Reggie Barlow scored on an 85-yard punt return and Tavian Banks had a 65-yard kickoff return to set up another score as the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Kansas City Chiefs 21-16 Sunday.
James Stewart gained 103 yards on 26 carries to become the first back to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games for the Jaguars (2-0).The game was built up as a potential preview of the AFC Championship game, but both teams came in with many injuries, most notably on the Jaguars' defensive line and with the Chiefs (1-1) missing Elvis Grbac and Andre Rison.
RAVENS 24, JETS 10: At East Rutherford, N.J., Rod Woodson had two interceptions, returning the second 60 yards for the clinching touchdown, and Jermaine Lewis went 69 yards on a punt runback to lead the Baltimore Ravens over the New York Jets.
Lewis, who had a 97-yard punt return against the Jets (0-2) in the preseason, headed down the middle, then quickly cut to the sideline and sped to the end zone. It was the third score on a punt runback in Lewis' two-plus pro seasons.
Woodson, who joined Baltimore (1-1) as a free agent this season and was a cornerback on the NFL's all-time team, stepped in front of Jerald Sowell to pick off Glenn Foley's pass and race to the end zone with 8:44 remaining.
DOLPHINS 13, BILLS 7: At Miami, Miami sacked Rob Johnson eight times, limited Buffalo to 187 yards and won a defensive struggle.
Trace Armstrong, Jason Taylor and rookie Lorenzo Bromell had two sacks apiece to lead the charge for the Dolphins. Their sack total was one shy of the team record set in 1973.
Dan Marino threw for the Dolphins' only touchdown, a 17-yarder to Lamar Thomas, and Olindo Mare kicked field goals of 33 and 27 yards. Miami improved to 2-0, while Buffalo fell to 0-2.
SAINTS 19, PANTHERS 14: At New Orleans, Danny Wuerffel, given a chance to start when Billy Joe Hobert was knocked out for the season last week, shook off constant pressure and led New Orleans to its first 2-0 start since 1993.
Doug Brien kicked two long field goals to get the Saints close, and they scored the winning touchdown with 9:15 left on a 15-yard run by Ray Zellars.
Wuerffel, sacked seven times by the Panthers last season in his NFL debut, found the going almost as rough Sunday. But the pressure did not rattle the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner as he completed 13 of 18 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 40 yards as he dodged Carolina (0-2) defenders.
STEELERS 17, BEARS 12: At Pittsburgh, Jerome Bettis bounced back from his worst game with Pittsburgh, running for 131 yards and a touchdown to lead the Steelers (2-0) over the Chicago Bears.
The Bears (0-2), 24-23 losers to Jacksonville last week when theycouldn't score from the 1-yard line with four minutes left, again had a chance to win in the fourth quarter.
But Carnell Lake intercepted Erik Kramer's pass on third-and10 from the Steelers' 16 with 44 seconds left to halt what could have been a game-winning drive.
BENGALS 34, LIONS 28 : At Pontiac, Mich., Corey Sawyer intercepted Scott Mitchell's pass to Johnnie Morton on the fourth play of overtime and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.
The win was a great relief for the Bengals (1-1) who wanted desperately to get off to a good start. Since 1991, the Bengals have gone 9-48 in the first half of the season. Last season, they won their opener but lost their next seven.
Barry Sanders, who rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions (0-2), tied the game at 28 on a 5-yard scamper with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter.
VIKINGS 38, RAMS 31: At St. Louis, Randall Cunningham, subbing for injured Brad Johnson, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cris Carter with 2:09 left to lift Minnesota over St. Louis.
The Rams (0-2) almost tied it on the final play when quarterback Tony Banks dived for the end zone following an 8-yard scramble, but he was stopped less than a yard away.
Robert Smith rushed for a career-best 179 yards and two first-half scores, including a 74-yard dash for the Vikings (2-0), who led 24-10 at the half and then traded points the rest of the way.
FALCONS 17, EAGLES 12: At Atlanta, rebounding from a dismal first half, Atlanta scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 1986.
Chris Chandler threw a 19-yard TD pass to Brian Kozlowski and Jamal Anderson added a 1-yard scoring run for the Falcons.
The Eagles, who opened with a 38-0 home loss to Seattle, are 0-2 for the first time in eight years.
CHARGERS 13, OILERS 7: At Nashville, Tenn., Ryan Leaf set up San Diego's only touchdown with a 20-yard scramble, and John Carney kicked two field goals as the Chargers spoiled Tennessee's first regular-season game in their new hometown.
Not even a sellout crowd of 41,089 at Vanderbilt Stadium could lift the Oilers (1-1), whose final drive ended when Steve McNair overthrew Jackie Harris on fourth-and-5 at midfield with 1:34 left.
The Chargers (2-0) sacked McNair three times, and he finished 21-of-35 for 187 yards and one touchdown.
PACKERS 23, BUCCANEERS 15: At Green Bay, Wis., Reggie White got three sacks and led a pass rush that harassed Trent Dilfer all day as the Green Bay Packers won their 29th straight home game.
Dilfer was sacked six times, losing the ball on three of them, as the Packers (2-0) put the Bucs (0-2) in an early hole in the NFC Central.
White, who retired briefly in the offseason, increased his record sacks total to 1791/2 despite the hot, muggy day that sent several players to the sidelines with cramps and dehydration.
BRONCOS 42, COWBOYS 23: At Denver, Terrell Davis ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Cowboys and sent quarterback Troy Aikman to the sidelines for 4-8 weeks with a broken left collarbone.
John Elway threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, helping Denver (2-0) generate more than 500 yards of total offense. Elway himself left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his right hamstring.
Denver scored touchdowns on its first five possessions, taking a 35-17 lead at halftime.
After Dallas (1-1) closed to 35-23 on two field goals by Richie Cunningham, the Broncos fashioned their fifth scoring drive of at least 80 yards, capped by Davis' third score, a 3-yard run, with 7:33 left.
Elway departed after injuring his hamstring on a handoff during the drive, and backup Bubby Brister passed 38 yards to Ed McCaffrey to set up the score.
SEAHAWKS 33, CARDINALS 14: At Seattle, Willie Williams and Shawn Springs returned interceptions for touchdowns and Ricky Watters had his first 100-yard rushing game for the Seahawks in a victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
In going 2-0 to open the season for the first time since 1994, the Seahawks have outscored their first two opponents 71-14. Seattle won 38-0 in Philadelphia last Sunday.
Watters, the former Philadelphia Eagles' running back who was lured to Seattle by owner Paul Allen's money, didn't score a touchdown but he excited a noisy Kingdome crowd with 105 yards on 22 carries - his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game.
RAIDERS 20, GIANTS 17: At Oakland, Calif., Greg Davis kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:59 remaining, and the Raiders beat the New York Giants 20-17 Sunday, giving new Oakland coach Jon Gruden his first win in his home debut.
On consecutive plays, the Raiders' Eric Turner sacked Danny Kannell for an 11-yard loss and then intercepted his fourth-down pass to end the final possession for the Giants, who had penalty problems of their own.