Archive for Monday, November 3, 2008

NFL Roundup: Titans remain unbeaten

Jets catch Bills in crowded AFC East

November 3, 2008


Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans remained perfect - even if they needed a little extra time to stay that way.

Rob Bironas got a second chance at redemption in overtime, kicking a 41-yard field goal with 9:36 to go that kept the Titans the NFL's last unbeaten team with a 19-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Bironas had a chance to win in regulation, but banged a 47-yarder off the upright, prompting the All-Pro to yank his facemask down in anger at himself.

But the Titans (8-0) won the toss and drove 55 yards in 10 plays to give Bironas another chance, helping Tennessee match a franchise record with its 11th straight regular-season victory.

The Packers (4-4) had tied it at 16 on Mason Crosby's third field goal, a 38-yarder, with 5:30 left.

Bengals 21, Jaguars 19

Cincinnati - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a pair of touchdown passes to Chad Ocho Cinco, who celebrated the second one by giving the head coach a kiss, and the Bengals earned their first victory of the season.

Jets 26, Bills 17

Orchard Park, N.Y. - Abram Elam, starting in place of injured safety Eric Smith, returned an interception thrown by Trent Edwards 92 yards for a touchdown, sparking the Jets' victory over the bumbling Bills.

The Jets (5-3) have won four of five and have caught the Bills in the division standings. Buffalo (5-3) has lost three of four and lost all the momentum it had generated following a 4-0 record to start the season.

Bears 27, Lions 23

Chicago - Rex Grossman came off the bench to replace injured quarterback Kyle Orton and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:36 left, helping the Bears rally from a 10-point deficit for a victory over the winless Lions.

Matt Forte had 126 yards rushing for the Bears (5-3).

Vikings 28, Texans 21

Minneapolis - The Minnesota Vikings forced three turnovers, got three touchdown passes from Gus Frerotte and shut down Houston's Andre Johnson.

Cardinals 34, Rams 13

St. Louis - Kurt Warner and the Cardinals used a 24-point second quarter to win another one in their former home city.

The Cardinals have won four in a row in St. Louis, their home from 1960-87, and four straight over the Rams overall.

Ravens 37, Browns 27

Cleveland - Matt Stover booted three field goals - the last with 5:36 left - and linebacker Terrell Suggs returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown to end Cleveland's last threat with 2:43 remaining as Baltimore rallied for a win.

Stover, who ranks fifth in league scoring history, made field goals of 41, 32 and 22 yards for the Ravens (5-3), who trailed, 27-13, in the third quarter before scoring 24 unanswered points on Cleveland.

Giants 35, Cowboys 14

East Rutherford, N.J. - With injured quarterback Tony Romo watching from the sidelines, the New York Giants had no problem burying the Cowboys.

Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, Brandon Jacobs rushed for 117 yards and a score, and the Giants defense took advantage of Romo's absence to intercept three passes.

Dolphins 26, Broncos 17

Denver - The Dolphins bottled up Denver's ground game and intercepted Jay Cutler three times in a victory over the befuddled Broncos.

Cornerback Will Allen returned the second of Cutler's mistakes 32 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Falcons 24, Raiders 0

Oakland, Calif. - Matt Ryan threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Michael Jenkins, and the Falcons held the Raiders to negative yards and no first downs in the first half and their lowest yards total in 47 years.

In a six-year stretch of losing, embarrassment and new lows in Oakland, Al Davis' once-proud franchise might have reached a new nadir this week in front of a half-filled stadium of fans who began booing the Raiders (2-6) just minutes in. Oakland finished with just 77 yards for its worst total since getting 58 in 1961 against the Chargers, when Davis was an assistant in San Diego.

Eagles 26, Seahawks 7

Seattle - Donovan McNabb rebounded from early problems to complete 28 of 43 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns, one to tackle Todd Herremans, and rally Philadelphia past the Seahawks.

Colts 18, Patriots 15

Indianapolis - Adam Vinatieri showed New England he's still the NFL's best clutch kicker.

The Patriots' career scoring leader, who booted winning field goals in two of their Super Bowl victories and then let go as a free agent, kicked a 52-yarder with 8:05 left for Indianapolis (4-4).

Peyton Manning threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts. Both touchdowns went to Anthony Gonzalez, who finished the game with four receptions for 55 yards.


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