|Sunday's NFL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 28 October 2007 12:18|
Manning threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and broke Johnny Unitas' team record for career scoring passes as the Colts dominated the second half in a 31-7 win over the Carolina Panthers (4-3) on Sunday.
Joseph Addai rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass from Manning, who was outplayed early by 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde. But when Testaverde was lost at halftime with an ankle injury, the defense shut down David Carr the rest of the way as the Colts became the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to win their first seven games three straight seasons.
Manning completed just 14 of 30 passes, but shook off early problems to eclipse another one of Unitas' records. His second TD, a perfectly thrown 59-yard pass to Reggie Wayne late in the third quarter was the 288th of his career, one more than Unitas.
Steelers 24, Bengals 13
CINCINNATI (AP) - With a chance to make a statement, the Cincinnati Bengals backed down and went for a field goal.
Hines Ward caught a pair of touchdown passes, and the Pittsburgh Steelers turned Marvin Lewis' conservative coaching decision into a pivotal moment for their seventh straight win in Cincinnati.
From the top down, it was another case of down-the-river domination.
The Steelers (5-2) solidified their hold on first place in the AFC North and pushed the last-place Bengals to the precipice. The Bengals are 2-5 for the first time since 2004, Carson Palmer's first season as the starting quarterback.
Trailing 14-3, the Bengals drove to a fourth-and-1 from just inside the 2-yard line with 2:16 left in the first half. They called a timeout to talk it over, then settled for Shayne Graham's 20-yard kick.
Giants 13, Dolphins 10
WEMBLEY, England (AP) - The NFL's first regular-season trip overseas was every bit as sloppy as it was predictable.
Eli Manning threw for only 59 yards but ran for New York's lone touchdown to lift the Giants to a mud-caked 13-10 victory over the still-winless Miami Dolphins.
The Giants (6-2) allowed only 254 yards and held the Dolphins out of the end zone for the first 58 minutes for a victory that only the winners could view as anything remotely beautiful.
Miami pulled within 13-10 when Cleo Lemon hit Ted Ginn Jr. for a 21-yard score with 1:54 left. But Jay Feely's onside kick went out of bounds and the Giants kneeled on it three times to seal the game, ignoring the loud boos from a crowd of 81,176 that wanted more.
Miami fell to 0-8 and kept 0-16 very much in play for the season on this, the 35th anniversary of their perfect, 17-0 season in 1972.
Lions 16, Bears 7
CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Kitna passed for 268 yards, Kevin Jones ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, and the Lions showed they're serious contenders in the NFC.
Detroit is 5-2 for the first time since 2000 and making a strong bid for its first playoff appearance since 1999. The Lions have endured six straight seasons with at least 10 losses and won just three games last year, coach Rod Marinelli's first.
Kitna completed 24-of-35 without an interception. Roy Williams caught eight passes for 77 yards, and Shaun McDonald added six catches for 64 yards.
Greg Olsen's 20-yard touchdown catch with 5:26 left in the third quarter pulled the Bears (3-5) within six.
Titans 13, Raiders 9
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - LenDale White ran for a career-high 133 yards, Rob Bironas added two field goals and Chris Henry scored a touchdown.
The Titans (5-2), starting a three-game homestand, saw their defense carry most of the load. Tennessee came up with five sacks and two turnovers, the last an interception by Chris Hope with 2:35 left.
Oakland (2-5) lost its third consecutive game despite getting to the Titans 26 in the final minutes. Albert Haynesworth sacked Daunte Culpepper, who threw wide on third down and watched Mike Williams drop his pass on fourth-and-14.
Vince Young survived his worst game as an NFL starter, completing only 6 of 14 passes for 42 yards. A pass interference call wiped out a 44-yard gain, and three receivers dropped passes that could have been TDs.
Browns 27, Rams 20
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Derek Anderson threw three touchdown passes, two to Braylon Edwards, and the Browns erased an early 14-point deficit for their first road win.
Browns safety Sean Jones stopped Brian Leonard for no gain on 4th-and-1 from the 16 in the final two minutes and Leigh Bodden picked off Marc Bulger at the Cleveland 28 with 38 seconds left.
The long-struggling Browns (4-3) matched their win total from last season and have won consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 5 and 6 of the 2003 season, a span of 46 games.
Steven Jackson's return from a groin injury briefly energized the Rams (0-8), who scored on their first two possessions, but he left again due to lower back tightness in the second quarter.
Eagles 23, Vikings 16
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Donovan McNabb threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and showed plenty of the mobility he appeared to have lost after major knee surgery.
The five-time Pro Bowler looked more like the guy who led the Eagles to the Super Bowl three years ago than the tentative veteran who had been hearing calls from those notoriously restless Philly fans to start Kevin Kolb.
McNabb took advantage of the league's worst pass defense, completing 23 of 36 passes and buying plenty of time with his legs to get his Eagles (3-5) back on track.
Adrian Peterson gained 70 yards on 20 carries for the Vikings (2-5), but was bottled up for most of the day by Philadelphia's sure-tackling, hard-charging defense.