NFL week nine roundup
Chargers 29, Texans 23: Arian Foster’s big day wasn’t enough to overcome Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. Seyi Ajirotutu caught two touchdowns as the Chargers moved to 4-5 and dropped the Texans to 4-4.
Cardinals 24, Vikings 27: Brett Favre staged yet another comeback and set a career-high in passing yards with 446 as the Vikings scored 14 in the fourth. Ryan Longwell hit the game-winning field goal in OT to put both teams at 3-5.
Saints 34, Panthers 3: The Saints built on their week eight win against the Steelers by crushing the lowly Panthers. Drew Brees’ two touchdown passes led the Saints to 6-3. The Panthers dropped to 1-7.
Patriots 14, Browns 34: Shocker of the week. The Patriots were unable to muster any offense, while Peyton Hillis had a career day with 184 yards and two TDs on the ground. Colt McCoy was impressive as he completed 74 percent of his passes and rushed for a touchdown. The Pats move to 6-2 and Cleveland to 3-5.
Buccaneers 21, Falcons 27: Michael Turner rushed for two touchdowns and Matt Ryan threw another to give the Falcons a tie for best record in the NFL (6-2). The Bucs moved to 5-3.
Bears 22, Bills 19: The Bills are halfway to the imperfect season at 0-8. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two picks and the running game produced just 46 yards.
Dolphins 10, Ravens 26: Joe Flacco threw two touchdowns and the defense did the rest for the Ravens. Chad Henne’s three interceptions were too much to overcome. The Dolphins are now 4-4. The Ravens advance to 6-2.
Jets 23, Lions 20: The Jets regained the lead in the AFC East with a win over the improved Lions. Mark Sanchez threw for 323 yards and the ground game produced 110 yards for New York. Nick Folk’s field goals as time expired and in overtime pushed the Jets to 6-2 and the Lions to 2-6.
Giants 41, Seahawks 7: The Giants jumped out to a 35-0 lead at halftime and cruised to the finish. Hakeem Nicks continues to become one of the prominent receiving threats in the NFC with 128 yards and a TD. Seattle moves to 4-4 while New York is 6-2 with five consecutive wins.
Colts 24, Eagles 26: The Colts’ troubles continued with an Austin Collie injury in the end zone. Michael Vick’s return saw him throw for a TD and run for another. Peyton Manning’s comeback attempt fell short. Both teams are now 5-3.
Chiefs 20, Raiders 23: The Chiefs were unable to improve on their surprising season as they lost in OT. Matt Cassel threw for two touchdowns. The Raiders are 5-4 and the Chiefs are 5-3.
Cowboys 7, Packers 45: The Cowboys' troubles continued against the Packers. Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards. Dallas fired coach Wade Phillips following the loss. They are now 1-7 while the Packers are 6-3.
Steelers 27, Bengals 21: The Bengals put up 14 points in the fourth quarter, but the comeback fell short. Terrell Owens continued his strong form with 141 yards and two TDs receiving. Rashard Mendenhall had 99 yards and a TD on the ground for the Steelers to go along with two passing TDs by Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers moved into a tie for first place in the division at 6-2 while the Bengals fell to 2-6.