Chiefs bury Browns

Posted: Monday, November 10, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Trent Green threw three touchdown passes and Priest Holmes scored two touchdowns, leading streaking Kansas City (9-0) over the troubled Browns (3-6).

Green hit 29 of 42 passes for 368 yards, and Holmes had 93 yards rushing and 66 receiving. He has six touchdowns in his last two games against Cleveland.

Dante Hall, who had touchdown returns in four straight games earlier this year, took a Cleveland kickoff in the second quarter, began dodging and weaving downfield, then burst into the clear. But as the crowd of nearly 80,000 put up a deafening roar, rookie safety Chris Crocker avoided a block and hurled himself toward Hall from behind, catching his foot and bringing him down.

The 77-yard return set up Morten Andersen's 29-yard field goal for a 24-17 lead for the Chiefs, who increased their lead in the AFC West to four games over Denver. Hall also had a 29-yard kickoff return and totaled 159 return yards.

Falcons 27, Giants 7

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Dan Reeves finally got his 200th coaching win, with lots of help from a former team.

Warrick Dunn ran for 178 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, and the Atlanta Falcons snapped a seven-game losing streak by defeating the mistake-prone New York Giants 27-7 on Sunday.

Reeves, who coached the Giants before taking over in Atlanta in 1997, became the sixth NFL coach to reach 200 victories (200-171-2).

The Falcons' issued a release after the game saying Reeves was the seventh NFL coach to get 200 wins. Former Cleveland and Cincinnati coach Paul Brown was included on their list with 222 wins. Later, the NFL said it does not recognize 52 wins he had coaching in the old AAFC before the Browns joined the NFL.

The Giants (4-5) turned the ball over four times, giving Atlanta (2-7) its first win since the season opener. It was a performance that got so ugly Giants fans chanted ''Fire Fassel.'' Coach Jim Fassel termed it a ''trap game'' early in the week.

Titans 31, Dolphins 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Steve McNair threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Tennessee won its fourth straight game and sixth in the past seven.

Miami (5-4) came in allowing just 13.8 points per game, best in the NFL, and the Dolphins had been unbeaten on the road this season.

Tennessee improved to 7-2 by setting a franchise record of scoring 30 or more points for the sixth straight game. The defense sacked Brian Griese four times, and forced him five turnovers that the Titans turned into 17 points.

Redskins 27, Seahawks 20

LANDOVER, Md. Paid to catch passes, Rod Gardner won the game for the Washington Redskins with a touchdown toss.

Gardner took a lateral and threw a 10-yard pass to a wide-open Trung Canidate with 1:57 to play. The trick play wasn't the only audacious call coach Steve Spurrier made on the winning drive. The coach went for a fourth-and-inches at Washington's 25, and fullback Rock Cartwright barely made it after a huge hit by linebacker Anthony Simmons.

Panthers 27, Bucs 24

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Jake Delhomme's 5-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith with 1:06 remaining overcame a late Tampa Bay rally in the matchup of two suddenly bitter rivals.

The Bucs (4-5) trail the Panthers (7-2) by three games, and Carolina holds the tiebreaker after a season sweep.

Jaguars 28, Colts 23

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Fred Taylor delivered the punishment he promised and the Jacksonville Jaguars got a win not many people expected.

Taylor scored a 32-yard touchdown with 1:08 left. Taylor, who promised payback to Colts safety Mike Doss for his rough play in the first meeting between the teams this season, finished with a season-high 152 yards to help the Jaguars (2-7) defeat the Colts for the first time in franchise history.

Bengals 34, Texans 27

CINCINNATI Rudi Johnson, Corey Dillon's unheralded backup, set a Bengals record by running 43 times, gaining 182 yards and scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns.

Steelers 28, Cardinals 15

PITTSBURGH Tommy Maddox threw three touchdown passes, two to Hines Ward barely a minute apart in a 21-point third quarter, and the Steelers ended their five-game losing streak.

Lions 12, Bears 10

DETROIT Jason Hanson's right foot gave Detroit consecutive wins for the first time in three years. Hanson made a 48-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 39 seconds left.

Chargers 42, Vikings 28

SAN DIEGO Doug Flutie, 41, juked his way to two touchdowns and threw for two more in his first start in nearly two years.

The big performance from the pint-sized Flutie and two touchdown runs by LaDainian Tomlinson including a 73-yarder, his longest career TD injected some excitement into an otherwise dismal season for the Chargers (2-7).

Cowboys 10, Bills 6

IRVING, Texas Despite moving only 51 yards on their two scoring drives and going more than 15 minutes between first downs in the second half, the Cowboys (7-2) eked out the victory.

The Bills have lost four in a row away from home, getting outscored 95-21 in those games.

Jets 27, Raiders 24, OT

OAKLAND, Calif. Chad Pennington threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jerald Sowell with 1:09 left and completed the 2-point conversion pass to Anthony Becht to force overtime. Then Doug Brien kicked a 38-yard field goal in the extra period for the Jets (3-6).

The Raiders are off to their worst start since beginning 1-6-1 in 1964.

Rams 33, Ravens 22

ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Rams' defense bailed out an inept offense Sunday night.

The Rams forced seven turnovers and knocked rookie quarterback Kyle Boller out of the game in a 33-22 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. That performance covered up for a suddenly incompetent offense.

St. Louis also had the drops with four turnovers, two by punt returner DeJuan Groce, and went almost two quarters without a first down at one point. Marc Bulger was so off-target he heard some boos and calls for backup Kurt Warner in the second half.

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