Ram-pant scoring continues

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2000

The St. Louis Rams didn't have to worry about rustiness -- or losing their placekicker on Sunday.

St. Louis (6-0) came back from its bye week and maintained its 43-point-a-game pace as Marshall Faulk ran for 208 yards and caught seven passes for 78 more in a 45-29 victory over Atlanta. Kurt Warner threw for 313 yards, his sixth straight 300-yard game, to tie Steve Young's NFL record.

Other records kept on falling.

The Rams had a record four 2-point conversions after kicker Jeff Wilkins was hurt in the first quarter. And for the first time in NFL history, the game started with consecutive kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Vikings 28, Bears 16

Robert Smith had a 72-yard TD run and became Minnesota's career rushing leader, while Daunte Culpepper threw for three scores at Chicago (1-6).

The Vikings (6-0) got two touchdowns in a three-minute span late in the second quarter, overcoming a 9-0 deficit on Smith's 72-yard run and Culpepper's 24-yard scoring pass to Cris Carter.

Smith gained 170 yards on 23 carries and passed Chuck Foreman's 5,879 yards rushing.

Redskins 10, Ravens 3

Stephen Davis scored on a 33-yard run for the only touchdown.

Washington (5-2) bottled up Baltimore quarterback Tony Banks for much of the game and won its fourth straight as the Ravens (5-2) went without a touchdown for the third straight game. Their only points have come on 10 field goals by Matt Stover. They won their last two games without a TD, a feat last accomplished in the NFL by the 1925 Detroit Panthers.

Davis had just 35 yards in the first three quarters, but capped an 80-yard drive by bursting through a hole off left tackle and cutting to the outside into the clear. He finished with 91 yards on 21 carries.

Raiders 20, Chiefs 17

Sebastian Janikowski made his first NFL game-winner, a 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds left. The first-round draft choice had been 1-for-6 beyond 40 yards until he made the kick. The Raiders (5-1) took the NFC West lead, while Kansas City (3-3) had a three-game winning streak broken.

Rich Gannon drove the Raiders 64 yards in eight plays to set up Janikowski, who also hit a 47-yarder in the third period that sliced the Chiefs' lead to 17-10. The Raiders tied it at 17 with a long drive aided by a gambling fourth-down completion by Gannon.

Giants 19, Cowboys 14

Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne had his first NFL 100-yard rushing game, running for 108 yards. He scored a game-winning 3-yard run in the fourth quarter after Troy Aikman threw his career-high and team-record-tying fifth interception.

Kerry Collins added a short touchdown pass and Brad Daluiso kicked two field goals as the Giants (5-2) stayed tied for first in the NFC East.

Saints 24, Panthers 6

Ricky Williams, the 1998 Heisman winner, had his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards. He ran 38 times for 144 yards, caught three passes for 35 and threw a 34-yard pass for New Orleans (3-3).

The Panthers (2-4) managed just two field goals, converted just three of 14 third downs, and had only eight first downs. Steve Beuerlein, who flew in after staying home for a day with flu-like symptoms, was 15-of-18 for 172 yards. La'Roi Glover had three of the Saints' eight sacks.

Bills 27, Chargers 24 (OT)

Doug Flutie, taking over for injured Rob Johnson, moved the Bills (3-3) 31 yards after Henry Jones' interception to set up Steve Christie's winning 46-yard field goal with 6:34 left in overtime.

Christie got a second chance after his first attempt, which bounced off the right goalpost, was whistled down for a false start. The second attempt just sneaked over the bar.

Steelers 15, Bengals 0

Jerome Bettis finished with 101 yards on 29 carries as the Steelers (3-3) won their third in a row.

Kent Graham, starting even after Kordell Stewart led two road victories, hit Hines Ward for a 77-yard touchdown on the Steelers' second play from scrimmage. That was about all that was needed in a punt-filled game.

Josh Miller of Pittsburgh and Daniel Pope of Cincinnati (0-6) combined for 22 punts. There were only five more complete passes in the game.

Jets 34, Patriots 17

Curtis Martin rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns, showing New England what it has missed since he left for New York in 1998: a strong running attack.

The Jets (5-1) rebounded from a 20-3 loss to Pittsburgh tied idle Miami for the AFC East lead. New England (2-5) lost the momentum from consecutive wins over Denver and Indianapolis.

Packers 31, 49ers 28

A battered Brett Favre put Ryan Longwell in position to kick a 35-yard field goal with 54 seconds left to give the Packers (3-4) the victory.

Jeff Garcia of San Francisco (2-5) completed 27 of 42 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns, giving him an NFL-best 19 TD passes. Favre barely outperformed him.

Broncos 44, Browns 10

Brian Griese threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns, all to Rod Smith, as the Broncos ended a rare two-game home losing streak and extended Cleveland's losing streak (at all venues) to four.

Griese, who has torn cartilage in his shoulder and doesn't practice on Wednesdays to ease strain on the joint, broke a 3-3 tie with successive TD passes to Smith in the second quarter. Mike Anderson had a 26-yard TD run for Denver (4-3).

Eagles 33, Cardinals 14

Philadelphia (4-3) used a grinding, ball-control attack to score on its first four possessions even without Duce Staley, out for the season with a foot injury. Darnell Autry, Brian Mitchell and Stanley Pritchett shared the running load.

Arizona (2-4) had beaten the Eagles five straight times. In four of those games, Jake Plummer brought the Cardinals back from a fourth-quarter deficit. This time, the Eagles were up 24-0 after McNabb's 9-yard pass to Chad Lewis with 9:16 left in the third quarter.

Colts 37, Seahawks 24

Edgerrin James, held without a touchdown in his two previous games, rushed for a franchise-record 219 yards. James scored on runs of 26, 3 and 2 yards, the second time in his two-year career he's had three TDs in a game. He easily topped the 198-yard performance by Norm Bulaich for the Baltimore Colts against the Jets in 1971.

James ran for 82 yards in the first quarter alone as Indianapolis (4-2) completed a three-game road trip against the Seahawks (2-5).

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