Bengals end Giants run, Texans squeeze Bears, Saints stun Falcons

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Updated: November 12, 2012

Cincinnati ended the Giants winning run on Sunday, while the Texans upset the party at Soldier Field with a tight win over the Bears. Tampa extended their unbeaten run to 3 with a hard fought win over San Diego, New Orleans inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Falcons in a thrilling encounter,  while Denver lead by Peyton Manning thrashed Carolina with another 300 yard game. On a busy day on NFL Sunday, there were also wins for, Dallas, Baltimore, Seattle, New England, Minnesota and Tennessee, while the 49ers tied with the Rams, keeping them top of the NFC West.

Matt Schaub threw the game’s lone touchdown to Arian Foster, and the Houston Texans prevailed in a defensive slugfest, posting a 13-6 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Foster had 102 yards on 29 carries and added 15 yards on five receptions for the Texans (8-1), who tied a franchise record by winning their fourth consecutive road game.

The Dallas Cowboys scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game in the second half, as they came from behind to upend the reeling Philadelphia Eagles, 38-23, at Lincoln Financial Field. With the New York Giants losing earlier, Dallas pulled within one game in the loss column of the division leaders despite being under .500.

Two normally trustworthy kickers misfired and the end result was the NFL’s first tie in nearly four years. David Akers and Greg Zuerlein both missed field goals in overtime and the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams played to a 24-24 tie. It was the NFL’s first tie since Nov. 16, 2008 when the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals finished their contest knotted at 13-13.

The Tennessee Titans were embarrassed last week at home against Chicago, but on Sunday welcomed second-year quarterback Jake Locker back to the starting lineup and dominated the Miami Dolphins in a 37-3 rout at Sun Life Stadium. Locker had been sidelined with a separated left shoulder since Week 4. He didn’t put up overwhelming numbers in his return, throwing for 122 yards with a pair of touchdowns on just 9-of-21 efficiency, but the Titans (4-6) moved the ball effectively and took advantage of four Miami turnovers. Chris Johnson ran for 126 yards with a touchdown in the victory, while Kendall Wright and Jared Cook each caught a scoring pass.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and a score, as the Seattle Seahawks dispatched the New York Jets, 28-7, to stay undefeated at home. Wilson completed an efficient 12-of-19 passes for 188 yards and Golden Tate caught a score and threw for another for Seattle (6-4), which has strung together back-to-back wins heading into its bye week.

Josh Freeman threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the San Diego Chargers, 34-24. Doug Martin rushed for 68 yards on 19 carries and also caught three passes for 51 yards for the Buccaneers (5-4), who have won three straight and four of their last five. Tiquan Underwood and Dallas Clark each caught a touchdown pass in the win.

Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 21-of-33 passing and ran for a TD as the Baltimore Ravens blasted the Oakland Raiders, 55-20, at M&T Bank Stadium. Torrey Smith caught two touchdown passes for a total of 67 yards and Dennis Pitta added five catches for 67 yards and a score for the Ravens (7-2), who established a new franchise record for most points in one game. Ray Rice ran for 35 yards and a score on 13 carries and Jacoby Jones chipped in with a 105-yard kickoff return for a score in Baltimore’s second straight win.

New Orleans hasn’t done much right on defense this season, but they stopped Atlanta twice in the final few minutes to shock the previously unbeaten Falcons, 31-27. Trailing by four, 31-27, Matt Ryan led the Falcons down to the New Orleans 1- yard line with two minutes to play. The Saints, however, did not break as they held strong over the next four plays to keep Atlanta out of the end zone. Drew Brees completed 21-of-32 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Saints (4-5), who have won two in a row. Chris Ivory carried the ball seven times for 72 yards and a score, Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Marques Colston hauled in three passes for 26 yards and a score. Colston now has 55 career touchdowns — tying him with Deuce McAllister for the most in Saints history. Ryan connected on 24-of-52 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Falcons (8-1), who fell to 29-1 when the Boston College product hits the century mark in passer rating. Tony Gonzalez caught 11 passes for 122 yards and two scores. The veteran tight end now has 101 career TD catches.

Devin McCourty’s interception of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the end zone prevented a late New England collapse, as the Patriots held on for a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills, while Peyton Manning threw for 301 yards with a touchdown and Trindon Holliday returned a kick for a score for the second straight week as the Denver Broncos downed the Carolina Panthers, 36-14. Tony Carter also returned an interception for a score as part of a dominant defensive effort that recorded seven sacks for Denver (6-3), which won its fourth straight.

Adrian Peterson ran for 171 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries as the Minnesota Vikings grabbed a big win with a 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions in NFC North action from the Metrodome. Peterson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his career and leads the NFL with 1,128 yards. His 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Vikings (6-4), who snapped a two-game losing streak going into the bye week.

Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers, as the Cincinnati Bengals hammered the New York Giants, 31-13, at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals (4-5) had their way with the reigning Super Bowl champions right from the opening possession, which saw Dalton fire a 56-yard pass to A.J. Green for a quick touchdown. Dalton played mistake-free for the first time this season, hitting 21-of-30 passes for 199 yards to help Cincinnati snap a four-game skid.

Week 10 comes to an end tonight as the in form Steelers host struggling Kansas City. Ben Roethlisberger will be looking to lead his team to a fourth consecutive win against bottom of the AFC West Kansas City. The chiefs have the worst defensive record of the season and rely to much on Jamaal Charles. The Steelers will be buzzing with confidence following their win last week over the Giants, and need to win if they want to keep the heat on Baltimore at the top of the AFC North, ahead of their big clash on Sunday. Pittsburgh have also haven’t lost a Monday night game in over 20 years. They also hold an 19-9 advantage over the Chiefs overall.

The Steelers start as firm favourites @ -600 while the Chiefs are @ +475 for the unlikely upset.