Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

“Between the Chalk”

NFL – Sunday Recap

The Bears improved to 2-3 after scoring 15 unanswered points in the second half to win 18-17 as a 9½-point road dog. Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes, the latter coming with 18 seconds remaining, a 7-yarder to Matt Forte.

Cutler finished with 252 yards through the air with the two touchdowns and no interceptions, while his counterpart Alex Smith threw for 181, including one touchdown and no interceptions.

Perhaps the biggest news coming out of this one is a non-contact injury to stud running back Jamaal Charles. Charles was handed the ball on a 1st-and-goal from the nine-yard line, when he tried to cut back only to have his right knee buckle. Early fears are he has suffered a potential season ending torn right ACL.

Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton’s new found moxie was on full display as he led the Bengals to three 4th quarter scoring drives sending this one into overtime, one of three games that needed extra time to decide the winner.

Cincinnati were down 24-7 to begin the 4th quarter, as Adam Jones set them up with great field position with a 35-yard punt return. Gio Bernard then ran 3 times for 23 yards before Dalton found tight end Tyler Eifert for a 10-yard touchdown.

The Bengal defense held strong on Seattle’s next possession, getting the ball quickly back in Dalton’s hands. The Bengals offense covered 71-yards in 11 plays, having to convert only one 3rd down. The drive was capped off with a 5-yard touchdown run by Dalton to bring them within 3 points.

Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense went 3 and out, as the Bengals got the ball back on their own 18 with just over 2 minutes to play. Dalton got his team into field goal range as Mike Nugent kicked a 31-yard field goal with time running out sending it to OT.

The first three overtime drives led to punts, until Mike Nugent kicked a 42-yard field goal to win 27-24, keeping Cincinnati undefeated at 5-0 while Seattle moved to 2-3.

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons improved to 5-0 with a 25-19 OT win over the Redskins, but it wasn’t pretty. Matt Ryan threw two interceptions, no touchdowns and had a lost fumble in the win while throwing for 254 yards.

Devonta Freeman led the Falcons with 197 total yards, including 153 on the ground on 27 carries and a touchdown. He also had 7 receptions for 44 yards.

Atlanta’s defense stifled the Skins running attack, allowing only 51 yards on the ground. Kirk Cousins threw for 219 yards, one touchdown and 2 interceptions. Both interceptions were by Robert Alford, the second being a game-ending pick six in overtime.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The battle of Florida was a high scoring affair as the Buccs held on for a 38-31 win at home as 3-point favorites. Doug Martin had his second straight 100+ yard rushing game with 123 yards, pitching in with 3 receptions for 35 yards. He scored 3 total touchdowns, 2 on the ground and one on a 10-yard pass from Jameis Winston.

Blake Bortles had a big stat line in the loss with 303 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. He threw one interception as well. Allen Hurns led all receivers with 116 yards with a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles looked more like most thought they would before the season started after taking care of the Saints at home 39-17. Their offense had been struggling through their first four games, but the Saints porous defense was the answer.

Sam Bradford threw for 333 yards with 2 touchdowns, although he did throw 2 interceptions. The Eagles also ran for 186 yards, getting 83 from Demarco Murray on 20 carries and 73 from Ryan Mathews on 8 carries. Both running backs reached paydirt.

Fletcher Cox should have been given the game ball after recording 6 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, recovering one.

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

Josh McCown threw for a team-record 457 yards as the Cleveland Browns came into Baltimore as a 6½-point road dog and won for only the second time in 15 tries when playing their division rivals beating the Ravens 33-30.

The Browns rallied from a 12-point deficit to get this one into overtime, to see Travis Coons kick a 32-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, to seal to victory.

TE Gary Barnidge led all receivers with 8 receptions and 139 yards reaching the end zone once. Justin Forsett led all running backs with 121 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown.

St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers

The Packers improved to 5-0 with a 24-10 win at Lambeau, a game that saw Aaron Rodgers’ record streaks of 587 pass attempts and 49 touchdown passes at home without an interception end.

Defense was the story in this one, as Rodgers finished with 2 interceptions while Nick Foles looked terrible, completing only 11 of 30 attempts and 4 interceptions. Green Bay was held in check on the ground, being led by Rodgers with 39 yards on 8 attempts. Eddie Lacy only managed 27 yards on 13 rushes.

Todd Gurley is looking like a great first round pick for the Rams, who was the only Ram to do anything. He ran 30 times for 159 yards, looking strong between the tackles with the speed to get outside.

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

The injury riddled Buffalo Bills rallied from 10-points down in the 3rd quarter to pull out a 14-13 win on the road, a game that saw the Bills a 2½-point road favorite.

Without top RB’s LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams and number one receiver Sammy Watkins, quarterback Tyrod Taylor carried his team on his shoulders in this one, leading the Bills in rushing with 76 yards while throwing for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

The hapless Lions fell to 0-5 with a 42-17 defeat at home to the 4-1 Cardinals. The Lions are the only winless team in the NFL this season, and it’s the their worst start since they became the only 0-16 team in NFL history in 2008.

Matthew Stafford does not look like a good fit for head coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi’s scheme. Stafford went 20 for 32, throwing for 188 yards, one touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Reports are saying Caldwell told Stafford at the half one more interception will result his him being benched, and he was true to his word. Dan Orlovsky replaced Stafford in the 3rd quarter, completing 21 of 38 pass attempts for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Coach Caldwell however confirmed after the game that Stafford would remain the team’s starter.

New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys

New England came into Jerry World (aka AT&T Stadium) as an 8½-point road favorite and destroyed the Cowboys 30-6. Tom Brady threw for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns while Belichick called his patented QB sneak on the 1-yard line as Brady scored his first rushing touchdown since their Divisional Playoff against Baltimore last January.

Julian Edelman led all receivers with 120 yards and a touchdown as Darren McFadden led the Cowboys with 9 receptions totaling 62 yards. Pats running back Dion Lewis had 83 yards from scrimmage, including 34 on the ground and 59 and a touchdown through the air.

The Cowboys aren’t scaring anyone on offense since Tony Romo went down with a collarbone injury in week 2. Sunday’s loss was their 3rd straight, while Brandon Weeden lost his 11th straight as a starter.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

The Broncos came into this AFC West Divisional bout as a 4½-point road favorite, and shook off weak play from Peyton Manning to win 16-10 and remain unbeaten (5-0).

Denver is getting by with great defensive play, who are now ranked first allowing 278 yards per game. They held Derek Carr to 249 yards, one touchdown and an interception, allowing only 65 yards on the ground.

Manning had a worse day than Carr, hitting on 22 of his 35 pass attempts, with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It was his second time in five games the Broncos were unable to score an offensive touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants

The Sunday night matchup in the Big Apple provided some fireworks as the 49ers and Giants matched scores three times in the second half, including 5 touchdowns and a field goal.

Colin Kaepernick connected with TE Garrett Celek for a touchdown at 11:49 of the 4th quarter, the end of an 11-play drive that lasted 4:25. The TD tied the game at 20-20.

The Giants then answered with a field goal on a 14-play, 74-yard drive that took 7:20 off the clock. The 9ers got the ball back and marched down the field 80-yards in only 2:44, resulting in a 2 yard rushing touchdown from Carlos Hyde, putting them ahead 27-23.

Eli Manning showed up when it mattered again, leading the Giants to a game winning touchdown drive, throwing his 41st completion of the game for a TD on a great catch from Larry Donnell to seal the 30-27 victory.

Written by: R Keough

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