Arian Foster rushed for 124 yards and Ben Tate ran for 115 and both scored touchdowns to lead the Texans past Cleveland. The Texans (6-3) finished with a franchise-record 261 yards rushing. It was the first time the Browns allowed two 100-yard rushers in the same game since the Baltimore Colts did it against them in 1956. … Miami WR Brandon Marshall finished with eight catches for 106 yards and a TD. The former Bronco has 52 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games against Kansas City in his career. … The Dolphins sacked Kansas City’s Matt Cassel five times. The Chiefs came into the game having allowed 13 sacks all season, tied for sixth best in the league. … New Orleans gained 195 yards on the ground in a 27-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after rushing for only 56 yards at St. Louis a week earlier. … Rookie RB Roy Helu received his first NFL start and broke the Redskins’ record for most receptions in a game, finishing with 14 for 105 yards. The previous record for receptions was 13, reached twice by Hall of Famer Art Monk (1985 and 1990) and once by Kelvin Bryant (1986). Helu’s 14 receptions are the most by an NFL running back this season and the most by a running back since Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook caught 14 passes against Dallas on Nov. 4, 2007. Helu’s 14 receptions are the most by any NFL rookie this season.
The Green Bay Packers are the third defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 8-0, joining the 1990 San Francisco 49ers and 1998 Denver Broncos. … The 49ers have won six in a row, their longest winning streak since 1997, and are 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1992. … The Bengals have won five in a row, their longest winning streak since 1988 when they won the AFC championship. … New Orleans QB Drew Brees‘ first scoring strike to Lance Moore in the first quarter gave him TD passes in 36 straight games, tying Brett Favre for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Connecting on 27 of 36 passes, Brees also extended his NFL record of consecutive games with 20-plus completions to 29. … The Giants and Patriots was the only game this season to enter halftime 0-0. … Reggie Bush had his first touchdown rushing since Nov. 15, 2009 in Miami’s 31-3 win.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin can’t seem to keep his hamstrings healthy, and a miserable season for Indianapolis got worse when tight end Dallas Clark went down with a left leg injury. After missing two games earlier this season with a left hamstring problem, Austin hurt his right one in a 23-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Now, the Cowboys could be without their Pro Bowl receiver again. … Already minus Peyton Manning all season because of neck surgery, the winless Colts could be without their top two tight ends. Clark (lower left leg) and Brody Eldridge (hand) both left early in a 31-7 loss to Atlanta and coach Jim Caldwell provided no updates after the game. … Saints cornerback Tracy Porter hurt his neck early in a 27-16 win over Tampa Bay. Porter was injured on the second play from scrimmage while breaking up a pass with a hard hit on receiver Mike Williams. Porter lay face down for several seconds and was strapped to a stretcher by trainers and paramedics, but was able to move his extremities and gave a thumbs-up before being taken to a hospital as a precaution.
“He’s a special young man. I’m glad that we have him on our football team _ my new son.” _ Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt on Patrick Peterson who returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a stunning 19-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, bringing a dramatic end to Arizona’s six-game losing streak.