For the second straight week, the NFL reported no positive coronavirus test results Sunday, meaning the full slate of games went ahead.

The mood was decidedly negative in New England, where the Patriots benched an ineffective Cam Newton amid a lopsided loss to the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Not only did Pats fans have to watch a former quarterback on their team, Jimmy Garoppolo, enjoy an easy win with their opponent, but another former New England quarterback by the name of Tom Brady submitted a masterful performance in leading his Tampa Bay Buccaneers past the host Las Vegas Raiders and to a 5-2 record.

The late-afternoon window also gave us our first snow game of the season: Kansas City at Denver, where the Chiefs scored on offense, defense and special teams in handling the Broncos, 43-16. Earlier in the day, the Pittsburgh Steelers won a matchup of unbeaten teams by handing the Tennessee Titans their first loss, the Green Bay Packers improved to 5-1 while the Houston Texans fell to 1-6, and the New Orleans Saints got to 4-2 by squeaking past the 3-4 Carolina Panthers in a key divisional showdown.

11:52 p.m.
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Justin Herbert accounts for four touchdowns, gets first NFL win as starter

Justin Herbert continues to impress, and now the rookie quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers has an actual NFL victory to show for it.

Herbert completed 27 of 43 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 66 yards and a touchdown as the Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 39-29, in Inglewood, Calif.

The Chargers won for the first time in the five starts made by Herbert, who was chosen sixth overall in the NFL draft in April.

11:45 p.m.
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Chiefs swat aside Broncos in the snow

The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense and special teams had most of the team’s big plays in the first half Sunday, making life easy for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who simply needed to avoid mistakes to guide his team to a 43-16 win over the host Denver Broncos.

Amid snowy conditions, Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle found his footing for a 102-yard kickoff return, and his touchdown bracketed a second quarter that began with Kansas City safety Daniel Sorensen returning an interception 50 yards for a score. By the end of the game, Chad Henne was in at quarterback for the Chiefs, and Mahomes’s veteran backup was able to finish the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run.

Meanwhile, Denver quarterback Drew Lock struggled to a two-interception day, with no touchdowns, on 24-of-40 passing for 254 yards. The Broncos ran well, gaining 177 yards on 33 total carries, but they couldn’t do nearly enough to keep up with the Chiefs’ well-rounded attack.

11:40 p.m.
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Brady faring better without Belichick than Belichick is doing without him

While the New England Patriots were winning six Super Bowl titles with Tom Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach, the question was asked often: Which one was more responsible for the team’s success?

That can never be answered. But with Brady now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it can be said that things are going far better for Brady without the Patriots these days than they are for Belichick and the Patriots without Brady.

Brady threw four touchdown passes in a 33-for-45, 369-yard performance Sunday in Las Vegas as the Bucs beat the Raiders, 45-20. The Buccaneers improved to 5-2 and they’ll have just-signed wide receiver Antonio Brown once his eight-game suspension expires.

The Bucs won the game rescheduled by the NFL, being moved to the afternoon from the Sunday night slot, because of the coronavirus-related issues experienced last week by the Raiders. The Raiders had four of their starting offensive linemen back from their five-day isolation after they were identified as high-risk close contacts. But one of them, guard Gabe Jackson, was ejected upon being penalized for unnecessary roughness following a third-quarter touchdown by the Raiders.

Brady’s successful day came as the Patriots’ record dropped to 2-4 with their 33-6 loss at home to the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady’s former understudy. The Patriots are on their first three-game losing streak since 2002. They suffered their most lopsided home defeat under Belichick.

Belichick sat down Brady’s successor at quarterback, Cam Newton, in favor of Jarrett Stidham. It was the second in-game quarterback switch this season by Belichick. He also benched Brian Hoyer during the Patriots’ loss at Kansas City with Newton sidelined after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

11:28 p.m.
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Patriots lose to 49ers after Cam Newton is benched

Jarett Stidham proved no better than Cam Newton at avoiding turnovers, and now the New England Patriots won’t be able to avoid questions about the viability of their quarterbacks.

Coming in for relief of Newton, who was benched Sunday midway through the third quarter after throwing three interceptions against the San Francisco 49ers, Stidham promptly threw a pick of his own. Fittingly, Stidham ended his second drive for the Patriots by taking a sack as the clock ran out on a desultory, 33-6 loss.

The mood for New England fans could not have been improved by seeing former Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback for San Francisco, although he threw two interceptions himself, with no touchdown passes and 277 yards through the air. Before he was removed from the game, Newton completed 9 of 15 passes for 98 yards and a 39.7 rating.

The 49ers, as is their wont, did much of their damage on the ground. Running backs Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty led the way with 112 and 57 rushing yards, respectively, with Wilson scoring three touchdowns. San Francisco’s top two backs, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, missed the game with injuries, and the 49ers traveled to New England with a similarly depleted defense, but the Patriots could muster very little on offense.

10:47 p.m.
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Cam Newton benched after third interception against 49ers

Cam Newton was benched Sunday in the middle of the third quarter, after he threw his third interception against the San Francisco 49ers. The former NFL MVP, in his first season with the New England Patriots after the departure of Tom Brady, was replaced by second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Newton completed just four of eight passes, for only 30 yards, and he threw two interceptions in a first half that ended with the Patriots trailing at home by a 23-3 margin. When Newton was pulled, he had 98 passing yards and the three picks, plus five carries for 19 yards, and his team was losing by a 33-6 count.

In his first season with New England after nine with the Carolina Panthers, Newton entered Sunday having completed 68.1 percent of his passes for the Patriots, but only for 871 yards and two touchdowns over four games, with four picks. He has been as effective as ever on the ground, rushing 45 times for 225 yards and five touchdowns entering Week 7, but the struggles Sunday after a poor outing last week against the Denver Broncos have to be setting off alarm bells in New England.

9:46 p.m.
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Great returns for Chiefs in Denver

The Kansas City Chiefs are pouring it on in snowy Denver, and it’s not all about the passing of Patrick Mahomes and the debut of just-added running back Le’Veon Bell.

The Chiefs had second-quarter touchdowns on an interception return and a kickoff return. Safety Daniel Sorensen went 50 yards to the end zone with an interception of a pass by Denver’s Drew Lock. After the Broncos got a field goal, Byron Pringle provided a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The Chiefs lead the Broncos, 24-9.

9:42 p.m.
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Tom Brady accounts for three first-half touchdowns as Bucs lead Raiders

It was a big first half for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in Las Vegas.

Brady threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns for 18-for-26 passing in the half. He dropped a perfectly placed throw into the arms of wide receiver Scotty Miller for a 33-yard touchdown 17 seconds before the break. Brady threw an earlier touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski and had a one-yard rushing touchdown as the Bucs lead the Raiders, 21-10.

It’s almost as if Brady and the Buccaneers aren’t in dire need of adding another wide receiver.

9:26 p.m.
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Le’Veon Bell gets big gain in first carry for Chiefs

Over 17 expensive games for the New York Jets, Le’Veon Bell’s longest run was 19 yards. On his first carry for the Kansas City Chiefs, he gained 16.

Released by the woeful Jets last week after the team couldn’t find a trade partner for its high-priced but disgruntled running back, Bell opted to join the Chiefs and wasted little time showing what he could do in arguably the league’s best offense. The 28-year-old former Pittsburgh Steelers star took advantage of a big hole on the left side and picked his way through defenders, looking very much like he still had something left in the tank.

Bell’s next two carries on that drive went for just three yards, but he helped put his new team in position for a successful field goal. As expected, Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the team’s first-round pick this year, retained his starter’s spot, but Bell served notice that there may well be more competition in Kansas City’s backfield.

9:16 p.m.
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Todd Gurley’s TD for Falcons helped lead to Lions win

Todd Gurley scored two touchdowns for his Atlanta Falcons Sunday, but he probably wants the second one back. In fact, the veteran running back tried not to score late in the fourth quarter, but his momentum led him into the end zone — and helped lead to a Detroit Lions win.

That’s because Atlanta was down by two points with just over a minute left, and the Lions were out of timeouts, when Gurley scored. If he had managed to stop himself at the 1-yard line, as he belatedly tried to do, the Falcons would have been able to run the clock down and attempt a chip-shot field goal for the win.

Instead, Atlanta scored the touchdown and got a two-point conversion for a six-point lead, only to see Detroit march 75 yards in the final minute to score its own touchdown with no time left. The Lions then kicked an extra point for a close, improbable win and yet another heartbreaking defeat this season for the Falcons.

9:09 p.m.
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Raiders vs. Brady game features ‘tuck rule’ flashback

Tom Brady, the Raiders and Jon Gruden were on the field. And there was a “tuck rule”-ish play, even with the tuck rule no longer in existence.

On the first play of the second quarter in Las Vegas, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr appeared to lose a fumble on a sack by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ndakukong Suh made the recovery for the Bucs and provided a 62-yard return. But on the automatic instant replay review that follows any turnover, the on-field call was reversed and the play was called an incomplete pass by Carr. The Raiders kicked a field goal on the next play.

For Gruden and the Raiders, it was quasi-tuck-rule revenge on Brady.

The New England Patriots’ dynasty was launched, remember, by the famed (or infamous, depending on your perspective) Tuck Rule Game against the Gruden-coached Raiders in a snowy AFC playoff encounter in 2002. A fumble by Brady that would have sealed a Raiders’ victory instead was ruled an incompletion. The Patriots went on to beat the Raiders on their way to the first of their six Super Bowl titles with Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach.

NFL owners voted in March 2013 to eliminate the tuck rule. Brady is now with the Bucs. The Raiders are based in Vegas. Gruden left the Raiders for the Buccaneers, then left coaching for the ESPN broadcast booth, then returned to coaching and the Raiders. But their shared past was back on display on that play.

8:43 p.m.
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Baker Mayfield outduels Joe Burrow in a wild fourth quarter

With the Bengals and Browns barreling down the fourth-quarter stretch, the final result was destined to be a gut punch for either Baker Mayfield or Joe Burrow. But neither could have imagined an ending that included five go-ahead touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the first time in NFL history that has happened, according to Elias Sports.

This time, it was Burrow’s turn to walk away disappointed despite becoming the first Bengals rookie to pass for more than 400 yards. Mayfield, with an aching torso from a cracked rib, saw Odell Beckham Jr. leave the game early in the first quarter and overcame a horrific 0-for-5 start as Cleveland improved to 5-2 with a 37-34 victory in Cincinnati.

He did it by leading the Browns down the field on a drive that ended in a 24-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones, who made a brilliant tiptoe catch in the end zone.

His heroics became necessary when Burrow, whose team was down three offensive line starters and running back Joe Mixon, led the Bengals on a 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard with 1:09 left in the game. Burrow got two last chances with 11 seconds left, but his Hail Mary pass was broken up. He finished with 406 yards passing, completing 35 of 47 passes for three touchdowns and an interception.

As for Mayfield, he completed 22 of 28 passes (which meant that his only incompletion after the 0-for-5 start was a spike to stop the clock) for 297 yards and five touchdowns and an interception (on his first attempt of the day).

It was enough to shut the haters up for another week. And, for Burrow, enough to make people believers in a 1-5-1 team.

8:33 p.m.
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Davante Adams, Packers bounce back to beat Texans

Last week, the Green Bay Packers were throttled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ top-ranked defense in a 38-10 rout. The Houston Texans’ defense came into Week 7 ranked 30th in the NFL and it showed, as the Packers were able to bounce back nicely for a 35-20 win.

Houston had no answers at all for Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams, who led all players in Sunday’s early slate with 13 catches and 196 yards. Adams also scored twice to help Aaron Rodgers rack up four touchdown passes, along with 283 passing yards and a 132.4 rating. The Packers’ star running back, Aaron Jones, missed the game with a calf injury, but he was ably replaced by Jamaal Williams, who had more than 100 yards from scrimmage and a score.

In comeback mode for most of the contest after Green Bay jumped out to a 21-0 lead, Houston quarterback Deshawn Watson completed 29 of 39 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans are now 1-6, while the Packers moved to 5-1.

8:21 p.m.
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Steelers remain unbeaten as Gostkowski misses tying field goal for Titans

The Pittsburgh Steelers held on to win at Tennessee, 27-24, when Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 45-yard field goal attempt with 14 seconds remaining.

The Titans nearly came back after trailing by 27-7 in the third quarter. After scoring 17 straight points, they had an end zone interception of a pass forced into heavy traffic by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with about 2½ minutes remaining, then went on a drive toward a potential winning touchdown or tying field goal.

But the drive stalled with an intentional-grounding penalty by Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He threw incomplete into the end zone on third down, and Gostkowski pushed the ball wide right on his kick.

One kneel-down by Roethlisberger gave Steelers the victory as they improved their record to 6-0, while the Titans fell to 5-1.

8:12 p.m.
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Bills kick six field goals to get past 0-7 Jets

It wasn’t at all pretty — unless you had Buffalo kicker Tyler Bass on your fantasy team — but the Bills took care of business against the still-winless New York Jets, 18-10. With Jets Coach Adam Gase reportedly having given up play-calling duties, at least for Sunday, Sam Darnold and Co. jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Bills took over from there to improve to 5-2.

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen threw for 307 yards and rushed for 61 more, but he lost a fumble on a play that started at the Jets’ 14-yard line, and he could not get his team into the end zone, apart from a would-be scoring play that was called back on a penalty. Against a better team, that might have spelled doom, but the Jets, now 0-7, were once again not up to the task of taking advantage.

One bright spot for New York was the NFL debut of wide receiver Denzel Mims, a second-round pick who missed the first six games with a hamstring injury but who led the Jets Sunday with four catches for 42 yards. Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley was his team’s offensive standout, catching 11 balls for 112 yards.