NFL Today, Week 9

NFL Today, Week 9

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 5

Eagles at Saints (8:30 p.m.). Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-4) look to end a three-game losing streak against Drew Brees and the Saints (2-5).

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STARS

PASSING

-Andrew Luck, Colts, was 30 for 48 for an NFL rookie record of 433 yards and added two touchdown passes in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami. Luck has four 300-yard passing games, tied with Peyton Manning (1998) for the most by a rookie in a season.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 27 of 35 for 291 yards with three TD passes and two interceptions in Denver's 31-23 victory over Cincinnati. Denver trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter before Manning threw two touchdown passes to put the Broncos ahead for good. It marked Manning's 48th winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, passing Hall of Famer Dan Marino (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.

-Jay Cutler, Bears, was 19 for 26 for 229 yards with three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Matt Schaub, Texans, was 19 for 27 for 268 yards with two touchdowns in Houston's 21-9 victory over Buffalo.

-Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, finished 22 for 38 for 290 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

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RUSHING

-Doug Martin, Buccaneers, had 25 carries for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 42-32 win over Oakland. Martin joins Mike Anderson (Dec. 3, 2000) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game. Martin had TD runs of 70, 67, 1 and 45 yards in the victory. The rookie is the first player in NFL history with touchdowns rushing of at least 70, 65 and 45 yards in a game.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 17 carries for 182 yards with two touchdowns in Minnesota's 30-20 loss to Seattle.

-Isaac Redman, Steelers, finished with 26 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 24-20 win over the New York Giants.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, finished with 16 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 51-20 loss to Chicago.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 26 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 30-20 win over Minnesota.

-Arian Foster, Texans, had 24 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Mikel Leshoure, Lions, had 16 carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

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RECEIVING

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had seven catches for 129 yards in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

-Andre Johnson, Texans, had eight catches for 118 yards in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Donnie Avery, Colts, had five catches for 108 yards in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami.

-Jermaine Gresham, Bengals, had six catches for 108 yards in Cincinnati's 31-23 loss to Denver.

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DEFENSE

-Michael Boley, Giants, returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in New York's 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

-Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman, Bears. Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and Tillman had four forced fumbles in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Von Miller, Broncos, had three sacks in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

-Corey Wootton, Bears, returned a blocked punt 5 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Phil Dawson, Browns, was 5 for 5 on field goals in Cleveland's 25-15 loss to Baltimore.

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STATS

This season, there have been nine individual 300-yard passing games by a rookie. That is the most in a single season in NFL history. ... The Bears scored 51 points against the Titans, their highest total since 1980. The Bears have returned an interception for a touchdown a club record seven times - no other NFL team had returned six for TDs through the first seven games of any season. ... Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes in the Packers' 31-17 win over Arizona. Rodgers, who has 25 touchdown passes in Green Bay's first nine games this season, is the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 TDs in his team's first nine games in two different seasons. Rodgers, who had 28 touchdown passes in the Packers' first nine games last season, has done it in consecutive seasons. ... Green Bay finished with a season-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries, its most since Oct. 25, 2009. ... The Lions' Matthew Stafford became the second-fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards in NFL history, reaching the milestone in 37 games. Former St. Louis Rams star Kurt Warner did it in 36 games. ... The Broncos have scored 37, 21, 35, 34 and 31 points in their past five games, winning four of them. ... The Browns' Trent Richardson is the first rookie to run for more than 100 yards against the Ravens since Jacksonville's Fred Taylor in 1998.

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STREAKS

The Ravens won their 10th straight game over Cleveland and 11th in a row inside the AFC North. ... Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake recorded a sack in his fifth consecutive game. ... The Bears have won six consecutive games. ... The Packers have won four consecutive games and have won 17 of their past 18 regular-season games at Lambeau Field. ... The Cardinals and Jaguars have each lost five in a row. ... The Bengals have lost four in a row. .... Texans running back Arian Foster has scored in five straight games. ... The Buccaneers have scored at least 28 points in a franchise-record four straight games.

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SIDELINED

Oakland running back Darren McFadden left the field shortly before halftime because of an ankle injury, the latest setback for the Raiders' top rusher. X-rays on McFadden were negative during a 42-32 loss to Tampa Bay. Oakland coach Dennis Allen didn't say which ankle was hurt and didn't provide additional information. Earlier in the game, Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was taken to a hospital because of a fast heartbeat. No further details were announced about Bryant, in his fourth season out of Harvard. ... Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Washington wide receiver Santana Moss were among other players who left early. Matthews hurt his hamstring injury after a failed sack and Packers receiver Jordy Nelson injured his ankle. Brown, the Steelers' top receiver, left in the first half of a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants with a left ankle sprain. Moss sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 21-13 loss to Carolina.

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SPEAKING

``His presence is felt every day in the facility. But to see him in the flesh, in the locker room, to hear him speak I think gave all the guys a boost.'' - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on coach Chuck Pagano after Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

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``There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much. There were so many emotions going on, I didn't know what to expect from it. But maybe we were able to take their minds off their problems just a little.'' - quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers beat the Giants 24-20 in storm-ravaged New Jersey.

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In latest comeback bid, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta's confidence not a problem

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In latest comeback bid, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta's confidence not a problem

Not everyone close to Dennis Pitta was immediately sold on his second NFL comeback attempt. Will his twice-fractured hip hold up? How much is Pitta risking his long-term health?

Pitta has pondered those questions for months. But after the first week of OTA’s, the Ravens’ 30-year-old tight end remained confident he had made the right decision.

“I had to convince a few people, and I’m thankful for those who have been in my corner all along and had my best interests in mind,” Pitta said. “Like I’ve said before, I know my situation better than anyone else, and I’m confident in the decision I made to come back, and certainly there were people who wanted to make sure that I was confident in that decision. I have a great support team behind me, and we all feel good about this move.”

Pitta first fractured his hip during training camp in 2013, then again on a non-contact play against the Browns in 2014. However, Pitta says he doesn’t think about his right hip when he’s on the field. He’s also not lowering his expectations, despite not playing at all in 2015, and not playing a full season since 2012.

Pitta was one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, catching 61 passes for 669 yards during the 2012 regular season, then adding 14 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns during the Ravens’ playoff run to a Super Bowl title.

Asked if he could return that level of play, Pitta suggested, “Why not?”

“No, my expectations haven’t changed from four years ago, to two years ago, to now,” Pitta said. “My level of expectation is extremely high going into this year. Like I said, I feel confident in how I can run, how I can move, how I can play and it’s just a matter of getting those reps back to where I’m confident in doing all of that. So, yes, expectations personally are very high.”

Pitta obviously wasn’t ready to end his career. If he is on the 53-man roster Week 1, it will be a terrific comeback story.

Mike Tomlin, Antonio Brown go to Penguins playoff game

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Mike Tomlin, Antonio Brown go to Penguins playoff game

If you didn't the the Pittsburgh Steelers enough already, this ought to help. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and receiver Antonio Brown decided to take in some hockey on Thursday and unfortunately, they were cheering for the local team.

On the one hand, what do you expect? They play for the Pittsburgh Steelers so it's no surprise to see them cheering for the hometown team. On the other hand, the Steelers are the team Ravens fans all love to hate so to see them supporting the chief rivals of the Washington Capitals, that stings.

Just one more reason to hate the Steelers this football season.

RELATED: SEAN PAYTON SAYS RAVENS LOSING WEEK OF OTAS ISN'T THAT BIG OF A DEAL

Sean Payton says Ravens losing week of OTAs isn't that big of a deal

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Sean Payton says Ravens losing week of OTAs isn't that big of a deal

The Ravens forfeited one week of OTAs as part of their punishment for breaking offseason workout rules (the team dressed players in full pads during rookie minicamp, which is a no-go). But don't worry guys, Saints head coach Sean Payton says that's no biggie. 

Of course a few OTA days seem like peanuts to a guy who was suspended for all of 2012, you may be thinking. But hear the man out.  

During a radio interview with PFT Live, Payton was asked about the impact of losing those sessions. 

I don’t think it’s a big deal. The reason I say that is, look, it doesn’t keep the players from lifting and running and so a week of OTAs would be three on-the-field sessions. You don’t want to lose those opportunities and, shoot, one of those opportunities you might have some type of team building experience set up. I think each team does similar things during the OTAs. There’s a lot of offense versus defense. There’s some restrictions regarding one-on-ones but the players are out there in their element, and they’re going though a little bit of a practice format for two hours. So really that equates to about six hours on the field.

Payton explained that the offseason's first phases are valuable because players return to the facility to work out and build camaraderie.

The Ravens may miss out on practice elements, but they're still getting to do what's most important at this early juncture.