NFL Sidelines 10/6/13
Associated Press (AP)
The NFL day began with five unbeaten teams at 4-0. There are now three at 5-0.
The Broncos are 5-0 -- just barely. Denver won a shootout at AT&T Stadium by outscoring the Dallas Cowboys 51-48. Matt Prater's chip-shot 28-yard field goal at the final gun was the difference. The Broncos have won 16 straight regular season games. The 99 combined points tied for the fourth most in NFL history. Peyton Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver. Manning has thrown 20 TD passes, an NFL record for the first five games of a season.
Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas, which fell to 2-3. Be he threw a costly interception to Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater's winning kick.
The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970
The Saints upped their record to 5-0 with a rare win in Chicago. Drew Brees (breez) threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas in a 26-18 victory that is the Saints first in the Windy City since Oct. 2000. For Brees the win snapped a three game losing streak at Soldier Field. Jimmy Graham of the Saints tied an NFL record with his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game. He had 10 catches for 135 yards to match an NFL record for a tight end. Brees was 29 of 35 for 288 yards while Chicago's Jay Cutler threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears have lost two straight and are 3-2.
The Chiefs are now 5-0 after a 26-17 win over the Titans. Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left for the Andy Reid-led Chiefs, who are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead. The 3-2 Titans couldn't have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting at quarterback for Jake Locker, who was sidelined with a sprained right hip. Fitzpatrick missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half. Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and the defense intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop (SUH'-kuhp) kicked four field goals, including a 48-yarder.
The first unbeaten to suffer its first defeat was New England, with a 13-6 loss in Cincinnati. Former Patriot BenJarvis Green-Ellis ran 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown. The Bengals ended Tom Brady's streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass. The 3-2 Bengals sacked Brady four times and kept 4-1 New England out of the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.
The Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season 34-28 in Indianapolis. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go to lead the 4-1 Colts to the victory. The loss dropped the Seahawks to 4-1 as well. Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16 of 29 for 229 yards, beating out Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in the first matchup between last season's NFL rookie of the year runner-ups. Wilson finished 15 of 31 for 210 yards with two TDs, one interception and ran 13 times for 102 yards.
James Jones caught a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers defense contained the Lions in a 22-9 win. Mason Crosby aided the Packers cause by kicking five field goals. The Packers' offense struggled to get into the end zone until Rodgers found Jones on an 83-yard completion down the left sideline for a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter. The Packers extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over the Lions to 23.
Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano's 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the St. Louis Rams' defense in a 34-20 victory over winless Jacksonville. Austin Pettis' 31-yard TD catch with 5:45 to go was his second of the day and put the 2-3 Rams up by two scores. St. Louis, which had trailed by double digits in every game, established control with a 17-point second quarter after 0-5 Jacksonville had a pair of early leads. Jags quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffered an injured left hamstring in the third quarter.
After winning its first three games of the season, Miami has dropped two in a row. Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal for the Ravens with 1:42 left in a come-from-behind 26-23 win over the Dolphins. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth down to keep the Dolphins hopes alive, but Caleb Sturgis then missed a 57-yard field goal attempt wide left with 33 seconds to go. The victory is Baltimore's first on the road this season.
The Eagles lost Michael Vick late in the second quarter to a hamstring injury but fill-in Nick Foles threw for two touchdowns and led four scoring drives as the Eagles beat the winless Giants 36-21. Foles threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 25 yards to Brent Celek (SEHL'-ehk) and 5 yards to DeSean Jackson as the 2-3 Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak. The Eagles defense intercepted Eli Manning three times in the fourth quarter. David Wilson scored on a 5-yard run for the 0-5 Giants and Manning threw two touchdowns to Rueben Randle in the third quarter.
Arizona sacked Cam Newton seven times, once for a safety, and intercepted him on three occasions to overcome a sluggish offensive performance, and the Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers 22-6. Daryl Washington, back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, had two sacks and an interception for 3-2 Arizona. The Panthers fell to 1-3.
Matt Schaub is part of an NFL trivia question in which no quarterback wants to be included: what quarterback has thrown interceptions returned for touchdowns in four consecutive games? Schaub threw three interceptions, including a pair to Tramaine Brock, who returned one for a touchdown, and the San Francisco 49ers routed the Houston Texans 34-3. Brock intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass of the night and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a TD for the 3-2 Niners, who trail NFC West-leading Seattle by one game.