You don't bench future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who are 5-0, but Manning continues to have his critics. The Broncos, led by the league's most dominant defense, have won with close calls and in unconventional ways. For the second time this season on Sunday, Denver won a game in which it did not score an offensive touchdown (the Broncos’ only TD in the 16-10 win at Oakland was Chris Harris’ pick six). Manning has thrown at least one interception in each game this season, two in each of the last two games. And in Monday’s news conference, a reporter even asked Broncos coach Gary Kubiak if it is time to bench Manning.
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Remember what we said about how badly Peyton Manning is playing? Well, this is the guy he beat on Sunday. The Raiders quarterback has certainly made strides in his second season, but against a stifling Broncos' defense, Carr was mostly held in check in Week 5. In the fourth quarter, Carr threw a backbreaking interception to cornerback Chris Harris, which was returned for a touchdown and was ultimately the difference in the game. Carr finished the day 26-of-39 for 249 yards, one score and that one interception. But hey, his 82.1 passer rating was nearly 20 points better than Manning’s.
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The bye week appears to have come at the best possible time for Weeden. Then again, it could be coming at the worst. The Cowboys' backup thrust into the starting role in place of injured Tony Romo fell to 0-3 as the starter in Dallas this season with Sunday’s 30-6 blowout at the hands of New England, making Weeden winless in his last 11 starts. Against New England, Weeden was 26-of-39 for 188 yards and led the Cowboys offense to just two field goals. Dallas has a bye this week, which could give its signal-caller extra time to practice and study film. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones both said after the loss Sunday that the quarterback position will be evaluated, which could instead mean that veteran Matt Cassel could supplant Weeden with an extra week of work with the starters.
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The Rams’ defense did its part on Sunday, ending Aaron Rodgers’ near-three-year-long run of not throwing an interception at home (St. Louis actually forced three Rodgers turnovers). And rookie running back Todd Gurley did his part with 159 yards on the ground. So how did the Rams lose 24-10 in Green Bay? Nick Foles had a sub-40-percent completion rate (11-of-30) for only 141 yards … and a whopping four interceptions! The 26-year old quarterback continues to log inconsistent performances for the up-and-down, 2-3 Rams. Looks like it might be in the best interest for the Rams to continue to ride Gurley down the stretch.
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The only thing worse than Mallett's performance on the field Thursday night was his body language on the sideline after he was benched for Brian Hoyer. Mallett completed 7 of 10 passes for 50 yards and threw an interception. Unfortunately for him, he'll be holding a clipboard this week as Hoyer prepares to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Mere hours after benching his franchise quarterback in the third quarter Sunday after a third interception, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he was standing behind Stafford. That may not be music to the ears of Lions fans, who booed Stafford off the field during the 42-17 loss to Arizona. Someone subsequently launched a White House petition to revoke the Lions' passports once they arrive in London for a November game. The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein even wrote that parting ways with Stafford could be in the Lions' best interest.