jets 17
Colts 37, Bills 5
Patriots 38, Bears 31
Buccaneers 26, Browns 23 (OT)
Texans 20, Jaguars 7
Lions 32, Dolphins 21
Saints 24, Ravens 23
Redskins 20, Cowboys 17
Rams 39, 49ers 10
Bengals at Chiefs, in progress

Monday’s game

Giants at Falcons 8:15 p.m. ET