@TSFSports Week 8 NFL recap and commentary: Calvin Johnson is mythical in Lions win; Broncos drop 31 in fourth quarter against DC

(The Republic)

Megatron made scorched earth of the Cowboys secondary with 14 receptions for 329 yards.

Calvin Johnson had the second greatest statistical day for a wide receiver in the Detroit Lions stunning 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Johnson’s 329 yards were second only to Flipper Anderson — who had 335 yards for the former Los Angeles Rams in 1989. Matthew Stafford scored on a 1-yard plunge after a fake spike to five the Lions a thrilling victory.

The Denver Broncos trailed the team from DC 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter before exploding for 38 unanswered points in a 45-21 romp. Peyton Manning overcame throwing three picks and losing a fumble to pass for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Robert Griffin III left the contest early with a left knee injury.

Thursday Night:

Carolina Panthers 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 – The Carolina Panthers are on their first three-game winning streak with Cam Newton under center. The Panther have one four of their last five games and are playing with more vigor on both sides of the ball under head coach Ron Rivera. Newton was once again the offensive catalyst for Carolina — who scored 30 or more points for the third consecutive game. Old times have returned for the winless Bucs, some of the teams fans could be seen wearing paper bags over their heads entering Raymond James Stadium.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Newton 23 32 221 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Newton 11 50 4.5 1
De. Williams 8 43 5.4 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Ginn 5 80 16 0
S. Smith 4 42 10.5 0
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Glennon 30 51 275 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. James 10 39 3.9 0
B. Leonard 1 7 7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Jackson 5 79 15.8 0
T. Wright 5 48 9.6 1

Sunday October 27, 2013:

San Francisco 49ers 42, Jacksonville Jaguars 10 – You can’t take the Jags anywhere and hope for a good showing. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore accounted for five San Francisco scores. Kaepernick ran for two scores and passed for another, while Gore rushed for two more. The Niners take a five-game winning streak into their bye week. Maurice Jones-Drew — who still finds a reason other than money to suit up every Sunday rushed for 47 yards on 6 carries.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Kaepernick 10 16 164 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Hunter 9 84 9.3 0
F. Gore 19 71 3.7 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Boldin 4 56 14 0
B. Miller 2 56 28 0
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Henne 29 45 228 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Jones-Drew 19 75 3.9 0
D. Robinson 4 15 3.8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Shorts 7 74 10.6 0
M. Jones-Drew 6 47 7.8 0

Kansas City Chiefs 23, Cleveland Browns 17 – Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Jason Campbell started for the first time this season and nearly left Arrowhead Stadium with a victory. The Browns trailed 20-17 heading into the fourth quarter, but were unable to convert or score when it mattered most. Alex Smith was 24 of 36 for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Campbell 22 36 293 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
W. McGahee 9 28 3.1 0
J. Campbell 3 17 5.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Gordon 5 132 26.4 1
J. Cameron 4 81 20.2 0
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Smith 24 36 225 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Charles 18 74 4.1 0
A. Smith 6 40 6.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. McCluster 7 67 9.6 1
J. Charles 5 46 9.2 0

New England Patriots 27, Miami Dolphins 17 – While such a fuss is being made over Tom Brady’s efficiency this season, he continues to win. For a half, the Miami Dolphins looked as if they were ready to challenge the New England Patriots for the AFC East crown. Tom Brady passed for a score and running back Steven Ridley rushed for another in a span of seven plays. The defeat was Miami’s fourth in a row.

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Tannehill 22 42 192 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Miller 18 89 4.9 0
D. Thomas 9 47 5.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Wallace 3 41 13.7 0
C. Clay 5 37 7.4 0
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Brady 13 22 116 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
S. Ridley 14 79 5.6 1
L. Blount 11 46 4.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Dobson 4 60 15 1
R. Gronkowski 2 27 13.5 0

New Orleans Saints 35, Buffalo Bills 17 – Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints continued their hot start with another stellar offensive day. Brees passed for five touchdowns, two to tight end Jimmy Graham and receiver Kenny Stills. Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis took a physical beating, he was sacked four times, intercepted and lost two fumbles.

BUFFALO BILLS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Lewis 22 39 234 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
F. Jackson 15 45 3 1
T. Choice 7 35 5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Chandler 7 72 10.3 0
S. Johnson 7 72 10.3 1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 26 34 332 5
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
P. Thomas 14 65 4.6 0
K. Robinson 7 9 1.3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Stills 3 129 43 2
B. Watson 3 45 15 0

Detroit Lions 31 – Dallas Cowboys 30 – Late game trickery by the Detroit Lions served the Dallas Cowboys a bitter treat in a contest which was a circus on and off the field. Matthew Stafford caught the Cowboys defense napping on the game’s final snap as he plunged over the goal line to give the Lions a 31-30 win. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant spent the week talking about Calvin Johnson (How many of his receptions end at the 1-yard line?), but spent yesterday in animated sideline conversation with quarterback Tony Romo. The Lions rallied to get the win despite four turnovers and a 10-point fourth quarter deficit.

DALLAS COWBOYS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Romo 14 30 206 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Randle 14 26 1.9 0
L. Dunbar 5 16 3.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Bryant 3 72 24 2
T. Williams 2 64 32 1
DETROIT LIONS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Stafford 33 48 488 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Bush 21 92 4.4 1
J. Bell 4 32 8 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Johnson 14 329 23.5 1
K. Durham 4 54 13.5 0

NY Giants 15, Philadelphia Eagles 7 – The Giants won for the second week in a row on the leg of placekicker Josh Brown — who kicked a career-high five field goals. The Philadelphia Eagles offense failed to score an offensive touchdown for the second week in a row. The loss was Philly’s tenth straight at home. Michael Vick left the game early when he re-aggravated his hamstring.

NEW YORK GIANTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
E. Manning 25 39 246 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
P. Hillis 20 70 3.5 0
M. Cox 9 19 2.1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Cruz 7 86 12.3 0
H. Nicks 7 51 7.3 0
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Barkley 17 26 158 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. McCoy 15 48 3.2 0
M. Vick 1 1 1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Jackson 8 63 7.9 0
J. Avant 3 54 18 0

Oakland Raiders 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 18 – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor opened the game with a 93-yard touchdown run, the longest by a quarterback in NFL history. The Steelers lost their tenth in a row coming out of the bye week as pressure from the Raiders defense and two missed field goals killed the momentum of a two-game winning streak. Darren McFadden rushed for 74 yards and two scores.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
B. Roethlisberger 29 45 275 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Bell 13 24 1.8 1
J. Dwyer 3 9 3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Sanders 7 88 12.6 1
A. Brown 9 82 9.1 0
OAKLAND RAIDERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Pryor 10 19 88 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
T. Pryor 9 106 11.8 1
D. McFadden 24 73 3 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Streater 4 45 11.2 0
D. Moore 2 32 16 0

Cincinnati Bengals 49, NY Jets 9 – Andy Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes, four to Marvin Jones — who had four career touchdowns entering yesterday’s contest. The Jets followed up last’s week’s win over the New England Patriots with an offensive dud. Geno Smith’s two interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

NEW YORK JETS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
G. Smith 20 30 159 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Simms 3 35 11.7 0
A. Green 3 20 6.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Nelson 8 80 10 0
J. Kerley 3 27 9 0
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Dalton 19 30 325 5
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Green-Ellis 11 33 3 0
G. Bernard 5 18 3.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Jones 8 122 15.2 4
A. Green 3 115 38.3 0

Arizona Cardinals 27, Atlanta Falcons 13 – The Arizona Cardinals reached the .500 mark for the season as Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 800 receptions. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw four interceptions as hopes of a playoff run take another drastic blow. Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run.

ATLANTA FALCONS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Ryan 34 61 301 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Ryan 1 13 13 0
J. Rodgers 2 8 4 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
H. Douglas 12 121 10.1 0
D. Davis 5 77 15.4 1
ARIZONA CARDINALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Palmer 13 18 172 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Ellington 15 154 10.3 1
S. Taylor 14 38 2.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Williams 1 51 51 0
L. Fitzgerald 4 48 12 1

Denver Broncos 45, DC 21 – Robert Griffin III and DC suffered a scare when the quarterback left the game with a knee injury. Griffin is okay but his team is in trouble. DC blew a 21-7 lead only for be outscored 38-o between the third and fourth quarters. Griffin’s replacement Kirk Cousins fared just as poorly throwing two interceptions, including a pick six in the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning accounted for four scores and four turnovers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Griffin 15 30 132 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Morris 17 93 5.5 1
R. Helu 5 11 2.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Reed 8 90 11.2 0
P. Garcon 7 46 6.6 0
DENVER BRONCOS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Manning 30 44 354 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Moreno 14 44 3.1 0
M. Ball 11 37 3.4 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Moreno 6 89 14.8 1
W. Welker 6 81 13.5 1

Green Bay Packers 44, Minnesota Vikings 31 – Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson opened the game with an NFL record 109-yard kickoff return, it was the only bright spot for the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers was 24 of 29 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Eddie Lacy rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown as the Packers scored on every possession.

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Rodgers 24 29 285 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
E. Lacy 29 94 3.2 1
J. Starks 7 57 8.1 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Nelson 7 123 17.6 2
J. Boykin 5 89 17.8 0
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Ponder 14 21 145 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Peterson 13 60 4.6 1
C. Ponder 5 38 7.6 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Rudolph 4 51 12.8 0
C. Patterson 2 26 13 0

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