NFL: Sunday’s Roundup: Raiders win for Al Davis
Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 9, 2011
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HOUSTON ó The Oakland Raiders won the day after owner Al Davis died, beating the Houston Texans 25-20 on Sunday behind Jason Campbellís two touchdown passes.
Michael Huff intercepted Matt Schaubís pass in the end zone on the final play to secure the win. Coach Hue Jackson dropped to his knees on the sideline, covered his face with his hands and cried as his team celebrated the bittersweet victory.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, and Oakland survived a wild finish to improve to improve to 3-2.
Stadiums around the league observed a moment of silence before the early games to honor Davis, who died at his Oakland home at age 82. The Raiders wore black decals on the backs of their helmets with ěALî written in silver letters.
Schaub threw for 416 yards and two touchdowns for the Texans.
Patriots 30, Jets 21
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ó BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Tom Brady had another strong game, completing 24 of 33 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown as the Patriots scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight regular-season game.
Meanwhile, New Yorkís Mark Sanchez had another tough one, passing for just 166 yards against the team that entered with the NFLís lowest-ranked defense.
Bills 31, Eagles 24
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ó Fred Jackson had 196 yards from scrimmage and linebacker Nick Barnett had two of Buffaloís four interceptions.
After scoring on a 31-yard interception return in the second quarter, Barnett sealed the victory by grabbing Michael Vickís tipped pass intended for Jason Avant with 1:49 remaining at the Bills 26.
Jackson scored on a 5-yard run and finished with 111 yards rushing in helping the Bills (4-1) match their best start since 2008.
The Eagles (1-4) have lost four straight and are off to their worst start since 1999, coach Andy Reidís first season.
Chargers 29, Broncos 24
DENVER ó Philip Rivers overcame an interception and a fourth-quarter fumble to lead San Diego despite Tim Tebowís best efforts to rally Denver from a 16-point deficit.
Tebow threw for one touchdown and ran for another after replacing Kyle Orton to start the third quarter, and had one final shot for the win before his pass fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play.
49ers 48, Buccaneers 3
SAN FRANCISCOó Alex Smith threw two of his three touchdown passes to Vernon Davis, Frank Gore ran for a score in his second straight 100-yard rushing game for San Francisco.
Carlos Rogers returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and tight ends Davis and Delanie Walker each caught TD passes of 20-plus yards in San Franciscoís third straight win.
Seahawks 36, Giants 25
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst threw a go-ahead 27-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, and Brandon Browner returned an interception 94 yards to clinch Seattleís win.
Whitehurst, who replaced the injured Tarvaris Jackson in the third quarter, led the Seahawks (2-3) on an 80-yard TD drive, which he capped with his pass to a wide-open Baldwin with 2:37 left on a play that the Giants (3-2) seemed to stop after defensive end Osi Umenyiora jumped offside.
Chiefs 28, Colts 24
INDIANAPOLIS ó Matt Cassel threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns, and Kansas City scored the final 21 points against winless Indianapolis.
Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston each caught two TD passes to give the Chiefs (2-3) their first win at Indianapolis. The 17-point comeback matched the biggest in team history.
With the injured Peyton Manning on the sideline, Curtis Painter had a brilliant first half.
He was 12 of 17 for 237 yards with two TDs and a quarterback rating of 152.2 as the Colts (0-5) built a 24-7 lead.
Steelers 38, Titans 17
PITTSBURGH ó Ben Roethlisberger tied a team record with five touchdown passes ó including two to Hines Ward.
Other than a slight limp when he ran, Roethlisberger appeared to have no issues with his sprained left foot, also hitting Mike Wallace, Heath Miller and David Johnson for scores as the Steelers (3-2) ended Tennesseeís three-game winning streak.
Vikings 34, Cardinals 10
MINNEAPOLIS ó Adrian Peterson powered in for three first-quarter TDs to build a lead large enough even Minnesota couldnít lose it.
Peterson rushed 29 times for 122 yards and Donovan McNabb jogged in for a score, too, as the Vikings (1-4) made it 28-0 less than 121/2 minutes into the game.
Kevin Kolb had three turnovers for the Cardinals (1-4) and finished 21 for 42 for 232 yards and one touchdown pass, a performance so shaky the Vikings were able to confidently run down the clock after stumbling through the second and third quarters.
Bengals 30, Jaguars 20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes, Bernard Scott scored with 1:56 remaining for Cincinnati (3-2).
Packers 25, Falcons 14
ATLANTA ó Aaron Rodgers threw for 396 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading a comeback by the unbeaten Green Bay Packers.
The Packers (5-0) trailed 14-0 early in the second quarter and were held without a touchdown in the first half by Atlanta (2-3).
But after settling for three field goals by Mason Crosby, Rodgers finally got rolling.
He connected with James Jones on a 70-yard touchdown that gave Green Bay its first lead late in the third.
Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on a 29-yard scoring play that stretched the lead to 22-14.