Braylon Edwards returned from a first-quarter suspension and had a 67-yard touchdown catch as the New York Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 31-23 to end a three-game losing streak against their division rivals.
Edwards sat out the opening 15 minutes of the National Football League game last night because of his Sept. 21 arrest for driving while intoxicated.
After the Dolphins scored 17 straight points to overcome a 14-0 deficit at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Edwards’s touchdown midway through the third quarter put the Jets back in front for good. Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes for the second straight game as the Jets improved to 2-1.
“It was a dogfight and I’m just glad to be on the winning side,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said during a news conference, minutes after New York clinched the win with an interception in its end zone with 27 seconds left.
While the Jets won their second in a row, the New York Giants lost for the second straight week. Chris Johnson rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Tennessee Titans to a 29-10 win at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Tennessee took advantage of three Giants’ turnovers and 11 penalties, including one that led to a third-quarter safety and gave the Titans a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“We all understand that we beat ourselves,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
Cowboys Avoid 0-3
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Houston Texans 27-13 on the road as Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Roy Williams.
Dallas, which entered the season tied as the second-favorite among Las Vegas oddsmakers to win the Super Bowl, avoided its first 0-3 start since 2001, the year after Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman retired.
No NFL team has started a season with three straight losses and recovered to win the Super Bowl.
“We really had our backs against the wall with our bye week coming up,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters. “If we didn’t get it done here, it would be five weeks of the NFL season without a win. That was very much etched in my mind as well as the players.”
At the Superdome in New Orleans, the Atlanta Falcons sent the Super Bowl-champion Saints to their first loss of the season as Matt Bryant kicked a 46-yard field goal in overtime for a 27-24 win.
Garrett Hartley made a 32-yard field goal for the Saints (2-1) with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime. He then missed a 29-yard attempt during New Orleans’ first possession in extra time and Atlanta (2-1) drove 57 yards for the winning kick.
The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed unbeaten without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as backup Charlie Batch threw three first-half touchdown passes in a 38-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a matchup of 2-0 teams.
The Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 24-10 for their first victory of the season. Adrian Peterson rushed for 160 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Vikings (1-2).
Michael Vick passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3. Vick passed for 291 yards for the Eagles (2-1), who next week will host former quarterback Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.
Also in Week 3, it was Cincinnati 20, Carolina 7; Baltimore 24, Cleveland 17; Kansas City 31, San Francisco 10; Indianapolis 27, Denver 13; Seattle 27, San Diego 20; New England 38, Buffalo 30; Arizona 24, Oakland 23; and St. Louis 30, Washington 16.
The Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears today.
Sanchez to Keller
In Miami, Sanchez threw two touchdown passes to Dustin Keller to give the Jets a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Dolphins rallied behind Brandon Marshall, who caught 10 passes for 166 yards.
Marshall caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne with 8:47 left in the third quarter that gave the Dolphins a 17-14 advantage. The Jets went back in front 18 seconds later, as Edwards spun away from a defender after hauling in his first pass and raced to the end zone.
Edwards later added a 20-yard reception that helped set up the Jets’ final score, a 1-yard run by LaDainian Tomlinson with 1:55 remaining.
The Dolphins drove to the Jets’ 6-yard line before Henne’s fourth-down pass was tipped by Eric Smith and intercepted in the end zone by Drew Coleman.
Henne passed for 363 yards and two scores for the Dolphins, who fell into a three-way tie with the Jets and Patriots atop the American Football Conference’s East Division with 2-1 records.