Giants, Eagles lose while Cowboys get much-needed rest

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Pats shut down Sanchez and the Jets...Raiders win one for Al

UNDATED (AP) - The New England Patriots' defense is showing signs of catching up to their high-octane defense. The Pats held Mark Sanchez to 166 yards passing in showing a vastly improved defense in their 30-21 win over the Jets. Tom Brady didn't need much improvement. The Pats QB completed 24 of 33 passes for 321 yards and one TD as New England went over the 30-point mark for the 13th straight regular-season game.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis gave the Pats another option on the ground. He ran for a career-high 136 yards and two TDs as the Pats kept pace with Buffalo atop the AFC East with a 5-1 mark.

Also in the NFL on the fifth Sunday of the season:

- Oakland posted a 25-20 win at Houston a day after longtime team owner Al Davis died. Jason Campbell's two touchdown passes helped the silver and black to their third win in five outings. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 416 yards and two scores but was intercepted in the end zone on the final play. Texas drops to 3-2.

- Buffalo running back Fred Jackson finished with a combined 196 yards from scrimmage and scored on a 5-yard run in a 31-24 victory over visiting Philadelphia that boosts the Bills to 4-1. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick connected on 26 of 40 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a career-high four interceptions. At 1-4, the Eagles are off to their worst start since coach Andy Reid's first season on the sidelines in 1999. Vick ran for 90 yards, passing Randall Cunningham for most rushing yards by an NFL quarterback. He's got 4,948 for his career.

- San Diego withstood a strong second-half rally by Denver and backup QB Tim Tebow and beat the Broncos 29-2. Tebow threw one touchdown and ran for another after replacing Kyle Orton to start the second half.

- The San Francisco 49ers might be the surprise of the entire league by starting 4-1. Alex Smith threw three TD passes, two to Vernon Davis, in the Niners' 48-3 rout of Tampa Bay.

- Drew Brees threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including a 6-yard scoring toss to Pierre Thomas with 50 seconds to play, and New Orleans improves to 4-1 with a 30-27 victory at Carolina. Cam Newton threw for 224 yard and a touchdown, and scored on a sneak, but it wasn't enough for the Panthers to avoid their fourth loss in five outings this season.

- Matt Cassel threw four TD passes and Kansas City rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the still-winless Colts 28-24 in Indianapolis. The Chiefs tied the largest comeback in franchise history to get to 2-3 on the year.

- The Vikings built a 28-0 first-quarter lead and went on to defeat the visiting Cardinals 34-10 for their first win of the season. Minnesota running back Adrian Petersen rushed 29 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns, helping drop the Cardinals to 1-4. Arizona QB Kevin Kolb finished with one touchdown pass and three turnovers.

- Ben Roethlisberger shrugged off a sprained left foot and tied a team record with five touchdown passes in Pittsburgh's 38-17 home win over Tennessee. Titans star running back Chris Johnson was held to 51 yards on 14 carries. Both teams are 3-2.

- Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 2:37 to play as the Seahawks posted a 36-25 road victory over the Giants. Seattle's Brandon Browner returned a tipped interception 94 yards to thwart a desperate, late rally by the Giants, who fall to 3-2. Seattle is 2-3.

- Bernard Scott scored with 1:56 remaining to give the Bengals a 23-20 lead and Cincinnati went on to beat Jacksonville 30-20. Rookie QB Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes for the Bengals, who improve to 3-2. Jacksonville has lost four straight after a season-opening victory.

-Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay has its unblemished record on the line tonight in Atlanta, against the 2-2 Falcons. Atlanta is leading the Packers 14-9 early in the second half.

- The NFL's other unbeaten team, the Detroit Lions, host the 2-2 Chicago Bears on Monday night.

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