Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played through the pain barrier as he tied a team record with five touchdown passes when his teams rolled over the Tennessee Titans 38-17 on Sunday.
“I’m not the only guy playing with an injury,” Roethlisberger said of his sprained left foot. “I’m not going to complain about it, I’m going to go out and do my best.”
He also connected with Mike Wallace, Heath Miller and David Johnson for scores as the Steelers won their third game of the season in week five and snapped Tennessee’s three-game win streak.
“He’s done it before,” said wide receiver Ward. “We’re used to it.”
The five touchdown passes equals a single-game franchise record that Roethlisberger already shares with Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone.
Tennessee’s Chris Johnson finished with 51 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Fred Jackson had 196 yards of offence and linebacker Nick Barnett had two of Buffalo’s four interceptions in leading the Bills to a 31-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Barnett helped clinch the win by intercepting a Michael Vick pass intended for Jason Avant with 1:49 left in the game.
Philadelphia quarterback Vick, who served almost two years in jail on a dog fighting conviction, tossed a career-worst four interceptions.
Vick’s Eagles have just one win and four losses and are off to their worst start to the season in 12 years.
Jackson scored on a five-yard run and finished with 111 yards rushing in helping the Bills (4-1) match their best start since 2008.
The Oakland Raiders won the day after their controversial owner Al Davis died, beating the Houston Texans 25-20 on Sunday behind Jason Campbell’s two touchdown passes.
Michael Huff intercepted quarterback Matt Schaub’s pass in the end zone on the final play, and the Raiders ran to celebrate a bittersweet win Sunday.
Stadiums around the league observed a moment of silence Sunday to honour Davis, who died at his Oakland home at age 82.
His son, Mark, took his place in the owner’s box, and the Raiders wore black decals on the backs of their helmets with the letters “AL” on them.
In Denver, quarterback Philip Rivers overcame an interception and a fourth-quarter fumble to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 29-24 win over Denver.
Rivers was able to drive his team to victory despite Denver quarterback Tim Tebow’s best efforts to rally the Broncos from a 16-point deficit.
Tebow threw for one touchdown and ran for another after replacing starter Kyle Orton in the third quarter. Tebow had one final crack at the win but his long pass into the end zone failed to find one of his receivers.
Nick Novak kicked five field goals and Ryan Mathews ran for a career-best 125 yards for San Diego, which boosts its record to 4-1. The Chargers have a bye next week.