Brees passes Favre as Saints roll...Rams, Chiefs win, Pats fall...Northwestern cracks poll
CINCINNATI (AP) — Drew Brees (breez) passed Brett Favre (fahrv) for second place on the all-time lead for touchdown throws while he tossed three in the first half of the New Orleans Saints’ eighth straight win, a 51-14 rout of the Bengals at Cincinnati. His 17-yard TD to Michael Thomas with 2 seconds left in the half gave him 509 career touchdown passes, one more than Favre. Brees was 22 of 25 for 265 yards and no interceptions for the 8-1 Saints, with Mark Ingram catching 13 passes for 104 yards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams bounced back from last week’s loss to New Orleans as Jared Goff passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Russell Wilson. Todd Gurley rushed for 120 yards and a score as the 9-1 Rams completed a season sweep of the 4-5 Seahawks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs rolled past the Arizona Cardinals 26-14. Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs’ first-year starter a team-record 31 for the season. Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list late in the game.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The New England Patriots’ six-game winning streak is over after the Titans sacked Tom Brady three times and hit him repeatedly in a 34-10 thrashing of the Pats. Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) capped each of the first two drives with TD passes, and Derrick Henry ran for a pair of TDs. Ryan Succop (SUK’-uhp) also added two field goals as the 5-4 Titans scored a season-high in points after jumping out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter.
UNDATED (AP) — Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, a day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game. The 6-4 Wildcats are No. 24 in the Top 25 after beating Iowa to clinch the Big Ten West with two games to play. The rest of the Top 25 is fairly stable, especially at the top. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia. Oklahoma is sixth, ahead of West Virginia, Washington State, Ohio State and LSU.