Resilient Broncos improve to 2-0
WASHINGTON, Sept 17, (Agencies): In a game with wild swings and pass-happy quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns Sunday to lead the Kansas City Chiefs past the host Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37.
The Chiefs (2-0) blew a three-touchdown lead, went back up by 14 points and held on. Kansas City’s Travis Kelce had 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Mahomes has set an NFL record with 10 touchdown passes through the first two games of a season, and he finished with more touchdown passes than incompletions (five).
Jaguars 31, Patriots 20
Blake Bortles passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns as host Jacksonville avenged last season’s loss in the AFC Championship Game with a win over New England.
Keelan Cole caught seven passes for 116 yards and one touchdown for the Jaguars (2-0), his third career 100-yard receiving game. Donte Moncrief, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Dede Westbrook also caught scoring passes for Jacksonville, which defeated the Patriots for the first time in eight all-time regular-season meetings.
Broncos 20, Raiders 19
Brandon McManus kicked a 36-yard field goal in the final seconds, and host Denver rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Oakland. Case Keenum completed 19 of 35 passes for 222 yards, 62 of which came on the drive that set up the winning field goal. Keenum and Royce Freeman ran for scores for the Broncos (2-0).
Vikings 29, Packers 29, OT
Kirk Cousins came close to delivering a dramatic comeback in the second half, but visiting Minnesota and Green Bay settled for a tie.
Cousins, who had 425 passing yards and four touchdowns, set up the Vikings (1-0-1) for a game-winning 35-yard field goal, but rookie Daniel Carlson missed wide right to end the game. That was his second missed field goal in overtime and third on the day. Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal wide left as time expired in regulation.
Falcons 31, Panthers 24
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense bounced back impressively from a subpar outing in the season opener, recording touchdowns on all four red-zone possessions in a home victory over Carolina.
Ryan, who frequently misfired in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Falcons (1-1) defeated the Panthers (1-1) for the fourth straight time in Atlanta and fifth in six games overall.
Buccaneers 27, Eagles 21
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes, and host Tampa Bay held on to defeat defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia and move to 2-0.
Fitzpatrick, who also tossed four touchdown passes against the New Orleans Saints last week, became the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in consecutive games to open a season.
Cowboys 20, Giants 13
Dak Prescott made a big early statement, and the Dallas defense dominated New York for a win at Arlington, Texas.
Prescott launched a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the game’s third play from scrimmage. The former Rams receiver’s first catch as a Cowboy made it 7-0 just 94 seconds into the game. Prescott completed 16 of 25 passes for 160 yards and added a career-high 45 rushing yards.
Dolphins 20, Jets 12
Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, and visiting Miami held on for victory against New York and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
Tannehill was 17 of 23 for 168 yards, but he absorbed four sacks and the Dolphins (2-0) didn’t score in the second half after building a 20-0 lead.
Chargers 31, Bills 20
Philip Rivers threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns to lead visiting Los Angeles in a win over Buffalo in Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen’s starting debut.
Rivers was surgical in the first half, completing 15 of 16 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He finished 23 of 27 and did not throw an interception. Melvin Gordon found the end zone three times for the Chargers (1-1).
Titans 20, Texans 17
Blaine Gabbert orchestrated a late drive that resulted in a field goal to give Tennessee a tight victory against visiting Houston.
Ryan Succop’s 31-yard field goal with 1:05 remaining broke a tie, capping a 62-yard drive that consumed 12 plays and nearly six minutes. The Texans (0-2) reached Tennessee territory but they were out of timeouts and couldn’t get another play off after making it to the Titans 21-yard line on the last snap.
49ers 30, Lions 27
Matt Breida rushed for a career-best 138 yards, and Robbie Gould set a franchise record for most consecutive made field goals with a 3-for-3 effort Sunday afternoon, propelling San Francisco over Detroit in Santa Clara, Calif.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes and remained unbeaten in home games in his 49ers career with a third straight win as San Francisco (1-1) rebounded from an error-filled loss at Minnesota with a turnover-free performance.
Saints 21, Browns 18
Drew Brees connected on a pair of short touchdown passes to Michael Thomas in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, and Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds to lift host New Orleans over visiting Cleveland.
The Browns (0-1-1) had a chance to force overtime for the second consecutive week, but Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed a 52-yard field-goal attempt wide right with three seconds remaining. Gonzalez also missed two extra points and a 44-yard field-goal attempt earlier in the game.
Colts 21, Redskins 9
Andrew Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the Indianapolis defense kept host Washington out of the end zone.
After surrendering 34 points to the Bengals in Week 1, the Colts (1-1) contained Alex Smith and Co. Smith passed for 292 yards, but Washington (1-1) was 5-for-15 on third down and 0-for-2 in the red zone.
Adrian Peterson, who ran for 96 yards in Week 1, was held to 20 yards on 11 carries, and the Redskins gained just 65 yards on the ground. Luck completed 21 of 31 passes for 179 yards and was intercepted twice.
Rams 34, Cardinals 0
Todd Gurley rushed for three touchdowns, and Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and a score as host Los Angeles rolled over Arizona.
The Rams’ defense held the Cardinals to 60 yards of total offense in the first half and 137 for the game. It was the second consecutive season the Rams (2-0) pinned a shutout on the Cardinals (0-2), doing so last year in a game at London. The Cardinals’ offense did not cross the 50-yard line until quarterback Sam Bradford connected on a pass with Ricky Seals-Jones on the second-to-last play of the game.
Bengals 34, Ravens23
In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes in the first half – three to A.J. Green – against a defense that has bedeviled him throughout his career, and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 34-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
Dalton knocked the Ravens (1-1) out of playoff contention last season by throwing a 49-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the final game in Baltimore. On Thursday, he sliced-and-diced a defense that has more often gotten the upper hand in their AFC North rivalry, leading Cincinnati (2-0) to an early 21-point lead. Heading into the game, Dalton had thrown more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (15) against the Ravens, including a four-interception game at Paul Brown Stadium last season. Dalton finished 24 of 42 for 265 yards, throwing four touchdown passes for only the fifth time in his career.
Green set the tone with touchdown catches of 4, 28 and 7 yards on consecutive possessions, a career high. Upset that he fumbled twice during a 34-23 win at Indianapolis on Sunday, he caught everything near him during the Bengals’ early surge. Green finished with five catches for 69 yards. Dalton’s 14-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Boyd made it 28-7 late in the first half. Joe Flacco was sharp in an opening 47-3 win over the Bills, but couldn’t do anything against Cincinnati until the Bengals led by three touchdowns. Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 21-yarder to John Brown that cut it to 28-23 with 9:35 left.