Saints recharge in England

Monday, October 27, 2008

A trans-Atlantic trip was just what Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed to get their season back on track.

Brees went 30-for-41 for 339 yards and three touchdown passes against his former team, leading the Saints to a 37-32 win over San Diego on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, putting New Orleans back at .500 and dropping the Chargers to 3-5.

The Saints (4-4) held off a late comeback by the Chargers, who came from 37-20 down early in the fourth quarter and were driving for the tying touchdown. But linebacker Jonathan Vilma picked off a pass by Philip Rivers with just over a minute to go. Brees took a safety in the final seconds to complete the scoring.

Giants 21, Steelers 14

Eli Manning threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss with 3:11 remaining for the Giants' only touchdown after they tied it several minutes before on a safety. Linebacker James Harrison's high snap on the punt gave New York two points, and the Giants (6-1) held off Pittsburgh (5-2) for a victory in a matchup of division leaders.

Browns 23, Jaguars 17

The Browns had just enough offense, even without Kellen Winslow. Jamal Lewis ran for 81 yards and a touchdown and Derek Anderson completed three huge passes.

It was Cleveland's second victory in as many games without Winslow, the outspoken Pro Bowl tight end who missed the game after criticizing the team following his staph infection. The Browns (3-4) played their best game of the season two weeks ago while Winslow was in the hospital and beat the Giants. They didn't miss him against the Jaguars (3-4), either.

Seahawks 34, 49ers 13

Fullback Leonard Weaver made two lengthy touchdown catches, Josh Wilson returned an interception 75 yards for a score and the Seahawks (2-5) ruined the debut of 49ers coach Mike Singletary.

The Niners (2-6) lost their fifth straight.

Texans 35, Bengals 6

In his first meeting against his former team, Kevin Walter scored two touchdowns. He scored one touchdown in three seasons with Cincinnati, but set a career high by getting his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the year against the Bengals.

Matt Schaub added three touchdown passes and receiver Andre Johnson had his fourth straight 100-yard game.

The win gave Houston (3-4) three consecutive victories in a single season for the first time in franchise history, and dropped Cincinnati to 0-8 for the fourth time.

Dolphins 25, Bills 16

Ted Ginn had a breakout game with seven catches for a career-high 175 yards, and the Dolphins (3-4) overcame a nine-point third-quarter deficit.

Ginn set up Miami's first two scores with receptions of 46 and 64 yards. Those completions were part of an efficient day for Chad Pennington, who went 22-for-30 for 314 yards with no interceptions.

Buffalo (5-2) committed four turnovers, all in the fourth quarter.

Cowboys 13, Buccaneers 9

Brad Johnson made up for several missed chances at touchdowns by throwing one to newcomer Roy Williams at the end of a drive sustained by four defensive penalties. The maligned Dallas defense made it hold up.

The Cowboys (5-3) gained only 173 yards, but they put the clamps on Jeff Garcia and the Bucs (5-3).

Panthers 27, Cardinals 23

Jake Delhomme engineered a comeback that kept the Panthers unbeaten at home and atop the NFC South. Delhomme threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead 65-yard strike to Steve Smith.

The Panthers (6-2, 5-0 at home) rallied from a 17-3 third-quarter. Kurt Warner threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals (4-3).

Eagles 27, Falcons 14

Brian Westbrook rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (4-3).

Rookie Matt Ryan threw two touchdowns and two interceptions for Atlanta (4-3).

Redskins 25, Lions 17

Santana Moss dashed Detroit's hopes of finally winning a game with a go-ahead touchdown reception in the third quarter and a punt return for another score in the fourth.

Jason Campbell threw for 328 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Moss nine times for 140 yards for the Redskins (6-2).

Detroit fell to 0-7.

Jets 28, Chiefs 24

After struggling all game, Brett Favre connected with Laveranues Coles for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute left. The Jets (4-3) overcame three interceptions by Favre and an upset-minded Chiefs (1-6) team using its third-string quarterback.

Ravens 29, Raiders 10

Baltimore limited the Oakland Raiders to 35 yards while building a 19-point halftime lead, and the Ravens got a safety and four sacks.

The Ravens improved to 4-3, while the Raiders dropped to 2-5.

-- AP

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