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NFL Weekly Recap

Bills 24 vs. Panthers 23

  • Running back C.J. Spiller bolstered Buffalo’s ground game by running for 103 yards on 16 carries for a whopping average of 6.4 yards per carry.
  • Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 27 of 39 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown pass to wide receiver Stevie Johnson with two seconds remaining in the game and it provided the Bills with the win.
  • Johnson made eight catches for 111 yards while Buffalo’s defense sacked the elusive Cam Newton six times with defensive end Mario Williams recording 4.5 of those sacks.

Bears 31 vs. Vikings 30

  • In a high scoring affair at Soldier Field, Jay Cutler completed 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to tight end Martellus Bennett with ten seconds left. It was Bennett’s second touchdown of the game as he caught seven passes for 76 yards.
  • Wide receiver Brandon Marshall made seven receptions for 113 yards and added a 34 yard touchdown of his own while running back Matt Forte gained 90 yards rushing on 19 carries with an additional 71 yards on 11 catches.
  • Despite the loss, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder passed for 227 yards and a touchdown to tight end Kyle Rudolph while running back Adrian Peterson carried 26 times for exactly 100 yards.
  • Minnesota scored first as kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson ran the opening kickoff back 105 yards for a touchdown just 13 seconds into the game. Both offenses combined for seven turnovers while each defense scored a touchdown as Vikings defensive end Brian Robison returned a fumble for a 61 yard score and Bears cornerback Tim Jennings intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards to the end zone.

Dolphins 24 @ Colts 20

  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill overcame five sacks to complete 23 of 34 passes for 319 yards, including an 18 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace.
  • Wallace made nine catches for 115 yards and fullback Charles Clay added five more receptions for an additional 109 yards. Clay also scored on a one yard run in the third quarter and that score proved to be the winning touchdown.
  • Andrew Luck completed 25 of 43 passes for 321 yards and a three yard touchdown strike to tight end Coby Fleener. Luck’s main target during the game was wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who caught six passes for 124 yards.
  • Miami’s defense responded in the fourth quarter by intercepting Luck on one drive and when Indianapolis was threatening in the final minutes, linebacker Philip Wheeler sacked Luck on fourth down to preserve the win for the Dolphins.

Ravens 14 vs. Browns 6

  • Baltimore struggled against the lowly Browns, but they managed to come from behind to win in the second half.
  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 211 yards, including a touchdown pass to wide receiver Marlon Brown in the fourth quarter.
  • Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden was much better in this game as he completed 21 of 33 passes for 227 yards, but the Browns failed to put the ball into the end zone, with their points coming on a pair of Billy Cundiff field goals.
  • Baltimore’s defense did record five sacks and they held Cleveland running back Trent Richardson to 58 yards on 18 carries while the Browns gained a total of 65 on the ground.

Cardinals 25 vs. Lions 21

  • The Cardinals came from behind in the second half for their first win of the year against the Detroit Lions as running back Rashard Mendenhall scored from a yard out with 1:59 remaining in the game.
  • Carson Palmer completed 22 of 39 passes for 248 yards and a 36 yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington.
  • Matthew Stafford completed 24 of 36 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, both of them went to wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, who caught six passes for 116 yards while one of his touchdowns came from 72 yards out.
  • The Cardinals defense sealed the win by stopping the Lions on fourth and four with little over a minute left.

Raiders 19 vs. Jaguars 9

  • Oakland’s offense was keyed by a running game that gained 226 yards on the ground while Darren McFadden gained 129 on 26 carries.
  • Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals while fullback Marcel Reese scored Oakland’s only touchdown, which was an 11 yard run in the first quarter.
  • The Oakland defense battered Henne, sacking him five times while forcing him under heavy pressure for the entire game.
  • Jacksonville finally scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter as quarterback Chad Henne threw a 13 yard scoring strike to tight end Clay Harbor with 2:53 left, but it wasn’t enough as the Jaguars fall to 0-2 on the season.

Saints 16 vs. Buccaneers 14

  • Drew Brees had a shaky game by completing 26 of 46 passes for 322 yards, a 56 yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham and two interceptions, but he still led the Saints to victory.
  • Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman only completed 9 of 22 passes for 125 yards, but threw five yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree. Running back Doug Martin did gain 144 yards on 29 carries to spark the Tampa offense.
  • The Tampa defense sacked Brees five times and linebacker Mason Foster took one of the two interceptions for a 59 yard touchdown to give the Bucs a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter. However, kicker Ryan Lindell missed a 47 yard field goal with 1:06 remaining for a possible four point lead and it gave New Orleans an opportunity to win the game with a field goal. Brees drove the offense 54 yards in five plays to the Tampa nine yard line and kicker Garrett Hartley made the 27 yarder as time expired to give the Saints the hard fought win.
  • For the second straight week, the Buccaneers lost on a last second field goal when victory was all but secured.

Falcons 31 vs. Rams 24

  • Matt Ryan completed 33 of 43 passes for 374 yards and two touchdown passes, including an 81 yarder to wide receiver Julio Jones, who caught 11 passes for 182 yards.
  • Sam Bradford threw the ball 55 times and completed 32 of those passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Two of the touchdowns went to West Virginia rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin while the other one went to Austin Pettis.
  • Both teams failed to establish a running game as the Rams gained 69 yards while Atlanta only managed to gain 36.
  • St. Louis trailed Atlanta 24-3 at halftime, they outscored the Falcons 21-7 in the second half, but they still came up short in the end.

Texans 30 vs. Titans 24 (overtime)

  • Houston’s Matt Schaub completed 26 of 48 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions against a tough Titans defense. He threw the game winning touchdown to Clemson rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to cap off the overtime victory. Hopkins made seven receptions for 117 yards in the game.
  • Tennessee’s Jake Locker was efficient through the air as well, going 17 for 30 for 145 yards and a pair of scoring strikes.
  • Arian Foster gained 79 yards on 19 carries as he and Ben Tate helped the Texans rush for 172 yards. Foster also scored the touchdown and the two point conversion that helped send the game into overtime.

Chargers 33 @ Eagles 30

  • Both teams attacked each other through the air as Philip Rivers completed 36 of 47 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns while Michael Vick went 23 of 36 for 428 yards and a pair of scoring strikes.
  • Philadelphia and San Diego each had a pair of 100 yard receivers on the afternoon as DeSean Jackson caught nine passes for 193 yards, including a 61 yard touchdown reception while LeSean McCoy made five receptions for 114 yards, he also added another 53 yards rushing. San Diego tight end Antonio Gates made eight catches for 124 yards and Malcom Floyd caught five passes for 102 yards before leaving the game with a neck injury. Eddie Royal was on the receiving end of all three Rivers scoring passes.
  • The score was tied at 30 with 1:51 remaining and Philip Rivers led the Chargers on a nine play, 51 yard drive to set up Nick Novak for a 46 yard field goal attempt which he made with seven seconds left and it provided San Diego with the win.
  • With San Diego deep in Eagles territory on two consecutive possessions in the second half, the Chargers lost two fumbles by Antonio Gates and running back Ryan Mathews, but Philadelphia could not capitalize by scoring points with one of the drives ending with Alex Henery missing a 46 yard field goal at the end of the half.

Chiefs 17 vs. Cowboys 16

  • Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith completed 21 of 36 passes for 223 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to running back Jamaal Charles, who had 48 yards receiving on eight catches as well as 55 yards rushing, and Dwayne Bowe.
  • Tony Romo was a little bit better in the passing game than he was the previous week as he completed 30 of 42 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant, who caught nine balls for 141 yards, but had a critical drop which could have gone for a big gain.
  • Prior to the season, Kansas City hired former Eagles coach Andy Reid to replace Todd Haley and this marked his first victory against the Cowboys since the 2011 season. This victory also marked the Chiefs first victory over Dallas since 1998.

Broncos 41@ Giants 23

  • In the third Manning Bowl, Peyton’s numbers were not as impressive as they were against the Ravens, but he still went 30 of 43 for 307 yards with a pair of touchdowns to tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Wes Welker. Meanwhile, Eli was a different story because he was not nearly as effective. Although he completed 29 passes for 362 yards, he still threw four interceptions to only one touchdown.
  • Knowshon Moreno rushed for 93 yards on 13 carries while scoring two touchdowns to spark Denver’s running game. The Giants were anything but in that category as they gained a total of only 23 yards.
  • The Broncos put the game away in the fourth quarter when Trindon Holiday returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown.
  • Manning Bowl results: 2006: Colts 26 Giants 21, 2010: Colts 38 Giants 14, 2013: Broncos 41 Giants 23
  • With this win, Denver became only the fourth team in NFL history to beat the two previous Super Bowl champions in consecutive weeks.

Packers 38 vs. Redskins 20

  • On a day where the big play was the theme for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers completed 34 of 42 passes for a Green Bay record 480 yards and four touchdown passes. Two went to Jordy Nelson while Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley each caught one.
  • James Jones led the Packers in receiving with 11 catches for 178 yards while Cobb added nine receptions for 128 yards.
  • History was also made as Green Bay ended a streak of 44 consecutive games without a 100 yard rusher as James Starks gained 132 yards on 20 carries with a 32 yard touchdown run.
  • Robert Griffin III did play better this week, completing 26 of 40 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. His top receiver was Pierre Garcon, who made eight catches for 143 yards with a score.

Seahawks 29 vs. 49ers 3 (SNF on NBC)

  • The game was delayed for an hour because of thunderstorms and just like the weather, most of the first half was sloppy as Seattle’s defense recorded a safety and a 30 yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka to make the score 5-0 at halftime.
  • The second half was all Seahawks as Marshawn Lynch accounted for all three of Seattle’s touchdowns (two on the ground and one through the air).
  • Seattle outscored San Francisco 24-3 in the second half en route to victory. Lynch accounted for 98 yards rushing and 37 more receiving as he helped pick up the Seahawks offense. Russell Wilson only went 8 of 19 for 142 yards, but he did throw a touchdown pass.
  • Colin Kaepernick suffered through his worst game as a pro as he completed 13 of 28 passes for 128 yards and three interceptions. He was also sacked three times as San Francisco committed a total of five turnovers while gaining only 207 yards of total offense.

Week three matchups

Chiefs @ Eagles (TNF on NFL Network)

Packers @ Bengals

Rams @ Cowboys

Chargers @ Titans

Browns @ Vikings

Buccaneers @ Patriots

Cardinals @ Saints

Lions @ Redskins

Giants @ Panthers

Texans @ Ravens

Falcons @ Dolphins

Bills @ Jets

Colts @ 49ers

Jaguars @ Seahawks

Bears @ Steelers (SNF on NBC)

Raiders @ Broncos (MNF on ESPN)