Early Sunday in Review: Surprises Abound

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It’s that time of the day where our early games have come to an end. And in a day of offensive shootouts, I can only say that yes, there was a ton of points scored.


Nov 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at M

To start with the team that put 55 on the scoreboard, the Ravens pummeled the Raiders. Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense sent critics packing with their performance at home, as Flacco punished the Raider’s defense with 341 yards passing and 3 touchdowns to boot. That moves their record to a strong 7-2.


Nov.11, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Tennessee won 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Then there was the Titans, who paid a visit to Miami as underdogs. However, that didn’t stop them from putting up 37 points against the Dolphins’ stout defense. Those points came in the form of two touchdowns from Jake Locker and a great game from Chris Johnson on the ground. It didn’t help the Dolphins’ cause that Ryan Tannehill couldn’t stop giving the ball up.

Shocker alert: The Falcons are no longer undefeated, everybody. And it came at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees passed for 3 touchdowns, and Matt Ryan couldn’t complete a 4th and goal from the 1 yard line for the win. Jimmy Graham appeared to be Brees’ favorite target as he caught seven passes for 146 yards and grabbed a touchdown to his name as well.

After losing three of four games, the Minnesota Vikings got a much-needed victory over the Detroit Lions. Minnesota put up 34 points against a struggling Lions defense, with much of the workload falling on the capable legs of Adrian Peterson. The game puts the Vikings back in the NFC North race, as they improve to 6-3.

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