Foster scores 3 TDs in Texans' rout: NFL roundup
A recap of Sunday's Week 7 action in the NFL:
Arian Foster ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and added 119 yards receiving and a 78-yard TD catch as the Houston Texans routed the Tennessee Titans 41-7 on Sunday to take back the AFC South lead.
The Texans (4-3) on for the first time in three games even with Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson missing his third straight contest and fullback James Casey his second due to injuries. Matt Schaub threw for 296 yards and two TDs as Houston won for the second time in three years in the home of the team they replaced in Texas.
Tennessee (3-3) suffered its second straight loss as fans booed Chris Johnson as he was stopped early and often, finishing with 18 yards on 10 carries.
The crowd began leaving early in the fourth.
Drew Brees completed 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a franchise record for points and victory margin in a 62-7 demolition of the hapless Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.
For the first time as a head coach, Sean Payton spent the game up in the coaches' booth, where he could sit comfortably with his broken left leg propped up. He called the plays from there and he had to like what he saw from his new vantage point.
Brees had two touchdown passes to Marques Colston and one to Darren Sproles in the first quarter. His fourth and fifth touchdown tosses went to second-year tight end Jimmy Graham in the third quarter.
It seemed the Saints could do whatever they wanted, also rushing for 236 yards.
Phil Dawson converted two field goals over 50 yards and had two others blocked, but gave the Cleveland Browns a dull 6-3 win Sunday over the sloppy Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle came in missing starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and lost running back Marshawn Lynch to a back injury during pregame warmups.
The Browns (3-3) didn't reach the end zone, but Dawson bailed them out with kicks of 52 and 53 yards, his first career game with two makes over 50. Despite weeks of drama and injuries for first-year coach Pat Shurmur, Cleveland has a .500 record after six game for just the fourth time since its 1999 expansion rebirth.
The Seahawks (2-4) managed 137 yards of offence, and had the ball for only 17:04. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, filling in for Jackson, completed 12 of 30 passes for 97 yards.
Plaxico Burress caught three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score that was set up by an interception by Darrelle Revis, and the New York Jets stormed back in the second half and held on to defeat the San Diego Chargers 27-21 on Sunday.
Leading 21-17, the Chargers (4-2) appeared to be driving for a possible game-sealing score when Philip Rivers threw toward Vincent Jackson. The ball tipped off the receiver's hands and right to Revis, who returned the interception 64 yards to the Chargers 19.
After a few runs by Shonn Greene and a defensive holding call — the Chargers' 11th penalty in the game — Mark Sanchez found Burress on a slant for a three-yard touchdown to give the Jets (4-3) their first lead midway through the fourth quarter.
It was the second time in his career Burress caught three touchdowns, and first since 2007 while with the Giants.
Matt Forte ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and the Chicago Bears held on to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 on Sunday in the fifth annual NFL regular-season game at Wembley Stadium.
Jay Cutler threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and the Bears (4-3) intercepted Josh Freeman four times to win their second game in a row.
The Buccaneers (4-3) lost for the second time in three years in London.
Tampa Bay scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull within three points. But after a 25-yard field goal by Chicago's Robbie Gould, Freeman was picked off with 37 seconds left by D.J. Moore.
Tim Tebow rallied the Denver Broncos for two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and Matt Prater's 52-yard field goal gave them an improbable 18-15 victory Sunday over the stunned Miami Dolphins.
The Broncos appeared beaten when they trailed 15-0 with 5:23 left and took over at their 20. At that point Tebow was 4 for 14 for 40 yards.
But he threw two TD passes sandwiched around a successful onside kick, and scored a 2-point conversion standing up with 17 seconds left to tie the game.
In overtime, Denver's D.J. Williams sacked Matt Moore to force a fumble and recovered it at the Miami 36. Three plays later Prater hit the game-winner.
Cam Newton ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the second half to help the Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins 33-20 on Sunday.
Jonathan Stewart also ran for a third-quarter touchdown for the Panthers (2-5), who for the first time all year found themselves playing with the lead almost the entire way.
Newton threw for 256 yards and ran for 59 more. He ran for his seventh touchdown on a 16-yard keeper in the third quarter, tying a record for most TDs rushing by a rookie quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
In the fourth, he had an easy touchdown toss to Brandon LaFell that blew the game open.
Washington's John Beck threw for 279 yards and scored on a short keeper in his first start in four years. But he didn't get the Redskins (3-3) back to the end zone again until they were down.
Matt Ryan ran and threw for touchdowns to give Atlanta a double-digit lead in the first half, and the Falcons held on to beat the Detroit Lions 23-16 on Sunday.
On Detroit's final drive, a pass-interference penalty against Atlanta was overturned because instant replay showed defensive tackle Corey Peters had tipped the ball. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to injure his right ankle on the play.
He then throw incomplete on fourth down from the Atlanta 41 and limped off the field.
The Falcons (4-3) ran out the clock with a first down to win consecutive games for the first time this year.
The Lions (5-2) have lost two straight after their perfect start.
Ryan's 17-yard pass to Roddy White put Atlanta ahead 17-6 at halftime.
Calvin Johnson caught his 10th touchdown pass late in the third quarter to pull Detroit within four points.
Kendrick Lewis and Brandon Flowers returned interceptions for touchdowns and the Kansas City Chiefs took advantage of rusty quarterback play from Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer to beat the Oakland Raiders 28-0 on Sunday.
Boller became the first Raiders quarterback in 13 years to throw three interceptions in the first half, including Lewis' 59-yard score on the first drive of the game for Oakland (4-3). Palmer relieved in the second half and threw three more interceptions, including one that Flowers returned 58 yards to give the Chiefs a 28-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Javier Arenas and Le'Ron McClain each added touchdown runs for the Chiefs (3-3) on a day the Kansas City offence didn't have to do much at all.
DeMarco Murray ran for a franchise-record 253 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown that's the second-longest in club history, to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 34-7 victory over the ailing St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
In the start of a football-baseball doubleheader between teams from Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis, the Cowboys (3-3) emphatically ended their stretch of 11 straight games decided by four points or less.
The Rams (0-6) were without quarterback Sam Bradford and were averaging the fewest points in the league even with him. They also had by far the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 163 yards per game.
Quarterback A.J. Feeley was mediocre in his first start since 2007 and Steven Jackson ran for 70 yards and a touchdown. St. Louis also saw right tackle Jason Smith and backup defensive tackle Darell Scott carted off with head injuries.
Ben Roethlisberger threw 95 yards to Mike Wallace for the longest pass play in Steelers history and Pittsburgh went on to hand the Arizona Cardinals their fifth consecutive loss 32-20 on Sunday.
Roethlisberger, 25 of 38 for 340 yards, also had TD passes of 12 yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the teams since Pittsburgh's 27-23 thriller over the Cardinals in the 2009 Super Bowl.
Kevin Kolb threw a pair of touchdown passes for (1-5), his first in three games, but missed several open receivers and, with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentional grounding call in the Cardinals' end zone for a safety.
Pittsburgh (5-2) won its third straight and improved to 2-2 on the road.
Aaron Rodgers kept Green Bay unbeaten with three touchdowns and 335 yards passing, holding off plucky rookie Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings in the rookie's first start for a 33-27 victory Sunday by the Packers.
Rodgers finished 24 for 30, another near-unstoppable afternoon for him. Ponder was picked off twice in the third quarter by Charles Woodson, who almost grabbed a couple more, but he kept the Vikings in it the whole game after a 71-yard completion on his first play.
Adrian Peterson rushed 24 times for 175 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (1-6), but James Starks put the game away with two big gains for first downs before the 2-minute warning and finished with 75 yards on 13 carries.
Mason Crosby had four field goals for the Packers (7-0), including a franchise record 58-yarder, delighting the thousands of Packers fans in attendance.