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 SCOREBOARD
Monday night, Oct. 8
Dallas (4-0) at Buffalo (1-3). The high-powered Cowboys visit the injury-plagued Bills. It's Buffalo's first Monday night home game in 13 years.

STARS
Passing
- Tom Brady, Patriots, was 22-of-38 for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-17 victory over Cleveland. He has thrown for at least three TDs in every game this season.
- Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, completed 13 straight passes and was 18-of-22 for 206 yards and a touchdown in a 21-0 victory over Seattle.
- Jason Campbell, Redskins, threw for 248 yards and two TDs in a 34-3 win over Detroit.
- Peyton Manning, Colts, was 29-of-37 for 253 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-14 victory over Tampa Bay. Manning is two TD tosses behind John Unitas' franchise record.
- Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 13-of-18 for 270 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-3 rout of Denver. Rivers also scored on a 2-yard run, the first TD rushing of his career.
Rushing
- Kenton Keith, Colts, ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns during a 33-14 rout of Tampa Bay. He was making his first NFL start in place of injured Joseph Addai.
- Michael Turner, Chargers, ran 74 yards for a touchdown and finished with 147 yards on 10 carries in a 41-3 win over Denver.
- Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, Giants, combined for 156 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns in a 35-24 victory over the Jets.
- Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars, ran 52 yards for a touchdown in a 17-7 win over Kansas City. He gained 82 yards on only nine carries.
- Ronnie Brown, Dolphins, rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown in a 22-19 loss to Houston. He's the second player in franchise history with 100 yards rushing in three straight games.
Receiving
- Benjamin Watson, Patriots, caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 victory over the Browns. Watson came into the game with 11 catches for 87 yards this season.
- Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, had nine catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 34-31 victory over St. Louis. He also recovered the onside kick with less than a minute to go.
- Plaxico Burress, Giants, caught five passes for 124 yards, including the go-ahead 53-yard touchdown in a 35-24 win over the Jets.
- Antonio Gates, Chargers, caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 41-3 blowout of the Broncos.
Special Teams
- Kris Brown, Texans, kicked five field goals, the last a 57-yarder with 1 second left in a 22-19 victory over Miami. Brown also kicked field goals of 54, 54, 43 and 20 yards.
- Leon Washington, Jets, returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of a 35-24 loss to the Giants. He also had a 98-yard return against Miami in Week 3.
- John Kasay, Panthers, kicked three field goals, the last a 52-yarder with no time left that gave Carolina a 16-13 victory over New Orleans. Kasay made six field goals in the Superdome against the Saints in 2004.
- Matt Stover, Ravens, kicked three field goals in a 9-7 victory over San Francisco. His 49-yarder midway through the third quarter was the difference.
Defense
- Aaron Ross, Giants, had two interceptions in a 35-24 win over the Jets. The first set up the go-ahead touchdown, and the second was returned 43 yards for a score with 3:15 to go.
- Rod Hood, Cardinals, made two interceptions, taking one of them back 68 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in a 34-31 victory over St. Louis.
- Junior Seau, Patriots, had two interceptions in a 34-17 victory over Cleveland.
- Fakhir Brown, Rams, had two interceptions in a 34-31 loss to Arizona. It was his first game after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
- Vincent Fuller, Titans, returned an interception 76 yards for the winning touchdown late in the third quarter of a 20-13 victory over Atlanta.
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MILESTONES
The Texans' Kris Brown became only the third kicker in NFL history to hit three field goals from beyond 50 yards in a game. The last was a career-long, 57-yard game-winner in a 22-19 victory over Miami. ... The Patriots' Tom Brady tied an NFL record with at least three touchdown passes in each of his first five games. New England became the fourth team to start a season with five wins by at least 17 points. ... The Rams (0-5) are tied for the second-worst start in franchise history, trailing only an 0-6 beginning in 1962.
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STREAKS
The Redskins are 21-0 at home against the Lions since moving to Washington in 1937. ... Tennessee has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter this season. ... The Dolphins have lost eight straight. ... Drew Bennett's second-quarter touchdown catch ended a string of 32 possessions without a TD for St. Louis. ... Jacksonville was the first opponent in 24 games to avoid having a turnover against the Chiefs. ... The Jets last beat the Giants in the regular season in 1993. ... Denver had gone 22 games without allowing an opening-drive TD before Philip Rivers went in from the 2. ... The Broncos' Jay Cutler failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 10 NFL starts. His streak had been the longest to begin a career since Mark Rypien tossed TD passes in his first 11 games for the Redskins in the late 1980s. ... Indianapolis has won a franchise-record 12 in a row at the RCA Dome.
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STATS
The Broncos' 41-3 loss to San Diego was their worst at home since a 56-10 loss to the Chiefs on Oct. 23, 1966. The Chargers have won consecutive games in Denver for the first time since 1967-68. It was the third time in Mike Shanahan's 13 season as Broncos coach that the Broncos didn't score a TD. ... Matt Hasselbeck and backup Seneca Wallace were only 2-of-8 for 17 yards in the second half of the Seahawks' 21-0 loss to Pittsburgh. The Steelers more than doubled Seattle's time of possession, holding the ball for 40:45. ... The Jaguars tied a team record by using 18 plays during a scoring drive that lasted 10 minutes, 55 seconds. John Carney kicked a 20-yard field goal. ... The Titans and Falcons combined for 272 yards passing with no touchdowns and five interceptions. ... Indianapolis held the ball for all but 90 seconds in the third quarter when Tampa Bay ran three plays.
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SWINGS
hins lined up for what would have been a 56-yard field goal attempt with less than 2 minutes left against Houston, but instead called timeout and punted. Kris Brown later kicked a 57-yard game-winner for the Texans. ... Carolina had been 0-for-6 in converting fourth downs before converting all five chances in the fourth quarter of a 16-13 win over New Orleans.
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SLOPPY
The Falcons botched a pitch on first down from the 1-yard line against Tennessee. After two straight incompletions, Byron Leftwich was sacked on fourth down and the Titans hung on 20-13. ... The Lions' Jon Kitna threw two picks, lost two of his three fumbles and was sacked in the end zone for a safety in a 34-3 loss to Washington. ... The Saints' Olindo Mare had a 20-yard field goal blocked early in the fourth quarter, and missed a 54-yarder shortly before the 2-minute warning in a 16-13 loss to Carolina. ... Chad Pennington threw three interceptions in the Jets' 35-24 loss to the Giants. ... Derek Anderson threw three interceptions in the first half, two on consecutive offensive plays, that led to 14 points for New England. ... Denver committed four turnovers in a 41-3 loss to San Diego.
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STUFFED
Kansas City's Larry Johnson gained 12 yards on nine carries in a 17-7 loss to Jacksonville. The Chiefs totaled 10 yards on the ground, second fewest in franchise history. ... Shaun Alexander managed only 25 yards on 11 carries in Seattle's 21-0 loss to Pittsburgh. The Seahawks gained just 144 yards of total offense. ... The Jets gained 55 yards on 25 carries in a 35-24 loss to the Giants. ... Tampa Bay managed 17 yards on 12 running plays in a 33-14 loss to Indianapolis. It was the lowest rushing total allowed by a Colts team since 1971. ... San Francisco managed one first down and 38 total yards, including zero net yards passing, in the first half of a 9-7 loss to Baltimore. The 49ers finished with 163 total yards, 49 on the ground.
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SACKS
James Farrior had two of Pittsburgh's three sacks in a 21-0 victory over Seattle. ... Andre Carter had two of Washington's five sacks, including one for a safety, in a 34-3 win over Detroit. ... Tedy Bruschi had a pair of sacks in New England's 34-17 win over Cleveland. ... Miami's Jason Taylor had two sacks in a 22-19 loss to Atlanta. One of them forced a fumble the Dolphins converted into a field goal.
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SIDELINED
s to a season-ending knee injury, Tampa Bay backup Michael Pittman was carted off the field with a right ankle injury.
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SPEAKING
``They're great. It's obvious. They've won three Super Bowls.'' - Browns tight end Kellen Winslow on the Patriots.
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``It's special. I don't know if we'll ever see that again.'' - Texans coach Gary Kubiak, after Kris Brown's fifth field, a 57-yarder with no time left, gave Houston a 22-19 win over Atlanta.
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``Nobody admires the mentality of defense they play more than I do. It is second to none. There's an attitude there, a belief system, a set of core values defensively that makes it very difficult to play good offensive football against them.'' - 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer, after a 9-7 loss to the Ravens.
 

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