|Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week Peyton Manning|
Manning passed Brett Favre (508 career TD passes) as the all-time leader in that category when he hooked up with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on an eight yard score in the second quarter that gave Denver a 21-3 lead at the time. The Broncos improved to 5-1 and first place in the AFC West division with the win.
The Broncos are alone at the top of the AFC West because earlier in the day, the Kansas City Chiefs surprised the host San Diego Chargers, 23-20 as kicker Cairo Santos made a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the game.
The Chiefs (3-3) took a play from the San Diego (5-2) playbook and held the ball for 39 minutes in the game to keep the high powered Chargers' offense off the field.
The Green Bay Packers made it four wins in a row as they rolled to victory 38-17 against the visiting Carolina Panthers as QB Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes while running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks scored rushing touchdowns.
Jacksonville stormed back at home and pounded the Cleveland Browns, 24-6 to get their first win of the season. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had a TD pass and the defense scored a touchdown as well.
The St. Louis Rams used a fake punt from their own 18-yard line to hold off the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 28-26 while QB Austin Davis threw for two scores and Stedman Bailey took a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passed for 313 yards and ran for 106 yards in the loss.
The Indianapolis Colts won their fifth straight game as they shut out Cincinnati, 27-0 by limiting the Bengals to just 135 yards of total offense. Colts QB Andrew Luck had two TD passes as they rolled up 506 yards in offense.
Baltimore improved to 5-2 with a 29-7 win at home against the Atlanta Falcons. Ravens QB Joe Flacco overcame two interceptions with two TD passes while the defense held the Falcons to 254 yards in offense.
The Detroit Lions rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting New Orleans Saints, 24-23 as QB Matthew Stafford threw two TD passes in the final four minutes of the game. The Lions defense came up with a big interception of Saints QB Drew Brees (342 passing yards and two TD) to set up the winning score.
The Dallas Cowboys won at home, 31-21 over the New York Giants as QB Tony Romo had three touchdown passes and running back DeMarco Murray (pictured left) scored a rushing touchdown to go with 128 yards on the ground. It was Murray's seventh consecutive game with 100-plus rushing yards in a game to open the season, which is a new NFL record.
The Miami Dolphins dominated in a 27-14 road win against the Chicago Bears as their defense limited Chicago to 224 yards of offense while coming up with three turnovers (two fumble recoveries and interception) and also held the ball for nearly 38 minutes. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill passed for two scores in the win.
The Washington Redskins got a late field goal to top the visiting Tennessee Titans, 19-17 as kicker Kai Forbath made a 22-yarder as time expired.
The Buffalo Bills edged the Minnesota Vikings, 17-16 as QB Kyle Orton connected with WR Sammy Watkins for a two-yard scoring pass with just one second left in the game.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 5-1 on the season with a 24-13 road win against winless Oakland as QB Carson Palmer had two TD passes and the Cardinals defense held the Raiders (0-6) to just 220 yards in offense.
The New England Patriots won at home last Thursday night 27-25 against the New York Jets, who dropped their sixth straight game after winning the season opener. Despite holding the football for nearly 41 minutes and out gaining New England by 100 yards, the Jets still lost to their arch rivals as Pats' QB Tom Brady had three TD passes to offest 107 yards rushing and a touchdown by Jets' running back Chris Ivory.
In the Monday Night Football game, the host Pittsburgh Steelers held off the Houston Texans, 30-23 as they took advantage of turnovers in the second quarter to get the win. In a span of just over one minute, Pittsburgh scored three touchdowns as the Texans (two fumbles and one INT in the game) turned the football over twice deep in their own territory inside the two-minute warning.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had two TD passes in the win while Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick also threw for a pair of scores.