GREEN BAY, Wis. – The retirement of Reggie White’s number couldn’t inspire the Green Bay Packers past the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Trent Dilfer won for the first time in nine trips to Lambeau Field, guiding Cleveland over the Packers 26-24 for new coach Romeo Crennel’s first win. Dilfer threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and a game-icing 62-yarder to Steve Heiden with 1:50 remaining.

Dilfer, who lost six times as a starter at Green Bay, once as a reserve and another time as an observer, completed 21 of 32 passes for 336 yards – the second-highest total of his career – and three touchdowns. The only time he threw for more yards was on Sept. 15, 2002, when he threw for 352 against Arizona.

His 62-yarder to Heiden made it 26-17, too much for the Packers to overcome.

Eagles 42, 49ers 3

PHILADELPHIA – Their relationship reconciled, Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens picked apart the defense instead of each other.

McNabb threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes, including a pair to Owens, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 42-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

McNabb played three quarters, finishing 23-of-29 for 342 yards and tying his career-best for TD passes. Owens had five catches for 143 yards – all in the opening 19 minutes – in his first game against his former team. L.J. Smith caught a career-best nine passes for 119 yards and one TD for Philadelphia (1-1).

Bucs 19, Bills 3

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to ride Cadillac Williams as far as the rookie can carry them. So far, it’s the team’s first 2-0 start in five years.

Williams topped 100 yards rushing for the second straight week Sunday, returning from a foot sprain to finish a 128-yard, one touchdown performance that helped the Bucs dominate J.P. Losman and the Buffalo Bills 19-3.

Tampa Bay’s defense scored the first points of the game on a safety and was every bit as tough on Losman as they’ve been on a list of young quarterbacks that includes Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper in recent years.

Broncos 20, Chargers 17

DENVER – Ron Dayne spent the Denver Broncos’ first game in street clothes and most of the second on the sideline.

By the end on Sunday, though, he was the key in helping Denver to the winning score – Jason Elam’s 41-yard field goal with 5 seconds left – in their come-from-behind 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Dayne came off the bench and ran six times for 39 yards on the winning drive, including an 11-yard gain on fourth-and-1 from the Chargers 33. It was the most clutch NFL performance for the Heisman Trophy winner, who came to Denver after five disappointing seasons with the Giants.

Jets 17, Dolphins 7

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Chad Pennington struggled for most of the day against the Miami Dolphins, fumbling the opening snap, wobbling passes and missing receivers.

Then came up big – right when the Jets needed him.

Pennington threw two touchdown passes, including a 1-yarder to Jerald Sowell in the fourth quarter to help seal a 17-7 victory Sunday. And for the most part, he held onto the ball.

Hoping to atone for six fumbles last week in an embarrassing loss to Kansas City, Pennington vowed not to drop another one against the Dolphins (1-1).

Seahawks 21, Falcons 18

SEATTLE – A week ago the Seattle Seahawks wilted in the Florida heat.

This week they nearly wilted on their own, taking a 21-0 halftime lead and barely holding on to beat Atlanta 21-18.

Shaun Alexander ran for 144 yards and a touchdown and Matt Hasselbeck threw for 281 yards and two more TDs. Still, it was the defense that won it for the Seahawks, shutting down the Falcons after Atlanta got the ball back with 2:39 left at their 27 needing just a field goal to send the game to overtime.

Colts 10, Jaguars 3

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts no longer need quick strikes to win big games. They can be patient, too.

Edgerrin James ran for 128 yards, Ran Carthon scored on a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and the Colts’ defense turned in a second straight solid performance in 10-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday.

The victory gave Indianapolis (2-0) an early edge in the AFC South title chase.

Bears 38, Lions 6

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears looked like the playoff contender they claim to be, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to blow out the Detroit Lions 38-6 in Sunday’s home-opener.

After struggling to move the ball a week earlier, the Bears’ Thomas Jones led Chicago with 139 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Kyle Orton completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, and did not throw an interception.

Detroit’s Joey Harrington threw a career-high five INTs, with Nate Vasher picking him off twice and Mike Brown returning one 41 yards for a touchdown. Brian Urlacher added two sacks.

Rams 17, Cardinals 12

TEMPE, Ariz. – Kurt Warner fell a few yards shy of a memorable comeback against the team he used to lead so well.

Warner, 29-for-42 for 327 yards in his first game against the St. Louis franchise he directed to two Super Bowls and one NFL crown, drove the Arizona Cardinals to the St. Louis 5-yard line in the final seconds Sunday. But a sack by Adam Archuleta and a false start by offensive tackle Leonard Davis preserved the Rams’ 17-12 victory.

Marc Bulger directed touchdown drives on St. Louis’ first possession of each half and the Cardinals advanced inside the Rams 12 four times without a touchdown. Sacks spoiled three of the threats.

Titans 25, Ravens 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans showed they can tackle. Or maybe the Baltimore Ravens still don’t have much offense.

Steve McNair threw a touchdown and Rob Bironas kicked field goals of 39, 29 and 47 yards as the Titans, the NFL’s youngest team, beat the Ravens 25-10 in their home opener.

The rebuilding Titans (1-1) had replaced five starters on defense this offseason, but they easily outplayed Baltimore’s Pro Bowl-stocked unit with six sacks and two turnovers, including linebacker Brad Kassell’s 21-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

Steelers 27, Texans 7

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans slid open their roof Sunday, hoping the heat and humidity would seep into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ black jerseys and wear them down.

Turns out, the Texans couldn’t even slow the Steelers long enough for it to matter.

Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh to scores on its first four drives – a pair of field goals sandwiched around touchdown passes of 16 and 14 yards to Hines Ward – and the Steelers cruised past the Texans 27-7 Sunday, keeping alive two impressive winning streaks.

Bengals 37, Vikings 8

CINCINNATI – Chad Johnson went right from talking to trashing.

Johnson caught a 70-yard touchdown pass on the game’s second play, and the Cincinnati Bengals overwhelmed Minnesota Vikings’ rebuilt defense 37-8 on Sunday, making a statement and raising a question.

At 2-0, the Bengals are for real. Can the 0-2 Vikings be this bad?

Johnson got his mouth going during pregame introductions, talking a little trash to Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot. The receiver had challenged him during the week to show what he’s got.

Chiefs 23, Raiders 17

OAKLAND, Calif. – In what’s become a welcome change, the Kansas City defense was the difference in a victory for a second straight week.

Trent Green engineered two second-half field goal drives and the Chiefs stopped Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes to spoil Randy Moss’ home debut for the Raiders with a 23-17 win Sunday night.

Kansas City overhauled its defense in the offseason after another season in which its high-scoring offense wasn’t enough.

After taking a shutout into the final minute of a season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets, the Chiefs (2-0) proved to be just tough enough to beat the Raiders for the fifth straight time.


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