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For a night, the Saints got to enjoy themselves. Drew Brees got the NFL’s consecutive games with a touchdown pass record with his 48th in a row, beating his old team the Chargers 31-24 in the process. They got the goose-egg off their record, improving tUpvote Share TweetSaints starting cornerback Jabari Greer has left Sunday night's game against San Diego because of what team officials say is a hip injury.Upvote Share TweetPackers running back Cedric Benson left Sunday’s loss to the Colts early with a foot injury, but he doesn’t believe it’s serious. Benson was wearing a protective boot on his left foot after the game and said he will have more tests on it on Monday,Upvote Share Tweet
NY Jets need to give Tim Tebow more chances to spark Gang Green's offense - starting Monday night against the Texansnydailynews.com Updated Oct 7, 2012What can the Jets possibly do before the game against the undefeated Texans that can help fans take their minds off what looks like a season that is about to go into an irreversible tailspin?Upvote Share Tweet
Minnesota Vikings Beat Writer Wanted Mike Munchak To Sound The Rusty TromboneMatt Hasselbeck had kind of a rough day against the Vikings and probably deserved to get yanked, but I think we can all agree that Vikings beat writer Tom Pelissero was probably referring to the "sad trombone" or maybe the old vaudeville gimmi…Upvote Share TweetAlex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3 on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion, but he doesn’t think he’ll be out long. Griffin wrote on Twitter after the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday and said that he believes he’llUpvote Share TweetRobert Meachem caught 23 touchdown passes in four years with the Saints. And though his first four games as a Charger were frustrating, he’s on the board with his 24th now. The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Saints, when Meachem caught a 1Upvote Share TweetRussell Wilson led Seattle to one touchdown on Sunday. He also led Carolina into one touchdown, throwing an interception that was returned for a score. Seattle won 16-12 at Carolina, but that was more because of a Herculean defensive effort than Wilson …Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Bears routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-3 on Sunday afternoon. Two of those touchdowns came from the defense, who are proving to be a more potent scoring threat than Devin Hester or the Jay-Cutler-Brandon-Marshall connection. Charles Tillma…Upvote Share TweetDefensive end Osi Umenyiora rushed out of the locker room without talking to reporters following the Giants’ 41-27 win over the Browns. He had good reason, as his son Tijani was taken to the hospital with what was thought to be an asthma attack. UmenyioUpvote Share TweetAlex Smith threw for 303 yards on Sunday and led the 49ers to a franchise-record 621 offensive yards in a performance that could be described as raising a big middle finger to all those who have doubted his ability to lead a winning team. That’s figuratUpvote Share TweetTom Brady won his latest showdown with Peyton Manning with the help of a career-high 151 yards rushing from Stevan Ridley, and the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 31-21 on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetThe official word after Sunday’s loss by the Chiefs to the Ravens was that quarterback Matt Cassel is being evaluated for a head injury. The evaluation has been completed. Per a league source, Cassel has a concussion. And so Cassel’s status will depUpvote Share TweetRussell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Over The Packers: Your Sunday NFL GIF RoundupHere's where we're putting the GIFs of the week, from Donald Brown triumphantly trolling the Packers to Brandon Lloyd dancing around like no one's looking. Only the Chargers and Saints have yet to play, so let's see what the week had to offer. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Chris Ivory active for first time this seasonThe Saints say that Mark Ingram isn’t the only thing wrong with their running game, but they’ve decided to take a look at another running back for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers all the same. Chris Ivory is on the 46-man roster for the firUpvote Share Tweet
Kurt Coleman throws away Antonio Brown’s shoe (VIDEO)Antonio Brown had a big game during the Pittsburgh Steelers' tight win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished the day with 86 yards on seven catches, so the Eagles had to get creative in defending him. For example, Kurt Coleman tried the old Steal Br…Upvote Share TweetAn Illinois man, quite possibly a Bears fan who traveled to Jacksonville to see the Bears play the Jaguars, was killed early Sunday as a result of a stabbing at a local restaurant within a block of the Bears’ team hotel. William Pettry, 42, died after bUpvote Share TweetThe Colts sure made Chuck Pagano proud Sunday. With its head coach in the hospital, Indianapolis overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half to stun Green Bay for a 30-27 victory.Upvote Share Tweet
Familiar Foxoborugh FeelingCNNSI.com Updated Oct 7, 2012Peyton Manning bested Tom Brady on Sunday, but not in the win column. The Pats jumped out to a big lead and dominated on the ground to pull off a 31-21 victory against the Broncos.Upvote Share TweetThere were many who thought the Minnesota Vikings would stink this year, including the guy who just typed those words. This just in: The Vikings definitely do not stink. They improved to 4-1 with a sound 30-7 thrashing of the Titans. Defensively, they l…Upvote Share TweetLook, a lot of sports are happening. MLB playoffs everywhere you look, NFL games up and down the line, college students still hungover from yesterday's football games-it's been a busy weekend. Bet you didn't even know that the first NBA games of the regUpvote Share TweetThe 49ers might want to think about petitioning the NFL for a move to the AFC East. They took on their second AFC East opponent in a row on Sunday and laid just as convincing a beatdown on the Bills as they did on the Jets a week ago. The only differenc…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears steamroll Jags in second half to improve to 4-1When you see a score like 41-3 at the end of a game, it’s hard to convince yourself that there was ever a moment when it seemed possible that the losing team would win the game. That was not the case in Sunday’s Bears-Jaguars game. It was 3-3 after onUpvote Share Tweet
Lance Moore, Nate Kaeding headline Chargers, Saints inactive listsNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is poised to surpass Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. If Brees can add a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night, he'll have had…Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Smith understands Falcons won’t get respect until they win in “second season”The Falcons have rocketed to 5-0, and only a home game with the Raiders next Sunday stands in their way of entering the bye week at 6-0. Coupled with the struggles of teams like the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Saints, it’s a matter of when Atlanta clincUpvote Share Tweet
What Is Ailing Giants' Pass Rush?nytimes.com Updated Oct 7, 2012The Giants were not able to knock down Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden, another alarming performance from a defensive line that is supposed to be loaded.Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants running back Andre Brown has a concussion, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.Upvote Share Tweet
It’s all about the defense in JacksonvilleIf you’re a fan of lavish offensive football, this week’s matchup between the Bears and Jaguars is not for you. If you’re a fan of good defense and strong punting, however, this should be where your clicker comes to rest. There hasn’t been much inUpvote Share TweetAs the Vikings try to move their record to 4-1, they’ll have to do it without their second first-round pick from the 2012 draft. Safety Harrison Smith has been ejected for shoving an official who was pushing Smith away from a Titans player following anUpvote Share TweetThe hit Packers linebacker Nick Perry put on Andrew Luck might be the hardest hit a NFL quarterback takes this season. The most impressive thing happened after the play, when the Colts rookie quarterback bounced right back up, and then went on to have a…Upvote Share TweetShaun Suisham hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 16-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetReshad Jones intercepted Andy Dalton's overthrown pass at midfield with 1:22 left on Sunday, preserving a 17-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that ended two weeks of miserable, last-minute finishes for the Dolphins.Upvote Share TweetMichael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:46 to play, and the Atlanta Falcons knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game Sunday in a 24-17 win over the Washington Redskins.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Oct 7, 2012In possibly the last chapter of their storied rivalry, Tom Brady is sticking it to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Foxborough. Follow the action as Denver tries to mount a late comeback.Upvote Share TweetAhmad Bradshaw had not run for more than 100 yards since Week Six of the 2011 season and he spent much of Sunday making up for lost time. Bradshaw, whose fumble on the opening play helped the Browns open up an early 14-0 lead in New Jersey, ran for 200 …Upvote Share TweetVictor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests Sunday in leading the New York Giants to a 41-27 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.Upvote Share Tweet
Pssst! It's Tom Brady And Peyton Manning: Your NFL Late Games Viewing GuideAnd just like that, we are closer to week six. You probably grew some gray hairs and yelled at some neighborhood kids. The inexorable march of time persists. Enjoy what you can. More »Upvote Share TweetSometimes when you’re watching a dumpster fire, it’s easy to pay more attention to the fire than the dumpster. Despite their best attempts to give it away, the Ravens actually beat the Chiefs Sunday, taking a stirring 9-6 decision at Arrowhead StadiumUpvote Share TweetDown 21-3 at the half, the Indianapolis Colts have made things very interesting. Late in the third quarter, the Colts have pulled to within two points, 21-19. Eschewing (I still love that word) an opportunity to cut the margin to one, the Colts went for…Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III left Sunday's game in the third quarter after taking a big hit from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.Upvote Share Tweet
Eli extends 200-yard streak to 24 gamesOn the same day that Saints quarterback Drew Brees could set the record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 48, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has extended his streak of consecutive games with 200 yards or more passing to 24. It’s the secondUpvote Share Tweet
Kenny Britt a surprise activation for TitansDespite not practicing much for two weeks, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will be active today. Britt’s been bothered by an ankle problem, but apparently did enough in pregame to convince coaches he’s well enough to go today against the Vikings. MidUpvote Share TweetThe backup quarterback is always more popular than the starter because he is an unknown quantity; he theoretically could be better than the starter. Tim Tebow is not an unknown quantity. We know exactly what his strengths and weaknesses are. His strengt…Upvote Share TweetDespite practicing twice this week, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.Upvote Share TweetWith five games kicking off in the late slots around the league, it can be tough to keep apprised of who will and won’t be in the lineup while also watching the early games. We’ve got you covered, so just scroll down to see all the guys who won’t beUpvote Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers will be without starting middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Beason (knee) and Gamble (shoulder) had been listed as "doubtful" on the Panthers' final inj…Upvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu left Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter after aggravating his strained right calf.Upvote Share TweetThe Browns’ chances of slowing or stopping the Giants’ 27-3 run to close out the first half are a little bit worse thanks to some injury news from team’s locker room. Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will not return to the game after suffering aUpvote Share Tweet
Dolphins hold one-point edge at the halfCorrection week could be continuing in Cincinnati, when the 1-3 Dolphins are poised to knock off the 3-1 Bengals. At the half, Miami holds a one-point lead in a low-scoring game, 7-6. The Dolphins are hanging in there despite injuries in the secondary …Upvote Share Tweet
Browns mistakes erase early leadWhen the Browns jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, there couldn’t have been many people writing off the chances of a Giants comeback. Given past history, they probably would have bet on an Eli Manning winner in the fourth quarter. Thanks toUpvote Share TweetEagles quarterback Michael Vick continues to be a turnover machine. Vick lost two fumbles in the first quarter of today’s game in Pittsburgh, continuing a rough season in which he simply hasn’t been able to protect the ball. Heading into today’s gamUpvote Share TweetThe St. Louis Rams may be 3-2 in their first season under head coach Jeff Fisher, but they were dealt a significant injury blow on Thursday night when wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered a separated SC joint while laying out to haul in a 22-yard pass …Upvote Share TweetCOVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A former cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals apparently has reached a plea deal in the sex abuse case against her.Upvote Share Tweet
Your Sunday NFL Open ThreadHere is your designated spot to yak it up about all things football. For instance, you can talk about the myriad ways the Browns will piss away a two score lead to the Giants. Just an example. More »Upvote Share TweetAs Commissioner Roger Goodell ponders his next move in the bounty cases, his next move could set the stage for even more legal maneuvering. The full written ruling from the internal appeals panel that vacated the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smit…Upvote Share TweetGiants defensive end Osi Umenyiora invited Browns running back Trent Richardson to see if he could find some “candy” running the ball against the Giants defense. Three plays into the game, Richardson is looking like a happy kid on Halloween. RichardsoUpvote Share Tweet
Are You Ready For Some Stock Footage Of Cheesesteaks And Pierogi?!: Your NFL Early Games Viewing GuideLet's just all take a moment to reflect on-holy shit, it's week five already. It's possible your team is on bye already, which, my God I'm so sorry. The season just started but pretty soon it's going to be week 12 and then week 17 and then before you knUpvote Share TweetIn case you've been living under a rock, 2012 is an election year. This means that we'll be inundated with local, state and national political advertisements during commercial breaks over the next few weeks. (Week 10, the first post-election Sunday, can…Upvote Share TweetThe NFL is investigating why Mario Williams, who landed $50 million in guaranteed money this offseason, has publicly complained about his wrist as recently as this week, yet he still is not on Buffalo's injury report.Upvote Share TweetDetroit Lions running back Jahvid Best, who hasn't played since suffering his last concussion Oct. 16, 2011, will be undergoing a battery of tests this week to determine whether the Lions will activate him off the physically unable to perform list, acco…Upvote Share TweetWhen Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs partially tore an Achilles tendon in the offseason, it was believed he’d be out for the year. Suggs said otherwise, and now he’s less than a month away from proving it. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that SuggsUpvote Share Tweet
One interesting fact per game, for Week FiveEvery Sunday, I manage to muddle through pages of research from the Football Night in America staff in search of one interesting fact per game that I can share with you, the loyal (we hope) PFT audience. OK, so this is only the third Sunday I’ve done itUpvote Share Tweet
The NFL is running wild, and stopping defenses cold, with the no-huddleYes, Nick Saban, this is how we want football to be, whether you like it or not. The perennially grumpy Alabama head coach and former NFL washout in Miami recently put the rest of the football world on notice (at least in his own head), by decrying offe…Upvote Share TweetIt’s a homecoming day for Bills WR Stevie Johnson. Turnovers have been the biggest negative about Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill’s performance in his first four weeks. Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd is looking forward to his matchup with Champ Bailey. The JetsUpvote Share Tweet
Rob Gronkowski playing through significant painPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has started all four games this year and played fairly well, but his numbers are down from his great 2011 season, and injuries may be the reason. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Gronkowski, who has been listed…Upvote Share TweetWith receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin both staying in Cleveland with hamstring injuries, the Browns will be shorthanded at the position that relies heavily on a guy’s ability to use his hands. Enter Greg Little, whose hands have been suspUpvote Share TweetWhen the Redskins face the undefeated Falcons on Sunday at FedEx Field, the home team won’t simply be trying to keep Atlanta from getting to 5-0. Washington also will be attempting to avoid falling to 0-8 in their most recent octet of home games. TheUpvote Share TweetWade Phillips is doing a great job as the defensive coordinator of the Texans. He was a big part of the reason the Texans made the playoffs for the first time ever last year, and he’s a big part of the reason the Texans are 4-0 this year. So does that mUpvote Share Tweet
Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and NY Giants look to improve on sack total when they host winless Cleveland Brownsnydailynews.com Updated Oct 7, 2012Rushing the passer and stuffing the run have always been points of pride for the Giants defense. Now it has become a sore point, as the Big Blue defensive front has had trouble getting much heat on quarterbacks or containing running backs in the first f…Upvote Share Tweet
Wilson's sack-fumble seals victoryOct 7New Orleans Saints DE Martez Wilson recovers the football after sacking San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, helping solidify a 31-24 victory.
Patriots' Balanced AttackOct 7ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss reports from Patriots 31-21 win over Broncos.
Colston gets his third TDOct 7New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees lobs the ball to WR Marques Colston who comes down with the catch for a 5-yard TD to gain a 28-24 lead over the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter.
Mathews 13-yard TD runOct 7San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews breaks free for a 13-yard touchdown run to give the team a 24-14 lead over the New Orleans Saints early in the third quarter.
Don Banks: Broncos were prepared mentally, but not physically, for Patriot…Oct 7FOXBORO, Mass. -- After another loss to New England was in the books -- their third in the span of 10 games, including last season's playoffs -- Champ Bailey and the rest of his Broncos teammates found the repetition of it all a little wearing.
Don Banks: No shortage of heroes in Colts' inspiring tribute win; more Sna…Oct 7FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of an offensively sloppy but memorable Week 5 in the NFL....