Stagnant offense is getting to look familiar to Giants fans

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — This is getting to look familiar to New York Giants fans. Too familiar.

With Odell Beckham Jr., healthy, rookie Saquon Barkley in the backfield, Sterling Shepard emerging as a complementary target, the Giants’ offense should be far more dangerous than in last season’s debacle.

It sure didn’t look that way Sunday in a 33-18 loss to New Orleans. The Saints didn’t even need Drew Brees to be his usual dominating self because, after New York’s superb opening drive, the offense pretty much went silent until it was too late.

Reminiscent of last year under a different coaching staff that didn’t survive the full schedule and the Giants wound up 3-13.

“It’s a tough question. It seems like it shouldn’t be this hard, but it is,” said Beckham, held to 60 yards on seven receptions. “We got to come with the energy like our game last week (a win at Houston). It’s not one person doing this or one person doing that. It’s got to be everybody. We’ve just got to stick together.

“It’s definitely not the results we want, the outcome. It’s not the way we want to play.”

It’s similar to how they played in 2017, though, and that’s been true throughout September, when they went 1-3 to fall into the NFC East cellar they occupied last season.

Following an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive on their first series that Shepard capped with a 2-yard scoring catch from Eli Manning, the offensive stagnated. While their defense held New Orleans to four first-half field goals, the Giants were managing two punts and a lost fumble.

Then the Saints got their attack on track and the Giants couldn’t keep up.

“We were going to just have to have some long drives and continue to play that way,” said Manning, whose solid numbers — 31 for 41 for 255 yards and one touchdown — belied the effectiveness of the offense. “There were a few times where they knocked us out of some good down and distance and we weren’t able to sustain some drives.”

When the Giants brought in Pat Shurmur, the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 while coordinating Minnesota’s offense, then added Barkley as the No. 2 overall draft pick, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. The elements at the skill positions were in place with Beckham back to health and tight end Evan Engram (now out with a sprained knee) rapidly developing.

But Manning needs solid protection, something he rarely gets. Barkley is terrific and picking up yards on his own, but that’s a difficult chore down after down.

So the Giants have scored 73 points in four games, with 27 coming in the win at Houston.

“We need to score more points,” Shurmur said, stating the obvious. “We had a good first drive and we have to do more of it throughout. That’s what I make of it. We need to get better.

“We need to get back to work and play our way through this. You just keep working. You play your way out of it and you coach your way out of it. Period. That’s what you do. That’s the reality of it. That’s what I trust our guys and our coaches will do.”

It won’t be easy with staunch defenses in Carolina and Philadelphia up next.

“I think we have talent,” Manning said. We just have to put it all together.”

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The Latest: Ravens out to quick 14-3 lead over Steelers

The Latest on Week 4 in the NFL (all times EDT):

9:10 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens are out to a quick 14-3 lead over Pittsburgh.

Joe Flacco hit John Brown for a 33-yard touchdown stike on Baltimore’s first possession. The Ravens then forced a fumble and it took Flacco just four plays to finish off a touchdown drive when he hit Alex Collins for a 2-yard score to put Baltimore up 14.

Baltimore is 13 for 13 on scoring touchdowns in the red zone this season.

Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell made a 34-yard field goal to put Pittsburgh on the board early in the second quarter. The Steelers have won nine consecutive primetime games.

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6:51 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has been carted off the field after injuring his left leg in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.

Thomas was injured while covering Chad Williams, who caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen to tie the game at 17-all. Thomas’ lower left leg seemed to buckle as he dove on top of Williams in the end zone.

Seattle’s players gathered around as the trainers worked on Thomas and his leg was put in an air cast before he was driven off.

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6:10 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers are having to do some major reshuffling on the offensive line with both of their tackles out.

Left tackle Joe Staley injured his knee during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers and right tackle Mike McGlinchey, the team’s first-round pick, was injured on the first series of the third quarter.

Shon Coleman, who the Niners acquired from Cleveland after the final game of the preseason, is in at left tackle and five-year veteran Garry Gilliam is the right tackle.

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5:10 p.m.

C.J. Beathard is off to a solid beginning in his first start of the season for the San Francisco 49ers.

Beathard, who has taken over the quarterback duties after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending knee injury last week in Kansas City, was 5 of 6 for 44 yards in the first quarter as the Niners lead the Los Angeles Chargers 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

After Caleb Sturgis missed a 54-yard field goal, Beathard led the Niners 56 yards in six plays, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown toss to Kendrick Bourne.

Beathard lost five of his six starts last season before being replaced by Garoppolo, who the Niners acquired from the Patriots

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5 p.m.

The Los Angeles Chargers’ problems with missed extra points during Anthony Lynn’s tenure continue.

Following Antonio Gates’ 5-yard touchdown reception from Philip Rivers, Caleb Sturgis was wide right on his point-after attempt as the Chargers trail San Francisco 14-6 late in the first quarter.

That is the Chargers’ seventh missed PAT since the start of last season, which is the most in the NFL. They had only one in the first two seasons that extra points were moved back.

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4:50 p.m.

San Francisco wide receiver Dante Pettis is questionable to return after suffering a knee injury against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Pettis was carted off during the first quarter. The second-round pick has three receptions this season for 96 yards and a touchdown.

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4:40 p.m.

In its first game without Jimmy Garoppolo, the defense has provided San Francisco with an early lift.

On the third play against the Chargers, linebacker Antone Exum Jr. picked off a Philip Rivers pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to give the Niners a 7-0 lead 57 seconds into the game at StubHub Center.

It is the first interception of Exum’s career and the second time in the past six games dating back to last season that the Niners have returned an interception for a touchdown.

It is the 23rd Pick Six of Rivers’ career, which is second among active quarterbacks. New Orleans’ Drew Brees has 27.

— Joe Reedy reporting from Carson, California.

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4:18 p.m.

The Josh Rosen era has begun in the desert.

The rookie quarterback started his first game for the Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks. Rosen played 11 snaps in place of Sam Bradford last week against Chicago, throwing an interception in the 16-14 loss.

First-year coach Steve Wilks named Rosen the starter this week. The 10th overall pick of this year’s draft, Rosen misfired on his first two passes and was sacked on Arizona’s opening drive.

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3:30 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers each have wide receivers being evaluated for head injuries.

Bills wideout Kelvin Benjamin left the game in the third quarter after absorbing a hard hit from Ha Ha Clinton-Dix that led to an interception for the Packers safety.

The Packers’ Geronimo Allison left later in the quarter after taking a hard hit from a Bills defensive back on an incompletion.

Green Bay has a 19-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

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3:05 p.m.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has headed to the locker room with an ankle injury.

Gronkowski left the Patriots matchup with the Dolphins in the third quarter and limped off the field favoring his right leg.

Just moments before the injury, Gronkowski hauled in his fourth catch of the day, the 491st of his career. It marked a franchise record for catches by a tight end, passing Ben Coates.

The Patriots lead the Dolphins 31-0.

— Kyle Hightower, reporting from Foxborough, Mass.

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3 p.m.

Jameis Winston has replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for Tampa Bay.

Winston entered the game to start the second half with the Buccaneers trailing the Bears 38-3 and promptly got intercepted by Danny Trevathan.

Khalil Mack appeared to tip the ball on a pass rush as he released the pass.

Winston rejoined the team following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. His punishment stemmed from the league’s investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016.

Fitzpatrick was 9 of 18 for 126 yards and got sacked two times.

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2:57 p.m.

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert was carted off the field after going down with a lower right leg injury early in the third quarter at Atlanta.

Eifert caught a 2-yard pass and was tackled by De’Vondre Campbell and was also hit by Jack Crawford as he crumpled to the turf.

Eifert, the Bengals’ third-leading receiver this season, immediately was on his back in pain. The medical staff stabilized his leg and lifted him onto the cart.

His teammates came over to offer encouragement, and Eifert appeared emotional as he left the field.

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2:46 p.m.

The Bears’ Khalil Mack had a strip-sack in the first half against Tampa Bay.

That made him the first player with a sack and forced fumble in four straight games since Robert Mathis in 2005.

A two-time All-Pro, Mack got traded to the Bears by Oakland on Sept. 1.

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2:45 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out two starters for the rest of the day against the New York Jets, including running back Leonard Fournette.

Fournette left the game with tightness in his right hamstring in the second quarter. He returned for a few plays, but was ruled out at halftime.

Fournette missed the previous two games with the same injury, making his setback concerning.

Center Brandon Linder also was ruled out at the break with a back injury.

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2:44 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills are having a miserable day at Lambeau Field.

Mason Crosby kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Green Bay Packers a 16-0 lead.

The Bills look nothing like the team that beat the Vikings 27-6 on the road last week in Minnesota. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen is 5 of 19 for 58 yards and an interception late in the first half. He made an ill-timed pass under pressure outside the pocket that was picked off in the end zone by rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander.

The Packers’ defense has contained the mobile Allen, who made the highlight reel last week for hurdling over Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on a first-down run.

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2:42 p.m.

Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky threw for five touchdowns in the first half, helping the Bears build a 38-3 lead over Tampa Bay.

The only NFL player with more in a single half was Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers with six against Chicago in the first two quarters of a romp at Lambeau Field on Nov. 9, 2014.

Sid Luckman holds the Bears’ record for TD passes in a game with seven against the New York Giants in 1943.

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2:40 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 42-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half to break the NFL’s career record.

The 23-year veteran has 566 field goals — one more than Hall of Famer Morten Andersen. And he achieved the feat on his home turf, just a short drive from where Andersen played high school football.

After the kick, Vinatieri celebrated briefly with holder Rigoberto Sanchez, long snapper Luke Rhodes and the rest of the kicking unit. But that was the extent of the celebration for the 45-year-old Vinatieri, who is the league’s oldest active player.

He has moved within 31 points of breaking Andersen’s career scoring record of 2,544 points.

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2:30 p.m.

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks has been ejected from the game against Tampa Bay for pushing an official.

Hicks was scuffling with a Buccaneers player when he shoved the official. The incident occurred on the other side of the field after Eddie Jackson intercepted a pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the first half.

Also, Bears linebacker Sam Acho left the game with a pectoral injury. Acho was injured in the first half.

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2:05 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers has thrown his first interception of the year. It came on a pass over the middle that was deflected by linebacker Tremaine Edmunds that ended up being high and slightly behind tight end Jimmy Graham.

Rodgers is 7 of 11 for 98 yards with a score. Safety Jordan Poyer picked the ball out of the air for the interception. The Bills though were unable to take advantage on the rare turnover by Rodgers and were forced to punt. It was Buffalo’s fourth three-and-out in five drives. Green Bay leads 13-0 midway through the second quarter.

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2 p.m.

An unnamed stadium security guard was taken off the field on a stretcher late in the first quarter during the Texans-Colts game.

Team officials said he was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Colts spokesman Matt Conti said no other updates will be given because of privacy rules.

The security guard was injured when a player ran into him on a punt. It came just about the same time Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton received a rousing ovation after returning to the sideline with what the Colts described as a chest injury.

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1:45 p.m.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham has his first official Lambeau Leap.

Graham caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers with 5:15 left in the first quarter, though the Mason Crosby missed the extra point to keep the score at 6-0.

Graham had a touchdown catch wiped out a couple of weeks ago by a penalty. He joined the Packers in the offseason as a free agent.

Rodgers is moving a little better in his third game since injuring his left knee. He is 5 of 7 for 72 yards.

For the Bills, safety Micah Hyde is questionable to return with a groin injury. Hyde is returning to Lambeau Field for the first time since leaving the Packers as a free agent after the 2016 season.

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1:40 p.m.

Patriots’ Tom Brady has thrown his third interception of the season. This one was a deep, third down pass over the middle that was picked off by Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain at the 1:36 mark of the first quarter.

Brady didn’t throw his third interception last season until Week 11 against Miami.

The Patriots lead 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

— Kyle Hightower, reporting from Foxborough, Mass.

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1:30 p.m.

Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard has hurt a shoulder in the first quarter against Philadelphia and is questionable to return.

Woodyard is the Titans’ leading tackler this season. The 11-year veteran was hurt tackling Eagles tight end Zach Ertz at the end of a 17-yard reception on Philadelphia’s opening series of the game.

Woodyard walked to the sideline on his own and was evaluated inside the tent behind the bench.

Jayon Brown replaced Woodyard and pressured Carson Wentz into an incompletion on third down, forcing a punt.

— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee

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1:15 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton walked straight to the locker room after landing hard on his shoulder following a 40-yard catch-and-run against Houston.

It was unclear what Hilton’s injury was and there was no immediate announcement.

The four-time Pro Bowler’s big play set up Indy’s first score, a 4-yard TD pass from Luck to Zach Pascal. Luck extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 27, tying Peyton Manning for the second-longest total in franchise history.

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1:05 p.m.

Dolphins running back Frank Gore has become the eighth running back in NFL history to appear in 200 NFL games.

Gore took the field in the first quarter of Miami’s matchup with the Patriots.

With 14,124 rushing yards, Gore entered the game ranked fourth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list behind only Emmitt Smith (18,335), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269).

— Kyle Hightower, reporting from Foxborough, Mass.

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1 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback over Jameis Winston.

Fitzpatrick started against the Chicago Bears on Sunday after Winston rejoined the team following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Fitzpatrick has thrown for a league-leading 1,230 yards and 11 TDs. He is the first player in NFL history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games.

The discipline against Winston stemmed from the league’s investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016.

Defensive tackle Vita Vea, the No. 12 overall draft pick this year, is active for the first time after being sidelined by a calf injury.

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1 p.m.

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

All three have staged similar demonstrations during the anthem before their team’s other games this season.

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This is getting to look familiar to New York Giants fans

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — This is getting to look familiar to New York Giants fans. Too familiar.

With Odell Beckham Jr., healthy, rookie Saquon Barkley in the backfield, Sterling Shepard emerging as a complementary target, the Giants’ offense should be far more dangerous than in last season’s debacle.

It sure didn’t look that way Sunday in a 33-18 loss to New Orleans. The Saints didn’t even need Drew Brees to be his usual dominating self because, after New York’s superb opening drive, the offense pretty much went silent until it was too late.

Reminiscent of last year under a different coaching staff that didn’t survive the full schedule and the Giants wound up 3-13.

“It’s a tough question. It seems like it shouldn’t be this hard, but it is,” said Beckham, held to 60 yards on seven receptions. “We got to come with the energy like our game last week (a win at Houston). It’s not one person doing this or one person doing that. It’s got to be everybody. We’ve just got to stick together.

“It’s definitely not the results we want, the outcome. It’s not the way we want to play.”

It’s similar to how they played in 2017, though, and that’s been true throughout September, when they went 1-3 to fall into the NFC East cellar they occupied last season.

Following an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive on their first series that Shepard capped with a 2-yard scoring catch from Eli Manning, the offensive stagnated. While their defense held New Orleans to four first-half field goals, the Giants were managing two punts and a lost fumble.

Then the Saints got their attack on track and the Giants couldn’t keep up.

“We were going to just have to have some long drives and continue to play that way,” said Manning, whose solid numbers — 31 for 41 for 255 yards and one touchdown — belied the effectiveness of the offense. “There were a few times where they knocked us out of some good down and distance and we weren’t able to sustain some drives.”

When the Giants brought in Pat Shurmur, the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 while coordinating Minnesota’s offense, then added Barkley as the No. 2 overall draft pick, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. The elements at the skill positions were in place with Beckham back to health and tight end Evan Engram (now out with a sprained knee) rapidly developing.

But Manning needs solid protection, something he rarely gets. Barkley is terrific and picking up yards on his own, but that’s a difficult chore down after down.

So the Giants have scored 73 points in four games, with 27 coming in the win at Houston.

“We need to score more points,” Shurmur said, stating the obvious. “We had a good first drive and we have to do more of it throughout. That’s what I make of it. We need to get better.

“We need to get back to work and play our way through this. You just keep working. You play your way out of it and you coach your way out of it. Period. That’s what you do. That’s the reality of it. That’s what I trust our guys and our coaches will do.”

It won’t be easy with staunch defenses in Carolina and Philadelphia up next.

“I think we have talent,” Manning said. We just have to put it all together.”

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Kamara runs for 3 second-half TDs, Saints beat Giants 33-18

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In a game when Drew Brees didn’t throw a touchdown and NFL leading receiver Michael Thomas was limited to four catches, the New Orleans Saints won with other options — Alvin Kamara and a defense that didn’t live up to its much-maligned status.

Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns, Will Lutz matched his career high with four field goals and the Saints’ defense shut down the New York Giants after giving up an early touchdown in a 33-18 win on Sunday.

“This was a complete game, everything came together,” said Kamara, who ran for 134 yards and scored on runs of 9, 4 and 49 yards. “Lutz making big kicks, those were as big as anything. The defense came up big, the O-line did a great job. That was the big difference. You know, the running game has been building. I just get behind those big guys and we get some big runs.”

The win was the third straight for the Saints (3-1) and it sent the offensively inept Giants to their third loss in four games under new coach Pat Shurmur. New York is averaging just over 20 points — 27 came in the win at Houston — and this was a season low.

“It seems like it shouldn’t be this hard but it is,” said New York star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. “We got to come with the energy like our game last week. It’s not one person doing this or one person doing that. It’s got to be everybody. We’ve just got to stick together It’s definitely not the results we want, the outcome. It’s not the way we want to play.”

If there was a surprise, it was the Saints’ defense, which came in ranked 30th in the league. After giving up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Sterling Shepard on the Giants’ opening drive, New Orleans limited New York to a 33-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas in the third quarter and a late 1-yard TD run by Saquon Barkley , followed by a 2-point conversion pass from Manning to Shepard.

The defense allowed only four plays of 20 or more yards after giving up 37 points in an overtime win over Atlanta last weekend.

“What pressure would there be on us?” said Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan. “There was no place to go but up. We talked about trying to get better as a defense and we take every game as a challenge.”

The Saints certainly met this challenge.

The anticipated shootout between the 39-yard old Brees and the 37-year-old Manning never materialized.

Brees, who came in needing 418 yards passing to break Peyton Manning’s NFL career mark, finished 18 of 32 for 217 yards. Manning was 31 of 41 for 255 yards as the Giants (1-3) finished with just 299 total yards.

“We got off to a good start, had a good drive,” Manning said. “We thought we’re capable of moving the ball and making plays on this team. We just weren’t able to do it. “

Lutz connected from 42, 34, 37 and 26 in the first half. Kamara stretched the lead to 19-7 with 9-yard run that capped a nine-play, 69-yard drive on New Orleans’ opening possession of the second half.

The 49-yard run capped a 97-yard drive for the Saints after Ted Ginn Jr. bobbled a kickoff following the Barkley score. The Saints had drives of 74 and 80 on the other touchdowns and finished the game with 392 total yards.

Rosas closed the gap to 19-10 in the third quarter, but the Saints took control with Kamara’s final two TD runs in the fourth quarter.

The Giants had scored on the opening possession with Manning capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive with his short TD pass to Shepard. After that, New York gained 22 yards the rest of the half.

TRICK PLAYS

Saints coach Sean Payton used backup quarterback Taysom Hill in a number of roles. He completed a 10-yard pass on a fake punt on New Orleans’ second possession. It set up Lutz’s first field goal. He also threw an incompletion on a red zone pass, had four runs for 28 yards, and returned a kickoff for 16 yards. Coming into the game, he had not thrown a pass and had three rushes for 39 yards.

INJURIES:

Saints: No injuries were announced.

Giants: Beckham finished the first half in the locker room getting an IV. He returned in the second half and finished with seven receptions for 60 yards.

UP NEXT

Saints: Home against Washington for a Monday night game on Oct. 8.

Giants: At Carolina next Sunday.

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Cardinals lose 20-17 to Seahawks in Rosen's first start

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Rosen fit balls into tight windows, hit receivers in stride, kept his poise in the pocket and under the pressure of making his first NFL start.

Only one thing was missing: a win.

Plagued by miscues, dropped passes and a big missed field goal, the Arizona Cardinals spoiled Rosen’s debut as a starter with a 20-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired after Arizona’s Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard attempt, dropping the Cardinals to 0-4 for the first time since 1986.

“Binarily, I wanted to win the game,” Rosen said. “I don’t care if I threw 10 picks, I’d take that and a win over what happened today.”

The Cardinals planned to bring Rosen along slowly after selecting him with the 10th overall pick of the NFL draft, hoping he could learn the NFL ropes playing behind Sam Bradford.

But with Bradford struggling through the season’s first three games, the Cardinals turned to Rosen in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against Chicago. Rosen threw an interception and had a pick-six erased by a penalty, but showed enough that first-year coach Steve Wilks named him the starter against Seattle.

Rosen was off target on two throws and was sacked in Arizona’s opening drive before finding a rhythm and a bevy of receivers with on-the-mark throws.

One problem: Some of his best throws fell to the ground.

The Cardinals dropped at least five passes, including a ball to J.J. Nelson that could have gone for a long touchdown late in the second quarter.

Rosen finished 15 for 27 for 180 yards and a 22-yard touchdown to Chad Williams, numbers that could have been far higher had his receivers held onto the ball better.

“He didn’t get down even though we had a couple of drops there,” Wilks said. “He was encouraging his teammates, stayed the course, continued to try to operate the offense well. The guy is very poised, very confident and I like him back there commanding the huddle and running this offense.”

Rosen had the preseason and nearly three games of watching to prepare for the playing in the NFL. He was poised during the 11 snaps he played against the Bears and, after some early jitters against the Seahawks (2-2), looked like he had been playing in the NFL all along, not making his first start. He also made good decisions, using his legs to escape pressure and throwing the ball away instead of forcing balls into tight coverage.

“I was very impressed with what he did,” Cardinals left tackle D.J. Humphries said. “He commanded the huddle. He didn’t have any moments where it seemed like it was too big for him out there.”

For all Rosen did do, he still couldn’t lead the Cardinals to their first win in 2018.

Rosen was solid, Arizona finally got David Johnson untracked (112 total yards and a TD) and the defense prevented Seattle from converting a third-down attempt.

The Cardinals bumbled victory away with the dropped passes, two missed field goals by Dawson, a series of missed tackles and an inability to stop the Seahawks from setting up the winning field goal. Rosen also missed an open receiver in the end zone in the first half.

“We’ve all got things we’ve got to work on,” Rosen said. “Everyone made a couple mistakes and I think if one of those mistakes didn’t happen, we’d be sitting here with a W, so we’re all accountable.”

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Browns-Raiders Stats

Cleveland 3 14 11 14 0—42
Oakland 7 7 7 21 3—45
First Quarter

Oak_Conley 36 interception return (McCrane kick), 10:01.

Cle_FG G.Joseph 25, 2:00.

Second Quarter

Cle_Chubb 63 run (pass failed), 12:35.

Cle_Fells 49 pass from Mayfield (Du.Johnson run), 9:00.

Oak_Cooper 8 pass from Carr (McCrane kick), 4:30.

Third Quarter

Cle_FG G.Joseph 28, 9:22.

Cle_Landry 2 pass from Mayfield (Du.Johnson run), 7:26.

Oak_Cook 7 pass from Carr (McCrane kick), 5:34.

Fourth Quarter

Oak_FG McCrane 29, 14:14.

Oak_J.Nelson 19 pass from Carr (McCrane kick), 12:46.

Oak_FG McCrane 44, 10:46.

Cle_Hyde 1 run (G.Joseph kick), 8:07.

Cle_Chubb 41 run (G.Joseph kick), 4:20.

Oak_Cook 7 pass from Carr (J.Nelson pass from Carr), :30.

Overtime

Oak_FG McCrane 29, 1:46.

A_53,387.

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Cle Oak
First downs 21 27
Total Net Yards 487 565
Rushes-yards 31-208 29-139
Passing 279 426
Punt Returns 2-10 5-98
Kickoff Returns 5-88 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 2-50 2-36
Comp-Att-Int 21-41-2 35-58-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 3-11
Punts 7-50.0 6-44.5
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 8-55 6-65
Time of Possession 31:23 36:51

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Cleveland, Chubb 3-105, Hyde 22-82, Du.Johnson 2-11, Mayfield 4-10. Oakland, Lynch 20-130, Martin 5-11, Carr 2-1, D.Harris 1-(minus 1), Richard 1-(minus 2).

PASSING_Cleveland, Mayfield 21-41-2-295. Oakland, Carr 35-58-2-437.

RECEIVING_Cleveland, Njoku 5-52, Higgins 4-61, Du.Johnson 4-45, Landry 4-34, Callaway 3-54, Fells 1-49. Oakland, Cooper 8-128, Cook 8-110, J.Nelson 5-48, Bryant 3-51, Richard 3-38, Lynch 3-27, L.Smith 3-23, Roberts 2-12.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Oakland, McCrane 47, McCrane 50.

Winston looks like he's ready to return to Buccaneers lineup

CHICAGO (AP) — The FitzMagic ran out on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jameis Winston returned from a three-game suspension in the second half after Ryan Fitzpatrick’s record run came to a screeching halt in a 48-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday

“I was ready,” Winston said. “These three weeks I took very seriously. I worked my tail off. I got all those guys around to help me so I can go out there and be good for my team.”

Winston came in under tough circumstances to start the second half, with his team trailing by 35 after Fitzpatrick struggled in a big way. The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick didn’t exactly light it up.

Winston was 16 for 20 with 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He got picked off by Danny Trevathan on the opening drive of the second half when Khalil Mack appeared to tip the ball as he released a pass.

Even so, coach Dirk Koetter said Winston “probably” played well enough to regain the starting job. He just wouldn’t quite commit to it.

“We will worry about that on another day,” he said.

The Buccaneers opted to stay with Fitzpatrick after he became the first player in league history to pass for 400 yards in three consecutive games while Winston served his suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. They waited until game-time this week before announcing that decision. But with a bye coming up, it’s hard to envision them not turning to Winston. Tampa Bay’s next game is Oct. 14 at Atlanta.

Winston was the top pick in the 2015 draft and has started 45 of Tampa Bay’s 49 games since he entered the NFL.

But he was suspended by the league following an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride the quarterback took in Arizona, where Winston was attending a charity event in March 2016. The NFL learned of the allegation when it was reported publicly last November. The woman filed a lawsuit nearly two weeks ago and is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

With Winston suspended, Fitzpatrick threw for 1,230 yards and 11 touchdowns in the first three games. But against the Bears, he was swarmed right from the start by a defense performing as well as any in the league.

“It was just another week in terms of putting your head down and preparing and getting ready as best as I could and as best as the team could,” Fitzpatrick said. “We didn’t play well, obviously. That’s the understatement of the day, but we didn’t play well in any of the phases. And when you do that on the road versus a good football team, the score is going to look like it did today.”

Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky threw for six touchdowns — one shy of the NFL and franchise records — against a struggling secondary. But Fitzpatrick didn’t have much of a chance against an aggressive defense, going 9 of 18 for 126 yards and getting sacked twice. Mack had a strip-sack against him, and Eddie Jackson picked off a pass, leading to a field goal at the end of the half for Chicago that made it 38-3.

By then, Koetter had informed his assistants that Winston would start the second half.

“We put Jameis in a terrible situation today,” Koetter said. “And I told him that. I told him that right off the bat at halftime, we were putting him in a bad situation. I knew Jameis would go in and give us everything he had.”

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Raiders rally past Browns 45-42 in OT for 1st win for Gruden

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr threw four TD passes and a game-tying 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left in regulation to set up Matt McGrane’s 29-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Oakland Raiders their first win since Jon Gruden’s return as coach, 45-42 over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

McGrane missed a 50-yard field goal on the opening possession of overtime before Carr drove the Raiders (1-3) back down the field again after a defensive stop for the game winner with 1:46 left in the period.

The field goal dealt the Browns (1-2-1) another tough loss as they blew a 14-point lead in the second half and then allowed to get the game-tying TD and 2-point conversion in the final seconds of regulation to spoil Baker Mayfield’s NFL starting debut.

Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick, threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns to put Cleveland on position to win but also committed four turnovers, losing two fumbles and throwing two interceptions. The Browns were seeking their first back-to-back wins since November 2014.

Carr threw for 437 yards, Marshawn Lynch ran for 130 yards for his most productive game in four years, and Amari Cooper (128 yards) and Jared Cook (110) each topped the 100-yard mark.

It was a roller-coaster game that had the Browns break out to a 28-14 lead midway through the third quarter only to fall behind 34-28 early in the fourth thanks in part to Mayfield losing two fumbles deep in his own territory to set up TD passes by Carr.

But the Raiders squandered a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week, falling behind 42-34 after Mayfield’s 59-yard pass to Antonio Callaway set up Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard run and rookie Nick Chubb ran 41 yards for his second long TD of the game.

It looked as if that would decide the game when the Browns forced Carr into two incompletions from the 9 with under two minutes left to lead to a turnover on downs.

Cleveland appeared to be in position to run out the clock when Hyde converted a first down, but a replay review determined he was down just short of the marker and the Browns punted.

Carr then engineered a 53-yard touchdown drive capped by a 7-yard pass to Jared Cook with 30 seconds to play. The Raiders still needed the 2-point conversion to tie it and they got it when Jordy Nelson came down with a fade despite physical coverage by ex-Raider TJ Carrie.

Mayfield then led the Browns across midfield before his deep pass was intercepted by Reggie Nelson to force overtime as he was unable to duplicate the late-game heroics that allowed him to snap Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak in relief last week against the Jets.

CHUBB’S RUNS

Chubb had just three carries on the day, but the first went for a 63-yard score in the second quarter and the last went for 41 yards and another TD. He finished with three carries for 105 yards.

ROUGH START

Mayfield’s first start got off to a rough start when his pass on the second play of Cleveland’s second drive deflected off Antonio Callaway and went right to Gareon Conley, who returned his first career interception 36 yards for a TD that gave the Raiders their first pick-six since Khalil Mack had one Nov. 27, 2016, against Carolina.

GO FOR 2

Browns coach Hue Jackson went for a 2-point conversion twice in the first half. Mayfield’s pass to Callaway was incomplete on the first attempt before Duke Johnson ran in the second try to make it 17-7.

QUICK WHISTLE

The Raiders were upset by a quick whistle that possibly cost Lynch a long TD run. Lynch ran left and linebacker Joe Schobert tried to tackle him but Lynch appeared to spin out of it without going to the ground. He kept running for what could have been a 75-yard TD but the play was blown dead. That led Lynch to argue the call and the fans to boo, but nothing could be done.

The Browns were hurt by a quick whistle in the fourth quarter when Carr was ruled in the grasp, negating a fumble recovery that might have resulted in a TD.

INJURIES

Browns S Terrance Mitchell (wrist) left the game in the first half. … Raiders RT Donald Penn left in the second half with a leg injury.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host Baltimore on Sunday.

Raiders: Visit Chargers on Sunday.

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Rivers throws for 3 TDs as Chargers rally to beat 49ers

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns, Melvin Gordon rushed for 104 yards and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Caleb Sturgis had three field goals, including one from 21 yards with 7:41 left that gave the Chargers (2-2) the lead, but he had an eventful day with two missed extra points.

Rivers was 25 of 39 for 250 yards. Gordon had his first 100-yard game since last Oct. 29 against New England.

Gordon and Austin Ekeler each caught touchdowns, the first time the Chargers have had two running backs catch touchdowns since Jessie Hester and Darren Sproles did it on Nov. 22, 2010, against Denver.

C.J. Beathard, who got the start for San Francisco (1-3) after Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury, was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Niners got off to a strong start, taking a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter on an interception return for a touchdown and scores on two of their first three drives.

Antoine Exum put San Francisco on the board 57 seconds into the game when he picked off Rivers’ pass intended for Keenan Allen and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

After Sturgis missed a 54-yard field goal, the Niners extended their lead to two touchdowns when Beathard threw a 2-yard score to Kendrick Bourne.

Los Angeles answered that touchdown with one of its own as Rivers found a wide-open Antonio Gates for a 5-yard score to make it 14-6 after missing the extra point.

Robbie Gould’s 21-yard field goal extended the lead to 17-6 before the Chargers rallied to tie it at halftime. Rivers found Ekeler in single coverage on a go route for a 22-yard touchdown and Sturgis made a field goal from 48 yards that was set up by Desmond King’s 55-yard punt return.

The Chargers scored on their first two drives of the second half to take a 26-17 lead. Gordon caught a 6-yard TD pass from Rivers and Sturgis made a 25-yard field goal. With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, Beathard got back on track by connecting with George Kittle for an 86-yard touchdown. Gould’s 33-yard field goal gave the Niners a 27-26 lead with 12:39 remaining.

EXTRA-POINT WOES

The Chargers’ kicking problems continued with two more missed extra points by Sturgis.

Los Angeles has missed eight PATs since the start of last season, which is the most in the league. Los Angeles has missed 10 extra points since the kick was moved back in 2015 and is one of eight teams in the league to have missed 10 or more.

INJURIES

Niners: Wide receiver Dante Pettis and left tackle Joe Staley suffered knee injuries. Staley’s injury meant San Francisco had to reshuffle its offensive line, moving first-round pick Mike McGlinchey to left tackle and putting Garry Gilliam at right tackle.

Chargers: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who missed the past two games due to a foot injury, did not play during the second half. He had a catch for 2 yards.

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Rivers throws for 3 TDs as Chargers rally to beat 49ers

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns, Melvin Gordon rushed for 104 yards and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Caleb Sturgis had three field goals, including one from 21 yards with 7:41 left that gave the Chargers (2-2) the lead, but he had an eventful day with two missed extra points.

Rivers was 25 of 39 for 250 yards. Gordon had his first 100-yard game since last Oct. 29 against New England.

Gordon and Austin Ekeler each caught touchdowns, the first time the Chargers have had two running backs catch touchdowns since Jessie Hester and Darren Sproles did it on Nov. 22, 2010, against Denver.

C.J. Beathard, who got the start for San Francisco (1-3) after Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury, was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Niners got off to a strong start, taking a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter on an interception return for a touchdown and scores on two of their first three drives.

Antoine Exum put San Francisco on the board 57 seconds into the game when he picked off Rivers’ pass intended for Keenan Allen and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.

After Sturgis missed a 54-yard field goal, the Niners extended their lead to two touchdowns when Beathard threw a 2-yard score to Kendrick Bourne.

Los Angeles answered that touchdown with one of its own as Rivers found a wide-open Antonio Gates for a 5-yard score to make it 14-6 after missing the extra point.

Robbie Gould’s 21-yard field goal extended the lead to 17-6 before the Chargers rallied to tie it at halftime. Rivers found Ekeler in single coverage on a go route for a 22-yard touchdown and Sturgis made a field goal from 48 yards that was set up by Desmond King’s 55-yard punt return.

The Chargers scored on their first two drives of the second half to take a 26-17 lead. Gordon caught a 6-yard TD pass from Rivers and Sturgis made a 25-yard field goal. With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, Beathard got back on track by connecting with George Kittle for an 86-yard touchdown. Gould’s 33-yard field goal gave the Niners a 27-26 lead with 12:39 remaining.

EXTRA-POINT WOES

The Chargers’ kicking problems continued with two more missed extra points by Sturgis.

Los Angeles has missed eight PATs since the start of last season, which is the most in the league. Los Angeles has missed 10 extra points since the kick was moved back in 2015 and is one of eight teams in the league to have missed 10 or more.

INJURIES

Niners: Wide receiver Dante Pettis and left tackle Joe Staley suffered knee injuries. Staley’s injury meant San Francisco had to reshuffle its offensive line, moving first-round pick Mike McGlinchey to left tackle and putting Garry Gilliam at right tackle.

Chargers: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who missed the past two games due to a foot injury, did not play during the second half. He had a catch for 2 yards.

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