NFL round-up: New Orleans make it eight on the bounce

Philadelphia Eagles thrash Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots too good for Raiders

 Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by DJ Swearinger of the Washington Redskins during his side’s overtime win. Photograph: Sean Gardner/Getty

Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by DJ Swearinger of the Washington Redskins during his side’s overtime win. Photograph: Sean Gardner/Getty

 

Saints 34 Redskins 31 (overtime)

Wil Lutz kicked a 28-yard field in overtime, climaxing a furious foruth-quarter rally which lifted New Orleans to their eighth consecutive victory.

The Saints (8-2) trailed Washington 31-16 when Kirk Cousins completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle with 5:58 to play.

But Drew Brees led back-to-back touchdown drives of 75 and 83 yards, throwing three yards to tight end Josh Hill and 18 yards to rookie running back Alvin Kamara to draw the Saints within 31-29 with 1:05 left.

Kamara converted the tying two-point conversion by taking a pitch around left end.

The Redskins (4-6) moved to a first down at the New Orleans 34 - within range of a potential game-winning field goal - but Cousins was flagged for intentional grounding on first down, moving Washington out of field-goal range.

Eagles 37 Cowboys 9

The Philadelphia offence clicked in the second half, and the Eagles motored past the Dallas Cowboys 37-9 for their eighth consecutive win.

Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdowns passes as Philadelphia scored on its first three possessions of the second half. He finished with 168 yards on 14-of-27 passing.

The Eagles (9-1) held Dallas (5-5) to 225 yards of offense. Philadelphia’s defense also came up with the exclamation point on the win when defensive end Derek Barnett sacked Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and forced a fumble. Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham scooped the ball and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.

Patriots 33 Raiders 8

Tom Brady threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals, including a franchise-record 62-yarder, in New England’s blowout of Oakland in Mexico City.

Brady, 30 of 37 passing, notched his sixth 300-yard game this season and 82nd of his career.

Coach Bill Belichick broke a tie with Tom Landry and moved into sole possession of third place on the NFL’s all-time coaching wins list.

The Patriots have won a team-record 13 straight road games, 12 of them led by Brady, the second-longest quarterback streak in NFL history.

Ravens 23 Packers 0

Baltimore’s defence bent, but never got close to breaking in shutting out Green Bay.

It was the first time the Packers were held scoreless since 2006, when they were blanked by the Bears and Patriots in head coach Mike McCarthy’s first season.

The Ravens (5-5) forced three consecutive turnovers at the start of the game and got a pair of fourth-down stops and two more turnovers in the second half.

Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, starting his fourth game in place of Aaron Rodgers, was intercepted three times and fumbled once as Green Bay fell to 5-5.

Vikings 24 Rams 7

Latavius Murray ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Minnesota’s defence held down Los Angeles’ top-scoring offence.

Case Keenum was 27-of-38 passing for 280 yards and a touchdown, and Adam Thielen added six catches for 123 yards and a 65-yard touchdown reception for Minnesota (8-2).

Running back Todd Gurley had five carries for 20 yards and a touchdown for Los Angeles (7-3) on the first possession of the game, but was held to 17 yards on 10 carries the rest of the way.

Tom Brady in action during the Patriots comfortable win over the Raiders. Photograph: Jorge Nunez/EPA
Tom Brady in action during the Patriots comfortable win over the Raiders. Photograph: Jorge Nunez/EPA

Giants 12 Chiefs 9 (OT)

Aldrick Rosas delivered the game-winning 23-yard field goal to give New York the overtime victory over Kansas City (6-4).

The Giants (2-8) snapped a three-game losing streak in their first home win of the season.

New York’s winning drive was set up by a 36-yard reception by receiver Roger Lewis, who drew a pass interference penalty on Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines.

Bengals 20 Broncos 17

Andy Dalton passed for three touchdowns and Cincinnati (4-6) won in Denver for the first time in 42 years.

Dalton completed 15 of 25 passes for 154 yards, including scoring passes to A.J. Green, Alex Erickson and Tyler Kroft.

Denver (3-7) lost their sixth consecutive game.

Chargers 54 Bills 24

Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and Buffalo rookie Nathan Peterman tossed five first-half interceptions in his NFL debut.

The Chargers (4-6) snapped a two-game slide as Rivers started his 186th consecutive regular-season game, the NFL’s second-longest active streak behind Eli Manning (209).

The Bills (5-5) benched Tyrod Taylor in favor of Peterman, but lost their third consecutive game.

Jaguars 19 Browns 7

Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette slugged his way to 111 rushing yards as the Jaguars beat winless Cleveland and took sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

The Browns harassed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles throughout and the game, and the Jaguars (7-3) did the same to quarterback DeShone Kizer of the Browns (0-10).

Lions 27 Bears 24

Matthew Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and Detroit outlasted Chicago.

A go-ahead, 52-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater with 1:35 remaining helped the Lions (6-4) win their third consecutive game.

Bears kicker Connor Barth missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt with three seconds to go as Chicago (3-7) dropped its third game in a row.

Texans 31 Cardinals 21

Jadeveon Clowney led a timely defensive stand and Houston overcame two first-half turnovers to defeat Arizona.

Clowney’s fourth-down stop on Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson enabled the Texans (4-6) to seize control when on the ensuing snap rookie running back D’Onta Foreman dashed 34 yards for a touchdown and a two-score lead.

The Cardinals (4-6) dropped consecutive games despite third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s three touchdown passes.

Buccaneers 30 Dolphins 20

Patrick Murray drilled a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds left and Tampa Bay defeated Miami.

The Dolphins (4-6) attempted two laterals and a handoff on the kickoff after Murray’s field goal. Tampa Bay’s Adarius Glanton recovered a fumble on the handoff in the end zone for the final margin for the Bucs (4-6).

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