NFL 2013 Week 10 Wrapup
Here is the NFL 2013 Week 10 Wrapup.
NFL 2013 Week 10 Wrapup
Here is the NFL 2013 Week 10 Wrapup.
NFL 2013 Week 10 Recap
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings was the Thursday night game. Washington moved down the field but not past the 3 yard line as a 20 yard Kai Forbath field goal got the Redskins on the board first. An 18 yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson put the Vikings up 7-3, but Robert Griffin III threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon to make it 10-7 Redskins.
In the second quarter Christian Ponder threw a 2 yard touchdown to Cordarelle Patterson to make it 14-10 Vikings. Yet RGIII kept coming back. He led a 13 play, 80 yard, 8 minute drive that culminated in an 11 yard touchdown to Jordan Reed for a 17-14 Redskins lead. Washington got the ball back and RGIII quickly moved them 77 yards in 11 plays. A one yard touchdown pass to Logan Paulsen with only 15 seconds left in the half made it 24-14 Redskins.
The Redskins extended the lead in the third quarter with a 40 yard field goal by Forbath. Yet the Vikings kept it close as Ponder hit John Carlson for a 28 yard touchdown to get Minnesota within 27-21.
A short field due to a penalty on a punt had the Vikings starting at the Washington 41. On 3rd and 12 Ponder went deep to Wright for a 28 yard gain. Ponder then scrambled toward the goal line. An initial touchdown was reversed and ruled down at the one. Yet Ponder was injured on the play and did not return. Peterson got the touchdown as the Vikings were now back in front 28-27.
Matt Cassel replaced Ponder and played the fourth quarter. Another short punt by Washington had Minnesota starting at midfield. Walsh kicked a 39 yard field goal to put the Vikings up 31-27 with 10 minutes left in regulation. Washington went 3 and out and the Vikings ground down the clock. Walsh added a 40 yard field goal to put the Vikings up by 7 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
RGIII led Washington one final time after a touchback all the way to the Minnesota 4 yard line with 38 seconds left in regulation. Facing 2nd and goal, RGIII threw incomplete 3 straight times as the inspired goal line stand dropped Washington to 3-6 and gave Minnesota their 2nd win of the year. 34-27 Vikings
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons—One year after Atlanta knocked Seattle out of the playoffs on the final play, Seattle returned to the Georgia Dome for revenge against a Falcons team in deep trouble. Steve Hauschka hit a 39 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Seahawks. In the second quarter Hauschka added a 43 yarded to make it 6-0 Seattle. Matt Bryant nailed a 53 yarded to get the Falcons on the board.
This time Seattle came right back with a flea flicker as a 43 yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Kearse made it 13-3 Seahawks. Hauschka added his third field goal from 44 yards to make it 16-3. Seattle got it back and 60 yards came easily as Wilson hit Golden Tate for a 7 yard score as a close game was now a 23-3 Seattle romp at the half.
Seattle ground down the clock in the third quarter as a 12 play, 53 yard, 7 minute drive led to Hauschka’s fourth field goal from 53 yards out to put Seattle up 26-3. Matt Ryan would throw a 12 yard touchdown pass, but in the fourth quarter Wilson led an 80 yard drive. Marshawn Lynch took it in from the one as Seattle romped to a 9-1 record while Atlanta saw their season end just past the midpoint. 33-10 Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens—Marvin Lewis gambled early with the Bengals facing 4th and 1 at the Baltimore 47. Andy Dalton tried the quarterback sneak and got stopped by Terrell Suggs. Joe Flacco went deep on the first play and drew a defensive pass interference penalty at the 5 yard line. On 3rd and goal from the one, Flacco hit Dallas Clark for the touchdown to make it 7-0 Ravens. Baltimore got it back and Justin Tucker hit a 36 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Ravens.
Midway through the second quarter an interception of Dalton set the Ravens up at the Cincy 11. Flacco hit Torry Smith for the 7 yard score to make it 17-0 Bengals. In the third quarter the Bengals finally cracked the scoreboard as a 32 yard Mike Nugent field goal had them down 17-3.
Dalton led the Bengals back in the fourth quarter as a 71 yard drive resulted in an 18 yard touchdown pass to Greg Bernard with 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation. With 4 minutes left the Ravens faced 3rd and 10 at the Cincy 42. Flacco was sacked and fumbled. Yet from the Baltimore 37, Dalton was intercepted at the 2 minute warning.
Cincinnati had all of their timeouts, and they used them on defense and held. The offense got one more chance after poor punt coverage with the ball at their own 40 with 90 seconds left. With 2 seconds to play, The Bengals faced 4th and 15 just shy of midfield. It was time for the Hail Mary. Dalton heaved it, it was tipped in the air at the 5, tipped again at the goal line, and AJ Green came down with it in the end zone for a miracle touchdown in front of a shellshocked home crowd. The game was headed to overtime 17-17.
Cincinnati got the ball first in overtime after a touchback. On 4th and 2 from the Baltimore 33, Marvin Lewis decided to go for it rather than try a 51 yard field goal. A pass play was blown up in the backfield for an 11 yard loss. Baltimore moved from their 44 to the Cincy 28. With 5 1/2 minutes left in overtime, Tucker nailed the 46 yard field goal as Baltimore avoided a collapse and possibly saved their season. 20-17 Ravens, OT
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears—Jay Cutler is back, giving Chicago a chance in this battle for first place in the NFC North. Cutler started hot right away, going deep to Brandon Marshall for a 32 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Bears lead. Matthew Stafford led the Lions back with a 12 play, 85 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive. A 5 yard touchdown to Durham tied the game 7-7.
In the third quarter, Stafford led Detroit 66 yards as a 4 yard touchdown to Megatron Calvin Johnson had the Lions up 14-7. In the third quarter Robbie Gould hit a 25 yard field goal to get the Bears within 14-10. In the fourth quarter Chicago thought they had the lead, but the go ahead touchdown pass on further review was called out of bounds. The Bears settled for a field goal to trail 14-13 with 9 minutes left in regulation.
After an exchange of punts, Detroit took over at their 26 with 5 1/2 minutes left. With 2 1/2 minutes left, facing 3rd and 10 at the Chicago 14, Stafford found Johnson for the touchdown as Detroit had a 21-13 lead. With 2:17 to play from the Chicago 26, despite playing the whole game, Cutler was not in. Josh McCown came in and led the Bears down the field. On 4th and 1 from the Detroit 42 with 1:50 left, McCown hit Marshall for 14 yards. On 3rd and 6 from the Detroit 11 with 47 seconds left, McCown hit Marshall for the touchdown. Everything came down to the 2 point conversion. Matt Forte got the carry and did not get in. The onside kick failed as the Lions moved into the NFC North lead. 21-19 Lions
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers—Nick Foles threw a 55 yard touchdown to Desean Jackson to make it 7-0 Eagles early on. With Aaron Rodgers out, Seneca Wallace was up next. He then left the game injured. A chance to tie the game was blown when a red zone interception in the end zone went for a touchback. Both teams moved down the field in the second quarter but bogged down inside the 10 yard line. Alex Henery hit a 25 yarded for the Eagles and Mason Crosby hit the 26 yarded for the Packers as Green Bay trailed 10-3 at intermission.
In the third quarter Foles went deep to Riley Cooper for a 45 yard touchdown to make it 17-3 Eagles. Third string quarterback Scott Tolzien was intercepted to set up a 41 yard Henery field goal to make it 20-3 Eagles. Tolzien moved the Packers 86 yards and threw a 22 yard touchdown to Bostick, but Foles came back with his third touchdown pass, a 32 yarded to Cooper to make it 27-10 Eagles.
Green Bay had a chance to get back in with a field goal with 12 1/2 minutes left and a sack of Foles that forced a fumble recovered by the Packers at the Philly 13. Yet on 4th and 4 from the 7, Tolzien threw incomplete. Foles then led a 16 play drive that bled the final 9 1/2 minutes off of the clock as Green Bay never saw the ball again. One week after throwing for seven touchdowns, Foles threw three more as the Packers prayed for any quarterback. 27-13 Eagles
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts—Chris Long returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown as the Rams took a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter the Rams faced 3rd and 3 at the Indy 36. A short pass from Kellen Clemens to Chris Givens went down to the one, and Stacy banged it in to make it 14-0 Rams. After scoring on defense and offense, special teams came next as a 98 yard punt return for a touchdown by Tavon Austin to make it 21-0 Rams in front of a shocked home crowd. The Rams got it back and Clemens went deep to Austin for a 57 yard touchdown as the Rams were clobbering the Colts 28-0 as the crowd sat in disbelief.
By the third quarter the home crowd was catatonic as Clemens connected with Austin on an 81 yard touchdown to make it 35-0 Rams. The Rams added a field goal because they could. The Colts finally got a garbage touchdown but this entire game was a stunner. 38-8 Rams
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants—The New York Giants fumbled the opening kickoff right into the arms of the Raiders special teams as the Silver and Black started at the Giants 5 yard line. Terrelle Pryor snuck over the top from one yard out as the Raiders led 7-0 only 53 seconds into the game.
The Raiders got the ball back but a promising drive ended due to a penalty near midfield and a couple dropped passes. Then the special teams reversed roles as the Giants Demonterrey Taylor blocked the punt and Cooper Taylor ran it in for the tying touchdown as each team scored without any offense.
The battle of which offense wanted it least continued as a 3rd and 20 pass turned disastrous for the Giants when they fumbled the ball away. Oakland took over at the Giants 21. On 3rd and 4 Pryor threw to the end zone incomplete as the Raiders settled for a 33 yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal and a 10-7 lead.
The Giant got it back at their own 10 yard line and Eli Manning finally got going. On 3rd and 4 from the Oakland 18, Manning threw incomplete but the Raiders jumped offsides. On 3rd and 3 from the 6, Manning lobbed a fade to the end zone for the score to put the Giants up 14-10.
On the next Oakland series an intentional grounding penalty on Pryor meant a loss of 20 yards. A run on 3rd and 30 that gained 22 yards to long field goal range was nullified by holding. A few weeks after the Raiders failed to convert 3rd and 48, they failed to convert 3rd and 40. A good punt pinned the Giants back to their own 3 yard line. Tracy Porter did in the Super Bowl 4 years ago against Peyton Manning, and in this game he did it to baby brother Eli. A 43 yard interception return for a touchdown had the Raiders up 17-14 with 90 seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter Pryor moved the Raiders after a touchback. A couple of Houdini acts on third down had the Raiders facing 2nd and goal at the one. Yet with the running game working perfectly, a play action pass was incomplete and a false start meant after 14 plays, 8 minutes and 79 yards, the Raiders again failed to finish a drive. Seabass hit the 24 yarded to make it 20-14 Raiders.
The Giants went 3 and out and a shanked punt had the Raiders with a short field at the Giants 48. Yet the Raiders do not finish drives and they do not finish games. The defense keeps them in it, and the offense gives it away. On 3rd and 9 in field goal range, Pryor threw an interception and chaos ensued. Thomas returned it 65 yards to the Oakland 5 yard line, was stripped of the ball, and saw it go out the back of the end zone for a touchback. Yet Thomas was ruled down at the 5 yard line. One moment the Raiders have a chance to go up by 2 scores, and the next moment they are losing. Antonio Brown ran it in from the one to put the Giants up 21-20 late in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter Manning led the Giants 13 plays, 70 yards in 7 minutes, but from the 2 yard line Brown was blasted for a 3 yard loss. Josh brown kicked the 23 yard field goal to make it 24-20 Giants as neither offense could put the game away. After Pryor nearly threw another interception, the Raiders went 3 and out and a punt gave Big Blue a short field with 8 minutes to play.
The Giants failed to capitalize and the punt was partially blocked as the Raiders had good field position at their 35 with 5 minutes left. Rather then stretch the chains, the Raiders insisted on West Coast Offense dink and dunk passes. After a near interception, Pryor on 3rd and 10 was hit and fumbled. The Giants again had a short field at the Oakland 45 with 3 1/2 minutes left.
Desperately needing a stop, the Raiders did not get one as the Giants ran out the clock. Both teams are 3-6, but after an 0-5 start the Giants under Tom Coughlin have showed heart. The Raiders under Dennis Allen have none, and Jon Gruden should return to the Black Hole next year. 24-20 Giants
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers—EJ Manuel returned for the Bills, but early on it was a 57 yard interception return by Byrd that led to a 20 yard Buffalo field goal and a 3-0 Bills lead. A 36 yarded by Shawn Suisham tied the game in the second quarter. Ben Roethlisberger moved the Steelers 86 yards late in the half as a 5 yard touchdown to Jerricho Cotchery had Pittsburgh up 10-3.
In the third quarter Le’Veon Bell ran it in from 4 yards out and Suisham added a pair of fourth quarter field goals to put the game out of reach. Buffalo got a garbage touchdown but Pittsburgh got the ugly but efficient win. 23-10 Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans—Chris Johnson fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the Jaguars took over at the Houston 15. Maurice Jones-Drew ran it in from 6 yards out to make it 7-0 Jaguars. Jacksonville got it back and Josh Scobee hit a 50 yard field goal as the Jaguars took a surprising 10-0 lead over a stunned home crowd.
The second quarter began with Jake Locker throwing an interception to give the Jaguars a short field. Scobee hit from 44 to make it 13-0 Jacksonville. Chad Henne was intercepted, and the Titans faced 2nd and 2 at the Jacksonville 16. Locker then fumbled and was benched. The Titans got it back at their own 48 and Ryan Fitzpatrick came in for Locker. On 3rd and 1 from the Jaguars 9, Fitzpatrick hit Thompson for the score with 46 seconds left in the half. Despite being totally outplayed the Titans were within 13-7 of the winless Jaguars.
In the third quarter Henne moved the Jaguars 79 yards as a 5 yard run by Todman had the Jaguars up 20-7. Rob Bironas hit a 39 yard field goal to get the Titans within 20-10. Winless Jacksonville tried to give the game away but Tennessee was reluctant to take it. On 1st and 14 from their own 4, Henne was intercepted. Tennessee took over at the Jacksonville 26 but on 3rd and 3 Fitzpatrick threw incomplete. Bironas hit from 37 to get the Titans within 20-13 with 13 minutes left in regulation.
With 8 minutes left Jacksonville punted, pinning the Titans back at their own one. On the next play holding in the end zone on Tennessee meant a safety, a 9 point Jacksonville lead, and a free kick to the Jaguars. Jacksonville went 3 and out and the Titans got it back at their own 28 with 6 minutes to play. Fitzpatrick led the Titans 72 yards and ran for the 4 yard touchdown to get the Titans within 22-20 with 4:20 to play.
Jacksonville again went 3 and out and the Titans quickly faced 3rd and 9 from their 30 with 2:40 to play. Fitzpatrick was sacked and fumbled. Will Blackmon returned it 21 yards for a touchdown as the Jaguars led 29-20 with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
Tennessee got the ball at their 18 and Fitzpatrick rapidly moved the Titans 82 yards. On 3rd and 5 from the Jacksonville 14, Fitzpatrick hit Walker for the touchdown to get the Titans within 2 points. Only 44 seconds remained.
The onside kick failed as Tennessee lost at home in a shocker. The Losing has stopped. The jokes have stopped. The Jaguars are not the 1976 Buccaneers, 2008 Lions, or even the 2013 Buccaneers. With one win, they are now no longer the worst NFL team in Florida. Any Given Sunday lives on. As uber-announcer Chris Berman reminds us, “That’s why they play the games.” 29-27 Jaguars
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers—Carolina is improved, but they were going up against a 49ers team that had won 5 straight. Both teams have defenses, and they both showed up and ruled on this day. Three field goals by Phil Dawson from 52, 43, and 25 had the 49ers up 9-0 in the second quarter. Just before the half Denagelo Williams broke off a 27 yard touchdown run as the Panthers trailed 9-7 at halftime. The second half was a brutal slog.
With 10 minutes left in regulation Graham Gano lveled a 53 yard field goal to give Carolina the one point lead. The 49ers went nowhere on 2 possessions, and got it back at their own 20 with 1:10 to play. Kaepernick was sacked and then intercepted as the Panthers made a huge statement on the road. 10-9 Panthers
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals—Gary Kubiak thankfully is recuperating. His team however is not. On the first play from scrimmage Case Keenum was sacked and fumbled, and Shaugnessy returned it 6 yards for a score to make it 7-0 Cardinals. Keenum came back with a 7 yard touchdown to Andre Johnson to tie the game.
In the second quarter Palmer hit Housler for a 12 yard touchdown to make it 14-7 Cardinals. Keenum brought the Texans 80 yards as a 2 yard touchdown to Griffin tied the game 14-14. An interception of Palmer gave The Texans a short field, and a 48 yard field goal by Bullock had the Texans up 17-14 at halftime. Another field goal try by the Texans on the last play of the half was blocked.
Jay Feely hit field goals of 35 and 21 in the third quarter as the Cardinals took the 20-17 lead. Midway through the fourth quarter Palmer hit Roberts for a 19 yard touchdown to make it 27-17 Cardinals. Arizona got it back at their own 5 with 5 minutes left looking to put the game away. Rashaard Mendenhall fumbled and JJ Watt recovered for Houston. On 3rd and goal Keenum hit Johnson for the score as Houston was back within a field goal.
From their 18, Arizona again tried to put it away. On 3rd and 2 Palmer hit Ellington for 12 yards. The Texans took their final timeout with 2:16 to play and the Cardinals facing 3rd and 7 at their 41. Rather than run and take at least 40 seconds on the clock, Bruce Arians called a pass play. It was complete, but one yard short of the marker. Even worse the receiver went out of bounds to stop the clock with 2:11 left. Bruce Arians challenged the spot but lost.
Houston had one final shot from their own 16 with 2:06 to play and 0 timeouts. With 90 seconds left Houston faced 4th and 3 from their 35. Kenum threw incomplete and the Cardinals finally had the win. 27-24 Cardinals
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers—John Fox was recovering from heart surgery while Peyton Manning continues to give opposing defenses heartburn. First Manning went to Thomas for a 74 yard touchdown. In the second quarter. Nick Novak hit field goals of 26 and 40 to get the Chargers within 7-6. Manning then went wild, hitting Thomas for touchdowns of 11 and 7 and for a 34 yard third quarter touchdown as the Broncos looked dominant 28-6.
With Denver in total control, Manning was sacked deep in his own territory and fumbled. San Diego recovered at the Denver 11. Philip Rivers threw a 7 yard touchdown to Danny Woodhead to get the Chargers within 28-13. San Diego began the fourth quarter at their own 40 and Rivers moved them quickly. With 11 minutes left in regulation, Ryan Mathews scored from one yard out as the Chargers were within 8 points.
With 3 1/2 minutes left Denver fumbled a punt but retained possession at their own 19. Manning found Thomas for gains of 12 and 9, both for first downs as the Chargers never got the ball back. Manning briefly had his ankle rolled on, but he was ok. The players decided not to tell Coach Fox for fear of giving him more heart problems. 28-20 Broncos
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints is the Sunday night game. Darren Sproles fumbled a punt, giving Dallas the ball at the Saints 18. Dallas settled for a 37 yard Dan Bailey field goal to lead 3-0. Brees moved the Saints 80 yards as a 22 yard touchdown to Marques Colston gave the Saints the lead.
In the second quarter a 7 yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray had Dallas back in front. Yet Brees then led another 80 yard drive that consumed 14 plays and 9 minutes of clock. Brees hit Pierre Thomas for the one yard touchdown to make it 14-10 Saints. Dallas punted and the Saints got it back at their own 48. Brees made it look easy and on 3rd and goal from the 3 Sproles got in to make it 21-10 Saints with 90 seconds left in the half.
Dallas went 3 and out and used up only 30 seconds as the Saints got it back at their 25 with 53 seconds left and all 3 timeouts. Brees killed the Cowboys. With 25 seconds left in the half from the Dallas 47, Brees hit Colston for 19 and Sproles for a 28 yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the half as the Superdome was rocking with the Saints up 28-10.
At this point the Saints had outgunned the Cowboys 320 to 100. Brees was a lights out 26 of 30 including 19 straight completions for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns. The pass happy Cowboys ran the ball only 9 times last week with 54 passes. This week it was virtually all runs as Romo threw only 9 passes, completing 3 for 20 yards.
The Saints continued the offensive onslaught in the second half, slowed only by a missed field goal. Brees needed only 6 plays to move the Saints 92 yards as Mark Ingram ran it in from 4 yards out to make it 35-10. Romo quickly brought the Cowboys 89 yards as a 26 yard touchdown to Terrence Williams got the Cowboys within 35-17 after three quarters. A surprise onside kick was successful for Dallas but led to nothing.
In the fourth quarter Brees went bombs away to Kenny Stills for a 52 yard touchdown and Thomas crashed in from one yard out. The Saints set an NFL record with 40 first downs and racked up 626 yards of offense. Brees finished 34 of 41 for 392 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. 49-17 Saints
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the Monday night game.
NFL 2013 Week 10 Prequel
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NFL 2013 Week 9 Wrapup
Broncos coach John Fox developed heart trouble, and is taking a bit of time off from the team. His heart troubles were discovered during Denver’s bye week. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will guide the Broncos during the interim. Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime on the sideline on Sunday Night Football. Wade Phillips will lead the Texans as Kubiak recovers.
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NFL 2013 Week 9 Recap
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins was the Thursday night game. The Bengals have been rolling to a 6-2 record while the Dolphins are reeling with 4 straight losses after starting 3-0. What began as a boring football game had and exciting finish. After a scoreless first quarter that included a missed Miami field goal, the Bengals kicked a 44 yard field goal to strike first. Ryan Tannehill would bring the Dolphins 93 yards on 11 plays and 6 minutes, getting the final yard himself as the Dolphins led 7-3. With just over 30 seconds left in the half Andy Dalton was intercepted to give the Dolphins the ball at the Cincy 39. Miami kicked a field goal to lead 10-3 at intermission.
Dalton led the Bengals from their own 17 to start the third quarter on a 7 minute drive that led to a critical 3rd and 4 at the Miami 10. Dalton was then intercepted by Grimes, who returned it 94 yards for a touchdown the other way as the Dolphins led 17-3. Dalton brought the Bengals back again, this time going 80 yards in 12 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. A 3 yard touchdown to Bernard had the Bengals trailing 17-10 after three quarters. Early in the fourth quarter Bernard ran for a 35 yard touchdown to tie the game 17-17.
With 5 minutes left in regulation the Bengals were in field goal range at the Miami 34. Dalton was then intercepted for the third time. Cincinnati got it back with 3 minutes left and Dalton led the Bengals from their 29 to the Miami 36. With 90 seconds to play, Mike Nugent drilled a 54 yard field goal to give the Bengals the 20-17 lead. Tannehill then had his turn, quickly leading the Dolphins from their 24 to the Cincy 26. Sturgis nailed the 44 yard field goal with 12 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Both teams played it very conservatively in the extra session. After a Miami punt, Marvin Lewis decided to punt it back rather than try a 57 yard field goal. Miami then faced 3rd and 1 from the Bengals 39. Miami lost a yard, and Joe Philbin decided against going for it or kicking a 58 yard field goal. A good punt pinned the Bengals back to their own 8. On 3rd and 10, with 6:42 left in the overtime, Dalton went back to pass in the end zone and was sacked for a safety. Just like that, the game was over and Miami had the win. 22-20 Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills—Kansas City is the NFL’s lone unbeaten, but they barely scraped by the last couple weeks at home. Now on the road, backup Buffalo quarterback Jeff Tuel threw a 59 yard touchdown to Marquise Goodwin as the Bills led 7-0. The second quarter saw both teams dive into the red zone but settle for field goals as Kansas City got close and Buffalo responded to lead 10-3.
In the third quarter the Bills were on the verge of a 14 point lead when the Kansas City defense instead created a 14 point swing. Tuel was intercepted at the goal line by Sean Smith, who returned it 100 yards to tie the game 10-10. Walrus Lite Andy Reid once again saw his game management dink and dunk West Coast Offense bailed out by a stifling defense.
In the third quarter Ryan Succop hit a 41 yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 13-10 lead and Dan Carpenter responded from 30 to tie it again 13-13. Yet again it was the defense that came through for the Chiefs as Tamba Hall returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown to put Kansas City up 20-13 early in the fourth quarter.
With 2:18 to play Succop came in for a critical 39 yarded. The kick was good and the Chiefs had another brutal hard-fought win. At 9-0, Andy Reid remains a happy Walrus Lite. 23-13 Chiefs
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers—An interception of Matt Ryan set up Carolina ad the Atlanta 39. Mike Tolbert ran it in from 4 yards out to make it 7-0 Panthers. A field goal by Atlanta in the second quarter cut the gap to 7-3.
In the second quarter Ted Ginn returned a punt 24 yards to the Atlanta 34. On 4th and 1 from the 14, Ron Rivers decided to go for it. Cam Newton hit Greg Olsen for the touchdown to make it 14-10 Panthers. Yet Ryan would hit Tony Gonzalez for a 17 yard score to get the Falcons within 14-10.
In the third quarter Graham Gano nailed a 55 yard field goal to give the Panthers some breathing room up 17-10. Newton ran for an 8 yard score in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 24-10 Carolina with 9 minutes to play. A close game became a blowout as Ryan was intercepted by Drayton Florence, who returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to put the game away. Carolina added a field goal because they could.
After 5 straight winning seasons under Mike Smith including a pair of 13-3 top seeded years, the Falcons at 2-6 are done. First ballot Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will not get his Super Bowl trip as the Falcons, only one year after being ten yards from the Super Bowl, are finished. Meanwhile, Ron Rivera quietly has the Panthers moving in the right direction. 34-10 Panthers
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys—Dan Bailey kicked a 41 yard file goal as the Cowboys led 3-0 and football fans everywhere were grateful this was not the Dallas Thanksgiving Day home game. Minnesota responded with 23 yard Blair Walsh field goal and a 3-3 tie. With 6 1/2 minutes left in the half another 41 yarded by Bailey had Dallas up 6-3.
Christian Ponder has been harshly criticized this year, but an 11 play, 79 yard, 5 minute drive led to Ponder running it in from 6 yards out as the Vikings led on the road 10-6.
Minnesota fell apart in the third quarter. First Tony Romo finally got into the end zone by hitting Jason Witten for a 26 yard score to give Dallas the lead. Then Ponder went back to pass from his own end zone, was hit and fumbled, and saw Nick Hayden recover for a gift Dallas touchdown and a 20-10 Cowboys lead.
Ponder fought back, and a 31 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph got Minnesota within 20-17. Minnesota got it back and Adrian Peterson rushed for a 52 yard gain. On 4th and inches from the Dallas 10, Leslie Frazier decided to go for it rather than kick the tying field goal. When a team is 1-6, going for it is fine. Peterson got the carry, and around the 5 yard line was met by several tacklers. He somehow dragged them all into the end zone in what will be one of the greatest short yardage rushing touchdowns in NFL history 100 years from now. With 5:40 to play, Minnesota had a 23-20 lead. Yet in another stunning turn of events, Walsh missed the extra point.
Romo was then intercepted, but Leslie Frazier on 4th and 5 from the Dallas 36 decided to punt rather than try a 54 yard field goal or go for it. Dallas took over at their 10 with 2:45 to play. Romo hit Jason Witten for 11, Harris for 6, Beasley for 18, Dez Bryant for 34, Beasley for 9, Witten for 5, and Harris for the 7 yard touchdown. With only 35 seconds to play, the missed extra point loomed large as the Vikings trailed by 4. Minnesota got it back at their own 42. With 2 seconds left from just past midfield, Ponder’s Hail Mary fell several yards short of the goal line incomplete as Dallas survived to get to 5-4 in the NFC Least. 27-23 Cowboys
New Orleans Saints at New York Jets—The Jets are a different team at home, beating New England before going on the road and getting blasted by 40 points by Cincy. Back at home, Nick Folk hit a 39 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Jets. Yet the Saints have Drew Brees, who plays well anywhere. A 51 yard touchdown bomb to Jimmy Graham made it 7-3 Saints in the second quarter.
The Jets got the ball at their own 4, moved back to the 2, and saw Chris Ivory break off a 52 yard run. Yet 1st and goal at the 4 yield only one more yard as an 11 play, 93 yard, 5 minute drive netted only a 21 yard field goal as the Jets trailed 7-6. Yet Brees quickly came back to Graham for a 10 yard touchdown to make it 14-6 Saints.
The Jets kept it close as Ivory ran it in from 3 yards out to get the Jets within 14-13. Then Brees was intercepted just before the 2 minute warning to give Gang Green the ball at the Saints 39. Geno Smith ran it in from 3 yards out as it was the Jets with the 20-14 halftime lead.
In the third quarter Folk added a 47 yard field goal as the Jets smelled upset with the 23-14 lead. Garrett Hartley drilled a 55 yard field goal to get the Saints within 23-17 after three quarters. Yet Folk hit his fourth field goal from 45 yards out as the Jets led 26-17 with 12 minutes left in regulation.
The Saints would get another field goal and get it back deep in their own territory with a chance to win it. Yet on 4th and 19 from their own 9, Brees was harassed into another incompletion as the Jets got to 5-4 with another tough win. Rex Ryan is now 5-0 against brother Rob Ryan. 26-20 Saints.
Tennessee Titans at St. Louis Rams—The Jeff Fisher Bowl saw his old team take it to his new team early as Shon Greene ran it in from 5 yards out to make it 7-0 Titans. In the second quarter Kellen Clemens led a 12 play, 80 yard, 8 minute drive as Zac Stacy ran it in from 3 yards out to tie the game 7-7.
The third quarter saw deja vu for the Rams as Clemens moved them 80 yards in 10 plays and 6 minutes with Stacy running it in from 9 yards out to make it 14-7 Rams. Chris Johnson ran it in for a 14 yard touchdown to tie the game 14-14.
Jake Locker led the Titans 71 yards in 10 plays and 5 minutes, running it in himself the final five yards to put the Titans up 21-14 midway through the fourth quarter. Clemens quickly brought the Rams back as a 10 yard touchdown to Jared Cook had the game tied for the third time 21-21 with 6 minutes to play.
With 3 minutes left in regulation, Clemens went back to pass on 3rd and 7 from his own 24. He was sacked and fumbled, giving the Titans the ball at the Rams 19. One play was all Johnson needed to run into the end zone and put the Titans in front.
The Rams got it back at their own 39 with 50 seconds to play. A 25 yard completion to Givens gave the Rams 2 Hail Mary chances from the Titans 26. Both tries were incomplete as the Rams lost a heartbreaker at home for the second time in six days and Mike Munchak saw the Titans take another step forward. 28-21 Titans
San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins—RGIII led a 16 play drive that consumed over 9 minutes. The result was a blocked field goal. Early in the second quarter RGIII went back to pass from his own end zone. His pass was batted in the air, bounced off another defender’s shoulder pads and helmet, and was somehow amidst a scrum intercepted in the end zone for a gift Chargers touchdown as San Diego led 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter Alfred Morris broke off a 26 yard run and then took it in from 5 yards out to tie the game. Yet Philip Rivers brought the Chargers back 85 yards as a 15 yard touchdown to Eddie Royal make it 14-7 Chargers. On the last play of the half a 59 yard field goal try by the Redskins saw their second blocked kick in three attempts.
In the third quarter Washington moved 74 yards as a one yard run by Darrel Young tied the game 14-14. Washington did it again as an 11 play, 79 yard, 8 minute drive meant another one yard Young run and 21-14 Redskins lead early in the fourth quarter. Rivers was intercepted with 11 minutes left to play. Despite 2 blocked kicks, Kai Forbath hit a 47 yarded with 7 minutes left in regulation to give the Redskins breathing room up 24-14.
Rivers came back and got the Chargers within 24-21 with 4:16 to play with a 16 yard touchdown to Keenan Allen. The Redskins punted, and the Chargers took over at their own 8 just before the 2 minute warning.
Rivers put on a clinic, hitting Eddie Royal for 21, Danny Woodhead for 8, and Allen for gains of 22, 20 and 11. On 2nd and 1 from the Washington 6, Rivers hit Woodhead, who dove for the pylon. The referees signaled touchdown with 20 seconds to play as the Chargers went wild. Yet on further review it was correctly ruled that Woodhead hit the pylon with his knee and not the ball. The Chargers still had 1st and goal at the one.
Three plays later, and now it was 4th and goal at the one with time for one more play. Mike McCoy had seen enough, and opted for the field goal. Nick Novak sent the game into overtime.
The Redskins got the ball first and RGIII led them down the field. Everything came down to 3rd and inches at the San Diego 5. Under the current overtime rules, a field goal would still allow San Diego one possession with the ball but a touchdown would not. Darrelle Young got the carry and blasted into the end zone to end the game as Mike Shanahan pumped his fists. 30-24 Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders—Almost every time in the last few years where the Raiders had a chance to get back to .500 and respectability, they have blown it. Today they had a chance at home against a struggling Eagles squad playing without Michael Vick.
Instead Nick Foles ripped the Raiders early and often. A 10 play, 84 yard drive ended with a 2 yard touchdown pass to Captain Morgan Brent Celek to make it 7-0 Eagles. Terrelle Pryor hit Rod Streater on a short pass that became a 66 yard gain. Yet at the 6 yard line the drive died and the Raiders settled for a 24 yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal and a 7-3 deficit.
In the second quarter Foles went to Riley Cooper for touchdowns of 17 and 63 yards as the Eagles led 21-3. Rashad Jennings ran it in from 8 yards out to get the Raiders within 21-10. Yet Foles threw his fourth touchdown pass of the first half, a 15 yarder to Zach Ertz to make it 28-10 Eagles. Seabass would hit another field goal as the Raiders trailed 28-13 at halftime.
In the third quarter Foles turned the game into a carpet-bombing. He threw touchdown passes of 25 yards to Lesean McCoy, 46 yards to Desean Jackson, and then back to Cooper for a 5 yarded. He tied the NFL record for 7 touchdown passes that was done in the 1960s by Joe Kapp and not tied until the season opener this year by Peyton Manning. Foles did this by completing 22 of his first 27 passes, and this was only in three quarters worth of work as Philly led 49-13.
Trailing by 36 points in the fourth quarter, the Raiders managed a garbage time touchdown to make the team 7 points less pathetic. A chance to get to 4-4 is now a 3-5 team that remain losers. As for Chip Kelly, he may have a quarterback controversy. 49-20 Eagles
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks—The pathetic 0-7 Buccaneers traveled on the road to take on the 7-1 Seahawks as Seattle again had a chance to win 73-0. Yet early on the biggest NFL upset in years was taking place. Mike Glennon led a 90 yard drive that finished with a 12 yard touchdown to Tim Wright in the second quarter. Glennon then went to Tiquan Underwood for a 20 yard touchdown as Tampa Bay led 14-0 over a stunned home crowd.
Stunned turned to shellshocked when Seattle fumbled the ensuing kickoff to set Tampa up at the Seattle 31. A 27 yard completion to Wright led to a 2 yard touchdown pass by James to Crabtree as Tampa Bay led 21-0. Seattle finally woke up as Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 16 yard score to get the Seahawks within 21-7 with only 1:45 left in the half.
A 33 yard Ryan Lindell field goal in the third quarter extended the Bucs lead to 24-7, and the question would be if they would collapse. Wilson led an 86 yard drive and ran the final 10 yards himself to get Seattle within 24-14. Late in the third quarter a 71 yard punt return by Golden Tate had Seattle at the Tampa 25. Seconds into the fourth quarter, a 36 yard field goal by Steve Hauschka had the Seahawks within 24-17.
Wilson kept firing, and a 10 yard touchdown to Doug Baldwin tied the game with only 1:51 to play. Tampa Bay could not move the ball as what was supposed to be one of the biggest mismatches of the year was going into overtime tied 24-24.
In overtime, the Buccaneers began by running three plays and losing six yards. After a punt, Seattle took over at their own 40. The inevitable occurred as Hauschka hit the 27 yard field goal to win the game, get Seattle to an NFC best 8-1, and drop Tampa to 0-8 in Greg Schiano’s second and final season as an NFL head coach. 27-24 Seahawks, OT
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns—This once grudge match is now an underachieving team against a hapless team. Yet the lovable losers got the lead first as Jason Campbell hit Davone Bess for a one yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Browns. Justin Tucker would hit a 51 yard field goal to get the Ravens on the board. In the second quarter Campbell went back to Bess for a 20 yard score to make it 14-3 Browns.
With just over one minute left in the half, Joe Flacco led the Ravens 67 yards. A 19 yard touchdown to Marlon Brown with 15 seconds left in the half had Baltimore within 14-10. In the third quarter the Ravens fumbled a punt, giving Cleveland the ball at the Baltimore 11. Campbell hit Barnidge for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 21-10 Browns.
Flacco went back to Brown for a 7 yard touchdown and the 2 point conversion as Baltimore got within 21-18 with 12 minutes left in regulation. Campbell would lead a time consuming drive took 15 plays, gained 67 yards, and ate 6 1/2 minutes off the clock. The Browns got no further than the 4 yard line, but a 22 yard Billy Cundiff field goal put the Browns up by 6 with only 14 seconds left to play. Flacco had 2 plays and moved the Ravens from their 20 to just past midfield, but the clock ran out before the cannon-armed Flacco could try the Hail Mary. One year after winning it all, Baltimore is 3-5 and in trouble. 24-18 Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots—The 2-6 Steelers traveled to take on the 6-2 Patriots in what was expected to be a major mismatch. New England had 4th and goal at the one, and Bolden got the carry. Initially ruled a touchdown, it was reversed. Yet Pittsburgh jumped offsides. So Bill Bellichick went for it gain, and this time Shawn Ridley got the carry and ran into a black and gold brick wall as the game stayed scoreless.
Yet Ben Roethlisberger was then intercepted at the Pittsburgh 34. One play and 6 seconds later Tom Brady hit Danny Amendola for the touchdown to make it 7-0 Patriots. In the second quarter Brady put New England up 14-0 with a 19 yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski. Shawn Suisham hit a 30 yard field goal to get Pittsburgh on the board midway through the second quarter. A short Stephen Gostkowskifield goal with 4 minutes left in the half made it 17-3 Patriots.
Big Ben hit Antonio Brown for a 27 yard touchdown at the 2 minute warning to get Pittsburgh within 17-10. Yet Brady brought the Patriots right back, and Ridley crashed in from one yard out with 13 seconds left in the half to make it 24-10 Patriots.
Roethlisberger played pitch and catch with Jerricho Cotcherry in the third quarter, as touchdown passes of 20 and 8 yards tied the game 24-24. Yet Brady moved the Patriots again, and a 32 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal put New England on top again 27-24.
One minute into the fourth quarter, Brady’s third touchdown pass of the day was 17 yarder to Aaron Dobson to give the Patriots some breathing room up 34-24. An 8 yard touchdown run by Ridley gave the Patriots the 41-24 lead to put the game on ice. Rothlisberger would throw a third touchdown pass to Cotchery to get Pittsburgh within 10, but Brady net bombs away to Dobson again for an 81 yard score to just kill the Steelers. A short touchdown run by Blount involved him bulling over several Steelers just to make the exclamation point as humiliating as possible. This was the most points Pittsburgh has given up in their team history as they fell to 2-7 and New England got to 7-2 with a bang. 55-31 Patriots
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans is the Sunday night game.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers is the Monday night game.
NFL 2013 Week 9 Prequel
An Orange and Pink Halloween: NFL 2013 Week 9 Bettor’s Guide
Normally Halloween is about orange and black, but for the National Football League, throw in a healthy dose of pink for one final day.
October is breast cancer month, and very few things are as ghoulishly scary as cancer.
So as players enjoy the orange and black of All Hallow’s Eve, look for one more game with pink mixed in.
With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 9 Preview with point spreads courtesy of the Linemakers and all times EST.
NFL 2013 Week 8 Recap
Here is the NFL 2013 Week 8 Recap.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the Thursday night game. Sometimes a winless team can play inspired football in a nationally televised night game in front of the home fans. This was not that game. Cam Newton led a 15 play, 70 yard drive that consumed nearly 9 minutes. A one yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen made it 7-0 Panthers.
After a Tampa Bay field goal, in the second quarter Deangelo Williams ran for a 12 yard touchdown to make it 14-3 Panthers. Tampa Bay did get another field goal before the half but in the third quarter Newton ran for a 6 yard touchdown.
In the fourth quarter Newton hit Mike Tolbert for a 3 yard touchdown and Graham Gano added a 29 yard field goal as turnovers set up a short field for both scores. Despite giving up a late garbage touchdown, the Panthers cruised to keep the Greg Schiano Bucs toothless, winless, worthless, and 14 losses from surpassing the orange creamsicle winking pirate Bucs of the 1970s. 31-13 Panthers
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions—Matthew Stafford easily moved the Lions 90 yard as a 2 yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson put Detroit up 7-0. Dallas would kick a 53 yard field goal in the second quarter. Just past the 2 minute warning, the Lions faced 3rd and 5 at the Dallas 27. Stafford was intercepted by Lee, who returned it 74 yards to the Detroit 4. Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant for the score as the Cowboys led 10-7 at intermission.
Dan Bailey again hit from 53 as the Cowboys led 13-7 after three quarters. Early in the fourth quarter the Lions faced 4th and goal at the 2, and Jim Schwartz decided not to gamble. The field goal got the Lions within 13-10. Romo then came back and hit Terrance Williams for a 60 yard touchdown as the Cowboys got some breathing room up 20-10.
Stafford quickly led the Lions 80 yards as a one yard touchdown run by Joique Bell got Detroit within 20-17. Yet Romo kept firing, and a 50 yard touchdown to Dez Bryant had Dallas back up 27-17. Stafford again rapidly moved the Lions 80 yards and this time Reggie Bush got in from one yard out to get the Lions within 27-24. Bailey hit his third field goal from 44 yards out with one minute left to give the Cowboys a 6 point lead. Yet they did not lock the coffin.
From the Detroit 20, Stafford hit Megatron Calvin Johnson for 17. Megatron had over 200 receiving yards on the day, and with him now being triple teamed Staffor went to Durham for a 40 yard gain. Stafford then went back to Johnson for 22 down to the one with less than 20 seconds to play. With Dallas expecting a spike. Stafford leapt over the top as the ball just broke the plane of the goal with 12 seconds to play. Dez Bryant threw a sideline tantrum and nobody can blame Romo for this loss. 31-30 Lions
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs—Brian Hoyer went down, Brandon Weeden played like Brandon Weeden, and now Jason Campbell got his first start on the road against Kansas City, the NFL’s lone unbeaten team. Ryan Succop hit a 42 yard field goal in the first quarter and a 35 yarded in the second quarter to put the Chiefs up 6-0.
Alex Smith led a 14 play, 82 yard drive that ate up 7 1/2 minutes and concluded with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Sherman. Campbell came right back with a 39 yard touchdown to Josh Gordon to get the Browns within 13-7. Yet Smith went deep to Dexter McCluster, who made a diving 28 yard touchdown catch to make it 20-7 Chiefs with one minute left in the half. Cleveland aded a field goal just before the half to get within 20-10.
The Browns hung tough and in the third quarter Campbell hit Foswhitt Whitaker for a 17 yard touchdown to get the Browns within 20-17. It may have been the first ever touchdown by a Foswhitt. With 17 seconds left in regulation Succop hit his 3rd field goal from 40 yards out to put the Chiefs up by 6. Campbell needed 80 yards for the win and a West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass came up 71 yards short as Walrus Lite Andy Reid and the Chiefs got to 8-0. 23-17 Chiefs
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots—Ryan Tannehill hit Brandon Gibson for a 4 yard touchdown and then in the second quarter found Daniel Thomas for a 5 yard score as the Dolphins took a surprising 14-0 lead on the Patriots. Stephen Gostkowski hit a 34 yard field goal to finally get the Patriots on the board, but Cale Sturgis responded with a 52 yarded to make it 17-3 Dolphins at halftime
Miami missed a chance to extend the lead in the third quarter when a touchdown pass was dropped. Then a 56 yard field goal try clanked off the upright no good. Tom Brady made the Dolphins pay, taking them down the field. A touchdown pass to Dobson had the Patriots within 17-10. Tannehill was then nailed on a blindside blitz, resulting in a fumble that the Patriots recovered at the Miami 13. Brandon Bolden ran it in from 2 yards out to tie the game 17-17.
The go-ahead touchdown pass by Brady was called back due to a penalty, but a field goal had the Patriots leading 20-17 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Brady led a 12 play, 82 yard, 6 minute drive. Steaven Ridley ran it in from 3 yards out to give the Patriots a 27-17 lead. With Miami trying to make it a one score game, a field goal try with 4 minutes left was blocked. There was no leverage penalty this time. 27-17 Patriots
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints—Buffalo fumbled on the first play from scrimmage as each team missed a field goal early on. Buffalo then fumbled again to give the Saints the ball at the Buffalo 21. Drew Brees hit Lance Moore for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Saints.
In case anyone wonders who now quarterbacks the Bills instead of EJ Manuel, his name is Thaddeus Lewis. He threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Steve St. Johnson to tie the game. When Dan Carpenter hit a 37 yard field goal, the Bills had a surprising 10-7 lead. Yet the Saints still have Brees, and he hooked up with Kenny Stills on a 69 yard touchdown to make it 14-10 Saints. Brees hit Jimmy Graham for a 15 yard touchdown pass just before the half to extend the Saints lead to 21-10.
In the third quarter Brees went back to Graham for a 13 yard touchdown and 28-10 Saints lead. Fred Jackson scroed to get Buffalo back within 11 late, but Brees’s 5th touchdown pass was too much for Buffalo as he hit Stills again for a 42 yard score to ice things. 35-17 Saints
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles—The Giants got their first win of the year last week and faced off against the underwhelming Eagles in a battle for the NFC Least. The vaunted Chip Kelly offense with michael Vick back at the helm was lifeless. Josh Brown was the only player on either team to show up. He kicked field goals in the first quarter of 40 and 44 yards and in the second quarter connected from 33 and 46 as the Giants led 12-0 at the break.
Brown’s fifth field goal from 27 yards out in the fourth quarter extended Big Blue’s lead to 15-0. With 4 minutes left and the Giants in total control, a Giants punt went awry when the snap sailed over the punter’s head. The resulting gift touchdown was what the vaunted Chip Kelly “offense” mustered on this day. 15-7 Giants
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars—God may save the Queen, but nobody can save the Jaguars. They traveled all the way to London to play the 49ers in a “home” game. They are now awful on two continents.
In the first quarter Frank Gore ran for a 19 yard score and Colin Kaepernick had a 12 yard touchdown run. On the second quarter Kaepernick threw a 2 yard touchdown to Vernon Davis and ran for a 9 yard touchdown as the 49ers led 28-0. Jacksonville fulfilled their quota with a field goal to trail 28-3 at halftime.
Chad Henne did get the Jaguars in the end zone in the third quarter with a 29 yard touchdown to Mike Brown, but Gore ran it in from 2 yards out have the 49ers back up 35-10. A 47 yard fumble return by Dan Skuta for another score just added to the humiliation. 42-10 49ers
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals—After a big emotional win against New England, as expected the Jets came out flat against Cincinnati. Red Rifle Andy Dalton threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones and a 4 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham as the Bengals led 14-0 early on.
In the second quarter Dalton was intercepted, giving the Jets the ball at the Cincy 30. Gang Green settled for a 45 yard Nick Folk field goal to trail 14-3. Dalton quickly moved the Bengals 86 yards as a 6 yarder to Jones was Dalton’s 3rd touchdown pass in a 21-3 Bengals lead.
After another Jets field goal, the ensuing kickoff was returned 71 yards by Brandon Tate to the Jets 29. Dalton’s 4th touchdown pass was a 14 yard toss to Jones as the Bengals cruised 28-6 at halftime.
The Jets began the third quarter with Geno Smith throwing the ball to Chris Crocker, who plays defense for the Bengals. The 32 yard interception return made it 35-6 Bengals. After the Jets inspired their team with a third field goal, Dalton’s 5th touchdown pass was the fourth one to Jones, a 6 yarder to make it 42-9 Bengals. Smith then began the fourth quarter completing a pass to Adam “Pacman” Jones, who also plays defense for the Bengals. The 60 yard return ended the mismatch and got Cincinnati to 6-2 atop the AFC North. 49-9 Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders—The Raiders began the game at their own 7 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Terrelle Pryor electrified the crowd with a 93 yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 Raiders. Later in the quarter Rashaard Jennings blocked a Pittsburgh punt to set up Oakland at the Steelers 26. Darren McFadden ran it in from 7 yards out to make it 14-0 Raiders.
Late in the first quarter Pryor was intercepted give Pittsburgh a short field. Shawn Suisham hit a field goal early in the second quarter to get Pittsburgh on the board. Yet with Pryor scrambling all over the place, a wildcat snap to McFadden went for a 4 yard touchdown run as the Raiders led 21-3 just past the 2 minute warning. The Raiders had nearly 200 yards rushing in the first half.
The Raiders got it back with a short field at the Pittsburgh 46. A pass over the middle by Pryor was straight in the receiver’s stomach, where it bounced out and was intercepted. Pittsburgh missed a 34 yard field goal to end the half. In the third quarter Ben Roethlisberger led a 9 minute drive but again the Steelers came away empty when Suisham missed a short field goal.
An interception of Roethlisberger had the Raiders in good shape, but then Jacoby Ford fumbled a simple swing pass deep in Oakland territory. On 3rd down from the 9 Roethlisberger somehow avoided a sack and hit Emanuel Sanders for the touchdown to get the Steelers within 21-10 with 12 minutes left in regulation.
The Raiders quickly went 3 and out and the Steelers took over at their own 40. Yet the Raiders dodged another bullet when a long Pittsburgh completion was ruled incomplete. The Raiders went into a complete shell on offense and a punt return by Pittsburgh had the Steelers starting at the Oakland 31 midway through the fourth quarter. Yet the Raiders again received a break when a short Big Ben pass was jarred loose for a shoestring catch interception. The Raiders ran three straight times and punted again.
An exhausted Oakland defense thought it had the game locked up with an interception with 90 seconds to play. Yet defensive holding meant 1st and goal as the Steelers got within 21-18 with a 2 yard Le’Veon Bell run and two point conversion. The onside kick failed but the Steelers still had 2 timeouts left. The Raiders ran 3 straight times again and punted. The Steelers got it back at their own two yard line with 18 seconds left and 0 timeouts. A completed pass over the middle was enough for the clock to run out. It was hideously ugly, but the Raiders, as Al Davis would say, just won baby. 21-18 Raiders
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos—Peyton Manning quickly moved the Broncos 77 yards as a 6 yard touchdown to Wes Welker got the Broncos on the board first. Midway through the second quarter the Redskins were backed up to their own 5 yard line. Robert Griffin III led a staggering 16 play, 95 yard, 7 minute drive. With less than 30 seconds left in the half, RGIII hit Leonard Hankerson for a 7 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
In the third quarter Manning made two key mistakes. First he was sacked and fumbled, and the Redskins recovered at the Denver 19. Alfred Morris did the rest as a one yard touchdown run gave the Redskins the lead. Then Manning was intercepted by Deangelo Hall, who returned it 26 yards in front of a stunned home crowd as the Redskins led 21-7.
Manning came back and moved the Broncos 75 yards as a 4 yard touchdown pass to Monte Ball got Denver within 21-14. Manning then led Denver 83 yards in 16 plays and 5 minutes. On the first play of the fourth quarter, John Fox decided to go for it on 4th and goal from the one. Manning hit Joel Dreesen for the touchdown and the game was tied 21-21.
Special teams played a role when a shanked Washington punt netted only 15 yards. From the Washington 35, a short dumpoff to Knowshon Moreno went all the way for the touchdown as the Broncos led 28-21. RGIII was then sacked and fumbled, which led to Denver again facing 4th and goal at the one. This time John Fox took no chances at the 19 yard Matt Prater field goal made it 31-21 Broncos. Griffin was then intercepted for another short field.
Manning hit Denarius Thomas for a 35 yard touchdown to make it 38-21 Broncos. Griffin was then intercepted yet again. In what was not an instant replay, with RGIII on the bench, Kirk Cousins was intercepted for a touchdown by Dominique Rogers-Cromartie as Mike Shanahan failed to get revenge against the second team that fired him. 45-21 Broncos
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals—A battle of underachieving teams saw Atlanta kick a field goal to lead 3-0 after the opening quarter. In the second quarter Carson Palmer threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald to put the Cardinals out in front. Atlanta added another field goal to trail 7-6. Yet one play later the Cardinals were in the end zone again as Andre Ellington took a handoff inside and bounced to the outside for an 80 yard touchdown run and a 14-6 Cardinals lead. Arizona got it back and Palmer hit Michael Floyd for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 21-6 Cardinals.
A forgettable second half had the Cardinals tack on a pair of field goals and the Falcons reach the end zone long after the outcome had removed all doubt. Neither of these teams are going to the playoffs despite having talent. 27-13 Cardinals
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings was the Sunday night game. Patterson got the crowd rocking 13 seconds into the game by returning the opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown to tie the NFL record and giving the Vikings the 7-0 lead. Then reality set in. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers 90 yards in 11 plays and 7 1/2 minutes, with an 11 yard touchdown pass to Jordy nelson tying the game 7-7.
In the second quarter Green Bay kicked a field goal and Minnesota added one of their own, but after that Green Bay dominated. Rodgers went back to Nelson for a 76 yard touchdown to make it 17-10 Packers. Hyde then returned a punt 93 yards for a score to make it 24-10 Packers. Adrian Peterson did run it in from 8 yards out to get the Vikings within 24-17 at halftime, but after that the Packers took over for good.
A 15 play, 80 yard drive consumed 8 minutes and ended with Eddie Lacy getting in from one yard out to make it 31-17 Packers after three quarters. Starks had a 25 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Mason Crosby kicked another field goal to make it 41-17 Green Bay. Minnesota scored a couple times to make the score look almost respectable, but it was not as Green Bay got to 5-2 to lead the NFC North and Minnesota fell to 1-6 and the cellar. 44-31 Packers
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams was the Monday night game. Pete Carroll and Jeff Fisher both know defense, and this game was an old-fashioned streetfight. With Sam Bradford injured, Kellen Clemens had to face off against Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom. A short field allowed Greg “the Leg” Zeurlein to kick a field goal and get the Rams on the board first. In the second quarter a 39 yard interception return by Sherman gave Seattle a short field. A 2 yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate had the Seahawks up 7-3 at the break despite only 42 yards of total offense.
The Rams drove deep in the third quarter, but on 4th and 2 from the Seattle 10 Jeff Fisher opted for the field goal. With Seattle clinging to a 7-6 lead, one play changed the game. Wilson went deep to Tate for an 80 yard touchdown as Seattle led 14-6. The Rams moved deep again but on 3rd and goal from the 3 Clemens was sacked. A third field goal got the Rams within 5 points early in the fourth quarter. The Rams missed a chance to get closer when Zeurlein’s fourth field goal try from 50 yards out was no good with 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
With 5:42 to play, the Rams got it back at their own 3 yard line. Despite being harassed all game, Clemens moved the Rams down the field. Stacy ran for 8 and 18, and Clemens hit Givens for 21, Richardson for 8 and Kendricks for 18. Richardson then ran for 5 and 10. On 3rd and goal from the one, Richardson got stopped. The entire game came down to one play. With 4 seconds left, on 4th and goal at the one, Seattle sent an all out blitz and Clemens threw incomplete. Seattle survived to get to 7-1 atop the entire NFC. 14-9 Seahawks
NFL 2013 Week 8 Prequel
Forget everything else. The circus is on the verge of returning. Welcome to Favre-watch 2013.
With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 8 Preview.
NFL 2013 Week 7 Recap
5 interceptions for touchdowns kicked off Week 7 as Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency disaster with Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville all falling behind 14-0. This was before Peyton Manning returned to Indy to do his William Tecumseh Sherman burning of Lucas Oil Stadium. Here is the NFL 2013 Week 7 Recap.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals was the Thursday night game. Last year Seattle destroyed Arizona 58-0. That game was in Seattle. now the Seahawks had to travel to the Desert. It didn’t matter since they are still very good and Arizona is still very bad. Russell Wilson hit Sidney Rice on a 31 yard first quarter touchdown and a 15 yard touchdown to Zach Miller in the second quarter to make it 14-0 Seahawks. Seattle missed a chance to make it 21-0 when a punt return for a touchdown was nullified by penalty.
At that point momentum changed. Jay Feely hit a 49 yard field goal to get the Cardinals within 14-3. Russell Wilson was then sacked deep in his own territory, and the resulting fumble was recovered by the Cardinals at the Seattle 3 yard line. Rashaard Mendenhall ran it to get the Cardinals within 14-10. Steve Hauschka hit a 51 yarder just before the half ended to make it 17-10 Seahawks. Feely hit from 52 in the third quarter as Arizona only trailed 17-13.
At that point Seattle turned out the lights. Wilson moved Seattle 80 yards and threw a 1 yard touchdown to Davis. Carson Palmer was then intercepted at midfield by Browner, who returned it to the one yard line. Marshawn Lynch ran it in to make it 31-13 Seahawks.
Wilson was sacked again and fumbled again, giving Arizona gift field position at the Seattle 15. On 3rd and 3 Seattle gave another gift and jumped offsides. Yet on 1st and goal from the 4, Palmer threw incomplete 3 straight times as the Cardinals settled for a field goal. Yet Hauschka would answer with another kick of his own to make it a 3 score game at 34-16. Arizona would reach the end zone with less than 5 minutes to play to make the score look close. Seattle is 6-1 and still looking Super Bowl bound. Arizona is again looking like an early draft contender. 34-22 Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons — Josh Freeman was supposed to be the problem in Tampa. Mike Glennon fumbled, and the Falcons scored a touchdown off of it. There is no truth to the rumors of a trade deal between Tampa and Minnesota to bring back Josh Freeman in exchange for Coach Greg Schiano and a bag of jellybeans as the Falcons lead 7-0.
Early in the second quarter Matt Ryan threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to Jacquizz Rodgers as the Falcons lead the Buccaneers 14-0 and Greg Schiano prepares to update his resume. The Bucs actually lost their last 6 games last year after a 6-4 start so they have lost 11 straight, making them only 16 games away from surpassing the orange creamsicle winking pirate expansion Bucs for futility.
Mike Glennon hits Vincent Jackson for a 59 yard touchdown, but a 23 yard Matt Bryant field goal has the Falcons up 17-7 in a game somebody, somewhere is watching. Tampa Bay put excitement into the punting game with a 20 yard shank to give Atlanta the ball at the Bucs 37. One play later Matty Ice had a touchdown to Douglas for a 24-7 Falcons lead. Like John Voight in Varsity Blues, Greg Schiano may not coach the second half. Tampa Bay added a field goal before the half ended to create the illusion that the second half would matter.
Mike Glennon connects for the second time on the day with Vincent Jackson as a one yard touchdown pass only has the Buccaneers down 24-17. Matt Ryan’s third touchdown pass is his second connection with Rodgers, whose 8 yard touchdown reception has the Falcons leading the hapless Buccaneers 31-17 early in the fourth quarter.
Down 31-17 in the fourth quarter, naturally the Buccaneers would kick a field goal. Then they kicked another one. Then they lost to remain winless and witless in the Schiano reign of error. 31-23 Falcons
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers — 21 seconds into the game and the Panthers led the Rams 7-0 as Sam Bradford was intercepted for the pick 6. Meanwhile the Rams came back and went for it on 4th and goal at the 1 and smacked into a Carolina brick wall as the goal line stand kept the Rams scoreless. Yet the Panthers defense makes a phenomenal play and the offense wastes it as a handoff several yards deep in the end zone results in a safety as the Rams trail 7-2.
Early in the second quarter Carolina tacked on a field goal to lead 10-2. Greg Zeurlein hit a 28 yard field goal,, but a one yard touchdown run by Mike Tolbert has the Panthers up 17-5. Despite getting to the one yard line, all Carolina can muster is a field goal. Yet they still lead the Rams 20-5 in the third quarter.
Sam Bradford completed a 73 yard pass to Quick to set up a 4 yard touchdown to Stacy as the Rams were only down 20-12. Yet the Carolina Panthers have Steve Smith. Cam Newton hits him for the 19 yard touchdown as Smith jukes a couple defenders. As Steve Smith has been known to remind the audience and the cameramen, if you see him on tv, that means he just scored as the Panthers lead 27-12. Carolina would tack on another field goal to end the lack of suspense, and the Rams would add a field goal of their own to continue the thrills. That was it, as the Panthers had the lopsided win. 30-15 Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions — Red Rifle Andy Dalton hooked up with AJ Green on an 82 yard touchdown as the Bengals jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the Lions. Matthew Stafford then led a staggering 16 play, 8- yard drive taking 8 minutes of clock as a 3 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew tied the Lions and Bengals 7-7.
David Akers hit a 36 yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 10-7 Lions. Dalton hit Marvin Jones for a 12 yard touchdown to make it 14-10 Bengals. Andy Dalton has his third touchdown pass of the day as a 32 yarder to Tyler Elfert has the Bengals leading the Lions 21-10 in the third quarter.
The Bengals and Lions had a good one going as Dalton and Stafford were trading scores. Stafford hit Megatron Calvin Johnson for a 27 yard touchdown to get the Lions within 21-17. After Cincy extended the lead, Matthew Stafford threw up a prayer into triple coverage, and of course Megatron came down with it for the touchdown. The 50 yard bomb had the Lions and Bengals tied 24-24 in the fourth quarter. On the last play of regulation, from 54 yards out, Mike Nugent is perfect and the Bengals defeat the Lions. 27-24 Bengals
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars — Philip Rivers leads the Chargers 80 yards in 13 plays and takes half the opening quarter to do it as San Diego jumps out to a 7-0 lead over Jacksonville. That may be enough to win this game. Jaguars Owner Shad Kahn is from Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons. Kahn would settle for conventional weapons, such as a quarterback, offensive line, and some defensive linemen.
Philip Rivers hit Eddie Royal for a 27 yard touchdown as the Chargers led 14-0. They made it look easy because it was. Jacksonville kicked a field goal to trail 14-3, most likely concluding Jaguars highlights for the day. Jacksonville needed 18 plays and 8 minutes of clock to kick a 30 yard field goal as the Jaguars are 10 losses from 0-16.
San Diego tacked on a field goal in the third quarter to lead 17-3 and Jacksonville added one of their own. A 3 yard Ryan Mathews touchdown run capped off an 84 yard drive as the Chargers, despite being bored beyond belief, sent the Jaguars to another pathetic loss. San Diego led by 18 with 12 minutes left in regulation. Did anything else happen? Of course not. These are the winless Jaguars. 24-6 Chargers
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins — Ryan Tannehill’s first touchdown pass of the day went to the Buffalo defense as Nickell Robey had the Bills lead 7-0. The winner of this game may finish 4 games behind New England instead of 8 games. Deion Sanders is going to break out the Outkast references tonight because Fred Jackson is for real. A 3 yard touchdown run has the Bills leading the Dolphins 14-0 in the mediocrity bowl.
Florida Governor RickScott declares state of emergency as Dolphins/Jaguars/Bucs all down 14-0. Governor Scott partially lifts the disaster warning as Miami and Tampa get on the board to trail their games 14-7. Jacksonville remains a disaster area. Ryan Tannehill hit Charles Clay from 7 yards out to get Miami on the board.
After Dan Carpenter had the Bills up 17-7 with a 39 yard field goal, Ryan Tanneghill threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson as the Dolphins trail 17-14. After trailing 14-0, Ryan Tannehill has thrown 3 touchdown passes. He has again gone to Gibson, who followed up his air helicopter 13 yard score with a 4 yard touchdown reception as the Dolphins now led the Bills 21-17 after three quarters. Buffalo would add a field goal to get within one point in the fourth quarter.
With 36 seconds left, Carpenter came in for another field goal try from 31 yards out. He was good and the Bills had the 2 point lead. Yet a strong kickoff return by Thigpen had the Dolphins at their own 46 with 23 seconds left needing only a field goal. Tannehill threw 4 incompletions and the Bills held on for the win. 23-21 Bills
New England Patriots at New York Jets — Geno Smith leads the Jets 80 yards in 12 plays and 5 minutes as a 12 yard touchdown to Kerley makes it 7-0 Jets. Bill Bellichick may cut all 45 players if they lose to Rex Ryan’s Jets. Geno Smith has more touchdown passes to the Patriots then Tom Brady so far. After Brandon Bolen ran it in from one yard out to tie the game 7-7, Smith threw an interception that was returned 79 yards the other way by Logan Ryan for a 14-7 Patriots lead. No matter what, Rex Ryan reminds us that his team is not the worst one to play at Metlife Stadium.
Nick Folk kicked a 37 yard field goal to close the gap, but Stephen Ridley ran it in from 17 yards out as the Patriots stormed out to a 21-10 lead in a game that has not been a rivalry since the Tuna Bowl days of Bill Parcells.
Tom Brady and Geno Smith have each thrown a touchdown pass to the opposing team as the third quarter begins with Tom Brady getting the Jets right back at the game despite his quarterbacking the Patriots. The Jets trailed 21-17 in this Blunder Bowl as Antonio Allen got the 23 yard pick 6 for the Jets.
Yet a stunner was brewing in the new Meadowlands as Geno Smith has run for an 8 yard touchdown to give the Jets the 24-21 third quarter lead over the Patriots. If the Jets win, Metlife Stadium will not be renamed Metdeath Stadium until winless Big Blue plays Monday night. The Jets would add a field goal to take a 27-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
A Tom Brady pass appeared to have New England at the Jets one yard line prepared to take the lead, but an offensive penalty had the Patriots settling for a field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, the Patriots still trail Gang Green 27-24. With 4 minutes left the Jets have the ball clinging to a 3 point lead. Let’s see if Rex Ryan’s ground and pound can get the shocking upset win over New England. We saw last week what Tom Brady can do with one more chance and even only a few seconds left.
With 2:10 to play, Brady moved the Patriots from their own 8 to a 1st and 10 at the Jets 26 with less than one minute left. Yet Brady then threw 3 incompletions and Stephen Gostkowski came in for the 44 yarded to tie it. He was good and the game went into overtime.
New England got the ball first and after a completion, Brady threw 3 incompletions and the Jets took over at their own 20. On 3rd and 5 from the Patriots 36, a running play lost 2 yards out. Rex Ryan took a major gamble and loses as Nick Folk misses a 56 yard field goal. Now the Patriots have excellent field position. Except unsportsmanlike conduct on the Patriots was a killer. After a ton of confusion, the Jets retain possession at the Patriots 23 yard line. The Patriots were called for a leverage penalty on the field goal kick. Now the Jets were in short field goal range.
Nick Folk comes in again for the Jets to try a 41 yard field goal. This time the kick is good as the Jets stun their hated rivals. The post-game handshake between Ryan and Bellichick was as quick as expected. 30-27 Jets, OT
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles — The least exciting game of the day is the battle for first place in the NFC Least, where the Cowboys lead the Eagles 3-0 at the half. A one yard touchdown run by Phillip Tanner caps a 66 yard, 10 play, 6 minute drive and finally sees an end zone as the Cowboys lead the Eagles 10-0 in the third quarter. Chip Kelly’s vaunted offense is not getting it done on this day.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Alex Henery hit a 31 yard field goal as the Eagles now trail the Cowboys 10-3 in the NFC least interesting game of the day. Tony Romo hit Terrence Williams for a 9 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to salt it away. 17-3 Cowboys
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins — After an exchange of field goals had the Bears and the team still known as the Redskins tied 3-3, Matt Forte ran it in from 2 yards out to put the Teddy Ruxpins from Chicago up 10-3. Mike Shanahan is no longer in Denver, so losing every game except Oakland is no longer acceptable.
Trailing 10-3 after the first quarter, Washington tied the game when Helu ran it in from one yard out to cap an 80 yard drive. One play later Jay Cutler threw a perfect pass to Brian Orakpo, who plays defense for Washington. The 29 yard interception return made it 17-10 Redskins
Do. Not. Kick. The. Ball. To. Devon. Hester. Not now, not ever. Mike Shanahan may fire his special teams coach, as an 81 yard punt return by Deion Sanders’s baby goes for a Chicago touchdown and a 17-17 game. Hester extends his own NFL record for touchdown returns. Dennis Green is right about Devon Hester. Hester is exactly who we thought he was. Crown him.
RGIII led the Redskins 74 yards in 11 plays and 5 1/2 minutes as a 3 yard touchdown to Jordan Reed has the Redskins up 24-17. Now maybe the special teams coach will decide to keep his job and avoid Devon Hester.
Matt Forte is running wild today, picking up the slack for Jay Cutler, who is out of the rest of this game with an injury. Forte broke off a 50 yard touchdown run as the Bears and Redskins are tied 24-24 in the third quarter. Roy Helu then ran it in from 3 yards out as the Redskins retook the lead over the Bears 31-24 late in the third quarter.
No Cutler, no problem. Forte takes a handoff up the gut 6 yards for another touchdown as the Bears and Redskins are tied in a 31-31 thriller early in the fourth quarter. The pinball machine that is the Redskins-Bears game keeps is approaching tilt as RGIII completes a 45 yard touchdown to Aldrick Robinson as statisticians check to see if this is the first NFL score ever by an Aldrick and the Redskins lead 38-31. The closest thing to a defensive stand in the Bears-Redskins game had the Bears kicking a field goal rather than scoring a touchdown as Chicago trailed 38-34 with 9 minutes left in regulation.
Josh McCown brought the Bears back again as passes to Brandon Marshall of 28 yards and Jeffery for 35 yards set up a 7 yard touchdown pass to Bennett and a 41-38 Bears lead with 4 minutes to play. Yet RGIII rapidly moved the Redskins 80 yards as a 3 yard run by Helu with 45 seconds left put the Redskins back up by 4 points. Yet this game was not over. Trickery on the ensuing kickoff gave the Bears one final shot. From the Washington 44, McCown was sacked as the Redskins hung on in this instant classic. 45-41 Redskins
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans — Phil Dawson hit a 44 yard field goal to give the 49ers the early 3-0 lead. Colin Kaepernick with a 20 yard touchdown run puts the 49ers up 10-0. Frank Gore runs it in from one yard out as the 49ers lead the Titans 17-0 in a game that deserves no more elaboration than that.
12 plays, 79 yards, and 6 1/2 minutes have the 49ers ramming it down the Titans throats as Frank Gore from one yard out has San Francisco up 24-0 early in the second half. The 49ers slept through the rest of the game because they could. Late in the game Tennessee fumbled a punt and the 49ers recover for a gift touchdown to put the game away. 31-17 49ers
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers — The Browns are lifeless without Brian Hoyer. 3 and out had the Packer starting at the Cleveland 40. Aaron Rodgers tossed a 10 yard touchdown to Finley to make it 7-0 Packers. A one yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy has the Packers up 14-0 as the Hoyer-less Browns are back to being losers again. Cleveland did manage a field goal, but the Packers added one of their own to take a 17-3 lead into the locker rooms. Despite hibernating most of the rest of the game, Aaron Rodgers went to Jordy Nelson for a 1 yard touchdown late to put Green Bay up 24-6 and Cleveland out of its misery. 31-13 Packers
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs — After a Texans field goal, Houston gave up a touchdown. The key thing about the Chiefs touchdown was that it came on offense. Despite 5 straight weeks with a pick 6, it was not an interception for a touchdown that has the Texans trailing. Jamal Charles crashed in for the standard type of score.
No Matt Schaub. No TJ Yates. No problem. His name is Case Keenum and he has thrown a touchdown pass. Not to the Kansas City defense. He found a player with the same color jersey as his as a 29 yard touchdown pass to Deandre Hopkins has the Texans leading the unbeaten Chiefs on the road in the second quarter 10-7. These players are not Casey Casem or Thelma Hopkins, although Houston is scraping for players.
Alex Smith then led the Chiefs 97 yards in 15 plays and 6 1/2 minutes, running the final 5 yards himself for the score as the Chiefs led the Texans 14-10 late in the half. A third quarter field goal got the Texans within 14-13, but Kansas City added one of their own and Houston responded again to trail 17-16 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter the Chiefs faced 3rd and goal from the 1. the Chiefs ran up the middle and get rocked. Walrus Lite Andy Reid went for it on 4th and goal and a play action pass had no chance as Smith threw to a receiver out of bounds. The Texans inspired goal line stand kept them only down by one point early in the fourth quarter.
The Texans took over at their own 10 with 1:46 to play and 3rd string quarterback Casey Keenum. Keenum was hit and fumbled and the Chiefs recover at the Houston one yard line. The Chiefs smartly take a knee rather than score and give the ball back. The Chiefs get to 7-0 with the win. 17-16 Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers — This once bitter rivalry of must see tv is now a desperation match between also rans. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 3 yard touchdown to Heath Miller and Justin Tucker hit a 46 yard field goal to get the Ravens within 7-3. Shaun Suisham responded with a 34 yarded to make it 10-3 Steelers in the second quarter. Justin Tucker hit from 38 to get the Ravens within 10-6 at halftime. If the Ravens and Steelers were as good as we are used to, the 10-6 game would be called a typical defensive bonelock and praised. Yet these teams are not good, so it is not.
A third quarter field goal had the Steelers up 13-6 and Baltimore added one back to trail 13-9 early in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh added another one to get it back up to 7 with 10 minutes left to play. Joe Flacco hit Dallas Clark on 3rd and goal from the two with 1:58 to tie things. A strong kickoff return allowed Shaun Suisham to comes in with three seconds left for a 43 yard field goal to win it Suisham was dead center as Pittsburgh won two straight road games after the 0-5 start. 19-16 Steelers
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts — As expected, a very classy display from the Indianapolis Colts fans in giving Peyton Manning an extended cheering ovation. Manning fought back the emotions as he waved to the crowd. Then they played football. Both teams faced 3rd and 1, ran up the middle, came up short and saw their teams start 3 and out. From the Denver 44, Manning went deep to Eric Decker for a 39 yard gain and again for the 17 yard touchdown and 7-0 Broncos lead.
On 3rd and 10 from the Denver 34, Andrew Luck goes to Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 27 yard gain and 1st and goal. On 3rd and goal at the 2 Luck throws incomplete as the Colts settle for the field goal. The Broncos then turned it over. Andrew Luck with an 11 yard touchdown pass to Heyward-Bey after the Denver fumble to put the Colts up 10-7.
Trindin Holliday returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards. Manning on 3rd and 6 from the Indy 12 threw a touchdown pass to Julius Thomas as the Broncos retook the lead 14-10 early in the second quarter.
Later in the second quarter, from near his own goal line, Manning was hit and fumbled. His arm was not going forward. The Colts recovered in the end zone but it is ruled a safety instead of a touchdown since the refs say it was recovered out of bounds. The Colts are now within 14-12 and get the free kick. Andrew Luck took advantage as a 20 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Havili had the Colts up 19-14 with 6 minutes left in the half. With one minute left in the half Luck hit Fleener for a 21 yard gain to the Denver 17. On 3rd and 1 from the 8 Luck went back to Fleener for the touchdown with 10 seconds left in the half as the Colts lead the Broncos 26-14.
Indy almost puts a dagger in early in the third quarter when a bomb from Luck looks like a 33-14 Colts lead. At the last moment Cromartie gets just enough to deflect it, resulting in the ball being dropped. Indy got it back, and a personal foul on Denver’s defense for a head-butt had the Broncos for the first time this season losing their composure. Another penalty on Denver’s defense for unsportsmanlike conduct had them on the ropes. Luck then scrambled for a 12 yard touchdown as the Colts had their big 33-14 lead with 5 minutes left in the third quarter. Denver’s defense took yet another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the score.
Peyton brought the Broncos back. Yet despite getting inside the 10 yard line, Denver had to settle for a 28 yard Matt Prater field goal and a 33-17 deficit after three quarters.Yet Indy answered back again as a 52 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri early in the fourth quarter put Indy up 36-17. A 31 yard touchdown pass from Manning to Demarius Thomas had the Broncos still in it. The 2 point conversion was dropped as the Broncos trailed 36-23 with 12 minutes left in regulation.
A critical fumble by the Colts was recovered by the Broncos at the Indy 23. On 4th and 1 from the 14, Manning hit Wes Welker for the first down. Knowshon Moreno got in from one yard out as the Broncos were now within 36-30 with 8:44 still left to play.
Denver held and got the ball back. Just when it looked like Manning was on a roll, he gets hit as he throws and is intercepted. The Colts aerate the Denver 20 needing only a field goal to make it a 2 score game. The failed 2 point conversion earlier is looming large. Vinatieri nails the 42 yard field goal as the Colts have breathing room up 39-30 with 6 minutes left.
Manning played pitch and catch with Welker as three deep completions made it 1st and goal at the 2 with 3 minutes to play. Yet Hillman got the carry and fumbled the ball away. In a bizarre decision, the Colts decided to throw on 2nd and 8 rather than run and force Denver to use timeouts. Yet a critical personal foul call for roughing the passer gave the Colts a new set of downs. The Colts will had to punt at the 2 minute warning with Manning needing 2 scores with 0 timeouts.
Manning took a critical sack as the Broncos did not get a field goal until only 12 seconds remained. The onside kick failed and the Colts had the phenomenal emotional win and Denver had their first loss. 39-33 Colts
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants was the Monday night game. It was statistically the worst matchup in the history of Monday Night Football as 1-4 Minnesota took on the winless Giants. Sometimes a pair of bad teams can come together and play a thrilling game. This was not that game. The Giants had a staggering 17 play, 68 yard drive that took 9 1/2 minutes off the clock. Naturally, they kicked a field goal. The Vikings got on the board with an 86 yard punt return for a touchdown. In the second quarter Eli Manning hit Reuben Randle for a 24 yard touchdown as the Giants led 10-7 at halftime.
Bum Phillips enters football heaven
The National Football League lost a legend as Bum Phillips entered oblate spheroid heaven at age 90. The former Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints coach and father of Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was more than just a great coach. He was one of the all time great characters.