NFL Today, Week 7

The Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Oct. 20

Houston (3-3) at Pittsburgh (3-3), 8:30 p.m. EDT. Texans star defensive lineman J.J. Watt will look to add to his touchdown total against the Steelers. He is the first defensive lineman with three touchdowns in the same season since William Perry for Chicago in 1985. Pittsburgh is 41-24 on Monday night and 25-5 at home, including an 8-0 at Heinz Field.

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STARS

Passing

–Peyton Manning, Broncos, threw four TD passes to surpass Brett Favre for the career record with 510, leading a 42-17 rout of San Francisco. Manning went 22 for 26 for 318 yards, then sat out the final quarter.

–Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 19 for 22 for 255 yards and three touchdown passes in Green Bay’s 38-17 victory over Carolina. The performance marked Rodgers’ fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tied for the longest such streak in a single season in NFL history (Tom Brady, 2007). Rodgers is the only player in NFL history with at least 18 touchdown passes and one or zero interceptions through his team’s first seven games to begin a season.

–Russell Wilson, Seahawks, finished 23 for 36 for 313 yards and two touchdown passes in Seattle’s 28-26 loss to St. Louis. Wilson added 106 yards rushing on seven carries and a touchdown to become the first quarterback in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game.

–Andrew Luck, Colts, was 27 for 42 for 344 yards and two touchdown passes in Indianapolis’ 27-0 win over Cincinnati. Luck has passed for at least 300 yards in five consecutive games, tying Peyton Manning (2009) for the longest such streak in franchise history.

–Drew Brees, Saints, finished 28 for 45 for 342 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception in New Orleans’ 24-23 loss to Detroit.

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Rushing

–DeMarco Murray, Cowboys, finished with 26 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 31-21 win over the New York Giants. Murray is the first player in NFL history to start a season with seven straight games of at least 100 yards rushing.

–Denard Robinson, Jaguars, had 22 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s 24-6 win over Cleveland.

–Rookie Jerick McKinnon, Vikings, finished with 19 carries for 103 yards in Minnesota’s 17-16 loss to Buffalo.

–Justin Forsett, Ravens, had 23 carries for 95 yards in Baltimore’s 29-7 win over Atlanta.

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Receiving

–Golden Tate, Lions, had 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 24-23 win over New Orleans.

–Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had nine catches for 151 yards in Dallas’ 31-21 win over the New York Giants.

–Doug Baldwin, Seahawks, had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 28-26 loss to St. Louis.

–Sammy Watkins, Bills, had nine catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1 second remaining, in Buffalo’s 17-16 win over Minnesota.

–Randall Cobb, Packers, finished with six catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 38-17 win over Carolina.

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Special Teams

– Stedman Bailey, Rams, returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 28-26 win over Seattle.

–Kai Forbath, Redskins, was 4 for 4 on field goals, including a 22-yarder as time expired to give Washington a 19-17 win over Tennessee.

–Cairo Santos, Chiefs, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 48-yarder with 21 seconds remaining to give Kansas City a 23-20 win over San Diego.

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Defense

–Jay Ratliff, Bears, had a career-high 3½ sacks in Chicago’s 27-14 loss to Miami.

–Everson Griffen, Vikings, had three sacks in Minnesota’s 17-16 loss to Buffalo.

– Elvis Dumervil, Pernell McPhee and Terrell Suggs, Ravens. Dumervil and McPhee each had two sacks and Suggs added a safety in Baltimore’s 29-7 win over Atlanta. Robert Alford, Falcons, had two interceptions.

–Leodis McKelvin, Bills, had two interceptions in Buffalo’s 17-16 win over Minnesota.

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PEYTON’S MARK

Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for touchdown passes with his 509th. The milestone touchdown pass was an 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half that gave Denver a 21-3 lead over San Francisco. Manning’s teammates played keep-away with the milestone memento before Manning got the ball and congratulations from his teammates. Manning went into the game with 506 and needed just four drives to break the record. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders on Denver’s first drive and tied the record when Wes Welker took a pass over the middle for 39 yards. His final TD of the night was a 40-yarder to Thomas, giving him 510.

Manning reached the milestone in his 246th regular-season game. Favre needed 302.

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MILESTONES

The Colts improved to 5-2 with a 27-0 rout of the Bengals, earning the 500th victory in franchise history. The Colts’ record is 500-444-7. It was Indy’s first shutout since beating Tennessee in the final game of the 2008 season. … Jacksonville beat Cleveland 24-6 for its first victory since beating Houston on Dec. 15, 2013. … The Lions overcame a 14-point deficit en route to a 24-23 come-from-behind win against New Orleans. It marked the 10th time an NFL team has come back from a deficit of at least 14 points to win in 2014, already tied for the second most such comebacks through Week 7 of any season since at least 1970. … Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had four catches for 15 yards and became the ninth player in NFL history with 14,000 yards receiving. … The Colts’ Ahmad Bradshaw leads all running backs with six TD catches this season. He is the first running back with six touchdown catches in his team’s first seven games of a season since San Diego’s Gary Anderson in 1986. … Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 95 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ win at San Diego. Charles has 6,113 yards rushing, surpassing Priest Holmes (6,070) for the most in franchise history. … Andy Reid improved his record in games following a bye week to 14-2 (.875), the most victories of any NFL head coach in games following a bye week. … The Lions’ Matthew Stafford tied Bobby Layne for Detroit’s career lead with his 118th touchdown pass.

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STREAKS & STATS

The Cowboys have won six in a row. They are off to their best start (6-1) since winning six of their first seven on the way to a 13-3 finish in 2007. … The Cardinals (5-1) are off to their best start since 1976. … The Bengals’ Kevin Huber punted a franchise-record-tying 11 times, 10 of which followed three-and-outs, in a 27-0 loss to the Colts. The teams were a combined 0 for 14 on third-down conversions in the first half, marking the first time that’s happened in the same game since Cincinnati and Jacksonville did it Sept. 30, 2012, according to STATS. … During one stretch in the fourth quarter, The Saints’ Drew Brees went 10 straight passes without a completion, the longest dry spell of his career, according to STATS. … The Ravens have won four of five. The Ravens are 13-1 at home against NFC foes since the start of the 2008 season. … The Bears remained winless in three home games and have dropped five of their past seven at Soldier Field dating to last year. … The Falcons have lost four in a row. … The Chargers’ Nick Novak has 31 straight field goal conversions, breaking John Carney’s team record of 29 set in 1992-93. … The Raiders (0-6) have lost 12 in a row going back to last season. They are off to their worst start to a season since losing their first 13 games in 1962 — the year before late owner Al Davis joined the franchise.

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EJECTED

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was ejected in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers. Last season’s Defensive Player of the Year appeared to swing a leg in the direction of Green Bay tight end Richard Rodgers as he was getting up after scrambling for a fumble that was recovered by the Packers at the Carolina 37. Kuechly swung his arms and seemed agitated as he was restrained from behind by back judge Steve Freeman. The linebacker calmed down when he turned around and saw the official, who threw a flag with about two minutes left in the quarter. … Colts linebacker Erik Walden was ejected from the Cincinnati game after making contact with umpire Bruce Stritesky late in the first half. He was assessed a 15-yard personal foul penalty and escorted to the sideline by referee Gene Steratore. The play gave Cincinnati its initial first down of the half with 48 seconds to go. Walden was in the middle of the field and appeared to have one arm raised across from a Bengals player. But the other arm appeared to be in the chest of Stritesky between the players.

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SIDELINED

Running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller were injured 10 minutes apart during Buffalo’s 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings, with Spiller sustaining a shoulder injury and Jackson a groin pull. It’s unclear how long the tandem will be out. Spiller, carted off in tears, hurt his left shoulder and will miss what coach Doug Marrone called “an undetermined amount of time.” Jackson will have more tests before the team can comment. The Vikings lost two offensive line starters to injury. Center John Sullivan did not return after sustaining a concussion. Right guard Vladimir Ducasse hurt his right knee. … Carolina wide receiver Philly Brown also went out with a concussion in a 38-17 loss to Green Bay. For the Packers, James Starks left the game with a left ankle injury, while CB Davon House left with a finger injury. … Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle lost fullback Derrick Coleman before its 28-26 loss to St. Louis even started. He broke his foot in pregame workouts. Cornerback Tharold Simon was sidelined in the second quarter with an ankle injury. … In Indianapolis, Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict sustained a cervical sprain and cornerback Leon Hall strained his lower back during the Bengals’ 27-0 loss. Colts running back Trent Richardson was pulled early with a hamstring injury.

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SPEAKING

“I looked them in the eye and said, ‘Hey, I’m going to do my job. You do yours, and we’re going to win this game.'” — Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy on what he told the team before leading the team on a winning drive that ended with Kai Forbath’s field goal as time expired in a 19-17 victory over Tennessee.

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“The worst feeling in professional sports is when you feel like you let your team down. That’s the way I feel right now with that interception.” — Saints quarterback Drew Brees after his costly interception late in New Orleans’ 24-23 loss to Detroit.

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“This is as bad as you’re going to get through the first part of the season. We haven’t won a game. How much worse can it get than that, than not winning a game?” — Raiders safety Charles Woodson after Oakland fell to 0-6 with a 24-13 loss to Arizona. Oakland is the only winless team in the NFL.

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