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Here is a recap of Week 6 of the 2016 NFL Season with a Tuesday Morning QB & thanks again to AP Sports/ Pro 32 for photos & articles.
Bye: Vikings, Buccaneers
Broncos 13, Chargers 21
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers eased a lot of pain with their 21-13 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, passing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to become San Diego’s career passing leader, and the Chargers held off the Broncos.
The victory may have saved embattled coach Mike McCoy’s job and it snapped a streak of 10 straight losses in the AFC West dating to 2014.
Most importantly, the Chargers figured out how to finish a game in which they had a late lead.
“There is nothing like winning,” a misty-eyed McCoy said. “Especially beating a good football team in front of our home fans. It was great.”
Of course, these being the Chargers (2-4), they still extended nervous time right down to the final gun.
Denver’s Brandon McManus kicked a 46-yard field goal with 27 seconds left, and Denver recovered the onside kick at its 46. It got to the San Diego 45 with 8 seconds to go before Trevor Siemian’s desperation pass was batted down by Dexter McCoil.
“You can’t take winning for granted in this league,” defensive end Corey Liuget said. “When I saw it said 0:00 and that guy didn’t catch that ball, I was happy. I got on my knee and said, ‘Thank you, Lord. It’s over now.'”
Here are some takeaways from the Chargers’ victory against the Broncos:
RIVERBOAT MIKE: McCoy has been under fire for his conservative approach, particularly late in games, and clock-management issues.
He went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Denver 20 early in the second half, with Melvin Gordon going over the top for a 1-yard gain. Rivers misfired on two straight passes and was flushed on third down, forcing the Chargers to settle for Josh Lambo’s 37-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
McCoy improved to 25-31 overall in four seasons.
The Chargers were coming off a mistake-filled loss at Oakland, and earlier in the season lost three games in which they led at the 2-minute warning. The Chargers are trying to convince voters to approve a $1.1 billion public handout for a new downtown stadium in the form of an increase in the hotel occupancy tax.
The victory “meant a ton for Mike,” Rivers said. “It wasn’t talked about a lot on the team but veteran players … I felt it. Not that I expected it if it didn’t go well. I had no idea but you also you are not playing dumb. We knew we had to get this thing going in a hurry.”
FINALLY FINISHING: What changed from those brutal losses, when the Chargers blew late leads? “It was a mindset for us to go out there and finish, and everyone knew we were going to finish this game,” Liuget said.
They need to keep it up. Their next two games are at Atlanta and at Denver. San Diego has lost 10 of its last 11 road games.
BRONCOS’ BOSS: The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos were coached by special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis after head coach Gary Kubiak was ordered by doctors to sit this one out because of a migraine condition that mimics strokes.
“I’m sick to my stomach because I hate to lose,” DeCamillis said. “We’ve got a lot of grit and determination. We’ll bounce back.”
ROLLING RIVERS: Rivers, in his 13th season with the Chargers and 11th as starter, has 43,094 career yards passing. Fouts threw for 43,040 yards in 15 seasons with San Diego.
“This was one was definitely special,” Rivers said about passing Fouts. “Making it even more special was wearing the uniforms we had. That color blue was what they wore back in that era when Dan was playing.”
Rivers threw a 5-yard scoring pass to rookie tight end Hunter Henry to cap the game’s first possession. Rivers finished 18 of 29.
Otherwise, the Chargers had to settle for Lambo’s career-high four field goals of 37, 21, 31 and 32 yards, plus a safety.
LATE-FIRING: The five-time defending AFC West champion Broncos (4-2) were mostly sluggish behind Siemian, who was back at quarterback after rookie Paxton Lynch struggled in a loss to Atlanta. They lost their second straight game and had their NFL-record 15 straight divisional road victories snapped.
“We didn’t make the most of our opportunities, especially early in the game, but we showed a lot of resilience at the end. It was too little, too late,” said Siemian, who was 30 of 50 for 230 yards, with a 5-yard scoring pass to Bennie Fowler midway through the fourth quarter.
Panthers 38, Saints 41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Drew Brees broke another NFL record with his latest 400-plus-yard passing performance, he stood on a podium and moved his right hand in an ascending motion while discussing the direction of the New Orleans Saints.
“We want to be on this trajectory,” Brees said as he moved his hand up and away from his body. “I feel like we are.”
Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, Wil Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, and New Orleans pulled out a 41-38 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton Manning for the most all time in the regular season.
Brees also led the Saints (2-3) to a second straight victory while Carolina (1-5) lost its fourth straight despite the return of quarterback Cam Newton, who missed last week’s loss to Tampa Bay because of a concussion.
Newton passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 2-yard score and threw a 2-point conversion to Devin Funchess that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 left, completing a comeback from an early 21-0 deficit.
However, Newton was also intercepted by Sterling Moore in the back of the end zone, stalling a promising first-half drive.
Newton had little to say afterward, offering terse, vague answers to media inquiries or simply saying, “next question.” His demeanor nonetheless left little doubt how displeased he was with yet another close loss.
Meanwhile, the quarterback’s coaches and teammates made it clear Newton’s performance was the least of their concerns.
“He made some really good decisions,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “When you score 38 points, you need to give yourself more of a chance to win.”
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly credited Carolina’s offense for playing well and added, “We just have to tighten some things up defensively. We just have to make a play.”
Tight end Josh Hill scored the Saints’ final TD on a difficult, leaping 8-yard catch that was initially ruled incomplete.
But coach Sean Payton challenged the call and officials ruled on review that Hill had possession long enough for a completion before defensive back Zack Sanchez knocked the ball from Hill’s grasp.
Brees didn’t seem bothered that the Saints needed all of his prolific production to win and nearly squandered a three- TD lead.
“These are defining wins. These are wins you can draw from as the season goes along and really get a lot of strength from,” Brees said. “It gives you great confidence and poise when situations arise in the future.”
Coby Fleener ran for a 2-yard touchdown on his first career carry — an end-around on a fourth-and-1 play that capped New Orleans’ opening drive. He also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter on a play that Brees said didn’t quite develop as drawn up because Fleener and receiver Willie Snead ran their routes too close together, causing a convergence of players over the middle.
“All of a sudden all these bodies were in this melee and here’s Coby, coming down with it and taking it the distance,” Brees said. “It worked out nicely.”
Lutz’s winning kick came after he’d missed an earlier attempt from 53 yards. Lutz said that the moment Carolina tied it at 38, he told punter Thomas Morstead, who also holds on field goals, and long snapper Justin Drescher, “Let’s go win the game.”
“Like I’ve been saying all year — it’s about the next kick,” Lutz said.
Saints receiver Brandin Cooks had an 87-yard touchdown catch to highlight his career-high 173-yard outing on seven catches. Saints rookie Michael Thomas caught his third touchdown pass in as many games. Fleener had six catches for 74 yards.
Funchess caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Newton and Carolina tight end Ed Dickson hauled in a 1-yard TD that Newton tossed as he scrambled to his left.
The Saints were flagged for pass interference three times at or near the goal line, and the Panthers cashed in all three times with touchdowns. In all, New Orleans had 10 penalties for 126 yards.
Panthers penalties included Kawann Short’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for leveling Brees after his touchdown toss to Hill.
“It looked like he straight punched me in the mouth,” Brees said. “That’s what it felt like.”
BACK IN ACTION
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned after missing three games with a hamstring injury and rushed for 85 yards on 19 carries, including two short touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Hill played for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 1.
Saints left tackle Andrus Peat, who was filling in for injured starter Terron Armstead, left the game late in the first half with an apparent left leg injury. He was replaced by veteran Tony Hills. … Saints rookie defensive tackle David Onyemata also appeared to have a leg injury after a pileup near the New Orleans goal line in the fourth quarter and gingerly walked off the field. … Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley was evaluated for a possible concussion.
Panthers: Carolina has a bye week to try to figure out how to reverse its sinking fortunes.
Saints: New Orleans travels to Kansas City next Sunday.
Rams 28, Lions 31
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions were determined to keep Todd Gurley grounded.
Early on, it didn’t look like they would be successful because Gurley ran for 15 yards on the Los Angeles Rams’ first snap. After that, though, the running back had just 43 yards rushing on 13 carries, a key factor in Detroit’s 31-28 win over Los Angeles on Sunday.
He lost a yard on a play that proved to be pivotal.
The Rams went on fourth-and-1 at the Lions 1 on the last play of the first half instead of attempting a tie-breaking field goal. Gurley didn’t have a chance, getting hit by defensive tackles Tyrunn Walker and Stefan Charles.
“We won by three and we took seven off the board for them,” Walker said.
After Case Keenum’s second touchdown pass to Kenny Britt early in the fourth quarter, the Rams failed to gain a yard on their next drive. Keenum, who set a franchise record with 19 consecutive completions, threw an interception on the second play of their final possession.
“When it really counted at the end of the game, that’s when we should’ve come through,” Gurley said.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t mind that Keenum threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
“If we’re going to get beat, that’s how we’re going to get beat, rather than them running the ball down our throats,” Caldwell said.
Other things learned from Detroit’s win over Los Angeles:
TATE’S TURNAROUND: When the Lions (3-3) lost a third straight game earlier this month at Chicago, receiver Golden Tate only had a 1-yard reception in the entire game. “I’m kind of a forget-the-past guy,” he said. “Just keep grinding, just keep working.”
That approach served Tate well because he bounced back in last week’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He made three catches for 39 yards, including a reception that converted a third down and set up a winning kick. Tate showed that was just the start of his personal comeback because he had a season-high eight receptions for a career-high 165 yards and a touchdown against the Rams.
PACKING HEAVY: Instead of heading home, the Rams (3-3) planned to fly in the other direction to London for their next game against the New York Giants. The Rams have gotten used to being on the move this year, relocating from St. Louis to Los Angeles and bouncing around different venues for training camp and the practices during the regular season. “This team has been together almost like a training camp since April,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.
COMPLETING A CATCH: Britt, who had a season-high seven receptions for 136 yards, came up with a unique way to make a reception. Britt corralled a 47-yard pass with his right arm that was thrown over his left shoulder. The ball was jarred loose when Britt hit the turf, he squeezed it between his legs, lost it again and pinned the ball against his shoulder pads on a play that stood after review. “It’s all about the awareness of where the ball was at,” Britt said. “I felt it and knew where it was at the whole time.”
TIME HEALS: Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders hasn’t always been hailed in and around the Motor City. Fans used to be bitter that Sanders abruptly retired entering the 1999 season, and occasionally let him know it by booing him when given the opportunity. That has changed. Sanders easily got the loudest ovation when he was introduced on the field along with other teammates during a halftime ceremony that celebrated the Lions’ 1991 team that won the franchise’s only playoff game since winning the 1957 NFL title.
MAKING A MARK: Matthew Stafford was 23 of 31 for 270 yards, with a season-high four touchdowns. His 139.8 passer rating was the second highest of his career and the best by a Lions quarterback with at least 30 attempts in a game.
Eagles 20, Redskins 27
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Missing their biggest offensive target and facing one of the NFL’s top defenses, the Washington Redskins looked as in command as they’ve been all season.
Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, the three-headed running attack of Matt Jones, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for 231 yards and a touchdown and the Redskins ran roughshod over the Philadelphia Eagles in a 27-20 victory on Sunday.
The Redskins (4-2) put up 493 offensive yards against the Eagles (3-2), who came in allowing of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the league’s second-best defense.
“In spurts today I think we showed what we’re capable of. The challenge will always be to do it from the first whistle to the last,” said Cousins, who was 18 of 34. “But it was a good offensive showing because so many guys contributed and made a difference.”
Cousins rebounded when Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins intercepted him and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown, and Washington showed restraint and balance offensively without tight end Jordan Reed, who was out with a concussion . After starting the season 0-2, the Redskins have their best record through six games since 2008.
Cousins connected with Jamison Crowder on a 16-yard touchdown and with Vernon Davis on a 13-yard touchdown. Jones ran for a 1-yard touchdown and sealed the victory with a 57-yard run on third down with 1:27 left as part of his 135-yard day.
The Redskins defense made things difficult for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, sacking him five times. Wentz was 11 of 22 for 179 yards, and the Eagles finished with 239 total yards.
“I’ve got to be better, especially late in the game,” Wentz said. “You’ve got to learn from it. It’s all about how you react and respond to losses.”
Philadelphia got its points on an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown by Wendell Smallwood, Jenkins’ interception return and two field goals by Caleb Sturgis. The Eagles opened the season with three wins before losing two straight.
JUMP SHOT CLANKS
After his touchdown, Davis mimicked a jump shot and treated the football like a basketball. He was flagged for excessive celebration, setting Washington back 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden showed players video of illegal celebrations, but that wasn’t on the film.
“I don’t think that’s taunting. You’re just celebrating, right?” Davis said. “All I can do is correct it next time and not shoot.”
That had a major impact as Smallwood caught the ball at the 14 and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown to get the Eagles on the board.
WAIT A SECOND
The Eagles ran four offensive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter, and one of them was Wentz kneeling with 6 seconds left. Because of Smallwood’s kickoff return touchdown and Jenkins’ pick-six, they scored 14 points in the quarter.
Philadelphia went into halftime with just 41 yards — 29 rushing and 12 passing — and three first downs.
‘BIG V’ BOWLED OVER
With Lane Johnson beginning a 10-game performance-enhancing drugs suspension , Halapoulivaati Vaitai started at right tackle and had an afternoon to forget. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan beat Vaitai and sacked Wentz twice in the first half.
“He had a couple missed assignments early and felt like he settled into the game as the game wore on,” coach Doug Pederson said. “He’ll learn from it and be ready for next week.”
The Eagles committed 13 penalties for 114 yards, a week after they were called for 14 penalties for 111 yards in a loss to the Detroit Lions.
“It’s tough to win in this league, as it is, and when you have that many penalties, it’s dang near impossible to win.
Jenkins: “You can look at every area today of our defense and I don’t know if there’s any area you’d feel good about. The runs were really leaky. Tackling wasn’t that great. Coverage wasn’t that great. Pass rush. Everything. We’ve got a lot to get done.”
Cousins on winning four in a row: “You can never hit the panic button in this game. … You just keep playing. If you hit the panic button in this business, you don’t belong in this business.
49ers 16, Bills 45
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Guard Richie Incognito knew LeSean McCoy’s right knee was fine when the Bills running back was already gabbing in Buffalo’s locker room during halftime.
“As long as Shady’s talking, he’s fine,” Incognito said.
If knocking knees with 49ers linebacker Nick Bellore late in the first half couldn’t slow down the player nicknamed, “Shady,” what chance did the 49ers porous run defense have?
McCoy had 140 yards rushing and matched a career high by scoring three times, and the Bills extended their winning streak to four with a 45-16 victory over San Francisco and new starter Colin Kaepernick Sunday.
Buffalo fans greeted Kaepernick roughly for his leadership among athletes protesting during the national anthem. They booed him loudly, sold anti-Kaepernick T-shirts and roughed up a dummy wearing his jersey.
Kaepernick finished 13 of 29 for 187 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. But San Francisco (1-5) couldn’t finish drives, settling for three field goals by Phil Dawson, in losing its fifth straight game.
“I thought he was OK,” coach Chip Kelly said of Kaepernick, whom he promoted over Blaine Gabbert following a 33-21 loss to Arizona. “But overall, offensively as a group, we need to run the ball better and we need to be better at the passing game.”
Kelly wouldn’t commit to who will start next week against Tampa Bay.
“Yeah, we’ll see,” he said.
Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes in helping Buffalo win four straight for the first time since the start of the 2008 season.
The 49ers allowed 312 yards rushing — Buffalo’s best outing since 1992. The defense has allowed 981 yards on the ground in its past five games.
The Bills blew the game open by scoring 21 points over a span of 7:02 straddling the third and fourth quarters.
Taylor completed a 30-yard pass to Justin Hunter . Then the 49ers were stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1 at Buffalo’s 40.
After McCoy put the Bills up 31-16 with 10:53 left in the fourth quarter, the Bills got the ball back on after Keshawn Martin fumbled the kickoff.
Two plays later, Taylor hit Robert Woods for a 5-yard touchdown pass.
McCoy scored twice on 18-yard runs and another on a 4-yard scamper in his second meeting against Kelly. McCoy expressed bitter feelings toward Kelly for trading him from Philadelphia to Buffalo.
“To sit here and tell you that it didn’t affect me last year, I would be lying,” McCoy said. “But I’m past that. It’s a whole year later.”
McCoy’s 3-TD game was the third of his career, and first since Philadelphia’s 45-19 win over the Rex Ryan-coached Jets in 2011. He became Buffalo’s first player to score three times rushing since Willis McGahee had four TDs against Seattle in 2004.
Backup Mike Gillislee closed out the scoring with a 44-yard run. Buffalo’s 45 points were the most since a 49-31 win at Cincinnati in 2010.
Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander extended his sack streak to six games, matching the team’s longest since Aaron Schobel did it during the 2006 season. The 10-year journeyman now has eight sacks this year.
With three sacks on Sunday, Buffalo upped its total to 20 — one fewer than the team had all last season.
Fans chanted “USA! USA! USA!” shortly before Kaepernick knelt for the anthem.
“To be honest, I was focused on football so I really wasn’t listening to what was going on in the stands,” Kaepernick said.
Outside New Era Field, one vendor was selling T-shirts against Kaepernick.
49ers: RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), CB Rashard Robinson (concussion protocol).
Bills: TE Charles Clay (ankle), WR Kevon Seymour (shoulder) and WR Robert Woods (right foot).
Buffalo’s defensive backfield left Smith wide open in scoring on his 53-yard catch and run . Cornerback Stephon Gilmore let Smith blow past him at the line of scrimmage leaving Smith open up the right sideline. He easily caught Kaepernick’s pass and then cut into the middle to avoid being tackled by safety Aaron Williams who was Buffalo’s only defender deep.
49ers: Host Tampa Bay on Oct. 23.
Bills: Play at AFC East rival Miami on Oct. 23.
Bengals 17, Patriots 35
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady had a smooth regular-season home debut.
Playing his first game in Foxborough since the end of his “Deflategate” suspension, Brady had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career , and the Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17 on Sunday.
Brady finished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown.
“I think I know how to get to that place where I need to be,” Brady said. “You only have so much energy, and at some point you gotta cut it loose when the moment’s right.”
Cincinnati dropped to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when it finished 4-12 — its worst season under coach Marvin Lewis.
The Bengals had their moments offensively, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton and 5-yard pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. Dalton finished 21 of 31 for 254 yards.
But New England (5-1) bounced back from some sluggish drives early with several big plays in the third quarter.
The Bengals scored on their first drive after halftime to briefly take a 14-10 lead. The Patriots swiftly responded with a safety and a pair of touchdown passes by Brady —first to Gronkowski, then to James White — to put the Patriots back in front.
Cincinnati has lost in its past six trips to New England. It hasn’t won in Foxborough since 1986.
QUOTABLE: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on his team’s recent struggles: “It’s disappointing. We’re doing a lot of things right, and doing things good, and correct. But we’re not finishing things. We continue to be our own Achilles heel, way too often. Whether it’s a penalty on defense, which sets us back, or a key third down conversion. It turns out to be the key to the football game.”
TE Martellus Bennett on a late-game shoving match between several players on both sides following LeGarrette Blount’s 1-yard touchdown run: “That’s just what it is. We don’t back down. We’re not looking for trouble, but we don’t walk away from trouble either.”
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Bengals had a chance to score in the first half, but couldn’t convert on three straight plays from the 1-yard line.
New England led 3-0 early in the second quarter when Dalton hit Giovani Bernard for 32 yards to the 6-yard line. Bernard ran for 5 more on first down to put it inside the 1. On second down, though, Bernard was stopped for no gain. Dalton’s pass to A.J. Green in the left corner of the end zone on third down was well covered by Malcolm Butler, setting up a fourth-and-goal from a foot.
Bernard took the handoff and drove into the line, but the Patriots pushed him back and took over on downs.
The Bengals forced the Patriots to punt and then brought it back to the goal line on their next possession before Dalton ran it in himself from the 2 to make it 7-3.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Brady was efficient in the Patriots’ final drive of the first half. After throwing an incompletion and taking an 8-yard sack to begin the drive, he ended it with five straight completions, including a 39-yard pass to Chris Hogan to set up the 15-yard touchdown pass to White. The drive took just 2:09 off the clock.
GOING DEEP: Including the 39-yard reception in the second quarter, Hogan has five catches of at least 20 yards on the season. That is more than any other Patriots receiver.
SAFETIES SQUARED: Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower delivered his second safety in two weeks. He dragged down Dalton in the end zone in the third quarter to cut Cincinnati’s lead to 14-12. Hightower also forced a safety against Cleveland last week when he pressured Browns quarterback Cody Kessler into a backward pass that went out of the end zone.
GRONK GETS ON THE BOARD: After going three games this season without reaching the end zone, Gronkowski got his first touchdown reception of the season in the third quarter. Gronk got free over the middle and hauled in a 4-yard catch that put the Patriots up 19-14 after Stephen Gostkowski’s extra point. It was the first time that Brady and Gronk have connected for a TD this season. Gronk celebrated with his usual spike of the football.
INJURIES: Patriots LB Elandon Roberts left early in the second quarter with a head injury. Cincinnati center Russell Bodine limped off with a right leg injury in the third quarter. Patriots defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.
UP NEXT: Cincinnati: Bengals host Browns on Sunday.
New England: Patriots travel to Steelers on Sunday.
Ravens 23, Giants 27
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. reined in some of the emotions, the exaggerated behavior, the penalties and on-field feuds. Then he did what he does best — make big plays.
A banged-up Beckham turned a short fourth-and-1 pass into a winning 66-yard catch and run with 1:24 to play Sunday as the New York Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a stunning 27-23 victory over the hurting Baltimore Ravens (3-3).
Beckham caught eight passes for a career-best 222 yards and two touchdowns despite having to leave the field in the first half with a hip pointer in carrying the Giants (3-3) to their 700th win in franchise history.
“I am going to go out there and play the same way every time,” Beckham said of his many problems on the field this season. “I don’t think I played any different besides me being injured. It was the same passing. I think because I was hurt I couldn’t express it as much as I wanted to.”
That’s debatable. After catching a 75-yard scoring pass in the third quarter, Beckham imitated a triple jumper — playing off a line in a commercial in which he appears. He then went to the Giants’ sideline and smashed the kicking net with his helmet. When it flopped to the ground, he laid under it.
After his winning catch, he took off his helmet and drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The Ravens (3-3) got to the Giants 24 in the waning seconds, thanks to a questionable roughing-the-quarterback penalty on Joe Flacco, but the Giants broke up a pass in the end zone.
The Giants were on the verge of a fourth straight loss after Terrance Westscored on a 2-yard run with 2:04 to play, giving the Ravens a short-lived 23-20 lead.
West’s second short touchdown run came three plays after Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was flagged for a questionable pass interference at the New York 8.
But Beckham came through on a call Eli Manning changed at the line of scrimmage. Cornerback Tavon Young either slipped or was hurt covering him.
Ravens safety Eric Weddle said Beckham should not have gotten inside on the quick cross from right to left.
“Hey, Odell made some amazing plays, you got to credit him,” Weddle said. “We held him down in the first half. We had some guys go down. The guys behind them have to step up. That’s why we’re here. We play an aggressive style defense. We man guys up. We just didn’t get it done.”
“He is a playmaker, he is a game changer and he did exactly that today,” said linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who stopped West on fourth-and-goal from the 1 earlier in the quarter.
Flacco (26 of 48 for 307 yards) drove the Ravens to the Giants 24 in the waning seconds. But his final pass was knocked down in the end zone.
Manning (32 of 46 for 403 yards) also a threw 24-yard touchdown pass to Roger Lewis Jr . Josh Brown had field goals of 21 and 31 yards, the latter set up by a 43-yard catch by Beckham.
Justin Tucker kicked field goals of 23, 39 and 35 yards in Marty Mornhinweg’s first game as Baltimore offensive coordinator.
Before the game, the Giants held a moment of silence for former Jets defensive end Dennis Byrd. The 50-year-old Byrd, who walked again after being paralyzed in a game, was killed in an automobile accident Saturday. The Giants and Jets have played in the same facility for more than three decades.
The Ravens came into the game without five starters: WR Steve Smith Sr., T Ronnie Stanley, G Marshal Yanda, Returner Devin Hester Sr. and LB C.J. Mosley. CB Jimmy Smith did not play in the second half because of a concussion.
Fans were delayed getting into MetLife Stadium because of an investigation into a fatal accident that happened around 3:30 a.m. on the major road next to the facility. It was not cleared until roughly two hours before game time.
Manning’s TD pass to Lewis was the 300th of his career. The win was his 100th. His 32 completions tied for the fifth-highest total of his career. He now has completed 3,846 passes, moving him past Drew Bledsoe (3,839) and into eighth place on the NFL’s all-time list. Beckham’s 222 yards receiving were the second most in Giants history: Del Shofner had 269 yards vs. Washington on Oct. 28, 1962.
In a scheduling oddity, the Ravens are back at MetLife Stadium to play the Jets next Sunday.
The Giants head to London, where they will be the visitors against the Rams in an early game on Sunday, with a 9:30 a.m. EDT kickoff.
Browns 26, Titans 28
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andre Johnson grabbed the ball going out of bounds on Cleveland’s second onside kick within two minutes, finally allowing the Tennessee Titans to relax.
It’s the kind of winning play the Titans simply haven’t made enough in recent years on their own field.
Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and the Titans held on to beat the Cleveland Browns 28-26 Sunday for their second straight victory — the first time they’ve won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.
“I’m not sure in the last couple years that we win that game,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “This year we found a way to win the game. Obviously, we don’t want to make it that close. We did a lot of good things in that game.”
The Titans (3-3) matched their win total for all of last season when they went 3-13 and wound up with the No. 1 draft pick overall. They also beat a team other than Jacksonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 season finale and improved to 3-16 in Nashville .
Cleveland (0-6) now is mired in its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.
Not that the Titans care after losing to the Browns each of the past two seasons, especially with the Browns nearly pulling off another thrilling comeback. They made NFL history here in 2014 rallying from 25 points down to win.
This time, they trailed 28-13 when Cody Kessler hit Terrelle Pryor Sr. for a 5-yard TD with 2:07 left, but his pass on the 2-point conversion failed. Browns coach defended his decision to go for 2 so early.
“I knew at some point I was going to have to take a whack at it,” Jackson said. “Obviously, we didn’t make it, then had to kick and try to get the onside. Gave ourselves a chance at that time. That was what we needed to do.”
The Browns recovered their first onside kick, and Duke Johnson Jr. scored nine plays later.
On their second onside kick, Johnson got his hands on the ball as it went out of bounds for Tennessee. Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright said he wasn’t too worried.
“They onside kicked it to a Hall of Famer,” Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright said of Johnson.
The Titans opened the game with a 75-yard drive capped by an 11-yard TD pass from Mariota to Rishard Matthews . That was their first opening TD drive since the season opener of 2015. A big key was Mariota who showed just how fast he is on the Titans’ first play from scrimmage as he kept the ball and went 41 yards up the Browns’ sideline.
LONGEST TD PASS OF SEASON
Tennessee’s longest touchdown pass of the season was a 30-yarder in Week 2 as the Titans rallied to beat Detroit 16-15. Mariota topped that with a 48-yard pass to Kendall Wright in the second quarter. Wright stretched out and dove for the ball, landing around the 5 and sliding near the 2 before getting up and into the end zone as he was hit. Wright finished with eight catches for 133 yards.
Kessler, knocked out of last week’s game with an injured chest, was sacked six times by Tennessee. He threw for a career-high 336 yards and also had two TD passes, both to Pryor.
POYER TO HOSPITAL
Browns defensive back Jordan Poyer was taken to a Nashville hospital with a lacerated kidney and possible concussion after a being crushed on a block when chasing down Titans returner Marc Mariani when Antonio Andrews hit him, knocking Poyer to the ground with 6:33 left in the second quarter. Andrews was flagged and penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the blindside hit.
The hit left Poyer bent over on the grass for a few minutes before he walked to the sideline. He was carted to the locker room and then to a local hospital. “Obviously, we all know that’s pretty serious, so we’ll see where he is from there,” Jackson said
Jaguars 17, Bears 16
CHICAGO (AP) — Arrelious Benn went five years between touchdowns. Once he finally scored, he sure made it count.
Blake Bortles threw for 271 yards, and a slipping Benn caught a 51-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, lifting the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 17-16 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Jaguars (2-3) wiped out a 13-0 deficit in the fourth quarter in a matchup of last-place teams. And the go-ahead touchdown might have been helped by the oft-criticized turf at Soldier Field.
Benn slipped as he caught a slant and so did Tracy Porter as he tried to tag the receiver. That allowed Benn, who spent the past three seasons on injured reserve, to get up and run untouched for his first touchdown since he caught three for Tampa Bay during the 2011 season.
“That goes to show you that I went through a lot of adversity,” said Benn , who was sidelined by injuries to his knee and clavicle. “I had a lot of injuries, being injured three years, being out of football for three years. I know it’s a slow process as far as getting back, especially behind the guys we have here.
“For me, I looked at it as an opportunity for me to better myself as far as those years I missed and also to bring that veteran leadership to the younger guys and help make those guys better.”
Benn’s TD put Jacksonville on top by a point with 2:49 left and sent the Jaguars to just their fifth win in 26 road games in coach Gus Bradley’s four seasons.
It also gave the Bears (1-5) another loss after they dropped the previous game to Indianapolis on a late TD pass by Andrew Luck. Chicago racked up 389 yards, but came away with just one touchdown in four trips inside the 20.
“It’s not lack of heart, lack of trying,” Bears coach John Fox said. “Our guys battled. We just don’t play well enough right now. That’s on all of us.”
The Bears’ Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards — his fourth straight 300-yard game filling in for the injured Jay Cutler (sprained right thumb).
Cameron Meredith had 11 catches for 113 yards. Alshon Jeffery added 93 yards receiving — all but three in the first half.
Willie Young had two sacks for Chicago. Porter intercepted Bortles in the end zone early on, but Chicago fell to 2-9 at home in two seasons under Fox.
Bortles completed 20 of 33 passes with a touchdown and interception. Allen Hurns added 74 yards receiving, and Chris Ivory ran for a TD for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars didn’t score until the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, when Ivory ran in from the 1 to cut it to 13-7. On their next possession, a strip-sack by Young and recovery by Akiem Hicks gave Chicago the ball at the Jacksonville 28, leading to a field goal by Connor Barth.
But Jacksonville cut the lead back to six with 4:59 remaining on a 30-yard field goal by Jason Myers.
Porter intercepted Bortles in the end zone on Jacksonville’s first possession off a pass that popped out of Allen Robinson’s hands, stopping a drive that began at the Bears 10.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley: “We have the capabilities of doing this. We have to mature as a team. We have to grow up as a team. When you go and experience this, this is a good sign. This is a good step toward that.”
Hoyer on the Bears’ struggles: “No one is going to give us a chance the rest of the way and that’s OK. As long as the people in that room believe we’ll be fine.”
Jaguars: FS Tashaun Gipson (knee) was active after being listed as questionable on Saturday.
Bears: WR Eddie Royal left with a toe injury in the fourth quarter. … Porter hurt his knee near the end of the game. … LG Josh Sitton left in the closing minutes because of an ankle injury. He was already dealing with a shoulder problem. … Besides Cutler, the Bears were missing LB Leonard Floyd (calf), NT Eddie Goldman (ankle) and RB Jeremy Langford (ankle).
Steelers 15, Dolphins 30
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Ajayi talked with his offensive line before Sunday’s game about his yardage objective, and at the time the numbers discussed seemed outrageously optimistic.
After all, the Miami Dolphins’ second-year pro had never had a 100-yard day.
“I told him before the game, ‘Let’s go for a couple of hundred,” guard Jermon Bushrod said. “He said 150. And I said, ‘No, a couple of hundred.'”
Ajayi met the goal by crossing it. He ran 62 yards for a touchdown on his final carry, pushing his total to 204 yards and punctuating the Dolphins’30-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was by far the most impressive victory for the Dolphins (2-4) under first-year coach Adam Gase. Their only other win came in overtime against woeful Cleveland.
“No one likes losing week after week,” Ajayi said. “We were determined to come out this week and put a stop to that.”
Ajayi became the first NFL rusher this year to top 160 yards. He joined Ricky Williams as the only Dolphins to rush for at least 200 yards and two scores in a game.
Ajayi carried a career-high 25 times, and his other touchdown came on a 1-yard run. He became the Dolphins’ first 200-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011.
Afterward, he said the milestone was still stinking in.
“In the NFL, probably that’s a big thing,” Ajayi said. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but it’s a big deal. It’s something to cherish for sure.”
It helped that Gase’s offensive line was intact for the first time this year after a series of health issues. Along with the stout one-man ground game, Miami netted 252 yards passing without a sack.
“It makes a big difference when we have holes and the quarterback is not on his back,” Gase said.
Ajayi was a fantasy league bargain last week because he totaled just 117 yards in the first five games. He ran for 187 all of last season, his rookie year.
He was so off the radar that even after the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t refer to Ajayi by name.
“That back ran hard, ran through tackles,” Tomlin said.
The Dolphins saw the potential in the former fifth-round pick from Boise State, even though he fell out of favor at times this year because of fumbling and attitude issues when he wasn’t happy about his place on the depth chart.
“I’ve watched him struggle,” teammate Jarvis Landry said, “and I’ve watched him grow by leaps and bounds.”
Gase went with a four-back rotation early in the season, but when the offense sputtered, he decided to try Ajayi as his feature back.
Ajayi’s previous career high for carries was 13, so he was understandably tired in the fourth quarter. But rookie running back Kenyan Drake and other teammates urged him to finish strong against the equally weary Steelers.
“It felt great,” Ajayi said. “The other running backs were pushing me. My boy Drake kept saying, ‘Get that 200.'”
On the last carry, he did. Objective accomplished.
Chiefs 26, Raiders 10
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When the Kansas City Chiefs are at their best on offense, it all starts with the running game.
So after passing the ball 50 times in a blowout loss to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, the Chiefs ran over the Oakland Raiders in a 26-10 victory on Sunday.
Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown , Jamaal Charles got his first TD back from knee surgery and the Chiefs gained 183 yards on the ground overall in a thorough victory over what had been the surging Raiders.
“It really felt like we did get one-dimensional and then we got back to us, which is balanced and mixed,” quarterback Alex Smith said.
“We’re throwing a lot of different looks at you — run and pass. Spreading the field, I thought we did a great job taking our shots today, and when we did, hitting them.”
After being stopped on the opening drive, the Chiefs (3-2) moved the ball with ease against the Raiders (4-2), who once again struggled on defense, but didn’t get the offensive performance to overcome that this week.
Ware gained 163 yards of offense and scored Kansas City’s first TD on a 2-yard run. Charles made the most of his most extensive playing time since his season-ending knee injury last year.
After having just two carries against Pittsburgh two weeks ago before the bye, he had nine runs for 33 yards and a TD against the Raiders.
“The line did a great job helping us move the ball up the field,” Charles said. “The quarterback and wide receivers did a great job looking the balls in. And it was all the way around on the offense.”
STALLED OFFENSE: The Raiders scored a touchdown on the opening drive and then were limited to three points the rest of the way as Derek Carr committed two turnovers and the running game never got going. Amari Cooper had nine catches for 117 yards in the first half, but just one for 12 yards after that as the Raiders were thoroughly beaten.
“It’s never what they’re doing, it’s what we do,” Cooper said. “We just need to execute better. Play how we practice. Do the things we practice in practice.”
BIG-MAN TD: Dontari Poe makes the most of his offensive chances. Kansas City’s 346-pound defensive lineman has two career TDs on two rushes. His first came late last season against San Diego.
He added another on Sunday. With the Chiefs facing third-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter, Poe came in as an eligible receiver. He initially lined up in the backfield before shifting out wide right. He then took a lateral from Smith and bulled with way into the end zone for the TD .
“They both were pretty good,” Poe said. “They’re both worth six. I love them all.”
SPREADING IT AROUND: Smith was extremely efficient all game. He completed 15 straight passes at one point and had just three incompletions in 22 passes. He didn’t target a single receiver more than four times and completed at least two passes to seven different players.
CALLING THE SIGNALS: After a Week 2 loss at home to Atlanta, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he took over play-calling duties late from defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Del Rio hinted he might take a bigger role in calling the defense in the future, but said he didn’t do it against the Chiefs.
“Kenny has the headset,” Del Rio said.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Raiders prepare for a two-game trip to Florida. They face Jacksonville next Sunday and will stay in Florida the following week to practice before taking on Tampa Bay on Oct. 30. Kansas City returns home to take on New Orleans.
Falcons 24, Seahawks 26
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Ryan dissected the best defense in the NFL for 15 memorable minutes. Richard Sherman unloaded on his teammates with an intense sideline tirade rarely seen in public. And Russell Wilson led another fourth-quarter comeback.
Eventful would be one way to describe Seattle’s 26-24 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
But it was also validating. At this point of the season, the Falcons and Seahawks are clearly among the handful of contenders in the NFC.
Yes, both have flaws that were displayed at times in Seattle’s win. Both also showed they have the ability to overcome them.
“I like where our team identity is now, so badly that I want the identity to happen right away,” Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. “It’s growing stronger, that toughness, that resolve where we can attack in all three phases. That identity, I am pleased we are starting to become.”
That sounds like something Seattle coach Pete Carroll might say . But the Seahawks’ identity has been proven over time and was shown once again against the Falcons. Wilson led Seattle on a 70-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to pull within 24-23. Then it was Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas teaming up to intercept a pass that slipped through Julio Jones’ fingers and set up Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal that proved the game-winner.
The victory was Wilson’s 20th fourth quarter or overtime comeback. Seattle’s been down the path of being in close games in the fourth quarter against good teams and finding a way to pull out a win beginning in Wilson’s rookie season. Sunday was the second time in five games this season Wilson led the Seahawks to a go-ahead score in the final 2 minutes.
That would seem to be the next step for the Falcons to learn.
“We had a really nice first half. Then came back when we needed to in the fourth quarter to get the stops we needed to get it done, and we made the one kick we needed to make,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Very difficult game. Dan’s team is playing like crazy. They were hard to beat today.”
Here’s what else to know from Seattle’s victory:
RIPPING RYAN: Ryan’s third quarter was stunning. He was 13 of 17 for 220 yards and three TDs. Ryan found Jones for a 36-yard score on the first drive of the second half; found Mohamed Sanu on a 10-yard TD; and later connected with Levine Toilolo on a 46-yarder as the Falcons rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to lead 24-17 going to the fourth quarter.
“They started making catches, started making deep throws and they made some good plays you have to give them that. That’s a real good team over there,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said.
HERE’S JIMMY (AGAIN): Jimmy Graham continues to show his importance to Seattle’s offense.
Graham finished with six catches for 89 yards, his third straight game with six receptions. He nearly became the first player in team history to top 100 yards receiving in three straight games, but fell just short.
It’s the first time Graham has caught five or more passes in three straight games since early in the 2014 season, when he was still in New Orleans. And he has discovered a rhythm with Wilson that hasn’t required the throws to be forced.
“He just believes it. He puts that back foot in the ground and just lets it go,” Graham said. “It’s just going to get better and better for the whole offense, for all of us.”
RUNNING NOWHERE: While Ryan had a big day throwing the ball, Atlanta’s run game had no success.
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 52 yards rushing and averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. Freeman had 40 yards on 12 carries, but that included an 18-yard run.
Perhaps more important, Seattle didn’t allow the duo to be part of the passing game. Freeman had three catches for 10 yards and Coleman one reception for 7 yards. A week ago, Coleman had four catches for 132 yards and a touchdown against Denver.
NO FLAG: Atlanta probably has a right to be upset with the decision not to flag Sherman for pass interference on its final offensive play. Replays showed Sherman clearly pulling at Jones’ arm on the deep throw before the ball arrived. The Falcons sideline screamed begging for a call, but no flag ever appeared.
Sherman did not believe he got away with one.
“No. I felt like we won the ballgame,” he said.
Cowboys 30, Packers 16
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Rookie Dak Prescott is stating an impressive case to remain the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
He’s off to quite the start in his NFL career after taking over following veteran Tony Romo’s preseason back injury.
Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and their dysfunctional offense Sunday.
Prescott was 18 of 27 and shook off two fumbles and an interception to lead the Cowboys (5-1) to their fifth straight win.
“You just couldn’t ask for more inspiration from a player because everybody on this team knows what a difficult position that is to play,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
Prescott showed poise in the fourth quarter while marching the Cowboys on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley for an 18-point lead with 10:26 left.
Romo seems to be getting closer to returning. After a bye, Dallas next plays on Oct. 30 against Philadelphia.
Asked if Prescott would remain the starter against the Eagles even if Romo was ready, Jones only said, “I wouldn’t say unequivocally anything other than we just beat the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay.”
Prescott picked on a Packers secondary that played much of the game without their top three cornerbacks because of injuries.
His fourth-quarter touchdown pass left Packers fans at Lambeau stunned. They were booing at times following another choppy game for Green Bay’s offense. The four turnovers were a season high for Green Bay (3-2).
“Frankly, the biggest thing on offense … is turning the ball over,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s not part of our fiber.”
The Packers had five fumbles on the day, losing three.
Even two- NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t immune from the jeering. Rodgers finished 31 of 42 for a season-high 294 yards.
“Look, we’re upset, they’re upset, it’s part of it,” Rodgers said of the booing. It’s not the first time. Probably won’t be the last time.”
The Packers didn’t get into the end zone until Rodgers and Cobb connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 6:53 left to get within 27-16.
Rodgers accounted for two turnovers with an interception to go with a fumble on first-and-goal at the Cowboys 1 with 1:10 left in the third quarter. It was a designed draw play out of an empty backfield.
RECORD STREAK OVER
Prescott threw the first interception of his career after he was picked off on third-and-8 from the Dallas 6, throwing out of his end zone with 20 seconds left in third quarter. Safety Morgan Burnett had the diving interception.
Prescott’s NFL record streak for a quarterback at the start of his career without an interception ended at 176 pass attempts. He broke the mark of 162 previously held by New England’s Tom Brady earlier in the game.
“We get that out of the way now,” Prescott said with a laugh. “Another one to start up.”
OUT OF SYNC
Drops were a problem again at times for Packers receivers. Timing may have been off on a couple other throws.
Rodgers and McCarthy said the Packers would figure out the problems after watching the film.
“We’re hard on ourselves, and I’m as hard as anybody on myself. So I’m going to get it fixed. Just been a little bit off,” Rodgers said.
It was Green Bay’s worst defeat at home with Rodgers as the starting quarterback since a 37-20 loss to the Giants in the 2011 NFC divisional playoffs.
STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH
Dallas dented Green Bay’s league-best run defense.
The Cowboys rushed for 93 yards in the first half against the Packers, which was already a season high against Green Bay. The Packers had been allowing 42.8 yards per game entering Sunday.
Dallas was averaging a league-best 155.2 yards per game.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott finished with 157 yards on 28 carries, giving him 703 yards rushing — the second-most in a player’s first six career games, behind only Eric Dickerson (787). Elliott also became the only rookie to rush for at least 130 yards in four consecutive games.
Cowboys: CB Morris Claiborne left with a concussion after getting hurt in the second quarter.
Packers: The Packers’ thin secondary, which was already without CBs Sam Shields (concussion) and Quinten Rollins (groin), lost cornerback Damarious Randall in the second quarter after he re-aggravated a groin injury. … WR Davante Adams left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. … RT Bryan Bulaga left late with a back injury.
Cowboys: Host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 30 after a bye next week.
Packers: Host the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
Colts 23, Texans 26 OT
HOUSTON (AP) — After three lackluster quarters by the Houston Texans on Sunday night, a good chunk of the home crowd headed out early.
Tough luck for them.
Nick Novak made a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give Houston a 26-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Houston became the first NFL team to rally from a 14-point deficit in the final 3 minutes since the Tim Tebow-led Broncos did it in 2011 against the Dolphins.
Brock Osweiler threw a 36-yard pass to Jaelen Strong to get Houston to the 12 and Novak’s field goal came two plays later.
“I think a lot of fans tonight missed a terrific performance in the third, fourth quarter by a team,” Osweiler said. “Nothing was perfect early on, I understand why fans were frustrated but I hope they learned tonight that this team is never going to quit fighting.”
Indianapolis (2-4) got the ball first in overtime, but Benardrick McKinney sacked Andrew Luck on third down to force a punt.
Osweiler shook off a tough start to throw two touchdown passes in less than 2 minutes in the fourth quarter as Houston (4-2) tied it at 23 with 54 seconds left. He found Lamar Miller on a 10-yard catch-and-run TD with 2:47 remaining and, after a stop by the defense, connected with C.J. Fiedorowicz on a 26-yarder that tied it.
“When you have them down and have a 14-point lead late in the fourth quarter, you’ve got to be able to close games out,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We did not do that today.”
Houston’s defense forced a punt by Indianapolis to send it to OT.
“Everybody stood together and everybody did their job and made plays and (was) trying to get the ball back to the offense,” Jadeveon Clowney said.
Luck had a 22-yard touchdown throw in the first quarter and pushed the lead to 20-9 when he dashed into the end zone untouched on a 14-yard run early in the fourth.
Miller scored his first touchdown as a Texan on a 1-yard run on Houston’s first drive of the second half, but the extra point failed to leave the Texans down 13-9.
The Texans stopped the Colts on fourth down after that, but Osweiler’s pass was intercepted two plays later. Luck’s TD run came on the next drive.
The Colts led 13-0 in the second quarter after two field goals by Adam Vinatieri and a touchdown catch by Jack Doyle. Osweiler and Houston’s offense struggled to get going early and Osweiler had negative-9 yards passing in the first quarter. The Texans cut it to 13-3 before halftime on Novak’s 27-yard field goal.
MILLER’S TIME: Miller finished with a season-high 149 yards rushing and added 29 yards receiving.
“We felt like he was the guy throughout the game that was probably playing the best on offense so at halftime we said, ‘Look, we’ve got to keep finding ways to get this guy the ball,'” coach Bill O’Brien said.
CENTURY MARK: Indianapolis’ Frank Gore had 22 carries for 106 yards to end the NFL’s longest active streak of consecutive games by a team without a 100-yard rusher at 55. The last Colt to have 100 yards rushing was Vick Ballard in 2012.
RECORD CHASE: Vinatieri made three field goals on Sunday night to extend his streak to 41 in a row and leave him one away from tying the NFL record set by Mike Vanderjagt from 2002-04. Vinatieri made field goals of 41, 37 and 36 yards on Sunday night.
“I wish one of those points would have been the difference in the outcome of the game,” he said.
FULLER OUT: Houston rookie receiver Will Fuller was active but did not play on Sunday night because of a hamstring injury. He leads all rookies with 327 yards receiving.
Colts: Visit Titans next Sunday.
Texans: Visit Denver on Oct. 24.
Jets 3, Cardinals 28
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stopping the run was one of the few things the New York Jets had done well this season.
Until they faced David Johnson and the Arizona Cardinals.
Johnson rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cardinals shut down the listless Jets 28-3 on Monday night.
Johnson scored on runs of 58, 2 and 2 yards while becoming the first player to rush for three scores against the Jets since LeSean McCoy did it five years ago.
“I say it each and every week. David’s special,” Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “I mean very, very, very special. We got us one in (No.) 31.”
The Cardinals (3-3) won their second in a row to climb back to .500. New York (1-5) lost its fourth straight in a rough return to Arizona for Todd Bowles, who was defensive coordinator for the Cardinals for two seasons before getting the Jets coaching job two years ago.
“We’ve won two in a row,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. “We’re still just a .500 ballclub, but I like the way we look right now.”
Arians took no great joy in beating Bowles. Their connection goes back to their days together at Temple three decades ago.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Arians said.
The Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick was 16 of 31 for 174 yards and was benched in favor of Geno Smith after New York’s longest drive of the night ended in an interception in the end zone late in the third quarter.
“As an offense we are just not consistent right now and the offense goes as the quarterback goes,” Fitzpatrick said. “I have got to play better.”
Smith’s lone series at quarterback ended when he was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu with 4:20 to play.
“The game was 28-3 with eight minutes left in the game,” Bowles said. “We weren’t doing anything else. I just wanted to give him some reps. Like a relief pitcher, a starting pitcher, on this day you put in the relief pitcher. Fitz will be (the starter) next week.”
Arizona’s Carson Palmer , back after missing a 33-21 win at San Francisco with a concussion, completed 23 of 34 passes for 213 yards before leaving with a hamstring strain after throwing a 9-yard TD pass to Michael Floyd with 8:20 remaining.
Arizona scored in the first quarter for the first time this season on the second time Johnson touched the ball.
“Our coach has been harping on us about that,” Johnson said. “It felt good to get in the end zone. I felt like that’s actually what started everyone getting hyped, everyone getting into the game.”
The second-year running back dodged a pair of defenders near the line of scrimmage, and then raced to the end zone on his longest run of the season. Johnson also rushed for 157 yards in the win against the 49ers, winning NFC offensive player of the week honors.
The Jets entered the game second in the NFL in rushing defense at 68 yards per game. They were outgained on the ground 171-33.
New York had 130 yards in the first half, 70 on three receptions by Brandon Marshall . Marshall’s 36-yard catch over the middle set up New York’s only score, Nick Folk’s’ 39-yard field goal.
Arizona scored on a pair of 14-play drives in the second half. Johnson got his second 2-yard TD run up the middle, and Palmer passed to Floyd for another TD.
The Jets drove to the Cardinals 14 late in the third quarter but D.J. Swearinger intercepted Fitzpatrick’s pass in the end zone to end the threat. It was Fitzpatrick’s league-worst 11th interception of the season.
But Marshall said the interception was his fault.
“I read it wrong, Ryan read it right,” he said. “He threw a pick, but it’s my pick. I’ve said it all along this season, interceptions are on everyone.”
THIRD DOWN WOES
The Jets were 2 for 13 on third-down conversions. They were 0 for 8 before converting one during their long third-quarter drive.
There were 19 penalties in the sloppy game — 10 against New York, nine against Arizona.
Jets: New York returns home to play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Cardinals: Arizona plays its third straight prime-time game, this one a Sunday night matchup at home against NFC West leader Seattle.