Bills Kick Down Lions
The Detroit Lions fell to the Buffalo Bills 17-14 on Sunday as Bills kicker Dan Carpenter made a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. The game-winning kick came just seconds after Lions kicker Alex Henery missed his third field goal of the game.
Receiver Golden Tate caught his first touchdown pass as a Lion in the first quarter, while cornerback Rashean Mathis returned his first interception as a Lion 41 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The early 14-0 Lions lead didn’t hold partially thanks to the three missed field goals from Henery.
The misses from Henery has prompted the Lions to make a change at kicker, releasing Henery on Monday. The team signed former Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater, Tuesday as his replacement.
Another take-away from Sunday’s defeat was issues with injuries. Receiver Calvin Johnson re-aggravated an ankle injury from earlier in the season in the third quarter while running back Reggie Bush also left in the second half due to an ankle injury. The statuses for both players Sunday are in question at this time.
The Lions will now travel to Minnesota to play the division rival Vikings. The game will kick off Sunday at 1 o’clock on Fox.
Cleveland Browns 29, Tennessee Titans 28
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw a touchdown to receiver Travis Benjamin with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap off the largest comeback in NFL history from a road team. Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, in relief of Jake Locker, threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to receiver Justin Hunter to give Tennessee a 28-3 lead with 2:44 left in the first half. The Browns then scored 26 unanswered points, including three touchdown passes from Hoyer, to complete the Cleveland comeback. The Browns are now 2-2 on the season while the Titans fall to 1-4.
New Orleans Saints 37, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (OT)
The Saints made a comeback of their own, Sunday. Trailing 31-20 in the fourth quarter, New Orleans scored 17 unanswered points on the way to the overtime victory. Saints running back Khiry Robinson ran for 77 yards on 21 carries along with the game-winning 18-yard touchdown in overtime. The Saints are now 2-3 on the season while the Buccaneers fall to 1-4.
Denver Broncos 41, Arizona Cardinals 20
Peyton Manning threw his 500 career touchdown pass in the first quarter en route to a 41-20 Denver win over the Arizona Cardinals.The defeat was Arizona’s first loss of the season as well. Manning completed 31-of-47 passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns leading to the win. Both teams are now 3-1 on the season.
Games to Watch:
Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
The Bengals are looking to bounce back from a 43-17 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, the team’s first loss of the season, as they host the defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are looking to build off the 31-24 win over the Chicago Bears Sunday, a win that snapped a two game losing streak. Both teams boast one of the toughest defensive fronts in football and look to continue that. The game will also be a matchup of the only two successful quarterbacks from the 2011 draft in Carolina’s Cam Newton (1st overall pick) and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton (35th overall pick). The game will kick off at 1 o’clock on Fox.
Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The early surprise of the 2014 season, the Dallas Cowboys take their 4-1 record to Seattle to play the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Dallas has won four in a row due in part to the strong offense, as quarterback Tony Romo has completed 69 percent of his passes and running back DeMarco Murray has gained over 100 yards rushing in every game this season. The Cowboys offense will face its most difficult taking on the Seahawks great defense in one of the best home field advantage venues in Seattle. The game will kick off at 4:25 on Fox.
New York Giants (3-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
One of the NFL’s greatest rivalries meet up on Sunday Night Football looking to make an early statement in the NFC East divisional race. The Eagles are off to a good 4-1 start to take the early lead in the division, but the Giants have won three games in a row following their 0-2 start to put them right back in the race. It will be a battle of strength versus strength as the Eagles’ high-powered offense faces the Giants’ tough defense. The game will kick off at 8:30 Sunday on NBC.
Bye Weeks: New Orleans and Kansas City