NFL roundup: Steelers topple Browns; Colts edge Redskins

Pittsburgh 28, Cleveland 10

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ben Roethlisberger threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his first game of the season to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-10 victory over Cleveland. Roethlisberger completed 16-of-27 throws in his return from a four-game suspension as the Steelers (4-1) got back into the win column following a loss to Baltimore and a bye week. Hines Ward made five catches for 54 yards and a score to extend his consecutive games streak with a reception to 183, matching Art Monk for the fourth-longest in league history. Colt McCoy connected on 23-of-33 throws for 281 yards with one score and was intercepted twice in his first NFL start for the Browns (1-5), who have dropped two in a row after their only win. Peyton Hillis ran for 41 yards and caught six passes for 49 yards in defeat.

Indianapolis 27, Washington 24

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw two scores and the Indianapolis Colts held off the Washington Redskins in a 27-24 win at FedEx Field. Manning went 25-for-38 with 307 yards and tossed scores to Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie for the Colts (4-2), who have won their past two games heading into their bye week. Garcon had four catches for 103 yards. Joseph Addai totaled 128 yards and a score on 17 carries, but left the game in the fourth quarter with what was termed a shoulder injury. Reggie Wayne finished the game with six catches for 71 yards in the win. Donovan McNabb went 29-for-45 with 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and Ryan Torain had 100 yards on 20 carries with two scores for the Redskins (3-3), who had won their previous two games.

Indianapolis 27, Washington 24 Landover (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw two scores and the Indianapolis Colts held off the Washington Redskins in a 27-24 win at FedEx Field. Manning went 25-for-38 with 307 yards and tossed scores to Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie for the Colts (4-2), who have won their past two games heading into their bye week. Garcon had four catches for 103 yards. Joseph Addai totaled 128 yards and a score on 17 carries, but left the game in the fourth quarter with what was termed a shoulder injury. Reggie Wayne finished the game with six catches for 71 yards in the win. Donovan McNabb went 29-for-45 with 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and Ryan Torain had 100 yards on 20 carries with two scores for the Redskins (3-3), who had won their previous two games.

Seattle 23, Chicago 20

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Matt Hasselbeck threw for 242 yards and one touchdown on 25-of-40 passing as Seattle nipped Chicago, 23-20, at Soldier Field. Justin Forsett gained 67 yards and rushed for a score on 10 carries, while Marshawn Lynch added 44 yards and a touchdown on 17 totes for the Seahawks (3-2), who were coming off a bye week that followed a 20-3 defeat at St. Louis. Mike Williams posted game-highs of 10 receptions for 123 yards and Deon Butler recorded a 22-yard TD catch for Seattle, which registered its first road win of 2010. Jay Cutler finished 17-of-39 for 290 yards for the Bears (4-2), who have dropped two of three since beginning the year with three straight wins. Devin Hester had an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown, Johnny Knox added five catches for 120 yards and Matt Forte posted a rushing score in the loss.

Miami 23, Green Bay 20 (OT)

Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Dan Carpenter kicked a 44-yard field goal just under five minutes into overtime to lift the Miami Dolphins to a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Chad Henne threw for 231 yards with a pair of touchdowns on Sunday and Brandon Marshall caught 10 passes for 127 for the Dolphins (3-2), who were coming off their bye after losing home games to AFC East rivals New York and New England. Miami is also 2-0 against the NFC North, having won at Minnesota in Week 2. Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass and ran for the tying score in the final minute of the fourth quarter for Green Bay (3-3), which has lost two straight and three of its last four. The Packers had won six straight home games dating back to last season. Rodgers started a week after suffering a concussion on Green Bay's final offensive play in an overtime loss at Washington. He passed the NFL's battery of tests and practiced both Thursday and Friday, then finished Sunday with 313 passing yards.

Houston 35, Kansas City 31

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Houston Texans to a 35-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium. Schaub completed 25-of-33 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns for the Texans (4-2), who rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Arian Foster ran for 71 yards and two scores for Houston, which rebounded from a disheartening 34-10 home loss to the New York Giants. Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel converted 20-of-29 throws for 201 yards and three touchdowns, two of them going to Dwayne Bowe. Thomas Jones had 100 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown for the Chiefs (3-2), who have lost two in a row after opening the season with three straight wins.

NY Giants 28, Detroit 20

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Eli Manning threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Antrel Rolle's last-minute interception helped the New York Giants hold on for a 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 133 yards and Brandon Jacobs recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Giants (4-2), who have won three in a row. But New York had to battle to take the victory after the Lions staged an improbable rally. Detroit was already without injured starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Shaun Hill went down late in the first half with a left arm injury. But Drew Stanton came in and passed for 222 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson. Jason Hanson kicked his second 50-yard field goal of the game with 2:50 left, and the Lions got the ball back with 2:18 left after forcing a punt. Detroit (1-5) advanced into Giants territory inside the final minute, but Stanton's long pass was picked off by Rolle as New York held on.

Philadelphia 31, Atlanta 17

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kevin Kolb was highly efficient in throwing for 326 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and the Philadelphia Eagles trounced the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 31-17. Kolb, who has been mired in a much-publicized quarterback controversy with the injured Michael Vick, completed 23-of-29 passes and was picked off once for the Eagles (4-2), who have won four of their last five games and notched their first home victory in three tries. The main target of the game was Jeremy Maclin, who caught seven balls for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, including one that went for 83 yards. DeSean Jackson added a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown before being knocked out of the game with a head injury early in the second quarter on a scary hit from Atlanta's Dunta Robinson, who also left the game. Matt Ryan was largely ineffective in his second homecoming for Atlanta (4-2), connecting on just 23-of-42 throws for 250 yards with two touchdowns to Tony Gonzalez and an interception. The Philadelphia-area native fell to 0-2 in his career at Lincoln Financial Field. Michael Jenkins led the receiving corps with five catches for 99 yards, while Michael Turner ran for 45 yards on 15 carries for the Falcons, who had their four-game win streak snapped.

St. Louis 20, San Diego 17

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Steven Jackson rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, and iced the game with some clutch running late in the fourth quarter, as the St. Louis Rams held on for a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers at the Edward Jones Dome. Sam Bradford managed the game well, throwing for 198 yards and a score on 18-of-31 efficiency for the Rams (3-3), who recovered after getting hammered 44-6 by Detroit last Sunday. St. Louis has won three of it last four. Danario Alexander caught four passes for 72 yards and a score -- his first career NFL touchdown -- while the Rams' defense combined for seven sacks. Josh Brown added a pair of field goals in the victory.

New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 6

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, as the New Orleans Saints dominated in a 31-6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brees completed 21-of-32 passes and was intercepted once for the Saints (4-2), who rebounded nicely from last week's loss to Arizona. Rookie running back Chris Ivory broke out for a career-high 158 yards on 15 carries, while Robert Meachem and Lance Moore each had a touchdown reception. Josh Freeman was 25-of-43 for 219 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, but the Buccaneers (3-2) had virtually no running attack. Cadillac Williams, with 10 carries for 16 yards, was the leading rusher for Tampa Bay, which was coming off last week's victory in Cincinnati and had a chance to surpass its 2009 win total.

NY Jets 24, Denver 20

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:13 remaining in regulation, and the New York Jets rallied to beat the Denver Broncos, 24-20, at Invesco Field. Tomlinson finished with 55 yards on the ground for the Jets (5-1), who have won five straight since opening the season with a home loss to Baltimore. New York quarterback Mark Sanchez connected on 17-of-30 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown, but did throw his first two interceptions of the season. Kyle Orton threw for 209 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-34 efficiency for the Broncos (2-4), who had broken a tie on Matt Prater's 48-yard field goal with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter.

San Francisco 17, Oakland 9

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Smith overcame a sluggish start to throw for 196 yards and two second-half touchdowns to guide San Francisco to a 17-9 come-from-behind win over Oakland at Candlestick Park. Smith connected on 16-of-33 passes, including scoring tosses to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis as the 49ers (1-5) won for the first time this season to avoid their first 0-6 start since 1979. Frank Gore carried 25 times for 149 yards while Crabtree made four catches for 57 yards to help San Francisco even the all-time series at six apiece. Jason Campbell, filling in for the injured Bruce Gradkowski, struggled in his first start since Week 2, completing just 8-of-21 passes for 83 yards for the Raiders (2-4), who haven't finished .500 or better through the season's first six games since going 4-2 in 2002.

Minnesota 24, Dallas 21

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Ryan Longwell's 38-yard field goal with 4:05 to play proved to be the difference, as the Minnesota Vikings took advantage of several Dallas errors in a 24-21 victory over the Cowboys. Both of these teams were considered Super Bowl contenders after both made the playoffs last year, but they stumbled out of the gate to identical 1-3 records. The Vikings (2-3), who beat the Cowboys (1-4), 34-3, in a divisional playoff game last year, scored on special teams and two short fields to squeak out the victory. Brett Favre finished the game with 118 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-19 efficiency for Minnesota, which will have an opportunity to climb back to .500 next week when the Vikings travel to Favre's old stomping grounds in Green Bay. Adrian Peterson added 73 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, while Randy Moss hauled in five passes for 55 yards. Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a score, and Greg Camarillo caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to cap a short 16-yard drive. Dallas' Tony Romo completed 25-of-33 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two costly interceptions that led to 10 Minnesota points. Roy Williams had two touchdown catches, while Dez Bryant had the other. The Cowboys, who are among the league leaders in penalties, disappointed once again with 10 more infractions totaling 91 yards. Dallas, which went 11-5 last year in capturing the NFC East title, will try to avoid matching 2009's loss total when it hosts the Giants next Monday.

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