- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2007

From combined dispatches

Colts 33, Buccaneers 14

INDIANAPOLIS — Missing five starters, Indianapolis’ offense dominated the game and the clock yesterday, while a revamped defense played as stingy as ever as the Colts routed Tampa Bay.

Kenton Keith ran for two scores and 121 yards in his first NFL start, and Peyton Manning threw two more touchdown passes as the Colts (5-0) headed into the bye week unbeaten for the third straight year.

Indianapolis kept the ball an astounding 38:15 and limited the Buccaneers (3-2) to 8 yards rushing and 74 yards in offense in the first three quarters, 56 yards coming on Tampa Bay’s only meaningful scoring drive.

It didn’t take Manning long to get started even without injured Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison or running back Joseph Addai. He found Dallas Clark for a 10-yard touchdown pass on the Colts first possession, then relied on a grinding drive that Keith capped with a 1-yard touchdown run — his first NFL score — early in the second quarter.

Bears 27, Packers 20

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay lost five turnovers and its chance to remain undefeated, blowing a second-half lead against Chicago.

Brian Griese threw the go-ahead touchdown to tight end Desmond Clark with 2:05 left. Brett Favre drove the Packers (4-1) to the Chicago 31 but threw an incomplete pass and an interception to safety Brandon McGowan in the end zone to end the game.

The inconsistent Favre popped up in the third quarter, throwing a curious interception to Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher that let Chicago (2-3) back into the game. Griese then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Greg Olsen.

Steelers 21, Seahawks 0

PITTSBURGH — Injury-depleted Pittsburgh still was too much for Seattle in a shutout.

The Steelers (4-1) didn’t have their two best defensive players, their two starting wide receivers or much offense for the first half.

Ben Roethlisberger, scrambling and improvising without his usual receivers, finally led three successive lengthy touchdown drives highlighted by Najeh Davenport’s runs.

Jaguars 17, Chiefs 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jacksonville held Kansas City to 10 yards rushing in a victory. The Jaguars (3-1), who gave up 282 yards rushing to Tennessee in losing their opener, have not allowed more than 48 yards on the ground in any of the three games since, all wins.

Two-time Pro Bowl selection Larry Johnson, who had 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 victory over the Jaguars in the regular season finale last New Year’s Eve, was held to 12 yards on nine carries for the Chiefs (2-3).

Texans 22, Dolphins 19

HOUSTON — Kris Brown kicked five field goals, including the winner on a career-long 57-yarder with one second left, to lead Houston over Miami, losers of eight straight.

Brown tied an NFL single-game record with three makes over 50 yards. He hit two 54-yarders earlier in the game for the Texans (3-2).

Panthers 16, Saints 13

NEW ORLEANS — Steve Smith fought for yards through two tacklers to turn a short catch into a crucial first down, and John Kasay made a 52-yard field goal as time expired as Carolina edged New Orleans. Panthers players mobbed Kasay at midfield as he dropped New Orleans to 0-4.

Titans 20, Falcons 13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vincent Fuller picked off a pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown, and Kyle Vanden Bosch sacked Byron Leftwich with 1:01 left as Tennessee overcame five turnovers to beat Atlanta.

Cardinals 34, Rams 31

ST. LOUIS — Kurt Warner produced three touchdowns, one in his typical relief role and two more after Matt Leinart was sidelined with a collarbone injury, as Arizona edged St. Louis.

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