The Packers narrowly preserve their unbeaten record, the Texans just keep winning and may or may not be running a zombie farm at this point, Ray Rice singlefootedly destroyed the Browns and the Texans and Bronco's keep winning despite their quarterback situations. In no particular order, here's your Sunday roundup. Enjoy.
Denver 35, Minnesota 32: "Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos were close to being knocked out again. They haven't flinched in more than a month. Tebow led yet another late rally, passing for a season-best 202 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns to help the unflappable Broncos win their fifth straight game with a 35-32 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday." Season best-202 yards, unflappable, unflinching late rally. Just so everyone remembers: The Vikings are terrrrrrrrible. So please, talking heads, try to keep it together. [CBS Sports]
NY Jets 34, Washington 19: The game was actually much closer than the score would suggest. Sanchez and Holmes hooked up on a very nice looking slant and go to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. Then the things that usually happen to a Rex Grossman-lead offense happened to a Rex-Grossman lead offense. It was Sanchez's tenth fourth quarter/overtime comeback and yet I can't shake the feeling that he's just a Tebow that doesn't look mildly retarded when throwing.
Kansas City 10, Chicago 3: This game featured six points not scored on a ridiculous Hail Mary throw at the end of the first half and quarterbacks named Caleb, Kyle and Tyler. So...not a good game.
Tennessee 23, Buffalo 17: It would appear Chris Johnson is back. He ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns—one of which was a 48 yard run. It would also appear that the Buffalo Bills are back as they lose their fifth straight. They get a little breather next week with San Diego, but then it's the "resurgent Miami Dolphins, the Tebows and the Patriots. That wild card seems to be a pipe dream now.
Houston 17, Atlanta 10: Houston? We have a problem—with injuries! [retires]
Carolina 38, Tampa Bay 19: Cam Newton set the record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Sweet. The Panthers also won. Say, here's a great sentence: "The Panthers (4-8), who drafted Newton No. 1 overall, doubled their victory total for last season. Tampa Bay (4-8), which played in throwback creamsicle jerseys and white helmets bearing the logo of a winking pirate, has lost six straight and seven of eight following a 3-1 start." [CBS]
Miami 34, Oakland 14: "The Raiders (7-5) fell into a tie with Denver atop the AFC West, and the rout ended their three-game winning streak. Oakland fell to 6-25 in regular-season games in the Eastern Time Zone since December 2002." Just as an aside, these are the kind of "stats" that anti-stat people love bringing up for some reason and it simultaneously makes no sense and all the sense in the world. Anyway, Tebow. [NBC]
New England 31, Indianapolis 24: There was a lot going on in this one: Dan Orlovsky playing again, everyone hoping Orlovksy would run 16 yards outside his own endzone again, Rob Gronkowski setting a record for touchdown receptions by a tight end, then having that record un-set, Brady passing Johnny Unitas for most regular season touchdown passes. You know, the stuff that really matters.
Baltimore 24, Cleveland 10: Ray Rice accounted for 204 of the Ravens 290 rushing yards today. The Ravens also returned a punt for a touchdown against the hapless Browns. Your players of the game:
Green Bay 38, NY Giants 35: This was a great game. The Giants tied the game up on a back shoulder touchdown pass to Nicks and a draw play for the two-point conversion leaving the Packers :58 seconds to march down the field for the win. Of course they did. One 24 yard hookup with Jermichael Finley and a 27 yard completion to Jordy Nelson later, and the Packers kicked the game winning field goal as time expired. Major Coughlin face.
San Francisco 26, St. Louis 0: Hey, you guys won the World Series, right? Go watch the highlights dvd or something.
Arizona 19, Dallas 13: The Cardinals narrowly avoided a crushing and debilitating loss without their true leader, John Skelton. Kevin Kolb needed a missed field goal and a miraculous run (because let's be honest, Kolb shouldn't get credit for a touchdown pass on a silly little screen play) in overtime. John Skelton would have thrown an 80 yard laser to himself with one arm tied behind his back and won the game in regulation.