GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Randall Cobb, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-28 on Monday night.

Rodgers led the Packers (3-0) on two successful first-quarter drives that ended with scoring passes to Cobb and rookie Ty Montgomery. He found James Jones for a 27-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter for a 17-point lead at the break.

Jamaal Charles rushed for three touchdowns for Kansas City (1-2), which followed its stunning, last-minute loss at home to Denver with a respectable fourth-quarter effort at raucous Lambeau Field.

Charles’ 7-yard TD with 1:25 left got the Chiefs within 10. But the end result was the same for Kansas City, which lost its second straight.

Rodgers was 24 of 35 in another masterful performance for the MVP quarterback.


PANTHERS-BEARS: Carolina acquired veteran defensive end Jared Allen from Chicago in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round draft pick.

The trade will become official pending Allen passing a physical, Panthers team spokesman Steven Drummond told The Associated Press.

The Panthers made the move after their top pass rusher Charles Johnson went down with a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints. Johnson has already been ruled out of Carolina’s Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, although Coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury.

The Panthers lost their other top pass rusher Greg Hardy this past offseason when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.

The 33-year-old Allen has 134 career sacks – more than any active player in the NFL – during his 12 seasons, but his production has dropped off sharply since joining the Chicago Bears last season and playing in their 3-4 defense. He’ll play in a more familiar 4-3 scheme with Carolina.

n The NFL vice president of officiating says that referee Ed Hochuli insists he never told Panthers quarterback Cam Newton that he “wasn’t old enough” to get a personal foul call during Sunday’s game against the Saints.

“Ed was adamant that he did not say that,” Dean Blandino told the NFL Network on Monday.

“He told me that he said (to Newton) that ‘the difference is you were running.’ I think when you look at the tape it does look like Ed did say (the difference is you were running). I think that’s where we are right now and we’re just going to kind of move on from there.”

Newton called out Hochuli after Carolina’s 27-22 win after he felt a personal foul should have been called on Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison for hitting him out of bounds after he released a pass.

Browns: QB Josh McCown injured his right throwing hand in Sunday’s loss to Oakland, but doesn’t expect to miss any time.

JETS: Right guard Willie Colon will be sidelined at least one game with a sprained knee. An MRI confirmed the injury, which will keep him out of the team’s game against the Miami Dolphins in London.

MCL sprains can take several weeks to heal.

The Jets have a bye-week break after the game Sunday.

BILLS: Receiver Sammy Watkins’ status is uncertain for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants because of a calf injury.

VIKINGS: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes could be back in the lineup this week at Denver, despite a concussion that knocked him out of the second half against San Diego.

GIANTS: Almost a year after playing in his last game, wide receiver Victor Cruz is hoping to practice Wednesday and play for the first time in almost a year when the Giants are in Buffalo on Sunday.

Cruz ruptured his right patella tendon on Oct. 12 in a game against the Eagles and missed the final 10 games of last season. He had targeted the season opener against Dallas for his return from a second straight knee injury, but a calf injury in training camp forced him to miss the first three games this season.

STEELERS: QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected back at some point in 2015 after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the third quarter of Sunday’s 12-6 win over St Louis.

Coach Mike Tomlin declined to put a timetable on when Roethlisberger will take the field next other than to say it will be “a number of weeks.”