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The (Monday) Morning After: Denver mile-high

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  • Peyton Mannning leads Broncos; Falcons flying high @ 7-0
  • Cowboys fall to Giants, embarrassing loss for Jets
Peyton Manning had a great game in the Denver Broncos' win over the New Orleans Saints.

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Browns 7, Chargers 6. The award for the most boring game of the day goes to the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers. Playing in a downpour the entire game, both teams struggled mightily on offense. The two teams combined for a total of 515 yards of offense. Cleveland managed to get on the scoreboard early in the first quarter, after Trent Richardson scored on a 26-yard run. After that, it was all defense and a couple field goals for San Diego. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Browns and new owner Jimmy Haslam will happily take it. With the win, Cleveland is now 2-6, while San Diego dropped to 3-4. -- Terra Carlson @terrac33

Broncos 34, Saints 14. This game was expected to be a high-scoring shootout between two of the best quarterbacks in the league. While Peyton Manning and Drew Brees still played, it was just a bit more one-sided. The Denver Broncos stomped the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football. The last time these two teams met, Manning was a horse of a different color. The game was Super Bowl XLIV and the Saints beat Manning and the Colts. This game sang a different tune. The Broncos fell into a rhythm fast and the momentum never slowed. With the next New Orleans-Denver matchup at least four years down the road, it’s crazy to think this may have been the last chapter in the Brees/Manning saga.  -- Maddy Wold @maddywold

Lions 28, Seahawks 24. In anticipation of facing off against Detroit’s receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Seattle’s trash-talking cornerback Richard Sherman changed his Twitter handle to “Optimus Prime”.  This was going to be a battle straight out of the movies, and Sherman was determined to be the winner. But as we know, real life doesn’t always follow a movie script. If it did, there may be some better titles for this game. Perhaps we could have called it “The Rookie,” as Russell Wilson tried again to prove that he can win on the road. Or we could use “8 Seconds”, the amount of time it took Marshawn Lynch to run his 77-yard touchdown, putting the Seahawks up 17-14. In the second half, Detroit and Seattle continued to slingshot for the lead. With 20 seconds left in the game, Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Titus Young, dubbing him, “The Lion King”. -- Jenny Goos @jennygoos

Giants 29, Cowboys 24.  The New York Giants kept their perfect record of 4-0 in the Cowboys' stadium, scoring 23 points off six Cowboy turnovers. Tony Romo threw for a career-high 437 yards and put the Cowboys ahead of the Giants 24-23, but a fumble late in the fourth quarter sealed their fate. The Giants kicked a field goal and went up by five. Dez Bryant made an awesome catch for what would have been the game-winning TD, but was ruled out of bounds as the tips of his fingers touched the line. Dallas had one more chance for the win with one second left but the ball to Miles Austin sailed passed him. Halloween came early to Cowboy fans who thought they were going to get a treat but ended up being tricked again. -- Fonda Bryant @proudmom72

Falcons 30, Eagles 17. One rain-soaked field, two touchdowns, zero turnovers. It all adds up to just one more ugly loss for the mistake-laden Philadelphia Eagles. In bird-on-bird action at The Linc in Philadelphia, the 4-3 Eagles met the undefeated, odds-defying Atlanta Falcons as the edge of Hurricane Sandy worked its way into the Northeast. Like the planes being grounded for inclement weather, the Eagles never got their game off the ground on either side of the ball. The Eagles’ defense, under the direction of newly appointed defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, hoped to send Atlanta back to Georgia with its first loss of the season. Instead, Bowles failed to bring any new magic to the Philadelphia season and the Falcons led by top-rated quarterback Matt Ryan won easily, 30-17. -- Laurie Merrill @lauriemerri

Bears 23, Panthers 22. This game was sack-tastic! The battered Carolina Panthers put up a vicious fight against the Bears, the leaders of the NFC North.  Jay Cutler was sacked six times and had two fumbles, but the Panthers still couldn't keep a 12-point lead to get a desperately needed win. The "boo-birds" at halftime in the stands must have felt silly after the game-winning field goal from Robbie Gould. The Bears improve to 6-1 for the year, while the Carolina Panthers dropped to 1-6 and head back to Carolina with heavy hearts. -- Caroline Allgood @carolineallgood

Raiders 26 Chiefs 16. The Raiders' special teams unit must have stayed at La Quinta Inn on this road game because they really had a leg up on the competition Sunday. Sebastian Janikowski connected on four field goals to help Oakland beat their division rivals in Kansas City. The Chiefs gave their fans more reasons to leave the stadium early rather than cheer after coughing up the ball four times. The last-place Chiefs also lost starting quarterback Brady Quinn to a head injury and replaced him with previous starter Matt Cassel. The Raiders, meanwhile, improved to 3-4 and even though that’s not a winning record, the silver and black are still tied for second place in the AFC West. -- Melissa Villarin @MissESPN

Packers 24, Jaguars 15. There are no guarantees in the NFL, a fact Green Bay almost learned the hard way on Sunday as they just managed to eke out a win over Jacksonville. Despite being predicted to blow out the underwhelming Jaguars, who came into the game with the last-ranked pass offense in the league and a bottom-eight pass defense, the Packers struggled to find a rhythm offensively. Aaron Rodgers was held to a season-low 186 yards, while Blaine Gabbert threw for a season-high 303. Despite Gabbert's performance, Jacksonville struggled to convert on third downs and was just 1 of 3 in red zone attempts. Special Teams were the story of the day once again for Green Bay, who recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in the second quarter. -- Michelle Noyer-Granacki @michellewthonel

Dolphins 30, Jets 9. Between all the trash talk and "Gangnam Style" dancing, the Miami Dolphins dominated the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at Met Life Stadium. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill injured his left knee and quadriceps on a sack by Calvin Pace on the Dolphins' second possession and did not return. Backup QB Matt Moore finished the game with 131 yards. Dolphins RB Reggie Bush pushed Jets CB Antonio Cromartie as he was going out of bounds after a 19-yard run, which caused a little scuffle in the first quarter. Post-game, the trash talk continued as Cromartie called Bush a "punk". The Jets have yet to find the missing piece to the puzzle as QB Mark Sanchez was sacked four times with one interception. -- Julia Chongarlides @j_chonga22

Patriots 45, Rams 7. The Rams struck first in this season’s international game at Wembley Stadium, but that was all the scoring they would do. The Patriots went on to score 45 unanswered points to win the game and remain undefeated in London. St. Louis wasn’t able to find a rhythm against the Pats defensive blitz, and was limited to only three of 10 on third-down conversions. Thanks to some stellar offensive line protection, Tom Brady threw for 304 yards and was eventually replaced by backup quarterback Ryan Mallett in the fourth quarter. With both teams entering and leaving the game banged up, they welcome their upcoming bye weeks. -- Keira Kordowski @Keira516

Colts 19, Titans 13.  The Colts broke a 10-game road losing streak and now find themselves with a winning a record for the first time since an MVP quarterback grew up to be a Bronco. Regulation was ugly with the Titans having two touchdowns and a fumble recovery negated by penalties. Meanwhile, the Colts had a field goal blocked and a pass intercepted in the end zone on two different drives. The Titans led most of the game but the Colts tied it up at 13 with a rushing touchdown by Delone Carter. In overtime, Indianapolis won the toss and the game with a 16-yard touchdown reception by Vick Ballard. It appears “Luck” is all the Colts need to keep their wild card hopes alive.  – Deepi Sidhu @deepi104

Steelers 27, Redskins 12. Hopefully, Robert Griffin III isn’t allergic to bees because the Steelers linebackers, true to their bumblebee-esque uniforms, gave the rookie quarterback a few stingers that he won’t soon forget. This game was a beautiful defensive effort by the Steelers. The offense also did their part with Jonathan Dwyer rushing for 100-plus yards for the second straight game. As for the Redskins, they dropped the ball. Quite a few times. Combine that  with a missed extra point and some late-game sass from DeAngelo Hall, and it becomes obvious that it just wasn’t Washington’s day. A Steelers team that was clicking on all cylinders took full advantage to come out on top.  -- Jannah Jablonowski @jannahjabo

CRYSTAL BALL:

49ers vs Cardinals.  The pressure is on and amplified under the MNF spotlight for NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers (5-2) look to take the lead and the Cardinals (4-3) have an opportunity to tie the division. The game will be physical and competitive on both sides of the ball. Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has many better-than-average options, but struggles getting the ball into the hands of his receivers (Even if it is Larry Fitzgerald).  Niners quarterback Alex Smith is statistically more accurate, but he will rely heavily on the run from Frank Gore. The 49ers have won the last four of five matchups, but the only guarantee here is that even the audience watching from home will feel the tension of this rivalry. – Krisi Fortner @red_sea_queen

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