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Turner runs wild for the Falcons

September 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

Michael Turner set a franchise record with 220 yards in 22 carries in Atlanta's 34-21 win over Detroit. Gerald Riggs set the team record of 202 yards rushing in 1984. Turner had two touchdowns in his first game since signing with the Falcons from San Diego. The 220 yards were the most in NFL history for a player making his debut with a team and the second-most in a season opener. O.J. Simpson had 250 for Buffalo against New England in 1973. The Falcons' 318 yards rushing as a team were also a club record. . . . Atlanta's Matt Ryan, the third pick in the draft, hit Michael Jenkins with a 62-yard touchdown pass to become the first quarterback to throw for a score on his first career attempt since New England's Michael Bishop in 2000. . . . Randy Moss' 10-yard touchdown catch in New England's 17-10 win over Kansas City gave him 126 touchdowns, tying Jim Brown for eighth-most overall, and it was his 125th on a reception, tying him for fourth in NFL history. . . . Philadelphia had three 100-yard receivers in its 38-3 win over St. Louis: DeSean Jackson, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett. It was the first time for the Eagles since Timmy Brown, Tommy McDonald and Pete Retzlaff accomplished the feat against Washington in 1960. . . . Terrell Owens made his 130th touchdown catch in Dallas' 28-10 win over Cleveland, tying him with Cris Carter for second on the career list behind Jerry Rice (197).

Stats

Jacksonville, the NFL's second-best rushing team in 2007, was held to 33 yards in a 17-10 loss to Tennessee. . . . Willie Parker had a career-high three touchdown runs in Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over Houston. He ran for only two touchdowns last season despite having 1,316 yards rushing. . . . Atlanta averaged 7.6 yards per run in its 42 carries in a 34-21 win over Detroit.

Streaks

Pittsburgh won its sixth consecutive opener by beating Houston, 38-17, the NFL's longest streak since Miami won 11 in a row from 1992 to 2002. . . . Cincinnati's Chad Ocho Cinco has at least one catch in 93 straight games after the Bengals' 17-10 loss to Baltimore, tying the team record set by Carl Pickens. The Ravens have gone an NFL-best 20 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. . . . Fred Taylor's streak of five straight regular-season games with 100 yards rushing ended in Jacksonville's 17-10 loss to Tennessee. He finished with 18 yards in nine carries. . . . Cleveland, which lost to Dallas, 28-10, is only 1-9 in Week 1 since returning to the league in 1999.

Swings

Buffalo, which failed to score 20 points a dozen times last season and managed only 30 points in its last three games combined, defeated Seattle, 34-10. The Bills opened a season with a win for only the fourth time in 12 years.

Sacks

Tennessee sacked Jacksonville's David Garrard seven times in a 17-10 win. . . . End Mario Williams, coming off a 14-sack season, had both of Houston's sacks and a forced fumble in the Texans' 38-17 loss to Pittsburgh.

Sidelined

Reigning NFL most valuable player Tom Brady didn't return after injuring his left knee midway through the first quarter of New England's 17-10 win over Kansas City. Coach Bill Belichick said the extent of the injury hadn't been determined. . . . Tennessee quarterback Vince Young was on crutches after spraining his left knee late the Titans' 17-10 win over Jacksonville.

More debuts

Tight end Jeremy Shockey had six catches for 54 yards in New Orleans' 24-20 win over Tampa Bay. . . . Chad Pennington threw all but six of his 26 completions to running backs or tight ends in Miami's 20-14 loss to the New York Jets. . . . Rookie Joe Flacco ran for a 38-yard touchdown and was 15 for 29 for 129 yards and no interceptions in Baltimore's 17-10 win over Cincinnati.

Honored

In remembrance of Hall of Fame lineman and longtime NFL union head Gene Upshaw, who died Aug. 20, his initials and uniform number (63) were stenciled on fields and a tribute video was played. . . . Former Buffalo tight end Kevin Everett attended the Bills' 34-10 win over Seattle. Everett, who is walking on his own, suffered a spinal cord injury while covering a kickoff in Buffalo's opener last year.

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