Patriots 52, Bills 28
There’s nothing wrong with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots that a game against their familiar AFC East patsies — the Buffalo Bills — can’t fix.
Not even after Brady and Co. spotted them a 14-point, third-quarter lead.
Brady responded by directing six straight touchdown drives in the second half on Sunday en route to a 24-point blowout.
It was a game in which the Patriots (2-2) produced 580 total yards, forced six turnovers and avoided their first three-game losing streak in 10 years.
“Down 21-7 and on the road, backs against the wall, and I thought we showed a lot of heart,” Brady said. “That’s what this team is made of. And we’re going to battle until the end, I know that.”
Brady finished 22-of-36 for 340 yards and three touchdowns, plus one rushing. The 580 yards was the fourth-most in team history.
Texans 38, Titans 14
Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw two TD passes in the Houston Texans’ win over the visiting Tennessee Titans. Arian Foster had a touchdown run for the Texans (4-0), who continued the best start in club history. Titans quarterback Jake Locker left in the first quarter and did not return after hurting his left, non-throwing shoulder on a hit by Glover Quin. Locker hurt the same shoulder in the season opener against New England. Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in relief of Locker for the Titans (1-3). Chris Johnson carried 25 times for 141 yards, more than tripling his rushing total through the first three games.
Chargers 37, Chiefs 20
Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the visiting San Diego Chargers capitalized on six turnovers by the Kansas City Chiefs in a victory. Five of the Chiefs’ turnovers came in the first half, when San Diego (3-1) raced to a 27-6 lead. The Chargers coasted the rest of the way to sole possession of first place in the AFC West. Matt Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (1-3), but he also had three first-half interceptions. Jamaal Charles, who followed his big game last week at New Orleans with touchdowns rushing and receiving, fumbled twice. San Diego running back Jackie Battle had two scores against his former team. Dwayne Bowe had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City.
Rams 19, Seahawks 13
Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a 58-yarder and a club record 60-yarder, to help the host St. Louis Rams to a win over the Seattle Seahawks. Special teams led the way for the Rams (2-2), with a fake field goal turning into a 2-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola to put St. Louis ahead 10-7 late in the first half. The loss came six days after Seattle (2-2) beat Green Bay on a botched call by replacement officials on a final-play touchdown pass into the end zone. Regular officials were back this weekend. Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score to cap the game’s first possession. The Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute to go.
Vikings 20, Lions 13
Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Sherels scored on a punt return early in the third, helping the visiting Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions. NFC North-leading Minnesota (3-1) matched the number of wins it had last season. The Vikings also snapped an 11-game losing streak within the division. The Lions (1-3) have lost three straight, surpassing the longest skid by last year’s playoff team. Detroit has struggled with poor coverage on special teams. The Lions are the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and a punt return for TDs in consecutive games, according to STATS LLC. They gave up scores on a kickoff and punt in last week’s 44-41 loss in overtime at Tennessee.
Falcons 30, Panthers 28
Matt Bryant kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, rallying past the visiting Carolina Panthers. The Falcons (4-0) are off to their best start since 2004, when they reached the NFC Championship Game. Despite taking a career-high seven sacks, Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes for Atlanta. Bryant added three field goals. The Panthers (1-3) nearly clinched it on Cam Newton’s run with just over a minute remaining, but he fumbled the ball while trying to dive for the necessary yardage. Carolina recovered and wound up punting, downing the ball at the Atlanta 1. But Ryan immediately got the Falcons out of the hole, throwing a 59-yard pass to Roddy White. Four plays later, Bryant won it.
49ers 34, Jets 0
Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown, and the visiting San Francisco 49ers ran for more than 200 yards to rout the New York Jets. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick — on a wildcat-style option — all ran for scores as the 49ers (3-1) bounced back from a loss at Minnesota. Rather than head back to the West Coast, coach Jim Harbaugh chose to have his team stay in eastern Ohio — and it apparently helped. Meanwhile, the Jets (2-2) couldn’t get anything going on offense and lost top wide receiver Santonio Holmes to what it appeared to be a serious foot injury. It was the first time New York was shut out since losing 9-0 to Green Bay in 2010, and the Jets’ biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989.
Cardinals 24, Dolphins 21
Jay Feely kicked a 46-yard field goal 6:31 into overtime to keep the host Arizona Cardinals unbeaten with a wild victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals (4-0) forced overtime when Kevin Kolb threw a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Andre Roberts with 22 seconds to play in regulation. Two big defensive plays set up the final two Arizona scores. First, Daryl Washington sacked rookie Ryan Tannehill, whose fumble was recovered by Vonnie Holliday at the Arizona 49 and the Cardinals moved downfield to score. The winning field goal came after Tannehill was hit by Paris Lenon as he threw and Kerry Rhodes came up with an interception. Tannehill threw for 431 yards. Brian Hartline set a record for the Dolphins with 253 yards receiving on 12 catches.
Broncos 37, Raiders 6
Peyton Manning finished with 338 yards and three touchdown passes to lift the host Denver Broncos to a victory over the Oakland Raiders. Manning opened the game by leading the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown drive — their first opening-quarter touchdown of the season — and Denver never trailed. The Broncos (2-2) beat the Raiders (1-3) at home for the first time since 2007. Willis McGahee ran for 112 yards for his 32nd-career 100-yard game. The Broncos held Darren McFadden to 34 yards on 13 carries and Carson Palmer, who led Oakland to a comeback win last week over Pittsburgh, never got on track. He finished 19-for-34 for 202 yards.
Bengals 27, Jaguars 10
Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars for their third consecutive win. Dalton and A.J. Green burned Jacksonville several times, including once to set up a second-quarter touchdown and again for a fourth-quarter score. The Bengals (3-1) finished with six sacks, putting constant pressure on Blaine Gabbert and overcoming all those defensive injuries. Cincinnati played without starting cornerbacks Nate Clements and Leon Hall as well as backups Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick. The Jaguars (1-3) failed to take advantage. Gabbert completed 23-of-34 passes for 186 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He was clearly outplayed by Dalton, who completed 20-of-31 passes for 244 yards. Dalton, Green (six catches for 117 yards) and the defense spoiled what was supposed to be a celebration for the Jaguars, who inducted Fred Taylor into the team’s ring of honor.
Packers 28, Saints 27
Aaron Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter, and the host Green Bay Packers shook off a week’s worth of controversy with a rally to beat the New Orleans Saints. With Packers fans howling about what appeared to be yet another bad call — this time by the regular officials, not the replacements — Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt with just under three minutes remaining, costing the Saints a shot at the lead. Rodgers threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the Packers (2-2). Drew Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns for the winless Saints (0-4). Brees has thrown at least one touchdown in 47 straight regular-season games, tying the NFL’s all-time mark set by Johnny Unitas.
Redskins 24, Buccaneers 22
Billy Cundiff redeemed himself for a poor day kicking, booting a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining to give the visiting Washington Redskins a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cundiff missed three earlier attempts, including a 31-yarder that wound have put the Redskins (2-2) up by two scores early in the fourth quarter. He also missed twice in the first half, but was on the money after Robert Griffin III marched his team into position for the winning score.
Eagles 19, Giants 17
Lawrence Tynes missed two field-goal tries from 54 yards with 15 seconds left and the host Philadelphia Eagles held on for a victory over the New York Giants. With LeSean McCoy leading the way on the ground, Michael Vick guided the Eagles (3-1) to another comeback. Alex Henery kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:49 left, and the Eagles overcame two pass-interference penalties on New York’s final drive.