September 2012 - Football Wiretap

Vick, McCoy Lead Eagles To 19-17 Win Over Giants (+9.3 TC, +12 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 11:55 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles won a defensive NFC East battle, defeating the New York Giants by a final score of 19-17.

The Eagles had a +9.3 advantage in The Trench Counter, with the main difference coming in their ability to run the ball. Philadelphia had a +12 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Michael Vick went 19-for-30 for 241 yards and a touchdown, while also running six times for 49 yards.

LeSean McCoy carried 23 times for 123 yards, establishing the Eagles' running game for the first time since Week 1.

Alex Henery kicked three field goals, including the game-winner with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, while Lawrence Tynes missed his opportunity for the Giants from 54 yards.

Eli Manning went 24-for-42 for 309 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Domenik Hixon caught six balls for 114 yards, while Victor Cruz caught nine for 109.

In his first game back from a neck injury, Ahmad Bradshaw carried 13 times for 39 yards while Andre Brown received just five carries for 14 yards.

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Rodgers, Packers Beat Saints 28-27 (+3.6 TC, +2 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 11:48 PM

The Green Bay Packers won a hard-fought 28-27 decision over the New Orleans Saints.

The Packers had a +3.6 advantage in The Trench Counter, losing the turnover battle and matching the Saints nearly yard for yard. Green Bay had a +2 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Aaron Rodgers went 31-for-41 for 319 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, but more importantly, he wasn't sacked once.

Jordy Nelson caught eight balls for 93 yards and one touchdown, while James Jones caught five balls for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

Cedric Benson also allowed the Packers to open up the running game, averaging 4.7 yards on 18 carries.

Drew Brees went 35-for-54 for three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Joseph Morgan that allowed the Saints to take the lead late in the third quarter.

Marques Colston caught nine balls for 153 yards and a touchdown.

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RG3, Redskins Beat Buccaneers In Final Seconds (+16.2 TC, +14 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 11:26 PM

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins improved to 2-2 with a long drive at the end of the game to setup a Billy Cundiff field goal to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-22.

The Redskins had a +16.2 advantage in The Trench Counter, recording 11 more first downs and averaging 1.5 more yards pass and 0.9 more yards per rush. The Redskins also had a +14 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Griffin went 26-for-35 for 323 yards, while rushing seven times for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Alfred Morris rushed 21 times for 113 yards and one touchdown.

Josh Freeman went 24-for-39 for 299 yards with one touchdown and one interception, finding Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson for over 100 yards apiece.

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Benglas Beat Jaguars 27-10 (+8.2 TC, +13 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 11:19 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by a final score of 27-10.

The Bengals had a +8.2 advantage in The Trench Counter, outgaining on a yards per play basis by 2.2. The Bengals had a +13 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Andy Dalton went 20-for-31 for 244 yards, two touchdowns in the air, another on the ground and one interception.

A.J. Green continued his excellent sophomore season, catching six balls for 117 yards and one touchdown.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 26 times for 82 yards, but fumbled twice and lost one of them.

Blaine Gabbert went 23-for-34 for 186 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed 13 times for 38 yards and caught five balls for 42 yards.

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Cardinals Go To 4-0 With 24-21 Win Over Dolphins (-8.4 TC, -11 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 11:12 PM

The Arizona Cardinal remained undefeated, beating the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 24-21 in overtime.

The Cardinals had a -8.4 deficit in The Trench Counter, as they were outgained on a yards per play basis by 2.3 per attempt. The Dolphins had a +11 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Kevin Kolb went 29-for-48 for 324 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Kolb connected with Andre Roberts for two touchdowns, including the game-tying score with 0:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Williams rushed for just 26 yards on 13 carries.

Ryan Tannehill went 26-for-41 yards and 431 yards, with one touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble. 

Reggie Bush ran 17 times for 67 yards.

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Manning Leads Broncos To 37-6 Win Over Raiders (+14.0 TC, +33 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 8:49 PM

The Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders at home for the first time since 2008, taking a deciding 37-6 victory.

The Broncos had a +14.0 advantage in The Trench Counter, completely dominating all aspects of the game. The Broncos had a +33 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Peyton Manning was impressive, going 30-for-38 for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Manning was offset by an effective ground game with Willis McGahee rushing 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders went 1-for-12 on third down, as they were unable to sustain their drives beyond two Sebastian Janikowski field goals, the latter one moving the score to 10-6 at halftime.

Caron Palmer went 19-for-34 for 202 yards, while Darren McFadden was limited to just 2.6 yards per carry on 13 attempts.

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Falcons Survive Scare From Panthers, Win 30-28 (+6.6 TC, -6 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 8:07 PM

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers 30-28 in come-from-behind fashion to improve to 4-0.

The Falcons had a +6.6 advantage in The Trench Counter, as both teams posted similar offensive stats and Atlanta merely was penalized less. The Panthers had a +6 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Matt Ryan went 25-for-40 for 369 yards with three touchdowns (two to Roddy White) and an interception. Ryan's third touchdown was a 60-yard screen pass to Michael Turner, who also had 13 carries for 103 yards.

Cam Newton went 15-for-24 for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an additional 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

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Patriots Explode In 2nd Half, Beat Bills 52-28 (+24.1 TC, +13 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 7:51 PM

The New England Patriots scored 45 points in the second half in their 52-28 victory at the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots had a +24.1 advantage in The Trench Counter, averaging 9.3 yards per pass, 6.2 yards per rush and 14 more first downs than the Bills. New England had a +13 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Tom Brady went 22-for-36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Both Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski eclipsed the 100-yard mark receiving.

But the explosion of the Patriots' running game may be the game's biggest takeaway. Stevan Ridley rushed 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Bolden rushed 16 times for 137 yards and one touchdown, an average of 8.6 yards.

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Chargers Get Six Takeaways In 37-20 Win Over Chiefs (+10.6 TC, +6 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 7:39 PM

The San Diego Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a final score of 37-20 to improve to 3-1 in a game where they forced six turnovers.

The Chargers had a +10.6 advantage in The Trench Counter, with the real edge coming in the 6-1 turnover battle. San Diego had a +6 advantage in Total Rushes/Completions.

Philip Rivers went 18-for-23 for 209 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. 

Ryan Mathews was benched for much of the game in favor of Jackie Battle, though he did end up with 14 rushes for 61 yards.

Matt Cassel went 24-for-42 for 251 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Jamaal Charles ran 17 times for 92 carries and a touchdown with another one coming in the air, but fumbled the ball away twice.

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Vikings Score Two On Returns In 20-13 Win At Lions (-3.2 TC, -6 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 7:28 PM

With a 105-yard kickoff return from Percy Harvin to begin the game and a 77-yard punt return from Marcus Sherels, the Minnesota Vikings had enough to defeat the Detroit Lions 20-13 to improve to 3-1.

The Vikings had a -3.2 deficit in The Trench Counter, averaging just 3.8 yards per pass and recorded eight fewer first downs. The Lions had a +6 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Christian Ponder went 16-for-26 for 111 yards, but didn't commit a turnover. Adrian Peterson rushed 21 times for 102 yards.

Matthew Stafford went 30-for-51 for 319 yards but couldn't get Calvin Johnson going and the running game was held to a 2.8 yards per carry average.

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Special Teams Gives Rams 19-13 Win Over Seahawks (+2.2 TC, -7 TRC)
The Rams had a +2.2 advantage in The Trench Counter, winning the turnover battle 3-1 while being outgained slightly.

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49ers' Running Game, Defense Dominates Jets 34-0 (+26.4 TC, +25 TRC)
The 49ers had a +26.4 advantage in The Trench Counter, averaging nearly twice as many yards per play, 17 more first downs while winning the turnover battle 4-0.

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Defense Leads Texans To 38-14 Win Over Titans (+11.4 TC, +5 TRC)
The Texans knocked Jake Locker out of the game in the first quarter and went on to intercept Matt Hasselbeck twice that were both returned for touchdowns.

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Jake Locker Re-Injures Left Shoulder
Jake Locker suffered a separated left shoulder in the season opener against the Patriots.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean

Gregg Williams Given Permission To Attend Rams' Game As Fan
Gregg Williams is not employed by the Rams and currently barred from employment by the NFL.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jackson, Spiller To Split Carries For Bills Against Patriots
Fred Jackson injured his knee in Week 1 and recovered more quickly than expected.

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Geno Smith Throws For 656 Yards, Eight Touchdowns
Geno Smith led West Virginia to a 70-63 victory over Baylor in a record-scoring game in the Big 12.

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Hakeem Nicks Out For Giants Against Eagles
With Hakeem Nicks out, either Ramses Barden or Domenik Hixon will start.

Ralph Vacchiano/New York Daily News

Chargers Sign Nick Novak With Nate Kaeding Injured
Nate Kaeding has an apparent groin injury and is listed questionable.

Annie Heilbrunn, Tom Krasovic/San Diego Union-Tribune

Rob Gronkowski Likely To Play Despite Hip Injury
Rob Gronkowski had “limited participation” in Friday's practice and could miss Sunday's game against the Bills with his hip injury.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Heyward-Bey Can't Remember Hit By Mundy
Darris Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious by Ryan Mundy during the Raiders' Week 3 win over the Steelers.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Terrell Suggs Will Return From Injury This Season
Terrell Suggs is now expected to return earlier than once thought as he recovers from his Achilles tendon injury.

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NFL Warns Teams About Faking Injuries
The NFL has sent a memo to team personnel of all 32 teams reminding them about the league's position in regards to faking injuries to gain a play stoppage without using a timeout.

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Los Angeles Approves Plan For Stadium; AEG Seeks Two NFL Teams
If AEG acquires a NFL team in March, construction would begin immediately on a stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

Dennis Romero/LA Weekly

Ryan Mundy Fined $21k For Hit On Heyward-Bey
Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital after the hit.

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Risdon's NFL Picks & Analysis For Week 4
The permanent referees are back just in time for important games between the Eagles/Giants, 49ers/Jets, Raiders/Broncos and Bears/Cowboys.

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Flacco, Boldin Give Ravens 23-16 Win Over Browns (+5.6 TC, +13 TRC)
The Ravens had a +5.6 advantage in The Trench Counter, having a +1.3 advantage in yards per pass, 1.2 in yards per rush while turning the ball over one fewer time.

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Ryan Williams Running Fearless, Ready To Be Cardinals' Workhorse
Ryan Williams will become the unquestioned featured back of the Cardinals as Beanie Wells will be out for at least eight weeks.

Bob McManaman/Arizona Republic

Flacco Worth About A Half-Win To Ravens Per Season
Joe Flacco's Ravens won 44 of 64 regular season games from 2008 to 2011.

Bill Barnwell/Grantland

Anthony Davis Breaking Out As One Of NFL's Best Right Tackles
Anthony Davis was the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Cam Inman/San Jose Mercury News