Time for a quick look at the games from this weekend, including the NFC East looking overrated as both of its teams that were in action including the Eagles lost again, Buffalo, Detroit, and San Fran continuing their surprising starts, Tebow Time beginning in Denver, and Jay Cutler getting killed behind an offensive line that was reminiscent of the 2002 Houston Texans.
So, lets get to the recaps.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Jacksonville Jaguars Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Bernard Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 30-20, at EverBank Field.
New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Pierre Thomas caught the game-winning touchdown with 50 seconds to play as the New Orleans Saints held off Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers for a 30-27 win. Drew Brees threw for 359 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 32- for-45 passing while Jimmy Graham had eight catches for 129 yards for the Saints (4-1), who have won their past four games after opening the season with a loss to Green Bay.
Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
"Just win, baby!" The Oakland Raiders did just that on Sunday, honoring late owner Al Davis with a thrilling 25-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Jason Campbell threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns against an interception, while Darrius Heyward-Bey caught seven passes for 99 yards and a score for the Raiders (3-2), who outscored Houston 10-3 in the fourth quarter. Matt Schaub completed 24-of-51 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns for the Texans (3-2), but was intercepted in the end zone by Michael Huff as time expired, sealing the Raiders' win.
Seattle Seahawks vs New York Giants Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Brandon Browner's 94-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minutes of the game sealed a 36-25 victory for the Seattle Seahawks over the New York Giants. Tarvaris Jackson threw for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 15-of-22 passes for Seattle (2-3), but left the game in the third quarter with a bruised right shoulder. Charlie Whitehurst took over at quarterback and completed 11-of-19 passes for 149 yards, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Buffalo Bills Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Michael Vick threw four interceptions, Jason Avant gave the ball away twice and the Philadelphia Eagles couldn't even stand still to earn one last chance to end their losing streak. Mistake-prone and undisciplined, this may have been the worst loss yet. Fred Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, and the Buffalo Bills scored 17 points off five turnovers Sunday to beat the Eagles, 31-24, extending Philadelphia's losing streak to four games. The Eagles continued having trouble getting out of their own way. Two of Vick's interceptions led to Buffalo touchdowns in the first half, including one that was returned 31 yards by linebacker Nick Barnett for a score.
Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdowns for the second time in his career as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Tennessee Titans, 38-17. Roethlisberger, who played through a sprained left foot, completed 24-of-34 passes for 228 yards for the Steelers (3-2), who bounced back nicely after a 17-10 loss last Sunday against Houston. The two-time Super Bowl winner came into the game with just three passing touchdowns and nine turnovers, five of them interceptions.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Steve Breaston's 11-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter Sunday lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-24 win over Curtis Painter and the Indianapolis Colts. Breaston caught two touchdown passes from Matt Cassel, who also hooked up with Dwayne Bowe for a couple of scores as the Chiefs (2-3) scored 21 unanswered points to end the game. Painter threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns while getting his second straight start in place of Kerry Collins, but the Colts (0-5) squandered two 17-point leads in the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs San Francisco 49ers Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Alex Smith tied a career-high with three touchdown passes and the San Francisco 49ers had their largest margin of victory in the regular season since 1987, rolling over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-3. The 49ers beat the Rams 48-0 on December 27, 1987. Smith completed 11-of-19 passes for 170 yards while Frank Gore ran for 125 yards and a score on 20 carries for the 49ers (4-1), who have won three straight to produce their best start since 2002.
San Diego Chargers vs Denver Broncos Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Philip Rivers threw for 250 yards and a touchdown, as the San Diego Chargers narrowly escaped with a 29-24 win over the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos. Ryan Mathews rushed for a career-high 125 yards on 24 carries and Nick Novak hit five field goals for the Chargers (4-1). Tebow spelled a struggling Kyle Orton to start the second half and nearly completed a thrilling comeback, but his pass from the San Diego 29-yard line fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired. "I didn't have much time to watch him (Tebow)," Rivers said. "I was more worried about us getting to 4-1." In all, Tebow threw for 79 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 38 yards and a score. He completed 4-of-10 passes.
(As of today, Tebow is also the starting quarterback for the Broncos)
New York Jets vs New England Patriots Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for a career-high 136 yards with two touchdowns as the New England Patriots took a 30-21 decision over the New York Jets in an AFC East divisional clash. Tom Brady completed 24-of-33 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown with an interception for the Patriots (4-1). Wes Welker caught five passes for 124 yards, helping New England post at least 30 points for the 13th straight regular season game, one off the NFL record 14 by St. Louis (1999-2000). "I thought we could have done a lot better offensively but we got the win," Brady said. "We did a decent job but I think we left a lot of points out there." Mark Sanchez tallied 166 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-26 passes for New York (2-3), which beat the Patriots in the playoffs in the previous meeting.
Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons Recap - October 09, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
After falling behind by 14 points, it was time for the defending Super Bowl champions to get to work. Aaron Rodgers threw for a pair of scores as part of a second-half barrage, keeping the Green Bay Packers unbeaten with a 25-14 victory over Atlanta Sunday night. Rodgers, who completed 26-of-39 passes for 396 yards, threw the go-ahead 70- yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 3:42 left in the third. Rodgers added a 29-yard strike to Greg Jennings on an acrobatic scoring play to begin the final quarter. Mason Crosby kicked four field goals, including a 56-yarder that equaled his own franchise record. Matt Ryan finished 18-of-32 for 167 yards with a score and a pair of interceptions for the Falcons (2-3), who couldn't gain a measure of revenge after losing to Green Bay, 48-21, at the Georgia Dome in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. The Falcons already have as many losses as they had all of 2010.
Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions Recap - October 10, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
In their first Monday night game in 10 years, the Detroit Lions showed the nation why they are one of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL. Just three seasons ago, the Lions set a mark of futility with the first-ever 0-16 season in the history of the league. Now, they are among the elite as they improved to 5-0 on the season and sit tied atop the NFC North with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. A dominating defense and big plays from Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best helped the Lions win their ninth straight game, 24-13 over the Chicago Bears. Matthew Stafford went 19-for-26 with 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, Johnson had five catches for 130 yards and a score, and Best had an 88-yard rushing touchdown and 163 yards on the ground. Detroit is off to its best start since beginning the 1956 season with six consecutive wins. The Detroit defense, led by last season's rookie of the year Ndamukong Suh and joined by Nick Fairley, the 13th overall pick in this year's draft who had missed the first four games after having foot surgery, harassed Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler all game and sacked him three times while knocking him down on several other occasions. For his part, Cutler was able to improvise several times and keep his team in the game as he went 28-for-38 with 249 yards and a score. Matt Forte had 116 yards on 22 carries for the Bears (2-3), who were coming off a home win against Carolina. "I was just trying to move around a bit and find some guys open," said Cutler. "But it was hard out there tonight cause those guys were getting four or five yard pushes on every snap."