Week 11 of the NFL season saw dramatic comebacks, shock victories and a perfect game from a quarterback.
The long-suffering fans of the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns continued to have plenty to shout about as their teams both won again, making it the first season since 1969 that both teams have won at least seven of their opening 10 games.
Elsewhere Brock Purdy produced a perfect passer rating as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills continued on the comeback trail against the New York Jets.
The Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns are the only two teams ever to have 0-16 seasons and two of the four teams to never reach the NFL Championship game, but the pair are putting together impressive seasons after plenty of tough years in the past.
The Lions overcame a 12-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Chicago Bears 31-26 Sunday, despite turning the ball over four times.
Alex Anzalone had 11 tackles as the Detroit defense produced big stops that allowed the offense to secure the comeback win.
Dan Campbell’s team are now 8-2 for the first time since 1962 and have a comfortable lead at the top of the NFC North.
The Cleveland Browns, and in particular Myles Garrett who had another two sacks, again showed how effective they are as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10. Garrett is the +120 favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year.
Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett managed just 106 yards passing as his side couldn’t get anything going against fellow rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
The Browns are now just a game back of their AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens.
Detroit are +1100 to win the NFL Championship this season, while Cleveland are +3500 to claim the title.
The San Francisco 49ers have bounced back from three defeats in a row with back-to-back impressive victories to take them to 7-3.
Their 27-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11 saw quarterback Brock Purdy make some history by becoming the first San Francisco quarterback since Joe Montana in 1989 to record the highest possible passer rating.
Purdy threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, with 21 completions from 25 attempts. Brandon Aiyuk was the primary recipient with 156 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The 49ers are now in first place in the NFC West before a crucial run in which they face the Philadelphia Eagles and division rivals the Seattle Seahawks twice in the next three games.
Injuries to quarterbacks have been a running theme of the 2023 NFL season, ever since Aaron Rodgers went down on the fourth snap of his New York Jets tenure.
Week 11 was no different with the Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson being ruled out for the season before their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Thursday Night Football was no different, with the Cincinnati Bengals slinger Joe Burrow also being ruled out for the year with a hand injury.
Lamar Jackson was also banged up in a 34-20 Baltimore Ravens win over the Bengals, with Baltimore also losing their star tight end Mark Andrews for the rest of the year with an ankle injury.
Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks missed snaps after taking a big hit in his team’s 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Buffalo Bills season looked in big trouble after back-to-back defeats against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos but they bounced back in style in Week 11, with a blowout 32-6 victory over the New York Jets.
Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns as the Bills defense held the Jets to just 92 yards passing and produced four turnovers in a dominant win.
The Bills are now 6-5 in the AFC East and kept their play-off hopes alive, while the Jets saw theirs all but extinguished.
New York failed to convert any of their 11 third down attempts and Zach Wilson was replaced by Tim Boyle in the third quarter, who threw for just 33 yards and an interception.