Week 7 is in the books and it was a great day for the Jets, Colts and Cowboys fans while the Jags stayed winless and the Rams lost their starting QB for the year. Lets look back at Sunday’s games.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta: Atlanta won 31-23 but Tampa Bay looked decent for a change. Doug Martin, RB for Tampa Bay, got hurt in the middle of the 3rd with a shoulder injury. He did not return. He said, after the game, that the X-Ray’s looked fine and the shoulder was not separated. Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes to Jacquizz Rodgers to boost the Falcons over the winless Bucs.
Cincinnati at Detroit: Andy Dalton threw for a career high 372 yards in the win vs the Lions on the road. Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards and 155 of them were to Calvin Johnson. The two of them rallied from 11 down to tie the game up but Mike Nugent’s 54 yard field goal for the Lions, sealed the deal.
Buffalo at Miami: Mario Williams’ huge sack led the Bills go down the field, late in the game, for a game winning field goal by Dan Carpenter. Thad Lewis, who started for the injured E.J. Manuel, threw for 202 yards in the win vs Miami. Miami has now lost 3 in a row after starting the season 3-0.
Dallas at Philly: In a surprisingly defensive game, Tony Romo and the Cowboys traveled to Philly, got the win, and remained first place in the NFC East. Without the star running back in DeMarco Murray, Romo knew he had to preform and he did. Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown in his 100th career NFL start. Nick Foles got hurt for the Eagles on the final play of the third quarter and with Michael Vick hurt, Matt Barkley had to came in. Barkley, the rookie from USC, was 11-20 and threw three picks in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys were missing DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer but that did not matter as they continued the streak of nine straight losses for the Eagles at home.
Chicago at Washington: Unlike the Dallas/Philly game, this was a shootout. Robert Griffin III and the Skins drove the ball down for the go ahead score with 0:45 seconds left in the game. Jay Cutler got injured early in the second quarter with a groin injury so Josh McCown came into the game. This was McCown’s first action since 2011 but it did not look like it. McCown was 14-20 with 202 yards in the air and a score. Matt Forte rushed for 91 yards and 3 scores while Devin Hester returned a punt 81 yards to the house. Hester tied Deion Sanders’ record in returning touchdowns as the Bears went into Washington D.C. and came out with a win.
St Louis at Carolina: Cam Newton threw for 204 yards and one touchdown in a heated game between the Rams and the Panthers. Sam Bradford was carted off in the fourth quarter and later revealed that he tore his ACL. Bradford, who is in his fourth year of the NFL from Oklahoma, is schedule to get an MRI tomorrow to officially announce the details of the injury. The Rams are schedule to workout multiple QB’s tomorrow.
San Diego at Jacksonville: Chad Henne throws for 318 yards in the loss to San Diego 24-6. Philip Rivers was 22-26 and completed the first fourteen pass attempts in the win. He also became the second QB in franchise history to pass for 30,000 yards in his career. Ryan Matthews rushed for over 100 yards and one score as the Chargers have won consecutive games for the first time this season.
New England at New York: Geno Smith threw for 233 yards as the Jets beat the Pats in OT, 27-24. The Jets beat New England for the first time in six tries and broke the streak of the Patriots beating AFC East teams for the 12th straight time. Rob Gronkowski made his debut for the Pats catching eight balls for 114 yards but no TD’s. Nick Folk missed a 56 yarder in OT but it was waved off after a controversial call for unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that moved the ball 15 yards closer for New York and Folk converted on the following attempt for the win.
Cleveland at Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers passed for 260 yards and three scores while Eddie Lacy rushed for one as well. He was without two of his best receivers in James Jones and Randall Cobb and he lost one in this game. Jermichael Finley left on a stretch with 10 minutes left in the game and was sent to the hospital. As of Monday afternoon, he was still in the ICU but was walking and had feeling in all of his extremities. Brandon Weeden struggled once again and we could be seeing Jason Campbell for the struggling Browns.
San Fran at Tennessee: Colin Kaepernick threw for 199 yards as San Fran beat Tennessee 34-17 for their forth straight win en route to London. Niners were up 17-0 at the half and they just took it from there. Jake Locker returned for the Titans 3 weeks ahead of schedule as he tried to rally the Titans. They outscored San Fran 17-7, but it was just to late, They have now lost 3 straight games.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes and Shawn Suisham hit the game winning field goal to make Pittsburgh 2-4 on the season. Joe Flacco was 24-34 for 214 yards and drove down the field to hit Dallas Clark with the one yard pass to make it 16-16. They didn’t waste enough clock though as Roethlisberger drove the Steelers down the field and Suisham kicked the 42 yard field goal for the win.
Houston at Kansas City: Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a 7th straight win in front of there crazy crowd 17-16. Case Keenum started for the first time in his career as Matt Schuab was hurt and TJ Yates was his backup. They held Keenum to a goal line stand but they had one last shot with 1:46 left. Keenum made the rookie mistake and threw it into tight coverage for the interception. Kansas City went to 7-0 for the first time since 2003 and in the Super Bowl era, all 31 teams that have gone 7-0, have gone to the Super Bowl. Nine of those, have gone on to win it. Arian Foster left the game early in the second with a hamstring injury and did not return.
Denver at Indy: It was a special night for Peyton Manning as he returned to the stadium he built. There was one thing he wanted that he did not get. A win. Andrew Luck and company beat Denver 39-33 for the Broncos’ first loss of the season. Luck threw for 3 touchdown and rushed for one score while the former QB of the Colts threw for 386 yards in the loss. Luck has not lost consecutive games in his career. Colts led 26-14 at half but Manning and Denver would not give up. Manning hit a 31 yard pass to Demaryius Thomas and then hit Knowshawn Moreno for the one yard score with 8:44 left to play. Reggie Wayne left the game late in the fourth with a knee injury and it was announced that he tore his ACL which would end his year. Denver was on the verge of scoring, down 39-33, but Ronnie Hillman fumbled on the two yard line and the Colts recovered and went on for the victory.