GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers had five touchdown passes, three to Randall Cobb, as the Packers remained unbeaten with a 38-28 victory over the Chiefs on Monday night.
Rodgers was 24-of-35 for 333 of the Packers' 448 total yards, and found Cobb for scores in the first, second and fourth quarters.
Green Bay's defense had seven sacks of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who passed for 290 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Ref denies Newton snub
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NFL vice president of officiating says that referee Ed Hochuli insists he never told Panthers quarterback Cam Newton that Newton "wasn't old enough" to get a personal foul call during Sunday's game against the Saints.
"Ed was adamant that he did not say that," Dean Blandino told the NFL Network on Monday. "He told me that he said (to Newton) that 'the difference is you were running.' I think when you look at the tape it does look like Ed did say (the difference is you were running). I think that's where we are right now and we're just going to kind of move on from there."
Newton called out the veteran referee after Carolina's 27-22 win after he felt a personal foul should have been called on Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison for hitting him out of bounds after he released a pass.
"The response that I got was, 'Cam, you're not old enough to get that call,' " Newton said at his postgame news conference Sunday.
NFL game officials such as Hochuli aren't allowed to conduct interviews during the season. Blandino told the NFL Network if it is found that Hochuli did tell Newton he "wasn't old enough" to get calls, he could be reprimanded.
Roethlisberger out: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's knee injury, but didn't offer a whole lot of clarity beyond that, nor a timetable. ESPN and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Roethlisberger will likely miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Tomlin said Michael Vick will start Thursday against the Ravens.
Jurisprudence: Miko Grimes, the wife of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes, was arrested by Miami-Dade police near Sun Life Stadium before Sunday's game. According to the Miami Herald she was charged with disorderly conduct, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. The problems reportedly started when she tried to cross a police barricade. Miko Grimes, 40, hosts a sports talk show on 560-AM in Miami.
Surgery for Hoge: ESPN analyst and former Steelers running back Merril Hoge will have heart surgery this week and is expected to miss several weeks but is expected to recover fully, profootballtalk.com reported.
Browns: Starting quarterback Josh McCown injured his right throwing hand in Sunday's loss to Oakland, but said he doesn't expect to miss any time.
Eagles: Kicker Cody Parkey (groin) will go on injured reserve and the team will sign former Dolphins and Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis, nfl.com reported.
Lions: A day after a 24-12 loss to Denver, coach Jim Caldwell said offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will continue to call plays. Detroit has run for an NFL-low 135 yards and has five touchdowns in its past 10 quarters.
Giants: Receiver Victor Cruz hopes to practice Wednesday and play Sunday at Buffalo. Cruz ruptured his right patella tendon on Oct. 12 and missed the final 10 games last season. Then a calf injury delayed his return this year.