NFL Week 11: What we learned
Colts 30, Titans 27
In Nashville, Andrew Luck rallied the troops from yet another two-touchdown deficit to earn the Colts their seventh victory. Chris Johnson performed well for the Titans, doubling his season total with two rushing touchdowns, but the comeback Colts continued their rallying trend. Indianapolis has been outscored 66-6 in the first half of its last three games, but has won two of them.
Bills 37, Jets 14
In Buffalo, the Bills routed the Jets from start to finish. The Buffalo defense overwhelmed Geno Smith, sacking him four times, forcing four turnovers and scoring a touchdown. His rookie counterpart, E.J. Manuel, fared much better, tossing two touchdowns on 20-for-28 passing as he returned to form coming off an injury.
Bears 23, Ravens 20 (OT)
In Chicago, the Bears pulled out a win in sloppy conditions after a weather delay that lasted nearly two hours. The overtime victory came on a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal that followed a gutty drive by backup quarterback Josh McCown and the Bears. Ray Rice finally seemed to return to his All-Pro form, but it wasn't enough to earn the win for the defending champs.
Bengals 41, Browns 20
In Cincinnati, the Browns jumped out to a 13-point lead before surrendering 31 unanswered to the Bengals. Cincinnati built the margin on two blocked punts, an interception, and a fumble, and rode the lead to victory. The win gave the Bengals a two-and-a-half game lead in the AFC North.
Raiders 28, Texans 23
In Houston, undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin rose from obscurity to lead the Raiders to victory in his first career start. McGloin threw three touchdowns on 18-for-32 passing, with many drops and no interceptions. His play was strong enough to spur a quarterback controversy with incumbent starter Terrelle Pryor.
Arizona 27, Jaguars 14
In Jacksonville, the Cardinals handily beat the Jaguars behind strong second half play. The offense performed well as Carson Palmer threw for 419 yards and second-year wideout Michael Floyd had 193 receiving yards, marked by a 91-yard touchdown catch.
Eagles 24, Redskins 16
In Philadelphia, the Eagles held off a late-game rally from the Redskins to earn their sixth victory. Philadelphia built a 24-0 lead that proved enough to ward off Robert Griffin III's late-game charge. The league's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, posted two touchdowns in the tilt.
Steelers 37, Lions 27
In Pittsburgh, the Steelers rode a stellar second half to win a back-and-forth matchup and keep their outside playoff hopes alive. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns to carry the Steelers to victory. The Lions fell back into a tie for first in the NFC North with the loss.
Buccaneers 41, Falcons 28
In Tampa, the Buccaneers won their second straight and overall behind a huge outing from reserve runningback Bobby Rainey. Rainey totaled 162 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries and added another receiving score. The Falcons, once seen as contenders, looked hapless and have found themselves in the mix for the first overall draft pick.
Dolphins 20, Chargers 16
In Miami, the Dolphins held off the Chargers in the final minutes to close out a tight matchup. Brent Grimes broke up a Philip Rivers pass in the end zone as time expired to seal the victory and end Miami's slump. Both squads remain in the wild card mix in the under-performing AFC.
Saints 23, 49ers 20
In New Orleans, costly mistakes and questionable calls highlighted an otherwise exciting game. Ahmad Brooks was controversially flagged for contact to the neck on a play that would've resulted in a Drew Brees fumble with just over three minutes left, and Frank Gore dropped a fourth quarter pass with nothing but daylight awaiting him. Brees seized the opportunity of a game that remained tied and drove the Saints to victory, remaining undefeated at home.
Giants 27, Packers 13
In East Rutherford, the injury-plagued Packers fell to the surging Giants. Heady play from Eli Manning and a defensive score from Jason Pierre-Paul gave the Giants their fourth straight victory as they make a push for the NFC East title, just a game and a half back. The Packers lost their third straight without Aaron Rodgers, and fell to a game back in the NFC North.
Seahawks 41, Vikings 20
In Seattle, the Seahawks thumped the Vikings from the opening kickoff in the week's most predictable outcome. Seattle outperformed Minnesota in all phases en route to its record 13th straight home win. The Seahawks sit at 10-1 and have a stranglehold on the NFC West.
Broncos 27, Chiefs 17
In Denver, the Broncos handed the Chiefs their first loss and took poll position in the AFC. The vaunted Chiefs defense failed to sack Peyton Manning, who had another solid outing with 323 passing yards. Losing in their first big test, questions continue to swirl around the legitimacy of a Chiefs team that has benefited from a soft schedule.
Panthers 24, Patriots 20
In Charlotte, controversial late-game officiating overshadowed a wholly entertaining game. Cam Newton shone brightly, tossing three touchdowns on 19-for-28 passing and added 62 rushing yards to lead the team. His performance was dwarfed, however, by a questionable non-call on the final play of the game where Rob Gronkowski appeared to be held in the end zone.