|Sunday's NFL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 07 October 2007 12:10|
Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns, tying an NFL record with at least three in each of his first five games. Junior Seau grabbed two interceptions, and New England became the first team to start a season with five wins by at least 17 points.
The Patriots never trailed for the fourth game as they moved to 5-0 for the third time in club history. So far, they've been behind for just 12 minutes, 36 seconds this season - and they followed that 7-3 deficit against Buffalo with 35 unanswered points in a 38-7 win.
The Browns (2-3) had shown promise after years of mediocrity. But they lost running back Jamal Lewis with an injured right foot after he rushed for 11 yards on their first play.
Steelers 21, Seahawks 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The injury-depleted Steelers still were too much for the Seahawks.
The Steelers (4-1) didn't have their two best defensive players, their two starting wide receivers or much offense for the first half.
Ben Roethlisberger, scrambling and improvising without his usual receivers, finally led three successive lengthy touchdown drives highlighted by Najeh Davenport's runs.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's undermanned defense, missing safety Troy Polamalu and tackle Casey Hampton, dominated against Seattle (3-2).
Roethlisberger bounced back from a two-interception performance in a 21-14 loss at Arizona the previous week to complete 13 consecutive passes. Starting receivers Hines Ward (knee) and Santonio Holmes (hamstring) didn't play.
Jaguars 17, Chiefs 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Jaguars held the Chiefs to 10 yards rushing. The Jaguars (3-1), who gave up 282 yards rushing to Tennessee in losing their opener, have not allowed more than 48 yards on the ground in any of the three games since, all wins.
Two-time Pro Bowler Larry Johnson, who had 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 victory over Jacksonville in the regular-season finale last New Year's Eve, was held to 12 yards on nine carries for the Chiefs (2-3).
The Chiefs avoided the shutout on the final play, Brodie Croyle's 13-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Parker.
Maurice Jones-Drew raced 52 yards for Jacksonville's first touchdown.
Redskins 34, Lions 3
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Fullback Mike Sellers more than made up for the absence of the Redskins' top two receivers, and Washington's ball-control offense kept the Lions' passing game off the field.
The Redskins held the ball and wore down the Lions on a hot day to keep alive a 70-year hex for Detroit in the nation's capital.
Sellers, who has been pleading with coach Joe Gibbs to get the ball more often, caught a pass for one touchdown and ran for another as the Redskins (3-1) made it 21-0 at home against the Lions since moving to Washington in 1937.
Detroit (3-2) had been averaging 28.5 points and 387.3 yards per game. But offensive coordinator Mike Martz's unit could only generate a field goal and 149 total yards against a Washington defense that had five sacks by four different players.
Texans 22, Dolphins 19
HOUSTON (AP) - Kris Brown kicked five field goals, including the winner on a career-long 57-yarder with 1 second remaining, to lead the Texans over the Dolphins, losers of eight straight.
Brown tied an NFL single-game record with three makes over 50 yards. He hit two 54-yarders earlier in the game for the Texans (3-2).
The Dolphins (0-5) are off to their worst start since losing the first six to open the 2004 season. Things could get worse after quarterback Trent Green suffered a concussion trying to block. He was examined at a hospital and returned to the stadium.
Giants 35, Jets 24
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Giants rookie Aaron Ross returned the second of his first two NFL interceptions 43 yards for a touchdown with just over 3 minutes remaining to seal the victory over the Jets in the latest Battle of New York.
A week after getting 12 sacks against Philadelphia, the Giants had only one, by Osi Umenyiora with less than 3 minutes left. But they intercepted Chad Pennington three times. The last was the most costly as the Jets were driving for a potential go-ahead score.
Pennington, who had good protection all game, threw a pass to Jerricho Cotchery, but Ross stepped in front of it and took off down the left sideline and into the end zone.
After trailing by 10 at halftime, the Giants (3-2) took over in the second half and beat the Jets (1-4) for the seventh time in 11 meetings.
Panthers 16, Saints 13
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Steve Smith fought for yards through two tacklers to turn a short catch into a crucial first down, and John Kasay made a 52-yard field goal as time expired. Panthers players mobbed Kasay at midfield as he dropped New Orleans to 0-4.
The Saints were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender, but now their chances of even competing for a playoff spot are slim. Only the 1992 San Diego Chargers have fought back from an 0-4 start to do that since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff system in 1990.
Carolina (3-2) redeemed itself after a week of dissension following a lopsided home loss to Tampa Bay.
Titans 20, Falcons 13
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vincent Fuller picked off a pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown, and Kyle Vanden Bosch sacked Byron Leftwich with 1:01 left, as the Titans overcame five turnovers.
The win allowed the Titans (3-1) to continue their best start since 2003, when they last reached the playoffs. But it couldn't have been uglier for a team coming off its bye as Vince Young matched his career high with three interceptions.
Atlanta (1-4) scored only 13 points off the turnovers and botched plenty of chances to win, including three missed field goals.
Leftwich, who replaced a battered Joey Harrington in the fourth quarter, overthrew an open Laurent Robinson in the end zone after Demorrio Williams intercepted Young's pass with 4:15 to go.
Cardinals 34, Rams 31
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kurt Warner produced three touchdowns, one in his typical relief role and two more after Matt Leinart was sidelined by a collarbone injury.
Rod Hood returned an off-target pass by Gus Frerotte 68 yards for an easy go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Warner and Edgerrin James scored disputed touchdowns on short runs, helping the Cardinals (3-2) win for the third straight season in their former home base.
Frerotte made his first start since the end of 2005 in place of Marc Bulger, who has two broken ribs, and threw three touchdown passes for the winless Rams (0-5).