Week 8: Roethlisberger throws for 522 yards, 6 TDs in win over Colts; Cardinals outlast Eagles
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Roethlisberger has monster day

Normally when you throw for 400 yards and lead your team to 34 points it's enough for a win, but that wasn't good enough for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger put that effort to shame, going 40-of-49 with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns, helping the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 51-34 win. Antonio Brown helped the cause with 133 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Roethlisberger became the first quarterback ever to throw for 500 yards twice in a single game and set a franchise record for touchdown passes in a game.

Cardinals defeat Eagles in crucial NFC clash

In a back and forth game between two 5-1 teams, the Arizona Cardinals came away with a 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Carson Palmer hit rookie John Brown for a 75-yard touchdown in the final two minutes to put Arizona ahead and they were able to hold off a final Eagles drive to come away with a win.

The Cardinals maintain their hold on first place in the NFC West, a position virtually no one expected them to be in at this point of the season.

Seahawks end two-game slide

The Seattle Seahawks were in real danger of dropping their third-straight contest on Sunday, but managed to escape Carolina with a 13-9 win over the Panthers. 

Russell Wilson found Luke Wilson from 23 yards out with 47 seconds left to put the Seahawks on top for good. 

Seattle is still looking up at Arizona in the NFC West, but a win this week should at least silence a few critics that have taken aim at the Seahawks locker room recently. 

Brady and Gronkowski dominate Bears

Remember Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' early season struggles? They certainly seem to be a distant memory now.

Brady threw four touchdowns in the first half against the Chicago Bears and finished the day 30-of-35 for 354 yards and five scores, to power the Pats to a 51-23 win.

Rob Gronkowski has pulled in three of those touchdowns. The big tight end, as well as the Patriots, looks to be rolling once again.

Geno Smith pulled vs. Bills

It didn't take long for the New York Jets to turn to Michael Vick on Sunday. 

Smith threw three first quarter interceptions before getting the hook.

He looked sharp in last week's matchup against the New England Patriots, but Smith is struggling to find any consistency week-to-week. 

Vick couldn't save the day as he threw for just 153 yards and turned the ball over three times himself in the 43-23 defeat. 

Head coach Rex Ryan said after the game he isn't sure who he plans to start behind center next week. 

Falcons blow 21-point lead

The Atlanta Falcons looked to have their third victory of the season all wrapped up in London, but the Detroit Lions had other ideas.

Atlanta led 21-0 in the second half before Detroit rallied for a 22-21 victory. 

Matthew Stafford threw two touchdowns to bring the Lions back, and after some poor clock management by the Falcons in the final two minutes, Detroit was able to drive down for a winning field goal attempt. 

Matt Prater initially missed from 43 yards out, but a fortunate delay of game penalty gave him another shot. This time he connected from 48 yards out to give the Lions an improbable win. 

Injury Roundup

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson may have suffered a concussion after a big collision with Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin returned to the game but Peterson stayed down and looked to take the worst of it.

Over in Cleveland, tight end Jordan Cameron suffered a concussion himself after taking a big hit over the middle.

Other notable injuries:

  • Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston appeared to injure his knee after celebrating a late-game sack. Seriously.
  • Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was seen in a walking boot after his game versus the Buccaneers.
  • St. Louis Rams guard Rodger Saffold went down with a shoulder injury versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • In the same game, Rams left tackle Jake Long was lost with a knee issue. The team fears it could be a torn ACL.
  • Bengals running back Giovani Bernard suffered a hip injury.
  • Buccaneers running back Doug Martin injured his ankle.
  • The Bears fear Matt Slauson may have suffered a serious pectoral injury.
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