■ There is no even-week curse in Jacksonville. The Jaguars came into the game 5-0 in odd-numbered weeks and 0-4 in even-numbered weeks, but they survived a strong effort from the Chargers, and a number of their own mistakes, to win in overtime, 20-17. The Jaguars have won three straight and are riding a remarkable defense as far as it will take them.
Patriots jump on Broncos, and never look back.
The Denver Broncos never stood a chance. At the end of New England’s first drive, the Patriots punted, Denver’s Isaiah McKenzie muffed the catch, and two plays later New England was on the board with a 7-0 lead. The score was never in doubt in the eventual 41-16 victory, with Tom Brady throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns while Denver repeatedly failed to turn yards into points.
New England, who opened up a two-game lead over Buffalo in the A.F.C. East, is one of five 7-2 teams, all of which are one game behind the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles for the best record in the N.F.L. Denver, on the other hand, dropped to 3-6, three games behind Kansas City in the A.F.C. West.