Bills 14, Lions 12
RB Fred Jackson, 25 rush, 133 yds., TD; 6 rec., 37 yds., TD
Fred Jackson powered the Buffalo Bills offense on the ground and through the air to give his team its first win of the season. Jackson’s two touchdowns, a one-yard run and a shifty, 16-yard shovel-pass reception, helped the Bills (1-8) to a 14-3 lead entering the fourth quarter. Detroit (2-7) nearly rallied, adding a field goal and Calvin Johnson’s 20-yard touchdown grab with 19 seconds remaining, but Shaun Hill, replacing the injured Matthew Stafford, overthrew Brandon Pettigrew on the game-tying two-point conversion attempt.
Dolphins 29, Titans 17
TE Anthony Fasano, 5 rec., 107 yds., TD
Miami (5-4) lost two quarterbacks to injury, but won its first home game of the season with the recently benched Chad Henne (19-28, 240 yds., TD, INT) under center for most of the game. Chris Johnson (17 rush, 117 yds., TD) took a 17-yard scamper for a score in the first quarter, but Tennessee (5-4) couldn’t find an offensive rhythm with Kerry Collins or Vince Young.
Jaguars 31, Texans 24
QB David Garrard, 24-31, 342 yds., 2 TD; 7 rush, 35 yds.
After squandering a 17-3 halftime lead, Jacksonville (5-4) secured a last-second victory when second-year receiver Mike Thomas (8 rec., 149 yds., TD) hauled in Garrard’s tipped hail mary pass in the end zone. Matt Schaub (22-32, 314 yds., 2 TD) and Andre Johnson connected nine times for 146 yards and a score, but Houston (4-5) couldn’t keep pace with Maurice Jones-Drew (24 rush, 100 yds., 2 TD) and the rest of Jaguars' offense.
Bears 27, Vikings 13
QB Jay Cutler, 22-35, 237 yds., 3 TD, 2 INT
Brett Favre turned the ball over four times (three picks and a fumble) and Chicago (6-3) stormed to victory after trailing 10-7 in the second quarter. Minnesota (3-6) allowed Cutler to hit nine different receivers while the Bears combined for 130 yards on the ground against a Vikings defense that ranked sixth in the NFL against the run entering play.
Colts 23, Bengals 17
CB Kelvin Hayden, 5 tackles, INT, TD
The Colts defense forced five turnovers and sacked Carson Palmer three times, lifting Indianapolis (6-3) to a win despite a mediocre performance by its injury-riddled offense. Chad Ochocinco hauled in seven passes for 86 yards and a score, but two lost fumbles by Cincinnati (2-7) and Palmer’s three picks resulted in 13 points for the Colts.
Buccaneers 31, Panthers 16
QB Josh Freeman, 18-24, 241 yds., 2 TD; 5 rush, 19 yds.
Tampa Bay (6-3) led 21-10 at the half and added 10 more insurance points in the fourth quarter to secure the win against division rival Carolina (1-8). The Panthers received a 100-yard rushing performance by fourth-string back Mike Goodson, but relied on kicker Jon Kasay for three field goals when the Jimmy Clausen-powered offense stalled.
49ers 23, Rams 20, OT
QB Troy Smith, 17-28, 356 yds., TD
Michael Crabtree (4 rec., 61 yds., TD) hauled in a 16-yard scoring pass from Smith with 2:17 remaining to give San Francisco (3-6) the lead after trailing 17-10 to start the fourth quarter. St. Louis (4-5) forced overtime with an efficient two-minute drill, but a third-down sack on the opening overtime drive by Niners defensive end Justin Smith and a 22-yard pass interference penalty on Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe helped bring Jason Nedney closer for the game-winning, 29-yard field goal.
Broncos 49, Chiefs 29
QB Kyle Orton, 22-34, 296 yds., 4 TD
Denver (3-6) returned from its bye week with a scoring barrage — with five touchdown passes, a Tim Tebow rush and linebacker Jason Hunter's 75-yard fumble return — to defeat Kansas City (5-4) at Mile High Stadium.Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel threw for 469 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with receiver Dwayne Bowe 13 times for 186 yards and two scores, but Denver's insurmountable 35-point lead in the second quarter sealed the game early.
Seahawks 36, Cardinals 18
QB Matt Hasselbeck, 22-34, 333 yds., TD
After sitting out in last week's blowout loss to the Giants, Hasselbeck returned to action, hitting Mike Williams 11 times for 145 yards and finding the elusive Deon Butler for a 63-yard score, in a Seattle (5-4) win. Arizona (3-6) allowed five sacks on Derek Anderson (23-45, 322 yds., TD, INT).
Falcons 26, Ravens 21, Thursday
New England at Pittsburgh, Sunday night