Brett Maher FG on final play lifts Cowboys over Lions 26-24

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Maher kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Maher’s fourth field goal was set up by Dak Prescott’s 34-yard completion to running back Ezekiel Elliott on a deep throw after Matthew Stafford had put the Lions in front with a 38-yard touchdown to Golden Tate, their second TD connection of the day.

Elliott had a career-high 240 all-purpose yards, with 152 yards rushing and 88 receiving.

The best offensive day of the season for a previously struggling Dallas offense spoiled Stafford’s homecoming again, with his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys (2-2). The former Dallas-area high school star threw for 307 yards.

Trailing 20-10, Stafford led the Lions (1-3) 75 yards to rookie Kerryon Johnson’s first career touchdown, an 8-yard run that started a back-and-fourth final quarter.

After the Cowboys settled for Maher’s third field goal on an 85-yard drive, Stafford found Tate for 35 yards into Dallas territory before Tate easily beat zone coverage down the sideline and strutted toward the end zone, just as he had on a 45-yard score in the first quarter.

But Prescott had an answer while throwing for at least 200 yards for the first time this season. The Dallas quarterback saved the final drive by picking up a fumble when he was hit on the arm and scrambling before throwing the ball out of bounds.

Prescott then converted a third down on the next play and two plays later threw deep to Elliott with linebacker Jarrad Davis trailing the 2016 NFL rushing leader by a couple of steps. The Cowboys then killed the clock to set up Maher, the kicker they chose over trusty Dan Bailey at the end of the preseason in a cost-cutting move.

Elliott had a season-high 25 carries for his 152 yards, and Prescott was 17 of 27 for 255 yards with two touchdowns, including tight end Geoff Swaim’s first career score.

Stafford was 24 of 30 with the two scores to Tate, who had eight catches for 132 yards.


The touchdown screen to Elliott was set up by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Romeo Okwara. The question was whether the whistle had blown when he hit Prescott, who was trying to escape pressure when he stumbled out of an attempted tackle and went to a knee. Prescott popped up but had stopped moving, anticipating that he was down, when Okwara knocked him to the ground. Officials discussed the play before announcing two defensive penalties. The other was an illegal contact call against Darius Slay.


Dallas receiver Terrance Williams was a healthy scratch for the first time in his six-year career. The Cowboys have struggled for consistency with their pass catchers in the first season without Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. They have seven receivers on the 53-man roster. Williams was the odd man out this week, and was a no-show at practice Friday.


Lions: RG T.J. Lang didn’t return after sustaining a concussion in the first quarter.

Cowboys: WR Tavon Austin injured his right shoulder falling to the ground after dropping a potential touchdown catch in the first half. He returned in the second half. … DT Antwaun Woods left in the first half with a calf injury. Woods was questionable before the game because of a groin injury.


Lions: Green Bay at home next Sunday.

Cowboys: At Houston next Sunday.


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Bortles tosses 2 TD passes Jags handle Darnold, Jets 31-12

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Donte Moncrief, and the Jacksonville Jaguars used a dominant defensive performance to handle the New York Jets 31-12 on Sunday.

Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing, topping 375 yards for the second time in three games.

He found T.J. Yeldon wide open for a 31-yard score in the second quarter and then beat a blitz with the deep pass to Moncrief down the sideline.

The pass to Moncrief was Jacksonville’s lone offensive highlight in an ugly second half. The Jaguars (3-1) had three turnovers that led to nine points for the Jets (1-3), who have dropped three straight.

Jets rookie Sam Darnold was harassed early and often, getting sacked three times and nearly throwing three interceptions. Tashaun Gipson’s pick was overturned by a holding penalty on the other side of the field, and Pro Bowl cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey each dropped INTs that would have ended New York’s scoring drives.

The Jaguars allowed 178 yards and recorded a safety . The Jets scored their lone touchdown following Yeldon’s fourth-quarter fumble, a 2-yard pass from Darnold to Jordan Leggett.

Nonetheless, it was hardly the “identity game” the Jets had wanted.

It was about what the confident Jaguars expected. They improved to 6-1 following losses in coach Doug Marrone’s two seasons.

Jacksonville’s biggest concern coming out of the victory was the health of running back Leonard Fournette, who re-injured his strained right hamstring. Fournette missed the last two games while trying to get back to full speed, but tweaked it during his return.

Bortles completed 29 of 38 passes, with an interception on a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage.

Fournette ran 11 times for 30 yards before leaving the game for good.

Darnold was 17-of-34 passing for 167 yards. The 1-2 punch of Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell combined for 26 yards on the ground.


The Jaguars were upset about something, maybe a late body slam on receiver Dede Westbrook by Jets safety Jamal Adams. Marrone called for a 2-point conversion on the final touchdown, a strange decision in a lopsided game.


Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue recorded their first sacks of the season. Williams took down Bortles in the second quarter. Ngakoue sacked Darnold on the last play of the first half.


Bouye had plenty to apologize for in the victory. First, he took blame for Gipson missing out on his first interception of the season. Later, he dropped a sure pick that hit him in the hands.


Jaguars center Brandon Linder was ruled out at halftime with a back injury. … Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne left game with a stomach illness, and linebacker Josh Martin was ruled out with concussion-like symptoms.


Jets: host Denver next Sunday.

Jaguars: play at Kansas City next Sunday.


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Packers put together complete effort in 22-0 win over Bills

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham connected on their first touchdown pass of the year, and the Green Bay Packers put together their most complete defensive effort of the season in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Aaron Jones added 65 yards and a score on 11 carries for the Packers, who slowed in the second half after a fast start on offense.

The defense didn’t let up against the Bills. Green Bay (2-1-1) posted its first shutout since a 9-0 win over the Jets in 2010.

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble late in the fourth quarter that stood on review. He was 16 of 33 for 151 yards.

The Bills had a much tougher time on the road in the NFC North, a week after a stunning win at heavily favored Minnesota.

Buffalo did manage to force Rodgers to throw his first interception of the year. Rodgers also fumbled the ball away early in the fourth quarter after a sack by Taron Johnson.

But a 16-0 lead at the half was more than enough cushion against Buffalo’s feeble offense. Even the return of running back LeSean McCoy, who missed a game because of a rib injury, didn’t help the Bills (1-3).

Mason Crosby kicked two 52-yard field goals, bouncing back after an extra-point attempt in the first quarter hit the right upright.

A physical defense for Green Bay held the Bills to eight punts and three turnovers on their first 11 drives. Allen was sacked seven times, three by Kyler Fackrell.

Things went so well for the D that linebacker Clay Matthews was credited for a half-sack after drawing roughing-the-passer penalties in each of the first three weeks.

Rodgers was 22 of 40 for 298 yards. He had a little more mobility in the pocket, playing a third straight week with a brace on his injured left knee.

Rodgers did misfire on a couple throws. Receivers dropped a couple passes. An offense playing without Randall Cobb because of a hamstring injury also lost Geronimo Allison in the second half after he had to be evaluated for a concussion.

The offense wasn’t quite as effective in the second half. Still, it was a confidence-building win following a disheartening 14-point loss last week to Washington.

Davante Adams had 81 catches for eight yards. Running back Ty Montgomery had a 43-yard completion on a wheel route that set up Graham’s 3-yard touchdown catch with 5:15 left to open the scoring.

Graham had three catches for 21 yards. Signed in the offseason as a free agent, the athletic tight end made his first official Lambeau Leap after a touchdown earlier this season was wiped out by a flag.

For Buffalo, McCoy finished with 24 yards on five carries, and 13 yards on three receptions.


WR Kelvin Benjamin had one catch for 34 yards before leaving in the third quarter to be evaluated for a head injury. Benjamin absorbed a hard hit from Clinton-Dix on a play that also led the safety’s interception. … S Micah Hyde had a disappointing return to Lambeau after leaving in the first quarter with a groin injury. Hyde left the Packers as a free agent after the 2016 season.


Bills: Host Tennessee Titans on Oct. 7.

Packers: Visit Detroit Lions on Oct. 7.


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Jets-Jaguars Stats

New York 0 0 3 9—12
Jacksonville 3 13 9 6—31
First Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 32, 3:41.

Second Quarter

Jac_FG Lambo 22, 9:25.

Jac_Yeldon 31 pass from Bortles (Lambo kick), 1:47.

Jac_FG Lambo 54, :29.

Third Quarter

Jac_safety, 12:22.

NYJ_FG Myers 27, 4:58.

Jac_Moncrief 67 pass from Bortles (Lambo kick), 3:40.

Fourth Quarter

NYJ_FG Myers 38, 12:53.

NYJ_Leggett 2 pass from Darnold (pass failed), 11:18.

Jac_Yeldon 1 run (pass failed), :25.



First downs 10 23
Total Net Yards 178 503
Rushes-yards 14-34 34-126
Passing 144 377
Punt Returns 1-7 4-11
Kickoff Returns 3-40 2-21
Interceptions Ret. 1-3 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 17-34-0 29-38-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-23 2-11
Punts 7-49.3 4-46.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2
Penalties-Yards 6-43 9-89
Time of Possession 22:25 37:35



RUSHING_New York, Powell 8-26, Darnold 2-8, Crowell 4-0. Jacksonville, Yeldon 18-52, Fournette 11-30, Bortles 3-28, Westbrook 1-11, Grant 1-5.

PASSING_New York, Darnold 17-34-0-167. Jacksonville, Bortles 29-38-1-388.

RECEIVING_New York, Enunwa 4-66, Powell 4-26, Leggett 3-13, Kearse 2-23, R.Anderson 2-18, C.Herndon 1-18, Crowell 1-3. Jacksonville, Westbrook 9-130, Moncrief 5-109, Yeldon 3-48, O’Shaughnessy 2-28, Seferian-Jenkins 2-24, Cole 2-15, Grant 2-12, Paul 2-11, Chark 1-6, Fournette 1-5.


Bengals-Falcons Stats

Cincinnati 14 14 0 9—37
Atlanta 7 17 3 9—36
First Quarter

Atl_Smith 7 run (Bryant kick), 10:27.

Cin_Eifert 15 pass from Dalton (Bullock kick), 7:23.

Cin_Bernard 10 run (Bullock kick), :12.

Second Quarter

Atl_Paulsen 17 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 11:03.

Cin_Ross 39 pass from Dalton (Bullock kick), 8:11.

Atl_Ridley 11 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 2:55.

Cin_Bernard 1 run (Bullock kick), :44.

Atl_FG Bryant 55, :00.

Third Quarter

Atl_FG Bryant 28, 11:22.

Fourth Quarter

Atl_Ridley 30 pass from Ryan (pass failed), 14:25.

Cin_FG Bullock 36, 8:19.

Atl_FG Bryant 32, 4:15.

Cin_Green 13 pass from Dalton (pass failed), :07.



Cin Atl
First downs 30 25
Total Net Yards 407 495
Rushes-yards 23-99 24-92
Passing 308 403
Punt Returns 1-13 0-0
Kickoff Returns 2-82 4-95
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-23
Comp-Att-Int 29-41-1 29-39-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-29 3-16
Punts 2-15.5 1-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-55 10-95
Time of Possession 30:38 29:22



RUSHING_Cincinnati, Bernard 15-69, Dalton 2-13, Walton 5-9, Erickson 1-8. Atlanta, Coleman 14-51, Smith 7-35, Ryan 2-5, Ridley 1-1.

PASSING_Cincinnati, Dalton 29-41-1-337. Atlanta, Ryan 29-39-0-419.

RECEIVING_Cincinnati, Boyd 11-100, Green 4-78, Eifert 4-38, Bernard 4-27, Ross 2-52, Walton 2-28, Erickson 1-8, Uzomah 1-6. Atlanta, Jones 9-173, Sanu 6-111, Ridley 4-54, Coleman 3-26, Smith 3-13, Hooper 1-19, Paulsen 1-17, Hardy 1-4, Hall 1-2.


Patriots stop skid, hand Dolphins 1st loss in 38-7 rout

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and the New England Patriots handed Miami its first loss of the season in a 38-7 rout on Sunday.

It denied the Dolphins their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula’s last season in 1995.

Brady improved to 15-1 as a starter against Miami.

But New England lost one of its best players in the process. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of Brady’s favorite targets, left the game in the third quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return.

It put a slight damper on an afternoon in which New England showed the kind of consistency on both sides of the ball that had been missing in back-to-back losses to Jacksonville and Detroit. Since 2002, the Patriots are 7-0 after back-to-back losses

In its two losses, New England’s offense struggled to find its rhythm and sustain drives on third down.

It did both Sunday, taking advantage of a Dolphins defense that couldn’t seem to match the Patriots speed.

Running back James White finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown. Rookie running back Sony Michel rushed 25 times for 112 yards and his first career touchdown.

Miami struggled in every phase and looked very much like the team that has lost 10 straight road games to New England.

Ryan Tannehill finished 11 for 20 for 100 yards and an interception. He was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Brock Osweiler. Osweiler connected with Frank Gore for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for Miami’s lone score.

Miami was just 3 of 11 on third down and managed only 172 total yards. The Dolphins also had two turnovers.

Miami had a strong start on defense, intercepting Brady on New England’s second offensive series.

But following quick Dolphins’ punt, the Patriots bounced back with a 55-yard TD pass from Brady to Cordarrelle Patterson to take a 10-0 lead.

The 55-yard pass was New England’s longest play of the season. Patterson caught the pass over his shoulder along the sideline and stutter-stepped past safety T.J. McDonald to find a clear path to the end zone.

Then about midway through the second quarter, Tannehill fumbled a snap to begin a series that was recovered by Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy on the Dolphins 2 . White ran it in for a touchdown on the next play to make it 17-0 .

The Patriots then ended the half with a 15-play, 85-yard drive capped by an acrobatic touchdown grab in the end zone by Phillip Dorsett.

Dorsett, who had no catches in last week’s loss to Detroit, finished with four catches for 55 yards.


Patriots receiver Josh Gordon made his debut Sunday, making his first playing time in New England since his trade from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 17. He made his first reception at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter, hauling in a 13-yard grab.

Gordon was inactive in Week 3 in New England’s loss to Detroit with a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week.

He finished with two catches for 32 yards.

MR. 200

Dolphins running back Frank Gore became 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 day 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).


Patterson became the 70th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Brady.

It tied Brady with Vinny Testaverde for the most players with a touchdown reception from a single quarterback in NFL history.


Dolphins center Daniel Kilgore left the game in the first half with an arm injury. Safety Bobby McCain left with a knee injury.

Patriots defensive lineman Adam Butler was helped off the field in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Elandon Roberts also limped off late.


The Dolphins visit Cincinnati next Sunday.

The Patriots host the Colts on Thursday night.


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Lions-Cowboys Stats

Detroit 7 3 0 14—24
Dallas 3 10 7 6—26
First Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 32, 4:30.

Det_Tate 45 pass from Stafford (Prater kick), :19.

Second Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 43, 11:01.

Det_FG Prater 33, 2:50.

Dal_Elliott 38 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 1:39.

Third Quarter

Dal_Swaim 1 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 2:59.

Fourth Quarter

Det_Johnson 8 run (Prater kick), 14:20.

Dal_FG Maher 22, 5:49.

Det_Tate 38 pass from Stafford (Prater kick), 2:17.

Dal_FG Maher 38, :00.



Det Dal
First downs 18 26
Total Net Yards 382 414
Rushes-yards 20-96 35-183
Passing 286 231
Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 1-23 1-17
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 24-30-0 17-27-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-21 3-24
Punts 4-42.8 2-39.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 8-58 2-20
Time of Possession 29:55 30:05



RUSHING_Detroit, Johnson 9-55, Agnew 1-17, Blount 7-12, Riddick 1-7, Stafford 2-5. Dallas, Elliott 25-152, R.Smith 6-22, Austin 1-7, Prescott 3-2.

PASSING_Detroit, Stafford 24-30-0-307. Dallas, Prescott 17-27-0-255.

RECEIVING_Detroit, Tate 8-132, Golladay 4-74, Riddick 4-20, M.Jones 3-56, Toilolo 2-12, Willson 1-6, Valles 1-6, Johnson 1-1. Dallas, Elliott 4-88, Beasley 4-53, Swaim 3-39, Hurns 3-30, Gallup 2-45, R.Smith 1-0.


Bills-Packers Stats

Buffalo 0 0 0 0— 0
Green Bay 6 10 3 3—22
First Quarter

GB_Graham 3 pass from Rodgers (kick failed), 5:15.

Second Quarter

GB_A.Jones 3 run (Crosby kick), 11:05.

GB_FG Crosby 52, :00.

Third Quarter

GB_FG Crosby 36, 11:13.

Fourth Quarter

GB_FG Crosby 52, 1:55.



Buf GB
First downs 11 22
Total Net Yards 145 423
Rushes-yards 16-58 32-141
Passing 87 282
Punt Returns 1-(minu 5-20
Kickoff Returns 2-37 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 1-11 2-27
Comp-Att-Int 16-33-2 22-40-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 7-64 2-16
Punts 8-43.5 4-42.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 3-20 5-60
Time of Possession 25:23 34:37



RUSHING_Buffalo, McCoy 5-24, Allen 5-19, Ivory 6-15. Green Bay, A.Jones 11-65, Rodgers 5-31, J.Williams 11-27, Montgomery 5-18.

PASSING_Buffalo, Allen 16-33-2-151. Green Bay, Rodgers 22-40-1-298.

RECEIVING_Buffalo, Clay 4-40, Z.Jones 4-38, McCoy 3-13, Holmes 2-8, Benjamin 1-34, Croom 1-13, Lee 1-5. Green Bay, D.Adams 8-81, Allison 6-80, Graham 3-21, Montgomery 2-56, Valdes-Scantling 1-38, A.Jones 1-17, Kendricks 1-5.


Buccaneers-Bears Stats

Tampa Bay 0 3 0 7—10
Chicago 14 24 7 3—48
First Quarter

Chi_T.Burton 39 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 12:20.

Chi_Robinson 14 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 2:11.

Second Quarter

TB_FG Catanzaro 30, 14:55.

Chi_Cohen 9 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 12:21.

Chi_Bellamy 20 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 8:59.

Chi_Gabriel 3 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 4:56.

Chi_FG Parkey 50, :00.

Third Quarter

Chi_Gabriel 3 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 10:28.

Fourth Quarter

TB_Brate 16 pass from Winston (Catanzaro kick), 13:30.

Chi_FG Parkey 46, 6:23.



TB Chi
First downs 16 28
Total Net Yards 311 483
Rushes-yards 18-60 31-139
Passing 251 344
Punt Returns 1-2 3-14
Kickoff Returns 1-21 1-28
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 3-32
Comp-Att-Int 25-38-3 19-26-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-20 1-10
Punts 5-42.8 2-48.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 11-99 4-38
Time of Possession 31:54 28:06



RUSHING_Tampa Bay, Jones 10-29, Barber 7-24, Winston 1-7. Chicago, Trubisky 3-53, Cohen 13-53, J.Howard 11-25, Gabriel 1-10, Cunningham 1-0, Daniel 2-(minus 2).

PASSING_Tampa Bay, Fitzpatrick 9-18-1-126, Winston 16-20-2-145. Chicago, Trubisky 19-26-0-354.

RECEIVING_Tampa Bay, M.Evans 6-59, Humphries 6-36, D.Jackson 5-112, Brate 3-29, Godwin 2-22, Auclair 1-8, Barber 1-6, Jones 1-(minus 1). Chicago, Cohen 7-121, Gabriel 7-104, T.Burton 2-86, Robinson 2-23, Bellamy 1-20.


Dolphins-Patriots Stats

Miami 0 0 0 7— 7
New England 3 21 7 7—38
First Quarter

NE_FG Gostkowski 20, 5:28.

Second Quarter

NE_Patterson 55 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 12:01.

NE_White 22 run (Gostkowski kick), 7:29.

NE_Dorsett 9 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :18.

Third Quarter

NE_White 14 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 6:49.

Fourth Quarter

NE_Michel 10 run (Gostkowski kick), 13:43.

Mia_Gore 6 pass from Osweiler (Sanders kick), 2:42.



Mia NE
First downs 11 26
Total Net Yards 172 449
Rushes-yards 18-56 40-175
Passing 116 274
Punt Returns 2-23 5-45
Kickoff Returns 2-41 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 2-14 1-0
Comp-Att-Int 15-25-1 23-35-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-19 0-0
Punts 7-41.9 2-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 10-89 6-57
Time of Possession 23:38 36:22



RUSHING_Miami, Gore 11-41, Osweiler 1-7, Ballage 1-3, Drake 3-3, Wilson 1-2, Tannehill 1-0. New England, Michel 25-112, White 8-44, Patterson 1-11, Barner 3-11, Hoyer 3-(minus 3).

PASSING_Miami, Tannehill 11-20-1-100, Osweiler 4-5-0-35. New England, Brady 23-35-2-274.

RECEIVING_Miami, Wilson 4-19, Stills 3-40, Amendola 2-21, Grant 2-17, Gore 2-16, Drake 1-13, Gesicki 1-9. New England, White 8-68, Dorsett 4-55, Gronkowski 4-44, Patterson 3-54, Gordon 2-32, Hogan 1-25, D.Allen 1-(minus 4).