Seahawks, Titans head to overtime

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There were a couple of points in Sunday’s game when it looked like the Seahawks might put the Titans away by a comfortable margin, but neither a 15-point halftime lead nor a 14-point fourth quarter lead proved to be enough to put things out of reach.

Derrick Henry ran for a 60-yard touchdown to cut the lead to a touchdown and the Titans forced a pair of punts to give themselves one more chance with the ball in the final minutes of the game. Henry got a lot of work on that drive, including a carry from the five-yard-line with 34 seconds left to play. Officials called it a touchdown on the field, but replays showed that he was down just short of the end zone.

The run gave the Titans a first down and they took a timeout to avoid a 10 second clock runoff, but they only needed one play for Henry to get the rest of the way into the end zone. Head coach Mike Vrabel opted for a game-tying extra point instead of going for two and Randy Bullock, who missed a field goal earlier in the game, made it to tie the score at 30.

As a result of the Titans’ timeout, there 24 seconds to play when the Seahawks got the ball. Russell Wilson moved them to their own 43-yard-line with two seconds left, but a short pass to Tyler Lockett didn’t turn into a miraculous ending.

That means overtime will determine if we get a winner in Seattle

Greg Zuerlein’s 56-yard field goal on final play gives Cowboys 20-17 win

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The Chargers couldn’t get out of their own way Sunday. They had two touchdowns called back by penalties in addition to a negated 31-yard reception and ended up with 12 penalties for 99 yards. They missed a field goal, and they threw two interceptions in scoring range.

The Cowboys escaped with a 20-17 victory on a 56-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal on the final play of regulation.

Zuerlein redeemed himself after missing a 31-yard field goal, a 60-yard field goal and an extra point in the season opener, which ended in a 31-29 loss for the Cowboys on a 36-yard field goal by Bucs kicker Ryan Succop with two seconds left.

His kick saved Mike McCarthy from some questionable clock management on the Cowboys’ final drive, which was 11 plays and 49 yards and ate up the final 3:54.

The Chargers tied it on a 29-yard field goal by Tristan Vizcaino with 3:54 left. Justin Herbert never saw the ball again.

In the second half, the Chargers had a 31-yard reception by Mike Williams called back for offensive lineman Oday Aboushi being downfield. They had a 36-yard touchdown reception by Donald Parham Jr. negated by a hold on Jared Cook. Cook’s 2-yard touchdown was called back by an illegal shift on KJ Hill Jr.

Herbert threw interceptions after the Chargers reached the Cowboys 33 and 9, with Trevon Diggs getting the first one in the first quarter and Damontae Kazee getting the second one late in the third quarter.

Herbert completed 31 of 41 passes for 338 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He is only the second quarterback in NFL history with 10 300-yard passing games in his first 17 starts, joining Patrick Mahomes. Keenan Allen had four catches for 108 yards.

Dak Prescott went 23-of-27 for 237 yards and an interception. The Cowboys had 419 yards, with 198 coming on the ground. Tony Pollard had his third career 100-yard rushing day with 109 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while Ezekiel Elliott contributed 71 and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Cardinals beat Vikings in a wild one

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In what may have been the most entertaining game so far in this NFL season, the Vikings and Cardinals battled back and forth for 60 minutes until Minnesota missed a last-second field goal and Arizona escaped with a 34-33 win.

Kirk Cousins did everything in his power for the Vikings, completing 22 of 32 passes for 244 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. But it wasn’t enough, as Cousins marched the Vikings into field goal range in the final minute only to have Greg Joseph miss as time expired.

Kyler Murray made several more outstanding highlight-reel plays for the Cardinals, completing 29 of 36 passes for 400 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and also running for a touchdown. Murray continues to be one of the NFL’s most entertaining players.

Rookie Rondale Moore was outstanding for the Cardinals, catching seven passes from Murray for 114 yards.

In a losing effort, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had a big game, with 22 carries for 131 yards.

The win improves the Cardinals to 2-0 and helps them keep pace in the competitive NFC West. The Vikings fall to 0-2.

Tom Brady throws five TDs, Mike Edwards scores two pick-sixes in 48-25 victory

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Late in the third quarter, the Falcons scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut the Buccaneers’ lead to 28-25. At that point, it looked like Atlanta had Tampa Bay on its heels.

But that feeling didn’t last long.

Quarterback Tom Brady threw his fifth touchdown pass of the day early in the fourth quarter. And then safety Mike Edwards recorded two pick-sixes to put the game out of reach, as the Bucs defeated the Falcons 48-25.

With the victory, Tampa Bay became the first team in league history to score at least 30 points in nine consecutive wins. Brady also tied a franchise record with five TD passes.

The Bucs built a 21-7 lead in the first half with a pair of touchdowns from tight end Rob Gronkowski and a 3-yard touchdown catch by receiver Mike Evans. Gronkowski now has four TDs on the year after a 20-yard score on the opening drive and a diving 1-yard catch early in the second quarter.

While the Falcons cut the deficit to 28-10 with a last-second field goal in the second quarter, Evans caught his second TD early in the third quarter.

Atlanta scored 15 straight points in the third quarter, but Tampa Bay proved to be too much in the final period.

Brady finished 24-of-36 passing for 276 yards with five touchdowns and no picks. Mike Evans had five catches for 72 yards, with Godwin making four catches for 62 yards. Leonard Fournette led the team with 11 carries for 52 yards.

Matt Ryan was 35-of-46 passing for 300 yards with two touchdowns and three picks. Josh Rosen finished the game at quarterback for Atlanta, throwing a pair of incomplete passes.

The Buccaneers will have their first road game of the year next week, taking on the Rams in Los Angeles.

Now at 0-2, the Falcons take on the 0-2 Giants on the road in Week Three.

Mac Jones: Feels good to win, we can be better on offense

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Patriots quarterback Mac Jones got to experience his first win as an NFL player on Sunday afternoon.

Jones was 22-of-30 for 186 yards as the Patriots used a pair of rushing touchdowns, four interceptions of Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, and flawless kicking from Nick Folk to power the way to a 25-6 road victory. Jones said after the game that he was happy to get the win, but noted that there’s room for the Patriots to get better on offense.

“I think it feels good,” Jones said. “Obviously, it’s hard to, it’s just what everyone is saying, it is hard to win in the NFL. We’ve played two games and won one and lost one, you got to take it for what it’s worth and we’ll get better. I think everybody, including anybody that’s watch the game can agree that the offense can play better, and we will. The defense did a great job creating the turnovers. We talk about it all the time, playing together, complimenting one another, offense, defense and special teams. On offense, I think we definitely feel blessed to win but at the same time you got to take it for what it’s worth and move on and try to correct the things that we need to work on.”

Jones didn’t turn the ball over, which is a stark contrast to what his fellow first-round pick did on Sunday and it’s the sort of thing that will serve the team well as long as the other phases of the Patriots’ game perform like they did on Sunday.

Panthers had a simple plan for Jameis Winston: “Get after him”

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The Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston looked great last Sunday. This week, not.

After the 26-7 Carolina win over New Orleans, Panthers pass-rusher Haason Reddick explained the approach to shutting down Winston and the Saints.

“Just simply to get after him,” Reddick told PFT by phone. “Pressure him and like I said, just get after him. Try to get him off his star spot. Affect him. We knew that he was a big part of what they did last week and we knew if we could affect him this week that we could have a good chance at winning the game.”

I asked Reddick whether the plan included trying to get Winston to attempt to do too much, in the hopes that he’d rewind the clock to his 30-interception season of 2019.

“We were definitely aware of his past,” Reddick said. “After last week, he looked like a different QB. We knew he didn’t throw the ball a lot. We knew that their run game was going. When you see that they have 20 throwing attempts that means their rush game must have been going. We just knew that if we could affect him, if we could get to him, then we would have a chance at the end of the day. He looked real, real good last week as I watched the film. Able to escape the pocket. Throw the ball. Five touchdowns on 20 pass attempts. I mean, that’s just ridiculous. Like I said we knew that if we could get to him, affect him, get him off the spot that we’ll be good and have a good chance.”

Enhancing the effort was the fact that the Panthers systematically pulled away.

“We just knew as the score kept going up and we kept getting a wider margin on the Saints, we just knew what was coming,” Reddick said. “At some point we knew they were having to drop back and pass the ball. At that point it was time for us to pin our ears back and go get after him.”

Get after him they did. And the Panthers are now 2-0, making them a major player in the NFC, for now.

Tom Brady’s fifth touchdown, Matt Ryan pick six give Buccaneers 41-25 lead

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The Falcons had life after cutting Tampa Bay’s lead to three late in the third quarter.

It didn’t last long.

After the Falcons cut Tampa Bay’s lead to three points, quarterback Tom Brady and the Bucs offense marched down the field to score a touchdown. Receiver Chris Godwin got the score, coming down with a 12-yard reception in the end zone. That gave Brady five touchdown passes on the day — tying Tampa Bay’s franchise record.

Then the Buccaneers got their dagger. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw his second interception of the day. Safety
Mike Edwards tipped a pass intended for Russell Gage and picked it off, returning it to the house.

Ryan Succop sent the extra point off the left upright to keep the score at 41-25. But with just under seven minutes left in the contest, Atlanta has a lot of work to do to come back in this game.

Derrick Henry TD keeps Titans within striking distance

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The Titans have been playing from behind for most of Sunday’s game in Seattle, but the Seahawks haven’t been able to put the game away yet.

Derrick Henry broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown with just over 12 minutes to play to cut Seattle’s lead to 30-23. It was Henry’s second touchdown run of the second half and he now has 135 yards on 23 carries.

Henry’s first score closed the gap to eight points in the third quarter and the Titans were in position to make that even closer, but their run of bad kicking continued when Randy Bullock missed a 44-yard kick. Russell Wilson hit a wide-open Freddie Swain for a 68-yard score a few plays later to put the Seahawks back up by double digits.

That looked like it might signal the point when the game got away from the Titans, but Henry has made sure that things will remain interesting in the fourth quarter.

Rams have no word on severity of Darrell Henderson’s rib injury

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Rams running back Darrell Henderson left Sunday’s win over the Colts with a rib injury and there’s no word yet on his outlook for their Week Three game against the Buccaneers.

Head coach Sean McVay said after the game that he had no update about the severity of Henderson’s injury.

Henderson had 13 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 29 yards in the 27-24 win. Sony Michel ran 10 times for 46 yards and would be set for a bigger role if Henderson misses any time.

McVay also told reporters that linebacker Justin Lawler broke his hand. There’s no word on how long he’ll be out, but it seems likely the Rams will have to go with other options off the edge for the near future.

Falcons cut Buccaneers lead to 28-25 late in the third quarter

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The Falcons are not dead yet.

Though Atlanta was down 28-10 early on in the third quarter, the team has scored a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 28-25.

A facemask penalty put the Falcons at Tampa Bay’s 7-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Matt Ryan avoided a sack to get a pass off to running back Cordarrelle Patterson, who did the rest to take the ball in for a 7-yard touchdown. It was Patterson’s second score of the game, having run one in from 10-yards out in the first half.

Ryan then kept a zone-read for a successful two-point conversion, leaping into the end zone to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to three points.

On the injury front, Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell is being evaluated for a concussion.

Matt Nagy: We feel good if Justin Fields is our quarterback

NFL: SEP 19 Bengals at Bears
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Andy Dalton hurt his knee on Sunday and that opened the door to Bears first-round pick Justin Fields getting the first extended playing time of his NFL career.

The Bears saw the Bengals cut a 20-3 lead to a 20-17 advantage in the final minutes, but held on for their first win of the season. The only offensive touchdown of the game came on a Dalton pass to Allen Robinson and Fields was 6-of-13 for 60 yards through the air. He threw an interception and ran 10 times for 31 yards in an outing that he graded poorly after the game.

“I don’t think I’m pleased with how I played at all,” Fields said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com. “I think there’s a lot more in me that I have to show. That’s going to come with time. I know it’s not going to happen overnight, so I’m just going to keep grinding, and no matter what happens, I know I’m meant for this. I’m meant to be here. My path here has been crazy. When I was younger, I never thought I would be here in this position. I’m here for a reason. And I definitely think I can play better. I just think that this is the beginning. I’m definitely excited for the future and excited to get back to practice on Monday, Tuesday.”

The Bears do not think Dalton suffered an ACL tear, but there’s no word on his status for Week Three at this point. Despite Fields’ harsh review of his own play, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said the team is comfortable with Fields as their quarterback if Dalton is out of action.

“He’s farther along than we thought he’d be at this point… We feel good with him,” Nagy said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Fields might get the start against the Browns because of injury, but a strong outing for the rookie would make it likelier that he’ll get them by coach’s decision in the weeks to come.

Buccaneers turn Matt Ryan interception into a touchdown

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The Falcons did not get off to a good start in the second half, but responded well to score their second touchdown of the game.

First, the team was hit for an illegal block above the waist, which made the drive start at the Atlanta 12. Then on the second play from scrimmage, quarterback Matt Ryan’s pass was tipped by defensive lineman Vita Ver and intercepted by edge rusher Shaq Barrett.

It was only the second interception of Barrett’s career, and his first since 2019.

With such good field position, the Buccaneers didn’t take long to take advantage of their scoring opportunity. After the Falcons were flagged for defensive pass interference in the end zone, quarterback Tom Brady hit receiver Mike Evans for a 1-yard touchdown. That was Evans’ second TD of the game.

But the Falcons responded well, with Ryan completing a 3-yard, fourth-down pass to Calvin Ridley for a touchdown. That cut the Bucs lead to 28-17 with 6:35 left in the third quarter.

Carson Wentz: We’ll do everything we can to get the ankle ready to go for next week

NFL: SEP 19 Rams at Colts
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Colts quarterback Carson Wentz suffered an ankle injury and was unable to finish the Week Two matchup against the Rams. But at this point, the quarterback doesn’t feel like it’s too serious.

Wentz said after Sunday’s loss to the Rams that he doesn’t think his ankle is broken.

“I don’t think so, but we’ll find out,” Wentz said, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “I’ve sprained my ankle 100 times, probably since I was a kid. This one I just couldn’t play through at the end of the game. We’ll evaluate and do everything we can to get this ready to go for next week.”

Wentz was twisted around on a third-down play by L.A. defensive tackle Aaron Donald. While Wentz got rid of the ball to avoid a sack, his ankle got rolled up in the process.

“I could feel it underneath the pile right away,” Wentz said. “I think the guys around me could hear me yelling, because it was rolled up on pretty good. It’s definitely frustrating. Obviously, shouldn’t have thrown my helmet like that, but I knew at that point that I probably wasn’t going to come back out this game.”

The Rams went down and scored a field goal, and the Colts got the ball back down 27-24 with just over two minutes left in the game. But Wentz was unable to play, leaving backup Jacob Eason to attempt to win the game.

Eason threw an interception to cornerback Jalen Ramsey on his second snap.

“Tried to tape it up, spat it up, do everything I could to get out there and finish the game,” Wentz said. “It’s a bad feeling to not be out there, especially in that situation. You kind of feel like you let the team down a little bit. It’s definitely frustrating, but it’s football.”

Wentz will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury. He missed significant time in the preseason after undergoing surgery to repair his broken foot.

The Colts head to Nashville to take on the Titans next week.

Seahawks up 24-9 on Titans at halftime

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The Seahawks made a couple of big plays on both sides of the ball in the second quarter to grab a lead over the Titans and they were able to carry it into the locker room at halftime.

Tyler Lockett caught a 63-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson to put the Seahawks up 10-6 and linebacker Alton Robinson forced a fumble while sacking Ryan Tannehill a few plays later. Kerry Hyder recovered to set up a Chris Carson touchdown run and the Seahawks pushed their lead to 11 points.

It looked like the Titans drew within five points just after the two minute warning, but replay officials found that Julio Jones failed to get both feet in bounds. That left the Titans to settle for a field goal and gave the Seahawks a chance to add some more points of their own before the half. Four Wilson completions and a big run by Alex Collins got the ball to the 11-yard-line and a pass interference call in the end zone set up Carson’s second touchdown of the game.

That made it 24-9 before the break and it left the Titans with a lot of work to do if they’re going to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.

Cowboys lead Chargers 14-11 at halftime

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It was a tale of two quarters for the Cowboys and Chargers. The Cowboys led 14-3 after the first quarter and now lead only 14-11 at halftime.

The Cowboys had 13 first downs, 174 yards, including 76 rushing yards, and two touchdowns in the first 15 minutes. The Chargers eight plays, including a 46-yard field goal from Tristan Vizcaino, four first downs and 74 yards.

In the second quarter, Los Angeles had 20 plays, 124 yards and eight first downs. The Cowboys had nine plays, 99 yards and three first downs. Forty-eight of those yards came on the final play of the half when CeeDee Lamb had a 34-yard catch-and-run to the Chargers 17 before a lateral to Ezekiel Elliott, wo ran for 14 yards to the 3.

It was an action-packed first half.

Vizcaino missed a 44-yard field goal off the left upright with three seconds remaining in the first half to deny the Chargers a 14-14 halftime tie. The Chargers got within a field goal after Mike Williams caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert with 9:49 left until halftime and then Austin Ekeler ran in the 2-point conversion.

Herbert had 16 consecutive completions at one point and finished the first half 17-of-20 for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Trevon Diggs had the pick for the Cowboys. Ekeler has five carries for 41 yards and four catches for 16 yards.

The Chargers had nine penalties for 79 yards in the first half.

Dak Prescott went 13-of-16 for 177 yards with an interception. Asante Samuel Jr. had the pick for the Chargers. Lamb has five catches for 80 yards.

Tony Pollard ran for 44 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, and Elliott gained 34 yards and scored a touchdown on nine carries.