NFL Week 5 Game Recaps


Two of the NFL's premier game-callers reached career milestones Sunday. Tom Brady (12) surpassed 50,000 yards passing, while Peyton Manning (18) threw his 500th touchdown pass. Both quarterbacks also led their respective teams to victory in Week 5. (USA Today Sports/Getty Images)

Two of the NFL’s premier signal-callers reached personal milestones Sunday. Tom Brady (12) surpassed 50,000 yards passing, while Peyton Manning (18) threw the 500th touchdown pass of his career. Both quarterbacks also led their respective teams to victory in Week 5. (USA Today Sports/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 2

Minnesota Vikings 10
Green Bay Packers 42

The Green Bay Packers offense piled on the points, and their defense held the Minnesota Vikings off the scoreboard, through three quarters, en route to a 42-10 thrashing Thursday night. Packers running back Eddie Lacy topped the century mark with 105 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who attempted just 17 passes, connected for three touchdown completions to three different receivers. Vikings QB Christian Ponder, starting in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater, threw for 222 yards and two interceptions and ran for a six-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Week 6 matchups:
-PACKERS at. Miami Dolphins (2-3)
-VIKINGS vs. Detroit Lions (3-2)

Sunday, October 5

Houston Texans 17
Dallas Cowboys 20 F/OT

Dan Bailey split the uprights with a 49-yard field goal in overtime to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 20-17 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. It took a leaping grab by wide receiver Dez Bryant on a 37-yard pass from Tony Romo to move the Cowboys into field goal range and give Bailey the opportunity to make up for missing on a 53-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation. Bryant finished with nine receptions for 85 yards. Texans running back Arian Foster racked up 157 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in the loss.

Week 6 matchups:
-TEXANS vs. Indianapolis Colts (3-2), Thursday night
-COWBOYS at Seattle Seahawks (3-1)

Chicago Bears 24
Carolina Panthers 31

Cam Newton hit tight end Greg Olsen with a touchdown pass for the second time in the game with 2:18 remaining in regulation, to carry the Carolina Panthers over the Chicago Bears 31-24. Newton threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the win. For the Bears, running back Matt Forte led the offense rushing for 61 yards on 17 carries and hauling in 12 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Week 6 matchups:
-BEARS at Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
-PANTHERS at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

Cleveland Browns 29
Tennessee Titans 28

The Cleveland Browns overcame an early 25-point deficit, capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer to Travis Benjamin with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter, to stun the Tennessee Titans 29-28. Hoyer completed 21 of 37 passes for 292 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, and running back Ben Tate collected 123 yards on the ground to lead the Browns offense. Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker left the game with an apparent thumb injury in the second quarter and did not return. Charlie Whitehurst threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns in relief.

Week 6 matchups:
-BROWNS vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
-TITANS vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)

St. Louis Rams 28
Philadelphia Eagles 34

The Philadelphia Eagles powered out to a 27-point lead in the third quarter Sunday and held on to defeat the St. Louis Rams 34-28. The Eagles returned a blocked punt and a fumble recovery for touchdowns and quarterback Nick Foles was 24 of 37 passing for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Rams quarterback Austin Davis threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, his second consecutive 300+ yards and three touchdown performance, in the loss.

Week 6 matchups:
-RAMS vs. San Francisco 49ers (3-2), Monday Night
-EAGLES vs. New York Giants (3-2)

Atlanta Falcons 20
New York Giants 30

Down by 10 in the third quarter, the New York Giants rallied back to score 20 unanswered points, including the first career NFL touchdown for rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, to beat the Atlanta Falcons 30-20 Sunday afternoon. Beckham, making his NFL debut, after missing the first four weeks of the season due to injury, reeled in four receptions for 44 yards and the touchdown, while Eli Manning passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones pulled in 11 catches for 105 yards.

Week 6 matchups:
-FALCONS vs. Chicago Bears (2-3)
-GIANTS at Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31
New Orleans Saints 37 F/OT

Trailing by 11 with under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the New Orleans Saints rallied back to force overtime against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and took home the victory on an 18-yard touchdown run by Khiry Robinson in the extra frame. Robinson rumbled for 89 yards and his game-winning touchdown on 21 carries on the afternoon, while fellow running back Pierre Thomas took four carries for 35 yards and eight receptions for 77 yards, scoring a touchdown on the ground and through the air. Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson had himself a strong performance tallying 144 yards receiving on eight receptions.

Week 6 matchups:
-BUCCANEERS vs. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
-SAINTS on Bye Week

Bills kicker Dan Carpenter drilled a 58-yard field goal to nail down a three-point win in Detroit. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Bills kicker Dan Carpenter hit a 58-yard field goal to secure a three-point win in Detroit. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills 17
Detroit Lions 14

Dan Carpenter nailed a 58-yard field goal attempt with 4 seconds remaining in regulation and the Buffalo Bills closed out a 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Newly-minted starting quarterback Kyle Orton completed 30 of 43 passes for 308 yards, a touchdown, and an interception and rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins gathered 7 receptions for 87 yards. For the Lions, wide receiver Golden Tate hauled in 7 of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 18 completions, for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Week 6 matchups:
-BILLS vs. New England Patriots (3-2)
-LIONS at Minnesota Vikings (2-3)

Baltimore Ravens 13
Indianapolis Colts 20

A strong all-around team performance for the Indianapolis Colts led them to a 20-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon. Quarterback Andrew Luck completed 32 of 49 passes for 312 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions, and rushed for a 13-yard touchdown, as part of the Colts 117-yard rushing attack. Running back Justin Forsett scared up 97 yards of total offense and a rushing touchdown on six carries and 7 receptions for the Ravens. Linebacker C.J. Mosley led the Baltimore defense with 15 tackles and an interception.

Week 6 matchups:
-RAVENS at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4)
-COLTS at Houston Texans (3-2), Thursday Night

Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Jacksonville Jaguars 9

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed three Josh Scobee field goals for the Jacksonville Jaguars only points and held the Jaguars offense to 243 yards of total offense Sunday afternoon en route to a 17-9 road win. Cornerback Brice McCain returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of action, staking the Steelers to their 8-point margin of victory. Running back Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 15 times for 82 yards on the ground. The Jaguars defense did manage to sack Ben Roethlisberger four times, two of those by defensive end Abry Jones.

Week 6 matchups:
-STEELERS at Cleveland Browns (2-2)
-JAGUARS at Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Arizona Cardinals 21
Denver Broncos 40

Quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 500th career touchdown pass, joining Brett Favre as just the second NFL player in history to reach that mark, in leading the Denver Broncos to a 40-21 rout of the Arizona Cardinals. Manning connected on 31 of 47 passes on the day, for 479 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. His favorite target of the day, Demaryius Thomas, pulled down eight receptions for 226 yards and two touchdowns, including an 86-yard link-up in the second quarter. Running back Andre Ellinton was a bright spot for the Cardinals offense, which was held to just 215 yards of total offense, taking 16 carries for 32 yards and four receptions for 112 yards, with a rushing and receiving touchdown.

Week 6 matchups:
-CARDINALS vs. Washington Redskins (1-4)
-BRONCOS at New York Jets (1-4)

Kansas City Chiefs 17
San Francisco 49ers 22

San Francisco place kicker Phil Dawson was a perfect 5-of-5 on field-goal attempts, including a 55-yarder, as the 49ers toppled the Kansas City Chiefs 22-17. Wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Anquan Boldin combined to reel in seven receptions for 148 total yards receiving and running back Frank Gore tallied up 107 yards rushing on 18 carries. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles collected 80 yards on the ground on 15 carries in a losing effort.

Week 6 matchups:
-CHIEFS on Bye Week
-49ERS at St. Louis Rams (1-3), Monday Night

Chargers running back Branden Oliver stacked up the rushing yards Sunday, tallying 114 in a rout of the New York Jets. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Chargers running back Branden Oliver stacked up the rushing yards Sunday, tallying 114 in a rout of the New York Jets. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

New York Jets 0
San Diego Chargers 31

The San Diego Chargers dominated in all facets of the game Sunday afternoon, trouncing the hapless New York Jets 31-0. The Jets could only muster 60 total passing yards against the Chargers defense between starting quarterback Geno Smith and backup Michael Vick, who replaced Smith in the second half. Chargers running back Brendan Oliver put together a quality performance, rushing 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown, and taking in four receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. The Jets defense sacked Philip Rivers three times, two of those sacks belonging to outside linebacker Calvin Pace.

Week 6 matchups:
-JETS vs. Denver Broncos (3-1)
-CHARGERS at Oakland Raiders (0-4)

Cincinnati Bengals 17
New England Patriots 43

A week after getting blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots righted the ship at home Sunday night, handing the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season in impressive fashion 43-17. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady surpassed 50,000 yards passing for his career, and finished the night 23 of 35 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley combined to rush for 203 yards on 36 carries, with Ridley scoring a touchdown. The main sources of offense for the Bengals were wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green who together hauled in 10 receptions for 151 yards, with each scoring a touchdown.

Week 6 matchups:
-BENGALS vs. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
-PATRIOTS at Buffalo Bills (3-2)

Monday, October 6

Seattle Seahawks 27
Washington Redskins 17

It was the Russell Wilson show Monday night in the nation’s capital, as the Seattle Seahawks quarterback ran for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown to lead the Seahawks past the Washington Redskins 27-17. Wilson also completed 18 of 24 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks jumped out to a 17-0 lead before the Redskins got on the board with a 60-yard touchdown reception for DeSean Jackson two-and-a-half minutes before halftime. Jackson ended the night with five receptions for 157 yards and that touchdown in the loss.

Week 6 matchups:
-SEAHAWKS vs. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
-REDSKINS at Arizona Cardinals (3-1)