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St. Louis Rams handle Romo-less Cowboys

Sunday, October 19, 2008

By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

The Rams won 19-17 at Washington last week in their first game since replacing Scott Linehan, ending a run of 17 losses in 20 games and four blowout losses to start the season. Their response to Haslett, beginning his second stint as a head coach, has exceeded expectations.

St. Louis' defense did its part, forcing four turnovers for the second straight game.

The lone down note was a late injury to Jackson, who pulled a quadriceps muscle in the fourth quarter just before Haslett said he was going to take him out. He was to undergo an MRI.

Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware tied an NFL record with a sack in his 10th straight game and enjoyed his first multiple sack game of the season with three, giving him nine on the season.

Bears 48, Vikings 41

CHICAGO (AP) -- 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. It was the most points the Bears allowed in a win.

They survived a late push by Minnesota (3-4) after building a 17-point lead and won even though Adrian Peterson ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Orton completed 21 of 32 passes for 283 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown to Marty Booker made it 41-31. Kevin Payne then picked off Frerotte, and after a questionable pass interference call against Vinny Ciurciu on fourth down at the 1, Matt Forte ran it in to extend Chicago's lead to 48-31 in the opening seconds of the fourth period.

Chicago scored on special teams on a strange sequence in the opening quarter, when Chris Kluwe dropped a snap and had his punt blocked. He then attempted an illegal kick, and Garrett Wolfe returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Later, Charles Gordon muffed a punt when he tried to block Zackary Bowman. Instead, the ball hit him and Bowman recovered in the end zone to give Chicago a 24-17 lead.

Raiders 16, Jets 13,OT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 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 3 seconds left that sent the game to overtime.

In OT, the teams traded punts on the first five possessions before JaMarcus Russell hit Javon Walker for 16 yards and Zach Miller for 27 to move the Raiders (2-4) into range.

Thomas Jones ran for 159 yards, but the Jets (3-3) were unable to overcome Brett Favre's worst game with his new team. Only one of Favre's first 17 completions went for more than 15 yards as he continually checked down to his underneath options. He also had two interceptions and 124 yards passing before the tying drive at the end of regulation.

Packers 34, Colts 14

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- 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 and a touchdown despite 30 mph wind gusts at Lambeau Field.

Ryan Grant had his first 100-yard game of the season, carrying 31 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. The Packers (4-3) have won two straight after snapping a three-game losing streak at Seattle last Sunday.

Their defense held Manning to 21-of-42 for 229 yards and two interceptions. Both were returned for touchdowns, by Nick Collins (62 yards) and Aaron Rouse (99 yards).

It's the worst start to a season for Indianapolis (3-3) since 2001 -- the last time the Colts didn't make the playoffs. It's also their first loss in the month of October since a 2004 game at Kansas City. Texans 28, Lions 21

HOUSTON (AP) -- 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.

The Texans scored touchdowns on their first three possessions for the first time in team history. They weren't quite as sharp in the second half, punting on four of five possessions, and were outscored 17-7, allowing the Lions (0-6) to cut Houston's lead to a touchdown with about 4 minutes left.

The Texans (2-4) held the ball until there were just 20 seconds to go and Detroit's last play ended in a fumble.

Detroit's Calvin Johnson had a 96-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter before Jason Hanson's second 54-yard field goal made it 28-21. Johnson had a career-high 154 yards receiving in Detroit's first game since trading fellow receiver Roy Williams to Dallas for draft picks. Johnson's TD was the fourth longest touchdown pass in Lions history and the longest since 1998.

Detroit has been outscored 54-0 in the opening quarter this year.

Bills 23, Chargers 14

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- 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.

Mitchell's interception allowed Edwards to engineer a seven-play, 43-yard drive to set up Rian Lindell's 44-yard field goal with 3:17 remaining. Then Mitchell came through again, when he forced Rivers to fumble on San Diego's next possession.

Edwards hit Lee Evans on a 2-yard touchdown pass and Marshawn Lynch also scored for the AFC East-leading Bills, off to their first 5-1 start since 1995. Buffalo got the 200th home win in franchise history.

The Chargers (3-4) failed to build off the momentum of a 30-10 win over New England last week, and faced a long flight to London for next week's game against New Orleans at Wembley Stadium.

The electricity initially went out about a half-hour before the game after three small helium balloons became entangled in power lines across the street from the stadium. Power was restored about 10 minutes before the 1 p.m. start time. It lasted for about 10 minutes, and went out early in the first quarter shortly after the Chargers' opening possession. Play resumed after a 15-minute break, and continued while the power was out for about 45 minutes. The power went out once again at the 2-minute warning and wasn't fully restored in the stadium until midway through the third quarter.

CBS was unable to broadcast the game while the power was out, leaving fans on two ends of the country watching other games.

Titans 34, Chiefs 10

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- LenDale White rushed for three touchdowns and 149 yards, including an 80-yard sprint, and Chris Johnson unfurled a 66-yard gallop while rushing for 168 yards.

The Titans (6-0), who had never even been 5-0 in their history, scored 10 points on their first two possessions and were never threatened by the Chiefs (1-5), who seem headed for an even worse season than last year's 4-12.

The Chiefs got more: quarterback Brodie Croyle's knee injury will keep him out the rest of the season.

White went 80 yards virtually untouched in the fourth quarter, matching the franchise's longest run since 1983. Johnson made it 33-3 with 4:01 left in the third blowout loss the rebuilding Chiefs have experienced this year.

It was the first time since 1977 that two runners had gone over 100 yards against the Chiefs.

Steelers 38, Bengals 10

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mewelde Moore got into the end zone three times. The Steelers defense got to the quarterback seven times.

Perfect math against a bad team.

Moore, a backup running back, scored a career-high three touchdowns, and the Steelers' defense took it from there.

Thousands of Steelers fans in the crowd of 65,860 twirled yellow Terrible Towels while the Steelers (5-1) solidified their hold on first place in the AFC North at a stadium that's as comfy as it gets on the road. Pittsburgh has won its past eight games at Paul Brown Stadium, each coming in a little different way.

Moore ran for 120 yards -- only 18 shy of his career high -- and touchdowns of 13 and 2 yards. He also caught a 2-yard touchdown pass on Pittsburgh's opening drive.

Ben Roethlisberger improved to 11-0 in his native state -- he's never lost in Cleveland or Cincinnati. With his separated shoulder much better after a bye week, Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, including a 50-yarder to Nate Washington. The Bengals fell to 0-7 for the fifth time since 1991, when Mike Brown took control of the team and the franchise fell into one of the longest stretches of futility in NFL history. Only 18 times since 1991 has a team started a season by losing its first seven games; Cincinnati accounts for five of those.

Giants 29, 49ers 17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- 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.

The victory was the fourth straight at home for the Giants (5-1) -- one more than they had last season -- and it sent the 49ers (2-5) to their fourth straight loss.

This one wasn't pretty for either team, especially San Francisco, which turned over the ball three times, allowed six sacks and had 13 penalties for 134 yards. Combined it handed New York 19 points.

The Giants had their moments, too. On the verge of building a 17-point lead late in the third quarter, Manny Lawson blocked John Carney's field goal attempt and Nate Clements returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 24-17.

Carney atoned moments later with a 48-yard field goal, and the defense iced the game with a sack that led to a safety when receiver Josh Morgan kicked the ball out of his end zone.

Panthers 30, Saints 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A week after giving up sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a woeful road performance, the Panthers were dominant again at home.

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

Drew Brees, who came in leading the NFL in completions and yards passing, was hounded all day and struggled with his accuracy. The Saints couldn't overcome the loss of running back Reggie Bush to a left knee injury and were smothered by the Panthers' improved defense.

Carolina (5-2) twice stopped New Orleans (3-4) on fourth down in the second half. Julius Peppers had a sack and a forced fumble and the Panthers posted another lopsided home win to improve to 4-0 at Bank of America Stadium.

Delhomme, 7-2 against his former team, threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to a double-covered Steve Smith, and a 4-yard TD to DeAngelo Williams in the third quarter when the Panthers pulled away.

Ravens 27, Dolphins 13

MIAMI (AP) -- Cam Cameron's play-calling worked better for Baltimore than it did last year in Miami.

The Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator orchestrated four scoring drives against the team he coached to only one win last year. Joe Flacco threw for 232 yards and a touchdown.

Miami's lone victory last season came against Baltimore in December, and that wasn't enough to save Cameron's job. Since changing teams, he has searched for consistency from the Ravens and finally found it. They mustered scoring drives of 42, 67, 67 and 68 yards, with each lasting at least nine plays.

The NFL's top-ranked defense did the rest. Terrell Suggs scored on a 44-yard interception return, and the Ravens limited Ronnie Brown to 27 yards rushing. Baltimore blitzed to contain Miami's Wildcat offense, which netted only 4 yards in five plays.

The Ravens (3-3) broke a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in their five visits to Miami. The Dolphins fell to 2-4 and remained last in the AFC East.

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