For the time being, it looks like the Houston Texans are the best team in the AFC after Sunday’s 43-13 demolition of the Baltimore Ravens.
Next question: Who is the best in the NFC? The New York Giants, who struggled to get by division rival Washington at home, 27-23? Or, Green Bay, which routed the Texans in Houston last week, and rode another impressive showing by quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a 30-20 win over the Rams in St. Louis? How about San Francisco, a Thursday night winner over Seattle?
Perhaps it’s the Chicago Bears (4-1), who will be home to the Detroit Lions tonight.
There are 10 weeks left in the regular season to work it all out.
Game of the day
Patriots 29, Jets 26
The scoop: Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble by Mark Sanchez after Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 48-yard field goal in overtime as New England moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Gostkowski tied the game with a 43-yard field goal on the last play of regulation. The Jets had a chance after Gostkowski’s overtime kick and moved from their 15 to their 40 before Sanchez lost the ball as he was being sacked, ending the game.
Best in show
Packers 30, Rams 20
The scoop: Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and 342 yards, his fourth 300-yard game of the season, and the Packers’ depleted defense clamped down on Sam Bradford and the Rams. Bradford was sacked three times in the first half. Randall Cobb caught two touchdown passes and Jordy Nelson had eight receptions for a season-best 122 yards and a TD for the Packers. Rookie Casey Hayward made his first start and intercepted his fourth pass in three games.
Why the Packers won: Rodgers was the difference, and Green Bay had no turnovers for the second game in a row.
Giants 27, Redskins 23
The scoop: Victor Cruz somehow got behind the Redskins’ secondary and caught a 77-yard pass from Eli Manning with 1:03 left to save the Giants against their NFC East rivals. It was Manning’s only TD pass. Washington had taken a 23-20 lead on a 30-yard pass from Robert Griffin III to Santana Moss with 1:32 left. Griffin passed for two touchdowns and ran for 89 yards on nine carries. Another rookie, Alfred Morris, ran for 120 yards for the Redskins.
Why the Giants won: Washington turned the ball over four times in the second half and lost despite pummeling the Giants for 248 yards rushing.
Texans 43, Ravens 13
The scoop: Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and Houston dominated a showdown of the only two AFC teams with winning records before Sunday. Johnathan Joseph returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown 9 seconds into the second quarter for a 16-3 Houston lead. The Texans beat Baltimore for the first time in seven meetings. Joe Flacco of the Ravens threw two interceptions and was sacked four times in an ineffective performance and the Baltimore defense, missing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, yielded 181 rushing yards.
Why the Texans won: They converted 8 of 15 third downs and controlled the ball for more than 38 minutes.
Best of the rest
Steelers 24, Bengals 17
The scoop: Ben Roethlisberger passed for one score and Chris Rainey ran 11 yards for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh rallied from a 14-3 deficit. Roethlisberger passed for 278 yards while the Steelers, led by Jonathan Dwyer’s 122, piled up 167 rushing yards without the injured Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.
Why the Steelers won: They limited A.J. Green of the Bengals to one catch (a TD) for 8 yards.
Cowboys 19, Panthers 14
The scoop: Dan Bailey kicked four field goals and Tony Romo threw for 227 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys held on for their ninth straight win over the Panthers. Bailey kicked two fourth-quarter FGs after Carolina had taken a 14-13 lead on a 2-yard run by Mike Tolbert with 11:38 left.
Why the Cowboys won: Cam Newton turned the ball over twice, on a fumble and an interception. That was the difference in a game that was statistically even.
Colts 17, Browns 13
The scoop: Indy controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes, ran for a season-high 148 yards, and held Cleveland to 55 yards on the ground. The outcome gave the Colts one more win (3) than they had all of last season. Andrew Luck ran for two touchdowns. He also completed 16 of 29 passes for 186 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns.
Why the Colts won: Cleveland messed up an extra point attempt that ruled out late field-goal tries.
Saints 35, Buccaneers 28
The scoop: New Orleans erased an early 14-0 deficit and won despite 420 passing yards to Josh Freeman of the Bucs. Lance Moore caught nine passes for 121 yards for New Orleans.
Why the Saints won: Drew Brees, who was not sacked, had free rein, passing for 377 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half.
Vikings 21, Cardinals 14
The scoop: Minnesota passed for only 58 yards but Adrian Peterson ran 23 times for a season-high 153 yards and a first-quarter touchdown. Christian Ponder threw a second-quarter touchdown pass to Percy Harvin, but he had only one completion for 4 yards in the second half while the Vikings punted five straight times.
Why the Vikings won: They sacked Cards quarterback John Skelton seven times while running for 166 yards.
Dog of the day
Raiders 26, Jaguars 23
The scoop: Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal after Cecil Shorts III fumbled on the third play of overtime. Oakland rallied from 14 points down in the second half.
Why the Raiders won: They held Jacksonville to two first downs in the second half.
News wire services contributed to this report.