Lamar stars for Ravens
Lamar Jackson strengthened his case for the NFL MVP award as he threw four touchdowns to give the Baltimore Ravens an emphatic 41-7 home win over the Houston Texans.
It was a game billed as a battle between two of the main quarterbacks challenging Russell Wilson for the top individual honour in the shape of Jackson and Deshaun Watson, but it quickly became a one-sided affair.
Both teams have postseason aspirations but on this evidence the Texans (6-4) have plenty of work to do as the Ravens easily moved to 8-2 to boost their hopes of claiming a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Dual threat Jackson completed 17-of-24 passes for 222 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, adding 86 yards on the ground from only nine attempts.
Mark Ingram caught two of Jackson's TD throws, while tight end Mark Andrews also had a score to go with his team-leading 75 receiving yards.
Jackson had earlier found Seth Roberts to get the Ravens rolling, while Gus Edwards added a 63-yard rushing score, helping him to a total of 112 from just eight carries.
The Ravens led by 14 at the half and 27 by the end of the third quarter, as Watson struggled to 169 yards through the air, going 18-of-29 for no touchdowns and one interception in one of the worst nights of his young career.
Eighty of those yards went to Watson's favourite target DeAndre Hopkins, who had seven catches.
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A 41-yard fourth-quarter run from Carlos Hyde ensured the demoralised Texans avoided a shutout but provided little consolation.
Rampant AFC North leaders the Ravens travel to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 12.
The Texans, who lost first place in the AFC South because of this defeat, have a short week before hosting the divisional rivals who have just overtaken them, the Indianapolis Colts, on Thursday in a pivotal contest.
Other early games on Sunday including the Buffalo Bills beating the Miami Dolphins 37-20 on the road, with Josh Allen throwing three touchdowns and adding another on the ground.
The Colts, buoyed by the return of Jacoby Brissett , won 33-13 at home to divisional rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose QB Nick Foles was making his own injury comeback, albeit a less happy one.
An amazing comeback from the Minnesota Vikings saw them recover from a 20-point halftime deficit to win 27-23 at home against the Denver Broncos and move to 8-3 for the season.
Kirk Cousins threw touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr, with Dalvin Cook rushing for a score.
Elsewhere, a shock result saw the Atlanta Falcons, who had also surprised the New Orleans Saints with a road triumph last week, win 29-3 at the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers QB Kyle Allen had a miserable day with four interceptions, while Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley ran riot with eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown.
The New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Saints also claimed Week 11 victories, beating the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively.
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