- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009

GIANTS 44, RAIDERS 7: After taking the opening snap and making a play-action fake, Eli Manning dropped back, set up with a bounce on his right heel and fired a 9-yard pass to tight end Darcy Johnson.

Any concerns about Manning’s painful right heel were answered on the first play of his 83rd consecutive start Sunday.

Manning threw two scoring passes and led New York on touchdown drives on its first four possessions in a win over hapless Oakland in East Rutherford, N.J., that has the Giants off to their best start since winning the Super Bowl in 1990.

“At the end, it was picture perfect,” said Manning, who was 8-for-10 for 173 yards, needing to play less than a half in the rout. “Just get in there and score, score quickly, score a lot and then rest it and make sure you don’t put more strain on it or make it more sore tomorrow. It turned out really well.”

EAGLES 33, BUCCANEERS 14: Right from the start, Donovan McNabb showed he was just fine after missing two games with a broken rib. He threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns, rookie Jeremy Maclin had two TD catches and Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay at home.

COLTS 31, TITANS 9: Peyton Manning’s near-perfect start to the season continued as he had 309 yards and three touchdown passes, and Indianapolis never trailed in beating Tennessee in Nashville.

Manning joined Kurt Warner and Steve Young as the only NFL quarterbacks to open a season by throwing for at least 300 yards in the first five games. He will have to wait out a bye week to try and match them with a sixth such game.

STEELERS 28, LIONS 20: Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes, and Pittsburgh held on to beat host Detroit, winning two straight for the first time this season.

The Steelers went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall’s touchdown run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger’s 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace.

BROWNS 6, BILLS 3: Backup kicker Billy Cundiff hit an 18-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining, giving Cleveland a victory over Buffalo in Orchard Park, N.Y., for its first win of the season.

Cundiff also hit a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter, while punter Dave Zastudil was the Browns’ MVP. Zastudil downed seven of nine punts inside the Buffalo 20, including three inside the 5.

VIKINGS 38, RAMS 10: Brett Favre threw for 232 yards and a touchdown a day after his 40th birthday, leading undefeated Minnesota to a road rout over hapless St. Louis.

Spry and efficient, Favre showed no signs of a letdown after beating the Packers, his former team, last week, dodging defenders and winging passes in every direction to give Minnesota its first 5-0 start in six years.

FALCONS 45, 49ERS 10: Roddy White had a 90-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and a 31-yard touchdown reception, Michael Turner ran for three scores and Atlanta flattened San Francisco to end the 49ers’ five-game home winning streak dating to last season.

White finished with eight catches for a career-high 210 yards. Matt Ryan completed 22 of 32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a late score.

CARDINALS 28, TEXANS 21: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown with 2:20 to go, and Arizona’s defense stopped Houston three times at the 1-yard line in the final minute in Glendale, Ariz.

SEAHAWKS 41, JAGUARS 0: Matt Hasselbeck returned from broken ribs to throw for four touchdown passes, and Seattle rolled to its biggest home shutout in 25 years.

The Seahawks were still missing seven starters, including three-fifths of their starting offensive line. But Hasselbeck completed 18 of 30 throws for 241 yards before resting in the fourth quarter.

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