Sunday, October 7, 2012
NFL Today, Week 5
Monday, Oct. 8
Houston at New York, 8:30 p.m. Matt Schaub and the unbeaten Texans (4-0) face the struggling Jets (2-2).
-Drew Brees, Saints, finished 29 for 45 for 370 yards with four TD passes and an interception in New Orleans' 31-24 win over San Diego. Brees broke a half-century-old NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game. His 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games set by Johnny Unitas from 1956-60.
-Andrew Luck, Colts, finished 31 for 55 for 362 yards with two TD passes and an interception in Indianapolis' 30-27 win over Green Bay. Luck is the first rookie in NFL history to pass for at least 1,200 yards (1,208) and get at least two wins in his team's first four games. Luck and Cam Newton are the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in three of their first four career games.
-Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 31 for 44 for 345 yards with three TDs in Denver's 31-21 loss to New England.
-Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 27 of 42 for 354 yards with 2 TDs passes and an interception in San Diego's 31-24 loss to New Orleans.
-Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 34 for 52 for 345 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Atlanta's 24-17 win over Washington. Ryan led the Falcons to 17 fourth-quarter points for his 18th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. That is the most by a quarterback in his first five seasons in the Super Bowl era.
-Alex Smith, 49ers, was 18 for 24 for 303 yards with three TDs in San Francisco's 45-3 win over Buffalo.
-Eli Manning, Giants, finished 25 of 37 for 259 yards with three TDs and an interception in New York's 41-27 win over Cleveland.
-Jay Cutler, Bears, was 23 for 39 for 292 yards with 2 TDs and an interception in Chicago's 41-3 win over Jacksonville.
-Brandon Weeden, Browns, was 22 for 35 for 291 yards with two TDs and two interceptions in Cleveland's 41-27 loss to the New York Giants.
-Aaron Rodgers, Packers was 21 for 33 for 243 yards with three TDs and an interception in Green Bay's 30-27 loss to Indianapolis.
-Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants, finished with 30 carries for 200 yards and a TD in New York's 41-27 win over Cleveland.
-Stevan Ridley, Patriots, had 28 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown in New England's 31-21 win over Denver.
-Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 30 carries for 140 yards in Kansas City's 9-6 loss to Baltimore.
-Alfred Morris, Redskins, had 18 carries for 115 yards in Washington's 24-17 loss to Atlanta.
-Matt Forte, Bears, had 22 carries for 107 yards in Chicago's 41-3 win over Jacksonville.
-Frank Gore, 49ers, had 14 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's 45-3 win over Buffalo.
-Ray Rice, Ravens, finished with 17 carries for 102 yards in Baltimore's 9-6 win over Kansas City.
-Reggie Wayne, Colts, finished with 13 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 30-27 win over Green Bay.
-Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, had nine catches for 188 yards in Denver's 31-21 loss to New England.
-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 41-3 win over Jacksonville.
-Marques Colston and Devery Henderson, Saints. Colston had nine receptions for 131 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-24 win over San Diego. Colston has a franchise-record 52 touchdown catches. Henderson added eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
-Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, had 13 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 24-17 win over Washington. The TD was the 99th of his career, tying Gonzalez for eighth in NFL history with Hall of Famer Don Hutson.
-Michael Crabtree, 49ers, had six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's 45-3 win over Buffalo.
-Percy Harvin, Vikings, had eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 30-7 win over Tennessee.
-Vernon Davis, 49ers, finished with five receptions for 106 yards in San Francisco's 45-3 win over Buffalo.
-Wes Welker, Patriots, grabbed 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in New England's 31-21 win over Denver.
-Julio Jones, Falcons, had 10 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 24-17 win over Washington.
-Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs, Bears. Each player returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 41-3 win over Jacksonville. Tillman and Briggs also returned two of the team's five interceptions for touchdowns in Monday night's 34-18 victory at Dallas. Tillman and Briggs are the first set of teammates in NFL history to each return an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games. Also, it was the first time since 1950 that Chicago returned interceptions for touchdowns in three consecutive games.
-Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers, returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in Carolina's 16-12 loss to Seattle.
-Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins, returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in Washington's 24-17 loss to Atlanta.
-Shaun Suisham, Steelers, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 34-yarder as time expired in Pittsburgh's 16-14 win over Philadelphia.
-Blair Walsh, Vikings, was 3 for 3 on field goals in Minnesota's 30-7 win over Tennessee.
-Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, was 3 for 3 on field goals in Seattle's 16-12 win over Carolina.
-Justin Tucker, Ravens, was 3 for 3 on field goals to account for all his team's scoring in Baltimore's 9-6 win over Kansas City.
Drew Brees set an NFL record with touchdown passes in 48 straight games, breaking the mark set by Johnny Unitas a half-century ago. The record-setting scoring strike was a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson against the San Diego Chargers. Unitas set the record between 1956 and 1960 and no one had come within 10 games until Brees began to close in late last season. Tom Brady has the third-longest streak, extending his to 37 games in a victory over Denver.
Indianapolis rookie quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 362 yards and Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had 212 receiving yards in the Colts' 30-27 win over Green Bay. It marked the second consecutive week in which a team had a rookie pass for at least 350 yards and a player get more than 200 yards receiving (Miami's Ryan Tannehill and Brian Hartline). This is the first time in NFL history it has been accomplished twice in a season.
DYMANIC DUOS PART II
The matchup between New England's Tom Brady and Denver's Peyton Manning was the first time in NFL history that the two starting quarterbacks entered a game with at least 300 touchdown passes each. It also marked just the second time in NFL history that the two starting quarterbacks each had at least 125 wins (December 21, 1998; Dan Marino vs. John Elway).
DYMANIC DUOS PART III
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 200 yards and wide receiver Victor Cruz had three touchdown catches in the team's 41-27 win over Cleveland. It marked the first time since 1960 that a team had a 200-yard rusher and a player with at least three touchdown catches in a game. On December 18, 1960, St. Louis' John David Crow (203 rushing yards) and Sonny Randle (three receiving TDs) accomplished the feat.
The 49ers amassed a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3. San Francisco also became the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing. ... Reggie Wayne finished with 13 receptions for a career-high 212 yards -- the second-highest total in Colts history behind Hall of Famer Raymond Berry in 1957. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin tied Bill Parcells for regular-season coaching victories with the franchise, 77. ... Packers receiver Donald Driver played in his 197th career game, breaking a tie with Bart Starr for second in team history. ... Kansas City has committed 19 turnovers through its first five games, the most this early since the New Orleans Saints had 21 of them to start the 1997 season. ... Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green had nine catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' loss to Miami. Green, who played his 20th career game, has 101 catches, 1,550 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 career games. ... Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee tied Mike Hollis for the most FGs (175) in franchise history. ... Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew became the third player in team history to eclipse 12,000 all-purpose yards, joining Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith. ... Since taking a 21-7 lead against the Patriots, Buffalo has been outscored 90-10 in losses to New England and San Francisco. The Bills became the first team to give up at least 550 yards in consecutive games in the same season since the 1950 New York Yanks. ... The Patriots gained 251 yards rushing against Denver, one week after rushing for 247 yards in a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots rushed for more than 200 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 1978.
New England quarterback Tom Brady has a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive games and passed Brett Favre (36) for the third-longest streak in NFL history. ... The Falcons are off to their first 5-0 start in franchise history. ... The Browns are 0-5 for the first time since their return season to the NFL in 1999 and have lost 11 straight dating to last season, matching the franchise record. ... The Redskins have lost eighth consecutive home games. ... The Dolphins haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher for 19 consecutive games, their longest streak since 2002-03. ... The Jaguars have lost 18 of their past 24 games. ... The Vikings have their first three-game winning streak since November 2009.
Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Matt Cassel were knocked out of their games with head injuries, and Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu limped off the field after aggravating his strained right calf. Redskins rookie Griffin sustained a "mild concussion," according to coach Mike Shanahan, when he took a shot to the helmet while scrambling to try to avoid a sack during Washington's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin left the game about 10 minutes in to the second half and did not return. He also was treated for a cut on his chin. Cassel, Kansas City's quarterback, left with a head injury in the fourth quarter after getting hit by Baltimore's Haloti Ngata while attempting a pass. Cassel remained flat on his back for several minutes before getting helped up and walking off the field under his own power. ... The Steelers also lost linebacker LaMarr Woodley with a strained right hamstring. ... Browns middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson left Cleveland's 41-27 loss to the Giants with a concussion and did not return.
"I'm sure we were all lying to everybody the whole week, trying to downplay it. I think we all went out there wanting to do it for Chuck more than anything else. To see all the emotions on Mr. Irsay's face, BA's, everyone in there, I think it's one of the greatest athletic moments I've ever been a part of." -- Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck said after throwing for a career-high 362 yards in Indianapolis' 30-27 win over Green Bay in the first game since coach Chuck Pagano disclosed that he is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
"It's 100 percent sickening. I've never, ever -- and I've been in some rough times on some rough teams -- I've never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there. I get emotional about it because these guys, they work their butts off. Matt Cassel hasn't done anything to you people. Hey, if he's not the best quarterback, he's not the best quarterback, and that's OK, but he's a person. And he got knocked out in a game and we've got 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out." -- Chiefs tackle Eric Winston on fans cheering when QB Matt Cassel was knocked out of Sunday's game with a head injury.