The Miami Dolphins left Ben Roethlisberger limping, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers didnt look much better
The Miami Dolphins left Ben Roethlisberger limping, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers didnt look much better. Roethlisberger missed one series because of a left knee injury and was held to 189 yards passing, and Miami beat Pittsburgh 30-15.
Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries for the Dolphins, who improved to 2-4. The Steelers (4-2) had scored 74 points in their previous two games, but were outgained 474-297. Pittsburghs Antonio Brown, the NFLs leading receiver, was held to four receptions for 39 yards. Team-mate Sammie Coates, playing with a hand injury, didnt have a catch.
Roethlisberger had only 83 yards passing with five minutes left before he drove the Steelers 97 yards for a touchdown that made it 23-15. Miami recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory, and on the next play Ajayi scored on a 62-yard run. The Steelers only other touchdown came in the first quarter when Darrius Heyward-Bey scored on a 60-yard end around. Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus had interceptions for the Dolphins, their first since the season opener.
Roethlisberger finished 19 for 34. He hobbled to the locker room and missed one series late in the second quarter when he was hurt scrambling on the play that resulted in Jones interception, and he was still walking gingerly when the game ended.
Baltimore Ravens 23-27 New York Giants
A banged-up Odell Beckham Jr. turned a fourth-and-one pass into a winning 66-yard catch and run with 1:24 to play as the New York Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a stunning 27-23 victory over the hurting Baltimore Ravens.
The win was the 700th in franchise history. Beckham gave it to the Giants with a career day despite going to the locker room with a hip pointer in the second quarter. Beckham returned before the half and made the Giants (3-3) a winner with a spectacular second half. It featured a 75-yard touchdown catch and a 43-yard reception that set up one of Josh Browns two field goals. The Ravens (3-3) lost their third straight.
Beckham finished with eight catches for 222 yards. His late heroics saved the Giants, who were on the verge of a fourth straight loss after Terrance West scored on a 2-yard run with a 2:04 to play, giving the Ravens a short-lived 23-20 lead.
Cincinnati Bengals 17-35 New England Patriots
Tom Brady had a smooth regular-season home debut. Playing in his first game in Foxborough since the end of his Deflategate suspension, Brady had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career and the Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17.
Brady finished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati dropped to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when they finished 4-12 their worst season under coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals had their moments offensively, scoring on a two-yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton and five-yard pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. Dalton finished 21 of 31 for 254 yards and the touchdown.
But New England (5-1) bounced back from some sluggish drives early with several big plays in the third quarter. The Bengals scored on their first drive after halftime to briefly take a 14-10 lead. The Patriots responded swiftly with a safety and a pair of touchdown passes by Brady first to Gronkowski, then to James White to put the Patriots back in front.
Carolina Panthers 38-41 New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, Wil Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, and the New Orleans Saints pulled out a 41-38 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton Manning for the most all time in the regular season.
Brees also led the Saints (2-3) to a second straight victory while Carolina lost its fourth straight despite the return of quarterback Cam Newton, who missed last weeks loss to Tampa Bay because of a concussion.
Newton passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a two-yard score that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 left and completed a comeback from an early 21-0 deficit.
However, he was also intercepted by Sterling Moore in the back of the end zone, stalling a promising drive in the first half a turnover that came back to haunt the defending NFC champions.
Philadelphia Eagles 20-27 Washington
Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and Washington ran roughshod over one of the NFLs top defenses in a 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The three-headed running attack of Matt Jones, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for 231 yards and a touchdown as Washington (4-2) won their fourth consecutive game. After starting the season 0-3, Washington has their best record through six games since 2008.
Washington put up 493 offensive yards against the Eagles (3-2), who came in allowing an average of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the leagues second-best defense. Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Cousins and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown, but Philadelphia struggled to stop Washington for most of the day.
Cousins, who was 18 of 34 and not at his best, connected with Jamison Crowder on a 16-yard touchdown and with Vernon Davis on a 13-yard touchdown. Davis started at tight end in place of Jordan Reed, who was out with a concussion. Jones ran for a one-yard touchdown and sealed the victory with a 57-yard run on third down with 1:27 left as part of his 135-yard day.
San Francisco 49ers 16-45 Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy scored three times and the Buffalo Bills extended their winning streak to four with a 45-16 victory over San Francisco and new starter Colin Kaepernick.
McCoy had 140 yards rushing and shook off what appeared to be a frightening injury to his right knee late in the second quarter. Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes in helping Buffalo win four straight for the first time since the start of the 2008 season.
Kaepernick provided the 49ers a spark in his first start in nearly a year. Blaine Gabbert was benched following a 33-21 loss to Arizona. Kaepernick finished 13 of 29 for 187 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. But San Francisco (1-5) couldnt finish drives, settling for three field goals by Phil Dawson, in losing their fifth straight game. Kaepernick was the target of numerous boos and chants when he kneeled during the national anthem in continuing his protest against racial oppression and police brutality.
Los Angeles Rams 28-31 Detroit Lions
Matt Prater made a tiebreaking, 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left and Rafael Bush followed with a victory-sealing interception two plays later, giving the Detroit Lions a 31-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
The Lions (3-3) have won two straight games with Prater making the winning kick and a defensive back following up with an interception on the ensuing possession. Last week, Praters kick and Darius Slays interception gave Detroit a win over previously unbeaten Philadelphia. The Rams (3-3) have lost two straight.
Case Keenum completed a Rams-record 20 straight passes, but couldnt connect with Lance Kendricks on the long throw that Bush stepped in front of near midfield. Keenum finished 27 of 32 for 321 yards with three touchdowns two to Kenny Britt, one to Kendricks and an interception.
Jacksonville Jaguars 17-16 Chicago Bears
Blake Bortles threw for 271 yards and hit a slipping Arrelious Benn for a 51-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, lifting the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 17-16 victory over the Chicago Bears.
The Jaguars (2-3) wiped out a 13-0 deficit in the fourth quarter in a matchup of last-place teams. And the go-ahead touchdown might have been helped by the oft-criticized turf at Soldier Field.
Benn slipped as he caught a slant and so did Tracy Porter as he tried to tag the receiver. That allowed Benn, who spent the past three seasons on injured reserve, to get up and run untouched for his first touchdown in five seasons.
That gave the Jaguars a one-point lead with 2:49 left and sent the Bears (1-5) to another loss after they dropped the previous game to Indianapolis on a late TD pass by Andrew Luck. Chicago came up short despite racking up 389 yards. The Bears Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards his fourth straight 300-yard game filling in for the injured Jay Cutler.
Cleveland Browns 26-28 Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans held on to beat the Cleveland Browns 28-26 for their second straight victory the first time theyve won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.
The Titans (3-3) matched their win total for all of last season when they went 3-13 and wound up with the No1 draft pick overall. They also beat a team other than Jacksonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 season finale and improved to 3-16 in Nashville. Cleveland (0-6) are now mired in their worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.
Not that the Titans care after losing to the Browns each of the past two seasons, especially with the Browns nearly pulling off another thrilling comeback. They made NFL history in 2014 rallying from 25 points down to win. This time, they trailed 28-13 when Cody Kessler hit Terrelle Pryor for a five-yard TD with 2:07 left, but his pass on the two-point conversion failed. The Browns recovered the onside kick, and Duke Johnson Jr scored. The Browns kicked another onside kick, yet Andre Johnson recovered the ball for Tennessee.