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NFL Roundup: Romo-less, Dallas routed

October 20, 2008


— Even on the road, the chorus of "Romo!, Romo!" from Dallas Cowboys' fans was easily audible at the start of the second half.

But they were stuck with Brad Johnson, who couldn't keep up with a suddenly potent, opportunistic St. Louis offense, throwing three interceptions. Steven Jackson ran for 160 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns, and the Rams (2-4) looked like contenders instead of sad sacks for the second straight game under new coach Jim Haslett in a surprisingly easy 34-14 victory Sunday.

Bears 48, Vikings 41

Chicago - Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes, and special teams chipped in with two more. Chicago (4-3) intercepted Gus Frerotte four times even though its injury-riddled secondary was missing starting cornerbacks Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman and nickel back Danieal Manning. The Bears also lost star kick returner Devin Hester to a quad injury in the third quarter, yet Chicago still managed to put up its most points since beating Tampa Bay 48-14 at home on Dec. 7, 1986.

Raiders 16, Jets 13,OT

Oakland, Calif. - Sebastian Janikowski bailed out Oakland coach Tom Cable in his home debut as Raiders coach. Janikowski's team-record 57-yard field goal with 2:30 left in overtime won it. The game only went to overtime because Cable called a late timeout that negated Jay Feely's missed field goal at the end of regulation. Feely made good on his second attempt, a 52-yarder with three seconds left that sent the game to overtime.

Packers 34, Colts 14

Green Bay, Wis. - An undermanned defense returned two Peyton Manning passes for touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers gutted out his third straight game with a sprained right shoulder, going 21-for-28 for 186 yards.

Buccaneers 20, Seahawks 10

Tampa, Fla. - Jeff Garcia completed 26 of 37 passes for 310 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant on Tampa Bay's opening drive.

Redskins 14, Browns 11

Landover, Md. - Clinton Portis broke a scoreless tie with a three-yard run in the third quarter and rushed for 175 yards on 27 carries, and Santana Moss spun his way to an 18-yard touchdown reception.

Texans 28, Lions 21

Houston - Owen Daniels scored two touchdowns, and rookie Steve Slaton and Ahman Green added a touchdown each. Andre Johnson had 11 receptions for 141 yards for his third straight 100-yard game.

Bills 23, Chargers 14

Orchard Park, N.Y. - Trent Edwards went 25-of-30 for 261 yards and a touchdown, and Kawika Mitchell intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers at the goal line to thwart a potential go-ahead score.

Steelers 38, Bengals 10

Cincinnati - Mewelde Moore got into the end zone three times. The Steelers defense got to the quarterback seven times.

Giants 29, 49ers 17

East Rutherford, N.J. - Brandon Jacobs ran for two touchdowns, Eli Manning threw for one, Michael Johnson had two interceptions, and the Giants managed to make fewer mistakes than the woeful 49ers.

Panthers 30, Saints 7

Charlotte, N.C. - Jake Delhomme threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart rushed for another score and the Panthers' defense shut down the Saints.

Ravens 27, Dolphins 13

Miami - Joe Flacco threw for 232 yards and a touchdown.


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