NFL Sidelines - Week Six

CHICAGO (AP) _ There is a new single-game team rushing record
for the Minnesota Vikings and it belongs to Adrian Peterson, the
rookie out of Oklahoma. He showed the Chicago Bears why he was the
first running back taken in this year's draft. Peterson ran for 224
yards on 20 carries to break Chuck Foreman's club record of 200
yards set in 1976. Peterson scored on electrifying touchdown runs
of 67, 73 and 35 yards. Still, the Vikes needed a career-long
55-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell on the final play to beat the
Bears 34-31.
After Chicago's Brian Griese hit Devin Hester on an 81-yard TD
pass to tie the game with 1:38 left, Peterson came through again.
He returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the Bears 38 to give
Minnesota great field position. Minnesota is 2-and-3 while the
Bears, last season's NFC champions, fell to 2-and-4 in the basement
of the NFC North.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Green Bay remained atop the NFC North
with a 5-and-1 mark with a come-from-behind 17-14 victory over the
Washington Redskins at soggy Lambeau Field. Charles Woodson
returned a fumble 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. That came
after Packers defensive lineman Corey Williams stripped Santana
Moss on an end-around late in the third quarter. Brett Favre
(fahrv) had a so-so day. He completed 19-of-37 for 188 yards and
two interceptions. Favre also established an NFL career-record when
he threw his 278th interception. The Redskins are 3-and-2.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Tony Gonzalez, who admits he ``hated
football'' when he first played as a youngster, has now caught more
touchdown passes than any tight end in NFL history. The eight-time
Pro Bowler of the Kansas City Chiefs caught a 3-yard pass from
Damon Huard in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 27-20 win over
Cincinnati. That broke the record of 62 TD receptions set by
Shannon Sharpe from 1990 to 2003. The Chiefs offense woke up with
354 total yards. Running back Larry Johnson ran for 119 yards on 31
carries as the 3-and-3 Chiefs stayed atop the AFC West. Meanwhile,
the 1-and-4 Bengals are in danger of having their season slip away.
Cincinnati has lost seven of eight dating back to last season.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The 4-and-1 Jacksonville Jaguars are
quietly becoming one of the elite teams in the NFL. David Garrard
threw two touchdown passes, Maurice Jones-Drew had 260 all-purpose
yards and the Jaguars routed the Houston Texans 37-17 for their
fourth straight win. The Jags are a game behind unbeaten
Indianapolis, which was idle this week, in the AFC South race.
Jacksonville got a rare rout against the team that has caused it
the most headaches in recent years. Houston had beaten the Jags
four of the previous six meetings, essentially knocked the Jaguars
out of playoff contention in 2004 and 2006. The Texans are 3-and-3,
but unfortunately that .500 mark puts them last in the tough AFC
South.
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BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Baltimore Ravens climbed within a half-game
of idle Pittsburgh for the AFC South lead following their 22-3 rout
of winless St. Louis. Backup Rams QB Gus Frerotte (fur-AHT') had a
long day, He committed six turnovers, including five interceptions.
Matt Stover kicked five field goals and Willis McGahee
(mah-GAY'-hee) had a 6-yard touchdown run for the Ravens, who won
without injured number-one quarterback Steve McNair. Kyle Boller
filled in and went 17-for-29 for 185 yards.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Tennessee fell to Tampa Bay 13-10 and also
lost quarterback Vince Young in the process. Matt Bryant's 43-yard
field goal with 11 seconds left gave the Buccaneers a 13-10 win
that ended Tennessee's five-game road winning streak. Young, last
year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, limped off the field in
the third quarter with a quadriceps strain. Backup Kerry Collins
filled in but didn't have Young's comeback ability. Jeff Garcia
threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway less than five
minutes after Young left the game. Garcia then led the 4-and-2 Bucs
on the winning drive after the Titans tied the score on LenDale
White's 2-yard run with 1:17 left. Garcia completed 20 of 31 passes
for 274 yards and still has not thrown an interception this season.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The Philadelphia Eagles simply have
the New York Jets' number. The Eagles improved to 8-and-0 all-time
against the Jets with a 16-9 triumph. The Eagles are 9-and-0 under
coach Andy Reid in games following the bye week. Donovan McNabb
threw for 278 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin
Curtis. Brian Westbrook ran for 99 yards, and David Akers kicked
three field goals for the 2-and-3 Eagles. The Jets are 1-and-5.
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CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Browns handed the Miami Dolphins
a franchise-record ninth consecutive loss 41-31. The loss keeps Cam
Cameron winless as an NFL coach. The 3-and-3 Browns scored on three
of their first four possessions to go up 17-3 early and then held
off the 0-and-6 Fish. Miami pulled within 27-24 in the third period
but Browns QB Derek Anderson turned a Miami interception into a
quick touchdown when he hit Braylon Edwards on a 24-yard TD pass on
the first play following the turnover. Now Cleveland goes into its
bye week and then plays another winless team, St. Louis, with a
chance to go over the .500 mark.
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In the late starts:
-- In the game of the season so far, New England is leading
Dallas 21-17 in the battle of the unbeatens. The Pats had an early
14-0 lead before a Dallas field goal and a 29-yard Tom Brady fumble
return for a score by Jason Hatcher got the Cowboys on the board.
Brady has thrown three TD passes. He's the first quarterback in NFL
history to thrown at least three TD passes in his opening six games
of a season. Brady has passed for more than 200 yards in the first
half. Tony Romo hit Terrell Owens with a 12-yard TD reception with
46 seconds left in the half to get Dallas close.
-- San Diego got two first-quarter rushing touchdowns from
LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargers are leading Oakland 14-7 at
halftime. Tomlinson has 89 yards rushing in the first half.
-- In a low-scoring tussle in the desert, Arizona is leading
Carolina 7-6. Ageless Vinny Testaverde, just signed this week by
the Panthers after they lost Jake Delhomme for the season, is
10-of-16 for Carolina.
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Tonight's game has winless New Orleans traveling to Seattle to
play the 3-and-2 Seahawks.
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The Monday night game could be a yawner. The 3-and-2 New York
Giants will be in Atlanta to play the 1-and-4 Falcons.
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