Progress for the St. Louis Rams at 2-2 is distress for the Indianapolis Colts, who surprisingly have the same mediocre record.
While the Rams were pretty happy after surpassing their win total from last season by beating the Seattle Seahawks 20-3 on Sunday, the Colts wondered how they're one of 12 teams sitting at .500 after four games.
"It's not what we want to be, it's not what we set out to be, but it's what we are," quarterback Peyton Manning said after a 31-28 loss at Jacksonville. "We have to find a way to dig ourselves out of a hole. We are in a hole."
Indianapolis was put there by Josh Scobee's 59-yard field goal on the final play — the eighth-longest in NFL history and the longest in franchise history. The Jaguars (2-2) rebounded from back-to-back, 25-point losses — the worst consecutive setbacks in team history — and handed the six-time defending AFC South champion Colts their second division loss.
"Being that it was against the Colts, that's huge for us," Scobee said.
Meanwhile, St. Louis won consecutive games for the first time in two seasons, snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Seahawks (2-2) and ended a 15-game drought against NFC West opponents. They're also tied for first in the division.
Chicago and Pittsburgh were also knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving the surprising Kansas City Chiefs — on a bye in Week 4 — as the NFL's only team without a loss.
The New York Giants knocked out the Bears' Jay Cutler with a concussion in a nine-sack first half, sent his replacement, Todd Collins, to the sideline late in the fourth quarter and limited previously unbeaten Chicago (3-1) to 110 total yards in a 17-3 victory.
Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown against a defense that had allowed 119 yards on the ground in its first three games and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 22-yard field goal as the Giants (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Redskins 17, Eagles 12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donovan McNabb threw for 125 yards and one touchdown, leading Washington to a victory in his first game against his former team.
Michael Vick was forced out in the first quarter with chest and rib injuries in his first start in front of the hometown crowd. He will need an MRI on Sunday.
Washington had 169 yards rushing, including 55 by Clinton Portis before he left with a groin injury. Ryan Torain had 70 yards rushing and one TD. McNabb threw just 19 passes, completing eight and getting intercepted once.
The Redskins (2-2) snapped a two-game losing skid, improving to 2-0 in the NFC East. The Eagles (2-2) are winless at home.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite being sacked six times, Kyle Orton completed 35 of 50 passes for 341 yards and two TDs to overcome a measly 19 yards rushing as Denver improved to 2-2. His 6-yard TD pass to Correll Buckhalter with 1:33 left rallied the Broncos, who got four field goals from Matt Prater.
Marc Mariani returned a kickoff 98 yards for a third-quarter TD that put Tennessee (2-2) ahead 17-13 in the third quarter before Orton led the Broncos to a pair of field goals and a TD for the win.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three TD passes and Charles Woodson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown, but the Packers (3-1) barely held on against the pesky Lions (0-4).
Staked to a 28-14 lead after Woodson's score early in the third quarter, the Lions' Jason Hanson kicked four field goals before Green Bay managed to control the ball for the final 6:32.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A few days after rejoining the team at age 46, John Carney hit three field goals to help New Orleans (3-1) keep Carolina (0-4) winless.
Carney was signed after Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime of a 27-24 loss to Atlanta.
Drew Brees, wearing a knee brace in a game for the first time since high school, threw for 275 yards and a TD to Lance Moore, but the Panthers made it tough on the Super Bowl champions.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Arian Foster, benched for the first 23 minutes due to an undisclosed off the-field behavior issue, ran 74 yards for one touchdown and caught a 10-yard pass from Matt Schaub for another score in the second half to spark Houston (3-1).
Foster finished with 131 yards on 16 carries and added 56 yards receiving.
Denver 26, Tennessee 20; Green Bay 28, Detroit 26; N.Y. Jets 38, Buffalo 14; St. Louis 20, Seattle 3; Atlanta 16, San Francisco 14;
Baltimore 17, Pittsburgh 14;New Orleans 16, Carolina 14; Cleveland 23, Cincinnati 20; Houston 31, Oakland 24;Jacksonville 31, Indianapolis 28; San Diego 41, Arizona 10;Washington 17, Philadelphia 12;N.Y. Giants 17, Chicago 3.
Open: Kansas City, Dallas, Minnesota, Tampa Bay
New England at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
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