Despite having no single back rush for more than 21 yards, Kansas City won its seventh straight season opener, 20-19 over Houston.
Oakland, the AFC's most-penalized team in 1995, is off (sides) and running in '96, having been flagged 12 times for 60 yards in its 19-14 loss at Baltimore. The Pride and Poise boys now have the league's longest losing streak, seven games.
Quarterback Scott Mitchell, who threw four interceptions in Detroit's 58-37 NFC wild-card playoff loss at Philadelphia last December, tossed four more in the Lions' 17-13 loss at Minnesota.
With four new starters on defense, Denver finished with nine sacks in its 31-6 victory over the Jets, almost one third of its total (30) all last season.