Stills Catches First Touchdown Pass
Rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills picked a good time for his first career touchdown reception.
The Saints were trailing 23-17 to New England and faced a third-and-20 at the Patriots’ 34-yard line with 3:35 to play. Stills went to the back corner and, falling back, hauled down a pass between two defenders to give New Orleans the lead.
He finished the game with three catches for 64 yards, though the Saints were unable to hang on as Tom Brady threw a game-winning touchdown pass with five seconds to play.
On the season, Stills has 10 catches for 198 yards and one score.
In the same game, linebacker Curtis Lofton had a season-high 12 tackles, including a sack of Brady, and Garrett Hartley made both of his field goal attempts as he connected from 28 yards in the third quarter and 39 yards late in the fourth quarter.
Bradford Stays Hot
For the second game in a row, Sam Bradford tied a career high with three touchdown passes while throwing no interceptions in leading St. Louis to a victory. Last week saw Bradford and the Rams dispose of Jacksonville, 34-20, while Week Six featured a 38-13 thrashing of Houston. It was the team’s largest margin of victory since a 48-17 win over Minnesota in Week 13 of the 2003 season.
Bradford actually threw for a career-low 117 yards in Sunday’s win and only attempted 16 passes. However, he completed 12 of those attempts with three going for scores to finish with a career-best passer rating of 134.6. The Rams are 8-1-1 all-time when Bradford posts a passer rating of 100 or greater.
It was the third time this season and sixth time in his career that he threw three touchdown passes.
The Rams opened the scoring in the first quarter when Bradford hit Cory Harkey for a two-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, Bradford hooked up with tight end Lance Kendricks for the third game in a row on another two-yard score to make it 17-3 St. Louis.
The lead grew to 24-6 in the third quarter when Bradford tied his career high by hitting Brian Quick for a four-yard touchdown. The scoring play was set up earlier in the drive by a 34-yard completion to Jared Cook.
Murray Suffers MCL Injury
DeMarco Murray suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the second quarter of Dallas’ 31-16 win over Washington Sunday night.
The severity of the injury is unknown, though it was confirmed Tuesday that he will miss next week’s game against Philadelphia.
Prior to the injury Sunday, Murray rushed for 29 yards on seven carries, including a four-yard touchdown run. In addition, he caught two passes for 21 yards.
Running back Adrian Peterson gained 62 yards on 10 carries, including a –yard run, and caught three passes for 21 yards, while Phil Loadholt started at right tackle in Minnesota’s 35-10 loss to Carolina ... tight end Jermaine Gresham caught two passes for five yards as Cincinnati topped Buffalo in overtime, 27-24 … rookie safety Tony Jefferson made two tackles on special teams in Arizona’s 32-20 loss to San Francisco … fellow rookie Stacy McGee had one tackle for Oakland, but Kansas City stayed unbeaten with a 24-7 win over the Raiders … Lane Johnson was the starting right tackle for Philadelphia in the Eagles’ 31-20 win over Tampa Bay … for the Buccaneers, Davin Joseph started at right guard and helped clear the way on this 24-yard run by Doug Martin, while defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made three tackles … … James Hanna started at tight end for Dallas in a 31-16 win over Washington Sunday night … on the opposing side, Chris Chester started at right guard and Trent Williams got the nod at left tackle for Washington
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive end Frank Alexander (Carolina), wide receiver Ryan Broyles (Detroit), defensive back Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville), linebacker Travis Lewis (Detroit), offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (Kansas City) … Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) was made inactive … Atlanta (Dominique Franks) was on a bye