Another week, another Bengal loss. Obviously we will have more on that to come, but in the meantime here is a recap of the rest of the early games:
Baltimore 25, Cleveland 15:
The Ravens took a two touchdown lead in the first quarter, and a rout seemed inevitable. The Browns surprisingly rallied for 15 unanswered points to take a fourth quarter lead, but Joe Flacco hit Torrey Smith for a touchdown with under five minutes remaining to pull out the win.
Green Bay 31, Arizona 17:
Aaron Rogers threw four touchdown passes, including a 72-yard hook up with Tom Crabtree at the end of the third quarter. The Packers improve to 6-3, while the Cardinals drop to 4-5 and continue to sink out of playoff contention.
Chicago 51, Tennessee 20:
The Bears put up 28 points in the first quarter, scoring through the air, on the ground, on a blocked punt, and an interception return. Brandon Marshall had three touchdown receptions and the Bears continue to impress in moving to 7-1.
Indianapolis 23, Miami 20:
Andrew Luck had a monster game, setting a rookie record by throwing for 433 yards in leading the Colts to a narrow win in a game that had surprising playoff implications. Indianapolis now sits at 5-3 with a fairly easy upcoming schedule as they continue to make a push for the postseason.
Carolina 21, Washington 13:
The Panthers pulled out a win and effectively put the clamps on Robert Griffin III. This was a much-needed victory for Carolina and the embattled Cam Newton, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
Detroit 31, Jacksonville 14:
Mikel Leshoure ran for three second quarter touchdowns, and the Lions cruised from there. The Lions move to 4-4 and continue to sit on the outskirts of the NFC wild card race.
Houston 21, Buffalo 9:
Matt Schaub threw for two touchdowns and the Texans defense kept the Bills out of the end zone in a workmanlike victory. Houston had to be happy to see struggling receiver Andre Johnson contribute 118 yards.