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NFL Week 3 Props: Saints Falcons

Week 3 features the first of two meetings between NFC South foes, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Both teams present strong quarterbacks and top wide receivers.

Over the first two weeks, the Saints have been outscored by their opponents 66-61 (Buccaneers 2-0, Browns 0-1-1), while the Falcons have outscored their opponents 43-42 (Eagles 1-1,

Week 3 features the first of two meetings between NFC South foes, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Both teams present strong quarterbacks and top wide receivers.

Over the first two weeks, the Saints have been outscored by their opponents 66-61 (Buccaneers 2-0, Browns 0-1-1), while the Falcons have outscored their opponents 43-42 (Eagles 1-1, Panthers 1-1).

The Saints and Falcons both present strong passing games and a more than sufficient, run game. 

Freeman and Kamara have changed the way these two offenses have performed, considering their pass-catching ability.

Falcons’ Coach Dan Quinn says Freeman is day-to-day, so his status should be monitored, regardless of whether or not he gets the okay to play. Kamara, on the other hand, will look to continue his explosive play.

In week 4, the Saints travel New York to take on a struggling Giants team, and the Falcons host the Bengals who currently sit atop the AFC North at 2-0.

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Chargers’ defense laments lack of pass rush in loss to Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have been short-handed the first three weeks of the season without their top two pass rushers. On Sunday, that lack of a pass rush was one of the biggest reasons why they lost to their cross-town rivals.

The Chargers were only able to get one

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have been short-handed the first three weeks of the season without their top two pass rushers. On Sunday, that lack of a pass rush was one of the biggest reasons why they lost to their cross-town rivals.

The Chargers were only able to get one sack against Jared Goff in a 35-23 loss to the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A non-existent pass rush allowed Goff to pick the Chargers apart, throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns.

“We couldn’t get off the field. I think the first half, he completed 90 percent of his passes,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “We have to figure out how to get pressure on the quarterback.”

The Chargers (1-2) will get defensive tackle Corey Liuget back after next Sunday’s game against San Francisco when his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances ends. But Joey Bosa’s return date is less certain. Lynn sounded after Sunday’s game that the third-year defensive end won’t be returning anytime soon.

“We’re feeling it (the losses of Liuget and Bosa) but we have to do something to get the quarterback on the ground. That is up to me and everyone up front,” nose tackle Damion Square said.

The Chargers got pressure on Goff only three of the 37 times he dropped back to pass. The 8.1 percent is the fourth worst pressure rate on a quarterback in this week’s games according to Sportradar. He had an average time of 2.90 seconds to throw, which is more than this week’s league average of 2.72 seconds.

The lack of pressure is why Goff was able to complete 29 of 36 passes. The 80.6 completion rate ties for the second highest against the Chargers since 2010. Goff completed 13 of his first 14 throws and was 21 of 25 for 216 yards in the first half.

Even when the Chargers were able to force a third down, they were rarely able to get a stop. The Rams — who punted only once in 10 possessions — converted eight of 11 third downs, including three where there were 6 or more yards to go.

“It was on us on defense. We couldn’t get a stop. We made them punt one time,” safety Derwin James said. “The offense put up enough points.”

Even when the Chargers were able to make a play on defense, they had something else happen. James picked off Goff on a pass intended for Gerald Everett in the end zone, but instead of a touchback, the momentum carried him out of the end zone and the Chargers took over their own 1.

With the pick, James joined Dallas’ Bill Bates as the only rookie defensive backs in a non-strike year to have two sacks and an INT in their first three games.

One solution for the Chargers to dial up more pressure might be playing James closer to the line of scrimmage. They did that the first two weeks, but he played deeper and was more of a natural free safety because of the Rams’ deep threats.

“Sometimes when I blitz, I get in my rhythm,” James said. “At the end of the day, we have to execute as a defense. We have to mix it up and the guys that have 1-on-1 matchups have to win.”

One of the few saving graces for the Chargers is that they already faced two of the league’s most potent offenses the first three weeks of the season in the Chiefs and Rams. In Week 1, Kansas City beat the Chargers 38-28 as Patrick Mahomes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns . But much like against the Rams, the Chargers only sacked Mahomes once in that game, too.

Things figure to get slightly easier the next two weeks with home games against San Francisco, who may have lost Jimmy Garoppolo for the year to a knee injury, and Oakland.

“It was a similar game from Week 1, for sure. They’ve got good talent at receiver, great running back, good quarterback. They kind of have a similar playbook, you see (play) actions, you see boots (bootlegs), you see motions,” cornerback Desmond King said. “We’re going to bounce back, for sure. We can’t let this loss affect us.”

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Thomas still unhappy with Seahawks after 2 interception game

SEATTLE (AP) — Earl Thomas' issues with the Seattle Seahawks front office aren't going away, even as he continues to play like one of the best safeties in the NFL.

How much longer the Seahawks are willing to put up with an unhappy star is now the big question.

After a few days

SEATTLE (AP) — Earl Thomas’ issues with the Seattle Seahawks front office aren’t going away, even as he continues to play like one of the best safeties in the NFL.

How much longer the Seahawks are willing to put up with an unhappy star is now the big question.

After a few days of uncertainty, Thomas was on the field Sunday creating problems for opponents in Seattle’s 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys. In what he acknowledged could end up being his last game in Seattle, Thomas had two interceptions and tied for a team high with seven tackles.

“I don’t know if it was,” Thomas said, “but I had a damn good time and I’ll go out like that if I have to.”

His displeasure with his situation in Seattle remains evident. Thomas’ holdout from Seattle’s offseason program and training camp didn’t result in a contract extension or a trade. He’s now banking that skipping two days of practice this past week — and then playing great Sunday — may finally force Seattle’s hand to make some sort of move, either offering him a long-term contract extension or sending him to another team that might be willing to secure his future beyond this season.

“I love Seattle,” Thomas said. “My family is here. I’m hopeful these guys will call my agent and we’ll work something out. I want to be taken care of.”

Since he reported on the Wednesday before the season opener, Thomas had not taken any overt actions to express his displeasure with his contract situation, a deal with Seattle that expires after this season. That changed this week when he sat out practices Wednesday and Friday without any injury designation. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Thomas missed the practices for personal reasons and was not injury related.

Thomas said Sunday he sat out because he’s “invested in myself.”

“If they were invested in me, I’d be out there practicing, but if I feel like anything — I don’t give a damn if it’s small, I got a headache — I’m not practicing,” Thomas said.

Carroll offered no explanations for the situation.

“Really, I haven’t even talked to him about it other than we made it through and we talk next week,” Carroll said. “There’s nothing even to really tell you about it. I’ll let you know next week.”

Thomas said he understood that decision would likely come with some financial repercussions — from the Seahawks.

“They definitely gonna tax me,” Thomas said. “I’m sure I’ll have a slip in my locker.”

Thomas’ absence from practice — or the lingering uncertainty about his future — didn’t seem to bother his teammates.

“He keeps playing like greatness, he’s playing like he deserves one of those yellow jackets,” defensive end Frank Clark said. “At the end of the day, that’s Earl. Earl is going to do Earl. I think we all know that. Everybody is panicking and wondering where Earl is at, but I’m sure he’s getting better somewhere in his little cave or something.”

Thomas’ first interception came in the first quarter after he pinned a deflected pass against his shin and kept it from hitting the turf. His second pick also came off a deflection and stopped a drive by Dallas deep in Seattle territory in the fourth quarter. After the second interception, Thomas turned to Dallas’ sideline and bowed.

Thomas has never hid his desire to one day play for the Cowboys and last year after the Seahawks won in Dallas, Thomas made the odd move of running into the Cowboys’ locker room to give a message to coach Jason Garrett: “If they kick me to the curb, come get me.”

It was the second time in his career Thomas had two interceptions in a game, and the bow was a bit of a shot at Dallas for not getting a deal done.

“I felt like that was just in the moment and if they were going to trade for me and extend me, they should have did it,” Thomas said of his gesture that drew a 15-yard penalty.

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NFL Injuries: 49ers QB Garoppolo has possible torn ACL

The 49ers are bracing themselves for the worst, thinking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season after he injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in Sunday's 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach

The 49ers are bracing themselves for the worst, thinking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season after he injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said: “We fear an ACL. We’ll find out more tomorrow.”

That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.

Garoppolo was 20 of 30 for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no picks against the Chiefs, and he was at his best in trying to rally the 49ers late. But after driving for a potential score in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo was flushed from the pocket and headed for the sideline.

He appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled — just as Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow. Garoppolo wound up leaving on a cart.

Also in that game, cornerback Richard Sherman left with a calf injury, safety Adrian Colbert hurt his ankle and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left with a wrist injury.

Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford left with a groin injury in the fourth quarter.

Another quarterback was injured when the Titans’ Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game at Jacksonville in the first quarter with a concussion.

He was replaced by Marcus Mariota, who sat out last week’s victory against Houston because of an elbow injury sustained in the season opener. He was still experiencing arm weakness along with numbness and tingling in two fingers this week, saying the injury affects the velocity and spin he gets on the football.

Mariota directed three scoring drives in relief of Gabbert, including one in the fourth quarter, and Tennessee knocked off the Jaguars 9-6.

Titans punt returner Adoree Jackson also left with a concussion.

Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell left the game in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury.

Green Bay defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off in the second quarter against Washington with an ankle injury, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left with a back injury.

Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses left in the first quarter with a concussion. He was replaced by Ty Nsekhe.

In other games:

— Bills center Russell Bodine, who started in place of Ryan Groy, limped off with leg cramps in the third quarter against Minnesota. Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle) left in the first quarter and did not return. Right tackle Rashod Hill (ankle) limped off in the second quarter.

— Indianapolis right tackle Joe Haeg left with an ankle injury, while Philadelphia safety Rodney McLeod left with a right knee injury after colliding with teammate Jalen Mills in the third quarter.

— Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a groin injury at Carolina, while nose tackle Ryan Glasgow was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a lower right leg injury.

— Miami defensive end William Hayes (right knee) was hurt when he sacked Oakland’s Derek Carr and missed the second half. Andre Branch hurt his knee in the second half. Tight end A.J. Derby (foot) also sat out the second half. Linebacker Chase Allen suffered a foot injury in the first half.

— New Orleans reserve cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted from the field early in the third quarter at Atlanta with a left ankle injury. Falcons safety Ricardo Allen left early in overtime with a left calf injury. He was helped to the sideline and then driven on a cart to the locker room. Reserve cornerback Justin Bethel suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

— Giants tight end Evan Engram (knee) left in the second quarter at Houston. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton injured his groin in the first quarter and didn’t return. Houston WR Bruce Ellington injured his hamstring in the first quarter and didn’t return. Guard Senio Kelemete (knee) left in the second quarter.

— Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. The Pro Bowl selection didn’t return. Aqib Talib then left in the second half. Kick returner JoJo Natson injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return.

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NFL Today, Week 3

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Sept. 24

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. Thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick and a talented collection of playmakers that include DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers (2-0) are off to their best start in eight years and have the NFL's top-ranked offense. The Steelers (0-1-1) are

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Sept. 24

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. Thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick and a talented collection of playmakers that include DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers (2-0) are off to their best start in eight years and have the NFL’s top-ranked offense. The Steelers (0-1-1) are not far behind at No. 2, however, inconsistency on defense has Ben Roethlisberger & Co. winless through two weeks.

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STARS

Passing

— Drew Brees, Saints, set the NFL record for career completions while passing for 396 yards and three touchdowns and also running for two scores, including a 1-yard keeper in overtime that lifted New Orleans past Atlanta 43-37.

— Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, tossed three more touchdown passes and finished with 314 yards passing in a 38-27 victory over San Francisco. He has 13 TD throws and no interceptions through three games.

— Cam Newton, Panthers, threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others to help Carolina hand Cincinnati its first loss of the season, 31-21.

— Matt Ryan, Falcons, had his first career game with five touchdown throws and finished with 374 yards passing in Atlanta’s 43-27 overtime loss to New Orleans.

— Jared Goff, Rams, passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-23 victory over the Chargers.

—Eli Manning, Giants, completed 25 of 29 throws for 297 yards and two TDs in a 27-22 victory at Houston.

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Rushing

— Christian McCaffrey, Panthers, racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing on 28 carries in Carolina’s 31-21 victory over Cincinnati.

— Adrian Peterson, Redskins, ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores to help Washington top Green Bay 31-17.

— Chris Carson, Seahawks, finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season, and had a score in a 24-13 win over Dallas.

— Todd Gurley, Rams, rushed for 105 yards and a TD on 23 carries in the Rams’ 35-23 victory over the Chargers.

— Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, ran for 127 yards on 16 attempts in a losing cause as Dallas fell to Seattle, 24-13.

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Receiving

— Rookie Calvin Ridley, Falcons, caught three touchdown passes while finishing with 146 yards receiving on seven receptions in Atlanta’s 43-37 overtime loss to New Orleans.

— Robert Woods, Rams, had two touchdown catches to help Los Angeles beat the Chargers 35-23.

— Jordy Nelson, Raiders, had 173 yards receiving and a touchdown on six receptions in Oakland’s 28-20 loss at Miami.

— Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, Saints. Kamara had a career-high 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards in New Orleans’ 43-37 win at Atlanta, while Thomas caught 10 passes for 129 yards.

— Adam Thielen, Vikings, had 14 receptions for 105 yards in Minnesota’s 27-6 loss to Buffalo.

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Special Teams

— Adam Vinatieri, Colts, tied Morten Andersen’s career record of 565 field goals by connecting on all three of his tries in Indianapolis’ 20-16 loss at Philadelphia.

— Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a pair of 52-yard field goals in Baltimore’s 27-14 win over Denver to give him six career games with multiple field goals of 50 yards or more, an NFL record.

— Joseph Jones and Justin Simmons, Broncos. Jones knocked away Sam Koch’s punt on Baltimore’s first possession, while Simmons blocked Justin Tucker’s 43-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter of Denver’s 27-14 loss.

— Cory Littleton and Blake Countess, Rams. Littleton blocked a punt in the end zone and Countess recovered it for a touchdown in a 35-23 win over the Chargers.

— Cody Parkey, Bears, kicked his third field goal of the day, a 43-yarder with 4:31 to play, to give Chicago the lead in a 16-14 victory over winless Arizona.

— Wil Lutz, Saints, kicked field goals of 49, 21 and 45 yards and made all four of his extra points in New Orleans’ 43-37 overtime win at Atlanta.

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Defense

— J.J. Watt, Texans, had three sacks, three tackles for losses, four quarterback hits and a forced fumble in Houston’s 27-22 loss to the New York Giants.

— Earl Thomas, Seahawks, intercepted Dak Prescott twice to help lift Seattle to a 24-13 victory over Dallas.

— Xavien Howard, Dolphins, had two interceptions in Miami’s 28-20 win over Oakland.

— Efe Obada, Panthers, had an interception, sack and two quarterback pressures to help Carolina beat Cincinnati 31-21 in his first NFL game. He’s the first player to make an NFL 53-man roster from the new International Pathways Program.

— Justin Houston, Chiefs, had two sacks and two forced fumbles while helping Kansas City top San Francisco 38-27.

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MILESTONES

With his 14th completed pass in New Orleans’ 43-37 overtime win at Atlanta, Drew Brees broke the record of 6,300 career completions set by Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Brees set the mark with a 17-yard pass to Michael Thomas in the second quarter. He has 6,326 completions. Brees also became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, three TD passes and two rushing touchdowns without an interception in a game. … Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri is tied with Morten Andersen with 565 career field goals. … New Orleans’ Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 129 yards, giving him 38 receptions this year — the most by an NFL player in his team’s first three games to start a season. His 28 catches through two games also were a record. … Adrian Peterson has 102 TD runs, breaking a tie at 100 with Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander to move into seventh place in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith’s record of 164. Next up at No. 6 is former Redskins star John Riggins, at 104.

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STREAKS & STATS

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes threw three TDs in a 38-27 win over San Francisco, giving him 13 this season without an interception. That total broke the NFL record of 12 for the first three weeks of a season, set by Peyton Manning during the 2013 campaign. … Washington’s Alex Smith had his streak of 156 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest active run in the league, end in the second quarter of the Redskins’ 31-17 win over Green Bay. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made the pick when Jordan Reed went one way and Smith threw another. … Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw five TD passes in a win over New Orleans, giving him 37 in his career against the Saints — the most by any player. He surpassed Joe Montana’s 33 TD passes against New Orleans. Ryan’s five TDs also tied the team record set by Wade Wilson on Dec. 13, 1992, at Tampa Bay. … With running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) inactive and the score so lopsided, Minnesota set a franchise record for fewest rushing attempts with six in a 27-6 loss to Buffalo.

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STARTS

Oakland, led by first-year coach Jon Gruden, is 0-3 for the first time since 2014, when it started 0-10. The Raiders have blown a second-half lead in all three defeats. … Houston is also 0-3, the Texans’ worst start since dropping their first four games of 2008.

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BEATING THE ODDS

Buffalo became only the sixth 16-plus-point underdog winner in the NFL’s last 81 point spreads of that size by defeating Minnesota 27-6. According to ESPN research, the last such winner was Washington over Dallas on Dec. 3, 1995. “I don’t think we took them too lightly,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “I think they came out and kicked our butts.”

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LA STORY

Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and another score, leading the Rams to a 35-23 victory over the Chargers on Sunday in the franchises’ first meeting since their relocations to Los Angeles. Two seasons after the Rams kicked off professional football’s return to the nation’s second-largest market after 21 years away, two NFL teams based in Los Angeles met on the field for the first time since Nov. 13, 1994.

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WELCOME BACK, WENTZ

Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass on his first drive in nine months, helping lift the Eagles to a 20-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “It was a long time coming,” Wentz said after playing his first game since he tore two ligaments in his left knee last Dec. 10. “It felt great.” Wentz finished 25 of 37 for 255 yards, one TD and one INT.

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IT’S TRICKY!

Trickery gave Miami its first lead of a 28-20 victory over Oakland in the fourth quarter when Ryan Tannehill handed off to Frank Gore, who tossed the ball to Albert Wilson on an end-around. Wilson — a quarterback in high school — then lobbed the first pass of his NFL career to a wide-open Grant, who outmaneuvered two Raiders to the end zone. Grant said the Dolphins work on the play every day in practice. Wilson later scored the clincher when he scooted around the end after taking Tannehill’s short pitch and scored as he high-fived Grant. Wilson also became the fourth player with a TD pass and TD reception of at least 50 yards in a game, joining Hall of Famer Jimmy Conzelman (1923), Tom Tracy (1960) and David Patten (2001).

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BIG MAC

Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey, who tied a franchise record with 14 receptions last week against Atlanta, did his damage on the ground in a 31-21 win over Cincinnati. He surpassed his previous career high of 66 yards rushing with 184 on 28 carries, becoming the first player in franchise history to post a 100-yard receiving game and a 100-yard rushing game in back-to-back weeks.

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SLOPPY

Houston is searching for a way to eliminate penalties on offense after committing several false start and holding penalties in a 27-22 loss to the New York Giants. Right tackle Julien Davenport was the worst offender and had three false start and two holding penalties. “It’s the story of penalties, mistakes,” Davenport said. “I don’t know how many penalties I had, but way too much. Hurt this team badly. I’ve got to eliminate it all.”

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NO JOSHIN’

Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen accounted for three touchdowns, helping the Bills beat the Vikings 27-6 on Sunday as 16½-point underdogs. The seventh overall pick in the draft out of Wyoming who took the job earlier than expected in relief of a struggling Nathan Peterman in the opener, completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards. That included a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide-open tight end Jason Croom. Though Allen took three sacks and fumbled three times, the Bills were able to recover all of them. Allen dived to finish a 10-yard run by beating Anthony Barr to the pylon to finish the game’s first drive. Later, on third-and-9, Allen hurdled over Barr to land past the first-down marker. He capped that possession with a 1-yard touchdown leap over the goal line on fourth down for a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter.

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IMMEDIATE IMPACT

Carolina defensive end Efe Obada had an interception, a key fourth-quarter sack and two quarterback pressures in his first NFL game while helping the Panthers to a 31-21 victory over Cincinnati. The Nigerian-born Obada is the first player to make a 53-man roster from the recently formed NFL International Pathways Program. He overcame being a victim of human trafficking as a 10-year-old in the United Kingdom to become an NFL player. One of Obada’s pressures was initially ruled sack-fumble in the second quarter, but later overturned by instant replay to an incomplete pass.

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SIDELINED

San Francisco fears quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City. C.J. Beathard would be in line to start at quarterback if Garoppolo is sidelined. Garoppolo was flushed from the pocket and headed for the sideline in the fourth quarter when he appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled just as Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow. Garoppolo wound up leaving on a cart. Also in that game, cornerback Richard Sherman left with a calf injury. … Tennessee QB Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game at Jacksonville in the first quarter with a concussion. Punt returner Adoree Jackson also left with a concussion. Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell left in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury. … Green Bay defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off in the second quarter against Washington with an ankle injury, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left with a back injury. … Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green left with a groin injury against Carolina. … Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field.

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SPEAKING

“Just NASCAR on grass.” — Miami wide receiver Jakeem Grant, who high-fived teammate Albert Wilson as the two sprinted downfield side by side for the final 30 yards as Wilson turned a short reception into a 74-yard score that sealed a 28-20 victory over winless Oakland.

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“Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft. The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me that play the game hard. Maybe now pass rushers, guys getting after the quarterback, you’ll just have to attack the ball.” — Green Bay’s Clay Matthews, who was livid after being called for roughing the passer for the third straight game.

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Cardinals facing quarterback quandary after loss to Bears

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Rosen trotted onto the field in the fourth quarter to a rousing ovation. Arizona Cardinals fans, tired of watching their team's offense sputter for most of three games, were thrilled to see the rookie quarterback finally get his shot.

The hopes of a winning drive rose with a

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Rosen trotted onto the field in the fourth quarter to a rousing ovation. Arizona Cardinals fans, tired of watching their team’s offense sputter for most of three games, were thrilled to see the rookie quarterback finally get his shot.

The hopes of a winning drive rose with a couple of quick completed passes. Seconds later, those aspirations were dashed with the same kind of mistake that put the Cardinals behind in the first place.

Thrust into a difficult position, Rosen failed to lead Arizona’s beleaguered offense to a comeback, throwing an interception on his fifth NFL pass in the Cardinals’ 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“I guess you could say I’m kind of content that I got to get out there and sort of understand and get the feel of a real NFL game, but I definitely could play a lot better,” Rosen said. “I’m looking forward to getting better in the weeks to come.”

Rosen’s chances to get better — at least in a live game — could come quickly.

Sam Bradford was expected to give Arizona a smooth transition in place of the retired Carson Palmer and serve as a mentor to Rosen, the Cardinals’ quarterback of the future. Signed to a two-year, $20 million contract in the offseason, Bradford has turned in three uninspiring performances with the Cardinals (0-3), racking up turnovers while Arizona’s offense has bogged down.

First-year Cardinals coach Steve Wilks stuck by his starter following the first two games, but brought in Rosen after Bradford opened the second half with two interceptions and a fumble. Rosen threw one interception and had a pick-6 negated by a Chicago offside penalty, but may have shown his coach enough in limited time to earn the start against Seattle next week.

“We’re going to evaluate Josh as well as Sam,” Wilks said. “We’re going to watch the tape and see exactly what I want to do as far as moving forward with that.”

Bradford was good early against the Bears, throwing two touchdown passes as Arizona (0-3) jumped to a 14-0 lead with its first opening-half points of the season. Then the offense bogged down, followed by the turnovers.

Bradford was 4 for 5 for 92 yards in the first quarter, completing two passes of at least 30 yards — Arizona’s two longest of the season. The Cardinals bumbled around on offense after that, managing 30 combined yards on 22 plays in the second and third quarters.

Bradford threw interceptions on the Cardinals’ first two drives of the second half as the Bears clawed back. A third turnover, a fumble, came early in the fourth quarter after Arizona reached Chicago’s 23 with a chance to extend a one-point lead.

Bradford’s final turnover led to Cody Parkey’s third field goal, from 43 yards, that put the Bears up 16-14 and the Cardinals in need of an offensive spark.

“Obviously disappointed in the turnovers,” said Bradford, who finished with 157 yards on 13 of 19 passes. “I felt like I put our team in a bad spot the second half today.”

Rosen, the 10th overall pick of this year’s draft, completed his first three passes to move Arizona near midfield, but underthrew Christian Kirk along the sideline and was intercepted by Bryce Callahan.

Arizona’s defense held, giving the ball back to Rosen and the offense with 43 seconds, rekindling hope of a miracle comeback. It fell flat instead.

Rosen dodged one big mistake when the interception return for a touchdown was called back on a penalty, but the Cardinals’ last-ditch effort ended when he was sacked before he could attempt a pass.

“I thought he looked pretty good, inconsistent in the end,” Wilks said.

The Cardinals could use some consistency at this point.

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The Latest: Lions lead Patriots 10-0 early in 2nd quarter

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

9 p.m.

The winless Detroit Lions could hardly have asked for a better start against New England.

The Lions lead 10-0 after Matthew Stafford's 3-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay early in the second quarter. New England does not

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

9 p.m.

The winless Detroit Lions could hardly have asked for a better start against New England.

The Lions lead 10-0 after Matthew Stafford’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay early in the second quarter. New England does not have a first down, and the Patriots were outgained 126-5 in the first.

Detroit settled for a field goal on fourth-and-short on its first drive, but the Lions have been able to move the ball and keep Tom Brady off the field for the most part.

— Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.

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7:15 p.m.

Josh Rosen is finally getting his shot to lead the Arizona Cardinals.

The 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft replaced struggling Sam Bradford with the Cardinals trailing the Chicago Bears 16-14 with 4:31 left in regulation.

Bradford struggled Arizona’s first two games and had three turnovers against the Bears, including a fumble with the Cardinals driving his final series.

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6:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Rams are taking a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter against the Chargers in the Coliseum, but the home team is without its top two cornerbacks.

Aqib Talib went to the locker room late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. The Rams already were without Marcus Peters, who injured his leg in the first half.

Backups Sam Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman are getting snaps in the fourth quarter.

The Rams racked up 450 yards of offense in the first three quarters.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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6 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. He won’t return. Peters is in his first season with the Rams after establishing himself as a Pro Bowl-level cornerback with Kansas City.

Rams kick returner JoJo Natson also injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return. He was signed two weeks ago to replace injured Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper.

The injuries haven’t stopped the Rams from taking a 28-13 lead early in the third quarter of their crosstown showdown.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:45 p.m

The 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said “we fear an ACL.” That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.

Garoppolo was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline. Garoppolo appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled, just as Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow.

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5:20 p.m.

The Rams stretched their lead in their crosstown showdown by blocking a Chargers punt in the end zone and recovering it for a touchdown.

It all happened after Chargers rookie safety Derwin James made an end zone interception of Jared Goff, but attempted to bring it out and went out of bounds at the 1. The Bolts barely moved the ball on three plays, forcing an end zone punt.

The Chargers missed a block, and Rams linebacker Cory Littleton easily blocked Drew Kaser’s punt, leaving Kaser with a leg injury in the process. Blake Countess recovered it, and the Rams had a 21-6 lead after the extra point.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:10 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals look nothing like the team that struggled the first two games so far against the Chicago Bears.

Arizona (0-2) leads 14-0 after one quarter, more than doubling its point total for the season.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford has been sharp, hitting 4 of 5 passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, eclipsing his output from last week’s 34-0 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams.

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4:55 p.m.

Seattle’s Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks’ matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin and keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

Thomas’ status for the game was in doubt after he missed two days of practice for personal reasons this week.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was vague about Thomas’ situation as rumors continued to swirl about his long-term future with the team. Thomas held out of training camp while seeking contract security beyond this season.

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4:50 p.m.

Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense are off to a sizzling start in the crosstown showdown with the Chargers.

The Rams took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter after three lengthy drives led by Goff, who went 13 of 14 for 141 yards. Goff patiently carved up the Chargers’ defense, which is missing star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, on TD drives ending in Todd Gurley’s 1-yard run and Robert Woods’ 3-yard TD catch.

The Bolts answered with a brilliant 42-yard TD reception by Mike Williams.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks , and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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Rams hold off Chargers 35-23 in LA’s crosstown showdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and another score, leading the Rams to a 35-23 victory over the Chargers on Sunday in the franchises' first meeting since their relocations to Los Angeles.

Cory Littleton blocked a punt in the

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and another score, leading the Rams to a 35-23 victory over the Chargers on Sunday in the franchises’ first meeting since their relocations to Los Angeles.

Cory Littleton blocked a punt in the end zone and Blake Countess recovered it for an early touchdown for the Rams (3-0), who racked up 521 yards and remained one of the NFL’s four unbeaten teams.

Two seasons after the Rams kicked off professional football’s return to the nation’s second-largest market after 21 years away, two NFL teams based in Los Angeles met on the field for the first time since Nov. 13, 1994. The teams put on an uncommonly entertaining show for a Coliseum crowd of 68,947 containing a surprisingly significant turnout of Chargers fans, but the Rams’ offensive brilliance kept them ahead all day.

“Coming out, they were kind of loud, but I think we quieted them up,” Rams receiver Robert Woods said. “At the end of the game, you knew whose house it was, who is LA’s team.”

Woods caught two TD passes and Cooper Kupp made a 53-yard scoring catch from Goff, who went 29 for 36 in one of his most impressive pro performances.

Philip Rivers passed for 226 yards and hit Mike Williams with two touchdown passes for the Chargers (1-2), whose two losses have come against the powerhouse Chiefs and Rams without injured pass-rusher Joey Bosa. Melvin Gordon rushed for 80 yards and a score .

“(The Rams) are good in all areas, but I feel like we had a lot of opportunities to make plays,” Williams said. “We know the talent that we have in the locker room. We’ve just got to put it on the field.”

Despite their prolific offensive performance, the Rams never got comfortable in front of a lively LA crowd. They lost starting cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to injuries during the game, and the Chargers twice drove deep into Rams territory in the fourth quarter, only to come away with three points.

The Rams racked up 313 yards and held the ball for almost 20 minutes in the first half, but also committed two red zone turnovers that allowed the Chargers to stay close. Gurley fumbled on the Rams’ opening drive, and Derwin James picked off Goff in the end zone for his first career interception in the second quarter.

Williams’ diving 42-yard TD reception was the Chargers’ biggest offensive highlight of the first half, but they also made a methodical 80-yard TD drive capped by Gordon. The Bolts’ defense simply couldn’t get the ball back, with Goff and the Rams holding it for nearly 20 minutes.

Kupp and Goff put the Rams up 28-13 early in the third when Goff evaded pressure and slung a perfect, long throw to Kupp, who shook off Trevor Williams’ tackle and ran away.

The Rams didn’t punt until they led 35-23 with 7:38 to play, but the Chargers couldn’t get into the end zone in the final 23 minutes of the game.

BIG BLOCK

James, the Bolts’ stellar rookie safety, went out of bounds at the 1 after his pick, and the Chargers eventually had to punt out of their end zone. After a Bolts blocking mistake, Littleton easily blocked the punt to give a 21-6 lead to the Rams.

“Everything went perfectly for us, and that was the result,” said Littleton, who is still playing special teams even after becoming a starting inside linebacker this year. “It was wide open. You don’t get those very often.”

INJURY REPORT

Chargers: P Drew Kaser injured his leg when Littleton rushed in to block his punt in the first half. Rivers replaced Kaser as a kick holder in the first half, but Kaser returned for the second half. … WR Travis Benjamin missed his second straight game with an injured right foot.

Rams: Peters injured his leg during the first half and had to be helped off the field. The Pro Bowl selection didn’t return. Talib then left in the second half. … Kick returner JoJo Natson injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return. He was signed two weeks ago to replace injured Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Rams: Host the Minnesota Vikings this Thursday, Sept. 27. With only three days to prepare, the players were already doing recovery exercises in the locker room after the game. “Recovery process starts now!” receiver Brandin Cooks yelled.

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Bears erase two-TD hole, top Cardinals

Bears erase two-TD hole, top Cardinals

Cody Parkey kicked three field goals, including the decisive 43-yarder with 4:31 remaining, as the Chicago Bears rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to record a 16-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Parkey's final field goal

Bears erase two-TD hole, top Cardinals

Cody Parkey kicked three field goals, including the decisive 43-yarder with 4:31 remaining, as the Chicago Bears rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to record a 16-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Parkey’s final field goal was set up by Khalil Mack’s forced fumble as the Bears (2-1) won their second straight game. Mack recorded two sacks, and Jordan Howard rushed for Chicago’s lone touchdown.

Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen made his NFL debut with 4:31 remaining but couldn’t prevent the Cardinals from dropping to 0-3. Rosen’s initial drive ended when his fourth-and-5 pass from the Chicago 45-yard-line was intercepted by Bryce Callahan with 1:10 remaining.

The Cardinals got the ball back with 43 seconds to play and were later looking to throw a last-second Hail Mary pass, but Rosen was sacked by Chicago’s Sherrick McManis. Rosen completed 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards.

Arizona starting quarterback Sam Bradford was 13 of 19 for 157 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble before being pulled. All three of his turnovers came in the second half.

Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald had just two receptions for 9 yards.

Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was 24 of 35 for 220 yards and one interception.

The Bears trailed by 11 at halftime but pulled within 14-10 on Howard’s 1-yard plunge with 6:16 left in the third quarter. The nine-play, 67-yard scoring drive was preceded by Eddie Jackson’s interception.

Chicago got the ball back when McManis intercepted Bradford at the Arizona 44-yard line. That set up Parkey’s 41-yard goal with 44 seconds left in the third quarter as the Bears moved within 14-13.

The Cardinals were driving on their ensuing possession when Mack forced a scrambling Bradford to fumble at the Chicago 20-yard line. Danny Trevathan recovered for the Bears with 11:23 remaining. It was Mack’s 12th career forced fumble.

Bradford tossed two first-quarter touchdown passes to fuel Arizona’s strong start.

The first came when he connected with wide open Ricky Seals-Jones on a 35-yard scoring pass to cap a game-opening, five-play, 75-yard drive.

Late in the first quarter, Trubisky fumbled when sacked by Arizona’s Robert Nkemdiche, and Corey Peters recovered at the Chicago 21-yard line. Bradford immediately took advantage by hitting David Johnson for a touchdown with 1:40 left in the quarter.

The Bears received a 20-yard field goal by Parkey with 1:57 remaining in the second period to trail 14-3 at halftime.

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Wilson, Thomas help Seahawks handle Cowboys

Wilson, Thomas help Seahawks handle Cowboys

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and Earl Thomas tallied two interceptions, leading the Seattle Seahawks to a 24-13 win against the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks (1-2) improved their record in Seattle in the month of

Wilson, Thomas help Seahawks handle Cowboys

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and Earl Thomas tallied two interceptions, leading the Seattle Seahawks to a 24-13 win against the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks (1-2) improved their record in Seattle in the month of September to 14-0 under ninth-year head coach Pete Carroll.

After allowing 12 sacks in the first two games, Seattle surrendered only two sacks to the Cowboys (1-2) as Wilson completed 16 of 26 passes for 192 yards with no interceptions. Chris Carson carried 32 times for a career-high 102 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle sacked a struggling Dak Prescott five times. He was 19 of 34 for 168 yards with one TD and the two picks by Thomas. Prescott has now thrown for fewer than 200 yards in five straight games and nine of his last 11.

The first interception by Thomas was a sensational shoelace snag after rookie Michael Gallup lost control of the ball in the first quarter. The second pick, on a deflection, came with a little over three minutes left in the game and quashed any Cowboys comeback hopes.

NFL Network reported earlier Sunday that the Cowboys are still trying to trade for Thomas, who was flagged for taunting after bowing to the Dallas sideline after his second takeaway. The six-time Pro Bowl selection is a Texas native and played at the University of Texas, and he told Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett last year “if you get the chance, come get me.” Thomas, 29, wants a new contract and is reportedly facing team fines for detrimental conduct after missing practices last week.

Ratcheting up the need for safety help, the Cowboys lost starter Jeff Heath to an apparent left ankle injury in the second quarter. A few plays later, Tyler Lockett got behind the secondary on the right sideline and high-stepped it home with a 52-yard touchdown from Wilson to make it 14-3.

Sebastian Janikowski’s 47-yard field goal — aided by Randy Gregory’s 15-yard penalty — pushed Seattle’s lead to 17-3 at halftime.

Brett Maher’s second field goal, from 35 yards out, trimmed the Dallas deficit to 17-6 with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

The Seahawks responded with a 10-play, 72-yard drive, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run up the middle by Carson. The drive consumed nearly six minutes and put Seattle up 24-6 with 12:54 left.

On a Sunday when the rest of the NFC East went 3-0, the Cowboys scored their only touchdown with 7:11 left. Prescott flipped the ball to wide receiver Tavon Austin in the backfield and he took it in from 3 yards out to make it 24-13.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a season-high 127 yards for Dallas, but also made a couple of costly blunders. He stepped out of bounds before catching what would have been a touchdown in the second quarter, then coughed up a fumble at the end of a long run in the fourth.

After gaining just 49 yards on its first three possessions, Seattle struck first with a 64-yard drive early in the second quarter. Wilson converted a third-and-10 with a 19-yard pass to Carson, then went no-huddle on the next play and caught the Dallas defense off guard. Wilson found Jaron Brown wide open in the middle of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Cowboys briefly appeared to tie it up on the ensuing drive as Elliott got open down the right sideline and hauled in a 31-yard touchdown from Prescott. But Elliott had stepped out of bounds before the illegal catch, and Dallas settled for a career-long 50-yard field goal by Maher.

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Cards bench Bradford for Rosen late in loss

Cards bench Bradford for Rosen late in loss

The Arizona Cardinals benched quarterback Sam Bradford in favor of first-round rookie Josh Rosen for the final two minutes of Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears in Glendale, Ariz.

Given two chances, Rosen was unable to drive the Cardinals into range

Cards bench Bradford for Rosen late in loss

The Arizona Cardinals benched quarterback Sam Bradford in favor of first-round rookie Josh Rosen for the final two minutes of Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears in Glendale, Ariz.

Given two chances, Rosen was unable to drive the Cardinals into range for a potential game-winning field goal. On the first drive, he used three completions to move Arizona as far as the Bears’ 42. After running back Chase Edmonds was stuffed for minus-3 yards on third-and-2, Rosen was intercepted on fourth-and-5 by Bryce Callahan.

After a Bears three-and-out, the Cardinals got the ball back at their own 20 with 43 seconds remaining and no timeouts. Following a 9-yard completion to Christian Kirk, who could not get out of bounds, Rosen threw a pick-six to safety Eddie Jackson, but the play was nullified because Khalil Mack was offside. Rosen then scrambled for 12 yards and got out of bounds at the Cardinals’ 43, but he was unable to get a Hail Mary attempt off on the final play, getting sacked by Sherrick McManis.

Rosen finished 4 of 7 for 36 yards and the interception.

After scoring just six points total in the season’s first two games, the Cardinals (0-3) went up 14-0 behind two touchdown passes from Bradford, who was 7 for 10 with 95 yards and the two scores at halftime. But Bradford threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on the first three possessions in the second half, with the Bears converting the turnovers into 13 points to take the lead for good.

Bradford finished 13 of 19 for 157 yards with the two scores and three turnovers. On the season, he is 50 of 80 for 400 yards, two touchdowns four interceptions and six sacks taken.

The Cardinals could have incentive to move on from Bradford — who signed a one-year, $20 million deal in the spring — sooner than later if Rosen remains the starter. Bradford’s contract includes a total of $5 million in roster bonuses, meaning he receives around $300,000 for every game in which he is active. The Cardinals paid Bradford a $10 million signing bonus.

Arizona also has third-stringer Mike Glennon, also a free agent addition, on the depth chart.

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Matthews rips NFL after latest roughing penalty

Matthews rips NFL after latest roughing penalty

After drawing his third roughing-the-passer penalty in as many weeks on Sunday, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had his choicest words yet for the NFL, saying the league is "getting soft."

This time, however, the NFL took an unusual step in publicly

Matthews rips NFL after latest roughing penalty

After drawing his third roughing-the-passer penalty in as many weeks on Sunday, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had his choicest words yet for the NFL, saying the league is “getting soft.”

This time, however, the NFL took an unusual step in publicly defending its officials.

On a second-and-7 play with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Washington Redskins holding a 28-17 lead, Matthews sacked Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. Matthews put his helmet into Smith’s shoulder, knocking Smith to the ground. Matthews wrapped up Smith and went down on top of Smith as the quarterback hit the ground, drawing a flag from referee Craig Wrolstad.

Shortly thereafter, the league tweeted a defense of the call through its NFL Football Operations Twitter feed, citing the NFL rulebook.

“This is a foul for roughing the passer — the defender lands ‘with all or most of the defender’s weight’ on the passer. Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9(b),” the tweet read.

After the game, Matthews sounded off on the NFL.

“Unfortunately this league’s going in a direction I think a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft,” Matthews said. “The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me who play the game hard.”

“Obviously when you’re tackling a guy from the front you’re gonna land on him,” Matthews continued. “I understand the spirit of the rule, I said that weeks prior. But when you have a hit like that, that’s a football play.

“I even went up to Alex Smith after the game, asked him, ‘What do you think? What can I do differently?’ Because that’s a football play.”

Last Sunday, Matthews was called for the same penalty on a similar play, negating what would have been a game-clinching interception against Minnesota. Instead, the Vikings tied the game on the extended drive, forcing overtime in a game that would finish in a tie.

Pool reporter Rob Demovsky spoke with Wrolstad after the game Sunday, and the referee expanded on his reasoning for the call.

“So that’s not a new rule. I had judged that the defender landed on the quarterback when he was tackling him with most or all of his body weight, and that’s not allowed,” Wrolstad said. “If you do that, it’s roughing the passer. So that was basically my key, that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight and that was my ruling, roughing the passer.”

“If (Matthews) got a shoulder into him and then landed on (Smith) with most of his body weight off him or (had Matthews) released him when he went down, then he would have been OK.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the impetus for the increased emphasis on the rule after he sustained a broken collarbone last season when Minnesota’s Anthony Barr landed on him, was thrown to the ground Sunday by Redskins defensive lineman Daron Payne, but no penalty was called.

“I said, ‘I’m not asking for a call here. But I’m wondering if you felt like he slammed me on my head or not.’ He said, ‘No, I didn’t see it,'” Rodgers said of his subsequent chat with Wrolstad.

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Wilson 2 TDs, Thomas 2 picks, Seahawks beat Cowboys 24-13

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided a 0-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 18-yard touchdown

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided a 0-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 18-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass as Seattle (1-2) built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys.

The duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have the answers against a Seattle defense that had safety Earl Thomas on the field and welcomed back Bobby Wagner after the Seahawks’ defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas , including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass, with Thomas bowing to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play.

Prescott was sacked five times and Dallas (1-2) had just 58 net yards passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes, busting off a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for Dallas’ stagnant offense.

Thomas’ second interception was one of two turnovers forced by Seattle in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but had the ball punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks.

Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a 3-yard shovel pass TD to Tavon Austin with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to pass for 200 yards for the ninth time in the past 11 games dating back to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries.

Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that’s been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and sacked twice by Dallas’ defense that was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game.

Wilson’s 16-yard strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive and Wilson found Lockett streaking up the sideline. Heath’s replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late to rotate over and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead.

Carson’s TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining.

Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season.

THOMAS DRAMA

Following a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons which coach Pete Carroll provided only vague answers as to why, and left open the possibility Thomas wouldn’t play.

He was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before Thomas was making a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin.

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Seattle was gifted three points at the end of the half when Randy Gregory was baited into a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, smacking Seattle’s Joey Hunt in the facemask. The penalty put Seattle in range for Sebastian Janikowski’s 47-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead at the half.

INJURIES

Dallas also played a large portion of the second half without linebacker Sean Lee due to a hamstring injury. Lee had been listed as questionable for that problem.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Dallas returns home to host Detroit next Sunday.

Seahawks: Seattle is at division rival Arizona next Sunday.

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Bears rally for 16-14 victory over winless Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cody Parkey kicked his third field goal of the game, a 43-yarder with 4:31 to remaining, to rally the Chicago Bears to a 16-14 victory over the winless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Sam Bradford threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to put the Cardinals up 14-0, but was replaced by

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cody Parkey kicked his third field goal of the game, a 43-yarder with 4:31 to remaining, to rally the Chicago Bears to a 16-14 victory over the winless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Sam Bradford threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to put the Cardinals up 14-0, but was replaced by rookie Josh Rosen after fumbling the ball away deep in Chicago territory late in the game.

Rosen, the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft out of UCLA, drew a standing ovation from the Cardinals crowd as he jogged on the field. He drove Arizona past midfield, but on fourth-and-5 from the Bears 45, his pass was intercepted by Bryce Callahan with 1:10 to play.

Arizona got the ball back one more time and the game ended with Rosen sacked by Sherrick McManis, who also had one of two of Bradford’s interceptions.

Clinging to a 14-13 lead, the Cardinals drove to the Chicago 21 early in the fourth quarter but the scrambling Bradford was tackled by Khalil Mack. Bradford fumbled and Danny Trevathan recovered at the Bears 16.

Chicago, with the help of an unnecessary roughness penalty on Tre Boston, drove downfield and got the go-ahead field goal.

The Bears (2-1) intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble. Arizona is 0-3 for the first time since 2004.

But it was the Cardinals getting off to a fast start.

Arizona’s offense, which had scored a total of six points in two lopsided losses entering the game, took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in just five plays.

On third-and-4 from the Cardinals 29-yard line, Bradford connected with rookie Christian Kirk on a 30-yard play. Two plays later, Bradford found tight end Ricky Seals-Jones wide open for a 35-yard touchdown.

The Bears responded with a run-oriented drive to the Arizona 13. But on third down, Bene Benwikere and Budda Baker, blitzing from each side, dropped Mitchell Trubisky for a 15-yard loss and Parkey’s 46-yard field-goal try was wide right.

Arizona went three-and-out but on the next series, Robert Nkemdiche stripped the ball from Trubisky and Corey Peters recovered at the Chicago 21.

On the next play, Bradford threw 21 yards to David Johnson in the end zone to make it 14-0.

The Bears used 5:27 on an 11-play drive that stalled on the Arizona 2 and Chicago settled for a 20-yard field goal by Parkey to cut the lead to 14-3. The driving included roughing-the-passer calls against Nkemdiche and Markus Golden that had Cardinals coach Steve Wilks livid on the sideline.

Arizona got a late break when Chandler Jones tipped Trubisky’s pass and Tre Boston made a diving interception at the Chicago 34. But the Cardinals went nowhere, Mack sacked Bradford on third down and Arizona had to punt.

FINALLY, A TD

The Bears finally got in the end zone on Howard’s 1-yard run that cut Arizona’s lead to 14-10 with 6:16 left in the third quarter.

Chicago went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Cardinals 19 and barely converted on a 1-yard shovel pass to Allen Robinson II.

Tarik Cohen’s 17-yard run set up the score.

Sherrick McManis took the ball away from intended receiver Chad Williams for an interception at the Arizona 38 with 3:38 left in the third quarter. The defense kept the Bears out of the end zone and Parkey’s 41-yard field goal sliced the Cardinals’ lead to 14-13 entering the final quarter.

INJURIES

Chicago cornerback Prince Amukamara left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

UP NEXT

Bears: are home against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Cardinals: host Seattle next Sunday.

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Cowboys-Seahawks Stats

Dallas 0 3 3 7—13
Seattle 0 17 0 7—24
Second Quarter

Sea_J.Brown 16 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 9:28.

Dal_FG Maher 50, 5:26.

Sea_Lockett 52 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 1:52.

Sea_FG Janikowski 47, :00.

Third Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 35,

Dallas 0 3 3 7—13
Seattle 0 17 0 7—24
Second Quarter

Sea_J.Brown 16 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 9:28.

Dal_FG Maher 50, 5:26.

Sea_Lockett 52 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 1:52.

Sea_FG Janikowski 47, :00.

Third Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 35, 3:43.

Fourth Quarter

Sea_Carson 5 run (Janikowski kick), 12:54.

Dal_Austin 3 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 7:11.

A_69,047.

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Dal Sea
First downs 17 18
Total Net Yards 303 295
Rushes-yards 19-166 39-113
Passing 137 182
Punt Returns 4-20 3-25
Kickoff Returns 3-81 3-66
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-0
Comp-Att-Int 19-34-2 16-26-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 5-31 2-10
Punts 5-48.0 8-43.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-55 10-67
Time of Possession 27:16 32:44

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Dallas, Elliott 16-127, Prescott 2-21, Austin 1-18. Seattle, Carson 32-102, Lockett 1-5, Penny 3-5, Madden 1-2, R.Wilson 2-(minus 1).

PASSING_Dallas, Prescott 19-34-2-168. Seattle, R.Wilson 16-26-0-192.

RECEIVING_Dallas, Swaim 5-47, Beasley 3-46, Elliott 3-11, Austin 3-2, D.Thompson 2-23, Hurns 2-22, Gallup 1-17. Seattle, Lockett 4-77, Vannett 4-27, Marshall 2-30, J.Brown 2-25, Carson 2-22, Davis 1-7, Dissly 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Bears-Cardinals Stats

Chicago 0 3 10 3—16
Arizona 14 0 0 0—14
First Quarter

Ari_Seals-Jones 35 pass from Bradford (Dawson kick), 12:12.

Ari_Johnson 21 pass from Bradford (Dawson kick), 1:40.

Second Quarter

Chi_FG Parkey 20, 1:54.

Third Quarter

Chi_Howard

Chicago 0 3 10 3—16
Arizona 14 0 0 0—14
First Quarter

Ari_Seals-Jones 35 pass from Bradford (Dawson kick), 12:12.

Ari_Johnson 21 pass from Bradford (Dawson kick), 1:40.

Second Quarter

Chi_FG Parkey 20, 1:54.

Third Quarter

Chi_Howard 1 run (Parkey kick), 6:16.

Chi_FG Parkey 41, :44.

Fourth Quarter

Chi_FG Parkey 43, 4:31.

A_62,163.

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Chi Ari
First downs 21 13
Total Net Yards 316 221
Rushes-yards 31-122 18-53
Passing 194 168
Punt Returns 2-24 2-7
Kickoff Returns 0-0 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 3-0 1-0
Comp-Att-Int 24-35-1 17-26-3
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-26 4-25
Punts 3-52.7 4-50.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-45 6-43
Time of Possession 36:21 23:39

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Chicago, Howard 24-61, Cohen 5-53, Trubisky 2-8. Arizona, Johnson 12-31, Rosen 1-12, Edmonds 5-10.

PASSING_Chicago, Trubisky 24-35-1-220. Arizona, Bradford 13-19-2-157, Rosen 4-7-1-36.

RECEIVING_Chicago, Gabriel 6-34, T.Burton 4-55, Miller 4-35, Robinson 3-50, Cohen 3-15, Howard 2-20, B.Cunningham 1-9, Bellamy 1-2. Arizona, Kirk 7-90, Johnson 4-30, Fitzgerald 2-9, Seals-Jones 1-35, Coleman 1-12, Gresham 1-9, C.Williams 1-8.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Chicago, Parkey 46.

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Wilson 3 TDs, Thomas 2 picks, Seahawks beat Cowboys 24-13

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided a 0-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 18-yard touchdown

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided a 0-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 18-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass as Seattle (1-2) built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys.

The duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have the answers against a Seattle defense that had safety Earl Thomas on the field and welcomed back Bobby Wagner after the Seahawks’ defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas , including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass, with Thomas bowing to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play.

Prescott was sacked five times and Dallas (1-2) had just 58 net yards passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes, busting off a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for Dallas’ stagnant offense.

Thomas’ second interception was one of two turnovers forced by Seattle in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but had the ball punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks.

Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a 3-yard shovel pass TD to Tavon Austin with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to pass for 200 yards for the ninth time in the past 11 games dating back to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries.

Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that’s been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and sacked twice by Dallas’ defense that was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game.

Wilson’s 16-yard strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive and Wilson found Lockett streaking up the sideline. Heath’s replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late to rotate over and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead.

Carson’s TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining.

Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season.

THOMAS DRAMA

Following a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons which coach Pete Carroll provided only vague answers as to why, and left open the possibility Thomas wouldn’t play.

He was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before Thomas was making a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin.

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Seattle was gifted three points at the end of the half when Randy Gregory was baited into a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, smacking Seattle’s Joey Hunt in the facemask. The penalty put Seattle in range for Sebastian Janikowski’s 47-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead at the half.

INJURIES

Dallas also played a large portion of the second half without linebacker Sean Lee due to a hamstring injury. Lee had been listed as questionable for that problem.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Dallas returns home to host Detroit next Sunday.

Seahawks: Seattle is at division rival Arizona next Sunday.

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Rams outclass Chargers in battle of L.A.

Rams outclass Chargers in battle of L.A.

Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams remained undefeated with a 35-23 victory Sunday over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers.

It was the first meeting between

Rams outclass Chargers in battle of L.A.

Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams remained undefeated with a 35-23 victory Sunday over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers.

It was the first meeting between the teams since both returned to Los Angeles. The Rams (3-0) moved to L.A. in 2016, while the Chargers (1-2) moved from San Diego before the start of the 2017 season.

Goff became the fourth Rams quarterback since 1958 to pass for at least 350 yards in consecutive games, along with Billy Wade, Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger. He also threw for 354 yards in a Week 2 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Goff’s three passing touchdowns matched his total from the first two weeks of the season. The Rams had 521 total yards of offense.

Rams wide receiver Robert Woods caught 10 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 90 yards.

The Rams won going away despite an interception in the end zone, a lost fumble and a missed field goal in the first half. They led only 21-13 after two quarters while out-gaining the Chargers 313-146 before halftime.

Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers was 18-of-30 for 226 yards and two TDs. Wide receiver Mike Williams had four catches for 81 yards and two TDs.

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had 15 rushes for 80 yards. His 11-yard touchdown run with 3:12 remaining in the second quarter was his second rushing TD of the season and 20th in his career, tying him for seventh on the Chargers all-time list with Mike Tolbert.

The Rams took a 7-0 lead with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard run from Gurley and never trailed. The Chargers answered immediately on Rivers’ 42-yard scoring strike to Williams, but Caleb Sturgis missed the extra point.

Woods caught his first TD pass of the game with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter, as he hauled in a 3-yard pass from Goff.

The special teams gave the Rams a 21-6 lead in the second quarter, when Cory Littleton blocked a Drew Kaser punt in the end zone and Blake Countess recovered it for the touchdown. Kaser injured his right leg on the play and did not return.

Goff added two TD passes in the third quarter, improvising on a 53-yard scoring strike to Cooper Kupp and then hitting Woods on a 6-yard TD with 3:19 before the fourth quarter.

The Rams put the game away with 4:23 remaining deep in their own territory when they stopped the Chargers on fourth down.

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Patriots WR Gordon inactive vs. Lions

Patriots WR Gordon inactive vs. Lions

Josh Gordon will not make his New England Patriots debut on Sunday night against the Detroit Lions, as he was ruled one of New England's seven inactive players.

Gordon missed last Sunday's game with a hamstring injury before the Cleveland Browns dealt him to

Patriots WR Gordon inactive vs. Lions

Josh Gordon will not make his New England Patriots debut on Sunday night against the Detroit Lions, as he was ruled one of New England’s seven inactive players.

Gordon missed last Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury before the Cleveland Browns dealt him to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick, and he was limited in practice this week before being listed as questionable.

Tom Brady hinted earlier this week that Gordon’s role would be small if he did play.

“It’s up to the coaches to decide those things,” Brady said. “You could limit the number of plays and try to do that, and I think we’ve done that plenty of times. That’s any time you get new players, that’s what you try to do.”

Also inactive for the Patriots are three defensive starters: defensive end Trey Flowers (concussion), safety Patrick Chung (concussion) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin).

Sunday’s game is the third of four in which the Patriots are without suspended wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is eligible to return to the team Oct. 1.

For the Lions, defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and Kerry Hyder (undisclosed) are inactive, while cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) and wideout Marvin Jones (ankle) are active.

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Rams’ Peters carted off; Talib limps off

Rams' Peters carted off; Talib limps off

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was carted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers and did not return.

Peters remained down after a catch by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. He could not

Rams’ Peters carted off; Talib limps off

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was carted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers and did not return.

Peters remained down after a catch by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. He could not put any weight on his right leg as he was carried to the sideline. CBS sideline reporter Evan Washburn said on the broadcast that trainers were looking at Peters’ calf and Achilles area on the sideline. Peters was then helped to a cart and taken to the locker room.

The team said Peters injured his ankle and was questionable to return, before later downgrading him to out. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peters sustained a calf injury.

A serious injury to Peters would be a significant blow to the Rams, who acquired him from the Kansas City Chiefs in February in exchange for a package of draft picks. Peters is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who tallied 19 interceptions in his first three seasons in the league.

The 25-year-old Peters wasted no time making an impression with his new team. He picked off a pass in the Rams’ season opener against the Oakland Raiders and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. That marked his third career pick-six and his fourth career defensive touchdown.

Later in the game, cornerback Aqib Talib limped off the field with an apparent ankle injury after he was rolled up on in the third quarter. After getting some attention on the bench, Talib limped to the locker room.

The Rams acquired Talib for a fifth-round pick this offseason from the Denver Broncos. The 32-year-old has 34 interceptions (10 returned for touchdowns) in his 11th career season.

Rams outside linebacker Dominique Easley also was ruled questionable to return with a knee injury.

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The Latest: QB Josh Rosen makes debut late for Cardinals

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

7:15 p.m.

Josh Rosen is finally getting his shot to lead the Arizona Cardinals.

The 10th overall pick in this year's NFL draft replaced struggling Sam Bradford with the Cardinals trailing the Chicago Bears 16-14 with 4:31 left in

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

7:15 p.m.

Josh Rosen is finally getting his shot to lead the Arizona Cardinals.

The 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft replaced struggling Sam Bradford with the Cardinals trailing the Chicago Bears 16-14 with 4:31 left in regulation.

Bradford struggled Arizona’s first two games and had three turnovers against the Bears, including a fumble with the Cardinals driving his final series.

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6:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Rams are taking a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter against the Chargers in the Coliseum, but the home team is without its top two cornerbacks.

Aqib Talib went to the locker room late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. The Rams already were without Marcus Peters, who injured his leg in the first half.

Backups Sam Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman are getting snaps in the fourth quarter.

The Rams racked up 450 yards of offense in the first three quarters.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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6 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. He won’t return. Peters is in his first season with the Rams after establishing himself as a Pro Bowl-level cornerback with Kansas City.

Rams kick returner JoJo Natson also injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return. He was signed two weeks ago to replace injured Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper.

The injuries haven’t stopped the Rams from taking a 28-13 lead early in the third quarter of their crosstown showdown.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:45 p.m

The 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said “we fear an ACL.” That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.

Garoppolo was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline. Garoppolo appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled, just as Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow.

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5:20 p.m.

The Rams stretched their lead in their crosstown showdown by blocking a Chargers punt in the end zone and recovering it for a touchdown.

It all happened after Chargers rookie safety Derwin James made an end zone interception of Jared Goff, but attempted to bring it out and went out of bounds at the 1. The Bolts barely moved the ball on three plays, forcing an end zone punt.

The Chargers missed a block, and Rams linebacker Cory Littleton easily blocked Drew Kaser’s punt, leaving Kaser with a leg injury in the process. Blake Countess recovered it, and the Rams had a 21-6 lead after the extra point.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:10 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals look nothing like the team that struggled the first two games so far against the Chicago Bears.

Arizona (0-2) leads 14-0 after one quarter, more than doubling its point total for the season.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford has been sharp, hitting 4 of 5 passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, eclipsing his output from last week’s 34-0 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams.

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4:55 p.m.

Seattle’s Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks’ matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin and keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

Thomas’ status for the game was in doubt after he missed two days of practice for personal reasons this week.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was vague about Thomas’ situation as rumors continued to swirl about his long-term future with the team. Thomas held out of training camp while seeking contract security beyond this season.

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4:50 p.m.

Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense are off to a sizzling start in the crosstown showdown with the Chargers.

The Rams took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter after three lengthy drives led by Goff, who went 13 of 14 for 141 yards. Goff patiently carved up the Chargers’ defense, which is missing star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, on TD drives ending in Todd Gurley’s 1-yard run and Robert Woods’ 3-yard TD catch.

The Bolts answered with a brilliant 42-yard TD reception by Mike Williams.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks , and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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Pressured by Bills D, Cousins drops ball in Vikings defeat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Buffalo Bills unfolded an astute defensive game plan at Minnesota and unleashed their front seven on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The most important part of their preparation and execution? Forcing Cousins to fumble.

With a third-down strip-sack of Cousins inside the 20-yard line to turn the ball over on

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Buffalo Bills unfolded an astute defensive game plan at Minnesota and unleashed their front seven on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The most important part of their preparation and execution? Forcing Cousins to fumble.

With a third-down strip-sack of Cousins inside the 20-yard line to turn the ball over on each of Minnesota’s first two possessions, Buffalo converted those big plays into 10 easy points on the way to a 27-6 victory Sunday.

“We drop back every single day and talk about having two hands on the ball and protecting the football and understanding how important that is,” said Cousins, who also threw an interception.

Since Cousins became a full-time starter for Washington to begin the 2015 season, he has fumbled 33 times. That’s one behind Seattle’s Russell Wilson for the most in the NFL over that span. Cousins has lost 13 of those fumbles, including the pair in the first quarter on sacks by Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy . Lorenzo Alexander and Matt Milano, who picked off the bobbled pass in the third quarter , recovered them.

According to Alexander, the defense made Cousins a prime target for prying the ball loose in meetings during the week.

“With guys like Jerry and Trent coming in from behind, they just don’t have the awareness that a running back or receiver would have,” Alexander said. “We’re always taught to strip the ball because sack fumbles are game-changers.”

With Vikings running back Dalvin Cook held out because of a hamstring injury and the Bills ahead 24-0 with less than three minutes elapsed in the second quarter, the pressure only increased on Cousins and his offensive line. The Vikings attempted a franchise-record six rushes, two of which were scrambles by Cousins. He finished 40 for 55 for 296 yards, including a late touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph .

“Our secondary has been doing a fantastic job of making the quarterback hold the ball for us,” said Hughes, who dominated left tackle Riley Reiff throughout the game and had two quarterback hits.

Milano and Kyle Williams also registered sacks. The Vikings had only 46 yards at halftime.

“They’re a good defense,” Reiff said, “and it wasn’t fun.”

Head coach Sean McDermott took over the play-calling responsibility from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier at halftime last week against San Diego, with the Bills trailing 28-6. McDermott said he and Frazier, the former Vikings head coach, were in collaboration with the play-calling this time.

“I want to give credit to the staff and players with getting on the same page with what we’re trying to get done,” McDermott said.

That included a priority of pressuring Cousins, who lost to Carolina with Washington while McDermott was the defensive coordinator there in both 2015 and 2016. Cousins threw two interceptions, lost three fumbles and was sacked six times over those previous two games.

“He had always given me a hard time when I played him, so I just felt that these guys were going to be a challenge,” Cousins said, “and they were.”

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Patriots’ Josh Gordon inactive against Lions, delaying debut

DETROIT (AP) — New England wide receiver Josh Gordon is inactive against the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, delaying his debut with the Patriots.

Gordon was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns.

New England safety Patrick Chung and defensive end

DETROIT (AP) — New England wide receiver Josh Gordon is inactive against the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, delaying his debut with the Patriots.

Gordon was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns.

New England safety Patrick Chung and defensive end Trey Flowers are inactive because of concussions.

Detroit’s All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (ankle) are active after both were listed as questionable.

Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is inactive, potentially giving Tom Brady more time to pass.

The list of inactive players:

PATRIOTS: WR Josh Gordon, S Patrick Chung, DB Eric Rowe, TE Jacob Hollister, OL Brian Schwenke, OL Cole Croston, DE Trey Flowers.

LIONS: WR Brandon Powell, RB Ameer Abdullah, DE Kerry Hyder, OG Joe Dahl, OL Andrew Donnal, TE Michael Roberts, DE Ezekiel Ansah.

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NFL player, once part of human trafficking, has huge game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Efe Obada exploded off the corner, bolted past Bengals tight end C.J. Ogbuehi and crashed into quarterback Andy Dalton for his first career sack and a 10-yard loss.

He screamed to his teammates, "They don't know me! I'm from London! They don't know me!"

The Bengals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Efe Obada exploded off the corner, bolted past Bengals tight end C.J. Ogbuehi and crashed into quarterback Andy Dalton for his first career sack and a 10-yard loss.

He screamed to his teammates, “They don’t know me! I’m from London! They don’t know me!”

The Bengals probably didn’t — or at least maybe they didn’t know his incredible story, when he overcame being a victim of human trafficking as a 10-year-old in the United Kingdom to become an NFL player.

The Nigerian-born Obada, the first player to make an NFL 53-man roster from the new International Pathways Program, had a huge performance in his first NFL game with an interception, sack and two quarterback pressures to help Carolina beat the Cincinnati Bengals 31-21 on Sunday.

Obada is living a made-for-Hollywood movie, although he has kept most of the details of his painful past to himself because he has “deep trust issues” and is still working through the emotional impact being trafficked had on his life.

What he has disclosed is that he and his older sister were abandoned in the streets of London after their mother arranged to have them sent to the United Kingdom — with someone who turned out be a stranger — so they could have a better life. The stranger who was supposed to take care of the children didn’t carry through on the promise. Instead, they were left alone and homeless in a strange country.

They learned to survive until they were discovered and placed in foster care, and they moved from home to home until old enough to be on their own.

“Some of the issues, I haven’t dealt with,” Obada told The Associated Press earlier this month. “I haven’t really taken time to understand. … Right now I just want to focus on football and make the most of it.”

Obada briefly found solace in a gang before discovering football at age 22. He played for the London Monarchs, where he was eventually discovered by the Dallas Cowboys. But he couldn’t make their roster.

He was given another chance through the International Pathways Program, created in 2017 that sends four players to different teams. The Panthers happened to land Obada — and he made an impression right away on coach Ron Rivera.

“I’m telling you, Ron Rivera has talked about him since the first day of training camp,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “He saw special qualities in him. He got his chance to play today and he did fantastic.”

Obada, now 26, learned earlier this week he was going to be activated for the game when he found his jersey on his chair in front of his locker. He was overcome with pride.

“He deserved the opportunity,” Rivera said.

On Sunday, Obada showed early on the stage wasn’t too big, breaking past a blocker and tackling Dalton in the second quarter and stripping the ball. The Panthers recovered and his teammates celebrated wildly. But officials overturned the call to an incompletion after watching it on replay.

He didn’t let that affect him.

With Carolina leading 21-14 in the third quarter, Dalton threw short over the middle and cornerback James Bradberry deflected the ball into the air. Obada dived to make the interception — something he’d never done before in his life.

The Panthers scored seven plays later to take a 14-point lead.

He didn’t stop there.

With the Bengals trailing 28-21, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Obada sacked Dalton at his 7-yard line with 4:21 left. On the next play, Dalton threw downfield and was intercepted by Donte Jackson, leading to Carolina’s clinching field goal.

“You could see it in his eyes,” Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson said. “Right before the sack I told him, ‘Big-time players make big-time plays.’ And the next thing you know, he got a sack.”

Rivera rewarded Obada with the game ball for his effort.

“I’m over the moon,” Obada said. “Words can’t describe how I feel. I’m so happy.”

Teammates were thrilled for Obada — but not necessarily surprised.

“I’m so happy for him,” safety Mike Adams said. “When he’s yelling, ‘They don’t know me! I’m from London!,’ I’m just laughing. This guy has worked so hard. He’s worked his butt off to get here. And he made the most of his opportunity.”

Obada said he is determined to make sure this is only the beginning of his success in the NFL, and that before long everybody knows his name.

“I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder,” Obada said. “It’s about creating that momentum and keep going and working hard. I’m going back in the lab and preparing for the next opponent.”

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It’s good! Colts’ Adam Vinatieri ties NFL field-goal record

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Vinatieri started his career as a young kicker in awe of the stats of a Hall of Famer such as Morten Andersen.

As a rookie in New England, the lofty numbers seemed as out of reach as a 70-yard field goal.

"I remember playing against him early in the

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Vinatieri started his career as a young kicker in awe of the stats of a Hall of Famer such as Morten Andersen.

As a rookie in New England, the lofty numbers seemed as out of reach as a 70-yard field goal.

“I remember playing against him early in the league going, so many points, no one’s even going to come close,” Vinatieri said.

Come close?

Vinatieri is on the brink of passing Andersen in career field goals and total points and putting the final bows on a career that has him destined for Canton, Ohio.

The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35, 31 and 28 yards on Sunday to match Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri added an extra point to finish with 10 points in the game, putting him 33 shy of matching Andersen (2,544) for the most points scored in NFL history.

“That’s the one,” Vinatieri said. “Nobody every pays attention to who has the most field goals. It’s who’s got the most points. They almost run hand-in-hand. It’d be fun if it happens.”

The scoring mark could fall in a few weeks.

But on a soggy Sunday in Philadelphia, Vinatieri at least snagged a share of Andersen’s field-goal record. The Colts couldn’t take advantage in a 20-16 loss to the Super Bowl champion Eagles, setting the stage for Vinatieri to set the field goal record next week at home against the Houston Texans.

“It’s obviously special,” Vinatieri said, “but gosh dang it, when you do it on a close game and you lose, it just doesn’t feel quite the same. It’s a record that’s been a long time coming. I just appreciate the opportunities I have.”

Andersen needed 709 attempts to set the record; Vinatieri just 670 in 23 seasons to tie.

“We put him in situations to give us three and he delivers every time,” Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton said.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowls and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

Few fans will forget the two kicks he made in the Snow Bowl, or “Tuck Rule” game, to help New England beat Oakland in a divisional-round playoff game following the 2001 season. It helped the Patriots capture their first Super Bowl.

Last year, the oldest player in the league made a seemingly impossible extra point to force overtime in a December blizzard in Buffalo and helped keep the Colts within striking distance just 13 days later in monsoon-like weather in Baltimore.

Last year, with a new long snapper and a new holder, Vinatieri made 85.3 percent of his field goals.

“I like to step out there and kick field goals,” he said, “but it’s better kicking extra points, that’s for sure.”

Vinatieri remembers talking to Andersen, one of only two full-time kickers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, about the secrets to enjoying a long, successful career.

Staying healthy, for sure.

And the other?

“Stubbornness, probably,” Vinatieri said, smiling. “There’s a lot of great young guys around and I think my joy of being around these young guys and trying to compete against guys half my age … I’d contribute that to it a little bit.”

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The Latest: Hobbled Rams take 15-point lead into 4th

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

6:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Rams are taking a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter against the Chargers in the Coliseum, but the home team is without its top two cornerbacks.

Aqib Talib went to the locker room late

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

6:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Rams are taking a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter against the Chargers in the Coliseum, but the home team is without its top two cornerbacks.

Aqib Talib went to the locker room late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. The Rams already were without Marcus Peters, who injured his leg in the first half.

Backups Sam Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman are getting snaps in the fourth quarter.

The Rams racked up 450 yards of offense in the first three quarters.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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6 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. He won’t return. Peters is in his first season with the Rams after establishing himself as a Pro Bowl-level cornerback with Kansas City.

Rams kick returner JoJo Natson also injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return. He was signed two weeks ago to replace injured Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper.

The injuries haven’t stopped the Rams from taking a 28-13 lead early in the third quarter of their crosstown showdown.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:45 p.m

The 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said “we fear an ACL.” That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.

Garoppolo was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline. Garoppolo appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled, just as Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow.

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5:20 p.m.

The Rams stretched their lead in their crosstown showdown by blocking a Chargers punt in the end zone and recovering it for a touchdown.

It all happened after Chargers rookie safety Derwin James made an end zone interception of Jared Goff, but attempted to bring it out and went out of bounds at the 1. The Bolts barely moved the ball on three plays, forcing an end zone punt.

The Chargers missed a block, and Rams linebacker Cory Littleton easily blocked Drew Kaser’s punt, leaving Kaser with a leg injury in the process. Blake Countess recovered it, and the Rams had a 21-6 lead after the extra point.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:10 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals look nothing like the team that struggled the first two games so far against the Chicago Bears.

Arizona (0-2) leads 14-0 after one quarter, more than doubling its point total for the season.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford has been sharp, hitting 4 of 5 passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, eclipsing his output from last week’s 34-0 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams.

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4:55 p.m.

Seattle’s Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks’ matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin and keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

Thomas’ status for the game was in doubt after he missed two days of practice for personal reasons this week.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was vague about Thomas’ situation as rumors continued to swirl about his long-term future with the team. Thomas held out of training camp while seeking contract security beyond this season.

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4:50 p.m.

Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense are off to a sizzling start in the crosstown showdown with the Chargers.

The Rams took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter after three lengthy drives led by Goff, who went 13 of 14 for 141 yards. Goff patiently carved up the Chargers’ defense, which is missing star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, on TD drives ending in Todd Gurley’s 1-yard run and Robert Woods’ 3-yard TD catch.

The Bolts answered with a brilliant 42-yard TD reception by Mike Williams.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks , and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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Falcons rookie WR Ridley riddles Saints for 3 TDs in loss

ATLANTA (AP) — Calvin Ridley set a Falcons rookie record with three touchdown receptions among a bunch of big plays — in a bittersweet afternoon for the young wide receiver.

After barely factoring in Atlanta's first two games, he was targeted a team-high eight times, caught a team-best seven passes and registered a

ATLANTA (AP) — Calvin Ridley set a Falcons rookie record with three touchdown receptions among a bunch of big plays — in a bittersweet afternoon for the young wide receiver.

After barely factoring in Atlanta’s first two games, he was targeted a team-high eight times, caught a team-best seven passes and registered a game-high 146 yards. It wasn’t enough, though, because Drew Brees’s half-yard sneak pushed the New Orleans Saints to a 43-37 overtime victory Sunday.

That left the first-round draft choice less happy to talk about his scoring plays of 18, 75 and 9 yards.

“I’d really rather have the win, but it means a lot,” Ridley said after lighting up the Saints. “It feels pretty good.”

Ridley didn’t have a catch in Atlanta’s opening game, an 18-12 loss at Phildelphia on Sept. 6.

He had four receptions in a 31-24 win over the Panthers a week ago.

On Sunday, he was busy from the jump.

He lined up in the backfield on Atlanta’s first offensive snap and later in the game as well, and also ran three reverses. Two were wiped out by penalties, leaving him with a carry for 9 yards.

All of his catches counted and the Saints struggled to figure out a way to slow him, especially in the first half when he had five receptions for 129 yards and two scores.

On the first, he beat embattled New Orleans cornerback P.J. Williams to catch an 18-yard touchdown in the right corner of the end zone. Ridley beat Williams for an 11-yard catch to start the Falcons’ next possession. Shortly before halftime, he blew past Williams on a 75-yard scoring play.

After hauling in the long pass from Matt Ryan, he easily outran Saints safety Marcus Williams to the end zone.

Ridley said he wasn’t necessarily looking to be matched up on Williams, and that play was nothing special.

“I just came in ready for anybody. I was prepared. I was ready to help the team win,” he explained. “(It was) just a go ball, run deep. … I’m just getting comfortable, confident.”

Atlanta star wide receiver Julio Jones, who has had a franchise-record 40 games with 100 or more receiving yards, didn’t seem surprised that Ridley riddled the Saints for his first. They both played at Alabama.

“I knew it all along,” Jones said after catching five passes for 96 yards. “He’s a great player. Let him make plays. He made some great plays for us today.”

Ridley’s best play might have come early in the third quarter, when Ryan scrambled left on second-and-goal from the New Orleans 9-yard line.

By that time, the Saints had subbed cornerback Ken Crawley for Williams, who had decent coverage on Ridley in the end zone. When the play broke down, though, Crawley was caught looking at Ryan, and the rookie receiver broke behind left behind the cornerback and the quarterback found him for a score.

With 12 minutes left in the third quarter, Atlanta led 21-16.

“I thought Calvin played really well,” Ryan said after completing 26 of 35 passes for 374 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes. “He stepped up when he had the opportunity to. It was clear from the start it was two guys to account for Julio. That leaves Calvin singled up in 1-on-1 coverage. … Today was special.”

But, even greater for Ridley if the Falcons pulled out a win.

“We knew it was going to be a high-scoring game coming in,” Ridley said. “We’ve just got to be better next time.”

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Rams CB Peters carted off with leg injury

Rams CB Peters carted off with leg injury

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was carted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers and did not return.

Peters remained down after a catch by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. He could

Rams CB Peters carted off with leg injury

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was carted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers and did not return.

Peters remained down after a catch by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. He could not put any weight on his right leg as he was carried to the sideline. CBS sideline reporter Evan Washburn said on the broadcast that trainers were looking at Peters’ calf and Achilles area on the sideline. Peters was then helped to a cart and taken to the locker room.

The team said Peters injured his ankle and was questionable to return, before later downgrading him to out. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peters sustained a calf injury.

A serious injury to Peters would be a significant blow to the Rams, who acquired him from the Kansas City Chiefs in February in exchange for a package of draft picks. Peters is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who tallied 19 interceptions in his first three seasons in the league.

The 25-year-old Peters wasted no time making an impression with his new team. He picked off a pass in the Rams’ season opener against the Oakland Raiders and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. That marked his third career pick-six and his fourth career defensive touchdown.

Rams outside linebacker Dominique Easley was also ruled questionable to return with a knee injury.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Niners fear Garoppolo tore ACL

NFL notebook: Niners fear Garoppolo tore ACL

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team fears quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday.

Garoppolo was carted off the field after the knee buckled before he took a big hit along the

NFL notebook: Niners fear Garoppolo tore ACL

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team fears quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday.

Garoppolo was carted off the field after the knee buckled before he took a big hit along the sidelines from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds but instead chose to fight for extra yardage on third-and 20 with his team trailing by 14 with a little over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He planted his left leg and lowered his right shoulder into Nelson, who drilled the quarterback. The 49ers’ medical staff evaluated Garoppolo’s left leg before he limped toward the sideline. Garoppolo later was carted to the locker room.

Cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and running back Matt Breida (knee) also left early, although Breida returned despite what initially looked like an ugly injury. Sherman limped off late in the second half and did not return. He was seen after the game with his left leg in a boot and is expected to have an MRI on Monday.

–Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota took over after replacement starter Blaine Gabbert went down with a concussion in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gabbert was examined on the sideline after taking a hard hit from defensive tackle Malik Jackson, then was taken to the locker room to be evaluated and was diagnosed with a concussion. Jackson was called for lowering the head to initiate contact, and the Jaguars were hit with a 15-yard penalty on the play.

Gabbert had completed one pass on three attempts for 8 yards when he left the game. Mariota was out of the starting lineup with a pinched nerve in his right elbow. Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson also left with a concussion and did not return.

–Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters was carted to the locker room after sustaining a right lower leg injury in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to an ESPN report, Peters has a calf injury and will not return. The team called it an ankle injury and deemed him questionable to return.

Peters remained down after a catch by Antonio Gates and did not put weight on his right leg while being helped off by trainers. CBS sideline reporter Evan Washburn said on the broadcast that trainers were looking at Peters’ calf and Achilles area on the sideline. Peters was helped to a cart and taken to the locker room. Outside linebacker Dominique Easley also was ruled questionable to return with a knee injury.

–Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green sustained a groin injury in the first half against the Carolina Panthers and did not return.

Green went down in the second quarter and limped off the field but was ruled probable to return. Half an hour later, the team updated his status to questionable, but he remained on the sideline without a helmet or gloves.

Green had five grabs for 58 yards before leaving.

–New York Giants tight end Evan Engram left in the second quarter against the Houston Texans with a knee injury and quickly was ruled out.

Engram limped off the field after making a 19-yard catch early in the second quarter and was taken to the medical tent for evaluation. The team then ruled Engram out, though he remained standing on the sideline in full equipment.

The 19-yard catch was Engram’s only grab of the day.

–Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital after injuring his ankle against the Washington Redskins.

Wilkerson could not put any weight on his leg after he was inadvertently hit low by teammate safety Kentrell Brice on a defensive play. Fellow defensive linemen Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels comforted Wilkerson as a cart approached.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga also left and did not return after sustaining a back injury. Jason Spriggs stepped in at right tackle. Meanwhile, Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses sustained a concussion and also was ruled out for the game.

–Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen left in the second half against the New Orleans Saints after sustaining a non-contact injury to his left calf.

Allen was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off. Head coach Dan Quinn declined to discuss the injury in detail afterward, saying he didn’t want to speculate about the severity.

The Falcons already lost strong safety Keanu Neal (ACL) for the year, prompting the move of Allen to strong safety, with Damontae Kazee taking over at free safety. Linebacker Deion Jones (foot) is out for at least eight weeks after going on injured reserve, and the Falcons’ defense was also without defensive ends Takk McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin) on Sunday.

–Oakland Raiders right tackle Donald Penn sustained a concussion against the Miami Dolphins and did not return.

Penn went down in the first half and was ruled out in the third quarter. He was replaced by T.J. Clemmings.

In the same game, Dolphins defensive end William Hayes left with a knee injury and was ruled out.

–New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted off the field with a left leg injury in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons.

Robinson went down and appeared to be in significant pain while being treated on the field. He could not put weight on the leg before being taken off.

Nola.com reported that initial tests indicated Robinson has a high-ankle sprain.

–Chargers punter Drew Kaser was carted to the locker room with a right shin injury after getting hit on a blocked punt in the first half against the Rams.

As Rams linebacker Corey Littleton blocked Kaser’s punt in the end zone — which the Rams recovered for a touchdown — his helmet appeared to hit Kaser’s shin. The team officially called Kaser questionable, calling it only a leg injury.

Kaser had punted twice for 102 yards before leaving. Kicker Caleb Sturgis was expected to punt in his stead, while quarterback Philip Rivers was the holder on Sturgis’ extra point late in the second quarter.

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Manning throws 2 TDs as Giants beat Texans 27-22 for 1st win

HOUSTON (AP) — Eli Manning threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns and rookie Saquon Barkley added a score as the New York Giants got their first win with a 27-22 victory over the struggling Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Giants (1-2) were up by 14 at halftime but had trouble moving the

HOUSTON (AP) — Eli Manning threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns and rookie Saquon Barkley added a score as the New York Giants got their first win with a 27-22 victory over the struggling Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Giants (1-2) were up by 14 at halftime but had trouble moving the ball in the second half and the Texans (0-3) had cut the lead to five before Manning threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with about two minutes left.

“I always knew they had great resolve, but (Sunday) we just made enough plays to win,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “We went from being ‘almost’ in a lot of areas to finishing it.”

Deshaun Watson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lamar Miller with 1 second left to cut the lead to 27-22, but New York recovered the onside kick.

Watson threw for 385 yards and two scores, but his interception was one of two second-half turnovers by the Texans, off to their worst start since dropping their first four games of 2008.

“I just try to think of ways to get us out of this,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “I know that it starts with me … I’ve got to figure out how to do a better job. It’s as simple as that.”

Odell Beckham Jr., had nine receptions for 109 yards and Barkley finished with 82 yards rushing as the Giants came one point shy of matching their points total from their first two games combined.

A 54-yard field goal got Houston within 20-9 in the third quarter. The Texans forced a punt and were driving again when Miller caught a short pass and fumbled after a hit by Donte Deayon. The Giants recovered but couldn’t move the ball and had to punt after a drive that featured a sack by J.J. Watt.

But the Texans turned over the ball again, this time when Watson was intercepted in the end zone by Alec Ogletree.

Houston cut the lead to 20-15 when Will Fuller grabbed a 6-yard pass from Watson with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining, but the 2-point conversion failed.

After leading the NFL in yards rushing through the first three games, the Texans couldn’t get anything going on the ground. They finished with 59 yards rushing, and Miller managed just 10 yards on as many carries.

The Texans led 3-0 after a 23-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn on their first drive. The Giants took their first lead this season when Barkley shed multiple tackles on a 15-yard run that made it 7-3.

New York added two field goals before Manning connected with Rhett Ellison on a 16-yard touchdown to push the advantage to 20-3 late in the second quarter.

Watt had a strip sack on third down to make the Giants settle for the second field goal. Watt hadn’t had a sack since Sept. 18, 2016 before taking Manning down on that play.

Houston cut the lead to 20-6 at halftime after a 28-yard field goal.

INJURY UPDATE

New York tight end Evan Engram (knee) left in the second quarter. … Giants CB Antonio Hamilton injured his groin in the first quarter and didn’t return. … Houston WR Bruce Ellington injured his hamstring in the first quarter and didn’t return. … Texans G Senio Kelemete (knee) left in the second quarter.

WATT’S DAY

Watt, who played just eight games in the 2016-17 seasons because of injuries, finished with three sacks, three tackles for losses, four quarterback hits and a forced fumble. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year said he’s feeling progressively better every week and is glad to be contributing again.

“It’s good to finally end such a long drought in that type of way,” he said. “But … personal stats don’t matter at all in a loss.”

SPREADING IT AROUND

Manning did a good job of spreading the ball around, completing at least one pass to six players and finding three guys five or more times.

“I think you want to get everybody involved,” he said. “We got off to a fast start and needed a big drive at the end to win the game and we were able to do it.”

ELIMINATING PENALTIES

The Texans are searching for a way to eliminate penalties on offense after committing several false start and holding penalties. Right tackle Julien Davenport was the worst offender and had three false start and two holding penalties.

“It’s the story of penalties, mistakes,” Davenport said. “I don’t know how many penalties I had, but way too much. Hurt this team badly. I’ve got to eliminate it all.”

UP NEXT

Giants: Host New Orleans next Sunday.

Texans: Visit the Colts next Sunday.

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The Latest: Rams CB Peters helped off field with leg injury

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

6 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. He won't return. Peters is in his first season with the Rams after

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

6 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters injured his leg during the first half against the Chargers and had to be helped off the field. He won’t return. Peters is in his first season with the Rams after establishing himself as a Pro Bowl-level cornerback with Kansas City.

Rams kick returner JoJo Natson also injured his hand in the first half and didn’t return. He was signed two weeks ago to replace injured Pro Bowl returner Pharoh Cooper.

The injuries haven’t stopped the Rams from taking a 28-13 lead early in the third quarter of their crosstown showdown.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:45 p.m

The 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said “we fear an ACL.” That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.

Garoppolo was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline. Garoppolo appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled, just as Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow.

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5:20 p.m.

The Rams stretched their lead in their crosstown showdown by blocking a Chargers punt in the end zone and recovering it for a touchdown.

It all happened after Chargers rookie safety Derwin James made an end zone interception of Jared Goff, but attempted to bring it out and went out of bounds at the 1. The Bolts barely moved the ball on three plays, forcing an end zone punt.

The Chargers missed a block, and Rams linebacker Cory Littleton easily blocked Drew Kaser’s punt, leaving Kaser with a leg injury in the process. Blake Countess recovered it, and the Rams had a 21-6 lead after the extra point.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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5:10 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals look nothing like the team that struggled the first two games so far against the Chicago Bears.

Arizona (0-2) leads 14-0 after one quarter, more than doubling its point total for the season.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford has been sharp, hitting 4 of 5 passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, eclipsing his output from last week’s 34-0 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams.

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4:55 p.m.

Seattle’s Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks’ matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin and keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

Thomas’ status for the game was in doubt after he missed two days of practice for personal reasons this week.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was vague about Thomas’ situation as rumors continued to swirl about his long-term future with the team. Thomas held out of training camp while seeking contract security beyond this season.

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4:50 p.m.

Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense are off to a sizzling start in the crosstown showdown with the Chargers.

The Rams took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter after three lengthy drives led by Goff, who went 13 of 14 for 141 yards. Goff patiently carved up the Chargers’ defense, which is missing star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, on TD drives ending in Todd Gurley’s 1-yard run and Robert Woods’ 3-yard TD catch.

The Bolts answered with a brilliant 42-yard TD reception by Mike Williams.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks , and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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Another late collapse sends Gruden’s Raiders to 0-3 start

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jon Gruden's Oakland Raiders are off to a bad start because they can't finish.

Fooled repeatedly by the Miami Dolphins' razzle dazzle, the Raiders blew a second-half lead for the third game in a row and lost Sunday, 28-20 .

Oakland was outscored 14-3 in the final 7:18,

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders are off to a bad start because they can’t finish.

Fooled repeatedly by the Miami Dolphins’ razzle dazzle, the Raiders blew a second-half lead for the third game in a row and lost Sunday, 28-20 .

Oakland was outscored 14-3 in the final 7:18, and has been outscored 37-3 in the fourth period this year.

“That’s just my responsibility to fix it,” Gruden said.

Back on the sideline for the first time in a decade, Gruden has lost seven games in a row. He dropped his final four games with Tampa Bay in 2008.

The Raiders have lost their past seven games. They’re 0-3 for the first time since 2014, when they started 0-10.

“We have a lot of work to do here,” Gruden said. “We’ll continue to work, and we’ll get this show on the road here hopefully soon.”

The Raiders did a lot right against Miami. On a sunny, 90-degree afternoon, they had a 17-minute advantage in time of possession, and a 25-13 advantage in first downs. They ran 74 plays to 39 for the Dolphins. Derek Carr threw for 345 yards , including 173 to Jordy Nelson.

But three trips to the red zone produced only 10 points. Xavien Howard twice intercepted Carr deep in Dolphins territory, and the Raiders were stopped at the Miami 1 on downs.

Worst of all, the Raiders gave up two touchdowns on jet sweeps, and another on receiver Albert Wilson’s 52-yard pass to Jakeem Grant. Two of the big plays fueled Miami’s late rally.

“Clearly we’re doing a good job at the beginning,” Carr said, “but we can finish in all phases better.”

Carr said an 0-3 start is not what he expected, and he feels terrible about it.

“Terrible, but not bad,” he said. “I know how to deal with adversity. You don’t do it by going in the dumps, stop working hard, and give up. That’s what soft people do, and not what this team does.”

Running back Marshawn Lynch , who rarely shares his thoughts publicly, said he remains optimistic about the Raiders’ potential.

“We’re just like a play away from being the most explosive offense in the league,” Lynch said. “From the outside looking in, it looks terrible. But we know what we have on the inside, and if we get behind each other, we can turn this around.”

They’ll try to start Sunday at home against the Cleveland Browns, another team that knows about losing. The Browns are coming off their first victory since December 2016.

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Clay Matthews on latest roughing call: NFL is ‘getting soft’

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews does not understand why he was flagged — yet again — for roughing the passer, this time while sacking Washington's Alex Smith on Sunday. Matthews think it's an indication that the NFL is "getting soft."

Even Smith wasn't quite sure about the call

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews does not understand why he was flagged — yet again — for roughing the passer, this time while sacking Washington’s Alex Smith on Sunday. Matthews think it’s an indication that the NFL is “getting soft.”

Even Smith wasn’t quite sure about the call that came with 48 seconds left in Washington’s 31-17 victory. Nor did other players and coaches from both teams. Matthews broke free into the backfield, grabbed Smith with both arms and took down the QB in a seemingly straightforward manner.

“When you’re tackling a guy from the front, you’re going to land on him. I understand the spirit of the rule. When you have a hit like that, that’s a football play. I even went up to Alex Smith after the game and asked him: What do you think? What can I do differently?” Matthews said.

“That’s a football play. I hit him from the front, got my head across, wrapped up. I’ve never heard of anybody tackling somebody without any hands. When he gives himself up as soon as you hit him, your body weight is going to go on him.”

There are sure to be more questions and more debate around the NFL about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy threw down a play-calling sheet and argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline.

“I think Clay did exactly what he’s supposed to do there,” McCarthy said. “He hit him with his shoulder. He was coming full speed off of a block. He braced himself. So I was fine with what Clay did.”

In Green Bay’s 29-29 tie against the Minnesota Vikings last week, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

“Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft. The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me that play the game hard,” said Matthews, who actually was not docked pay for that hit on Cousins. “Maybe now pass rushers, guys getting after the quarterback, you’ll just have to attack the ball.”

Smith’s take on the hit he took from Matthews?

“I’m glad I don’t play defense. … They can’t hit us in the head and can’t hit us in the knees when we’re in the pocket. It’s tough. I felt like he was playing football. He’s played a long time. Hit me right in the strike zone,” Smith said. “That’s the new rule they put in, though, with these guys finishing quarterbacks to the ground.”

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the QB has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

“Every week,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “there seems to be another one that’s a little bit questionable.”

With a heavy sigh, Matthews said: “Nine years, I’ve been doing it one way in the NFL, successfully, and now it just seems as if that way doesn’t work anymore. And that’s frustrating.”

Not surprisingly, Packers teammates agreed with Matthews. Perhaps more surprisingly, so did several members of the Redskins.

“Oh, my gosh. Look, I’m glad it was for us, but then when I looked at it, I was like: What else do you want the man to do? Seriously, what else do you want the man to do?” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “When I saw it, it was not malicious, ill intent. It was just a nice form tackle. … I’m lost by it. I’m pretty sure (Matthews) is frustrated and he has a point.”

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Drew Brees’ TD run in OT lifts Saints past Falcons 43-37

ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Brees' 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open overtime that lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Brees' score came after his apparent 3-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara was overturned on a review that determined Kamara's knee was

ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Brees’ 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open overtime that lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Brees’ score came after his apparent 3-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara was overturned on a review that determined Kamara’s knee was down before the goal line. Brees scored on a keeper on the following play, giving the Saints (2-1) the win on the day the 39-year-old quarterback set the NFL record for career completions.

“This was a wild one,” said Brees, who passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores. Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards.

Brees’ biggest play before the winner might have been his improbable 7-yard scoring run with 1:15 remaining that forced overtime. He ran to his left and then spun to avoid tackle attempts by Brian Poole and Robert Alford.

“At some point, I felt they were coming to take my head off and I could probably spin out of it,” Brees said, adding he now has film evidence to show the youth flag football team he coaches that “spin moves work. Spin moves are good.”

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan had his first career game with five scoring passes, including three to rookie Calvin Ridley. That wasn’t enough for the Falcons (1-2) against Brees and the high-scoring Saints, who gained 534 yards.

Ryan bemoaned a lost opportunity when the Falcons were forced to punt when stopped at the Atlanta 44 with 25 seconds remaining in overtime.

“We had chances to finish the game today and we didn’t do that,” Ryan said. “That’s disappointing.”

Ryan passed for 374 yards, including 146 to Ridley, who became the first Falcons rookie with three scoring catches. Ridley, who had seven receptions, including a 75-yard TD, had his first game with more than one touchdown reception in his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

Ridley’s third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

Ryan’s five touchdown passes tied the team record set by Wade Wilson on Dec. 13, 1992, at Tampa Bay.

The fifth scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness on Matt Bryant’s 29-yard field goal. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

Ridley beat P.J. Williams on his first two scoring catches, an 18-yarder in the first quarter and the 75-yarder in the second quarter.

The Saints made a defensive switch, moving Ken Crawley into coverage on Ridley. Crawley was called for pass interference on a deep incompletion to Ridley early in the third quarter that gave Atlanta a first down at the New Orleans 5. On second down from the 9, Ridley’s third scoring catch gave the Falcons a 21-16 lead.

With his 14th completed pass, Brees broke the record of 6,300 career completions set by Hall of Famer Brett Favre. He set the record with a 17-yard pass to Michael Thomas in the second quarter.

“I’m just very grateful,” Brees said. “I hope there’s a lot more coming. I just think about all the people who have had a hand in that. A lot of hands have caught a lot of passes. … They are all a part of this.”

Brees completed his first four passes, including a 19-yard scoring pass to Ted Ginn Jr., on the Saints’ opening drive.

INJURY REPORT

Saints reserve cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted from the field early in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He did not return.

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen left early in overtime with a left calf injury. He was helped to the sideline and then driven on a cart to the locker room. … Reserve cornerback Justin Bethel suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. … Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

PASSING MONTANA

Ryan’s 75-yard scoring pass to Ridley was his 34th career TD pass against the Saints, the most by any quarterback. He surpassed Joe Montana’s 33 TD passes against New Orleans. Ryan added three more, leaving his total at 37.

DROPS FOR GINN

Ginn dropped a sideline pass on a second-quarter drive that ended with a 49-yard field goal by Will Lutz bouncing off the left upright and over the cross bar. Later in the quarter, Ginn juggled a pass for an incompletion as he ran out of bounds on the Atlanta sideline. He finished with three catches for 12 yards.

UP NEXT

Saints: at New York Giants next Sunday.

Falcons: Play their third straight home game against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.

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Carson Wentz leads Eagles to 20-16 comeback win over Colts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz shook off rust and defenders.

Wentz threw a touchdown pass on his first drive in nine months, Wendell Smallwood ran in from the 4 for the go-ahead score and the Philadelphia Eagles held on for a 20-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

"It was a long

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz shook off rust and defenders.

Wentz threw a touchdown pass on his first drive in nine months, Wendell Smallwood ran in from the 4 for the go-ahead score and the Philadelphia Eagles held on for a 20-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

“It was a long time coming,” Wentz said after playing his first game since he tore two ligaments in his left knee last Dec. 10. “It felt great.”

Adam Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen’s career record of 565 field goals by connecting on all three tries, but the Colts (1-2) couldn’t take advantage of two turnovers by Wentz inside the 20 in the second half.

“I like to step out there and kick field goals,” Vinatieri said, “but it’s better kicking extra points, that’s for sure.”

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (2-1) needed two defensive stops against Andrew Luck in the final 90 seconds.

Indy had a first down at the Eagles 11 and two cracks from the 4, but Luck’s pass to T.Y. Hilton sailed over his shoulder in the left corner of the end zone on third down and Derek Barnett sacked Luck on fourth down.

The Colts got the ball again at their 11 with 39 seconds remaining but couldn’t reach midfield. Jacoby Brissett threw a desperation pass on the final play that fell incomplete.

“We knew we fell short in the red zone,” Luck said. “Our guys gave us a chance at the end. What else can you ask on the road against the defending Super Bowl champs.”

Wentz engineered the winning drive with precise passes and nifty moves. Wentz eluded a sack and threw a 10-yard pass to Nelson Agholor, who hurdled for a first down on third-and-9 to extend the drive at the Colts 26.

Four plays later, Smallwood scored to make it 20-16.

“That was huge,” Wentz said.

Fans welcomed back Wentz with a standing ovation when he ran through the tunnel during introductions.

On a wet, soggy field, Wentz showed no effects of the injury at the start. He misfired on his first pass, then connected over the middle to Zach Ertz and kept going. Running a no-huddle offense, Wentz drove the Eagles 79 yards in 12 plays and capped it with a 13-yard TD pass to Dallas Goedert for a 7-0 lead.

Wentz was sacked five times, scrambled three times and dove for a first down on one of his runs.

“It felt like riding a bike, get hit and pop back up again,” he said.

But the offense couldn’t get much going until the fourth quarter. Wentz nearly gave the Colts the game.

First, he stared down Ertz and floated a pass that was picked by Anthony Walker and returned to the Eagles 16. But the Colts only managed a 31-yarder by Vinatieri that gave them a 13-10 lead.

After Jake Elliott answered with a 24-yarder on the following drive, Margus Hunt knocked the ball out of Wentz’s hands and recovered the fumble at the Eagles 13. Philadelphia’s defense again held and Vinatieri made a 28-yard field goal to give Indianapolis a 16-13 lead.

“Those are things that can’t happen,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of the turnovers. “Overall, for his first time back, not so bad.”

Luck threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ryan Grant to tie it 7-7 after Elliott missed a 55-yard field goal wide left.

QB COMPARISON

Colts: Luck was 25 of 40 for 164 yards, one TD

Eagles: Wentz finished 25 of 37 for 255 yards, one TD and one pick.

SPOILED RETURN

Colts coach Frank Reich was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons.

DECORATED BACKUP

Wentz’s return sent Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles back to the sideline. Foles replaced Wentz in Week 14 and led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960.

NFL DEBUT

Undrafted rookie Josh Adams, the fifth-leading rusher in Notre Dame history, had 30 yards rushing on six carries for the Eagles. He was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week.

BACK SCRAMBLIN’

Wentz avoided a sack, ran toward the sideline and dove out of bounds for a first down on third-and-6 on the final drive of the first half. … Luck outran Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long for a 33-yard gain in the second quarter.

INJURIES

Colts: RT Joe Haeg left with an ankle injury. … LT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) was out again and RB Marlon Mack (hamstring, foot) also sat.

Eagles: S Rodney McLeod left with a right knee injury after colliding with teammate Mills in the third quarter. … RBs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) were out and WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) missed his third straight game.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host the Houston Texans next Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the Tennessee Titans next Sunday.

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Brees leads Saints to OT shootout win over Falcons

Brees leads Saints to OT shootout win over Falcons

Drew Brees broke the NFL record for career completions and accounted for five touchdowns, including the winner on an overtime quarterback sneak, as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 on Sunday.

The Saints (2-1) won the coin toss

Brees leads Saints to OT shootout win over Falcons

Drew Brees broke the NFL record for career completions and accounted for five touchdowns, including the winner on an overtime quarterback sneak, as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 on Sunday.

The Saints (2-1) won the coin toss for overtime and never let the Falcons (1-2) get the ball, driving 80 yards in 15 plays.

Brees completed 39 of 49 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for two scores as the Saints amassed 534 yards against the injury-depleted Falcons defense.

Matt Ryan had a career-best five touchdown passes for the Falcons, completing 26 of 35 for 374 yards, and also threw a pair of two-point conversions. Rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley had three of the touchdowns, including a 75-yarder.

Saints second-year running back Alvin Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and also rushed for 66 yards on 16 carries. Wide receiver Michael Thomas made 10 catches for 129 yards while setting the NFL record for receptions in three games with 38.

Brees forced overtime by scrambling 7 yards for a touchdown with 1:15 remaining in a fourth quarter that featured 30 points and three of the game’s eight lead changes.

Ryan threw touchdown passes of 5 yards to Tevin Coleman and Mohamed Sanu in the quarter, while also connecting with Austin Hooper and Sanu for two-point conversions.

Brees’ TD pass in the fourth quarter came on a fourth-down 1-yard toss to fullback Zach Line.

Ridley became the first rookie wide receiver with three touchdown catches since Odell Beckham of the New York Giants in 2014 when he caught a 9-yard TD pass from Ryan on the first possession of the second half.

A blocked punt, though, led to the Saints taking the lead back on an 11-yard pass from Brees to Cameron Meredith midway in the third quarter.

Wil Lutz hit from 45 yards for his third field goal of the second quarter with six seconds remaining to give the Saints a 16-14 lead at intermission. He was also good from 49 and 21 yards.

Brees broke Favre’s record of 6,300 completions midway in the second quarter with his 14th connection in his first 18 throws. He finished the game with 6,326.

Brees had a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. on the game’s first possession and finished the first half 20 of 27 for 243 yards.

Ryan, who was 11 of 17 for 186 yards in the first half, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ridley in the first quarter before teaming with the first-round draft choice from Alabama on a 75-yard bomb late in the second.

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Shanahan: 49ers fear Garoppolo tore ACL

Shanahan: 49ers fear Garoppolo tore ACL

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team fears quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday.

Garoppolo was carted off the field after his left knee buckled before he took a big hit along the

Shanahan: 49ers fear Garoppolo tore ACL

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team fears quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday.

Garoppolo was carted off the field after his left knee buckled before he took a big hit along the sidelines from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds but instead chose to fight for extra yardage on third-and 20 with his team trailing by 14 with a little over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He planted his left leg and lowered his right shoulder into Nelson, who drilled the quarterback.

The 49ers’ medical staff evaluated Garoppolo’s left leg before he limped toward the sideline. Garoppolo later was carted to the locker room.

The 49ers made Garoppolo the highest-paid player in the NFL, at the time, when they signed him to a five-year, $137.5 million deal during the offseason. The contract included $74.1 million guaranteed.

Garoppolo was 20 of 30 for 251 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs when he went down. He also rushed three times for 23 yards.

In 26 career games (10 starts) with the 49ers and New England Patriots, Garoppolo has thrown for 2,968 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

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Chiefs stay perfect behind Mahomes’ 3 TDs

Chiefs stay perfect behind Mahomes' 3 TDs

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued to dazzle as a first-year starter, passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns Sunday as the Chiefs toppled the San Francisco 49ers 38-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

The Chiefs (3-0) treated the crowd at their home opener

Chiefs stay perfect behind Mahomes’ 3 TDs

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued to dazzle as a first-year starter, passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns Sunday as the Chiefs toppled the San Francisco 49ers 38-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

The Chiefs (3-0) treated the crowd at their home opener in Arrowhead Stadium to five touchdowns on their first five possessions, all in the first half.

The loss could prove especially costly for San Francisco (1-2) after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury. Garoppolo finished 20 of 30 for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

The last of the Chiefs’ touchdowns, a 12-yard pass to Sammy Watkins, was Mahomes’ 13th touchdown pass of the season, enabling the former Texas Tech standout to break the NFL record of 12 touchdown passes in the first three games of a season set in 2013 by Denver’s Peyton Manning.

Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris also snagged TD receptions for the Chiefs, who were limited to a field goal in the second half.

Kansas City scored on its first drive for the third time in as many games, converting a fourth down with a Mahomes keeper before setting up a 1-yard scoring burst by Kareem Hunt with a 16-yard completion to fullback Anthony Sherman. The Chiefs led 35-10 at halftime as Mahomes engineered touchdown drives of 57, 84, 75, 72 and 68 yards.

The 49ers trailed 14-0 when they responded early in the second quarter. Garoppolo found wide-open fullback Kyle Juszczyk for a 35-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard drive.

However, the San Francisco offense failed to generate a first down on three first-half possessions.

The Niners finally got cranking in the third quarter against a Kansas City defense that came in ranked last in the NFL. Garoppolo engineered touchdown drives of 87 and 77 yards to pull San Francisco within 35-24.

Garoppolo injured his left knee on a fourth-quarter drive as he was tackled near the boundary. Backup C.J. Beathard entered and threw an apparent touchdown pass, but it was nullified by offensive pass interference. The Niners resorted to a 35-yard field goal.

As if the Chiefs needed any help, the 49ers committed 14 penalties resulting in 147 yards in mark-offs.

Niners cornerback Richard Sherman missed the second half with a calf injury.

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Peterson, Redskins stomp sloppy Packers, 31-14

Peterson, Redskins stomp sloppy Packers, 31-14

On a rainy day in Washington, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith rained big plays on the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay's defense was destroyed in the first half, and its offense dropped the ball on a comeback in a 31-17 verdict in Landover, Md.

Peterson, Redskins stomp sloppy Packers, 31-14

On a rainy day in Washington, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith rained big plays on the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay’s defense was destroyed in the first half, and its offense dropped the ball on a comeback in a 31-17 verdict in Landover, Md.

The Redskins, who couldn’t find the end zone in an ugly 21-9 loss at home to Indianapolis last week, led 28-10 at halftime. Washington had 323 yards in the first half, with four plays of 34-plus yards.

Washington struck first on a 46-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson against the ineffective double coverage of cornerback Jaire Alexander and safety Kentrell Brice.

Green Bay’s first drive ended with a drop by Randall Cobb, and its second drive ended with an off-target pass to Davante Adams.

The Redskins scored again to take a 14-0 lead, thanks to pass-interference penalties on cornerbacks Alexander (26 yards), Tramon Williams (8 yards) and Davon House (7 yards). The penalty on House made it first-and-goal at the 2, and Adrian Peterson scored easily on the next play.

A key sequence came with the Packers trailing 14-3 early in the second quarter. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s interception had the Packers setting up shop at their 45. Green Bay couldn’t take advantage, though, and Washington pounced with a 98-yard scoring drive.

First, Smith hit tight end Jordan Reed for a gain of 34. On the next play, Peterson rumbled for 41. Green Bay could have held the Redskins to a field goal, but safety Jermaine Whitehead took a bad angle on Smith’s scramble, allowing Smith to convert on third-and-7. On first-and-goal from the 9, Smith threw a bullet to Jamison Crowder for a touchdown and a 21-3 lead.

The Packers pulled within 21-10 on Geronimo Allison’s 64-yard touchdown, but the Redskins answered with ease. Peterson’s 2-yard touchdown run was set up by a 50-yard pass to tight end Vernon Davis.

While Washington’s offense petered out in the second half, Green Bay’s offense was riddled by numerous self-inflicted wounds.

The Packers scored on their opening possession of the second half to pull within 28-17, but they kept getting in their own way.

First, Cobb dropped a fourth-and-2 pass that would have given the Packers a first down inside the Washington 40 — a play correctly challenged by Redskins coach Jay Gruden. Next, on third-and-10, tight end Lance Kendricks dropped a deep pass that would have given the Packers a first down near midfield. Third, midway through the fourth quarter, right guard Lucas Patrick was flagged for holding on third-and-5. Fourth, Cobb was stripped by Fabian Moreau near midfield with about 5 minutes remaining.

As poorly as Green Bay’s offense performed, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was just fine. He completed 27 of 44 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. But there were too many mistakes by the receivers and too much pressure allowed by the offensive line.

Peterson, meanwhile, looked like the runner who used to torment Green Bay while he was with Minnesota. He rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Smith finished with a modest 220 passing yards, with almost all of that coming in the first half. Tight ends Reed and Davis combined for six receptions for 135 yards.

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The Latest: Cardinals have already doubled 2018-point total

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

5:10 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals look nothing like the team that struggled the first two games so far against the Chicago Bears.

Arizona (0-2) leads 14-0 after one quarter, more than doubling its point total for the season.

Cardinals

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

5:10 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals look nothing like the team that struggled the first two games so far against the Chicago Bears.

Arizona (0-2) leads 14-0 after one quarter, more than doubling its point total for the season.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford has been sharp, hitting 4 of 5 passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, eclipsing his output from last week’s 34-0 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams.

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4:55 p.m.

Seattle’s Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks’ matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin and keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

Thomas’ status for the game was in doubt after he missed two days of practice for personal reasons this week.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was vague about Thomas’ situation as rumors continued to swirl about his long-term future with the team. Thomas held out of training camp while seeking contract security beyond this season.

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4:50 p.m.

Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense are off to a sizzling start in the crosstown showdown with the Chargers.

The Rams took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter after three lengthy drives led by Goff, who went 13 of 14 for 141 yards. Goff patiently carved up the Chargers’ defense, which is missing star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, on TD drives ending in Todd Gurley’s 1-yard run and Robert Woods’ 3-yard TD catch.

The Bolts answered with a brilliant 42-yard TD reception by Mike Williams.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks , and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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49ers fear QB Garoppolo sustained season-ending ACL injury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday's 38-27 loss to Kansas City .

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to the ACL in his left knee late in Sunday’s 38-27 loss to Kansas City .

Garoppolo will have an MRI to confirm the severity of the injury, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said “we fear an ACL.” That would mean C.J. Beathard is in line to start at quarterback.

Garoppolo was 20 of 30 for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no picks against the Chiefs, and he was at his best in trying to rally the 49ers late. But after driving for a potential score in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo was flushed from the pocket and headed for the sideline.

He appeared to take an awkward step and his knee buckled, just as Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder blow. Garoppolo wound up leaving on a cart.

San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal for the final margin.

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Allen, Bills, 16 1-2 point underdogs, stun Vikings 27-6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday.

Cousins had three

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday.

Cousins had three turnovers, including a lost fumble on a third-down sack inside Minnesota’s 20-yard line, on each of the first two possessions. Buffalo turned those recoveries into 10 points and was on cruise control by midway through the second quarter as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium cranked up the boos.

The Vikings (1-1-1) were 16½-point favorites when the game began, allowing the Bills (1-2) to become only the sixth such underdog in the NFL’s last 81 point spreads that big. After being outscored 75-9 over their first six quarters of the season, the Bills have enjoyed a 41-9 advantage over the last six periods.

Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft out of Wyoming who took the job earlier than expected in relief of a struggling Nathan Peterman in the opener, completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide-open tight end Jason Croom.

Though Allen took three sacks and fumbled three times, the Bills were able to recover all of them. He settled almost exclusively for safe underneath or sideline throws, but took advantage of several broken coverages by the Vikings for chain-moving gains.

Where Allen did the most damage was on the ground, putting together a mini-highlight film with his feet while injured running back LeSean McCoy watched in team-colored sweats — with a big smile — from the sideline.

SAINTS 43, FALCONS 37, OT

ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Brees’ 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open overtime. Brees’ score came after his apparent 3-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara was overturned on video review that determined Kamara’s knee was down before the goal line. Brees scored on a keeper on the following play, giving the Saints (2-1) the win on the day the 39-year-old quarterback set the NFL record for career completions.

Brees passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores. Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards.

Brees’ biggest play before the winner might have been his improbable 7-yard scoring run with 1:15 remaining that forced overtime. He ran to his left and then spun to avoid tackle attempts by Brian Poole and Robert Alford.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan had his first career game with five scoring passes, including three to rookie Calvin Ridley. That wasn’t enough for the Falcons (1-2) against the high-scoring Saints, who gained 534 yards.

Ryan passed for 374 yards, including 146 to Ridley, the first Falcons rookie with three scoring catches. Ridley, who had seven receptions, including a 75-yard TD, had his first game with more than one touchdown reception in his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

EAGLES 20, COLTS 16

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass on his first drive in nine months, then Wendell Smallwood ran in from the 4 for the go-ahead score.

Adam Vinatieri tied Morten Andersen’s career record of 565 field goals by connecting on all three tries, but the Colts (1-2) couldn’t take advantage of two turnovers by Wentz inside the 20 in the second half.

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (2-1) needed two defensive stops against Andrew Luck in the final 90 seconds. Indy had a first down at the Eagles 11 and two cracks from the 4, but Luck’s pass to T.Y. Hilton sailed over his shoulder in the left corner of the end zone on third down and Derek Barnett sacked Luck on fourth down.

The Colts got the ball again at their 11 with 39 seconds remaining but couldn’t reach midfield. Jacoby Brissett threw a desperation pass on the final play that fell incomplete.

Playing his first game since he tore two ligaments in his left knee last Dec. 10, Wentz engineered the winning drive with precise passes and nifty moves. Wentz eluded a sack and threw a 10-yard pass to Nelson Agholor, who hurdled for a first down on third-and-9 to extend the drive at the Colts 26.

Four plays later, Smallwood scored to make it 20-16.

Fans welcomed back Wentz with a standing ovation when he ran through the tunnel during introductions.

CHIEFS 38, 49ERS 27

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After winning his first three starts, all away from Arrowhead Stadium, second-year pro Patrick Mahomes finally made his regular-season home debut and torched San Francisco’s banged-up pass defense for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes now has 13 touchdown passes without an interception, breaking the NFL record for TD passes in the first three weeks of a season. Peyton Manning threw 12 to start the 2013 campaign.

Mahomes’ touchdown passes to Chris Conley, Demetrius Harris and Sammy Watkins , along with a pair of TD runs by Kareem Hunt, helped Kansas City (3-0) race to a 35-7 lead late in the first half.

Few leads are safe against the Chiefs’ porous defense, though.

The 49ers (1-2) rallied behind running backs Matt Breida and Alfred Morris, who kept gouging the Chiefs’ defensive front, and Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw for 251 yards and two scores . It was Garoppolo’s 11-yard pass to Marquis Goodwin early in the third quarter that started the comeback, and Morris scored on a short touchdown run later in the quarter to make it 35-24.

But Garoppolo was injured on a late run and was feared to have his left ACL.

DOLPHINS 28, RAIDERS 20

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Receiver Albert Wilson threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to put the Dolphins ahead midway through the fourth quarter, and then turned a short reception into a 74-yard score that sealed it.

Miami coach Adam Gase used creative play calling to overcome a wave of injuries and penalties, and a 17-minute deficit in time of possession. The Dolphins scored on a pair of shovel passes by Ryan Tannehill that each traveled less than a yard — one on the flip to Wilson, and an earlier similar pass that Jakeem Grant caught before turning the corner for an 18-yard score.

Thanks to all the flashy plays, the Dolphins are 3-0 for only the third time since 1998. The Raiders, led by first-year coach Jon Gruden, are 0-3 for the first time since 2014, when they started 0-10.

Oakland outgained the Dolphins 434-373, and Derek Carr threw for 345 yards. But Xavien Howard intercepted him twice deep in Miami territory, and the Dolphins mounted a first-half goal line stand to stay in the game.

PANTHERS 31, BENGALS 21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, while Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing.

Newton completed 15 of 24 passes for 150 yards and ran for 36 yards as the Panthers (2-1) won their seventh straight home game going back to last season.

McCaffrey, who tied a franchise record with 14 receptions last week against Atlanta, did his damage on the ground this time with 28 carries. He surpassed his previous career high of 66 yards rushing and became the first Carolina player with a 100-yard receiving game and a 100-yard rushing game in back-to-back weeks.

Carolina had 230 yards rushing.

Andy Dalton was 29 of 46 with two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times, including twice by rookie cornerback Donte Jackson.

Carolina’s defense, which allowed 432 yards and 31 points to the Falcons last week, held the Bengals (2-1) to 66 yards rushing without Joe Mixon in the lineup.

RAVENS 27, BRONCOS 14

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco picked apart Denver’s depleted defense for 277 yards and a touchdown. Connecting with eight receivers, Flacco went 25 for 40 without an interception on a rainy afternoon. He threw 28 passes in the first half, when Baltimore (2-1) took control.

The Ravens turned to their defense in the fourth quarter, twice stopping drives inside their 15.

Flacco’s success came against a Denver backfield that began the day without injured cornerback Adam Jones (thigh) and lost cornerback Tramaine Brock (groin) in the first quarter. As a result, rookie Isaac Yiadom saw significant playing time at right cornerback.

Javorious Allen caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and ran for a score for the Ravens.

Denver was coming off two home wins, both by virtue of fourth-quarter comebacks. This time, the Broncos could not rally after Allen’s 1-yard TD run made it 27-14 midway through the third quarter. Denver was inside the Baltimore 5 with 9 minutes left before Case Keenum was intercepted by Patrick Onwuasor, whose 89-yard return for a touchdown was wiped out by a block in the back.

The Ravens took consolation in preventing Denver from getting within a touchdown.

TITANS 9, JAGUARS 6

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Mariota came off the bench and directed three scoring drives, including one in the fourth quarter. Mariota replaced Blaine Gabbert in the first quarter after Gabbert was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Mariota sat out last week’s victory against Houston because of an elbow injury sustained in the season opener. He had been experiencing arm weakness along with numbness and tingling in two fingers. The injury affects the velocity and spin he gets on the football. Mariota wore a glove on his injured right hand and was able to do just enough to beat the Jaguars (2-1) for the third straight time and fifth time in the past six meetings.

Mariota completed 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and ran for 51 more, including a 15-yard gain on a third-and-1 play late.

The Titans (2-1) milked the clock from there and ended up celebrating an early lead in the AFC South.

REDSKINS 31, PACKERS 17

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes — all in the first half — and the Redskins held on over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who again had complaints about a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews.

On a rainy afternoon, the Redskins (2-1) moved out to leads of 14-0 and, at halftime, 28-10, by putting together TD drives of 74, 75, 79 and 98 yards. Smith connected for TDs of 46 yards to Paul Richardson on the game’s fourth play and of 9 to Jamison Crowder in the second quarter.

Peterson, who ran 19 times, raised his career total to 102 rushing touchdowns, breaking a tie at 100 with Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander and moving him alone into seventh place in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith’s record of 164. This was Peterson’s 52nd game with at least 100 yards on the ground, and first since Nov. 5, 2017, for Arizona against San Francisco.

Playing with a bulky brace on his left knee, which he hurt in Week 1, Rodgers hobbled and limped around, and couldn’t do enough to get the Packers (1-1-1) back into the game. He finished 27 for 44 for 265 yards with two TDs — of 64 yards to Geronimo Allison and 2 yards to Davante Adams — and was sacked four times.

In the third period, Packers linebacker Matthews was flagged for roughing Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays. Matthews broke in alone on Smith, wrapped him and brought him down with a textbook tackle. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy threw down a play-calling sheet and argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

GIANTS 27, TEXANS 22

HOUSTON (AP) — Eli Manning threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns and rookie Saquon Barkley added a score.

The Giants (1-2) were up by 14 at halftime but had trouble moving the ball in the second half and the Texans (0-3) had cut the lead to five before Manning threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with about two minutes left.

Deshaun Watson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lamar Miller with 1 second left to cut the lead to 27-22, but New York recovered the onside kick.

Watson threw for 385 yards and two scores, but his interception was one of two second-half turnovers by the Texans, off to their worst start since dropping their first four games of 2008.

Odell Beckham Jr., had nine receptions for 109 yards and Barkley finished with 82 yards rushing as the Giants came one point shy of matching their points total from their first two games combined.

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The Latest: Seattle’s Thomas up to his old tricks vs. Dallas

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

4:55 p.m.

Seattle's Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks' matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

4:55 p.m.

Seattle’s Earl Thomas has quickly made his presence known.

Thomas made a remarkable interception midway through the first quarter of the Seahawks’ matchup with the Cowboys, pinning a deflected pass from quarterback Dak Prescott against his shin and keeping the ball from hitting the ground.

Thomas’ status for the game was in doubt after he missed two days of practice for personal reasons this week.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was vague about Thomas’ situation as rumors continued to swirl about his long-term future with the team. Thomas held out of training camp while seeking contract security beyond this season.

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4:50 p.m.

Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense are off to a sizzling start in the crosstown showdown with the Chargers.

The Rams took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter after three lengthy drives led by Goff, who went 13 of 14 for 141 yards. Goff patiently carved up the Chargers’ defense, which is missing star pass-rusher Joey Bosa, on TD drives ending in Todd Gurley’s 1-yard run and Robert Woods’ 3-yard TD catch.

The Bolts answered with a brilliant 42-yard TD reception by Mike Williams.

— Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks , and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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The Latest: 3 more players make anthem displays

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture

The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):

4:30 p.m.

Three more players make demonstrations during the national anthem prior to the afternoon games.

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the anthem before their game against the Rams. Okung has made the gesture at every game this season.

Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive Quinton Jefferson went into the locker room for the anthem prior to their game with the Cowboys and came out as soon as it finished.

During the early afternoon games, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

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4:05 p.m.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been knocked out of their game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter after taking a wicked shot from cornerback Steven Nelson along the sideline.

Garoppolo could have stepped out of bounds, but instead he ducked back inside and took a hard shoulder-to-shoulder blow right on his own throwing shoulder.

He remained on the field for about a minute before he was helped to the sideline.

C.J. Beathard took over facing fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 7 with the 49ers trailing 38-24 and 5:35 left. He appeared to throw a TD pass to George Kittle, but it was wiped out by offensive pass interference, and San Francisco wound up kicking a field goal instead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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4 p.m.

Matt Ryan has set a new personal single-game record with his fifth touchdown pass against the Saints. The five scoring passes ties a team record set by Wade Wilson.

Ryan’s scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu, followed by his 2-point conversion pass to Sanu, gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The play came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.

— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.

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3:45 p.m.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for roughing the passer on a sack on Redskins QB Alex Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.

Matthews broke in alone on Smith in the third quarter, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In last week’s tie against the Vikings, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

The rule preventing defenders from landing on the quarterback has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.

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3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has matched Morten Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.

Vinatieri needed three field goals Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to tie the record. The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards in the third quarter to give the Colts a 13-10 lead. Vinatieri matched the mark early in the fourth with a 28-yarder and a 16-13 lead.

Vinatieri had three fields goals this season coming into the game.

Vinatieri was already the NFL’s postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He’s won four Super Bowl rings and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.

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3:10 p.m.

Calvin Ridley has become the first rookie with three touchdown catches in a game in Falcons history.

Ridley’s first career game with more than one touchdown catch comes on his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

His third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

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3 p.m.

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has left the game against Carolina with a groin injury. The Bengals have changed his status to return to questionable, after initially reporting he was probable to return.

Green, who had three TD catches last week against Baltimore, has five catches for 58 yards in the game, which the Bengals trail 21-14.

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2:55 p.m.

The 49ers have lost star cornerback Richard Sherman to a calf injury, the third defensive back to get banged up in their game against Kansas City.

That’s hardly going to help against Patrick Mahomes, who was already torching the 49ers defense.

Starting safety Adrian Colbert left with a hip injury in the second quarter, and backup cornerback Tarvarius Moore left earlier in the game with a wrist injury.

Another starting safety, Jaquiski Tartt, was inactive with a shoulder injury and cornerback Greg Mabin was also inactive. That means the 49ers are severely depleted in the defensive backfield

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson covered his face mask with both hands as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the first half against the Washington Redskins.

A teammate rolled up on Wilkerson’s legs at the end of a running play. Wilkerson immediately grabbed his left leg, then stayed on the ground on a rainy afternoon.

The 28-year-old Wilkerson was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2011.

He is in his first season with the Packers.

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2:40 p.m.

The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL record for touchdown passes through three weeks, and he still has another half to go against San Francisco.

Mahomes threw TD passes to Chris Conley and Demetrius Harris before finding Sammy Watkins on a slant route with 34 seconds left before halftime to give the Chiefs a 35-7 lead.

Mahomes has 13 TD passes this season. Peyton Manning had the record of 12 set in 2013.

Making his first start at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes is 17 of 25 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Eight different targets have receptions.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2:30 p.m.

Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been ejected for throwing a punch.

The penalty occurred during a scramble for a fumble by Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. While the players were scrambling to get the loose ball, Lindsay took a swing at a Ravens player.

Lindsay is the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games.

In this one, he has 20 yards on four carries.

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2:25 p.m.

Drew Brees set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees’ career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

Brees set the NFL’s single-season completion record when he finished last season with 481 after a Jan. 1 game, also played in Atlanta. That broke his mark of 468, set in 2011.

__ Matt Winklejohn reporting from Atlanta

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2:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game as 16½-point underdogs, have built a stunning 27-0 lead on the Minnesota Vikings.

The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings have seven straight games and are 14-4 since the building opened, has been booing the home team repeatedly throughout an abysmal first half.

Of the last 80 teams in the NFL who entered the game as underdogs of 16 points or more, only five won their games.

Kirk Cousins has lost two fumbles on sacks deep in Minnesota territory. Buffalo rookie Josh Allen has rushed for two touchdowns and thrown for another score.

— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis

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2:15 p.m.

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception is over after 156 attempts, the longest active such run in the NFL.

Smith was picked off by Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second quarter Sunday. The throw was intended for tight end Jordan Reed, but he broke inside and the football went outside, where Clinton-Dix was waiting for the easy play.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time.

Smith hadn’t been intercepted since Dec. 10, 2017, when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Oakland Raiders.

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2:10 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown his first touchdown pass of the afternoon, capping a 75-yard drive by scrambling all over the field and finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone.

Kansas City has TDs on each of its possessions and leads San Francisco 21-7.

Mahomes had 10 touchdown passes through the first two weeks. He is now tied with Tom Brady (2011) for second-most TD passes through three games. Peyton Manning set the record with 12 in 2013.

—Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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2 p.m.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem before their team’s game against the Raiders, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

All three have staged similar protests before their team’s other games this season.

The displays by Miami’s players were the only demonstrations identified by Associated Press reporters during the national anthem before Sunday’s early games.

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1:50 p.m.

Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson has 139 yards on three receptions against the Dolphins, and they’ve played only one quarter.

Miami missed injured safety Reshad Jones from the start, with rookie replacement Minkah Fitzpatrick burned on the second play when Nelson turned a short pass over the middle into a 61-yard gain. That set up Nelson’s 12-yard touchdown catch, again over the middle.

On the Raiders’ next possession, Nelson beat Bobby McCain deep for a 66-yard gain, before Miami made a goal-line stand.

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1:40 p.m.

Marcus Mariota is in at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Blaine Gabbert left the Titans’ game with Jacksonville in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was flagged on the play.

Gabbert walked off the field under his own power and went inside the medical tent for treatment. He then could be seen heading to the locker room.

Mariota missed last week’s game because of an elbow injury that affects the velocity and spin of his passes.

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1:25 p.m.

Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in his first drive since December.

Wentz completed five passes for 55 yards on Philadelphia’s opening drive and connected with Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. All five receptions on the drive were made by tight ends.

Wentz played for the first time since he tore his ACL and LCL in Week 14 diving into the end zone on a scramble. He wore a brace on his left knee on a soggy day in Philadelphia.

Wentz tweeted hours before the game: “My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today.”

Sure enough, fans in Wentz jerseys went wild when the QB ran onto the field.

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1:20 p.m.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another solid start in his first regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, who is 3-0 as the starter with all his wins on the road, led the Chiefs to a touchdown drive to open their game against San Francisco. He was 4 of 7 for 48 yards, and converted a fourth-and-inches by keeping it on an option and taking a big shot from a 49ers defender.

Kareem Hunt finished the drive with a touchdown plunge to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

— Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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1 p.m

Ray Lewis returned to his home stadium for a celebration marking his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame.

After the Ravens were introduced before their game against Denver, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and did his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

The city of Baltimore held a parade for Lewis on Saturday. He’s the second member of the Ravens to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Jonathan Ogden.

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12:15 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.

The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read “One Carolina” on the back of their helmets for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Bengals said on Twitter “we send our well wishes to all who were affected.”

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina —an area hit particularly hard by the hurricane— received an invite from Panthers coach Ron Rivera to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum before the game.

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Flacco shines as Ravens deal Broncos first loss, 27-14

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco picked apart Denver's depleted defense for 277 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the previously unbeaten Broncos 27-14 Sunday.

Connecting with eight receivers, Flacco went 25 for 40 without an interception on a rainy afternoon. He threw 28 passes in the first half alone, when

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco picked apart Denver’s depleted defense for 277 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the previously unbeaten Broncos 27-14 Sunday.

Connecting with eight receivers, Flacco went 25 for 40 without an interception on a rainy afternoon. He threw 28 passes in the first half alone, when Baltimore (2-1) took control.

The Ravens turned to their defense in the fourth quarter, twice stopping drives inside their own 15.

“It was one of those games that you want to put away a little bit earlier, but we just didn’t,” Flacco said.

Flacco’s success came against a Denver backfield that began the day without injured cornerback Adam Jones (thigh) and lost cornerback Tramaine Brock (groin) in the first quarter. As a result, rookie Isaac Yiadom saw significant playing time at right corner.

Javorious Allen caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and ran for a score for the Ravens.

Denver was coming off two home wins, both by virtue of fourth-quarter comebacks. This time, the Broncos could not rally after Allen’s 1-yard TD run made it 27-14 midway through the third quarter.

Denver was inside the Baltimore 5 with 9 minutes left before Case Keenum was intercepted by Patrick Onwuasor, whose 89-yard return for a touchdown was wiped out by a block in the back.

The Ravens took consolation in preventing Denver from getting within a touchdown.

“That was a huge stop,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who celebrated his 56th birthday in style.

The Broncos’ next drive ended at the Baltimore 11, and the Ravens ran out the clock over the final three minutes.

Keenum completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards.

Denver got a touchdown after blocking a punt and also swatted away a field goal try. Chris Harris took the second blocked kick 58 yards for a touchdown, but an illegal block nullified the second-quarter score.

“We probably cost ourselves 20 points today on penalties,” coach Vance Joseph said.

On the ensuing series, Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing a punch during the scramble for a fumble by Keenum.

A wild first half ended with Baltimore up 20-14.

After Denver’s Joseph Jones blocked a punt to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Royce Freeman, Alex Collins ran in from the 6 for Baltimore.

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders made it 14-7 with a 35-yard end around, his first career rushing touchdown.

Justin Tucker sandwiched a pair of 52-yard field goals around a 12-yard touchdown throw by Flacco.

Tucker now has six career games with multiple field goals of 50 yards or more, an NFL record. He has also connected on his last eight attempts from at least 50 yards.

LEWIS RETURNS

The Ravens welcomed back linebacker Ray Lewis, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August following a 17-year career with Baltimore.

After the players were introduced, the song “Hot in Herre” by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and performed his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

Lewis was presented with his Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony at halftime. He was joined by Jonathan Ogden, the Ravens’ other HOF member.

INJURIES

Broncos: S Darian Stewart left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury but returned.

Ravens: MLB C.J. Mosley was inactive with a bruised knee.

UP NEXT

Broncos host Kansas City in an AFC West showdown Monday night.

Ravens travel to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup between AFC North teams.

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Saints-Falcons Stats

New Orleans 7 9 7 14 6—43
Atlanta 7 7 7 16 0—37
First Quarter

NO_Ginn 4 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 11:45.

Atl_Ridley 18 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 2:45.

Second Quarter

NO_FG Lutz 49, 9:37.

NO_FG Lutz 21, 3:06.

New Orleans 7 9 7 14 6—43
Atlanta 7 7 7 16 0—37
First Quarter

NO_Ginn 4 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 11:45.

Atl_Ridley 18 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 2:45.

Second Quarter

NO_FG Lutz 49, 9:37.

NO_FG Lutz 21, 3:06.

Atl_Ridley 75 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 2:12.

NO_FG Lutz 45, :06.

Third Quarter

Atl_Ridley 9 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 12:00.

NO_Meredith 11 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 6:07.

Fourth Quarter

Atl_T.Coleman 5 pass from Ryan (Hooper pass from Ryan), 14:11.

NO_Line 1 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 9:59.

Atl_Sanu 5 pass from Ryan (Sanu pass from Ryan), 6:58.

NO_Brees 7 run (Lutz kick), 1:15.

Overtime

NO_Brees 1 run, 2:55.

A_74,457.

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NO Atl
First downs 32 24
Total Net Yards 534 407
Rushes-yards 27-143 22-48
Passing 391 359
Punt Returns 3-16 2-12
Kickoff Returns 3-64 3-74
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 39-49-0 26-35-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-5 3-15
Punts 4-50.5 6-36.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 11-120 5-54
Time of Possession 37:45 29:20

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_New Orleans, Kamara 16-66, T.Hill 3-39, Ginn 1-20, Gillislee 3-10, Brees 3-7, J.Williams 1-1. Atlanta, T.Coleman 15-33, Ryan 4-12, Ridley 1-9, I.Smith 2-(minus 6).

PASSING_New Orleans, Brees 39-49-0-396. Atlanta, Ryan 26-35-0-374.

RECEIVING_New Orleans, Kamara 15-124, Thomas 10-129, Watson 5-71, Ginn 3-12, Line 2-6, Carr 1-25, J.Hill 1-17, Meredith 1-11, J.Williams 1-1. Atlanta, Ridley 7-146, Jones 5-96, Sanu 4-36, I.Smith 3-41, Hooper 3-23, T.Coleman 2-14, Paulsen 1-11, Hall 1-7.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen’s 1st road start

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

Cousins had

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

Cousins had three turnovers, including a lost fumble on a third-down sack inside Minnesota’s 20-yard line, on each of the first two possessions. Buffalo turned those recoveries into 10 points and was on cruise control by midway through the second quarter as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium cranked up the boos.

The Vikings (1-1-1) were 16½-point favorites when the game began, allowing the Bills (1-2) to become only the sixth such underdog in the NFL’s last 81 point spreads that big. After being outscored 75-9 over their first six quarters of the season, the Bills have enjoyed a 41-9 advantage over the last six periods.

Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft out of Wyoming who took the job earlier than expected in relief of a struggling Nathan Peterman in the opener, completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide-open tight end Jason Croom.

Though Allen took three sacks and fumbled three times, the Bills were able to recover all of them. He settled almost exclusively for safe underneath or sideline throws, but took advantage of several broken coverages by the Vikings for chain-moving gains.

Where Allen did the most damage was on the ground, putting together a mini-highlight film with his feet while injured running back LeSean McCoy watched in team-colored sweats — with a big smile — from the sideline. Allen dived to finish a 10-yard run by beating Anthony Barr to the edge of the end zone and scraping the pylon with the ball to finish the game’s first drive.

At the end of the first quarter on third-and-9, Allen sprinted straight up the middle out of a collapsed pocket and hurdled Barr 2 yards short of the marker to get the first down. He capped that possession with a 1-yard touchdown sneak on fourth down for a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.

Allen became the first Bills rookie to run and pass for at least one score each in his first career road start.

With running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) inactive and the score so lopsided, the Vikings set a franchise record for fewest rushing attempts with six. Cousins took four sacks.

That’s because Buffalo’s front seven, with former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier serving as defensive coordinator, overwhelmed Minnesota’s offensive line. Left tackle Riley Reiff was beaten regularly by Jerry Hughes, who had one of the sacks that caused a fumble. Linebacker Matt Milano had a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Defensive end Trent Murphy took credit for the other strip sack.

The Bills, including their playoff game, went the final eight games of last season without recovering a fumble.

Cousins finished 40 for 55 for 296 yards and a late touchdown to Kyle Rudolph.

GOING GREEN

The Vikings inducted the late Dennis Green, who’s second behind Bud Grant in winning percentage as a head coach, into their Ring of Honor. Green, who guided the Vikings to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons, became the 24th member. The Vikings beat the Bills in all three meetings under Green.

INJURY REPORT

Bills: Beyond McCoy (rib) and Gaines (elbow), backup DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) was inactive. … C Russell Bodine, who started in place of Ryan Groy, limped off with leg cramps in the third quarter. Groy, who had moved to LG when Vlad Ducasse left with an injury, shifted back to the middle as Ducasse re-entered. … Lewis left with an injury in the fourth quarter, as did Murphy (ankle).

Vikings: In addition to Cook and DE Everson Griffen (knee), backup TE David Morgan (knee) and PR Marcus Sherels (ribs) were held out. … CB Trae Waynes (ankle) left the game in the first quarter and did not return. … RT Rashod Hill (ankle) limped off in the second quarter and was replaced by rookie Brian O’Neill.

UP NEXT

Bills: Play at Green Bay next Sunday.

Vikings: Play the Rams in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

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Peterson runs for 120 yards, 2 TDs, Skins top Packers 31-17

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes — all in the first half Sunday — and the Washington Redskins held on for a 31-17 victory over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who again had

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes — all in the first half Sunday — and the Washington Redskins held on for a 31-17 victory over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who again had complaints about a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews.

On a rainy afternoon, the Redskins (2-1) moved out to leads of 14-0 and, at halftime, 28-10, by putting together TD drives of 74, 75, 79 and 98 yards.

Smith connected for TDs of 46 yards to Paul Richardson on the game’s fourth play and of 9 to Jamison Crowder in the second quarter.

Peterson, who ran 19 times Sunday, raised his career total to 102 rushing touchdowns, breaking a tie at 100 with Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander and moving him alone into seventh place in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith’s record of 164.

This was Peterson’s 52nd game with at least 100 yards on the ground, and first since Nov. 5, 2017, for Arizona against San Francisco.

Playing with a bulky brace on his left knee, which he hurt in Week 1, Rodgers hobbled and limped around, and couldn’t do enough to get the Packers (1-1-1) back into the game.

He finished 27 for 44 for 265 yards with two TDs — of 64 yards to Geronimo Allison and 2 yards to Davante Adams — and was sacked four times.

But Green Bay’s receivers had problems with drops, plus Randall Cobb was stripped of the ball by Fabian Moreau — Josh Norman recovered the fumble — after a completion with about 5½ minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

In the third, Packers linebacker Matthews was flagged for roughing Smith — and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays. Matthews broke in alone on Smith, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy threw down a play-calling sheet and argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In Green Bay’s 29-all tie against the Minnesota Vikings last week, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

On Sunday, Smith went 12 for 20 for 220 yards. He also had his streak of 156 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest active run in the NFL, end in the second quarter. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made the pick when tight end Jordan Reed went one way and Smith threw another.

That was one of many times when loud cheers of “Go, Pack, go!” rang through the Redskins’ stadium. Last week, Washington’s home sellout streak ended and there were plenty of boos heard during a 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

INJURIES

Packers: DL Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury. … RT Bryan Bulaga left with a back injury. Jason Spriggs replaced him.

Redskins: RT Morgan Moses exited in the first quarter with a concussion. He was replaced by Ty Nsekhe.

MAGNUM P.I.

Green Bay contributed three pass-interference calls on a single TD drive for the Redskins: on first-round draft pick Jaire Alexander, defending Richardson; on Tramon Williams on the very next play, defending Josh Doctson; on Davon House, also defending Doctson.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host the Buffalo Bills.

Redskins: Bye week.

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Allen, Ravens handle Broncos at home, 27-14

Allen, Ravens handle Broncos at home, 27-14

Javorius Allen scored two touchdowns, Joe Flacco passed for 277 yards and a score, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Denver Broncos 27-14 in Baltimore on Sunday.

Alex Collins rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens (2-1).

Allen, Ravens handle Broncos at home, 27-14

Javorius Allen scored two touchdowns, Joe Flacco passed for 277 yards and a score, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Denver Broncos 27-14 in Baltimore on Sunday.

Alex Collins rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens (2-1).

Case Keenum threw for 192 yards and an interception. He also fumbled in Denver’s poorest offensive showing of the young season. The Broncos scored on their first two possessions but finished the game with seven straight punts, an interception and a failed fourth-down conversion.

Emmanuel Sanders and Royce Freeman scored touchdowns for the Broncos (2-1), who lost two players during the game. Cornerback Tramaine Brock suffered a groin injury in the first half, and running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing punches in a pileup for a loose ball after Keenum fumbled.

Safety Darian Stewart was also hurt but returned.

The Broncos started fast after linebacker Joseph Jones broke through the line and blocked Sam Koch’s punt to set up a first-and-goal at the 6 for Denver. Freeman ran it in untouched on the next play to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead.

Baltimore responded on its next possession. A 37-yard kick return and a 15-yard penalty on Denver set up the Ravens at the Broncos’ 48. Five plays later Collins scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to tie it at 7-7.

Denver came right back to take the lead on an eight-play, 70-yard drive. Sanders capped it with a 35-yard reverse for his first career rushing touchdown that made it 14-7.

Denver’s offense stalled after that, allowing Baltimore to take over. A 52-yard field goal by Justin Tucker cut the deficit to 14-10 late in the first. Flacco later led the Ravens on a 52-yard drive capped by Allen’s 12-yard touchdown reception.

The Broncos appeared to take the lead on a blocked field goal that Chris Harris Jr. scooped up and returned for a touchdown. But a penalty on the return and a penalty on the drive forced a punt. Tucker kicked another 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half to lead 20-14.

Allen scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard plunge up the middle to give the Ravens a 13-point lead midway through the third quarter. Denver had two drives end in the red zone in the fourth quarter, but Keenum was intercepted and the Broncos then failed on fourth down.

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Mariota, Titans eke past Jaguars, 9-6

Mariota, Titans eke past Jaguars, 9-6

Marcus Mariota came off the bench to complete 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards, and the visiting Tennessee Titans held on for a 9-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field.

Ryan Succop put Tennessee (2-1) on top

Mariota, Titans eke past Jaguars, 9-6

Marcus Mariota came off the bench to complete 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards, and the visiting Tennessee Titans held on for a 9-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field.

Ryan Succop put Tennessee (2-1) on top for good when he drilled a go-ahead, 28-yard field goal with 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. Succop connected on three field goals for all of the Titans’ scoring.

Josh Lambo made two field goals for Jacksonville (2-1), which was trying to open the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2004. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles finished 21 of 34 for 155 yards and was sacked three times.

Blaine Gabbert started at quarterback for the Titans but left with a concussion in the first quarter. Jaguars defensive tackles Calais Campbell and Malik Jackson sandwiched Gabbert on third-and-19. Jackson drew a 15-yard penalty for lowering his helmet to initiate contact.

Gabbert completed 1 of 3 pass attempts for 8 yards before he was replaced by Mariota, who did not start because of a lingering nerve issue that has affected his ability to grip the football.

Titans cornerback and punt returner Adoree’ Jackson also made an early exit because of a concussion. Jackson was slammed on a punt return by Jaguars tight end James O’Shaughnessy, who led with his shoulder and immediately dropped Jackson to the ground.

The score was even at 3 at the half.

Succop drilled a 39-yarder to open the scoring for Tennessee with 4:59 to play in the first quarter. The kick followed a nine-play, 27-yard drive in which Mariota took over for Gabbert at the Jacksonville 29-yard line.

The Jaguars evened the score on a 46-yard field goal by Lambo with 8:54 to go in the second quarter. Lambo’s kick capped an 11-play, 34-yard drive that opened with an 8-yard pickup by running back T.J. Yeldon.

Succop added a 36-yard field goal to put Tennessee on top 6-3 with 10:01 left in the third quarter.

Lambo helped Jacksonville draw even again with a 38-yarder with 10:48 to go in the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette did not play because of tightness in his right hamstring. The second-year player from LSU rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie, but he has only nine carries for 41 yards this season.

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Report: Raiders preparing for possible temporary move

Report: Raiders preparing for possible temporary move

The Oakland Raiders are looking for a place to play some or all of their home games in the 2019 season should they not be able to come to an agreement with officials in Oakland on a lease extension, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Sunday.

Report: Raiders preparing for possible temporary move

The Oakland Raiders are looking for a place to play some or all of their home games in the 2019 season should they not be able to come to an agreement with officials in Oakland on a lease extension, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Sunday.

The team’s lease at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expires after the 2018 season, and their new stadium in Las Vegas is not due to open until August 2020. The Raiders have met with Oakland officials numerous times over the past several months, most recently on Friday, and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. La Canfora said that with the city threatening to sue to keep the Raiders from moving to Nevada, the team might choose to leave before 2020.

With that in mind, the Raiders have made some overtures to officials in San Diego, according to the CBS report. The two Los Angeles teams — the Rams and Chargers — consider that to the be their market, however, and likely would balk at even a temporary relocation.

Playing at the San Francisco 49ers’ stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., also is a possibility for a short-term solution, especially given the proximity to Oakland, but it is believed the 49ers would not favor sharing Levi’s Stadium. The Raiders reportedly also have looked at the 47-year-old Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of the UNLV football team, which seats about 40,000.

When the Raiders’ move to Vegas is permanent, they will play in a $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium near the Las Vegas Strip.

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