Chiefs beat Browns 23-17, remain unbeaten in NFL
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs held off the scrappy Cleveland Browns late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 23-17 victory and remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team.
“We love it,” said Smith, the first quarterback since 1970 to win his first eight games with a new team. “You want the stages to get bigger. That’s why you put all the work in. You want this opportunity.”
Kansas City is the first team in NFL history to win its first eight games after having the league’s worst record the previous season.
“Not that anybody sneaks up on anybody in this league, but yeah, we’re the only undefeated team,” Smith said after the Chiefs held out the Browns late surge. “I think that teams have recognized how we’re playing and no question, they’re coming prepared.”
Detroit produced an unexpected 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys, with Matthew Stafford’s 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Calvin Johnson’s 329 yards receiving lifting the Lions to a comeback victory. The Lions overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
At Denver, Peyton Manning overcame four turnovers and the Broncos scored the last 38 points against former coach Mike Shanahan and his new team in a 45-21 win over the Red Skins. Manning finished with 354 yards and four touchdown passes to offset his three interceptions and lost fumble.
His first two turnovers led to points that gave the Redskins a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. From there, Manning led the Broncos on two long scoring drives, then the go-ahead score on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno. The Broncos have won seven of their eight games to start to the season.
Robert Griffin III finished with 132 yards passing, one score and two interceptions for Washington before hurting his left knee.
The Green Bay Packers won the late game, with Aaron Rodgers throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff and Adrian Peterson rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who have lost six of their first seven games.
Earlier, the Saints had a 35-17 win over the Buffalo Bills with Drew Brees passing for five touchdowns and 332 yards.
At Cincinnati, Andy Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes, four of them to Marvin Jones, as the AFC North leading Bengals thumped the Jets 49-9.
Jones set a Bengals record for touchdown receptions, scoring on catches of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards.
Dalton’s five touchdown passes gave him 11 in his last three games, his best such span. He’s the first quarterback to throw for five TDs against the Jets since Dan Marino in 1988.
The Raiders beat the Steelers 21-18, with Terrelle Pryor running 93 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback.
Darren McFadden added two touchdown runs and the defense did the rest for the Raiders.
In other games, the Cardinals beat the Falcons 27-13, the Giants had a 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and the 49ers had a 42-10 win over Jacksonville at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Colin Kaepernick threw for one touchdown and ran for two more to lead the 49ers, finishing with 164 yards passing and 54 yards rushing.
The Jaguars, who have lost their first eight games, were the “home” team at the iconic soccer venue, playing in the British capital for the first of their four-year run of regular-season NFL games in London.
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