Peyton Manning lived up to expectations, and Drew Bledsoe's team excelled, too.
The two quarterbacks were generally on target in NFL exhibition games Monday night, Manning lead-ing Indianapolis to a 30-27 victory over Cincinnati and Bledsoe pacing New England over Dallas 21-3.Manning led the Colts to 23 points in the first half and looked much sharper than in his pro debut - a 24-21 loss to Seattle. Manning completed 5 of 11 passes for 112 yards in the half and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison on a perfectly executed slant pattern.
Meanwhile, Bledsoe seemed to find his rhythm in Patriots coordinator Ernie Zampese's new offensive scheme, connecting on 9 of 14 passes for 69 yards without an interception.
The second-largest crowd in NFL history - 106,424 - watched the Patriots-Cowboys game in Mexico City.
BEARS: Curtis Enis is going to play for the Chicago Bears, after all.
The fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, who threatened to sit out the season after contact negotiations turned sour, has reached a three-year deal worth approxiately $5.6 million, with a $3.6 million signing bonus.
BUCS: Pro Bowl fullback Mike Alstott, who has been sidelined with a sore hip, got a nice reward when he returned to camp Monday - a five-year contract extension estimated at $32 million.
JETS: Glenn Foley remains the starting quarterback for the New York Jets - for now.
Foley, who had been given the starting job before the season, backed up Vinny Testaverde Saturday in a 33-0 loss to Baltimore. He was just 5-for-15 with two interceptions, but Testaverde wasn't much better.
PANTHERS: Quarterback Kerry Collins returned to practice Monday, but the Panthers had no plans to rush him back into exhibition action as he recovers from a broken nose.
CHIEFS: On the sidelines along with receiver Derrick Alexander (bruised ribs)on Monday were center Tim Grunhard (elbow), cornerback James Hasty (thigh bruise) and Anthony Davis (neck strain).
STEELERS: Guard Brenden Stai signed a three-year, $7 million contract extension.