Raiders 27, Browns 26
OAKLAND, Calif. — Lane Kiffin showed he’s a quick learner at NFL coaching strategy.
A week after a late timeout wiped out Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning kick for Oakland, Kiffin successfully used the same strategy to help the Raiders beat Cleveland yesterday when Tommy Kelly blocked Phil Dawson‘s last-second field goal attempt.
Derek Anderson had driven the Browns from their own 9 to the Oakland 23 in the final 1:04 without a timeout to set up Dawson’s 40-yard try. Right before the snap, Kiffin called timeout just as Denver coach Mike Shanahan did to him a week ago in the Broncos’ 23-20 overtime win.
Like Janikowski a week ago, Dawson split the uprights with the kick that did not count. His attempt when it did was low and blocked by Kelly, setting off a midfield celebration by the Raiders following their first win since Oct. 29 against Pittsburgh.
Cowboys 34, Bears 10
CHICAGO — Tony Romo passed for 329 yards after a rough start, Anthony Henry had two interceptions for the second straight week and Dallas made a big statement, beating Chicago.
The Cowboys showed just how serious a contender they are in the NFC during the second half, outscoring the Bears 31-7. Dallas is 3-0 for the first time since 1999.
Jets 31, Dolphins 28
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Chad Pennington left no question whether his injured right ankle was completely healed. Showing no ill effects from the injury that sidelined him last week, Pennington threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as he consistently moved the New York offense.
Leon Washington returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score, and Thomas Jones had his first big game for the Jets by rushing for 110 yards on 25 carries.
Patriots 38, Bills 7
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw two of his four scoring passes to new deep threat Randy Moss, and New England beat Buffalo in its third straight rout.
They’ve combined for five touchdowns and 403 yards, as Moss became the first receiver to gain at least 100 yards receiving in each of his first three games with a new team.
Steelers 37, 49ers 16
PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin’s record after three games as Pittsburgh’s coach is the same as Bill Cowher’s was in 1992. Perfect.
Pittsburgh played nearly error-free for the third week in a row, with Allen Rossum returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Willie Parker running for 133 yards in a defense-driven victory over San Francisco.
Seahawks 24, Bengals 21
SEATTLE — Nate Burleson caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck with a minute remaining to rescue sputtering Seattle in a victory over the Bengals.
Colts 30, Texans 24
HOUSTON — Joseph Addai ran for two touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri added three field goals to lead Indianapolis past injury-ravaged and mistake-prone Houston.
The Texans entered the game without star receiver Andre Johnson, who sprained his knee last week, and lost running back Ahman Green to a knee injury on the first series of the second quarter.
Chiefs 13, Vikings 10
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Damon Huard, giving up on getting any production from Larry Johnson, hit rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass. Kansas City beat Minnesota to avoid what would have been just its second 0-3 start in 27 years.
Johnson, still chipping away rust following his 25-day holdout, was held to 42 yards on 24 carries.
Buccaneers 24, Rams 3
TAMPA, Fla. — Hard-hitting safety Jermaine Phillips and reserve cornerback Phillip Buchanon intercepted passes as revamped Tampa Bay throttled St. Louis’ struggling offense.
Panthers 27, Falcons 20
ATLANTA — Carolina overcame a 361-yard, two-touchdown performance by Joey Harrington and an injury to Jake Delhomme, taking control after Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall lost his cool to beat Atlanta.