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Steelers get on Bus, Jets left at station

Posted: Monday, October 09, 2000

There are now just two unbeaten teams in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers handed the Jets their first loss Sunday, beating New York 20-3 at the Meadowlands behind the composed, efficient quarterbacking of Kordell Stewart.

Stewart threw Pittsburgh's first touchdown pass of the season to Bobby Shaw and the Jets, virtually injury free in four straight wins, lost quarterback Vinny Testaverde with a pinched nerve on their first play.

His replacement, Ray Lucas, was intercepted twice and threw for just 99 yards as the Jets (4-1) lost for the first time.

That leaves St. Louis and Minnesota, both 4-0 as the NFL's only unbeatens. The Rams are off this week and the Vikings are home against Tampa Bay on Monday night.

Stewart was 17-of-26 for 140 yards, converted 10 of 18 third-down plays and completed passes to eight receivers. Jerome Bettis added 107 rushing yards and the first touchdown on the ground against the Jets this season as Pittsburgh (2-3) won its second straight after three losses.

Redskins 17, Eagles 14

Michael Husted made a 24-yard field goal with four seconds left. Husted, who had the winning kick in overtime for Washington last week, missed two field goals earlier in the game.

Darrell Green set up the winning kick for Washington (4-2) by intercepting Donovan McNabb's pass and returning it 33 yards to Philadelphia's 19. Philadelphia (3-3) had beaten Washington in nine of its last 10 at Veterans Stadium.

Brad Johnson was 23-of-36 for 289 yards for the Redskins.

Dolphins 22, Bills 13

Former Buffalo star Thurman Thomas provided the inspiration and the defense scored twice to help Miami earn its fourth consecutive victory.

The Dolphins (5-1) clinched the victory when cornerback Sam Madison returned a fumble 20 yards for a score with 4:45 left. Trace Armstrong had 3 1/2 of Miami's six sacks and forced two fumbles. The Dolphins also had a safety.

Visiting Buffalo (2-3) lost its third consecutive game, all to AFC East teams.

Titans 23, Bengals 14

Eddie George ran for 181 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the second half as Tennessee kept Cincinnati winless.

The Titans (4-1) held the ball for 41 minutes, but struggled to overcome their own mistakes and two big plays by the visiting Bengals (0-5).

Corey Dillon ran 80 yards for a touchdown, and Darryl Williams returned an interception 36 yards for a TD and a 14-10 halftime lead.

Raiders 34, 49ers 28, OT

Tim Brown caught a 31-yard pass from Rich Gannon in overtime as Oakland won at San Francisco.

Brown had seven catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a game that was marred by missed opportunities, mistakes and miscues, including a pair of missed field goals by Sebastian Janikowski that could have given the AFC West-leading Raiders (4-1) the victory earlier.

The winning TD came after Wade Richey's 29-yard attempt for San Francisco (2-4) was blocked by Anthony Dorsett.

Patriots 24, Colts 16

Michael Bishop threw a 44-yard TD pass to Tony Simmons on the final play of the first half, and Drew Bledsoe threw two TD passes as New England won its second straight after four losses to open the season.

New England (2-4) controlled the second half, particularly on defense, shutting down the visiting Colts (3-2) and harassing Peyton Manning. Manning was 31-of-54 for 334 yards, but he also threw three interceptions.

Lions 31, Packers 24

Brett Favre, 2-7 at the Silverdome with 20 interceptions, fumbled twice and threw three interceptions to give Detroit its seventh home win over Green Bay (2-4) in the Packers' last eight regular-season visits.

Charlie Batch threw for 199 yards and three TDs for the Lions (4-2). Detroit led 31-9 late in the third quarter after Batch connected with Herman Moore from 30 yards for his first touchdown catch of the season.

Saints 31, Bears 10

Jeff Blake threw three touchdown passes and ran for 66 yards, Ricky Williams had 128 yards rushing on 30 carries, and New Orleans' defense had five sacks and three interceptions.

New Orleans (2-3) controlled the ball for more than 38 minutes, and its defense didn't allow the Bears (1-5) an offensive touchdown at Soldier Field.

Cardinals 29, Browns 21

Michael Pittman, who took over for rookie Thomas Jones as the starting running back this week, rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries as Arizona (2-3) overcame a 14-0 deficit at home.

Jake Plummer completed 17 of 30 passes for 171 yards, including touchdown passes of 53 and five yards to Frank Sanders to send Cleveland (2-4) to its third loss in a row.

Giants 13, Falcons 6

Ron Dayne scored the only touchdown on a 2-yard run less than five minutes into the game, and the blitzing New York defense made it stand up.

New York (4-2) knocked out Atlanta quarterback Chris Chandler and limited the Falcons (2-4) to 13 yards rushing. The visiting Giants snapped a two-game losing streak and handed Atlanta its third straight loss.

Panthers 26, Seahawks 3

Carolina (2-3) bolted to a 20-point halftime lead under new offensive coordinator Richard Williamson and got four field goals from new placekicker Joe Nedney in a 26-3 victory over Seattle.

Seattle's switch at quarterback didn't go as well. Brock Huard made his first career start in place of Jon Kitna, but visiting Seattle (2-4) was limited to 209 total yards and 11 first downs.

Williamson moved over from wide receivers coach early in the week when Bill Musgrave suddenly resigned following home losses to Atlanta and Dallas.

Broncos 21, Chargers 7

Brian Griese threw three touchdown passes -- two to Ed McCaffrey to cap 24-yard drives following interceptions -- as Denver kept San Diego winless.

The visiting Broncos (3-3) had lost their previous two games, both at Mile High Stadium.

The Chargers (0-6), off to their worst start since losing 11 in a row to start the 1975 season, are one of two NFL teams without a victory this season; the other is Cincinnati.

Ravens 15, Jaguars 10

Matt Stover kicked five field goals and the Ravens came up with a team-record six turnovers to give Jacksonville a three-game losing streak for the first time since 1996.

Baltimore (5-1), trying to become the first team since the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers to record three straight shutouts, instead settled for its eighth straight division victory.

Jacksonville (2-4) lost at home in consecutive weeks for the first time since its expansion season in 1995.



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