NFL: Week 3

Monday, September 25, 2006

Bengals 28, Steelers 20

Alternating between brilliant and awful, the Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to T.J. Houshmandzadeh less than a minute apart midway through the fourth quarter following Pittsburgh turnovers and the unbeaten Bengals rallied Sunday to defeat the Super Bowl champions.

The Steelers (1-2 couldn't withstand a second mediocre game in seven days by quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who was an ineffective 18-of-39 for 209 yards. Palmer had three fumbles and two interceptions to go with four touchdown passes. He went 18-of-26 for 193 yards.

Packers 31, Lions 24

Brett Favre joined elite company with the 400th touchdown pass of his career, then added two more scores to lead Green Bay (1-2) to its first win. The Lions (0-3) remained winless under new coach Rod Marinelli. Mike McCarthy earned his first victory as coach of the Packers.

Bears 19, Vikings 16

Rex Grossman threw a 24-yard touchdown to Rashied Davis right after the 2-minute warning and Chicago (3-0) remained unbeaten.

Antoine Winfield returned one of Grossman's two interceptions for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Ryan Longwell's third field goal with 7:27 remaining gave Minnesota (2-1) a 16-12 edge.

Eagles 38, 49ers 24

Brian Westbrook rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, also catching a scoring pass from Donovan McNabb for Philadelphia (2-1).

Reggie Brown caught five passes for 106 yards for the Eagles. Alex Smith passed for 293 yards and Michael Robinson scored two TDs for the San Francisco (1-2).

Dolphins 13, Titans 10

A 50-yard drive set up a 39-yard field goal by Olindo Mare with 3:39 left to help sputtering Miami (1-2) beat hapless Tennessee (0-3).

Miami won even though Daunte Culpepper was limited to 168 yards passing and was sacked five time, giving him 15 this season.

Jets 28, Bills 20

Quarterback Chad Pennington capped three drives of 58 yards or more with touchdowns, and linebacker Victor Hobson's 32-yard fumble return for a score clinched the victory for New York (2-1).

Willis McGahee ran for a career-high 150 yards for Buffalo (1-2).

Redskins 31, Texans 15

Mark Brunell completed his first 22 throws -- an NFL record -- and Clinton Portis scored two touchdowns, giving Washington (1-2) its first win.

The previous record was held by Oakland's Rich Gannon, who completed 21 straight against Denver on Nov. 11 2002. Brunell finished 24-of-27 for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Houston ( 0-3) remained winless.

Colts 21, Jaguars 14

Jacksonville held Peyton Manning to one touchdown pass, but Indianapolis found other ways to score -- on Terrence Wilkins' punt return and a rare rushing TD by the Colts quarterback -- to maintain their dominance in the AFC South.

Indianapolis (3-0) has won 10 straight division games and beat Jacksonville (2-1) for the fourth time in five tries. Jacksonville is 2-1.

Panthers 26, Bucs 24

Keyshawn Johnson scored two touchdowns and Jake Delhomme led a last-minute drive that produced John Kasay's fourth long field goal of the day with 2 seconds remaining for Carolina (1-2).

Kasay kicked field goals of 51, 50 and 49 yards before booting a 46-yarder to win the game. Steve Smith returned after missing Carolina's first two games with a sore hamstring and had seven catches for 112 yards.

Tampa Bay (0-3) remained winless.

Seahawks 42, Giants 30

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw five touchdown passes -- four in the first half. Meanwhile, Eli Manning had three interceptions, and the Giants (1-2) were way behind early and never caught up.

Seattle won its 12th consecutive regular-season home game to become 3-0 for the third time in four seasons.

Ravens 15, Browns 14

Matt Stover kicked Baltimore to a 3-0 start on a 52-yard field goal with 20 seconds left.

Stover's 12th career game-winning kick came after Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister intercepted a pass by Cleveland's Charlie Frye in the end zone with 3:21 remaining as the Browns (0-3) were driving.

Broncos 17, Patriots 7

Plummer threw touchdown passes -- his first of the season -- of 83 and 32 yards to Javon Walker, and Denver shut down Tom Brady and the Patriots.

New England's offense was rendered ineffective by a defense that finally surrendered its first touchdown of the season with just over nine minutes left.

The win was the fifth for Denver (2-1) in its last six games against New England (2-1).

-- The Associated Press

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