NFL Today, Week 6 Print
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Sunday, 14 October 2007 15:27
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday night, Oct. 15
N.Y. Giants (3-2) at Atlanta (1-4). New York has won three straight, while the Michael Vick-less Falcons have had one of the league's worst offenses.

STARS
Passing
-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 31-of-46 for 388 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in a 48-27 win over previously unbeaten Dallas. He leads the league with 21 touchdown passes, and has at least three in every game this season.
-Vinny Testaverde, Panthers, became the oldest starting quarterback to win a game, throwing for 206 yards and a touchdown in a 25-10 victory over Arizona. The 43-year-old Testaverde signed with Carolina on Wednesday.
-Derek Anderson, Browns, was 18-of-25 for 245 yards and connected with Braylon Edwards on three touchdown passes in a 41-31 victory over the Dolphins. Anderson also ran for a score.
-Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers, threw for 274 yards and a touchdown in a 13-10 win over the Titans. Garcia has five touchdowns and no interceptions through six games.
-David Garrard, Jaguars, threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-17 rout of Houston. Garrard has not thrown an interception this season.
-Damon Huard, completed 25 of 35 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in a 27-20 victory over Cincinnati.
Rushing
-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, rushed 20 times for a franchise-record 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 victory over the Bears. He had gained 383 yards on 76 carries and a touchdown through the first four games.
-LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers, matched his career high with four touchdowns, rushing for 198 yards on 24 carries in a 28-14 win over the Raiders.
-Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars, ran 12 times for 125 yards and two scores as Jacksonville piled up 244 yards rushing in a 37-17 victory over the Texans. Jones-Drew finished with 260 all-purpose yards.
-DeAngelo Williams, Panthers, ran 10 times for 121 yards and a touchdown in a 25-10 win over the Cardinals. His 75-yard scamper late in the game sealed it.
-Larry Johnson, Chiefs, carried 31 times for 119 yards and a touchdown in a 27-20 win over the Bengals. He rushed nine times for 12 yards the previous week in a loss to Jacksonville.
-Ronnie Brown, Dolphins, rushed for 101 yards in a 41-31 loss to the Browns. He joins Ricky Williams as the only Miami players to gain at least 100 yards rushing in four straight games.
Receiving
-Wes Welker, Patriots, caught 11 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-27 win over the Cowboys. Donte Stallworth also caught seven passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
-Kevin Curtis, Eagles, caught five passes for 121 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter of a 16-9 victory over the Jets.
-Braylon Edwards, Browns, caught five passes for 67 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-31 win over the Dolphins.
-Steve Smith, Panthers, had 10 receptions for 136 yards and the go-ahead 65-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter of a 25-10 win over Arizona.
-T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals, caught eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-20 loss to the Chiefs.
-Kevin Walter, Texans, grabbed 12 passes for 160 yards in a 37-17 loss to Jacksonville.
Special Teams
- Ryan Longwell, Vikings, kicked a pair of fields, the second a career-long 55-yarder with no time left that gave Minnesota a 34-31 win over the Bears.
-Matt Stover, Ravens, kicked five field goals in a 22-3 victory over the Rams.
-Devin Hester, Bears, returned a punt 89 yards for a first-quarter touchdown in a 34-31 loss to the Vikings. It was the third kick return this season for Hester, who also caught an 81-yard touchdown pass that tied it with 1:38 left.
-Matt Bryant, Buccaneers, kicked a game-winning 43-yard field goal in a 13-10 win over the Titans. Bryant also kicked a 23-yarder to open the scoring.
Defense
-Charles Woodson, Packers, had an interception and returned a fumble 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter of a 17-14 victory over the Redskins.
-Sean Taylor, Redskins, had two interceptions and forced a fumble in a 17-14 loss to the Packers. Taylor has four picks this season and 11 since joining the league in 2004.
-Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips, Chargers, combined for 4 1/2 sacks in a 28-14 win over the Raiders. San Diego had six total sacks.
-Deke Cooper, Panthers, had his first two interceptions of the season in a 25-10 win over Arizona. Cooper had only three picks in his previous 62 games, 26 of them starts.
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MILESTONES
LaDainian Tomlinson's four TD runs moved him past John Riggins for fifth on the career TDs rushing list with 106. ... Tom Brady's five TD passes tied a franchise record and gave him an NFL mark with at least three in each of the first six games of the season. ... Tony Gonzalez caught a 3-yard pass in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 27-20 win over the Bengals, breaking the record of 62 touchdown receptions for a tight end set by Shannon Sharpe from 1990-03. Gonzalez added another TD catch in the fourth quarter. ... Brett Favre was intercepted for the 278th time in the Packers' 17-14 win over Washington, surpassing George Blanda for the career record. ... At 43 years and 335 days old, Vinny Testaverde became the oldest starting quarterback to win a game in NFL history. He was the third oldest to start a regular-season game, behind only Steve DeBerg and Warren Moon.
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STREAKS
The Dolphins have lost a franchise-record nine consecutive games, including six straight on the road. ... The Bengals have lost four straight and are 1-7 since starting 8-5 last season. ... The Rams are 0-6 for the first time since 1962, when the franchise was in Los Angeles. ... The Eagles improved to 8-0 all-time against the Jets, and are 9-0 under Andy Reid in games following bye weeks. ... The Raiders have lost 16 consecutive games to teams in their own division, and eight straight to the Chargers. ... The Patriots have won all six games this season and nine in a row over two regular seasons.
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STATS
... The Patriots had 28 first downs in a 48-27 win over the Cowboys. Dallas committed 12 penalties, four resulting in New England first downs. ... A week after rushing for 17 yards in a loss to Indianapolis, the Bucs were held to 30 on the ground. This time, they won, 13-10 vs. Tennessee.
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SWINGS
Instant replay overturned two interceptions by Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber. He did pick up a fumble, only to fumble it during the return. The Buccaneers went on to win 13-10. ... Tampa Bay, at 4-2, has already matched last season's victory total. ... The Browns' Jerome Harrison had 57 yards on eight carries in 41-31 win over Miami, after totaling just 60 yards in his previous 11 NFL games. ... Houston appeared to go ahead of Jacksonville 10-0 on Matt Schaub's 10-yard pass to Andre' Davis in the first quarter. Replays showed Davis fumbled just before the goal line and the call was overturned. The ball bounced out of bounds for a touchback, and the Jaguars rolled to a 37-17 win. ... The Jets are 1-5 after going 10-6 last season. ... The Vikings won a road game against the Bears for the first time since 2000.
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SLOPPY
Rams quarterback Gus Frerotte, in place of injured Marc Bulger, threw five interceptions and lost a fumble in a 22-3 loss to the Ravens. ... The Packers fumbled four times, but didn't lose any of them in a 17-14 win over Washington. ... The Bengals committed two 15-yard penalties to set up the Chiefs' 32-yard field goal on their first possession. ... Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper was intercepted twice, lost a fumble and was sacked six times. ... Tim Rattay was 12-of-24 for 159 yards with three interceptions in the Cardinals' 25-10 loss to Carolina. He also fumbled twice, but recovered both times, after getting summoned to replace the injured Kurt Warner.
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SACKS
Shawne Merriman had 2 1/2 sacks, Shaun Phillips had two more, and the Chargers had six total in a 28-14 win over Oakland. ... Jared Allen had 2 1/2 of the Chiefs' four sacks in a 27-20 victory over the Bengals. Allen has six sacks in four games since returning from a suspension. ... Four Ravens registered sacks against Rams quarterback Gus Frerotte in a 22-3 victory. ... Aaron Kampman had two of the Packers' three sacks in a 17-14 win over Washington. ... Julius Peppers had 1 1/2 sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one in the Panthers' 25-10 victory over Arizona. Peppers had no sacks going into the game. ... Dallas sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times, as many as he'd been sacked all season.
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SIDELINED
Vince Young left the Titans' 13-10 loss to Tampa Bay with a quadriceps injury. He limped off after being pushed out of bounds while scrambling midway through the third quarter and didn't return. ... Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner sprained his left elbow in the first quarter against Carolina. He was replaced by Tim Rattay, the Cardinals' only backup. ... Patriots running back Sammy Morris left after taking a hard hit to the chest, and tight end Benjamin Watson sustained an ankle injury against Dallas. ... The Redskins' beat-up offensive line lost right tackle Todd Wade and center Casey Rabach to groin injuries.
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SPEAKING
``When you run the ball for nine-point-something yards a carry in this league, you're kicking somebody's tail. That was ours they were kicking.'' - Texans coach Gary Kubiak after allowing Jacksonville 244 yards on 26 carries in a 37-17 loss.
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``We knew they was wounded. We smelled blood and we went after it.'' - Baltimore defensive end Terrell Suggs after forcing Rams quarterback Gus Frerotte into six turnovers in a 22-3 win.
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``My experience is that when you get completely sick and tired of the feeling we have right now, then things will change.'' - Coach Cam Cameron after the Dolphins' ninth straight loss.
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``Jeff Garcia never gets rattled. All he needs is one more shot, and if you give him one more shot, he's capable of doing what he did.'' - Coach Jon Gruden after Garcia led upstart Tampa Bay to a 13-10 win over Tennessee.
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``I'm glad it's over, just like the other records. We're 5-1, so it feels a lot better than having no picks and being 1-5.'' - Brett Favre after the Packers quarterback set the career interceptions record in a 17-14 victory over Washington.
 

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