DENVER – Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne picked, poked and plowed their way through a Denver defense that was designed specifically to stop them.

Manning passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns – all to Wayne – and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2 seconds left Sunday to lift the Indianapolis Colts to a 34-31 victory over the baffled Broncos.

Wayne finished with 10 catches for 138 yards and did most of his damage against defensive back Darrent Williams.

Indianapolis gained 437 yards to become the first team to start 7-0 in consecutive seasons since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers did it three straight times.

Manning went 32-for-39 for 345 yards with a passer rating of 129.2. His counterpart, the much-maligned Jake Plummer, went 13-for-21 for 174 yards.

Falcons 29, Bengals 27

CINCINNATI – Michael Vick threw three touchdown passes, repeatedly slipping out of tacklers’ grasp, while leading Atlanta.

The mercurial quarterback has led the Falcons (5-2) to consecutive wins over the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers and the defending AFC North champion Bengals. Vick has thrown seven touchdown passes in the last two games, showing he’s much more than a runner with a strong arm.

Cincinnati (4-3) couldn’t run him down or slow down his passing. Many of the Bengals’ defenders had never faced Vick, who put on quite a show in his first career visit to Cincinnati. Vick went 20-of-28 for 291 yards and left would-be tacklers scattered all over the field while running for another 55 yards.

Chiefs 35, Seahawks 28

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Larry Johnson scored four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 2:15 to play, and the mistake-prone Chiefs (4-3) escaped with a wild victory.

In the final 17 minutes, the Seahawks (4-3) took the lead with two touchdowns resulting from outrageous Kansas City mistakes.

Seneca Wallace, making his first NFL start in place of injured Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, put Seattle on top 28-27 with a 49-yard TD pass to Darrell Jackson after cornerback Ty Law fell down. A few plays before that, Law dropped a sure interception.

Chargers 38, Rams 24

SAN DIEGO – On a bounce-back Sunday for San Diego, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman had their biggest games since opening night.

Tomlinson rushed for a season-high 183 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Chargers (5-2). Tomlinson surpassed 8,000 yards rushing for his six-year career, and tied his boyhood idol, Emmitt Smith, as the second-fastest players to score 90 touchdowns, in 86 games. The quickest was Jim Brown in 81 games.

Raiders 20, Steelers 13

OAKLAND, Calif. – Chris Carr returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, Nnamdi Asomugha also took back an interception by Ben Roethlisberger for a score and the Raiders mounted a late goal-line stand to hold on for a victory.

Roethlisberger, playing a week after being knocked out with a concussion against Atlanta, struggled from the start against the Raiders (2-5). He threw interceptions on two of Pittsburgh’s first three possessions and then twice again in the fourth quarter when the Steelers (2-5) were driving for a potential tying score.

Ravens 35, Saints 22

NEW ORLEANS – Steve McNair ran for a touchdown and passed for two more as Baltimore ended a two-game losing streak.

The Ravens’ defense was dominant as well, accounting for two touchdowns on a pair of 12-yard interception returns by Louisiana natives Ronnie Prude and Dawan Landry. They also knocked Reggie Bush out of the game in the fourth quarter with an injured left ankle, but he later said he expected to play next week in Tampa Bay.

Baltimore (5-2) became the first visiting team to win in the Superdome this season.

Giants 17, Buccaneers 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite playing without three injured defensive starters and losing another early, the Giants held Tampa Bay to 174 total yards and set up a score with a turnover deep in Buccaneers territory.

Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress provided the offense as the Giants (5-2) took an early 14-0 lead en route to their fourth straight win. They combined on a 7-yard touchdown pass and a 25-yard wind-blown catch that led to a 1-yard touchdown run by powerhouse halfback Brandon Jacobs.

Jay Feely added a 31-yard field goal with 3:43 to play.

Titans 28, Texans 22

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vince Young ran for a touchdown and threw for another, and the Titans won consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.

The Texans (2-5) lost their 11th straight road game, wasting backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels’ three TD passes in the final 17 minutes. His last pulled them within 28-22 with 1:54 left, and the Texans tried an onside kick.

But Bobby Wade jumped up and grabbed the ball, allowing the Titans (2-5) to run out the clock.

Jaguars 13, Eagles 6

PHILADELPHIA – Fred Taylor keyed a power running attack and scored on a 15-yard run, backup quarterback David Garrard was efficient and Jacksonville (4-3) shut down Donovan McNabb.

The Jaguars held the Eagles to 229 total yards – 164 before the last drive. Philadelphia (4-4) came in averaging a league-best 417 yards per game, but couldn’t generate much, even with the return of dynamic receiver Donte’ Stallworth.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville did nothing fancy on offense without injured quarterback Byron Leftwich and relied on Taylor and Maurice Drew, who totaled 103 and 77 yards rushing respectively.

Bears 41, 49ers 10

CHICAGO – The unbeaten Bears’ quick defense ravaged the mistake-prone 49ers and their offense moved with ease. And by halftime, the Bears were cruising 41-0.

Wearing bright orange uniforms, the Bears ran their record to 7-0 for their best start since the 1985 Super Bowl champions won their first 12.

The Bears turned two fumble recoveries and a one-handed interception by Brian Urlacher into a 24-0 first-quarter lead.

Packers 31, Cardinals 14

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ahman Green, who struggled early this season after returning from a torn right quadriceps, scored two first-half touchdowns as Green Bay beat Arizona.

Green and backup running back Vernand Morency both surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark, and Brett Favre added a rare rushing touchdown as the Packers (3-4) won their first home game under first-year coach Mike McCarthy.

Browns 20, Jets 13

CLEVELAND – A potential one-handed tying touchdown grab by New York tight end Chris Baker in the final minute was called out of bounds, giving the Browns a win over the Jets.

Reuben Droughns rushed for a season-high 125 yards as new coordinator Jeff Davidson got Cleveland’s stagnant offense going long enough for the Browns’ first home win this season.

Pennington was just 11-of-28 for 108 yards for the Jets, who had only 193 yards of total offense, and was picked off twice by Jones.


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