[caption id="attachment_21346" align="aligncenter" width="475"] John Gress / Getty Images[/caption] This week saw some dominant performances from the best teams in the NFL including a blowout in London, a humbling experience for a rookie QB and a long streak broken.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played some great football against a declining Minnesota Vikings, winning 36-17. Big performances from rookie RB Doug Martin and QB Josh Freeman outplayed what was previously a competitive Vikings defence. The Chicago Bears survived an awful Jay Cutler on the back of their defence to just edge the Carolina Panthers 23-22. Thanks to the effort of MVP candidate Tim Jennings with an interception pick six Cutler and the offence were able to drive down the field and get into range for the game winning field goal. The Cleveland Browns shamed the San Diego Chargers by narrowly beating them at home 7-6. The Cleveland defence held the Chargers to two field goals on the game. Rookie RB Trent Richardson -- who was sidelined by a rib injury last week - managed 122 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. On the Chargers: It's hard to stomach but Philip Rivers has clearly regressed. He has not performed at an elite level since 2010 - when he threw for near 5000 yards. He has thrown only ten touchdowns on the season to nine interceptions. The Detroit Lions bounced back from their disappointing week 7 loss with some vintage Stafford magic, beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. While Calvin Johnson had another disappointing outing Stafford found a reliable target in Titus Young, who managed nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers had a difficult time overcoming a surprisingly effective Jacksonville Jaguars' defence but managed to come up with the 24-15 win. Without top targets Jordy Nelson or Greg Jennings Rodgers struggled, throwing for just 186 yards and two touchdowns in their win. Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert managed 303 yards and one touchdown. The Miami Dolphins manhandled the New York Jets to the tune of a 30-9 victory in New York. Mark Sanchez completed just 28-of-54 passes for 283 yards, a touchdown, an interception and lost fumble. Rex Ryan seems set on going down with the Mark Sanchez ship. The Atlanta Falcons beat the Philadelphia Eagles who had previously never lost the week after the bye while under Andy Reid 30-17. The Falcons were utterly dominant on offence, with Matt Ryan's connection to Julio Jones looking particularly strong. On the Eagles: Michael Vick, in this game, was not the problem. That horrid defence was the problem. But he could be benched anyway. The Pittsburgh Steelers took control early and beat the Washington Redskins 27-12. The Steelers not only passed on the Redskins, but Jonathan Dwyer also ran for 107 yards on 17 carries. The Redskins offence was plagued by mental errors, dropping the ball ten times. The New England Patriots blew out the St. Louis Rams across the pond 45-7. Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes against a hapless Rams' defence, giving the London crowd a show. Vick Ballard spiralled into the endzone to give the Indianapolis Colts a 19-13 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans. Ballard's play will be playing on highlight reels all week. You can see it here. The Oakland Raiders dominated the Kansas City Chiefs 26-16 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders took control with Darren McFadden finding his feet in the running game, managing 114 yards on 29 carries. Oddly, both Matt Cassel -- who came on to replace an injured Brady Quinn -- and Peyton Hillis had more rushing yards than Jamaal Charles. Oh oh. The New York Giants topped the Dallas Cowboys in what was nearly a dramatic comeback from Tony Romo and the Cowboys offence 29-24. Despite throwing four picks and being down 23-0 the Cowboys offence worked themselves back into the game. Romo almost stole the win too, but a fingertip over the line on what would have been a Dez Bryant TD catch saved Eli Manning and the Giants from an embarrassing loss. Peyton Manning looked like he was in vintage form during the Denver Bronco's 34-14 dismantling of the New Orleans Saints. Manning threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Perhaps just as impressive was the Bronco's D, holding the Saints' offence to just 14 points on the day. On the Broncos: I'm convinced now the Broncos are contenders this year. They'll easily make the playoffs and could challenge a weak AFC lineup. The San Francisco 49ers dominated the shambling Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on the back of a nearly flawless day for both QB Alex Smith and the 49ers Defence. Smith was 18-of-19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns while the terrific 49ers Defence bottled up a hapless John Skelton.