Jets upset Pats thanks to odd new rule [Week 7 Early Games Recap]
N.Y. Jets 30, New England 27 (F/OT) Today we learned it is a penalty to push one of your teammates during a field goal attempt. That saved the Jets in overtime after bad play calling resulted in a 56 yard field goal attempt that predictably missed. With second life given, Jets (4-3) kicker Nick Folk converted a 42 yarder to win. The Patriots (5-2) forced overtime with a field goal of their win with 16 seconds left. The loss will sting for New England, but the bigger problem going forward is Tom Brady's inaccuracy. Even with Gronk's return, Brady was 22/46 today.
Cincinnati 27, Detroit 24 This Calvin Johnson catch might be Megatron's greatest catch ever. That tied the game, but the old Lions (4-3) incompetence struck late. Punting with under 2 minutes to go from their own 23, the punt traveled just 28 yards, putting the Bengals (5-2) at midfield. Cincinnati took advantage. They didn't move the ball a lot, but they moved it enough for a 54 yard Mike Nugent field goal as the clocks hit zero to win it.
Buffalo 23, Miami 21 Continuing the theme of late field goals to win, here's the Bills Dan Carpenter hitting a 31 yarder with 33 seconds left. Buffalo (3-4) wins despite Thad Lewis being mediocre and the running game being mostly nonexistent. Miami (3-3) scored touchdowns their last drive of the first half and first second of the drive, then did nothing else the rest of the way, and that 3-0 start feels a long time ago.
Washington 45, Chicago 41 Jay Cutler left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury, bringing in Josh McCown, who no one realized was still in the league. However, Washington's defense is so bad that the Bears (4-3) still had a chance at this one at the end. Robert Griffin III started to look like himself in this one, going 18/29 for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns (including this sweet one to Aldrick Robinson), while running for 84 yards. Washington (2-4) finished the shootout on a 3 yard Roy Helu touchdown with 45 seconds to go. The Bears used a quasi-Music City Miracle to give themselves a chance, but the Josh McCown magic ran out. Matt Forte had a huge game with 3 touchdowns.
Carolina 30, St. Louis 15 The Rams (3-4) actually outgained the Panthers (3-3) in this one, but were done in by three turnovers. Cam Newton was scarily efficient, going 15/17.
Atlanta 31, Tampa Bay 23 The Bucs (0-6) were better this week, but it still wasn't enough. The Falcons (2-4) led 24-7 at one point and 24-10 at the half before their offense mostly stopped. Tampa's first shot to make it a one possession game late was blundered by penalties, forcing a field goal. They hit another field goal with 1:55 to go, but couldn't get the onside kick and that's all she wrote.
San Diego 24, Jacksonville 6 Some smart alecks thought the Jags might get their first win of the season. They forgot that these are the Jaguars (0-7), who *still* don't have a touchdown at home. San Diego (4-3) was solid, particularly Phil Rivers, who was 22-26 for 285 yards.
Dallas 17, Philadelphia 3 These teams combined for 18 punts, most of them before a touchdown was finally scored. Dallas (4-3) takes over first place in the NFC East, for what it's worth. Nick Foles left the game with a head injury. Matt Barkley was no better for the Eagles (3-4).