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Broncos - 28
Chiefs - 3
Broncos QB Ryan Kaiser was off for most of the day, throwing three interceptions an completing only around 50% of his throws. He was able to make up for it slightly by throwing for three touchdowns as well, but the team will need him to improve as this season goes on. The defense stepped up though, sacking Ricky Stanzi five times, including four by first year starter Tavaras Armstead, and forcing four interceptions on the day.
Ryan Kaiser - 18/33, 225 yds, 3 TD/3 INT
Reshard Cobbs - 12 att, 55 yds
Jimmy Graham - 8 rec, 85 yds
Brandon Lloyd - 5 rec, 71 yds, 3 TD
Eddie Royal - 3 rec, 61 yds
Tavaras Armstead - 8 tack, 4 sacks, FF
Ryan Kerrigan - 8 tack
Quinton Carter - 3 tack, 2 INT
Champ Bailey - INT, TD
Miami's strong run game leads the way for the Dolphins against division rival Patriots. Daniel Thomas started off slow but slowly moved into place as the Dolphins defense played lights out in the second half lead by new kicker Brandan Bolden kicked 4 FG's on the day and Koa Misi came up with a safety for the Dolphins. New TE Rob Gronkowski made his return to New England and had a solid day 4 catches 71 yards and 1 TD. QB Brandon Toscano continued to struggle throwing 1 TD but also 3 INT's. Daniel Thomas carried the team with 27 carries 125 yards and 1 TD. 8 different receivers caught a pass for Miami and Tom Brady threw 2 INT's to go with his 1 TD. Big DT Brandon Fletcher had 2 sacks, and new comer Brandon Spikes who was signed in the offseason had a big INT for the Dolphins.
New England 14
Browns 31, Bengals 12
The Browns offense has been notorious for slow starts over the years, and Colt McCoy was determined that this year would be different. The Browns defense managed to hold the Bengals to three on the opening drive, and on the first play from scrimmage for the Browns offense McCoy made a statement pass, completing a 51 yard bomb to Antonio Brown.
"We've been working on the long ball all off-season," McCoy said. "It's in our arsenal now. We've got guys with the speed and I've got the arm."
The Browns offense would roll all afternoon, even after McCoy missed a quarter of the game with an injury. Second year quarterback Jerrod Johnson filled in very nicely, finishing with almost identical numbers to McCoy. The most telling stat of the day was the Browns zero turnovers, something that has plagued them in the past.
The Browns defense kept the Bengals out of the redzone the entire game, and they were forced to settle for four mid-range field goal attempts that they made.
Linebacker Cameron Wake had an impressive debut for the Browns, playing a key role in shutting down running back Michael Turner.
Next week the Browns will face the Oakland Raiders and look to get off to a 2-0 start before playing division rival Baltimore.
Panthers 30 Seahawks 17
Carolina start the season in positive fashion with a fairly routine victory over Seattle, with star QB Cam Newton having a pretty flawless game throwing for 145 yds and 1 td
Strong also rushed for 146 yds scoring 2 tds as well as the Panthers D showing up, forcing 2 fumbles and 4 picks
Panthers 30 Saints 13
Carolina again posted 30 points as they overcome rivals the Saints in a tough encounter. Panthers started poorly going 14-3 early and could have been worse but thanks to a very lucky deflected TD 30 seconds from half-time, which you can see below this turned the game their way
It marked the start of 24 unanswered points as errant Brees passing was picked off easily by the Panthers D as they eased home in the end
It was more of a case of running the ball in the 2nd half, which Strong done well after some poor passing by Newton early doors which Panthers know will need to improve if they are to achieve anything this season
Gettis' lucky TD
Browns 24, Raiders 10
The Browns defense again managed to bend and not break, only allowing one touchdown in this one early. The difference was turnovers, as the Browns offense turned it over once and it was a Peyton Hillis fumble on 4th and short that was not returned. The Raiders turnovers proved to be more costly.
With the score 10-3 Raiders with about 5:00 left in the first half, Deonte Ambles stepped in front of a pass and took it to the house for a touchdown to tie it at 10.
In the second half, the Browns defense was determined to shut down the run and force the Raiders to pass.
Colt McCoy had a rough day getting anything going, but was also good with ball security.
A true twist in the game occurred with about 4 minutes left, as Colt McCoy was out of the game with broken ribs. Second year quarterback Jerrod Johnson entered his second game in as many weeks, this time with the game on the line. He went 5 for 6 for 57 yards, including a pass on third and 11 to keep the drive going as well as a pass to Greg Little for over 20 yards to set up first and goal and the game winning score.
Johnson's performance had a lot of people talking about a possible quarterback controversy, and Johnson will get a shot at keeping the job over the next two weeks while McCoy is out.
Another impressive youngster was Jawaun Bledsoe, who has impressed with his skills in the return game. He also had a key reception on third and 11 on the game-winning drive, and a big 74 yard run in garbage time to really seal the deal.
Free safety Dontravious Taylor had two interceptions on the day, and cornerback Deonte Ambles had another INT this week, this time for a touchdown. Ambles is proving himself a good replacement for veterans Brent Grimes and Jabari Greer, both let go by the Browns over the past two seasons. He's sure to get a lot more chances to pick passes with Joe Haden on the other side.
This was a pretty tight game in the first half as both teams were looking rusty on offense, then in the second half some adjustments by Jacksonville were made and the score got ugly. Jags were led by HB Al McKoy who had 138yrds on 26 carries and 2 TD's & newly aquired WR Anquan Bolden 3 rec 45yrds 1 TD. The Steelers struggled with pass protection all day giving up 4 sacks and forcing big Ben to scramble many times, leading to a team high 30 yards (cpu cheese ) & forcing 3 INT's.
Jacksonville also had 134 yards in special teams this week.
So far in two games this year the Jags defense looks stout , next week the Jags hope to continue that trend vs. the Colts at home
Chicago Bears At Detroit Lions
The game started off good for the Bears as they forced a quick 3 and out but on the punt return Devin Hester would get crushed as soon as he touched the ball and he fumbled it away to the Lions giving them great field position. A couple plays later Mikel LeShoure would bang in a 5 yard TD giving the Lions an early lead. Chicago would answer back quickly. Rookie QB Alec Ford would find Brandon Marshall wide open deep and Marshall would take it in for a 62 yard TD tying the game at 7. Late in the first quarter Detroit would take back the lead on a nice fade route to Megatron from 4 yards out and the Lions would lead 14-7 after the first quarter. The 2nd quarter would be a good one for the Bears as they would score 3 touchdowns, including 2 Antavio Bolton TD runs and a defensive TD by Brian Urlacher who picked off Stafford and took it 76 yards for a TD and The Bears would take a 28-14 lead into the half. On the first offensive play in the 3rd quarter, Bolton would score his 3rd TD of the day this one from 80 yards out giving the Bears a commanding 35-14 lead. The Bears defense would play great in the 2nd half picking off Stafford a couple of times and getting multiple sacks. The Bears would add another TD in the 4th quarter and the Lions would tack on a late FG ending the 35-0 Bears run and make the final score 42-17. Urlacher was named player of the game because of his TD but HB Antavio Bolton should have been as he piled up 204 yards on only 14 carries and scored 3 TDs. QB Alec Ford didn't have to do much throwing on the day as he ended up 4/6 for 123 yards 1 TD and 2 Ints. The Bears are now 2-0 on the year so far and next week travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.
Broncos - 38
Rams - 31
Denver blew a 31-17 lead late in the fourth only to drive down the field in thrilling fashion to seal the win with 30 seconds left. It was a terrible day on offense for Denver however, with the Broncos turning the ball over four times despite racking up 600 yards of total offense. The coaching staff will look to fix the issues shown on both sides of the ball before next weeks game
Ryan Kaiser - 22/31, 320 yds, 1 TD/2 INT, Rush TD
Reshard Cobbs - 21 att, 292 yds, 3 TD
Jimmy Graham - 7 rec, 104 yds, TD
Eddie Royal - 5 rec, 84 yds
Demaryius Thomas - 4 rec, 71 yds
Brandon Lloyd - 2 rec, 41 yds
Niners win the turnover battle and slip past a very scrappy Seattle squad. Willis led the way with 8 tackles and 2 picks. D'Qwell Jackson and rookie CB Ben Morris added picks as well. RE Cameron Gibson had 2 sacks.
Offensively, both teams were very explosive. Okoye Palmer seems to have found his groove, completing 17 of 29 passes for 353 yards 4 TDs and 1 INT. HB Cobie Ross added 135 yards on the ground and 44 receiving yards. Juwan Sales had 6 receptions for 166 yards and 2 TDs.
Seahawks Rookie QB Delonte Waters was very good as well, minus the 4 picks. He shredded the niners for 404 yards and 3 TDs. Ultimately, those 4 INTs doome him, however.
close one against the cpu. Nice the that rook had him a good bounceback game
Browns 34, Ravens 31
This game was not as close as it looked. The Browns had complete control for most of the game. The Ravens never held a lead.
Rookie quarterback Jerrod Johnson showed that he is human and is inexperienced. Despite completing 60 percent of his passes for 220 yards, he threw three interceptions on the day. Peyton Hillis also had a fumble.
Joe Flacco was garbage most of the game, and the Browns defense seemed to let up late, allowing two long pass completions for touchdowns. Both Joe Haden and Deonte Ambles had interceptions today. It was Ambles third straight game with a pick. The real turning point was a punt with the score 21-17. Gunner Buster Skrine ran down the field and laid a huge hit, and fullback gone special teamer Owen Marecic picked it up and went 35 yards for a touchdown. On the very next play from scrimmage, Joe Flacco threw a pick to Joe Haden. The Browns were in control from there for sure.
Next week it will be Johnson getting another shot, although after today it looks like McCoy's job may be safe. Johnson did show off his strong arm and deep accuracy with two beautiful completions to Antonio Brown, which will have the coaching staff thinking twice whenever McCoy fails to get it deep downfield to his speedy wideouts.
Browns 49, Saints 21
Don't be fooled, at one point of this game it was 28-21 in the 4th quarter. The Saints just gave up a long drive to the Browns that ended in a score to go up 35-21 with 4:38 to play, then went 4 and out and gave the Browns the ball on the Saints 3. After that, the backups had a field day in garbage time.
Jerrod Johnson had his first career 300 game after being named starter despite a healthy Colt McCoy. Possible trade rumors to the Seahawks and Redskins have been swirling after McCoy requested a trade after being benched. Should the Browns entertain a trade, they released veteran QB Troy Smith last week and signed former Bear Jay Cutler to a 1 year deal.
Perhaps most impressive about Johnson's day was hitting ten different receivers before the day was over. His full numbers were:
18-27 (66%), 307 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT (1 fumble lost), 80 LONG
1 rush, 15 yards
Antonio Brown lead the way in the receiving game with his second consecutive game over 100 yards receiving. He had 2 TD's as well. Greg Little lead all receivers with 4 catches for 54 yards.
Peyton Hillis was average on the ground, but sophomore Devaughn Bell had a big day, rushing for 119 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries.
The Browns d-line had a coming out party, sacking Drew Brees 6 times. Sophomore O'Dell Boudreaux got his first 2 of his career, and Randy Starks, D'Aundre Reed, Ryan McBean and Ahtyba Rubin also registered one each.
Jawaun Bledsoe broke his thumb in the game, and will miss the next three weeks. The Browns may have a hard time finding a good replacement in the return game unless they want to risk injury to star wideout Antonio Brown.
Panthers 31 Steelers 3
Carolina cruise to an easy win here with RB Strong having a great day at the office, despite fumbling 2 yards from the Steelers goal line. Strong ran for 259 yards from 24 carries, including 2 TDs.
Steve Smith also completed a TD pass from Newton to seal the game against a poor Steelers showing, with some wayward passing from Big Ben.
Newton threw for 163 yards, with 1 TD and 1 pick in a game they never looked in trouble and go 3-0 for the season as they look for a playoff push.
Bills - 5
Broncos - 44
Walk in the park for the Broncos as they hold the Bills to only 214 total yards and force three picks from former Niners QB Peter Newcomer. The Bills were only 4-12 on third down as well. On offense Reshard Cobbs was again the story, rushing for three scores, while Ryan Kaiser looked back in form completing over 60% of his passes with no picks.
Ryan Kaiser - 14/22, 219 yds, 1 TD/0 INT
Reshard Cobbs - 16 att, 126 yds, 3 TD
Eddie Royal - 7 rec, 80 yds
Brandon Lloyd - 2 rec, 77 yds
4 others with at least one catch
Champ Bailey - 2 INT, TD
After a squeeker against the cpu last week, Coach Peench bounces back with a solid performance. Paced by a defense that forced 4 turnovers (3 int, 1 FF) and had 3 sacks, the Niners were in control of this one from the start. Willis led the way with 8 tackles and a bone crushing hit on a forced fumble. Offensively, rookie QB Okoye Palmer continues to bounce back from a shaky start to the season, throwing for 320 yards 4 TDs and 2 INTs. RB Cobie Ross ran for 94 yards and 2 TDs, one of which came as time expired. Didn't mean to run the score up, was super tired and tried and had a total brain fart. Was running into the endzone to pull back as he got pushed across the goal line. I had also subbed in my backup HB but he was hurt ona special teams play, they put Ross back in and I didn't even realize.
Again, my mistake. Will pay more attention next time.
This one was all about QB play, as the Niners move to 4-2 on the season. CPU Colt McCoy threw O TDs and 4 INTs, while Okoye Palmer threw for 3 TDs and 0 INTs. Palmer also ran for one as well. Defensively, Earl Thomas had 2 of the 4 INTs. Rookie CB Ben Morris and all world MLB Patrick Willis added the other 2, respectively. Vernon Davis (2) and Braylon Edwards (1) accounted for the 3 touchdown receptions. HB Cobie Ross carried 17 times for 96 yards before exiting the game with an injury. More to come on this soon...
Palmer looked much more accurate, as the rookie has been inconsistent throughout the early goings of the season. Overall, it has to be considered a successful start to his first campaign in the NFL. The for University of Arizona star hs thrown for 1743 yards 20 TDs and 15 INTs...leading the league in both categories.
Meanwhile, Patrick Willis is having an outstanding season. Through six games, Willis has 37 tackles (6 TFL), 3 INTs, and 5 FFs.
Panthers 16 Buccaneers 13
The Panthers scrape an overtime win as they come so close to losing their 100% record. They got back in the game when Strong converted a 3rd and short for a 67 yard td, only for the buccs to go 13-10 ahed with only 1:24 left in regulation.
Panthers had several chances to score a game winning TD but had to settle for a FG with 2 seconds left of play to send the game into OT. Both sides were stopped twice in OT before Carolina got to the Buccs 25 and Scaccia managed to drill a 37 yarder between the posts to get the Panthers to 4-0
Newton threw for 189 yards with 1 pick, but Strong's 142 yards rushing were key in just about winning this tough match up
Browns 26, Jaguars 22
This game was in two words, crazy and sloppy.
The Jaguars had the Browns on their heels most of the game...running back Algrenon McKoy was running a muck on the Browns defense. He finished with 186 rush yards on 20 carries. He fumbled twice, losing one immediately after the Jaguars picked off Browns QB Jerrod Johnson.
Jerrod Johnson had the worst game of his professional career, throwing 5 interceptions, but he stuck with it and finished the day with almost a 60% completion rate and a 72.4 QB rating despite all that.
Both teams combined for 12 turnovers, and the Browns defense forced 3 fumbles that were recovered by the offense.
The first half ended 7-6 Jaguars, after the teams went scoreless in the first half and exchanged touchdowns in the 2nd quarter (Cleveland missed the PAT).
The third quarter went scoreless, and that's when things started to really get wild. Cleveland struck first, taking a 12-7 lead after failing to convert the two-point conversion. Jacksonville answered on their next drive to take an 15-12.
Cleveland drove down the field and Jerrod Johnson connected with recently signed tight end Travis Beckum, who was in for an injured Jordan Cameron, for a 37 yard touchdown.
"We saw the safeties cheating all game long," Johnson said. "They baited me a few times, but this time I knew where I could make them pay and Travis did the rest."
On Jacksonville's ensuing drive, cornerback Buster Skrine stepped in front of a pass and took it 74 yards for the touchdown.
Not quite. The Jaguars completed a 57 yard hail mary pass after converting a 4th down, an awesome catch by Mercedes Lewis, and overall what just felt like "luck" and momentum shifting the Jags way despite the 26-15 lead prior to that touchdown. The Jags completed the pass with 1 second remaining.
The Jaguars managed to recover the onside kick, but even so, they were on their own 30 yard line or so. On the hail mary, Joe Haden was flagged for pass interference. A field goal would do the Jags no good, there would be one more, untimed down to decide this game. The Browns forced the incomplete and pulled out a win.
"It felt like both teams didn't want to take control of this game," Coach GoGiants98 said after the game. "I have a feeling we'll see these guys again, and we better be a lot more focused next time."
Great game man, GL the rest of the way.
Some noteworthy stats for the Browns headed into their bye week:
— The Browns lead the league in sacks, and have done it as a unit. The team has 14 players that have recorded a sack on the season, nine of them recording more than 1, and four players with 3 or more.
— Peyton Hillis has had a disappointing season, despite what the core of his stats may tell you. He doesn't even lead the team in rushes of 20 or more yards despite a league-leading 135 rushing attempts. He's rushed for 571 yards in the first seven games, but 129 of those came in one game. He's scored a lot of touchdowns, which is a plus.
— Backups Jawaun Bledsoe and Devaughn Bell have gone back and forth as favorites to spell Hillis, but none have been consistent enough to demand more carries.
— Travis Beckum was the 12th receiver Jerrod Johnson's completed a pass to this season. Beckum will likely be the favorite to take over for injured tight end Jordan Cameron, who suffered a broken collarbone in this week's game against the Jaguars.
— It's unclear whether MLB Joe Mays will start after the bye week in place of injured MLB Justin Young. Despite recording 3 tackles, 1 for a loss and an interception, the Jaguars rushed for over 180 yards in his only start. There's speculation Cameron Wake may shift to middle linebacker and Mays or rookie Dominique Carnes will shift to Wake's spot at right outside linebacker.
— 2nd year defensive end O'Dell Boudreaux has been a pleasant surprise at defensive end for the Browns. Travis Scott's job has been safe at defensive end all season, but Boudreaux is making some noise in limited snaps, with 3 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks and a forced fumble. D'Aundre Reed also has 2 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks on the year. Scott could see less and less snaps if he continues to struggle.
— Wide receiver Antonio Brown is expected to return to the lineup following the Browns' bye week, a much needed boost for a team that struggled against the Jaguars and lost their starting tight end Jordan Cameron for 9 weeks.
Nice win, helps me in my division race against Jacksonville
True, but don't worry, you'll get your loss in a few weeks
Panthers get huge win over rivals Falcons
Carolina opened up the NFC South to go 8-2 and level with the Falcons with a big and hard fought win. Their D was outstanding all game with some big picks and forced fumbles and done enough the other side of the ball to get the win they needed
Olsen ran in a 30 yard pass from Newton only for the Falcons to reply immediately through a Simmons 27 yard effort. Steve Smith pulled off a fine TD from a 20 yard Newton pass and then Gilbert ran in a 2 yard TD to put the Panthers 21-10 up.
A big Quinn 47 yard FG pulled Atlanta 21-13 but in the 4th Carolina ran down the clock and two Scaccia FGs ended the game and sent the Panthers fans home delighted.
Newton was 12/17 for 172 yards and 3 Tds whilst Strong had an impressive 115 yards from 19 carries. Defensively, 4 picks and a fumble made the difference for the Panthers
Indeed, a Good one.
Browns 31, Panthers 21
This game was very lobsided. The Browns scored all 31 points in the first three quarters, holding a commanding 31-0 lead. The Panthers offense woke up and started to really make a game of it, and they had a 4th and goal on the 1 with about 2:40 remaining, the score 31-21. They made the aggressive call to go for it, and Cam Newton was sacked on the play with a huge blitz coming in expecting the run.
No huge stat days for anyone...Jerrod Johnson played solid, save 3 interceptions. Peyton Hillis was 19 rushes for 84 yards and 3 touchdowns, coming up huge for the Browns in the redzone. Greg Little and Antonio Brown both supplied the Browns with some big plays down the field. Travis Beckum had a decent day as well with about 4 or 5 catches for about 50 yards. He has filled in nicely for injured starter Jordan Cameron.
The defense of the Browns was amazing for most of the game, but had a complete meltdown toward the end, almost giving up a 31 point lead.
GG man, GL in the playoffs.
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