NFL Today, Week 5
Monday, Oct. 12
Pittsburgh (2-2) at San Diego (2-2), 8:30 p.m. Minus QB Ben Roethlisberger – Mike Vick starts – the Steelers might need to recharge their passing game to keep up with the Chargers. San Diego ranks second in passing and gets back TE Antonio Gates from a four-game suspension.
-Eli Manning, Giants, set career highs with 41 completions and 54 attempts, throwing for three TDs, including a 12-yard winning score with 21 seconds remaining in a 30-27 victory over the 49ers.
-Josh McCown, Browns, was 36 for 51 for 457 yards and two touchdown passes in Cleveland’s 33-30 overtime win over Baltimore. He is the first Browns quarterback with three straight 300-yard games and broke the team record of 444 yards passing set by Brian Sipe on Oct. 25, 1981, against the Baltimore Colts.
-Andy Dalton, Bengals, was 30 for 44 for 331 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception in Cincinnati’s 27-24 overtime win over Seattle.
-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 20 for 27 for 275 yards and two touchdown passes in New England’s 30-6 win over Dallas. Brady, in his 16th season, joined Peyton Manning and Fran Tarkenton as the only NFL quarterbacks with 4-0 starts at least four times.
-Blake Bortles, Jaguars, was 23 for 33 for 303 yards and four touchdown passes and an interception in Jacksonville’s 38-31 loss to Tampa Bay.
-Jay Cutler, Bears, was 26 for 45 for 252 yards and two touchdown passes in Chicago’s 18-17 win over Kansas City.
-Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, had 23 carries for 169 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown in Seattle’s 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati.
-Todd Gurley, Rams, had 30 carries for 159 yards in St. Louis’ 24-10 loss to Green Bay.
-Devonta Freeman, Falcons, had 27 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s 25-19 overtime win over Washington. Freeman became the first NFL player with seven rushing touchdowns in his first three starts.
-Doug Martin, Buccaneers, had 24 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 38-31 win over Jacksonville.
-Justin Forsett, Ravens, had 21 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore’s 33-30 overtime loss to Cleveland.
-Chris Johnson, Cardinals, had 11 carries for 103 yards in Arizona’s 42-17 win over Detroit.
-Gary Barnidge, Browns, had eight catches for 139 yards and touchdown in Cleveland’s 33-30 overtime win over Baltimore.
-Julian Edelman, Patriots, had four catches for 120 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown, in New England’s 30-6 win over Dallas.
-Willie Snead, Saints, had six catches for 141 yards in New Orleans’ 39-17 loss to Philadelphia.
-Allen Hurns, Jaguars, had five catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s 38-31 loss to Tampa Bay.
-Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, had nine catches for 111 yards in Denver’s 26-10 win over Oakland.
-Tyler Eifert, Bengals, had eight catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 27-24 overtime win over Seattle.
-Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, made seven catches for 121 yards and scored once in a 30-27 win over San Francisco. Anquan Boldin had eight receptions for 107 yards and a TD for the 49ers.
-Travis Coons, Browns, was 4 for 4 on field goals, including a 32-yarder in overtime, in Cleveland’s 33-30 win over Baltimore.
-Caleb Sturgis, Eagles, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Philadelphia’s 39-17 win over New Orleans.
-Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a career-long 57-yarder, in New England’s 30-6 win over Dallas.
-Mike Nugent, Bengals, was 2 for 2 on field goals. He made a 31-yarder on the final play of regulation and a 42-yarder in overtime in Cincinnati’s 27-24 win over Seattle.
-Connor Barth, Buccaneers, was 3 for 3 on field goals in Tampa Bay’s 38-31 win over Jacksonville.
-Robert Alford, Falcons, returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta’s 25-19 win over Washington. It marked the longest interception return for a touchdown in an overtime since 1995 (Oct. 29, 1995; Arizona’s Lorenzo Lynch, 72 yards).
-Quinten Rollins, Packers, returned one of his two interceptions 45 yards for a touchdown in Green Bay’s 24-10 win over St. Louis.
-Bobby Wagner, Seahawks, returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown in Seattle’s 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati.
-Ramik Wilson, Chiefs, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in Kansas City’s 18-17 loss to Chicago.
-Jacquies Smith and Howard Jones, Buccaneers. Smith returned a fumble 3 yards for a touchdown and Jones had two sacks in Tampa Bay’s 38-31 win over Jacksonville
-Fletcher Cox, Eagles, had three sacks and two forced fumbles in Philadelphia’s 39-17 win over New Orleans.
-Charles Woodson, Raiders, had two interceptions in Oakland’s 16-10 loss to Denver. He is tied with Ed Reed for sixth all time with 64 interceptions. He is the only player in NFL history with two interceptions in a game at age 39 or older. He is one of three players in NFL history with an interception at age 39 or older, joining Hall of Famer Darrell Green and Clay Matthews, Jr.
-Chris Harris Jr., Broncos, had a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in Denver’s 16-10 win over Oakland.
HARD TO BEAT
Four teams improved to 5-0 – the Atlanta Falcons (25-19 over Washington in overtime), Cincinnati Bengals (27-24 over Seattle in overtime), Denver Broncos (16-10 over Oakland) and Green Bay Packers (24-10 over St. Louis). Two other teams have 4-0 records – the Carolina Panthers (bye) and New England Patriots (30-6 win over Dallas). The NFL record for the most 5-0 teams in a single season is five, set in 2009.
STREAKS & STATS
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers threw two TD passes, including a 65-yarder to James Jones, in the Packers’ 24-10 win over St. Louis. Since becoming the starting QB in 2008, Rodgers has 31 touchdown passes of at least 50 yards, the most in the NFL over that span. Rodgers’ streaks of 587 pass attempts and 49 touchdown passes at home without an interception ended in the first quarter on linebacker James Laurinaitis’ pick of a tipped ball for the Rams. Rodgers threw another interception in the second quarter before losing a fumble in the third. The Packers had their first four-interception game since Sept. 13, 2012 in a game against Chicago. … Bears coach John Fox improved to 8-1 against Kansas City. Most of those wins came with Denver. … The Bears’ Jay Cutler needs three TD passes to surpass Sid Luckman (137) for most in franchise history. … The Bills’ Tyrod Taylor became only the second quarterback since 1966 and fifth ever to throw for at least 100 yards, run for at least 70 and catch a pass. … Mario Williams’ sack of the Titans’ Marcus Mariota in the second quarter gave him 40 with the Bills in 53 games, making him the second-fastest to 40 sacks in Buffalo. Only Bruce Smith was faster with 40 sacks in 48 games. … The Seahawks allowed a touchdown on the opening drive, ending Seattle’s streak of 20 defensive possessions without allowing a touchdown. The 17-point collapse matched the biggest in Seattle history. … The Buccaneers’ 38-31 win over the Jaguars snapped an 11-game home losing streak that dated to December 2013, the same month the Jaguars began a road skid that stands at 12. The Broncos’ Peyton Manning has more interceptions (seven) than TD passes (six) through five games for the first time since his rookie season. The Broncos have won 14 straight road games against a division opponent. … The Lions (0-5) have the distinction of being the NFL’s only winless team, for a second straight week, and are off to their worst start since becoming the league’s only 0-16 team in 2008. … The Lions’ Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky combined to set an NFL record with 70 pass attempts in a regulation game, surpassing the 69 thrown by Vinny Testaverde of the New York Jets in a 2000 loss to Baltimore, according to STATS. … The 49ers (1-4) have lost four in a row.
The Falcons improved to 5-0 with a 25-19 overtime win against Washington. The Falcons, who trailed in the fourth quarter against the Redskins, are the first team in NFL history to start 5-0 with four of those wins coming when trailing at some point in the fourth quarter. … The Bengals overcame a 24-7 deficit to beat the Seahawks 27-24 in overtime. It was the second time Cincinnati had overtime a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and won, according to STATS. The Bengals also did it at Baltimore in 2004 for a 27-26 victory. Cincinnati overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Arizona 24-21 in the 1997 season. The Bengals are one win shy of matching the best start in club history. They went 6-0 in 1975 and 1988. … Calvin Johnson became Detroit’s career leader in receptions. He caught five passes for a total of 675. Herman Moore had 670 for the Lions. … Giants coach Tom Coughlin passed Hall of Famer Paul Brown with his 167th career victory.
If the preliminary diagnosis on Jamaal Charles’ injured right knee is correct, the Pro Bowl running back for the Kansas City Chiefs could be done for the season with a torn ACL. Charles’ knee buckled as he tried to cut to the left in the third quarter of Kansas City’s 18-17 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears. Charles will have an MRI on Monday. He missed most of the 2012 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Two other big-name players who exited were a pair of pass rushers: DeMarcus Ware of the Broncos, and Elvis Dumervil of the Ravens. Ware left on a cart with an injured back during the first half against Oakland. Dumervil hurt his groin in the first half against Cleveland, and was joined on Baltimore’s sideline by DBs Lardarius Webb (thigh) and Will Davis (knee).
”We overcame a lot of things in this game. Down the line, this will be motivation for us that we’ll be able to look back on. We’ve been in this situation, and we’ve overcome it.” – Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on his team’s rally from a 17-point deficit to beat the Seahawks 27-24 in overtime.
”It ranks up there as far as comebacks. They are resilient, tough-minded, they find themselves as a scrappy bunch.” – Giants coach Tom Coughlin after a 30-27 victory over San Francisco secured with an 82-yard drive in the final 1:45.
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