Best of NFL: Broncos hand Chiefs first loss

Best of NFL: Broncos hand Chiefs first loss
November 18, 2013, 12:15 am
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Peyton Manning and the Broncos dealt Andy Reid's Chiefs their first loss Saturday night, bringing both teams into a tie atop the AFC West at 9-1. (AP)

DENVER -- Peyton Manning went virtually untouched by Kansas City's sack-happy defense Sunday night, throwing for 323 yards and a touchdown to lead the Denver Broncos to a 27-17 victory over the NFL's last undefeated team.

The Chiefs, who came into the game with a league-leading 36 sacks, barely breathed on Manning, who finished 24 for 40.

The Broncos tied Kansas City at 9-1 atop the AFC West with a rematch set in two weeks.

Denver fell short of its league-leading average of 41.2 points but the Chiefs, who came in allowing a NFL-low 12.8 per game, couldn't keep up.

Alex Smith threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City, which hadn't lost since a 38-3 setback in Denver last December to close out a 2-14 season (see full recap).

Rainey carries Bucs past Falcons
TAMPA, Fla. -- It looks like Bobby Rainey finally may have found a NFL home.

The diminutive running back, playing for his third team in less than two seasons, rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns Sunday to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the struggling Atlanta Falcons 41-28.

The waiver wire pickup filling in for the injured Doug Martin and Mike James scored on first-half runs of 43 and 3 yards. He then caught a 4-yard TD pass from Mike Glennon in the third quarter to help the Bucs (2-8) win for the second straight time following an 0-8 start (see full recap).

Rookie McGloin leads Raiders past Texans
HOUSTON -- Rookie Matt McGloin won the battle of undrafted free-agent quarterbacks on Sunday.

McGloin threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start and the Oakland Raiders extended the Houston Texans' franchise-record skid to eight games with a 28-23 victory on Sunday in coach Gary Kubiak's return from a mini-stroke.

McGloin was 18 of 32 for 197 yards in place of an injured Terrelle Pryor. Houston's Case Keenum, also an undrafted free agent, was benched after Houston's offense stalled in the third quarter.

McGloin threw touchdown passes of 5, 16 and 26 yards to help the Raiders score their most points of the season (see full recap).

Roethlisberger's four TDs rally Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers gave their critics and the Detroit Lions a vivid reminder on Sunday.

The window might be closing on the Steelers and their enigmatic quarterback. It's not shut. Not yet.

Roethlisberger passed for 367 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final 5 minutes as the Steelers rallied to beat the Lions 37-27.

Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 147 yards and two scores and Pittsburgh's defense rebounded from a horrific second quarter to shut out Detroit in the second half. The Steelers (4-6) have won two straight and kept the Lions (6-4) winless in Pittsburgh for 58 years and counting (see full recap).

Bengals rip Browns behind 31-point second quarter
CINCINNATI -- No overtime this time. The Cincinnati Bengals brushed aside their intrastate rival and strengthened their hold on the AFC North with one record-setting quarter.

Essentially, it was over by halftime.

And now the Bengals have a chance to make quick work of the rest of the division, too.

Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and Cincinnati returned a blocked punt and a fumble for touchdowns during a 31-point second quarter on Sunday that set a Bengals record and swept them to a 41-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns (see full recap).