Today is Monday, October 23, 2017.
|Monday, October 23, 2017|
|National Football League|
|Redskins||vs.||Eagles||8:30 (EDT) Preview|
Eagles aim to sweep 'Skins
Thursday, October 19 at 2:50 AM (EDT)
With the entire nation watching, the Philadelphia Eagles will attempt to take a commanding three-game lead in the NFC East when they host the Washington Redskins on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles (5-1) have won four in a row and will complete a sweep of the Redskins (3-2) with another victory. Philadelphia won the season opener 30-17 at Washington.
After a hard-fought victory on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Eagles responded with a gritty 28-23 win at Carolina last Thursday night.
"It's a tremendous testament to those players in that locker room," Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters after the win against the Panthers. "I told them tonight after the game I haven't been part of a team that has battled through so much injury and adversity to be in the first month of the season, month and a half of the season, the resiliency of the football team started to show last year at the end of the year.
"They're learning from last year. They're learning how to finish games and just the overall consistency from the leaders leading this football team. They are sacrificing each other -- themselves for the football team. It's a fun thing to watch."
The Eagles could receive a boost against Washington with the potential return of right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood. Both players practiced Tuesday as Johnson cleared concussion protocol and the swelling subsided in Smallwood's knee.
Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz continued his stellar play against Carolina and improved his season numbers -- 126 of 207 for 1,584 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Those statistics have vaulted him into the early conversation for the league's Most Valuable Player award.
"Having a year together with this team, under Coach, myself, everything, we're just built differently," Wentz told reporters. "We have a different character makeup in that locker room, and we just have a bunch of guys that believe that no matter the situation we can find a way to win a ballgame."
Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was asked at his press conference Tuesday if Wentz's emergence is rare for a young player.
"Yeah, I think it's rare," Reich said. "I mean, I think those players are rare, and I think it's rare in Carson's standpoint, and obviously as confident that I feel like that's no fluke and that there's further to go down that path to go for him and that he's going to make it all the way to the end of that path, as confident as I am of that, you've still got to go out and prove it every day."
The Redskins pushed above .500 at 3-2 following a 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. They jumped out to a 17-0 advantage and had to rally to pull out the victory.
"Obviously, you want to close them out and put your foot on their throat, but it doesn't always work out," Redskins coach Jay Gruden told the Washington Post. "They have 46 guys on their team that are trying not to allow that to happen. They just made some plays. We made some unfortunate penalties and turnovers. The turnover was huge. You've got the ball at the 44-yard line, second and three, instead they've got the ball on your 2-yard line. It's a huge difference."
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has been quite efficient this season while completing 105 of 158 passes for 1,334 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
"We did a good job as an offense," Cousins told the Washington Post. "There were a lot of good decisions, a lot of good plays made, a lot of third-down conversions in big moments, a lot of crucial drives where we had to churn the clock and come away with points. So I was proud of the way our offense played today. It wasn't perfect. There were a couple of mistakes, but all in all, we did a lot of good things."
The injury bug could be a problem for the Redskins heading into this crucial matchup.
Starting cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (knee) and Josh Norman (rib) are both questionable as is running back Rob Kelley (ankle). Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is already out with a Lisfranc injury and he may be lost for the season.
In addition, the Redskins will feature newly signed kicker Nick Rose, who has never competed in an NFL game. He has previously been cut by the Atlanta Falcons and 49ers. Dustin Hopkins was placed on injured reserve to make room for Rose.
|Sunday, October 22, 2017|
|National Football League|
Not-so Super rematch: Patriots pound Falcons
Monday, October 23 at 1:16 AM (EDT)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots made sure the Super Bowl rematch turned out to be a dud.
"I think (head coach) Bill (Belichick) said it best this week -- he said it was about time that we played complementary football for four quarters," defensive captain Devin McCourty said after the Patriots dominated the Atlanta Falcons en route to a 23-7, fog-shrouded Sunday night victory.
Just as they did in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, the Patriots manhandled the Falcons -- and the final score really wasn't an indication of the game itself.
"It was a great win for our team tonight," said New England quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for two touchdowns and 249 yards on a night when the running game helped control the clock.
Fog began rolling into Gillette Stadium during the second quarter and was thick and covering the entire field by the third. Local observers recalled a playoff game in 1997, where the Patriots downed the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-3 at Foxboro Stadium next door.
That score -- 28-3 -- was the lead the Falcons held back in February before the Patriots scored the last 31 points to steal the game. On Sunday night, New England (5-2) ran it to 54 consecutive points against Atlanta before Julio Jones made a great touchdown catch on a 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan with 4:09 left in the game -- Jones' first score of the season.
The Patriots held the Falcons to 343 yards of offense, and much of the yardage came after the game was out of reach. Atlanta was 2 of 9 on third-down conversions and 1 of 3 on fourth down.
"I thought we executed our game plan perfectly," McCourty said.
Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant had already had one field-goal attempt blocked and another hit the left upright before his team finally scored when it was 23-0.
While the Patriots maintained their half-game lead in the AFC East, the Falcons lost their third straight game -- all to AFC East teams -- to drop to 3-3.
Brady's first touchdown pass was an 11-yarder that started with a short timing flip forward to Brandin Cooks. The wide receiver carried the ball around left end and rode a Rob Gronkowski block into the end zone. The other TD catch was a 2-yarder to running back James White, who scored the winning touchdown in overtime in the Super Bowl.
New England's Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals.
The Falcons got down to the New England 1 in the fourth quarter, but cornerback Malcolm Butler broke up a pass in the end zone. On fourth down, linebacker Kyle Van Noy tackled wide receiver Taylor Gabriel for a 5-yard loss on an end-around.
"No big plays, tackled well," Butler said. "We just competed all the way through. We played good on offense, defense and special teams."
Brady completed 21 of 29 passes with no interceptions.
Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan made four receptions for 71 yards, but he left the game in the third quarter. NBC reported he was in the concussion tent being checked.
Ryan, hoping to make up for what happened in the Super Bowl, had a poor game, going 22 of 33 for 233 yards and a touchdown, with much of his success coming with the game out of reach. He has seven TD passes and six interceptions this season.
"I know this is sounding like a broken record the first couple of weeks of the season, but when we get our chances, we have to make plays," Ryan said. "And we haven't done a good job of that so far."
Jones caught nine passes for 99 yards, while Mohamed Sanu had six catches for 65 yards.
"We are never frustrated -- let's clear that up, and nothing about it is frustrating," Jones said. "It is football and on any given Sunday we just have to keep working and just keep putting the work in."
The Patriots, the first team ever to surrender at least 300 yards passing in each of the first six games of a season, held Ryan under 300 for the second straight time.
New England running back Rex Burkhead, who missed the previous four games with an injury to his ribs, returned with three 9-yard runs on a first-half drive that led to a field goal.
"It's definitely great to be back out there with the guys," he said after finishing with 31 yards on six carries and also catching a pass for 11 yards.
Dion Lewis led the Patriots, who have won their past six games against the Falcons, with 76 yards on 13 carries.
NOTES: Atlanta LB Duke Riley sustained a knee injury in the first half and did not return. ... Cancer survivors were on the field for a pregame ceremony in conjunction with the NFL's "Crucial Catch" campaign. Among the honorees was Tom Brady's mother, Galynn. ... Atlanta QB Matt Ryan visited with former Boston College schoolmate Pete Frates, of the Ice Bucket Challenge, on the field before the game. ... There was a heavy military presence on the field as the Patriots donated hundreds of tickets to military members and their families. ... NBC reported Patriots T Nate Solder's son Hudson has had a recurrence of his cancer. ... Former Patriots John Hannah, Mike Haynes and Andre Tippett were presented with their new NFL Hall of Fame Rings of Excellence in a halftime ceremony.
Bills come back to beat Bucs
Sunday, October 22 at 6:27 PM (EDT)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills made mistakes in the fourth quarter on Sunday. But they redeemed themselves with game-saving plays.
LeSean McCoy scored a late touchdown after losing a fumble and rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White forced a fumble that led to the winning field goal after giving up a go-ahead touchdown in the Bills' 30-27 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
McCoy tallied 122 yards (91 rushing, 31 receiving) and two touchdowns and Tyrod Taylor passed for a season-high 268 yards and a touchdown as the Bills (4-2) improved to 3-0 at home for the first time in six seasons.
Stephen Hauschka made three field goals, including the game-winner from 30 yards with 14 seconds remaining. Earlier in the game, Hauschka tied an NFL record by making his 12th consecutive field goal of at least 50 yards.
Deonte Thompson caught four passes for 107 yards. Thompson signed with the Bills on Wednesday after he spent the first five weeks of the season with the Chicago Bears.
"There is a lot of heart on this football team," Bills head coach Sean McDermott said. "To me, that really personifies this city. Heart, toughness, blue-collar. And the fans really stuck with us all day."
The two teams exchanged the lead twice in the fourth quarter and the Bills scored 10 points in the final three minutes.
Jameis Winston started at quarterback for the Buccaneers after being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury even though it was announced Friday he would start. Winston was 32 of 44 passing for 384 yards and three touchdowns. But he fumbled twice, losing one, and threw an interception.
"We're fighting man, we're fighting," Winston said. "We've got it in us. We've just got to find a way to do it for four quarters, that's what this game is. Not just two, not just three, four."
The Buccaneers had a season-high 447 total yards. Rookie tight end O.J. Howard caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Evans had seven receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.
But three turnovers were too much to overcome.
"It's disappointing," Howard said. "It really doesn't matter about stats and whatever. At the end of the day it's about the win. We had a lot of opportunities to win the game and we missed them. Unfortunately, the ball fell to their side today."
The Bills drove 65 yards in 46 seconds and McCoy's 7-yard touchdown run tied the game at 27 with 2:32 left to play. Thompson caught a 41-yard pass on the first play of the possession and Buccaneers cornerback Robert McClain was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit that gave the Bills the ball at the 16.
On the first play of Tampa Bay's next drive, White forced a fumble by wide receiver Adam Humphries and recovered the ball at the Buccaneers 33 to set up the winning field goal.
Winston had rolled out and thrown a strike to Evans, who dragged both of his feet while falling out of bounds for a 12-yard touchdown that put the Buccaneers in front 27-20 with 3:14 remaining.
White was in coverage on Evans' touchdown. In Buffalo's previous loss to Cincinnati two weeks ago, White gave up two long passes to A.J. Green, one for a touchdown.
"I almost cost us the game again," White said. "Gave up another touchdown. If it weren't for the offense we would have lost because of me again."
The scoring drive came after linebacker Lavonte David forced a McCoy fumble and recovered the ball at the Buccaneers 46.
"That can't happen," McCoy said. "That won't happen again. I have to do better. I have to play better and those type of plays, late in the game like that, I have to be better."
Tampa Bay tied the game at 20 less than a minute earlier when Winston rolled out to his right and threw back to an uncovered Howard along the left sideline for a 33-yard touchdown.
Hauschka's record-tying 52-yard field goal gave the Bills a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Winston found Howard for a 7-yard touchdown that brought the Buccaneers within 17-13 midway through the third quarter. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Bills cornerback Leonard Johnson and a 32-yard pass to Doug Martin put Tampa Bay in scoring position.
Taylor threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Logan Thomas on the opening drive of the second half to put the Bills up 17-13.
McCoy scored his first touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Hauschka kicked a 25-yard field goal for the Bills, who led 10-6 at halftime.
Hauschka missed a 41-yard attempt after defensive end Ryan Davis stripped the ball from Winston and Leonard Johnson recovered the fumble near midfield. The Bills had another chance to score late in the first half when rookie linebacker Matt Milano intercepted Winston at the Tampa Bay 26 with 23 seconds remaining. But Buffalo mismanaged the clock and did not attempt a field goal.
"That was my fault," McDermott said. "It was all my fault."
The Buccaneers gained 132 yards on their first two drives, but came away with only two field goals (from 50 and 25 yards) by kicker Patrick Murray against the Bills' top-ranked red-zone defense.
NOTES: Bills K Stephen Hauschka, who spent the past six seasons in Seattle, matched a record held by Blair Walsh, Robbie Gould, Justin Tucker and Matt Prater. He also became the fourth active kicker to score a point in 100 consecutive games. ... Bills CB E.J. Gaines left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. Gaines missed Buffalo's previous game with a groin injury. S Jordan Poyer was injured on the final play of the game, but McDermott had no update on the nature or severity of Poyer's injury. ... Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) returned to the lineup after missing four games. ... WR Jordan Matthews (broken thumb) started for the Bills three weeks after getting injured. He wore a protective glove. ... Bills RG John Miller, a second-round draft pick in 2015, was inactive for the second straight game.
Gurley helps Rams steamroll Cardinals
Monday, October 23 at 12:04 AM (EDT)
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II expressed displeasure with having to make the long trip from the West Coast to London in the days leading up to Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Gurley put those feelings aside and his 106-yard rushing day that included one touchdown helped the Rams extend their record to 5-2 with a 33-0 victory at Twickenham Stadium.
Quarterback Jared Goff passed for 235 yards and a touchdown and the defense provided two interceptions that led to points in the victory.
The Cardinals lost more than a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer broke his left arm in the second quarter and did not return. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said Palmer, 38, would undergo surgery soon after the team returns from England and will miss eight weeks. Palmer was having one of his better seasons. His 1,856 passing yards going into the game was the second-most in the NFL, trailing only New England's Tom Brady.
Palmer suffered the injury after taking a huge hit from Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree just after Palmer released a pass that was intercepted by Lamarcus Joyner.
Greg Zuerlein added four field goals for the Rams, who already have more wins than last season, when they finished 4-12. The Rams have not finished at .500 or better since 2006 when they went 8-8. They have not had a winning record since going 12-4 in 2003. Arizona is 3-4.
Gurley rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries. It was his fourth 100 yards-plus game this season. He had no games of 100 or more yards last season.
Gurley said his success against Arizona was a team effort.
"The O-line was doing a very good job of creating holes me," he said. "Coaches and the players, the receivers and tight ends and the offensive line, those guys did a good job of getting my three or four yards a carry. Those guys have been working their tails off all year."
Linebacker Mark Barron had the other interception for the Rams.
Recent Cardinals addition Adrian Peterson, last week's NFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Arizona debut, a 38-33 win over New Orleans, rushed for only 21 yards on 11 carries against the Rams.
Zuerlein was 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts against the Cardinals. He is 21 for 22 on field goals this season.
It was the Rams' first shutout since they blanked Washington in December 2014. They have allowed only three points over their last seven quarters.
Drew Stanton, a 10-year NFL veteran, replaced Palmer. Palmer was 10 for 18 for 122 yards when he exited the game. Stanton was 5 for 14 for 62 yards with one interception.
Arians said Stanton should not be blamed for the game's outcome.
"It's not fair to Drew," Arians said. "He hadn't had any practice. He will do a lot better next week."
Palmer's 122 passing yards did move him into 12th all-time in NFL passing yards with 46,247 career yards.
Gurley admitted afterwar he enjoyed the experience.
"We came here last year (a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants)," he said, "and we knew it was going to be pretty packed. It was a good atmosphere."
Arizona moved the ball efficiently on its game-opening possession. But the drive yielded no points. Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson was wide left on a 32-yard field-goal attempt.
The Rams thoroughly dominated the game from there.
Los Angeles was successful on its first possession that concluded with Zuerlein's first field goal, a 23-yard kick.
Zuerlein's second field goal, this one for 33 yards with 11:20 left in the second quarter, nudged the lead to 6-0.
Joyner soon made his interception that led to Los Angeles' first touchdown, Gurley's 18-yard scoring run. Gurley took the handoff from Goff, intending to take it up the middle but found it crowded there so he bounced outside and stiff-armed Arizona safety Tyvon Branch before diving inside of the left pylon for the touchdown and a 13-0 lead.
Goff scored on an 8-yard run. He faked a handoff to Gurley and ran around right end before squeezing through two Arizona defenders into the end zone to make it 20-0 with 1:23 left in the second quarter.
The Rams were not done with their first-half scoring.
Barron's interception at the Arizona with 41 seconds to go in the half set up Zuerlein's third field goal, this one travelling 53 yards as time expired to make it 23-0 at halftime.
Zuerlein's fourth field goal, this one from 34 yards, on the Rams' first possession of the second half pushed the lead to 26-0.
The onslaught continued in the fourth quarter. Cooper Kupp caught Goff's short pass on a wide receiver screen at the Arizona 20 and found a lane through the Cardinals' secondary that led to the end zone and a 33-0 lead with 3:53 remaining. That touchdown concluded a drive of 16 plays and 80 yards that consumed more than 10 minutes.
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said his team was ready to roll and succeeded in all areas of the game.
"The coaches put together a great game plan and had us prepared," Donald said. "Everybody's feeding off of each other and that's how you win a lot of games in this league."
How much better can the Rams get?
"The sky's the limit," Donald said.
NOTES: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's first reception of the game gave him at least one reception in all 40 stadiums in which he has played during his 14-season career. ... The Rams played at Twickenham last season, the first ever non-rugby sporting event at the stadium, when they lost to the New York Giants, 17-10. The stadium opened in 1909. ... It rained intermittently Sunday. In the second quarter, Arizona WR Jaron Brown slipped and fell on a route, with Palmer's pass intended to him falling incomplete. Brown did make a first-down reception on the next play. ... The Cardinals had not allowed a 100-yard rusher for 19 straight games until Gurley did so against them Sunday.
Bortles, Jaguars dominate Colts
Sunday, October 22 at 6:07 PM (EDT)
INDIANAPOLIS -- With star running back Leonard Fournette sidelined Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts because of an ankle injury, the Jacksonville Jaguars needed to find their offense through the air.
Blake Bortles completed 18 of 26 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown, and Jacksonville dominated Indianapolis 27-0 in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Until Sunday, Bortles' most productive game this season was 244 passing yards in a Week 3 victory against Baltimore in London.
The Jaguars (4-3) entered Sunday's game ranked 29th in passing at 169.7 yards per game, but surpassed that average by 160.3 yards against a banged-up Colts secondary.
"Obviously, with Leonard being out, the way he has been running, it has been incredible, and we've been heavy run in all those big packages," Bortles said. "So we wanted to do some different things. We had a feeling that they were going to play us like guys have in the past and put a lot of guys in the box.
"So, we wanted to take a chance and throw it down the field. It was huge for us to work the middle of the field. We wanted to error throwing the ball in the middle of the field. We wanted to get guys open doing different things across the middle."
Indianapolis (2-5) was shut out for the first time since a 41-0 playoff loss in 2002 at the New York Jets.
Bortles had a terrific first half, completing 14 of 20 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown. His first-half success included completions of 45, 50, 52, 24 and 28 yards. Jacksonville's 39 first-half plays from scrimmage produced 342 yards.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was thrilled with his team's play.
"Well, guys were ready to step up today," Marrone said. "We did a lot of good things on both sides of the ball."
Indianapolis, on the other hand, ran 24 plays and gained just 72 first-half yards.
The Jaguars took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 12 plays, scoring on Chris Ivory's 1-yard run in a drive that included a 24-yard pass from Bortles to wide receiver Marqise Lee to the Colts' 13.
Jacksonville increased its lead to 14-0 with 5:01 left in the first quarter on Bortles' 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis in the back right corner of the end zone. A 52-yard pass from Bortles to wide receiver Keelan Cole moved the ball to the Colts' 18.
Josh Lambo's 42-yard field goal with 7:38 remaining in the second quarter gave Jacksonville a 17-0 advantage after a 12-play, 67-yard drive.
With 1:56 left in the first half, Lambo's 33-yard field goal capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive and gave the Jaguars a 20-0 advantage through 30 minutes. Bortles had completions of 50 and 15 yards during that drive, moving the ball to the Indianapolis 14.
In the first half, Jacksonville sacked Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett three times and limited him to 5-of-10 passing for 37 yards. Brissett finished 22 of 37 for 200 yards and was sacked 10 times for losses totaling 64 yards.
Jacksonville's 10 sacks tied a franchise single-game record set in Week 1 during a victory at Houston.
"Credit Jacksonville," Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said. "They came in here and played their tails off. There wasn't much of anything that we did well today. The preparation and the execution made this a tough one. We gave up 10 sacks and couldn't protect. We couldn't get off the field on third down and gave up big plays.
"There is a lot to fix, and this one clearly is on my shoulders. I told our guys that we have to fight, and we have to stay together. We all know what we signed up for. A lot of guys won't do this because of fear. But we are all grown men, and we all know what we signed up for. There is no other way to go than to stay focused."
Jacksonville continued its domination in the third quarter, increasing its lead to 27-0 on running back T.J. Yeldon's 58-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 91-yard drive.
Through three quarters, the Jaguars had 467 yards while Indianapolis had 147.
Bortles was 17 of 24 for 317 yards and a touchdown after three quarters while Brissett was 10 of 19 for 106 yards and was sacked six times.
"Jacksonville came out and played well, and after what happened today, it's our job to come back out and fix things," Brissett said. "We have to be ready from the start. It comes down to coming out ready to play. People lose games every day. We have another game next week. We have to be ready beginning tomorrow. I wasn't coming out of the game after the 10 sacks. I'm the quarterback. It's football. You get tackled. That is what happens."
NOTES: The Colts lost four starters to injury during the first three quarters: CB Rashaan Melvin (concussion), LB John Simon (stinger), FS Malik Hooker (knee) and C Ryan Kelly (hamstring). ... The Jaguars lost LT Cam Robinson (ankle) with 14:16 left in the first quarter. ... The Jaguars entered the game ranked eighth in scoring at 26.0 points a game. ... The Colts came in averaging 19.8 points a game, ranked 20th. ... Indianapolis leads the series 22-11, including 12-5 in Indianapolis and 10-6 in Jacksonville.
Backup QB Moore rallies Dolphins past Jets
Sunday, October 22 at 9:23 PM (EDT)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- After New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson caught an 18-yard, first-quarter touchdown pass on Sunday, he jumped into a first-row, end-zone seat and put his feet up at Hard Rock Stadium.
After routing the visiting Dolphins four weeks ago, it looked like New York was making itself at home at Hard Rock, too.
But when Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a third-quarter chest injury -- thanks to a hard hit by Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins -- Matt Moore, the backup that Dolphins fans chanted for last week, came to the rescue.
Moore, facing a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit, rallied Miami to a 31-28 win over the Jets.
"Matt has a knack for playing the game without fear," said Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who had no further update on Cutler's condition. "(Moore) prepares the right way. He's done this before."
Indeed, Moore led Miami late last season when Ryan Tannehill got hurt, and he did it again on Sunday, completing 13 of 21 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
"Guys on both sides of the ball feel confident in Matt," Dolphins safety Reshad Jones said. "Guys love him. He brings energy."
But Moore wasn't the only hero for Miami.
Cornerback Bobby McCain made the biggest defensive play of the game, intercepting a Josh McCown pass at the New York 27 with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That set up Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey, who broke a 28-28 tie with a 37-yard game-winning field goal with 26 seconds left.
McCown's interception spoiled a strong overall performance in which he passed for three touchdowns and ran for one. McCown completed 17 of 27 passes for 209 yards and the one interception.
"I don't want to think about it," McCown said of the blown lead by New York. "To get going on the road like we did and then finish like that ... it's frustrating."
In addition to avenging their loss to the Jets (3-4), the Dolphins (4-2) won their third consecutive game, including two straight in which they overcame a deficit of at least 14 points.
New York scored on its opening possession, a five-play 75-yard march. McCown capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse, who beat rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on a fly pattern.
Miami tied the score on its opening possession, compiling a nearly identical five-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Jarvis Landry.
The key play was a spectacular 36-yard reception by Kenny Stills, who caught the ball while on his back. The catch was initially called incomplete, but was overruled on review.
Anderson's touchdown put New York ahead 14-7. That drive was kept alive when running back Matt Forte gained 21 yards on a third-and-19 screen pass.
The Dolphins tied the score 14-14 on a 10-play, 70-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano. The drive was kept alive by a third-down, 28-yard pass-interference call on Buster Skrine.
New York closed the first-half scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by McCown. The two-play, one-yard drive was set up by New York's defense. Safety Jamal Adams came on a blitz and deflected Cutler's pass. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepted the pass and lumbered three yards.
The Jets extended their lead to 28-14 on McCown's 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. It was the third straight game in which Seferian-Jenkins has caught a TD pass.
But then Moore got going.
With 11:21 left in the fourth quarter, Moore burned New York's safety blitz, hitting Stills for a 28-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone.
"My adrenaline was as high as it's been for a long time," Moore said.
Five minutes later, Miami tied the score on a 2-yard pass from Moore to Stills.
McCown then made his big mistake, underthrowing Kearse toward the left sideline on the interception.
"They rotated coverage," McCown said of the Dolphins. "The guy (McCain) was underneath, and I just didn't get enough on the throw."
After the game, Wilkerson could be heard yelling inside the Jets locker room, and "Let's rebound!" was the main message.
"It's frustrating," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, echoing McCown. "We have to develop a killer instinct."
NOTES: Jets RT Brandon Shell (neck) was injured in the first quarter. He was replaced by Brent Qvale. ... Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, toe) was active despite not practicing all week. ... Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) was also active. ... Dolphins All-Pro C Mike Pouncey (concussion) was active despite missing the second half of last week's Atlanta Falcons game due to a concussion. He returned to practice on Friday. ... Dolphins WR DeVante Parker missed his second straight game due to an ankle injury. ... Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell, who began the season as a starter, was made inactive for the fourth straight game, even though he practiced fully all week. ... Dolphins DT Vincent Taylor was also a healthy scratch for Miami. The rookie sixth-round pick out of Oklahoma State has played considerably this season, making nine tackles in five games.
Jackson's defensive TDs lead Bears past Panthers
Sunday, October 22 at 6:02 PM (EDT)
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson picked off a pass and looked toward the end zone.
The only person in his way was Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
"It's like when you're a punt return guy, they always tell you, 'Don't get tackled by the punter,'" Jackson said. "When you're a (defensive back) and catch an interception, 'Don't get tackled by the quarterback.'"
Jackson sidestepped Newton -- and raced straight into the NFL record book. He became the first player in league history to score two defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the same game.
Chicago made the takeaways stand in a 17-3 win over Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
Both of Jackson's touchdowns took place in the first half as he scored on a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard interception return. The outburst came in the sixth game for the rookie, who suffered a broken leg one year ago to the day as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
"He's a tremendous young guy as well as a young player," Bears head coach John Fox said. "We saw it early on, we've got good, young guys on both sides of the ball. I think Eddie showed those things to the coaching staff and to his teammates early, and now you all get to see it."
Big plays set the tone during a strange game in which Carolina (4-3) dominated nearly every offensive category but the score. The Panthers fell short despite posting a 20-5 advantage in first downs and a 293-153 edge in total yards.
Newton (21 of 34, 211 yards) was intercepted twice in the loss. Carolina's three points marked its lowest scoring output since 2011.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played it safe on the other side of the ball as he completed 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards. Chicago (3-4) had only two plays for more than 11 yards.
"It happens like this sometimes," Panthers pass rusher Julius Peppers said. "That's why every game has its own personality. When you get into a game like this, you know how it's going to go, so you just have to try to find a way to make a play to make a difference. We didn't do that on defense. I think that was the difference in the game."
Chicago opened the scoring on Jackson's fumble return during the game's first series. Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel could not corral a lateral from Newton, and Jackson scooped up the fumble and raced down the sideline.
Given a split second to make a decision, Jackson opted to pick up the ball and run rather than pounce on it.
"We're taught that if there's no one around you can scoop and score the ball," Jackson said. "That's a drill we go over in the secondary. I saw no one was there, and I just scooped it. All I saw was grass. I just kept running."
Jackson struck again with the interception return in the second quarter to increase Chicago's lead to 14-0. Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara deflected a pass that was intended for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, and Jackson grabbed the deflection and evaded Newton on a full sprint on his way to the end zone.
"Simple slant route," said Benjamin, who failed to haul in the pass. "He stuck his hand in there and popped it up. I couldn't find it. Safety came and picked it. I've got to do a better job of finding that ball and knocking it down."
The teams traded field goals late in the second quarter as Chicago built a 17-3 halftime lead.
Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan picked off Newton with 7:07 remaining to spoil Carolina's comeback bid.
"I thought our defense played lights out today," Bears tight end Zach Miller said. "Put points un the board for us, really took control of that game and got the victory for us. Can't say enough about them. We need to pick it up for our team on offense."
NOTES: Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was ruled out of the game because he is in the NFL's concussion protocol. The 26-year-old has missed 10 games since 2015 because of concussions. ... Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski returned to action after missing the previous four games with an injured pectoral muscle. ... Panthers S Kurt Coleman missed his third consecutive game because of a sprained MCL in his left knee. ... Bears DL Akiem Hicks walked slowly off the field after he was kneed in the helmet. ... Panthers RG Trai Turner sustained a left knee injury and did not return. C Ryan Kalil (neck) and LT Matt Kalil (ankle) also left the game because of injuries.
Forbath kicks 6 field goals as Vikings stop Ravens
Sunday, October 22 at 5:34 PM (EDT)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Baltimore Ravens' defense did its part, holding the Minnesota Vikings to just one touchdown on Sunday.
But they couldn't contain Minnesota's kicking game.
On a day that belonged to the kickers, Minnesota's offense did just enough to spur the Vikings to their third consecutive win, 24-16, over Baltimore.
Kai Forbath kicked six field goals for the Vikings (5-2) while Baltimore (3-4) got a trio from Justin Tucker. It was the fourth loss in five games for the Ravens.
It was a game dominated by defense on both sides as the teams combined for just two touchdowns, and the Vikings sacked Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco five times.
"I told the team all week that this was going to be a grind. I knew it was. I know how the AFC North teams play. I was in that division for six years," said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals before coming to Minnesota. "It was nice to see Latavius Murray get some runs against this stout defense and I thought we played pretty good defense most of the day."
Murray, the Vikings' top running back, was the rare offensive standout, picking up 113 yards on the ground and scoring Minnesota's lone touchdown. Coupled with the Packers' home loss to New Orleans, the Vikings are alone atop the NFC North Division and face the winless Cleveland Browns next Sunday in London.
Flacco finished 27-of-39 passing for 186 yards, and hit Chris Moore for a 13-yard touchdown on the final play of the game. It broke a streak of nearly 11 consecutive quarters without a Ravens touchdown. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was 20 of 31 for 188 yards and an interception.
"We knew it was going to be that kind of game, and we planned for that kind of game," Flacco said of the defensive struggle. "We went in here thinking they had a good defense and we had a good defense. We knew that both teams saw each other in a similar fashion and felt we were going to be the offense to break through and score a couple touchdowns and get ourselves ahead. It didn't turn out that way."
The Vikings tried to go long on their first play of the game, but Keenum's pass intended for Laquon Treadwell was tipped and intercepted by cornerback Brandon Carr. It was the game's only turnover.
The Ravens got a field goal on the ensuing drive to take a 3-0 lead, but lost wide receiver Mike Wallace for the game to a concussion. Wallace was hit hard after catching a pass across the middle, losing his helmet and fumbling in the process. The turnover was negated when the Vikings were flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play. In addition to pressuring Flacco, Minnesota's defense held Baltimore to just 64 yards rushing.
"We came into the game wanting to stop the run first. If we were able to stop the run, then we're able to rush the passer," said Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter. "The main game plan was getting the tackles on (Flacco's) feet. We knew he would try and scramble, so once we got the tackles on his feet, he wouldn't throw the ball. That was part of the plan."
Neither team found the end zone in the first half, with Minnesota up 9-6 at halftime via a trio of Forbath field goals, answered by two Tucker field goals for the Ravens.
After settling for another field goal on their opening drive of the second half to go up 12-6, the Vikings finally broke through when Murray rumbled into the end zone from 29 yards out with 7:58 to play in the third. Forbath's extra-point attempt hit the right upright leaving it an 18-6 Minnesota lead.
"The reality is what it is. We need to find a way to go do what we need to do," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. His team hosts Miami on Thursday night. "We didn't turn the ball over, which was a goal in this game and we thought that would give us a chance, but we didn't do enough of the other things we needed to do to win the game."
Tucker hit a 47-yard field goal late in the third quarter, while Forbath added two more in the fourth.
NOTES: In an interview on the field during a timeout, former Vikings and Ravens C Matt Birk got a round of cheers when he said, if he were NFL commissioner for a day, he would require all players to stand for the national anthem. ... Run-stopping Ravens DT Brandon Williams, who had missed the previous four games due to injury, tackled Vikings RB Latavius Murray for a 3-yard loss on Minnesota's first run of the game. ... The 57-yard field goal by Ravens K Justin Tucker in the second quarter was his longest of the season. His career long is a 61-yard shot he hit in 2013. ... The Vikings' receiving corps was thin on Sunday, with both Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd inactive due to injury.
Saints beat Packers for fourth straight win
Sunday, October 22 at 7:32 PM (EDT)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Drew Brees threw his 500th career touchdown pass but was more excited about another number.
Brees continued his mastery of the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints won their fourth staight game with a 26-17 victory on Sunday.
"This goes to recruiting," Brees said. "You bring in the type of guys that are smart, tough, character guys that can see through the trees in the forest sometimes and understand the long-term vision and understand there will be bumps in the road.
"There will be bits of adversity, but keep your eyes on the prize and focus on the process and know that good things will happen. Despite our 0-2 start, I think everybody believed it."
Brees completed a barrage of short passes that added up to a 27-of-38 day for 331 yards.
In seven career games against the Packers, Brees has exceeded 300 passing yards all seven times.
Running back Mark Ingram II gained 105 of the Saints' 161 rushing yards as New Orleans (4-2) piled up 485 yards and weathered Brees' two early interceptions.
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, making his first start for injured Aaron Rodgers, was just 12 of 25 for 87 yards.
Hundley didn't make any big mistakes -- his lone interception came with the Packers trailing by nine points in the final minutes -- but he also didn't make any big plays.
"Our passing game, we can sit here and pick it apart all we want," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "Let's just blame it on the head coach today."
The game turned midway through the fourth quarter. The Saints had just taken a 19-17 lead and then forced a three-and-out punt by bringing pressure on Hundley on third-and-9.
New Orleans took over at its 45 and wasted no time putting the game away. Ingram blew through a huge hole on the right side for a gain of 23 yards on second down, with an additional 14 yards tacked on because of safety Kentrell Brice's horse-collar tackle.
Brees' third-and-goal sneak from the 1 for a touchdown put the game away at 26-17 with 4:55 remaining.
On the next possession, Hundley was intercepted by safety Kenny Vaccaro.
"(I) got it under my belt," said Hundley, who could be the Packers' quarterback for the rest of the season with Rodgers recovering from a broken collarbone and on injured reserve. "Didn't win, obviously. We've got to be better, and we will, but we got the first one out of the way.
"It didn't go the way we planned, and we've got to look at the film and make some adjustments."
New Orleans scored on its opening two possessions of the second half to turn a 14-7 deficit into a 16-14 lead. Brees' pump fake freed up receiver Brandon Coleman for a 22-yard touchdown. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark blocked the extra-point attempt to keep the Packers in front by one.
Including playoffs, it was touchdown pass No. 500 for Brees.
"It's not really a time to reflect right now," Brees said. "We've got a lot of football ahead of us. Keep doing things the right way. Keep growing as a team, and all that stuff."
The Saints took the lead on their next possession. A catch-and-run gain of 47 yards by receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on the first snap was the key play in setting up Wil Lutz's 28-yard field goal with 4:08 left in the third quarter.
Green Bay recaptured the lead on the second play of the fourth quarter with Mason Crosby's 46-yard field goal. Rookie running back Aaron Jones' 21-yard run, during which he was stopped at the line of scrimmage but escaped to his right, was the key play.
New Orleans retaliated on its next possession with Lutz's 44-yard field goal, making it 19-17 with 10:21 remaining. A 20-yard completion to receiver Michael Thomas and a 19-yard run by rookie Alvin Kamara put the Saints in scoring position.
Jones finished with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown for Green Bay (4-3), which lost for the second consecutive week.
The Packers led 14-7 at halftime and Saints head coach Sean Payton felt fortunate it wasn't worse.
"At halftime, you could have, against this team, easily have been down 14, 21 points," Payton said. "We were down seven and looking at each other like, 'Let's go.' Those early takeaways, those are just percentages and numbers. It just becomes harder and harder.
"I think our guys will continue to work and improve it, but overall it was a good team effort."
Jones put the Packers on the board with a 46-yard touchdown run on the opening possession. He accounted for 70 of the 75 yards on the drive.
The Saints' first two possessions ended with interceptions that spoiled scoring opportunities. The first came from the Packers' 20-yard line, with Brees' pass into the end zone intended for receiver Brandon Coleman grabbed by cornerback Damarious Randall.
The second came from the Packers' 36. Brees went deep up the right sideline to Thomas, but cornerback Davon House was in perfect position for the theft.
New Orleans scored early in the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Ingram. The Packers had only 10 defenders on the third-and-1 play.
Green Bay answered on the ensuing possession. On third-and-4 from the Saints' 14, Hundley escaped to the left and had a clear path to the end zone. He dodged a hit by cornerback Ken Crawley at the 1 and got drilled by Vaccaro at the goal line.
NOTES: The Packers were without two starters, LG Lane Taylor (ankle) and S Morgan Burnett (hamstring). Saints RG Larry Warford missed the second half with an abdominal injury. ... Packers CB Damarious Randall has an interception in three consecutive games. ... Saints RB Mark Ingram II and QB Drew Brees did Lambeau Leaps beyond the end zone after touchdowns. ... Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr., with seven catches for 141 yards, had only his second game of more than 120 receiving yards. His first was vs. Buffalo while a member of the Dolphins in 2008.
Succop's field goal in OT lifts Titans over Browns
Sunday, October 22 at 6:12 PM (EDT)
CLEVELAND -- Ryan Succop scored all of Tennessee's points Sunday and capped his four field-goal day on a 47-yard kick with 1:55 left in overtime to give the Titans a 12-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
A 54-yard field goal by Browns rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez with 47 seconds left in regulation tied the score 9-9 to force overtime.
Drama led up to the game-winner. Succop, who has made 55 straight field goals inside 50 yards going back to 2014, kicked the ball a split second after the two-minute warning in overtime stopped the clock. His kick was wide left. He made an adjustment and the game-winner was perfect.
"We heard the whistle," Succop said. "I always tell Beau (long snapper Beau Brinkley) even when you hear the whistle to go ahead and snap it. I'm not necessarily trying to make it. I just want to swing my leg and see what the wind is doing.
"There was a left to right wind, but that ball didn't move at all. On the one that counted, I hit it dead center and it didn't move."
It was a defensive battle from start to finish. The Browns (0-7) shut down the Titans' sixth-ranked running attack and the Tennessee defense made the Browns' quarterbacks pay for passing mistakes. The Titans were not happy about not getting into the end zone, but they head into their bye 4-3 and tied for first in the AFC South, so they headed home happy.
"A win is a win, no matter if you win by 50 or one," Titans center Ben Jones said. "Our defense played lights out today. They got turnovers at the end and (safety Kevin Byard) played lights out. If we have a team like that and we don't turn the ball over, we're going to win games."
The Titans took a 3-0 lead on a 43-yard field goal by Succop on an 11-play drive to open the game. The drive started in promising fashion when quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with wide receiver Rishard Matthews on an 18-yard pass over the middle. DeMarco Murray had carries of 9 and 8 yards, but the drive stalled at the Browns' 25.
The Titans led 6-3 at halftime, but both teams had chances to score more. Succop kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:37 left in the first half when a Tennessee drive sputtered at the Browns' 5.
The Browns, trailing 6-3 after Succop's second field goal, patiently moved downfield with hopes of at least tying the score by halftime. However, they instead came up empty when a pass by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer sailed over the head of wide receiver Rashard Higgins and was intercepted by Byard at the Tennessee 7. It was the first of three interceptions for Byard.
The interception was the 10th thrown by Kizer this season. He was benched last week for the game with the Houston Texans in favor of Kevin Hogan. Hogan threw three interceptions and suffered a rib injury, so Browns head coach Hue Jackson went back to Kizer, who started the first five games.
Kizer threw an interception on his first pass of the third quarter. Byard got his second pick, but the Titans came up empty when the Browns' defense stopped Tennessee four times inside the Cleveland 5. It was a familiar scene; the Browns defense played well, but the offense did not respond.
"Obviously we're a 0-7 team," Jackson said. "We had our chances at the end and couldn't pull it off. We continue to do the things that stop us. This will continue to be who we are until we change it."
Jackson benched Kizer again. Cody Kessler, 0-8 as a starter last year, moved the Browns from inside the 1 to the Titans' 29. Gonzalez kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie the game 6-6 before Succop hit from 46 yards to put Tennessee back on top 9-6. The Browns put two field goals on the board with him at quarterback, but he was upset he did not even produce a first down in overtime. A pass intended for Kenny Britt near the Titans' 40 was low but catchable. It went through Britt's hands.
"I got hit after I threw it," Kessler said. "It felt like it came out short because, as I was letting go, he hit me. I have to throw the ball better there. But our guys competed. Unfortunately, it didn't end the way we wanted it to."
Succop missed a 53-yard try wide left with 8:44 to play after the Browns turned the ball over on downs. The Browns took over at their 43 with Kessler still at quarterback, but the drive ended when Byard intercepted a pass at the Cleveland 14.
NOTES: A hamstring injury made RB DeMarco Murray a game-time decision for the Titans. He started and carried 18 times for 59 yards. ... TE Delanie Walker led the Titans with seven catches for 63 yards, but left the game late with a leg injury... Browns All-Pro LT Joe Thomas was knocked out of the game with a triceps injury, ending his streak at 10,363 consecutive plays without missing a snap. Starting CB Jason McCourty, leading the Browns with three interceptions, was inactive with an ankle injury. Briean Boddy-Calhoun started in his place. He made four tackles and broke up two passes.
Elliott, Cowboys run wild at San Francisco
Sunday, October 22 at 9:04 PM (EDT)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Getting a week off then playing the winless San Francisco 49ers turned out to be the perfect formula for the Dallas Cowboys to get back on track.
Ezekiel Elliott ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 72-yard touchdown pass, leading the Cowboys to a 40-10 victory on Sunday at Levi's Stadium.
Quarterback Dak Prescott completed 16 of 25 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys (3-3), who ended a two-game losing streak and moved to within two games of the first-place Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) in the NFC East. Prescott also ran for a touchdown.
"It's exactly what we wanted," Prescott said. "Those two close losses, lose them in two-minute fashion then having the bye week, time to adjust, and moving forward we did everything we needed to do."
The Cowboys lost to the Los Angeles Rams 35-30 then the Green Bay Packers 35-21 before their bye week.
Elliott, who had season highs for rushing yards and touchdowns while carrying the ball 26 times, didn't know whether he would be allowed to play until Tuesday. That was when a U.S. District judge in New York granted his motion for a temporary restraining order blocking his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy for alleged domestic assault against his ex-girlfriend.
"I put that aside when I get with these guys," Elliott said. "These guys do a good job of giving me something else to think about, keeping me up no matter what's going on out there. I'm just happy to be out here and be able to play with them and go and get another win."
The 49ers (0-7) remained winless under new head coach Kyle Shanahan and are tied with the Cleveland Browns for the NFL's worst record.
"It's disappointing in all three phases as players and coaches," Shanahan said. "We have to play better. A lot better. I'm not going to question the effort, but we definitely didn't play well."
San Francisco rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first NFL start. He was sacked five times and lost two fumbles.
"They brought a lot of pressure, which we hadn't seen them do much of," Beathard said. "I guess when you're a rookie they try to see what you know and put you on your heels a little bit."
The Cowboys capitalized on a fumble by 49ers punt returner Trent Taylor to take a quick 7-0 lead. Elliott bolted 14 yards on first down, gained 5 on second down, then scored on a 1-yard run with 12:42 left in the first quarter.
Dallas extended its lead to 14-0 on Elliott's 25-yard touchdown run midway through the opening quarter, capping a 74-yard drive.
"We saw in the Packers game before the bye that the offense started clicking in that fourth quarter and the running game started to open up, and we definitely carried over to this game," Elliott said. "The (offensive) line did a great job making creases for me to run the ball."
San Francisco cut the Cowboys' lead to 14-3 on Robbie Gould's 42-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
The Cowboys increased their lead to 20-3 on Prescott's 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten, who made a one-handed catch in the back right corner of the end zone with 10:26 left in the half.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey sustained a groin injury and was ruled out with 9:13 remaining in the first half. So, after Witten's touchdown, the Cowboys went for two points, but Prescott threw incomplete.
The 49ers had the ball at Dallas' 5 with 46 seconds left in the half, but Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence ended that drive with a strip-sack of Beathard. Five different Cowboys had a sack.
"It's great," said Lawrence, who has 9.5 sacks, second most in the NFL. "All of us, a group of brothers, going after one common goal, and that's the quarterback. Just racing to get there. I'm just happy for everybody getting after the quarterback today."
Elliott struck again on Dallas' first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, grabbing Prescott's screen pass in the right flat and racing 72 yards for a score with 10:58 left. Safety Jeff Heath made the extra point, making it 27-3.
Prescott scored from 2 yards out on a quarterback draw with 43 seconds left in the third quarter, extending Dallas' lead to 33-3. Heath missed the PAT.
Dez Bryant made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone for a 2-yard score with 10:49 left to play. Heath connected, making it 40-3.
Beathard scored on a 4-yard run with 6:14 remaining.
"We are 0-7," Beathard said. "There's only one way to go -- and that's up."
NOTES: San Francisco rookie MLB Reuben Foster returned to action for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury in Week 1 against Carolina and started, but he sustained a rib injury in the third quarter. ... The 49ers honored former wide receiver Dwight Clark on "Dwight Clark Day" at Levi's Stadium. Clark is battling Lou Gehrig's disease, and the 49ers had a large group of his former teammates, including Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, on the field at halftime for a ceremony. ... Cowboys starting OLB Sean Lee returned to the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury. ... 49ers T Trent Brown left the game in the third quarter with a concussion and did not return.
Bell, Steelers run over Bengals
Sunday, October 22 at 9:29 PM (EDT)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are learning that in spite of the explosive potential of their passing game, Le'Veon Bell sets the tone.
Bell carried 35 times for 134 yards against the NFL's second-ranked defense to lead the Steelers to a 29-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Heinz Field.
Knocked out of two prior seasons by Cincinnati hits to his right knee, Bell acknowledged before the game he feels the Bengals "target" him and said "I'm going to protect myself, play hard and try to get the W."
Bell protected himself at one point by using what he called "one of the better stiff-arms in my life" to knock over Dre Kirkpatrick on his way to a 42-yard gain.
"That's part of protecting myself," Bell said. "Obviously just running hard, making sure I don't relax and take any late so-called cheap shots, just make sure I run the ball hard, get down to the ground and get up safe. I came out of the game healthy so I feel blessed."
Bell said the game included the usual Bengals nastiness, but, "You kind of expect that, so it is what it is. I just don't like when guys make dirty plays. It's OK to play tough and hit guys hard during the course of the play, but I don't like the unnecessary roughness after the play, like my fullback getting kicked in the face. That's not football to me."
Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix complained to Bell on the sideline that linebacker Vontaze Burfict had kicked him in the head.
"We got back in the huddle. We played football," Bell said. "Obviously Rosie was upset about it and I had to keep him calm on the sideline, and that's why Rosie was playing the way he was in between the whistles. Every time he had an opportunity to go iso(late) with 55 (Burfict), he did what he did. He had a great game. That's why he's the best fullback in the world."
Nix and the offensive line had their way with Cincinnati's front, so Ben Roethlisberger kept feeding Bell. It was Bell's third game out of the team's last four in which he carried 32 times or more. The Steelers won all three, and in games in which Bell has carried 27 times or more, the Steelers are 4-0.
How many more games can he carry such a load?
"Well, at least nine more," Bell said after Pittsburgh improved to 5-2.
Bell sparked a Steelers touchdown drive on their first possession when he carried five times for 27 yards and gained 23 on a pass reception, before Antonio Brown caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger.
The Bengals tied the game late in the first quarter on a 6-yard Andy Dalton touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. Joe Mixon's 25-yard run and A.J. Green's 16-yard catch on third-and-5 were the key plays.
The Steelers answered with a 74-yard touchdown drive that took only 2:18. Roethlisberger threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was wide open at the 10 and trotted into the end zone to give the Steelers a 14-7 lead. The NFL's youngest player celebrated with a game of hide-and-go-seek with Bell.
The high-scoring first half continued when the Bengals tied the game on their ensuing drive. They went for it on fourth-and-goal at the 1 and Dalton delivered a play-action pass to wide-open tight end Tyler Kroft that knotted the score at 14-14.
The Steelers ended the half with a pair of short field goals for a 20-14 lead, and Chris Boswell greeted the second half with another field goal for Pittsburgh. Defensive end Michael Johnson's stop of Bell on third-and-1 resulted in the 41-yard kick and a 23-14 Steelers lead.
Boswell's fourth field goal was his longest of the game, 49 yards, to give the Steelers a 26-14 lead with 5:28 left in the third quarter. It followed Joe Haden's interception of the only pass thrown to Green with Haden in coverage. The two adversaries enjoy a rivalry that began in college and has continued through Haden's years in Cleveland and now with the Steelers.
The Steelers' defense stifled the Bengals the rest of the way, and a successful fake punt by Pittsburgh ended the drama. Punt-team fullback/reserve safety Rob Golden took a snap with 6:53 left and lofted a 44-yard bomb to gunner/wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. It led to Boswell's fifth field goal, a 25-yarder, to give him 11 field goals in the Steelers' last two games against the Bengals.
Roethlisberger completed 14 of 24 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating of 117.4 is a season high.
Mixon rushed for 48 yards on seven carries to lead the Bengals, who fell to 2-4.
"I thought we came into the game in the right frame of mind," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "We just have to stay true to it all the way through."
NOTES: Pittsburgh RB Le'Veon Bell added three catches for 58 yards to give him a season-high 192 yards of total offense, topping the 191 he compiled last Sunday in Kansas City. ... The Steelers had four sacks by four different players and didn't allow any. ... The Bengals entered the game last in offensive red-zone touchdown percentage, but scored touchdowns on their only two attempts Sunday. ... Bengals MLB Kevin Minter injured his right elbow with 6:14 left in the second quarter and didn't return. Minter was replaced by Vincent Rey, and on his first play Rey missed a tackle on Bell that turned into a 42-yard reception. Rey then left with an injury in the fourth quarter. ... Bengals captain LB Vontaze Burfict refused to shake hands with three Steelers captains at the pre-game coin toss. ... The Steelers played without starting DL Stephon Tuitt and RT Marcus Gilbert. Tyson Alualu replaced Tuitt and Chris Hubbard replaced Gilbert. ... The Bengals were without starters CB Adam Jones and TE Ryan Hewitt. They were replaced by Darqueze Dennard and Cethan Carter.
Chargers hand Broncos first shutout since 1992
Sunday, October 22 at 9:35 PM (EDT)
CARSON, Calif -- The Chargers' Casey Hayward is new to Los Angeles, but he's learning fast. When he dressed for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, he saluted Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw by wearing his jersey.
"I said I was going to try and pitch me a Kershaw today," Hayward said. "I wanted to try and get a shutout."
The Chargers obliged, blanking the Denver Broncos 21-0 to win their third straight game on Sunday and their first at StubHub Center after relocating from San Diego. They lost their first three games at home.
"To come out with a zero on the board is wonderful," said defensive end Joey Bosa, who had two of the Chargers' five sacks.
Travis Benjamin had a 42-yard scoring reception and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown to lead the Chargers.
"He had two big-time plays with big-time speed," teammate Keenen Allen said. "He's got crazy speed."
Philip Rivers added another touchdown pass to running back Austin Ekeler, but on this day, it was the Chargers' defense that hogged the spotlight.
"That was special," defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said. "Especially against a team like that."
Denver entered the game with the NFL's longest active scoring streak at 394 games. The Broncos had not been shut out since Nov. 22, 1992.
Denver, which has dropped three of its past four games, committed three turnovers as it was stifled by a stout Chargers defense. The Broncos (3-3) were dreadful on offense against the Chargers (3-4).
"We didn't do our job today and that's why the scoreboard looked the way it looked," said Jamaal Charles, who had 2 yards on four carries.
Benjamin's key catch came in the fourth quarter.
Denver, trailing by two scores, was faced with a fourth-and-6 at the Los Angeles 31 early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Trevor Siemian was chased from the pocket and his ill-advised pass was intercepted by Hayward.
"Once they were up, they just played super safe and it's hard for us to be good at what we're good at," Denver linebacker Shaquil Barrett said. "We're good at getting turnovers and sacking the quarterback. So we can't do any of that if they're playing safe."
Rivers finished 15 of 26 for 183 yards and two touchdowns as he recorded his 100th career win.
Siemian completed 25 of 35 passes for 207 yards and an interception.
Rivers found rookie Ekeler on a 1-yard scoring pass for a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Ekeler took a quick swing pass to Rivers' left out of the backfield and entered the end zone untouched.
It was Ekeler's first touchdown reception and the fifth on a completion to a running back this season for Los Angeles. Melvin Gordon has the other four.
Rivers had two 19-yard receptions on the scoring drive, one to tight end Hunter Henry and the second to Allen, which set up Ekeler's score.
Benjamin, who struggled as a returner last season, brought the game's initial punt back 65 yards for a touchdown. After fielding the punt on a bounce, Benjamin zig-zagged twice and went in easily as the Chargers took a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Los Angeles squandered a prime scoring opportunity on the previous series, having a fresh series at the Denver 1 when linebacker Jatavis Brown recovered a fumble after safety Adrian Phillips poked the ball away from Broncos tight end A.J. Derby. But Gordon was stymied on four straight running plays at the goal line.
"The game, well we obviously got some issues," Von Miller said. "You can't lose two straight and not have issues so need to address those from the top down. We got to get turnovers and we're not getting any of them and creating short fields for the offense.
"It's tough when you don't put up any points. It's terrible. But we're not going to point fingers. We could have bailed them (the offense) out, but we are just not doing it."
NOTES: Broncos LB Von Miller recorded a sack in his fifth straight game (he had two), two off his career high. He has 79.5 sacks, eclipsing LB Karl Mecklenburg for No. 2 on the team's all-time list. ... WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was inactive. ... Chargers RG Matt Slauson suffered a biceps injury. ... RT Joe Barksdale (toe) was inactive and replaced by Michael Schofield. ... DT Corey Liuget (back) was out. ... LT Russell Okung, who was among NFL players to meet with NFL executives on Tuesday, raised his right fist during the national anthem.
Seahawks slide by struggling Giants
Sunday, October 22 at 9:23 PM (EDT)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quarterback Russell Wilson threw three second-half touchdown passes to give the Seattle Seahawks a 24-7 win over the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The Seahawks (4-2), who were coming off their bye week, put together a sloppy, penalty-filled first half, which included eight penalties for 63 yards and two second-quarter dropped passes by tight end Jimmy Graham, one of which would have been a touchdown on a fourth-down play.
Perhaps even more disturbing for head coach Pete Carroll's group was that the offense, twice given new life inside the red zone thanks to Giants penalties, were unable to punch the ball in, with the fourth-down attempt dropped by Graham in the end zone capping a fruitless sequence.
The New York offense, under the direction of offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, struggled to get much of anything going in the first half where they held the ball for 9:22, failed to convert a third down and recorded just 42 yards of net offense.
It took a defensive turnover to help break the Giants' offense's sleepwalking, that coming in the second quarter when rookie defensive end Avery Moss, filling in for the injured Kerry Wynn (ankle), forced a fumble by Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls.
Giants safety Landon Collins alertly recovered the loose fumble, returning it 32 yards to give the Giants offense a first-and-10 inside the red zone. After quarterback Eli Manning connected with receiver Roger Lewis Jr. on a 12-yard pass, Manning found tight end Evan Engram in the end zone for a 5-yard score to give the Giants a 7-0 lead.
The Seahawks would get an opportunity to tie the game later in the second quarter, but a 27-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to receiver Tyler Lockett was nullified thanks to an offensive pass interference call against Lockett.
The Seahawks ended up having to settle for a 39-yard field goal by Blair Walsh to make it 7-3 at the half.
In the second half, the Giants' defense, which had been on the field for 41 plays in the game's first 30 minutes, began to show signs of fatigue.
Wilson, who in addition to the three touchdown passes, completed 27 of 39 for 334 yards and no interceptions, found receiver Doug Baldwin for a 22-yard go-ahead score to give the Seahawks a 10-7 lead.
That score capped a drive in which the Seahawks once again set themselves back by a penalty, this time an unnecessary roughness infraction called against offensive lineman Mark Glowinski that turned first-and-goal to second-and-long.
"They gave us Cover-0 in the red zone, a look that we like to go against," said Baldwin. "Russ saw it, I saw it -- we all saw it across the board, and got really excited. We checked out of another play we had, and we got it."
With both teams struggling in the second half to generate points, the Giants did get an opportunity to tie the game at the start of the fourth quarter. But kicker Aldrick Rosas missed a 47-yard attempt.
The Seahawks finally cracked open the game in the fourth quarter. Following a strip-sack of Manning by defensive tackle Jarran Reed and the ensuing recovery by defensive end Frank Clark, the Seahawks offense took just one play and 15 seconds to increase their lead to 17-7.
Seattle's second touchdown came when Wilson found receiver Paul Richardson in the end zone on a play in which the receiver did a good job of keeping Collins from ripping the ball from his grasp.
"What an exciting play," said Wilson. "I tossed it to (running back) J.D. (McKissic) and he throws it back to me, and then let Paul do his thing.
"Paul did a great job of attacking the football, snagging it down and it was contested but I think Paul got his hands on it first obviously and brought it down and it was definitely a pretty crazy play."
The Giants, obviously, did not agree with the call and hinted they might seek further clarification from the league.
"I did not think he had possession of the ball before his foot hit the white," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "But, again, we'll go take a look at the tape and see what we can see."
Collins was more direct: "It was an interception."
Graham then made amends for his two earlier drops in the game by catching Wilson's final touchdown pass of the afternoon, a 1-yard fade to make it 24-7.
The Giants (1-6) head into their bye week to self-scout what has gone wrong in their disappointing campaign and to heal up some of their injured players, especially on the defensive side of the ball that, in addition to losing inside linebacker B.J. Goodson to a sprained ankle and reserve defensive lineman Cap Capi to a hamstring, they were without linebackers Jonathan Casillas (neck) and Calvin Munson (quad) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle).
Manning was just 19 of 39 for 134 yards and a touchdown.
NOTES: Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's 22-yard third-quarter touchdown catch tied him with Sherman Smith for eighth place on Seattle's all-time touchdowns list with 38. ... Giants QB Eli Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in six straight regular-season games. Manning's current touchdown streak through six games is the most since he threw at least one touchdown pass in 11 straight games in 2015. ... Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tied Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and Atlanta's Matt Ryan for most wins by a quarterback in his first six seasons with 60. ... New York lost starting MLB B.J. Goodson in the second quarter to an ankle injury; starting RT Justin Pugh left the game in the second half with a back injury; and reserve DE/LB Cap Capi was ruled out of the game in the third quarter with a hamstring strain. ... The Giants' defense has now allowed eight touchdowns to be scored this season by opposing tight ends.