NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/21/13
NFL Updates: Colts-Broncos Notes, Week 8 schedule and more
October 21, 2013
What a weekend it turned out to be in the NFL. As per usual, we saw plenty of incredible plays and even more unexpected situations. We’ve still got one more game to go before we’re all done with Week 7, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and headlines everyone is talking about this morning as we gear up for Week 8. Here’s the latest.
Broncos-Colts Notes: One of the most anticipated regular-season NFL games lived up to its billing last night, with a stellar game between the Broncos and Colts. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck kept pace with Denver’s Peyton Manning, out-dueling him in the pass-heavy matchup we all expected.
Luck finished with 228 yards and three touchdowns (and one rush TD), while Manning posted 386 and three scores of his own. The Colts defense bullied the Broncos into making mistake after mistake, coming up with a key strip-sack safety in the end zone during the second quarter. Robert Mathis was our MVP, with five total tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
The Colts would take the big win 39-33, handing the Broncos their first loss of the season and improving to 5-2.
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Devin Hester Ties Record: One major development that was overshadowed during all the craziness yesterday was Bears KR Devin Hester making NFL history. His big 81-yard punt return touchdown against the Redskins was the 19th return TD of his career. That puts him in a tie with Deion Sanders for the all-time lead.
The score was significant for Hester, as he had gone a very long time between return touchdowns. He now has 13 on punts, five on kickoffs and one on a missed field goal.
Bizarre Penalty Lifts Jets: One of the strangest endings to any NFL game so far this year happened between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. It was a close matchup the whole way, and no one was really surprised when it went into overtime. The Jets stopped the Patriots on their opening drive in the extra period, then set up for a 56-yard field goal that would give them the win. Kicker Nick Folk missed, but got another chance after a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on the Patriots’ Chris Jones. The call came due to Jones pushing a teammate into the Jets’ kicking formation. It’s a new rule this year, and this was the first time it’s been called.
Folk took advantage of the second chance and booted the game-winning field goal, giving New York a 30-27 win. That brings New England’s streak of 12 straight divisional wins to a close.
Things won’t get much easier for the Jets in the next couple of weeks. They’ve got the Bengals and the Saints coming up.
NFL Week 8 Schedule: Even though Week 7 isn’t completely over yet, we can’t resist taking a peek forward to the upcoming games. Here’s a look at the full schedule in the NFL, as well as the times and TV networks carrying your favorite teams.
Bye Week: Bears, Ravens, Colts, Texans, Titans, Chargers
Thursday, October 24, 2013:
8:25 PM ET:
Panthers at Buccaneers (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 27, 2013:
1:00 PM ET Games:
49ers at Jaguars (FOX)
Browns at Chiefs (CBS)
Dolphins at Patriots (CBS)
Bills at Saints (CBS)
Cowboys at Lions (FOX)
Giants at Eagles (FOX)
4:05 PM ET Games:
Steelers at Raiders (CBS)
Jets at Bengals (CBS)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Falcons at Cardinals (FOX)
Redskins at Broncos (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Packers at Vikings (NBC)
Monday, October 28, 2013:
8:40 PM ET:
Seahawks at Rams (ESPN)
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