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NFL Game Capsules - Week 4

Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints cruised to a 38-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday at the Superdome. Brees connected on 30-of-39 passes and 413 yards. Brees eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the ninth straight game, tying his own NFL record set over the 2011-2012 seasons. Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Darren Sproles added seven catches for 114 yards and one touchdown for the Saints (4-0), who are off to their best start since winning the first 13 games of the season in 2009 before going on to win Super Bowl XLIV. Marques Colston finished with 96 yards on seven catches in the victory. Ryan Tannehill struggled for the Dolphins (3-1), completing 22-of-35 passes for 249 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and one lost fumble. Brandon Gibson caught six passes for 71 yards and Charles Clay added six passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

(Sunday, September 29th)

Final Score: Buffalo 23, Baltimore 20

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Buffalo's defense picked off Joe Flacco five times and the Bills came away with a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. EJ Manuel completed 10-of-22 passes for 167 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bills (2-2), who bounced back from last week's 27-20 loss to the New York Jets. Fred Jackson carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards and a score for Buffalo. C.J. Spiller rushed for 77 yards on 23 carries, while Robert Woods caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. Flacco connected on 25-of-50 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns and a career-high five interceptions for the Ravens (2-2), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Ray Rice, who sat out last week's game because of a hip flexor strain, was limited to 17 yards on five carries. Torrey Smith caught five passes for 166 yards and a score.

Final Score: Cleveland 17, Cincinnati 6

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns are on a roll. The former third-string quarterback passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and the Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 17-6 for another win with Hoyer as the starter. Hoyer went a combined 11-of-11 for 130 yards on two touchdown drives for the Browns (2-2), who are 2-0 since starter Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb and running back Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts. Tight end Jordan Cameron had 10 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown -- his fifth of the season -- and Chris Ogbonnaya also scored on a catch. In-season pickup Willis McGahee rushed 15 times for 46 yards and Billy Cundiff kicked a 51-yard field goal in the win, though he also missed two other tries. Josh Gordon, in his second week back from a suspension, had four catches for 71 yards for the Browns. The Bengals (2-2) had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Browns for only the third time in the last 10 meetings. Andy Dalton was 23-of-42 for 206 yards and an interception and Mike Nugent made field goals of 43 and 25 yards. Rob Chudzinski snapped a five-game losing streak by Browns rookie coaches in their first game against the Bengals. Hoyer was 30-of-54 for 321 yards in a surprising Week 3 win over the Vikings and got the nod again Sunday, his third career start. He completed all six passes for 74 yards during a 95- yard touchdown drive in the first quarter, hitting Cameron over Bengals safety Taylor Mays in the left side of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead.

Final Score: Detroit 40, Chicago 32

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Reggie Bush ran for 139 yards and a touchdown as the Detroit Lions dominated the Chicago Bears, 40-32, in an NFC North battle at Ford Field. Bush carried the ball 18 times and also had four catches for 34 yards for the Lions (3-1), who snapped a three-game losing streak to the Bears and have now won two straight since falling to Arizona in Week 2. Matthew Stafford was 23-for-35 for 242 yards with one touchdown, and an interception, but also added a rushing touchdown and fumbled the ball once for Detroit, which has won both its home games this season. Jay Cutler had a tough game as he was picked off three times and also lost a fumble. He finished the game 27-for-47 for 317 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (3-1), who had won their first three games to start a season for just the third time in the last 20 years.

Final Score: Seattle 23, Houston 20 (OT)

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:19 left in overtime to rally the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks to a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans. Seattle (4-0) scored the final 20 points and is undefeated after four games for the first time in franchise history. Russell Wilson engineered a 14-play, 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended on Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run and Richard Sherman picked off Matt Schaub and rumbled 58 yards for the tying score with 2:40 left. In overtime, a key personal foul call on Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson moved the ball to the Texans 36. Four plays later, Hauschka kicked the game- winner. Wilson completed 12-of-23 passes for 123 yards and was picked off once. He also had 10 carries for 77 yards, while Lynch ran for 98 yards on 17 attempts. Schaub connected on 31-of-49 throws for 355 yards with a pair of TDs for the Texans (2-2), who played their second overtime game of the season. They beat Tennessee 30-24 on Sept. 15. Arian Foster gained 102 yards on 27 carries in this one.

Final Score: Indianapolis 37, Jacksonville 3

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - The Indianapolis Colts didn't fall for the trap. Coming off a solid pounding of the defending NFC champion 49ers in San Francisco with a home game next Sunday against another projected Super Bowl contender in Seattle, Colts coach Chuck Pagano placed mouse traps in his players' lockers earlier this week as a reminder that this week's game against Jacksonville was no pushover. The Colts responded and shook off a sluggish start to claim an easy 37-3 victory over the winless Jaguars at EverBank Field. Andrew Luck threw for 260 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception for the Colts (3-1), who scored the final 37 points and have won two straight since a Week 2 loss to Miami. Trent Richardson added a short rushing touchdown and Darius Butler returned an interception for a score. The Jacksonville offense was inept for most of the afternoon, as the Jaguars (0-4) opened a season with four straight losses for the first time since 2003. The Jaguars, who have never started 0-5, managed just 70 total yards on their first nine offensive possessions before adding 135 on their final three drives with the outcome already determined. Blaine Gabbert, back as the Jaguars' starting quarterback after a two-week absence because of a hand injury, completed 17-of-32 passes for 179 yards with a trio of interceptions. Maurice Jones-Drew managed a mere 23 yards on 13 carries in defeat.

Final Score: Kansas City 31, NY Giants 7

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes while getting plenty of help from his defense and special teams, and the Kansas City Chiefs maintained their surprising early-season success with a 31-7 rout of the wayward New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. Smith shook off a pair of interceptions to throw for 288 yards on 24-of-41 passing, while Jamaal Charles accumulated 127 yards from scrimmage and caught one of Smith's touchdown strikes to help Kansas City (4-0) to its best four-game start to a season since 2003. Dexter McCluster contributed a dazzling 89- yard punt return touchdown to the win, while a swarming defense limited the Giants (0-4) to 298 total yards, 11 first downs and a 1-for-14 success rate on third down. New York, now 0-4 for the first time since the strike-marred 1987 campaign, was dealt a second consecutive lopsided defeat after last week's 38-0 manhandling by Carolina. Victor Cruz provided the Giants' lone bright spot by totaling 164 yards on 10 receptions, including a 69-yard touchdown connection with Eli Manning. Manning finished just 18-of-37 for 217 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

Final Score: Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27

London, England (Sports Network) - Adrian Peterson helped the Minnesota Vikings temporarily right the ship in their trip overseas to London. And the defense finally held a second-half lead as they clocked Big Ben again and again. Peterson ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 34-27 win over the Steelers, sending Pittsburgh to its first 0-4 start since 1968. Only the 1992 San Diego Chargers have begun a season 0-4 and still made the playoffs. The Steelers trailed 34-17 heading into the fourth quarter, but fought back and had possession of the football at its own 22- yard line with 1:50 left and down by a touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger, who was 36-of-51 for 383 yards with a touchdown and interception, drove the Steelers to the Minnesota 6-yard line in the final seconds. Everson Griffen, though, sacked Roethlisberger and forced a fumble on 3rd-and-goal. Minnesota's Kevin Williams fell on top of the ball and Matt Cassel took a knee to seal the outcome for the Vikings (1-3). No team has made the playoffs after an 0-3 start since the Buffalo Bills in 1998. Only five of 161 squads to open a year with three straight losses since 1978 have reached the postseason.

Final Score: Arizona 13, Tampa Bay 10

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Jay Feely's 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining lifted the Arizona Cardinals to a 13-10 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Tampa Bay rookie Mike Glennon was intercepted by Patrick Peterson late in the fourth quarter and Carson Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone from 13 yards out to tie the score at 10-10. The Cardinals then sacked Glennon at the Tampa Bay 1, forcing a three-and-out and took advantage of the field position with Feely's 27-yard kick. Palmer's 19-yard pass to Jaron Brown, combined with an unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Dashon Goldson, brought the ball to the 9. After three runs, Feely booted the winning kick. Peterson picked off Glennon for a second time with less than a minute remaining to seal the win for Arizona (2-2), which won on the road for the first time since Week 2 last season. Palmer completed 21-of-38 passes for 248 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Arizona, which ran off 13 straight points in the fourth quarter. Glennon, named the starter after Josh Freeman was benched during the week, threw for 193 yards on 24-for-43 passing with a touchdown and two picks for the Buccaneers (0-4). Glennon also lost a fumble in his first career start.

Final Score: Tennessee 38, NY Jets 13

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jake Locker was well on his way to a career afternoon before leaving the game with a right hip injury. Locker had completed 18-for-24 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns before taking a hit from Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson early in the third quarter. Locker was carted off with his Tennessee Titans holding an 18-point lead, and they held on to defeat the Jets, 38-13. Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback and completed 3-for-8 throws for 108 yards, 77 of which came on a touchdown pass to Nate Washington. Washington hauled in four passes for 105 yards and two scores as Tennessee (3-1) won its second straight game. The veteran receiver also went over 5,000 career receiving yards. New York (2-2) rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw for 289 yards and a touchdown, but lost a pair of fumbles and was picked off twice. The Titans turned four Jets' turnovers into 28 points.

Final Score: Denver 52, Philadelphia 20

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning added to his record-setting touchdown total with four more scoring strikes and the Denver Broncos set a franchise record for points in a game with a 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Manning completed 28-of-34 passes for 327 yards, and he has racked up 16 touchdown passes this season, marking the most in the first four games of a season in NFL history. The 37-year-old signal-caller has eclipsed the 300-yard mark in every game and has yet to throw an interception, matching the NFL record for most TD passes to start a season without a pick. Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas each hauled in two scores, while Knowshon Moreno rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Broncos (4-0), who have won 15 straight regular-season games dating back to last season to set the franchise-record for most consecutive regular-season wins. Denver's special teams also contributed to the rout, with Trindon Holliday returning a kickoff 105 yards for a score and Steven Johnson returning a blocked punt for a touchdown. Michael Vick threw for 248 yards on 14-of-27 passing, but was unable to find the end zone as the Eagles (1-3) dropped their third straight game since opening the season with a win over NFC East rival Washington.

Final Score: Washington 24, Oakland 14

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Redskins converted two Matt Flynn turnovers into touchdowns and scored 24 unanswered points on Sunday to beat the Raiders 24-14 for their first win of the season. David Amerson returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Roy Helu, filling in for an injured Alfred Morris, scored on a 14-yard run after Flynn fumbled in the fourth quarter. Robert Griffin III threw for 227 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, and Washington (1-3) avoided its first 0-4 start since 2001. Flynn started for Terrelle Pryor, who was cleared to practice Thursday after suffering a concussion last Monday night against the Broncos but reportedly experienced a return of his concussion symptoms Saturday. Flynn passed for 227 yards and threw an 18-yard touchdown strike to Mychal Rivera that gave the Raiders (1-3) a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Final Score: San Diego 30, Dallas 21

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers completed 35-of-42 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns as the San Diego Chargers held off the Dallas Cowboys for a 30-21 win on Sunday. Antonio Gates caught 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown and Danny Woodhead finished with five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (2-2), who bounced back from a last-second loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 3. Tony Romo completed 26-of-36 passes for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dez Bryant caught six passes for 81 yards and two TDs and rookie Terrance Williams caught seven passes for 71 yards, but had a costly fumble in the closing minutes for the Cowboys (2-2), who will host the Denver Broncos in Week 5.

Final Score: New England 30, Atlanta 23

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady is starting to resemble Tom Brady. The New England quarterback threw two touchdown passes, and the Patriots survived a last-ditch rally by the Atlanta Falcons to hold on for a 30-23 win at the Georgia Dome. Brady finished with a season-high 316 yards on 20- of-31 passing for New England, which has started a season 4-0 for the seventh time in franchise history and first since 2007. Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib picked off Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, leading to a Stephen Gostkowski 49-yard field goal that put the visitors up 30-13 with 6:18 to play in the fourth quarter. Talib then came through with a game- sealing breakup in the end zone to thwart the Falcons' comeback bid. Playing without tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola, Brady continued to show improved timing with his young targets, especially Kenbrell Thompkins. The rookie wideout led the team with 127 yards and a touchdown on six grabs. Julian Edelman was another popular option for Brady, totaling seven receptions for 118 yards. Ryan completed 34-of-54 passes for 421 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tony Gonzalez. The veteran tight end made a game-high 12 catches and finished with a career-best 149 yards for Atlanta (1-3), which has dropped consecutive games in the same season for the first time since Weeks 13 and 14 during the 2009 season.

(Thursday, September 26th)

Final Score: San Francisco 35, St. Louis 11

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Colin Kaepernick had two touchdown passes while Frank Gore ran for a score, as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the St. Louis Rams, 35-11, in an NFC West battle on Thursday. Coming into the game having dropped their past two, the 49ers (2-2) needed a win in a big way and turned to their veterans in this divisional struggle. Kaepernick finished the game 15-for-23 for 167 yards with the pair of scores, and Anquan Boldin caught five passes for 90 yards and a score. Gore totaled 153 yards on 20 carries. Gore and Kaepernick both lost a fumble, but Vernon Davis returned to play after sitting out last week with a hamstring injury and posted two catches for 18 yards and a score. Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon each posted a touchdown on the ground in the fourth quarter with Gore on the bench. Sam Bradford was 19-for-41 for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Rams (1-3), who have dropped their past three after opening the season with a victory.