Broncos 52, Eagles 20
Peyton Manning added to his record-setting touchdown total with four more scoring strikes and the Denver Broncos set a franchise record for points in a game with a 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Manning completed 28-of-34 passes for 327 yards, and he has racked up 16 touchdown passes this season, marking the most in the first four games of a season in NFL history. The 37-year-old signal-caller has eclipsed the 300-yard mark in every game and has yet to throw an interception, matching the NFL record for most TD passes to start a season without a pick. Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas each hauled in two scores, while Knowshon Moreno rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Broncos (4-0), who have won 15 straight regular-season games dating back to last season to set the franchise-record for most consecutive regular-season wins.
Michael Vick threw for 248 yards on 14-of-27 passing, but was unable to find the end zone as the Eagles (1-3) dropped their third straight game since opening the season with a win over NFC East rival Washington.
Buffalo 23, Baltimore 20
Buffalo’s defense picked off Joe Flacco five times and the Bills came away with a win over the Baltimore Ravens.
EJ Manuel completed 10-of-22 passes for 167 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bills (2-2), who bounced back from last week’s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets.
Cleveland 17, Cincinnati 6
Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns are on a roll. The former third-string quarterback passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and the Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals for another win with Hoyer as the starter. Hoyer went a combined 11-of-11 for 130 yards on two touchdown drives for the Browns (2-2), who are 2-0 since starter Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb and running back Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts.
Detroit 40, Chicago 32
Reggie Bush ran for 139 yards and a touchdown as the Detroit Lions dominated the Chicago Bears in an NFC North battle at Ford Field. Bush carried the ball 18 times and also had four catches for 34 yards for the Lions (3-1), who snapped a three-game losing streak to the Bears and have now won two straight since falling to Arizona in Week 2.
Matthew Stafford was 23-for-35 for 242 yards with one touchdown, and an interception, but also added a rushing touchdown and fumbled the ball once for Detroit, which has won both its home games this season. Jay Cutler had a tough game as he was picked off three times and also lost a fumble.
Indianapolis 37, Jacksonville 3
The Indianapolis Colts didn’t fall for the trap. Coming off a solid pounding of the defending NFC champion 49ers in San Francisco with a home game next Sunday against another projected Super Bowl contender in Seattle, Colts coach Chuck Pagano placed mouse traps in his players’ lockers earlier this week as a reminder that this week’s game against Jacksonville was no pushover. The Colts responded and shook off a sluggish start to claim an easy 37-3 victory over the winless Jaguars at EverBank Field. Andrew Luck threw for 260 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception for the Colts (3-1), who scored the final 37 points.
Kansas City 31, NY Giants 7
Alex Smith threw three touchdown passes while getting plenty of help from his defense and special teams, and the Kansas City Chiefs maintained their surprising early-season success with a 31-7 rout of the wayward New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. Smith shook off a pair of interceptions to throw for 288 yards on 24-of-41 passing, while Jamaal Charles accumulated 127 yards from scrimmage and caught one of Smith’s touchdown strikes to help Kansas City (4-0) to its best four-game start to a season since 2003.
Arizona 13, Tampa Bay 10
Jay Feely’s 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining lifted the Arizona Cardinals to a 13-10 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Tampa Bay rookie Mike Glennon was intercepted by Patrick Peterson late in the fourth quarter and Carson Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone from 13 yards out to tie the score at 10-10. The Cardinals then sacked Glennon at the Tampa Bay 1, forcing a three-and-out and took advantage of the field position with Feely’s 27-yard kick. Palmer’s 19-yard pass to Jaron Brown, combined with an unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Dashon Goldson, brought the ball to the 9. After three runs, Feely booted the winning kick.
Tennessee 38, NY Jets 13
Jake Locker was well on his way to a career afternoon before leaving the game with a right hip injury. The former University of Washington quarterback Locker had completed 18-for-24 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns before taking a hit from Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson early in the third quarter. He is expected to miss four to eight weeks.
Washington 24, Oakland 14
The Redskins converted two Matt Flynn turnovers into touchdowns and scored 24 unanswered points on Sunday to beat the Raiders for their first win of the season. David Amerson returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Roy Helu, filling in for an injured Alfred Morris, scored on a 14-yard run after Flynn fumbled in the fourth quarter. Robert Griffin III threw for 227 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, and Washington (1-3) avoided its first 0-4 start since 2001. Flynn started for Terrelle Pryor, who was cleared to practice Thursday after suffering a concussion last Monday night against the Broncos but reportedly experienced a return of his concussion symptoms Saturday. Flynn passed for 227 yards and threw an 18-yard touchdown strike to Mychal Rivera that gave the Raiders (1-3) a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
San Diego 30, Dallas 21
Philip Rivers completed 35-of-42 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns as the San Diego Chargers rallied to beat the the Dallas Cowboys.
Antonio Gates caught 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown and Danny Woodhead finished with five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (2-2).
Tony Romo completed 26-of-36 passes for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dez Bryant caught six passes for 81 yards and two TDs and rookie Terrance Williams caught seven passes for 71 yards, but had a costly fumble in the closing minutes for the Cowboys (2-2).
New England 30, Atlanta 23
Tom Brady is starting to resemble Tom Brady. The New England quarterback threw two touchdown passes, and the Patriots survived a last-ditch rally by the Atlanta Falcons to hold on for a 30-23 win at the Georgia Dome. Brady finished with a season-high 316 yards on 20- of-31 passing for New England, which has started a season 4-0 for the seventh time in franchise history and first since 2007.
Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib picked off Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, leading to a Stephen Gostkowski 49-yard field goal that put the visitors up 30-13 with 6:18 to play in the fourth quarter. Talib then came through with a game- sealing breakup in the end zone to thwart the Falcons’ comeback bid. Playing without tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola, Brady continued to show improved timing with his young targets, especially Kenbrell Thompkins. The rookie wideout led the team with 127 yards and a touchdown on six grabs.
Ryan completed 34-of-54 passes for 421 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tony Gonzalez. The veteran tight end made a game-high 12 catches and finished with a career-best 149 yards for Atlanta (1-3), which has dropped consecutive games in the same season for the first time since Weeks 13 and 14 during the 2009 season.