Ben­gals force to be reck­oned with in AFC

Cinci keeps per­fect record; Jets han­dle Fish in Lon­don; Pack­ers take down 49ers

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Andy Dal­ton added to his streak of im­pres­sive games and big plays, throw­ing a 55-yard touch­down pass on the run as Cincinnati stayed un­beaten in beat­ing the Kansas City Chiefs 36-21.

The Ben­gals (4-0) matched the third-best start in fran­chise history, two wins shy of the club record.

Dal­ton com­pleted 17 of 24 for 321 yards with the long touch­down pass to Bran­don Tate dur­ing a scram­ble.

Alex Smith was sacked five times, the Chiefs (1-3) set­tled for Cairo San­tos’ club-record seven field goals as the de­fence couldn’t keep up with another one of the NFL’s top passers. PAN­THERS 37, BUCS 23: Cam New­ton threw for two touch­downs and Josh Nor­man re­turned one of Carolina’s four in­ter­cep­tions of Jameis Win­ston for his sec­ond TD of the sea­son.

New­ton tossed scor­ing passes of six and 12 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. A week af­ter mak­ing a game-sav­ing in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone against New Or­leans, Nor­man scored on a 46yard run back and later re­turned a another pick 34 yards to set up a sec­ond TD.

The Pan­thers im­proved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003. The Bucs (1-3) have dropped 11 con­sec­u­tive home games. PACK­ERS 17, 49ERS 3: Aaron Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touch­down and ran17 yards to set up a key sec­ond-half score as the Pack­ers are off to their first 4-0 start in four sea­sons.

While me­thod­i­cal with noth­ing fancy, Green Bay (4-0) seemed un­fazed with a short week and long trip West af­ter beat­ing Kansas City last Mon­day night.

San Fran­cisco is 1-3. BRON­COS 23, VIK­INGS 20: Bran­don McManus kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:51 left and Den­ver had seven sacks.

Von Miller smoth­ered a loose ball af­ter T.J. Ward’s sack-strip of Teddy Bridge­wa­ter in the clos­ing sec­onds, seal­ing the win for the un­beaten Bron­cos (4-0), who got a 72-yard TD run from Ron­nie Hill­man.

Pey­ton Man­ning has led his teams to a 4-0 start seven times, most in NFL history. But it wasn’t a great day for Man­ning, who was picked off twice by the Vik­ings (2-2).

Adrian Peter­son ran for a 48-yard touch­down to pull Min­nesota to 2017 and cap a 97-yard drive with 10 min­utes left. RAMS 24, CAR­DI­NALS 22: Todd Gur­ley rushed for all but two of 146 yards in the sec­ond half as the Rams held on to hand the Car­di­nals their first loss of the sea­son.

Gur­ley, the Rams’ first-round draft pick, saw his most ex­ten­sive ac­tion as a pro and his 52-yard run set up the win­ning touch­down.

Nick Foles threw for three touch­downs, two af­ter Ari­zona turnovers, and St. Louis’s de­fence held the Car­di­nals (3-1) to field goals on four of five trips in­side the red zone. CHARG­ERS 30, BROWNS 27: Rookie Josh Lambo got his first game-win­ning kick in the NFL. Given a sec­ond chance due to a penalty, Lambo kicked a 34-yard field goal as time ex­pired, lift­ing the San Diego Charg­ers to a 30-27 vic­tory against the Cleve­land Browns on Sun­day, snap­ping a two-game los­ing streak.

Lambo was wide right on a 39-yard at­tempt with :02 left, but Cleve­land’s Tra­mon Wil­liams was whis­tled for off­side. Lambo then hit his third field goal of the game.

The Browns (1-3) had tied it at 27 on Josh McCown’s one-yard pass to Gary Barnidge with 2:09 to play and a two-point con­ver­sion pass to Tay­lor Gabriel.

Philip Rivers was 23 of 38 for 358 yards and three touch­downs for San Diego (2-2). McCown was 32 of 41for 356 yards and two scores. JETS 27, DOLPHINS14: Chris Ivory ran for a ca­reer-high166 yards and Ryan Fitz­patrick threw for 218 yards, one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion to lead the Jets at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in the first di­vi­sion game played in Lon­don.

Both teams have byes next week, as usual for teams play­ing in Lon­don. Mi­ami (1-3) will face ques­tions about its poor per­for­mances thus far.

Fitz­patrick threw for 172 yards in the first half, in­clud­ing a 58-yard com­ple­tion to Bran­don Mar­shall on the first play for the Jets (3-1). RED­SKINS 23, EA­GLES 20: Kirk Cousins threw a four-yard touch­down pass to Pierre Gar­con with 26 sec­onds left for Washington.

Start­ing at their own 10 with a lit­tle more than six min­utes re­main­ing, the Red­skins (2-2) drove 90 yards on 15 plays to take the lead for good.

Cousins fin­ished 31 for 46 for 290 yards and no turnovers. Sam Brad­ford threw three sec­ond-half touch­down passes for the Ea­gles (1-3), but their new kicker, Caleb Stur­gis, missed an ex­tra-point at­tempt and a 33-yard field-goal try. BEARS 22, RAIDERS 20: Jay Cut­ler threw for two touch­downs and re­deemed him­self fol­low­ing an in­ter­cep­tion by help­ing set up a 49yard field goal by Rob­bie Gould with two sec­onds left for Chicago.

It was the Bears’ first win un­der coach John Fox.

The Raiders (2-2) grabbed the lead on a field goal by Se­bas­tian Janikowski with just over two min­utes re­main­ing that was set up by an in­ter­cep­tion by Charles Wood­son deep in Oak­land ter­ri­tory.

Cut­ler then led Chicago (1-3) from its 20 to the Oak­land 32 be­fore Gould nailed the win­ner. COLTS16, JAGUARS13 OT: Adam Vi­natieri kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4:36 left in overtime to give Indy an NFL record-ty­ing 15th con­sec­u­tive win over a di­vi­sion op­po­nent.

The 1972-73 Mi­ami Dol­phins also won 15 straight di­vi­sion games.

Matt Has­sel­beck made his first start since Novem­ber 2012 in place of the in­jured An­drew Luck and led the Colts (2-2) on a 53-yard march to step up the win­ning points. SAINTS 26, COWBOYS 20 OT: Drew Brees hit C.J. Spiller with a short pass that the run­ning back turned into an 80-yard touch­down — the 400th of the Saints quar­ter­back’s ca­reer — on the sec­ond play of overtime as New Or­leans won for the first time this sea­son.

JUSTIN ED­MONDS/GETTY IM­AGES

Den­ver’s De­mary­ius Thomas flies through the air af­ter be­ing hit by Vikes cor­ner­back Ter­ence New­man on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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