Foster scores 2 as Texans dominate Ravens 43-13
October 23, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
HOUSTON -- The Texans dominated a showdown of the American Football Conference's top two teams as Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for two scores in Houston's 43-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Johnathan Joseph returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown and the Texans (6-1) beat Baltimore for the first time in seven meetings. Antonio Smith had two sacks, J.J. Watt deflected the pass that led to Joseph's interception and Houston's defense returned to form after an embarrassing loss to Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay last week.
Terrell Suggs, the 2011 defensive player of the year, had a sack and three tackles in his first action for Baltimore (5-2) since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon last May. Joe Flacco threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a 77-yard scoring pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 to play as New York overcame a late touchdown by Washington rookie sensation Robert Griffin III in a 27-23 win over the Redskins.
Manning's pass to Cruz came two plays and 19 seconds after Griffin capped what was a potential game-winning, 77-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. The rookie had kept the drive alive with a 19-yard pass off a desperate scramble on a fourth-and-10 play deep in his own territory and a 24-yard run on the next play.
Green Bay's depleted defense flourished at St. Louis as Aaron Rodgers threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns to help the Packers to a 30-20 win over the Rams.
Randall Cobb caught two touchdown passes and Jordy Nelson had eight receptions for a season-best 122 yards for the Packers (4-3). Rookie Casey Hayward made his first start in place of injured Sam Shields and intercepted his fourth pass in three games.
New Orleans' Jonathan Vilma played for the first time while appealing a season-long suspension for his role in the Saints bounty program, and Drew Brees threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-28 come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In other games, The New England Patriots (4-3) moved into sole possession of first place in the American Football Conference East with a 29-26 overtime win over the New York Jets, while the Oakland Raiders completed a 26-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime.
Andrew Luck became the first Colts quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since 1988 as Indiana beat the Cleveland Browns 17-13, the Dallas Cowboys downed the Carolina Panthers 19-14, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Buffalo Bills 35-24 the Minnesota Vikings were 21-14 winners over the St. Louis Cardinals.