NFL Today, Week 4

NFL Today, Week 4
September 30, 2013, 12:24 am
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SCOREBOARD

Monday, Sept. 30

Miami (3-0) at New Orleans (3-0), 8:40 p.m. EDT. An early season matchup of undefeated teams. Miami seeks its first 4-0 start since 1995 and must stop Saints TE Jimmy Graham. In his past two games, Graham has 19 catches for 313 yards and three TDs.

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STARS

Passing

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, tossed four more TD passes in Denver's 52-20 win over Philadelphia, giving him an NFL-record 16 in the first month of the season.

-Philip Rivers, Chargers, threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, to help the Chargers beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-21.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 20 for 31 for 316 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 30-23 victory over Atlanta. New England is 4-0 for the first time 2007.

-Matt Ryan, Falcons, finished 34 for 54 for 421 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Atlanta's 30-23 loss to New England.

-Alex Smith, Chiefs, threw three touchdown passes and finished 24 of 41 for 288 yards as Kansas City improved to 4-0 with a 31-7 rout of the New York Giants.

-Andrew Luck, Colts, overcame a rough start and had two touchdown passes and Indianapolis became the latest to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by double digits, 37-3.

-Brian Hoyer, Browns, threw two touchdown passes in his first start at home to lead Cleveland, the team he rooted for as a youngster, to a 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Rushing

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Minnesota's 34-27 win over Pittsburgh in a game played in London.

-Reggie Bush, Lions, had a season-high 139 yards rushing and a score on 18 carries to help Detroit top Chicago 40-32.

-Arian Foster, Texans, rushed for 102 yards in a losing cause as Houston fell 23-20 to Seattle in overtime.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, ran for 98 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 23-20 overtime win at Houston.

-Le'Veon Bell, Steelers, had two touchdown runs in his NFL debut, a 34-27 loss to Minnesota.

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Receiving

-Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones, Falcons. Gonzalez had 12 catches for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Jones had six catches for 108 yards in Atlanta's 30-23 loss to New England.

-Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots. Edelman had seven catches for 118 yards and Thompkins had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in New England's 30-23 win over Atlanta.

-Nate Washington, Titans, caught two touchdown passes, including a 77-yarder from backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, as Tennessee cruised past the New York Jets 38-13.

-Greg Jennings, Vikings, had two touchdown catches, including a 70-yarder during which he broke several tackles, in Minnesota's 34-27 win over Pittsburgh.

-Antonio Gates, Chargers, caught 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

-Victor Cruz, Giants, had 10 catches for 164 yards and a TD in a losing cause as New York fell to Kansas City 31-7.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, had five catches for 166 yards and a touchdown but Baltimore lost 23-20 to Buffalo.

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Special Teams

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, tied his own franchise record with a 105-yard touchdown return on a kickoff in the first half of Denver's 52-20 rout of Philadelphia.

-Dexter McCluster, Chiefs, returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown in Kansas City's 31-7 win over the New York Giants.

-Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give Seattle a 23-20 victory over Houston and its first 4-0 start in franchise history.

-Jeremy Stewart, Raiders, recovered Rashad Jennings' blocked punt of Sav Rocca in the end zone early in Oakland's 24-14 loss to Washington.

-Jay Feely, Cardinals, booted a 27-yard field goal that snapped a 10-10 tie with 1:29 remaining in Arizona's 13-10 win at Tampa Bay.

-Steven Johnson, Broncos, blocked a punt, which he scooped up himself and returned for a 17-yard score in Denver's 52-20 win over Philadelphia.

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Defense

-Alterraun Verner, Titans, intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in Tennessee's 38-13 rout of the New York Jets.

-Robert Mathis, Colts, had three sacks in Indianapolis' 37-3 win at Jacksonville.

-Kiko Alonso and Aaron Williams, Bills, each had two interceptions as Buffalo topped Baltimore 23-20.

-Patrick Peterson, Cardinals, had two interceptions in the closing minutes of Arizona's 13-10 victory at Tampa Bay.

-Nick Fairley, Lions, returned a fumble 4 yards for a TD after Ndamukong Suh sacked Jay Cutler in Detroit's 40-32 win over Chicago.

-Richard Sherman, Seahawks, had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown that forced overtime in Seattle's 23-20 overtime win at Houston.

-Sean Lee, Cowboys, had 18 tackles, including 15 solo, and returned an interception 52 yards for a score in Dallas' 30-21 loss at San Diego.

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STREAKS & STATS

Cleveland Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas made his 100th straight start, extending his consecutive snaps streak to 6,125, the NFL's longest active streak. Thomas has not missed an offensive play since he was drafted third overall in 2007. ... Washington LB London Fletcher played in his 244th consecutive regular-season game, passing Bill Romanowski for most by a defensive player since the 1970 merger. ... The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost 12 of their past 19 games by double digits - 11 of those by 16 or more points. ... Matt Flynn's seven sacks against Washington were the most for an Oakland QB since Andrew Walter was brought down nine times in 2006 at Seattle. The Raiders also lost a game - 24-14 - they led by at least 14 points after the first quarter for the first time since 1998 against Kansas City.

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STARTS

Seattle edged Houston 23-20 in overtime, giving the Seahawks their first 4-0 start in franchise history. ... Kansas City, one season removed from a 2-14 debacle that cost the coach and general manager their jobs, is 4-0 after pounding the New York Giants 31-7. Meanwhile, the Giants are 0-4 for the first time since 1987. ... Pittsburgh lost to Minnesota 34-27 in London, falling to 0-4 for the first time in 45 years. No team has reached the playoffs after an 0-4 start since the San Diego Chargers in 1992. ... Brian Hoyer became the first Browns quarterback to win his first two starts since Mark Rypien in 1994. ... Jordan Cameron, who had 10 catches for 91 yards in a 17-6 win over Cincinnati, has 30 receptions through four games - the most for a tight end in Browns history.

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MILESTONES

Peyton Manning threw four TD passes in Denver's 52-20 win over Philadelphia, giving him 16 - the most in the first month of a season, besting the previous mark of 14 set by Don Meredith in 1966 and tied by Kurt Warner in 1999. Manning also joined Milt Plum in 1960 as the only quarterbacks to throw that many touchdown passes without an interception. ... Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis had three sacks against Jacksonville, leaving him one shy of becoming the 30th player in NFL history with 100 career sacks.

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SUPER WIN

Buffalo's 23-20 win over Baltimore on Sunday marked the first time a rookie head coach - Doug Marrone - and rookie quarterback - Doug Marrone - beat the defending Super Bowl champions since Jacksonville pulled off the feat against Tamp Bay on Nov. 23, 2003, with coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Byron Leftwich. Manuel also became the first rookie quarterback to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions in a game in September.

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DEBUT

San Diego linebacker Manti Te'o had three tackles in his NFL debut, helping the Chargers top the Dallas Cowboys 30-21. He had been out since spraining his right foot in the exhibition opener Aug. 8.

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QUICK STRIKES

Detroit scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, after Matt Forte's 53-yard TD run gave Chicago a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter. The Lions went on to win 40-32.

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DOMINANT DENVER

Matt Prater's 53-yard field goal in a 52-20 win over Philadelphia capped Denver's 15th straight regular-season victory, which bested the franchise mark of 14 set in 1997-98. It also broke the previous franchise scoring record of 50 points set against San Diego on Oct. 6, 1963. Only the 1966 Dallas Cowboys, with 183 points, scored more than the Broncos' 179 in their first four games.

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OOPS

Like many NFL fans, referee Terry McAulay is used to Andy Reid being with the Eagles. After Reid, now Kansas City's coach, successfully challenged a spot in the third quarter of the Chiefs' 31-7 win over the New York Giants, McAulay mistakenly announced: ``Philadelphia will not be charged a timeout.''

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LONDON CALLING

This is the seventh year of the International Series in Britain, but the first year Wembley Stadium will host two NFL games, with the Jacksonville Jaguars playing the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27 after the Minnesota Vikings topped the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 on Sunday.

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SIDELINED

Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker was carted off the field and taken to the hospital by ambulance after hurting his right hip early in the third quarter of the Titans' 38-13 win over the New York Jets. Locker grabbed at his right hip area as he went to the ground after taking a hit, was carted to the locker room with his right leg straight out and then taken to a hospital. Titans coach Mike Munchak said the team did not know the extent of the injury. ... Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill suffered a head injury on New York's opening series against Tennessee, and was out for the game. ... Seattle coach Pete Carroll said defensive end Michael Bennett was OK after being taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his lower back on a hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub. Bennett was taken to the hospital after the hit, but Carroll said he was back with the team after the game. He strained a muscle in his lower back. ... Texans linebacker Brian Cushing left with a concussion in the third quarter. Cushing missed much of last season because of a knee injury. ... Oakland lost both of its starting running backs to injuries in the first half against the Redskins. Darren McFadden left with a hamstring injury and fullback Marcel Reece was out with a knee injury. ... Washington lost running back Alfred Morris in the second half to bruised ribs and nose tackle Chris Neild in the first half with a right calf injury.

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SPEAKING

``Right now, you could say we're the worst team in the league. That hurts.'' - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after Pittsburgh fell to 0-4 with a 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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