The Cincinnati Bengals handed the New York Jets their worst National Football League loss since 2010, winning 49-9 as Andy Dalton threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes to Marvin Jones.
The Kansas City Chiefs remain the only undefeated team in the NFL, improving to 8-0 with yesterday’s 23-17 home win against the Cleveland Browns. The Detroit Lions overcame four turnovers to rally for a 31-30 victory against the visiting Dallas Cowboys as Calvin Johnson had 329 yards receiving, the second-highest total in league history.
“We didn’t play our best football, but we did what we needed,” said Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 12 seconds left. “Sometimes, that’s good enough to get you a win.”
The Denver Broncos overcame a 21-7 third-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Redskins 45-21 and improve to 7-1. Peyton Manning passed for 354 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came during the fourth quarter.
The New York Giants (2-6) won their second straight game after an 0-6 start, getting a career-high five field goals from Josh Brown in a 15-7 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles.
The San Francisco 49ers (6-2) defeated the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 in the NFL’s second game this season at London’s Wembley Stadium, as quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score.
The New England Patriots rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-17, and Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints (6-1) cruised to a 35-17 win against the Buffalo Bills (3-5).
The Green Bay Packers (5-2) gave up a 109-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff and then cruised to a 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings (1-6).
The Arizona Cardinals beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-13, intercepting Matt Ryan four times, and the Oakland Raiders topped the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18 as Terrelle Pryor scored on a 93-yard run on the first offensive play of the game. It was the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history.
In Cincinnati, the Bengals (6-2) raced to a 28-6 halftime lead as Dalton threw for four first-half scores, including three to Jones. The duo hooked up for a fourth touchdown in the third quarter as Dalton became the first quarterback to throw for five scores against the Jets since Dan Marino in 1988.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith was intercepted twice for the Jets (4-4), with both being returned for touchdowns.
“That was ugly, to say the least,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said at a news conference. “When you get your butt kicked like that we’re fortunate that it only counts as one loss.”
In Kansas City, Alex Smith threw two second-quarter touchdown passes to help the Chiefs open a 20-7 lead and hold off the Browns (3-5).
The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start a season 8-0 under a new quarterback in Smith and a new coach in Andy Reid. Kansas City is also the fourth team since 1970 to hold its first eight opponents to 17 points or fewer, and the first since the 1977 Atlanta Falcons.
In Detroit, the Lions (5-3) overcame two interceptions and two fumbles to stun the Cowboys in a game that featured 41 fourth-quarter points.
Stafford finished with 488 yards passing and one touchdown, while Johnson’s 329 yards receiving came on 14 catches. Johnson’s receiving total was second only to Flipper Anderson’s 336-yard effort for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans in a Nov. 26, 1989, game that went to overtime.
While Tony Romo threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to put Dallas (4-4) up 27-17, Reggie Bush scored on a 1-yard run with 3:33 left to pull the Lions within 27-24. After Dan Bailey’s 44-yard field goal with just over one minute left boosted the Cowboys’ lead to 30-24, Stafford drove the Lions 80 yards in 50 seconds for the winning score.
“This team has a lot of resilience, we believe in each other and feel like we’re never out of a game,” Stafford said in a news conference.
In Foxborough, Massachusetts, the Patriots (6-2) scored 17 unanswered third-quarter points to overcome a 17-3 halftime deficit and avoid their first home loss of the season. The Dolphins (3-4) lost their fourth in a row.
The Eagles (3-5), who turned to rookie Matt Barkley at quarterback after Michael Vick aggravated a hamstring injury during the second quarter, were held to 201 offensive yards in losing their franchise-record 10th straight home game.
Eli Manning passed for 246 yards yesterday to move past Phil Simms for the most yards passing in Giants history and running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 70 yards on 20 carries as New York halted an eight-game losing skid in Philadelphia.
The Eagles scored on Najee Goode’s fumble return after the Giants botched a snap on a punt attempt with about four minutes left. Philadelphia was held without an offensive touchdown in consecutive home games for the first time since 1971, during the second and third games played at Veterans Stadium.
Week 8 concludes tonight, when the St. Louis Rams host the Seattle Seahawks. Four days ago, the Carolina Panthers routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-13 in the opening game.
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