Houston at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. EDT. Andy Dalton and the Bengals try to extend their perfect start when they host J.J. Watt and the Texans. No AFC North team has started 9-0 since the realignment, but Dalton has been among the league’s top passers all season and Carlos Dunlap leads a resurgent defense with 8 1/2 sacks. Houston has won two of its past three games since a 1-4 start and can move into a tie with Indianapolis for the AFC South lead with a victory.
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– Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns after Landry Jones went down with a left leg injury to lead Pittsburgh past Cleveland in a 30-9 romp.
– Kirk Cousins, Redskins, threw a career-high four touchdown passes and registered a perfect passer rating of 158.3 to lead Washington past New Orleans 47-14.
– Tom Brady, Patriots, was 26 of 42 for 334 yards and two touchdowns while helping New England remain undefeated with a 27-26 win over the New York Giants.
– Jay Cutler, Bears, threw three touchdown passes and finished 19 of 24 for 258 yards in Chicago’s 37-13 win at St. Louis.
– Eli Manning, Giants, passed for 361 yards and two TDs in New York’s 27-26 loss to New England.
– Adrian Peterson, Vikings, rushed for 203 yards – tying O.J. Simpson for the most 200-yard games in NFL history with six – on 26 carries in Minnesota’s 30-14 victory at Oakland.
– Alfred Morris, Redskins, ran for 92 yards on 15 carries in Washington’s 47-14 win over New Orleans.
– Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, had 22 carries for 91 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown, in Carolina’s 27-10 win at Tennessee.
– Jeremy Langford, Bears, ran for 73 yards and a TD on 20 carries and also caught seven passes for 109 yards and a score in Chicago’s 37-13 win at St. Louis.
– Antonio Brown, Steelers, had 10 catches for 139 yards and two TDs as Pittsburgh cruised past Cleveland 30-9.
– Zach Miller, Bears, caught five passes for 107 yards and two TDs, including an 87-yarder that was Chicago’s longest play since 2010, in Chicago’s 37-13 win at St. Louis.
– Martavis Bryant, Steelers, had six receptions for 178 yards and a score, helping Pittsburgh to a 30-9 win over Cleveland.
– Matt Jones, Redskins, had 131 yards receiving on three catches, including 78-yarder on a screen pass, in Washington’s 47-14 win over New Orleans.
– Mike Evans, Buccaneers, caught eight passes for 126 yards to help Tampa Bay beat Dallas 10-6.
– Brandin Cooks, Saints, had two touchdown catches in New Orleans’ 47-14 loss at Washington.
– Jason Myers, Jaguars, kicked a 53-yard field goal with no time left after Blake Bortles had his facemask grabbed by Baltimore’s Elvis Dumervil, giving Jacksonville a 22-20 victory.
– Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, booted a 54-yard field goal with 1 second remaining that kept New England unbeaten with a 27-26 victory over the New York Giants.
– Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings, returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score in Minnesota’s 30-14 win at Oakland.
– Ameer Abdullah, Lions, had a 104-yard kickoff return to open the second half to set up a touchdown in Detroit’s 18-16 win at Green Bay.
– Cairo Santos, Chiefs, kicked five field goals in Kansas City’s 29-13 win at Denver.
– Zach Vigil, Dolphins, blocked Donnie Jones’ punt in the second quarter, leading to a TD for Miami in a 20-19 victory over Philadelphia.
– Dashon Goldson, Redskins, returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in Washington’s 47-14 rout of New Orleans.
– Davon House, Jaguars, intercepted Joe Flacco twice in Jacksonville’s 22-20 victory at Baltimore.
– Terence Newman, Vikings, intercepted Derek Carr in the end zone with 2:03 left for his second pick of the game, leading Minnesota past Oakland 30-14.
– Jeff Heath, Cowboys, had two interceptions in Dallas’ 10-6 loss at Tampa Bay.
– Reshad Jones, Dolphins, intercepted Mark Sanchez’s pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, helping Miami edge Philadelphia 20-19.
Carolina and New England each improved to 9-0 with victories Sunday. That marks the fourth time in NFL history there have been multiple 9-0 teams in a season, including 1934, 1990 and 2009. Carolina defeated Tennessee 27-10 and New England edged the New York Giants 27-26. Cincinnati hosts Houston on Monday night and could give the NFL its most 9-0 teams in a single season. Entering this year, 19 teams started a season 9-0 during the Super Bowl era – and all of them made the playoffs, 11 advanced to the Super Bowl and seven won it.
STREAKS & STATS
Jacksonville had lost 13 in a row on the road since winning at Cleveland on Dec. 1, 2013, ending its skid with a 22-20 victory at Baltimore. … Cam Newton completed his first 11 passes – the longest streak of his career – in undefeated Carolina’s 27-10 win over Tennessee. The Panthers also extended their regular-season winning streak to 13 games. … The Titans lost their 10th straight at home in their first home game under interim coach Mike Mularkey. … Detroit stopped a 24-game road losing streak against Green Bay with an 18-16 victory. The Lions hadn’t defeated the Packers on the road since a 21-17 victory on Dec. 15, 1991. … Tampa Bay won for the first time since 2005 when scoring 10 points or fewer with a 10-6 win over Dallas. … The Cowboys have lost seven in a row without injured quarterback Tony Romo, the team’s longest skid since 1989. Five of those losses have been by a touchdown or less. … Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns extended his franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch to seven. … Washington’s 47-14 win over New Orleans was its largest margin of victory since beating San Francisco 52-17 in 2005. … Denver lost to Kansas City 29-13, ending its nine-game AFC West winning streak with its first loss to the Chiefs (4-5) since Tim Tebow was the Broncos’ quarterback in 2011.
Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for career yards passing, but had an otherwise miserable day as Kansas City trounced him and the Denver Broncos 29-13 Sunday. Manning entered the day with 71,836 yards through the air, 2 shy of Brett Favre’s record and tied with Favre with 186 victories. He finished the day with just 35 yards on 5-of-20 passing, four interceptions, two sacks and a zero passer rating before being benched late in the third quarter.
Zach Miller’s 87-yard touchdown in Chicago’s 37-13 victory at St. Louis was the longest receiving TD by a Bears tight end since Willard Dewveall had a 91-yarder in 1960 against the 49ers, according to STATS. It was the longest receiving TD by any tight end since Heath Miller’s 87-yarder in 2006 for Pittsburgh against the Dolphins. … Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson tied O.J. Simpson for the most 200-yard rushing games in NFL history with six. Peterson has rushed for 11,151 yards and 91 touchdowns in 113 games, joining Jim Brown as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 11,000 yards and 90 touchdowns in the first 113 games to begin a career. … In Washington’s 47-14 win over New Orleans, Kirk Cousins became the first Redskins QB with at least 300 yards passing and a rating above 150 since Sammy Baugh in 1948. His play-action screen to Jones for 78 yards was the longest TD catch by a Redskins RB since Larry Brown scored from 89 in 1972. … Chicago’s Jay Cutler threw an 87-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller and an 83-yard TD to Jeremy Langford in the Bears’ 37-13 win at St. Louis. He’s the first player in franchise history to throw two touchdown passes of at least 80 yards in the same game.
New England improved to 9-0 for the second time in franchise history (2007) with a 27-26 win over the New York Giants. The Patriots are the fifth team in NFL history – and first since the 1983-98 San Francisco 49ers (16) – with at least 15 consecutive winning seasons. New England, which scored in all four quarters against the Giants, has scored points in 35 consecutive quarters, surpassing the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams (31) and 2005 Indianapolis Colts (31) for the longest such streak in NFL history.
Carolina’s Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 27-10 win at Tennessee on Sunday. It marked the 30th time in his career in which he has had both a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same game. Newton joined Steve Young (31) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 30 such games.
STOMPING ON SAINTS
With New Orleans’ 47-14 loss at Washington on Sunday, the Saints have allowed 130 points and more than 1,400 yards in their past three games. That marks the most points the Saints have allowed in a single-season three-game span in team history, according to STATS.
Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, and the Detroit Lions stopped a 24-game road losing streak against the Green Bay Packers with an 18-16 victory. It was Detroit’s first win at Green Bay since a 21-17 victory on Dec. 15, 1991. … Blake Bortles threw for two touchdowns to lead Jacksonville to a 22-20 victory over Baltimore that snapped a 13-game road skid. It was the first road win for the Jaguars since a 32-28 victory at Cleveland on Dec. 1, 2013.
BIG BEN’S BACK
Ben Roethlisberger stepped in after Landry Jones went down with a left leg injury and passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns as Pittsburgh swarmed Johnny Manziel and Cleveland in a 30-9 romp. Roethlisberger sprained his left foot late in last week’s 38-35 win over Oakland and barely practiced. Still, if Roethlisberger’s foot was bothering him, it hardly showed as he improved to 19-2 against Cleveland. His 379 passing yards were the most by a quarterback who did not start the game, eclipsing the mark previously held by Minnesota’s Wade Wilson (374) in 1990.
Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel passed for a career-high 372 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but was also sacked six times in the Browns’ 30-9 loss at Pittsburgh. Cleveland has lost five straight and is just 2-13 in its past 15 games under coach Mike Pettine.
NEW SURFACE IN ST. LOUIS
The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis installed a thick rubberized surface near the stands on both sides of the field after two players slipped on bare concrete the previous two home games. San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush injured his left knee when he slipped at the end of a punt return and is out for the season.
The clock was at 0:00 in Baltimore when Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was grabbed by Baltimore linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who snagged the quarterback’s facemask while dragging him to the ground. That gave Jacksonville 15 yards and one more play, and Jason Myers kicked a 53-yard field goal for a 22-20 victory on Sunday that ended the Jaguars’ 13-game road losing streak. ”I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said. ”That was wild, but I’m glad it ended the way it did.”
Philadelphia’s Sam Bradford trudged off the field with what appeared to be a left shoulder injury, and ended up with a concussion to boot, after a hard hit by Miami linebacker Chris McCain on a sack that forced a fumble. X-rays were negative. … Eagles running back Ryan Mathews also left with a concussion. The Dolphins lost linebacker Jelani Jenkins (ankle) and cornerback Brice McCain (knee) during the game. … Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, questionable with a sprained left foot, tossed three touchdown passes in a 30-9 win over Cleveland after Landry Jones left with a sprained left ankle. … Julian Edelman, New England’s leading receiver, sustained a foot injury in the first half against the New York Giants. He had four catches for 53 yards before the injury, and was ruled out for the rest of the game. … Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter was carted off the field with an apparent right ankle injury late in a 27-10 loss to Carolina.
”He’s still a great quarterback – just not what he used to be,” Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson on Denver’s Peyton Manning, who finished with just 35 yards on 5-of-20 passing, four interceptions, two sacks and a zero passer rating before being benched late in the third quarter of the Broncos’ 29-13 loss.
”You’re one kick away from being Public Enemy No. 1. You’re always one kick away from trending on Twitter as the No. 1 loser in America. But it’s fun being on a good team. It’s kind of like being on a baseball team where everybody’s got a hit, and you can’t wait to get up there and get a hit, too.” – New England’s Stephen Gostkowski, whose 54-yard field goal with 1 second remaining kept the Patriots unbeaten with a 27-26 victory over the New York Giants.
”Ben is Ben. So once he got in the game, he does what No. 7 do.” – Pittsburgh wide receiver Martavis Bryant after Ben Roethlisberger passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns after Landry Jones went down with a left leg injury to lead the Steelers past Cleveland in a 30-9 romp.
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