Falcons 27, Jets 14
-- The Atlanta Falcons made Vinny Testaverde look every bit like a 41-year-old quarterback. Michael Vick didn't look much better.
Testaverde fumbled three times in the first 171/2 minutes, leading to two touchdowns, and the Falcons dealt New York another road loss, beating the Jets, 27-14, on Monday night.
Warrick Dunn rushed for 155 yards, breaking a 65-yard run in the second quarter when the Falcons (5-2) were backed up on their 5. That set up a field goal for a 20-0 lead.
The first 17 points were handed over by Testaverde, whose three fumbles tied a career worst. He also threw an interception as New York dropped to 0-4 on the road this season, averaging a mere 10.3 points in those losses.
All beat up, Testaverde left the game late in the third quarter with a right Achilles' injury, having gone 11 of 18 for 140 yards. He was replaced by Brooks Bollinger.
Vick ran for a couple of one-yard touchdowns, but it was a dismal night otherwise. Appearing confused by the Jets' coverages, he threw a career-high three interceptions while going 11 of 26 for 116 yards with only three completions to wideouts. His passer rating was a grim 16.3 -- the worst showing of his five-year career.
"I'm the quarterback. It's all on me. Everything falls on my shoulders," Vick said. "All I can do is come back the next game, try to get better and make sure it doesn't happen again."
The Jets (2-5) never seriously challenged until Vick threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. Bollinger directed a touchdown drive off the first turnover, and had New York in position to make a game of it until a fourth-down pass at the Falcons 11 was knocked down by Demorrio Williams.
"We have to figure out a way when we get the ball first to put it in the end zone and score some points so that we aren't playing catch-up the entire game," Testaverde said.
On New York's second offensive play of the game, Testaverde bobbled the snap from replacement center Pete Kendall. Atlanta's Bryan Scott recovered at the Jets 20.
That play epitomized the plight of an injury-plagued team. Testaverde came out of retirement after New York's top two quarterbacks, Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler, went down. Kendall moved over from guard to replace six-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae, out for the season after tearing his triceps last week.
Atlanta, the league's top rushing team, helped its average with 205 yards on the ground.
"I'm excited where this team is going because I see the potential to get better," Falcons Coach Jim Mora said. "It's never perfect in the NFL. Sometimes it's not pretty. But the bottom line is we got the win."