Monday, September 16, 2013
Peyton Manning is now 3-0 in the NFL against his kid brother.
Peyton Manning completed 30 of 43 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Denver Broncos whipped the New York Giants 41-23. He fared better than his brother, Eli, who had 362 passing yards but was intercepted four times.
Knowshon Moreno ran for a pair of touchdowns for the 2-0 Broncos, who also scored on Trindon Holliday's 81-yard punt return.
The 0-2 Giants gained just 23 yards on 19 carries and surrendered 31 points in the second half.
The Seattle Seahawks have early NFC West bragging rights at 2-0 after knocking off the defending conference champions. Marshawn Lynch accounted for the Seahawks' three touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards in a 29-3 win over San Francisco. Lynch scored the game's first TD on a 14-yard run in the third quarter, grabbed a seven-yard scoring toss from Russell Wilson and added a two-yard scoring burst to cap the scoring.
Wilson was just 8 of 19 for 142 yards and an interception, but the Seattle defense made up for the offense by limiting the 49ers to just 227 total yards.
Colin Kaepernick had a team-high 87 rushing yards for the 1-1 Niners, who committed five turnovers.
Alex Smith passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns as the 2-0 Chiefs beat Dallas 17-16 in Andy Reid's first home game as Kansas City's head coach. The Cowboys led 13-7 until Smith hit Dwyane Bowe for a 12-yard scoring strike with 2:53 left in the third quarter.
Philip Rivers tossed three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal before Nick Novak hit a 46-yard field goal with seven seconds left to push San Diego past the Eagles 33-30 in Philadelphia. Rivers was 36 of 47 for 419 yards as the Chargers bounced back after blowing a 28-7 lead in the second half of last week's 31-28 loss to Houston. Michael Vick ran for a score and threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns for the 1-1 Eagles, who were losers in coach Chip Kelly's home debut.
The Bears beat Minnesota 31-30 on Jay Cutler's 16-yard scoring strike to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left. It was the second straight comeback win engineered by Cutler, who led the Bears back from an 11-point deficit in a season-opening win over Cincinnati. Cutler completed 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
Rookie EJ Manuel picked up his first NFL win by hitting Stevie Johnson for a two-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left to lead Buffalo past Carolina 24-23. The touchdown capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive in which the first-round draft pick completed 6 of 8 attempts for 51 yards. Manuel was 27 of 39 for 296 yards and two TDs as the Bills evened their record at 1-1 while dropping the Panthers to 0-2.
Aaron Rodgers was outstanding in the Packers' 38-20 win over Washington, throwing for a team record-tying 480 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Jordy Nelson's second touchdown reception put Green Bay ahead 31-0 midway through the third quarter. James Jones had a career-high 11 catches for 178 yards, while James Starks ran for 132 yards for the 1-1 Packers.
Matt Schaub threw a three-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins 4:28 into overtime as the Texans beat Tennessee 30-24. The Texans led 16-10 until Delanie Walker scored on a 10-yard pass from Jake Locker with 6:37 left, less than two minutes before Alterraun Verner returned a Schaub interception 23 yards for a TD. Arian Foster forced overtime by scoring on a two-point conversion after running for a one-yard TD.
Arizona rallied for a 25-21 win over Detroit, leaving both teams 1-1. Rashard Mendenhall ran 15 times for 66 yards, including the game-winning, one-yard TD with 1:59 remaining. Jay Feely hit four field goals and Carson Palmer threw for 248 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 24-20 win at Indianapolis, which puts Miami 2-0 for the first time since 2004. The Dolphins hung on after Charles Clay's one-yard TD plunge with 4:40 remaining capped the scoring. Lamar Miller also had a short scoring run for Miami, which allowed the Colts to get to the Dolphins 23-yard line with 1:45 before stopping them on downs.
Baltimore is 1-1 after Joe Flacco threw for 211 yards and a fourth-quarter TD in a 14-6 win over Cleveland. The Ravens kept the Browns out of the end zone and allowed just 259 yards after being torched for seven TD passes by Peyton Manning in a season-opening loss at Denver. Cleveland led 6-0 until Bernard Pierce scored on a five-yard run with 5:13 left in the third quarter.
Garrett Hartley kicked New Orleans to a 16-14 win at Tampa Bay, which leaves the Saints at 2-0. Hartley's third field goal of the game was a 27-yard kick as time expired, one week after the Buccaneers lost their opener on a field goal with two seconds left. Drew Brees threw for 322 yards while the Saints held Josh Freeman to 125 yards on 9-of-22 passing.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones hooked up 11 times for 182 yards and a long touchdown as Atlanta beat St. Louis 34-21. Ryan hit Jones for an 81-yard TD while the Falcons were building a 21-0 lead. Ryan threw for 374 yards and a pair of first-quarter touchdowns for the 1-1 Falcons.
Oakland has its first win. Marcel Reece ran for an 11-yard touchdown before Sebastian Janikowski hit four field goals to lead the Raiders past the winless Jaguars 19-9. The Raiders rolled up 226 yards on the ground, with Darren McFadden providing 129 on 19 carries.