Are the footballs juiced around the NFL?
With Kurt Warner leading the way, big numbers abounded Sunday as two quarterbacks threw four touchdown passes, three wide receivers had 160 or more yards and six running backs had more than 120 yards rushing.
Warner finished 24-of-30 for 390 yards in a 57-31 slugfest against San Diego, and is showing no signs of slowing down a season after winning the league and Super Bowl MVP awards. St. Louis is averaging 43.4 points in its five victories.
With a bye week coming and coach Mike Martz promising a full week off if the Rams won, they took a 30-10 halftime lead and coasted.
"Any time I can get some days off, I'll take them," wide receiver Isaac Bruce said after the Rams piled up 614 yards. "You'd take them, too."
Bruce and running back Marshall Faulk caught two TD passes each, with Bruce catching nine passes for 167 yards and Faulk adding six receptions for 116 yards.
Warner, who threw only 19 times last week, opened the game with 14 straight passes. He was 21-of-26 for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
"I think we really wanted to make sure we had that time off," fullback Robert Holcombe said. "We can stop ourselves, but that's about as far as it goes."
Patriots 28, Broncos 19
Drew Bledsoe threw four touchdown passes in New England's first victory this year.
Bledsoe, who threw three TD passes in the first four games, was 18-of-27 for 271 yards with one interception.
The Patriots held Denver (2-3) without an offensive TD until Brian Griese passed 43 yards to Travis McGriff with 1:56 left.
Griese, who missed last week's game with torn cartilage in his throwing shoulder, was 31-of-50 for 361 yards.
Buccaneers 17, OT
Deion Sanders returned a punt 57 yards in overtime to set up Michael Husted's 20-yard field goal.
Tampa Bay (3-2) tied it on Martin Gramatica's 42-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, but Sanders all but sealed the victory with his return to the 8-yard line.
Washington, which got 141 yards rushing from Stephen Davis, has won two straight to improve to 3-2.
Eagles 38, Falcons 10
Donovan McNabb threw for a career-high 311 yards and two touchdowns and Brian Mitchell had a combined 290 yards for Philadelphia (3-2).
Mitchell tied an NFL record with his 11th career touchdown on a return when he took a kickoff 89 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter.
Mitchell added an 85-yard TD run as the Eagles moved into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East.
Colts 18, Bills 16
Peyton Manning drove Indianapolis 42 yards in the final 1:08 to set up Mike Vanderjagt's 45-yard field goal as time ran out.
Buffalo took a 16-15 lead on Rob Johnson's 40-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds.
Manning, coming off a franchise-record 440-yard performance Monday night against Jacksonville, was 16-for-27 for 187 yards, only the ninth time he's been held under 200 yards.
Indianapolis (3-1) won at Buffalo (2-2) for only the third time in its last 20 trips.
Titans 28, Giants 14
Steve McNair passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns and Eddie George ran for 125 yards as Tennessee set an NFL record with its 10th straight victory to open a new stadium.
The Titans (3-1) held the ball for nearly 43 minutes, rolled up 436 yards total offense and forced four turnovers.
Tennessee broke the record of nine straight victories to open a stadium set by Dallas at Texas Stadium in 1971-72.
The Giants (3-2), second in the NFL in average time of possession, held the ball for 17:14.
Ravens 12, Browns 0
Matt Stover kicked four field goals in Baltimore's third shutout in five games.
The Ravens (4-1), who beat Cincinnati 37-0 last week, became the first team to shut out consecutive opponents since Chicago in 1985.
Stover connected from 45, 30, 44 and 22 yards. The Browns (2-3) have lost two straight.
Steelers 24, Jaguars 13
Jerome Bettis scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's 5-yard, first-quarter burst ended Pittsburgh's three-game touchdown drought against Jacksonville.
The Steelers (1-3) sacked Mark Brunell seven times and forced two turnovers by the quarterback. Jacksonville (2-3) fell below .500 for the first time since the 15th week of the 1996 season.
49ers 27, Cardinals 20
Charlie Garner rushed for two touchdowns and Jeff Garcia threw for 220 yards and another score.
The 49ers (2-3) won consecutive games for the first time since the third and fourth weeks last season -- and they did it without Terrell Owens, the receiver suspended by coach Steve Mariucci for midfield TD celebrations last week at Dallas.
The Cardinals (1-3) lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Dolphins 31, Bengals 16
Jay Fiedler connected with Oronde Gadsden on touchdown passes of 7 and 21 yards, and Lamar Smith had an 18-yard TD run as Miami (4-1) overcame a 13-0 deficit to beat the Bengals (0-4).
The Bengals were playing their first game under Dick LeBeau, the former defensive coordinator who replaced Bruce Coslet as coach on Monday.
Bears 27, Packers 24
Marcus Robinson caught TD passes of 68 and 58 yards from Cade McNown as Chicago (1-4) beat Green Bay (2-3) for the second straight time at Lambeau Field.
Chicago went ahead 24-3 in the third quarter when Robinson took a pass in the left flat 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and darted 58 yards for the score.
Panthers 13, OT
Tim Seder kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime, and Emmitt Smith rushed for 132 yards -- his first 100-yard game of the season -- and scored the 150th touchdown of his career.
Dallas (2-3) overcame a poor day from Troy Aikman, who finished just 15-of-23 for 131 yards. Carolina is 1-3.
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