Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for team-record 480 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday’s win against the Redskins. (Reuters)
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Aaron Rodgers continued his dominant play at home by throwing for a team-record 480 yards and four touchdowns as the Packers cruised to the easy victory over the Redskins on Sunday, 38-20.
Rodgers, who has won 20 of his last 21 starts at Lambeau Field, shredded the short-handed Redskins’ secondary, firing a pair of touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson and single scores to Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb.
Green Bay (1-1) also did plenty damage on the ground as James Starks scored on a 32-yard run and finished the game with 132 yards rushing to become the first Packer in the past 45 games to go over the century mark.
Rodgers tied Matt Flynn’s team passing yardage mark by hitting 34-of-42 passes as Green Bay built a 31-0 advantage. James Jones was his favorite target, grabbing a career-high 11 catches for 178 yards, but lost a fumble just before halftime trying to reach the pylon for another Packers score.
BILLS 24, PANTHERS 23: EJ Manuel recovered from a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers to lead a game-winning drive in the final two minutes as host Buffalo rallied to beat Carolina.
Manuel was 27-for-39 for 296 yards and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive — with no timeouts — before Dan Carpenter’s point after lifted the Bills (1-1) to their fifth win in six all-time meetings. C.J. Spiller rushed for 103 yards on 16 carries for Buffalo.
Cam Newton passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns but the Panthers (1-1) had to settle for three field goals in the fourth quarter. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 85 yards on 22 carries for Carolina.
COLTS 24, DOLPHINS 20: Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and a touchdown and visiting Miami made two big defensive stops in the fourth quarter to snap a four-game losing streak at the hands of Indianapolis.
Mike Wallace had nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown and Charles Clay added five receptions for 109 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter for the Dolphins (2-0).
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who has eight comebacks in the fourth quarter and overtime in his brief career, finished 25-of-43 for 321 yards and a touchdown, but he threw a costly interception in the end zone with just over eight minutes to play. Indy’s last gasp was snuffed out when Luck was sacked at the Colts’ 28-yard line with 1:27 remaining.
BEARS 31, VIKINGS 30: Jay Cutler found tight end Martellus Bennett for a go-ahead 16-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left and threw for 290 yards and three scores as Chicago stunned visiting Minnesota.
Cutler completed 28-of-39 passes - including 7-for-10 on the decisive drive - for the Bears, who pushed its home winning streak over the NFC North-rival Vikings to six. Matt Forte piled up 161 yards from scrimmage (90 rushing, 71 receiving) and Bennett caught a pair of touchdown passes for Chicago (2-0).
CHARGERS 33, EAGLES 30: Philip Rivers connected with Eddie Royal for three touchdown passes and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with seven seconds left as San Diego spoiled Chip Kelly’s home debut.
Royal, who had two touchdown catches in Monday night’s season-opening loss to the Houston Texans, finished with seven catches for 90 yards, including the go-ahead score with 3:11 to play. Michael Vick then led Philadelphia down the field and Alex Henery’s 32-yard field goal with 1:55 left forged a 30-30 tie.
TEXANS 30, TITANS 24 (OT): Arian Foster forged a tie with a 1-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter and Matt Schaub threw a 3-yard scoring pass to DeAndre Hopkins 4:28 into overtime as host Houston staged another late rally to remain unbeaten.
Foster found the end zone twice with 1:53 left in regulation to knot the contest at 24, and Houston (2-0) had a chance to avoid overtime, but Randy Bullock hit the left upright on a 46-yard field-goal attempt with no time left on the clock. The Texans won the coin flip and drove 78 yards for the winning score, with a 25-yard catch by Hopkins that put the ball on the Tennessee 1 being the key play.