NFL Today, Week 4
Monday, Oct. 1
-Drew Brees, Saints, was 35 for 54 for 446 yards and three TDs in New Orleans' 28-27 loss to over Green Bay.
-Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, was 26 for 41 for 431 yards with a TD and two interceptions in Miami's 24-21 OT loss to Arizona.
-Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 25 for 40 for 369 yards with three TD passes and an interception in Atlanta's 30-28 win over Carolina.
-Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 22 for 36 for 340 yards with three TD passes in New England's 52-28 win over Buffalo.
-Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 30 for 38 for 328 yards and 3 TDs in Denver's 37-6 win over Oakland.
-Chris Johnson, Titans, had 25 carries for 141 yards in Tennessee's 38-14 loss to Houston. The yards more than tripled his rushing total through the first three games.
-Alfred Morris, Redskins had 21 carries for 113 yards and a TD in Washington's 24-22 win over Tampa Bay.
-Willis McGahee, Broncos had 19 carries for 112 yards and a TD in Denver's 37-6 win over Oakland.
-Michael Turner, Falcons, had 13 carries for 103 yards in Atlanta's 30-28 win over Carolina.
-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, finished with 21 carries for 102 yards in Minnesota's 20-13 win over Detroit. Peterson had more than 100 yards for the first time since Oct. 23, 2011.
-Brian Hartline, Dolphins, had 12 catches for 253 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 24-21 loss to Arizona.
-Roddy White, Falcons, had eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta's 30-28 win over Carolina.
-Marques Colston, Saints, had nine catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 28-27 loss to Green Bay.
-Wes Welker, Patriots, had nine catches for 129 yards in New England's 52-28 win over Buffalo.
-Andre Roberts, Cardinals, finished with six catches for 118 yards and two TDs in Arizona's 24-21 win over Miami.
-Donald Butler, Chargers, returned an interception 21 yards for a TD in San Diego's 37-20 win over Kansas City.
-Devin McCourty, Patriots, had two interceptions in New England's 52-28 win over Buffalo.
-Cameron Wake, Dolphins, had 4½ sacks in Miami's 24-21 loss to Arizona.
-Charles Johnson, Falcons had 3½ sacks in Atlanta's 30-28 win over Carolina.
-Percy Harvin and Marcus Sherels, Vikings. Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a TD and Sherels returned a punt 77 yards for a TD for Minnesota's only TDs in a 20-13 win over Detroit. Minnesota is the first team in NFL history to record both a kickoff-return touchdown and a punt-return touchdown in a game three different times.
-Greg Zuerlein, Rams, made four field goals, including a 60-yarder in St. Louis' 19-13 win over Seattle. Zuerlein is the first kicker in NFL history to convert a 60-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal in the same game.
LONE STAR STATE SUCCESS
Houston's 38-14 win over Tennessee gave the Texans the first 4-0 start to a season in franchise history and the first 4-0 start by a Houston professional football team since the USFL Houston Gamblers started 5-0 in 1985.
The New England Patriots became the second team in NFL history with a 300-yard passer (Tom Brady, 340 yards), two 100-yard rushers (Brandon Bolden, 137 yards and Steven Ridley, 106) and two 100-yard receivers (Wes Welker, 129 and Rob Gronkowski, 104) in the team's win at Buffalo. The only other team to accomplish the feat was the 2008 Packers. The Patriots, who trailed 14-7 at halftime, scored 45 second-half points. New England is the first team since the 1950 New York Giants (48 points) to score at least 45 second-half points in a game in which it trailed at halftime. ... New England improved to 17-1 in its past 18 meetings against Buffalo, and 22-2 dating to the 2000 season. ... The win was the 194th of Bill Belichick's career, moving him into eighth place on the NFL list, one ahead of Chuck Knox.
The Jets' 34-0 loss was the first time New York was shut out since losing 9-0 to Green Bay on Oct. 31, 2010, and the Jets' biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989. ... The Broncos didn't punt in their 37-6 win over Oakland -- only the fifth time that's happened in franchise history. ... The Arizona Cardinals have started 4-0 for the first time since 1974. The Cards earned the franchise's 500th regular-season victory with a 24-21 overtime win over Miami. The Cardinals are the ninth team in NFL history with 500 regular-season victories. The game also marked the first time since 1999 that the Cardinals overcame a halftime deficit of at least 13 points to win. ... Detroit became the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and a punt return for touchdowns in consecutive games, according to STATS LLC. The Lions allowed scores on a kickoff and punt in last week's 44-41 loss in overtime at Tennessee. ... San Diego QB Philip Rivers passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' 37-20 win at Kansas City. Rivers reached 25,000 (25,182) yards passing in his 104th career game. ... Texans safety Danieal Manning intercepted his first pass of the season and the 10th of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter. Manning returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown, giving him his first career interception return for touchdown. ... The Chiefs have been outscored 41-6 in the first quarter this season.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games, tied with Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas for the longest streak in NFL history. Unitas' mark of 47 consecutive games with a TD pass stood alone for 18,291 days. ... Tom Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games, tied with Brett Favre for the third-longest streak in NFL history. ... The Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they reached the NFC championship game. ... The Chargers rebounded from a letdown against Atlanta to improve to 8-2 in their past 10 games against Kansas City.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker injured his left -- non-throwing -- shoulder after being sacked in the first quarter of 38-14 road loss to the Houston Texans. He returned to the sideline in the second quarter in street clothes with his left arm in a sling. Locker hurt the same shoulder in Tennessee's season-opening loss to New England. Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said Locker was "sore" and will undergo an MRI exam Monday. How long he will be out remains to be seen. ... Santonio Holmes and the New York Jets will be playing the waiting game, too. New York's top receiver had to be helped from the field after he hurt his left foot on the first play of the fourth quarter in a 34-0 home loss to San Francisco. The injury was originally announced as a knee problem, but the Jets said after the game that Holmes was having a foot treated. ... The Buffalo Bills will have to shuffle their offensive line after losing two starters in a 52-28 loss to the New England Patriots. Coach Chan Gailey said left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik will be out for "a while" after both hurt their right ankle.
"I was on the headsets and I said, `Field goal,' and somebody said `Field goal?' I said, `Yeah, it's only 60. It's well within his range." -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher on kicker Greg Zuerlein setting two franchise records.
"I said it from Day 1, Andy is going to be one of the best ones. Once he gets into rhythm, he's one of the best in the league. I'm just fortunate and blessed to have a quarterback like that." -- Bengals receiver A.J. Green on his quarterback Andy Dalton. Green caught six passes for 117 yards and a TD in a 27-10 win over Jacksonville.
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