NFL Week 9 Early Games Recap

NFC East shows some life: Romo doesn't blow it, Washington wins in OT [Week 9 Early Games Recap]

11/3/13 in NFL   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NFL Week 9 Early Games RecapWhat began as a blah set of games turned out to have a lot of excitement at the end. We'll have more detailed look at these games from a fan's point of view when the From the Armchair articles come out later this week. For now, here's a look at what happened during today's early games.

Dallas 27, Minnesota 23 The Tony Romo choker meme can be put away for one week at least, as the maligned quarterback led Dallas (5-3) on a 90 yard drive, ending with a touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris with 35 second to play. Minnesota (1-7) had taken the lead on this ridiculous Adrian Peterson play (although in typical Vikings fashion, they missed the extra point). Romo threw a pick on the possession directly after, before coming through on the final one. The Vikings had one last chance, but Christian Ponder's final Hail Mary landed five yards short of the end zone. The line of scrimmage was the Dallas 47, so just you know.

Washington 30, San Diego 24 (F/OT) It looked like another long day for Washington (3-5) after this bizarre play early in the game. When the Chargers (4-4) were driving late in the game and had 1st and goal at the 1, it looked like Washington's horrible defense had blown another one. They held at the goal line though, and San Diego kicked a chip shot field goal to force overtime. They didn't see the ball again. Washington won the toss and marched down the field, winning on a 4 yard touchdown run by fullback Darrel Young. It was Young's third score of the game, as the running game powered Washington all day. Alfred Morris ran for 121 yards and a score himself.

N.Y. Jets 26, New Orleans 20 There's an even bigger upset brewing in the late games, but for now this is biggest one of the day. The Jets (5-4) won this one with defense and the running game. They gained 196 yards on the ground, 139 of those by former Saint Chris Ivory. The Jets also picked Drew Brees off twice. Jimmy Graham was excellent, but his touchdown with 7:51 left in the second was the last for New Orleans (6-2).

Kansas City 23, Buffalo 13 It wasn't pretty, but the Chiefs (9-0) got it done again. It wasn't looking good in the first half as Kansas City looked inept and Buffalo (3-6) took a 10-3 lead into the half. At the goal line early in the third though, Jeff Tuel turned into Jeff Tuel and this was the result. The Chiefs took the lead for good in the fourth on a fumble return for a score by Tamba Hali. Kansas City is 9-0, but this is after not scoring a single offensive touchdown.

Tennessee 28, St. Louis 21 A 19 yard touchdown run by Chris Johnson with 2:54 left was enough to break the tie and give the Titans (4-4) the win over the Rams (3-6). Tennessee won despite Jake Locker being horrible, throwing for 185 yards and 2 interceptions.

Carolina 34, Atlanta 10 Up 14-10 at halftime, Carolina's defense went to work in the second half, picking off Matt Ryan twice (one returned for the game sealing touchdown) and forcing two punts. The Panthers (5-3) offense was more serviceable than good, but they've gotten themselves into the playoff race, while the Falcons (2-6) are most certainly done now.

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