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Mirer can’t lift Jets

The Associated Press

Rick Mirer took over for Vinnie Testaverde, but couldn’t produce a touchdown in Sunday night’s 17-3 loss at Buffalo.

Monday, September 20, 1999

Rick Mirer took over for Vinnie Testaverde, but couldn’t produce a touchdown in Sunday night’s 17-3 loss at Buffalo.

”I think as we went along, I got comfortable with what we were doing. But we couldn’t put any drives back to back,” said Mirer, who was 13-of-28 for 121 yards.

In other NFL games, it was Detroit 23, Green Bay 15; Kansas City 26, Denver 10; Tampa Bay 19, Philadelphia 5; Washington 50, New York Giants 21; Jacksonville 22, Carolina 20; Miami 19, Arizona 16; Seattle 14, Chicago 13; Oakland 22, Minnesota 17; New England 31, Indianapolis 28; San Diego 34, Cincinnati 7; Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20; and San Francisco 28, New Orleans 21.

Atlanta plays at Dallas tonight.

Bills 17, Jets 3

Doug Flutie passed for 160 yards, rushed for 69 and threw a crushing block that helped set up Buffalo’s first touchdown. Antowain Smith carried 30 times for 113 yards as the Bills (1-1) beat a team that was missing six starters.

Titans 27, Browns 9

Cleveland rookie Tim Couch had a rough time in his first NFL start, getting sacked seven times and going 12-of-24 for only 134 yards as the expansion Browns fell to 0-2.

Lions 23, Packers 15

At Pontiac, Mich., quarterback Charlie Batch threw two long TD passes and scored on a 1-yard run. Chiefs 26, Broncos 10

The Denver Broncos fell to 0-2 in the post-John Elway era with a mistake-plagued loss to the Chiefs. Kansas City (1-1) converted points off a fumble by Terrell Davis and two turnovers QB Brian Griese.

Dolphins 19, Cardinals 16

At Miami, the Dolphins (2-0) intercepted Jake Plummer four times and kept the Arizona Cardinals out of the end zone.

Jaguars 22, Panthers 20

At Charlotte, Mark Brunell completed 12 of 18 passes for 147 yards in the second half.

Seahawks 14, Bears 13

At Chicago, Mike Holmgren continued his domination of the Bears as the Seattle Seahawks (1-1) rallied with two touchdowns in the second half.

Holmgren, 12-2 against Chicago as coach of the Green Bay Packers, has won 11 straight against the Bears (1-1).

Buccaneers 19, Eagles 5

At Philadelphia, Warren Sapp had 3 1/2 of Tampa Bay’s nine sacks as the Buccaneers (1-1) spoiled Donovan McNabb’s NFL debut. McNabb replaced starter Doug Pederson at the start of the second half and was sacked six times. He completed only 4 of 11 passes for 26 yards for the Eagles (0-2).

Redskins 50, Giants 21

At East Rutherford, N.J., Stephen Davis ran for touchdowns on Washington’s first three possessions and Brad Johnson threw three TD passes as the Redskins (1-1) had their biggest offensive output in eight years. It was the most points scored against the Giants (1-1) since a 72-41 loss at Washington in 1966.

Raiders 22, Vikings 17

At Minneapolis, Russell Maryland picked off a pass and recovered a fumble as Oakland (1-1) upset the Vikings (1-1). Minnesota closed to 22-17 on Randall Cunningham’s 28-yard TD pass to Jake Reed early in the fourth quarter and had another scoring chance after recovering a fumble with 3:40 left, but the Vikings failed to gain a first down.

Patriots 31, Colts 28

At Foxboro, Mass., Drew Bledsoe threw three of his four scoring passes in the second half, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 26-yard field goal with 35 seconds left as New England (2-0) overcame a 21-point halftime deficit against the Colts (1-1).

Steelers 23, Ravens 20

At Baltimore, Will Blackwell returned a kickoff 37 yards to midfield to set up Kris Brown’s 36-yard field goal as time expired. The Steelers (2-0) drove for the winning score after the Ravens (0-2) tied it on Stoney Case’s first NFL touchdown pass, a 19-yarder to Qadry Ismail with 1:22 left.

49ers 28, Saints 21

Steve Young threw two TD passes to Terrell Owens, including the tying score with 2:03 left, and Lance Schulters won it with a 64-yard interception return with 1:31 remaining at San Francisco. It was San Francisco’s seventh straight win over New Orleans (1-1). The 49ers (1-1) were coming off a 41-3 defeat in Jacksonville, their worst in the regular season since 1980.