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 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Brett Favre threw a career-high and Jets-record six touchdown passes, three to Laveranues Coles, and New York took advantage of mistakes by Arizona in a big second quarter of a 56-35 victory Sunday.
Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin was carted off the field after a scary helmet-to-helmet collision with Eric Smith in the end zone with 27 seconds remaining. Boldin was moving all his extremities on the field and was talking to his teammates coming off the field and going into the locker room. He was being taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.
New York's defense forced three fumbles and two interceptions in the first half and the Jets (2-2) set a franchise record by scoring 34 points in the second quarter.
Favre, showing no signs of a left ankle injury that hobbled him during the week, finished 24-for-34 for 289 yards. Coles had eight catches for 105 yards and Jerricho Cotchery had two touchdown catches as the Jets scored the second-most points in franchise history.
zona scored 35 points. Warner, 40-of-57 for 472 yards, threw a 14-yard TD pass to Jerheme Urban with 4:49 left, but lost the ball again on a fumble with less than 3 minutes left.
Favre hit Dustin Keller for a 24-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 1:54 remaining to seal it.
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald had eight catches in his 64th career game, making him the third-fastest to 350.
Chiefs 33, Broncos 19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Larry Johnson ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns and the Chiefs took advantage of four Denver turnovers. It was the first win for Kansas City since Oct. 21, 2007, a club-record 12 straight losses that had angry fans calling for the dismissal of everyone from the general manager to the quarterbacks coach.
Nick Novak kicked three field goals for the Chiefs (1-3), who did not seem to be out of danger until Tony Gonzalez snared a 10-yard touchdown pass with 12:40 to go.
The Broncos came to town one of five 3-0 teams, thanks in no small part to a series of lucky breaks that included an official's premature whistle and New Orleans' kicker Martin Gramatica's sudden, unexpected inaccuracy.
Denver quarterback Jay Cutler kept misfiring and Johnson kept running, and the Chiefs, 10-point underdogs at home, finally broke their skid.
Titans 30, Vikings 17
r turnovers that the Titans turned into 21 points. The Titans improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Not even dating back to their AFL start in Houston as the Oilers had this team started a season so well. In their 10th season as the relocated Titans, they also have won an NFL-best seven straight regular-season games and had the crowd chanting ``4-and-0'' as the final seconds ticked off.
Minnesota (1-3), which came in hoping to start its own winning streak, outgained Tennessee 333-275. The Titans had allowed an NFL-fewest 29 points, then gave up a season-high 17 to the Vikings.
But the Titans also came up with four sacks to go with the turnovers.
Albert Haynesworth sacked Gus Frerotte twice, and Nick Harper intercepted a Frerotte pass with 3:46 left after the Vikings pulled within 23-17 on Adrian Peterson's second touchdown run. Frerotte hurt his hand on that play and left the game.
Johnson then scored his second TD on a 6-yard run, and the Titans sacked Tarvaris Jackson twice to seal the victory.
Buccaneers 30, Packers 21
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Derrick Brooks had one of three interceptions of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and also forced a fumble that Jermaine Phillips returned 38 yards for a touchdown.
injury midway through the fourth quarter.
The fourth-year pro returned briefly after Green Bay (2-2) fell behind 23-21 on Matt Bryant's third field goal of the game. But he was hit from the blindside as he launched a pass on second down, and the ball was picked off by Gaines Adams with just over 2 minutes to go.
Rodgers was one of just three starting quarterbacks who didn't throw an interception during the first three weeks of the season.
Bryant was kicking four days after his infant son died at home. He booted a 23-yarder to put the Bucs (3-1) ahead for good.
Earnest Graham put away Tampa Bay's third straight victory with Brian Griese at quarterback, breaking a 47-yard run to the Packers 1, then scoring on the next play. He finished with 111 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Saints 31, 49ers 17
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - San Francisco's shaky run defense had trouble stopping Deuce McAllister's power running. The Saints' all-time rusher is now playing on two reconstructed knees. It hardly looked that way when he bowled over tacklers for first downs, moved the pile or dived over it for his first touchdown of the season.
He carried 20 times for 73 yards and had a 10-yard reception to convert a third down. McAllister gave the Saints (2-2) the credible power running threat they needed to open up deep throws for Drew Brees.
wns of 47 yards to Robert Meachem and 33 yards to Lance Moore. Brees also set up scores with a 52-yard pass to Meachem and an 81-yard connection with Devery Henderson.
J.T. O'Sullivan was 18-of-36 for 257 yards, but continued to take too many sacks for San Francisco (2-2). Sacked 13 times through the Niners' first three games, O'Sullivan was brought down six more times, twice by Charles Grant. O'Sullivan also fumbled in 49ers territory on one early sack, setting up the Saints' first touchdown, and threw two interceptions in the end zone.
Panthers 24, Falcons 9
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Steve Smith broke two tackles and raced 56 yards for a touchdown, then did perhaps his most important work. Nearly two months after he broke teammate Ken Lucas' nose with a sucker punch in training camp, Smith retrieved the ball and handed it to Lucas on the sideline.
Smith's first touchdown following his two-game suspension was part of a dominating day. Jake Delhomme was mistake-free, Smith and Muhsin Muhammad combined for 243 yards receiving and two scores, and Carolina (3-1) shut down the league's top rushing unit.
The Panthers held Michael Turner, who came in as the league's top back with 336 yards rushing, to 56 yards on 18 carries. Matt Ryan threw for only 158 yards and the Falcons (2-2) remained winless on the road.
early in the fourth quarter for the final margin.The Panthers didn't turn it over and recovered after losing both starting tackles to injury to win the 100th game in franchise history.
Jaguars 30, Texans 27, OT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Josh Scobee won a second straight game for the Jaguars, with plenty of help from David Garrard again. Scobee's 37-yard field goal in overtime won it. Scobee hit a 51-yarder with 4 seconds remaining last week to beat Indianapolis 23-21.
Garrard put Jacksonville in position for the winner against the Colts and did the same a week later. He completed a 24-yard pass to Matt Jones on third down to get to the Houston 41, then found Greg Jones in the flat for 22 more yards.
Scobee lined up two plays later and drilled it down the middle.
Houston (0-3), getting a strong outing from quarterback Matt Schaub, looked like it might get its first victory of the season. Schaub threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Kevin Walter. His last one was an 8-yard strike that put the Texans ahead 24-20 with 7:06 remaining.
But Garrard brought the Jaguars (2-2) right back, mostly with his legs. Garrard scrambled for two first downs and then ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 1:48 to play. He gained 13 yards on third-and-10, then picked up 9 more a few plays later on fourth-and-8.
Browns 20, Bengals 12
dy to take over at any time, the embattled Derek Anderson did just enough - and it wasn't much - to rally Cleveland over a winless Cincinnati team missing its starting quarterback.
Anderson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards that put the Browns (1-3) ahead to stay in the fourth quarter, his best play on an afternoon that had few of them. Even that moment came with an asterisk: A Bengals penalty wiped out a potential interception on the drive.
Coach Romeo Crennel made it known that Quinn was ready to take over if Anderson struggled again on Sunday. Playing with a sore right forearm that was tightly wrapped, Anderson went 15-of-24 for 138 yards with a touchdown and an interception, keeping Quinn on the sideline.
Carson Palmer rested a sore passing elbow that forced him to miss a game for the first time since 2004, a huge setback for a struggling offense. Cincinnati couldn't do much behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, who hadn't completed a pass in a regular-season game in three years.
Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and finished the game as Cincinnati's leading rusher with 41 yards on four scrambles, underscoring the Bengals' futility. They're 0-4 for the first time since 2002, when they went a franchise-worst 2-12 that got coach Dick LeBeau fired.
 

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