Browns – 24 (6-3), Bengals – 3 (5-3-1) Thursday Night Game
Heroes – Terrance West (94 RuYd, 1 TD), Isaiah Crowell (41 RuYd, 1 TD), Cleveland D/ST (165 TYD, 3 PA, 3 INT, 1 DFR, 2 Sacks)
Zeroes – Andy Dalton (86 PaYd, 8 RuYd, 3 INT), A. J. Green (23 ReYd), Mohamed Sanu (20 ReYd)
Cleveland is off to their best start in 20 years and is now in first place in the AFC North. The Browns defense made Andy Dalton miserable all night, sacking him twice, intercepting him three times, knocking him down numerous times. Dalton was not helped out by A. J. Green who had a hard time getting open in the game, and also dropped a couple of passes. The Browns rushing game did their part in the win, racking up 170 yard rushing and three rushing touchdowns — one by each of Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
Interesting Game Fact: Andy Dalton now owns the Bengals team record for the worst completion percentage — 30.3% — in a single game (minimum of 25 attempts).
Jets – 20 (2-8), Steelers – 13 (6-4)
Heroes – Ben Roethlisberger (343 PaYd, 1 TD, 2 INT), Martavis Bryant (143 ReYd, 1 TD), T. J. Graham (67 ReYd, 1 TD), Jets D/ST (2 INT, 2 DFR, 2 Sacks)
Zeroes – Le’Veon Bell (36 RuYd, 33 ReYd), LaGarrette Blunt (0 RuYd, 0 ReYd), Eric Decker (24 ReYd)
The Jets got their first win since week one with a 20-13 upset over the Steelers. The red-hot Ben Roethlisberger did manage 343 yards passing and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions while Antonio Brown fumbled twice. While the Jets managed only 275 total yards it was enough for the win given all of the Steelers turnovers. The Jets offense was led by Michael Vick who had two touchdown passes — though only 132 yards passing.
Interesting Game Fact: The Jets had as many takeaways in the first half against the Steelers — three — as they had all season entering the game.
Chiefs – 17 (6-3), Bills – 13 (6-3)
Heroes – Jamaal Charles (98 RuYd, 20 ReYd, 1 TD), Dwayne Bowe (8 Rec, 93 ReYd), Chris Hogan (57 ReYd, 1 TD), Bryce Brown (35 RuYd, 6 Rec, 65 ReYd)
Zeroes – Travis Kelce (19 ReYd), Fred Jackson (10 RuYd, 39 ReYd), Sammy Watkins (27 ReYd)
The Bills racked up 364 yards of total offense, but were done in by poor red-zone production against the Chiefs. The Bills managed only two field goals on four trips inside the Chiefs 20. The Chiefs were down 13-3 before scoring two touchdowns in a 4:31 span and their defense was able to hang on for the win — including forcing the Bills to turn the ball over on downs in the red-zone with less than 3-minutes left in the game.
Interesting Game Fact: This was the 14-consecutive season in which the Bills have failed to win six or more of their first nine games. Not so coincidentally, the Bills have failed to make the playoffs for 14-strait seasons.
Lions – 20 (7-2), Dolphins – 16 (5-4)
Heroes – Mike Wallace (51 ReYd, 1 TD), Jarvis Landry (7 Rec, 53 ReYd), Matthew Stafford (280 PaYd, 2 TD, 1 INT), Calvin Johnson (113 ReYd, 1 TD), Golden Tate (11 Rec, 109 ReYd)
Zeroes – Lamar Miller (10 RuYd, -4 ReYd), Reggie Bush (20 RuYd, 5 ReYd)
The winning score came with 29 seconds remaining when Matthew Stafford threw an 11-yards touchdown to Theo Reddick. It was the Lions fourth consecutive win; they also got Calvin Johnson back, who came back big managing 113 yards and a touchdown on his seven receptions. The Lions defense played well again this week, holding Miami to 222 total yards and one touchdown.
Interesting Game Fact: The Lions last three victories have all been fourth-quarter come backs, and their total margin of victory in those games has been six points.
Cowboys – 31 (7-3), Jaguars – 17 (1-9)
Heroes – Tony Romo (246 PaYd, 3 TD), DeMarco Murray (100 RuYd, 6 Rec, 31 ReYd), Joseph Randle (56 RuYd, 1 TD), Dez Bryant (6 Rec, 158 ReYd, 2 TD), Jason Witten (5 Rec, 33 ReYd, 1 TD), Denard Robinson (60 RuYd, 10 ReYd, 2 TD), Cecil Shorts III (5 Rec, 119 ReYd)
Zeroes – Terrance Williams (0 ReYd)
So much for Tony Romo’s back injury… All he did in his first game back — from the back — was to throw for 243 yards and three-touchdowns. Dez Bryant dominated the second quarter catching six passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the second frame. DeMarco Murray also did his part rushing for 100-yards. The Jaguars put up a valiant effort, but just did not have the offensive weapons to keep up with the Cowboys, though they did score 10-points in the fourth quarter to keep the game somewhat interesting.
Interesting Game Fact: Tony Romo has thrown at least one TD-pass in an NFL-record 37-consecutive road games.
Ravens – 21 (6-4), Titans – 7 (2-7)
Heroes – Justin Forsett (112 RuYd, 1 TD), Torrey Smith (5 Rec, 75 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Joe Flacco (169 PaYd, -2 RuYd, 1 TD), Owen Daniels (20 ReYd)
The Titans racked up 142 yards in the first quarter, but were held to 68 yards the final three quarters by the Ravens defense. The Ravens sacked Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger five times, and generally made his life miserable giving him no time to throw in his first career road start. While far from dominant in the game, the Ravens offense was able to rush for 151 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans.
Interesting Game Fact: In only 10 games, Justin Forsett has already set his career highs for rushing yards, rushing attempts and touchdowns in a season — 721 yards, 133 carries and five touchdowns respectively.
Falcons – 27 (3-6), Buccaneers – 17 (1-8)
Heroes – Steven Jackson (81 RuYd, 14 ReYd, 1 TD), Julio Jones (8 Rec, 119 ReYd), Roddy White (6 Rec, 72 ReYd, 1 TD), Josh McCown (301 PaYd, 39 RuYd, 2 TD, 2 INT), Mike Evans (7 Rec, 125 ReYd, 1 TD), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (5 Rec, 30 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Antone Smith (3 RuYd), Bobby Rainey (14 RuYd, 42 ReYd), Charles Sims (23 RuYd, 17 ReYd, 1 FmL)
The Falcons ended their five-game losing streak Sunday as the Buccaneers extended their losing-streak to five-games. The Falcons defense had a rare good game, forcing three turnovers by the Buccaneers and sacking Josh McCown four times. There was a Steven Jackson citing in the game with the veteran running back rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown on 16-carries. Julio Jones chipped in 119 receiving yards to return to fantasy stud-dom this week. Despite all the sacks, McCown threw for 301 yards — 125 going to Mike Evans.
Interesting Game Fact: Mike Evans has caught at least four passes in every game regular-season NFL game in which he has played.
49ers – 27 (5-4), Saints – 24 (4-5) OT
Heroes – Frank Gore (81 RuYd, 2 ReYd, 1 TD), Carlos Hyde (36 RuYd, 1 TD), Anquan Boldin (6 Rec, 95 ReYd, 1 TD), Drew Brees (292 PaYd, 7 RuYd, 3 TD, 2 INT, 1 FmL), Mark Ingram (120 RuYd, 19 ReYd), Brandin Cooks (5 Rec, 90 ReYd, 1 TD), Jimmy Graham (10 Rec, 76 ReYd, 2 TD)
Zeroes – Vernon Davis (8 ReYd), Marques Colston (36 ReYd)
The 49ers had leads of 14-0 and 21-10 in this game, but ended up winning in over-time. The Saints offense averaged 5.3 yards per game, but was done-in by inopportune turnovers, capped off by a Drew Brees fumble in over-time that lead directly to the game-winning field goal. While the Saints defense did sack Colin Kaepernick four times, they were unable to stop the 49ers running game as the 49ers averaged 4.5 yards per carry on their 32 rushing attempts.
Interesting Game Fact: Before losing to the 49ers on Sunday, the Saints had won 11-consecutive home games, and 20-strait at home with Sean Payton as their head-coach.
Seahawks – 38 (6-3), Giants – 17 (3-6)
Heroes – Eli Manning (283 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT), Odell Beckham Jr. (7 Rec, 108 ReYd, 11 RuYd), Preston Parker (7 Rec, 79 ReYd, 1 TD), Russell Wilson (172 PaYd, 107 RuYd, 1 TD, 2 INT), Marshawn Lynch (140 RuYd, 23 ReYd, 4 TD), Christine Michael (71 RuYd)
Zeroes – Andre Williams (33 RuYd, 5 ReYd), Rueben Randle (39 ReYd), Larry Donnell (26 ReYd), Doug Baldwin (31 ReYd)
The Giants won the turnover battle on Sunday, but lost the game. The Seahawks made a lot of mistakes on Sunday, but were bailed out by an unstoppable rushing attack. Seattle ran for 350 yards — 7.8 yards per carry — and five touchdowns in route to their 38-17 victory. 140 of those yards and four of the touchdowns went to Marshawn Lynch. Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was one of the few bright spots got the Giants, catching seven passes for 108 yards.
Interesting Game Fact: The Seahawks’ 351 yards rushing against the Giants were the most rushing yards in a regular-season game since 2009.
Cardinals – 31 (8-1), Rams – 14 (3-6)
Heroes – Jared Cook (84 ReYd, 1 TD), Larry Fitzgerald (9 Rec, 112 ReYd, 1 TD), Josh Brown (5 Rec, 73 ReYd, 1 TD), Cardinals D/ST (244 TYD, 2 INT, 1 DFR, 6 Sacks, 2 TD)
Zeroes – Michael Floyd (11 ReYd)
The Cardinals won their game Sunday, but also might have lost Carson Palmer for the season. Palmer went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. His team responded by scoring 21 points in 3 minutes and 48 second for a come-from-behind victory against the Rams. The big forth quarter was nothing new for the Cardinals who have outscored their opponents 91-31 in the final stanza this season. The Cardinals D/ST stepped up big-time in the game, scoring two touchdowns, sacking Austin Davis six time and forcing three Rams turnovers.
Interesting Game Fact: The Cardinals are off to their best start since 1948 — when they were the Chicago Cardinals.
Broncos – 41 (7-2), Raiders – 17 (0-9)
Heroes – Peyton Manning (340 PaYd, 5 TD, 2 INT), C. J. Anderson (90 RuYd, 73 ReYd, 1 TD), Demaryius Thomas (11 Rec, 108 ReYd), Emmanuel Sanders (5 Rec, 67 ReYd, 5 RuYd, 2 TD), Julius Thomas (6 Rec, 63 ReYd, 2 TD), Mychal Rivera (6 Rec, 64 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Ronnie Hillman (13 RuYd, 9 ReYd), Wes Welker (24 ReYd), Darren McFadden (14 RuYd, 22 ReYd)
Peyton Manning threw two early interceptions and Brock Osweiler played most of the fourth quarter for the Broncos on Sunday. The Raiders managed to get out to a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter thanks to Manning’s interceptions. Manning and the Broncos responded by scoring 35 unanswered points on five Manning touchdown passes. The Broncos defense did their part in the victory forcing three turnover, and limiting the Raiders to only 222 total yards.
Interesting Game Fact: Julius Thomas is the first tight end in NFL history with back-to-back 12-touchdown seasons. He also tied the record for the most TD receptions through nine games.
Packers – 55 (6-3), Bears – 14 (3-6)
Heroes – Brandon Marshall (8 Rec, 112 ReYd, 1 TD), Aaron Rodgers (315 PaYd, 6 TD), Eddie Lacy (50 RuYd, 68 ReYd, 1 TD), Jordy Nelson (6 Rec, 152 ReYd, 2 TD), Randall Cobb (72 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Davante Adams (10 ReYd), James Starks (10 RuYd)
Aaron Rodgers threw for 315-yards and six touchdowns in the first half. Among those passes was a 73-yard bomb to Jordy Nelson and a 56-yard scamper by Eddie Lacy on a short pass. In other words, the Bears defense was horrible. Green Bay got off to a big enough lead that Matt Flynn played most of the second half at QB for the Packers. The Bears offense managed some decent numbers once the game got out of hand, but this game was never close.
Interesting Game Fact: The Bears became just the second team in NFL history to allow opponents to score 50+ points in consecutive games.
Thanks to Dave Hunter for letting me cover for him this week. You can catch me on Twitter @STCDub.