A division rises from the scrap heap
• Tennessee 34, Houston 20
Feel-good: Jarrett Payton scores first NFL TD. Feel bad: David Carr sacked seven more times.
• Green Bay 52, New Orleans 3
• Seattle 37, St. Louis 31
• N.Y. Jets 14, Tampa Bay 12
• New England 31, Atlanta 28
• Buffalo 20, Miami 14
• Detroit 35, Baltimore 17
• Cleveland 20, Chicago 10
• Indianapolis 28, San Francisco 3
• Carolina 24, Arizona 20
• Dallas 33, Philadelphia 10
• Denver 21, Washington 19
• Jacksonville 23, Cincinnati 20
Bye: Kansas City, Oakland, N.Y. Giants, Minnesota.
|ONE TO GO|
|Steelers at Chargers, (9 ET, ABC)|
On the flip side, the Chargers will look to keep the ball rolling following a momentous road victory at New England. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson will try his luck against a similarly stout Steelers run defense, which is surrendering only 96.7 yards per contest. With so much beef up front for both of these defenses, this game will likely be decided by the quarterback -- Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) or Drew Brees (Chargers) -- who makes the most plays and fewest mistakes.
|SOME THINGS TO SLEEP ON|
• Adam Vinatieri is playing this season under the "franchise" tag. That's appropriate, because his right leg, along with Tom Brady's right arm, is going to carry the franchise this year. As bad as New England's defense is right now -- and there's really no other way to describe it -- the Patriots are going to have to resort to winning a lot of games in the final seconds. p>
• Ugliest stat of the day: The Texans did not convert a single third down in 13 tries. David Carr averaged 4.9 yards per pass attempt. Guess the more things change ... p>
• See why the Falcons are so in love Matt Schaub? He's some leader. And tough. Mike Vrabel nailed him, and Schaub still completed a perfect sideline throw to Brian Finneran. He's got a bright future. Somewhere. p>
• Regardless of whether it should have been ruled an incomplete pass, the Ravens have to know better than to leave a loose ball lying on the turf and allow Kevin Jones to pick it up and run with it. Was anybody besides Jones awake? p>
• Tennessee's Jarret Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, scored his first career touchdown against Houston. Hopefully it was the first of many. p>
• A week after Detroit was robbed late in a loss, it was the Falcons' turn. Matt Schaub clearly had that first down when he was ruled out of bounds. Worse, Atlanta couldn't challenge. Bummer. p>
• Branch's teammate, tight end Daniel Graham, played as good a game receiving-wise as I've seen from him in three-plus seasons. p>
• Who would have imagined that at this point the Browns (2-2) would have a better record than the Ravens (1-3)? Romeo Crennel is giving the good people of Cleveland a team of which to be proud. p>
• Miami went up to Buffalo and committed a team-record 18 penalties and turned it over five times. Not exactly the disciplined brand of football Nick Saban was hired to instill in the Dolphins. p>
• On the bright side, at least the Dolphins weren't as bad as the Ravens, who were assessed 21 penalties -- one short of the league record -- at Detroit. (As an aside, I don't know what's more ridiculous: Baltimore committing that many infractions or the crew calling that many?) It was all supposed to come together for the Ravens this year. Could it be coming apart already? p>
• Coaches talk about playing the guys who give the team the best chance to win. Even though the Cardinals blew a 10-point lead and lost Sunday to the Panthers, I still say Josh McCown is that guy for Dennis Green: 394 more yards. Gotta find a way to eliminate the three picks, though. p>
• If Jeremiah Trotter and Kevin Mathis can be ejected before the game for allegedly throwing punches, will someone please tell me why Ronde Barber wasn't kicked out after he swung and missed at Kevin Mawae -- and hit an official?
Josh McCown, Cardinals: 29 of 46, 394 yds, 2 TDs
Tom Brady, Patriots: 22 of 27, 350 yds, 3 TDs
Marc Bulger, Rams: 26 of 40, 336 yds, 2 TDs
Mark Brunell, Redskins: 30 of 53, 322 yds, 2 TDs
Anquan Boldin, Cardinals: 10 rec., 158 yds, TD
Joe Jurevicius, Seahawks: 9 rec., 137 yds, TD
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: 9 rec., 136 yds, TD
Torry Holt, Rams: 8 rec., 126 yds, TD
Thomas Jones, Bears: 24 att., 137 yds
Domanick Davis, Texans: 19 att., 130 yds
Tatum Bell, Broncos: 12 att., 127 yds, 2 TDs
Shaun Alexander, Seahawks: 25 att., 119 yds, 2 TDs
• Week 5 leaders
Roy Williams, WR, Lions
Left game vs. Ravens in the second quarter with a left quadriceps injury.
Ed Hartwell, LB, Falcons
Left in third quarter with what was later diagnosed as an Achilles injury.
Najeh Davenport, RB, Packers
Left game vs. Saints in the second quarter with a broken right ankle; out for the season.
Michael Boulware, S, Seahawks
Carried from the field on a stretcher after injuring his lower back; X-rays were negative.
Derrick Blaylock, RB, Jets
Diagnosed with a broken foot after Sunday's win over Tampa Bay; out for the season.
• Week 5 infirmary report
|WEEK 6 SCHEDULE|
Sunday, Oct. 16
Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Atlanta vs. New Orleans at San Antonio, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Miami at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Washington at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 17
St. Louis at Indianapolis, 9 p.m.
Open: Arizona, Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Francisco
• Complete schedule