Early Results 9/30/13
It turns out the Pittsburgh Steelers can't win outside the United States, either. The Steelers are off to their first 0-4 start in 45 years following a 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London.
Greg Jennings had two touchdown catches, Adrian Peterson ran for two scores and the Vikings' defense made a big stop with time running out to get the win, their first of the year. Everson Griffen stripped Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) on the 6-yard line with 19 seconds left. Kevin Williams recovered to seal the victory.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the latest team to be shredded by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions as the Broncos crushed the Eagles 52-20 to improve to 4-0. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker each grabbed two scoring strikes from Manning, who's thrown 16 touchdown passes this season without an interception to tie the start of Cleveland's Milt Plum during the 1960 campaign. Welker has caught six of those TD tosses.
Manning also broke Brett Favre's NFL record with his 24th career game of at least four touchdown passes.
Michael Vick threw for 248 yards and no touchdowns for the Eagles, who've dropped three straight since an impressive season-opening win at Washington.
New England beat Atlanta 30-23 to join the Broncos at 4-0. Tom Brady passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns, while Stephen Gostkowski hit field goals of 49 and 48 yards.
Matt Ryan was 34 of 54 for 421 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Ryan got the Falcons to the New England 13 in the final minute before the Patriots took over on downs to clinch the win.
The Giants dropped to 0-4 with a 24-7 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes, Dexter McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for another score and the Chiefs upped their record to 4-0. Smith hit touchdown passes of 4, 2 and 35 yards for the Chiefs, who under Andy Reid have already doubled their victory total of 2012. The Giants trailed only 17-7 after three quarters before falling to 0-4 for the first time since 1987.
The Bears and Lions are tied for first in the NFC North with a record of 3-1 following Detroit's 40-32 triumph against Chicago. Reggie Bush had 173 yards of total offense, including a 37-yard touchdown run that helped Detroit score 27 points in the second quarter. The Lions scored 24 straight points, including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds after Matt Forte's 53-yard TD run gave the Bears 10-6 lead early in the second quarter. Jay Cutler had four turnovers but threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to pull Chicago within eight points to make the score look respectable.
Brian Hoyer is 2-0 as Cleveland's starting quarterback. The Browns beat the Bengals 17-6 as Hoyer threw two touchdown passes in his first start at home. His 1-yard TD pass to Chris Ogbonnaya (oh-bon-EYE'-uh) with 4:54 left gave the 2-2 Browns an 11-point lead before Cleveland turned it over to its vastly improved defense. Hoyer finished 25 of 38 for 269 yards In his second start in place of injured Brandon Weeden.
Carson Palmer threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald and Jay Feely kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining as the Arizona Cardinals rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10. The Cards are now 2-2 while the Bucs are winless in four games. Feely also kicked a 42-yard field goal for the Cardinals, who trailed 10-0 at halftime.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans and the first 4-0 start in franchise history. The 2-2 Texans failed to score on two possessions in overtime. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit. Richard Sherman returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown that tied the game 20-20 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso's second interception of the game with 57 seconds remaining sealed a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Each team is 2-2 on the year. Converted safety Aaron Williams also intercepted Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh) twice, while Fred Jackson had 87 yards rushing and a touchdown for Buffalo. Flacco threw a career-worst five interceptions, and finished 25 of 50 for 347 yards passing with two touchdowns.
Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, Trent Richardson ran for a score and the Colts beat up on Jacksonville, 37-3. The 3-1 Colts were a little sluggish and sloppy in the first half but still lead after 30 minutes, 20-3. The 0-4 Jaguars have been outscored 75-8 in the first half this season.
Philip Rivers was productive in San Diego's 30-21 comeback win over Dallas, completing 35 of 42 for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Gates had 10 receptions for 136 yards, including a 56-yard TD grab with 6:65 left.
Tony Romo passed for 244 yards and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, both to Dez Bryant. But the Cowboys failed to score after Sean Lee's 52-yard interception return for a touchdown just before halftime.
Tennessee turned Geno Smith's four turnovers into 28 points in a 38-13 romp over the New York Jets. Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdown passes before suffering a right hip injury in the third quarter, sending him to a hospital.
Alterraun Verner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, and Ropati Pitoitua had two of Tennessee's five sacks as the Titans improved to 3-1.
The Redskins finally picked up their first win as Robert Griffin III threw for 227 yards and one touchdown in a 24-14 win at Oakland. Washington scored the game's final 24 points and went ahead on Griffin's five-yard pass to Pierre Garcon with 2:58 left in the third quarter.