There is still one undefeated team in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons started slowly but escaped a scare at home by holding off Dallas 19-13 to go to 8-0. Michael Turner scored the go-ahead score on a 3-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Matt Bryant kicked four field goals. Matt Ryan was his usual efficient self, completing 24 of 34 for 342 yards. Roddy White became the Falcons all-time leading receiver with 577 career receptions. He caught seven passes for 118 yards. Julio Jones had a big night receiving as well, catching five balls for 129. The Cowboys had an early 6-0 lead but faded in the second half to fall to 3-5. Cowboys fans can take note that seven of the Cowboys' final eight games are against teams with losing records.
In other Week 9 results:
-- The Pittsburgh Steelers eschewed the NFL's normal travel protocol and escaped Superstorm Sandy-ravaged New Jersey with a 24-20 victory that ended the Super Bowl champion New York Giants' four-game winning streak. Instead of arriving the day before the game, the Steelers flew into Jersey Sunday morning hours before the game. They were sloppy early -- cornerback Keenan Lewis accounted for 87 yards in pass interference penalties -- but escaped New Jersey with a victory that improved Pittsburgh to 5-3. Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards and the winning touchdown with 4:02 left to drop the Giants to 5-3.
-- Adrian Peterson won the head-to-head statistical matchup against Marshawn Lynch in the battle of the top two rushers in the NFL. But Lynch's Seattle Seahawks overcame 182 yards rushing by Peterson to beat the Minnesota Vikings 30-20. Lynch ran for 124 yards and a score. Seahawks QB threw three first-half TD passes, including a pair to Golden Tate. Both teams are 5-4.
-- Tampa Bay has a new single-game rushing leader. Rookie Doug Martin, the 31st pick in the draft out of Boise State, ran for a Buccaneers-record 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 42-32 win over Oakland. Martin scored on runs of 1, 45, 67 and 70 yards. After the Raiders had cut an 18-point deficit to three late in the game, Ahmad Black intercepted a Carson Palmer pass to seal the victory that evened the Bucs' record at 4-4. Oakland is 3-5.
-- The Chicago Bears are now 7-1. They beat Tennessee 51-20, handing the Titans their sixth loss in nine games. Jay Cutler led the offense with three touchdown passes, while linebacker Brian Urlacher (UR'-lah-kur) became the latest Chicago defender to return an interception for a touchdown. He wasn't the only standout on defense as cornerback Charles Tillman forced four fumbles and Chicago created five turnovers while winning its sixth in a row. In their long history the Bears had never scored 28 points in the first quarter. That changed in this game as they took control by forcing three turnovers in the first 13 minutes and turning them into 14 points.
-- Like Chicago the Houston Texans are 7-1. They beat the Bills 21-9 as Matt Schaub (shahb) threw two touchdowns. Arian Foster ran for 111 yards against Buffalo's NFL-worst rush defense as the Texans handed the Bills their fifth loss in 8 games. The game brought former No. 1 Mario Williams back to Houston. He left the Texans in the off season for a big-money deal with the Bills. He had a sack and five tackles in the contest.
-- Peyton Manning bounced back from a pair of interceptions to throw three touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Bengals in Cincinnati 31-23. Denver also got a touchdown from Trindon Holliday who returned a kickoff a Broncos-record 105 yards for a score. The Broncos are 5-3 while the Bengals are 3-5. Lifetime against Cincinnati, Manning is unbeaten in eight games.
-- The Detroit Lions upped their record to 4-4 with a 31-14 win over Jacksonville. Mikel Leshoure led the way as he ran for three touchdowns. Detroit dominated from start to finish, building a three-score lead before halftime and coasting after the break. Leshoure finished with 70 yards rushing and scored on runs of 7, 1 and 8 yards, becoming the first in franchise history to run for three touchdowns in the first half.
-- Joe Flacco (FLA'-koh) threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 4:26 left as the Baltimore Ravens won their 11th straight game inside the AFC North with a 25-15 comeback victory over the Browns in Cleveland. Smith caught Flacco's strike and spun away from cornerback Joe Haden as the Ravens, who are 6-2, beat the 2-7 Browns for the 10th consecutive time. Phil Dawson kicked five field goals for the Browns, who were again competitive but failed to score a touchdown on five trips inside Baltimore's 20-yard line.
-- Cam Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown as Carolina snapped a five-game losing with a 21-13 win at Washington. Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was 23 for 39 for 215 yards. He also ran 11 times for 53 yards and was sacked three times. Washington has lost three straight and is now 3-6.
-- Colts' rookie quarterback Andrew Luck broke the NFL's single-game rookie record by throwing for 433 yards in leading Indianapolis past Miami 23-20. Luck was 30 of 48 with two TDs and broke Cam Newton's previous mark of 422 yards set last season. The big day for the No. 1 pick in the draft came on the day coach Chuck Pagano (puh-GAH'-noh) returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since being diagnosed with leukemia. The Colts, who have won three straight, are 5-3, while the Dolphins fell to 4-4. Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, completed 22 of 38 for 290 yards and one score.
--The Packers handed the Cardinals their fifth straight loss, 31-17. The 6-3 Packers finished with a season-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries. They enter their bye week with a four-game winning streak. The break comes at a good time as they lost Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga to injuries. Quarterback John Skelton completed 23 of 46 for 306 yards as the Cardinals dropped to 4-5.
-- The Monday night matchup has 2-5 New Orleans facing 3-4 Philadelphia. Both teams are teetering on the edge of collapsing. The Saints have a leaky defense and virtually no running game to support Drew Brees. Philly QB Michael Vick's job security is shaky as the Eagles have lost three in a row.