Monday, October 22, 2012

NFL - Week Seven Review

Exciting finishes around the NFL once again this week as ten games (prior to Monday night's game) finished up as one score games.
The New York Giants pulled out another one as quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown scoring pass in the final minute to win 27-23 against the Washington Redskins. Washington QB Robert Griffin III threw two TD passes to Santana Moss in the defeat.
The Minnesota Vikings righted their ship with a 21-14 home win against Arizona as running back Adrian Peterson led the way with 153 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Vikings defense recorded seven QB sacks and scored a touchdown on an interception off Cardinals' QB John Skelton.
Green Bay rolled past the St. Louis Rams, 30-20  for a road win behind three TD passes from QB Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 342 yards in the win.
Saints QB Drew Brees had four TD passes in win.
Perhaps the wildest finish of the day came in Tampa Bay, where the New Orleans Saints topped the Buccaneers, 35-28 behind four touchdown passes from Drew Brees, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week.
 Brees passed for 377 yards in the game, as the Saints stormed back from an early 14-point deficit. The Bucs saw QB Josh Freeman light up the New Orleans defense for 420 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Tampa Bay had the ball in the red zone in the last five seconds, but Freeman's TD pass to tie the game was wiped out because the receiver was out of the end zone and came back in to make the illegal catch.
New England held on for a 29-26 overtime home win against the New York Jets to take over sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who made five field goals, kicked a 48-yard field goal and the defense then sacked Jets' QB Mark Sanchez and recovered the fumble to end the game.
The Tennessee Titans beat the Buffalo Bills, 35-34 behind a big day from running back Chris Johnson, who scored two rushing touchdowns, including an 83-yard jaunt, to go with 195 rushing yards. Bills' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had three TD passes in the loss.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco had a rough day against Texans defense
The Houston Texans dominated the visiting Baltimore Ravens, 43-13 as the defense intercepted Ravens' QB Joe Flacco twice and limited the Baltimore offense to just 176 yards.
Texans' running back Arian Foster ran for 98 yards and scored a touchdown while QB Matt Schaub threw for two scores.
The Indianapolis Colts were led by quarterback Andrew Luck's two rushing touchdowns in a 17-13 home win against the Cleveland Browns, which gives the Colts a 3-3 record after they won just two games a year ago.
The Oakland Raiders stormed back from a 14-point deficit to beat the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 26-23 in OT as kicker Sebastian Janikowski made a 40-yard field goal for the win.
The Jags lost their top two offensive starters when quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew left the game with injuries.
The Dallas Cowboys knocked off the host Carolina Panthers, 19-14 behind four field goals from kicker Dan Bailey and solid defense that contained Panthers' QB Cam Newton.
The San Francisco 49ers topped the Seattle Seahawks, 13-6 in a listless game last Thursday night behind solid defense and a third quarter TD pass from QB Alex Smith to go with 131 yards rushing from Frank Gore.
Pittsburgh beat the host Cincinnati Bengals, 24-17 on Sunday night as their defense limited the Bengals to just 185 yards in total offense. Meanwhile, Steelers' running back Jonathan Dwyer ran for 122 yards and QB Ben Roethlisberger had a touchdown pass to pace the offense.
The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, 13-7 as QB Jay Cutler threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the first quarter.
The Bears defense forced four turnovers in the win as the Lions scored a touchdown in the final thirty seconds of the game to avoid the shutout.

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