The Buffalo Bills had to be feeling good heading in to Thursday night's game with a 5-2 record, coming off a successful trade deadline that featured the addition of Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers. The New York Jets had other things in mind at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, as Matt Forte found the end zone twice to take down the red-hot Bills, 34-21. Forte finished with just 77 yards on the ground, but was able to score from 10 yards out in the third and five yards out in the fourth. On the other end, Tyrod Taylor led the way with 285 yards passing and two touchdowns, while running for 35 yards and a score in the loss. He did all of that without Benjamin, who is set to make his team debut next week. The game was mostly even in every statistical category, except where the Bills turned the ball over three times to give the Jets more opportunities on their home field. Josh McCown threw for 140 yards and one touchdown, while running for another in the opening quarter. The Bills had won two in a row, scoring a combined 64 points in those contests, but the Jets were able to snap that streak, while also snapping a three-game slide of their own. Between Forte, McCown, and Bilal Powell, the Jets totaled 194 yards on the night. New York improved to 4-5 and will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week, while the Bills move on to play host to a streaking New Orleans Saints team.
Warriors Pull Away From Spurs for Big Win
The Golden State Warriors came out of a two-day break looking sluggish and building an early deficit on the road Thursday night in San Antonio. Although, the defending champs were able to erase a double-digit deficit and pull away in the second half for a big 112-92 rout of the struggling Spurs. After trailing by nine after one quarter and two after two quarters, the Warriors out-scored the Spurs by 25 in the second half, led by Klay Thompson's 27 points and Kevin Durant's 24. Despite their slow start, the Warriors were able to shoot 52 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range. The Spurs were never fully able to pull away during Golden State's slow first half, as they shot just 39 percent, including 29 percent from beyond the arc, in what was their fourth straight loss since a 4-0 start. LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs in the losing effort. Steph Curry was able to chip in 21 points to help his team in their first meeting with San Antonio since sweeping them in last season's Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are hoping after blowout wins over the Spurs and Clippers, that they are ready to pull away with this season. They will look to continue that path when they visit the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The Spurs look to get back on track when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
Texans' Deshaun Watson Tears ACL, Done For Season
In what was one of the most heartbreaking news in recent NFL history, it was announced that Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL during Thursday's practice and will miss the remainder of the season. The injury was in his right knee on a non-contact play, and when the incident originally occurred, it was announced as a "sore knee" and wasn't thought to be too serious. Watson did play with a torn ACL during his freshman year at Clemson in 2014 according to Tigers coach Dabo Swinney. That injury was also suffered in practice, but he found a way to play the next week. That will not be case in this situation, as Watson was on pace to win the Rookie of the Year Award, and still might by breaking numerous rookie marks. His total QBR of 81.9 leads the NFL and is the highest for any quarterback through his first seven career games over the past ten years. He was also ranked first in rushing yards by a quarterback with 266 and in touchdown passes with 19. The former National Champion with the Clemson Tigers was just seven TD passes away from breaking the rookie record for a single season, leading the NFL's highest-scoring team at 31.7 points per game. Now, that team joins a list of AFC South teams with QB issues, including the Indianapolis Colts, who are without Andrew Luck for the season. Tom Savage took over at practice and will get the start on Sunday against the Colts. The team also added veteran quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Matt McGloin.