Everyone likes an underdog story and Taylor Heinicke produced Week 10's most compelling one as the journeyman led the Commanders to a shock win over Philadelphia Eagles.
Filling in for injured starter Carson Wentz, Heinicke threw for 211 yards on 17 completions from 29 passing attempts as the Commanders stunned the Eagles 32-21 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Washington converted 12 of 21 third downs to keep the chains moving and largely keep Hurts and the Eagles off the field as the visitors dominated the time of possession on Monday night.
The Philadelphia QB and MVP candidate threw an interception - as well as two touchdowns - and the Eagles lost three fumbles as self-inflicted mistakes cost them a chance to go 9-0.
Wide receiver Terry McLaurin was arguably the real star of the Commanders' performance, as he finished with eight receptions for 128 yards.
But it was Heinicke who hammered the final nail into the Eagles' coffin when he astutely took a knee to give himself up behind the line of scrimmage on third and seven. He was then tackled by two Eagles defenders and the ensuing flag for a hit on a defenseless player iced the game.
The Buffalo Bills appeared to be on their way to a solid make-up victory after losing to the New York Jets last week when they led 24-10 at halftime against the Minnesota Vikings, but then the 'game of the year' really burst into life.
Josh Allen threw two crucial interceptions - the first coming on fourth-and-goal from Minnesota's 2-yard line and led directly to C.J. Ham scoring on a 3-yard run to cut Buffalo's lead to 27-23 with 4:34 remaining.
The Bills' defense then appeared to do enough for the win when they halted Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the half-yard line with 49 seconds to go.
But on the very next play, Allen muffed the snap from center Mitch Morse and Vikings linebacker Erik Hendricks dived into the end zone to recover it for a touchdown.
Buffalo forced overtime with a 29-yard field goal in the final two seconds of regulation, albeit assisted by some ropey officiating, but the Vikings would not be denied and won when Allen was picked off again as he attempted to respond to Minnesota's go-ahead FG.
The Indianapolis Colts were pilloried for hiring their former Super Bowl-winning center Jeff Saturday as coach last week. It was deemed an insult to the coaching fraternity by those within it, and pretty much all of the media, that a guy whose only sideline experience had been with a high school team should land an NFL head coaching job.
Well, on Sunday he led the Colts to an improbable 25-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in his first game as interim coach to ram those words down the throats of the critics, although he refused to revel in it publicly.
Future Hall of Fame lineman Joe Thomas had accused Colts owner Jim Irsay of merely hiring one of his "drinking buddies" while Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher had called the hire "a disgrace to the coaching profession".
"I can assure you, I have never gone drinking with Jim," Saturday said of Thomas' comments during an interview with NBC Sports' Peter King.
"I don't even know that Jim drinks. I don't drink very much either. No disrespect to either of those men. They are who they are and said what they said. It will not sway me."
After being outcoached by the former ESPN analyst on Sunday, Josh McDaniels appears to occupy the hottest seat in the NFL right now after his Raiders tumbled to a 2-7 record.
The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator has all the credentials that Saturday doesn't after working under Bill Belichick for 14 years and playing his part in six Super Bowl triumphs, but his head coaching record now stands at 13-24.
He's actually lost 24 of his last 31 games at the helm and is widely perceived to be in over his head in Vegas. But Raiders owner Mark Davis rallied behind the beleaguered coach on Monday when he gave his support, stating: "Rome was not built in a day".
Expectations were high in Sin City after the Raiders finished 10-7 and made the playoffs last season under interim coach Rich Bisaccia and general manager Mike Mayock.
But you don't have to read between the lines too hard to understand that there has been a lack of buy-in from the players to McDaniels' methods.
Quarterback Derek Carr made a teary post-game speech about some guys giving all-out effort but, "I wish everybody in that room felt the same way" while wide receiver Davante Adams espoused his theory in the locker room.
"Just don't [have] enough guys that are fully bought into that right now. I think people like the idea, but when it's time to execute - it don't turn out that way," he told Logan Reever of CBS affiliate 8 News Now.