Titans 0 at Patriots 59
This was the Tom Brady everyone expects to see.
Brady threw six touchdown passes — five in one quarter, an NFL mark — and the New England Patriots sent the hapless Tennessee Titans plummeting to a new low in their winless season with a 59-0 win on a snowy Sunday.
Brady had five TD passes in the second quarter, a record for one period. The six touchdown throws tied Brady’s own Patriots record. And the 59-point margin matched the largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Los Angeles Rams’ 59-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.
The Patriots (4-2) gained a club-record 619 yards with Brady completing 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards.
The Titans (0-6) took their worst loss since they began play in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, eclipsing the 61-7 setback to Cincinnati in 1989. They won their first 10 games last season.
Ravens 31 at Vikings 33
Brett Favre’s 58-yard completion to Sidney Rice setup Ryan Longwell’s fourth field goal, and Baltimore’s Steve Hauschka missed a 44-yard field goal at the final whistle, allowing the Minnesota Vikings to remain undefeated.
Favre threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, but the Vikings (6-0) nearly blew this one when they let the Ravens erase a 17-point deficit with 10 minutes to play. Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (3-3).
Giants 27 at Saints 48
Drew Brees ended his two-game streak without a touchdown throw by completing 23-of-30 passes for 369 yards and four scores Sunday, and New Orleans easily remained unbeaten, torching the New York Giants’ league-leading defence.
The Giants (5-1) came into the game giving up averages of 210.6 yards and 14.2 points. The Saints (5-0) had 34 points and 315 yards by halftime, as Brees threw three TD passes to reach 100 since the Saints signed him as a free agent in 2006. Eli Manning was 14-of-31 for 178 yards.
Panthers 28 at Buccaneers 21
A week after getting their first win by beating the struggling Washington Redskins, the Panthers got another by rushing for 267 yards and three touchdowns. DeAngelo Williams gained a season-best 152 yards on 30 carries and scored twice, including the winning TD with 29 seconds left.
Texans 28 at Bengals 17
Matt Schaub tied his career high with four TD passes — two to tight end Owen Daniels — and Houston pulled away to deny Cincinnati another chance to win one at the end.
Schaub was 28-of-40 for 392 yards, the second-highest total of his career.
Browns 14 at Steelers 27
Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes before the Steelers’ offence began stopping itself with turnovers, and Pittsburgh benefited from a curious first-down measurement to beat the rival Browns for the 12th time in a row.
Roethlisberger, second in the league in passing and on pace for what would easily be the best statistical season of his career, was 23-of-35 for 417 yards in his second career 400-yard game.
Lions 0 at Packers 26
Aaron Rodgers got sacked five times but still managed to have a big day against Detroit’s defence, throwing for 358 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Donald Driver became the franchise’s career receptions leader with a first-quarter catch and rookie outside linebacker Clay Matthews III had two sacks as the Packers (3-2) turned in a dominant defensive effort against an undermanned Lions offence.
Chiefs 14 at Redskins 6
Ryan Succop’s four field goals, including the go-ahead 46-yarder with 3:36 to play, plus a last-minute safety were all the Chiefs needed.
They earned rookie coach Todd Haley his first win and Jim Zorn another week of extreme questioning about the future of his job and the Washington franchise. The Chiefs (1-5) had lost 28 of their last 30 and hadn’t won since last November. The win avoided the first 0-6 start in team history.
Rams 20 at Jaguars 23 (OT)
Torry Holt had 101 yards receiving in his first game against his former team, Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and Jacksonville won in overtime.
Josh Scobee provided the winner, a 36-yard field goal with eight minutes to play in the extra frame.
St. Louis (0-6) extended the NFL’s longest current losing streak to 16 games.
Eagles 9 at Raiders 13,
Louis Murphy threw two key blocks to spring Zach Miller’s 86-yard touchdown catch, Justin Fargas ran for 87 yards and Oakland’s defence harassed Donovan McNabb all day.
The result was one of the more shocking ones so far this season as the Raiders (2-4) had lost three straight games by at least 20 points for the first time in franchise history and failed to reach 200 yards of offence the past four, while the Eagles (3-2) were second in the league in points per game.
Cardinals 27 at Seahawks 3
Arizona moved into a tie for the NFC West lead as Kurt Warner completed 32 of 41 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Warner tied an NFL record for being the fastest to throw for 30,000 yards in a career and Larry Fitzgerald tied his career high with 13 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Bills 16 at Jets 13, OT
Rian Lindell kicked a 47-yard field goal with 2:44 left in overtime, making up for a miss at the end of regulation.
The Bills (2-4) took advantage of Mark Sanchez’s fifth interception of the day to snap a three-game losing streak, and send the sputtering Jets (3-3) to their third straight loss.
Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in ably for an injured Trent Edwards, who left early in the second quarter with a head injury, helping the Bills overcome Thomas Jones’ Jets franchise-record 210 yards rushing.
Bears 14 at Falcons 21
Chicago made another huge mistake in the red zone, and the Atlanta Falcons held on for another wild victory over the Bears.
Michael Turner scored the go-ahead touchdown on an otherwise forgettable night, powering over from five yards with 3:06 remaining, and the defence held at the end to preserve a victory.
Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (4-1), who matched the best five-game start in franchise history. The Bears (3-2) will surely be moaning about all the mistakes down close that helped end their three-game winning streak: a fumble at the one-yard line, an interception at the nine-yard line and a crucial penalty when they had fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta five with less than a minute to go.