Luck, Colts best Broncos in Manning’s return
Indianapolis no longer Peyton’s place
By The Associated Press
Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos in Indianapolis.
The victory ended the Broncos’ 17-game regular-season winning streak in the first game Manning played against his former team since being released in March 2012.
Manning finished 29-of-49 for 386 yards with three TDs and one interception.
He was sacked four times and tried desperately to rally the Broncos (6-1) late.
But the Colts (5-2) took advantage of his and Denver’s uncharacteristic mistakes.
Luck converted an early fumble into a TD pass. Indy got nine points out of a second-quarter strip sack, and Luck scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, a drive helped by a series of defensive penalties.
When the Broncos finally had a chance to tie it, Manning was intercepted.
Indianapolis has not lost consecutive games under Luck.
Cowboys 17, Eagles 3: Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown in Philadephia and the Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Two teams that averaged a combined 58 points per game and allowed a combined 55 totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading 3-0.
It was more two inept offenses than two dominant defenses.
The Eagles (3-4) have lost a franchise-worst nine straight games at home.
Steelers 19, Ravens 16: Shaun Suisham drilled a 42-yard field goal with no time remaining in Pittsburgh.
Suisham’s fourth field goal of the day pushed the Steelers (2-4) to their second straight win.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown, but couldn’t stop the defending Super Bowl champions (3-4) from losing for the third time in their last four games.
Jets 30, Patriots 27, OT: Nick Folk kicked a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime to stun the Patriots in East Rutherford, N.J.
Folk got a second chance after he missed a 56-yarder moments earlier.
But Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward to try to block the kick, a new NFL rule.
Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Jets (4-3) topped Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2).
Bengals 27, Lions 24: Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Bengals in Detroit.
The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent’s right foot.
He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at Buffalo
The Lions (4-3) looked like they did enough to send the game to OT, but rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt just 28 yards to midfield in the final minute.