NFL Today, Week 7 Print
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday night, Oct. 22
Indianapolis (5-0) at Jacksonville (1-4). The last time the Colts played Jacksonville, the Jaguars won 44-17 and rushed for a franchise-record 375 yards.

STARS
Passing
-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 21-of-25 for 354 yards and a team-record six touchdowns in a 49-28 victory over the Dolphins. He has 27 TD passes through seven games, and is on pace to break Peyton Manning's NFL record of 49 set in 2004.
-Kerry Collins, Titans, filled in for injured Vince Young by throwing for 280 yards and driving Tennessee downfield in the final minute to set up Rob Bironas' deciding field goal in a 38-36 win over Houston. Sage Rosenfels tied an NFL record with four TD passes in the fourth quarter for Houston.
-Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 31-of-39 for 277 yards and a touchdown in a 24-14 victory over Minnesota.
-Brian Griese, Bears, threw for 322 yards and hit Muhsin Muhammad with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 9 seconds left for a 19-16 victory over the Eagles.
Rushing
-Kenny Watson, Bengals, filled in for Rudi Johnson and carried 31 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter of a 38-31 comeback win over the Jets.
-Larry Johnson, Chiefs, rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 21 yards in a 12-10 win over Oakland. It's the first time he's gone over 100 yards rushing in consecutive games since the final two weeks of last regular season.
-Brandon Jacobs, Giants, gained 107 yards on 18 carries, and his 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter began a stretch of 20 consecutive points in a 33-15 win over the 49ers.
-Marshawn Lynch, Bills, carried 27 times for 84 yards and a score in a 19-14 win over the Ravens. He's accounted for four of the five TDs scored by the Buffalo offense this season.
-LenDale White, Titans, ran 27 times for 104 yards and a touchdown in a 38-36 win over Houston. Chris Henry added 11 carries for 57 yards and a TD.
Receiving
-Wes Welker, Patriots, caught nine passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-28 win over Miami. He has 20 catches for 262 yards and four TDs over the past two weeks.
-Randy Moss, Patriots, caught four passes for 122 yards, including touchdowns of 35 and 50 yards. He's the first Patriots player since Stanley Morgan in 1986 to have at least 10 touchdown catches in a season.
- Roydell Williams, Titans, caught five passes for 124 yards, and his 46-yard grab with 39 seconds left helped set up Rob Bironas' deciding field goal in a 38-36 win over Houston.
-Terrell Owens, Cowboys, caught seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 24-14 win over the Vikings. It was only his second touchdown catch since Week 2.
-Laveranues Coles, Jets, caught eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-31 loss to the Bengals. He passed Curtis Martin for sixth place on the Jets' career receiving list. He also moved ahead of George Sauer into ninth for career touchdowns.
Special Teams
-Rob Bironas, Titans, kicked an NFL-record eight field goals, the last a 29-yarder with no time left that gave Tennessee a 38-36 win over Houston. Bironas also kicked two extra points and set the NFL record for most points by a kicker, with 26.
-Nate Burleson, Seahawks, returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to break open a close game and send Seattle to a 33-6 victory over winless St. Louis.
-Willie Andrews, Patriots, answered a Miami touchdown by taking the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a score, sparking four second-quarter TDs in a 49-28 win.
-Rian Lindell, Bills, kicked three of his four field goals in the first half of a 19-14 victory over the Ravens.
-Robbie Gould, Bears, kicked four field goals in a 19-16 victory over Philadelphia.
Defense
-Osi Umenyiora, Giants, had a sack and returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown in a 33-15 victory over San Francisco.
-London Fletcher, Redskins, made 13 tackles and returned an interception 27 yards for a second-quarter touchdown in a 21-19 victory over Arizona.
-Darryl Tapp, Seahawks, had four sacks in a 24-14 win over St. Louis.
-Jarrad Page, Chiefs, intercepted Daunte Culpepper's throw with 35 seconds left near midfield to preserve a 12-10 victory over Oakland.
-Johnathan Joseph, Bengals, returned his first career interception 42 yards for the clinching touchdown with 37 seconds left in a 38-31 win over the Jets.
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MILESTONES
Rob Bironas set an NFL record by kicking eight field goals, the last a 29-yarder with no time left that gave Tennessee a 38-36 win over Houston. ... Tom Brady became the first player to throw five TDs in the first half since Donovan McNabb in 2004. He is also the first to throw five or more TDs in consecutive games since Daunte Culpepper did it in 2004. ... Tampa Bay's Joey Galloway surpassed 10,000 yards receiving in his career with five catches for 46 yards in a 23-16 loss to the Lions. ... Miami's Jason Taylor returned an interception 36 yards for a TD, the eighth of his career to set the modern NFL record for a defensive lineman. ... Sage Rosenfels tied an NFL record with four TD passes in the fourth quarter for Houston.
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STREAKS
The Patriots improved to 7-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 49-28 win over the Dolphins, and matched an NFL record by winning each game by at least 17 points. New England's 42 points by halftime were a franchise record for a half, and the 49 points were the most ever allowed by the Dolphins at home. ... Miami is 0-7 for the first time in team history, and has lost 10 straight to extend a franchise record. ... Jeff Garcia set a Tampa Bay record by completing 18 straight passes. He has now thrown 270 passes without an interception, including last postseason for the Eagles, for the longest active streak. ... Dallas is 6-1 for the first time since 1995, its last Super Bowl season, and beat the Vikings for the first time since 1996. ... St. Louis (0-7) is off to its worst start in 70 years in the NFL.
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STATS
Washington managed just 160 yards of total offense and had the ball nearly 10 minutes less than Arizona, but still beat the Cardinals 21-19. ... The Giants managed 33 points despite gaining only 279 yards of total offense. ... The Texans had just 39 yards rushing against the Titans. ... Dallas enjoyed a 13-minute advantage in time of possession over the Vikings, who gained just 196 yards. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was 6-of-19 for 72 yards. At halftime, Dallas led Minnesota 250-76 in yards, 43-18 in plays and 16-5 in first downs but trailed 14-7.
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SWINGS
Houston scored 29 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sage Rosenfels to Andre' Davis for a 36-35 lead over Tennessee with 57 seconds left. But after Kerry Collins found Roydell Williams on a 46-yard pass, Rob Bironas kicked the winning field goal for the Titans. ... After going 10-6 last season, the Jets are 1-6 for the first time in eight years with a 38-31 loss to Cincinnati. ... The Vikings' Adrian Peterson ran four times for 27 yards and a touchdown on their opening drive, but carried just eight times the rest of the game in a 24-14 loss to Dallas. Peterson had 224 yards rushing last week vs. Chicago. ... The Giants have won five straight games after dropping their first two.
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SLOPPY
Needing a 2-point conversion trailing 21-19 with 21 seconds left, Arizona snapped the ball directly to receiver Anquan Boldin in shotgun formation. Boldin scrambled to the right, and with nowhere to run, threw a feeble pass into heavy coverage that Washington batted down. After recovering the onside kick, Neil Rackers missed the potential winning field goal. ... Tampa Bay had a punt blocked and Jeff Garcia lost two fumbles that led to 14 points in a 23-16 loss to the Lions. ... Sage Rosenfels, in place of injured quarterback Matt Schaub, accounted for four of Houston's six turnovers in a 38-36 loss to Tennessee. Houston managed 24 yards and two first downs in the first half, one coming on a penalty. ... Rams quarterback Marc Bulger tossed three interceptions in his return to the starting lineup. He also fumbled three times, losing two. ... Darrelle Revis drew a pair of pass interference penalties that extended Bengals touchdown drives during their comeback from a 13-point deficit in a 38-31 win over the Jets.
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SACKS
Darryl Tapp had four of Seattle's seven sacks in a 33-6 win over St. Louis. Tapp had just 4 1/2 sacks in his previous 22 games. ... Michael Strahan had 2 1/2 sacks and Justin Tuck had 1 1/2 as the Giants got to 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer five times in a 33-15 victory. ... The Lions' Dewayne White had three sacks in a 23-16 victory over Tampa Bay. ... DeMeco Ryans sacked Tennessee quarterback Kerry Collins, forcing a fumble that he recovered and returned 26 yards for a TD in the Texans' 38-36 loss. ... The Chiefs' Jared Allen had two more sacks in a 12-10 victory over Oakland, giving him eight in five games since returning from a suspension. ... The Cowboys' Greg Ellis had a pair of sacks in a 24-14 win over Minnesota. ... Tommie Harris had a pair of sacks in the Bears' 19-16 win over Philadelphia.
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BLOCK PARTY
os Rogers blocked an extra point by the Cardinals' Neil Rackers to end the first half, which led to a face mask tug-of-war between the kicker and the cornerback. ... San Francisco punter Jeff Feagles had his kick blocked by Moran Morris for a safety in the Giants' 33-15 win. ... Corey Smith blocked Josh Bidwell's punt on Tampa Bay's opening possession, leading to a Detroit field goal in a 23-16 victory over the Buccaneers.
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SIDELINED
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub left in the first half of a 38-36 loss to Tennessee with left ankle and right hip injuries. ... Atlanta lost new starting quarterback Byron Leftwich to an injured right ankle and rookie left tackle Renardo Foster to a left knee injury during a 22-16 loss to New Orleans. ... Miami lost running back Ronnie Brown to a right knee injury in the third quarter of a 49-28 loss to New England. The Dolphins also lost safeties Renaldo Hill (knee) and Courtney Bryan (thigh). ... The Ravens were forced to start six backups on offense, including three rookie linemen and quarterback Kyle Boller. ... Titans quarterback Vince Young sat out with a strained quadriceps.
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SPEAKING
``We can't win in America. Maybe we can win overseas.'' - Defensive end Jason Taylor, whose winless Dolphins play the Giants next Sunday in London.
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``I'm always concentrating on making the same kick. I've never really counted. I'll remember this one, though.'' - Rob Bironas, after his NFL-record eighth field goal gave Tennessee a 38-36 win over Houston.
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``Those guys are making the plays. I'm just throwing it.'' - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, deferring credit for his six-touchdown passing performance to his receivers.
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``I had imagined this in my mind. Once I decided to come back on July 29, this was all a part of it.'' - Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, who played Sunday after he was activated this week for the first time since suffering a neck injury on a hit from San Diego's Shawne Merriman on Oct. 30, 2005.
 

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