ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – J.P. Losman made the best of his second chance, showing he deserves to be the Bills’ starting quarterback again.

Taking over after Kelly Holcomb hurt his head in the second quarter, Losman led touchdown drives on two of his first four possessions, leading the Bills to a 14-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Losman finished 9-of-16 for 137 yards, hitting Lee Evans for both touchdowns. Losman was focused and efficient, looking nothing like the hesitant first-year starter who went 1-3 before being replaced by Holcomb following a 19-7 loss to New Orleans on Oct. 2.

Holcomb was shaken up when his head snapped back after he was sacked by Jared Allen and lost a fumble. Losman took over on the next possession and engineered a seven-play, 66-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass to Evans, giving Buffalo a 7-3 lead.

The Bills (4-5), coming off their bye week, snapped a two-game losing streak.

Trent Green was uncharacteristically sloppy, going 23-of-40 for 220 yards and three interceptions – after throwing three in his previous eight games. His first interception, picked off by linebacker Angelo Crowell, ended Green’s streak at 159 attempts without an interception.

Broncos 31, Raiders 17

OAKLAND, Calif. – Jake Plummer worked tirelessly to eliminate all the mistakes that plagued him last season. Now, he’s near perfect and his Denver Broncos are in command of the AFC West.

Plummer passed for 205 yards and a touchdown, had no interceptions and wasn’t sacked all day, and Jason Elam kicked three field goals to lead Denver past the Oakland Raiders 31-17.

Darrent Williams had a 52-yard punt return to set up Denver’s first touchdown, then made an 80-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter score that ended Oakland’s chance at a comeback.

Ashley Lelie caught passes of 41 and 38 yards as the Broncos (7-2) took a two-game division lead after the Kansas City Chiefs lost 14-3 at Buffalo. Mike Anderson ran for a 1-yard score and Denver looked sharp coming off its bye week, methodically handling the Raiders (3-6) on both sides of the ball.

Plummer completed 10 of 13 passes in the first half and had plenty of time to throw on most of his chances thanks to the strong play of his offensive line.

Jaguars 30, Ravens 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars finally ended their scoring drought, and they had Kyle Boller to thank for it.

Greg Jones ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown, Matt Jones had a career-high 117 yards receiving and a score and the Jaguars beat the slumping Baltimore Ravens 30-3.

Jacksonville (6-3) snapped its NFL-record, 58-game streak of not scoring at least 30 points. The Jaguars tied Cleveland’s mark last week. Cleveland set the record between 1995 and 2001 (the Browns didn’t field a team in 1996-98).

The Jaguars needed a field goal and a late defensive touchdown to end the streak.

Byron Leftwich completed a 42-yard pass to Matt Jones with about 4 minutes to play, setting up Josh Scobee’s third field goal – a 26-yarder that gave Jacksonville a 23-3 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Mike Peterson intercepted a pass from Boller and returned it 26 yards for a score that put the Jaguars at the 30-point mark for the first time since Dec. 23, 2001 – a 33-3 victory over Minnesota.

Colts 31, Texans 17

INDIANAPOLIS – Peyton Manning is back to throwing touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts are again achieving offensive milestones.

The NFL’s two-time MVP carved up the Houston Texans defense for 297 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Colts to a 31-17 victory and keeping Indianapolis as the NFL’s only unbeaten team for another week. Manning completed 26 of 35 passes, while Marvin Harrison had seven catches for 108 yards and one TD, making Manning and Harrison the only tandem to top 10,000 career yards. The duo has now hooked up for 755 completions, 10,034 yards and 90 TDs – all NFL records.

Edgerrin James ran 26 times for 122 yards and one touchdown, his 47th career 100-yard game. James is now tied with Franco Harris for the eighth-most in NFL history and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time.

James and Harrison each had 100 yards in the same game for the 21st time, breaking the previous NFL record of 20 set by Dallas’ Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

Colts coach Tony Dungy had worried all week about the Colts response to its emotional Monday night victory at New England, and at times, the Colts (9-0) had their problems.

While Indianapolis looked sharp initially, two short punts hit Colts blockers as they ran downfield. The Texans (1-8) recovered both muffs and converted them into 10 points, keeping Houston closer than expected to the NFL’s hottest team.

Steelers 34, Browns 21

PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger missed a second straight game with an injured knee, though it hardly mattered to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their other three quarterbacks were just fine.

Charlie Batch improvised a 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, and his passing led to another score before he left with a broken right hand. The Steelers withstood their second QB injury in three weeks to beat the rival Cleveland Browns 34-21.

Whatever the Steelers lack in quarterback quality – and, with a 7-2 record that ties them with Cincinnati for the AFC North lead, it’s not much – they’re making up for it with depth.

Tommy Maddox replaced Batch to run an efficient and time-consuming offense in the second half, and college QB-turned-wide receiver Antwaan Randle El threw a 51-yard scoring pass to Hines Ward on a reverse early in the third quarter to put the Steelers up 24-7.

Randle El, an option quarterback at Indiana, also lined up under center and scooted for a 12-yard run later in the third quarter, about the time the Browns were wondering where all these quarterbacks were coming from.

And to think some NFL teams don’t have a single quarterback who can move an offense, much less four.

Batch, shaky the week before in a 20-10 victory at Green Bay in his first NFL start in four years, looked smooth and polished while directing the Steelers to a 17-7 halftime lead.

Even when he underthrew the ball, it worked out – Cedrick Wilson shed two defenders by coming back for a 43-yard reception that led to Jerome Bettis’ 1-yard TD run midway through the second quarter.

Batch was hurt on his touchdown run with 6 seconds left in the first half, the Steelers out of timeouts and both teams scrambling to line up after Batch twice found Hines Ward to put the ball on the 1. Without waiting for a play call, Batch managed to line up the offense and score himself before the Browns’ defense was set up.

Ward also enjoyed a big game, making eight catches for 124 yards to give him 543 receptions for his career, breaking Hall of Famer John Stallworth’s team record of 537. No other receiver in team history has more than 358.

Batch’s status for the game Sunday at Baltimore is unknown, though Roethlisberger is expected to return after missing three games with a knee injury.

The Browns (3-6) lost their 10th in 11 games against Pittsburgh, and their fourth in five games overall amid a familiar story line: not enough offense. The Browns, who came into the game averaging 14.1 points, mounted a 66-yard drive on an opening possession ended by Reuben Droughns’ 5-yard TD run, but did little else until scoring two TDs in the final 4:23.

Droughns, on pace to become the Browns’ first 1,000-yard rusher in 20 years, was held to 56 yards with no run longer than 9 yards. Cleveland’s other scoring came on Leigh Bodden’s 59-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter, then a 9-yard pass from Trent Dilfer to Antonio Bryant.

Randle El’s last two passes have gone for touchdowns; he threw a 10-yarder on his only attempt last season. He is 12-of-14 for 112 yards in his NFL career.

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