NFL: Week 2

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sunday's games

Colts 43, Texans 24

Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, broke one of John Unitas' franchise records, and the Colts scored on six of their first seven possessions to dominate Houston (0-2) on Sunday.

For Indy (2-0) -- 9-0 all-time against the Texans -- it was another milestone day. Manning broke Unitas' franchise record for completions, Marvin Harrison moved into fifth place on the NFL's receptions list and Tony Dungy earned his 50th regular-season win as Colts coach.

Manning finished 26-of-38 for 400 yards, and had a 129.3 rating despite having one TD pass called back because of a holding penalty on Tarik Glenn.

Chargers 40, Titans 7

LaDainian Tomlinson ran for two first-half touchdowns and Shawne Merriman led a defense that came within 3:09 of consecutive shutouts for the first time in club history. Vince Young threw an 18-yard touchdown pass for Tennessee (0-2) to end the bid.

Seahawks 21, Cardinals 10

Seattle started with touchdowns by Shaun Alexander and Darrell Jackson on its first two drives before a strong pass rush and blown opportunities took their toll on the bumbling Cardinals.

Defending conference champion Seattle is 2-0 for the third time in four seasons. The Cardinals (1-1) still haven't been 2-0 since 1991.

Patriots 24, Jets 17

New England (2-0) took a 24-0 lead, but the Jets stormed back in the second half. Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles each made brilliant touchdowns, Mike Nugent kicked a 42-yard field goal and Jonathan Vilma blocked a late field-goal attempt to give the Jets (1-1) one last chance in their home opener. An interception by Tedy Bruschi ended the comeback hopes.

Bears 34, Lions 7

Rex Grossman had his best game as a pro, setting career highs with 289 yards and four touchdown passes to lead Chicago (2-0). The quarterback completed 20 of 27 passes with no interceptions. Detroit (0-2) committed 14 penalties for 104 yards.

Vikings 16, Panthers 13, OT

Ryan Longwell's 16-yard TD pass to Richard Owens on a fake kick tied the game in the fourth quarter, and his third field goal -- from 19 yards with 7:25 left in overtime -- lifted the Vikings (2-0). Carolina fell to 0-2.

Giants 30, Eagles 24 OT

Eli Manning brought the Giants (1-1) back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth-quarter and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 3:11 left in overtime.

Manning overcame eight sacks and constant pressure to throw for 371 yards and three TDs.

The Eagles (1-1) lost their seventh straight to an NFC East rival. Donovan McNabb passed for 350 yards and two TDs.

Falcons 14, Buccaneers 3

Warrick Dunn ran for 134 yards against his former team, Michael Vick added to one of his own NFL records with 127 yards rushing, and the Falcons (2-0) set a franchise record with 306 yards on the ground.

Atlanta (2-0) has yet to allow a touchdown this season. The Buccaneers (0-2) have yet to score a touchdown.

Bengals 34, Browns 17

Operating behind a makeshift line, Carson Palmer threw for 352 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. for the Bengals (2-0) . Chris Henry led the way with five catches for 113 yards, and Rudi Johnson ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns fell to 0-2.

Saints 34, Packers 27

Drew Brees overcame three early turnovers by throwing for 353 yards, and New Orleans (2-0) is heading home unbeaten.

They will play their first game in New Orleans since 2004 next Monday night against Atlanta. The Saints, of course, spent last season without a home after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their city and the Louisiana Superdome.

The Packers (0-2) contained rookie running back Reggie Bush, but Deuce McAllister scored twice.

Ravens 28, Raiders 6

The Ravens forced six turnovers, got a safety from Adalius Thomas and kept the Raiders out of the end zone.

Matt Stover kicked four field goals for the Ravens (2-0), who were coming off a 27-0 rout of Tampa Bay. Oakland ( 0-2) has now been outscored 55-6.

Bills 16, Dolphins 6

The Bills (1-1) sacked Miami quarterback Daunte Culpepper seven times -- five in the first 15 snaps -- plus blocked a punt and survived a woeful passing effort in beating the Dolphins, 0-2 for only the second time in the last 37 seasons.

Broncos 9, Chiefs 6, OT

Jason Elam's 39-yard field goal 5:10 into overtime sent the Broncos (1-1) to victory. Denver's defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in the first two weeks.

Kansas City (0-2) lost despite 126 yards rushing and 41 yards receiving from Larry Johnson. Damon Huard, starting for the injured Trent Green, completed 17 of 23 passes for 133 yards in his first start in nearly six seasons.

Cowboys 27, Redskins 10

While Terrell Owens botched his home debut with drops and penalties, Terry Glenn set up Dallas' first two touchdowns, then scored a third with a 40-yard catch. Drew Bledsoe threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns. After the game the Cowboys announced Owens will miss from two to four weeks with a broken finger sustained in the game.

-- The Associated Press

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