Published November 12, 2013
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Jacksonville, FL – Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Already dealing with the drama surrounding Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins now have to deal with a 22-19 loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Martin, who has accused Incognito of bullying him, left the team prior to its Week 9 win over Cincinnati. Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins last Monday. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have had their share of issues this season. MRSA infections, lunging at the opposition's knees while they're in the victory formation and "Fire Schiano" signs had highlighted Tampa Bay's year up until Monday's victory. The Bucs never looked back after Bobby Rainey's go- ahead 1-yard touchdown run with 10:19 remaining. Rainey carried the ball eight times for 45 yards for Tampa Bay (1-8), which lost running back Mike James to a broken left ankle on the opening possession. Brian Leonard rushed for 57 yards on 20 carries. Rookie Mike Glennon completed 11-of-21 passes for 139 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bucs, who came into Monday's game as the league's only winless team.
(Sunday, November 10th)
Final Score: Seattle 33, Atlanta 10
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Wilson passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 145 yards and a score and the Seattle Seahawks pushed their winning streak to five games with a 33-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Wilson had a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on a flea-flicker and a 6-yarder that Golden Tate caught with one hand in the corner of the end zone as Seattle (9-1) remained unbeaten since a Week 5 loss at Indianapolis Oct. 6. The Seahawks quarterback completed 19 of his 26 passes in the first meeting between the teams since Atlanta won their divisional round playoff game in January. Lynch carried 24 times and Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals for the Seahawks. Matt Ryan was 23- of-36 for 172 yards and a 12-yard touchdown pass to rookie Darius Johnson but the Falcons (2-7) continued to scuffle, losing their third in a row and for the sixth time in their last seven games. They had a four-game winning streak against the Seahawks snapped.
Final Score: Baltimore 20, Cincinnati 17 (OT)
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal in overtime helped the Baltimore Ravens overcome a late-game defensive gaffe and top the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17, in an AFC North clash. Tucker's heroics wouldn't have been necessary if it hadn't been for a fluke play which sent the game into the extra session. Facing a 4th-and-15 from his own 49-yard- line with two seconds left in regulation, Andy Dalton's heave to the end zone was deflected twice -- the last time by James Ihedigbo, who posted a pair of interceptions -- right into the hands of A.J. Green for the tying score as time expired. But the Ravens defense stopped the Bengals on their first drive of OT, bringing down Giovani Bernard for an 11-yard loss on 4th-and-2, and Tucker's boot from the right hashmark eight plays later sent the hosts to victory. Joe Flacco was 20-of-36 for a pair of touchdowns and as many interceptions for the Ravens (4-5), who crept within a game and a half of first-place Cincinnati.
Final Score: Detroit 21, Chicago 19
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Calvin Johnson had two touchdown catches in the second half and the Detroit Lions now sit atop the NFC North thanks to a 21-19 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday. Matthew Stafford passed for just 219 yards on 18-of-35 attempts with an interception, but did have three touchdown passes as the Lions (6-3) came out of the bye week with their second straight win. Coupled with Green Bay's loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, Detroit now holds a one-game lead over both the Packers and Bears for first place in the division. Johnson finished the game with six catches for 83 yards and his second touchdown catch was the 63rd of his career, passing Herman Moore to set the Detroit record for most touchdown catches. Reggie Bush had 105 yards on 14 carries, and caught three passes for eight yards for Detroit, which won both games against the Bears this season. Brandon Pettigrew added five catches for 70 yards in the win.
Final Score: Philadelphia 27, Green Bay 13
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Foles threw for 228 yards with three touchdowns and Riley Cooper caught three passes for 102 yards with two scores, as the Philadelphia Eagles dispatched the Green Bay Packers, 27-13, at Lambeau Field. Green Bay began life without Aaron Rodgers, who is sidelined with a broken collarbone suffered in Monday's loss to Chicago, and also lost Seneca Wallace to a groin injury on Sunday after one series. Scott Tolzien, signed to the active roster from the practice squad just this week, threw a pair of interceptions and finished 24-of-39 for 280 yards with a touchdown in the loss. Foles connected with Cooper for touchdown passes of 45 and 32 yards in the third quarter, which gave the Eagles breathing room and extended their 10-3 halftime lead. Philadelphia (5-5) scored on its first three possessions of the second half and kept the ball for the final 9:32 of the game after the Packers turned it over on downs deep in Eagles territory early in the fourth quarter. Green Bay (5-4) has lost two straight following a four-game winning streak and fell one game behind Detroit for the lead in the NFC North. The Lions beat the Bears on Sunday, 21-19.
Final Score: St. Louis 38, Indianapolis 8
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Tavon Austin scored three touchdowns on eight touches as the St. Louis Rams dominated the Indianapolis Colts, 38-8. Austin, who came into Sunday's game with just two touchdowns, returned a punt 98 yards for a score and caught TD passes of 57 and 81 yards. The rookie wide receiver became the third player in NFL history with three touchdowns of 55 yards or longer in a single game, joining Cliff Battles and Chris Johnson. Kellen Clemens completed 9-of-16 passes for 247 yards for the Rams (4-6), who snapped a three-game skid. Zac Stacy carried the ball 26 times for 62 yards and a score. Andrew Luck connected on 29-of-47 passes for 353 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Colts (6-3), who maintained a two- game lead over Tennessee for first place in the AFC South. The Titans lost to the Jaguars on Sunday. Donald Brown caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown for Indianapolis, which plays at Tennessee on Thursday.
Final Score: NY Giants 24, Oakland 20
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrell Thomas' interception thwarted an Oakland drive and set up the go-ahead touchdown, as the New York Giants came from behind for a 24-20 victory over the Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Andre Brown, in his first game of the season after recovering from a broken leg, scored from the one to put the Giants ahead late in the third quarter and finished the game with 115 yards on 30 carries. The Giants (3-6) survived a multitude of mistakes, including a fumble on the opening kickoff that led to an Oakland touchdown and the third pick-six thrown by Eli Manning this season, to earn their third straight win after a disastrous 0-6 start. Manning threw for 140 yards with a touchdown while completing only 12-of-22 passes in the victory, which was aided by a blocked punt return for a score. The Giants have now won six straight coming off a bye and snapped a five-game skid against AFC opponents. Oakland (3-6) has lost two straight overall and eight in a row on the road dating back to last year.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 23, Buffalo 10
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass and the Pittsburgh Steelers defense rebounded from a historically bad performance with a 23-10 win over the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. The contest featured a matchup between struggling teams that entered play on two-game losing streaks. Pittsburgh was coming off a 55-31 shellacking at New England, with the Patriots' point total the highest allowed by the Steelers in their history. Facing Buffalo rookie quarterback EJ Manuel proved to be the remedy for the unit. Roethlisberger, meanwhile, shook off an interception on the game's opening drive to throw for 204 yards on 18- of-30 passing. Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell added a rushing touchdown for the Steelers (3-6). Manuel, playing for the first time since suffering an LCL injury in his right knee back in Week 5, completed 22-of-39 passes for 155 yards with an interception and a short touchdown toss to Chris Gragg with three seconds remaining in the game. The Steelers improved to 17-2 against rookie signal-callers since 2004.
Final Score: Jacksonville 29, Tennessee 27
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are finally in the win column. Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman ran for touchdowns and the difference for the Jaguars turned out to be a safety on a Tennessee holding penalty in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter, giving Jacksonville a 29-27 victory over the Titans. Jones-Drew carried the ball 21 times for 41 yards and the Jaguars also picked up a defensive score late in the fourth when Will Blackmon ripped the ball away from backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and took it 21 yards to the end zone. Jacksonville (1-8) snapped a 13-game losing streak dating back to last year and won for only the third time in 25 games over the past two seasons. Fitzpatrick was 22-of-33 for 264 yards with two touchdowns and ran for a score in relief of Jake Locker, who left with a foot injury before halftime. Delanie Walker had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown for the Titans (4-5), who failed to build off last week's win at St. Louis and lost for the fourth time in five games.
Final Score: Carolina 10, San Francisco 9
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - In a battle between two playoff contenders, defense prevailed as the Carolina Panthers edged out a 10-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The two teams combined for just 401 total yards and went just 9-for-30 on third down attempts, with the 49ers a paltry 2-for-13. There was also a total of 10 sacks in the game, six for Carolina, and each team had two turnovers. DeAngelo Williams' touchdown run late in the first half was the only time either team found the end zone, and it helped the Panthers (6-3) win their fifth straight game. Frank Gore carried the ball 16 times for 82 yards, and added two catches for 21 yards for the 49ers (6-3), who had a five-game winning streak snapped. San Francisco is now three wins back of Seattle for first place in the NFC West. Neither quarterback fared well under center, as Cam Newton went just 16- for-32 with 169 yards and an interception for Carolina, while Colin Kaepernick was 11-for-22 for just 91 yards and an interception for San Francisco.
Final Score: Arizona 27, Houston 24
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Carson Palmer threw for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 27-24 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Palmer completed 20-of-32 passes for 241 yards and an interception. Andre Roberts caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown and Robbie Housler finished with 57 yards and a touchdown on three catches for the Cardinals (5-4), four of their last six games. Case Keenum completed 22- of-43 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Andre Johnson for the Texans (2-7), who have dropped seven straight.
Final Score: Denver 28, San Diego 20
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning passed for 330 yards and four touchdowns Sunday and the Denver Broncos held on to get a win under interim head coach Jack Del Rio. Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas on three of his touchdown passes and Julius Thomas took the other one 74 yards, leading the Broncos to a 28-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in the first of what will likely be several games without coach John Fox. After Thomas scored three straight touchdowns to help Denver build a 28-6 lead in the third quarter, the Chargers got a pair of touchdowns to make it a game but a final drive ended in a punt. Manning, who was 25-of-36, helped the Broncos (8-1) kill off the remaining time with a 9-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas on 2nd-and-7. The veteran quarterback came up limping on the play after Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget tackled him low, but he called a timeout and was able to stay in the game despite the injury. Demaryius Thomas finished with seven catches for 108 yards, Julius Thomas had three grabs for 96 and Knowshon Moreno rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries. Del Rio, the Denver defensive coordinator, is serving as interim coach while Fox recovers from successful aortic heart valve replacement. He faced former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who was hired by the Chargers as head coach in January. Philip Rivers threw for 218 yards with a touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead, and Ryan Mathews carried 14 times for 59 yards and a score for the Chargers (4-5), who were coming off a tough loss to the Redskins last week. They settled for a tying field goal at the end of regulation despite having a first down at the Redskins' 1-yard line.
Final Score: New Orleans 49, Dallas 17
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Brees decimated the Dallas defense on Sunday night, throwing for 392 yards and four touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a dominant 49-17 victory over the Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brees and the Saints had their way with the Cowboys' defensive unit, setting an NFL record for first downs in a game with 40, while racking up a whopping 625 yards of total offense, the most ever allowed by the Cowboys in franchise history. Brees put together a string of 19 consecutive completions at one point and finished 34-of-41 passing, while Mark Ingram racked up 145 yards and a score on 14 carries for the Saints (7-2), who bounced back in a big way from last week's 26-20 loss to the Jets. Darren Sproles added a rushing and receiving score, while Marques Colston, who missed last week's loss with a knee injury, caught seven passes for a game- high 107 yards and a touchdown in the win. Tony Romo struggled to find his rhythm throughout the game, completing just 10-of-24 passes for 128 yards and a score for the Cowboys (5-5), who have lost two of their last three games to fall into a tie atop the NFC East with Philadelphia after the Eagles bested Green Bay earlier on Sunday. DeMarco Murray compiled 89 yards and a touchdown on 16 totes in defeat.
(Thursday, November 7th)
Final Score: Minnesota 34, Washington 27
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota's defense came up with a goal- line stand in the final minute to secure the Vikings' 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins. Robert Griffin III and the Redskins took over from their own 20 with 3:36 to play. Despite having no timeouts, Washington was able to move the ball down the field. Jordan Reed's 17-yard catch moved the ball to the 8-yard line. Following a run by Roy Helu and two incomplete passes, Griffin lofted a fourth-down pass to Santana Moss. The wide receiver caught the ball but was out of bounds. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder completed 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with a left shoulder injury. Matt Cassel connected on 4-of-6 passes for 47 yards in relief. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 20 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings (2-7), who snapped a four-game skid. John Carlson caught seven passes for 98 yards and a score for Minnesota.