Philadelphia and Cleveland each made a statement against a division rival, while Dallas made a statement against the defending Super Bowl champs. Aaron Rogers can’t be stopped, J.J. Watt can’t be contained, and Joe Flacco put the Ravens on his back-o. We cover all the NFL action – including a tie! – in this week’s Roundup
The fans and the media in Philaldelphia all agreed about one thing that the Eagles needed in their matchup with the Giants on Sunday night: a breakout performance from LeSean McCoy. Boy, did he deliver. The struggling running back cranked out 149 yards on 22 carries behind a strong showing from the o-line as the Eagles hammered the Giants 27-0 for their first shutout since 1996. Nick Foles threw for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, one of them a beautiful throw to Zach Ertz in the corner of the endzone, and Darren Sproles rushed for a touchdown and almost broke another punt return before leaving in the third quarter with a knee injury. Eli Manning was sacked six times, including three by Connor Barwin, as Philly’s front seven dominated New York’s offense from whistle to whistle. Unfortunately, the only play of note for the Giants in this game was the one where wide receiver Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon and was lost for the season. It was that kind of night for New York.
After one quarter was played and Pittsburgh was leading 3-0, it looked to be same-old same-old for Cleveland fans. Not this time. The Browns scored the next 31 points en route to a 31-10 shellacking of their division rival, just their third win over the Steelers in the last 23 games. Ben Tate rushed for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns, and rookie Issaiah Crowell added 77 yards and a touchdown of his own as the Browns rode their dominating ground attack to victory. Brian Hoyer further cemented his hold on the starting quarterback position with 217 yards passing and a 51 yard touchdown to Jordan Cameron. The Johnny Football experience will have to wait for a future date as Hoyer is playing prime time football, and has his hometown Browns in position to make some noise in a tightly contested AFC North division.
Elsewhere around the league, The Colts, the Titans, and the Chargers eked out close wins while the Lions, The 49ers, and the Bears cruised to easy victories. Joe Flacco threw 5 first half touchdowns as the Ravens blew out the Bucs, and Aaron Rogers continued his impeccable season leading the Packers to hard fought win over the Dolphins. Peyton and the Broncos smashed the Jets and Tom Terrific lead the Patriots to a big win over division rival Bills. Arizona improved to 4-1 with a win over the hapless Washington franchise, and Carolina and Cincinnati played to that most confusing of NFL outcomes – a tie. Finally, the surprising Cowboys went into hostile confines of Seattle and beat the defending champion Seahawks 30-23 to move to 5-1 and a tie atop the NFC East. DeMarco Murray continued his MVP-like season rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown, and reclamation project Rolando McClain intercepted Russell Wilson to seal the victory. Check back next week for more Roundup and, as always, get your official NFL New Era headgear at City Blue.