NFL Weekly Recap

Bengals 34 vs. Packers 30

  • Cincinnati overcame four turnovers, as well as a 16 point second-half deficit, to beat the Packers. The winning score came on a fumble recovery which was returned for a 58 yard touchdown by cornerback Terence Newman.
  • Andy Dalton contributed as well by completing 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards along with a pair of touchdowns to wide receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones.
  • Aaron Rodgers completed 26 of 43 passes for 244 yards with a touchdown pass to James Jones; he also threw a pair of interceptions. Running back Johnathan Franklin ran for 103 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown.

Cowboys 31 vs. Rams 7

  • Tony Romo completed 17 of 24 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception.
  • Rams quarterback Sam Bradford completed 29 of 48 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown to Austin Pettis.

Titans 20 vs. Chargers 17

  • Jake Locker completed 23 of 37 passes for 299 yards and a touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Hunter.
  • Wide receiver Nate Washington was Locker’s favorite target against San Diego as he caught eight passes for 131 yards. Running back Chris Johnson carried 19 times for 90 yards to put a spark in the running game while Tennessee, as a whole, gained 452 yards of total offense.
  • Philip Rivers was nearly flawless for the Chargers as he completed 20 of 24 passes for 184 yards with a touchdown pass to tight end Antonio Gates.

Browns 31 @ Vikings 27

  • Cleveland’s passing game was the key as Brian Hoyer, who came in to replace Brandon Weeden as the starting quarterback, completed 30 of 54 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Josh Gordon helped Hoyer out a great deal during the game by recording ten catches for 146 yards, including a 47 yard touchdown catch for the Browns first score.
  • The Browns defense constantly harassed Christian Ponder, sacking him six times while forcing him throw an interception and lose a fumble. Ponder did complete 25 passes for 228 yards in the game while also running for two touchdowns.

Patriots 23 vs. Buccaneers 3

  • Tom Brady completed 25 of 36 passes for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both of them went to wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was perfect in nailing a trio of field goals, one of which came from 53 yards.
  • Although the Buccaneers only had three less first downs and 35 less yards than the Patriots, their offense failed to put the ball into the end zone. Quarterback Josh Freeman only completed 19 of 41 passes for 236 yards and an interception, which went to former Buccaneer cornerback Aqib Talib.

Saints 31 vs. Cardinals 7

  • Drew Brees had a field day against the Cardinals by completing 29 passes for 342 yards and accounted for all four of the Saints touchdowns. Two of Brees’ three scoring strikes went to tight end Jimmy Graham, who made nine catches for 134 yards.
  • Carson Palmer completed 18 of 35 passes for 187 yards with a pair of interceptions. He was also sacked three times.
  • New Orleans dominated Arizona, outgaining them in total offensive yardage (423-247), time of possession (35:31-24:29), and plays (74-55).

Lions 27 @ Redskins 20

  • Matthew Stafford completed 25 of 42 passes for 385 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson.
  • Robert Griffin III completed 32 of 50 passes for 326 yards, but he was unable to find the end zone in yet another frustrating Washington loss.
  • With the victory, the Detroit Lions made history as they beat the Redskins for the first time on the road since 1935, back when the Redskins still played in Boston.

Panthers 38 vs. Giants 0

  • DeAngelo Williams finally broke through by rushing for 120 yards on 23 carries, but Newton shined over everybody, completing 15 of 27 passes for 223 yards while rushing for an additional 45 and accounting for four touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught two of Newton’s three touchdown passes while Ted Ginn Jr. added a 47 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
  • Eli Manning completed 12 of 23 passes for 119 yards with an interception as New York only managed a net total of 90 yards through the air by the end of the game.

Ravens 30 vs. Texans 9

  • Baltimore scored on offense, defense, and special teams to demolish the undefeated Houston Texans.
  • Even though the offense was in hibernation for much of the game, Joe Flacco completed 16 of 24 passes and running back Bernard Pierce scored a third quarter touchdown which put the game out of reach.
  • Ravens kicker Justin Tucker added a trio of field goals, including two in the fourth quarter from 45 and 43 yards out.

Dolphins 27 vs. Falcons 23

  • Ryan Tannehill completed 24 of 36 passes for 235 yards with a pair of touchdown passes.
  • Matt Ryan completed 23 of 38 passes for 231 yards and pair of scoring strikes with an interception. Wide receiver Julio Jones was once again his favorite receiver as he caught nine passes for 115 yards.

Jets 27 vs. Bills 20

  • Geno Smith completed 16 of 29 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. One of his touchdown passes was a 69 yard scoring strike to Santonio Holmes which proved to be the game winning score. Manuel completed 19 of 42 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown to tight end Scott Chandler.
  • New York also received help from a defense that sacked E.J. Manuel eight times and held the Bills to only four third down conversions on 18 attempts.

Colts 27 @ 49ers 7

  • Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 95 yards on 19 carries.
  • Quarterback Andrew Luck threw short, safe passes against San Francisco without an interception and his six yard scoring run along with a touchdown by Bradshaw, helped put the game away for the Colts.
  • Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick suffered through another frustrating game, completing 13 of 27 passes for 150 yards, no touchdowns along with an interception. After exploding for 34 points in the season opener, the 49ers managed to score only ten points in their last two games.

Seahawks 45 vs. Jaguars 17

  • Russell Wilson completed 14 of 21 passes for over 200 yards and four touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Sidney Rice and two to tight end Zach Miller.
  • Seattle’s defense had yet another strong performance by forcing three turnovers and holding Jacksonville to 265 yards of total offense. The Jaguars only promising offensive threat was wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, who made eight catches for 143 yards.

Bears 40 @ Steelers 23 (SNF on NBC)

  • The Bears defense stood out in this game by forcing Pittsburgh to turn the ball over five times. Chicago scored 24 points off of those turnovers, including two touchdowns from the defense. Safety Major Wright intercepted a pass and returned it for a 38 yard touchdown and Julius Peppers recovered a fumble and returned it 42 yards for another score.
  • Meanwhile, Chicago played error free on offense as Jay Cutler completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and a 17 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Earl Bennett and running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush each contributed with a touchdown.
  • Ben Roethlisberger did complete 26 of 41 passes for 406 yards for a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver Antonio Brown, who made nine catches for 196 yards.

Broncos 37 vs. Raiders 21 (MNF on ESPN)

  • Peyton Manning was at it again by completing 32 of 37 passes for 374 yards and three touchdown passes, all in the first half. His leading receiver was Eric Decker, who made eight catches for 133 yards with one touchdown while Demaryius Thomas made ten catches, constantly securing the first downs for the Denver offense.
  • The Broncos running game also contributed as rookie Montee Ball carried 11 times for 61 yards while Ronnie Hillman gained 66 yards on nine carries which included the touchdown that put the game away in the fourth quarter.
  • Terrelle Pryor had a solid game for the Raiders as he completed 18 of 29 passes for 281 yards with a 73 yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore, who made six catches for 124 yards. Running back Darren McFadden scored twice during the game, one of his touchdowns was a 16 yard touchdown pass to fullback Marcel Reece on a halfback option play.

Week four matchups (byes: Panthers and Packers)

49ers @ Rams (TNF on NFL Network)

Ravens @ Bills

Bengals @ Browns

Bears @ Lions

Giants @ Chiefs

Cardinals @ Buccaneers

Colts @ Jaguars

Seahawks @ Texans

Steelers @ Vikings

Jets @ Titans

Redskins @ Raiders

Eagles @ Broncos

Patriots @ Falcons (SNF on NBC)

Dolphins @ Saints (MNF on ESPN)

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