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AP Photo/Winslow TownsonThird-year running back Ronnie Brown, left, did a little bit of everything for the Dolphins on Sunday. Brown rushed for a team-record four touchdowns and threw (that's right, threw) for another score as Miami shocked the previously unbeaten Patriots 38-13. ZOOM GALLERY: Best performances
By John Clayton, ESPN.comScoring is up. Defense is down, and it's forcing teams -- especially the Broncos -- to manage a different type of game. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has thrown caution to the Mile High winds. His Broncos barely beat the Saints 34-32 because his offense scored 34 points on only 58 plays. Even though the Broncos jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first 16 minutes, Shanahan couldn't get conservative because he knows his defense has flaws. "You try to score,'' Shanahan said of how to manage a high-scoring game. "You're going to have games like that. You don't want to settle for field goals. You want to settle for touchdowns. We had that freak fumble [Tony Scheffler's at the Saints' 8 with 5:44 left] there at the end, but I thought we moved the ball good and had momentum going. Unfortunately, it was a fumble, and our defense made a play when they had to.'' Shanahan was giving his defense too much credit. The Broncos' D stopped the Saints on a third-and-1, but not before New Orleans drove to the Denver 24. Fortunately for the Broncos, Martin Gramatica missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt with two minutes left that could've given New Orleans the victory. Scoring is now at 43.8 points per game, the highest-scoring start since 2002. The normally low-scoring NFC, which for years conceded quarterback play to the AFC, has only four teams scoring fewer than 20 points a game. The idea of running downhill and wearing down a defense seems to be a lost offensive art. Here are some samples of the offensive excess. • The Bengals put together scoring drives of 82 and 71 yards in the final 4:39 to send their game with the Giants into overtime. Carson Palmer hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh with a 17-yard touchdown pass to give the Bengals a 20-16 led. Then Giants QB Eli Manning drove 68 yards and connected with tight end Kevin Boss on a 4-yard touchdown with 1:50 left. The Bengals ended up losing 26-23 in overtime because Palmer had to settle for a 21-yard field goal at the end of regulation. • Brian Griese had drives of 63 and 79 yards in the final 3:11 to put up 10 points and send the Bucs-Bears game into overtime. Then he orchestrated a 90-yard drive, which culminated with a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bryant, to give Tampa Bay a 27-24 victory. Three drives for 232 yards. That's a good game for the Chiefs' offense.
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Trent Edwards used some fourth-quarter heroics to lead Buffalo to a narrow victory over Oakland.
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Falcons rookie QB Matt Ryan did not throw an interception for the second time in three games.
• Buffalo 24, Oakland 23
Does Raiders coach Lane Kiffin live to see another week? Kiffin, who's seemingly operating with no margin for error, can't be feeling very secure after watching his team blow a nine-point, fourth-quarter lead. Photos
N.Y. Giants 26, Cincinnati 23 (OT)
The Bengals finally showed some life. But with the game on the line, the Giants showed the same resolve and focus they had during last season's Super Bowl run. Photos
San Francisco 31, Detroit 13
Niners offensive coordinator Mike Martz used a balanced attack -- which his critics say he didn't use nearly enough in Detroit -- to keep his former team winless. Photos
• Minnesota (1-2) at Tennessee (3-0): The Titans are rolling. Will Tennessee's defense be able to corral Adrian Peterson?• Washington (2-1) at Dallas (3-0): The Skins have looked strong since their opening-night loss to the Giants. They can make a big statement by knocking off the Cowboys. • Week 4 schedule