NFL Today, Week 8
Monday, Nov. 2
Indianapolis at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. EST. Andrew Luck and the Colts (3-4) try to hand Cam Newton and the undefeated Panthers (6-0) their first loss of the season. Luck has struggled so far, completing just 56.2 percent of his passes and tying for third in the league with nine interceptions. Newton needs one more rushing touchdown to move into a tie with Kordell Stewart for second place all-time for TDs by a quarterback with 38.
-Drew Brees, Saints, set career highs with 511 yards passing and seven touchdowns, tying the NFL record for TD tosses and giving New Orleans a 52-49 victory over the New York Giants in a game with a record 13 scoring passes.
-Carson Palmer, Cardinals, threw for 374 yards and four TDs to lead Arizona past Cleveland 34-20.
-Eli Manning, Giants, tossed a career-high six TD passes, finishing 30 of 41 for 350 yards in New York’s 52-49 loss at New Orleans.
-Derek Carr, Raiders, went 23 of 36 for 333 yards and four touchdowns in Oakland’s 34-20 win over the New York Jets.
-Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 37 of 45 for 397 yards and two TDs in a losing cause as Atlanta fell 23-20 to Tampa Bay.
-Todd Gurley, Rams, rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries, topping 100 yards for the fourth straight start to open his career, leading St. Louis past San Francisco 27-6.
-Latavius Murray, Raiders, ran for 113 yards on 20 carries in Oakland’s 34-20 win over the New York Jets.
-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 103 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Minnesota’s 23-20 victory at Chicago.
-Chris Johnson, Cardinals, rushed 30 times for 109 yards as Arizona topped Cleveland 34-20.
-C.J. Anderson, Broncos, had 101 yards rushing and a TD on 14 carries in Denver’s 29-10 win over Green Bay.
-Charcandrick West, Chiefs, ran for 97 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City’s 45-10 victory over Detroit in London.
-Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, caught three touchdown passes from Eli Manning in New York’s 52-49 loss at New Orleans.
-Julio Jones, Falcons, had 12 receptions for 162 yards and a score in Atlanta’s 23-20 loss to Tampa Bay.
-Benjamin Watson, Saints, had nine catches for 147 yards and a TD in New Orleans’ 52-49 win over the New York Giants.
-A.J. Green, Bengals, caught 11 passes for 118 yards and a score to help Cincinnati win 16-10 at Pittsburgh.
-Alshon Jeffery, Bears, grabbed 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in Chicago’s 23-20 loss to Minnesota.
-Demaryius Thomas, Royals, had eight receptions for 168 yards in undefeated Denver’s 29-10 win over Green Bay.
-Kai Forbath, Saints, kicked a 50-yard field goal on his first attempt with the team as time ran out to lead New Orleans past the New York Giants 52-49.
-Blair Walsh, Vikings, booted a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift Minnesota to a 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears.
-Connor Barth, Buccaneers, kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime to lead Tampa Bay past Atlanta 23-20.
-Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a 39-yard field goal on the final play as Baltimore edged San Diego 29-26. Tucker made five FGs.
-Cameron Heyward, Steelers, blocked Mike Nugent’s 42-yard field-goal attempt in Pittsburgh’s 16-10 loss to Cincinnati.
-Whitney Mercilus, Texans, had a career-high 3 1/2 sacks in Houston’s 20-6 win over Tennessee.
-Kwon Alexander, Buccaneers, had an interception and a fumble recovery in Tampa Bay’s 23-20 overtime win at Atlanta while playing two days after his younger brother was killed in a fight.
-Reggie Nelson, Bengals, had two interceptions in Cincinnati’s 16-10 win at Pittsburgh.
-Trumaine McBride, Giants, returned a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown in New York’s 52-49 loss at New Orleans.
-DeMarcus Ware, Broncos, sacked Aaron Rodgers and the ball ended up in the end zone for a safety in Denver’s 29-10 victory over Green Bay.
Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 16-10 on Sunday and improved to 7-0 for the first time in franchise history. … Denver beat previously undefeated Green Bay 29-10 to improve to 7-0 for the first time since 1998, when the Broncos won the Super Bowl after finishing 14-2. … St. Louis topped San Francisco 27-6, moving to 3-0 against the NFC West for the first time since 2004. The Rams (4-3) are also above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2006. The franchise hasn’t had a winning record since 2003. … Oakland, which lost its first 10 games last year, beat the New York Jets 34-20 to improve to 4-3 – giving the Raiders a winning record this late in the season for the first time since 2011.
STREAKS & STATS
Kansas City’s 45-10 victory over Detroit tied the mark for the most points by a team playing in London. New England also scored that many when it routed the St. Louis Rams 45-7 in 2012. The attendance was 83,624, the smallest of the crowds at this year’s three regular-season games at Wembley Stadium. … Houston tied a franchise record with seven sacks to help the Texans to a 20-6 win over the Tennessee Titans. … Arizona overcame four turnovers to win in Cleveland for the first time since 1985, topping the Browns 34-20. The Cardinals had lost their two previous games in Cleveland. They were based in St. Louis the last time they won on Lake Erie’s shoreline. … San Diego’s Philip Rivers went 28 for 37 for 301 yards, his franchise-record fifth consecutive 300-yard game. … Arizona’s Chris Johnson rushed 30 times for 109 yards as Arizona topped Cleveland 34-20, becoming the first Cardinals player with four 100-yard rushing games in a season since Stump Mitchell also had four in 1985.
Jay Cutler threw a touchdown pass in Chicago’s 23-20 loss to Minnesota, giving him 137 as a member of the Bears and tying Sid Luckman’s club record. … Oakland’s Charles Woodson had one interception in the Raiders’ 34-20 win against the New York Jets, giving him 65 for his career and tying Ken Riley for fifth on the NFL’s all-time list. … Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins had eight catches for 94 yards in the Texans’ 20-6 win over Tennessee. He now has 2,882 yards receiving in his career to pass Andre Johnson for most yards receiving in franchise history in a player’s first three seasons. … Baltimore’s Steve Smith had 82 yards receiving before tearing his right Achilles tendon in the third quarter of the Ravens’ 29-26 win over San Diego to move into 10th place on the career list with 13,932. … Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton won his 23rd game on the road in the Bengals’ 16-10 win at Pittsburgh, matching Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan for the most by a quarterback in his first five seasons during the Super Bowl era. … Roethlisberger became the fifth active quarterback to throw for 40,000 yards, joining Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Eli Manning. … With his performance against the New York Jets, Oakland’s Derek Carr joined Rich Gannon (2002) and Jeff Hostetler (1994) as the only Raiders QBs since the merger to throw for 300 or more yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
CRESCENT CITY SLUGFEST
New Orleans and the New York Giants combined for 13 touchdown passes and 101 points in the Saints’ 52-49 win Sunday. The 13 combined touchdown passes were the most in NFL history in a single game, surpassing the previous record of 12 on Nov. 2, 1969, by the Saints (six) and Cardinals (six). The teams’ combined total of 101 points tied for the third-highest single-game total and was the most since Nov. 28, 2004, when the Bengals (58) and Browns (48) combined for 106 points. New Orleans’ Drew Brees tied the NFL’s single-game record with seven touchdown passes and set a career high with 511 yards passing. It was Brees’ 10th career game with at least five TD passes, surpassing Peyton Manning for the most such games in NFL history. New York’s Eli Manning connected on a career-high six touchdown passes, three to fellow New Orleans native Odell Beckham Jr.
Quarterback Alex Smith, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware all rushed for touchdowns in Kansas City’s 45-10 win over Detroit in London on Sunday. It was the first time the Chiefs had four players rush for scores in the same game since 1960, when the team was known as the Dallas Texans. Thomas ended up with 100 total yards, while West ran for 97. Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin caught the two TD passes in the second half. It also marked the first time in 54 years that three players (Smith, Thomas and West) scored a rushing touchdown in the first half for the club. Len Dawson, Abner Haynes and Curtis McClinton accomplished the feat on November 11, 1962.
GURLEY’S THE MAN
St. Louis’ Todd Gurley rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries in the Rams’ 27-6 win over San Francisco on Sunday, topping 100 yards for the fourth straight start to open his career. He’s the first rookie in NFL history to rush for at least 125 yards in four consecutive games. Gurley, who had a 71-yard touchdown run, has 566 rushing yards – the most in a player’s first four NFL starts in the Super Bowl era, according to the league. The last rookie with a starting streak of four straight 100-yarders at any point in the season was Edgerrin James of Indianapolis in 1999.
Aaron Rodgers was held to just 77 yards passing, the lowest of his career in a game in which he wasn’t knocked out by injury, in Green Bay’s 29-10 loss at Denver on Sunday. He finished 14 of 22 passing, was sacked three times and the Packers had just 140 yards of total offense to Denver’s 500.
Tampa Bay rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander had an interception and a fumble recovery in the Buccaneers’ 23-20 overtime win at Atlanta on Sunday, playing two days after his younger brother was killed in a fight. Alexander’s 17-year-old sibling, Broderick Taylor, was shot to death during a fight in their hometown of Anniston, Alabama. ”When you talk about the true definition of a man, it’s the way he overcomes adversity and the way that he took the field,” quarterback Jameis Winston said. ”We saw in his eyes that he was here for a purpose.”
Baltimore receiver Steve Smith was lost for the season when he tore the Achilles tendon in his right foot late in the third quarter of the Ravens’ 29-26 win over San Diego. … In Pittsburgh, running back Le’Veon Bell was carted off the field with a knee injury in the Steelers’ loss to Cincinnati. His right knee twisted awkwardly underneath him during a tackle by linebacker Vontaze Burfict. He didn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped to a cart and taken from the field, a development that overshadowed Ben Roethlisberger’s return from a four-game injury absence. … Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden and safety Donte Whitner both left the Browns’ game against Arizona with concussions. … Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson injured his ankle in the fourth quarter against Kansas City. … San Francisco running back Reggie Bush left in the first half of a loss to St. Louis with a knee injury. … Chicago running back Matt Forte left in the third quarter against Minnesota with a knee injury. … Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette had an injury scare at Dallas and came away with a concussion and was moving his extremities after a vicious block by Jeff Heath on a punt return. Lockette was carted off the field after a lengthy delay.
”It’s not like we came out today with the intent to set a few records just to shut some people up. Our mindset is, every time we step on the field, we have a chance to do something pretty special.” – New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who tied the NFL record with seven touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 511 yards in the Saints’ 52-49 win over the New York Giants.
”We want more. We’re not satisfied with, `We’re over .500.’ We’re not satisfied with that. I’m not built that way.” – Oakland quarterback Derek Carr after the Raiders beat the New York Jets 34-20 to improve to 4-3 for their first winning record this late in the season since 2011.
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