EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) – Peyton Manning again beat younger brother Eli, throwing two touchdown passes to lead the Denver Broncos past the New York Giants 41-23 on Sunday.
The older Manning is unbeaten after three games against his sibling, with the other two victories coming when Peyton was with the Colts. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards. Denver (2-0), which has won 13 straight regular-season games, rushed for 109 yards altogether.
Peyton Manning didn’t need to match his record-equaling seven touchdown passes from the Broncos’ season-opening victory. They also allowed Trindon Holliday’s spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season.
At Seattle, Marshawn Lynch ran for two scores and added a seven-yard TD catch in the second half as the Seahawks flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter in a 29-3 win over the 49ers.
The game was delayed 60 minutes by thunderstorms late in the first quarter. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.
Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, to make up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle’s receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards with three interceptions.
At Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns as the Packers used a big first half to win its home opener against the Washington Red Skins 39-20.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and three second-half touchdowns. Pierre Garcon had 143 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Philadelphia’s Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, spoiling Chip Kelly’s home debut in the Chargers’ 33-30 win over the Eagles.
Jay Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left as the Chicago Bears edged the Minnesota Vikings 31-30, while Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 17-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The Houston Texans came back to beat the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime, the Buffalo Bills edged the Carolina Panthers 24-23 and the Miami Dolphins defeated the Indian Colts 24-20.
In other games, the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-14, the Atlanta Falcons downed the St. Louis Rams 31-24, the Arizona Cardinals had a 25-21 home win over the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens were 14-6 winners over the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders downed the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9.