NFL Today, Week 11

NFL Today, Week 11
November 17, 2013, 10:40 pm
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SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 18

New England (7-2) at Carolina (6-3), 8:40 p.m. EST. Tom Brady is 13-4 in Monday night games with 41 TD passes and 14 INTs, and New England is 84-21 in the second half of the regular season since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000. Cam Newton and the surging Panthers have won five straight.

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STARS

Passing

-Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, passed for 367 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final 5 minutes as Pittsburgh rallied to beat Detroit 37-27.

-Carson Palmer, Cardinals, was 30 of 42 for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and did not throw an interception for the first time this year in a 27-14 win at Jacksonville.

-Matthew Stafford, Lions, threw for 362 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Detroit's 37-27 loss to Pittsburgh, surpassing Bobby Layne's team record for career passing yards in the process.

-Drew Brees, Saints, completed 30 of 43 passes for 305 yards and a TD in New Orleans' 23-20 win over San Francisco.

-Matt McGloin, Raiders, threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start as Oakland topped Houston 28-23.

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Rushing

-Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers, rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Tampa Bay dominate Atlanta 41-28.

-Rashad Jennings, Raiders, had 150 yards rushing, including a career-best 80-yard touchdown, in Oakland's 28-23 win at Houston.

-Ray Rice, Ravens, ran for 131 yards on 25 carries in Baltimore's 23-20 overtime loss at Chicago.

-Ryan Mathews, Chargers, ran for 127 yards, including a career-best 51-yard dash, in San Diego's 20-16 loss at Miami.

-Chris Ivory, Jets, ran for 98 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries in New York's 37-14 loss at Buffalo.

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Receiving

-Michael Floyd, Cardinals, had six catches for a career-best 193 yards, including a 91-yard score, after being listed as questionable because of a shoulder injury, in Arizona's 27-14 win at Jacksonville.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had six catches for 179 yards and two TDs in a 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh.

-Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, caught 10 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 41-28 win over Atlanta.

-Antonio Brown, Steelers, caught seven passes for 147 yards and two TDs in Pittsburgh's 37-27 win over Detroit.

-Garrett Graham, Texans, had seven receptions for 136 yards and a TD in Houston's 28-23 loss to Oakland.

-Harry Douglas, Falcons, had six catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 41-28 loss at Tampa Bay.

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Special Teams

-Robbie Gould, Bears, kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime to lift Chicago to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour.

-Tony Dye, Bengals, returned Jayson DiManche's blocked punt 24 yards for a touchdown in Cincinnati's 41-20 victory over Cleveland, which hadn't had a punt blocked in 20 years.

-Garrett Hartley, Saints, kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lead New Orleans past the San Francisco 49ers 23-20.

-Mason Crosby, Packers, kicked a 57-yard field goal in a 27-13 loss, the longest ever against the Giants and the second-longest in Green Bay history to his own 58 yarder at Minnesota in 2011.

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Defense

-Da'Norris Searcy, Bills, returned one of Geno Smith's three interceptions 32 yards for a touchdown as Buffalo cruised past the New York Jets 37-14.

-Mason Foster, Buccaneers, had a 37-yard interception return for a score as Tampa Bay topped Atlanta 41-28.

-Vontaze Burfict, Bengals, returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown and also had 15 tackles, including 10 solo, in Cincinnati's 41-20 win over Cleveland.

-Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants, scored on a spectacular, leaping 24-yard fourth-quarter interception return and resurgent New York won 27-13 over Green Bay.

-Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers, had three sacks in Tampa Bay's 41-28 win against Atlanta.

-Joe Haden, Browns, had two interceptions, including one he returned 29 yards for a TD in Cleveland's 41-20 loss to Cincinnati.

-David Bass, Bears, returned an interception 24 yards for a score in Chicago's 23-20 overtime win over Baltimore.

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STREAKS & STATS

Seattle won its franchise-record 13th straight home game, beating Minnesota 41-20 on Sunday. ... The Jets' Nick Folk missed his first field-goal attempt of the season after a 48-yarder sailed wide right in New York's 37-14 loss at Buffalo, ending his consecutive streak at 23 straight - one short of matching the franchise record set by Jay Feely from 2008-09. ... Detroit's 27-point second quarter in a 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh was a franchise record for most points in that quarter. ... Philadelphia snapped a 10-game skid at Lincoln Financial Field with a 24-16 victory over the Washington Redskins, the Eagles' first home win in 413 days since defeating the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012. ... Cincinnati's 41-20 victory over Cleveland was the most lopsided game in the intrastate series since the Bengals' 30-0 road win in 2006. The Bengals' 31-point second quarter was a franchise record for any quarter, and matched the second-most allowed by the Browns in one quarter. They hadn't done it since they gave up 31 in the second quarter at Houston on Dec. 9, 1990. The club record is 35 points allowed in the first quarter of a 35-7 loss at Green Bay in 1967. ... Arizona won its third straight with a 27-14 win at Jacksonville, and it won twice in Florida in the same season for the first time in franchise history. The Cardinals topped Tampa Bay 13-10 in September. ... With its 20-16 defeat, San Diego has lost seven in a row in Miami since its memorable 41-38 overtime playoff victory in January 1982. ... Green Bay has lost three straight, the Packers' longest skid since a five-game losing streak near the end of 2008.

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MILESTONES

Detroit's Matthew Stafford now has 16,005 career passing yards to blow past Bobby Layne's club record of 15,710. Stafford's first touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson in the Lions' 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh was the 100th of his career. He reached the plateau in his 55th career game, the fourth-fastest in NFL history. ... Calvin Johnson has gone over 1,000 yards in four straight seasons, tying Herman Moore's Lions record. ... Marques Colston finished with five catches for 80 yards in New Orleans' 23-20 win over Seattle to become the Saints' all-time leader in yards receiving with 7,923, passing Eric Martin's two-decade-old mark of 7,854.

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UP & DOWN

The New York Jets, coming off their bye, continued their string of inconsistent outings by becoming the NFL's first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season with a 37-14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday.

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KUBIAK'S BACK

Houston coach Gary Kubiak returned Sunday from a mini-stroke on the field at halftime of the Texans' loss to Indianapolis on Nov. 3. He wasn't on the sidelines, instead coaching upstairs from the booth on doctor's orders, but the Texans lost their eighth straight, 28-23 to Oakland.

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DAZZLING DEBUT

Oakland's Matt McGloin was 18 of 32 for 197 yards with three touchdown passes in the Raiders' 28-23 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, becoming the first undrafted rookie quarterback with three TDs & no INTs in a game since the common draft era began in 1967. McGloin also became the 17th quarterback to start for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season.

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SMOTHERING DEFENSE

Jairus Byrd had two interceptions, Kyle Williams had two sacks and forced a fumble, and Da'Norris Searcy returned another interception by Geno Smith 32 yards for a touchdown as Buffalo turned four turnovers by the rookie quarterback into 17 points in a 37-14 win over the New York Jets.

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PLAYMAKING PERCY

With less than a minute left in the first half, Pete Carroll decided to give Percy Harvin a shot at the kind of game-changing play the Seattle Seahawks waited an extra there months to finally see. Harvin made his highly anticipated Seattle debut after missing the first 10 weeks of the regular season following hip surgery. His 58-yard kickoff return late in the first half set up Russell Wilson's 19-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 10 seconds left in the second quarter, and the Seahawks rolled to their franchise-record 13th straight home win beating the Minnesota Vikings 41-20 on Sunday.

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STORM OVER SOLDIER FIELD

Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Bears to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore on Sunday in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour. The big delay came after Justin Tucker kicked a 52-yarder with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter for the Ravens. Fans were ordered to take cover as players headed to the locker rooms while heavy rains and winds whipped through Soldier Field. They emerged about two hours later with the sky clearing and the sun coming out, but the rain and wind returned in the third quarter, turning the stands into a sea of ponchos. Play was stopped just after 12:30 p.m. CT and didn't resume until 2:25. There were reports of at least one tornado touching down in Illinois and extensive damage in at least one part of the state.

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RUNNIN' RAINEY

Tampa Bay's Bobby Rainey, playing in his 10th career NFL game, rushed for 163 yards with two touchdowns and had a receiving touchdown in the Buccaneers' 41-28 win over Atlanta. He became the first player since Edgerrin James in 1999 to record at least 150 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game in a player's first 10 games to begin a career. Rainey and James both accomplished the feat in their 10th game.

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IRON MAN

Washington linebacker London Fletcher played in his 250th consecutive game in the Redskins' 24-16 loss at Philadelphia. He's the fourth player in NFL history to play in 250 straight, joining punter Jeff Feagles (352), quarterback Brett Favre (299) and defensive end Jim Marshall (282). Fletcher also started his 209th consecutive game, surpassing Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks for the longest streak by a linebacker in NFL history.

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SIDELINED

New Orleans lost starting cornerback Jabari Greer with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left leg in Sunday's 23-20 win over San Francisco. He was hurt in the first quarter and the team quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game. The Niners also lost a cornerback when Tarell Brown was carted off in the second quarter with a bruised rib. He was hurt while tackling the Saints' Pierre Thomas near the goal line. San Francisco guard Mike Iupati left late with an apparent injury to his left knee and was on crutches after the game. ... Washington tight end Jordan Reed left a 24-6 loss at Philadelphia because of a concussion and defensive end Stephen Bowen and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson were finished by with knee injuries. ... Chicago Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea was forced to leave in the first half because of a toe injury in a 23-20 win over Baltimore. He'd already missed two games this season because of a toe problem.

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SPEAKING

''I think we've led the league in delays over the last few years.'' Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, after the Ravens and Bears had to wait out a 2-hour stoppage because of torrential rain in Chicago's 23-20 overtime win Sunday. The Ravens experienced a power outage in the Super Bowl, after all, and the start of their season-opener at Denver was pushed back by lightning. Both were just 34 minutes, though.

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