NFL Roundup: Brees, Saints upend Packers at Lambeau
Drew Brees continued his mastery of Green Bay in leading the New Orleans to a 26-17 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Brees completed a barrage of short passes that added up to 331 yards on 27-of-38 accuracy. In seven career games against the Packers, he has topped 300 passing yards all seven times. The Saints (4-2) stayed afloat despite Brees' two early interceptions to earn their fourth consecutive victory.
Making his first start for the injured Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback Brett Hundley was just 12 of 25 for 87 yards. Hundley didn't make any big mistakes—his lone interception came with the Packers (4-3) down nine in the final minutes—but he also didn't make any big plays in the passing game.
Bears 17, Panthers 3
Rookie safety Eddie Jackson became the first player in NFL history to score two defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the same game, and Chicago defeated visiting Carolina.
Jackson scored on a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard interception return during the first half. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played it safe on the other side of the ball as he completed four of seven passes for 107 yards.
Chicago (3-4) won its second game in a row and improved to 2-1 since naming Trubisky as the starter.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (21 of 34, 211 yards) was intercepted twice in the loss. Turnovers crippled Carolina (4-3), which fell short despite posting a 20-5 advantage in first downs and a 293-153 edge in total yards.
Rams 33, Cardinals 0
Jared Goff threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, Todd Gurley II had his fourth game of 100 or more rushing yards and the defense provided two interceptions that led to points as Los Angeles crushed Arizona at Twickenham Stadium in London.
The Cardinals perhaps lost more than a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer left in the second quarter with an injury to his left forearm. ESPN reported the arm is broken and Palmer will miss eight weeks.
Greg Zuerlein added four field goals for the Rams, who improved to 5-2 with the victory in the NFC West matchup. They are in first place in the division. Arizona is 3-4.
Dolphins 31, Jets 28
Backup quarterback Matt Moore, facing a two-touchdown deficit, rallied Miami to victory.
Dolphins defensive back Bobby McCain made the biggest defensive play of the game, intercepting a Josh McCown pass at the New York 27 with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That set up Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey, who broke a 28-28 tie with a 37-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the game.
Moore was playing in place of Jay Cutler, who left the game in the third quarter due to a chest injury.
McCown's interception spoiled a strong overall performance in which he passed for three touchdowns and ran for one.
The Dolphins (4-2) avenged their loss to the Jets (3-4) four weeks ago. In so doing, the Dolphins won their third consecutive game, including two straight in which they overcame a deficit of at least 14 points.
Bills 30, Buccaneers 27
LeSean McCoy rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns and Tyrod Taylor passed for 268 yards and a touchdown as Buffalo came from behind to defeat Tampa Bay.
Stephen Hauschka made three field goals, including the game-winner from 30 yards with 14 seconds remaining. Earlier in the game, Hauschka tied an NFL record by making his 12th consecutive field goal of at least 50 yards.
The two teams exchanged the lead twice in the fourth quarter and the Bills (4-2) scored 10 points in the final three minutes.
Jameis Winston started at quarterback for the Buccaneers (2-4) after being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Winston was 32 of 44 passing for 384 yards and three touchdowns. But he fumbled twice, losing one, and threw an interception.
Titans 12, Browns 9 OT
Ryan Succop kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:55 left in overtime Sunday to give Tennessee (4-3) the victory over winless Cleveland (0-7).
A 54-yard field goal by Browns rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez with 47 seconds left in regulation tied the score 9-9 to force overtime.
Jaguars 27, Colts 0
Blake Bortles completed 18 of 26 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown as Jacksonville (4-3) downed Indianapolis (2-5).
Indianapolis was shut out for the first time since a 41-0 playoff loss in 2002 at the New York Jets.
Bortles had a terrific first half, completing 14 of 20 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown. His first-half success included completions of 45, 50, 52, 24 and 28 yards. Jacksonville's 39 first-half plays from scrimmage produced 342 yards.
Steelers 29, Bengals 14
PITTSBURGH—Le'Veon Bell carried 35 times for 134 yards against the NFL's second-ranked defense to lead Pittsburgh over Cincinnati.
In games in which Bell has carried 27 times or more, the Steelers are 4-0.
Bell sparked a Steelers touchdown drive on their first possession. He carried five times for 27 yards and gained 23 on a pass reception before Antonio Brown caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger completed 14 of 24 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers. His passer rating of 117.4 was a season high.
Cowboys 40, 49ers 10
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Ezekiel Elliott ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 72-yard touchdown pass, leading Dallas over San Francisco.
Dak Prescott completed 16 of 25 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys, who ended a two-game losing streak. Prescott also ran for a touchdown.
San Francisco rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first NFL start. He was sacked five times and lost two fumbles.
Chargers 21, Broncos 0
CARSON, Calif—Los Angeles blanked Denver to win its third straight game and first of the season after three losses at the StubHub Center.
Travis Benjamin had a 42-yard scoring reception and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown to lead the Chargers. Philip Rivers added another touchdown pass to running back Austin Ekeler. Rivers finished 15 of 26 for 183 yards and two touchdowns as he recorded his 100th career win.
The Broncos, who have dropped three of their past four games, committed three turnovers and were stifled by a stout Chargers defense. Trevor Siemian completed 25 of 35 passes for 207 yards and an interception.
Seahawks 24, Giants 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Russell Wilson threw three second-half touchdown passes to give Seattle a win over New York.
The Seahawks, who were coming off their bye week, put together a sloppy, penalty-filled first half, which included eight penalties for 63 yards and two second-quarter dropped passes by tight end Jimmy Graham, one of which would have been a touchdown on a fourth-down play.
Wilson, who in addition to the three touchdown passes, completed 27 of 39 for 334 yards and no interceptions. Seattle's Doug Baldwin caught nine passes for 91 yards and a score. Giants quarterback Eli Manning was just 19 of 39 for 134 yards and a touchdown.