NFL Today, Week 5


Monday, Oct. 6

Seattle at Washington, 8:30 p.m. EDT. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are 2-1 and coming off a bye, while the Redskins are 1-3 and looking to rebound from a 45-14 loss to the New York Giants in which Kirk Cousins threw four interceptions.



– Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 31 of 47 for 479 yards with four TDs, including the 500th of his career, along with two interceptions to help Denver hand the Arizona Cardinals their first loss, 41-20.

– Brian Hoyer, Browns, threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin with 1:09 left, and Cleveland rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 29-28. Hoyer was 21 of 37 of 292 yards and three TDs and an INT.

– Austin Davis, Rams, who began the year as the No. 3 quarterback, finished with 375 yards passing and three TDs in St. Louis’ 34-28 loss at Philadelphia – his first game since being elevated to starter for the rest of the season.

– Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 20 of 28 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, in San Diego’s 31-0 rout of the New York Jets.

– Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 28 of 41 for 324 yards and two TDs in Dallas’ 20-17 overtime win over Houston.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 23 of 35 for 292 yards and two TDs in a 43-17 romp pas Cincinnati.


– Arian Foster, Texans, had 157 yards rushing and a tying 1-yard score with 41 seconds left in regulation in Houston’s 20-17 overtime loss at Dallas. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys, had 136 yards rushing, his fifth straight 100-yard game to start the season.

– Ben Tate, Browns, ran for 123 yards on 22 carries in Cleveland’s 29-28 win at Tennessee.

– Branden Oliver, Chargers, ran 19 times for 114 yards and a TD, and caught four passes for 68 yards and a score as San Diego routed the New York Jets 31-0.

– Khiry Robinson, Saints, rushed 21 times for 89 yards, including a tackle-breaking 18-yard touchdown run in overtime to give New Orleans a 37-31 win over Tampa Bay.

-Stevan Ridley, Patriots, ran for 113 yards on 27 carries and scored a TD in a 43-17 victory over Cincinnati.


– Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, had eight catches for a team-record 226 yards, including touchdown grabs of 31 and 86 yards, in Denver’s 41-20 win over Arizona.

– Matt Forte, Bears, had 61 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving and a touchdown in Chicago’s 31-24 loss at Carolina.

– Julio Jones, Falcons, caught 11 passes for 105 yards in Atlanta’s 30-20 loss to the New York Giants.

– Golden Tate, Lions, had seven catches for 134 yards and a 9-yard touchdown in Detroit’s 17-14 loss to Buffalo.

– Andre Ellington, Cardinals, had four catches for 112 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, and also ran for a score in Arizona’s 41-20 loss to Denver.

-Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, made six receptions for 100 yards and scored a touchdown as the Patriots beat the Bengals 43-17.

Special Teams

– Phil Dawson, 49ers, booted five field goals, including kicks of 55 and 52 yards, in San Francisco’s 22-17 win over Kansas City.

– Dan Bailey, Cowboys, kicked a 49-yard field goal in overtime to lead Dallas past Houston 20-17. His miss from 53 yards on the final play of regulation ended a franchise record streak of 30 straight made field goals.

– Dan Carpenter, Bills, banked a 50-yard attempt off the left upright in the third quarter and then split the goal posts from 58 yards with 4 seconds left in Buffalo’s 17-14 come-from-behind victory over Detroit.

– Chris Maragos, Eagles, returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 34-28 win over Carolina.

-Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, made five field goals of 48, 19, 23, 47 and 35 yards in helping New England beat Cincinnati 43-17.


– Marcell Dareus, Bills, had five tackles and a career-best three sacks in Buffalo’s 17-14 loss at Detroit.

– Junior Galette, Saints, had a safety in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ 37-31 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

– Kawaan Short, Panthers, sealed Carolina’s 31-24 win over Chicago when he sacked Jay Cutler and Charles Johnson recovered the fumble.

– Cedric Thornton, Eagles, recovered a fumble for a score and nearly took another one the distance in Philadelphia’s 34-28 loss to St. Louis.

– Brice McCain, Steelers, returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown, helping Pittsburgh beat the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 17-9.


Peyton Manning’s 500th TD throw came in his 244th career regular-season game, 49 fewer games than it took Brett Favre. Manning also had his 13th career 400-yard passing game, tying Dan Marino for the most in NFL history…. Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker broke Rod Smith’s mark for most catches by an undrafted player. His 850th career grab, his third of the game, covered 5 yards. … New England’s Tom Brady boosted his career yards passing total to 50,232 for sixth place. John Elway is in fifth place with 51,475. … Houston’s Andre Johnson became the second-faster receiver to 950 catches by finishing with five for 954 after 159 games. He’ll have to wait at least another week to be the second fastest to 13,000 yards, finishing with 58 to fall 19 yards short. He has two more games to beat Marvin Harrison’s mark of 162 games. Jerry Rice did it in 154. … DeMarco Murray set a Dallas franchise record with his fifth straight 100-yard game to start the season. Emmitt Smith had four in 1995. … New Orleans’ Drew Brees surpassed 40,000 yards passing with the Saints in his 132nd game with the club. Dan Marino had been the fastest to 40,000 yards with one club, doing so with Miami in 153 games. … Dallas’ Jason Witten joined Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe as the only tight ends with 10,000 career yards receiving. He finished with 59 yards against Houston to put him at 10,014. … Jamaal Charles ran for 80 yards to pass Larry Johnson (6,015 yards) for second place on Kansas City’s career rushing list. He needs 52 yards to surpass Priest Holmes (6,070 yards) for the franchise record.


Brian Hoyer’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin with 1:09 left rallied the Cleveland Browns from a 25-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 29-28 on Sunday. It was the largest comeback in league history by a road team. Only two other clubs have come back from bigger deficits in the regular season: San Francisco rallied from 28 down in beating New Orleans on Dec. 7, 1980; and Buffalo trailed 26-0 before beating Indianapolis 37-35 on Sept. 21, 1997. It also was the biggest comeback in Browns history. On Dec. 4, 1966, Cleveland trailed the Giants 34-14 and won 49-40, according to STATS.


Cleveland snapped a seven-game road losing streak by scoring 26 unanswered points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, in a 29-28 victory at Tennessee. It was the biggest regular-season lead blown by the Titans – a franchise that once squandered a 35-3 advantage to Buffalo in the playoffs as the Houston Oilers. … The Browns finally had their first turnover on an interception by Titans safety Michael Griffin with 4:55 left in the fourth quarter. They were the last NFL team to turn over the ball this season. … New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas caught eight passes for 77 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown on a screen pass, and rushed for 35 yards, highlighted by his 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ 37-31 overtime win over Tampa Bay.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hurt themselves with 15 penalties for 113 yards in a 37-31 overtime loss at New Orleans on Sunday. The most damaging was the flag on cornerback Johnthan Banks in overtime for illegal hands to the face as Drew Brees threw incomplete on third down.


Buffalo’s Kyle Orton, starting for the benched EJ Manuel, bounced back from a slow start and an interception to help lead the Bills to a 17-14 win at Detroit. The 10-year journeyman improved his career record to 36-35, including a perfect 5-0 against Detroit. He finished 30 of 43 for 308 yards with a 2-yard touchdown to Chris Gragg.


Odell Beckham Jr. made his NFL debut a memorable one, catching a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 10:02 left to lead the New York Giants to a 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, extending their winning streak to three games. Beckham, the 12th pick overall in May, finished with four catches for 44 yards after missing all of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury.


The San Diego Chargers earned the league’s first shutout this season in beating the hapless New York Jets 31-0 Sunday for their fourth straight win. The Chargers’ last shutout victory was 31-0 against Kansas City on Dec. 12, 2010. The Jets were blanked for the first time since losing 34-0 against San Francisco on Sept. 30, 2012.


Buffalo coach Doug Marrone said the team filed a complaint to NFL security officials alleging someone shined a laser pointer from the stands at his players during their game at Detroit on Sunday. Marrone said quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt informed him during the game they both had lasers shined at them. The team then followed league protocol by informing NFL security staff. Marrone said the issue was eventually resolved before the game ended.


Detroit’s Alex Henery, who replaced rookie Nate Freese, missed all three of his field-goal attempts against Buffalo, including a 50-yarder that sailed wide left with 21 seconds remaining. Detroit’s kickers have hit just four of 12 field-goal attempts.


Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof was closed at halftime of Indianapolis’ 20-13 win over Baltimore on Sunday because of the threat of rain, the first time that’s happened during a regular-season game since the stadium opened in 2008.


Michael Vick replaced Geno Smith on New York’s first possession of the second half, but wasn’t any more effective in the Jets’ 31-0 loss at San Diego. Smith completed only four of 12 passes for 27 yards with one interception for a rating of 7.6. Vick was 9 of 20 for 47 yards.


Tennessee remembered Rob Bironas with a blue No. 2 on the back of their helmets and a moment of silence in their first home game since their former kicker died Sept. 20 in a one-vehicle crash.


New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham took a big hit making a catch over the middle and left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a right shoulder injury. The team did not provide specifics on the severity of the injury. … Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker left the Titans’ 29-28 loss to Cleveland with a thumb injury. Locker will have more tests Monday. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt also said veteran safety Bernard Pollard may have hurt his Achilles tendon. … Arizona lost quarterback Drew Stanton, who was being evaluated for a concussion after being hit by Denver’s Von Miller in the third quarter. Defensive end Calais Campbell injured a knee ligament. … Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury in the first minute of the third quarter, and running back Reggie Bush did not return after hurting his ankle early in the fourth quarter. … San Diego running back Donald Brown was knocked out of San Diego’s 31-0 win over the Jets with a concussion in the first half.


”I did tell them after the game they got to stop doing it. I have an EKG scheduled for tomorrow because my heart can’t take many more of these.” – Cleveland first-year coach Mike Pettine after the Browns rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 29-28 on Sunday. It was the largest comeback in league history by a road team.

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