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Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck ran for two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-10, in Jacksonville on Thursday night. Indianapolis (6-3) never trailed, jumping out to a 17-3 halftime lead on an Adam Vinatieri field goal and Luck's two scores. Darius Butler's 11-yard interception return for a touchdown with 10:50 to play in the third quarter all but secured the Colts' victory.
Barclays Center, Brooklyn; 8:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
Returning national champion Kentucky opens the 2012-13 college basketball season against Maryland at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Even though head coach John Calipari lost his entire starting lineup to the NBA, the Wildcats have Willie Cauley-Stein, Nerlens Noel and other blue-chip players who figure to present quite a challenge for the Terrapins.
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes and Patrick Robinson scored on a 99-yard interception return, as the New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-13, in the Superdome on Monday night. New Orleans (3-5) sacked Michael Vick seven times and sent Philadelphia (3-5) to its fourth straight loss. The Saints jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead thanks to Robinson's first quarter interception return and Brees' precision passing.
Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants, 24-20, in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. Trailing 20-10 entering the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh (5-3) found the end zone twice to complete the rally past New York (6-3).
Thursday, Nov. 3
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers — 8:20 P.M.
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Kansas City (1-6) is tied with three other teams for the league's worst record. The Chiefs have committed an NFL-high 25 turnovers, including six in a 37-20 Week 4 loss to the Chargers. Quarterback Matt Cassel, who has 16 turnovers, will start for the injured Brady Quinn. San Diego (3-4) has the league's second-ranked run defense, giving up an average of just 80 yards per game. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews could see additional carries as the Chiefs defend the pass better than the run.
Alex Smith completed 18 of 19 pass attempts for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 24-3, in Arizona on Monday night. San Francisco (6-2) led 17-0 at halftime on the strength of two scoring passes from Smith to Michael Crabtree.
Smith connected with Randy Moss on a 47-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. The 49ers coasted the rest of the way, allowing Arizona (4-4) just a 28-yard Jay Feely field goal prior to the start of the fourth quarter.
Lawrence Tynes kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys, 29-24, in Dallas on Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead. New York (6-2) surged to a 23-0 advantage early in the second quarter after defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned a Tony Romo interception 28 yards for a touchdown. Dallas (3-4) then scored 24 straight points to take a 1-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
Marco Scutaro's line drive single scored Ryan Theriot with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, on Sunday night in Detroit to complete a four-game sweep of the 2012 World Series.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville; 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
Two of the Big East's best teams meet on a Friday night in Kentucky. Fifteenth-ranked Louisville (7-0 overall, 2-0 Big East) is led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running backs Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright. Cincinnati (5-1, 1-0) was ranked and undefeated before dropping its game against Toledo last week. The Bearcats have beaten Louisville in the last four meetings between the teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings — 8:20 P.M.
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis
Tampa Bay (2-4) quarterback Josh Freeman is the 11th-rated passer in the NFL. He'll have to contend with a Vikings' defense that is tied for third in the league with 22 sacks. With quarterback Christian Ponder committing seven turnovers in his past three starts, Minnesota (5-2) may rely on running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson's 652 rushing yards are tied for third in the NFL. He'll face a Buccaneers' run defense that ranks third in the league, allowing just 76 yards per game on the ground.
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