NFL Today, Week 8 Print
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Sunday, 28 October 2007 16:20
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday night, Oct. 29
Green Bay (5-1) at Denver (3-3) at 8:30. The Packers have won nine of last 10 and have intercepted a pass in 12 consecutive games. The Broncos' three wins all came on late field goals by Jason Elam.

STARS
Passing
- Tom Brady, Patriots, was 29-of-38 for 306 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores in a 52-7 win over Washington.
- Drew Brees, Saints, was 31-of-39 for 336 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-10 win over San Francisco.
- Derek Anderson, Browns, was 18-of-25 for 248 yards and three TDs in a 27-20 win over St. Louis.
- Jon Kitna, Lions, was 24-of-35 without an interception for 268 yards in a 16-7 win over Chicago.
- Donovan McNabb, Eagles, was 23-of-36 for 333 yards and one TD in a 23-16 win over Minnesota.

Rushing
- Joseph Addai, Colts, ran for 100 yards and two TDs and caught a scoring pass in Indianapolis' 31-7 win over Carolina.
- Willie Parker, Steelers, ran for 126 yards and a TD in Pittsburgh's 24-13 win over Cincinnati.
- LenDale White, Titans, ran for a career-high 133 yards in Tennessee's 13-9 win over Oakland.
- Brandon Jacobs, Giants, ran for 131 yards - the second straight week he's hit a career high - in a 13-10 win over Miami.

Receiving
- Marques Colston, Saints, had three touchdown catches in a 31-10 over San Francisco.
- Antonio Gates, Chargers, caught touchdown passes of 49 and 31 yards in a 35-10 win over Houston.
- Braylon Edwards, Browns, caught two TD passes and tied a career best with eight catches for 117 yards in a 27-20 win over St. Louis.

Special Teams
- Jason Hanson, Lions, made field goals of 52, 26 and 20 yards to help Detroit beat Chicago 16-7.
- Matt Bryant, Bucs, kicked field goals of 44, 22 and 42 yards in a 24-23 loss to Jacksonville.

Defense
- Antonio Cromartie, Chargers, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had two interceptions, one of which he returned 70 yards for another TD.
- Mike Vrabel, Patriots, forced three fumbles by quarterback Jason Campbell that led to 17 points, and caught a TD pass in a 52-7 win over Washington.
- Leigh Bodden, Browns, intercepted Marc Bulger with 38 seconds remaining to preserve Cleveland's 27-20 win over St. Louis.
- David Harris, Jets, had 17 tackles, including 10 solo, and a sack in a 13-3 loss to the Bills.
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MILESTONES
Peyton Manning's second touchdown pass, a 59-yard strike to Reggie Wayne late in the third quarter of a 31-7 win over Carolina, was the 288th of his career. That broke Johnny Unitas' team record for career scoring passes. ... After beating St. Louis 27-20, Cleveland is 4-3 and above .500 for the first time since finishing 2002 at 9-7, the Browns' last winning season. ... Quinn Gray, making his first NFL start, threw an 8-yard TD pass with 11:37 left to lift Jacksonville over Tampa Bay, 24-23. ... Jacksonville RB Fred Taylor moved within 73 yards of becoming the 21st player in NFL history with 10,000 yards rushing.
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SHOWDOWN
The Patriots (8-0) and the Colts (7-0) both have perfect records going into next Sunday's game at Indianapolis.
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SIBLINGS
Peyton Manning's 59-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis' 31-7 win over Carolina, equaled the total passing yards by his brother, the Giants' Eli Manning, who was 8-of-22 for 59 yards in a 13-10 win over Miami at Wembley Stadium in London.
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STREAKS
y extended his NFL record to eight games at the start of a season with at least three touchdown passes. ... Miami fell to 0-8 and kept 0-16 very much in play for the season on this, the 35th anniversary of their perfect, 17-0 season in 1972.
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STATS
The Raiders and Titans combined for only 453 yards of total offense, 133 on 25 carries by Tennessee running back LenDale White. ... The Panthers' put together a team record-tying 18-play scoring drive on their opening possession against Indianapolis. It took more than 11 minutes, the longest by time in the NFL this season. ... New England has scored at least 34 points in each of its seven games and has won by at least 17 points, outscoring opponents by an average of 41.3 to 15.9. ... The Redskins, 52-7 losers to the Patriots, sustained their worst loss since 1961 when the New York Giants beat them 53-0.
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SWINGS
The Saints, who started the season 0-4, have won three in a row to move within one game of the AFC South lead. ... The 49ers, who started the season 2-0, have dropped five in a row. ... San Diego beat Houston 35-10 to win its third straight and go over .500 for the first time since opening day.
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SWITCHES
The Jets changed quarterbacks late in the game, with Kellen Clemens replacing an ineffective Chad Pennington with 3:32 left in a 13-3 loss to the Bills. ... The Bills were forced to change quarterbacks when J.P. Losman replaced an injured Trent Edwards, who left in the third quarter with what appeared to be a right hand injury. ... Pats backup Matt Cassel replaced Tom Brady midway through the fourth quarter and ran 15 yards for a score to put New England ahead 52-0 with 5:53 left in the game.
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SLOPPY
Titans quarterback Vince Young was only 6-of-14 for 42 yards, but had a 44-yard gain wiped out by a pass interference call and three passes dropped that could have been touchdowns. ... The Browns were penalized 14 times for 102 yards in a 27-20 win over St. Louis. ... Chicago's Brian Griese threw four interceptions and got picked off three times in the end zone by Detroit in a 16-7 loss. ... Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia was 19-of-41 for 267 yards and was sacked twice. ... The Giants and Dolphins, playing at Wembley Stadium in London, combined for 492 yards, only 187 passing - numbers single teams often put up by themselves in a single game. They combined for seven fumbles, two missed field goals and 14 penalties.
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SACKS
Travis LaBoy had two of Tennessee's five sacks in a 13-9 victory over Oakland. The fourth-year pro out of Miami had only two sacks through the first seven weeks.
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SIDELINED
Matt Schaub, Texans, left in the second quarter after his second interception. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation, although the exact nature of the injury was unknown. ... Panthers QB Vinny Testaverde left Carolina's 31-7 loss to Indianapolis in the third quarter with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon, and was replaced by David Carr. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson, who returned to the lineup after missing a month with a groin injury, scored his first touchdown of the season before leaving in the first quarter with lower back pain. ... The Minnesota Vikings were down to their No. 3 quarterback by the end of a 23-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly Holcomb, in relief of deactivated Tarvaris Jackson, was knocked out of the game in the third quarter on a sack by Juqua Thomas. Holcomb's head slammed hard against the turf and he injured his neck. Backup Brooks Bollinger came out for the next series.
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SPEAKING
``Go, Chargers, go!'' - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after flipping the coin and thanking the firefighters prior to the start of San Diego's game against Houston at Qualcomm Stadium.
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``That's why they're 5-2 and we're 2-5. Good teams put it in the end zone. Teams like us kick field goals.'' - T.J. Houshmandzadeh after Cincinnati opted for a chip-shot field goal and the Steelers answered with a touchdown on the way to a 24-13 win Sunday.
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``In hindsight, we probably should have gone for it,'' Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis.
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``If I tie my career high, whoop-dee-doo, the big thing is we got the win. We've got our heads above water for the first time in a long time.'' - Cleveland's Braylon Edwards, who had two TD catches in the Browns' 27-20 win over St. Louis and put Cleveland (4-3) above .500 for the first time since 2002.
 

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