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|NFL Summary - 10/18/9
|UNDATED (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints are off to their first 5-0 start in 16 years after shredding what was the NFL's No. 1 ranked defense.
Drew Brees ended his two-game streak without a touchdown pass by throwing four in the Saints' 48-27 rout of the New York Giants. The veteran quarterback completed 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards as the Saints dropped the 5-1 Giants from the unbeaten ranks.
Brees' counterpart, Eli Manning, had a rough day in his first game as a pro in his hometown. He fumbled on a sack and threw an interception under pressure while completing just 14 of 31 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
Minnesota is 6-0 after hanging on to beat visiting Baltimore 33-31.
Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens, who scored twice on drives that totaled just 56 seconds to take a 31-30 lead with 3:37 to play.
But Brett Favre's 58-yard completion to Sidney Rice set up Ryan Longwell's fourth field goal of the game, and Baltimore's Steve Hauschka missed a 44-yard field goal at the gun to keep the Vikings undefeated.
The 40-year old Favre threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns to help hand the Ravens their third straight loss after opening the season 3-0.
In snow-covered Foxborough, Tom Brady set an NFL record for touchdowns in a single quarter before the Patriots completed a 59-0 thrashing of winless Tennessee.
Brady tossed five scoring strikes in the second period alone and tied his career high by throwing a sixth in the third quarter before leaving the game. Backup Brian Hoyer added a one-yard rushing touchdown to cap the scoring and allow the Pats to set a team record for points in a game.
The 59-point margin matched the largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 and leaves New England at 4-2. The 0-6 Titans already have twice as many losses as they had last year.
The day's biggest upset occurred in Oakland, where the Raiders surprised Philadelphia 13-9.
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell hooked up with Zach Miller for an 86-yard touchdown, and Justin Vargas ran for 87 yards as the Raiders improved to 2-4. Russsell threw for 224 yards, including the Raiders' longest pass play in 25 years.
Richard Seymour and Trevor Scott each had two sacks for Oakland, which had lost its previous three games by at least 20 points and failed to gain over 200 yards in four straight games.
Donovan McNabb passed for 260 yards but couldn't generate a touchdown as the Eagles fell to 3-2.
New York Jets running back Thomas Jones rushed for a team record of 210 yards, but rookie Marc Sanchez was picked off five times in a 16-13 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills at the Meadowlands.
Rian Lindell won it by hitting a 47-yard field goal with 2:44 left in overtime after missing a long try at the end of regulation. Lee Evans grabbed a game-tying 37-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the third quarter.
Fitzpatrick threw for 116 yards after replacing an injured Trent Edwards before halftime.
Jones had a 71-yard touchdown run that put the Jets ahead 13-3 in the second quarter.
Sanchez was just 10-of-29 for 119 yards as the Jets absorbed their third straight loss after opening the season 3-0.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 35 passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 27-14 win over visiting Cleveland.
The Steelers overcame four turnovers to post their 12th consecutive victory over the Browns.
Pittsburgh's Hines Ward had eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown and Santonio Holmes grabbed five passes, good for 104 yards. Pittsburgh outgained Cleveland 543 yards to 197 en route to its fourth win in six games this season.
Joshua Cribbs' 98-yard kickoff return was the highlight for the Browns, who fall to 1-5.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub had his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and tied his career high with four TD passes in a 28-17 upset of Cincinnati. Two of the scoring tosses went to tight end Owen Daniels.
Schaub completed 28 of 40 for 392 yards to help the Texans get to 3-3.
The Bengals had won three straight games in the last 22 seconds and entered the game with a 4-1 record.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 358 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the Green Bay Packers' 26-0 victory over the Lions.
Rookie outside linebacker Clay Matthews III had two sacks to lead a dominant defensive effort against an undermanned Lions offense, helping the Packers improve to 3-2. The Lions lose for the fifth time in six outings this season.
Detroit played without rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson because of injuries and managed only 79 yards of total offense in the first half. Backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper hurt his hamstring in the third quarter and was replaced by third-stringer Drew Stanton.
Arizona is 3-2 after Kurt Warner passed for 276 yards and two scores on a 27-3 rout of the Seahawks in Seattle.
Warner went over 30,000 career passing yards in only his 114th game, tying Dan Marino's NFL mark for the fastest to reach the milestone.
Larry Fitzgerald tied his career high with 13 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals pulled even with San Francisco for the NFC West lead at 3-2.
The 2-4 Seahawks were held to 128 yards and their lowest point total in a home game since 2002.
Make it two straight wins for Carolina after an 0-3 start.
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for a season-best 152 yards and two TDs on 30 carries in a 28-21 road victory over winless Tampa Bay.
Carolina squandered a 21-7 lead by giving up a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter and watching Tampa Bay tie the game on Tanard Jackson's 26-yard interception return.
Williams scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard dive with 29 seconds left, capping a 16-play, 80-yard drive that took more than 8 minutes off the clock.
Kansas City avoided the first 0-6 start in franchise history with a 14-6 victory over the Redskins. The Chiefs first win under rookie coach Todd Haley is their first since last November and just their third in 31 games.
Ryan Succop's four field goals and a safety trumped two field goals by Shaun Suisham.
The Chiefs followed the path paved by the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers, who also ended winless streaks against the Redskins this year.
Already on the hot seat due to his team's slow start, Washington coach Jim Zorn benched beleaguered quarterback Jason Campbell at halftime and replaced him with Todd Collins.
Collins immediately led two drives for field goals, but that was all the scoring the Skins could muster.
Josh Scobee's 36-yard field goal with eight minutes to play in overtime lifted Jacksonville past St. Louis 23-20, extending the league's longest current losing streak to 16 games.
Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns for the winners. And wideout Torry Holt had 101 receiving yards in his first game against his old team, helping the Jaguars improve to 3-3.
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