NFL: Week 8 10/29/07
Monday, October 29, 2007
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores Sunday as the New England Patriots crushed the Washington Redskins 52-7 on Sunday in an easy tuneup for its battle of unbeatens at Indianapolis.
Linebacker Mike Vrabel caught a touchdown pass and forced three fumbles by quarterback Jason Campbell that led to 17 points.
The Patriots (8-0) and defending Super Bowl champion Colts (7-0) both have perfect records going into next Sunday's game. That's where New England lost last, more than nine months ago in the AFC championship game.
After eight games, Brady has a career-high 30 touchdown passes.
The Redskins fell to 4-3.
Colts 31, Panthers 7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A slow start and a short week couldn't stop Peyton Manning and Indianapolis from another 7-0 start.
Manning threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and broke Johnny Unitas' team record for career scoring passes as the Colts dominated the second half against the Panthers (4-3).
Joseph Addai rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass from Manning.
Chargers 35, Texans 10
SAN DIEGO -- Two days after the last wildfire evacuees left Qualcomm Stadium, the tailgaters and the NFL were back. The Chargers routed the Texans behind Philip Rivers' three touchdown passes -- two went to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates -- and a monster game by cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Cromartie recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had two interceptions, one of which he returned 70 yards for another TD.
San Diego (4-3) won its third straight game. Houston (3-5) lost its third straight.
Steelers 24, Bengals 13
CINCINNATI -- Hines Ward caught a pair of touchdown passes, and Pittsburgh (5-2) recorded its seventh straight win in Cincinnati.
The Bengals are 2-5 for the first time since 2004, Carson Palmer's first season as the starting quarterback.
Giants 13, Dolphins 10
WEMBLEY, England -- The NFL's first regular-season trip overseas was every bit as sloppy as it was predictable. Eli Manning threw for only 59 yards but ran for New York's lone touchdown to lift the Giants to a mud-caked victory over the still-winless Miami Dolphins (0-8).
Lions 16, Bears 7
CHICAGO -- Jon Kitna passed for 268 yards, Kevin Jones ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, and Detroit (5-2) showed it is serious contender in the NFC.
The Lions have endured six straight seasons with at least 10 losses and won just three games last year, coach Rod Marinelli's first.
Kitna completed 24-of-35 without an interception.
Chicago fell to 3-5.
Titans 13, Raiders 9
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- LenDale White ran for a career-high 133 yards, Rob Bironas added two field goals and Chris Henry scored a touchdown for Tennessee (5-2).
Tennessee's defense came up with five sacks and two turnovers, the last an interception by Chris Hope with 2:35 left.
Oakland (2-5) lost its third consecutive game.
The Titan's Vince Young survived his worst game as an NFL starter, completing only 6 of 14 passes for 42 yards.
Eagles 23, Vikings 16
MINNEAPOLIS -- Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and showed plenty of the mobility he appeared to have lost after major knee surgery.
McNabb took advantage of the league's worst pass defense, completing 23 of 36 passes and buying plenty of time with his legs to get his Eagles (3-5) back on track.
Adrian Peterson gained 70 yards on 20 carries for the Vikings (2-5).
Bills 13, Jets 3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- J.P. Losman came on in relief of an injured Bills quarterback Trent Edwards and connected with Lee Evans on an 85-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 remaining.
Rian Lindell kicked two field goals, including a 40-yarder with 10:06 left that gave Buffalo (3-4) a 6-3 lead. New York (1-7) has lost five straight.
Jaguars 24, Bucs 23
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jacksonville quarterback Quinn Gray overthrew open receivers most of the day, but made completions when his team needed them most, including an 8-yard touchdown throw to Matt Jones that put the Jaguars (5-2) ahead for good with 11:37 to go.
Saints 31, 49ers 10
SAN FRANCISCO -- Drew Brees passed for 336 yards and hit Marques Colston with three of his four touchdown throws as New Orleans (3-4) won its third straight. The 49ers (2-5) lost their fifth in a row.
Reggie Bush had 113 total yards for the Saints, who jumped to a 24-point halftime lead.