. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bills' Kelly 'Throws' Game to Steelers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


PITTSBURGH -- Jim Kelly grew up wanting to throw passes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. On another forgettable trip back home, he did exactly that.


Pittsburgh turned all three of Kelly's second-quarter interceptions into scores, including Carnell Lake's 47-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first half, and the Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills 24-6 Monday night.


Jerome Bettis ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns in his second consecutive 100-yard game. Kordell Stewart turned a seemingly routine screen pass into a 48-yard big play that set up Bettis' first score as Pittsburgh (2-1) beat Buffalo (2-1) for the fourth straight season.


Steve Christie kicked a 31-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 3-0 midway through the second quarter, and safety Kurt Schulz missed a great chance to make it 10-0 by dropping a sure touchdown interception in the open field on Pittsburgh's next play.


But, three plays later, Stewart -- who alternated between quarterback and receiver in his familiar Slash role -- took Mike Tomczak's screen pass and bolted down the Steelers' sideline to the Bills 13 behind Dermontti Dawson's block. Bettis scored from the one three plays later, and the Bills never got any closer.


Kelly was 15-of-31 for 116 yards and has thrown two touchdown passes and nine interceptions in his last four games in Pittsburgh -- all losses. Tomczak again effectively ran Pittsburgh's multiple-look offense, going 12-of-19 for 150 yards to improve to 2-0 as a starter this season. He has won six of his last eight starts with Pittsburgh.


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Just as they did a year ago, the Indianapolis Colts are surprising the doomsayers who decry every victory as a fluke.


Beating San Francisco didn't shake the Colts-as-losers label. Neither did playoff wins over San Diego and Kansas City. Neither did Jim Harbaugh's emergence as the NFL's top-rated quarterback.


And their come-from-behind 25-24 victory over Super Bowl champion Dallas on Sunday likely won't change things much either.


"I'm sure there'll be a lot of people that will still say what we did out there was a fluke and that Harbaugh can't play and that maybe they weren't up for the game because we were the Colts or something like that," coach Lindy Infante said Monday. "We can't change that."


No, they just keep on winning.


The Colts (3-0), who last year reached the playoffs for just the second time since they moved from Baltimore in 1984, are off to their best start since 1977. A victory next Monday night against Miami (3-0), whom they beat twice last year, would make Infante the only Colts coach to win his first four games.


What made Sunday's victory more impressive was the absence of six injured starters, including running back Marshall Faulk, linebacker Tony Bennett, cornerback Derrick Frazier and guard Jay Leeuwenburg.


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Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys tried to figure out Monday just how they blew that 18-point lead to the Colts.


Emmitt Smith thinks he knows.


"When you get somebody down you need to put a foot on their throat,'" said the Cowboys running back. "The game should have been over when we got that big of a lead. We let them hang around and get back into it."


Coach Barry Switzer blamed the breakdown on the basics: "We didn't tackle well."


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Dallas' NFC title rivals, the Green Bay Packers, however, are definitely not "hanging around." Their 42-10 pulverizing of AFC power San Diego had people drawing comparisons to the legendary teams of Vince Lombardi.


"Very flattering,'" said coach Mike Holmgren. "But I have always said that that era will never be duplicated. Now, if we can approach some of that at some point, great."


That's false modesty. The reality: The Packers don't appear to have a weakness, and they haven't beaten patsies. Both Philadelphia and San Diego have won the other two games they've played. ()