|'Big Ben' Roethlisberger|
The New England Patriots crushed the Chicago Bears, 51-23 while the Pittsburgh Steelers buried the Indianapolis Colts, 51-34 to highlight the offensive barrage.
Heftyinfo NFL co-Players of the Week Tom Brady (30-35 passing for 354 yards and FIVE TD) and Ben Roethlisberger (40-49 passing for 522 yards and SIX TD) obliterated their opponents with their passing as their teams continue to rebound into contention in the AFC.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a huge game in the blowout win, catching nine passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns as New England built a 38-7 halftime lead.
Earlier in the day in London, England the Detroit Lions won a last second thriller 22-21 against the Atlanta Falcons as kicker Matt Prater made a 48-yard field goal as time expired following a missed 43-yard try that was nullified by a delay of game penalty against the Lions.
Detroit stormed back from a 21-0 halftime deficit as they turned the tables on the Falcons, who could not maintain the big lead in the fourth quarter.
The Buffalo Bills blasted the host New York Jets, 43-23 as QB Kyle Orton threw four TD passes while the Bills defense forced six turnovers (including three INT from Jets QB Geno Smith) in the rout.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 6-1 with a thrilling 24-20 home win against the Philadelphia Eagles as QB Carson Palmer connected with wide receiver John Brown on a 75-yard scoring pass with just over a minute left in regulation. The Cardinals defense held firm from there to secure the win.
Cincinnati won at home against Baltimore, 27-24 as an offensive pass interference penalty against WR Steve Smith negated his touchdown reception in the closing seconds that would have won the game. Bengals QB Andy Dalton ran for two scores in the win while the Bengals defense intercepted Ravens QB Joe Flacco twice.
The Seattle Seahawks hung on for a 13-9 road win against the Carolina Panthers as QB Russell Wilson threw a 23-yard TD pass to Luke Wilson with 47 seconds left to play.
Kansas City blasted the St. Louis Rams, 34-7 as running back/kick returner Knile Davis ran for one score and took a kickoff back 99 yards for another touchdown while backfield mate Jamaal Charles also scored two rushing touchdowns to pace the Chiefs rout.
The Houston Texans rolled past the host Tennessee Titans, 30-16 as running back Arian Foster had a big day, rushing for 151 yards and scoring three touchdowns.
The Cleveland Browns topped the visiting Oakland Raiders in a 23-13 win as running back Ben Tate scored a rushing touchdown and QB Brian Hoyer had a TD pass to go with three field goals by kicker Billy Cundiff.
The Miami Dolphins had two "pick six" interceptions against Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles as they knocked off the host Jaguars, 27-13 to improve to 4-3 for the season. Louis Delmas took one interception back 81 yards to pay dirt while Brent Grimes took another one back 22 yards for a score.
The Minnesota Vikings toppled the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-13 in OT as linebacker Anthony Barr had a 27-yard fumble return for the deciding score. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh forced the extra session with a 38-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation.
The Denver Broncos pulled away from the visiting San Diego Chargers in the second half, winning 35-21 last Thursday night as QB Peyton Manning had three TD passes, all to WR Emmanuel Sanders, who had nine receptions for 120 yards. Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman gained 109 yards on 20 carries to balance the offensive attack. Chargers QB Philip Rivers had three TD passes and two
interceptions in the loss.
The Sunday Night Football Game wasn't quite the shootout mist expected as the New Orleans Saints rolled the visiting Green Bay Packers, 44-23 as QB Drew Brees (pictured right) had three TD passes to lead the second half surge (28-7) that propelled the Saints to victory.
New Orleans running back Mark Ingram rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown as the Saints snapped the Packers four game winning streak. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 418 yards with a TD pass and two interceptions.
The Washington Redskins stunned the host Dallas Cowboys, 20-17 in overtime on Monday Night Football as Kai Forbath made a 40-yard field goal to provide the difference. Reserve QB Colt McCoy passed for 299 yards (30-35 passing) and scored a rushing touchdown while Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray ran for 141 yards in the loss.