FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots made history Sunday with a 34-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, the latest victim of a powerhouse that seems to score at will.
Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns, tying an NFL record with at least three in each of his first five games. Junior Seau grabbed two interceptions, and New England became the fourth team to start a season with five wins by at least 17 points.
The Patriots never trailed for the fourth game as they moved to 5-0 for the third time in club history. So far, they've been behind for just 12 minutes, 36 seconds this season — and they followed that 7-3 deficit against Buffalo with 35 unanswered points in a 38-7 win.
The Browns (2-3) had shown promise after years of mediocrity. But they lost running back Jamal Lewis with an injured right foot after he rushed for 11 yards on their first play.
CHARGERS 41, BRONCOS 3: At Denver, the Chargers handed the Broncos their worst home loss since 1966 by rediscovering their winning formula: hold onto the ball. Reigning MVP LaDainian Tomlinson amassed 140 yards, including 73 on three receptions, and backup Michael Turner added 147 yards on 10 carries, highlighted by a 74-yard touchdown trot along the Broncos' bewildered sideline in the fourth quarter. One week after committing four turnovers, the Chargers (2-3) had none in ending their three-game skid.
RAVENS 9, 49ERS 7: At San Francisco, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and their crew suffocated San Francisco on all but a few plays, and Matt Stover made up for Baltimore's near-equal offensive ineptitude with three field goals. Niners coach Mike Nolan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator for three years before leaving Brian Billick's staff along with top assistant Mike Singletary in 2005, rebuilding the 49ers using many of Billick's principles. But neither coaching staff could get more than a flicker of offense.
The Ravens (3-2) didn't get in the end zone despite outgaining San Francisco 315-163, yet they hung on with the franchise's lowest point total in a victory since the former Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.
STEELERS 21, SEAHAWKS 0: At Pittsburgh, the injury-depleted Steelers still were too much for the Seahawks. The Steelers (4-1) didn't have their two best defensive players, their two starting wide receivers or much offense for the first half. Ben Roethlisberger, scrambling and improvising without his usual receivers, finally led three successive lengthy touchdown drives highlighted by Najeh Davenport's runs. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's undermanned defense dominated against Seattle (3-2).
JAGUARS 17, CHIEFS 7: At Kansas City, Mo., the Jaguars held the Chiefs to 10 yards rushing. The Jaguars (3-1), who gave up 282 yards rushing to Tennessee in losing their opener, have not allowed more than 48 yards on the ground in any of the three games since, all wins. Two-time Pro Bowler Larry Johnson was held to 12 yards on nine carries for the Chiefs (2-3).
REDSKINS 34, LIONS 3: At Landover, Md., fullback Mike Sellers more than made up for the absence of the Redskins' top two receivers, and Washington's ball-control offense kept the Lions' passing game off the field. The Redskins (3-1) held the ball and wore down the Lions on a hot day to keep alive a 70-year hex for Detroit (3-2) in the nation's capital.
TEXANS 22, DOLPHINS 19: At Houston, Kris Brown kicked five field goals, including the winner on a career-long 57-yarder with 1 second remaining, to lead the Texans over the Dolphins (0-5), losers of eight straight. Brown tied an NFL single-game record with three makes over 50 yards. He hit two 54-yarders earlier in the game for the Texans (3-2).
PANTHERS 16, SAINTS 13: At New Orleans, former Ute Steve Smith fought for yards through two tacklers to turn a short catch into a crucial first down, and John Kasay made a 52-yard field goal as time expired. Panthers players mobbed Kasay at midfield as he dropped New Orleans to 0-4. The Saints were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender, but now their chances of even competing for a playoff spot are slim.
TITANS 20, FALCONS 13: At Nashville, Tenn., Vincent Fuller picked off a pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown, and Kyle Vanden Bosch sacked Byron Leftwich with 1:01 left, as the Titans overcame five turnovers. The win allowed the Titans (3-1) to continue their best start since 2003, when they last reached the playoffs. But it couldn't have been uglier as Vince Young matched his career high with three interceptions.