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Dale Zanine/US PresswireAfter a relatively slow start to the season, Michael Turner is burning up opposing defenses once again. Coming off a Monday night performance in which he ran for 151 yards, the Falcons' workhorse gashed the Redskins for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-17 victory. Week 9 leaders
By John Clayton, ESPN.com1. Life in the fast lane: In Sunday's thrilling 20-17 victory over the Texans, Colts QB Peyton Manning set a blistering tempo by starting the game in the two-minute offense. Snaps occurred with 28 seconds left on the 40-second clock. The idea was sound because the Texans have quick defensive linemen and fast linebackers. Why not counter speed with speed and leave the Texans breathless? For a while, the Texans were out of sorts. Their defense committed 10 penalties, nine in the first half. Manning threw an incredible 40 passes in the first half -- 25 in the first quarter. "You don't practice that during the week because you want have some legs for the games,'' Colts tight end Dallas Clark said. But the Colts, off to another fast 8-0 start and a 3½-game lead in the AFC South, went a little too fast. After Manning directed a 12-play, 79-yard touchdown drive in 4 minutes, 39 seconds, the Colts settled for field goals on their next two possessions. The inability to finish drives allowed the Texans to regroup and show that they can indeed play with the Colts. Houston QB Matt Schaub rebounded by converting nine third-down plays in the final 31 minutes as the Texans took a 17-13 lead. But Joseph Addai's 2-yard TD run with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter gave Indianapolis the lead for good. As it turned out, the Colts needed a few breaks to win this game. Colts coach Jim Caldwell sneaked in a replay challenge coming out of the two-minute warning in the first half when Ryan Moats fumbled at the Colts' 1-yard line. Officials ruled he was out of bounds when he fumbled, but the review resulted in a touchback, giving the Colts the ball. The other break was a missed 42-yard field goal attempt by Texans kicker Kris Brown that would have sent the game into overtime.
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Aaron Rodgers continues to take a beating behind the Packers' suspect offensive line.
New Orleans 30, Carolina 20
The Saints' D didn't intercept a pass for the first time this season. No worries. Three forced fumbles helped New Orleans improve to 8-0.
Seattle 32, Detroit 20
Hold your applause for the Seahawks. Their comeback was impressive, but there's really no excuse for falling behind by 17 points to the Lions. At home no less.
• San Diego 21, N.Y. Giants 20
Dallas 20, Philadelphia 16
From rock bottom to first place in the NFC East. That pretty much sums up the Cowboys' last two trips to Philly.
• Cincinnati (6-2) at Pittsburgh (5-2): The Steelers will be looking for payback from Week 3. It won't be easy against the surging Bengals.• New England (6-2) at Indianapolis (8-0): Brady vs. Manning. It never gets old. • Philadelphia (5-3) at San Diego (5-3): The first meeting between these teams since 2005. • Week 10 schedule