LANDOVER, Md. In his attempt to redesign the Washington Redskins offense, rookie coach Jim Zorn has constantly peppered Jason Campbell with all sorts of phrases. One of them: "Avoid, reset and throw."
After a miserable first game, Campbell last week responded with a phrase of his own: "Coach, just trust me."
On Sunday, both got the point. Campbell went from uncomfortable to prolific with a 321-yard passing day, and he mastered the "avoid, reset and throw" move with aplomb on a 67-yard touchdown to Santana Moss as the Redskins came from behind to beat the New Orleans Saints 29-24.
"We talked a lot during the week," Campbell said. "I said 'Coach, just trust me.' And he said, 'I've got to trust you more.' We do it together."
Campbell appeared out of sorts with Zorn's West Coast attack in a 16-7 loss to the Giants, but he went 24-for-36 with no interceptions against the Saints. He completed his last eight passes as the Redskins (1-1) overcame a nine-point deficit with two touchdowns in the final 6 1/2 minutes.
"I don't really know how to act, but I am very excited," Zorn said of his first NFL win. "I wish I could enjoy it as much as I had to endure last week for four or five days, but I won't be able to."
The big play came with 3:29 left and the Redskins trailing 24-22. Campbell avoided the rush, stepped forward and hit Moss in stride, the receiver one step ahead of rookie cornerback Tracy Porter. Zorn had chided Campbell for failing to make a similar play against the Giants, costing the team a potential touchdown.
This time, Moss, the secondary target on the play, didn't slow down as he did against the Giants. Campbell spotted him and let the ball fly. Lesson learned all around.
"I'm patting myself on the back, but really it's all bogus," Zorn said. "He had to make the play. He made the call, he made the play, he made the move. That truly is it."
While Zorn was celebrating his first win, the Saints (1-1) failed to give coach Sean Payton a victory on the day the team extended his contract through the 2012 season.
Reggie Bush returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown that gave the Saints a 24-15 lead at the end of the third quarter. But New Orleans remained in the game principally because all five of the Redskins' first-half drives ended in field-goal attempts.
"I thought we were fortunate to be up by nine going into the fourth quarter," Payton said. "That teased us a little bit. But when it came time in the fourth quarter with some critical plays offensively trying to make a yard, trying to convert a third-and-5, or defensively trying to keep the ball in front of us they made those plays."
The Saints committed three turnovers, and all landed in the hands of seventh-round draft pick Chris Horton. Horton said he "just started sweating" with nerves when he woke up Sunday morning and learned he would be making his first start because Reed Doughty was sick. Horton recovered a fumble and caught two tipped interceptions, the last one ending the Saints' final drive with 2:59 to play.
Bush carried 10 times for 28 yards and caught seven passes for 63 yards, a mediocre day until he avoided three Redskins and flew down the left sideline for his punt return touchdown.
Robert Meachem, an oft-injured first-round pick a year ago, was active for the first time in his pro career because of Marques Colston's thumb injury. His first catch was a touchdown: 19 yards from Drew Brees in the third quarter, capping an 80-yard drive that gave the Saints a 17-9 lead.
Clinton Portis had 21 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins, who cemented the victory and tightened the Zorn-Campbell bond with a risky fourth-and-2 pass to Moss at the Saints 34 right after the 2-minute warning.
"A real gutsy call," guard Pete Kendall said. "I didn't know if we'd pooch punt or if we'd attempt a field goal. ... When I heard the play call come in, I thought, 'This could be really good, if it works out particularly, because it shows a lot of confidence in the quarterback."'
Notes: DE Jason Taylor had his first sack with the Redskins. ... New Orleans S Aaron Glenn left with an ankle injury. X-rays were negative. ... Saints RB Deuce McAllister had his first carries since Week 3 of last season; he missed the rest of 2007 with a knee injury. ... A hot and steamy day 90 degrees at kickoff, hottest in FedEx Field history prompted Zorn to have sideline personnel hold up canvas sheets to help cool the players. He didn't want to use a more structured version he invented for practices (known as the "Z-shade") because NFL rules would have required the Redskins to supply one for the Saints as well. Some Saints players, including TE Jeremy Shockey, used IVs to stay hydrated.
GIANTS 41, RAMS 13: At St. Louis, a 97-yard drive put the New York offense in gear. Another stifling effort from a big-play defense led by Justin Tuck made much of the scoring window dressing in the Giants' 12th straight away win, including their Super Bowl victory last February.
Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and the Giants sacked Marc Bulger six times while limiting the Rams to a fluke touchdown. The Rams (0-2) came up with another dud in their home opener, which also served as a tribute to late owner Georgia Frontiere.
The Giants (2-0) have not lost a road game since their opener last season.
Tuck's 41-yard interception return in the fourth quarter sealed the victory, and he added a pair of sacks. Fred Robbins also had two sacks for the Giants.
Manning was 20-for-29 for 260 yards, including hitting Plaxico Burress on a 33-yard TD strike in the first quarter, Brandon Jacobs had 93 yards on 15 carries and 44-year-old kicker John Carney added field goals of 39 and 33 yards in the first half.
PACKERS 48, LIONS 25: At Detroit, Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the first four drives of his second start, helping Green Bay build a big lead it needed.
Green Bay led 21-0 midway through the second quarter, but fell behind by a point with 7:41 left after Calvin Johnson caught his second TD in the fourth quarter.
The Packers (2-0) went back ahead with a field goal on the ensuing drive, then turned the game into the rout it had been for much of the day with three straight interceptions.
Charles Woodson and Nick Collins returned two of the picks for touchdowns, giving Green Bay a lopsided lead again.
Rodgers was 24-of-38 for 328 yards, three scores and a fumble. He threw a TD and ran for another in his debut as an NFL starter, leading the Packers over the Vikings.
Brandon Jackson ran for 61 yards, including a 19-yard score that put the Packers ahead by more than a TD with 3 1/2 minutes left. Greg Jennings caught six passes for 167 yards, while Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson each had TD receptions.
The Lions are 0-2 for the fifth time since 2001
RAIDERS 23, CHIEFS 8: At Kansas City, Mo., the Raiders, with plenty of help from Kansas City, set aside all their backbiting and turmoil long enough to win a football game.
Rookie Darren McFadden ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record 56-yard field goal against an inept Chiefs team that tried three quarterbacks.
Lane Kiffin, amid reports that his job is in jeopardy, won for just the fifth time 18 games as coach of the Raiders (1-1).
The Chiefs' young defense gave up 300 yards rushing, including 90 by Michael Bush, who all by himself beat the Chiefs' 55 yards on the ground. Kansas City started 0-2 for the third time in three years under Herm Edwards and has lost 11 regular-season games in a row.
In using three quarterbacks, the Chiefs had only 65 net yards at halftime and barely managed to avoid their first home shutout since 1994.
TITANS 24, BENGALS 7: At Cincinnati, with Vince Young not even with the team, the Titans ended a troubling and confusing week by winning in a breeze.
Backup quarterback Kerry Collins threw low, tight passes that stayed on track in Cincinnati's wind-tunnel of a stadium. Collins threw his first touchdown pass in two years, rookie Chris Johnson ran for 109 yards, and Rob Bironas guided a low, curving kick between gyrating uprights for a 34-yard field goal. Linebacker Keith Bulluck provided the clincher, blocking Kyle Larson's punt in the end zone with his right arm, then snatching the ball off the ground for another touchdown.
At 2-0, the Titans are off to their best start since 1999, when they won their first three games and made the only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. It hasn't come easy.
Young sprained his left knee during an opening win over Jacksonville, and the Titans asked police to look for him a day later out of concern for his mental state. The drama consumed their week, and Young didn't accompany the team to Cincinnati.
Collins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Gage and made no mistakes against the Bengals (0-2), off to their worst start since Marvin Lewis became head coach in 2003.
BILLS 20, JAGUARS 16: At Jacksonville, Fla., Trent Edwards was good early and even better late, doing just enough to lead the Bills (2-0) to their best start in five years.
Edwards completed his first 10 attempts and threw a perfect touchdown pass to James Hardy late in the fourth quarter. Edwards finished 20-of-25 for 239 yards. Marshawn Lynch ran for 59 yards and a score, and Buffalo's defense held Jacksonville in check most of the day. The Jaguars (0-2) are off to their worst start since 2003. They finished 5-11 that season and could be in for another long one this time around.
Jacksonville took the second-half kickoff and drove 74 yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 10. Maurice Jones-Drew plunged in from 2 yards, then the Jaguars recovered an onside kick that led to a field goal and their first lead in two games this season.
Edwards fumbled on the ensuing possession and Jacksonville tacked on a field goal that made it 16-10.
But Edwards made two of his best throws. Facing third-and-6 from the Jacksonville 44, Edwards hung in the pocket and threw a strike to Lee Evans that gained 37 yards. Edwards was even better on the next play, hooking up with second-round draft pick Hardy in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard score. -->
PANTHERS 20, BEARS 17: At Charlotte, N.C., after watching the Bears build a big lead behind a stout defense and a rookie running back, the Panthers used the same combination to stage a late comeback for an unlikely 2-0 start.
Jonathan Stewart rushed for all but one of his 77 yards in the second half and scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead TD late in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers stopped the Bears (1-1) on fourth-and-1 with under 2 minutes left.
The Panthers scored the game's final 17 points, recovering from a mistake-prone first half, behind their improved defense.
Chris Harris' forced fumble against his former team set up a touchdown, and Jake Delhomme engineered his second straight fourth-quarter comeback following his return from elbow surgery.
Without suspended star receiver Steve Smith, the Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak in home openers, a week after they stunned San Diego with a touchdown on the final play.
CARDINALS 31, DOLPHINS 10: At Glendale, Ariz., Kurt Warner looked like he did in his MVP days, Anquan Boldin certainly wasn't sulking over contract woes, and Larry Fitzgerald caught almost everything thrown his way.
The result was a rout that has the Cardinals 2-0 for the first time in 17 years.
Warner completed 19-of-24 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Boldin caught all three scores, a career high.
In all, Boldin had six receptions for 140 yards, a franchise record 22nd time he's passed the century mark. Fitzgerald, meanwhile, caught six for 153 yards, his 14th 100-yard game. It was the sixth time the pair topped 100 yards in the same game.
Warner had a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the third time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the NFL record.
Arizona's Edgerrin James gained 55 yards on 18 carries to become the 14th player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career yards from scrimmage.
The Dolphins (0-2) lost their 11th straight road game.
BUCCANEERS 24, FALCONS 9: At Tampa, Fla., rookie Matt Ryan was intercepted twice in the first half and Tampa Bay's Brian Griese turned the miscues into a touchdown and field goal.
A week after beating Detroit in his pro debut, Ryan threw incompletions on his first nine passes before settling down to keep Atlanta (1-1) in the game with three field goal drives that trimmed a 17-point deficit to eight with 5 minutes to go.
The Bucs (1-1) ended any hopes the third pick in this year's draft would finish an improbable comeback when Earnest Graham broke a tackle in the backfield and barreled around right end and up the sideline on a 68-yard TD run.
Ryan completed 13 of 33 passes for 158 yards. Aqib Talib's interception on Atlanta's third play set up Griese's 5-yard TD throw to John Gilmore and Sabby Piscitelli's pick and 17-yard return positioned the Bucs for Matt Bryant's 33-yard field goal that made it 17-0 late in the second quarter. -->
STEELERS 10, BROWNS 6: At Cleveland, on a less-than-ideal night for football or any other outdoor activity, Pittsburgh made it a perfect 10 over the Browns.
Ignoring his sore right shoulder and wind gusts of 60 mph, Ben Roethlisberger despite sustaining a separated shoulder in last week's win over Houston threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward as the Steelers made it 10 straight wins over their closest rival, beating the Browns to extend the NFL's longest current winning streak between two teams.
As is their way, the Steelers wrecked Cleveland's return to prime time after a five-year hiatus. Pittsburgh has won eight in a row in Cleveland, 16 of 17 in the series and 23 of 26 in a rivalry that has been one-sided since the days Roethlisberger was learning how to throw a football as a kid in Findlay, Ohio.
During the game, it was disclosed on TV that Roethlisberger sustained a separated shoulder last week in a win over Houston. But Big Ben didn't seem bothered as he completed 12 of 19 for 186 yards and improved to 10-0 in NFL games inside his home state. The Cincinnati Bengals haven't had any luck in their stadium against him either.