Recapping the Early Slate of NFL Games


It’s been an entertaining slate of early games today. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Oct 21, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver

Victor Cruz

(80) hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass late in the second half against theWashington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

NY Giants 27, Washington 23: Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 77(!) yard game-winning TD moments after Bob Griffin had led Washington down the field for a go-ahead score. The Redskins outrushed the Giants 248-64, but it wasn’t enough.

Tennessee 35, Buffalo 34: Matt Hasselbeck hit Nate Washington for a 15 yard score with just over a minute remaining, and extra point gave the Titans a one point victory. Chris Johnson sighting! CJ2K had 100 yards and two TDs in about the first 12 seconds of the game.

Indianapolis 17, Cleveland 13: Andrew Luck ran for two first half touchdowns, and the Colts held on for the victory over the Browns, who only got eight yards on eight carries from a banged up Trent Richardson. Did the Bengals really lose to Cleveland last week, or was that a dream?

Green Bay 30, St. Louis 20: The Packers led just 10-6 at the half, but Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb for two second half touchdowns to help Green Bay pull away. The Pack are back on track.

Minnesota 21, Arizona 14: Adrian Peterson looks better every week. AP ran for 153 yards, including a nifty touchdown run, in the win for the Vikings. Minnesota improves to an improbable 5-2, while Arizona falls to 4-3. So much for that hot start.

New Orleans 35, Tampa Bay 28: Josh Freeman appeared to hit Mike Williams for a possible game-tying touchdown as time expired, but the officials rulEd Williams had stepped out of bounds prior to catching the ball, and the Saints celebrated the victory. Drew Brees had over three hundred yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Is New Orleans alive at 2-4? Nah.

Dallas 19, Carolina 14: The Cowboys needed this one, and they got it. Dan Bailey kicked two field goals in the final 3:25 for Dallas. Cam Newton just doesn’t look like the same guy. Is it simply defenses adjusting to his game, or something else?

Houston 43, Baltimore 13: Who Dey nation weeps—WEEPS!—at this result. The Texans bounced back in a big way from their first loss, and Baltimore all of a sudden looks very, very vulnerable. The AFC North is up for grabs.

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