NFL Game Capsules - Week 9

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Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning overcame two second-half interceptions by throwing for three touchdowns as the Denver Broncos downed the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-23, on Sunday. Manning completed 27-of-35 passes for 291 yards for Denver (5-3), which has won three straight. Eric Decker caught eight balls for 99 yards and two scores, while Demaryius Thomas finished with six receptions for 77 yards for the AFC West-leading Broncos. Andy Dalton went 26-for-42 through the air for 299 yards with a touchdown and interception for the Bengals (3-5), who have dropped their last four. Jermaine Gresham paced all receivers with 108 yards on six catches. A.J. Green added 99 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions in defeat.

Final Score: Houston 21, Buffalo 9

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub threw for 268 yards and a pair of scores on Sunday, as the Houston Texans continued their best start in franchise history with a 21-9 triumph over the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium. Schaub finished 19-of-27 passing without an interception and Arian Foster carried the ball 24 times for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Texans (7-1), who own the best record in the AFC. Andre Johnson hauled in eight passes for 118 yards, while Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham each added a touchdown grab in the victory. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 25-of-38 passes for 239 yards, but the Bills (3-5), were unable to get the ground game going as they rushed for just 78 yards en route to their fourth loss in their last five games.

Final Score: Detroit 31, Jacksonville 14

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - A stifling defense combined with a career game from Mikel Leshoure led the Detroit Lions to a 31-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Leshoure found the end zone three times in the second quarter and finished the contest with 70 yards on 16 carries while the Detroit defense limited Jacksonville to just one first down in the first half and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter with a sack and two interceptions. Matthew Stafford went 22-for-33 with 285 yards, Calvin Johnson had seven catches for 129 yards while Joique Bell added 13 carries for 73 yards and a score for the Lions (4-4), who have won their past two games to get back to .500 on the season. Blaine Gabbert passed for 220 yards as he went 27-for-38 with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Jaguars (1-7), who have dropped their past five games.

Final Score: Chicago 51, Tennessee 20

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brandon Marshall hauled in nine passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns and the Chicago Bears defense forced five turnovers en route to a 51-20 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Charles Tillman had nine tackles and forced four fumbles and Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jay Cutler was 19-for-26 through the air for 229 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (7-1), who haven't lost since a Week 2 setback in Green Bay. Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown in the win. Chris Johnson rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, but lost two fumbles, and Nate Washington had two catches for 35 yards and a score for the Titans (3-6), who will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins next week. Matt Hasselbeck, who has started the last five games in place of an injured Jake Locker, completed 20-of-35 passes for 194 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss.

Final Score: Baltimore 25, Cleveland 15

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Joe Flacco connected with Torrey Smith late in the fourth for the go-ahead score and the Baltimore Ravens avoided a collapse in Cleveland, defeating the Browns, 25-15, on Sunday. Phil Dawson kicked a 41-yard field goal, his longest of five makes on the day, to give Cleveland a 15-14 lead in the fourth, but Flacco drove the Ravens down the field on the ensuing possession, capping the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Smith. The Ravens offense did not pick up a first down in the second half until the go-ahead scoring drive. Flacco finished 15-of-24 for 153 yards, while Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce each had rushing scores for the Ravens (6-2), who defeated the Browns for the 10th straight time. Rice led the Ravens rushing attack with 98 yards on 25 carries. Brandon Weeden moved the ball down the field most of the day, but was never able to get the Browns' (2-7) offense into the end zone. He completed 20-of-37 throws for 176 yards with two interceptions for Cleveland, which was coming off a win against the San Diego Chargers. Trent Richardson ran for a game-high 105 yards on 25 carries for the Browns in the setback.

Final Score: Carolina 21, Washington 13

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Cam Newton threw for 201 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another score, as the Carolina Panthers upended the Washington Redskins, 21-13, in Week 9 action. DeAngelo Williams also crossed the goal line on a rush and Jonathan Stewart totaled 51 yards on 10 carries for the Panthers (2-6), who snapped a five-game losing skid. Steve Smith contributed 41 yards and a TD reception on three catches. Robert Griffin III finished 23-of-39 passing for 215 yards, adding 53 yards on 11 carries for the Redskins (3-6), losers in three straight contests. Evan Royster posted the lone Washington touchdown and Kai Forbath booted two field goals in defeat.

Final Score: Green Bay 31, Arizona 17

Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, two to Randall Cobb, as the Green Bay Packers kept their winning streak going with a 31-17 victory over the reeling Arizona Cardinals.Rodgers only completed 14-of-30 passes for 218 yards with an interception, but connected with Tom Crabtree on a crucial 72-yard score after the Cardinals pulled within seven late in the third quarter. Green Bay had a rare advantage in the running game, outgaining Arizona, 176-54, on the ground. The Packers (6-3) head into their much-needed bye week riding a four-game win streak. Already without several key players due to injury, Green Bay saw linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ankle) and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip) all exit early. Arizona (4-5) is also off next week, but it must recover from a different kind of ailment -- a debilitating five-game skid after starting the season 4-0. John Skelton was 23-of-46 through the air for 306 yards with an interception and a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald in defeat.

Final Score: Indianapolis 23, Miami 20

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck threw for an NFL rookie-record 433 yards and won the battle with fellow first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill, as the Indianapolis Colts earned a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in a battle of surprising teams at Lucas Oil Stadium. Neither team was expected to be over .500 entering Week 9 of the NFL season, especially with rookie quarterbacks at the helm. Only one team left the field with a winning record, however, as the Colts (5-3) won their third straight and the Dolphins (4-4) had a three-game win streak stopped. Luck, the top pick in April's draft, completed 30-of-48 passes with a pair of touchdowns for the Colts and directed a 13-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 43-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri that provided the winning margin with 5:58 remaining. Tannehill, selected eighth overall, finished 22-of-38 for 290 yards with a touchdown in defeat.

Thursday, November 1st

Final Score: San Diego 31, Kansas City 13

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers threw as many touchdowns as he did incompletions on Thursday night, as the San Diego Chargers pounded the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-13, in an AFC West clash at Qualcomm Stadium. Rivers completed his first 13 passes and finished 18-of-20 for 220 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Chargers (4-4), who snapped a three- game losing streak. Ryan Mathews added 67 yards on 13 carries, while Michael Floyd and Antonio Gates each hauled in a touchdown pass for San Diego. Matt Cassel passed for 181 yards and an interception on 19-of-29 passing for Kansas City (1-7), which has now dropped its last five games. Dwayne Bowe caught eight passes for 79 yards, but the Chiefs gave the ball away four times in Thursday's setback.

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