Broncos fall after Pats, Panthers improve to 8-0

UNDATED (AP) —And now there are three.

New England and Carolina have joined the Cincinnati Bengals as the NFL's only unbeaten teams, but the Denver Broncos have fallen from those ranks.

Getty Images

The Broncos had been 7-0 until Andrew Luck completed 21 of his 36 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Colts' 27-24 win over Denver. The Broncos tied the game with an extra point following Peyton Manning's one-yard TD toss to Owen Daniels with 8:54 remaining. But Luck marched the Colts into Denver territory on the next possession before Adam Vinatieri drilled a 55-yard field goal with 6:13 to play.

Manning threw for 281 yards, including a 64-yard scoring pass to Emmanuel Sanders. The Broncos' QB also was picked off twice, including an interception late in the game.

The outcome puts the Colts atop the AFC South at 4-5.

The Patriots joined the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers at 8-0 with a 27-10 victory over Washington. Tom Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for the Pats, who have scored in 31 of 32 quarters this season. The Pats did suffer the loss of offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis to injuries. The Redskins managed just 15 total yards in the first quarter and fell to 3-5.

The Panthers were 37-29 winners over the Packers as Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to solidify Carolina's hold on the NFC's best record. Newton completed 15 of 30 passes for 297 yards and also ran for 57 yards on nine carries in one of the better games of his five-year NFL career. Aaron Rodgers threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns for the Packers, who have lost two straight since a 6-0 start.

Also in the NFL:

— Blaine Gabbert was a winner in his first start as San Francisco's quarterback, throwing a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Garrett Celek in a 17-16 triumph over Atlanta. Gabbert didn't have a smooth afternoon, completing just 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions. But the Niners overcame Gabbert's interception midway through the fourth quarter and limited Falcons running back Devonta Freeman to 12 yards on 12 carries. The 49ers improved to 3-6 and dropped the Falcons to 6-3.

— Playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes for the Jets in their 28-23 win over Jacksonville. Chris Ivory carried 23 times for just 26 yards, but he also ran for a pair of TDs to help the Jets end a two-game skid and improve to 5-3. Blake Bortles had a big day for the Jaguars, passing for 381 yards and two touchdowns.

— The Giants will spend another week atop the NFC East after Eli Manning threw for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 32-18 win at Tampa Bay. New York trailed 6-3 until Manning hit Rueben Randle and Shane Vereen for short TDs to put the Giants ahead 17-6 early in the second quarter. Josh Brown hit four field goals, Odell Beckham Jr. had nine receptions for 105 yards and Trevin Wade returned a fumble five yards for a TD on the game's final play as the 5-4 Giants dropped the Buccaneers to 3-5.

— Pittsburgh blew a 35-21 lead in the fourth quarter before Chris Boswell hit an 18-yard field goal with two seconds left to lift the Steelers over Oakland 38-35. The Steelers improved to 5-4 despite losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter with a sprained left foot. Backup Landry Jones found Antonio Brown for a 57-yard reception on Pittsburgh's final drive to set up Boswell's winning kick. For the Raiders, Derek Carr threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns as they fell to 4-4.

— The Buffalo Bills had an easy time with the Dolphins, winning 33-11. Sammy Watkins had a career-best 168 yards receiving, while rookie running back Karlos Williams scored twice in the victory. Watkins broke the game open with a 44-yard touchdown catch from Tyrod Taylor to put the Bills up 26-14 late in the third quarter. Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy had a season-best 112 yards rushing and a touchdown before leaving in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury. The Bills are now 4-4 after ending a two-game losing streak. The Dolphins are 3-5 following their second straight loss.

— Rookie Marcus Mariota threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns, including the winning five-yard scoring pass to Anthony Fasano in OT to lead Tennessee to a 34-28 win over the Saints. Mariota was back under center after a knee sprain sidelined him two games. Drew Brees was 28 of 39 for 389 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort for the 4-5 Saints. The 2-6 Titans halted a six-game losing streak.

— Also in OT, the Vikings edged the Rams 21-18 as Blair Walsh kicked the game winning, 40-yard field goal. Adrian Peterson rushed for 125 yards on 29 carries in another good performance for the 6-2 Vikings. Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a concussion after being hit in the head during a fourth-quarter scramble. The Vikings' defense ended Todd Gurley's streak of games with 125-plus yards rushing at four, holding the rookie to 89 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts for the 4-4 Rams.

— Sunday's third and final overtime game had Philadelphia pulling out a 33-27 triumph over Dallas on Sam Bradford's 41-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews. DeMarco Murray had 161 total yards against his old team, running for 83 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and grabbing six passes for 78 yards. Matthews finished with nine receptions for 133 yards as the 4-4 Eagles handed the 2-6 Cowboys their sixth consecutive loss. Dallas wideout Dez Bryant had five receptions for 104 yards and a TD in his return to the lineup.

T25 FOOTBALL-POLL

Clemson moves on top

UNDATED (AP) — For the first time this season Ohio State is not the top team in The Associated Press Top-25 football poll. The Buckeyes, who won Saturday to improve to 9-0, have been replaced by Clemson. The 9-0 Tigers received 31 first-place votes after beating Florida State 23-13. The Buckeyes received 26 first-place nods and are 29 points behind the Tigers.

The third-ranked school is Alabama, followed by Baylor and Oklahoma State. 'Bama and Baylor each received two first-place votes.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Cavs and Knicks win matinee games

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to lose since they were beaten by Chicago on opening night.

LeBron James poured in 29 points and the Cavs made it six straight wins by downing Indiana 101-97 in Cleveland. James showed no signs of the bruised quadriceps he suffered in Friday's win, hitting seven free throws down the stretch and finding Kevin Love for two key baskets in the final 27 seconds.

Love finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds to help the Cavaliers overcome Paul George's 32 points and 11 rebounds.

Also in the NBA:

— Chris Bosh shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in Miami's 96-76 rout of Toronto. Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed by three at halftime before sending the Raptors to their second straight loss since a season-opening, five-game winning streak.

— Andre Drummond delivered 29 points and 27 rebounds as Detroit ripped Portland 120-103 to improve to 5-1. Reggie Jackson scored 26 of his career-high 40 points while the Pistons outscored the Trail Blazers 41-11 in the final period.

— Oklahoma City's three-game skid is over after Kevin Durant had 32 points and 11 rebounds in a 124-103 pounding of Phoenix. Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, while Enes Kanter chipped in 21 points on 9 of 10 shooting for the 4-3 Thunder.

— Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and the Knicks spoiled what might have been Kobe Bryant's last game at Madison Square Garden by beating the Lakers 99-95. Bryant finished with 18 points, far off the 30.7 points per game he had been averaging in the Garden.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Stars win again

UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars have padded their lead in the NHL's Western Conference by notching their third straight win.

Patrick Sharp and Valeri Nichushkin scored first-period goals before the Stars added a pair of empty-netters in a 4-1 verdict over the Red Wings in Detroit. Kari Lehtonen made 11 of his 21 saves in the third period to secure the Stars' sixth victory in seven games.

Dallas tops the West with 24 points at 12-3-0, three points ahead of St. Louis.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Artemi Panarin scored a pair of first-period goals and set up Patrick Kane's third-period tally as Chicago knocked off Edmonton 4-2. Kane also had three assists to take over the league scoring lead with 23 points.

— New Jersey coughed up a 3-1 lead before beating Vancouver 4-3 on Kyle Palmieri's goal at 3:33 of overtime. Palmieri, Michael Cammalleri and Adam Henrique each had a goal and an assist in the Devils' eighth victory in 10 games since an 0-3-1 start.

— Tuukka Rask turned back 36 shots and carried a shutout late into the third period of Boston's 2-1 win over the Islanders in New York. Ryan Spooner and Patrice Bergeron scored as the Bruins ended a three-game losing streak and sent the Isles to their fifth loss in six games.

NASCAR-TEXAS 500

Johnson gets the win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas autumns continue to be kind to Jimmie Johnson.

The six-time Cup champion won the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway for the fourth straight year, passing Brad Keselowski's dominant car with three laps to go. Johnson led just six laps, while Keselowski paced the field a track-record 312 of 334 laps after starting from the pole.

Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

Johnson already has been eliminated from earning one of the four spots in the Chase of the Sprint Cup championship finale in two weeks. Kyle Busch leads the points race for at least two of the spots, ahead of defending Chase champion Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. Jeff Gordon already has one of the four slots sewn up.

WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Big day for Knox

SHANGHAI (AP) — Russell Knox got into the HSBC Championship in China just a week and a half ago as an alternate. Fast forward and he is now leaving China with a $1.4 million payoff and a spot in next year's Masters.

Knox became the first person to win the World Golf Championship in his debut when he finished 20 under par for a two-shot win over Kevin Kisner.

The 30-year-old Scotsman had never won in 92 previous starts on the PGA Tour.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-SCHWAB

Allen starts in front

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Billy Andrade has won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship by beating Champions Tour points winner Bernhard Langer  with a 2 1/2-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.

Andrade closed with a 6-under 64 for a 14-under total in his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Langer won the Schwab Cup points title for the second straight year and record third time overall, earning a $1 million annuity. He easily beat Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert in the points race after entering the week third in the standings.

LPGA-JAPAN CLASSIC

First LPGA win for Ahn

SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Sun-Ju Ahn won the Japan Classic for her first LPGA Tour victory and 20th Japan LPGA title. She beat fellow South Korean Ji-Hee Lee and American Angela Stanford with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.