Week eight matchups (byes: Bears, Titans, Colts, Chargers, Ravens, and Texans)
Carolina Panthers 31 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 (TNF on NFL Newtork)
- Cam Newton completed 23 of 32 passes for 221-yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Newton also scored a rushing touchdown from six yards out. Defensive end Charles Johnson recorded a pair of sacks as the Carolina defense held the Buccaneers without a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco 49ers 42 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (London, England)
- Colin Kaepernick completed 10 of 16 passes for 164-yards and a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground. Frank Gore added two touchdowns as San Francisco rushed for a total of 221-yards. The 49ers defense held Jacksonville to one touchdown
Kansas City Chiefs 23 vs. Cleveland Browns 17
- Kansas City built a 20-7 lead behind two touchdown passes by Alex Smith, who completed 24 of 36 passes for 225-yards. The Browns trimmed the lead to three in the third quarter behind Jason Campbell’s passing as he completed 22 of 36 passes for 293-yards and with two touchdown passes, including one to Josh Gordon, who caught five passes for 132-yards. The Chiefs defense was able to protect the lead and Ryan Succop kicked a 40-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to put Cleveland away.
New England Patriots 27 vs. Miami Dolphins 17
- Miami built a 17-3 halftime lead behind two Ryan Tannehill touchdown passes, but the Patriots’ defense responded by intercepting two passes, recording six sacks, and a second half shutout. Meanwhile, the offense scored 24 unanswered points in the second half as Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson while Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden each scored to put the Dolphins away.
New Orleans Saints 35 vs. Buffalo Bills 17
- Drew Brees completed 26 of 34 passes for 322-yards and five touchdowns, including two to Kenny Stills, who gained 129-receiving yards on only three catches. Jimmy Graham scored twice as well and the New Orleans defense recorded four sacks and three takeaways.
Detroit Lions 31 vs. Dallas Cowboys 30
- Matthew Stafford completed 33 of 48 passes for 488-yards and a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson. Johnson caught 14 passes for 329-yards, the second most receiving yardage in NFL history. Dallas hung with Detroit behind three touchdown passes by Tony Romo as the Cowboys took a six point lead with 1:02 remaining. Stafford put together a six play, 80-yard drive which ended with him scoring on a quarterback sneak with 12 seconds remaining.
New York Giants 15 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7
- Eli Manning completed 25 of 39 passes for-246 yards, but the Giants were unable to put the ball into the end zone as five Josh Brown field goals provided New York with all of their scoring. The Giants defense held Philadelphia to only 200-yards of total offense and they kept the Eagles out of the end zone while recording four sacks.
Oakland Raiders 21 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 18
- Terrelle Pryor rushed for 109-yards on six carries and ran for a 93 yard-touchdown, the longest by a quarterback in NFL history. Darren McFadden also ran for a pair of scores and the Raiders defense held off a late Pittsburgh rally after the Steelers came back from a 15 point deficit to cut Oakland’s lead to three with only 1:24 remaining in the game.
Cincinnati Bengals 49 vs. New York Jets 9
- Andy Dalton completed 19 of 30 passes for 325-yards and five touchdown passes, with four going to Marvin Jones, who made eight catches for 122-yards. Cincinnati’s defense held New York without a touchdown, intercepted Geno Smith twice, and sacked him four times.
Arizona Cardinals 27 vs. Atlanta Falcons 13
- Carson Palmer completed 13 of 18 passes for 172-yards and a pair of touchdown passes, including one to Larry Fitzgerald. Andre Ellington rushed for 154-yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown from 80-yards out. Matt Ryan completed 34 of 61 passes for over 300-yards and Harry Douglas made 12 catches for 121-yards. Ryan did throw four interceptions and was sacked just as many times.
Denver Broncos 45 vs. Washington Redskins 21
- Peyton Manning overcame three interceptions and a 21-7 third quarter lead. Manning completed 30 of 44 passes for 354-yards and four touchdown passes to four different receivers, including one each by Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas, as Denver scored 38 unanswered points in the second half. Washington committed five turnovers, with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins combining for four interceptions.
Green Bay Packers 44 @ Minnesota Vikings 31 (SNF on NBC)
- Minnesota started the game on the right foot as Cordarrelle Patterson ran the opening kickoff back for a 109-yard touchdown. The Vikings defense could not contain Aaron Rodgers as he completed 24 of 29 passes for 285-yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson, who made seven receptions for 123-yards. Eddie Lacy also ran for 94- tough yards and scored a touchdown while Green Bay’s defense held Adrian Peterson to 60-yards rushing.
Seattle Seahawks 14 @ St. Louis Rams 9 (MNF on ESPN)
- The Rams had more yards of total offense (339-135) and first downs (23-7) than Seattle and the defense also recorded seven sacks. But the Seahawks came up with the big plays when they had to as Russell Wilson completed 10 of 18 passes for 139-yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Golden Tate, including an 80-yard bomb in the third quarter. Seattle’s defense also held the Rams without a touchdown as St. Louis managed only three field goals.
Week nine matchups (byes: Broncos, Lions, Giants, Cardinals, 49ers, Jaguars)
Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins (TNF on NFL Network)
Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills
Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys
Tennessee Titans @ St. Louis Rams
New Orleans Saints @ New York Jets
San Diego Chargers @ Washington Redskins
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans (SNF on NFC)
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers (MNF on ESPN)