MMQB: Tony Romo, Josh Freeman, Matt Schaub and more NFL Week 5 thoughts
Now that was a really fun day of football and sidebars to football. A day plus, really, including tension in the Black Hole at 2:32 Eastern Time this morning. The highlights: Mr. Freeman goes to Minneapolis. Josh Freeman wasn’t an unemployed quarterback for long.
For Bengals, rain showed up just in time
If Marvin Lewis owned a button to trigger the skies opening and pouring a monsoon into Paul Brown Stadium, he couldn't have picked a better time than when it occurred Sunday.
Week 5 takeaways: Have Texans already peaked? - NFL.com
Don't blame Tom Brady's poor day on the rain. The Bengals defense blitzed the Patriots into submission for much of the day. Brady was bothered by the pressure and missed a number of easy throws. This wasn't just about his young receivers. It was a dominant defensive performance and a rough day for Brady.
Bengals' backups make most of playing time | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
The injuries to key defensive starters Leon Hall and Michael Johnson were supposed to be the reason Tom Brady could carve up the Bengals defense.
Monday Observations: Giants, others must realize 2013 is lost and rebuild
The Patriots got a dose of what life without Vince Wilfork will be like when the Bengals opened up a 13-3 lead by plowing ahead behind the fullback (in this case, defensive lineman Domata Peko in that role) into the heart of their defense on fourth-and-goal. Expect to see more of that.
Bengals-Patriots: Four Quarters
Our experts examine what went right and what went wrong during each of the four quarters for the Bengals in their 13-6 win against the Patriots on Sunday, as well as an observation and a key stat from each quarter.
Bengals-Patriots: Fifth Quarter
Joe Reedy delivers his game ball and offers further review, five key numbers, Reedy's Read, a quote of note, three keys revisited and a Who-Dey Haiku.
Daugherty: Bengals' defense renders Tom Brady powerless
Paul Daugherty writes: The Bengals defense has never looked better, Tom Brady has never looked more mortal and, just like that, Cincinnati has thrust itself back into the big-boy conversation.
Bengals pick off Brady, Pats, 13-6
Tom Brady's consecutive streak of 52 games with a TD ended Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium before 64,259 when cornerback Adam Jones picked him at the Bengals 3 with 11 seconds left to preserve a 13-6 victory over the Patriots.
Patriots-Bengals Postgame Quotes
"I think obviously that's a huge win for a football team that was playing a good team. It came at the right time."
Defense pours it on
Mother Nature, Mike Zimmer and a Super Bowl scout teamed up to stop that naturally-occurring phenomenon known as quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday when the Patriots failed to score a touchdown for the first time since the second week of the 2009 season in Cincinnati's 13-6 drip-dry victory at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium.
Tom Brady: Patriots' loss 'all that really matters'
New England quarterback Tom Brady was denied a touchdown pass in the Bengals’ 13-6 win at Paul Brown Stadium, but the end of his 52-game streak with a strike wasn’t foremost on his mind.
Rapid Reaction: Cincinnati Bengals
CINCINNATI -- A few thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 13-6 win over the New England Patriots: What it means: Until the Bengals string together mul
Bengals top Patriots, 13-6, move to 3-2
The Bengals' touchdown in the fourth quarter - their first since the fourth quarter of the Green Bay game two weeks ago - was the difference in their 13-6 win against the Patriots on Sunday.
Bengals defense up to the challenge
The Bengals have beaten five Super Bowl-winning QBs in a row. Tom Brady's turn came Sunday.
Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals
CINCINNATI -- Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 13-6 win over the New England Patriots: Partly cloudy Lewis: As much as Benga
Notes: Dalton finds a way
No question the biggest offensive play of the year is quarterback Andy Dalton's 28-yard pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones on Sunday.
2013 NFL Grades, Week 5: Are Saints secretly NFL's best?
Some questionable decision-making from Andy Dalton and Jay Gruden on offense but what an effort from that defense to bottle up the Pats. Really nice effort for Giovani Bernard before his fumble too.
Tom Brady's touchdown streak ended by Cincinnati Bengals in monsoon-like conditions
After throwing at least one touchdown pass in 52 straight games, Tom Brady ran into the perfect storm — quite literally — on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Bengals show Pats their AFC North side
The Patriots carded the Bengals before they could get in and belly up to Sunday's AFC Big Boy game at Paul Brown Stadium. And the Bengals responded.
NFL Sunday’s 10 most attention-getting performances | For The Win
Good or bad, these players and coaches had a huge role in Week 5.
Tom Brady’s 52-game streak with a touchdown pass ends in 13-6 loss to Bengals
From Yahoo Sports: Nothing ends pretty, otherwise it wouldn't end. Tom Brady had thrown a touchdown in 52 straight NFL games dating back to September 12, 2010. It was the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Drew Brees' 54. But now …
NFL's worst 4-1 team? Maybe the Pats, who look like it vs. Bengals
The Patriots are good, right? The were 4-0 before losing at Cincinnati. Or maybe there is reason to think Bill Belichick's team is not so hot now.
Esiason and Co. rolled Raiders in LA
Even though the previous week, the 4-0 Bengals had slugged it out on the ground at Riverfront Stadium in a hard-fought victory over the Cleveland Browns, Bengals place-kicker Jim Breech knew what a high-powered offense he was anchoring.
Small earthquake hits near Oakland, doesn't affect Raiders-Chargers - CBSSports.com
A small earthquake struck the Bay Area on Sunday during the Raiders-Chargers game. The quake, which measured 3.1, had an epicenter about 17 miles from O.co Coliseum.
Ravens Stay Afloat, Sink Dolphins 26-23 - Baltimore Beat Down
Historically speaking, the Baltimore Ravens are 3-0 the week following a game where Joe Flacco throws 3+ interceptions, this impressive statistic continued this week as the Ravens held on to a late lead to escape Sun Life Stadium with a win.
Sorting the Sunday Pile: Peyton Manning's prolific pace - CBSSports.com
Sorting the Sunday Pile looks at Sunday's biggest storylines. This week: Peyton Manning's incredible pace, Tony Romo's narrative, Andrew Luck beating Russell Wilson and much more.
It's not yet time for the Texans to bench QB Matt Schaub - CBSSports.com
While Matt Schaub continued his struggles for Houston, the team would be better off letting him work out of his slump.
Vikings, Josh Freeman agree to 1-year contract
Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman agreed to a contract with the Vikings on Sunday.
Brandon Marshall expresses frustration after Bears loss to Saints
"We're struggling a little bit and as a receiver, you always want the ball because you think you can help the offense or the team move the ball down the field," Marshall said. "So the past few weeks have been frustrating, but it's part of the game, man. Each year is different."
Too much passing; Lions-Packers; Bears-Saints, more Week 5 notes
The NFL is a passing league, we all know this. When you combine more talented passers and receivers coming up from the college ranks with the quarterback protection and defensive contact rules that put defenses at a disadvantage, it makes sense. It’s been almost too easy to throw.
NFP Sunday Blitz
In the 2009 draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected offensive left tackle Eugene Monroe with the eighth overall pick, then chose right tackle Eben Britton early in the second round. The back-to-back choices, rationalized Jacksonville officials at the time, was aimed at setting up the franchise for the foreseeable future at what has become one of the game’s most critical positions.