That vaunted Broncos defense finally ran into a better one, while some quality teams struggled. Also, the usual terrible ones did too.
•Ravens 30, Broncos 7. Baltimore's defense made the Broncos look like the Broncos we expected before the season started. Denver just couldn't get anything going, and a 95 yard kickoff return after halftime sealed the deal.
•Colts 18, 49ers 14. Indy stays undefeated, but this one was close. San Fran led after each of the first three quarters, but Jim Caldwell finally figured out he had Reggie Wayne on his team. Wayne had 147 yards receiving, and caught a TD from Joseph Addai.
•Dolpins 30, Jets 25. A 3-3 game at the half turned into a shootout. Ted Ginn returned kickoffs for 100 and 101 yards, and Miami made one final stand to give the Jets a .500 record going into their bye.
•Cowboys 38, Seahawks 17. And just like that, Dallas is tied for first in the east. For the second straight week, Tony Romo had three TD passes and no INTs, while Miles Austin again led the team in receiving.
•Eagles 40, Giants 17. Okay, time to stop pretending the Giants are an NFC contender. The Eagles' five touchdowns came on plays averaging 40 yards apiece, and those drives took 13 plays. Total.
•Texans 31, Bills 10. Steve Slaton was benched and Owen Daniels injured, both in the first quarter, but that doesn't matter when you've got Ryan Moats. The afterthought rushed for 126 yards and three scores, as the Texans go two games over .500 for the first time ever. The Ryan Fitzpatrick era seems to have petered out.
•Rams 17, Lions 10. The Rams win a game! Despite their kicker throwing for more TDs than Marc Bulger, and despite picking off Matthew Stafford only to be tackled for a safety, the Rams win a game! Of course it's against Detroit, so it's worth about half of a real win.
•Bears 30, Browns 6. We had a Brady Quinn sighting late in this one; that should tell you how it went. Cleveland turned it over five times, but don't worry. They, the Rams, and the Raiders have their byes next week, so the average quality of football should rise dramatically.