We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from official Buddy
Of The West Horton narrowly escaping certain death to Indianapolis cheerleaders remaining Chuckstrong. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned.
Chicago 28, Minnesota 10: Much of the country had this game on FOX and were quickly switched elsewhere as the second half began. Chicago led the vikings 25-3 at the half and FOX thought everyone had had enough. Here's Jerk Cutler firing an absolute laser into the corner of the endzone to Matt Spaeth at the end of the half.
Cutler finished the day with one touchdown and one interception and 188 yards passing. His counterpart had equally underwhelming numbers. Adrian Peterson continued his impressive return season with another game with over 100 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Cincinnati 34, Oakland 10: Well the Sebastian Janikowski for team MVP race is really gathering steam in Oakland. His 55 yard field goal is basically the only thing worth talking about for Oakland. Yeah, yeah, Denarius Moore touchdown in the third quarter—whatever. Andy Dalton had 210 yards and three touchdowns on the day, including this beaut to Mohamed Sanu halfway through the second quarter. It put the Bengals up 21-0 and it was over well before then.
Cleveland 20, Pittsburgh 14: The Steelers turned the ball over
seven eight times. That is a lot. That's, like, 4 more turnovers than what is typically considered a lot. Charlie Batch had three interceptions, receiver Emmanuel Sanders fumbled the final play of the game and the Pittsburgh running game accounted for the balance—which again was four more.
The game started promisingly for the Steelers, however, when Lawrence Timmons returned an interception 53 yards to give the Steelers a quick 7-0 lead. It would be the Browns' only turnover. Put another way, the Browns had seven less turnovers than the Steelers. The downside for the Browns was Brandon Weeden joining the ever-growing list of players with head injuries.
And also here is Heath Miller running over Usama Young of the Browns early in the third quarter. Young was injured on the play and would not return.
Indianapolis 20, Buffalo 13: The Colts opened the scoring with a 75-yard T.Y. Hilton punt return five minutes into the game. Hilton added another touchdown, an eight yard pass from Andrew Luck in the third quarter that made it 20-6. Buffalo added another score in the fourth, but it would not be enough.
Now, for some whimsy, here is an absolutely horrified cheerleader showing solidarity with coach Chuck Pagano.
Jacksonville 24, Tennessee 19 Even though the Jaguars are winners, we are the real winners here when all call our dads and get to hear the "did you see? The Jags doubled their wins for the season" quips. Nothing better than some verbal sleight of hand. Here's some more fun with words:
The Jaguars (2-9) snapped a seven-game losing streak and were competitive at home for the first time this season.
The Chad Henne Experience continued its second week of dominance, but it was the Jacksonville defense that preserved the victory. Down two with 2:53 to play, Jake Locker and the Titans still had a chance to win. However on the second play of the drive, a pass intended for Jared Cook was tipped and then intercepted by Dwight Lowery. It both ended the game (for all intents and purposes) and is crazy hypnotic.
Denver 17, Kansas City 9: Ryan Succop was heavily featured in this game.
Miami 24, Seattle 21: The Dolphins won on a last second 43 yard field goal from Dan Carpenter and capped a fourth quarter Miami comeback in the last five minutes. Don Shula would be proud. Russell Wilson had a solid game with 224 yards and two touchdowns, but Marshawn Lynch was nowhere to be seen. He had 46 yards on 19 carries. Maybe it was all the water on the field. Ryan Tannehill threw for 253 yards and one touchdown—a 29 yard pass to Charles Clay with 5:13 to go in the game. The touchdown was the result of the drive immediately following this 98-yard kickoff return from Leon Washington.