NFL Today, Week 8

The Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Oct. 27

Washington (2-5) at Dallas (6-1), 8:30 p.m. EDT. The surging Cowboys are going for a seven-game winning streak for just the second time since 1993. DeMarco Murray has 913 yards rushing, the third most since 1980 behind Denver’s Terrell Davis (1,001 in 1998) and Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis (977 in 2003). Former University of Texas star Colt McCoy will start at quarterback for Washington. The Redskins have lost seven straight prime-time games and are 4-15 on Monday night since 2000.

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STARS

Passing

–Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was 40 for 49 for 522 yards and six touchdown passes in Pittsburgh’s 51-34 win over Indianapolis. Roethlisberger, whose 522 yards passing tied for fourth most in a game, is the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay on Dec. 20, 2009). Roethlisberger improved his record to 100-50 (.667) as a starter in the regular season, joining Tom Brady (116) and Hall of Famers Joe Montana (108) and Terry Bradshaw (102) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to win at least 100 games in their first 150 career starts.

–Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 30 for 35 for 354 yards and five touchdown passes in New England’s 51-23 win over Chicago. It was Brady’s 100th regular-season home start. Brady has won 87 home starts, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history in his first 100 home starts in the regular season. His .870 winning percentage at home is the highest of any starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966, minimum 50 home starts).

–Andrew Luck, Colts, was 26 for 45 for 400 yards and three touchdown passes and two interceptions in Indianapolis’ 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh.

–Nick Foles, Eagles, was 36 for 62 for 411 yards and two touchdown passes and two interceptions in Philadelphia’s 24-20 loss to Arizona.

–Kyle Orton, Bills, was 10 for 17 for 238 yards and four touchdown passes in Buffalo’s 43-23 win over the New York Jets. Orton is the first player with at least four touchdown passes and 10 or fewer completions in a game since Pittsburgh’s Bubby Brister against Cleveland on Dec. 23, 1990.

–Matthew Stafford, Lions, was 24 for 47 for 325 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception in Detroit’s’ 22-21 win over Atlanta. Stafford is one of three quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to start three games in which his team overcame a deficit of at least 21 points to win (Tom Brady, Drew Bledsoe). Stafford passed for 325 yards with two touchdowns and has 120 touchdown passes, surpassing Hall of Famer Bobby Layne (118) for the most in club history.

–Drew Brees, Saints, had only five incompletions in 32 passes, throwing for 311 yards and three second-half TDs in a 44-23 win over Green Bay.

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Rushing

–Arian Foster, Texans, had 20 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Houston’s 30-16 win over Tennessee. The performance marked Foster’s 31st 100-yard rushing game, tying Priest Holmes for the most in NFL history by an undrafted player.

–Matt Forte, Bears, had 19 carries for 114 yards in Chicago’s 51-23 loss to New England.

–Denard Robinson, Jaguars, had 18 carries for 108 yards in Jacksonville’s 27-13 loss to Miami. He is the first Jacksonville player to top the century mark in consecutive games since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011.

–Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 13 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City’s 34-7 win over St. Louis.

–Mark Ingram, Saints, gained 172 yards on 24 carries and scored a TD in New Orleans’ 44-23 win over Green Bay. In that game, Packers RB Eddie Lacy gained 59 yards rushing, but added eight receptions for 123 yards. Lacy followed Ingram in the backfield at Alabama.

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Receiving

–Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell, Patriots. Gronkowski had nine receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns, and LaFell had 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 51-23 win over Chicago.

–Jeremy Maclin, Eagles, had 12 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 24-20 loss to Arizona.

–Golden Tate, Lions, had seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 22-21 win over Atlanta.

–Sammy Watkins, Bills, had three receptions 157 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo’s 43-23 win over the New York Jets.

–Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, had seven receptions for 160 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, in Arizona’s 24-20 win over Philadelphia.

–T.Y. Hilton, Colts, had six catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh. Antonio Brown, Steelers, had 10 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

–Mohamed Sanu, Bengals, had five catches for 125 yards in Cincinnati’s 27-24 win over Baltimore.

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Special Teams

–Knile Davis, Chiefs, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in Kansas City’s 34-7 win over St. Louis. Davis, who also had a franchise-long 108-yard kickoff return touchdown as a rookie in 2013, is the fifth player in history with a kickoff return for a touchdown of at least 99 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.

–Matt Prater, Lions, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 48-yarder as time expired in Detroit’s 22-21 victory over Atlanta.

–Shayne Graham, Saints, and Mason Crosby, Packers, each hit three field goals in New Orleans’ 44-23 win over Green Bay.

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Defense

–Anthony Barr, Vikings, returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give Minnesota a 19-13 win over Tampa Bay.

–Louis Delmas and Brent Grimes, Dolphins. Delmas returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown and Grimes returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in Miami’s 27-13 win Jacksonville.

–William Gay, Steelers, returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 51-34 win over Indianapolis.

–Rob Ninkovich, Patriots, returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown in New England’s 51-23 win over Chicago.

–Justin Houston, Chiefs, had three sacks in Kansas City’s 34-7 win over St. Louis.

–Paul Kruger, Browns, had three sacks in Cleveland’s 23-13 win over Oakland.

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MILESTONES

The Steelers (522) and Colts (385) combined for 907 yards passing, the second-highest combined single-game total in NFL history (971, Detroit vs. Green Bay on Jan. 1, 2012). … The Lions overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit en route to a 22-21 come-from-behind win against Atlanta at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Lions, who overcame a 14-point deficit in last week’s 24-23 win against New Orleans, are the fifth team in NFL history to win back-to-back games when trailing by at least 14 points one week and by at least 21 points the following week. … Chandler Catanzaro of the Cardinals set an NFL rookie record by beginning his career with 16 consecutive field goals.

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STREAKS & STATS

The Patriots have won four in a row after a 51-23 rout of the Bears. It was their 13th straight win against an NFC North opponent. … The Bengals’ 27-24 win gave them their first series sweep of the Ravens since 2009. … The Jets’ 43-23 loss to the Bills was their seventh in a row. It was the first time they have lost seven in a row for the first time since 2005, in Herm Edwards’ final season as coach. … The Raiders have lost 13 straight games dating to last season. Oakland has dropped 16 games in a row played in the Eastern time zone — a streak that started in 2009. … The Falcons have been outscored 70-7 in the fourth quarter their past six games. … Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had three turnovers against the Dolphins, giving him six in the past two weeks and 13 in six games. Four of those have been interceptions returned for touchdowns. … The Titans have lost eight of their past 10 at home. … The Bucs fell to 0-4 at home and have lost 16 straight games in which the opponent scored first. … New Orleans got its 14th straight victory in a night game in the Superdome, going back to 2009.

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SIDELINED

A collision between Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and a teammate and Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin sent a chill through both sidelines late in the second quarter of Arizona’s 24-20 win over Philadelphia. Peterson and teammate Deone Bucannon collided with Maclin on a pass play. Peterson was face down after the hit before rolling over to his back. Medical personal checked on Peterson, who eventually sat up and gingerly walked toward the sideline. He was then led to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. Peterson did not return to the game. Maclin was on the field for a few seconds before heading to the sideline. He returned later in the quarter after clearing concussion protocol. … Cleveland’s sputtering offense lost one of its top options in the first half of its victory over Oakland when tight end Jordan Cameron sustained a concussion. Cameron was struck in the head by safety Brandian Ross while making a diving catch for 21 yards. Ross was assessed a personal foul for his blow to a defenseless receiver. … Browns defensive back K’Waun Williams went out with a neck injury. Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith left with a foot injury during the Bengals’ opening drive. … Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold left the game with a shoulder injury, defensive end Chris Long with a knee injury and center Scott Wells with an undisclosed injury. The Rams also lost receiver Brian Quick (arm) early in the game and free safety Rodney McLeod (knee). Chiefs cornerback Jamell Fleming and linebacker Josh Martin left with hamstring injuries. … Indianapolis cornerback Vontae Davis (knee) and linebacker Erik Walden (hip) were injured in the Colts’ 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh and did not return.

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SPEAKING

“That was a cool moment, a cool experience and exactly what we had to have in that situation.” — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on his 1-yard sneak on fourth down for a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining to give Cincinnati a 27-24 win over Baltimore.

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“We’re not a bad football team. We just do stupid stuff.” –Jets wide receiver Eric Decker after his team committed six turnovers in a 43-23 loss to the Bills, their seventh straight defeat.

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