There was some talk in the Ohio River Valley that the Raiders, owners of football's best record, would let Cincinnati win. Were that to happen, the Steelers would get snuffed out of the playoff picture. But the Raiders knew better. They dismantled the Bengals' offense, keyed by three interceptions.
Buffalo was reeling when they came to Texas Stadium to face the hot Dallas Cowboys. True to form, Dallas won.
For quarterback Joe Theismann, this was a game he'd never live down. Neither team could live down a MNF record for fumbles. When the mud settled, Washington had a victory over the defending NFC East Champions.
The bicentennial year would be special indeed for the New England Patriots. En route to a then-franchise-best eleven wins, the Pats smothered the Jets in this showdown at Schafer Stadium. Patriots' second-year QB Steve Grogan ran for 103 yards. "It felt good to run," Grogan later said.
With consecutive 5-9 finishes in 1974-75, Kansas City had become the Raiders' punching bag. Oakland runners Mark van Eeghen and Pete Banaszak dominated play in the Raiders' win. It was a testament to the Raiders' offensive line, one of the greatest lines in NFL history.