Here's a look at the highlights and lowlights around the
In his first game since being cut by the
The four-time Most Valuable Player completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, displaying zip on his throws and a command of the Broncos' offense. He fired a 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver
Manning also threw his 400th career touchdown pass, reaching the milestone faster than
Most importantly, Manning also displayed that his neck is sturdy as he was sacked twice and got up without any injury setbacks.
Griffin was extremely poised and selective about when he chose to leave the protective confines of the pocket. Only once did he get hit hard.
Griffin's decision-making was sharp and he completed his first eight passes, including an 88-yard touchdown pass to
Meanwhile, rookie running back
Reprising their old connection from their days with the Broncos, Cutler and Marshall collaborated for nine completions, 119 yards and a touchdown in the
The passing tandem gives the Bears a proven capability downfield to complement the running game of
Ryan and wide receiver
If the Falcons keep playing this way, they're going to be a powerhouse in the
5. Big win for
San Francisco managed to contain a usually prolific
Although Rodgers completed 30 of 44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one
interception, he wasn't as productive early and faced a lot of pressure from 49ers star outside linebacker
Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback
touchdowns, including a scoring toss to
Rushing a throw into coverage, the Steelers quarterback got picked off by Broncos cornerback
The 43-yard interception return by Porter, who once returned a Peyton Manning interception for a touchdown in the
Afterward, Roethlisberger correctly characterized the situation: He should have called a
timeout to get the ofense settled down.
2. Mixed debut for
Although the Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown, with nine completions to
Luck uncorked three interceptions, lost a fumble and held the football a bit too long. He was sacked three times.
Two of his interceptions went to Bears cornerback
Overall, Luck has a ton of promise, but there are still some things to clean up.
3. Saints' defense struggles
The Saints look extremely vulnerable on defense, particularly against the run.
Despite the acquisition of middle linebacker
The Saints ranked 29th against the run last year, so it doesn't look like there's
been any improvement.
He rushed for a career-worst 4 yards on 11 carries as the Titans finished with 20 yards on 16 carries in a loss to the
The last time we checked, the Patriots' defense wasn't evocative of the legendary "Steel Curtain."
Meanwhile, the Patriots discovered a featured runner as
A former 2,000-yard rusher, Johnson has to be involved effectively for the Titans' offense to work as new quarterback
5. Replacement officials.
Filling in for the regular referees due to an
The gaffe stemmed from the requirement that teams use a timeout for an injured player. Seahawks receiver
Although the Seahawks didn't capitalize on the opportunity late in the game during their 20-16 loss to the
Meanwhile, the replacement officials called 18 penalties during the Green Bay-San Francisco game, raising the ire of combustible 49ers coach
And Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers described the penalties as bizarre.