Published November 11, 2014
Jacksonville, FL – Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Sanchez made his Philadelphia debut in style, as he threw two touchdown passes and the Eagles defense did the rest in a 45-21 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. Starting for the first time due to Nick Foles being down with an injury, Sanchez was 20-of-37 for 332 yards. He signed with the Eagles (7-2) in the offseason after a tumultuous run with the New York Jets. He came in relief of Foles last week in a win over Houston and this was his first start since the final week of 2012. He sat out last season with a shoulder injury. Philadelphia's defense, though, was all over Cam Newton throughout the game, totaling nine sacks, picking him off three times and causing him to fumble twice, losing one. Darren Sproles contributed two scores in the contest, one on the ground and another on a punt return to help Philadelphia win its second straight game. Newton had a pair of touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin in the fourth quarter and finished the game 25-of-40 for 306 yards for the Panthers (3-6-1), who have dropped four straight since a tie against Cincinnati in Week 6.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Final Score: Baltimore 21, Tennessee 7
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Forsett rushed for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries and the Baltimore Ravens posted a 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Joe Flacco finished 16-of-27 for 169 yards and one score to Torrey Smith for the Ravens (6-4), who shook off a pair of road division losses to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Zach Mettenberger also completed 16 of his 27 attempts for one touchdown and a late interception for the Titans (2-7), who have dropped three in a row since beating Jacksonville. Bishop Sankey was limited to 58 yards on 17 carries for Tennessee, while Leon Washington posted his club's lone TD.
Final Score: Kansas City 17, Buffalo 13
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith both ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the visiting Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat the Buffalo Bills 17-13 on Sunday. Smith completed 17-of-29 passes for 177 yards and Charles finished with 98 yards on 15 carries for the Chiefs (6-3), who have won four straight games and six of seven after a slow start. Kyle Orton was 29-of-48 for 259 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo (5-4), which carried a 10-point edge into the fourth quarter and squandered opportunities to put the Chiefs away.
Final Score: Detroit 20, Miami 16
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Matthew Stafford threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining to lift the Detroit Lions to a 20-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Ford Field. The Dolphins had a three-point lead with 3:47 to play, but managed to take just 34 seconds off the clock before punting it back to Detroit. Stafford moved the Lions into Miami territory with consecutive passes of 17 yards to Golden Tate and 18 yards to Calvin Johnson at the two-minute warning. Tate then hauled in a pass on 3rd-and-10 and got just far enough for a first down at the Miami 17 with a little over a minute left. Detroit faced another third down soon after and Stafford was forced to move out of the pocket to his left before flinging a pass to the end zone for Riddick, who made a sliding grab for the touchdown. The Dolphins were out of timeouts and reached their own 40 before a completion and a series of laterals ended out of bounds as time expired. Stafford was 8-of-11 for 79 yards on the winning drive and finished 25-of-40 for 280 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception for the Lions (7-2), who were coming off their bye and won their fourth straight game. The last three wins have come by a combined six points. Johnson returned for Detroit after a three-game absence because of a high ankle sprain and caught seven passes for 113 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown. Tate also had a big day with 11 catches for 109 yards. The Dolphins (5-4) had a three-game winning streak stopped, falling for the first time since a loss to Green Bay in similar fashion back in Week 6. Miami had a chance to run the clock out against the Packers on Oct. 12, but could not and Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass with three seconds to play in a 27-24 Green Bay win. Miami remained tied with Buffalo in a tight AFC playoff race and will host the Bills in a big matchup on Thursday night.
Final Score: Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Romo returned early from a back injury and threw three touchdown passes, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 31-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. Romo was diagnosed with two small fractures in his back following a loss to the Redskins on Oct. 27. He was held out of last week's 28-17 home loss to Arizona but made the trip to London and showed no ill-effects from the injury, completing 20- of-27 passes for 246 yards. Dez Bryant had six receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns -- all in the first half -- good for the second best receiving game of his career. Jason Witten also made a touchdown catch and DeMarco Murray ran for 100 yards. Murray, the league's leading rusher, has gone over 100 yards on the ground in nine of 10 games this season. Dallas (7-3) improved to 4-0 away from home. Denard Robinson had another productive day running the football for Jacksonville (1-9) in his fifth straight start, carrying 15 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Bortles threw for 290 yards with an interception, and Cecil Shorts III caught five passes for 119 yards in the setback.
Final Score: San Francisco 27, New Orleans 24 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Dawson's 35-yard field goal with 5:14 remaining in overtime completed a stirring San Francisco comeback that lifted the 49ers to a crucial 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Dawson's game-winning kick came one play after Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees deep in New Orleans territory to cause a fumble that Chris Borland recovered at the Saints' 17-yard line. Dawson also knocked through a clutch 45-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in regulation to force extra time, a boot set up by Colin Kaepernick's 51-yard pass to Michael Crabtree on 4th-and-10 with just over a minute to play. San Francisco (5-4) came up with a pair of interceptions of Brees earlier that helped the Niners halt a two-game skid and avoid falling further behind in the NFC playoff race. Brees shook off the early picks to throw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Jimmy Graham. The second of those catches had given New Orleans a brief 24-21 lead with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter. Graham very nearly had a third touchdown after hauling in Brees' desperation Hail Mary heave as time expired in regulation, but the All-Pro tight end was called for offensive pass interference. He finished with 10 receptions totaling 76 yards. Kaepernick threw for 210 yards and a touchdown to Anquan Boldin, who amassed 95 yards on six catches. Frank Gore added 81 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the win. Mark Ingram rushed for 120 yards on 27 attempts for New Orleans (4-5), while Brandin Cooks had 90 yards on five catches and caught Brees' other touchdown toss.
Final Score: NY Jets 20, Pittsburgh 13
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Vick turned back the clock and the New York Jets snapped their eight-game losing streak. But was it enough to call off the planes? Vick threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and flashed a vintage running game while leading the beleaguered Jets to a 20-13 victory over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The upset over one of the NFL's hottest teams came amid calls for the Jets leadership to be replaced and ended the franchise's worst losing streak in 18 years. It was as unlikely an outcome as there has been this season, especially considering how good Roethlisberger was during a three- game winning streak. Big Ben set an NFL record by throwing 12 touchdown passes in the last two games, six each in wins over Indianapolis and Baltimore. He hadn't thrown an interception in over three games, but was picked off twice by Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. On the other side of the ball, Vick rushed for 39 yards and threw for 132 in his second straight start. His touchdown passes to T.J. Graham and Jace Amaro in the opening quarter included a 67-yard bomb to Graham. Roethlisberger passed for 343 yards, bringing his total to 1,470 in the last four games. He had an 80- yard touchdown throw to Martavis Bryant with 76 seconds left. The Jets (2-8) will head into their bye week coming off a win instead of what could have been a franchise-worst losing streak. The lead up to Sunday's game against Pittsburgh (6-4) sure wasn't pretty. A plane circling Jets practice Wednesday pulled a banner calling for general manager John Idzik to be fired. Head coach Rex Ryan responded by having a toy helicopter tow a "Go Jets" banner during an indoor practice. On Sunday, a second plane: This one flew over MetLife Stadium towing a banner that read "Jets Rebuilding Since 1969," according to pictures posted online.
Final Score: Atlanta 27, Tampa Bay 17
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Ryan's touchdown pass to Roddy White in the fourth quarter helped the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Ryan went 20-for-31 for 219 yards, while Steven Jackson added 81 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Falcons (3-6), who snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time since a 56-14 victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 18. White had six catches for 72 yards and Julio Jones caught eight passes for 119 yards in the victory. Josh McCown, returning to the starting quarterback role for the first time since the September loss to the Falcons, was 27-for-43 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Buccaneers (1-8), who have lost their last five games. Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins each caught a touchdown pass in defeat.
Final Score: Denver 41, Oakland 17
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning threw five touchdown passes in a span of just under 17 minutes as the Denver Broncos posted a 41-17 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Manning shook off two interceptions to complete 31-of-44 passes for 340 yards before sitting out the entire fourth quarter with the Broncos in firm control. It was the ninth five-touchdown game of Manning's career, one more than Drew Brees for the most in NFL history. Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas both caught two touchdown passes as the Broncos (7-2) rebounded from last week's loss at New England. Oakland rookie Derek Carr compiled 30 completions on 47 attempts, but finished with only 192 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and was picked off twice. The Raiders (0-9) registered only 10 first downs in their 15th straight loss, the longest streak in team history since a 19-game slide between 1961-62.
Final Score: Arizona 31, St. Louis 14
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals were trailing when quarterback Carson Palmer exited with a left knee injury early in the fourth quarter. Instead of falling apart, the best team in the NFL rallied around Drew Stanton and scored two defensive touchdowns to beat the St. Louis Rams, 31-14, on Sunday. Trailing 14-10, Palmer, who signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension earlier this week, went down in obvious pain when he was sacked by Rams safety Mark Barron. Palmer eventually walked off the field with a noticeable limp. He was then put on a cart and taken to the locker room. The Cardinals have won five in a row and are off to an 8-1 start for the first time since 1948 when the franchise was based in Chicago. Palmer completed 25-of-36 passes for 241 yards and an interception before leaving. Stanton connected on 3-of-5 passes for 85 yards. Arizona coach Bruce Arians said after the game the team wouldn't know Palmer's prognosis until more tests are done. According to NFL.com, the team believes the quarterback tore his ACL. Larry Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 112 yards for Arizona, which is off to a 5-0 start at home for the first time since 1976 while based in St. Louis. Andre Ellington carried the ball 18 times for 23 yards and a score. Davis completed 17-of-30 passes for 216 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Rams (3-6). Jared Cook caught two passes for 84 yards and a score.
Final Score: Seattle 38, NY Giants 17
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marshawn Lynch scored four touchdowns and fronted a punishing ground attack that carried the Seattle Seahawks to a 38-17 victory over the New York Giants at CenturyLink Field. Lynch accounted for 140 of the Seahawks' franchise-record 350 rushing yards in an exceptional 21-carry performance, with quarterback Russell Wilson contributing 107 and a touchdown on 14 totes to help Seattle (6-3) pull away late for a third straight triumph. The reigning Super Bowl champions' 21st win in their last 23 games at home didn't come quite as easy as the final score indicated, as the Seahawks trailed 17-14 at halftime before scoring 24 unanswered points. Wilson added 172 yards through the air and was intercepted twice on a 10-of-17 passing effort that played second fiddle to his work with his legs. Eli Manning completed 29-of-44 attempts for 283 yards with a touchdown and an interception for New York (3-6), but was shut down along with the rest of the Giants' offense during a scoreless second half. Odell Beckham finished with 108 yards on seven catches in New York's fourth straight double-digit defeat, with Preston Parker accumulating 79 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.
Final Score: Green Bay 55, Chicago 14
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears had two weeks to get ready for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, but apparently, it wasn't nearly enough time. Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half to lead Green Bay to a 55-14 rout of its NFC North rival on Sunday. Rodgers, who tied the franchise record for touchdown passes in a game, finished with 315 yards on 18-of-27 passing. He also tied the NFL record for most TD passes in a half, which was set by Oakland's Daryle Lamonica in 1969. Jordy Nelson caught six passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and Randall Cobb totaled 72 yards and a score on four catches for the Packers (6-3), who improved to 4-0 at home this season. Eddie Lacy caught three passes for 68 yards and a score and also ran the ball for 50 yards on 14 totes. Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick each caught a touchdown in the win. Jay Cutler completed 22- of-37 passes for 272 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, Brandon Marshall had eight catches for 112 yards and a score and Chris Williams returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown for Chicago (3-6), which has been outscored by a 106-37 margin over its last two games. The Bears, who suffered a 51-23 loss to New England prior to their bye, joined the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons as the only two teams in NFL history to allow 50 or more points in consecutive games.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Final Score: Cleveland 24, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns' last road win against an AFC North opponent coming into Thursday occurred more than six years ago. So they wouldn't snap their 17-game road division skid against a Cincinnati team that had been rather dominant on its home turf, right? Wrong. Cleveland's three-headed rushing attack of Terrance West, Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell each scored rushing touchdowns to help the Browns to a 24-3 win over the Bengals, halting a losing streak that dated back to Sept. 28, 2008 coincidentally with a win at Cincinnati. Brian Hoyer did a solid job managing the offense for Cleveland (6-3) and threw for 198 yards on 15-of-23 efficiency. The Browns rushed for 170 yards, with West leading the charge at 94 yards on a career-high 26 carries. Andy Dalton had a dreadful game for the Bengals (5-3-1), who had their 14-game home unbeaten streak snapped. Dalton went 10-for-33 for 86 yards with three interceptions. Cleveland's defense did an excellent job throughout the game, and it wasn't more evident in cornerback Joe Haden's play against AJ Green, who was limited to three receptions on 10 targets for 23 yards.