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That was just one more than their franchise-low, a stunning performance for a team that was third in the league entering the game. Even so, the Titans (9-0) set a franchise record with their 12th straight regular-season win thanks to Collins and a defense that shut down Rex Grossman and the Bears.
Collins was 30-of-41 and did not throw an interception. Brandon Jones caught eight passes for 82 yards, and Bo Scaife had 10 for 78 with a touchdown.
That was enough to make up for a miserable performance by the running backs. LenDale White managed 14 yards on 10 attempts, although he had a touchdown in the fourth quarter. And Chris Johnson carried 14 times for 8 yards.
ion. He also got picked off on the next one.
The offense stalled from there.
Vikings 28, Packers 27
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ending the Vikings' five-game losing streak to the Packers, Adrian Peterson rushed for 192 yards and reached across the end zone with 2:22 left for the winning TD.
Mason Crosby's 52-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds was just wide, helping the Vikings (5-4) pull into a first-place tie with the Chicago Bears. Green Bay (4-5) is one game back in the NFC North.
Peterson did his damage on 30 carries, including a 29-yard scamper to give Minnesota the lead and help the Vikings overcome three interceptions by Gus Frerotte that the Packers turned into 17 points.
Aaron Rodgers' first game at the Metrodome, the site of some of Brett Favre's worst early-career performances, wasn't good. Twice in the second quarter, he was victimized for safeties.
Rodgers had the ball swatted from his hand by Kevin Williams, retreated to pick it up in the end zone and chucked it underhand, drawing an illegal forward pass penalty and an automatic safety.
Then Jared Allen, listed as doubtful on the latest injury report due to a sprained shoulder, blew by Chad Clifton and sacked Rodgers in the end zone for another two points to make it 14-7.
According to STATS, the last time a team had two safeties in the first half of a game was Sept. 8, 1996, when San Francisco did it against St. Louis.
Dolphins 21, Seahawks 19
The Dolphins' sizable bag of tricks saved them on a day the offense sputtered, and they withstood a frantic rally by injury-riddled Seattle to secure a winning record.
Surprising Miami (5-4) won its third in a row and remained in the thick of the AFC East race. After going 1-15 last season, the Dolphins are above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.
The Dolphins' Wildcat formation, shut out in the past three games, produced scores on a 51-yard run by Ricky Williams and a 16-yard run by Ronnie Brown. Ted Ginn Jr. scored his first touchdown this season when he made a fingertip catch in the end zone of a 39-yard pass from Chad Pennington on a flea-flicker.
Williams ran for 105 yards on 12 carries, his first 100-yard game since Jan. 1, 2006.
The Seahawks (2-7) trailed for the final 53 minutes but nearly forced overtime. Koren Robinson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Seneca Wallace with 2:57 left to make the score 21-19.
On the 2-point conversion try, Seattle was pushed back to the 8 because of a false start, and Yeremiah Bell batted away Wallace's pass at the goal line.
Falcons 34, Saints 20
ATLANTA (AP) - Drew Brees, the NFL's most prolific passer, threw a season-high three interceptions, the last returned 95 yards for a touchdown by Chevis Jackson.
Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (6-3), who won for the fourth time in five games to remain in the thick of the playoff race. The Saints (4-5) again failed to put together their first winning streak of the season.
Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 16-yard touchdown on the Falcons' second possession, then broke it open with a short pass to Jerious Norwood the speedy running back took for a 67-yard TD for a 27-6 lead.
Jackson finished off New Orleans with the second-longest interception return for a touchdown in Falcons history. He stepped in front of a pass at the 5 and took off down the sideline with no one else around, high-stepping right in front of the New Orleans bench.
Brees, leading the league in passes, completions and yards, didn't get the Saints to the end zone until the fourth quarter. Of course, he spent much of the game trying to get away from the Atlanta rush.
John Abraham and Keith Brooking each had a sack. Brees also was picked off by Chris Houston and Erik Coleman. Playing from behind, he threw a staggering 58 passes - 10 more than he'd attempted in any game this season - and completed 31 for 422 yards.
Patriots 20, Bills 10
) - Patriots rookie runner BenJarvus Green-Ellis had his best game as a pro, Matt Cassel had a solid one and the free-falling Bills had another bad one.
Add a dominating performance by New England's defense, and Buffalo's hopes in the tight AFC East race suffered a serious blow.
Green-Ellis, an undrafted rookie from Mississippi playing because three running backs are hurt, rushed for 105 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 1-yard run, his fourth straight game with a touchdown.
Cassel, the steadily improving replacement for Tom Brady, scored on a 13-yard run on the Patriots' first series. He directed the offense with poise and completed 23 of 34 passes for 234 yards.
And the defense held the Bills to 58 yards in the second half - while the offense piled up 192.
The Patriots (6-3) moved a game ahead of the Bills (5-4), who are 1-4 since winning their first four games. The loss was Buffalo's 10th straight to New England and was especially harmful to the Bills because they have lost three straight in the division.
Jets 47, Rams 3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Thomas Jones had three touchdown runs, Jay Feely kicked four field goals - including a franchise record-tying 55-yarder - and the Jets converted five turnovers into 27 points for the largest margin of victory in team history.
The Jets' previous biggest win was 45-3 over Houston in 1988.
The Jets (6-3) have won three straight and five of six, with the only blemish a 16-13 overtime loss at Oakland three weeks ago. New York is tied with New England at the top of the AFC East, and the rivals play for sole possession Thursday night at Foxborough.
Jones had 29 carries for 149 yards, and Brett Favre was 14-of-19 for 167 yards and a touchdown to Dustin Keller before calling it a day early in the fourth quarter. It was the Jets' first win over the Rams since 1983.
New York had two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, including Calvin Pace's 50-yard touchdown return. Things were so bad for the Rams (2-7) that Trent Green, who replaced the ineffective Marc Bulger at halftime,- hit umpire Bill Schuster in the head with a pass.
Jaguars 38, Lions 14
DETROIT (AP) - Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a career-high three touchdowns in the second quarter alone after Detroit took the lead and David Garrard threw two touchdown passes in the second half.
Fred Taylor ran for 80 yards after having 25 yards rushing or fewer in the previous five games. Jones-Drew finished with 70 yards rushing after combining for just 62 in the last two losses.
The Jaguars (4-5) snapped a two-game losing streak, including a setback to winless Cincinnati last week when they ran for just 68 yards.
The Lions (0-9) are off to their worst start since losing their first 12 games in 2001 and they might have what it takes to be the NFL's first 0-16 team.
Daunte Culpepper made his Detroit debut in haste - just five days after signing, ending his brief retirement - and it lasted just three quarters. He went 5-for-10 for 104 yards with an interception.
Ravens 41, Texans 13
HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Ray Lewis had a pair of interceptions to lead the Ravens to their fourth straight win. The Ravens (6-3) have scored at least 27 points in a team-record four consecutive games.
Flacco was 15-of-23 for 185 yards and threw touchdowns to Yamon Figurs and Todd Heap, keeping his composure despite being under heavy pressure most of the day.
Willis McGahee returned after missing last week with an ankle injury to run for 112 yards and two touchdowns. His second score came on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter set up by an interception by Samari Rolle.
Lewis' first interception came in the third quarter and his second one led to Heap's second touchdown. Troy Smith threw that 14-yard pass to make it 34-13.
The Texans (3-6) had a penalty and mistake-filled day with Sage Rosenfels playing quarterback for the injured Matt Schaub. In his first start earlier this season, he led the team to a 17-point lead before his fourth-quarter turnovers allowed the Colts to rally for a win.
His errors started early in this one and he never had a lead to lose. He was intercepted four times, with the first one coming in the end zone in the first quarter.