EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Big brother Manning got the better of his kid sibling, with lots of help from Denver's one-man ground game.
Peyton Manning didn't need another record-tying seven touchdown passes Sunday, settling for two in the Broncos' 41-23 romp over Eli and the Giants.
The older Manning is 3-0 in the NFL against Eli, with the other two victories coming when Peyton was with the Colts. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards on just 13 carries. Denver (2-0), which has won 13 straight regular-season games, ran for 109 yards altogether.
With Manning finding Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for touchdowns, and Moreno scoring on sprints down the right side of 20 and 25 yards, Denver dominated much of the matchup between Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks; Eli has won two titles, Peyton one.
After the rout, the brothers shared a very short handshake while surrounded by a mob of photographers and TV cameras.
Eli Manning was picked off four times — he was intercepted 15 all of last season — and the Giants also allowed Trindon Holliday's spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season.
Peyton, who became the third player over 60,000 career yards passing on Denver's opening drive, connected with a wide-open Welker for a 2-yard score that gave the Broncos a 17-9 lead. But little brother took New York 81 yards in response, although the drive was built more on Broncos blunders — four penalties, including two for pass interference — than Manning magic.
Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16
Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the Kansas City defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs haven't committed a turnover through the first two weeks, and that may be the biggest reason they've already matched their win total from all of last year. They're off to a 2-0 start for just the second time since 2005.
Jamaal Charles had a touchdown run for the Chiefs, who also got impassioned play from their defense for the second straight week. They've allowed only one touchdown through two games after forcing the Cowboys to settle for three field goals by Dan Bailey on Sunday.
The most important stop came with 3:55 left. Tony Romo threw three straight incompletions to force Bailey to hit a 53-yarder to pull within 17-16, but the Cowboys defense couldn't get the ball back quickly enough to have a shot at a winning drive.
Romo finished 30 of 42 for 298 yards for the Cowboys (1-1). His favorite target was Dez Bryant, who had nine catches for 141 yards and their only touchdown.
Packers 38, Redskins 30
Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers used a big first half against Washington to win their home opener.
But it was too little, too late after Washington (0-2) fell short again after being outplayed early for a second straight week.
Green Bay (1-1) built a 24-0 lead by halftime and never looked back.
Texans 30, Titans 24 (OT)