Broncos bucked by Rams while Cardinals soar on
(Reuters) - The St. Louis Rams limited Peyton Manning to a single touchdown in a shock 22-7 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday while the Arizona Cardinals began life without quarterback Carson Palmer with an impressive 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions.
The Cardinals' dreams of becoming the first team from the city hosting the Super Bowl to play in the NFL championship appeared to take a hit when Palmer went down with a season-ending knee injury last week but backup Drew Stanton and a punishing defense kept the team on course, improving their record to a league best 9-1 with a sixth straight win.
Stanton tossed two touchdowns to Michael Floyd while the Cardinals defense kept the Lions vaunted attack out to end zone, holding Detroit to a pair of Matt Prater field goals.
At icy Lambeau Field the red hot Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers scorched the Philadelphia Eagles 53-20.
Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and defensive lineman Julius Peppers returned an interception for another score as the Packers rung up more than 50 points for the second straight game, rocketing into a share of top spot in the NFC North with the Lions with records of 7-3.
Manning, who earlier this season set the all-time career record for touchdown passes, completed 34 of 54 pass attempts for 389 yards inside the raucous Edward Jones Dome but could manage only one touchdown strike to Emmanuel Sanders against a hard-hitting St. Louis defense and was intercepted twice.
"I give them a lot of credit," Manning told reporters. "I thought we didn’t execute very well and just think I didn’t play very well, so usually you can kind of wrap it up into that.
"I have to play better and got to score more points than seven.”
Rams quarterback Shaun Hill completed 20 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown while Greg Zuerlein handled the rest of the scoring, booting five field goals including 55 and 53 yarders in the fourth quarter. Continued...