NFL Week 9 Recap – Warner Throws 5 TD’s

The Bengals show they are for real and the Giants suffer their fourth straight defeat.

Falcons defeat Redskins 31-17:
Atlanta jumped out to a 24-3 halftime lead against the hapless Redskins, and coasted the rest of the way to victory. Michael Turner had his second consecutive big game, rushing for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 18 carries. Clinton Portis suffered a concussion for Washington, and is doubtful next week against Denver, only adding to the Redskins’ problems.

Cardinals defeat Bears 41-21:
After throwing 5 interceptions in a loss to Carolina last week, Kurt Warner bounced back with 5 touchdowns against Chicago and finished with 261 passing yards overall. The Cardinals out-rushed the Bears 182-70 as well. Jay Cutler did throw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the poor play of Chicago’s defense in this one.

Bengals defeat Ravens 17-7:
If you didn’t know this Bengals’ defense was for real before, now you do. Cincinnati held Baltimore scoreless through the first 3 quarters, paving the way to a season sweep for the Bengals over the Ravens after they won 14-10 in Baltimore earlier this year. Cedric Benson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown, the second time he has topped the 100-yard mark against the Ravens this season. Baltimore hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 39 consecutive games before running into Benson this season.

Colts defeat Texans 20-17:
The Indy curse continued for Houston, as they lost another heartbreaker against the Colts after Kris Brown’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left as time expired. It marked the 17th straight regular season win for Indy, only the fourth team in league history to accomplish that feat. Peyton Manning finished with 318 passing yards and a TD for the Colts, while Matt Schaub threw for 311 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 costly interceptions for Houston.

Jaguars defeat Chiefs 24-21:
This game was much more of a blowout than the final score indicated. The Jaguars led 24-6 with just over 2:30 left on the clock before the Chiefs scored two meaningless touchdowns in the closing minutes, unless you were betting against the spread of course. Mike Sims-Walker had a career day, catching 6 balls for 147 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Patriots defeat Dolphins 27-17:
New England put up 432 yards of total offense behind 332 passing yards from Tom Brady. Randy Moss accounted for 147 of those yards on 6 receptions, including a 71-yard touchdown grab from Brady to put the Patriots ahead 24-17 late in the third quarter. Stephen Gostkowski sealed the victory with a 40-yard field goal with just 1:09 remaining in the fourth.

Buccaneers defeat Packers 38-28:
Tampa Bay had lost 7 straight to start the season, and 11 straight dating back to last year entering play Sunday. But the Buccaneers showed a lot of heart, outscoring Green Bay 21-7 in the fourth quarter to end this dreadful losing streak. Rookie QB Josh Freeman shined in his first career start, throwing for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bucs’ defense forced Aaron Rodgers into 3 interceptions and held him to a 48.6% completion percentage for the game.

Saints defeat Panthers 30-20:
Carolina led 17-6 at halftime, keeping this high-powered Saints’ offense out of the end zone. But from there, it was all New Orleans as they outscored the Panthers 24-3 after the break to improve to 8-0 on the season. Drew Brees threw for 330 yards and a touchdown, and this one wasn’t in the bag until Anthony Hargrove returned a DeAngelo Williams fumble for a touchdown with just 2:00 remaining in the fourth. The Saints overcame 149 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns from Williams.

Seahawks defeat Lions 32-20:
It looked gloomy for Seattle early as they trailed 17-0 after the first quarter. But it was certainly all Seahawks from there as they outscored the hapless Lions 32-3 the rest of the way. Detroit had a chance to win late after trailing by 5 points, but Josh Wilson returned a Matthew Stafford interception 61 yards for a touchdown with just 22 seconds remaining. It was just one of 5 interceptions from Detroit’s rookie quarterback.

Chargers defeat Giants 21-20:
The Giants had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes with 2:07 remaining after failing to punch it in on a 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard line. That set the stage for Philip Rivers, who led his team on a 2-minute drive with only 1 timeout remaining. He connected with Vincent Jackson on an 18-yard touchdown strike with 21 seconds to go, putting the dagger in the Giants and handing New York their fourth consecutive loss.

Titans defeat 49ers 34-27:
San Francisco held the lead most of the way, but pissed this game away in the fourth quarter as Tennessee scored 17 unanswered points in the final period to take control of the game. Alex Smith did throw for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns for the 49ers, but his 3 interceptions proved too costly to overcome. It was Vince Young’s second consecutive start for the Titans, and his second straight win. Young rushed for a 7-yard touchdown in the victory, and Chris Johnson finished with 135 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for Tennessee.

Cowboys defeat Eagles 20-16:
Dallas took control in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 10-3 after a field goal from Nick Folk to tie it, and then a 49-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin to win it with 8:04 remaining to take the lead for good. This Dallas “D” got after Donovan McNabb all game, limiting him to just 16-of-30 passing (53%) for 227 yards and 1 touchdown to 2 interceptions. The Cowboys now sit alone atop the NFC East.

Steelers defeat Broncos 28-10:
Pittsburgh’s defense was superb once again, keeping the Denver offense out of the end zone and also returning a Kyle Orton interception for a touchdown. Denver’s only score came on a fumble recovery in the third quarter to take a 10-7 lead. But it didn’t last, as Big Ben and the Steelers’ offense responded by putting together a 4-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a Heinz Ward 3-yard touchdown reception. Roethlisberger threw 3 second-half touchdowns, two to Ward and one to Mike Wallace. Pitt held Denver to just 242 total yards and 12 first downs, also forcing Orton into 3 interceptions in the win. The key was the ground game, where the Steelers out-rushed the Broncos 173-27 for the game.


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