NFL Today, Week 9


Monday, Nov. 9

Chicago at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. EST. Philip Rivers and the Chargers (2-6) try to stop a four-game slide when they take on Jay Cutler and the Bears (2-5), who have dropped two in a row. Rivers has thrown for 1,863 yards and 13 touchdowns over the last five games, but San Diego is among the worst rushing teams in the NFL with an average of 86.4 yards. Cutler threw for a touchdown and ran for a score in last Sunday's 23-20 loss to Minnesota, and he could shoulder even more offensive load with star running back Matt Forte sidelined by a knee injury.

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-Tom Brady, Patriots, completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns as New England remained unbeaten with a 27-10 victory over Washington.

-Marcus Mariota, Titans, threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns, helping Tennessee stop a six-game slide with a 34-28 overtime win against New Orleans. -Drew Brees, Saints, passed for 387 yards and had a hand in four touchdowns.

-Cam Newton, Panthers, passed for three touchdowns and ran for a score as Carolina extended its perfect start with a 37-29 win over Green Bay. -Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 25 for 48 for 369 yards and four TDs with one interception.

-Derek Carr, Raiders, threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in Oakland's 38-35 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

-Andrew Luck, Colts, threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions as Indianapolis handed Denver its first loss with a 27-24 victory.

-Blake Bortles, Jaguars, passed for 381 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in Jacksonville's 28-23 loss at the New York Jets.



-DeAngelo Williams, Steelers, rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 29 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, leading Minnesota to a 21-18 overtime win against the St. Louis Rams.

-Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy, Bills, each ran for more than 100 yards as Buffalo defeated the Miami Dolphins 33-17. Williams had 110 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and McCoy rushed for 112 yards and a 48-yard TD.

-LeGarrette Blount, Patriots, had 29 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown in New England's 27-10 win against Washington.



-Antonio Brown, Steelers, set franchise records with 17 receptions for 284 yards while helping Pittsburgh to a 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders.

-Sammy Watkins, Bills, had eight catches for a career-best 168 yards and a touchdown, leading Buffalo to a 33-17 victory against the Miami Dolphins.

-Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, Jaguars, each had over 100 yards receiving in Jacksonville's 28-23 loss to the New York Jets. Hurns had five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Robinson made six grabs for 121 yards.

-Garrett Celek, 49ers, caught two touchdown passes from Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter of San Francisco's 17-16 victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Julio Jones, Falcons, had 10 receptions for 137 yards.

-Owen Daniels, Broncos, had six grabs for 102 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 27-24 loss at Indianapolis.

-Mike Evans, Buccaneers, caught eight balls for 152 yards in Tampa Bay's 32-18 loss to the New York Giants.

-Richard Rodgers, Packers, had a pair of short TD receptions in Green Bay's 37-29 loss at Carolina.


Special Teams

-Omar Bolden, Broncos, returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half in Denver's 27-24 loss at Indianapolis.

-Greg Zuerlein, Rams, kicked four field goals for St. Louis in a 21-18 overtime loss to Minnesota, including a 53-yarder with 17 seconds left in regulation. He also made a 61-yard kick.

-Josh Brown, Giants, kicked four field goals in New York's 32-18 win at Tampa Bay, including fourth-quarter kicks of 53 and 44 yards that gave the Giants some breathing room. He has made a club-record 23 straight field goals.



-Thomas Davis, Panthers, had one of Carolina's five sacks and a key interception, helping the Panthers to a 37-29 win against the Green Bay Packers.

-Marcus Williams, Jets, had two interceptions and was credited with half a sack in New York's 28-23 victory against Jacksonville.

-Trevin Wade, Giants, had a fumble recovery for a touchdown on the final play of New York's 32-18 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. -Alterraun Verner, Buccaneers, had eight tackles and an interception.

-Jerry Hughes, Bills, had two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered it in Buffalo's 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

-Keenan Robinson, Redskins, had only the second interception all season against Tom Brady, but Washington lost 27-10 to the New England Patriots.



Denver was handed its first loss of the season at Indianapolis, but Carolina and New England joined Cincinnati at 8-0. It's the most 8-0 teams in a single season in NFL history. Coming into the year, 21 teams in the Super Bowl era had started a season with eight straight victories. Of that list, all 21 teams made the playoffs, 12 reached the Super Bowl and eight won it all.



Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams combined for an historic performance in Pittsburgh's 38-35 victory against Oakland. Brown accumulated 306 scrimmage yards while Williams was credited with 225 yards from scrimmage, making the Steelers the first team in NFL history to have one player with at least 300 yards and another with at least 200 in that category in the same game.



Carolina star Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score, leading the undefeated Panthers to a 37-29 win against Green Bay. It was Newton's 15th career game with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing TD, joining Hall of Famers Steve Young (17) and Fran Tarkenton (16) as the only players with as many such games.



New England quarterback Tom Brady recorded his eighth straight game with at least two TD passes, helping the Patriots to a 27-10 win against Washington. ... Todd Gurley's streak with 125-plus yards rushing at four straight games. The rookie star for St. Louis gained 89 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts in a 21-18 overtime loss to Minnesota. ... K Josh Brown, Giants, made four field goals and has been successful on 23 straight tries.



Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns before he departed in the fourth quarter with a left foot injury. It was the same leg that forced him to miss a month earlier in the year with a sprained knee. ... The Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater to a concussion in the fourth quarter of a 21-18 overtime win against St. Louis. The quarterback was sliding on a scramble when defensive back Lamarcus Joyner launched himself and hit Bridgewater in the head with his left shoulder. Joyner was penalized on the play and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer implied Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was suspended for an entire season for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounties scandal, was partly to blame.



Bills running back Karlos Williams returned after missing three games with a concussion and became the seventh player to score a touchdown in each of his first five NFL games. The record is by New England's Robert Edwards, who scored in his first six games in 1998. ... Greg Zuerlein had a career-long 61-yarder among three field goals in the second quarter, the first from 60-plus yards in the NFL in nearly two years. Zuerlein became the second kicker in NFL history with multiple field goals from 60-plus yards, joining Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski. ... Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first rookie in NFL history with two games of four touchdown passes and no interceptions. ... Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck threw for two scores in the Colts' 27-24 win against Denver, reaching 100 career touchdown passes in his 55th game. Only Dan Marino, Kurt Warner and Johnny Unitas reached the milestone in fewer games.



Jets center Nick Mangold left with a neck injury after he was initially hurt at New England on Oct. 25. Wesley Johnson, who started in Mangold's place last weekend, replaced him again in the second quarter against Jacksonville. New York also lost cornerback Antonio Cromartie to a thigh injury. ... New England running back Dion Lewis left in the third quarter with what appeared to be a serious left knee injury. Lewis caught a screen pass and was making a cut when he appeared to reach for his knee.



''We're a disciplined football team. We do things right. That's why we are the least-penalized team in the league because we play by the rules.'' - ,'' Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

''I'm still shaking. It was an absolutely great win for this team. They are so competitive and want to win so badly. Never once did they ever flinch. We kept coming back and we had to find a way to win this game.'' - Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey after a 34-28 overtime win at New Orleans in his first game in charge broke a six-game slide.


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