Ron Glover’s Week 7 NFL Recap: RG3 goes toe-to-toe with Eli Manning on a day full of fantastic finishes
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RG3 and the Redskins sent a message to the rest of the NFL despite losing to the Giants
Week 7 was undoubtedly the most entertaining in the NFL this season. Two overtime contests were mixed in with several games decided in the final minute of action.
Robert Griffin III nearly led the Redskins to an upset of the NY Giants. Thanks to a turnover by Mark Sanchez the Patriots would overcome the NY Jets in overtime.
The Giants/Redskins contest set the tone for a wild NFL Sunday.
Giants 27 – Redskins 23 – A great game for Griffin (20-28 258 yds. 2 TD. int., fumble 89 yds. rushing) and the Redskins to build on. Can’t say enough about the combo of Manning and Cruz. Shanahan finds another gem in running back Alfred Morris (22 carries, 120 yards).
Houston 43 – Baltimore 13 – Terrell Suggs was inspiring in his return with three tackles and a sack. Passing off some of that sizzle to Joe Flacco would’ve been nice. Flacco’s struggles continue. Passing for only 147 yards and two picks including one for a Texans score. Matt Shaub passed for two touchdows. Arian Foster rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
New Orleans 35 – Buccaneers 28 – The Buccaneers bid for overtime was foiled when a touchdown pass to Mike Williams was negated after he stepped out-of-bounds and re-entered the field of play. Drew Brees rallied the Saints from a 21-7 third quarter deficit. Josh Freeman passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns while Vincent Jackson caught seven balls for 216 yards and a score.
Cowboys 19 – Panthers 14 – The Cowboys pushed ahead with two field goals in the final four minutes. The Panthers remain winless when Cam Newton throws an interception (0-12)
Colts 17 – Browns 13 – Andrew Luck ran to two scores and rookie running back Vick Ballard rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries. Brandon Weeden passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns.
Packers 30 – Rams 20 – Aaron Rogers continued his roll with three more touchdown passes yesterday.
Chris Johnson followed up with an 83-yard TD run later in the game.
Titans 35 – Bills 34 – The Titans rallied after trailing in the fourth quarter for the second consecutive week. Matt Hasselback found Nate Washington for the winning score with 1:03 left. Chris Johnson rushed 18 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 27-35 for 225 yards and three touchdowns. It was Fitzpartick’s lone interception that set up the Titans winning score.
Vikings 21 – Cardinals 14 – Adrian Peterson rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown. Chris Ponder was putrid. The second year quarterback was 8 for 17 for 58 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Cardinals quarterback John Skelton was sacked seven times. The Cardinals have allowed and NFL-leading 35 sacks.
Patriots 29 – Jets 26 (ot) – Toss away two fumbles by Mark Sanchez (328 yards, TD) and the Jets probably win this game.
Raiders 26 – Jaguars 23 (ot) – The Raiders rallied from ten points down in the fourth quarter. Sebastian Janikowski missed a 64-yard field goal at the end of regulation before kicking a 40-yard game-winner in overtime. The Jags lost Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) and Blain Gabbert (shoulder).
Steelers 24 – Bengals 17 – Ben Roethlisberger continues to convert on third down. Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 122 yards for the Steelers who held the Bengals to 185 yards of total offense.
Tonight: Lions at Bears 8:30 pm.