Sunday, September 22, 2013
NFL Today, Week 3
Monday, Sept. 23
Oakland (1-1) at Denver (2-0), 8:40 p.m. EDT. The Raiders lead the league in rushing, while the Broncos are No. 1 in rushing defense. Denver led the NFL in scoring by 24 points entering the week.
-Matthew Stafford, Lions, was 25 for 42 for 385 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Detroit's 27-20 win over Washington.
-Drew Brees, Saints, finished 29 for 46 for 342 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception in New Orleans' 31-7 victory over Arizona. Brees has passed for at least 300 yards in eight consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history and one shy of tying his NFL record. Brees set the mark of nine during the 2011-12 season.
-Jake Locker, Titans, was 23 for 37 for 299 yards and a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left in Tennessee's 20-17 win over San Diego.
-Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 14 for 21 for 202 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception in Seattle's 45-17 win over Jacksonville. Wilson is 10-0 at home and is the fifth quarterback to win each of his first 10 starts at home among quarterbacks who began their career since 1970.
-Tony Romo, Cowboys, finished 17 for 24 for 210 yards and three touchdown passes in Dallas' 31-7 win over St. Louis.
-Geno Smith, Jets, was 16 for 29 for 331 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions in New York's 27-20 victory over Buffalo.
-DeMarco Murray, Cowboys, finished with 26 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' 31-7 victory over St. Louis.
-Bilal Powell, Jets, had 27 carries for 149 yards in New York's 27-20 victory over Buffalo.
-DeAngelo Williams, Panthers, had 23 carries for 120 yards in Carolina's 38-0 win over the New York Giants.
-Johnathan Franklin, Packers, had 13 carries for 103 yards in Green Bay's 34-30 loss to Cincinnati.
-Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, Browns. Gordon had 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. Cameron had six catches for 66 yards and three touchdown passes in Cleveland's 31-27 win over Minnesota.
-Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill, Jets. Holmes had five catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. Hill had three catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in New York's 27-20 victory over Buffalo.
-Antonio Brown, Steelers, had nine catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 40-23 loss to Chicago.
-Jimmy Graham, Saints, had nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-7 victory over Arizona.
-Nate Washington, Titans, finished with eight receptions for 131 yards in Tennessee's 20-17 win over San Diego.
-Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, Lions. Johnson had seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Burleson had six catches for 116 yards in Detroit's 27-20 win over Washington. Johnson tied Herman Moore for the franchise record with 34 career 100-yard receiving games. Johnson is also the third player in NFL history to reach 500 receptions and 8,000 yards receiving in fewer than 100 career games. Johnson joins Randy Moss (93 games) and Torry Holt (95) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
-Cecil Shorts, Jaguars, had eight catches for 143 yards in Jacksonville's 45-17 loss to Seattle.
-Spencer Lanning, the Browns punter, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron in Cleveland's 31-27 win over Minnesota. He is the first player since Philadelphia's Sam Baker on October 13, 1968, with a punt, an extra point and a touchdown pass in one game.
-Tandon Doss, Ravens, returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore's 30-9 win over Houston.
-Dan Carpenter, Bills, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Buffalo's 27-20 loss to the Jets.
-Terence Newman, Bengals, returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati's 34-30 win over Green Bay.
-Major Wright and Julius Peppers, Bears. Wright returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown and Peppers returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 40-23 victory over Pittsburgh.
-Daryl Smith, Ravens, returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore's 30-9 win over Houston.
-DeAngelo Hall, Redskins returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown in Washington's 27-20 loss to Detroit.
-M.D. Jennings, Packers, returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown in Green Bay's 34-30 loss to Cincinnati.
-Greg Hardy, Panthers, had three sacks in Carolina's 38-0 win over the New York Giants.
-Darnell Dockett, Cardinals, had three sacks in Arizona's 31-7 loss to New Orleans.
STREAKS & STATS
The Patriots' Tom Brady extended his streak to 51 games with at least one scoring pass. The only longer streak in NFL history, 54 games by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, ended last year. ... Before the Bengals' 34-30 win over the Packers on Sunday, the last time a team won a game after giving up 30 straight points was Sept. 12, 1999, when Dallas rallied to beat Washington 41-35 in overtime after the Redskins scored 32 unanswered points. The Bengals were also the first team in NFL history to lead by 14 points, then trail by 16 points and rally to win, according to STATS. ... The Titans' win over the Chargers was the first for the franchise against San Diego since 1992 when the team was in Houston. Titans coach Mike Munchak was still playing for the then-Oilers. The Titans had lost nine straight to San Diego. ... The Dolphins improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2002. ... Seattle is 3-0 for the first time since 2006. ... The Vikings are 0-3 after making the playoffs last year. ... The Texans fell to 0-4 in Baltimore, including a defeat in the 2011 postseason. ... The Ravens are 35-7 at home since the start of the 2008 season. ... The Saints improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009, when they won the Super Bowl. ... The Redskins are 0-3 for the first time since 2001. ... Atlanta lost to Miami despite advantages of 24-16 in first downs, 377-285 in yards and 5-0 in sacks. ... The Steelers fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2000.
The Lions beat the Redskins on the road for the first time since 1935, a 21-game streak that is the second-longest in NFL history. Detroit's last win away from home in the series was against the Boston Redskins, two years before the team moved to Washington. ... DeMarcus Ware had two sacks in Dallas' 31-7 win over St. Louis and broke Harvey Martin's 30-year-old franchise record of 114. ... The Panthers' 38-0 win over the Giants was their most lopsided victory in franchise history. It was Tom Coughlin's worst defeat as coach of the New York Giants. Carolina had seven sacks, tying a franchise record.
Lions defensive tackle Jason Jones ruptured the patella tendon in his left knee in the second quarter of the 27-20 win over the Washington Redskins and will miss the rest of the season. Jones was carted off after a pass play with 5:55 remaining in the first half. ... The Dolphins lost end Cameron Wake (knee) and linebacker Koa Misi (shoulder) to injuries in their 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. ... Tampa Bay lost leading receiver Vincent Jackson to a rib injury in the third quarter, and he was unable to return to the Buccaneers' 23-3 loss at New England. ... The Dallas Cowboys had troubles at receiver as Miles Austin injured a hamstring and didn't come back to his club's 31-7 home win over the Rams. ... Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook injured a groin muscle in the first quarter and didn't return, and fellow cornerback A.J. Jefferson sustained an ankle injury in the Vikings' 31-27 home loss. ... Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller was knocked out in the third quarter by a knee injury. It was uncertain when Spiller was injured, but he had just 10 carries for 9 yards when he left. Also, Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin and Jets running back Chris Ivory left with hamstring injuries. Neither player returned to the game. ... San Francisco All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis went down on a 25-yard pass from Indianapolis' Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne and was helped off the field moments later with a groin injury that sidelined him for the rest of the Colts' 27-7 victory.
"You never know how the cookie's going to crumble, and it feels good that it crumbled our way this time," Detroit cornerback Rashean Mathis on the Lions' first road win against the Redskins since 1935.
"A house divided against itself shall fall," Redskins running back Alfred Morris on his team's 0-3 start.
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