NFL Today, Week 11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Monday, Nov. 23

Buffalo at New England, 8:30 p.m. EST. Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots (9-0) have a four-game lead in the AFC East over Rex Ryan’s Bills (5-4) with seven games left in the regular season. The teams met in Week 2, and New England won 40-32 — its 27th victory over the Bills in their past 30 matchups. Buffalo was penalized 14 times for 140 yards, including an unsportsmanlike penalty against Ryan.




— Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, tied a rookie record with five touchdown passes while throwing for 246 yards in Tampa Bay’s 45-17 rout of Philadelphia.

— Cam Newton, Panthers, completed 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards and threw TD passes to five different receivers in undefeated Carolina’s 44-16 victory over Washington.

— Joe Flacco, Ravens, was 27 for 44 for 299 yards and a score in Baltimore’s 16-13 win over St. Louis, but was lost for the season with torn ligaments in his left knee.

— Tony Romo, Cowboys, returned from a collarbone injury to throw for two scores, and Dallas won for the first time since he was hurt in Week 2, beating Miami 24-14.

— Brock Osweiler, Broncos, completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two TDs in the first start of his four-year career, leading Denver past Chicago 17-15.

— Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 24 of 29 for 260 yards and three touchdowns in Seattle’s 29-13 win over San Francisco.

— Carson Palmer, Cardinals, overcame two early interceptions to throw four touchdown passes in Arizona’s 34-31 victory over Cincinnati.



— Doug Martin, Buccaneers, rushed for 235 yards on 27 carries, including a franchise-record 84-yard run, to help Tampa Bay rout Philadelphia 45-17.

— Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, ran for 209 yards — the second-best rushing day in team history — and had two total touchdowns starting in place of Marshawn Lynch in Seattle’s 29-13 win over San Francisco.

— Darren McFadden, Cowboys, had 129 yards on 29 attempts in Dallas’ 24-14 victory at Miami.

— Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, ran for 102 yards on 21 carries in Denver’s 17-15 win at Chicago.

— Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in Carolina’s 44-16 win over Washington.

— Jeremy Hill, Bengals, had two touchdown runs in Cincinnati’s 34-31 loss at Arizona.



— DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, caught two touchdown passes from T.J. Yates in Houston’s 24-17 win over the New York Jets.

— Julio Jones, Falcons, hauled in nine passes for 160 yards in Atlanta’s 24-21 loss to Indianapolis.

— James Jones, Packers, had six receptions for 109 yards and a TD in Green Bay’s 30-13 win at Minnesota.

— Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, had two TD catches in Seattle’s 29-13 victory over San Francisco.

— Kyle Rudolph, Vikings, caught six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 30-13 loss to Green Bay.

— Tyler Eifert, Bengals, had two touchdown receptions in Cincinnati’s 34-31 loss at Arizona.


Special Teams

— Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to help Baltimore rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat St. Louis 16-13.

— Adam Vinatieri, Colts, kicked a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining — his 26th winning kick in either the final minute of regulation or overtime — to help Indianapolis over Atlanta 24-21.

— Andre Roberts, Redskins, had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Washington’s 44-16 loss at Carolina.

— Mason Crosby, Packers, made all five of his field goal tries in Green Bay’s 30-13 win at Minnesota.

— Chandler Catanzaro, Cardinals, kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds left, lifting Arizona over Cincinnati 34-31.



— Rolando McClain, Cowboys, scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard interception return in Dallas’ 24-14 win at Miami.

— D’Qwell Jackson, Colts, returned an interception of Matt Ryan 6 yards for a touchdown in Indianapolis’ 24-21 win at Atlanta.

— Lavonte David, Buccaneers, had two of Tampa Bay’s three interceptions of Mark Sanchez in a 45-17 victory at Philadelphia.

— J.J. Watt, Texans, had eight tackles and two sacks in Houston’s 24-17 win over the New York Jets.

— Justin Houston, Chiefs, intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown as Kansas City routed San Diego 33-3.



Carolina stretched its regular-season win streak to 14 games, including eight straight at home, with a 44-16 victory over Washington. The Panthers opened a four-game lead in the NFC South over Atlanta and became the 16th team in the Super Bowl era to start 10-0. Of the previous 15, all made the playoffs and nine have advanced to the Super Bowl, with six winning it all. … New England, which hosts Buffalo on Monday night, can also reach 10-0. That would mark the fourth time in NFL history there have been multiple 10-0 teams in a season (1934, 1990, 2009).



Oakland has a season-high three-game losing streak and has been limited to 27 points combined in the last two games after scoring at least 34 in the previous three. In their 18-13 loss at Detroit, the Raiders were held to season lows in yards (214), yards rushing (50), yards passing (164) and first downs (13). … Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin had 177 of his 235 yards in the first half of the Buccaneers’ 45-17 win at Philadelphia. He finished 2 yards short of tying Barry Sanders’ record for most without a TD. Tampa Bay set a franchise record with 283 yards rushing and its 521 total yards were second most in franchise history in the regular season. Martin also joined O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon as the only RBs with two games with 235 yards rushing. His 84-yard run was the longest in franchise history. … Philadelphia’s Mark Sanchez has thrown an interception in six straight games after having three in the Eagles’ 45-17 loss to Tampa Bay. … Dallas beat Miami 24-14, improving to 16-3 since Week 2 of 2014 when quarterback Tony Romo starts, and 0-8 when he doesn’t. The Cowboys also snapped a seven-game losing streak, their longest in a single season since 1989. … Carolina has rushed for at least 100 yards in 21 straight games. … Kansas City’s Alex Smith broke Steve DeBerg’s team record of 233 consecutive passes without an interception. Smith threw his 234th straight pass without a pick on a 47-yard completion to running back Charcandrick West. Smith extended his record to 253.



Jameis Winston tied a rookie record with five touchdown passes in Tampa Bay’s 45-17 win over Philadelphia. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards and had four of his TD passes in the first half to four different receivers. He tied Matthew Stafford’s rookie mark in the third quarter on an 8-yard toss to Cameron Brate, the fifth receiver to catch a TD. With Doug Martin rushing for 235 yards, the Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to have a quarterback with at least five touchdown passes and a running back with at least 200 rushing yards in a road game. Winston is the second rookie quarterback to have five touchdown passes and no interceptions in a game, joining Chicago’s Ray Buivid, who accomplished the feat in 1937. … Cam Newton became the first Carolina quarterback to throw four TD passes in the first half and tied the franchise single-game record with five touchdown passes, joining Steve Beuerlein (2000) in the Panthers’ 44-16 win over Washington. Newton is the only player in NFL history with at least 100 passing touchdowns and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons. … Dallas’ Tony Romo and Dez Bryant connected on a TD pass for the 50th time, breaking the team record of 49 set by Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin. … The Cowboys’ Jason Garrett earned his 44th regular-season victory, tying Jimmy Johnson for second place in Cowboys history behind Tom Landry, who had 250 wins.



Thomas Rawls rushed for 209 yards — the second-best rushing day in Seahawks history — and had two total touchdowns starting in place of Marshawn Lynch in a 29-13 win over San Francisco. He became just the third running back in Seahawks history to top 200 yards in a game and trailed only Shaun Alexander’s 266-yard game in 2001 in franchise history. Rawls broke Curt Warner’s franchise rookie record of 207 yards rushing in 1983 against Kansas City. He’s the third running back in the NFL this season to go over 200 yards, joining Doug Martin (235) and Adrian Peterson (203).



Denver’s Brock Osweiler threw for two touchdowns filling in for the injured Peyton Manning in the Broncos’ 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears — on his 25th birthday. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards in the first start of his four-year career, while the five-time MVP stayed back in Denver because of injuries to his foot, ribs and shoulder. Osweiler is the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start and win on his birthday.



Houston wide receiver Cecil Shorts, a quarterback early in his college career at Mount Union, took a lateral from T.J. Yates and tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Alfred Blue in the third quarter of the Texans’ 24-17 win over the New York Jets. Shorts was the star of that entire drive, grabbing a 16-yard reception on third-and-13 before grabbing a 35-yard reception on the next play. He took a direct snap and ran for 5 yards two plays before the TD throw.



Adam Vinatieri, the oldest player in the league at 42, kicked a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining to lift Indianapolis over Atlanta 24-21. Playing in his 300th game, he booted his 26th game-winning kick in either the final minute of regulation or overtime. Meanwhile, Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 23 of 32 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Hasselbeck, who turned 40 on September 25, improved to 3-0 as a starter this season and joins Warren Moon (four) and Brett Favre (four) as the only quarterbacks to win at least three consecutive starts after their 40th birthday in the Super Bowl era.



For the first time in his career, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt failed to catch a pass thrown to him. New York’s Calvin Pryor knocked away T.J. Yates’ toss in the end zone in the Texans’ 24-17 win over the Jets. It was the fourth time in his career he had a pass thrown to him and he’d reeled in each of the previous three for touchdowns. Watt did have two sacks, giving him 19 career multi-sack games, tying Richard Dent for the second most of any player in his first five NFL seasons. Only Reggie White (24) had more multi-sack games in his first five seasons since the statistic became official in 1982.



Carolina’s defense forced five turnovers leading to 27 points, had five sacks of Kirk Cousins and established a franchise record by holding Washington to 14 yards rushing on 12 carries in the Panthers’ 44-16 win.



Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who weighs 346 pounds, scored a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down in the Chiefs’ 33-3 win at San Diego. It was the first NFL touchdown for Poe, who became the heaviest NFL player to score an offensive TD, according to STATS. “I smelled the end zone, man,” he said.



Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco will miss the remainder of the season after tearing ligaments in his left knee, and teammate Justin Forsett’s season is over after he broke his right arm Sunday. Flacco’s injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of Baltimore’s 16-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Flacco “tore at his ACL and I think, his MCL as well.” … Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman sustained a concussion against the Colts. Indianapolis running back Frank Gore bruised a thigh and was replaced by Ahmad Bradshaw. … New York Jets center Nick Mangold left in the first quarter at Houston with a hand injury and coach Todd Bowles said he had lacerations in his hand that kept him from snapping the ball. Cornerback Darrelle Revis left in the third quarter with a concussion.



“The guy is wearing Depends and he’s just knocking down game-winners every week. It’s incredible to watch. I’m lucky to be teammates with that guy.” — Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee on Adam Vinatieri, the oldest player in the league at 42 who kicked a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining to lift Indianapolis over Atlanta 24-21.


“I ain’t going to cry, but this is a dream come true for me. I always wanted to play here, ever since I was a little boy. I always wanted to be an Eagle. I was even singing the fight song on the sideline. It was a special day for me.” — Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, who tied a rookie record with five touchdown passes in the Buccaneers’ 45-17 win over Philadelphia.


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