Published September 27, 2010
Braylon Edwards bounced back from his benching by helping the New York Jets knock the Miami Dolphins from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Still sitting there with unblemished records: the surprising Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Edwards was barred at the start in Miami because of a drunken-driving arrest earlier in the week. He came in at the start of the second quarter and turned a short pass into a 67-yard touchdown in the third quarter as the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 31-23 on Sunday night.
"The biggest thing I can say about this week is that I really am glad that I have teammates and an organization like the Jets," Edwards said. "They've been very supportive."
Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes for the second week in a row, and the Jets forged a three-way tie atop the AFC East with the Dolphins and Patriots. All are 2-1.
Edwards was arrested in Manhattan around 5 a.m. Tuesday and apologized the next day. The Jets decided to suspend him for one quarter. His only other catch was also a big one — a 20-yarder on third and 10 to keep alive the touchdown drive that put the Jets up 31-23 with 1:55 left. That score came on 1-yard run by LaDainian Tomlinson.
At Tampa Bay, Charlie Batch threw for 186 yards and two long touchdowns to Mike Wallace in his first start in nearly three years, helping the Steelers to a 38-13 win over the Buccaneers.
"This is where we expected to be at this point," Batch said. "I know a lot of people on the outside did not believe that. But for us, we're just taking it one game at a time."
The Steelers improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 despite playing without Ben Roethlisberger, who's serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Dennis Dixon started the previous two games, but was lost to a knee injury last week. That opened the door for Batch.
"One thing I didn't want to do was be that weak link," Batch said, "to go out there and not be able to provide a spark or put this team in the end zone."
At Kansas City, Matt Cassel's three touchdown passes included a trick play that caught San Francisco completely flat-footed and the Chiefs remained unbeaten with a 31-10 rout of the winless 49ers.
After starting 0-4 a year ago and winning only 10 games the previous three seasons combined, the Chiefs are 3-0 for the first time since 2003.
"It was a great day for the Chiefs," linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "Each win, we're getting more and more confident."
The 49ers' offense, which rolled up 417 yards Monday night against New Orleans, managed only a field goal until the final play from scrimmage.
Cassel was 16 for 27 for 250 yards. He connected with Dexter McCluster on a 31-yard run-and-catch and fired a perfect 45-yard strike to a wide-open Dwayne Bowe off a fake end-around.
|Cowboys 27, Texans 13|
HOUSTON (AP) — Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Roy Williams, Marion Barber ran for another score and Dallas got its first win.
The Cowboys' defense got its first three takeaways of the season and held Houston's top-ranked offense to 340 yards. DeMarcus Ware sacked Matt Schaub three times, and the Dallas secondary limited All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson to four catches for 64 yards.
David Buehler kicked two field goals and the Cowboys (1-2) turned in a dominant performance after starting 0-2 for the first time since 2001.
Arian Foster, the NFL's leading rusher, ran for 106 yards on 17 carries for the Texans (2-1), who were trying for their first 3-0 start.
|Eagles 28, Jaguars 3|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Vick threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score for Philadelphia.
Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards, mostly staying in the pocket and picking apart Jacksonville's beleaguered secondary. One of the few times he did run, he broke a tackle, juked another defender and scored from 17 yards out.
Vick found DeSean Jackson for a 61-yard touchdown and hooked up with Jeremy Maclin for two scores. Jackson finished with five catches for 153 yards, Maclin had four receptions for 83 yards, and the Eagles (2-1) improved to 2-0 with Vick as their starter.
The Jaguars are 1-2.
|Falcons 27, Saints 24|
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Matt Bryant did what Garrett Hartley could not, drilling a 46-yard field goal with 1:55 left in overtime to lift Atlanta.
The Saints (2-1) appeared to have a thrilling victory in hand when Drew Brees drove New Orleans deep into Falcons territory to set up a 29-yard field goal in overtime. Instead, Hartley hooked the kick to the left for his third miss this season.
Matt Ryan passed for 228 yards and touchdowns of 13 yards to Tony Gonzalez and 22 yards to Roddy White to give the Falcons (2-1) their second straight win.
|Vikings 24, Lions 10|
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson sped around the corner for a career-long 80-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, spurring Minnesota to its first win of the season.
Brett Favre took all kinds of hard hits in the pocket and threw two interceptions while Minnesota's passing attack frequently misfired, but Peterson picked up the slack with 160 yards on 23 carries. His game-breaking run around right end put Minnesota up 24-10.
The Vikings (1-2) beat the Lions (0-3) at the Metrodome for the 13th straight time. Detroit has lost 22 in a row on the road.
|Colts 27, Broncos 13|
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns even without Anthony Gonzalez and Pierre Garcon to lead Indianapolis over grieving Denver.
The Broncos (1-2) were playing with heavy hearts following the death of teammate Kenny McKinley.
Kyle Orton threw for a career-best 476 yards on 37-of-57 passing and the Broncos outgained the Colts (2-1) by more than 100 yards. But they failed to get into the end zone on five trips inside the 20, settling for two field goals and turning over the ball on downs three times.
Colts receiver Austin Collie caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two TDs in place of Garcon (hamstring), and Blair White, playing because Gonzalez has a high ankle sprain, caught a TD pass one day after being promoted from the practice squad.
|Rams 30, Redskins 16|
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sam Bradford has his first NFL win. The rookie quarterback threw for 235 yards and a touchdown and backup running back Kenneth Darby had the go-ahead score to help St. Louis end a 14-game home losing streak.
Bradford, the No. 1 overall draft pick, was 23 for 37 and completed passes to nine receivers. He had one interception. The Rams (1-2) won for only the second time in 29 games.
Santana Moss had six catches for 124 yards and a score for Washington (1-2), but also lost a fumble in the first half that led to a St. Louis touchdown. Donovan McNabb was 19 of 32 for 236 yards.
|Seahawks 27, Chargers 20|
SEATTLE (AP) — Leon Washington returned two second-half kickoffs for touchdowns of 101 and 99 yards, making up for a long list of Seattle mistakes.
Washington took the opening kickoff of the second half 101 yards to give Seattle a 17-0 lead. Phillip Rivers threw for a career-high 455 yards and brought the Chargers (1-2) back, tying the game at 20 on a 12-yard throw to Antonio Gates and a 2-point conversion to Legedu Naanee with 6:39 left.
Fifteen seconds later, Seattle (2-1) was back in front, thanks to Washington.
|Cardinals 24, Raiders 23|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sebastian Janikowski missed a 32-yard field goal as the game ended, allowing Arizona to escape in a game littered with mistakes by both teams.
The wide-left kick came after a pass interference call against Arizona's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Janikowski missed two others in the game, a 41-yarder and a 58-yarder. Both were wide right.
LaRod Stephens-Howling returned the opening kickoff 102 yards for a TD for Arizona (2-1) and Derek Anderson threw for two scores, including an 8-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald that proved to be the game winner.
Oakland (1-2) committed 11 penalties for 123 yards, Arizona seven for 104.
|Patriots 38, Bills 30|
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, two to Randy Moss, and New England (2-1) topped Buffalo (0-3) for the 14th straight time.
First-round draft pick C.J. Spiller scored his first NFL touchdowns on a 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and a 95-yard kickoff return. But Buffalo's last chance faded when Fitzpatrick — who started in place of Trent Edwards — threw an interception to Brandon Meriweather with 3 minutes left.
New England took a 17-16 lead at intermission on Stephen Gostkowski's 43-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
|Bengals 20, Panthers 7|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carson Palmer shook off two interceptions to throw a clinching touchdown pass to Cedric Benson midway through the fourth quarter as Cincinnati spoiled Jimmy Clausen's first NFL start.
Cincinnati (2-1) snapped a five-game road losing streak despite a rash of turnovers and penalties. But the Panthers (0-3) couldn't take advantage, with Clausen throwing for 188 yards and Carolina committing four turnovers.
|Ravens 24, Browns 17|
BALTIMORE (AP) — Anquan Boldin caught three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and Baltimore rallied for the win. Boldin made himself right at home in Baltimore (2-1), catching eight passes for 142 yards.
After a career-high four interceptions last week in a loss to Cincinnati, Flacco went 22 for 31 for 262 yards without an interception. He had six turnovers in his first two games.
Not only did Boldin reach 600 career receptions quicker than anyone in NFL history, but he caught TD passes of 8, 12 and 27 yards.
Peyton Hillis ran 22 times for a career-high 144 yards and a TD for the Browns (0-3).
|Titans 29, Giants 10|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns, Vince Young threw for a TD and the Tennessee defense forced three turnovers.
The victory was the 10th straight against an NFC opponent for the Titans (2-1) and their fifth straight over the Giants (1-2).
The Giants missed two field goals; had two drives inside the Titans 6-yard line end in turnovers; gave Tennessee a safety with a chop block in the end zone; and committed five personal fouls.