OAKLAND, Calif. – LaDainian Tomlinson and San Diego are dominating the Oakland Raiders in a way they haven’t since Al Davis was on the Chargers’ side of this rivalry.

Tomlinson ran, caught and threw for a touchdown Sunday and the Chargers shut down an Oakland offense slowed by an injury to Randy Moss, winning their fourth straight over the Raiders, 27-14.

Tomlinson showed off his all-around skills as never before in his career, with his three first-half touchdowns, 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving.

The Raiders, who had been competitive in their first three losses, regressed coming out of the bye week. Oakland committed penalties to extend San Diego’s first two touchdown drives, Kerry Collins was just 24-for-48 and threw his first interception of the season, and the Raiders had only 39 yards rushing.

Operating out of the no-huddle offense at times, the Chargers scored 24 points in the opening half. After a third-down holding call on Nnamdi Asomugha gave San Diego a first down on its second drive of the game, the Chargers drove down to Oakland’s 35.

Tomlinson came out of the backfield uncovered and caught a pass from Drew Brees at about the 20 and jogged into the end zone, tying Lenny Moore’s NFL record by scoring a touchdown in his 18th straight game. Brees was 14-for-20 for 164 yards.

On Oakland’s next play from scrimmage, rookie Shawne Merriman drilled Collins as he threw deep to Moss. The ball was intercepted by Bhawoh Jue and returned 20 yards to San Diego’s 45. Tomlinson ran three times for 26 yards on the next three plays and the Chargers drove it to the 7, with help from a roughing the passer call on Derrick Burgess.

Tomlinson then ran it in from there, extending his NFL record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 18.

Bengals 31, Titans 23

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With a game they needed to win on the line, the Cincinnati Bengals found a way to get the ball to their top receiver.

Carson Palmer tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson with 4:19 left that gave Cincinnati the lead for good, and the Bengals bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 31-23 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

The Titans (2-4) had won nine of the last 10 in this series between old AFC Central rivals, but Cincinnati (5-1) won for the first time since the 2001 season finale and finds itself alone atop the AFC North following Pittsburgh’s loss.

Ravens 16, Browns 3

BALTIMORE – Just in case his time away from Baltimore dimmed Trent Dilfer’s memory, the Ravens reminded him just how dominating their defense can be.

Baltimore forced three turnovers, sacked Dilfer four times and did all its scoring in the first half Sunday in a 16-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Todd Heap scored the only touchdown for the Ravens (2-3), who were off to the worst start in franchise history after being penalized 21 times last week in a defeat at Detroit.

Bucs 27, Dolphins 13

TAMPA, Fla. – Ricky Williams is back, but it could be some time before the Miami Dolphins can boast the same about their offense.

Michael Pittman ran for 127 yards and a touchdown Sunday, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 27-13 victory that ruined Williams’ return from a one-year retirement and four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The enigmatic running back who spent his year away from football traveling and studying yoga and holistic medicine appeared in his first regular-season game since December 2003, starting alongside rookie Ronnie Brown.

Falcons 34, Saints 31

SAN ANTONIO – The New Orleans Saints played their best football of the season Sunday, and they still couldn’t catch a break.

As Atlanta kicker Todd Peterson’s kick sailed through the uprights for a 34-31 Falcons win, Saints players started ripping their helmets off in anger and fans at the Alamodome threw paper out of the upper decks in disgust.

They had their reasons: Peterson had missed his first try in the final seconds and the game appeared headed for overtime. But a defensive holding penalty was called on New Orleans defensive end Tony Bryant. The infraction had nothing to do with Peterson’s missing the 41-yarder, but the Falcons were allowed to line up for another try nonetheless.

Cowboys 16, Giants 13

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys did all they could to lose Sunday. Except, the New York Giants didn’t let them.

Despite four turnovers, two missed field goals and allowing a tying touchdown with 19 seconds left, the Cowboys overcame it all with a 45-yard field goal by Jose Cortez on the opening drive of overtime for a 16-13 victory over the Giants.

Both teams came in playing well, with Dallas’ Drew Bledsoe and New York’s Eli Manning the top-rated passers in the NFC. But instead of a nice early season test between two NFC East rivals, the Cowboys (4-2) gave the ball away on three of their first four drives and the slopfest was on.

Jaguars 23, Steelers 17

PITTSBURGH – If the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t realize the value of Ben Roethlisberger, they do now.

Rashean Mathis scored on a 41-yard return of a Tommy Maddox-thrown interception in overtime and the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking advantage of four Maddox turnovers, rallied to upset the injury-thinned Steelers 23-17 Sunday.

The Steelers (3-2), losing their second straight at home, looked to be in position to win it following Quincy Morgan’s 71-yard kickoff return to start the overtime. But Maddox fumbled the ball away at the 27 with Jeff Reed readying to attempt a game-winning field goal on the next play.

Bills 27, Jets 17

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills won’t be able to keep Kelly Holcomb a secret much longer.

Getting his second straight start in place of J.P. Losman, the veteran backup had two touchdown passes in leading the Bills to a 27-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Willis McGahee had a career-high 143 yards rushing and a score, while receivers Eric Moulds and Jonathan Smith also scored touchdowns for Buffalo (3-3). The Bills defense had five sacks and forced three turnovers, including Terrence McGee’s interception in the end zone with 3 minutes remaining.

Holcomb finished 18-of-26 for 172 yards, winning his second straight game after the Bills lost three straight under Losman, who struggled in starting the first four games this season.

Panthers 21, Lions 20

DETROIT – Chris Weinke was sharp, not rusty.

Playing in his first game since 2002, Weinke threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 32 seconds left to give the Carolina Panthers a 21-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Weinke relieved Jake Delhomme, who was knocked out of the game on the game-winning drive when he escaped a sack, ran up field, slid and was hit hard by safety Kenoy Kennedy.

The backup quarterback took over at midfield with 2:56 left and calmly led the Panthers down the field. He connected with Proehl on a third-and-3 from Detroit’s 41 and threw the TD pass to the second-string receiver one play after Proehl dropped the ball in the end zone. Weinke completed 5 of 7 passes for 47 yards.

Chiefs 28, Redskins 21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Maybe age isn’t catching up with Priest Holmes as quickly as everyone thought. When it mattered most, the Washington Redskins couldn’t catch him at all.

Nine days after his 32nd birthday, Holmes ran for a touchdown and caught five passes for 100 yards, including a winding, weaving 60-yard catch-and-run for the go-ahead score as Kansas City beat the Redskins 28-21 Sunday.

Santana Moss caught 10 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins (3-2), who lost their second in a row after a 3-0 start.

Bears 28, Vikings 3

CHICAGO – While the Minnesota Vikings’ season continued to spiral out of control, the Chicago Bears might have saved theirs on Sunday.

Brian Urlacher had two sacks to lead the Bears to a 28-3 victory over a Vikings team reeling after allegations of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior on a charter cruise last week.

Charles Tillman and Chris Harris each had an interception, and Thomas Jones rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as the Bears (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. Jones, questionable after stretching a ligament in his right knee last week at Cleveland, saw his streak of 100-yard games end.

Seahawks 42, Texans 10

SEATTLE – The referee inadvertently announced the Houston Texans as “Dallas” at Sunday night’s opening coin toss. The Texans would be so lucky.

The NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks methodically plundered Houston with Shaun Alexander’s four touchdown runs, dropping the NFL’s only winless team to 0-5.

Seattle set a franchise record 320 yards rushing.

Alexander ran for 141, and his backup, Maurice Morris, added 104.

The Texans’ own string of mistakes completed Seattle’s easy, 42-10 win.


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