NFL roundup: Brees at his methodical best

New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during...

New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana November 6, 2011. The Saints beat the Buccaneers 27-16. (REUTERS/Dan Anderson)

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One week after looking out-of-sorts against a winless team, Drew Brees was at his methodical best as the New Orleans Saints got past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-16 Sunday.

Brees passed for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and the Saints rushed for 195 yards to beat the Buccaneers for only the second time in their last five meetings. Throwing touchdown passes to Lance Moore and Darren Sproles in the first two quarter, Brees led the Saints (6-3) to a 17-3 halftime lead and was 27-of-36 in the game.

Brees has a touchdown pass in 36 straight games, tying Brett Favre for second place on the all-time NFL list, and also extended his NFL record to 29 games in a row with at least 20 completions.

Josh Freeman, who had won his previous two starts against the Saints, threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow with 5:33 remaining in the game, but Brees scrambled for 20 yards on 3rd-and-4 and New Orleans sealed the win with John Kasay's second field goal of the day.

Before Winslow's touchdown, the Bucs (4-4) got all of their points on three Connor Barth field goals. Chris Ivory, Pierre Thomas and Sproles led the potent New Orleans rushing attack, with Thomas scoring on a nine-yard run in the third quarter.

TEXANS 30 BROWNS 12

Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined to rush for 239 yards as Houston routed Cleveland.

Foster had 19 carries for 124 yards and a score, while Tate added 115 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes for Houston (6-3), which is three games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. Matt Schaub threw for 119 yards and an interception on 14-of-23 passing, while Houston's defense limited the Browns to just 172 yards of total offense.

DOLPHINS 31 CHIEFS 3

Matt Moore passed for three touchdowns as Miami beat Kansas City for their first win of the season.

Moore threw for 244 yards while Reggie Bush ran for 92 yards and a score for the Dolphins (1-7), who were off to their worst start since going 0-13 to open the 2007 season.

Matt Cassel passed for 253 yards, but completed only 20-of-39 throws for the Chiefs (4-4).

FALCONS 31 COLTS 7

Matt Ryan went 14-for-24 with 275 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, leading Atlanta past Indianapolis.

Julio Jones caught three passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns -- the first two of his NFL career -- while Michael Turner rushed for 71 yards and a TD.

The only offense for the Colts (0-9) came in the form of a pick-six from Jerraud Powers.

COWBOYS 23 SEAHAWKS 13

Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes and Dallas bounced back from a rough loss to dump Seattle.

Romo finished the game 19-of-31 for 279 yards while DeMarco Murray ran for 139 yards on 22 carries for the Cowboys (4-4).

Tarvaris Jackson had a rough game as he was 17-for-30 with 221 yards and three second-half interceptions for the Seahawks (2-6). Marshawn Lynch had his best game of the season, running for 135 yards and a score on 23 carries in the loss.

49ERS 19 REDSKINS 11

Alex Smith threw for 200 yards and a touchdown and Frank Gore ran for 107 yards as San Francisco edged Washington.

Gore became the first player in San Francisco franchise history to record five consecutive 100-yard rushing performances and David Akers hit four field goals for the 49ers (7-1), who have won six straight for the first time since winning 11 in a row back in 1997.

John Beck completed 30-of-47 passes for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Redskins (3-5).

BENGALS 24 TITANS 17

Andy Dalton threw for 217 yards and three scores as Cincinnati defeated Tennessee.

The Bengals (6-2) dominated the second half, outscoring Tennessee 17-0, and limiting the Titans to just 95 yards.

A.J. Green caught seven balls for 83 yards, Jerome Simpson had 43 yards and a score on three receptions and Donald Lee hauled in three passes for 49 yards.

GIANTS 24 PATRIOTS 20

Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass in the final minute as New York delivered another super-sized blow to New England.

Manning hit tight end Jake Ballard in the left side of the end zone with 15 seconds remaining Sunday. The 80-yard drive was aided by a 20-yard pass interference penalty that moved the Giants (6-2) to the one-yard line, and it came just 81 seconds after Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski in the front of the end zone for a 20-17 lead.

BRONCOS 38 RAIDERS 24

Eddie Royal's 85-yard punt return for a touchdown with under six minutes to play helped Denver rally past Oakland.

Royal also caught two passes for 25 yards and a score for the Broncos (3-5), who have won two of three. Tim Tebow completed 10-of-21 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The Florida product also carried the ball 12 times for 117 yards.

PACKERS 45 CHARGERS 38

Aaron Rodgers out-dueled Philip Rivers, and Green Bay Packers escaped rainy San Diego with a wild win to remain perfect this season.

Rodgers finished 21-of-26 for 247 yards and four touchdowns, while Rivers also threw for four scores and 385 yards on 26-of-46 efficiency but was intercepted three times.

Jordy Nelson racked up 105 yards and a score on five receptions for the Packers (8-0).

Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley also hauled in a TD pass as Green Bay extended its winning streak to 14 games.

CARDINALS 19 RAMS 13

Patrick Peterson returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in overtime as Arizona came from behind to knock off St. Louis.

Larry's Fitzgerald's 13-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, the only offensive TD of the game, set up overtime.John Skelton was 22-of-35 for 222 yards and one score for the Cards.

Sam Bradford threw for 255 yards but couldn't find the end zone. Steven Jackson rushed for 130 yards on 29 carries.

 


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