COLTS AT TEXANS
The Colts nearly blew a 24-0 lead against the Texans on Thursday Night Football. “You’re going up and down on the sideline screaming at everybody: ‘Don’t take your foot off the gas,'” Pagano said. “Next thing you know, just like that (it’s close). It’s never over in this league.” JJ Watt had a scoop and score but in the end the comeback fell short and the Colts won 33-28. Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards, 223 of them and a touchdown to TY Hilton.”We realized with the recent history of Thursday night games, teams who are going on the road are struggling, and we didn’t want to do that,” Luck said. “We were lucky enough to get off on that fast start. It takes focus, and you almost have to trick yourself into it.”
RAVENS AT BUCCANEERS
Joe Flacco threw for 5 touchdowns in the first 16 minutes to give the Ravens a 35-0 lead before the 2nd quarter even got going. “You’re going to find out this is a very good football team,” coach John Harbaugh said Sunday “And to play the way we did in a game that’s kind of a business game, a game we need to win to do the things we want to do, it speaks a lot to who we are as a football team.” The early 35-0 lead set the tone for a 48-17 rout of the struggling Buccaneers. “It was very enjoyable. You don’t get those too often in this league. … It was pretty crazy,” Flacco said. “It happened so quickly. It was such an awkward situation, but it was definitely fun for us.”
BRONCOS AT JETS
Peyton Manning tossed for three touchdowns as the Broncos routed the Jets 31-17. Manning is now only two touchdowns short of Brett Farve’s all tine record for Passing touchdowns in a career. “Any time you win on the road in the NFL,” Manning said, “it’s a good thing.” Manning, who faces the 49ers next week has thrown for 506 scores in his career. “I don’t know if any of them are big for me, especially in the middle of the season,” Manning said of the importance of the record. “We’re playing a tough schedule, got the 49ers at home and they’ve been one of the dominant teams of the past couple years. That’s all I am thinking about.” The Jets played it closer than the score indicated and actually led Denver 7-3 at the end of the 4th quarter before the Broncos pulled away.
PACKERS AT DOLPHINS
Down 4 with 3 seconds left Aaron Rodgers had one chance to give his team the win over the upset minded dolphins, the Pro Bowl quarterback dropped back, looked to his right and threw a beautiful pass, right on the money to Andrew Quarless to give Green Bay a 27-24 win. “We knew this was going to be a tough game coming down here in the heat,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We said we weren’t worried about it all week, and we weren’t worried. But the fact of the matter is, we are from Wisconsin. So we fought through it.” Rodgers had 264 yards and 3 touchdowns in his 100th regular season game. “You want the opportunity to make a play there at the end,” Rodgers said.
COWBOYS AT SEAHAWKS
Down 10-0 at the defending champion Seahawks Tony Romo and company needed to get something going, and they did. Tony Romo threw for 250 yards and touchdowns while MVP candidate DeMarco Murray ran for a 115 yards and another score. “I think our team now understands that we do a lot of things pretty well, and I think we have the ability to kind of impose yourself on other teams,” Romo said. The Cowboys scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-10 lead and carried that lea to a 30-23 final win. “I think that showed the maturity of this team. “I think that showed the maturity of this team. We expected to win,” Dallas tight end Jason Witten said. “We knew this was going to be a challenge, and we stayed the course.”
49ERS AT RAMS
Austin Davis, yes Austin Davis had the Rams up 14-0 early but St. Louis and the undrafted quarterback could not hold on, falling 31-17 to the San Francisco 49ers.”No disrespect, but I didn’t know who their quarterback was,” linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. “We got some good pressure on him. That helped us.” Davis threw for 236 yards for a score. “We’ve had the ball in every game with a chance to either win or tie,” Davis said. “That’s where hopefully my experience will help, the more opportunities I get. You’ve got to be able to go win games at the end.”
NOTE: I’ve actually met Davis, who was undrafted out of Southern Miss, when covering the Hawaii Bowl during the 2011 season ( The Golden Eagles won 24-17) So any Rams fans that want an autographed football… i’m your guy.