The Indianapolis Colts had a harder time on Sunday getting to 10–0 than did the New Orleans Saints, beating the Baltimore Ravens 17–15. The Ravens repeatedly drove deep into Colts territory but failed to come up with a touchdown.
“We scored touchdowns, they scored field goals. That was kind of the difference,” said Peyton Manning. Manning threw two interceptions, Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals but missed another attempt, and Dallas Clark made a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch.
In a battle of two 1–8 teams, the Detroit Lions prevailed in a wild one over the Cleveland Browns 38–37. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford threw for five TD passes and 422 yards while Cleveland’s Brady Quinn fired four TD passes and racked up a 133.1 passer rating. Detroit scored the winning touchdown after time had expired due to a defensive penalty. Stafford then hobbled off the field holding his left shoulder.
The New England Patriots bounced back from their loss to the Colts last Sunday to convincingly beat the New York Jets 31–14. Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions and completed only 38 percent of his passes. The Jets scored a touchdown off a blocked punt but other than that and a TD pass to Jerricho Cotchery, this game was all Patriots. Wes Welker, who missed the Week 2 game against the Jets, caught 15 passes for 192 yards. The Patriots next face the undefeated Saints in New Orleans on Monday night.
Miami 24, Carolina 17 (played Thursday)
Kansas City 27, Pittsburgh 24 (OT)
Jacksonville 18, Buffalo 15
New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 7
Green Bay 30, San Francisco 24
New York Giants 34, Atlanta 31 (OT)
Dallas 7, Washington 6
Arizona 21, St. Louis 13
San Diego 32, Denver 3
Minnesota 35, Seattle 9
Oakland 20, Cincinnati 17
Philadelphia at Chicago
Tennessee at Houston (Monday night)