Texans win 4th in a row
HOUSTON >> Brian Hoyer threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and the Texans held Drew Breese and New Orleans without a touchdown for the first time in 10 years in a 24-6 win on Sunday.
The Texans (6-5) have won four games in a row for the first time since winning six straight in 2012.
New Orleans (4-7) dropped its third straight on a day when the team didn't score a touchdown and Brees' streak of games with a touchdown pass was snapped at 45.
Hoyer went 7 for 7 on the opening drive, capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin, to make it 7-0 and give Houston a score on the opening possession for the first time this season.
The last time the Saints didn't score a touchdown was Dec. 24, 2005 against Detroit and Brees' last game without a touchdown pass came on Nov. 29, 2012 against Atlanta.
BENGALS 31, RAMS 7
Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes — two of them to A.J. Green — and the Bengals ended their brief slide.
After dropping a pair of prime-time games, the Bengals (9-2) were back in sync against a team that struggles to score. The Bengals' 31 points equaled the second-most against St. Louis this season.
The Rams (4-7) have dropped four in a row. Nick Foles returned as the starter and threw three interceptions, including one that Leon Hall returned 19 yards for a touchdown.
Dalton was 20 of 27 for 233 yards with touchdowns of 9 and 18 yards to Green. Tyler Eifert also had his NFL-leading 12th touchdown catch.
VIKINGS 20, FALCONS 10
Adrian Peterson ran for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Matt Ryan threw two more interceptions for the Vikings.
Bouncing back from a 30-13 loss to Green Bay, Minnesota (8-3) jumped ahead on Peterson's 1-yard run in the opening quarter, and clinched it when he got loose on a 35-yard scamper down the sideline with 4:15 remaining in the game.
Atlanta (6-5) has lost five of its past six, including four straight, and is in danger of becoming one of the few teams in NFL history to start 5-0 and miss the playoffs.
COLTS 25, BUCCANEERS 12
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri made four more field goals for the Colts.
The Colts (6-5) won their third straight to remain tied atop the AFC South with Houston.
Tampa Bay rookie Jameis Winston threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked five times — four coming during a second half in which the Bucs were shut out.
Indy took the lead for good on Hasselbeck's 9-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton midway through the third quarter. It extended the margin to 19-12 on Vinatieri's fourth field goal.
JETS 38, DOLPHINS 20
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes, two to Brandon Marshall, and the Jets gained some traction in the AFC wild-card race.
Fitzpatrick also connected with rookie Devin Smith and Eric Decker in New York's fourth win in the last five meetings with Miami. The Jets (6-5) had lost four of their last five overall.
Miami (4-7) now has dropped four of five and is 3-4 under interim coach Dan Campbell, who took over after Joe Philbin was fired following the Dolphins' lopsided loss to the Jets in London.
REDSKINS 20, GIANTS 14
Kirk Cousins threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson and scored on a quarterback sneak, Washington intercepted Eli Manning three times, and the Redskins pulled into a tie for the NFC East lead.
The Redskins and Giants are both 5-6. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) and Dallas Cowboys (3-8) are the other members of the mediocre division.
It was the 20th three-interception game of Manning's career.
Trailing 20-0, the Giants made it close when Manning threw fourth-quarter TD passes of 40 yards to Rueben Randle and 21 yards to Odell Beckham Jr., who made a fantastic diving catch, corralling the ball with his left hand while parallel to the ground.
RAIDERS 24, TITANS 21
Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left, and Oakland ended a three-game losing streak.
The Raiders (5-6) handed the Titans (2-9) their ninth loss in 10 games. Tennessee had taken a 21-17 lead and thought they had a game-saving play when safety Michael Griffin broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down. But officials flagged B.W. Webb for holding on the other side of the field.
Two plays later, Carr hit Roberts for the winning touchdown. Carr finished with 330 yards and three TDs in his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.
CHIEFS 30, BILLS 22
Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and a score, and the Chiefs won their fifth straight.
Jeremy Maclin had nine receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown, and Cairo Santos hit three field goals for the Chiefs (6-5).
Tyrod Taylor had 291 yards passing and three touchdowns for Buffalo (5-6), but he was mostly held in check in the second half. So was Sammie Watkins, who had all six catches for 158 yards and his two touchdowns over the first 30 minutes.
CHARGERS 31, JAGUARS 25
Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers ended a six-game losing streak.
Rivers passed Joe Montana (273) and tied Vinny Testaverde (275) for 11th on the NFL's TD pass list.
Rivers completed 29 of 43 passes for 300 yards. He was sacked twice and had his left ankle checked in the locker room at halftime. But his TD passes were enough against the Jaguars (4-7), who failed to recover an onside kick in the closing minutes. The Chargers are 3-8).