Six NFL Unbeatens Remain, NFL Roundup
Published on September 30 2013 10:19 am
Last Updated on September 30 2013 4:19 pm
Written by Millie Lange
There are still six unbeaten teams in the NFL. The Chiefs, Seahawks, Broncos and Patriots all collected wins Sunday to improve to 4-0 on the season. Week Four wraps up tonight in New Orleans when the 3-0 Saints host the unbeaten Miami Dolphins. The Jaguars, Buccaneers, Steelers and Giants remain winless.
Lions Hand Bears First Loss
(Detroit, MI) -- Reggie Bush rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown and also had 34 yards receiving, as the Lions beat the Bears 40-32 at Ford Field. Matthew Stafford finished 23-of-35 for 242 yards with a TD, an interception and a fumble. He also ran in for a score for the Lions, who improved to 3-1. Calvin Johnson had four catches for 44 yards and a TD in the victory. Jay Cutler threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off three times and fumbled once. Alshon Jeffrey had five grabs for 107 yards and a TD, while Matt Forte rushed for 95 yards and a score for Chicago, which slipped to 3-1.
Chiefs Crush Giants For 4-0 Start
(Kansas City, MO -- Alex Smith threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs crushed the Giants 31-7 at Arrowhead Stadium. Jamaal Charles had five catches for 62 yards and a TD to go with 65 yards rushing for the Chiefs, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2003. KC has already doubled its win total from last year. Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for a score in the victory. Eli Manning finished 18-of-37 for 217 yards with a TD to Victor Cruz, but fumbled twice and threw an interception. Cruz ended with 10 catches for 164 yards for New York, which is 0-and-4 for the first time since 1987.
Bills Hold Off Ravens
(Orchard Park, NY) -- Fred Jackson rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown as the Bills beat the Ravens 23-20 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. EJ Manuel threw for 167 yards with a TD and a pair of interceptions for the Bills, who evened their record at 2-2. Robert Woods had four catches for 80 yards and a score in the victory. Joe Flacco finished 25-of-50 for 347 yards and two TD's, but he was picked off five times in the loss. Torrey Smith had five grabs for 166 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore, which fell to 2-2. Terrell Suggs racked up 17 tackles and a sack in defeat. Ray Rice had just five carries for 17 yards for the Ravens.
Browns Beat Bengals
(Cleveland, OH) -- Brian Hoyer threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Browns past the Bengals 17-6 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Jordan Cameron had 10 catches for 91 yards and a TD, while Chris Ogbonnaya also had a receiving score for the Browns, who have won two in-a-row since opening the year 0-2. Andy Dalton finished 23-of-42 for 206 yards with an interception and a fumble for Cincinnati, which fell to 2-2. Giovani Bernard was held to just 37 yards on 10 carries, while Jermaine Gresham led the team with 53 yards receiving on three catches in the setback.
Cards Rally To Beat Bucs
(Tampa, FL) -- Jay Feely's 27-yard field goal with 1:29 left held up as the Cardinals rallied to beat the Buccaneers 13-10 at Raymond James Stadium. Patrick Peterson had two huge interceptions in the 13-point fourth quarter for the Cards. The first one setup a game-tying touchdown catch by Larry Fitzgerald with 3:06 to go, while the other sealed the win in the final minute. Carson Palmer finished 21-of-38 for 248 yards with the TD and two interceptions for Arizona, which evened its record at 2-2. Rookie Mike Glennon was 24-of-43 for 193 yards with a touchdown, two picks and a fumble in place of Josh Freeman, who was benched earlier this week. Mike Williams had four catches for 38 yards and a score for Tampa, which fell to 0-4.
Colts Crush Jaguars
(Jacksonville, FL) -- Andrew Luck threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts crushed the Jaguars 37-3 at EverBank Field. Reggie Wayne had five catches for 100 yards and a TD, while Coby Fleener added five grabs for 77 yards and a score for Indianapolis, which improved to 3-1. Trent Richardson rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown and Darius Butler had a 40-yard interception return for a score in the victory. Blaine Gabbert finished 17-of-32 for 179 yards and three picks for the 0-and-4 Jags, who have lost nine straight dating back to last season. Maurice Jones-Drew was limited to just 23 yards on 13 carries in defeat.
Vikings Edge Steelers In London
(London, England) -- Adrian Peterson rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings edged the Steelers 34-27 at Wembley Stadium in London. Matt Cassel started in place of the injured Christian Ponder and threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns, both to Greg Jennings. Jennings ended with three grabs for 92 yards, while Jerome Simpson had seven catches for 124 yards for the Vikings, who improved to 1-3. The Steelers had a chance to tie it late, but Ben Roethlisberger fumbled at the Minnesota 11 yard line in the final seconds after he was sacked. Roethlisberger finished 36-of-51 for 383 yards with a TD and an interception for the Steelers, who are 0-and-4 for the first time since 1968. Le'Veon Bell rushed for 57 yards and two scores and Jerricho Cotchery had five grabs for 103 yards and a TD in defeat.
Seahawks Rally Past Texans For First Ever 4-0 Start
(Houston, TX) -- Steven Hauschka nailed a game-winning 45-yard field goal with just over three minutes left in overtime to lift the Seahawks past the Texans 23-20 at Reliant Stadium. Richard Sherman had a game-tying 58-yard interception return for a touchdown with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter for the Seahawks, who erased a 20-3 halftime deficit en route to their first 4-0 start in franchise history. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 98 yards and a TD and led the team with 45 receiving yards. Russell Wilson threw for 123 yards and a pick and rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries for Seattle. Matt Schaub finished 31-of-49 for 355 yards with two TDs and two interceptions for the Texans, who have lost two in-a-row since opening the year 2-0. Andre Johnson had nine grabs for 110 yards and Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards and had six catches for 69 yards and a score in defeat.
Titans Dominate Jets
(Nashville, TN) -- The Titans forced four turnovers on their way to a 38-13 stomping of the Jets at LP Field. Quarterback Jake Locker started off the game hot throwing three touchdowns with 149 yards through the air, but was carted off the field in the third quarter with a hip injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished out the game and connected with Nate Washington for a 77-yard score. Tennessee is 3-1, tied with the Colts for first place atop the AFC South. Geno Smith threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles, including one that led to a Karl Klug defensive touchdown. Smith did throw for 289 yards and a TD. Bilal Powell ran for 66 yards on 14 carries as New York dropped to 2-2.
Redskins Top Raiders For First Win
(Oakland, CA) -- Robert Griffin the Third found Pierre Garcon for the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter as the Redskins erased a 14-0 first quarter deficit and beat the Raiders 24-14 in Oakland. Griffin finished 18-of-31 for 227 yards, while David Amerson had a 45 interception return for a TD for the 'Skins, who picked up their first win in four tries this season. Alfred Morris led the team with 71 yards rushing while Roy Helu added 41 yards and a score on the ground. Matt Flynn finished 21-of-32 for 227 yards and a TD, but had the pick-six and a fumble in his first start for the Raiders. Flynn started in place of Terrelle Pryor, who sat due to a concussion he suffered in Week Three at Denver. Rashad Jennings had 15 carries for 45 yards and eight catches for 71 yards for Oakland, which fell to 1-3.
Chargers Rally Past Cowboys
(San Diego, CA) -- Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers scored 20 unanswered points to beat the Cowboys 30-21 at Qualcomm Stadium. Antonio Gates had 10 catches for 136 yards, including a 56-yard TD grab with just under seven minutes to go that made it a two possession game. Danny Woodhead had five catches for 54 yards and two TDs to go with five carries for 32 yards for the Bolts, who evened their record at 2-2. Tony Romo finished 27-of-37 for 244 yards and two scores to Dez Bryant, who led the Cowboys with 81 yards receiving on six catches. Sean Lee had a 52-yard interception return for a score for Dallas, which fell to 2-2.
Broncos Blast Eagles For 4-0 Start
(Denver, CO) -- Peyton Manning's torrid start to the season continued as the Broncos blasted the Eagles 52-20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Manning finished 28-of-34 for 327 yards and four touchdowns, including two each to Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas. Manning leads the league with 1,143 yards passing and 12 touchdowns through four games. Trindon Holliday returned a kick 105 yards for a touchdown while Knowshon Moreno rushed 12 times for 78 yards and a score for the Broncos, who are 4-and-0 for the first time since 2009. Michael Vick went 14-for-27 for 248 yards plus rushed for 41 yards for Philadelphia, which fell to 1-3 with its third straight loss. LeSean McCoy added 73 yards on 16 touches in defeat.
Patriots Hold Off Falcons
(Atlanta, GA) -- Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots held on late for a 30-23 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kenbrell Thompkins had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown while Julian Edelman made seven grabs for 118 yards. LeGarrette Blount rumbled for 64 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as New England moved to 4-and-0 on the year. Matt Ryan threw for 421 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Atlanta. Tony Gonzalez hauled in 12 passes for 149 yards and two scores while Julio Jones made six catches for 108 yards in defeat. The Falcons slipped to 1-3 on the year.
NFL To Consider Playoff Expansion
The NFL's postseason could be growing. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the league is mulling a new schedule that would expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. The format would continue the 16-game regular season, but cut the preseason down to three games. The move may not happen in time for the 2014 season.
Sunday, September 29 Scoreboard
Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 20
Cleveland Browns 17, Cincinnati Bengals 6
Arizona Cardinals 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
Indianapolis Colts 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 3
Seattle Seahawks 23, Houston Texans 20 (OT)
Detroit Lions 40, Chicago Bears 32
Kansas City Chiefs 31, New York Giants 7
Minnesota Vikings 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 27
Tennessee Titans 38, New York Jets 13
Washington Redskins 24, Oakland Raiders 14
San Diego Chargers 30, Dallas Cowboys 21
Denver Broncos 52, Philadelphia Eagles 20
New England Patriots 30, Atlanta Falcons 23
Monday, September 30 Schedule (Time Central)
7:30 p.m. - Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints