NFL Week 6 Game Recaps

Thursday, October 9

Indianapolis Colts 33
Houston Texans 28

Down by 24 after just one quarter of play, the Houston Texans attempted to make a comeback over the final three quarters, but fell short, losing to the Indianapolis Colts 33-28 in Thursday night action. Quarterback Andrew Luck led the Colts completing 25 of 44 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton benefitted from Luck’s strong play, bringing down nine receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown. For the Texans, running back Arian Foster performed well in the loss taking 20 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive end J.J. Watt finished the night with seven tackles, two sacks, and returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown.

Week 7 matchups:
-COLTS vs. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1)
-TEXANS at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3), Monday night

Sunday, October 12

Jacksonville Jaguars 14
Tennessee Titans 16

Running back Jackie Battle took his only carry of the day into the endzone from one yard out, and kicker Ryan Succop connected on three field goals, to lead the Tennessee Titans over the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 16-14. With starting running back Shonn Greene nursing a hamstring injury, rookie Bishop Sankey filled his spot and rushed 18 times for 61 yards for the Titans. Wide receiver Justin Hunter and tight end Delanie Walker combined for six receptions and 134 yards receiving. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 336 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Second-year safety Johnathan Cyprien led the Jacksonville defense with 15 tackles.

Week 7 matchups:
-JAGUARS vs. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
-TITANS at Washington Redskins (1-5)

Baltimore Ravens 48
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

Quarterback Joe Flacco put on a dominant performance, slinging five touchdown passes, to guide the Baltimore Ravens past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17. Flacco connected with eight different receivers while completing 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards. The Ravens defense played strong as well, racking up five sacks against Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, led by linebacker Elvis Dumervil’s 1.5 sacks. Glennon, for his part, threw for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in defeat.

Week 7 matchups:
-RAVENS vs. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)

Denver Broncos 48
New York Jets 17

Peyton Manning continued his string of steady play and the Broncos defense held the New York Jets to just 204 yards of total offense, en route to a 31-17 victory in the Meadowlands. Manning, 22 of 33 through the air, passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns. Cornerback Aqib Talib returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown and linebacker Von Miller had six tackles and two sacks to lead the defense. The Jets managed just 31 yards rushing on 15 carries. Rookie tight end Jace Amaro pulled down 10 receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Week 7 matchups:
-BRONCOS vs. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
-JETS at New England Patriots (4-2), Thursday night

Detroit Lions 17
Minnesota Vikings 3

The Detroit Lions surrendered just a lone field goal late in the fourth quarter on their way to defeating the Minnesota Vikings easily Sunday afternoon 17-3. Running back Joique Bell took 18 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead picked off Teddy Bridgewater twice and the Lions defense collected eight sacks, led by Ziggy Ansah’s 2.5 sacks. Under constant pressure throughout the game, Bridgewater managed to throw for just 188 yards and three interceptions.

Week 7 matchups:
-LIONS vs. New Orleans Saints (2-3)
-VIKINGS at Buffalo Bills (3-3)

New England Patriots 37
Buffalo Bills 22

Tom Brady enjoyed his best passing performance of the season as the New England Patriots stormed past the Buffalo Bills 37-22 in a divisional matchup to take control of first place in the AFC East. Brady spread the ball around well, completing 27 of 37 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell hauled in four receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. For the Bills, tight end Scott Chandler pulled down six receptions for 105 yards and wide receiver Robert Woods made 7 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Week 7 matchups:
-PATRIOTS vs. New York Jets (1-5), Thursday night
-BILLS vs. Minnesota Vikings (2-4)

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) reacts after missing a 36-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in overtime. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) reacts after missing a 36-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in overtime. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers 37
Cincinnati Bengals 37 F/OT

For the third consecutive season an NFL game ended in a tie, with the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals playing to a 37-37 draw Sunday. The two teams combined for 944 yards of total offense on the day. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard each eclipsed the century mark on the ground, while Newton also threw for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu caught ten passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Both teams converted a field goal in the overtime period, and the Bengals had a chance to win late in the extra frame, but kicker Mike Nugent missed a 36-yard field goal as time expired to draw the game to a close.

Week 7 matchups:
-PANTHERS at Green Bay Packers (4-2)
-BENGALS at Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Cleveland Browns 31

The upstart Cleveland Browns continued their roll Sunday, taking it the divisional rival Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10. Quarterback Brian Hoyer completed less than 50 percent of his passes, finishing the day 8 for 17, but managed to accumulate 207 yards through the air and a touchdown. Running back Ben Tate took 25 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Browns offense. For the Steelers, wide receiver Antonio Brown reeled in 7 catches for 118 yards, more than half of his team’s total receiving yards.

Week 7 matchups:
-STEELERS vs. Houston Texans (3-3), Monday night
-BROWNS at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)

Green Bay Packers 27
Miami Dolphins 24

It took some trickery to get it done, but the Green Bay Packers were able to pull out a 27-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. With the clock running late in the fourth quarter, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers faked a spike and completed a pass to wide receiver Davante Adams, who got out of bounds with six seconds remaining, after a 12-yard gain. On the next play, Rodgers hit tight end Andrew Quarless in the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown completion to take the lead. Rodgers finished the game with 264 yards passing and three touchdowns. In defeat, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 20 of 31 passing for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Week 7 matchups:
-PACKERS vs. Carolina Panthers (3-2-1)
-DOLPHINS at Chicago Bears (3-3)

San Diego Chargers 31
Oakland Raiders 28

In a battle of California teams, that featured four lead changes, the San Diego Chargers prevailed over the Oakland Raiders 31-28. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had an electric performance, completing 22 of 34 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Branden Oliver added 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Coming out of a bye week, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to wide receiver Andrew Holmes.

Week 7 matchups:
-CHARGERS vs. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
-RAIDERS vs. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)

Chicago Bears 27
Atlanta Falcons 13

With two players over 100 yards receiving and a stalwart defense that allowed just 42 rushing yards, the Chicago Bears rolled over the struggling Atlanta Falcons 27-13. Bears wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall tallied 136 yards and 113 yards receiving respectively, and running back Matt Forte rumbled for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries while also reeling in 10 receptions. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Antone Smith combined for 132 yards receiving on the day.

Week 7 matchups:
-BEARS vs. Miami Dolphins (2-3)
-FALCONS at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

Dallas Cowboys 30
Seattle Seahawks 23

Demarco Murray rushed over the century mark for the sixth consecutive game to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 30-23 victory against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Murray had 115 yards rushing and a touchdown on 29 carries to pace the offensive attack. Quarterback Tony Romo completed 21 of 32 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks got some offense from their special teams, returning a blocked punt 25 yards for a score. Russell Wilson threw for just 126 yards and an interception, but did take a 9-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Week 7 matchups:
-COWBOYS vs. New York Giants (3-3)
-SEAHAWKS at St. Louis Rams (1-4)

Washington Redskins 20
Arizona Cardinals 30

The Arizona Cardinals picked off Washington Redskins quarterback Kurt Cousins three times, including a 28-yard pick-six with 18 seconds left to play, en route to a 30-20 win Sunday afternoon. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tacked on 98 yards receiving and a touchdown to pad the Cardinals offense. Cousins managed to throw for 354 yards for the Redskins, but in the end, the turnovers were Washington’s downfall. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson chipped in 115 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in the loss.

Week 7 matchups:
-REDSKINS vs. Tennessee Titans (2-4)
-CARDINALS at Oakland Raiders (0-5)

Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin (98) and defensive end Vinny Curry (75) celebrate one of the team's eight sacks of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin (98) and defensive end Vinny Curry (75) celebrate one of the team’s eight sacks of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

New York Giants 0
Philadelphia Eagles 27

In a Sunday night divisional showdown, the Philadelphia Eagles pushed their record to 5-1 on the season, trouncing the New York Giants 27-0. The Eagles defense sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning 8 times, three of those by linebacker Connor Barwin, and held him to just 151 yards passing in the game. The Giants showed a lack of discipline in the game, taking ten penalties which amounted to 74 penalty yards. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy ran for a season-high 149 yards and quarterback Nick Foles passed for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Week 7 matchups:
-GIANTS at Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
-EAGLES, Bye Week

Monday, October 13

San Francisco 49ers 31
St. Louis Rams 17

The San Francisco 49ers overcame an early 14-point first quarter deficit on the road, to defeat the St. Louis Rams 31-17 in Monday night action. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd just before halftime that swung the momentum in San Francisco’s favor. A 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Dontae Johnson with 53 seconds left in the game secured the victory for the 49ers. Rams quarterback Austin Davis passed for 236 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the loss.

Week 7 matchups:
-49ERS at Denver Broncos (4-1)
-RAMS vs. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)