If anyone was doubting that Aaron Rodgers was as good as he once was coming into Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, they now will know for sure that he’s just as good- if not better- than he ever was. The Green Bay Packers quarterback, who has been adjusting to a new offensive scheme that has emphasized running the ball this season, helped push his team to a 6-1 record on the season thanks to a 42-24 win. He did so by throwing five touchdown passes and rushing for another on a nearly perfect day. He also racked up 429 yards through the air on 25-31 passing. He hit five different wide receivers for those TD’s as well, twice helping them come back from narrow deficits. Despite the victory, they remain just a single game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North, due to the fact that the Vikings downed the Detroit Lions 42-30.
The San Francisco 49ers figured out a way to stay undefeated for yet another week on Sunday, doing so thanks to a 9-0 win on the road at the Washington Redskins that few will remember for very long. With rain pounding the field steadily, along with wind, throwing the ball was almost out of the question throughout the game, leading the two starting QB’s to combine for just over 220 yards passing. Despite Jimmy Garoppolo not being able to play as well as he had for most of the year so far because of the weather, they still managed to grind one out via three field goals from kicker Robbie Gould- of which were inside of 30 yards. The 49ers are now 6-0 on the season, 4-0 away from home, while the Redskins remain in the hunt for the #1 pick at 1-6 thus far.
Following three straight losses, the Dallas Cowboys came into Sunday night’s game at home knowing they needed a big win. Not only did they get the win, but they also did so by a comfortable margin as well. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and then led 27-7 at half time before they eased their way to a 37-10 victory that puts them at 4-3, a game ahead of Philly for the division lead in the NFC East. Ezekiel Elliott had a big night, going for over 100 yards and a TD and Dak Prescott had a solid day in the rout.
The final two games of the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs took place on Sunday, and for the second day in a row, they did not disappoint. The afternoon match up pitted the Philadelphia Union against the New York Red Bulls. Twice the Red Bulls had a two-goal lead, going up 0-2 and 1-3 on the road. But Philly kept fighting back and ended up pushing it into extra time, where Marco Fabian scored the winner to give them a first playoff victory and set up a clash in Atlanta on Thursday night. In the late match of the evening, the Los Angeles Galaxy punched their ticket to an ‘El Trafico’ showdown with crosstown rivals LAFC thanks to a 1-2 win at Minnesota United. The Galaxy got two goals in the span of four second half minutes from Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan Dos Santos, and then held on when Jan Gregus gave MUFC a chance late on. The Galaxy were the only team that won on the road in the round, and they will hope they have some magic to knock out top seed LAFC on Thursday night.