GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Pittsburgh Steelers were beaten yesterday at their own game by their old offensive coordinator and might-have-been head coach.
Rookie Steve Breaston returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown and the Arizona Cardinals' defense shut down Pittsburgh's high-scoring offense most of the day to hand the Steelers their first loss, 21-14.
The Cardinals (2-2) ended Willie Parker's string of four consecutive 100-yard rushing games, limiting him to 37 yards in 18 carries.
But Pittsburgh rallied behind Ben Roethlisberger, whose second TD pass to Santonio Holmes, a seven-yarder, cut it to 21-14 with 1:49 to play.
However, Larry Fitzgerald recovered the onside kick attempt for Arizona.
COWBOYS 35, RAMS 7
IRVING, Texas - Tony Romo had a 15-yard touchdown run and threw touchdown passes of 59, 37 and 17 yards, turning what had been a tight early game into yet another easy win for Dallas and another frustrating loss for St. Louis.
The Cowboys are 4-0 for the first time since 1995. The Rams are 0-4 for the first time since 2002.
Raiders 35, Dolphins 17
MIAMI - Daunte Culpepper threw only 12 times and completed five for 75 yards, but hit Jerry Porter for scores of 7 and 27 yards. Justin Fargas replaced an injured LaMont Jordan shortly before halftime and ran for a career-high 179 yards on 22 carries.
FALCONS 26, TEXANS 16
ATLANTA - Joey Harrington threw a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Jenkins, 47-year-old Morten Andersen kicked four field goals and the Falcons defeated Matt Schaub and the Texans.
Bills 17, Jets 14
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Making his first career start in place of injured J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards went 22-of-28 for 234 yards, including a one-yard touchdown toss to Michael Gaines with seven minutes left.
The Bills produced their most points, total yards (304), yards passing and first downs (19) of the season.
Chiefs 30, Chargers 16
SAN DIEGO - The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the Chargers, scoring 24 straight points in the second half.
Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick, caught a go-ahead, 51-yard touchdown pass from Damon Huard in the fourth quarter.
Colts 38, Broncos 20
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning finished 20-of-27 for 193 yards and three touchdowns for Indianapolis, while Joseph Addai ran 19 times for 136 yards and one score.
Seahawks 23, 49ers 3
SAN FRANCISCO - Matt Hasselbeck passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns, Rocky Bernard ended Alex Smith's day early with a punishing sack and the Seahawks claimed early supremacy in the NFC West.
Buccaneers 20, Panthers 7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeff Garcia didn't throw an interception for the fourth straight game and ran for a touchdown for Tampa Bay. Garcia completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards.
Giants 16, Eagles 3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Osi Umenyiora had a team-record six sacks and New York set a franchise record and tied a league record by sacking Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb 12 times.
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