Colts – 33 (4-2) Texans – 28 (3-3) – Thursday Night Game
Heroes – Andrew Luck (370 PaYd, 3 TD), Trent Richardson (41 RuYD, 1 TD), Ahmad Bradshaw (34 RuYd, 25 ReYd, 1 TD), T. Y. Hilton (223 ReYd, 1 TD), Coby Fleener (11 ReYd, 1 TD), Arian Foster (109 RuYd, 32 ReYd, 2 TD), Andre Johnson (99 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Reggie Wayne (35 ReYd), Dwayne Allen (49 ReYd), DeAndre Johnson (12 ReYd).
This had the looks of the typical Thursday Night blowout as the Colts jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter. But, the Texans defense played the Colts tough the final three quarters limiting Indianapolis to only three field goals the remainder of the game. The Texans actually had two chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but fumbled away their chances on both positions allowing the Colts to escape with what ended up being a tough 33-28 victory.
Titans — 16 (2-4) Jaguars — 14 (0-6)
Heroes – Blake Bortles (336 PaYd, 38 RuYd, 1 TD), Storm Johnson (21 RuYd, 1 TD), Cecil Shorts (103 ReYd), Clay Harbor (91 ReYd, TD), Jackie Battle (1 RuYd, 1 TD), Dexter McCluster (6 RuYd, 6 Rec, 52 ReYd), Justin Hunter (77 ReYd).
Zeroes – Allen Hurns (18 ReYd), Charlie Whitehurst (223 PaYd), Kendall Wright (6 ReYd)
The Tians needed to block a field goal late in the game to hang on to beat the hapless Jaguars. Tennessee won despite being both out-rushed and out-passed by the Jaguars. The Titans lone touchdown was scored by Jackie Battle from one yard out. Despite losing, Blake Bortles had a nice fantasy game, throwing for 336 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 38 yards. For his part, Bishop Sankey did not make the most of his start in place of Shonn Greene managing only 61 yards on 18 carries.
Ravens — 48 (4-2) Buccaneers — 17 (1-5)
Heroes – Joe Flacco (306 PaYd, 5 TD), Justin Forsett (111 RuYd), Bernard Pierce (32 RuYd, 1 TD), Steve Smith (110 ReYd, 1 TD), Torrey Smith (51 ReYd, 2 TD), Michael Capanaro (28 ReYd, 1TD), Kamar Aiken (20 ReYd, 1TD), Mike Glennon (314 PaYd, 2 TD), Louis Murphy (72 ReYd, 1 TD), Mike Evans (55 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes — Owen Daniels (34 ReYd), Doug Martin (45 RuYd, 3 ReYd).
This game got out of hand fast. The Ravens scored on their first six positions, with Joe Flacco managing five touchdown passes in the first half. The Buccaneers were unable to get any pressure on Flacco at all as he ended the day with 306 passing yards while completing 21 of his 29 passes. Justin Forsett managed 111 rushing yards on only 14 carries and Steve Smith racked up 110 receiving yards and a touchdown in his five receptions as the Ravens routed the Buccaneers.
Broncos — 31 (4-1) Jets — 17 (1-5)
Heroes – Peyton Manning (237 PaYd, 3 TD), Ronnie Hillman (100 RuYd, 16 ReYd), Demaryius Thomas (124 ReYd, 1 TD), Julius Thomas (51 ReYd, 2 TD), Jace Amaro (10 Rec, 68 ReYd, 1 TD), Eric Decker (54 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Wes Welker (8 ReYd), Chris Johnson (9 RuYd, 2 ReYd), Chris Ivory (7 RuYd, 14 ReYd).
The game was closer than the final score indicated. The Jets got the ball back late in the fourth quarter down by only seven (24-17), but Geno Smith was picked by Aqib Talib who returned the interception for a touchdown. It was business as usual for Manning and the Thomas’s as Peyton added three more TD’s to his career total, Demaryius once again topped 100-yards, and Julius caught another two touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the game for Denver was their rushing defense, which held the Jets to only 31 yards, 11 of which were from Geno Smith.
Lions — 17 (4-2) Vikings — 3 (2-4)
Heroes – Joique Bell (74 RuYd, 23 ReYd, 1 TD), Theo Reddick (6 RuYd, 75 ReYd, 1 TD), Jerick McKinnon (40 RuYd, 6 Rec, 42 ReYd,)
Zeroes – Golden Tate (44 ReYd), Teddy Bridgewater (188 PaYd, 11 RuYd, 3 Int), Matt Asiata (-5 RuRd, 18 ReYd), Corderelle Patterson (2 RuYd, 15 ReYd).
The Lions won with their defense in this one. The Lions defense intercepted Teddy Bridgewater three times and held the Vikings to 212 total yards on offense. While the Lions managed only 255 total yards themselves, that was more than enough to earn the victory. Joique Bell led the Lions offense with 74 yards rushing, 23 yards receiving and a rushing touchdown, Theo Reddick provided 75 yards and a touchdown on his five receptions. The Lions also managed to miss two more field goals in this game; for the season they are 5 for 15 on field goal attempts.
Patriots — 37 (4-2) Bill — 22 (3-3)
Heroes – Tom Brady (361 PaYd, 4 TD), Brandon LaFell (97 ReYd, 2 TD), Rob Gronkowski (7 Rec, 94 ReYd), Julian Edelman (7 Rec, 91 ReYd, 10 RuYd), Brian Tyrs (43 ReYd, 1 TD), Tim Wight (1 ReYd, 1 TD), Kyle Orton (299 PaYd, 2 TD), Fred Jackson (26 RuYd, 4 Rec, 17 ReYd, 1 TD), Scott Chandler (6 Rec, 105 ReYd), Robert Woods (7 Rec, 78 ReYd, 1 TD), Chris Hogan (72 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Stevan Ridley (23 RuYd, 6 ReYd), Shane Vereen (4 RuYd, 3 ReYd), C. J. Spiller (19 RuYd, 0 ReYd, 1 Fumble lost), Sammy Watkins (2 Rec, 27 ReYd).
The Bills held the Patriots to only 50 yards rushing, but were unable to stop Tom Brady who racked up 361 passing yards and four touchdowns in this game. Brady effectively spread the ball around hitting completing passes to ten different players in the game. New England was also greatly aided by the Bills offensive miscues in the second quarter. In that quarter, the Bills turned the ball over three times leading to 13 points by the Patriots.
Panthers — 37 (3-2-1) Bengals — 37 (3-1-1)
Heroes – Cam Newton (284 PaYd, 107 RuYd, 3 TD), Fozzy Whittaker (25 RuYd, 27 ReYd, 1 TD), Greg Olsen (6 Rec, 62 ReYd, 1 TD), Kelvin Benjamin (7 Rec, 49 ReYd, 1 TD), Andy Dalton (323 PaYd, 25 RuYd, 2 TD), Giovani Bernard (137 RuYd, 20 ReYd, 1 TD), Jeremy Hill (22 RuYd, 13 ReYd, 1 TD), Mohamed Sanu (10 Rec, 120 ReYd, 1 TD), Jermaine Gresham (6 Rec, 68 ReYd).
Zeroes – None
So much for defense… In a matchup between what were supposed to be two of the better defensive teams in the league, offense was the theme. The Panthers and Bengals managed to rack up over 900 yards of offense in their game. Cam Newton proved he can still run; Newton passed for 284 yards, rushed for another 107 accounting for 391 of the Panthers 431 yards of offense against the Bengals. For his part, Andy Dalton responded by throwing for 323 yards saving his best for over-time where he threw only one incomplete pass. It was all for naught as Mike Nugent missed a 36-yard field goal as time expired in overtime.
Steelers — 10 (3-3) Browns — 31 (3-2)
Heroes – Le’Veon Bell (82 RuYd, 33 ReYd), Antonio Brown (7 Rec, 118 ReYd), Lance Moore (26 ReYd, 1 TD), Ben Tate (78 RuYd, 2 TD), Isiah Crowell (77 RuYd, 1 TD), Jordan Cameron (102 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Heath Miller (19 ReYd), Miles Austin (29 ReYd), Andrew Hawkins (0 Rec, 0 ReYd).
The Steelers scored first with a field goal in the first quarter; they would not score again until the fourth quarter. The Browns scored 21 points in the second quarter and added a field goal in the third in route to a big win over the Steelers. The Browns running backs accounted for three touchdowns on the day, with their other TD coming on a 51-yard reception by Jordan Cameron. They were aided in their victory by the defense, which sacked Ben Roethlisberger two times, picked him off once and held Roethlisberger to 228 yards on his 42 attempts – only 21 of which were completed.
Packers – 27 (4-2) Dolphins – 24 (2-3)
Heroes – Aaron Rodgers (264 PaYd, 34 RuYd, 3 TD), Jordy Nelson (9 Rec, 107 ReYd, 1 TD), Davante Adams (6 Rec, 77 ReYd), Randall Cobb (58 ReYd, 1 RuYd, 1 TD), Andrews Quarless (11 ReYd, 1 TD), Ryan Tannehill (244 PaYd, 49 RuYd, 2 TD), Lamar Miller (53 RuYd, 40 ReYd, 1 TD), Jarvis Landry (6 Rec, 75 ReYd, 1 TD), Mike Wallace (67 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Eddie Lacy (40 RuYd), Knowshon Moreno (10 RuYd, 8 ReYd), Brian Hartline (0 Rec, 0 ReYd).
The Packers scored the final ten points to pull out a 27-24 win over the Dolphins. While Green Bay came back to win, the Packers did lead the game 10-3 and 17-10 before allowing the Dolphins to score two unanswered touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers did not have the best completion percentage in the game – he was only 24 for 42 – but he played well when it mattered and did not turn the ball over – he was also only six yards shy of rushing for as many yards as Eddie Lacy on seven fewer carries. The Packers also dominated the time of possession in the game, holding the ball for 37:12 compared to the Dolphins 22:48.
Chargers – 31 (5-1) Raiders – 28 (0-5)
Heroes – Phillip Rivers (313 PaYd, 13 RuYd, 3 TD), Branden Oliver (101 RuYd, 23 ReYd, 1 TD), Malcom Floyd (103 ReYd, 1 TD), Eddie Royal (49 ReYd, 1 TD), Antonio Gates (27 ReYd, 1 TD), Derek Carr (282 PaYd, 4 TD), Darren McFadden (80 RuYd), Andre Holmes (121 ReYd, 2 TD), Brice Butler (64 ReYd, 1 TD), James Jones (56 YeYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Keenan Allen (27 ReYd), Maurice Jones-Drew (30 RuYd, 10 ReYd).
Despite nearly 400-yards of total offense and four touchdown passes from Derek Carr, the Raiders managed to lose to the Chargers – their 11th consecutive defeat. For their part, the Chargers rushed for 116 yards, threw for 307 and did not commit a single turn-over in their victory. The Chargers offense played well in the game, Phillips Rivers was 22 of 34 for 313 yards and three touchdowns, Branden Oliver rushed for 101 yards, Malcom Floyd had 103 yards receiving and four different Chargers managed to score a TD in the game – Oliver, Floyd, Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates.
Cowboys – 30 (5-1) Seahawks – 23 (3-2)
Heroes – Tony Romo (250 PaYd, 2 TD), DeMarco Murray (115 RuYd, 6 Rec, 31 ReYd, 1 TD), Jason Witten (24 ReYd, 1 TD), Gavin Escobar (2 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Russell Wilson (126 PaYd, 1 Int, 12 Ru, 1 TD), Percy Harvin (-1 RuYd, 0 RecYd).
The final score is not indicative of how the game played out. The game was close in terms of the score, but the Cowboys really dominated. They outgained the Seahawks 401 yards to 206. One of the Seahawks’ touchdowns came on a blocked punt; overall, the Cowboys D did a very good job against the Seahawks offense. While Marshawn Lynch did average 6.1 yards per carry, he only had ten carries. Meanwhile, DeMarco Murray averaged four yards per carry on his 29 carries in route to his sixth-consecutive 100-yard game.
Redskins – 20 (1-5) Cardinals — 30 (4-1)
Heroes – Kirk Cousins (354 PaYd, 2 TD), DeSean Jackson (115 ReYd, 1 TD), Jordan Reed (8 Rec, 92 ReYd), Pierre Garcon (31 ReYd, 1 TD), Carson Palmer (250 PaYd, 2 TD), Larry Fitzgerald (98 ReYd, 1 TD), Michael Floyd (47 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Alfred Morris (41 RuYd, 14 ReYd), Niles Paul (7 ReYd).
Shocking stat of the season? The Cardinals have not thrown an interception this season. Against the Redskins, the Cardinals did not turn the ball over, while the Redskins committed four turnovers. Kirk Cousins did throw for 365 and two touchdowns but also was picked three times. Meanwhile, Carson Palmer, playing for the first time since week one, had two touchdowns of his own with no interceptions to go with his 250 passing yards. Larry Fitzgerald had his first touchdown of the season to go along with his 98 receiving-yards.
Bears – 27 (3-3) Falcons 13 (2-4)
Heroes – Jay Cutler (381 PaYd, 11 RuYd, 1 TD), Matt Forte (80 RuYd, 10 Rec, 77 ReYd, 2 TD), Alshon Jeffery (136 ReYd), Brandon Marshall (113 ReYd), Josh Morgan (3 ReYd, 1 TD), Antone Smith (5 RuYd, 64 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes – Steven Jackson (25 RuYd), Julio Jones (68 ReYd, 1 RuYd).
After getting out to a 13-3 lead the Bears allowed the Falcons rally back and tie the game at 13 in the third quarter. It was all Chicago after that however, with Matt Forte scoring a touchdown on the Bears’ next two positions after the Falcons tied the game. The Bears were helped out in the game by the Falcons receivers who dropped seven passes in the game – though to be fair, the Bears D also played well. As for the Falcons D, they were bad, allowing the Bears to rack up 479 total yards and pass plays of 74 and 47 yards in the game.
Giants — 0 (3-3) Eagles — 27 (5-1)
Heroes — LeSean McCoy (149 RuYd, 5 ReYd), Darren Sproles (39 RuYd, 1 TD), Zach Ertz (47 ReYd, 1 TD), James Casey (26 ReYd, 1 TD).
Zeroes — Eli Manning (151 PaYd), Victor Cruz (16 ReYd), Larry Donnell (6 ReYd), Jeremy Maclin (16 ReYd).
The Eagles dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage against the Giants. Philadelphia rushed for 203 yards, held the Giants to 253 total yards and sacked the Giants quarterbacks’ eight times in route to their first shutout in 18 yards. To add injury to insult, the Giants lost Victor Cruz to a torn patella tendon in his right knee in the third quarter.
A big thanks to Dave for letting me cover for him this week. You can catch me on Twitter @STCDub.