DENVER — The Denver Broncos found some offense to go with all that defense, powering their way past the Green Bay Packers.
In only the fourth meeting of teams 6-0 or better, Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 186th regular-season win and Denver’s defense rattled Aaron Rodgers into one of the worst games of his career in the Broncos’ 29-10 victory Sunday night.
Wearing the blue jerseys they did in beating the Packers for their first Super Bowl win in 1997, the Broncos piled it on in the fourth quarter, when DeMarcus Ware sacked Rodgers and the ball ended up in the end zone for a safety.
The Broncos improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1998, when they won the Super Bowl after finishing 14-2.
The Packers (6-1) fell from the unbeaten ranks, throttled not only by the league’s stingiest defense but by a quarterback who finally looked like a five-time MVP and not a creaky 39-year-old learning a new system.
Although neither quarterback threw for a touchdown, Manning threw for 340 yards on 21-of-29 passing and the bootlegs worked nicely.
“I felt we beat a good football team tonight,” Manning said. “It took the whole team … Great job by the defense.”
Rodgers was 14 of 22 for just 77 yards — the lowest of his career in a game where he wasn’t knocked out by injury.
Rodgers was sacked three times and the Packers had just 140 yards of total offense to Denver’s 500.
“It was just a big measuring stick for the whole team and everybody really took that to heart and stepped up to the challenge,” Ware said. “Especially the offense, being able to get up on the opponent early, scoring points and us being able to slow their offense down.”
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Seahawks 13, Cowboys 12 — Russell Wilson had a scoring pass for the game’s only touchdown and directed a late drive to the winning field goal, leading Seattle (4-4) past a reeling Dallas team (2-5) that has lost five straight without injured quarterback Tony Romo.
Saints 52, Giants 49 — Drew Brees passed for career highs of 511 yards and seven touchdowns, and recently signed Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yard field goal as time ran out, pushing New Orleans (4-4) past New York (4-4) in a game with a record 13 scoring passes, six by Eli Manning.
Cardinals 34, Browns 20 — Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns, three in the second half, and Arizona (6-2) rallied to beat Cleveland (2-6), which lost two defensive starters with concussions.
Bengals 16, Steelers 10 — Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass with 2:57 to go, and Cincinnati (7-0) picked off Ben Roethlisberger twice in the fourth quarter while rallying over Pittsburgh (4-4), which lost star running back Le’Veon Bell to a knee injury.
Buccaneers 23, Falcons 20 — Tampa Bay (3-4) bounced back after blowing a 17-point lead, getting a 31-yard field goal from Connor Barth in overtime to beat mistake-prone Atlanta (6-2).
Ravens 29, Chargers 26 — Justin Tucker kicked a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the game, and Baltimore (2-6) overcame three touchdown passes by Philip Rivers to squeeze out a victory over San Diego (2-6), which has lost four straight.
Vikings 23, Bears 20 — Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards and Blair Walsh kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift Minnesota (5-2), which had dropped seven straight at Soldier Field to Chicago (2-5).
Texans 20, Titans 6 — Brian Hoyer threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and Houston (3-5) tied a franchise record with seven sacks in beating mistake-prone Tennessee (1-6).
Chiefs 45, Lions 10 — Alex Smith carried five times for 78 yards, including a career-high 49-yard scramble in the second quarter that set up his 12-yard touchdown run, and threw for two touchdowns as Kansas City (3-5) routed Detroit (1-7) in London.