NFL Roundup: Cowboys, Packers and Patriots stay unbeaten
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 21, 2015 01:39 PM
Green Bay Packers' Richard Rodgers catches a touchdown pass in front of Seattle Seahawks' Cary Williams during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tony Romo joined Dez Bryant on the injured list with a broken left collarbone, but the Dallas Cowboys shut down DeMarco Murray and beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-10 in the NFL on Sunday.
Kyle Wilber returned a blocked punt 26 yards for touchdown, Brandon Weeden threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams and the Cowboys (2-0) overcame a team-record 18 penalties in their 10th consecutive road win.
Romo suffered a similar injury in Week 7 in 2010 and missed the rest of the season. The team said he'll be evaluated on Monday. Dallas already lost Bryant last week. The All-Pro receiver will miss at least six weeks after having foot surgery.
Murray had 2 yards rushing on 13 carries in his first game against his former team. Sam Bradford had three turnovers, including an interception in the end zone, for the Eagles (0-2).
PACKERS 27, SEAHAWKS 17
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and Green Bay outlasted Seattle in a rematch of last season's NFC title game.
Rodgers orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, capped by a 5-yard scoring pass to Richard Rodgers. A 2-point conversion made it 24-17 with 9:28 left.
Jayrone Elliott made a lunging, one-handed interception of a short pass from Russell Wilson with 6:50 left, one of the rare mistakes in the second half for Seattle's dual-threat quarterback. The Packers cashed in with one of Mason Crosby's four field goals on the night for a 10-point lead with 2 minutes remaining.
The Packers blew a 16-0 lead against the Seahawks in the NFL playoffs last year. They held on after giving up 13-3 lead at halftime on Sunday.
BROWNS 28, TITANS 14
CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin on Cleveland's second play and connected with his wide receiver again for a clutch 50-yarder with 2:52 left, lifting the Browns over Tennessee.
Benjamin also returned a punt 78 yards for a TD in the first half as the Browns got just their third home-opening win since 1999.
Starting in place of injured Josh McCown, Manziel finished 8 of 15 for 172 yards. His last completion was vintage Johnny Football as Manziel spun to his left to avoid pressure and threw deep to Benjamin.
Manziel won his Heisman Trophy matchup with Marcus Mariota, who threw two TD passes in the second half for the Titans, but took a pounding in his second game. The No. 2 overall draft pick was sacked seven times.
BUCCANEERS 29, SAINTS 19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jameis Winston passed for a touchdown and ran for another and Tampa Bay held on against mistake-prone New Orleans.
Winston, who was intercepted twice and sacked four times in a losing NFL debut at home a week earlier, remained largely composed in the hostile Superdome. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards and was not intercepted. He lost one fumble, but the Saints couldn't cash in.
RAIDERS 37, RAVENS 33
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 26 seconds left to cap the most productive day of his young career and lead Oakland.
Carr threw for a career-high 351 yards and three touchdowns and overcame a late interception that put the Raiders in a hole in the closing minutes.
But Carr went 7 for 9 for 65 yards on the winning drive, aided by a personal foul on Timmy Jernigan and a hold on Will Hill III that negated an interception.
Joe Flacco threw for 384 yards and two scores for the Ravens.
VIKINGS 26, LIONS 16
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson had 192 total yards and Minnesota rebounded from a rough season opener.
Peterson, playing in front of a pro-Vikings crowd for the first time in 658 days, rushed 29 times for 134 yards after receiving a pregame standing ovation out of the tunnel and a couple of "AP! AP! AP!" chants from the fans on a sun-soaked afternoon.
Teddy Bridgewater played a smart, sharp game for Minnesota. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Matthew Stafford was erratic for the Lions, who fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter.
JAGUARS 23, DOLPHINS 20
JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) — Rookie Jason Myers kicked a 28-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars took over with 1:48 left, and Blake Bortles put them in field-goal range with pass plays of 18, 19 and 9 yards. The Dolphins provided some help, too, with a 15-yard personal foul penalty called on Olivier Vernon. The defensive end was flagged for hitting tight end Clay Harbor after the whistle, making it a chip shot for Myers.
CARDINALS 48, BEARS 23
CHICAGO (AP) — Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns to lead Arizona in a game that saw Chicago lose Jay Cutler to a hamstring injury.
Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald for three TDs, David Johnson returned the opening kickoff a club-record 108 yards and added a rushing TD. And coach Bruce Arians gained a measure of revenge after the Bears hired Marc Trestman over him in January 2013.
STEELERS 43, 49ERS 18
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns, DeAngelo Williams tied a team record with three rushing scores for Pittsburgh.
The Steelers converted a pair of 2-point attempts in the first half to seize momentum and had little trouble with San Francisco. Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for Pittsburgh, which rolled up 453 total yards despite having the ball for only 23 minutes.
Colin Kaepernick threw for 335 yards and two scores.
PATRIOTS 40, BILLS 32
ORCHARD PARK, New York (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 466 yards — the second-most of his career — and three touchdowns in leading New England.
Julian Edelman scored two touchdowns, and the Patriots needed to stave off a fourth-quarter rally after building a 37-13 lead through three quarters against Buffalo.
New England's Stephen Gostkowski hit a 25-yard field goal with 1:15 left. The Bills' final drive ended on the next play from scrimmage when Tyrod Taylor's pass tipped off the hands of Sammy Watkins and was intercepted by Logan Ryan.
Brady improved to 24-3 against Buffalo, and his passing yards were the most ever by a Bills opponent.
BENGALS 24, CHARGERS 19
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, and Cincinnati quickly ended Philip Rivers' streak of perfect passing.
Dalton's 9-yard throw to Tyler Eifert put the Bengals in control midway through the fourth quarter. San Diego set up Cincinnati's first touchdown with a fumble.
Giovani Bernard took over as the running back after Jeremy Hill lost two fumbles. He finished with 123 yards.
Rivers' streak of consecutive completions ended at 22, a Chargers record. The streak was two shy of Donovan McNabb's NFL record of 24.
FALCONS, 24, GIANTS 20
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) — Julio Jones caught a perfect 37-yard pass from Matt Ryan, setting up Devonta Freeman's 2-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining, lifting Atlanta over New York.
Jones was unstoppable in the Falcons' second straight victory, tying the club record with 13 receptions, good for 135 yards. His biggest catch was down the left sideline behind Prince Amukamara in the final moments.
The Giants blew a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead. Leonard Hankerson caught a 10-yard TD pass to bring Atlanta within three. Then Ryan guided the Falcons 70 yards to the winning score.
REDSKINS 24, RAMS 10
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Rookie Matt Jones ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns, an efficient Kirk Cousins avoided turnovers, and Washington held on for the win. Jones, a third-round draft pick, scored from 39 yards in the first quarter, and from 3 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the fourth.
The Redskins led 17-0 at halftime, the first time they shut out an opponent in the first half since Oct. 2, 2011, also against the Rams.
PANTHERS 24, TEXANS 17
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and somersaulted into the end zone for another score for Carolina.
Newton was 18 of 37 for 195 yards and ran for 77 yards on nine carries.
The fifth-year quarterback provided the highlight of the day when he raced up the middle on a draw play and tumbled over defensive back Rahim Moore — nearly sticking the landing — for a 3-yard TD that put Carolina ahead 17-10 late in the third quarter.
Ryan Mallett started in place of Brian Hoyer and threw for 244 yards and a TD and ran for a 6-yard score for the Texans.