Bengals get Lewis his first win
CLEVELAND — The NFL’s sorriest team for the past decade gave rookie coach Marvin Lewis his first victory Sunday, as Jon Kitna threw three touchdown passes, two to Chad Johnson, in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 21-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Lewis might have sparked the win himself. After the Bengals (1-3) fell behind 14-7 in the second quarter, Lewis huddled his defense on the sideline and the former defensive coordinator delivered a heated motivational speech.
Cincinnati responded by shutting out the Browns (1-3) the rest of the way, and as the clock expired, the Bengals celebrated by dousing Lewis with Gatorade.
Chiefs 17, Ravens 10 — In Baltimore, Dante Hall did it again for the Chiefs, this time on a second-chance kickoff return.
After the Ravens (2-2) tied it on a touchdown run by Jamal Lewis, who finished with 115 yards rushing, Baltimore pinned the Chiefs inside their 20 on the kickoff.
But the Ravens’ Adalius Thomas was called offside, and Hall took the next kickoff all the way, encountering few would-be tacklers to keep the Chiefs unbeaten at 4-0.
Hall returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week and also has a punt return for a TD this season.
Vikings 35, 49ers 7 — In Minneapolis, Gus Frerotte threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns, three to Randy Moss, as Minnesota stayed unbeaten in four games.
Moss had eight receptions for 172 yards, as Minnesota scored on four of its five first-half possessions, intercepted Jeff Garcia three times and held Terrell Owens to five catches for 52 yards. The 49ers are 1-3.
Redskins 20, Patriots 17 — In Landover, Md., led by Champ Bailey, Washington’s defense intercepted Tom Brady three times, as the Redskins almost squandered a 20-3 lead but hung on to beat the Patriots.
Leading 6-3 at halftime, Bailey’s fumble recovery helped Washington open a 20-3 third-quarter lead. But two touchdown passes by Brady put the Patriots within three points with 2:10 to play.
Eagles 23, Bills 13 — In Orchard Park, N.Y., Brian Westbrook capped a breakthrough for the Philadelphia offense with a 62-yard run to seal the Eagles’ victory.
Philadelphia (1-2) had scored just 10 points in its opening two games and almost squandered a 16-point edge in the fourth quarter against the Bills, who lost their second straight after opening the season 2-0.
Rams 37, Cardinals 13 — In St. Louis, Lamar Gordon, ran for 81 yards on 21 carries and scored the game’s first touchdown in the Rams’ victory over Arizona (1-3).
Marc Bulger threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third in his second start since replacing Kurt Warner for the Rams (2-2). That included a 7-yarder to Torry Holt that put the game away at 30-13 early in the fourth.
Bulger was 28 for 41 for 272 yards.
Texans 24, Jaguars 20 — In Houston, David Carr sneaked in from less than a yard out on the final play of the game to give Houston (2-2) the victory after coach Dom Capers eschewed a field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.
The score came after Byron Leftwich, making his first start at quarterback, fumbled at the Jacksonville 41 with 2:41 left to set up the winning drive. Leftwich, making his first career start, had an 84-yard touchdown pass to Troy Edwards for the Jaguars (0-4).
Carolina 23, Atlanta 3 — In Charlotte, N.C., Stephen Davis ran for 153 yards and his first touchdown of the season to help Carolina snap its six-game losing streak against Atlanta.
Jake Delhomme threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl and John Kasay kicked field goals of 53, 23 and 38 yards, as the Panthers opened the season 3-0 for the second consecutive year. But Carolina went on an eight-game skid last season, not likely to be repeated after the confidence-building win over Atlanta (1-3).
Cowboys 17, Jets 6 — In East Rutherford, N.J., Troy Hambrick ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, as Bill Parcells’ Cowboys racked up 202 yards on the ground to beat the struggling Jets. It was Parcells’ second straight win against a New York team he used to coach.
The Jets are 0-4 for the first time since 1996, when they finished 1-15.
Broncos 20, Lions 16 — In Denver, Jake Plummer completed 16 straight passes in the first half and threw for two touchdowns, as the Broncos held on for coach Mike Shanahan’s 100th career win.
Denver is 4-0 for the fifth time in team history and first since winning 13 straight to start the 1998 season, when the Broncos won their second straight Super Bowl.