NFL Today, Week 7 - NBC Sports

NFL Today, Week 7
October 21, 2013, 12:24 am

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Oct. 21

Minnesota (1-4) at New York Giants (0-6), 8:40 p.m. EDT, ESPN. Josh Freeman makes his first start for the Vikings after the Buccaneers released the quarterback this month.

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STARS

Passing

-Andy Dalton, Bengals, was 24 for 34 yards for 372 with three touchdown passes in Cincinnati's 27-24 win over Detroit.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 29 for 49 for 386 yards and three touchdowns and an interception in Denver's 39-33 loss to Indianapolis.

-Matthew Stafford, Lions, finished 28 for 51 for 357 with three touchdowns in Detroit's 27-24 loss to Cincinnati.

-Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 20 for 26 for 273 with three touchdowns in Atlanta's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.

-Robert Griffin III, Redskins, was 18 for 29 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Washington's 45-41 win over Chicago. He added 84 yards rushing.

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Rushing

-Ryan Mathews, Chargers, had 21 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's 24-6 win over Jacksonville.

-Matt Forte, Bears, had 16 carries for 91 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's 45-41 loss to Washington.

-Chris Ivory, Jets, had 34 carries for 104 yards in New York's 30-27 overtime victory over New England.

-Alfred Morris and Roy Helu, Redskins. Morris had 19 carries for 95 yards and Helu had 11 carries for 41 yards and three touchdowns in Washington's 45-41 win over Chicago.

-Le'Veon Bell, Steelers, had 19 carries for 93 yards in Pittsburgh's 19-16 win over Baltimore.

-Frank Gore, 49ers, had 24 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns in San Francisco's 31-17 victory over Tennessee.

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Receiving

-A.J. Green, Bengals, had six catches for 155 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, in Cincinnati's 27-24 win over Detroit.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, finished with nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit's 27-24 loss to Cincinnati.

-Eric Decker, Broncos, had eight catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 39-33 loss to Indianapolis.

-Harry Douglas, Falcons, had seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 31-23 victory over Tampa Bay.

-Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, had 10 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 31-23 loss to Atlanta. Jackson was targeted on 22 passes.

-Jordan Reed, Redskins, finished with nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 45-41 win over Chicago.

-Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, had eight receptions for 114 yards in his first appearance of the season in New England's 30-27 loss to the New York Jets.

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Special Teams

-Devin Hester, Bears, returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 45-41 loss to Washington. Including the postseason, Hester has 20 return touchdowns in his career, passing Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (19) for the most in NFL history. Hester is also the NFL career leader in punt-return touchdowns (13) and combined kick-return touchdowns (18 in the regular season and 19 overall.)

-Mike Nugent, Bengals, made a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati a 27-24 win over Detroit.

-Shaun Suisham, Steelers, was 4 for 4 on field goals, including a 42-yarder as time expired to give Pittsburgh a 19-16 victory over Baltimore.

-Nick Folk, Jets, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 42-yarder in overtime to give New York a 30-27 win over New England.

-Kassim Osgood, 49ers, recovered a fumbled punt for a TD in San Francisco's 31-17 win over Tennessee.

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Defense

-Logan Ryan, Patriots, returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in New England's 30-27 loss to the New York Jets.

-Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers, returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in Carolina's 30-15 win over St. Louis.

-Thomas DeCoud, Falcons, returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.

-Brian Orakpo, Redskins, returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown in Washington's 45-41 win over Chicago.

-Antonio Allen, Jets, returned 23 yards for a touchdown in New York's 30-27 win over New England.

-Nickell Robey, Bills, returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's 23-21 win over Miami.

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HONORING PEYTON

If Peyton Manning wanted a preview of what retirement might look and feel like, the Indianapolis Colts gave him a brief glimpse Sunday night. The player who brought the city a Super Bowl and more during his 14 years in town took the field with his new Denver teammates some 10 minutes before kickoff. What began as boos for the Broncos quickly turned to cheers once Manning was spotted coming out of the tunnel. The crowd rose to its feet inside Lucas Oil Stadium - built in no small part thanks to Manning's contributions to the Colts' franchise - and stayed on its feet, applauding for much of a 90-second highlight reel of Manning's career in Indianapolis. The 37-year-old quarterback acknowledged the cheers while standing along the visitors' sideline. He took off his helmet and turned to face the different sections, grinning sheepishly and waving on occasion.

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STREAKS & STATS

The Eagles have lost a franchise-worst nine straight games at home. Their last win at the Linc was over the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012. ... The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. ... The Redskins scored 45 points in victory over the Bears, their most points since 2005. ... The Cowboys got their first road win and are 3-0 in the division for first time since 2007. ... New England's 12-game winning streak against AFC East opponents ended in the loss to the Jets. Logan Ryan's interception marked the 34th straight game in which New England has forced a turnover, the longest active streak in the NFL. ... Miami (3-3) lost its third game in a row. A month ago, the Dolphins were basking in their best start since 2002. They haven't won since. ... Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who made his 100th career start, passed for 317 yards in the Cowboys' 17-3 win at Philadelphia. Romo has 27,485 yards passing, the most in NFL history by a player in his first 100 career starts. ... New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith passed for a touchdown and rushed for a score in the Jets' 30-27 overtime win over New England. Smith has led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in all four of the Jets' wins. He is the only quarterback since the 1970 merger with four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven career games. ... The Titans' Chris Johnson has three TD catches of 66 yards or longer and 11 TDs of 66 yards or longer in his career. ... In the past two games, Cam Newton is 35 of 43 for 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions as the Panthers (3-3) have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. ... The 49ers (5-2) won their fourth straight. ... The Titans (3-4) lost their third straight. ... The Texans have their first five-game skid since Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2005. ... Green Bay (4-2) won its third straight and took over first place in the NFC North.

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MILESTONES

The Panthers' Steve Smith reached 800 careers receptions in a 30-15 win over the Rams. ... Jacksonville (0-7) has lost every game this season by double digits, becoming the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to garner that dubious distinction. The Oilers lost their first 10 games that year by at least 10 points. ... The Chargers' Philip Rivers became the second quarterback in franchise history to throw for 30,000 yards. ... The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 7-0 with a 17-16 win over Houston. In the Super Bowl era, 31 teams have started 7-0 and all 31 qualified for the playoffs. Fifteen of those 31 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and nine won the Super Bowl. Kansas City's Jamaal Charles had 123 scrimmage yards (86 rushing, 37 receiving) and a touchdown in the Chiefs' win over Houston. Charles has at least 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of the first seven games to start the season, joining Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson (1975) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

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SIDELINED

St. Louis' Sam Bradford, Chicago's Jay Cutler and Philadelphia's Nick Foles all left with injuries. Bradford was hurt in the fourth quarter of a 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers when he landed on his left knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell. He was to accompany the team on the flight back to St. Louis. Coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford "was in significant pain on the sideline." ... Cutler injured his groin while being sacked in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins and didn't return. The Bears also lost linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) and cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) to injuries in the second half. ... Foles suffered a head injury when he was sacked by George Selvie and Jarius Wynn on the final play of the third quarter. ... It wasn't just the quarterbacks who got hurt. Green Bay lost another offensive threat when tight end Jermichael Finley was taken off the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter following a late hit by safety Tashaun Gipson. The team said he had a neck injury but had movement in his extremities. Tampa Bay lost running back Doug Martin to a shoulder injury. ... Other injuries included Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall, who hurt his Achilles' tendon. "It seems pretty significant," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.

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SPEAKING

"We talk about getting better and we completely missed an opportunity. That's what not getting better looks like. Penalties, missed tackles, missed assignments, spirit, effort. We talk about playing with toughness, playing with effort, playing with enthusiasm and playing smart. That's our style. I don't think we did any one of those four today." - Jaguars coach Gus Bradley on his team's struggles in a 24-6 loss to the Chargers. Jacksonville is 0-7.

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