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John Idzik: My performance has been unsatisfactory

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Jets General Manager John Idzik met the media on Monday, less than 24 hours after his team lost its seventh straight game in an ugly 43-23 loss to the Bills that saw quarterback Geno Smith benched after throwing three interceptions in a little more than 10 minutes.

Idzik, who was more emotional than we’ve seen in prior appearances, opened the presser with a lengthy prepared statement, during which he compared the team’s first eight to getting “punched in the face” and said that his performance in the job to this point has been “unsatisfactory.” Several of the areas he’s impacted as a G.M. came up during the course of the presser, with Idzik defending the team’s use of their salary cap space this offseason and lamenting the various reasons why the team lost their top three prospective cornerbacks.

He also said that while Smith’s play on Sunday was “a concern,” the team believes he’s continuing to develop as a quarterback and that he’s moving through some “rough patches” at present. Idzik wouldn’t say what that meant for the future at quarterback and he also cited company policy to wait until the end of the season for why he wouldn’t comment on coach Rex Ryan’s job status, although he offered praise for Ryan during his time behind the microphone.

There was other attempts to highlight positives in the team’s play, although some were a stretch and Idzik admitted they haven’t done anything consistently except for lose this season. Idzik said he still believes in the talent on the roster and in the team’s plan to “win now and win in the future,” which isn’t surprising since it is his plan and his roster. There wasn’t much of an answer as for why anyone else should believe in those things, which limits the value of everything else Idzik said on Monday.

Not that there was much Idzik could say that would make things better. A 1-7 start in a 16-game season says enough all by itself.

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Rams receiver Brian Quick expected to miss rest of season

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The news keeps getting worse for the Rams.

In addition to losing left tackle Jake Long for the season, the Rams are expected to lose receiver Brian Quick as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Quick has a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff and is likely done for the season.

This is a big blow: Quick is leading the Rams with 375 receiving yards and has been the closest thing the St. Louis offense has had to a big-play threat in the passing game this year.

Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs dropped the Rams to 2-5 and the schedule doesn’t get any easier: The Rams’ next four games are at San Francisco, at Arizona, home against the Broncos and at San Diego.

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Jon Beason to have season-ending surgery

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Last week, Giants linebacker Jon Beason met with doctors to determine whether his season was over as a result of the toe injury that’s troubled him since the offseason.

The answer isn’t a good one for the Giants defense. As reported by multiple Giants beat reporters on Monday, Beason will have surgery to repair the injury and miss the rest of the season as he begins recovering from it.

It’s a blow to the Giants defense as they prepare to face the Colts offense in Week Nine with little room for more losses if they want to compete for a playoff spot this season. While they’ve lost all four games that Beason has played this season, the rest of their linebacking corps isn’t particularly impressive and they’re going to need all the help they can get if they’re going to embark on a major turnaround in the second half of the season.

It’s a big blow to Beason as well. It will leave him with just 25 games played since the start of the 2011 season, with 15 of them coming in the 2013 season. That will likely lead the Giants to consider other options in the middle of their defense come the offseason because it’s not easy to count on a player with a history of being injured more than he’s healthy.

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Chip Kelly “chuckles” at trade rumors

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The Eagles reportedly are interested in Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson, and they’re looking for a safety who’ll be an upgrade over Nate Allen, who was caught flat-footed and burned by Cardinals receiver John Brown for the game-losing touchdown pass on Sunday.

But the Eagles aren’t admitting to it.

A team source directly disputed to PFT the report about interest in help at safety.  On Monday, coach Chip Kelly downplayed any and all trade talk during an appearance on WIP radio.

I listen to them and chuckle,” Kelly said of the reports.

It’s possible that the reports of interest in Jackson come from the Buccaneers, who possibly would like to get a viable offer for him before Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, but the Eagles were — and presumably still are, after Sunday — interested in finding a safety to pair with Malcolm Jenkins.

Is it really a surprise that the fast-talking, frenetically-brained Kelly would constantly be searching and scanning for ways to get more pieces that would further shape the roster into the team he envisions? The offseason move for running back Darren Sproles validates Kelly’s willingness to make deals.

Part of making deals is making good deals.  By downplaying the reports, Kelly and company have a chance to buy low, if/when the phone rings between now at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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Tom Brady wouldn’t trade his pass-catchers for Peyton Manning’s

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As long as the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning battles have raged, the question of supporting casts has always been a subtext.

And while Manning has a holster full of weapons at his disposal in Denver now, Brady has nothing to apologize for with his current help.

Brady said during his weekly spot on WEEI that he’s good with his current group of pass-catchers.

“I love the guys that I play with,” Brady said, via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. “I wouldn’t change any of them for anybody. The group that I’ve been lucky enough to play with — and I’ve had some great ones over the years. As a quarterback, you work all offseason with the group of guys and you develop a chemistry and a camaraderie with each other, and it’s great when it all pays off.”

When Brady and Manning — who play again this week, in case you haven’t heard already — met in the 2006 AFC title game, it was a big talking point, since Manning had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne compared to Brady’s Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney.

But after the display Brady put on yesterday, spreading it around to tight end Rob Gronkowski (nine catches, 149 yards, three touchdowns) and wide receivers Brandon LaFell (11-124-1) along with slot guy Julian Edelman and emerging tight end Tim Wright during a 51-point outburst against the Bears, he’s content with what he has.

As for the individual matchup, Brady praised Manning for the way he’s played the last year and a half, and admitted the meetings have become more special to him over the years.

“Probably five, six years ago you don’t think about those things,” Brady said. “But you’re right, as you mature a little bit and realize this could always be the last one, then you do. It’s pretty special. He’s been one of the greatest players to ever play. I’ve been fortunate to share a field with one of the best players that ever has played the game. Every time we play a Peyton Manning-led team it comes down to the wire. Everything’s usually at stake.

“We had a few opportunities last year, we won the first one, lost the second one. This year we’ve got to be at our best. Fortunately I don’t have to go against him, our defense does. I’ve got to go up against Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller and T.J. Ward. They’ve got a whole challenge they present in and of itself. They’re a really well-balanced team. They do a lot of things well. It means we’re going to have to be at our best. Hopefully we can go out and give our fans something cheer about. It will be a fun day.”

And perhaps we’ll hear more about it over the course of the week.

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Rex Ryan: Geno Smith is eventually going to be a good quarterback

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Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn’t know if Geno Smith will remain his starting quarterback, but Ryan does know that he still thinks Smith will be a good quarterback. Some day.

Ryan said after the Jets’ loss to the Bills that he expects Smith to develop into a good quarterback. Even if he isn’t now.

“I think this young man is eventually going to be a really good quarterback in this league,” Ryan said. “Time will tell.”

Ryan benched Smith on Sunday after Smith had just about the worst start that any quarterback could possibly have: Smith went 2-for-8 for five yards, with three interceptions. Smith was the first player to throw three interceptions while gaining less than five yards passing since Richard Todd in 1984.

“We didn’t execute,” Smith said. “And when I say ‘we’ I’m talking about myself, because I was just atrocious, the way that I started out. I never expected to start a game like that and I’ve got to make sure I get better, don’t allow things like that to happen, put ourselves in really tough positions like that.”

Smith knows he needs to get better, and maybe some day he will. Unfortunately for Ryan, that day will likely come when someone else is coaching the Jets.

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Interceptions piling up for Nick Foles

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Last year, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had one of the most extraordinary stat lines in NFL history, throwing just two interceptions all season. This year, Foles is a much different player.

Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals was Foles’s third two-interception day in his last four games. Overall, Foles has nine interceptions this year along with 12 touchdown passes, a far cry from his 27-touchdown, two-interception year in 2013.

Foles, who has also already lost more fumbles this year than he did all of last year, told reporters on Sunday that there’s no point in comparing his 2014 season with his 2013 season. Regardless of what happened last year, Foles knows he needs to get better this year.

“I told you all at the beginning of the season that those games last year don’t really help me this year,” Foles said, via Philly.com. “. . . Yes, I made mistakes, but I will continue to work to correct them. We can’t have turnovers.”

Eagles coach Chip Kelly indicated after the game that on one of Foles’s interceptions he should have just taken a sack instead of throwing the ball under pressure, and on the other he missed an open Riley Cooper.

“We talk about it all time – you can’t turn the ball over and be a successful football team,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to clean that up.”

Kelly got a little testy with reporters who asked whether Foles has a pattern of big mistakes.

“He’s not trying to throw interceptions,” Kelly said. “No, I’m not seeing a pattern.”

Kelly may not see it, but the pattern is easy to see: Foles is going in the wrong direction.

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Eric Decker: We’re not a bad football team

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The Jets lost for the seventh time in their last seven tries on Sunday, leaving them at 1-7 halfway through a season that has gone totally off the rails.

The numbers for the first half of the season are as ugly as you’d imagine. The Jets have a -15 turnover ratio and have forced the fewest turnovers of any team in the league, they’ve allowed 22 passing touchdowns while generating just seven of their own. They’ve been penalized a ton, can’t stop opposing offenses in the red zone unless their players start celebrating short of the end zone and just generally look like one of the worst football teams in the league to most people who aren’t wide receiver Eric Decker.

“We’re not a bad football team,” Decker said, via NJ.com. “We just do stupid stuff. It’s something that, at this point, it’s frustrating. All you can do is carry on and keep chopping the wood. I think it’s the mistakes — that’s the biggest thing I’m going to take from this game. When you turn the ball over so much, when you have penalties, when you just do stupid stuff, you’re never going to win a football game.”

Had this 43-23 loss to the Bills been a hideous anomaly, there might be something to what Decker is saying. When a team consistently makes the same mistakes and shows no ability to correct those mistakes, however, it is hard to come away with another description of the team other than bad. Unless, of course, you want to opt for awful.

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Seahawks rally around Russell Wilson as he rallies them

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For much of the last week, the Seahawks were surrounded by noise louder than anything generated by Panthers fans at Bank of America Stadium.

And with a last-minute, game-winning touchdown drive, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was able to silence both, at least for a moment.

The Seahawks circled the wagons around their quarterback, who was in the middle of a debate about his relative hue last week.

“Those kinds of things are overshadowing his play,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “He’s having a fantastic season and they are talking about lots of them things that nobody said. Anonymous sources and things like that could be made up by anyone. … Until someone in this locker room says anything negative then you’ve got to take that with a grain of salt. Anybody can make up anything and say a source said it and go on with it and say it’s a story.

“But I don’t think anybody on our team [feels that way]. They support their quarterback and he’s done a great job for us.”

He certainly did Sunday, hitting Luke Willson with the game’s only touchdown with 47 seconds left, the 12th time he’s led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. He was also proactive in discussing the sensitive topic of the last week.

“In terms of me, the ‘not black enough’ thing I think you are talking about, I don’t even know what that means,” Wilson said. “I believe that I am an educated young male that is not perfect. That tries to do things right. That just tries to lead and tries to help others and tries to win games for this football team. And that’s all I focus on.”

He also turned it into a chance to galvanize his team, saying the stories were “people trying to find ways to knock us down. But we just keep swinging and keep believing in each other.”

Of course, the result of one game might not mean any more than Wilson’s pigment when it comes to the fundamental issues the Seahawks will have moving forward. It is still very much a team in transition after last year’s Super Bowl run, and when they eventually put a lot of green in front of Wilson, it’s going to change yet again when they won’t be able to afford such a supporting cast.

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NFL morning after: Keep the early kickoffs coming

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I loved watching football first thing in the morning on Sunday. I hope this becomes a regular thing.

The NFL’s decision to have kick off Sunday’s game in London at 1:30 p.m. local time — which is 9:30 a.m. Eastern time — was brilliant. It created an NFL Sunday that lasted more than 12 hours, and gave fans a chance to have some football with their coffee (or an early-morning beer, if you prefer). I’m already on my couch non-stop from noon to night. Why not make it morning to night?

I’ve spent most of my life in the Midwest, but I lived in California for four years, and I always felt like those of us on the West Coast were in on a little secret that the rest of America didn’t realize: There’s nothing better than watching football first thing in the morning. Those 10 a.m. kickoffs every Sunday are great for viewers in the Pacific time zone, and the 9:30 a.m. kickoff this Sunday was great for viewers in the Eastern time zone.

Granted, there are probably more than a few fans on the West Coast who didn’t much like the idea that they were either getting up by 6:30 or missing the game, but you can’t please everybody. There are also plenty of East Coast viewers who don’t like the Sunday, Monday and Thursday night games going late when they have work or school early the next morning. The early-Sunday time slot won’t please every audience, but it pleases enough fans that the NFL should keep it up.

The league is serious about establishing a permanent presence in London. Some American fans don’t like the NFL’s overseas experiment, but we’re just going to have to get used to hearing both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Save the Queen” before games. That ship has sailed, and it’s docked permanently on the other side of the Atlantic.

The only question is what’s the best way to go about putting the NFL in London, and I think the best way is to keep up the early games. The NFL is always looking to maximize its TV exposure and revenue, and so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the league eventually create a separate TV package with early-morning London games. If the NFL puts four to eight games a year in London at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, you can bet every network would be interested in airing those games, and willing to pay the league a pretty penny for the privilege. American football in London is in our future. And so are early-Sunday wakeup calls. I like it.

Here are my other thoughts:

The Lions appear playoff bound. As for the London game itself, Detroit sleepwalked through the first half and fell behind 21-0, then outscored Atlanta 22-0 in the second half to pull out a last-second win. The Lions haven’t even played particularly well this year, but they’re 6-2 and should get a lot healthier after the bye week, with Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, starting right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, the top three tight ends on their depth chart and rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy all slated to return after missing Sunday’s game. Combine the improving health of the roster and a second-half schedule that includes some games they should win (including home games against the Dolphins, Buccaneers, Bears and Vikings) and it’s easy to see the Lions in the playoffs.

A silly statement from Quinton Coples. In response to the academic scandal at his alma mater, North Carolina, Coples blamed the whole controversy on “bad media.” That’s preposterous. The university’s own report, which detailed more than 3,000 students getting credit for sham classes, was far more damning than anything the media have said about the mess at North Carolina. What we need is more media scrutiny on the joke that is the state of academics at big-time football and basketball schools. Statements like that from Coples show how many athletes just don’t get it.

A gutsy, and correct, call killed the Ravens. The offensive pass interference penalty against Baltimore receiver Steve Smith that negated what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown was a gutsy call by the official: A lot of officials keep their flags in their pockets in those situations. But it was absolutely the right call. Smith pushed off to get himself open, and it deserved to be called back. The normally hot-headed Smith seemed to realize it was the right call because he was calm, cool and collected as he walked off the field, and didn’t complain about the flag.

Matt Schaub’s debut was very Raider-like. When you’re a terrible team like the Raiders, things just seem to go against you. So it was when Schaub came on the field and promptly threw an interception as part of a weird fake field goal attempt. Schaub just doesn’t look right mentally — he looked jittery and nervous as he threw that pass, just as he often did last year in Houston. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie traded away a draft pick for the privilege of assuming Schaub’s $8 million salary this year. I’m surprised Raiders owner Mark Davis hasn’t fired McKenzie for that.

Anthony Barr is incredible. Barr, the Vikings’ rookie outside linebacker, gave Minnesota an overtime win by forcing a fumble, picking it up and racing 27 yards for a touchdown. For all the hype Jadeveon Clowney had entering the draft, and with all due respect to Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, I’m starting to think the Vikings got the best defensive player of the bunch when they drafted Barr.

Does anyone want to win the NFC South? It’s the worst division in the NFL by far, with no one having a winning record. My money’s on the Panthers winning the division with a 7-8-1 record.

I guess Tom Brady’s not washed up yet. Brady’s stats in the four games since that debacle in Kansas City had everyone saying New England was finished are 100-for-144 for 1,268 yards, with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Ben Roethlisberger: I’m mad because we left plays out there

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had himself quite a day on Sunday.

Roethlisberger completed 40-of-49 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns in Sunday’s 51-34 victory over the Colts to turn in one of the most impressive single-game performances by a quarterback in league history. Steelers players and coaches were effusive in their praise of Roethlisberger after the game, but the quarterback didn’t do much tooting of his own horn.

“I’m mad because we left plays out there,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

There were a couple of fumbles, a few missed throws and a dropped pass or two over the course of the proceedings, which seem fairly insignificant when compared to all the things that went right for the team on Sunday afternoon but Roethlisberger is free to concentrate on whatever he likes after playing like that. The quarterback made it clear that living in the moment wasn’t for him, though, as he shifted from looking back with regrets to looking forward with grand expectations.

“Why does it have to stop here? Why can’t we keep doing this?” Roethlisberger mused.

Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in history to throw for 500 yards in a game twice in his career, so it’s a good bet that the Steelers won’t keep doing exactly what they did on Sunday. Thankfully for them, there’s a lot of room for the offense to author a great performance even without rewriting the franchise record book.

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Sunday Night wrap-up: Drew Brees does Drew Brees thing

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It was, after all, Sunday night. We should have seen this coming.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees led his guys to a 44-23 win over the Packers, continuing one of the most impressive runs in the NFL.

He’s now won his last 14 prime-time home games, comfortable in the Superdome like few others have been.

His second half was nearly flawless, throwing three touchdowns and quickly breaking a deadlocked game wide open.

He finished the game 27-of-32 for 311 yards, averaging nearly 10 yards per attempt.

He also did it in typical Brees fashion, spreading it among nine different targets, and hitting shot plays down the field.

If their defense hadn’t betrayed them so badly during their 2-4 start, they’d be the kind of team you’d think might be dangerous in the postseason. But they might have squandered any chance at more than a single home game for winning the division.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1.Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t himself in the second half, particularly after coming up holding his left hamstring after a scramble for a first down.

His two interceptions (one tipped and not his fault, the second moreso) were double his previous season total.

Rodgers is dangerous on the move, but a hamstring problem wouldn’t just bother him running. Anything that throws him out of balance or makes him uncomfortable would change his passing mechanics, and prevent him from driving through the ball.

That’s why the upcoming bye week will be crucial for the Packers, as Rodgers looked like a man who needed to r-e-l-a-x and get some treatment.

2. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is back, as something other than a decoy.

Graham had five catches for 59 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown in the third quarter which gave the Saints a two-touchdown lead.

He was barely noticed last week in his return from a shoulder injury. He was targeted twice, but didn’t catch a pass, and only played 30 of 75 snaps.

But if he’s well enough to contribute again, it will make a huge difference for an offense that hadn’t been good enough in the first half of the season to overcome other problems.

Graham’s a part of their play-calling which can’t be replaced, because of his ability to create physical mismatches all over the field. With the emergence of rookie wideout Brandin Cooks, sets them up for the future beyond this week. Having Mark Ingram running the way he did Sunday (172 rushing yards and a touchdown) was almost a luxury, as the passing offense was so efficient.

3. Speaking of the future, the 3-4 Saints might be the most solid-looking playoff pick in the league right now.

Somebody has to win the NFC South, and they appear to have fewer problems at the moment than the 3-4-1 Panthers, who are 1-4-1 in the last six with the lone win against dysfunctional Chicago.

The short week and Thursday night trip to Charlotte will test the Saints, but their offense seems like the only side of the ball in their division which has approached consistent.

4. In other Packers injury news, right guard T.J. Lang left the game after the first possession with an ankle injury, and didn’t return.

Right guard problems aren’t always noticed (unless you’re not wearing any, hey-yo), but the Packers certainly missed him on a key fourth-down in the second half.

His replacement, Lane Taylor, was shoved back into the backfield on Eddie Lacy’s fourth-down attempt in the third quarter.

For an offensive line dealing with a number of injuries this year, missing the steady Lang would be an issue if he’s out beyond the bye.

5. There might not have been a more disappointed man in America than referee Ed Hochuli.

During the first half, his microphone wasn’t working, depriving him of the ability to be heard by a national television audience.

He hasn’t been this upset since the long-sleeves-mandatory dress code at the last Officials’ Ball.

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Arthur Blank dismayed by latest Falcons loss

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In Week Three, the Falcons rolled up 56 points against the Bucs on a Thursday night, nudging Atlanta’s record to 2-1 and creating the impression that the Falcons were poised to return to their pre-2013 form.

Since then, Atlanta has lost five straight.  The low point came Sunday, when a 21-0 halftime lead disintegrated into a 22-21 defeat.

The guy who signs the checks isn’t happy.

“You’re up 21-0,” owner Arthur Blank said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There’s no way you lose that game — just no way.  There’s nothing else I can say.”

There’s nothing else he needs to say.  Two weeks ago, Blank said the team is too talented to be 2-4.  Coupled with a loss in a game there’s no way the Falcons should have lost, it’s looking more and more clear that a coaching change is coming for the Falcons, barring a turnaround even more stunning than the turnaround they’ve already experienced.

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Cardinals beat Eagles 24-20 in desert thriller

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With the Cardinals and Eagles entering Week Eight with two losses between them, their matchup had the makings of a playoff preview.

Let’s hope that’s the case. Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews couldn’t get his feet down in time on the final play of the game, allowing the Cardinals to go home with a 24-20 win that came after a seesaw second half that saw the lead change hands multiple times.

The last change came when Carson Palmer dropped an absolutely perfect pass into John Brown’s hands on a third-and-five with just over a minute left to play in the game. Brown was behind the Eagles defense at the time and sprinted 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown that stood up after the Cardinals foiled two throws into the end zone before Matthews almost stole the game.

It’s fitting that the biggest play of the game was a pass because there were a ton of them. Palmer and Nick Foles combined to throw the ball 104 times during the game and Foles set an Eagles record with 36 completions in his 62 attempts. Neither team was able to sack the opposing quarterback, which meant that both quarterbacks had time to turn a penalty-filled first half into a fairly thrilling second half.

Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald for an 80-yard touchdown, although that mostly came thanks to Fitzgerald’s work after the catch, while Foles found Jeremy Maclin for a 54-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 14-10 lead in the third quarter. The pass to Brown was the prettiest of them all, although the Eagles did their best to top it before the end of the game.

The win leaves the Cardinals with a 6-1 record and a firm hold on first place in the NFC West. They’ll have another potential playoff preview in Dallas next week and the Eagles will surely be hoping for the same Cardinals result against their divisional rivals.

When the Eagles look back at the loss, they will likely focus on three turnovers that helped the Cardinals at points when it looked like the Eagles were going to take control of the game. Some may also point to the third-and-one play near the goal line in the fourth quarter that saw the Eagles hand the ball to LeSean McCoy out of the shotgun. McCoy was stopped short of the line of scrimmage and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal that made the score 20-17.

That wasn’t going to be enough to keep the Eagles in the lead, however, and those turnovers and missing the chance to get in the end zone will be on a few minds during the long flight home.

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Roethlisberger has 522 yards passing late in fourth quarter

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is getting in range of Norm Van Brocklin’s single-game passing yardage record.

Roethlisberger has completed 40-of-49 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns as the Steelers have built a 51-34 lead vs. Indianapolis with about five minutes left in regulation. Roethlisberger’s 522 yards are tied with Boomer Esiason (1996, Arizona) for the fourth-most in single-game NFL history. He needs six yards to pass Warren Moon (1990) and Matt Schaub (2012) for the second-most yards in a game. Moon and Schaub both passed for 527 yards, with Moon accomplishing that for the Houston Oilers and Schaub pulling it off for the Houston Texans.

The single-game record is 554 yards, which Van Brocklin accomplished on Sept. 28, 1951 vs. the New York Yanks.

Roethlisberger’s 522 yards is also a Steelers single-game record. He held the Steelers’ old record of 503 yards, set Dec. 20, 2009 vs. Green Bay.

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