SAM FARMER / ON THE NFL

Broncos, Chiefs keep making noise, while Patriots make a statement

"We made it kind of rough on ourselves today," said Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, whose team improved to 5-1. "We could have had a better day. Some stuff got away from us. The ball was greased today."

Steely resolve

Pittsburgh finally has something to show in the win column.

The Steelers picked up their first victory of the season with a 19-6 triumph at the New York Jets. Not since 1968, when Pittsburgh lost its first six games, has the franchise gotten off to such a bumpy start.

No one is running away with the AFC North, though, and the Steelers (1-4) are still swirling the Terrible Towels, not the white flags.

"We're not going to quit," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Obviously, it wasn't the start we wanted, but the men in this locker room believe there's a chance that something great could come out of this if we all work on it."

Heavy heart

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson played in Sunday's loss to Carolina, two days after his 2-year-old son died in South Dakota of injuries from alleged abuse. The boyfriend of the child's mother has been arrested.

"It's tough. It's a crazy situation," Peterson said. "Any time you lose a child, no matter the circumstances, it hurts. I can't describe it. But I've got a good supporting cast."

No regular Joe

Thirty-two teams passed multiple times on Joseph Fauria in the NFL draft.

Sunday, the Detroit Lions passed to the 6-foot-7 Fauria three times — and the former UCLA tight end came away with three touchdowns.

"Being a rookie and being young, you have to work your way up and earn that trust," said the undrafted Fauria, who had touchdown receptions of one, 23 and 10 yards in the 31-17 victory at Cleveland. "I just talked to the quarterbacks this past week and they are just starting to get used to how I run routes."

Asked what sets Fauria apart, Lions Coach Jim Schwartz praised his football sense, toughness and strong hands, but led with the obvious.

"Well, first of all," Schwartz said, "he's tall as hell."

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