Monday, October 6, 2014

NFL - Week Five Review

Peyton Manning became the 2nd NFL QB to pass for 500 TD in a career.
Some of the top plays of the week included Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, going off on the rugged Arizona Cardinals defense for 479 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-20 home win. Included was Manning's 500th career touchdown pass for the game's first score.
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had eight catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer led the biggest come from behind road win in NFL history as he passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to wide receiver Travis Benjamin with 1:09 remaining in the game, to shock the Tennessee Titans, 29-28.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers flung three TD passes and running back Eddie Lacy had two rushing TD and 105 yards on the ground against the visiting Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night in a 42-10 rout that put the Packers back into a first place tie with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.
The Lions blew a 14-point lead and lost at home against the Buffalo Bills, 17-14 on Sunday as Bills kicker Dan Carpenter nailed a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. Buffalo QB Kyle Orton (300 passing yards in the game) atoned for an earlier pick six interception with a TD pass and a two-point conversion run by Fred Jackson to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 136 yards (his fifth consecutive game with over 100 yards to start the season) and QB Tony Romo had two TD passes to lead the 'Pokes to a 20-17 overtime home victory against the Houston Texans. Arian Foster scored two rushing touchdowns and went for 157 yards in the loss.
The New York Giants made it three wins in a row (after 0-2 start) as they stormed back from a ten-point deficit to beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 30-20 behind a pair of TD passes from Eli Manning and three field goals by kicker Josh Brown.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees overcame three interceptions (including a pick six INT) thrown with 371 passing yards and two touchdowns while RB Khiry Robinson ran 18 yards for the winning score in OT as the Saints beat the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37-31. Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon threw for two scores in the loss as the Saints scored the game's final 17 points to get the win.
Philadelphia nearly coughed up a 27-point lead but held off the visiting St. Louis Rams, 34-28 as their defense and special teams scored a touchdown and QB Nick Foles threw for two scores. Rams QB Austin Davis had three TD passes in the setback.
The Indianapolis Colts won a yawner at home, 20-13 against Baltimore as their defense limited the Ravens to only 207 total yards in offense.
The Carolina Panthers came back from 14 points down in the first half to beat the visiting Chicago Bears, 31-24 as QB Cam Newton hit tight end Greg Olsen for two touchdowns, including the deciding score with just over two minutes remaining in the game. The Panthers defense came up with four turnovers, including a big fumble recovery at the Bears' 23 yard line to set up the game winning drive.
Pittsburgh beat the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-9 as QB Ben Roethlisberger had a touchdown pass and Brice McCain took an interception back 22 yards for another score. The Steelers defense limited the Jags to just 243 offensive yards.
The San Diego Chargers dominated the visiting New York Jets, 31-0 as QB Philip Rivers had three TD strikes, including two to tight end Antonio Gates. Reserve running back Branden Oliver scored twice (rushing and receiving TD) and gained 114 yards on the ground against the league's top run defense. San Diego's defense limited the Jets to only 151 total yards in offense, including a paltry 60 passing yards.
The San Francisco 49ers held off the Kansas City Chiefs for a 22-17 home victory as kicker Phil Dawson made five field goals and QB Colin Kaepernick hooked up with WR Steve Johnson for a nine-yard scoring pas to provide the difference.
The Sunday Night Football game saw the host New England Patriots destroy the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengal, 43-17 as QB Tom Brady had 292 passing yards and two TD passes and RB Stevan Ridley went for 113 yards rushing and scored a touchdown in the rout.
The Monday Night Football game had the Seattle Seahawks knocking off the host Washington Redskins, 27-17 behind a big night from QB Russell Wilson, who passed for 221 yards and two scores and also rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown to lead the way. Washington QB Kirk Cousins had 283 passing yards and two TD passes in defeat. 

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