Rams trounce winless Chargers


Kurt Warner threw four touchdown passes for the defending Super Bowl champions as undefeated St. Louis beat winless San Diego 57-31 in yet another awesome offensive display. Warner finished 24-of-30 for 390 yards Sunday, showing no signs of slowing down a season after winning the league and Super Bowl MVP awards. St. Louis has averaged 43.4 points in its five games. After complaining mildly that he threw only 19 times last week, Warner opened the game with 14 straight passes. He was 21-of-26 for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He left the game late in the third quarter with the Rams ahead 40-17. St. Louis has won 14 in a row at the Trans World Dome. The Rams led 30-10 at the break, extending their NFL record to 11 straight games with 30 or more points. Redskins 20, Buccaneers 17, OT Deion Sanders returned a punt 57 yards in overtime to set up Michael Husted’s 20-yard field goal. It was retribution for Sanders, who hadn’t come close to living up to the US$57 million, seven-year deal he signed last summer. And for Husted, who spent much of his career in Tampa and had a

Tampa Bay (2-3) tied it on Martin Gramatica’s 42-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. Eagles 38, Falcons 10 Donovan McNabb threw for a career-high 311 yards and two touchdowns and Brian Mitchell had a combined 290 yards for Philadelphia (3-2). Mitchell tied an NFL record with his 11th career touchdown on a return when he took a kickoff 89 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter. Mitchell added an 85-yard TD run as the Eagles moved into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East. Vikings 31, Lions 24 Randy Moss caught scoring passes of 61, 50 and 17 yards from Daunte Culpepper to help Minnesota improve to 4-0. Moss, who went into the game with one TD catch his season, caught seven passes for 168 yards. Culpepper was 17-of-29 for 269 yards. Robert Smith ran for 134 yards on 16 carries. Colts 18, Bills 16 Peyton Manning drove Indianapolis 42 yards in the final 1:08 to set up Mike Vanderjagt’s 45-yard field goal as time ran out. Manning led the winning drive after Buffalo took a 16-15 lead on Rob Johnson’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds. Manning, coming off a franchise-record 440-yard performance Monday night in the Colts’ 43-14 victory over Jacksonville, had only 75 yards in the first 41 minutes. He finished 16-for-27 for 187 yards, only the ninth time he’s been held under 200 yards. Titans 28, Giants 14 Steve McNair passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns and Eddie George ran for 135 yards and a TD as Tennessee set an NFL record with its 10th straight victory to open a new stadium. The Titans (3-1) held the ball for nearly 43 of the 60 minutes, rolled up 437 yards total offense and forced four turnovers. They scored touchdowns on three of their first four drives, and none of the drives covered fewer than 80 yards. Patriots 28, Broncos 19 Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes in the first half and four in all, leading New England to its first victory of the year. Bledsoe, who had thrown three TD passes in the first four games, was 18-of-27 for 271 yards with one interception. He moved ahead of Steve Grogan for the franchise yardage record with 27,033. Ravens 12, Browns 0 Matt Stover kicked four field goals in Baltimore’s third shutout in five games. The Ravens (4-1), who beat Cincinnati 37-0 last week, became the first team to shut out consecutive opponents since 1985 when Chicago beat Dallas 44-0 and Atlanta 36-0. Steelers 24, Jaguars 13 Jerome Bettis scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards and Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala’s 5-yard, first-quarter burst ended Pittsburgh’s three-game touchdown drought against Jacksonville. 49ers 27, Cardinals 20 Charlie Garner rushed for two touchdowns and Jeff Garcia threw for 220 yards and another score. The 49ers (2-3) won consecutive games for the first time since the third and fourth weeks of last season — and they did it without Terrell Owens, the receiver suspended from the game by coach Steve Mariucci for midfield TD celebrations last week at Dallas. Dolphins 31, Bengals 16 Jay Fiedler connected with Oronde Gadsden on touchdown passes of 7 and 21 yards, and Lamar Smith had an 18-yard TD run as Miami (4-1) overcame a 13-0 deficit to beat the Bengals (0-4). Bears 27, Packers 24 Marcus Robinson caught TD passes of 68 and 58 yards from Cade McNown as Chicago (1-4) beat Green Bay (2-3) for the second straight time at Lambeau Field. Chicago went ahead 24-3 in the third quarter when Robinson took a pass in the left flat 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and darted 58 yards for the score. Cowboys 16, Panthers 13, OT Tim Seder kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime, and Emmitt Smith rushed for a 132 yards — his first 100-yard game of the season — and scored the 150th touchdown of his career.