Brady, Brees come up big again
UNDATED (AP) -- Tom Brady has made a successful home field return.
The Patriots quarterback threw 376 yards and three touchdowns in New England's 35-17 win over Cincinnati. It was Brady's first home appearance since serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension.
He sure didn't forget how to find top tight end Rob Gronkowski, who snared seven Brady passes for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown.
Brady got a thunderous ovation when he returned to Gillette Stadium for the first time since last season's playoffs. His performance improved New England's record to an AFC East leading 5-1.
Andy Dalton threw for a touchdown and ran for another for the Bengals who fall to 2-4.
Rookie Dak Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns pacing Dallas to a 30-16 win over Green Bay.
Prescott shook off two fumbles and an interception, to lead the 5-1 Cowboys to their fifth straight win.
The Cowboys forced Green Bay into a season high four turnovers including an interception and fumble by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
It was Green Bay's worst defeat at home with Rodgers as the starting quarterback since a 37-20 loss to the Giants in the 2011 NFC divisional playoffs. The two-time NFL MVP finished 31 of 42 for a season-high 294 yards and a touchdown.
But the 3-2 Packers didn't get into the end zone until 6:53 left.
Steven Hauschka's 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped a fourth quarter comeback and gave the 4-1 Seahawks to a 26-24 win over Atlanta.
Russell Wilson led a 70-yard drive that was capped by Christine Michael's 1-yard touchdown run that pulled the Seahawks within a point. Michael had two touchdown runs and rookie Alex Collins added his first NFL touchdown on a 2-yard run.
An Earl Thomas interception of a deflected Matt Ryan pass gave the ball to Seattle and Wilson got them in position for the game winner.
Ryan blitz the Seahawks for 21 third-quarter points to put the 4-2 Falcons in the lead. He finished with 335 yards passing and three touchdowns. Julio Jones had seven catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Will Lutz booted a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to lift New Orleans to a 41-38 win over Carolina.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 465 yards and four touchdowns, and engineered the drive that set up Lutz's game-winner. It was the 15th 400-yard game for Brees, setting an NFL record. New Orleans improved to 2-3 with its second straight win.
Cam Newton returned at quarterback for the Panthers and helped overcome a 21-0 deficit. He passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns after sitting out a game due to a concussion. Newton also ran for a 2-yard score and threw a 2-point conversion that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 left. The Panthers have lost four in a row dropping the defending NFC champs to 1-5.
Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown and Alex Smith picked apart Oakland's struggling defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-10 win.
Smith completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards, Jamaal Charles and big defensive lineman Dontari Poe each ran for scores and the Chiefs forced two turnovers by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr connected with Andre Holmes for the Raiders only touchdown.
The 3-2 Chiefs were in control most of the way in their first game since getting blown out by 29 points in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.
After allowing a touchdown on the opening drive, the Chiefs held the Raiders to one field goal the rest of the way in a thorough victory that improved coach Andy Reid to 16-2 following a bye.
Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins topped Philadelphia 27-20. Washington has won four in a row to improve to 4-2, for their best six-game start to a season since 2008.
The Washington running attack of Matt Jones, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for 231 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins put up 493 offensive yards against a defense ranked second in the NFL entering the game.
The 3-2 Eagles got just 239 yards in the loss. Philadelphia got its points on an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown by Wendell Smallwood, Malcolm Jenkins' 64-yard interception return touchdown and two field goals by Caleb Sturgis.
LeSean McCoy rushed for 140 yards and scored three times to lead Buffalo to a 45-16 win over San Francisco. Buffalo ground out 312 rushing yards to earn their first four-game winning streak since 2008. Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes for the 4-2 Bills.
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) got his first start of the season and was the target of numerous boos and chants when he kneeled during the national anthem. He was 13-of-29 for 187 yards and a touchdown. Kaepernick also rushed for 66 yards for the 1-5 49ers.
The Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-23 win over the Ravens. Odell Beckham Jr. turned a short fourth-and-1 pass into a 66-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 1:24 to play in the win. Beckham finished the day with eight catches for 222 yards and two scores, despite going to the locker room with a hip pointer in the second quarter.
Eli Manning threw for 403 yards and three scores for the 3-3 Giants.
Joe Flacco helped drive the Ravens to the Giants 24 in the closing seconds but the Giants broke up a pass in the end zone to secure the win. Flacco threw for 307 yards, while Terrance West scored twice for 3-3 Baltimore.
Tennessee held off winless Cleveland 28-26 as quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns. The win gives the 3-3 Titans a modest two-game winning streak, their first since the end of the 2013 season. By winning Tennessee matched its win total for all of last season.
Cleveland came alive late to make it close. Cody Kessler hit Terrelle Pryor Sr. for a 5-yard TD with 2:07 left, but his pass on the 2-point conversion failed. The Browns recovered their first onside kick, and Duke Johnson Jr. scored nine plays later. But the Titans recovered the second on-side kick to seal the win.
The Browns are now 0-6 and off to their worst start since 1999 when they lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.
Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries to lead Miami to a 30-15 win over Pittsburgh.
The (2-4) Dolphins defense stepped up, knocking Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) from the game for one series with a knee injury. He was only able to pass for 189 yards and only had 83 yards passing with 5 minutes left before he drove the Steelers 97 yards for a touchdown.
Miami limited the 4-2 Steelers to just 297 total yards and held Pittsburgh top receiver Antonio Brown to four catches for 39 yards.
Blake Bortles connected with Arrelious Benn on a 51-yard touchdown pass with 2:49 left to give Jacksonville a 17-16 win over the Bears. The 2-3 Jags roared back from a 13-0 fourth quarter deficit behind Bortles 271 passing yards.
The Bears' Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards, including 113 on 11 receptions by Cameron Meredith. But the Bears were only able to score one touchdown on four trips into the red zone to fall to 1-5.
Matt Prater connected on a 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left that gave the Lions a 31-28 lead over the visiting Rams. Rafael Bush followed the field goal with a victory-sealing interception two plays later as the Lions won their second straight.
Each team is now 3-3.
Rams QB Case Keenum completed a team record 20 straight passes in the game and finished 27-32 for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
There are two excellent late afternoon matchups. In Green Bay the 3-1 Packers are playing host to the 4-1 Cowboys, while the 3-1 Seahawks are home to the 4 -1 Falcons.
The game this evening is being played in Houston as the Texans play host to the Colts. This is an AFC South matchup with the Texans having won the last meeting, 16-10 last December. Record-wise the Texans are 3-2 while the Colts are 2-3.