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Nov 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Raiders 28, Texans 23


Undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin tossed three touchdown passes in his first career start as the Oakland Raiders withstood a late Houston Texans rally for a 28-23 victory at Reliant Stadium.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub replaced starter Case Keenum in the third quarter and led a pair of scoring drives.

But his fourth-down pass to Andre Johnson fell incomplete in the end zone with just over one minute remaining as the Texans (2-8) dropped their eighth consecutive game. Oakland (4-6) earned its first road victory.

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Steelers 37, Lions 27

The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied for a 37-27 victory, the winning touchdown coming on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's 1-yard pass to fullback Will Johnson with 4:46 left Sunday, after Lions rookie punter Sam Martin lost a fumble on a fake punt attempt.

Leading 27-23, the Lions lined up for a 27-yard field goal attempt from the Steelers' 10-yard line on fourth-and-5 with 12:56 remaining. Martin, the holder, took the snap and gained the necessary five yards for the first down.

However, Martin fumbled when hit by nose tackle Steve McLendon and Steelers safety Ryan Clark recovered at the 3. Roethlisberger then took the Steelers on a 97-yard scoring drive that took 16 plays and 8:03, with Johnson catching the go-ahead score.

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Bengals 41, Browns 20

With a franchise-record 31 points in the second quarter, the Cincinnati Bengals snapped a two-game losing streak with a 41-20 win against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals (7-4) returned a fumble and a blocked punt for touchdowns as they rallied from a 13-0 deficit against the Browns (4-6) and maintained control of the AFC North division lead.

Cincinnati managed just 108 yards offense and three first downs in the first half but broke the franchise record for most points scored in any quarter on the strength of its defense and special teams.

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Buccaneers 41, Falcons 28

Rookie running back Bobby Rainey rushed for a career-high 161 yards and scored three touchdowns, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 41-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium.

Rainey, a 26-year-old getting the start due to injuries to the Buccaneers' top two backs, sparked an offensive explosion for Tampa Bay (2-8), which racked up a season-high in points to win their second straight game.

Rainey had two rushing touchdowns - including a season long run for the Buccaneers of 43 yards - and caught a touchdown pass.

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Eagles 24, Redskins 16

The Philadelphia Eagles took over first place in the NFC East and all but eliminated the defending divisional champions in the process as they beat the Washington Redskins 24-16 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles (6-5) moved a half-game ahead of the idle Dallas Cowboys (4-5) and Washington fell to 3-7 - last season, the Redskins were also 3-6 going into Week 11 and they won the rest of their games to win the NFC East title.

The Redskins had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but an up-for-grabs pass by quarterback Robert Griffin III was intercepted by cornerback Brandon Boykin in the end zone and the Eagles held on for the victory.

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Cardinals 27, Jaguars 14

Malcolm Floyd had a career-high 193 yards receiving - including a 91-yard touchdown in the third quarter that blew the game open - and the Arizona Cardinals took a step toward solving their road woes when they beat the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars 27-14.

The Cardinals (6-4) had just one victory on the road before Sunday, but thanks to Floyd's big day - and 419 passing yards and two TDs from resurgent veteran quarterback Carson Palmer - Arizona got its second, while also winning its third game in a row.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-5 at home, and they couldn't capitalize on the momentum of last week's first win of the season at Tennessee.

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Bills 37, Jets 14

Jairus Byrd intercepted two passes and EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes as the Buffalo Bills routed the New York Jets, 37-14, at windy Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Bills (4-7). The Jets are 5-5.

Byrd, who missed the first five games of the season with plantar fasciitis, played like the Pro Bowl safety he was the previous two seasons. His interceptions led to 10 Buffalo points.

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