Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and kept any talk for Tony Romo unnecessary
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and kept any talk for Tony Romo unnecessary, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-10 win on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 92 yards and scored twice and durable tight end Jason Witten had 134 yards receiving for the Cowboys, off to their best start since 2007. Prescott has won seven straight starts since losing the season opener, and with the Cowboys (7-1) leading the NFC East and getting better, theres no reason for the team to accelerate Romos return from a back injury.
Romo returned to practice earlier this week and is looking at a return at some point this season, but with how Prescott is playing, the 36-year-old doesnt look as if hell be back on the field anytime soon.
The miserable Browns (0-9) dropped their franchise-record 12th straight game going back to last season and are 3-27 in their past 30. They also started 0-9 in 1975.
Philadelphia Eagles 23-28 New York Giants
Eli Manning threw for four touchdowns and New Yorks defense had two interceptions and three stops on fourth downs to beat Philadelphia 28-23.
The Giants (5-3) won their third straight game, holding off the Eagles (4-4 after a 3-0 start) after Manning was intercepted with less than two minutes to go. Two of Mannings touchdowns went to Odell Beckham Jr, with the others to Roger Lewis Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
It was a game marked by big plays on offense six of more than 30 yards in the first half alone and defense (four interceptions) and special teams (Jason Pierre-Pauls block of a field goal, Darren Sproles 66-yard punt return). Most of Sunday, it was a mismatch of Manning and his receiving corps against a sieve of an Eagles secondary. New York picked on every Philly defensive back, with the biggest Leodis McKelvin, no matter who he tried to cover.
Less than two minutes in, Landon Collins made his third interception in the last two games; he had one pick as a rookie last year. Manning found Beckham on a slant after McKelvin failed to bump him at the line, and Beckham surged into the end zone for a 26-yard score.
Andrew Adams, a rookie safety from UConn, had no interceptions in his previous five games. He sure knew what to do with the ball after hauling in Carson Wentzs high pass moments later, returning it 19 yards. Manning hit Lewis three plays later after McKelvin and Jaylen Watkins collided and it was 14-0. Mannings third TD throw came on a one-yard jump ball to Beckham over McKelvin to make it 21-10.
Wentz looked like a rookie from an FCS school in the first half, often appearing befuddled by coverages. Twice, the Eagles failed on short fourth downs while in field goal range. But he came out of halftime a different player, quickly guiding the Eagles 70 yards to Kenjon Barners 3-yard TD run.
Manning, though, was just as precise and decisive on the ensuing drive, capped by his fourth TD throw, 32 yards to rookie Shepard. That gave Manning his first four-TD game since Game 14 last season.
Pittsburgh Steelers 14-21 Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, and the Baltimore Ravens frustrated an ineffective Ben Roethlisberger in a 21-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Baltimore (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and moved into a tie atop the AFC North with the Steelers (4-4), who have dropped three in a row.
Three weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee, Roethlisberger returned well ahead of schedule. Playing for the first time since Oct. 16, the 13-year veteran looked out of sync until the fourth quarter, when he directed a 75-yard drive that got the Steelers to 21-7 with 8:38 remaining.
Before that, Pittsburghs offense produced only two first downs and was limited to 69 yards. The Steelers finished with 36 yards rushing, 32 by LeVeon Bell.
Roethlisberger ran for a 4-yard score with 48 seconds left, but Chris Boswell botched the onside kick barely knocking it off the tee and Baltimore ran out the clock.
After going 8 for 18 for 54 yards and an interception through three quarters, Roethlisberger closed at 23 for 45 for 264 yards.
Detroit Lions 22-16 Minnesota Vikings
Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, who vaulted into the end zone in overtime to give the Detroit Lions a 22-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
After Matt Prater kicked a58-yard field goalas time expired to force overtime, Tate finished the opening drive when he ran through arm tackles by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith and leaped in for the winning score.
Stafford completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Lions (5-4), who have won four of their past five games. Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards.
Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (5-3), who started the season 5-0 but have imploded since coming out of the bye. Stefon Diggs had a career-high 13 catches for 80 yards.
New York Jets 23-27 Miami Dolphins
Rookie Kenyan Drake scored untouched on a 96-yard kickoff return with 5:15 left, and the Miami Dolphins won a seesaw battle with the New York Jets, 27-23.
Jay Ajayi rushed for 111 yards and helped to run out the clock after the Dolphins came from behind for the third time.
A botched Dolphins punt led to a touchdown that put New York ahead 23-20. Onthe ensuing kickoff, New Yorks Antonio Allen was called for being offside, so the Jets had to kick again. Drake took the kickoff, found a lane and sped past the final Jet kicker Nick Folk into the clear.
The Dolphins (4-4) won their third game in a row, while New York (3-6) fell deeper into last place in the AFC East. The Jets hurt themselves with four personal foul penalties, two interceptions thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick and numerous missed chances.
Ajayi finished 89 yards short in his bid to become the first NFL rusher to have three consecutive 200-yard games. He still enjoyed a productive day despite being hit behind the line on many of his 24 carries. Ajayi had 55 yards in the fourth quarter.
Jacksonville Jaguars 14-19 Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs stuffed the offensively inept Jacksonville Jaguars on fourth down with less than two minutes left deep in their own territory, preserving a 19-14 victory despite finishing without five offensive starters.
Nick Foles threw for 187 yards and a first-half touchdown toss to Albert Wilson, and helped to set up four field goals by Cairo Santos, as Kansas City (6-2) won its 10th consecutive home game.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars (2-6) couldnt overcome four turnovers including a fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter in their first game with quarterback coachNathaniel Hackett directing the offense.
Blake Bortles threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, showing little improvement after a week spent withhis personal coach, Adam Dedeaux. His wide receivers hardly helped him, dropping several passes, including an early fourth-down throw that cost Jacksonville a chance at points.
Chris Ivory rumbled for 107 yards in the biggest bright spot for Jacksonville, but he fumbled going over the goal-line with 8:28 left in the game. The Jaguars quickly got the ball back, and Bortles hit TJ Yeldon to get within 19-14 with 4:10 to go, but the extra time it took to score proved costly.
They got the ball back with 3:01 remaining, and a long scamper by Bortles gave them a chance. But his pass on fourth-and-3 at the Kansas City 32 was batted to the ground and the Chiefs ran out the clock.