Feyenoord and Roda JC Kerkrade both enjoyed convincing home wins as Vitesse Arnhem won a stormy encounter away to NEC Nijmegen.
On-loan striker John Guidetti struck a penalty in each half as Feyenoord cruised to a 4-0 victory over 10-man VVV Venlo at De Kuip.
Guidetti, who is on loan at Feyenoord from Manchester City, opened the scoring from the spot on 31 minutes before VVV's Ahmed Musa was sent off just before half-time for a second bookable offence.
A second penalty was converted by Guidetti on 50 minutes before further goals from Karim El Ahmadi and Ricky van Haaren left VVV still searching for a first success of the season.
Roda JCalso rattled in four goals on home soil after recovering from conceding an early goal to run out 4-1 winners over ADO Den Haag.
Tjaronn Chery put the visitors ahead inside the opening minute, but Roda JC were level on the quarter-hour mark through Sanharib Malki.
Den Haag's Gabor Horvath was dismissed six minutes before half-time and Roda JC finally capitalised on 63 minutes when Mitchell Donald scored.
Malki grabbed his second of the afternoon on 78 minutes before a last-minute goal from Ruud Vormer put the gloss on the scoreline.
Giorgi Chanturia scored and was later sent off as Vitesse battled to a 1-0 triumph at NEC in a game which produced three red cards.
Chanturia scored the decisive goal on 34 minutes before being dismissed on 57 minutes for fighting with Kevin Conboy, who was also sent off, before Vitesse's Stanley Aborah received his marching orders with 13 minutes to go.
Excelsior remain bottom of the standings and without a win this term after suffering a 2-0 defeat at NAC Breda.
Robbert Schilder opened the scoring after 25 minutes and an 86th minute effort from Anthony Lurling settled any late nerves.