NFL roundup: Cardinals defeat Rams in battle of unbeatens
Led by Kyler Murray and an explosive offense, the Arizona Cardinals manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 37-20 on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
The victory was the first for the Cardinals over a Los Angeles team led by coach Sean McVay after enduring eight straight losses, and the first victory for Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury over good friend McVay.
The Cardinals (4-0) had 465 total yards against the Rams (3-1) and led 37-13 at one point.
Murray finished 24-of-32 for 268 passing yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 39 rushing yards. Murray’s top targets were DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, both of whom recorded 67 receiving yards.
Bills 40, Texans 0
Josh Allen found Dawson Knox for two touchdown passes, and Buffalo’s defense overwhelmed visiting Houston.
Allen completed 20 of 29 passes for 248 yards with an interception as Buffalo (3-1) won its third straight game and stayed atop the AFC East. The Bills have outscored Miami, Washington and Houston by a combined 118-21.
The Buffalo defense was far too much for rookie quarterback Davis Mills, making his second NFL start. Mills hit on 11 of 21 passes for just 87 yards, throwing four interceptions and finishing with a QB rating of 23.4 for the Texans (1-3).
Cowboys 36, Panthers 28
Dak Prescott threw for four touchdowns, and Dallas used a 20-point third quarter to pull away against visiting Carolina.
Ezekiel Elliott gained 143 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown as the Cowboys (3-1) won their third game in a row.
The outcome halted the best start to a season since 2015 for Carolina (3-1), which had extra time to prepare following its last game Sept. 23.
Bears 24, Lions 14
David Montgomery ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to lead Chicago to a home win over Detroit.
Montgomery left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury but helped rookie quarterback Justin Fields notch his first victory as a starter. Fields went 11-of-17 passing for 209 yards for Chicago.
Jared Goff went 24-of-38 passing for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit.
Washington 34, Falcons 30
Taylor Heinicke’s 30-yard touchdown pass to J.D. McKissic with 33 seconds remaining lifted visiting Washington to victory against Atlanta.
On third-and-7, Heinicke rolled left and threw a short pass to the right to McKissic, who ran 30 yards down the sideline and successfully dove for the pylon. Heinicke completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Terry McLaurin caught six passes for 123 yards and two scores for Washington (2-2).
Ryan was 25-of-42 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Cordarrelle Patterson had five catches for 82 yards and a career-high three touchdowns for Atlanta (1-3).
Browns 14, Vikings 7
Cleveland turned in another stellar defensive effort and held on for a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield hit just 15 of 33 passes for 155 yards, but the Browns climbed into a tie for first in the AFC North with their third straight win behind a rugged running game. Nick Chubb rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries, and Kareem Hunt added 69 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
The Vikings were held to 255 total yards and never crossed the Cleveland 20-yard line after their first possession. Kirk Cousins finished 20-of-38 passing for 203 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Vikings never got the running game on track. Dalvin Cook was held to 34 yards on nine carries.
Colts 27, Dolphins 17
Carson Wentz passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns and broke his personal seven-game losing streak as Indianapolis defeated host Miami.
Tight end Mo Alie-Cox caught both of Wentz’s touchdown passes and Jonathan Taylor added 103 rushing yards and one touchdown for the Colts (1-3).
Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett, starting in place of injured Tua Tagovailoa for the second straight week, passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He lost one fumble. Miami (1-3) lost its third straight game.
Giants 27, Saints 21 (OT)
Daniel Jones passed for 402 yards and two touchdowns, and Saquon Barkley scored on a 6-yard touchdown run on the first possession of overtime as New York defeated host New Orleans.
Jones completed 28 of 40 passes and led the Giants back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit. New York won on the final play of the game after losing its past two games on last-second field goals by the Washington Football Team and Atlanta Falcons.
Graham Gano’s 48-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime. Kenny Golladay caught six passes for 116 yards to lead the Giants’ injury-depleted receiving corps.
Jets 27, Titans 24 (OT)
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns as New York went into overtime to pull off its first victory of the season by rallying past Tennessee at East Rutherford, N.J.
The Jets (1-3) nearly won the game on their opening possession of OT by getting to the Tennessee 1-yard line before Matt Ammendola kicked a 22-yard field goal. The Titans (2-2) could have tied the game with 19 seconds remaining in OT but Randy Bullock missed a 49-yard field goal.
Wilson, the No. 2 overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft, went 21 of 34 passing and connecting on two fourth-quarter TD passes.
Chiefs 42, Eagles 30
Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes as Kansas City (2-2) defeated host Philadelphia (1-3) for Andy Reid’s 100th victory as head coach of the Chiefs.
Reid is the first coach in NFL history to win at least 100 games for two teams (Chiefs and Eagles). He is 93-39 in the regular season and 7-6 in the postseason since taking over in Kansas City in 2013.
The Chiefs had not won a game by more than six points since Week 8 of last season, 35-9 over the New York Jets.
Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
Russell Wilson overcame a sluggish start to throw for two touchdowns and run for another score to earn his 100th regular-season victory as Seattle defeated NFC West rival San Francisco in Santa Clara, Calif.
Alex Collins rushed for a 14-yard touchdown with 12:07 remaining to help the Seahawks (2-2) clinch the victory. Wilson, who became the second quarterback to win 100 starts in his first 10 seasons — Hall of Famer Peyton Manning is the other — completed 16-of-23 passes for 149 yards.
Rookie Trey Lance, who took over for injured Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) at halftime, threw two touchdown passes for the 49ers (2-2), both to Deebo Samuel.
Ravens 23, Broncos 7
Lamar Jackson went 22-for-37 passing for 316 yards and a touchdown, Marquise Brown had four catches for 91 yards and a score, and the Baltimore beat host Denver.
Latavius Murray had 18 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown, and James Proche II had five receptions for 74 yards for the Ravens (3-1).
Teddy Bridgewater left the game at halftime with a concussion in the first loss of the season for Denver (3-1). Bridgewater was 7-for-16 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game. Drew Lock replaced him and completed 12 of 21 passes for 113 yards and an interception in the second half.
Packers 27, Steelers 17
Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb connected on two touchdown passes and Green Bay’s defense mostly contained Pittsburgh in Green Bay, Wis., to win its third straight.
Rodgers was 20 of 36 for 248 yards. Rodgers’ second scoring strike was the 420th of his career, tying Dan Marino for sixth in NFL history.
Pittsburgh (1-3) dropped its third straight game despite two milestones from Ben Roethlisberger. He completed 26 of 40 passes for 232 yards and the 400th touchdown pass of his career, making him the eighth man in league history to accomplish the feat. He also passed Marino for sixth place in NFL history in passing yards. Roethlisberger has 61,593, with Marino at 61,361.
–Field Level Media