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Here is a recap of Week 7 of the 2017 NFL Season with a Tuesday Morning QB & thanks again to AP Sports/ Pro 32 for photos & articles.
Bye: Lions, Texans
Chiefs 30, Raiders 31
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders scored two apparent game-winning touchdowns that didn’t count. The Kansas City Chiefs forced incompletions on back-to-back plays that ended with 0:00 on the clock only to have the game extended by penalties.
On a wild night that featured many premature celebrations, it was the Raiders who finally ended up on top.
Derek Carr shook off the two overturned touchdown passes to connect for the winner to Michael Crabtree after the game was extended by two defensive holding penalties, and the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night.
“There’s something about that that is exhilarating,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “We tapped into that. Our guys came in with a great mindset and we were determined to leave here with a victory.”
It sure didn’t come easy as the Raiders (3-4) had to overcome a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the Chiefs (5-2) and then drive 85 yards in the final 2:25, getting a fourth-and-11 conversion to Jared Cook that set the wild finish.
The Raiders had an apparent go-ahead touchdown pass to Cook with 18 seconds left overturned when replay ruled he was down at the 1. An offensive pass interference on Crabtree wiped out another touchdown on the next play.
But holding calls on Ron Parker and Eric Murray set the stage for the final play. Carr hit Crabtree in the front corner of the end zone from 2 yards out to tie it at 30.
“If there’s one thing about Crab, it doesn’t matter what happens throughout the rest of the game, he always shows up,” Carr said. “Obviously he did at the end there — twice. Made two big plays for us.”
Giorgio Tavecchio won it with the extra point , setting off the final celebration and sending the Chiefs to consecutive losses for the first time in two years.
“Multiple times, I’m thinking, ‘We lost it. We won it. We lost it. We won it,'” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “Certainly I think that second-to-last play, the ball got thrown out of the back of the end zone, they called defensive holding and that’s not even close to the play. That’s the one that sticks out to me.”
Here are some other takeaways:
COMEBACK CARR: Carr completed 6 of 11 passes for 97 yards on the final drive for his league-leading 12th fourth-quarter comeback since the start of the 2015 season. Carr finished the game 29 for 52 for 417 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing no interceptions and taking no sacks.
“No. 4 kept making plays,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “This is a special, special win.”
SMITH’S STATS: Smith delivered another big performance in his scintillating start to the season. He threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, including a lucky one on a pass that bounced off safety Keith McGill hands and went right to Albert Wilson for a 63-yard score . Smith has already equaled last year’s season total with 15 touchdowns and is yet to throw an interception.
BOWMAN’S BOOST: The Raiders got a big boost from the addition of linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who played 60 snaps and called the defensive signals just three days after joining Oakland following his release from San Francisco. Bowman had a team-high 11 tackles but struggled at times in pass coverage. His biggest play came when he hit his former 49ers teammate Smith hard on a blitz to force a fourth-quarter punt.
“I felt bad when I did it because Alex is my guy,” Bowman said. “I’ve known him for a while. I was excited to play this game and show the coaches I’m committed to this organization.”
BEAST MODE TOSSED: The game took an odd turn midway through the second quarter after Kansas City’s Marcus Peters hit Carr late, angering the Raiders. Offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn confronted Peters and Lynch sprinted off the Oakland sideline to join the fray. Lynch, who considers Peters a family member, ended up shoving line judge Julian Mapp and getting ejected . Peters also was called for a personal foul on the play.
“Marshawn wasn’t doing anything. He was just trying to protect his cousin, get his cousin to the sideline” Penn said. “They’re real close. He’s going to learn. Marshawn’s smart. He’s going to learn from that moving forward.”
COOPER’S DAY: One of the biggest mysteries for the Raiders early this season was the lack of production from Amari Cooper, who topped 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first two seasons. Cooper had 18 catches for 146 yards the first six games before breaking through with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns for the second biggest receiving day in Raiders history to Art Powell’s 247 in 1963.
“Hopefully this game can create a rhythm for our team and we can start to get that momentum,” Cooper said.
Panthers 3, Bears 17
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie safety Eddie Jackson turned a painful anniversary into a record-setting afternoon.
He scooped up a loose ball and corralled a tipped pass. And with two long touchdown returns, he made NFL history.
Jackson became the first player to score multiple defensive TDs of 75 yards or more in a game, leading the Chicago Bears to a 17-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. He’s also the only rookie in NFL history with two 75-yard defensive touchdowns in a season.Jackson’s big day came exactly one year after he broke his leg playing for Alabama against Texas A&M.
“I’d dealt with adversity before,” Jackson said. “That’s one thing that I can credit Alabama on. They help you fight through adversity. I’ve been through a lot of stuff in my life. That was just a little minor stepping stone. I came here — it’s a great organization, great training staff and great teammates so they did a great job keeping me up, keeping me going.”
Jackson ran back a fumble recovery 75 yards on the game’s opening possession and returned an interception of Cam Newton 76 yards for a score early in the second quarter to give Chicago a 14-0 lead.
He became the first Bears player since Fred Evans in 1948 — and the first NFL player since Tennessee’s Zach Brown in 2012 — with two defensive TDs in a game.
Chicago also sacked Newton five times and intercepted him twice.
The big plays by Jackson and the defense lifted the Bears (3-4) to their second straight win even though they got dominated in just about every statistical category.
Carolina (4-3) held huge advantages in yards (293-153), time of possession (38:35-21:25), offensive plays (69-37) and first downs (20-5).
“Those two turnovers hurt us and we just couldn’t seem to get our (footing) back,” said Newton, who completed 21 of 34 passes for 211 yards and ran for a team-high 50.
The Panthers dropped their second straight game.
“We didn’t make plays, we really didn’t,” coach Ron Rivera said. “We were very methodical. We moved the ball. We got in certain situations and they bowed their neck and did some good things defensively. Offensively, they did what they needed to do.”
Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky was 4 of 7 for 107 yards in his third NFL start. The No. 2 overall pick threw a 70-yard pass to Tarik Cohen, but did little else.
“We just have to get better in the pass game, and that falls on me,” Trubisky said. “I’ll be on the receivers and tight ends this week to continue to perfect our timing and routes. However, it mostly falls on me, so I just have to get better.”
Jordan Howard also had a quiet afternoon, even though Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly missed the game because of a concussion. He ran for just 65 yards after going off for a career-high 167 against Baltimore last week.
The Bears matched last season’s win total and put together back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015 — coach John Fox’s first year in Chicago. They have six takeaways in the past two games. And against the Panthers, Jackson asserted himself right from the start.
A fourth-round draft pick, he scooped up the loose ball near the end zone after Curtis Samuel botched a lateral and was barely touched if at all on the way to the end zone.
Early in the second quarter, Chicago’s Prince Amukamara tipped a pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin. Jackson hauled in the interception and made a neat move to avoid a lunging Cam Newton in an otherwise clear path to a 76-yard TD.
“I see it every day in practice,” linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “He is going to be special. That’s a special kid. Our whole secondary is special.”
STINGY ON SCORING: The three points allowed matched Chicago’s lowest total since a 41-3 romp at Jacksonville on Oct. 7, 2012. The Bears haven’t allowed fewer than three since a 16-0 shutout of Miami on Nov. 18, 2010.
QUOTABLE: Bears coach John Fox on matching last year’s win total: “I don’t know if that’s really a benchmark for us, to be honest.”
Panthers: Two-time All-Pro C Ryan Kalil said he suffered a setback in his return from a neck injury. He returned to the lineup after missing five games, only to last one quarter Sunday. “I’m just pretty frustrated about the whole thing,” he said. “Just get back to Charlotte and figure out what the game plan is.” … LT Matt Kalil, his brother, limped to the sideline following a Panthers run early in the second quarter, but started the second half. … RG Trai Turner injured his left knee late in the third blocking on a pass play and left the game. He is scheduled for an MRI, but he said he expects to play next week.
Bears: DL Roy Robertson-Harris injured his hamstring defending the kickoff return following Jackson’s second touchdown.
Panthers: Visit Tampa Bay on Oct. 29.
Bears: Visit New Orleans on Oct. 29.
Ravens 16, Vikings 24
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Even though he was signed to help the Vikings replace Adrian Peterson, Latavius Murray has been behind nearly from the day he stepped foot in Minnesota.
Plowing through the Baltimore Ravens as he did on Sunday should help him catch up in a hurry.
Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kai Forbath kicked six field goals to lift the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Ravens.
After making the decision to move on from the face of the franchise, the Vikings signed Murray away from the Oakland Raiders to help fill the void. But ankle surgery kept him out of the entire offseason program, all of training camp and most of the preseason and buried him on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook, who was lost for the season with a knee injury on Oct. 1, and Jerick McKinnon.
“I just think it was a matter of me just trying to find my rhythm, try to get a groove going,” Murray said after averaging 6.3 yards per carry. “I said eventually I know I would have some success. I knew I had to continue to keep doing what I do and continue to keep working, and hopefully like today, those big runs will pop.”
Forbath made kicks of 52, 51, 43, 43, 34 and 32 yards to back another suffocating effort from the defense for the Vikings (5-2).
Minnesota sacked Joe Flacco five times and allowed just 208 yards. Everson Griffen had two sacks and has nine for the season.
Justin Tucker kicked three field goals for the Ravens (3-4), including a 57-yarder in the first half. Flacco completed 26 of 38 passes for 186 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to Chris Moore as time expired.
“Those clichés like ‘worn down’ and ‘gap control,’ it’s just all meaningless chatter,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after his team gave up 169 yards rushing. “We’ve got to do a better job against the run and get them stopped. They did a good job and we didn’t.”
The nine combined field goals tied an NFL record for most made field goals in a game.
Murray was off to a slow start this season with just 97 yards rushing through the first six games. But he burst through a big hole in the third quarter, made one cut and surged to the end zone to give the Vikings an 18-6 lead.
“It’s good to see him going,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “It adds a dimension on the offense with a guy like Jerick and a guy like him.”
Case Keenum had an erratic afternoon, completing 20 of 31 passes for 188 yards and one interception for the Vikings.
Flacco, who entered the day with a 66.1 rating that was good for 31st in the league, was stuck under 100 yards passing until well into the fourth quarter.
BACK AND FORBATH
The performance Sunday from the Vikings kicker was indicative of his short career here since being brought on last season to replace Blair Walsh. His six makes were one off the Vikings single-game record and he made two of at least 50 yards in the same game for the first time in his career.
“It’s a big momentum boost,” Forbath said of his two from 50-plus. “I’m just trying to help the team however I can.”
But Forbath also missed an extra point, hitting the right upright after Murray’s run. It was his sixth missed extra point in 14 games for Minnesota. He is 12 for 12 on field goals of 40 yards or longer.
Ravens CB Brandon Carr made a brilliant play to nullify the momentum Minnesota had gained by a 46-yard punt return by Marcus Sherels in the first quarter. Keenum’s first play was a deep ball to Laquon Treadwell, but Carr jousted with the 6-foot-2 receiver all the way down the field. Treadwell tried to keep the ball alive, but Carr snatched it out of the air for an interception .
Ravens: WR Mike Wallace left the game with a concussion in the first quarter, further depleting an already thin receiver group that was missing Jeremy Maclin, Breshad Perriman and Chris Matthews.
“Once he went out we weren’t able to really take any deep shots over the top of them for whatever reason, whether it was personnel or what they were giving us up front,” Flacco said. … DT Brandon Williams played after missing the previous four games with a foot injury.
Vikings: LT Riley Reiff left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and was replaced by Rashod Hill. … G Jeremiah Sirles, filling in for the injured Nick Easton, hobbled off in the second quarter and did not return because of a knee injury. Danny Isidora played the second half in his place. … WRs Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd were both inactive.
The Ravens have a short turnaround, hosting the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.
The Vikings are off to London, where they will play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday before getting a bye the following week.
Titans 12, Browns 9 OT
CLEVELAND (AP) — When all else fails, the Tennessee Titans know they can turn to Ryan Succop.
On Sunday, Mr. Automatic came through again.
“That guy’s money,” Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said.
Succop’s fourth field goal — a 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime — extended his NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight and sent the Titans to an ugly 12-9 win on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns, who also lost durable Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas with a triceps injury.
Succop’s clutch kick enabled the Titans (4-3) to get their second win in six days and kept them tied for first in the AFC South. Succop made five field goals in Monday night’s win over Indianapolis, and then converted on kicks from 43, 23 and 46 yards before missing a 53-yarder with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter.
However, with the Titans and Browns headed toward a tie, Succop delivered.
“We’re very fortunate to have him,” Mariota said. “In these situations, he’s done it time and time again. When you have a guy like that it’s huge.”
Browns rookie Zane Gonzalez forced overtime by kicking a season-long 54-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 9-9. Gonzalez added kicks of 31 and 47 yards.
But the Browns (0-7) committed 12 penalties and dropped to 1-22 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, whose future is becoming less certain. Cleveland’s troubles worsened as Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler, missed his first play in 11 seasons.
Thomas went out with a triceps injury that snapped his streak of 10,363 consecutive offensive plays. The No. 3 pick in 2007 has been the lone bright spot over the past decade for Cleveland’s franchise, and seeing him leave in distress added more pain for Cleveland fans at the end of their ropes.
Thomas will undergo an MRI on Monday and it’s not known how long he may be sidelined.
“I’m definitely proud getting over that 10,000 milestone,” Thomas said. “I knew it wasn’t an infinity streak. I was enough of a realist to understand that. It was just a matter of time.
Tennessee safety Kevin Byard had three interceptions — two off rookie DeShone Kizer, who was benched in the second half by Jackson for Cody Kessler.
In overtime, Tennessee’s Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan combined to sack Kessler inside the Cleveland 10.
The Titans took over near midfield and following a few short runs, Titans coach Mike Mularkey put the outcome on the foot of Succop, who pulled his initial attempt wide left as play stopped for the two-minute warning.
“We heard the whistle,” Succop said. “I thought it was a timeout. I didn’t know it was the two-minute warning. I wasn’t necessarily trying to make it. I was just trying to see what the wind was doing.”
But there was no doubt on his next kick, sending the Titans victoriously into their bye week.
“There’s a big trust factor there,” Mularkey said. “He came through when it counted.”
Tennessee’s offense sputtered all day as Mariota couldn’t get anything going despite Cleveland missing two starters in the secondary. Mariota finished 21 of 34 for 203 yards.
Cleveland’s quarterback issues remain paramount. Kizer started after a one-week benching because of turnovers. He threw two picks before Jackson had seen enough, pulling him for Kessler, who was inactive for the first six games after making eight starts last season as a rookie.
Kizer was 12 of 20 for 114 yards. Kessler 10 of 19 for 121.
Jackson defended his decision to sit Kizer, who has thrown 11 interceptions already.
“I can’t worry about confidence,” Jackson said. “You guys keep talking about confidence. We are in the business of winning games. This is a performance-based business. If you turn the football over in the National Football League, you cannot play. It is just that simple. Everybody keeps talking about confidence.
“I am not worried about confidence. I have 52 other guys in there to worry about their confidence and trying to win.”
Titans: TE Delanie Walker was carted off the field early in overtime with a sprained right ankle following a 16-yard reception. He had seven receptions for 63 yards. … G Quinton Spain was taken to the locker room in the second quarter with an unspecified injury. Brian Schwenke replaced him on the left side.
Browns: DT Trevor Coley (stinger) was hurt in the fourth quarter, but was cleared to return.
Cleveland’s long list of infractions included four false starts and an offside on the opening kickoff.
“We are undisciplined,” Jackson said. “That is a direct reflection of me, and it disappoints me to no end.”
Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt had two catches for 7 yards. He was sent home and fined last week for missing a curfew in Houston. After he failed to come up with a pass in OT, Britt stayed on the field and appeared hurt. Cleveland fans booed him when he got to his feet.
Titans: Bye week before hosting Baltimore on Nov. 5.
Browns: In London to face the Minnesota Vikings.
Jaguars 27, Colts 0
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars figured out how to win without Leonard Fournette on Sunday.
If they keep it up, who knows how far this defense could take them?
For the second time this season, the Jags recorded 10 sacks in a game and for the first time in 11 years they pitched a shutout.
“Our secondary does such a great job and gives us so many opportunities. They continue to make us look good,” defensive end Calais Campbell said after a 27-0 win at Indianapolis. “Our defensive backs make our job very easy and I appreciate them very much. I will take them out to eat, I’ll do whatever because they make us look really good.”
So far, the Jags have been feasting on opponents.
They lead the league with 33 sacks and joined the 1984 Chicago Bears and 1967 Oakland Raiders as the only teams in league history to record 10 or more sacks in twice in one season. And there are still nine games to play.
Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye have not given up a touchdown this season, and they relegated last year’s league champ for yards receiving to a bit role. T.Y. Hilton caught two passes for 27 yards.
The result: Jacksonville (4-3) heads into its bye week tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South while the Colts (2-5) are reeling from one of the ugliest losses in coach Chuck Pagano’s helm.
“Going into the bye week 4-3 instead of 3-4, and at the top of your division, is a lot better feeling than going in there trying to scrape and claw to get back into the division lead,” safety Barry Church said.
And they did it without Fournette, the league’s second-leading rusher. He was inactive with a sprained right ankle.
They didn’t need him Sunday.
Blake Bortles led the Jags to touchdowns on their first two drives and field goals on their next two to take a 20-0 halftime lead. T.J. Yeldon scored on a 58-yard run late in the third quarter and the Jags’ defense snuffed out Indy’s only real scoring chance on fourth-and-2 from Jacksonville’s 6-yard line.
“You never want to lose, but losing like that — at home — that’s not how you want to feel,” Colts safety Darius Butler said.
Here are some other observations from Sunday:
IN NEED OF HELP: Indy has been juggling its offensive line all season. Three opening-day starters already have been lost for the season and when center Ryan Kelly, the Colts’ first-round draft pick in 2016, left early in the second quarter with a hamstring injury the pass protection deteriorated fast.
Jacoby Brissett was sacked three times in the first 35 minutes but was sacked seven times in the last 25.
“That’s not fun to be a part of that,” Kelly said. “It’s a pretty sour taste in your mouth, and it’s something you learn from. It sucks.”
RUNNING HARD: Even without Fournette, the Jags had 188 yards rushing and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
Yeldon led the Jags with nine attempts for 122 yards and Chris Ivory, who replaced Fournette in the starting lineup had 17 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.
“You want to be able to start fast and score on the first drive, but then you want to be able to have some consistency and continue to put up points,” Bortles said. “Any time we’re able to give our defense the lead, they’re fun to watch.”
BOUNCING BACK: Lopsided losses are nothing new for these Colts. And under Pagano, they’ve generally bounced back pretty fast.
But the ugly nature of this loss and a host of could pose some real challenges over the next few weeks.
Indy is now two games out of the division lead and is 0-2 against the AFC South.
Andrew Luck was temporarily shut down from throwing last week, Kelly’s health status is now uncertain and first-round draft pick Malik Hooker was scheduled to have an MRI on his right knee after getting hurt late in the first half and essentially waving off a trip to the locker room on the golf cart. Hooker did not return.
AIR BORTLES: With defenses stacking the line of scrimmage to defend the run, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone decided to back off the Colts by throwing deep.
Bortles had first-half completions of 52, 50 and 45 yards, all longer than his previous season best of 35 yards, and finished with a season high 330 yards.
“Those are the types of plays that, I think, on the first four possessions it was probably a big play on every one of those possessions,” Marrone said.
Saints 26, Packers 17
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The way that the New Orleans Saints won on the road on Sunday might serve as a valuable lesson in their quest to return to the playoffs.
The defense gave up a long touchdown run on the first series to the Green Bay Packers. Drew Brees had two interceptions — and the Saints weren’t even out of the first quarter yet at Lambeau Field.
But Brees bounced back to throw for a touchdown and run for another, Mark Ingram rushed for a score and the Saints recovered for a 26-17 win.
Green Bay lost its first game with Brett Hundley starting at quarterback for the injured Aaron Rodgers.
“Well, (we) find a lot of ways to win, pretty resilient,” Brees said.
Will Lutz kicked two second-half field goals, including a 44-yarder to put New Orleans up for good 19-17 with 10:26 left in the game. Brees’ 1-yard sneak gave the Saints a two-score lead with 4:55 left.
The sloppy Saints were fortunate to get their fourth straight victory. But after taking the first three games by at least 14 points, they’ll savor a win earned following several early mistakes in addition to Brees’ picks.
New Orleans’ defense gave up a 46-yard touchdown run to rookie Aaron Jones on the opening drive. Lutz had a blocked extra point and New Orleans (4-2) was penalized seven times for 80 yards.
Still, the Saints pulled away late at overcast Lambeau Field, scoring on four second-half drives before running out the clock. It’s a good sign for a club hoping to make its first playoff appearance since the 2013 season.
“I wouldn’t call us a dominant team, but we’re striving to be that type of team,” Brees said. “I think what I like is that we’re encountering a lot of different situations and things in games and finding different ways to win.”
After holding the Packers (4-3) to a three-and-out inside the 20, New Orleans drove 55 yards in eight plays to seal the game with Brees’ sneak over the goal line.
Brees finished 27 of 38 for 331 yards, while Ingram ran for 105 yards on 22 carries.
The Packers couldn’t generate big plays late without Rodgers. He’s out indefinitely with a broken right collarbone.
Instead, coach Mike McCarthy turned to a running game that initially threw off the Saints.
Jones had 131 yards on 17 carries. Hundley showed toughness in running for a 14-yard score to give Green Bay a 14-7 lead with 8:37 left in the second quarter.
But the Packers managed just a 46-yard field goal from Mason Crosby in the second half, which gave them a brief 17-16 lead.
The Saints took over from there, and the Packers couldn’t keep up through the air.
“I’m particularly disgusted with the second half,” McCarthy said. “As a head coach, when your team doesn’t perform and drops off the way it did in the second half, I’m disappointed.”
Hundley finished 12 of 25 for 87 yards. He was intercepted by safety Kenny Vaccaro on a deep ball down the middle of the field with 4:20 left, ending the Packers’ comeback bid.
Besides Brees’ two picks, the Saints’ rough first quarter also included a punt fumbled by Ted Ginn Jr. at his 20. But New Orleans got a break and retained possession when the Packers’ Josh Jones was whistled for fair catch interference.
Brees added another milestone to his impressive 17-year career, becoming the fourth player in NFL history with at least 500 touchdown passes, including the playoffs. He joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.
Saints: Ginn had 141 yards on seven catches, while fellow receiver Michael Thomas finished with 82 yards on seven receptions.
Packers: Their playmakers at receiver were shut down with Hundley running the offense. Tight end Martellus Bennett was the leading receiver with 17 yards on two catches. Jones had three catches for 7 yards.
“The name of the game is we have to execute,” Hundley said. “I didn’t play well enough, we didn’t score enough points to win the game.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr made an emotional return to Lambeau Field. The 83-year-old Starr joined other former Packers when the organization honored members of the 1967 championship team. That squad that won the “Ice Bowl” against the Dallas Cowboys before taking the title against the Oakland Raiders. Starr is recovering from two strokes and a heart attack suffered in 2014.
Saints starting right guard Larry Warford did not return after halftime because of an abdominal strain.
Saints: Host the Chicago Bears on Oct. 29.
Packers: Bye week before returning to host the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6.
Jets 28, Dolphins 31
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore replaced an injured Jay Cutler and threw two touchdown passes in the final 12 minutes to lead the Miami Dolphins to a comeback victory, their biggest since last week.
Rallies are becoming routine for the overachieving Dolphins, who pulled off another improbable win by erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Jets 31-28 on Sunday.
Josh McCown threw three touchdown passes and ran for another for the Jets, but his interception in the final minute set up the winning field goal.
Bobby McCain stepped in front of a pass intended for Jermaine Kearse to give Miami the ball at the Jets 27 with 39 seconds left. Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds to go for the Dolphins’ first lead of the game.
It was the second consecutive comeback win by the Dolphins (4-2), who overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half a week ago for an upset victory at Atlanta. They’ve won 12 games in a row when the margin is seven points or less. The NFL record is 14 consecutive games.
“It sounds like a broken record,” said defensive end Cameron Wake, who had 2½ sacks. “It’s a belief in one another. We’ve been showing that over and over and over.”
Miami avenged a loss to the Jets (3-4) in Week 3.
Cutler left the game due to a chest injury with his team trailing 21-14. After the Jets took a two-touchdown lead, Moore threw scoring passes to Kenny Stills covering 28 and 2 yards to tie it.
“That was fun, man,” said Moore, who played for the first time this year. “It’s always fun to get a win, and then when you can contribute and have a comeback like that, it’s fun for everybody.”
McCown threw for touchdowns of 29 yards to Kearse, 17 yards to Robby Anderson and 10 yards to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. They came against a defense that hadn’t allowed more than 20 points all season.
But the Jets were shut out over the final 16:41, and McCown’s poor pass on first down from his own 15 with the score tied and 47 seconds left proved costly.
“I don’t want to think about it. It makes me sick,” McCown said. “To come out on the road and get going like we did and then finish it like that is frustrating.”
There were signs at the end of a Jets meltdown. Anderson angrily spiked his helmet in the final seconds, and after the game, defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson could be heard shouting in the locker room behind closed doors.
Cutler threw for two touchdowns before going to the locker room with a chest injury after being hit by linebacker Jordan Jenkins early in the third quarter. Some Miami fans cheered when Moore entered the game to replace Cutler, who drew boos in his Dolphins home debut two weeks ago.
Moore’s fifth pass was intercepted by Marcus Maye, whose 33-yard return set up the Jets’ final score. Moore finished 13 for 21 for 188 yards.
Teammate Jarvis Landry had seven catches for 93 yards and a score. He gained 17 yards on a catch and run that included a leap over a defender , helping to fuel the comeback.
“Don’t give up on us, baby,” Landry said. “Tell people to stop giving up on us.”
OVERTURNED: Stills set up Miami’s first score with a sensational 36-yard catch, pulling in a jump ball after he fell to the turf. The pass was first ruled incomplete, but the call was reversed following a replay review.
DEFENSIVE SCORE: An interception by 315-pound defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson set up the touchdown that gave the Jets a 21-14 halftime lead. With the Dolphins backed up at their 7, Wilkerson caught a pass deflected by Jamal Adams on a safety blitz and was tackled at the 1. McCown scored on a sneak two plays later.
Seferian-Jenkins scored for the third week in a row.
GETTING COMFORTABLE: Anderson celebrated his 18-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter by joining the crowd.
After Anderson made the grab, he ran through the end zone, leaped over the retaining wall and took a seat in a cushy first-row chair, his feet propped on the wall. Fans around him laughed even though the score left Miami behind 14-7.
Jets: T Brandon Shell suffered a neck injury in the first quarter. LB Darron Lee went to the sideline with cramps in the second quarter. Reserve CB Xavier Coleman suffered a shoulder injury in the third period.
Dolphins: Cutler was scheduled for an MRI. LT Laremy Tunsil suffered a knee injury and DE Andrew Branch hurt his groin. Both departed in the third quarter.
Dolphins: play at Baltimore on Thursday.
Jets: play at home against Atlanta next Sunday.
Buccaneers 27, Bills 30
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White didn’t have much time to stew after allowing Mike Evans to score a go-ahead touchdown.
The next time White took the field, he stripped the ball from Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries to set up Stephen Hauschka’s 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to secure Buffalo’s 30-27 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Bills erased a 27-20 deficit by scoring twice in the final 2:28.
“Some of these wins aren’t the prettiest, but we’re finding ways to win,” said White, Buffalo’s first-round draft pick out of LSU. “I wouldn’t want to play with another group of guys. No one’s confidence wavered when we went down by that 7-point thing.”Bills running back LeSean McCoy overcame his own miscue. Bouncing back from a lost fumble, McCoy scored his second touchdown on a 7-yard run to tie the game at 27.
Add it up and the Bills (4-2) have a winning record through six games for just the fourth time since their 17-season playoff streak began.
“I thought there is a lot of heart in this football team,” said Sean McDermott, who became Buffalo’s first rookie head coach to win his first three home games. “To me, that really personifies this city. Heart. Toughness. Blue-collar.”
The Buccaneers (2-4) found another way to lose in dropping their third straight game.
Now they proved incapable of holding a lead a week after falling behind 31-0 in a 38-33 loss at Arizona. And it was a skid that began with a 19-14 loss to New England in a game kicker Nick Folk, since released, missed three field-goal attempts.
“We’re fighting, man, we’re fighting,” quarterback Jameis Winston said. “We’ve got to find a way to do it for four quarters, not just two, not just three. Four.”
Winston showed no signs of a sprained throwing shoulder that sidelined him during the first drive against Arizona. He finished 32 of 44 for 384 yards passing and three touchdowns. He threw an interception and also lost a fumble.
Rookie tight end O.J. Howard caught two touchdown passes in leading the Buccaneers with 98 yards receiving.
Humphries blamed himself for losing the ball as he was running up the right hash on a bubble screen.
“It felt like momentum was in our favor. Just wanted to get off to a quick start,” said Humphries. “To come back and have a two-minute drive to win the game, yeah, it hurts.”
The Bucs appeared to take control when Evans had a step on White to make a right-toe-dragging 12-yard catch just inside the right sideline in the end zone to put them ahead 27-20 with 3:14 remaining.
The Bills responded with a three-play touchdown drive keyed by Tyrod Taylor’s 44-yard pass to newly signed receiver Deonte Thompson.
Taylor finished 20 of 33 for 268 yards receiving and a 22-yard touchdown to Logan Thomas. He also overcame a fourth-quarter deficit for just thethird time in his career and with an injury-depleted group of receivers. Starting tight end Charles Clay is sidelined with a left knee injury, while receiver Jordan Matthews played sparingly in returning to action three weeks since breaking his right thumb.
Thompson led Buffalo with four catches for 107 yards. Buffalo signed Thompson on Tuesday, a week after he had been cut by Chicago.
MCCOY ON THE RUN
McCoy, who also scored on a 1-yard run, ended a six-game scorelessdrought that matched the longest of his career and dated to the final game of last season. He finished with 91 yards rushing — the most he’s had since gaining 110 in a season-opening 21-12 win over the New York Jets.
Hauschka tied an NFL record by making 12 consecutive field goals from 50 yards or longer by hitting a 52-yarder put Buffalo up 20-13 with 13:31 left in the fourth quarter. The record is shared by Blair Walsh, Robbie Gould, Justin Tucker and Matt Prater. The Bills signed Hauschka in free agency this offseason after he spent the previous six seasons in Seattle. He’s not missed an attempt from beyond 50 yards since missing a 50- and 52-yarder in a 35-6 win over Arizona on Dec. 21, 2014.
DeSean Jackson made an acrobatic catch while also preventing an interception. Facing 2nd-and-6 at Buffalo’s 46, Winston threw a pass over the middle that was initially picked off by E.J. Gaines, who had a step on Jackson. Jackson, however, punched the ball loose , turned and caught it for what led to a 14-yard gain.
Buccaneers: None to report.
Bills: Cornerback EJ Gaines did not return after hurting his hamstring injury midway through the third quarter. Gaines was hurt while attempting to defend Jackson on a 60-yard catch negated by a holding penalty against tackle Donovan Smith. Safety Jordan Poyer hurt his knee on the final play of the game.
Buccaneers: Host Carolina Panthers on Oct. 29.
Bills: Host Oakland Raiders on Oct. 29.
Cardinals 0, Rams 33 @ London Twickenham
LONDON (AP) — Already one of the more dynamic offenses in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams found a new gear against the Arizona Cardinals.
Jared Goff ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Greg Zuerlein made four field goals as the Rams won for the first time in three appearances in Britain, beating the Cardinals 33-0 at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday.
Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for 235 yards with an interception and Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a touchdown for the NFC West-leading Rams (5-2), who finished with 425 yards of offense — their most in a game in more than three years.Los Angeles has also won five of its first seven games for the first time since 2003, which was the last time the Rams finished with a winning record.
“We haven’t been in this position, but we’re definitely grateful,” Gurley said. “We’ve just got to take it game by game.”
Arizona (3-4), meanwhile, heads home with significant questions after quarterback Carson Palmer broke his left arm in the second quarter.
Palmer will require surgery, coach Bruce Arians said, and is expected to miss eight weeks. The quarterback finished 10 for 18 for 122 yards after being hit by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree and intercepted with 5:48 remaining in the first half.
He was replaced by longtime backup Drew Stanton, who completed 5 of 14 passes for 162 yards and an interception and was unable to close what began as a 6-0 deficit.
“Obviously, not what I anticipated seeing,” Arians said.
Gurley’s 18-yard touchdown run immediately followed Palmer’s interception, and Goff helped push the Rams’ lead to 20-0 after he took a zone-read keeper 9 yards for a touchdown.
Zuerlein, who set a franchise record by making all seven field goal attempts in a win against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 1, connected from 23, 33, 53 and 34 yard, and Kupp, a rookie out of Eastern Washington, finished off the scoring by taking a screen pass 18 yards for a touchdown with 3:53 remaining.
Los Angeles finished with 228 passing yards and 197 rushing yards, and under first-year coach Sean McVay, there’s a feeling among players that things will only continue to get better.
“We kind of say it every week — we can do more, we can do more,” wide receiver Robert Woods said. “I think we’ve got that mindset that we can always do better. I think that will be great for this offense and this team.”
PETERSONE SHUT DOWN
Adrian Peterson, in his second game for the Cardinals since being acquired via a trade with the New Orleans Saints, was held to just 21 yards on 11 carries.
It was a contrast from a week ago, when he ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kerwynn Williams handled the bulk of pass-protection duties with Andre Ellington out because of a quadriceps injury, but he did not have a rushing attempt.
A SECOND SHUTOUT
The Rams’ shutout of the Cardinals marked the second time in as many games in Britain that an opponent has failed to score. The Saints defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-0 at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 1 — the 18th game held in the country.
Los Angeles had not shut out an opponent since a 24-0 road victory against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 7, 2014, while the Cardinals had not failed to score since a 58-0 loss at Seattle on Dec. 9, 2012.
With his first catch, a 16-yard reception over the middle on the fourth play from scrimmage, Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has now caught a pass in the NFL in 40 different stadiums.
Fitzgerald finished with just three catches for 29 yards.
DANSBY, SULLIVAN HURT
In addition to Palmer, the Cardinals lost two players to injury who later returned: inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (left hand) and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker (right knee). Meanwhile, Rams center John Sullivan (left knee) and rookie wide receiver Josh Reynolds (concussion) left the game and did not return.
Cardinals: Will have their bye week before visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 5.
Rams: After a bye week, will visit last year’s Twickenham opponents, the New York Giants.
Cowboys 40, 49ers 10
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott made the most of his legal reprieve, taking advantage of a legal ruling that put his suspension on hold and responding with the most productive game of his career.
Elliott gained 219 yards from scrimmage and tied a career high with three touchdowns just days after winning in court and the Dallas Cowboys beat the winless San Francisco 49ers 40-10 on Sunday.
“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.”
Elliott was granted his second temporary restraining order Tuesday, putting his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations on hold and then gave the Cowboys (3-3) a big boost on the field.
Elliott matched his season total of rushing touchdowns with two in the first quarter and then took a short pass from Dak Prescott 72 yards for another touchdown on Dallas’ first possession of the second half to put the 49ers (0-7) away. Elliott ran for 147 yards on 26 carries to go with the big catch, setting a career high in scrimmage yards in a game.
“He went out there and just played the game,” Prescott said. “He put everything behind him and stayed within himself, stayed within the game, stayed within each and every play and did what he does best.”
That performance spoiled the starting debut of rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard , who was sacked five times, lost two fumbles and failed to lead the 49ers into the end zone until he scored on a run with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter.
Beathard finished 22 for 37 for 235 yards, but his fumble on a sack by DeMarcus Lawrence late in the first half ended a promising drive that went down to the 5.
“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 49ers, the first team ever to lose five straight games by three or fewer points , were never really close against the Cowboys.
MOMENTUM TURNER: The 49ers got off to a good start when they forced a three-and-out on the opening possession. But Trent Taylor fumbled the punt return , setting up Dallas at the 20. Elliott ran three straight times and scored his first TD of the game from 1-yard out.
INJURED KICKER: The Cowboys lost kicker Dan Bailey to a right groin injury in the first half, forcing coach Jason Garrett to scramble a bit. Dallas went for the 2-point conversion following their first TD after Bailey’s injury and couldn’t convert. Safety Jeff Heath then made two of three extra points in the second half and performed well on kickoff duties in his first game kicking since high school. Heath is the first non-kicker or punter to make multiple extra points in a game since former Houston linebacker and current Packers GM Ted Thompson made four in 1980.
“I saw Morten Andersen go into the Hall of Fame in Canton. I don’t know if he has anything on Jeff Heath,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “The guy is a really special athlete. Those are big kicks. Guys were having a lot of fun with it, too.”
BIG CATCHES: While Elliott delivered most of the big plays for Dallas, Witten added an impressive catch of his own in the second quarter. He pulled in Prescott’s 18-yard pass to the end zone with one hand to put the Cowboys up 20-3. Dez Bryant then delivered a big TD catch of his own in the fourth quarter, tying Bob Hayes’ franchise record with the 71st in his career.
HALFTIME TRIBUTE: Former San Francisco 49ers great Dwight Clark addressed the crowd in an emotional halftime ceremony. Clark announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The team brought in about 30 of Clark’s former teammates, all wearing No. 87 jerseys, to honor him for his famous “Catch” that beat Dallas in the 1981 NFC title game and launched the 49ers dynasty.
Clark spoke haltingly to the crowd while describing the one wish he had for this day.
“I just want to see my teammates. And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.
The 49ers lost RT Trent Brown to a concussion and LB Reuben Foster to a rib injury.
Cowboys: Visit Washington on Sunday.
49ers: Visit Philadelphia on Sunday.
Bengals 14, Steelers 29
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster hid his eyes, counted to 10 and went looking for Le’Veon Bell.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver found his team’s star running back crouching behind the goalpost, then proceeded to chase Bell all the way to the sideline as part of a hastily planned touchdown celebration.
“That was just us being dramatic,” Bell said with a smile.
In a good way for once.
Smith-Schuster never did catch Bell, by the way . Now he knows how the rest of the AFC North feels about the surging Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 224 yards and two scores, Bell added 192 total yards and Pittsburgh’s defense dominated the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of a 29-14 victory on Sunday.
A bit of a hot mess after getting upset at home by Jacksonville two weeks ago, the Steelers (5-2) have figured things out quickly. They shut down Kansas City on the road last Sunday and followed it up by suffocating Cincinnati in the second half to move into a tie for the AFC’s best record as their once-again promising season nears the midway point.
Pittsburgh held the Bengals (2-4) to 19 yards over the final two quarters, intercepting Andy Dalton twice and sacking him four times.
“The sky’s the limit,” Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree said. “Not even the sky’s the limit. We’re not going to put a ceiling on our head. We’re going to keep going up.”
Cincinnati came in looking to add some street cred to their resurgence after their 0-3 start, but instead spent the second half reverting to the kind of ineffective offense that got Ken Zampese fired two weeks into the season. Dalton finished 17 of 30 for 140 yards and the two picks while playing on a twisted ankle.
Dalton’s final pass symbolized a frustrating afternoon. Facing fourth down and trailing by two scores with 5 minutes left, Dalton scrambled to his left and then simply threw the ball away to seal Cincinnati’s eighth loss in its last night meetings with Pittsburgh.
“Any time you lose a division game, especially to the Steelers, the way they’re playing, every game counts,” said Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green after being held to three receptions for 41 yards. “It’s tough. It sets us behind even more.”
Chris Boswell added a Heinz Field-record five field goals for Pittsburgh, which posted its highest points total and appears to be rounding into form as Halloween nears.
Two weeks after openly questioning whether he still “had it,” Roethlisberger put together easily his best half of the season. He hit Antonio Brown for a 7-yard touchdown to cap Pittsburgh’s first drive, found a wide-open Smith-Schuster for a 31-yard score in the second quarter and threw a perfectly placed 23-yard deep out to Brown late in the second quarter to spark a drive that ended with a 24-yard Chris Boswell field goal that put the Steelers up 20-14 at the half.
Dalton and Cincinnati appeared ready to keep pace early. He connected with Brandon LaFell and Tyler Kroft with first-half touchdowns, but when the Steelers turned the pressure up, the Bengals crumbled.
Cincinnati managed just one first down in the second half, much of which Dalton spent on the run or throwing into trouble. Joe Haden collected his first interception with Pittsburgh when he made a juggling grab that set up a field goal by Boswell. William Gay added one later in the third quarter on an ugly overthrow by Dalton.
Smith-Schuster’s joyous game of hide-and-seek turned out to be Bell’s brainchild. He approached Smith-Schuster — who at 20 is the NFL’s youngest player — about 10 minutes before kickoff with the idea. Smith-Schuster, who earlier this season paid tribute to the cartoon “Dragon Ball Z” after scoring in Baltimore, jumped at the chance.
“We didn’t practice it or nothing,” Bell said. “It just kind of happened.”
Bell’s day included 35 carries for 134 yards and three receptions for 58 yards, including a 42-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter that featured Bell stiff-arming Cincinnati’s Dre Kirkpatrick to the ground.
“I’ve been doing a lot of boxing, so that helped me today,” Bell said after the Steelers improved to 12-0 when he has at least 25 carries.
The Steelers put it out of reach late thanks in part to a 44-yard fake punt pass from Robert Golden to Darrius Heyward-Bey. The team has practiced it weekly for years and Golden found a streaking Heyward-Bey to set up Boswell’s final field goal.
“Horrible form,” Roethlisberger said. “I told him it looked like he was casting deep sea fishing. But hey, might have been the best pass of the night.”
Oft-suspended Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict let his disdain for the Steelers known early. Burfict declined to shake hands when he came out to midfield during the coin toss. Burfict, who was suspended for the first five games of last season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Brown during a playoff loss to the Steelers in January, 2016, then appeared to kick Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix on the second snap of the game as the two were emerging from a pile.
Nix declined to get into specifics about Burfict’s behavior, saying simply “that’s football.”
Steelers tight end Vance McDonald left with a knee injury and did not return. Cincinnati linebacker Kevin Minter exited with a knee injury in the first half and did not return.
Bengals: Host struggling Indianapolis next Sunday.
Steelers: Visit Detroit next Sunday night. Pittsburgh has won last four meetings with the Lions.
Broncos 0, Chargers 21
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — When the cannon sounded and thousands of orange-clad fans in the StubHub Center crowd trudged to their cars, Joey Bosa and his teammates celebrated a few milestones with their half of the home crowd.
For the first time since Dec. 18, 1960, the Los Angeles Chargers won a home game.
And they did it by sending their archrivals from Denver to their first shutout loss in nearly a quarter-century.
“That’s a cherry on top,” Bosa said.
Travis Benjamin returned a first-quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown and caught a 42-yard TD pass in the fourth, and the Chargers played a dominant defensive game in the first home victory of their relocation season, 21-0 over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Bosa and Chris McCain each had two of the Chargers’ five sacks . Los Angeles’ defense forced three turnovers and flattened Trevor Siemian and the Broncos (3-3), who hadn’t been blanked since a 24-0 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders on Nov. 22, 1992.
Philip Rivers passed for 183 yards in his 100th victory, hitting Austin Ekeler for an early TD and Benjamin for the late clincher, but even the veteran quarterback was a grateful spectator.
“It was fun to watch our defense play,” Rivers said. “Man, they were awesome.”
The Chargers (3-4) have won three straight under new coach Anthony Lynn following a winless opening month in their first season back in Los Angeles after 56 years in San Diego.
“We feel like it’s wide open,” said Lynn, whose Chargers are on their first three-game winning streak since November 2014. “We dug a hole for ourselves, and we’re just climbing out of the hole. We know we’ve got a hill to climb. Today we just took more steps. It’s starting to pay off for us.”
The Chargers had lost seven consecutive home games since last November, and they hadn’t won a home game as the LA Chargers since the final game of the AFL’s inaugural regular season, after which they lost the championship game to the Houston Oilers and then moved south.
But the Bolts largely dominated the Broncos, who have lost three of four with a flagging offense that has managed three touchdowns in four games. Los Angeles also avenged its season-opening loss in Denver on a blocked field goal at the end.
Siemian passed for 207 yards, but Denver lost to the Chargers for just the third time in the AFC West rivals’ past 14 meetings — and did so in historic fashion.
“You can’t lose two games straight and not have any issues,” said Von Miller, who sacked Rivers twice. “So we’ve obviously got issues that we need to address from the top down. I strongly feel we’ll get this corrected.”
The Broncos, who have never been shut out at home, might have been able to preserve their non-shutout streak with long field goals in the fourth quarter. But coach Vance Joseph went for it twice on fourth down and ended up with an interception and a turnover on downs.
“It wasn’t simply on Trevor,” Joseph said. “I felt up until five minutes to go, it was a game we could have won. … We’re not blocking well. We’re not protecting well. We had some good plays called again today. We had some guys wide open. We’re just not hitting the passes. It’s puzzling.”
The Chargers forced a turnover on Denver’s opening drive and advanced to the Broncos 1, but failed to punch it in on four straight running plays. Undeterred, the Los Angeles defense got a stop, and Benjamin allowed one big bounce before scampering down the middle for the Chargers’ first punt return for a TD since 2012.
Ekeler caught a 1-yard swing pass from Rivers for a TD in the second quarter to put the Chargers up 14-0 — their biggest lead in their past 14 games.
Benjamin’s TD punt return was only the Chargers’ second touchdown of the season in a first quarter, where they had been outscored 50-7.
Miller moved past Karl Mecklenburg for second place in Broncos history in sacks behind Simon Fletcher. Miller has sacked Rivers 16 times.
Denver’s offensive struggles were likely related to the injury absences of right tackle Menelik Watson (calf) and receivers Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), Isaiah McKenzie (ankle) and Cody Latimer (knee).
The Chargers played without starting right tackle Joe Barksdale (turf toe) and key defensive lineman Corey Liuget (back). They lost LG Matt Slauson to a biceps injury in the second half.
Broncos: At Chiefs on Monday night in a prime-time chance to answer back in the AFC West race.
Chargers: At Patriots on Sunday for the first of two straight transcontinental road trips, with their bye week sandwiched in between.
Seahawks 24, Giants 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Russell Wilson threw three second-half touchdown passes and the Seattle Seahawk limited the New York Giants’ receiver depleted offense to 177 yards in a 24-7 win on Sunday.
Wilson hit Doug Baldwin with a go-ahead 22-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. He put the game away with a 38-yard TD throw to Paul Richardson on a play that had to be reviewed because of simultaneous possession and he closed out the scoring with a 1-yard toss to Jimmy Graham with 2:14 to go.
The Seahawks (4-2) limited the Giants (1-6) to 46 yards rushing, 14 first downs and just 24:34 in time of possession. The defense only forced one turnover, but the fumble by Eli Manning led to the Richardson touchdown.
The Giants, who stunned Denver on Sunday night for their first win, were only in this game because their defense made plays and limited the Seattle to a field goal in the first half despite being on the field for more than 20 minutes.
The unit set up the Giants’ touchdown with a forced fumble and a 32-yard return by Landon Collins to the Seahawks 17. It set up a 5-yard TD toss to Evan Engram, the only receiver who could get open on a consistent basis.
Blair Walsh had kicked a 39-yard field goal late in the first half to get the Seahawks within 7-3.
Seattle took the lead with a four-play 59-yard drive that featured passes of 29 yards to Graham and 23 yards to Richardson by Wilson, who was 27 of 39 for 334 yards.
The Giants had a chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter but a 47-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas was wide right.
Graham, who had dropped a touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter, caught one late.
Despite being outgained 222-42 and having the ball just over nine minutes, the Giants led 7-3 at the half.
Manning’s TD pass to Engram (six catches for 60 yards) came two plays after rookie defensive end Avery Moss knocked the ball out of Thomas Rawls’ hands and safety Landon Collins returned it 32 yards to the Seahawks 17. Manning finished 19 of 39 for 134 yards.
Seahawks: Host Houston on Oct. 29.
Giants: Bye week, Host Rams on Nov. 5.
Falcons 7, Patriots 23
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, this was simply an extension of last February’s Super Bowl.
For the Atlanta Falcons, it was another dose of football pain.
By the end of New England’s clinical 23-7 romp through the fog Sunday night, it was clear that the Patriots have straightened out what ailed them earlier this season. And that the Falcons are a shadow of the team that built a 25-point third-quarter lead in that championship game, only to fall apart and lose the first overtime contest in Super Bowl history.
Brady led that historic comeback, and he guided an offense that dominated the clock when the score was relatively close. Plus, unlike in the last meeting, he had a strong defense complementing him. A unit that ranked dead last in the NFL through six weeks nearly pitched a shutout against the league’s No. 5 offense.
“They had some big stops in the red area, the fourth-down plays were huge,” Brady said about the defense. “It was great complementary football and everyone did a great job contributing.”
Brady threw two touchdown passes as the Patriots toyed with the Falcons — sound familiar? — in the foggy Super Bowl rematch that wasn’t particularly super.
New England scored the final 31 points to win the NFL championship in February. Placards and shirts reading 28-3 were ever-present in and around Gillette Stadium as the Patriots (5-2) scored the first 23 points in this prime-time mismatch. The Falcons (3-3) were outplayed throughout this one.
“There were plays out there, we didn’t make them,” center Alex Mack said. “If it’s third down, if it’s red zone — all those little things add up. And to play a good team, like the Patriots are, you’ve gotta make them.”
While Atlanta looked tentative, if not intimidated, Brady and his offense surgically tore apart the Falcons, mixing runs and passes. And that defense …
“This was a reminder that when we play the game the right way, we can do good things on defense,” DB Duron Harmon said.
“Every game takes a little different turn and I think we did a great job staying balanced,” Brady added after the Patriots gained 162 yards on the ground and 241 through the air. “It was great to hand it off, see those guys rushing the way they did, and the linemen blocking. It was a great win.”
Brady threw a shovel pass to Brandin Cooks that traveled perhaps a foot, and the receiver used his speed to get into the left corner of the end zone. The other TD was a 2-yarder to James White, who had three touchdowns, including the winner, in the Super Bowl.
It got so bad for Atlanta that the usually reliable Matt Bryant had a field goal blocked and then put a 36-yarder off the left upright. That Super Bowl losers’ malaise folks talk about might have found a home in the ATL this year.
Stephen Gostkowski had no trouble sending field goals of 29, 21 and 38 yards through the fog for New England.
“That fog was pretty crazy,” Rob Gronkowski said. “I mean I have never seen anything like that or played in any fog. A deep ball up in there was definitely tougher than with no fog.”
The Falcons seemed ready to end the string of points allowed to the Patriots at 51 when they got to the 1 early in the fourth period. But Matt Ryan, who struggled all night, was off-target to Julio Jones in the end zone. Then receiver Taylor Gabriel lost 4 yards on a fourth-down run.
Even the fans in the upper deck who could barely see through the haze at that point let out a huge cheer, then Gostkowski added his third field goal to extend New England’s mastery of Atlanta to 54 straight points.
Jones’ 1-yard touchdown reception with 4:09 to go ended the schneid, and he hurled the football high into the mist as if to say “at last.”
The Falcons surrendered 20 straight points in last week’s loss to Miami, and then 23 in a row to New England before Jones’ TD.
Brady’s mother, Galynn, who battled breath cancer last year, was on the field with her husband for pregame ceremonies as part of the NFL’s “Crucial Catch campaign.
“It was great for them to be here and be in attendance and for us to win,” Brady said. “That was very special for me. I’m happy for my mom, what she has been through has been pretty challenging for her and for my dad.
“Carving pumpkins today with my kids and beating the Falcons tonight made for a pretty perfect day for me.”
In the first quarter alone, there were seven penalties, including six on the opening drive of the game by New England. The flags cost the team’s 55 yards in the 0-0 opening period. To keep the sloppiness going, Patriots LT Nate Solder drew an illegal motion call on the first play of the second quarter, and Adrian Clayborn’s roughing-the-passer penalty negated an interception and helped set up Cooks’ TD.
Things got cleaner in the second half.
Falcons: Linebacker Duke Riley was sidelined by a knee injury in the first half.
Patriots: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, sidelined earlier this season with a knee problem, left in the second half with a shoulder problem. DL Malcom Brown left with an ankle injury.
Falcons — At New York Jets next Sunday.
Patriots — Host Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.
Redskins 24, Eagles 34
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz stood tall in a collapsing pocket and kept making plays with his arm or legs.
Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
“You step up and go into make-a-play mode,” Wentz said after making one highlight play after another in front of a national audience while cementing his status as a first-half MVP candidate.
The second-year quarterback threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.
Kirk Cousins threw for 303 and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).
“Carson made some unbelievable plays there in crunch-time situations,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “We lost and it wasn’t good enough by anybody, offensively. But Kirk competed and made some great throws, some great plays.”
The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.
That got the offense rolling.
Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.
After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.
Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.
While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.
“One of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time and by two young guys,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “To hang in there and take shot after shot, it’s amazing to me.”
Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.
“That’s what makes him so special,” right tackle Lane Johnson said. “He has great field vision, and he’s got something a lot of guys don’t have.”
Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.
The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.
Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.
Redskins: LT Trent Williams (knee), CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring), RG Brandon Scherff (knee) and LB Preston Smith (groin) were hurt.
Eagles: LB Jordan Hicks (ankle) got hurt on the first series. Peters was replaced by Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Pederson didn’t have an update after the game.
Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor had two catches for 14 yards and didn’t start.
Eagles first-round pick Derek Barnett had his first two-sack game.
Eagles kicker Jake Elliott connected from 50 and 42 yards before he missed from 45 yards, ending his streak at 12 straight field goals. Four of those were from beyond 50 yards, including a 61-yarder.
HALL OF FAME
Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers was inducted into the Eagles’ Hall of Fame at halftime. Akers is the team’s all-time leader in regular-season points (1,323) and games (188) and postseason points (134) and games (19).
Redskins: Host the Dallas Cowboys (3-3).
Eagles: Host the San Francisco 49ers (0-7).