NFL Today, Week 9

NFL Today, Week 9
November 3, 2013, 11:58 pm
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Monday, Nov. 4

Chicago (4-3) at Green Bay (5-2), 8:40 p.m., ESPN. The Bears, without the injured Jay Cutler, travel to Green Bay in a matchup of longtime rivals in the NFC North.




-Nick Foles, Eagles, was 22 for 28 for 406 yards and an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes in Philadelphia's 49-20 win over Oakland. Foles is one of seven players in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a single game and joins Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (Oct. 28, 1962) and Peyton Manning (Sept. 5, 2013) as the only ones to accomplish the feat without throwing an interception.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 23 for 33 for a season-high 432 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 55-31 victory over Pittsburgh.

-Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 34 for 51 for 337 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception in Dallas' 27-23 win over Minnesota.

-Jason Campbell, Browns, was 23 for 35 for 262 yards and three touchdown passes in Cleveland's 24-18 win over Baltimore.

-Case Keenum, Texans, was 20 for 34 for 350 yards and three touchdown passes in Houston's 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

-Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was 28 for 48 for 400 yards and four touchdown passes and two interceptions in Pittsburgh's 55-31 loss to New England.



-Mike James, Buccaneers, had 28 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown pass in Tampa Bay's 27-24 overtime loss to Seattle.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, had 23 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee's 28-21 win over St. Louis.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, finished with 25 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 27-23 loss to Dallas.

-Chris Ivory, Jets, had 18 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown in New York's 26-20 win over New Orleans.

-Zac Stacy, Rams, had 27 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns in St. Louis' 28-21 loss to Tennessee.

-Alfred Morris and Darrel Young, Redskins. Morris 25 had carries for 121 yards and a touchdown and Young had five carries for 12 yards and three touchdowns in Washington's 30-24 overtime win over San Diego.

-C.J. Spiller, Bills, had 12 carries for 116 yards in Buffalo's 23-13 loss to Kansas City.

-Stevan Ridley, Patriots, had 26 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 55-31 win over Pittsburgh.



-Andre Johnson, Texans, had nine catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns in Houston's 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

-Pierre Garcon, Redskins, had seven catches for 172 yards in Washington's 30-24 overtime win over San Diego.

-Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola, Patriots. Gronkowski had a career-high nine catches for 143 yards and a touchdown, Dobson had five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns and Amendola had four catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in New England's 55-31 victory over Pittsburgh.

-Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson, Eagles. Cooper had five receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns and Jackson had five catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's 49-20 victory over Oakland.

-Jimmy Graham, and Robert Meachem, Saints. Graham had nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Meachem had four catches for 93 yards in New Orleans' 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.

-T.Y. Hilton, Colts, had seven catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns in Indianapolis' 27-24 win over San Diego.

-Keenan Allen, Chargers, had eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's 30-24 overtime loss to Washington.

-Jason Witten, Cowboys, had eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' 27-23 win over Minnesota.


Special Teams

-Nick Folk, Jets, was 4 for 4 on field goals in New York's 26-20 win over New Orleans. Folk has made all 23 field-goal attempts to start the season. His streak of 23 consecutive field goals made is the longest current streak in the NFL and Folk's streak of 23 field goals made in a row to start a season is the longest in franchise history.

-The San Diego Chargers blocked two field goal attempts and put two punts down at the 1-yard line in a 30-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. The Chargers hadn't blocked a field-goal try since Nov. 3, 2002.



-Sean Smith and Tamba Hali, Chiefs. Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Hali returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown in Kansas City's 23-13 win over Buffalo.

-Drayton Florence, Panthers, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in Carolina's 34-10 victory over Atlanta.

-Nick Hayden, Cowboys, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in Dallas' 27-23 victory over Minnesota.

-Sean Lissemore, Chargers, had an interception in the end zone for a touchdown in San Diego's 30-24 loss to Washington.



Tony Romo improved his record as a starter to 22-4 (.846) in the month of November, the highest mark by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts). ... The Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore, beating the Ravens 24-18. ... The Ravens have lost three straight, four of five and for the first time in six tries they failed to win under John Harbaugh in the week after a bye. ... The Vikings (1-7) are off to their worst start since the franchise's debut in 1961. ... The Rams have lost three in a row. ... The Panthers have led at halftime in all eight games this season. ... Washington's Santana Moss had his 700th career reception in a 30-24 win over the Chargers. ... St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher faced his former team, the Titans, and Tennessee won 28-21. Fisher, who spent 17 seasons (1994-2010) as the head coach of the Oilers/Titans, joined Hall of Famer Curley Lambeau as the only head coaches in NFL history to face a team that he led for at least 17 seasons.



Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL's only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history set in 2003. The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start 9-0 after posting the worst record in the league in the previous season. ... In the Super Bowl era, 18 teams have started 9-0 and all 18 qualified for the playoffs. Eleven of those 18 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and seven won the Super Bowl. Kansas City coach Andy Reid is the third coach in NFL history to win his first nine games with a new team. He joins Jim Caldwell (14 with the 2009 Indianapolis Colts) and Wally Lemm (nine with the 1961 Houston Oilers) as the only head coaches to accomplish the feat. The Chiefs held their ninth consecutive opponent to 17 points or fewer to match an NFL record set by the 1977 Atlanta Falcons. Kansas City also snapped a six-game losing streak at Orchard Park that included two playoff losses, winning there for the first time since Sept. 28, 1986. ... The Jets win every other week. They tied the 2005 New England Patriots for the longest such string to begin a season, according to STATS. ... Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a touchdown passing and rushing in the Panthers' 34-10 win over Atlanta. Newton, who played in his 40th career game, has accounted for 79 career touchdowns (53 passing, 26 rushing), the fourth-most total touchdowns in a player's first 40 games in NFL history. Hall of Famer Dan Marino (92) ranks first in the category. Newton is the only player in NFL history with at least 50 touchdowns passing and 25 touchdowns rushing in his first 40 games. The Seahawks overcame a 21-0 deficit in a 27-24 win over Tampa Bay. It was the largest deficit they overcame for a win in team history. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has won all 12 of his career starts at home and is one of only four players since the 1970 merger to start a career with 12 consecutive home wins. ... Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown his 200th touchdown pass. Roethlisberger is the second quarterback in Steelers history to reach the milestone. Terry Bradshaw is the other. He threw for 212 TDs from 1970-83. Roethlisberger reached No. 200 when he found Antonio Brown in the end zone in the second quarter against the New England Patriots. Roethlisberger then connected three times with Jerricho Cotchery in the second half to give him 203. That left Roethlisberger 32nd on the NFL's career list, tied with Jim Everett. The Patriots beat the Steelers 55-31. The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever against the Steelers. The Patriots 610 yards were the third most in team history and the most ever allowed by Pittsburgh.



Arian Foster, Darren McFadden and Darren Sproles all went down with injuries on a painful day for some of the NFL's most versatile running backs. After missing practice during the week with a hamstring injury, Foster started for the Houston Texans, but quickly injured his back and was ruled out for the rest of the game against Indianapolis. McFadden left with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter of a 49-20 defeat against Philadelphia, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor came out in the fourth with a knee problem that he does not believe is serious. The injury-prone McFadden had five carries for 12 yards and one catch for 3 yards before aggravating a hamstring that kept him out of one game already this season. New Orleans' Sproles left a 26-20 loss to the New York Jets with a concussion and didn't return.



''First-and-1 on the goal line? Most cases that's a touchdown. Our defense, everybody looked in each other's eyes. I could remember: `Do not cross this line, this goal line.' On the field, London Fletcher and everybody reiterating it to each other, like: `They do not cross this line right here.''' - Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo on his team's defense late in the fourth quarter. The Redskins held the Chargers to a field and won 30-24 in overtime.


''After a game like this you don't want to say, `Oh we were playing good, we almost had them. It doesn't matter. We lost the game. I'm tired of losing. I'm tired of losing. We have to stop finding ways to beat ourselves. We just somehow find a way to not win. I don't know.'' - Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy after his team was unable to hold a 21-0 lead and lost 27-24 in overtime to Seattle.


AP NFL website:

Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
Oct 24 5:19PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

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