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September 16, 2013, 1:08 am
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Monday, Sept. 16

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:40 p.m. EDT. Bengals linebacker James Harrison faces his old Steelers teammates for the first time since signing as a free agent this offseason. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (0-1) visit Paul Brown Stadium to play the Andy Dalton and the Bengals (0-1).




- Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 34 for 42 for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns in Green Bay's 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

- Matt Ryan, Falcons, threw for 374 yards and two scores in Atlanta's 31-24 victory over St. Louis.

- Michael Vick, Eagles, threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, but Philadelphia fell to San Diego 33-30.

- Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 36 of 47 for 419 yards and three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal to lead San Diego to a 33-30 victory at Philadelphia.

- Sam Bradford, Rams, threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause as St. Louis lost to Atlanta 31-24.



- Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, finished with 135 total yards, including 98 on the ground, and had scoring runs of 14 and two yards to go with a seven-yard TD catch in Seattle's 29-3 win over San Francisco.

- James Starks, Packers, rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 38-20 win over Washington.

- Doug Martin, Buccaneers, rushed for 144 yards on 29 carries for Tampa Bay in a 16-14 loss to New Orleans.

- Darren McFadden, Raiders, had 129 of Oakland's 226 yards rushing in a 19-9 victory over Jacksonville.

- Knowshon Moreno, Broncos, rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards on just 13 carries in Denver's 41-23 win over the New York Giants.

- Alfred Morris, Redskins, had 107 yards rushing and a touchdown as Washington lost to Green Bay 38-20.



- Julio Jones, Falcons, matched the best game of his career with 182 yards receiving, including an 81-yard touchdown catch, as Atlanta topped St. Louis 31-24.

- James Jones, Packers, had a career-best 178 yards on 11 receptions as Green Bay topped Washington 38-20.

- Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause as Dallas fell to Kansas City 17-16.

- Martellus Bennett, Bears, caught two TD passes, including the winning score with 10 seconds left to lead Chicago to a 31-30 victory over Minnesota.

- Randall Cobb, Packers, caught nine passes for 128 yards and a score in Green Bay's 38-20 win over Washington.

- Eddie Royal, Chargers, caught three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers as San Diego edged Philadelphia 33-30.


Special Teams

- Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings, returned the opening kickoff 105 yards to tie a club record in Minnesota's 31-30 loss at Chicago.

- Devin Hester, Bears, returned five kickoffs for a franchise-record 249 yards - including a 76-yarder and an 80-yarder - in Chicago's 31-30 win over Minnesota.

- Jay Feely, Cardinals, kicked four field goals in Arizona's 25-21 victory over Detroit.

- Garrett Hartley, Saints, kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a weather-delayed 16-14 victory.

- Trindon Holliday, Broncos, had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season, as Denver topped the New York Giants 41-23.



- Mario Williams, Bills, set a team record with 4 1/2 sacks in Buffalo's 24-23 win over Carolina.

- Osi Umenyiora, Falcons, returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta's 31-24 win over St. Louis.

- Brian Robison, Vikings, returned a fumble 61 yards for a score in Minnesota's 31-30 loss to Chicago.

- Tim Jennings, Bears, had a 44-yard interception return for a TD to help Chicago top Minnesota 31-30.

- Alterraun Verner, Titans, returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown in Tennessee's 30-24 overtime loss at Houston.

- DeAndre Levy, Lions, had a 66-yard interception return in a losing cause as Detroit fell 25-21 at Arizona.



Indianapolis' Andrew Luck had the NFL's longest active streak with 165 straight passes without an interception before Miami's Brent Grimes picked him off in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins' 24-20 victory Sunday. ... With its 31-24 win over St. Louis, Atlanta has won 13 straight coming off a loss. ... Dallas forced the New York Giants into six turnovers in its opener, but couldn't turn the same trick against Kansas City in a 17-16 loss. After preaching ball security all week, the Chiefs got through their second straight game without throwing an interception or losing a fumble. ... Green Bay, which beat Washington 38-20, extended its franchise-record streak to 17 straight homes with at least 22 points scored. ... Baltimore beat Cleveland 14-6, the Ravens' 11th straight win over the Browns, a streak that began when John Harbaugh took over as Baltimore's coach before the 2008 season. It's the longest active streak for one NFL team against another. ... Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski missed a 35-yard field-goal attempt in the first half, ending a streak of 50 straight makes under 40 yards.



Peyton Manning improved to 3-0 against younger brother Eli in regular-season games after Denver's 41-23 rout of the New York Giants. Peyton finished 30 of 43 for 307 yards with no interceptions. Eli was 28 of 39 for 362 yards, but was picked off four times; he had 15 interceptions all of last season and has seven already this year.



Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and James Jones had a career-best 178 yards receiving in Green Bay's 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. According to the Packers, it was the first time in NFL history that any team had a 450-yard passer and 125-yard rusher in the same game. It was also the first time the Packers had a 400-yard passer and 100-yard rusher in the same game.



The only real excitement in Seattle's Sunday night game against the 49ers was the lightning and thunderstorms that caused a one-hour delay late in the first quarter. Both Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and 49ers counterpart Colin Kaepernick had sloppy games. Wilson finished 8 of 19 passing for 142 yards, one of the worst games in his young career. Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards passing and rushed for another 87 yards. Frank Gore was held to just 16 yards rushing on nine carries, and Anquan Boldin, who tortured Green Bay last week for 13 catches and 208 yards receiving, was targeted just once in the first three quarters. His only catch came with 9:40 remaining. The 49ers finished with five turnovers and no TDs in a game for the third time since start of 1979 season.



Jay Cutler led his second straight comeback win, completing 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's 31-30 victory over Minnesota. Things were looking bleak after Minnesota's Blair Walsh kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it a six-point game with 3:15 remaining. Chicago took over at its 34, and Cutler went to work. After leading the Bears back from an 11-point deficit to beat Cincinnati in the opener, he did it again - this time with a heavy rain falling. His 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds was the winning score. ... EJ Manuel threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with 2 seconds left to clinch Buffalo's 24-23 win over Carolina. Manuel was 29 of 37 for 296 yards and bounced back after throwing an interception and losing a fumble on consecutive possessions, with the turnovers leading to field goals by Graham Gano. He became the fifth NFL rookie since 1960 to engineer a fourth-quarter comeback in his first or second game.



Houston's Randy Bullock missed three field-goal attempts, including a 46-yarder that bounced off the left upright that forced overtime, but the Texans still beat Tennesseee 30-24. ... Detroit cornerback Bill Bentley collided with Arizona receiver Andre Roberts in the end zone, a flag was thrown and a 31-yard penalty was called. Two plays later, Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 1-yard run with 1:59 to play and the Cardinals won 25-21 in Bruce Arians' home debut as Arizona's coach.



Just over an hour before kickoff of the game between Cleveland and Baltimore, Joe Flacco's wife gave birth to the couple's second child. Flacco still played and went 22 for 33 for 211 yards in the Ravens' 14-6 win.



Seattle's game against San Francisco on Sunday night was delayed one hour due to lightning in the area with 3:13 left in the first quarter. Lightning flashes and thunder were noted around the stadium during the Seahawks' offensive possession just before the delay was announced. The lightning continued for much of the delay. It was the second NFL game to be delayed by weather on Sunday. Tampa Bay and New Orleans went through a 69-minute delay in the first quarter.



San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd left the game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a neck injury after he was sandwiched on a hard hit. Floyd was down for several minutes in the third quarter of San Diego's 33-30 win after he was wrapped up from behind by safety Nate Allen and had his head driven into charging linebacker DeMeco Ryans. ``He's doing fine,'' coach Mike McCoy said. ``All the tests right now look good.'' ... Ravens running back Ray Rice left Baltimore's game against Cleveland with a strained hip flexor. He went down without contact with 12:01 left in the game. ... Houston's Andre Johnson was being evaluated for a concussion after being shaken up in the fourth quarter of the Texans' 30-24 overtime win. ... Oakland strong safety Tyvon Branch and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew left the Raiders' 19-9 victory over the Jaguars with ankle injuries. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after the game the injury looks to be ``significant.'' Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Jones-Drew sustained a sprain and X-rays were negative. He will be evaluated Monday. ... Atlanta running back Steven Jackson left the game against St. Louis - his former team - with a first-quarter thigh injury. ... Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy left the Packers' home opener with a concussion after what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit by Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.



``For me, it's a strange feeling. It's not quite as enjoyable as if you beat somebody else.'' - Denver's Peyton Manning after beating brother Eli Manning in the Broncos' 41-23 victory over the Giants on Sunday.


AP NFL website:

Texans - Team News
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