Monday, October 14, 2013
The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL's only unbeaten teams after winning Sunday afternoon.
Peyton Manning threw for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and Knowshon Moreno ran for three TDs in the second half as the Broncos beat Jacksonville 35-19 to improve to 6-0. But the Jaguars trailed just 14-12 after Paul Posluszny returning a Manning interception 59 yards for a TD just before halftime.
The Chiefs are 6-0 following a 24-7 win over visiting Oakland. Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns in the win as the Chiefs piled up 10 sacks while ending a three-game skid to the 2-4 Raiders, and a six-game losing streak against them at Arrowhead Stadium.
New Orleans was seconds away from improving to 6-0 until Tom Brady's first touchdown pass in two games gave the New England Patriots a 30-27 win over the Saints. Brady hit Kenbrell Thompkins for the go-ahead, 17-yard TD with five seconds left, less than 3 1/2 minutes after Kenny Stills caught a 34-yard scoring strike from Drew Brees to put the Saints ahead 24-23.
Stevan Ridley ran for two short touchdowns and Brady had 269 passing yards for the 5-1 Patriots.
In the wake of his son's death, Adrian Peterson played for the Vikings in their 35-10 loss to the Panthers. Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions. He learned on Friday of the death of his 2-year-old son, who died of injuries after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. The man charged in the case was home alone with the boy and called 911 to report the child was choking.
Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Carolina upped its record to 2-3.
Also in the NFL:
-- Seattle is 5-1 after Marshawn Lynch rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-13 victory against Tennessee. Lynch scored on a three-yard run to put the Seahawks ahead 20-10 with 7:33 remaining. Russell Wilson accounted for 318 total yards, including 61 on 10 carries. Wilson was 23 of 31 of 257 yards and no interceptions as the Seahawks earned their 11th straight home win.
-- The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer winless. They beat the Jets 19-6 as Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders and Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals. The win was the 600th in franchise history, including the postseason, making Pittsburgh just the fourth team to reach the milestone. The Jets are now 3-3.
-- Defending NFL champion Baltimore is 3-3 after a 19-17 loss at home to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals in the win. The victory is the first on the road this season for the Packers, who are 3-2. Rodgers went 17 for 32 for 315 yards and Eddie Lacy rushed for 120 yards. The Ravens had won 14 straight at home against NFC opponents.
-- Backup quarterback Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as the Eagles kept Tampa Bay winless with a 31-20 win. With the injured Michael Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the 0-5 Bucs for the second time. The Eagles are now 3-3.
-- The Browns' three game winning streak is over as they were beaten at home by the Lions, 31-17. Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes while the Lions outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half. The 4-2 Lions outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half. Lions running back Reggie Bush finished with 135 total yards, 121 in the second half. Stafford was 25 of 43 for 248 yards.
-- Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and St. Louis added a score on defense and special teams in a 38-13 win over Houston. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered an apparent right ankle injury and was replaced by T.J. Yates. The Rams are 3-3 and the Texans 2-4.
-- Frank Gore ran for 101 yards and Colin Kaepernick threw for another 252 as San Francisco beat Arizona 32-20 to move to 4-2. Kaepernick threw TD passes of 61 and 35 yards to Vernon Davis in the second quarter, but the 49ers led just 22-20 until Kendall Hunter ran six yards for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining. Carson Palmer threw for 298 yards and two TDs, but he was picked off twice and tackled in the end zone for a safety as the Cardinals dropped to 3-3.
-- Mike Nugent hit a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 left in overtime to lift the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a productive day connecting on 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards and three scores. The 2-4 Bills were led by quarterback Thad Lewis, who was filling in for injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
-- Dwayne Harris sparked the Dallas Cowboys' 31-16 win over Washington by becoming the third player with both punt and kickoff returns over 85 yards in a regular-season game. Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and set up another score with a 90-yard kickoff return. He finished with 222 total return yards as the 3-3 Cowboys won on owner Jerry Jones' 71st birthday. Tony Romo had just 170 yards passing a week after getting 506 in a wild 51-48 loss to Denver.