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Baltimore beat Houston, 30-9. Linebacker John Simon did not start but played in 68 percent of special teams snaps and made one tackle.
Carolina beat the New York Giants, 38-0. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. did not start but caught three passes for 71 yards and one touchdown while playing in 37 percent of offensive snaps. His 47-yard touchdown catch was a game-long reception, and he also rushed once for 11 yards and returned a punt for 12 yards.
Tight end Ben Hartsock did not start and failed to record a catch. He played in 53 percent of offensive snaps and 40 percent of special teams snaps.
Cincinnati beat Green Bay, 34-30. Kicker Mike Nugent started and played in 40 percent of special teams snaps. He missed a 52-yard field goal and converted four out of five PATs but had one blocked. It was just the fourth missed PAT of his career. Three of his six kickoffs resulted in touchbacks, while one went out of bounds.
Wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher was not active for the third consecutive week.
Dallas beat St. Louis, 31-7. Safety Will Allen played in just 22 percent of defensive snaps and did not record a tackle. Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox started in place of Allen, who had started the previous two games.
"I think you should ask the head coach and the defensive coordinator those questions," Allen told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when asked about being benched. "I really don't want to speak on it. The only thing I can say is that I'm here, on the team, and just thankful for that."
Denver beat Oakland, 37-21. Offensive lineman Justin Boren is on injured reserve.
Detroit beat Washington, 27-20. Offensive lineman Rob Sims started and played 100 percent of offensive snaps and 19 percent of special teams snaps. The Lions rushed for 63 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries and allowed one sack for seven yards.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay lost to Cincinnati, 34-30. Linebacker A.J. Hawk started and played in 86 percent of defensive snaps. He finished with nine tackles, including one for loss, and also recorded a fumble.
Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett started and played in 45 percent of defensive snaps. He had one tackle and broke up one pass.
Houston lost to Baltimore, 30-9. Wide receiver DeVier Posey did not start but played in 26 percent offensive snaps. He was targeted four times and caught three passes, including his first of the season, for 29 yards.
Jacksonville lost to Seattle, 45-17. Offensive lineman Michael Brewster did not start and played in nine percent of special teams snaps.
Miami defeated Atlanta, 27-23. Wide receiver Brian Hartline started and played in 86 percent of offensive snaps. He was targeted six times and caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. His 18-yard scoring reception helped Miami tie the game in the final minute of the third quarter.
"Of course the only spot where the sun was left in the stadium decided to find the football and I couldn't see it," Hartline told Miami Herald. "So I decided to catch the black dot and it worked out pretty well."
New England Patriots
New England defeated Tampa Bay, 23-3. Safety Nate Ebner did not start and played in 50 percent of special teams snaps. He did not record a tackle.
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans beat Arizona, 31-7. Safety Malcolm Jenkins started and played 100 percent of defensive snaps and 31 percent of special teams snaps. He finished with three tackles and one pass breakup.
Linebacker Jay Richardson played in seven percent of defensive snaps. He did not record a tackle.
Defensive lineman Will Smith is on injured reserve.
New York Giants
The New York Giants lost to Carolina, 38-0. Offensive lineman Jim Cordle played in 10 percent of offensive snaps and 32 percent of special teams snaps.
Defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins was inactive for the third consecutive week.
New York Jets
The New York Jets beat Buffalo, 27-20. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes started and played in 77 percent of offensive snaps. He was targeted 10 times and caught five passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. His 69-yard scoring reception with 9:53 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner.
"The ball landed in the perfect place for me to get a chance to catch it," Holmes told ESPN. "The rest is in the history books."
Offensive lineman Nick Mangold started and played in 100 percent of offensive snaps. He fumbled once and also made a tackle on an interception. The Jets rushed for 182 yards and one touchdown on 41 carries and allowed no sacks.
Oakland lost to Denver, 37-21. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor started but exited late in the fourth quarter after sustaining a concussion on a hit from Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 281 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed four times for 36 yards.
Because of the NFL's concussion policy, Pryor was not allowed to speak to the media after the game. However, on Tuesday morning, Pryor tweeted, "Sorry about the loss RaiderNation. I don't remember much! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well .. We will be back!"
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he did not know if Pryor would be able to play against Washington next week. Pryor's teammates, however, expressed hope that he would not have to miss any time.
"It's a guy that's getting his chance, and with each week, he's getting a little bit more comfortable," Raiders safety Charles Woodson told ESPN. "He did some good things tonight, so it would be a tough blow (to lose him), especially for him and his development as a player if he's not able to shake it off and bounce back and come back next week. We'll just see how that pans out."
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa did not start but played in 55 percent of special teams snaps. He did not record a tackle.
Philadelphia lost to Kansas City, 26-16. Safety Kurt Coleman did not start and played in 61 percent of special teams snaps. He recorded one tackle.
Pittsburgh lost to Chicago, 40-23. Offensive lineman Mike Adams started and played 95 percent of offensive snaps and 14 percent of special teams snaps. The Steelers rushed for 80 yards on 21 carries and allowed three sacks for 27 yards.
Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward started for the first time this season and played 53 percent of defensive snaps and 37 percent of special teams snaps. He recorded one tackle.
St. Louis Rams
St. Louis lost to Dallas, 31-7. Linebacker James Laurinaitis started and played in 98 percent of defensive snaps and 28 percent of special teams snaps. He finished with five tackles.
Long snapper Jake McQuaide played in 28 percent of special teams snaps.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco lost to Indianapolis, 27-7. Offensive lineman Alex Boone started and played in 100 percent of offensive snaps and four percent of special teams snaps. The 49ers rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries and allowed three sacks for 11 yards. Boone also made a tackle on a fumble that was recovered by the Colts.
Safety Donte Whitner started and played 100 percent of defensive snaps. He finished with seven tackles. On the first play of the game, Whitner was assessed a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. Although the referee claimed Whitner made contact with the crown of his helmet, replays showed he hit Ahmad Bradshaw with his right shoulder.
"It was a bad call," Whitner told CSN Bay Area. "I guess it was a big hit. Any big hit now in the National Football League is automatically a flag."
Washington lost to Detroit, 27-20. Defensive lineman Doug Worthington is on injured reserve.