Broncos, Saints and Chiefs Lone Unbeaten...Texans' Schaub Throws Pick-Six for Fourth Straight Game 10/7/13
Denver won a 51-48 shootout over Dallas as Peyton Manning tossed four TD passes for the 5-0 Broncos. Manning finished with 414 yards. Manning has thrown 20 TD passes, an NFL record for the first five games of a season. And he scored a rushing TD, running 1-yard on a bootleg.
Tony Romo threw for a Cowboys-record 506 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort for Dallas, which fell to 2-3. He threw a costly interception to Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Matt Prater's winning 28-yard field goal at the final gun. 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.
Manning passed Dan Marino for second place on the career passing yardage list. Manning has 61,371 yards to 61,361 for Marino. Brett Favre (farv) is the leader at 71,838 yards with Green Bay, the New York Jets and Minnesota.
In other Week 5 action:
The New Orleans Saints remained unbeaten after five games with a 26-18 win over the Bears in Chicago. The loss dropped the Bears, who have lost two straight, to 3-2. Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas, and Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record with another 100-yard game. Brees was 29 of 35 for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals for the visitors. Graham had 10 catches in the game for 135 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, matching an NFL record for a tight end.
-Surprising Kansas City is off to its best start since the Chiefs went 9-0 to start the 2003 season. They stand 5-0 after beating the Titans 26-17. Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left to give KC the victory. The win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead. Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and they intercepted fill-in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Fitzpatrick was playing for the injured Jake Locker. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals for the Chiefs, including a 48-yarder.
- The Patriots are no longer unbeaten. They were knocked off by the Bengals in Cincinnati 13-6 as BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown. The loss also brought to an end Tom Brady's long streak of touchdown passes. The 3-2 Bengals sacked Brady four times and kept New England, now 4-1, out of the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, second-longest in NFL history behind Drew Brees. 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.
-Playing in Indianapolis the Seahawks saw their perfect season go down the drain in a 34-28 loss. Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go to lead the Colts to the win. The 4-1 Seahawks lost their first regular-season game since Nov. 25. Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16 of 29 for 229 yards, beating 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.
- In an NFC North matchup the Packers pinned the Lions 22-9. James Jones caught a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers defense contained the Lions, who have lost 23 straight to the Packers in Wisconsin. Mason Crosby kicked five field goals for Green Bay as 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.
- 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. St. Louis, which had trailed by double digits in every game, established control with a 17-point second quarter after Jacksonville had a pair of early leads. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffered an injury to his left hamstring in the third quarter.
- Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Ravens ahead with 1:42 left, and they withstood a frantic comeback bid by the Miami Dolphins to win 26-23. After Ryan Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth down to keep Miami's hopes alive, Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard field goal attempt wide left with 33 seconds to go. The loss is Miami's second straight after a 3-0 start. The Ravens, who are also 3-2, won their first road game of the season.
- The New York Giants are winless in five games. They were beaten by the Michael Vick-less Eagles 35-31. Vick left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Nick Foles who threw for two touchdowns and led four scoring drives. Foles threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 25 yards to Brent Celek and 5 yards to DeSean Jackson as the 2-3 Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak by forcing three interceptions by Eli Manning in the fourth 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
-- In a night game, San Francisco routed Houston 34-3. Texans QB Matt Schaub threw an interception returned for a touchdown for the fourth straight game. Schaub threw three picks in all, one returned by Tremaine Brock for 18 yards and a touchdown on his first pass of the night. 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.
- In the second night game, Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown as the Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Pryor got the Raiders (2-3) off to a fast start in the latest starting West Coast game in NFL history with a 44-yard touchdown pass on Oakland's first play from scrimmage. The Raiders then used four forced turnovers, a goal-line stand, Woodson's 25-yard return of Danny Woodhead's fumble and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to beat the Chargers (2-3). Philip Rivers had his third 400-yard passing game of the season, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.