The quarterbacks went down, and they went down hard.
Houston, Washington and Tennessee lost their quarterbacks Sunday. Even Denver had to do without
Knocked out of action and unable to return were the
The even more surprising stories Sunday were the quarterbacks who played but never truly showed up.
"It was tough," said Manziel, who finished 10 for 18 for 80 yards with two interceptions, and was sacked three times. "When you get beat, you get beat and you take it like a man. I felt like it was a fail on my part."
The Browns, who benched quarterback
Cleveland's best chance to score came near the end of the first half when the Browns drove to the Cincinnati 19. The threat ended when Manziel, under heavy pressure, wildly flung a pass that was intercepted at the goal line by
"You can't throw the second one whether you're playing in a Pop Warner league, or if you're 6 years old playing in the driveway, you can't throw that ball," Manziel said. "It's 100% on me."
"Everything was all about Manziel all week," said Bengals linebacker
Although they're leading the
The picture is foggier in the
Rodgers, who came into the game the hottest player in the
Rodgers came into the Buffalo game with 35 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Buffalo put the clamps on him just a week after shutting down Manning and ending his streak of 51 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
"To [hold] not one quarterback, but two of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL to no passing touchdowns, this is huge," Rambo said. "Huge confidence boost for us."
The crowning blow to Rodgers came with 1:51 left, when
Sunday's meltdown wasn't all Rodgers' fault. In the fourth quarter, he hit receiver
The Packers finish at two-win Tampa Bay and at home against Detroit, so they still are in position to win the NFC North and potentially secure one of the NFC's top two seeds for a first-round bye. But Sunday's loss could mean the road to the
Considering the Packers are 3-4 on the road, and that foul weather in Green Bay can be their friend, the defeat at Buffalo was an undeniable setback.
"We weren't sharp, no doubt about it," Packers Coach
Outside looking in
For the first time in Coach Jim Harbaugh's four seasons, the
They were knocked out Sunday by their most bitter rival, suffering a 17-7 defeat at Seattle. Their fate was sealed when Detroit held on to beat Minnesota, mathematically eliminating the 49ers from wild-card contention.
The loss also marked the first three-game slide of the Harbaugh era, likely to end in a couple of weeks.
"We didn't give up any yards, we just played our way," Seattle defensive end
In the last four games, Seattle's defense has surrendered a total of 27 points.
Another blowout for New England, which turned a close game with Miami into a 41-13 laugher with a 24-point third quarter. The
"Everything starts with winning your division," Patriots safety
Of course, that's just a stepping stone for a franchise that's accustomed to playing on the biggest stage. By winning, the Patriots tightened their grip on the No. 1 seed in the
Opponents still don't have an answer for tight end
"It was a play that we needed to make so it was good to make it at that time," Brady said. "I was going to slide but I was pretty [ticked] off that time so I figured I wouldn't slide."
There's always a catch
Beckham has been almost unguardable lately, with 866 yards receiving and six touchdowns in the last six games. He missed most of training camp and the first four games of the season because of a hamstring injury.
An interesting coincidence: Beckham attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, the alma mater of Giants quarterback
We're No. 1 . . . sort of
In losing at Carolina, Tampa Bay moved into the lead for the No. 1 draft pick in April, possibly