Newton, Brady set records in unpredictable NFL

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Tom Brady set an NFL passing record Sunday, which isn’t exactly surprising.

Less expected was that rookie Cam Newton held the mark for a few hours before the reigning MVP broke it.

Brady’s Patriots and the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are 2-0 _ and so are some less likely candidates, including the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

The Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts are 0-2 in what is already an unpredictable post-lockout season.

The Baltimore Ravens followed up an emphatic win over the rival Steelers with a stinker at Tennessee. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounced back from a tough opening loss to rally for victory at Minnesota.

A week after throwing for 422 yards, Carolina’s Newton topped himself by passing for a rookie-record 432 yards and a touchdown in his home debut. But again it wasn’t enough for victory, as the Panthers lost 30-23 to the Packers.

Newton briefly held the NFL mark for the most yards passing in the first two games of the season by any quarterback, before Brady broke it a few hours later with 940.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two scores as Green Bay’s defense came up big by forcing the rookie into three interceptions _ two by Charles Woodson.

Brady threw for 423 yards six days after setting a single-game team record of 517, leading New England to a 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Brady had three touchdown passes, going 31 of 40 with no interceptions as the Patriots scored on each of their four first-half possessions.

The Chargers (1-1) turned the ball over inside the Patriots 35 three times, leading to 17 points. They also were stopped on a fourth-and-goal at the 1, and the Patriots started a 99-yard drive that ended with one of Brady’s two scoring passes to Rob Gronkowski.

Philip Rivers threw for 378 yards for the Chargers.

In other games, it was Browns 27, Colts 19; Saints 30, Bears 13; Bills 38, Raiders 35; Cowboys 27, 49ers 24, OT; Redskins 22, Cardinals 21; Steelers 24, Seahawks 0; Titans 26, Ravens 13; Titans 26, Ravens 13; Lions 48, Chiefs 3; Texans 23, Dolphins 13; Buccaneers 24, Vikings 20; Jets 32, Jaguars 3; Broncos 24, Bengals 22.

The Rams play at the Giants on Monday night.

Browns 27, Colts 19

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