Brady-Manning XVI a Patriots romp
Brady-Manning XVI was over before halftime.
While Peyton Manning, by his own estimate, was stinking up the joint, Tom Brady was throwing for four touchdown passes, leading the New England Patriots to a 43-21 romp over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
New England (7-2) won its fifth straight, halting the four-game winning streak for Denver (6-2) in emphatic fashion. Brady has 18 TD passes and one interception in those five victories.
''At the end of the day one person can't do it alone,'' said Brady, who made his 200th start; he has won 155 of those, an NFL record. ''I've been a part of so many great teams ... I've been very privileged to play with great players and teammates that really work their butts off for each other. That's why you string together five wins in a row like we've done.
''It's a lot of guys working hard who believe in each other, have confidence in each other and then when you get your one day a week to go out there, you go out there and you let it rip. I thought the guys try to do a great job of that.''
Manning thought it was an awful performance by the Broncos (6-2), starting with their quarterback.
''The quarterback stinks, usually you're not going to win many games,'' Manning said,
Manning fell to 2-7 at Gillette Stadium and 5-11 overall against Brady, even though he threw for 438 yards and two touchdowns. He has at least two TD passes in 14 consecutive games, an NFL record.
Julian Edelman returned a punt 84 yards for a score and also had a 5-yard TD catch as New England took a 27-3 halftime lead and coasted.
''I just saw a bunch of guys out there blocking their tails off and, you know, we got in the end zone, so it was a great team play,'' Edelman said.
On Thursday night, it was New Orleans 28, Carolina 10, with the Saints (4-4) taking over first place in the NFC South over the Panthers (3-5-1).
On Monday night, Indianapolis (5-3) is at the New York Giants (3-4).
Off this week were Atlanta (2-6), Buffalo (5-3), Chicago (3-5), Detroit (6-2), Green Bay (5-3), and Tennessee (2-6).
STEELERS 43, RAVENS 23
At Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger threw for six scores to set an NFL record for touchdown passes in consecutive games.
A week after passing for a franchise-record six touchdowns against Indianapolis, Roethlisberger duplicated the feat as Pittsburgh (6-3) earned its third consecutive win. Roethlisberger's 12 touchdown passes over the last two games broke the mark of 11 set by Tom Flores for Oakland in 1963 and matched by New England's Tom Brady in 2007.
''This is a heck of a rivalry,'' Roethlisberger said. ''I know fans all around the world love this rivalry and it's special when you come out on top.''
Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a score. Rookie Martavis Bryant hauled in two scoring receptions and has five touchdowns in three games. Joe Flacco passed for 303 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but the Ravens (5-4) were undone by a sloppy second quarter.
CARDINALS 28, COWBOYS 17
The Cardinals (7-1), who have sole possession of the best record in the NFC for the first time since 1974, won their fourth straight. They have beaten all five conference opponents.
NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray's record streak of eight 100-yard games to start the season for Dallas (6-3) ended against a defense that didn't allow a back over the century mark for the 18th consecutive time. He had 79 yards on 19 carries.
Arizona's Andre Ellington outgained Murray on the ground with 95 yards and added another 39 receiving.
''You know we always want to outrush the opponent,'' Ellington said. ''It's a credit to our defense for shutting him down and giving me a chance to get out there on the field and get more carries and get more yards.''
Carson Palmer had three touchdown passes after an early interception the host Cowboys returned for a score, and the Dallas offense struggled without the injured Tony Romo (back).
EAGLES 31, TEXANS 21
At Houston, Mark Sanchez threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
After starter Nick Foles injured his left shoulder late in the first quarter, Sanchez saw his first action since 2012 with the Jets. He also threw two interceptions.
The Eagles (6-2) led by three when Jeremy Maclin grabbed a low throw from Sanchez for an 8-yard touchdown catch to clinch it. Maclin finished with two touchdowns and 158 yards receiving and LeSean McCoy had 117 yards rushing.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 203 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Houston (4-5).
RAMS 13, 49ERS 10
With 2 seconds remaining, Colin Kaepernick fumbled at the goal line. James Laurinaitis recovered for the visiting Rams (3-5), who sacked the San Francisco quarterback eight times.
''I just went to kind of meet him head to head down there and as I'm going down, I just see the ball sitting there,'' Laurinaitis Laurinaitis.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a go-ahead 39-yard field goal for the Rams with 5:25 left. San Francisco (4-4) got the ball back at its 12 with 3:11 remaining before Kaepernick's bobble.
SEAHAWKS 30, RAIDERS 24
At Seattle, the Seahawks (5-3) rode Marshawn Lynch's for two first-half touchdowns. Bruce Irvin tipped and intercepted Derek Carr's pass and returned it 35 yards for another score as Oakland (0-8) remained the league's only winless team. The Raiders have lost 14 straight dating to last season.
After a tumultuous previous month, the Seahawks won their second straight behind a strong first half, three field goals from Steven Hauschka and a defense that made Carr look like a rookie much of the afternoon.
DOLPHINS 37, CHARGERS 0
Ryan Tannehill threw for 288 yards and three scores, and Miami forced four turnovers.
Tannehill went 24 for 34 and threw touchdown passes to Charles Clay, Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry. San Diego's Philip Rivers threw three interceptions, two to Brent Grimes, and was sacked three times.
The Dolphins (5-3) earned their third consecutive victory. The Chargers (5-4) lost their third game in a row and remain winless in South Florida since January 1982. San Diego was shut out for the first time since 1999, and the Dolphins earned their first shutout since 2006.
BENGALS 33, JAGUARS 23
At Cincinnati, rookie Jeremy Hill ran for a career-high 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes, one to A.J. Green in the star receiver's return from a toe injury, but also had a pair of interceptions that kept it close.
The Jaguars (1-8) turned Dalton's second interception into Denard Robinson's 5-yard touchdown run, cutting it to 26-23. Hill broke his 60-yard touchdown run on Cincinnati's next play from scrimmage.
Rookie Blake Bortles, who leads the NFL in interceptions, helped the Bengals (5-2-1) seal it by throwing a pick to George Iloka in the end zone. Bortles threw two touchdown passes to Allen Hurns.
CHIEFS 24, JETS 10
At Kansas City, Alex Smith threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, Jamaal Charles ran for another score and the Chiefs sent New York (1-8) to its eighth straight loss.
Tight ends Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano each caught touchdown passes, and the Chiefs (5-3) won their third straight and fifth in six games.
Making his first start with the Jets, Michael Vick was 21 of 27 for 196 yards and a touchdown. He briefly left in the fourth quarter after taking a massive hit from the Chiefs' Josh Mauga and walking unsteadily off the field, but eventually returned.
VIKINGS 29, REDSKINS 26
At Minneapolis, rookie Teddy Bridgewater outplayed Robert Griffin III down the stretch after a rough start, and Matt Asiata ran for three scores.
Bridgewater completed 26 of 42 passes for 268 yards for the Vikings (4-5), who sacked Griffin five times in his return to the lineup from an ankle injury.
Griffin went 18 for 28 for 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Redskins (3-6), who lost three leads despite 92 yards and two touchdowns rushing by Alfred Morris and 120 yards receiving from DeSean Jackson.
It was a rough day for the Redskins, starting with a crash between their two buses on the way to the stadium.
BROWNS 22, BUCCANEERS 17
At Cleveland, Brian Hoyer threw a 34-yard TD pass to Taylor Gabriel with 8:59 remaining.
Cleveland was trailing 17-16 when Hoyer completed his second TD pass. Hoyer finished 21 of 34 for 300 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. He improved to 8-3 as Cleveland's starter.
The Browns (5-3) have their best record at the midway point since 2007, when they won 10 and barely missed the playoffs.
Mike Glennon threw a pair of 24-yard TDs passes to rookie Mike Evans for the Buccaneers (1-7), who have lost four in a row and five this season by six points or less.
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