UNDATED (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers have doubled their lead
in the AFC North this afternoon, thanks to a nice second-half
comeback in a 31-28 triumph over the visiting Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers moved two games ahead of the Browns when Phil
Dawson missed a 52-yard field goal try with six seconds remaining.
The miss came a little over three minutes after Ben Roethlisberger
(RAWTH'-lis-bur-gur) hit Heath Miller for a go-ahead touchdown.
Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in
the second half, six days after passing for five TDs in the first
half of a rout of Baltimore. He ran for a go-ahead, 30-yard
touchdown in the third quarter, but Joshua Cribbs returned the
ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score that put the Browns back on
Derek Anderson threw for three first-half touchdowns to put the
Browns ahead 21-6. But Cleveland eventually lost to the Steelers
for the ninth straight time.
The Green Bay Packers currently are the NFC's best team at
8-and-1, although Dallas can move back into a tie with the Pack by
beating the Giants today.
Brett Favre completed 33 of 46 passes for 351 yards and three
scores as the Packers clobbered Minnesota 34-0. Favre joined Dan
Marino as the only NFL passers with more than 60-thousand yards.
The Vikings finished without Adrian Peterson, who ran for a
league-record 296 yards last weekend. Peterson injured a knee while
being tackled in the third quarter.
There's just one winless team in the NFL right now after St.
Louis pulled off a 37-29 shocker against New Orleans. Rams
quarterback Marc Bulger passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns as
the Rams improved to 1-and-8. Running back Steven Jackson rushed
for a short touchdown and passed for another in his first full game
since suffering a back injury.
The Saints didn't heed coach Sean Payton's warning of a trap
game, allowing 34 straight points and falling to 4-and-5.
The NFL's lone winless team is the Miami Dolphins, who blew a
10-2 lead in the last ten minutes of a 13-10 loss to Buffalo.
Marshawn Lynch started the Bills' comeback with a three-yard
touchdown run before Rian Lindell hit a 46-yard field goal in the
Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook combined on a 57-yard
touchdown with 3:16 left as Philadelphia came from behind to beat
Washington 33-25. The TD pass was the fourth of the game for
McNabb, who led the Eagles to 20 points in the final quarter. He
completed 20 of 28 passes for 251 yards. Westbrook finished with
three scores, one running and two through the air.
The win keeps the Eagles hopes of a respectful season alive as
their record is now 4-and-5. The loss drops the Redskins to
There could be a three-way tie for the AFC West lead if San
Diego loses to Indianapolis tonight. Denver and Kansas City are
4-and-5 following the Broncos' 27-11 win over the Chiefs. Broncos
running back Selvin Young rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown,
while Jay Cutler passed for 192 yards and a score. The Broncos made
their move with two touchdowns in a 9-second span of the third
The Chargers will be 4-and-5 if they lose to the Colts.
Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor ran for touchdowns as
Jacksonville knocked off Tennessee 28-13. Jones-Drew finished with
101 rushing yards against a team that was allowing an average of 66
on the ground.
Quinn Gray passed for 101 yards and a TD as both teams became
And Atlanta pulled out a 20-13 triumph at Carolina on Joey
Harrington's 30-yard scoring strike to Alge Crumpler with 20
seconds left. Harrington threw for 192 yards and Warrick Dunn ran
for another 89 to help the Falcons win their second straight since
a 1-and-6 start.
Four games are going on right now, including the Dallas Cowboys
at the New York Giants. That game was tied at 17 apiece at
Cincinnati is visiting Baltimore, Chicago is at Oakland and
Arizona is hosting Detroit. The Chargers will entertain the Colts.
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