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Suddenly flawed Falcons part of an imperfection convection

Asked what he learned from the experience, Tannehill said: "Don't throw it to the other team."

That '70s show

He's been with the Broncos for only half a season and already Peyton Manning owns a club record. Sunday, for the seventh time this season, he completed at least 70% of his passes. He completed 27 of 38 passes, 71.1%, for 301 yards and a touchdown.

Manning also threw the 420th touchdown pass of his career, tying Hall of Fame member Dan Marino for second-most in history. Brett Favre threw 508.

Something's afoot

Another Sunday, another blocked punt.

This time, Tampa Bay's Dekoda Watson barreled up the middle and blocked a punt by San Diego's Mike Scifres. Adam Hayward scooped up the ball and ran 29 yards for a touchdown for the Buccaneers.

There have been 15 blocked punts through the first nine games of the season, putting the league on pace for three times as many as last season (nine).

First … and anything but

It wasn't a good Sunday for quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall.

Cam Newton was sacked seven times and the Carolina Panthers lost at home to Denver. Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions lost at Minnesota. San Francisco's Smith was knocked out of the St. Louis game by a concussion, as was Philadelphia's Vick against Dallas. Eli Manning had a miserable game in a loss at Cincinnati. Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders found themselves on the wrong end of a 55-20 laugher in Baltimore.

Not all the top picks had a lousy Week 10. Andrew Luck won at Jacksonville on Thursday, and Peyton Manning beat the Panthers. As for Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, he neither won nor lost. Ugh, a tie.

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