A quick recap of the day in the NFL:
Baltimore 17 Cincinnati 10 – Baltimore got a 38-yard touchdown run from rookie QB Joe Flacco and Cincinnati’s potent offense was held to seven first downs and 154 total yards.
N.Y. Jets 20 Miami 14 – Brett Favre made a successful debut with the Jets by throwing two touchdown passes. Miami had a chance at the end but former Jets QB Chad Pennington was intercepted in the end zone by former Pitt CB Darrelle Revis.
New England 17 Kansas City 10 –Tom Brady went down in the first quarter with an injured left knee and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Matt Cassel came in and threw a second quarter touchdown pass to Randy Moss as New England won their 20th regular season game in a row.
Tennessee 17 Jacksonville 10 – Vince Young suffered a sprained knee in the fourth quarter but not before being intercepted twice and barely completing 50% of his passes. The story of the game was Tennessee’s defense and their seven sacks, two interceptions and a¬†forced fumble.
Atlanta 34 Detroit 21 – Matt¬†Ryan threw a touchdown pass on his first career NFL pass and Michael Turner ran for a team record 220 yards. Atlanta rushed for¬†318 yards while piling up a team total of 474 yards.
Buffalo 34 Seattle 10 –Buffalo used two special teams touchdowns to put away Seattle. Roscoe Parrish returned a punt 63 yards for one score and holder Brian Moorman threw a 19 yard pass on a fake field goal.
New Orleans 24 Tampa Bay 20 – Drew Brees threw for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns as New Orleans gave their fans a welcome home gift. Reggie Bush hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass as one of his eight catches for 112 yards.
Philadelphia 38 St. Louis 3 – Philadelphia dominated this game from the very beginning as Donovan McNabb completed 21 of 33 passes for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns.¬† St. Louis was held to 166 yards of total offense while going 0-for-11 on third down.
Dallas 28 Cleveland 10 – Dallas scored touchdowns on three of their¬†four first half possessions and Cleveland was unable to match their efficiency. The Cowboys controlled the ball for 37:29 and did not let Cleveland get the ball back after the Browns kicked a field goal with 10:13 left in the game.
Carolina 26 San Diego 24 – Even without star wide receiver Steve Smith, Carolina was able to score a touchdown with no time left on the clock to defeat San Diego. Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme made a triumphant retun from Tommy John surgery by throwing for 247 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona 23 San Francisco 13 – Arizona¬†took a page from¬†head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s former team by controlling the ball for 37:05 and Neil Rackers kicked three field goals to lead the Cardinals to victory.
Chicago 29 Indianapolis 13 – In what might be the biggest upset of the day, Chicago used a punishing ground game and a stingy defense to defeat Indianapolis. Rookie running back Matt Forte led the way for Chicago with 123 yards including a 50-yard burst up the middle for a touchdown. Peyton Manning missed the preseason due to surgery and the rust was evident as he completed 30 of 49 passes but only averaged 5.2 yards per attempt.
Players of the Day:
Donovan McNabb¬† 21¬†of 33; 361 yards and 3 TDs
Drew Brees 23¬†of 32; 343 yards and 3 TDs -¬†1 INT
Tony Romo 24¬†of 32; 320 yards and 1 TD -¬†1 INT
Michael Turner 22 for 220 yards and 2 TDs
Willie Parker 25 for 138 yards and 3 TDs
Matt Forte 23 for 123 yards and 1 TD
Plaxico Burress 10 for 133 yards
Randy Moss 6 for 116 yards and 1 TD
Andre Johnson 10 for 112 yards
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