- Associated Press - Monday, September 20, 2010

Sure, it’s only two weeks into the NFL season. Still, look who is undefeated _ and who is winless.

Yep, that’s the Bears and Buccaneers and Chiefs and Texans at the top of the standings. And the defending division champion Vikings and Cowboys at the bottom.

Chicago, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Miami and Pittsburgh all missed the playoffs last season. They all are 2-0 after Sunday’s games.

“We’ve been saying what we are, which is a good football team,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said after a 27-20 victory at Dallas. “But you have to get wins to validate that.”

The Bears won seven games in 2009, four more than the Buccaneers managed. Yet Tampa Bay leads the NFC South after a 20-7 win at Carolina.

“It feels good to win,” said second-year quarterback Josh Freeman, who has Tampa Bay off to its best start since it began 4-0 in 2005. “It feels good to win in a team effort. The offense came out and got some points on the board. The defense played lights-out in the second half. They held them out of the end zone and shut them out. It felt great to go out and play a divisional opponent and get the win.”

Not getting wins are highly touted Minnesota and Dallas. It’s too early to panic, but the Vikings have the deeper hole because Chicago and Green Bay already are two games in front of them in the NFC North.

“It’s a 14-game season now and we’re sitting at the bottom of it,” said Brett Favre, who was 22 of 36 for 225 yards and had a dreadful 44.3 rating after throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble for a touchdown in a 14-10 home loss to the Dolphins. “What we do with it from here remains to be seen. It won’t be any easier.”

Bears 27, Cowboys 20

DALLAS (AP) _ Jay Cutler overcame several early hard hits to throw three touchdown passes.

Dallas blew a chance to tie it at 20 when David Buehler badly missed a 44-yard field goal with 7:23 left, and Chicago immediately drove for a lead-extending touchdown. Buehler made a 48-yarder with 1:17 left, but the Bears grabbed an onside kick.

Dallas fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2001.

Buccaneers 20, Panthers 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Freeman threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns and Tampa Bay moved to 2-0 a year after opening 0-7.

Nine months ago, Freeman threw five interceptions against Carolina. This time, the miscues were made by the Panthers (0-2), who couldn’t move the ball and QB Matt Moore was benched for rookie Jimmy Clausen in the fourth quarter.

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