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September 25, 2000

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Jets crunch Bucs, 21-17

Tampa, Fla. The New York Jets just gave Wayne Chrebet the ball.

Chrebet upstaged former teammate Keyshawn Johnson on Sunday, catching an 18-yard touchdown pass from running back Curtis Martin with 52 seconds remaining, giving the Jets a 21-17 victory over Tampa Bay.

Johnson was a frequent critic of Chrebet when both were with the Jets and even wrote about it in the book "Just Give Me the Damn Ball." Johnson disrespected Chrebet again in the week leading to the game matching 3-0 teams.

But Johnson caught only one pass for 1 yard, and for the third time in their four games, the Jets came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter

Vinny Testaverde, playing for the first time in eight years in the city where he spent the first six seasons of his NFL career, bounced back from throwing three interceptions to get the Jets in the end zone twice in the final two minutes.

Victor Green recovered Mike Alstott's fumble at the Tampa Bay 24 to set up the winning score, two plays after Testaverde's 6-yard TD pass to Martin and a 2-point conversion pass made it 17-14.

It looked like the Bucs would be able to win without a big offensive day from Johnson as Jacquez Green set up a field goal with a 75-yard reception and Alstott and Warrick Dunn keyed a running game that produced 118 yards.

Ronde Barber scored on a 37-yard interception return and Shaun King threw a 3-yard TD pass to Dave Moore for Tampa Bay, which had a five-game regular-season winning streak stopped one shy of the franchise record.

The Jets, unbeaten after four games for the first time since 1966, extended the NFL's longest regular-season winning streak to eight games. They were held to two first-half field goals by John Hall until Testaverde returned from being benched for one series.

Rams 41, Falcons 20

Atlanta Kurt Warner threw four touchdown passes, including 80- and 85-yarders to Torry Holt. Warner, who threw for 395 yards, also threw TD passes of 14 and 66 yards to Isaac Bruce as the Rams (4-0) increased their scoring average to 40 points.

Titans 23, Steelers 20

Pittsburgh Steve McNair, who only took a few snaps all week and didn't start because of a bruised sternum, replaced injured backup Neil O'Donnell, and threw an 18-yard TD pass with 1:25 left. McNair came in with 2:35 left after O'Donnell had his lower lip split open.

49ers 41, Cowboys 24

Dallas Jerry Rice caught two touchdown passes as San Francisco won its first game of the season and only its second in 16 games.

Dolphins 10, Patriots 3

Miami Miami became the first NFL team ever to allow just one touchdown in its first four games as it shut down Drew Bledsoe and New England (0-4). The game featured 12 punts and five turnovers and Miami (3-1) made one big play a 53-yard TD pass from Jay Fiedler to Bert Emanuel. New England's best shot ended when Bledsoe overthrew Eric Bjornson in the end zone.

Ravens 37, Bengals 0

Baltimore Rookie Jamal Lewis ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Baltimore forced four turnovers and knocked out Cincinnati quarterback Akili Smith with a concussion.

Lions 21, Bears 14

Chicago Charlie Batch threw two touchdown passes and Kurt Schulz intercepted three passes from Cade McNown to lead Detroit (3-1) over Chicago (0-4).

Eagles 21, Saints 7

New Orleans Donovan McNabb shook off early jitters and threw for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (2-2). McNabb, the No. 2 overall pick in that Class of Quarterbacks, completed 20 of 32 passes and picked up 25 yards on the ground.

Packers 29, Cardinals 3

Tempe, Ariz. Brett Favre finally looked like a three-time NFL MVP, throwing for 277 yards and a touchdown for the Packers (2-2).

Seahawks 20, Chargers 12

San Diego Seattle turned a San Diego defensive lapse into one touchdown, and Ryan Leaf's seventh interception of the season into another.

Raiders 36, Browns 10

Oakland, Calif. William Thomas intercepted Tim Couch twice, including one that he ran back 46 yards for a touchdown.

Redskins 16, Giants 6

East Rutherford, N.J. Brad Johnson passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns as Washington finally showed some Super Bowl form and might have saved Norv Turner's job in the process by beating the New York Giants.

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