CINCINNATI – T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the Cincinnati receiver who doesn’t dance, but the way these Bengals are going, he may want to brush up on the “Ickey Shuffle.”

The Bengals are 4-0 for the first time since 1988- the last time they went to the Super Bowl – as Houshmandzadeh paced a bogged-down offense with 105 yards on eight catches Sunday in a 16-10 victory over the Houston Texans.

Cincinnati’s first three wins were lopsided, fueled by a flood of turnovers and Carson Palmer’s elegant touch. This one was fashioned by field goals and a disputed fumble in the closing minutes.

Shayne Graham’s 27-yard field goal with 5:04 left broke a 10-all tie, and David Carr’s fumble with 3:14 sent the Texans to their first 0-3 start in four seasons as an expansion team.

Carr was hit by Justin Smith while his arm was cocked, making the ball fly out of his hand as he started an awkward throwing motion. John Thornton fell on the ball, and referee Larry Nemmers upheld the call on review, costing the Texans their final timeout.

Graham made another field goal from 46 yards with 1:10 left, and Carr was sacked on what was supposed to be a desperation throw from midfield as time ran out.

The Bengals lost their two veteran centers and repeatedly set themselves back with penalties – 14 in all for 117 yards. Their second-best throw-and-catch combination kept them unbeaten.

Ravens 13, Jets 3

BALTIMORE – For a third straight game, the Baltimore Ravens mustered one measly touchdown.

This time, however, it proved to be more than enough offense to beat a New York Jets attack that sputtered and stalled under the direction of third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger.

Jamal Lewis scored on a 1-yard run, Matt Stover kicked two field goals, and the Ravens sacked Bollinger five times in a 13-3 victory.

Broncos 20, Jaguars 7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

Jake Plummer threw two touchdown passes to backup offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell, Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined for 175 yards rushing, and Denver’s defense harassed Byron Leftwich and Fred Taylor in a 20-7 victory. Byron Leftwich was sacked twice – bringing his season total to 13- and knocked to the ground a bunch more. He was 20-of-34 for 240 yards with two interceptions.

Colts 31, Titans 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Peyton Manning threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Marvin Harrison that tied the NFL record for most TDs between a quarterback and receiver, and the Indianapolis Colts beat Tennessee 31-10.

Harrison caught nine passes for 109 yards, and Edgerrin James also ran for 90 yards in helping the Colts improve to 4-0. Manning was a perfect 4-of-4 for 64 yards on the opening possession and capped the drive with a 25-yard toss to Reggie Wayne.


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