Red-hot Rams improve to 4-0

The Associated Press

All this comes a bit late for NFL fans in Los Angeles.

The Rams, now in St. Louis, went to 4-0 Sunday with a 34-28 victory over Chicago, while the Raiders, back in Oakland, went to 3-1 by scoring 48 straight points in a 48-17 victory over Philadelphia.

''I felt my first game here that this was a team that had the potential to go the playoffs,'' said Rams quarterback Mark Rypien, who replaced Chris Miller late in the game.

In other NFL games, the Minnesota Vikings beat Pittsburgh 44-24, the New York Giants got their first win by beating New Orleans 45-29 and Tampa Bay beat Washington, 14-6. Atlanta defeated the New York Jets 13-3, San Diego beat Denver 17-6, Houston downedd Cincinnati 38-28, Cleveland beat Kansas City 35-17 and Dallas took Arizona 34-20.

On Sunday night, Green Bay was at Jacksonville. San Francisco was at Detroit on Monday night.

Buffalo, Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Seattle had open dates this weekend.

Rams 34, Bears 28

At St. Louis, the Rams won their fourth in a row by remaining turnover-free for the fourth straight game, scoring on Toby Wright's 73-yard fumble return and three TD passes from Miller before the injury.

Miller, who has yet to play a full season without injury in his nine-year career, was hit after throwing an interception with 9:42 to play and sustained a concussion. He said he'll play next week against the Colts.

The Bears (2-2) led 21-17 at halftime on TD passes by Eric Kramer to Keith Jennings, Curtis Conway and Michael Timpson.

However, Miller capped two time-consuming drives in the third quarter with TD passes to tight ends 1 yard to Marv Cook on fourth down and then 12 yards to Troy Drayton.

Raiders 48, Eagles 17

At Oakland, Calif., the Raiders trailed 17-0 after one quarter, and, as it turns out, they had the Eagles right where they wanted them.

The Raiders reeled off 48 straight points, getting a pair of touchdowns on fumble returns by linebacker Rob Fredrickson and defensive tackle Austin Robbins in a 48-17 victory Sunday.

Oakland (3-1), in its second home game since returning from Los Angeles, scored 28 points off five turnovers, including an interception and fumble by Randall Cunningham. Cunningham was benched in favor of Rodney Peete for the second time in four games. The Eagles are 1-3.

Vikings 44, Steelers 24

At Pittsburgh, rookie defensive backs Orlando Thomas and Corey Fuller each scored off turnovers while Robert Smith had 115 yards, including a 58-yard TD run for the Vikings (2-2), who forced seven turnovers.

Warren Moon threw two TD passes to Cris Carter while becoming the first pro quarterback to throw for 60,000 yards in his career. Pittsburgh slipped to 2-2.

Giants 45, Saints 29

At East Rutherford, N.J., Rodney Hampton ran for 149 yards and set a team record with four rushing TDs as the Giants won for the first time in four games and left the Saints winless. The Giants amassed 474 yards against the NFL's worst defense. Vencie Glenn had two interceptions.

Buccaneers 14, Redskins 6

At Tampa, Fla., Errict Rhett ran 10 yards for a TD and Alvin Harper, in his first regular-season game as a Buc, caught a disputed 7-yard TD pass from Trent Dilfer. The game was sealed by the defense. The Redskins drove to the Tampa Bay 1 in the final seconds, but Martin Mayhew intercepted a Gus Frerotte pass.

Harper was ejected for touching an official after his TD catch originally was ruled an incompletion.

Atlanta 13, New York Jets 3

At Atlanta, Kevin Ross led the Falcons' defense with a fumble recovery and interception, and Jeff George threw for one touchdown. Morten Andersen added field goals of 37 and 36 yards for Atlanta (3-1). The Jets are 1-3.

San Diego 17, Denver 6

At San Diego, Natrone Means carried for a career-high 27 times for 115 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season as the Chargers (3-1) held Denver (2-2) without a touchdown.

A week earlier, Elway pulled off the 35th game-saving drive in his 13-year career, but the only scoring the Broncos got Sunday was two field goals from Jason Elam.

Houston 38, Cincinnati 28

At Cincinnati, Chris Chandler threw a career-high four touchdown passes in the first half for Houston (2-2). He completed 23 of 26 passes for 356 yards, falling just short of Vinny Testaverde's league record of 91.3 percent completions (21 of 23).

The Bengals (2-2) helped Chandler immeasurably as they repeatedly blew coverages and gave up 400 yards in total offense for the second consecutive week.

Cleveland 35, Kansas City 17

At Cleveland, Earnest Byner ran for one touchdown and caught a short pass for another TD as the Browns (3-1) handed the Chiefs (3-1) their first loss.

Byner spun 7 yards up the middle for a TD on Cleveland's second drive of the game, then caught a 3-yard pass from Vinny Testaverde for the clinching score with 10 minutes to play.

Testaverde also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Andre Rison in the third quarter.

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