The Denver Broncos still haven't figured out a way to win without John Elway. Now it appears they'll have to try to win without Terrell Davis, too.
The two-time defending Super Bowl champions fell to 0-4 yesterday, bowing 21-13 to the New York Jets in a battle of beatens. Adding injury to insult, the Broncos lost Davis, last year's rushing leader in the NFL, to a potentially season-ending knee injury.
The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known. Davis was scheduled for an MRI this morning.
Denver and Atlanta, the Super Bowl participants last January, both are 0-4, the first time in a non-strike year that conference champions have done that.
The Jets (1-3) rallied from a 13-7 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns: Curtis Martin's two-yard run and Rick Mirer's second touchdown pass of the game, a 16-yarder to Dedric Ward.
The rematch of last year's AFC championship game was sloppy and turnover-prone, with the Jets ultimately capitalizing on five Denver interceptions and a fumble.
"It wasn't artistic or anything," Jets Coach Bill Parcells said. "We got some turnovers in the second half, and we were able to take advantage of a couple of them."
Mirer completed 17 of 28 passes for 242 yards with one interception. Broncos quarterback Brian Griese was 15 for 31 for 212 yards with three interceptions.
Bubby Brister subsequently replaced the beleaguered Griese and threw two interceptions of his own.
Davis's one-yard run and a pair of field goals by Jason Elam gave Denver a 13-7 halftime lead.
BEARS 14, SAINTS 10: Shane Matthews found Curtis Conway for two touchdowns in the last 1:48 as the Bears beat Mike Ditka and New Orleans at home.
It's the first time Chicago has beaten Ditka, who played for the Bears and was their coach for 11 years and one Super Bowl title.
Matthews finished 25 of 39 for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also was intercepted twice. Conway had eight catches for 103 yards.
The Saints' Ricky Williams, who wasn't supposed to play "unless there's an unbelievable change" because of a hyperextended right elbow, rushed for 84 yards.
PATRIOTS 19, BROWNS 7: Terry Glenn wasn't perfect, and once again neither was New England, which remained unbeaten.
Glenn overcame two costly first-half fumbles with a club-record 13 receptions for 214 yards and a 54-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown in Cleveland as the Patriots won their fourth straight.
Drew Bledsoe completed 28 of 42 passes for 389 yards for the Patriots and Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals for New England.
Browns rookie quarterback Tim Couch was 12 of 27 for 195 yards and one touchdown.
SEAHAWKS 22, RAIDERS 21: At the Kingdome, Seattle won its third straight game by scoring the final 13 points to beat Oakland take the AFC West lead.
Todd Peterson kicked three field goals, giving him eight in two games, and rookie Charlie Rogers had another big punt return for the Seahawks.
Seattle's defense stopped Tyrone Wheatley, who had 91 yards rushing at halftime, in the second half. Wheatley had just nine yards on six carries in the final two quarters.
CHARGERS 21, CHIEFS 14: In San Diego, the Chargers intercepted Elvis Grbac four times, two of them leading to touchdowns, as the Chargers' defense bailed out the nonexistent offense.
Quarterback Jim Harbaugh left with a bruised right elbow late in the first quarter, and the Chargers finished with just 132 yards. Backup Erik Kramer (8 of 20 for 72 yards) threw two touchdown passes, but the Chargers had to go only 10, 18 and 22 yards on their scoring drives, a total of seven plays.
Grbac completed 19 of 40 passes for 200 yards.
GIANTS 16, EAGLES 15: The Giants overcame five turnovers and an ill-advised lateral, getting the game-winning 23-yard field goal from Brad Daluiso with 7:43 to play at Giants Stadium.
RAMS 38, BENGALS 10: Az-Zahir Hakim tied the club record by scoring four touchdowns, three on passes from Kurt Warner, the fourth on an 84-yard punt return, as the unbeaten Rams drubbed host Cincinnati.