Published November 18, 2014
Orchard Park, NY – Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Titans held Ben Roethlisberger in check, but they failed to contain Le'Veon Bell. Bell carried the ball 33 times for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-24 victory over Tennessee. The Steelers got touchdowns from Bell and Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter to avoid another upset. Pittsburgh was coming off a 20-13 loss to the two-win Jets. Roethlisberger completed 21- of-32 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Steelers (7-4), who have a bye next week. Brown caught nine passes for 91 yards. Zach Mettenberger connected on 15-of-24 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Titans (2-8), who have lost four in a row. Bishop Sankey carried the ball 11 times for 38 yards and a score.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Final Score: New England 42, Indianapolis 20
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Billed as the matchup of Tom Brady vs. Andrew Luck, Jonas Gray stole the spotlight on Sunday night. It was quite a homecoming. Gray ran for four touchdowns as the New England Patriots cruised to a 42-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame didn't have a touchdown coming in. Gray, who had 131 yards rushing in his first three games filling in for the injured Stevan Ridley, carried the ball 38 times for 199 yards in this one, averaging 5.2 yards a tote. Brady was 19-of-30 for 257 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 71 yards and a score for the Patriots (8-2), who have won six straight since a 2-2 start. Luck finished 23-of-39 for 303 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Indianapolis (6-4), which has dropped two of its last three on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
Final Score: Atlanta 19, Carolina 17
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Bryant connected on four field goals, including a 44-yarder late in the fourth quarter that gave the Atlanta Falcons a 19-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers in an NFC South matchup. Matt Ryan went 31-for-45 for 268 yards with a touchdown pass to Roddy White for the Falcons (4-6), who have won two straight to move into a tie with New Orleans for first place in the NFC South. Cam Newton struggled for much of the game, but did have two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and finished the game 23-for-37 for 292 yards with two interceptions for the Panthers (3-7-1), who have lost five straight after tying a game against Cincinnati in Week 6.
Final Score: Chicago 21, Minnesota 13
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Cutler had three touchdown passes to lead the Chicago Bears in a 21-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North battle on Sunday. Cutler was 31-of-43 for 330 yards with two interceptions, while Brandon Marshall had two touchdown catches and Alshon Jeffery caught the other score for the Bears (4-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Matt Forte rushed for 117 yards on 26 carries and added six catches for 58 yards for Chicago, which had lost by a combined 82 points during its skid. Teddy Bridgewater went 18-for-28 for 158 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Vikings (4-6), who came into the game off their bye week after winning two straight.
Final Score: Houston 23, Cleveland 7
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Mallett picked up a win in his first career start, completing 20-of-30 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, as the Houston Texans claimed a 23-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 action. Randy Bullock also converted three second-half field goals for the Texans (5-5), who have won two of their last three. Alfred Blue contributed a career- best 156 yards on 36 carries, while J.J. Watt and Garrett Graham posted a touchdown reception apiece. Brian Hoyer threw for 330 yards and a TD but connected on just 20-of-50 passes and was picked off once for the Browns (6-4), who slipped out of first place in the AFC North. Andrew Hawkins finished with 97 yards and the hosts' lone score on six receptions, while Isaiah Crowell totaled 61 yards on 14 carries.
Final Score: Kansas City 24, Seattle 20
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis combined for three rushing touchdowns and the Kansas City defense made some key stops down the stretch in a 24-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Charles carried the ball 20 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs (7-3), who have won five in a row. Davis' 4-yard TD run with 13:41 to play gave Kansas City the lead. Alex Smith completed 11-of-16 passes for 108 yards for the Chiefs, who improved to 21-5 at Arrowhead Stadium against the Seahawks. Russell Wilson connected on 20-of-32 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns for the Seahawks (6-4), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. He also carried the ball eight times for 71 yards. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries for Seattle, which lost center Max Unger to a leg injury in the fourth quarter.
Final Score: Cincinnati 27, New Orleans 10
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals collectively bounced back from a terrible home loss to beat the New Orleans Saints 27-10 on Sunday at a suddenly winnable venue for road teams. Dalton completed 16-of-22 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 2.0 while throwing for only 86 yards and three interceptions in a 24-3 home loss to Cleveland on Nov. 6. Rookie Jeremy Hill, who played at LSU, totaled 152 yards on 27 carries for Cincinnati (6-3-1), which moved into first place in the AFC North. Drew Brees had 255 yards and a touchdown on 33-of-41 passing for the Saints (4-6), who have lost consecutive games at the Superdome. The last time New Orleans dropped back-to-back home games came in 2012, when they lost the season opener to Washington and then to Kansas City in overtime in Week 3. Despite their record, the Saints remain tied for first in the underwhelming NFC South.
Final Score: San Francisco 16, NY Giants 10
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Crabtree scored San Francisco's lone touchdown on a 48-yard reception and the 49ers intercepted Eli Manning five times in a 16-10 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Chris Borland had two picks, including one at the goal line in the fourth quarter to thwart a late Giants threat, as the 49ers (6-4) held on for their second straight win. Manning completed just 22-of-45 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown, as the Giants (3-7) suffered their fifth consecutive loss. He had thrown just six interceptions all season entering the game. The Giants found a new way to implode in the fourth quarter after last week's meltdown in Seattle. New York blew a 17-14 halftime lead in the 38-17 loss against the Seahawks, who scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. This Sunday, the Giants had opportunities against the Niners in the final 15 minutes, but two possessions inside San Francisco territory ended with Manning interceptions.
Final Score: St. Louis 22, Denver 7
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Shaun Hill returned as the starter and helped lead the St. Louis Rams to a win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. How's that for a shocker? Picked by Rams coach Jeff Fisher to start over Austin Davis, Hill passed for 220 yards and a touchdown and Greg Zuerlein kicked a career-high five field goals in Sunday's 22-7 victory. The defense had a hand in the upset, too. Manning was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter as the Broncos tried to pull themselves out of a hole. He played much of the game without two of his favorite targets after tight end Julius Thomas was knocked out early with an ankle injury and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suffered a concussion on the first series of the second half The five-time MVP finished 34-of-54 for 389 yards and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Sanders in the second quarter. It was only the second time the Broncos (7-3) were held under 10 points since signing Manning in 2012. The first was their 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl. Hill ended 20-of-29 with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Britt, who had four catches for 128 yards -- all in the first half. Rookie Tre Mason rushed for a career-high 113 yards on 29 carries for the Rams (4-6).
Final Score: Tampa Bay 27, Washington 7
Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Mike Evans caught a pair of second- half touchdown passes and went over 200 yards for the first time in his career as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Washington Redskins 27-7 at FedExField on Sunday. Evans, who had already made a strong case for Offensive Rookie of the Year, erupted for 209 yards on seven catches. The first-round draft pick from Texas A&M became the first rookie since Randy Moss in 1998 to have at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in three straight games. Josh McCown completed 15-of-23 passes for 288 in his second straight game under center for Tampa Bay (2-8). McCown, who thrived as Jay Cutler's backup last season in Chicago, started three games for the Bucs before a thumb injury forced him to miss time. Mike Glennon's struggles prompted Lovie Smith to give McCown another shot. The Redskins got 96 rushing yards from Alfred Morris but another uneven performance from Robert Griffin III, who like McCown, missed time with an injury earlier this season. Griffin threw two first-quarter interceptions, including a pick-six that spotted Tampa Bay an early lead. He finished 23- for-32 for 207 yards, a touchdown and two picks. After Colt McCoy led Washington (3-7) to consecutive wins, Griffin fell to 0-2 since regaining the starting job.
Final Score: San Diego 13, Oakland 6
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers snapped their three-game losing streak, but it wasn't pretty on offense. Fortunately for the Chargers, they faced an Oakland Raiders offense that was even more inept. Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass, Nick Novak kicked two field goals and the Chargers posted a 13-6 home win on Sunday. A banged-up Rivers completed 22-of-34 passes for 193 yards, and Ryan Mathews rushed for 70 yards in his first action for San Diego (6-4) since suffering a right knee injury against Seattle on Sept. 14. Oakland rookie Derek Carr was 16-of-34 for 172 yards. His final completion, a 28-yarder to James Jones, converted a 4th-and-9 from the Oakland 13. After spiking the ball to stop the clock with 11 seconds remaining in the game, he threw a Hail Mary pass that was five yards short of the end zone. The Raiders (0-10) registered only nine first downs in their 16th consecutive loss, and they couldn't have gotten off to a worse start.
Final Score: Arizona 14, Detroit 6
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Stanton threw touchdown passes to Michael Floyd on the first two drives of the game and the Arizona Cardinals held on to beat the Detroit Lions 14-6 on Sunday. Stanton stepped in again for Carson Palmer, who was lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last week. His touchdown throws of 42 and 12 yards to Floyd in the first nine minutes of the game stood up as the NFL-leading Cardinals (9-1) pushed their winning streak to six, their longest since 1977. It's the first time the franchise won nine of its first 10 games since the Chicago Cardinals went 11-1 in 1948. Matt Prater kicked two field goals for the Lions (7-3), who had a four-game winning streak snapped -- their longest since a 5-0 start to the 2011 season. Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw for just 183 yards with an interception, but set an NFL passing record during the game. He became the quickest quarterback to reach 20,000 yards, doing it in 71 games -- three fewer than Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino needed for the Miami Dolphins in the 1980s.
Final Score: Green Bay 53, Philadelphia 20
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers used another big first half to stay hot at a chilly Lambeau Field with a commanding 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Rodgers, who threw six first-half touchdowns last week in a 55-14 blowout of the Bears, threw for three touchdowns and 341 yards on a 22-of-36 completion rate for the Packers (7-3), who improved to 5-0 at home, where they have outscored opponents 219-85 this season. Eddie Lacy ran for 69 yards and a score on 10 carries, while also making three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Randall Cobb had a game-high 129 yards on 10 catches, Jordy Nelson made four grabs for 109 yards a score and Davante Adams also hauled in a TD catch in the win. It is the first time in franchise history that the Packers have scored 50-plus points in consecutive games. The Packers also moved into a tie for first in the NFC North after the Cardinals defeated the Lions, 14-6. Mark Sanchez completed 26-of-44 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Eagles (7-3), who gave up the most points in a game since a 62-10 loss to the Giants on Nov. 26, 1972.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Final Score: Miami 22, Buffalo 9
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Tannehill had two touchdown passes in the second half and the Miami defense kept Buffalo out of the end zone, as the Dolphins downed the Bills, 22-9, on Thursday night. Tannehill finished the game 26-of-34 for 240 yards and his touchdown passes went to Jarvis Landry and Brandon Gibson as the Dolphins (6-4) bounced back from Sunday's late loss at Detroit. Kyle Orton was a paltry 22-of-39 for 193 yards and Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals to account for all the points for the Bills (5-5), who have dropped their last two games.