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AROUND THE AFC

BENGALS: They started their last two possessions at their 7 and were pinned inside the 10 four times.

CHARGERS: Quarterback Drew Brees promised he learned from his demotion, even if it was only for a quarter. "I think I've been making the game way too hard," Brees said. "When I was sitting on the sideline watching us move the ball, it just looked easy. Why am I making it so hard?"

COLTS: Edgerrin James passed Marshall Faulk as the team's second-leading career rusher and has 5,369 yards. Lydell Mitchell holds the record with 5,487. With 685 points, kicker Mike Vanderjagt moved into second place on the team's scoring list behind Dean Biasucci.

DOLPHINS: Rookie pitcher Dontrelle Willis and centerfielder Juan Pierre of the World Series champion Florida Marlins took part in the pregame coin toss. Ricky Williams, the 2002 NFL rushing champion, was held to less than 100 yards rushing for the fifth game in a row.

JAGUARS: Center Brad Meester signed a five-year contract extension worth $13-million. They have been outscored 54-10 in the first quarter.

JETS: Defensive end John Abraham will miss his second straight game with a strained right groin. Wide receiver Santana Moss has a touchdown in each of the past four games. He became the first Jet to score three TDs since Curtis Martin had three against Kansas City in 2001. Martin rushed for 108 yards, the first running back to crack 100 against the Giants since last season.

RAIDERS: Jerry Rice led the team with eight receptions for 71 yards and Tim Brown had six catches for 49 yards.

RAVENS: Cornerback Corey Fuller (hamstring) was inactive.

STEELERS: The coaching staff listened after receiver Plaxico Burress complained about predictable play-calling and linebacker Joey Porter said the team should have blitzed more in the previous week's loss to the Rams. "We did well enough to get into second or third and short, but then we'd get a penalty," Burress said of Sunday's loss. "We started in a good situation and then put ourselves into a bad situation."

TEXANS: They improved to 3-0 at home against NFC teams. Running back Stacey Mack's touchdown capped an eight-minute, 17-second scoring drive, the longest in the team's 24-game history.

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