NFL Roundup: Ravens hand Packers first shut out since 2006
GREEN BAY, Wis.—Baltimore's defense bent here and there, but never got close to breaking in beating Green Bay 23-0 on Sunday.
It was the first time the Packers (5-5) were shut out since 2006, when they were blanked by the Bears and Patriots in head coach Mike McCarthy's first season. That game against New England came exactly 11 years earlier.
The Ravens (5-5) started the game by forcing three consecutive turnovers. In the second half, they got a pair of fourth-down stops and forced two more turnovers.
Lions 27, Bears 24
CHICAGO—Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and Detroit outlasted Chicago for a win at Soldier Field.
A go-ahead, 52-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater with 1:35 remaining proved to be the difference for the Lions. Detroit (6-4) won its third consecutive game and improved to 4-1 on the road.
Bears (3-7) running back Jordan Howard rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown in the loss. A late comeback bid fell short as kicker Connor Barth missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt with three seconds to go.
Saints 34, Redskins 31
NEW ORLEANS—Wil Lutz kicked a 28-yard field in overtime, climaxing a furious fourth-quarter rally from a 15-point deficit with 5:58 remaining, to lift the New Orleans Saints to their eighth consecutive victory, 34-31, over the Washington Redskins Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints (8-2) trailed 31-16 to the Redskins (4-6) when Kirk Cousins completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.
But Drew Brees led back-to-back touchdown drives of 75 and 83 yards, throwing 3 yards to tight end Josh Hill and 18 yards to rookie running back Alvin Kamara for touchdowns to draw the Saints within 31-29 with 1:05 left.
Kamara then converted the tying 2-point conversion by taking a pitch around left end.
Texans 31, Cardinals 21
HOUSTON—Jadeveon Clowney led a timely defensive stand and Houston overcame two first-half turnovers in a win over Arizona at NRG Stadium.
Clowney was a menace throughout, but his fourth-down gap-stuffing on Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson midway through the fourth quarter resulted in a turnover on downs. It enabled the Texans (4-6) to seize control on the ensuing snap when rookie running back D'Onta Foreman dashed 34 yards for a touchdown and a two-score lead with 6:19 remaining.
The Cardinals (4-6) dropped consecutive games for the first time this season despite a decent showing from third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Jaguars 19, Browns 7
CLEVELAND—Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette slugged his way to 111 rushing yards and the Jaguars defense played tough as usual to beat Cleveland and take over sole possession of first place in the AFC South.
The weather and two strong defenses made the 60-minute tug-of-war before a sparse crowd predictable. The Browns (0-10) harassed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles throughout and the game, and the Jaguars (7-3) did the same to Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Kizer's second interception of the game, picked by Jacksonville cornerback A.J. Bouye, led to Josh Lambo kicking a 39-yard field goal with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter to give Jacksonville a 13-7 lead.
Giants 12, Chiefs 9 OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Aldrick Rosas delivered the game-winning 23-yard field goal to give New York a thrilling overtime victory over Kansas City at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants (2-8) took a 6-3 halftime lead over the Chiefs (6-4). They also tried some rare trickery on their first drive, which included a fake punt that saw running back Shane Vereen's pass intended for tight end Evan Engram picked off by safety Daniel Sorensen.
After the Chiefs failed to convert on the Giants' turnover, New York defensive tackle Damon Harrison picked off Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith's shovel pass intended for tight end Travis Kelce at the Chiefs' 26-yard line.
Buccaneers 30, Dolphins 20
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.—Patrick Murray drilled a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds left and Tampa Bay (4-6) ended up with a win over Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami (4-6) attempted two laterals and a handoff on the kickoff after Murray's field goal. Tampa Bay's Adarius Glanton recovered a fumble on the handoff in the end zone for the final margin.
The game was originally scheduled as the season opener for both teams on Sept. 10, but the league postponed it to Week 11 in preparation for Hurricane Irma as the storm was tracking through the Caribbean.
Patriots 33, Raiders 8
MEXICO CITY—Tom Brady threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals, including a franchise-record 62-yarder, powering New England (8-2) to its sixth straight win with a blowout of Oakland (4-6).
Brady, 30 of 37 through the air, notched his sixth 300-yard game of the season—he had five in his 12 games in 2016—and 82nd of his career.
His coach, Bill Belichick, broke a tie with Tom Landry and moved into sole possession of third place on the NFL's all-time coaching wins list with 271.
Bengals 20, Broncos 17
DENVER—Andy Dalton passed for three touchdowns and Cincinnati hung on to beat Denver (3-7) for its first win in the Mile High City in 42 years.
Dalton completed 15 of 25 passes for 154 yards, including scoring passes to A.J. Green, Alex Erickson and tight end Tyler Kroft.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick returned an interception 87 yards, before fumbling and recovering at the 1-yard line to set up the first touchdown by the Bengals (4-6). Linebacker Vontaze Burfict forced a fumble by running back C.J. Anderson, leading to Dalton's 18-yard touchdown pass to Green midway through the fourth quarter.
Chargers 54, Bills 24
CARSON, Calif.—Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and Bills rookie Nathan Peterman tossed five first-half interceptions in his NFL debut as Los Angeles thumped Buffalo.
The Chargers (4-6) snapped a two-game slide in their first home game in nearly a month.
The Bills (5-5), who benched Tyrod Taylor in favor of Peterman, lost their third consecutive games as they turned the ball over six times.