Rich Gannon broke nearly every major single-game Raiders passing record, even those from the early days of the AFL. He threw 64 times and Oakland's defense forced five turnovers as the Raiders beat the winless Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Sunday.
Gannon came out throwing, going 43-of-64 for 403 yards and a touchdown. The 43 completions were only two short of Drew Bledsoe's 1994 NFL record -- that in an overtime game -- and all but the yardage were Oakland records.
The Raiders (2-0) rushed only 14 times, and their second resulted in a 36-yard TD by Charlie Garner.
Giants 26, Rams 21
At St. Louis, Kerry Collins completed 14 of his first 15 passes as the Giants (1-1) built a 17-point second-quarter lead and held on to beat the defending conference champions.
St. Louis' offense has produced 37 points in two games as the Rams fell to 0-2 for the first time since 1998, the year before they began their sudden rise to the top of the NFC.
Colins finished 22-of-26 for 307 yards, and Jason Sehorn returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown for his fourth career defensive TD and fifth overall.
Patriots 44, Jets 7
At East Rutherford, N.J., Tebucky Jones and Victor Green had defensive touchdowns and Tom Brady threw two TD passes for the Patriots, who seem to have dispelled all doubts that their Super Bowl win was a fluke.
Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals as New England (2-0) won its eighth straight regular-season game.
The Patriots held the Jets (1-1) to one first down until Matt Turk ran 14 yards on a fake punt with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
Broncos 24, 49ers 14
At San Francisco, Mike Anderson rushed for 95 yards and caught a touchdown pass, and Brian Griese threw two TD passes for the Broncos.
Olandis Gary rushed for 61 yards and a TD as Denver (2-0) followed a surprising 23-16 win over St. Louis in its opener with a dominant defensive performance against San Francisco (1-1).
The Broncos also overcame the loss of their radio headsets during the first half. Denver, which hadn't played in San Francisco since 1997, apparently was using the same radio frequency as the 49ers. The Broncos were forced to call plays with a shuttle system from coach Mike Shanahan until the problem was fixed.
Dolphins 21, Colts 13
At Indianapolis, Ricky Williams ran for 132 yards on 24 carries and caught a touchdown pass, then watched the Dolphins' defense hold on to win for the fifth straight time in Indianapolis.
Williams became the first Dolphins rusher to top 100 yards two straight games since Bernie Parmalee in 1994. Jay Fiedler was 13-of-18 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for a 1-yard TD for Miami (2-0).
Edgerrin James had 138 yards rushing on 30 carries for the Colts (1-1), breaking Eric Dickerson's club record with his 25th career 100-yard game.
Saints 35, Packers 20
At New Orleans, Aaron Brooks, who spent the 1999 season as Green Bay's third-string quarterback, was 16-of-28 for 217 yards as New Orleans jumped out to an early 21-3 lead.
The Saints (2-0) allowed 357 total yards, but the Packers (1-1) had just 95 on the ground. Green Bay converted just 3-for-13 third downs, compared with 7 of 12 for the Saints.
Brett Favre was 29-of-44 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, but his streak of 158 straight passes without an interception ended when Darrin Smith picked off one in the first quarter.
Cowboys 21, Titans 13
At Irving, Texas, Quincy Carter quieted his critics, for the moment at least, by passing for 240 yards and no interceptions as Dallas rallied from last week's bitter defeat to expansion Houston.
Carter perfectly executed a play fake for a 17-yard touchdown, then turned another well-run play-action into a 38-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway early in the fourth quarter.
The Titans (1-1) had been in control the first 2 1/2 quarters, despite quarterback Steve McNair getting a mild concussion in the second quarter. He returned for the third quarter with Tennessee leading 10-7, but Dexter Coakley intercepted his pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and the Cowboys' first lead of the season.
Bears 14, Falcons 13
At Atlanta, Brian Urlacher recovered a fumble by Michael Vick, sacked the speedy Atlanta quarterback twice and had 12 tackles as the Bears improved to 2-0 for the first time since 1991.
Jim Miller threw a 14-yard TD pass to David Terrell early in the third quarter and the Bears held on, thanks to a missed field goal.
Vick put the Falcons (0-2) in position to win, driving his team 44 yards to the Chicago 28. But the Falcons couldn't get a first down, and Jay Feely's 45-yard field-goal try was wide left.
Buccaneers 25, Ravens 0
At Baltimore, Karl Williams returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Derrick Brooks scored on a 97-yard interception return as Tampa Bay gave Jon Gruden his first victory as Buccaneers coach.
The Bucs (1-1) limited the Ravens (0-2) to six first downs before the fourth quarter and repeatedly frustrated quarterback Chris Redman as Baltimore was shut out for the first time since Nov. 9, 1997.
Redman, making his second NFL start for the Ravens, wore modified hightops, a tribute to the late Johnny Unitas, who also played college ball at Louisville and served as Redman's mentor.
Chargers 24, Texans 3
At San Diego, Junior Seau, the perennial Pro Bowl linebacker, intercepted rookie David Carr to set up one of Curtis Conway's two touchdowns, and defensive end Raylee Johnson recovered Carr's fumble in the end zone for another score by the Chargers (2-0).
Carr was sacked nine times and was just 6-of-25 for 87 yards as Texas failed in its bid to become the first expansion team to win its first two games.
Jaguars 23, Chiefs 16
At Kansas City, Mo., the Jaguars rallied with two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 79-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Patrick Johnson for the longest pass play in Jacksonville history.
Johnson's TD made it 16-9, just two plays after Morten Andersen kicked his third field goal to tie it for Kansas City (1-1) at 9-all with 5:59 left.
Jacksonville's Fred Taylor, who missed almost all of last year with a groin injury, had 114 yards, including a 63-yard TD, on 20 carries for the Jaguars (1-1).
Browns 20, Bengals 7
At Cleveland, late in the second quarter, Bengals quarterback Gus Frerotte was trying to avoid a sack by Cleveland's Orpheus Roye when Frerotte flung the ball with his left -- non-throwing -- hand. Kenard Lang intercepted the toss and ran 71 yards to set up a touchdown that put the Browns ahead 17-0.
Corey Dillon ran for 103 yards for Cincinnati (0-2).
Panthers 31, Lions 7
At Charlotte, N.C., Rodney Peete passed for 310 yards -- his most since 1992 while with Detroit -- and a touchdown for Carolina.
The Panthers, 2-0 for the first time since 1996, doubled their win total from a year ago, when they lost their last 15 games.
The Lions (0-2) dropped their 10th straight road game and appeared just as bad as last year's team that went 2-14.
Cardinals 24, Seahawks 13
At Seattle, Thomas Jones ran for a career-high 173 yards and MarTay Jenkins had a 95-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals rallied for the victory, ending Dilfer's 15-0 record as a starter.
Despite the loss Dilfer, whose last defeat came with the Ravens against Pittsburgh two years ago, was 29-of-47 for a career-best 352 yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks (0-2).
The Cardinals (1-1) won the first regular-season game at Seahawks Stadium.
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