- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009

GIANTS 24, BUCCANEERS 0: Eli Manning and Co. are unbeaten, though there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

Reviving a dominant rushing attack offensively and stopping the run defensively were major priorities Sunday, and the New York Giants did both during a rout of winless host Tampa Bay.

A week after giving up 251 yards on the ground and needing a field goal as time expired to beat Dallas, the defending NFC East champions (3-0) pushed the sputtering Bucs (0-3) around from start to finish.

JETS 24, TITANS 17: After looking vulnerable for the first time this season, the New York Jets’ top-ranked defense came up big in the end.

David Harris had an interception and a big sack on consecutive drives, and Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Jets stayed undefeated by holding on for a victory over the Tennessee in East Rutherford, N.J.

COLTS 31, CARDINALS 10: Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner have thrown for miles and miles in their NFL careers, yet their paths crossed for only the second time on Sunday night.

On the field where little brother Eli led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl triumph two seasons ago, Manning threw four touchdown passes to power Indianapolis past Warner and turnover-plagued Arizona in Glendale.

PACKERS 36, RAMS 17: Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and visiting Green Bay sent St. Louis to its 13th straight loss - now the longest streak in the NFL.

Rodgers was 13-for-23 for 269 yards in the first road game of the season for Green Bay (2-1). After being sacked a league-high 10 times in the first two games and playing behind a patchwork offensive line, Rodgers was sacked just twice, both times in the first quarter by Leonard Little.

JAGUARS 31, TEXANS 24: Maurice Jones-Drew finally got going and led Jacksonville to its first win.

Jones-Drew had his first 100-yard game of the season and scored three touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to a victory over mistake-prone host Houston.

PATRIOTS 26, FALCONS 10: New England finally got its offense rolling with a balanced attack as Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and Fred Taylor ran for 105 in a win over Atlanta in Foxborough, Mass.

One week after the Patriots were held without a touchdown in a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets, Brady threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Chris Baker and Taylor ran for an 8-yard score.

BEARS 25, SEAHAWKS 19: Jay Cutler’s miserable Chicago debut two weeks ago became forgotten when he completed all three of his passes on Sunday’s decisive drive. The third was a 36-yard touchdown to Devin Hester with 1:52 remaining, rallying the Bears to a victory over depleted host Seattle.

SAINTS 27, BILLS 7: With all the attention on Drew Brees and his prolific start, turns out the Saints defense is pretty effective, too.

Will Smith had an interception and a sack to help New Orleans shut down Buffalo for a victory in Orchard Park, N.Y.

CHARGERS 23, DOLPHINS 13: Philip Rivers had his usual big plays and a nifty little one that helped host San Diego end a seven-game losing streak against Miami.

Rivers scored on a 5-yard scramble late in the third quarter to highlight a victory over the winless Dolphins.

BRONCOS 23, RAIDERS 3: All that offseason dysfunction in Denver is a thing of the past. Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton have the Broncos off to a 3-0 start.

Orton threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, and rookie Knowshon Moreno ran for 90 yards and a score to lead the visiting Broncos to a victory over Oakland.

BENGALS 23, STEELERS 20: With another last-minute drive, the Bengals earned some legitimacy and won back their town.

Carson Palmer threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds left Sunday, completing a nearly perfect drive that gave the Bengals a victory and ended the Steelers’ nearly decade-long domination in Cincinnati.

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