Eagles' Foles torches Raiders with 7 TD passes: NFL roundup
Chiefs remain perfect at 9-0, Romo leads Cowboys past Vikings
OAKLAND, Calif. — Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards to revitalize a struggling offence for the Philadelphia Eagles in a 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Foles connected three times with Riley Cooper to become the seventh quarterback in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore.
Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (4-5) looked nothing like the offence that failed to score a touchdown in each of the past two weeks.
The Raiders (3-5) had looked much improved on defence in recent weeks but were completely flummoxed by coach Chip Kelly's spread offence that stalled in recent weeks after a fast debut in the NFL.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Linebacker Tamba Hali and cornerback Sean Smith returned turnovers for touchdowns in extending the Kansas City Chiefs' perfect start to nine straight games with a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Hali put the Chiefs ahead for good by scoring on an 11-yard fumble return with 12:47 remaining. Smith changed the momentum of the game by intercepting Jeff Tuel's pass at the goal line and returning it 100 yards to tie it at 10 in the opening minutes of the second half.
Kansas City's opportunistic defence made up for its own deficiencies as well as an Alex Smith-led offence that managed just 210 yards. Buffalo (3-6) had a season-best 470 yards of offence.
Tuel, an undrafted rookie, struggled in his first NFL start. He went 18 of 39 for 229 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions while filling in for interim starter Thad Lewis, sidelined by bruised ribs.
HOUSTON — Houston coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and the Indianapolis Colts rallied for a 27-24 victory over the Texans on Sunday night.
Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24 yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher and taken by gurney to the ambulance.
The Texans didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn't have a heart attack. The team said the 52-year-old coach was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.
Andrew Luck got off to a slow start before throwing three second-half touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit and give the AFC-South-leading Colts (6-2) the victory.
Case Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns in his second career start, but had trouble moving the offence after halftime as the Texans, up 21-3 when Kubiak collapsed, lost their sixth straight game after opening the season 2-0 with Super Bowl hopes.
Houston had a chance to tie it, but Randy Bullock's 55-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left.
SEATTLE — Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime, and the Seattle Seahawks staged the biggest rally in franchise history, overcoming a 21-point deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime on Sunday.
Trailing 21-0, Seattle improved to 8-1 and continued the best start in franchise history, but it was far from easy against the winless Buccaneers.
Russell Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even. Wilson then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka's game-winner.
It was Seattle's second overtime win this season after pulling out a 23-20 victory at Houston.
Mike James ran for a career-best 158 yards for Tampa Bay and Mike Glennon hit 10 of his first 11 passes, but the Bucs (0-8) failed to score after the opening drive of the second half.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw for season highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski had a career-high nine receptions and the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 on Sunday.
The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever scored against the Steelers (2-6).
Brady had 252 yards passing in the first half, more than he had in five of his other eight games for New England (7-2).
And 119 of those came on seven catches by Gronkowski in his third game since missing the first six recovering from surgeries on his left forearm and back.
The two-time Pro Bowl tight end caught his first touchdown of the season, a 19-yarder, as the Patriots took a 14-0 lead with 4:30 gone in the second quarter.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Tony Romo threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23 Sunday.
Romo's 7-yard pass to Harris answered an 11-yard touchdown by Adrian Peterson that had given Minnesota a 23-20 lead. The East Texas kid raised on the Cowboys had 140 yards rushing in his first game at their $1.2 billion stadium.
The Cowboys (5-4) bounced back from a devastating loss at Detroit by avoiding what probably would have been a more damaging defeat.
Christian Ponder threw for a touchdown and ran for another score against his hometown team, but it wasn't enough to avoid a fourth straight loss for the Vikings (1-7).
Jason Witten had eight catches for 102 yards and a TD for Dallas.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Folk remained perfect this season by kicking four field goals, and Rex Ryan's defence outperformed twin Rob's unit as the New York Jets upset the New Orleans Saints 26-20 Sunday.
Rex is now 7-3 against his brother, and the Jets (5-4) maintained their string of winning in odd-numbered games. Folk improved to 23 for 23 on field goals and 14 for 14 on extra points.
Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie highlighted New York's solid defensive performance against Drew Brees, and former Saints running back Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.
New Orleans (6-2) got two touchdown catches from Jimmy Graham, giving him 10 this season, but allowed seven plays of 19 yards or more, a season high against what has been an improved defence.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton overcame a shaky start, throwing for one touchdown and running for another as the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-10 Sunday for their fourth straight victory.
The Panthers defence picked off Matt Ryan three times and cornerback Drayton Florence returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown to help hand the Falcons their fifth loss in six games.
Newton threw for 249 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown. Fullback Mike Tolbert scored his fifth touchdown in the last four games on a 4-yard burst.
Ryan was 20 of 27 for 219 yards.
The Falcons continued to struggle without Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons.
ST. LOUIS — Chris Johnson ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans beat former coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams 28-21 on Sunday.
Johnson's 19-yard scoring run came the snap after Jurrell Casey sacked and stripped quarterback Kellen Clemens, and Derrick Morgan recovered.
The Rams (3-6) got a second straight 100-yard game from rookie Zac Stacy, who had 127 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
The Rams drove to the Titans 26 in the final minute, but Austin Pettis got only a hand on Clemens' high throw to the end zone on fourth down.
The Titans (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and won after their bye against a team on short rest. The Rams lost 14-9 on Monday night to Seattle.
LANDOVER, Md. — Darrel Young scored on a 4-yard run in overtime Sunday, the third touchdown of the game for the little-used fullback, giving the Washington Redskins a 30-24 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Young, who had carried the ball only twice all season entering the game, also had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs for the Redskins (3-5), who scored on the opening drive of the extra period after winning the coin toss at the end of regulation.
Robert Griffin III completed 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards with one interception for Washington. Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a score, and Pierre Garcon had seven receptions for 172 yards.
The loss ended a two-game winning streak for the Chargers (4-4).
CLEVELAND — Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes — two to Davone Bess — and the Cleveland Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore, beating the wobbling defending Super Bowl champions 24-18 on Sunday.
Campbell's 3-yard pass to Bess on fourth down with three minutes left helped the Browns (4-5) seal their first win over Baltimore since 2007. A week ago, Bess dropped a pass in a similar situation in the closing minutes of a loss at Kansas City.
The Ravens (3-5) lost their third straight and didn't win in the week following a bye for the first time in six tries under coach John Harbaugh.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown, but the Super Bowl MVP couldn't rally the Ravens, who made too many mistakes and are in danger of missing the playoffs.