FALCONS 30, EAGLES 17
At Philadelphia, the Eagles (3-4) lost for the first time in 13 games after a bye under Andy Reid. They were no match for the Falcons as Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta’s first three possessions against Philadelphia and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
The Falcons improved to 7-0 for the first time in franchise history as they scored on their first six possessions before punting for the first time with 5:35 left.
“When you do that, it’s going to be a good day,” said Ryan, who finished 22 of 29 for 262 yards for his first win against his hometown team in three tries.
Michael Vick didn’t turn over the ball, but he struggled and failed to beat his former team in his second start against the Falcons since returning to the NFL in 2009.
“The thing I know is, I’m giving it everything I’ve got out there when I step on the field,” Vick said. “Deep down, as long as I know I’m doing that, giving it everything, that’s all I can ask out of myself.”
PATRIOTS 45, RAMS 7
At London, the Ex-Pats, uh, Pats (5-3) made this international game a rout. Tom Brady led touchdown drives on the first five possessions for New England.
The Rams (3-5) looked ready to put up a fight when Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. But Brady cut through the St. Louis defense at will for a 28-7 lead by halftime, then hit Brandon Lloyd for a 9-yard score to start the third quarter.
New England surpassed 350 yards of total offense for the 17th straight game, breaking an NFL record set by the Rams in 1999-2000.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick enjoyed the Wembley scene. Of course, the winner always enjoy the scene, no matter where it is.
“The stadium was great,” he said. “Playing on grass is always good. … It’s good to see the jerseys muddy, grass stains. Guys picking up dirt out of their facemasks, stuff like that. We don’t see a lot of that back in the States.”
PACKERS 24, JAGUARS 15
At Green Bay, the Packers (5-3) struggled with the undermanned Jaguars (1-6), but still squeezed out their third consecutive victory. Aaron Rodgers hit old favorite Donald Driver on a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, his second TD pass of the game,
Rodgers passed Bart Starr for second place on Green Bay’s all-time list with 153, behind only Brett Favre’s 442.