- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2008

From combined dispatches

JETS 26, BILLS 17: Abram Elam, starting in place of injured safety Eric Smith, returned an interception thrown by Trent Edwards 92 yards for a touchdown, sparking New York’s victory Sunday over bumbling Buffalo in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Jets (5-3) have won four of five and have caught the Bills in the division standings. Buffalo (5-3) has lost three of four and lost all the momentum it had generated following a 4-0 start.

Brett Favre wasn’t exactly perfect a week after he threw three interceptions before securing a 28-24 win over Kansas City. Against Buffalo, he forced a throw to the left sideline and was intercepted by Jabari Greer, who returned it 42 yards for a touchdown that cut the Jets’ lead to 23-17 with less than 11 minutes left.

Favre, 19-for-28 for 201 yards, responded by efficiently producing a 14-play, 65-yard drive that ate up nearly nine minutes and ended with Jay Feely hitting a 31-yard field goal.

BENGALS 21, JAGUARS 19: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a pair of touchdown passes to Chad Johnson, who celebrated the second one by giving coach Marvin Lewis a kiss, and the Bengals stopped a late two-point conversion try to preserve their first victory and beat the visiting Jaguars.

At 1-8, the Bengals are no longer on pace to be historically bad. Now merely dreadful, they were too much for the stunned Jaguars (3-5), who fell behind 21-3 before making it close.

BEARS 27, LIONS 23: Rex Grossman came off the bench to replace injured quarterback Kyle Orton and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:36 left, helping visiting Chicago rally from a 10-point deficit for a victory over winless Detroit.

Matt Forte had 126 yards rushing for the Bears (5-3), who lost Orton to a right ankle injury and safety Mike Brown to a calf problem late in the first half.

BUCCANEERS 30, CHIEFS 27 (OT): Jeff Garcia’s 24-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion toss tied it with 19 seconds left, and Matt Bryant’s 33-yard field goal in overtime gave visiting Tampa Bay a win after it trailed by 21.

The Chiefs (1-7) never touched the ball in overtime as Garcia hit Michael Clayton for 29 yards on the first play and smartly moved Tampa Bay (6-3) down the field.

Adding to the dismay of the Chiefs was the fact that Bryant was wide right on a 38-yard try on third down in the overtime drive. But a false start penalty on Jeremy Trueblood negated the play.

VIKINGS 28, TEXANS 21: Minnesota forced three turnovers, got three touchdown passes from Gus Frerotte and shut down Houston’s Andre Johnson in Minneapolis.

Minnesota (4-4) returned from the bye week fully recharged. Madieu Williams intercepted Sage Rosenfels in the end zone in the third quarter, and Antoine Winfield picked off Matt Schaub at the Minnesota 5 before Houston’s starting quarterback was sidelined at halftime by an injury to his left knee.

Schaub also lost a fumble that led to a 49-yard scoring toss on third down from Frerotte to Bernard Berrian that stretched the lead to 21-7. The Texans (3-5) missed their chance to win four straight games for the first time in the franchise’s six-year history.

CARDINALS 34, RAMS 13: Kurt Warner and Arizona used a 24-point second quarter to win another one in their former home city.

The Cardinals have won four in a row in St. Louis, their home from 1960 to 1987, and four straight over the Rams overall.

Arizona (5-3) was in total command after scoring 10 points on turnovers and adding a pair of long scoring plays on touchdowns by Tim Hightower and Jerheme Urban. Warner had his 45th 300-yard passing game, throwing for two touchdowns to beat the team he led to two Super Bowls from 1999 to 2001.

DOLPHINS 26, BRONCOS 17: Miami bottled up host Denver’s ground game and intercepted Jay Cutler three times in a win over the befuddled Broncos.

Cornerback Will Allen returned the second of Cutler’s mistakes 32 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

With Champ Bailey sidelined by a torn groin, Chad Pennington repeatedly picked on his replacement, Karl Paymah, who picked off one pass but otherwise was victimized all afternoon by Greg Camarillo, whose 11 receptions for 111 yards were season highs.

FALCONS 24, RAIDERS 0: Matt Ryan threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Michael Jenkins, and visiting Atlanta held Oakland to negative yards and no first downs in the first half and their lowest yards total in 47 years.

In a six-year stretch of losing, embarrassment and new lows in Oakland, Al Davis’ once-proud franchise might have reached a new nadir this week in front of a half-filled stadium of fans who began booing the Raiders (2-6) just minutes in. Oakland finished with just 77 yards for its worst total since getting 58 in 1961 against the Chargers, when Davis was an assistant in San Diego.

EAGLES 26, SEAHAWKS 7: Donovan McNabb rebounded from early problems to complete 28 of 43 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns, one to tackle Todd Herremans, and rally Philadelphia in Seattle.

Brent Celek, playing because L.J. Smith was out with a concussion, set an Eagles record for yards receiving by a tight end in a regular-season game with 131 on six receptions.

Philadelphia (5-3) stayed two games behind the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East and moved ahead of Dallas (5-4) for third in the division.

COLTS 18, PATRIOTS 15: Adam Vinatieri showed New England he’s still the NFL’s best clutch kicker.

The Patriots’ career scoring leader, who booted winning field goals in two of their Super Bowl victories and then let go as a free agent, kicked a 52-yarder with 8:05 left to give Indianapolis a victory over visiting New England.

Vinatieri hadn’t made a kick that long since November 2002, when he hit a 57-yarder against Chicago, but had no trouble making this one and possibly saving the Colts’ season.

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