NFL Roundup: Brees, Saints slam Brady, Bucs 38-3


By The Associated Press



New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) works against offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (71) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) works against offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (71) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)


iBuffalo Bills' John Brown (15) runs after making a catch as quarterback Josh Allen (17) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)


Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)


SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 9

New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN — The Patriots (2-5) have won each of the last eight meetings with the Jets but come into their Monday night meeting on a four-game losing streak, their longest skid since 2002. The Patriots will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since 1995. Meanwhile, the Jets are 0-8 for the first time since 1996 and a loss to the Patriots would mark New York’s first 0-9 start in franchise history. Joe Flacco will start at quarterback in place of Sam Darnold, who’s sidelined with a shoulder injury.

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STARS

Passing

— Josh Allen, Bills, regained his early-season groove by throwing three touchdown passes and scoring once rushing, while tying his career best with 415 yards passing as Buffalo beat Seattle 44-34.

— Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns and Kansas City held on to beat Carolina 33-31.

— Drew Brees, Saints, had four TD passes and finished 26 of 32 for 222 yards in New Orleans’ 38-3 rout of Tampa Bay.

— Kirk Cousins, Vikings, passed for three touchdowns — two to Irv Smith Jr. — in his second straight turnover-free performance to help lead Minnesota past Detroit 34-20.

— Matt Ryan, Falcons, completed 25 of 35 passes for 284 yards with one interception in a 34-27 win over Denver, whose Drew Lock completed 25 of 48 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

— Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, threw all three of his touchdown passes after shrugging off a knee injury, rallying unbeaten Pittsburgh to a 24-19 victory over Dallas.

— Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins, threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start and helped Miami rally in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over Arizona.

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Rushing

— Dalvin Cook, Vikings, rushed for a career-high 206 yards and two scores on 22 carries to lead Minnesota to a 34-20 victory over Detroit.

— James Robinson, Jaguars, ran 25 times for 99 yards and a score in Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to Houston.

— Kyler Murray, Cardinals, had 106 yards and a TD on 11 carries while also passing for 283 yards and three scores in Arizona’s 34-31 loss to Miami.

— Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker, Raiders, each ran for a touchdown to help Las Vegas top the Los Angeles Chargers 31-26.

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Receiving

— Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Chiefs. Hill had nine catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Kelce had 10 receptions for 159 yards in Kansas City’s 33-31 victory over Carolina.

— DJ Chark, Jaguars, finished with seven catches for a season-high 146 yards in Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to Houston.

— Cam Sims, Washington, had three catches for 110 yards in a 23-20 loss to the New York Giants after entering with a total of 88 yards receiving in his first 15 NFL games.

— Stefon Diggs, Bills, caught nine passes for 118 yards to help Buffalo top Seattle 44-34.

— Christian McCaffrey, Panthers, caught 10 passes for 82 yards and a TD in his first game back from an ankle injury, and also had 18 carries for 69 yards and a score in Carolina’s 33-31 loss at Kansas City.

— Irv Smith Jr., Vikings, had two touchdown receptions in Minnesota’s 34-20 victory over Detroit.

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Special Teams

— Chris Boswell, Steelers, kicked a franchise-record 59-yard field goal, which helped make up for two missed PATs in Pittsburgh’s 24-19 victory at Dallas.

— Graham Gano, Giants, made three field goals, from 38, 48 and 42 yards, to extend his streak to 18 in a row in a 23-20 win at Washington.

— Austin Bryant and Romeo Okwara, Lions, each blocked a punt in Detroit’s 34-20 loss at Minnesota.

— Josh Lambo, Jaguars, tied a franchise record by making a 59-yard field goal at the end of the first half of Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to Houston, but injured his hip at the end of the game.

— Jason Sanders, Dolphins, made a career-best 56-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter of Miami’s 34-31 win at Arizona. He has made a franchise-record 20 consecutive field goals.

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Defense

— Logan Ryan, Giants, intercepted Alex Smith to seal a 23-20 victory against Washington and dedicated the game to his wife, Ashley, who went to the emergency room earlier in the week in Florida with abdominal pain on the advice of a Giants trainer and had surgery to stop the bleeding caused by an ectopic pregnancy.

— Chuck Clark, Ravens, scooped up a fumble caused by Marcus Peters and sprinted 65 yards for a touchdown, hurdling Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers, in Baltimore’s 24-10 win.

— Jarran Reed and Jamal Adams, Seahawks. Reed had 2 1/2 sacks in Seattle’s 44-34 loss at Buffalo, and Adams added 1 1/2.

— Desmond King, Titans, picked up a fumble and ran 63 yards for a TD in a 24-17 win over Chicago only days after Tennessee acquired the 2018 All-Pro from the Chargers for a sixth-round pick.

— Shaq Lawson, Dolphins, returned a fumble 36 yards for a score in Miami’s 34-31 win at Arizona.

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MILESTONES

Kansas City’s 33-31 win over Carolina was the 230th for Andy Reid, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame coach Curly Lambeau for fifth most in NFL history. … The Chiefs have scored at least 23 points in 23 straight games, an NFL record. … Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes threw four more TD passes to beat Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s mark for fewest games to 100. Mahomes did it in 40 games, while Marino needed 44. … Houston’s J.J. Watt got the 100th sack of his career when he stripped Jacksonville’s Jake Luton in the fourth quarter of a 27-25 win. Watt became the 35th player in NFL history to reach the century mark and the first to accomplish the feat for the Texans.

STREAKS & STATS

Atlanta improved to 3-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris, who replaced the fired Dan Quinn. … Both wins this season by the New York Giants (2-7) have come against Washington. The two victories for Houston (2-6) have come vs. Jacksonville. … Buffalo’s Josh Allen equaled a career best set earlier this season with 415 yards passing in a 44-34 win over Seattle, becoming the first Bills player to top 300 yards four times in one season since Drew Bledsoe did it seven times in 2002. … The Seahawks’ 44 points allowed in a 44-34 loss at Buffalo were the most in coach Pete Carroll’s 11 seasons in Seattle and the most for the franchise since a 48-10 loss at Green Bay on Dec. 27, 2009. It was just the eighth time since Week 9 of the 2011 season the Carroll-led Seahawks have lost by 10 points or more. … Detroit lost its ninth straight division game and fell to 2-13 against the NFC North under coach Matt Patricia. He’s 0-5 against Minnesota. … Baltimore’s first win in Indianapolis helped extend their league-high road winning streak to 10 and ended a stretch of 20 consecutive losses when trailing at halftime. The Ravens also surpassed Denver for the most consecutive games with 20 or more points in NFL history with 31. The Ravens have hit the mark 31 straight times, one more than the Broncos from 2012-14.

DESERT DUEL

Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start and the Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Miami (5-3) has won four straight games. The Cardinals (5-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped. The 22-year-old Tagovailoa was on the winning end of an action-packed duel with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, who finished with 283 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 106 yards rushing on 11 carries. Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez was short on a 49-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game with 1:53 left.

BREES VS. BRADY

Drew Brees threw four TD passes and improved to 5-2 for his career against Tom Brady, including 2-0 this season, with New Orleans’ 38-3 rout of Tampa Bay. The 41-year-old Brees regained the lead on the NFL’s career TD passes list with 654, three more than the 43-year-old Brady. Brees was 26 of 32 passing for 222 yards in this one, including first-half TD throws of 14 yards to Tre’Quan Smith, 8 yards to Adam Trautman and 12 yards to Emmanuel Sanders. Brady was sacked three times and finished 22 of 38 for 209 yards, including three completions for 31 yards to Antonio Brown, who made his debut for Tampa Bay.

STEEL UNBEATEN

Ben Roethlisberger threw all three of his touchdown passes after shrugging off a knee injury, rallying Pittsburgh to a 24-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and keeping the Steelers as the NFL’s only unbeaten team. Pittsburgh is 8-0 for the first time in the storied franchise’s history despite an upset bid from the Cowboys. The Steelers erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter with three scoring drives, the last two aided by Dallas penalties that kept drives alive. The go-ahead score was an 8-yarder to Eric Ebron with 2:14 remaining.

BIG MAC IS BACK

Christian McCaffrey, just back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for six weeks, scored from 1 yard with 1:26 to go in Carolina’s 33-31 loss at Kansas City. McCaffrey finished with 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, while catching 10 passes for 82 yards and another score. He has 10 career games with at least 10 receptions, the most by a running back in NFL history. McCaffrey also has nine career games with both a TD run and catch, breaking a tie with Chuck Foreman for the most such games in a player’s first four seasons.

COMEBACK CONTINUES

Alex Smith replaced injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen and connected with Terry McLaurin on a 68-yard score, his first TD pass in 728 days, to cut the New York’ Giants’ lead to 23-20 in the fourth quarter. But Smith threw two interceptions in the final 2:18 to end the threat for Washington. Allen injured his left ankle late in the first quarter, forcing Smith into just his second NFL game since gruesomely breaking his right leg in November 2018. Allen’s left leg bent the wrong way on a sack by Jabrill Peppers, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and there was an air cast on it as he was carted off. Smith was 24 of 32 for 325 yards, the TD and three interceptions.

PATRICK THE PLAY CALLER

Patrick Mahomes was just goofing around during a special teams segment of practice when he dreamed up this audacious play in which he’d put himself in motion, then take the snap and look downfield for a wide receiver. Chiefs coach Andy Reid liked it so much that he put it in the game plan. The play, which Mahomes called “Ferrari right,” wound up going for a first-half touchdown in a 33-31 win over Carolina on Sunday. “The last three weeks Pat’s been messing around with it,” Reid said, “so I told him, ‘We’re going to put it in.’ He looked at me like I was crazy. He’d been doing it and it looked good, so let’s try it. So we tried it.”

DALVIN COOK-ING

Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook ran for a career-best 206 yards in a 34-20 win over Detroit, and finished with a personal-high 252 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He had 226 yards from scrimmage and four TDs last week, making him the third player in NFL history — joining Jim Brown (1963) and Deuce McAllister (2003) — with at least 225 yards from scrimmage and two scores in consecutive games. Cook is also the sixth player, and first since Emmitt Smith in 1994, to run for a score in each of his first seven games of a season.

RUNNING IN PLACE

Tampa Bay set an NFL record with just five rushing attempts in a 38-3 loss to New Orleans, and that includes backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s kneel-down on the final snap of the night. Ronald Jones ran three times for 9 yards, Leonard Fournette had one carry for no gain, and Gabbert lost a yard to give Tampa Bay 8 yards rushing for the game. The previous record for fewest runs was six, set four times previously and most recently by Minnesota against Buffalo in 2018.

SIDELINED

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford left in the fourth quarter Sunday against Minnesota to undergo concussion protocol after being struck in the head during a sack. After the game, Stafford was cleared of concussion protocol. The frustrating exit ended a week in which Stafford wasn’t allowed to practice before coming off the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday. … Washington’s Kyle Allen dislocated his left ankle late in the first quarter against the New York Giants, forcing Alex Smith into just his second NFL game since gruesomely breaking his right leg in November 2018. … In Indianapolis, the Baltimore Ravens lost five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell to a left calf injury in the first quarter of a 24-10 win over the Colts. … Indianapolis Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle left in the first half with a concussion.

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SPEAKING

“That was awesome. It was fun for the fans as well, not just us competing. You know what you’re going to get when it comes to Kyler. You know the kind of explosive player he is. He might be the fastest player in the NFL right now. Oh my gosh, he’s faster than me.” — Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa after leading Miami past Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals 34-31.

“We came out here and laid an egg.” — A disappointed Murray after Arizona’s loss to Miami.

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SAINTS 38, BUCS 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Drew Brees threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns, regaining the NFL career TD pass lead and lifting the New Orleans Saints into first place in the NFC South with a 38-3 rout of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

The three-time defending division champions won their fifth straight game, intercepting Brady three times and completing a season sweep of the Bucs (6-3).

The Saints (6-2) weren’t perfect — turning the ball over twice themselves — however the offense was extremely efficient with receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders back in the lineup, and the defense played its best game of the season.

Brees was 26-of-32 passing, including first-half TD throws of 14 yards to Tre’Quan Smith, 8 yards to Adam Trautman and 12 yards to Sanders, who missed the previous two games while on the COVID-19 list. The 41-year-old added a 3-yarder to Josh Hill to make it 38-0 with just over nine minutes remaining.

Brees regained the league career TD pass lead with 564, three more than the 43-year-old Brady, who had thrown for 17 touchdowns and just one interception over his previous six games.

BILLS 44, SEAHAWKS 34

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen regained his early season groove by throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for a score, leading the Bills to the victory.

Buffalo’s defense played a major role in rattling Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who was sacked five times, threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.

Buffalo (7-2) matched its best record through nine games since 1993, a season that ended with the Jim Kelly-led Bills making their fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

Allen — playing one day after the death of his grandmother — finished 31 of 38 and equaled a career best with 415 yards passing. The Bills’ offense came alive after Allen combined for just 846 yards passing and five touchdowns — including one rushing — in splitting the previous four games.

The Seahawks (6-2) blew an opportunity to match to match their best record through eight games. They were 7-1 in 2013.

Seattle became the NFL’s sixth team to score 25 or more points in each of its first eight games, but was undone by turnovers and a defense that surrendered 420 yards.

DOLPHINS 34, CARDINALS 31

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start and Miami rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Arizona.

Miami (5-3) has won four straight. The Cardinals (5-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped.

The 22-year-old Tagovailoa was on the winning end of an action-packed duel with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, who finished with 283 yards and three touchdowns. Murray also had 106 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez was short on a 49-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game with 1:53 left.

Tagovailoa was more productive in his second start after throwing for 93 yards against the Rams last week. He showed great poise during two scoring drives in the fourth quarter. The left-hander also made some plays with his feet, extending drives with scrambles. He finished with 35 yards rushing.

The Cardinals pushed ahead 31-24 late in the third quarter on Murray’s 12-yard run. It was the seventh time in eight games the quarterback has thrown and run for at least one touchdown.

But the Dolphins and Tagovailoa fought back on the next series, delivering an impressive 10-play, 93-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mack Hollins. Miami pushed ahead 34-31 with 3:30 left on a 50-yard field goal by Jason Sanders.

CHIEFS 33, PANTHERS 31

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill each went over 100 yards receiving, and Kansas City held on to beat Carolina when Joey Slye missed a 67-yard field-goal attempt wide right on the final play.

The Chiefs (8-1) were left clinging to the lead when Christian McCaffrey, just back from his ankle injury, scored from a yard out with 1:26 to go. The Panthers’ onside kick was recovered by Kansas City, but they used their three timeouts to get the ball back, and Teddy Bridgewater’s 23-yard pass to Curtis Samuel with 9 seconds remaining gave them hope.

Carolina (3-6) tried to get a bit closer with a pass to McCaffrey, but the incompletion brought on Slye, who had plenty of leg with the wind behind him. His kick dropped just outside the uprights, though, allowing the Chiefs to escape.

Slye also missed a 65-yard attempt late in a 27-24 loss to New Orleans in Week 7.

McCaffrey finished with 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown while catching 10 passes for 82 yards and another score. Bridgewater threw for 310 yards and two TDs with Samuel catching nine balls for 105 yards and the other score.

Kelce had 10 catches for 159 yards and Hill had nine for 113 and a pair of scores, helping the pass-happy Chiefs climb out of an early 14-3 hole and head into their bye with a bunch of new milestones and a big surge of momentum.

RAIDERS 31, CHARGERS 26

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert’s pass to Donald Parham Jr. for a 4-yard touchdown on the final play of the game was overturned after a replay review, and Las Vegas held on to beat Los Angeles.

Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes for Las Vegas (5-3), which improved to 4-1 on the road. Herbert was 26 of 42 for 326 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (2-6), all of whose losses have come by seven points or less.

This time, Los Angeles got the ball on its 25 with 4:37 remaining and drove to the Las Vegas 4. Herbert found Parham in the right corner of the end zone, but after a replay review, the touchdown was overturned when it was determined the tight end did not maintain possession throughout the catch.

The Raiders trailed 17-14 at halftime but scored on their first two drives of the second half. Carr hit Nelson Agholor for a 45-yard TD and then Darren Waller had a 3-yard score to give Las Vegas a 28-17 advantage with 7:49 remaining in the third quarter.

Michael Badgley’s second field goal brought the Chargers within 28-20. On LA’s next possession, Herbert threw a screen pass to Gabe Nabers for a 4-yard touchdown, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed with 9:12 remaining.

The Chargers forced a three-and-out, but Las Vegas’ Kyle Wilber recovered KJ Hill’s muffed punt at the LA 31. The Raiders took advantage on Daniel Carlson’s 31-yard field goal with 4:42 left.

STEELERS 24, COWBOYS 19

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw all three of his touchdown passes after shrugging off a knee injury, rallying Pittsburgh past Dallas.

Pittsburgh is 8-0 for the first time in the storied franchise’s history despite an upset bid from the Cowboys, who were the biggest underdogs they’ve been at home in at least 31 years.

Garrett Gilbert was the fourth different starting quarterback in five games for Dallas (2-7), throwing a touchdown pass in his first career start and bringing some life to the offense for a team that lost its fourth straight game without Dak Prescott.

The Steelers erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter with three scoring drives, the last two aided by Dallas penalties that kept drives alive. The go-ahead score was an 8-yarder to Eric Ebron with 2:14 remaining.

The drive to the decisive score appeared to have stalled before it started when Roethlisberger threw incomplete on third down. But linebacker Jaylon Smith was called for hitting Roethlisberger’s facemask after the throw.

Gilbert had a last chance in the final minute after Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin tried to convert a fourth-and-1 instead of kicking a short field goal for an eight-point lead. But Gilbert’s pass to the goal line as time expired was knocked away by Minkah Fitzpatrick.

RAVENS 24, COLTS 10

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lamar Jackson turned up the tempo in the second half, and Baltimore broke the NFL record for consecutive 20-point games in its win over Indianapolis.

After Gus Edwards’ 1-yard plunge gave Baltimore the lead midway through the third quarter, Jackson sealed the win with a 9-yard TD run.

The Ravens (6-2) have scored 20 or more points 31 straight times — breaking a tie with Denver, which set the mark from 2012-14.

Baltimore has won 10 straight road games, the league’s longest active streak, and earned the franchise’s first win at Indianapolis in seven tries. The Ravens also had lost 20 straight games when trailing at halftime.

It was the first home loss for Indy (5-3) this season.

And, not surprisingly, the league’s reigning MVP turned the game this time by starting the second half with no-huddle against a stingy Colts defense. It changed everything after a sluggish first half in which the Ravens’ defense kept them in the game.

TITANS 24, BEARS 17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, and Tennessee never trailed as it beat Chicago to snap a two-game skid.

The Titans (6-2) avoided their longest skid since Tannehill took over as starting quarterback and stayed atop the AFC South going into Thursday night’s division showdown against Indianapolis.

They got big help from an undermanned and struggling defense missing three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney with an injured knee.

Cornerback Desmond King picked up a fumble and ran 63 yards for a TD only days after the Titans picked up the 2018 All-Pro from the Chargers for a sixth-round pick. King didn’t join Tennessee until Saturday after clearing COVID-19 testing protocols and put the Titans up 17-0 late in the third quarter.

The Bears (5-4) came in trailing Green Bay in the NFC North dealing with their own injuries and COVID-19 issues. Chicago lost its third straight despite the defense coming up with three sacks and holding the NFL’s fifth-best offense to a season-low 228 yards.

Nick Foles made it interesting with a pair of TD passes within the final minutes. Amani Hooker recovered the Bears’ onside kick attempt for Tennessee with about a minute left.

VIKINGS 34, LIONS 20

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dalvin Cook kept his brilliant season rolling by rushing for a career-high 206 yards and two scores on 22 carries, leading Minnesota past Detroit.

Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns — two to tight end Irv Smith Jr. — in his second straight turnover-free performance for the Vikings (3-5), who averaged 8.9 yards per play on the way to their first home win this season.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who didn’t practice all week due to coronavirus exposure protocols, left the game in the fourth quarter for concussion evaluation after taking a knee to the head during a sack. He was picked off on consecutive possessions in the third quarter, first at the Minnesota 12 and then in the end zone. Chase Daniel threw another interception after taking over.

The show again belonged to Cook, though, with his predecessor Adrian Peterson watching from the opposite sideline. Cook, whom Peterson admiringly called “a lethal weapon” this week, has 478 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage in two games since missing one with a groin injury.

Peterson had eight carries for 29 yards while again dropping behind rookie D’Andre Swift in the pecking order for the Lions (3-5), who lost their ninth straight division game and are 2-13 against the NFC North under coach Matt Patricia. He’s 0-5 against the Vikings.

FALCONS 34, BRONCOS 27

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan took advantage of Denver’s thin secondary to throw three touchdown passes and Atlanta turned back Denver’s bid for a second consecutive comeback.

Ryan completed 25 of 35 passes for 284 yards with one interception. Atlanta (3-6) improved to 3-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris.

Atlanta led 20-3 at halftime. Drew Lock threw two touchdown passes and ran for a 10-yard score in the final quarter that made it 34-27. With Atlanta leading by seven points, the Broncos (3-5) took the ball at their 20 with 44 seconds remaining and no timeouts. Following three incompletions by Lock, a fumbled snap ended the possession.

One week after throwing three fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a win over the Chargers, Lock tried to spark another rally. With Atlanta leading 27-6, Lock threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Jerry Jeudy early in the fourth quarter. On Denver’s next possession, Lock was under pressure when he overthrew Jeudy and was intercepted by Ricardo Allen, who returned the ball 20 yards to the Denver 12.

Two plays later, Todd Gurley’s 4-yard scoring run extended Atlanta’s lead to 34-13.

Lock completed 25 of 48 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

GIANTS 23, WASHINGTON 20

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Daniel Jones completed his longest pass of the season, didn’t turn the ball over and New York held on to beat Washington.

Jones was 23 of 34 for 212 yards, including a 50-yard connection with Austin Mack and a touchdown pass to Evan Engram to build a 17-point halftime lead. The Giants (2-7) attempted to run things out in the second half and survived a couple of touchdown drives led by Alex Smith, who replaced injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen.

Smith connected with Terry McLaurin on a 68-yard score, his first TD pass in 728 days, to cut New York’s lead to 23-20 in the fourth quarter. But Smith threw two interceptions in the final 2:18 to end the threat for Washington (2-6). Both Giants wins are against Washington.

Before things got hairy for the Giants, Wayne Gallman rushed for a touchdown, and Graham Gano made three field goals to extend his streak to 18 in a row.

Allen injured his left ankle late in the first quarter, forcing Smith into just his second NFL game since gruesomely breaking his right leg in November 2018.

Smith was 24 of 32 for 325 yards, the TD and three interceptions.

TEXANS 27, JAGUARS 25

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson had touchdowns passes of 57 and 77 yards, the second one appearing to come after the play clock expired, and Houston beat Jacksonville for its sixth straight win in the series.

Jacksonville (1-7) lost its seventh straight and barely avoided making NFL history. The Jaguars would have become the first to allow at least 30 points in seven consecutive games in a single season. Instead, they will share the record with the 1968 Denver Broncos and the 1984 Minnesota Vikings.

Jacksonville had a chance to tie it late, but rookie Jake Luton’s 2-point conversion pass to DJ Chark landed at his feet. Luton, a sixth-round draft pick making his NFL debut in place of Gardner Minshew, scrambled for 13 yards to make it a two-point game with 1:39 remaining.

Luton stiff-armed rookie Jon Greenard and then spun away from Keion Crossen and into the end zone. Crossen recovered an onside kick that helped Houston (2-6) ice the game.

Both of Houston’s victories this season came against the Jaguars.

Watson was instrumental in each. He threw for 281 yards and two scores in this one, which came three weeks after his 301-yard, two-touchdown passing performance in Houston.

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) works against offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (71) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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iBuffalo Bills’ John Brown (15) runs after making a catch as quarterback Josh Allen (17) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
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Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/11/web1_125752924-d79dc7c7f0194abc8c7df0178181d868.jpgBuffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, left, shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

By The Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 9

New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN — The Patriots (2-5) have won each of the last eight meetings with the Jets but come into their Monday night meeting on a four-game losing streak, their longest skid since 2002. The Patriots will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since 1995. Meanwhile, the Jets are 0-8 for the first time since 1996 and a loss to the Patriots would mark New York’s first 0-9 start in franchise history. Joe Flacco will start at quarterback in place of Sam Darnold, who’s sidelined with a shoulder injury.

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STARS

Passing

— Josh Allen, Bills, regained his early-season groove by throwing three touchdown passes and scoring once rushing, while tying his career best with 415 yards passing as Buffalo beat Seattle 44-34.

— Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns and Kansas City held on to beat Carolina 33-31.

— Drew Brees, Saints, had four TD passes and finished 26 of 32 for 222 yards in New Orleans’ 38-3 rout of Tampa Bay.

— Kirk Cousins, Vikings, passed for three touchdowns — two to Irv Smith Jr. — in his second straight turnover-free performance to help lead Minnesota past Detroit 34-20.

— Matt Ryan, Falcons, completed 25 of 35 passes for 284 yards with one interception in a 34-27 win over Denver, whose Drew Lock completed 25 of 48 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

— Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, threw all three of his touchdown passes after shrugging off a knee injury, rallying unbeaten Pittsburgh to a 24-19 victory over Dallas.

— Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins, threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start and helped Miami rally in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over Arizona.

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Rushing

— Dalvin Cook, Vikings, rushed for a career-high 206 yards and two scores on 22 carries to lead Minnesota to a 34-20 victory over Detroit.

— James Robinson, Jaguars, ran 25 times for 99 yards and a score in Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to Houston.

— Kyler Murray, Cardinals, had 106 yards and a TD on 11 carries while also passing for 283 yards and three scores in Arizona’s 34-31 loss to Miami.

— Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker, Raiders, each ran for a touchdown to help Las Vegas top the Los Angeles Chargers 31-26.

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Receiving

— Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Chiefs. Hill had nine catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Kelce had 10 receptions for 159 yards in Kansas City’s 33-31 victory over Carolina.

— DJ Chark, Jaguars, finished with seven catches for a season-high 146 yards in Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to Houston.

— Cam Sims, Washington, had three catches for 110 yards in a 23-20 loss to the New York Giants after entering with a total of 88 yards receiving in his first 15 NFL games.

— Stefon Diggs, Bills, caught nine passes for 118 yards to help Buffalo top Seattle 44-34.

— Christian McCaffrey, Panthers, caught 10 passes for 82 yards and a TD in his first game back from an ankle injury, and also had 18 carries for 69 yards and a score in Carolina’s 33-31 loss at Kansas City.

— Irv Smith Jr., Vikings, had two touchdown receptions in Minnesota’s 34-20 victory over Detroit.

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Special Teams

— Chris Boswell, Steelers, kicked a franchise-record 59-yard field goal, which helped make up for two missed PATs in Pittsburgh’s 24-19 victory at Dallas.

— Graham Gano, Giants, made three field goals, from 38, 48 and 42 yards, to extend his streak to 18 in a row in a 23-20 win at Washington.

— Austin Bryant and Romeo Okwara, Lions, each blocked a punt in Detroit’s 34-20 loss at Minnesota.

— Josh Lambo, Jaguars, tied a franchise record by making a 59-yard field goal at the end of the first half of Jacksonville’s 27-25 loss to Houston, but injured his hip at the end of the game.

— Jason Sanders, Dolphins, made a career-best 56-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter of Miami’s 34-31 win at Arizona. He has made a franchise-record 20 consecutive field goals.

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Defense

— Logan Ryan, Giants, intercepted Alex Smith to seal a 23-20 victory against Washington and dedicated the game to his wife, Ashley, who went to the emergency room earlier in the week in Florida with abdominal pain on the advice of a Giants trainer and had surgery to stop the bleeding caused by an ectopic pregnancy.

— Chuck Clark, Ravens, scooped up a fumble caused by Marcus Peters and sprinted 65 yards for a touchdown, hurdling Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers, in Baltimore’s 24-10 win.

— Jarran Reed and Jamal Adams, Seahawks. Reed had 2 1/2 sacks in Seattle’s 44-34 loss at Buffalo, and Adams added 1 1/2.

— Desmond King, Titans, picked up a fumble and ran 63 yards for a TD in a 24-17 win over Chicago only days after Tennessee acquired the 2018 All-Pro from the Chargers for a sixth-round pick.

— Shaq Lawson, Dolphins, returned a fumble 36 yards for a score in Miami’s 34-31 win at Arizona.

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MILESTONES

Kansas City’s 33-31 win over Carolina was the 230th for Andy Reid, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame coach Curly Lambeau for fifth most in NFL history. … The Chiefs have scored at least 23 points in 23 straight games, an NFL record. … Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes threw four more TD passes to beat Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s mark for fewest games to 100. Mahomes did it in 40 games, while Marino needed 44. … Houston’s J.J. Watt got the 100th sack of his career when he stripped Jacksonville’s Jake Luton in the fourth quarter of a 27-25 win. Watt became the 35th player in NFL history to reach the century mark and the first to accomplish the feat for the Texans.

STREAKS & STATS

Atlanta improved to 3-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris, who replaced the fired Dan Quinn. … Both wins this season by the New York Giants (2-7) have come against Washington. The two victories for Houston (2-6) have come vs. Jacksonville. … Buffalo’s Josh Allen equaled a career best set earlier this season with 415 yards passing in a 44-34 win over Seattle, becoming the first Bills player to top 300 yards four times in one season since Drew Bledsoe did it seven times in 2002. … The Seahawks’ 44 points allowed in a 44-34 loss at Buffalo were the most in coach Pete Carroll’s 11 seasons in Seattle and the most for the franchise since a 48-10 loss at Green Bay on Dec. 27, 2009. It was just the eighth time since Week 9 of the 2011 season the Carroll-led Seahawks have lost by 10 points or more. … Detroit lost its ninth straight division game and fell to 2-13 against the NFC North under coach Matt Patricia. He’s 0-5 against Minnesota. … Baltimore’s first win in Indianapolis helped extend their league-high road winning streak to 10 and ended a stretch of 20 consecutive losses when trailing at halftime. The Ravens also surpassed Denver for the most consecutive games with 20 or more points in NFL history with 31. The Ravens have hit the mark 31 straight times, one more than the Broncos from 2012-14.

DESERT DUEL

Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start and the Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Miami (5-3) has won four straight games. The Cardinals (5-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped. The 22-year-old Tagovailoa was on the winning end of an action-packed duel with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, who finished with 283 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 106 yards rushing on 11 carries. Arizona’s Zane Gonzalez was short on a 49-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game with 1:53 left.

BREES VS. BRADY

Drew Brees threw four TD passes and improved to 5-2 for his career against Tom Brady, including 2-0 this season, with New Orleans’ 38-3 rout of Tampa Bay. The 41-year-old Brees regained the lead on the NFL’s career TD passes list with 654, three more than the 43-year-old Brady. Brees was 26 of 32 passing for 222 yards in this one, including first-half TD throws of 14 yards to Tre’Quan Smith, 8 yards to Adam Trautman and 12 yards to Emmanuel Sanders. Brady was sacked three times and finished 22 of 38 for 209 yards, including three completions for 31 yards to Antonio Brown, who made his debut for Tampa Bay.

STEEL UNBEATEN

Ben Roethlisberger threw all three of his touchdown passes after shrugging off a knee injury, rallying Pittsburgh to a 24-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and keeping the Steelers as the NFL’s only unbeaten team. Pittsburgh is 8-0 for the first time in the storied franchise’s history despite an upset bid from the Cowboys. The Steelers erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter with three scoring drives, the last two aided by Dallas penalties that kept drives alive. The go-ahead score was an 8-yarder to Eric Ebron with 2:14 remaining.

BIG MAC IS BACK

Christian McCaffrey, just back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for six weeks, scored from 1 yard with 1:26 to go in Carolina’s 33-31 loss at Kansas City. McCaffrey finished with 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, while catching 10 passes for 82 yards and another score. He has 10 career games with at least 10 receptions, the most by a running back in NFL history. McCaffrey also has nine career games with both a TD run and catch, breaking a tie with Chuck Foreman for the most such games in a player’s first four seasons.

COMEBACK CONTINUES

Alex Smith replaced injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen and connected with Terry McLaurin on a 68-yard score, his first TD pass in 728 days, to cut the New York’ Giants’ lead to 23-20 in the fourth quarter. But Smith threw two interceptions in the final 2:18 to end the threat for Washington. Allen injured his left ankle late in the first quarter, forcing Smith into just his second NFL game since gruesomely breaking his right leg in November 2018. Allen’s left leg bent the wrong way on a sack by Jabrill Peppers, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and there was an air cast on it as he was carted off. Smith was 24 of 32 for 325 yards, the TD and three interceptions.

PATRICK THE PLAY CALLER

Patrick Mahomes was just goofing around during a special teams segment of practice when he dreamed up this audacious play in which he’d put himself in motion, then take the snap and look downfield for a wide receiver. Chiefs coach Andy Reid liked it so much that he put it in the game plan. The play, which Mahomes called “Ferrari right,” wound up going for a first-half touchdown in a 33-31 win over Carolina on Sunday. “The last three weeks Pat’s been messing around with it,” Reid said, “so I told him, ‘We’re going to put it in.’ He looked at me like I was crazy. He’d been doing it and it looked good, so let’s try it. So we tried it.”

DALVIN COOK-ING

Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook ran for a career-best 206 yards in a 34-20 win over Detroit, and finished with a personal-high 252 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He had 226 yards from scrimmage and four TDs last week, making him the third player in NFL history — joining Jim Brown (1963) and Deuce McAllister (2003) — with at least 225 yards from scrimmage and two scores in consecutive games. Cook is also the sixth player, and first since Emmitt Smith in 1994, to run for a score in each of his first seven games of a season.

RUNNING IN PLACE

Tampa Bay set an NFL record with just five rushing attempts in a 38-3 loss to New Orleans, and that includes backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s kneel-down on the final snap of the night. Ronald Jones ran three times for 9 yards, Leonard Fournette had one carry for no gain, and Gabbert lost a yard to give Tampa Bay 8 yards rushing for the game. The previous record for fewest runs was six, set four times previously and most recently by Minnesota against Buffalo in 2018.

SIDELINED

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford left in the fourth quarter Sunday against Minnesota to undergo concussion protocol after being struck in the head during a sack. After the game, Stafford was cleared of concussion protocol. The frustrating exit ended a week in which Stafford wasn’t allowed to practice before coming off the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday. … Washington’s Kyle Allen dislocated his left ankle late in the first quarter against the New York Giants, forcing Alex Smith into just his second NFL game since gruesomely breaking his right leg in November 2018. … In Indianapolis, the Baltimore Ravens lost five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell to a left calf injury in the first quarter of a 24-10 win over the Colts. … Indianapolis Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle left in the first half with a concussion.

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SPEAKING

“That was awesome. It was fun for the fans as well, not just us competing. You know what you’re going to get when it comes to Kyler. You know the kind of explosive player he is. He might be the fastest player in the NFL right now. Oh my gosh, he’s faster than me.” — Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa after leading Miami past Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals 34-31.

“We came out here and laid an egg.” — A disappointed Murray after Arizona’s loss to Miami.

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