Week ten matchups (byes: Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, and Jets)
Minnesota Vikings 34 vs. Washington Redskins 27 (TNF on NFL Network)
- Robert Griffin III threw three touchdown passes, including one to Pierre Garcon, who made seven catches for 119-yards. Griffin completed 24 of 37 passes for 281-yards and Alfred Morris added 139-yards on 26 carries to help the Redskins build a 27-14 third quarter lead. Minnesota came back as Christian Ponder completed 17 of 21 passes and threw a touchdown pass to tight end John Carlson while Adrian Peterson scored two touchdowns, with second score putting the Vikings ahead to stay. Blair Walsh added two fourth quarter field goals and Minnesota’s defense finished off the Redskins by recording four sacks, two and a half of them came courtesy of defensive tackle Kevin Williams.
Seattle Seahawks 33 @ Atlanta Falcons 10
- Russell Wilson completed 19 of 26 passes for 287-yards and a pair of touchdowns, including one to Golden Tate, who made six catches for 106-yards. Wilson also connected with Jermaine Kearse on a 43-yard scoring strike in the second quarter. Marshawn Lynch gained 145-yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown as Seattle gained 211-yards on the ground. The Seahawks defense held the Atlanta offense to 226 total yards and a single touchdown.
Detroit Lions 21 @ Chicago Bears 19
- Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 35 passes for 219-yards and two touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson. Reggie Bush contributed by rushing for 105-yards and 14 carries. Jay Cutler, who was coming off of a groin injury, started the game and completed 21 of 40 passes for 250-yards and a touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. Cutler was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury and Josh McCown once again came in to replace him Like Cutler, McCown connected with Marshall for a touchdown pass late in the game to cut the Lions lead. Marshall caught seven passes for 139-yards and Alshon Jeffrey made nine receptions for 114-yards.
Philadelphia Eagles 27 @ Green Bay Packers 13
- With Aaron Rodgers sidelined, Seneca Wallace started against Philadelphia, but he was forced to leave the game with a groin injury. Scott Tolzien, a three year backup from Wisconsin, entered the game and completed 24 of 39 passes for 280-yards and a touchdown pass, but he also threw two interceptions. Nick Foles completed 12 of 18 passes for 228-yards and a trio of touchdown passes, including two to Riley Cooper, who racked up 102-yards on only three receptions. LeSean McCoy carried the ball 25 times for 155-yards for his best game since week six.
Jacksonville Jaguars 29 @ Tennessee Titans 27
- Jacksonville finally got their first win of the season by beating Tennessee. Chad Henne completed 14 of 23 passes for 180-yards with two interceptions and the Jaguars only managed 214-yards of total offense. The defense came up with the big plays when they had to by forcing the Titans into committing four turnovers, one of which resulted into a fumble return for a touchdown by Will Blackmon. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 23 passes for 264-yards with two touchdown passes, including one to Delanie Walker with 44 seconds remaining. Tennessee attempted an onside kick, but the Jaguars recovered the ball and managed to hang on for the victory.
St. Louis Rams 38 @ Indianapolis Colts 8
- The St. Louis Rams scored on offense, defense, and special teams to defeat the Colts. The Rams defense started things off when a sack caused Andrew Luck to fumble; the ball was scooped up and returned for a 45-yard touchdown by defensive end Chris Long. On offense, Kellen Clemens completed 9 of 17 passes for 247-yards and two long touchdown passes of 57 and 81-yards to Tavon Austin, the touchdown receptions were his only two catches throughout the game. Austin also returned a punt for a 98-yard touchdown as he totaled 314 all-purpose yards in the blowout win.
New York Giants 24 vs. Oakland Raiders 20
- Eli Manning completed 12 of 22 passes for 140-yards and a touchdown pass to Reuben Randle, but he threw an interception that was returned by Tracy Porter for a 43-yard touchdown and it gave Oakland a 20-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. Andre Brown, who rushed for 115-yards on 30 carries, scored the touchdown which put the Giants ahead to stay for their third straight win.
Pittsburgh Steelers 23 vs. Buffalo Bills 10
- Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 30 passes for over 200-yards and a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery and Shaun Suisham kicked a trio of field goals as Pittsburgh controlled the ball for over 35 minutes. The Steelers defense welcomed E.J. Manuel back to the Bills lineup by sacking him three times while holding Buffalo without a touchdown until the final three seconds of the game.
Baltimore Ravens 20 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 17 (OT)
- Baltimore jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead over the Bengals behind two touchdown passes from Joe Flacco. Cincinnati’s defense stiffened in the second half by tallying two interceptions while Andy Dalton overcame three interceptions by throwing for 274-yards and two touchdowns. Dalton’s primary receiver was A.J. Green, who caught eight passes for 151-yards, including the game tying Hail Mary touchdown pass from 51-yards out on the final play of regulation. Cincinnati had all of the momentum going into overtime, but their offense failed to convert on fourth and two during the drive and the Ravens got the ball back on their own 44-yard line. Flacco led Baltimore right down the field and set up Justin Tucker for the game winning field goal that he made from 46-yards out.
Carolina Panthers 10 @ San Francisco 49ers 9
- In this battle of the defenses, the 49ers jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind three Phil Dawson field goals. San Francisco’s defense sacked Cam Newton three times and they forced the Panthers to commit a pair of turnovers. They could not keep Carolina down for long, however, as De’Angelo Williams scored a touchdown from 27-yards out. Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to provide the winning points for the Panthers. Carolina’s defense registered six sacks and two turnovers to end any hopes for the 49ers to comeback.
Arizona Cardinals 27 vs. Houston Texans 24
- Case Keenum was at it again, completing 22 of 43 passes for over 200-yards and three touchdown passes, including two to Andre Johnson. Carson Palmer completed 20 of 32 passes for 241-yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game winning score to Andre Roberts in the fourth quarter. Arizona’s defense recorded three turnovers and scored when linebacker Matt Shaughnessy recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Denver Broncos 28 @ San Diego Chargers 20
- Peyton Manning completed 25 of 36 passes for 330-yards and four touchdowns. Three of them went to Demaryius Thomas, who caught seven passes for 108-yards and tight end Julius Thomas scored a touchdown from 74-yards out in the first quarter. Thomas caught only three passes, but racked up nearly 100-yards receiving. Philip Rivers completed 19 of 29 passes for 218-yards and a touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead as he made an effort to lead a comeback, but it was thwarted by a Denver defense that recorded four sacks.
New Orleans Saints 49 vs. Dallas Cowboys 17 (SNF on NBC)
- Drew Brees completed 34 of 41 passes for 392-yards and four touchdown passes, including one to Marcus Colston, who made seven receptions for 107-yards. Mark Ingram rushed for 145-yards on 14 carries while scoring a touchdown and Pierre Thomas contributed with 87 rushing yards on 17 carries with a touchdown of his own. Darren Sproles made up for a muffed punt in the first quarter by scoring a pair of touchdowns while gaining 106 all-purpose yards. The Saints defense held Tony Romo to 10 of 24 passing and sacked him three times. New Orleans held a monumental edge in first downs (40-9) and total yardage (625-193).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22 vs. Miami Dolphins 19 (MNF on ESPN)
- The Buccaneers jumped out to a 15-0 lead as Mike Glennon threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn. Rian Lindell also added two field goals, but Miami would come back and take the lead as Ryan Tannehill threw for 229-yards and two touchdown passes to Rishard Matthews, who made 11 receptions for 120-yards. Tampa Bay then engineered a nine play, 80-yard drive that capped off with a Bobby Rainey touchdown. The Dolphins still had one last chance to win the game with three minutes remaining, but Tannehill’s pass was intercepted by Darrelle Revis and the Bucs preserved their first win of the year. Tampa Bay played solid defense by limiting the Dolphins to 213-yards of total offense, two-yards rushing, and recorded a safety in the second quarter.
Week eleven matchups (byes: Cowboys and Rams)
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (TNF on NFL Network)
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
Detroit Lions @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans
San Diego Chargers @ Miami Dolphins
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos (SNF on NBC)
New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers (MNF on ESPN)