New Orleans 20, Pittsburgh 10
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including an eight-yard score to Lance Moore with 2:37 remaining, as the New Orleans Saints took down the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10, in a clash between the past two Super Bowl winners from the Superdome.
Brees completed 34-of-44 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception for the Saints (5-3), who bounced back from a 30-17 loss to the Browns last weekend.
"We knew what a big game this was," Brees said. "We were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers who are arguably one of the best teams in the NFL coming in here Halloween night on Sunday Night football. It couldn't get any bigger. It was a way to get back on track by beating these guys. We played as complete of a football game as we have played all year."
Moore caught seven passes for 54 yards with a TD and Marques Colston hauled in six passes for 75 yards and a score for New Orleans, which was without running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. That led to the Saints compiling just 30 rushing yards on Sunday night.
Ben Roethlisberger connected on 17-of-28 passes for 195 yards and an interception for the Steelers (5-2), who had won two in a row.
Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and a touchdown.
"It was a hostile environment for us. The fans were into it," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We struggled a little bit on possession downs because of it, but that's no excuse. They (the Saints) did a nice job. We knew that this was going to be a tough place to play coming into it. I was hopeful that we would perform better than we did."
Miami 22, Cincinnati 14
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Dan Carpenter kicked five field goals and Ricky Williams added a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 22-14, at Paul Brown Stadium. Chad Henne completed 24-of-37 tosses for 217 yards and one interception for the Dolphins (4-3), who have yet to lose on the road in four tries this season. Carson Palmer connected on 17-of-38 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Terrell Owens, but his last attempt was picked off by Miami cornerback Sean Smith, halting a potential game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals (2-5) have lost four straight games.
Detroit 37, Washington 25
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Making his first start since suffering a second-degree shoulder separation in the season-opener, Matthew Stafford threw for four touchdowns to lead Detroit past Washington, 37-25, at Ford Field. Stafford completed 26-of-45 passes and connected with Calvin Johnson for three TDs and Brandon Pettigrew once for the Lions (2-5), who have won two of three after starting the year with four straight losses. Johnson ended with 101 yards on nine catches and Nate Burleson added 47 yards on five receptions for Detroit, which also got a fumble recovery for a touchdown from Ndamukong Suh. Donovan McNabb went 17-of-30 for 210 yards, one touchdown an interception and was sacked five times for the Redskins (4-4), who had won three of four coming in. Rex Grossman was inserted for the final two drives of the contest, ending up 4-of-7 for 44 yards and a costly fumble. Santana Moss posted six catches for 56 yards, Ryan Torain had a TD reception and Anthony Armstrong added 92 yards on three grabs. Washington also received a 96-yard kickoff return score from Brandon Banks.
Green Bay 9, NY Jets 0
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Mason Crosby connected on three field goals to lift Green Bay to a 9-0 victory over the New York Jets. Aaron Rodgers finished 15-of-34 for 170 yards for the Packers (5-3), who have won two in a row. Greg Jennings posted six receptions for 81 yards and Brandon Jackson added 55 yards on 15 carries. Mark Sanchez threw for 256 yards but was intercepted twice on 16-of-38 passes for the Jets (5-2), who suffered their first defeat since their opening-week loss against Baltimore. LaDainian Tomlinson was held to 54 yards rushing on 16 carries and Jerricho Cotchery had four catches for 89 yards.
St. Louis 20, Carolina 10
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Rookie Sam Bradford threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers, as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Carolina Panthers, 20-10, at the Edward Jones Dome. Bradford completed 25-of-32 throws, while Danny Amendola and Daniel Fells each had a touchdown catch for St. Louis (4-4), which dropped an 18-17 decision at Tamp Bay last Sunday. The Rams have won four straight at home. Steven Jackson, who underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fracture on his left ring finger, rushed 23 times for 59 yards in the win. Brandon Gibson had six catches for 67 yards.
Jacksonville 35, Dallas 17
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - David Garrard returned to the lineup to throw for 260 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead Jacksonville to a 35-17 triumph over Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. Garrard, who suffered a concussion in an October 18 loss to Tennessee and missed last week's game, completed his first 12 throws on the way to 17-for-21 efficiency and added a touchdown on the ground for the Jaguars (4-4), who halted a two-game skid in which they were outscored 72-23. Mike Sims-Walker made eight receptions for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns, Marcedes Lewis also caught two scoring passes and Maurice Jones- Drew carried 27 times for a season-high 135 yards as the visitors won for a sixth straight season heading into their bye week. Derek Cox became the first Jacksonville player to intercept two passes in a game since Rashean Mathis did it twice during the 2006 season. Mathis also made an interception in the fourth quarter, the Jags' franchise-record fourth of the day. Jon Kitna, taking over for the injured Tony Romo, connected on 34-of-49 throws for 379 yards and a touchdown in his first start in over two years for the Cowboys (1-6), who have lost four in a row for the first time since the last four weeks of the 2002 season. Jason Witten caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and Miles Austin added seven grabs for 117 yards while Marion Barber ran for only 16 yards and a score for the hosts, who are off to their worst start since dropping their first eight games en route to a 1-15 record in 1989.
San Francisco 24, Denver 16
London, England (Sports Network) - Frank Gore carried a heavy load, running 29 times for 118 yards and a touchdown, and the San Francisco 49ers scored 21 consecutive points in the fourth and held on for a 24-16 victory over the Denver Browns in the NFL's international game at Wembley Stadium. Troy Smith started for the first time since 2007 for the 49ers (2-6) and completed 12-of-19 passes for 196 yards with a touchdown. Smith, who also recorded the team's first rushing score since Week 2, helped San Francisco win for the second time in three weeks. Delanie Walker had five catches for a career-high 85 yards, while Michael Crabtree caught a touchdown pass for the 49ers, who did not turn the ball over. Kyle Orton threw for 369 yards on 28-of-40 efficiency with a touchdown and an interception for the Broncos (2-6), who were coming off an embarrassing 59-14 to the Raiders and have allowed 20 or more points in three of their last eight quarters. Former 49er Brandon Lloyd caught seven passes for 169 yards and a touchdown in defeat. The Broncos appeared to score a touchdown inside two minutes to potentially tie the game with a two-point conversion, but Eddie Royal's punt return for a score was nullified because of a block in the back penalty. Orton eventually threw a game-ending interception on the ensuing series.
Kansas City 13, Buffalo 10, OT
Ryan Succop hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 13-10 victory over the winless Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Succop was 2-for-3 on the day, including a 39-yard attempt that went wide left in overtime, and Jamal Charles ran for 177 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 61 yards to lead Kansas City (5-2), which has won its past two games. Matt Cassel threw for 152 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-26 attempts and did not throw in interception in the victory. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 223 yards on 24-of-48 passing, including a touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked three times in the loss for Buffalo (0-7), which has lost each of its last two games in overtime.
New England 28, Minnesota 18
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and the New England Patriots knocked out Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, 28-18. Favre was able to start the 292nd straight game of his career despite two broken bones in his left ankle, but took a big hit late in the fourth quarter from Myron Pryor and was carted off the field sporting ice on his jaw. Tarvaris Jackson came in and threw a touchdown pass to pull Minnesota within three, but a lengthy drive, capped by a Green-Ellis TD run, gave the Patriots (6-1) their fifth straight win. Tom Brady completed 16-of-27 passes for 240 yards with a touchdown to Brandon Tate, who logged 101 yards on three receptions in the victory. Adrian Peterson ended with 92 yards and a score on 25 carries, while Favre was 22-of-32 for 259 and an interception before exiting for the Vikings (2-5), who are tied with the Lions for last place in the NFC North after their third loss in four games. Randy Moss, in his return to Gillette Stadium following the startling trade from New England to Minnesota earlier this month, was held to one catch for eight yards.
San Diego 33, Tennessee 25
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns, and San Diego held off a late Tennessee drive to record a much- needed 33-25 victory over the Titans. Rivers completed 27-of-36 passes and was intercepted once for the Chargers (3-5), who had lost their previous three games by a combined 14 points. Antonio Gates was the primary target of Rivers, catching five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Matt Tolbert carried the ball 11 times for 63 yards and a touchdown for San Diego, while Ryan Mathews also ran for a score in the Chargers' seventh straight victory over the Titans. Vince Young recorded 253 passing yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-21 throws before leaving with a knee/ankle injury in the second half, as the Titans (5-3) failed to extend their win streak past three. Nate Washington hauled in four passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in defeat. Chris Johnson ran for 59 yards and a score and had five receptions for 24 yards for Tennessee. Kerry Collins took over for Young and went 8-for-15 for 52 yards but was unable to lead a potential game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay 38, Arizona 35
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman completed 18-of-25 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown and directed his sixth fourth-quarter comeback win to lead Tampa Bay to a wild, 38-35, victory over Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium. Freeman has won eight of the 17 games NFL he has started, with four of his come-from-behind wins coming during the 2010 season. LeGarrette Blount carried 22 times for a career-best 120 yards and two scores for the Buccaneers (5-2), who won their second straight to forge a tie for the top spot in the NFC South with Atlanta, their opponent next week. Mike Williams caught four passes for 105 yards and a score for the visitors, who equaled a franchise record with their fifth straight road win. Derek Anderson completed 16-of-24 throws for 234 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions after replacing starter Max Hall, who went 8-of-16 for 71 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Cardinals (3-4), who suffered a second straight loss since returning from their bye week. Beanie Wells carried 16 times for 50 yards and a touchdown while Larry Fitzgerald made six catches for 72 yards and a pair of scores for Arizona, which has lost six of the last eight matchups with Tampa Bay. Steve Breaston added eight catches for 147 yards in defeat.
Oakland 33, Seattle 3
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Campbell threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-27 passing, without an interception, and Sebastian Janikowski hit on 4-of-5 field goals as the Raiders trounced the Seattle Seahawks, 33-3, at Oakland Coliseum. Darren McFadden ran for 111 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 24 yards, and Darrius Heyward-Bey caught five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown to lead the Raiders (4-4) to their second win in as many weeks. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 160 yards on 13-of-32 passing, including an interception for Seattle (4-3), which had its two-game winning streak broken. Hasselbeck was also sacked seven times by the Raiders defense.