John Clayton's game balls
With Terrell Owens
gone and Roy Williams
out with three injured ribs, Miles Austin
had the greatest receiving day in Cowboys history. He caught 10 passes for 250 yards, including a game-winning 60-yard touchdown, in a 26-20 overtime victory over the Chiefs. That topped the 246 yards Hall of Famer Bob Hayes had in 1966. Austin was targeted 15 times and had two touchdowns.
Ravens safety Ed Reed
's 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Bengals was the sixth time in his career he returned a pick for a touchdown. It was the 45th interception of his career and his eighth defensive touchdown.
But what got Reed the game ball was a different play in the second quarter. The Bengals trailed 7-3 with 1:26 left in the first half. Carson Palmer
was driving the Bengals and hit Chad Ochocinco
on a 21-yard pass over the middle, putting the Bengals in scoring position. But Reed trailed him and swatted the football out, forcing a fumble that Baltimore recovered. "It's just instinctive stuff at the time," Reed said. "It's just running to the football."
• Special teams: Matt Prater
's 41-yard field goal in overtime gave the Broncos a 20-17 victory over New England. After winning the overtime coin toss, Kyle Orton
drove the Broncos 58 yards on 11 plays. Prater, who made a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter, was calm under pressure. He did miss a 48-yarder, but the two kicks he made helped the Broncos move to 5-0. For the season, he is 10-for-13 on field goals.
• The Raiders were epically bad in a blowout loss to the Giants, especially on offense. Pasquarelli
• After beating his mentor in an OT thriller, Josh McDaniels let loose in elation. Wojciechowski
• After a brutal home loss to the lowly Browns, the tension is mounting in Buffalo. Graham
• Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's strength after a tragedy inspired the Bengals. Walker
• Donovan McNabb's strong return made Michael Vick and the Wildcat an afterthought.
• A casual chat with his coach helped Atlanta WR Roddy White return to form. Yasinskas
• The Cardinals affirmed their serial inconsistency in a wild victory over Houston. Sando
• Now that Kyle Orton proved he can win a game, the Broncos are officially for real. Williamson
Week 5 rundown
• Cleveland 6, Buffalo 3
One of the ugliest games of 2009 -- and the Redskins weren't even involved. So much for Derek Anderson
(2-of-17, 23 yards) giving the Browns' offense a boost.
• Pittsburgh 28, Detroit 20
The Lions are more competitive, but they can't shake adversity. A week after franchise QB Matthew Stafford
hurt his knee, their best player (WR Calvin Johnson
) left Sunday's game with a leg injury.
• Dallas 26, Kansas City 20 (OT)
How bad are things for the Chiefs' offense? Mike Vrabel
has one more TD than Larry Johnson
Minnesota 38, St. Louis 10
Maybe the 0-5 Rams would be competitive in the UFL. Maybe.
N.Y. Giants 44, Oakland 7
The Giants' mini-vacation is over. They face the Saints, Cardinals and Eagles over the next three weeks.
Philadelphia 33, Tampa Bay 14
In his first appearance since Week 1, Donovan McNabb
(16-of-21, 264 yards, 3 TDs) may have found a new go-to guy in rookie Jeremy Maclin
(6 catches, 142 yards, 2 TDs).
Carolina 20, Washington 17
An 11-point fourth quarter possibly saved the Panthers' season. The Redskins' Clinton Portis finally found the end zone, but he's still looking for his first 100-yard game.
Cincinnati 17, Baltimore 14
Another thrilling win for the now-first-place Bengals. Several key penalties, including three on Cincy's game-winning drive, buried the Ravens.
Atlanta 45, San Francisco 10
Is the Falcons' offense this good? Or is the 49ers' defense a bit overrated? Hmm.
Seattle 41, Jacksonville 0
Starting to pay dividends. A week after registering his first 100-yard receiving game of 2009, T.J. Houshmandzadeh
finally scored his first TD as a Seahawk.
Arizona 28, Houston 21
A running game? When Kurt Warner
(26-of-38, 302 yards, 2 TDs ) plays like he did Sunday, the Cardinals can get by without one.
Denver 20, New England 17 (OT)
5-0. A win over the mighty Patriots. The Broncos are making a pretty convincing case that they're for real.
• Indianapolis 31, Tennessee 9
Another 300-yard passing game for Peyton Manning
. And yes, he's earned the right to pad his stats.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
• N.Y. Jets at Miami (ESPN, 8:30 ET)
An early look at next weekend's biggest games:
• N.Y. Giants (5-0) at New Orleans (4-0): The first real test for the Giants since Week 2.
• Baltimore (3-2) at Minnesota (5-0):
No one has been able to stop the Vikings' offense. Is the Ravens' D up to the task?
• Denver (5-0) at San Diego (2-2):
The Broncos haven't won in San Diego since 2005.
• Week 6 schedule