The best image of the weekend: via static.nfl.com
Another week of the NFL season has gone by so lets take a look at some of the SBN Recaps for this week in the NFL. Some of the top stories from this weekend are the Dolphins taking the lead in the Suck for Luck race, Oakland losing Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone, Drew Brees throwing backbreaking picks, Rex Grossman just being himself, and the 49ers continuing to play well.
- Andy Dalton threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Cedric Benson ran for 57 yards and a touchdown, while rookie A.J. Green caught five passes for 51 yards and a score for the Bengals (4-2), who had dropped seven straight to the Colts. "We're getting better every week," said Dalton. "That's what we have to do. We have to keep improving." Curtis Painter completed 23-of-34 passes for 188 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Colts (0-6).
- Alex Smith's six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker with 1:51 remaining lifted the San Francisco 49ers over the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions, 25-19, in one of the unexpected marquee matchups of the Week 6 schedule. Going into Week 6 last year, these two teams were a combined 1-9. Both teams went on to finish the 2010 season with 6-10 records. Obviously, things were much different heading into Sunday's matchup, with the teams combining for a 9-1 mark.
- Rashard Mendenhall ran for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Pittsburgh Steelers held off the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 17-13 victory. Ben Roethlisberger completed 12-of-23 passes for 200 yards and a score for Pittsburgh (4-2), which had lost three straight against Jacksonville, including the playoffs. Blaine Gabbert threw for 109 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-26 passing as the Jaguars (1-5) suffered their fifth straight loss.
- Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles put it together long enough to end their four-game losing streak. It was the Washington Redskins who had a quarterback problem. Vick threw for 237 yards and a touchdown, LeSean McCoy rushed for 126 yards and a score and Kurt Coleman had three interceptions in Philadelphia's 20-13 win over the Redskins on Sunday. While Vick came out for two plays after a hard hit, Redskins starter Rex Grossman came out for good after throwing four interceptions in three quarters. John Beck led an 80-yard touchdown drive, scoring himself on a two-yard run late in the game to get Washington within 20-13. But the Eagles (2-4) picked up a first down on 3rd-and-inches inside two minutes and Vick kneeled the clock down to end the game and the team's month-old losing streak.
- Lawrence Tynes kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the New York Giants to a 27-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for three one-yard touchdowns as the Giants (4-2) recorded their first home win over the Bills since December 6, 1970. Bradshaw finished with 104 yards on 26 carries, while New York quarterback Eli Manning threw for 292 yards on 21-of-32 efficiency. "We did an outstanding job of taking care of the ball today and I thought Eli did a superb job of that," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "He threw the ball away when it wasn't there and that was a huge message and, of course, the toughness issue. They had 155 yards rushing but 80 (yards) on one." Ryan Fitzpatrick had 244 yards through the air and two touchdowns on 21-of-30 passing for Buffalo (4-2), but was picked off twice by Corey Webster.
- Michael Turner's two-yard score with 1:56 to go in the game sealed the win for Atlanta, as the Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers, 31-17, at Georgia Dome. "I felt we got back on track today in terms of our preparation this week. It was a very solid week of preparation especially in the 2nd half of the ball game. We did what we felt like is our DNA that we want to do and that is control both sides of the line of scrimmage. I really liked the way we got our running game going," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. Turner ended with 139 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for the Falcons (3-3), who rebounded after a 25-14 home loss to Green Bay last Sunday night.
- Aaron Rodgers threw for 310 yards and three first-half touchdowns as Green Bay continued its superb start to the 2011 season with a 24-3 decision over St. Louis at Lambeau Field. Jordy Nelson totaled 104 yards on two catches, including a career-best 93-yard TD reception for the Packers (6-0), who hadn't begun a season with six straight wins since 1965. Donald Driver and James Jones each recorded a touchdown grab for Green Bay, which has won 12 games in succession, including playoffs, dating back to last December 26.
- The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cleveland Browns, 24-17, but they may have lost their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell was injured in the second quarter and left the game, reportedly with a broken collarbone that could sideline him for the rest of the season, according to NFL.com. Campbell stretched for a first down after scrambling as Browns linebacker Scott Fujita landed on top of him. The quarterback immediately began clutching his upper right arm when he stood up, and walked gingerly back to the locker room. He was 6-of-9 for 52 yards. Kyle Boller took over for Campbell and threw for 100 yards on 8-of-14 passing.
(Obviously that recap was posted before the Raiders traded for Carson Palmer, just a huge trade for them if Palmer works out)
- Billy Cundiff tied a franchise record by making five field goals and Joe Flacco threw for 305 yards as Baltimore downed Houston, 29-14. Flacco completed 20-of-33 passes with a rushing score and Ray Rice ended with 101 yards on 23 carries for the Ravens (4-1), who have won three straight games. Anquan Boldin led all receivers with 132 yards on eight receptions and Ricky Williams added a late rushing TD for Baltimore.
- Aaron Hernandez's touchdown within the final minute gave the New England Patriots an historic 20-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The win is the 116th time the quarterback-head coach duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has won a game, tying Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins from 1983-1995. New England also won its 20th consecutive regular season home game, tying the 1929-32 Green Bay Packers for the fourth- longest streak all-time. Brady completed 27-of-41 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for New England (5-1). The two touchdowns gave Brady 277 for his career and moved him past Vinny Testaverde for sole possession of eighth place all-time. The one record New England failed to reach was recording its 14th straight regular-season game with more than 30 points scored. The Patriots' streak ended at 13, one shy of the league record set by the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams.
- Connor Barth kicked four field goals and Quincy Black had a late interception to lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the New Orleans Saints, 26-20. Josh Freeman completed 23-of-41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns for the Bucs (4-2), who bounced back from last week's 48-3 loss to the 49ers. "I had a lot of confidence in this team bouncing back. We're a tough team, we're young," Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said. With running back LeGarrette Blount inactive, Earnest Graham carried the ball 17 times for 109 yards. Arrelious Benn and Preston Parker both had a touchdown catch for the victors. Drew Brees connected on 29-of-45 passes for 383 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Saints (4-2), who had a four-game winning streak snapped. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton suffered a torn MCL and a broken tibia following a collision along the sideline early in the first quarter and the Saints played most of the game with offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael calling the plays.
(How did Brees not see the receiver who got wide open in the back of the endzone when he threw his third pick too? That was horrible)
- Devin Hester scored on a 48-yard bomb from Jay Cutler and added yet another special teams touchdown, highlighting the Bears' 39-10 romp over the sputtering Vikings. Hester's 98-yard kickoff return extended his NFL record for combined TDs on kick returns with 16. He also caught five passes for 91 yards before leaving early with a chest injury. Cutler added another touchdown pass to Dane Sanzenbacher and finished with 267 yards on 21-of-31 throws for Chicago (3-3), which rebounded quickly from Monday's 24-13 loss at Detroit. Adrian Peterson was limited to 39 yards and a score on 12 carries, while Donovan McNabb had little success before getting benched amidst the blowout.
(It should be Christian Ponder time next week)
- Revis Island was a good place for the Jets to park their problems. It was no place for a team chasing its first win since the last time people were hanging Christmas lights. Darrelle Revis returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, sparking New York to a 24-6 win over the sinking Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
(Dolphins are leading the Suck for Luck race in my opinion)