It seems like every week it’s the Denver Broncos making all of the headlines so let’s give someone else the lead lines this week.
To highlight the week, we’ve got the first NFL tie, we’ve got a shutout in professional football, which is equally difficult to find in this game, and we’ve got 1-2 game scores that a year or so ago, never would have happened (Cleveland beat Pitt and Dallas beat the Super Bowl champs).
Titans 16, Jaguars 14
Tennessee finally snaps their losing skid, at the expense of the team that still hasn’t won.
Even though the game was a sellout, 1000s of empty seats greeted 2 of the NFL’s worst teams. Titans gave their fans a reason to stick around to the end by making things more exciting that they should have been.
Jacksonville’s Clay Harbor ran a 20-yard dash with .37 seconds left in the game to cut the Titan lead to only 2 points. An onside kick attempt could have put the ball right back into Jacksonville’s possession however it didn’t work.
Baltimore 48, Tampa Bay 17
Baltimore scored 28 points in the first quarter and another 10 in the second quarter, all of which went unanswered as the Raven lit up Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
Tampa got an impressive outing from their quarterback, and that doesn’t happen very often as Mike Glennon threw 314 yards including 2 touchdown passes and 1 interception.
Denver 31 NY Jets 17
And now here we go with Denver, the team with the highest-rated quarterback in the entire NFL. He had the
Jets coach so worried heading into Sunday that the coach actually told the media that he was hoping for a hurricane or something to deter the Peyton Manning pass attack.
What wound up happening was he got that pass attack: 3 TDs and 237 yards passing. Ronnie Hillman and Demaryius Thomas provided 225 yards running between them as Denver finally won a game at MetLife Stadium (remember what happened the last time they played there??!)
“Any time you win on the road in the NFL,” Manning said, “it’s a good thing.”
Manning is now just 2 TDs shy of Brett Favre’s career mark for passing TDs. Favre has 508, Manning is at 506.
Manning’s next opportunity will be this Sunday night at home, against San Francisco.
But he displayed his methodical best at times in his return to MetLife Stadium, where he and the Broncos (4-1) were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl last February.
This wasn’t nearly the blowout that many expected coming into the day, and the Jets (1-5) had a chance to tie when they got the ball deep in their own territory with less than a minute left. But after a sack put the ball at the 1, Geno Smith was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22 yards for a sealing touchdown that sent New York to its fifth straight loss.
Decker’s 2-yard touchdown catch, his first against his former team, cut the Jets’ deficit to seven at 24-17 with 7:56 left. Decker finished with six receptions for 54 yards, while Amaro had 10 catches for 68 yards for the Jets, who play at New England on Thursday night.
Detroit 17, Minnesota 3
One team hurt badly this season by injuries and suspensions, the Minnesota Vikings, have been getting dummied on the scoreboard. Sitting at 2-4 following a 14-point defeat at home to the Detroit Lions.
Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, despite a huge upside with his style of play, could not get anything going all day long and had 3 interceptions to prove it. The Minny defense held Detroit in check for an entire 3 quarters, and they sacked Bridgewater 8 times.
Joique Bell put the game completely out of reach with a TD late in the4th quarter.
Detroit QB Matthew Stafford wasn’t at his best, missing his three-time All-Pro wide receiver and finishing 19 for 33 for 185 yards. Theo Riddick caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, the latest running back to work his way into the game plan this season. Riddick later hurt his hamstring.
NE 37 Buffalo 22
A loss here for New England would have been almost as detrimental for the team as a loss last week at home vs the Bengals, but they won that game and they won this game so maybe everything is back to normal now?
Tom Brady had 361 passing yards and he threw 4 touchdowns, New England scored at least 10 points in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters.
Brady became the NFL’s 5th player with 60 300-yard performances.
Carolina 37, Cincinatti 37 OT OVERTIME
How somebody did not manage to win this game is beyond me. Cam Newton for Carolina vs Andy Dalton for the Bengals, two QBs that have really gotten it going for their teams. I guess the one thing that is not surprising is that they combined to produce over 70 points.
Kicker Mike Nugent had a chance to win it for the Bengals with 2 seconds left as he attempted a would-be winning FG. He missed and they had to settle for a tie.
“It’s a weird feeling,” Dalton said. “I’ve never been part of a tie. You didn’t lose, but you didn’t win. We had our chances, and when you don’t win, it’s tough.”
“That was the worst ball I’ve ever hit in my career,” Nugent said. “My plant foot was way too far forward. I think there was a little excitement. I was a little too quick.”
Nugent made a 42-yard field goal that put Cincinnati (3-1-1) up after the opening drive of overtime. Carolina (3-2-1) tied it on Graham Gano’s 36-yarder with 2:19 left.
Nugent had 2 FGs in the game, both were good, and both came from 40+ yards out.
Cleveland (3-2) 31, Pitt (3-3) 10
For the first time in like 10 years, it had to be one crazy night at the place nicknamed the Dawg Pound, the home of the NFL Cleveland Browns. For the first time, Cleveland beat Pittsburgh, and they looked good doing it.
In fact they held the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the end zone for three quarters.
Cleveland managed to beat Pitt for only the 3rd time in 23 games. Cleveland had not beat Pitt this badly since 1989, a 51-0 win.
Ben Roethlisberger suffered just his second loss in 20 games against Cleveland. The Steelers (3-3) never found a rhythm on offense and their defense, missing two starters, gave up too many big plays.
“We failed in all three phases,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We got to play better. We got to swallow this one and we will.”
GB 27 Miami 24
Pack Quarterback Aaron Rodgers saved the day for the cheeseheads with only 4 seconds left in the game when he threw a 4-yard TD pass to put Green Bay past Miami in NFL action Sunday afternoon.
Green Bay twice gave up leads and trailed 24-17 before Rodgers directed consecutive drives of 68 and 60 yards for the victory. He overcame a fumble and a fourth-and-10 on the Packers’ final possession, and faked an intentional spike before throwing a completion that set up the touchdown.
The Pack remained tied with the Detroit Lions for top spot in the NFC North.
The 4th quarter saw 24 points racked up, 14 by the Dolphins, 10 by GB.
SD 31 Oakland 28
Among the surprises of Week 6, the upstart Chargers, one of only 2 NFL clubs to knock down the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, needed every single point they could score in order to beat Oakland? Oakland of all teams.
The Raiders were only 3 points away from sending this game into overtime, sitting winless in the standings, not much has gone well for the Raiders, but they looked really good against the 5-1 Chargers.
Rookie Raider QB Derek Carr threw 4 touchdown passes and at one point, held a 28-21 lead.
Carr’s first TD pass to Holmes (a 77-yarder) was the longest scoring throw for the Raiders since JaMarcus Russell and Zach Miller connected on an 86-yarder on Oct. 10, 2009.
Dallas 30 Seattle 23
And now the game that most of the nation has waited all day for (including us Denver fans), the Cowboys in Seattle.
I don’t know how they did it, but they did it.
Both teams scored points in each of the 4 quarters, except Seattle, who was held pointless in the 2nd quarter, and Dallas QB Tony Romo had only 251 yards in this blockbuster win but will still take it as the Cowboys now sit at 5-1 while the defending champs drop to 3-2.
Dallas RB DeMarco Murray ran for 100-yards for the 6th straight game.
Seattle did jump out to a 10-0 lead but the lead did not last long.
“I think our team now understands that we do a lot of things pretty well, and I think we have the ability to kind of impose yourself on other teams,” Romo said.
Rallying from the early deficit, the Cowboys relied on running back DeMarco Murray and a defense that confused Russell Wilson in a 30-23 victory Sunday.
Murray then broke free for 25 yards and a six-yard run to the Seattle 15. He capped his record day by cutting back against the defense and rolling through Richard Sherman at the goal line.
Arizona 30, Washington 20
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins threw more interceptions than touchdowns and it wound up costing his team. Arizona jumped out front early and maintained the attack all night long as they improve their league record overall to 4-1, while the RGIII-less ‘Skins fall to 1-5.
Arizona is also proving to be unbeatable on home turf.
QB Carson Palmer kept the ball in his own team’s hands all night, including a pair of TDs and WR Larry Fitzgerald caught 6 passes for 98 yards.
All of Cousins’ interceptions came at the worst possible time…the 4th quarter.
“The turnovers were costly,” Cousins said. “They just didn’t give us a chance to stay on the field.”
Palmer had not played since damaging a nerve in his throwing shoulder in the season-opening win over San Diego. He returned to Denver after Friday’s practice for a second treatment session, and was not announced as the starter Sunday until just before kickoff.
Eagles 27, NYG 0 SHUTOUT
Week 6 proves that Eli Manning is no Peyton as Philly earns their 1st league shutout in nearly 20 years.
From start to finish, the Eagles dominated the New York Giants on offense, defense and special teams.
Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing to help the Eagles beat the Giants 27-0 on Sunday night for their first shutout in 18 years.
“As a collective unit, as an entire team, we did a tremendous job in all three phases,” cornerback Cary Williams said.
A rough night for the Giants (3-3) became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick, was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that’s expected to end his season.