Ravens find Bengals bungle no more

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2001

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals are 2-0, with a victory over the Super Bowl champs.

Jon Kitna threw for a touchdown and ran for another early in the second half, and Takeo Spikes returned an interception 66 yards as the Bengals stunned the Baltimore Ravens 21-10 Sunday.

Baltimore had six turnovers, setting up all of Cincinnati's points. It could have been worse: The Bengals missed three field goals.

The Bengals improved to 2-0 for the first time since 1995, when they finished 7-9. The upset Sunday left them celebrating in the Ravens' faces.

Leading up to the game, Spikes belittled Elvis Grbac for choosing the Ravens over the Bengals in the offseason. The linebacker provided the clinching play with 6:04 to go, reaching up to swat Grbac's pass into his own arms, then heading upfield for the Bengals' longest interception return in eight years.

Colts 42, Bills 26

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James played brilliantly as usual, and Indianapolis found a new co-star in wide receiver Jerome Pathon.

Manning threw for 421 yards, hooking up with Harrison for three touchdowns and Pathon for another.

Buffalo tied a team record with 19 penalties, and its leading rusher was quarterback Rob Johnson with 63 yards.

James finished with 111 yards rushing on 23 carries, his fifth straight 100-yard game, a Colts record.

Chargers 32, Cowboys 21

IRVING, Texas -- Doug Flutie threw for 353 yards and two touchdowns on the first two drives, and Ryan McNeil helped make the early lead hold up with two interceptions for San Diego, whose 2-0 record tops last season's win total.

The Chargers, who started last season 0-11, exploited first-quarter mistakes by Dallas quarterback Anthony Wright and scored on four of their first five possessions.

San Diego could've enjoyed a second straight blowout if not for drives that stalled at the 4-, 6- and 5-yard lines. The Chargers settled for Wade Richey's field goals of 22, 24 and 23 yards.

The Cowboys (0-2) turned a 17-0 deficit to 20-14 at halftime, then closed to 29-21 with 9:21 left.

Jaguars 13, Titans 6

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Stacey Mack ran for 80 yards and a touchdown after Fred Taylor left with a strained groin, and Jacksonville held on against winless Tennessee.

The Titans fell to 0-2, with games against Baltimore and Tampa Bay coming up after next week's bye.

Dolphins 18, Raiders 15

MIAMI -- Jay Fiedler overcame two interceptions to score the winning touchdown for Miami with :05 left.

Fiedler directed a 10-play, 80-yard drive in the final 1:41, capped by his 2-yard run.

The Dolphins (2-0) are 28-4 in home openers since 1970 and haven't lost at home in September since 1993.

Browns 24, Lions 14

CLEVELAND -- Ty Detmer threw seven interceptions, one less than the NFL record against his former team.

Tim Couch threw three touchdown passes -- one to an offensive lineman -- and rookie James Jackson ran for 124 yards on 31 carries for Cleveland (1-1).

Rookie Anthony Henry had three interceptions for the Browns.

Bears 17, Vikings 10

CHICAGO -- Jim Miller threw two touchdown passes for Chicago in the last 10 minutes to beat Minnesota. It was just the Bears' sixth victory in the last 20 tries against the Vikings.

Daunte Culpepper threw for a touchdown, but Randy Moss wasn't a factor for a second straight game.

Moss had five catches for 81 yards, but Cris Carter had just one catch for 13 yards. Culpepper was 24-of-36 for 233 yards.

Miller, who took over when Shane Matthews left in the second quarter with bruised ribs, was 18-of-29 for 204 yards, including the TD passes to Marty Booker and Marcus Robinson.

Giants 13, Chiefs 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Morten Anderson kicked two field goals, and Ron Dayne scored on a tackle-busting 7-yard run, leading New York past Kansas City.

Ray Crockett intercepted Collins' pass for Amani Toomer midway through the first quarter. The Chiefs, who had beaten the last 12 NFC teams to visit Arrowhead Stadium, drove to a first-and-goal from the 7.

But Shaun Williams stepped in front of All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez and intercepted Trent Green's pass.

Falcons 24, Panthers 16

ATLANTA -- Chris Chandler threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Anderson, and Michael Vick scored his first NFL touchdown on a 2-yard run, leading Atlanta over Carolina.

The Panthers opened the season with a shocking victory at Minnesota, but couldn't recapture the momentum.

The Falcons (1-1) defeated the Panthers (1-1) for the sixth time in seven meetings since 1998.

John Kasay kicked his third field goal, a 31-yarder with 5:37 remaining, to bring the Panthers within eight, but the Falcons ran out all but the last 7 seconds, converting a pair of key third-down plays.

Rams 30, 49ers 26

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kurt Warner threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, and Marshall Faulk handled the ball on nearly every play on St. Louis' clock-killing final drive.

The 49ers' receivers dropped several passes to put them in a 14-point hole late in the fourth quarter. But the Rams (2-0) nearly let San Francisco (1-1) back in it when Isaac Bruce fumbled with less than 10 minutes left.

Faulk rushed 18 times for 105 yards and caught eight passes for 79 yards. Bruce had eight catches for 144 yards and a score as the Rams beat the 49ers for the fifth straight time after a 17-game losing streak against San Francisco.

Jets 10, Patriots 3

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Curtis Martin and Vinny Testaverde, who helped supply and comfort rescuers after the World Trade Center attacks, lifted New York over New England.

Martin rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown, while Testaverde completed 16 of 28 passes for 137 yards.

The Jets (1-1) rebounded from a 45-24 loss to Indianapolis with a strong defensive performance. They forced four turnovers and knocked Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe out of the game in the fourth quarter.

Eagles 27, Seahawks 3

SEATTLE -- James Thrash caught touchdown passes of 64 and 23 yards from Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia's easy victory over Seattle.

Signed as a free agent from the Washington Redskins during the offseason, Thrash caught 10 passes for 165 yards, both career highs.

McNabb completed 24 of 37 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run.

Broncos 38, Cardinals 17

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Brian Griese completed 17 consecutive passes, three of them for touchdowns, as Denver turned an early 10-point deficit into a rout of Arizona.

Rod Smith caught a team-record 14 passes for 162 yards, including touchdown catches of 10 and 34 yards. Smith had shared the record of 13 with three others.

Griese was 22-of-31 for 242 yards without an interception. His string of 17 in a row, which tied a Broncos record for consecutive completions in one game, began at the start of Denver's go-ahead touchdown drive in the final 1:36 of the first half and didn't end until there was 8 1/2 minutes left in the game.

The Cardinals, playing their season opener, scored on their first two possessions to take a surprising 10-0 lead.



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