The New York Jets won their third straight game yesterday with a staunch defensive effort in beating the visiting Buffalo Bills, 17-7. The Jets, who won the AFC East last season but have sunk to last place in an injury-wrecked season, have beaten division contenders New England and Buffalo in consecutive games.
Inexperienced defensive linemen Eric Ogbogu and Jason Wiltz had key turnovers for the Jets, who held the Bills to 265 yards overall. Ogbogu fell on Doug Flutie's fumble in the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown and Wiltz picked off a deflected pass at the Jets 10 in the dying moments.
TITANS 16, STEELERS 10: Steve McNair ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and Tennessee held on for a victory over visiting Pittsburgh.
The Titans won their 12th straight against AFC Central Division foes and matched last season's win total thanks to a defense that kept the Steelers out of the end zone after their opening possession. Pittsburgh has lost four straight games to the Titans.
Tennessee sacked Kordell Stewart five times, intercepted him once and nearly shut the Steelers down in the third quarter. Pittsburgh managed just 11 net yards in the quarter, and the Titans picked up a safety when Stewart was penalized for intentional grounding out of the end zone.
BEARS 23, CHARGERS 20: Chris Boniol, who missed a 41-yarder in overtime that would have beaten Minnesota last week, kicked a 36-yarder with 10 minutes 2 seconds left in overtime, giving Chicago a victory in San Diego.
Six seasons into his NFL career, and one week after throwing for 422 yards, Jim Miller got his first win as a starting quarterback.
Miller, who completed 25 of 38 passes for 357 yards, threw a 31-yard pass to Marcus Robinson that set up Boniol's winning kick.
Miller also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Robinson and hit him with a 30-yarder that set up Curtis Enis's three-yard scoring run to give the Bears a 17-10 lead.
RAMS 23, 49ERS 7: Mike Jones returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, and Kurt Warner threw for a score as St. Louis sent San Francisco to a sixth straight loss. It's San Francisco's longest skid since 1980, and the setback ensured an end to the 49ers' string of 16 straight 10-victory seasons.
Marshall Faulk ran for 126 yards on 21 carries, and Jeff Wilkins kicked field goals of 20, 40 and 49 yards for the Rams. They won in San Francisco for the first time since 1990 and completed their first season sweep in 20 years.
COLTS 44, EAGLES 17: Peyton Manning threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters, then watched from the sideline for the first time since he was drafted as Indianapolis routed host Philadelphia for its sixth straight victory. Rookie Edgerrin James ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone as Indianapolis toyed with the Eagles. James rushed for a career-high 152 yards, pushing him over 1,000 for the season.
JAGUARS 41, SAINTS 23: Mark Brunell threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns to lead Jacksonville over visiting New Orleans, the seventh consecutive win for the Jaguars. Jimmy Smith caught nine passes for a career-high 220 yards. The Jaguars gained a season-high 494 yards. Saints quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver tore ligaments in his left knee and his status for the remainder of the season is in doubt.
PANTHERS 31, BROWNS 17: Steve Beuerlein passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and William Floyd had two short touchdown runs, leading Carolina in Cleveland. The Panthers dominated the Browns from the start, dropping Cleveland to 0-5 at home. Cleveland, returning to the league after a three-year hiatus, has been outscored 152-50 in its new, $280 million home.
BUCCANEERS 19, FALCONS 10: Tampa Bay overcame a 10-point deficit with four field goals by rookie Martin Gramatica, then returned an interception for a touchdown in the final minute to finish visiting Atlanta. The victory was the third straight for Tampa Bay, which has fought its way back into the NFC Central race.