(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s National Football League games:
Steelers 19, Chiefs 13
The Pittsburgh Steelers hold a simple winning formula for beating the Kansas City Chiefs, and it mostly revolves around handing the ball to Le’Veon Bell.
The Steelers running back carved up the Chiefs for 179 rushing yards Sunday, and they knocked off the league’s last unbeaten team at Arrowhead Stadium.
Bell delivered a repeat performance of his play against the Chiefs in the division playoff last season. In January, Bell rushed for 170 yards as the Steelers knocked the Chiefs out of the postseason.
This game played out much the same way.
Chargers 17, Raiders 16
Nick Novak kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Los Angeles Chargers over the Oakland Raiders.
The Chargers (2-4) won their second straight game while the Raiders (2-4) lost their fourth straight.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned to action after missing one game with a small broken bone in his back and threw for 171 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Cardinals 38, Buccaneers 33
Adrian Peterson did more in his first two quarters Sunday with the Cardinals than he could in his first four games combined with the Saints, but it almost didn’t matter as Arizona had to hold off a furious rally before vanquishing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cardinals scored points on each of their first five possessions of the game in beating the Buccaneers for the second straight year at home.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston suffered an injured right shoulder in the second quarter and did not return.
Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Winston and threw three touchdown passes.
Rams 27, Jaguars 17
Some games are won with special teams.
The Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars was a prime example.
The Rams (4-2) returned the opening kickoff for a 103-yard touchdown, blocked a punt for a 6-yard touchdown, kicked a 56-yard field goal and averaged 50.8 yards per punt on their first five of the game.
Vikings 23, Packers 10
In an unexpected battle of the backups, Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum out-dueled Green Bay’s Brett Hundley as the Vikings forged a tie atop the NFC North standings.
Hundley, a third-year pro, was pressed into duty in the first quarter after Packers starter Aaron Rodgers was lost for the game, and possibly for the season, with a broken collarbone.
Keenum, making his fourth start in place of the injured Sam Bradford, was 24-of-38 passing for 239 yards, with a touchdown and an interception as the Vikings improved to 4-2.
Hundley, hounded by the Vikings defense for much of the day, finished 18-of-33 for 157 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions. He was sacked four times as the Packers fell to 4-2.
Dolphins 20, Falcons 17
Atlanta, like in the Super Bowl last season, couldn’t hold a big halftime lead and lost to visiting Miami.
Safety Reshad Jones intercepted Matt Ryan at the six-yard line with 39 seconds left and the Dolphins won after trailing 17-0 at halftime.
Jay Cutler, who was 19 of 32 for 151 yards, threw two third-quarter touchdown passes for the Dolphins (3-2) and Jay Ajayi ran for 130 yards on 26 carries.
Giants 23, Broncos 10
Janoris Jenkins returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown, and New York’s defense produced a key goal-line stand in the fourth quarter, leading the previously winless Giants past Denver.
Eli Manning threw for just 128 yards but tossed a touchdown pass to rookie Evan Engram. Aldrick Rosas kicked three field goals for the Giants, who came in as a heavy underdog after being battered by injuries in the last week.
The Giants’ defense stopped C.J. Anderson for no gain on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line midway through the fourth quarter and exerted tremendous pressure on Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian, who took four sacks, with three by Jason Pierre-Paul.
Patriots 24, Jets 17
New England claimed sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time this season with the come-from-behind victory over New York.
The Jets (3-3) had their three-game winning streak snapped and are in last place.
New England (4-2) won its 11th straight road game and has won six of its last seven against the Jets, who led 14-0 before the Patriots rallied.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski scored two touchdowns, both from Tom Brady who broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for the most regular-season wins in NFL history with 187.
Saints 52, Lions 38
Defensive end Cam Jordan tipped and then intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone — the third defensive touchdown of the game for New Orleans — and the Saints withstood a furious 28-point Detroit rally.
The Saints (3-2) appeared to have iced the game with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter when they grabbed a 45-10 lead on cornerback Marshon Lattimore’s 27-yard interception return of a Stafford pass for a touchdown.
But Detroit (3-3) scored 28 consecutive points over the next 16 minutes.
Texans 33, Browns 17
Deshaun Watson continued his breakout rookie season and Houston forced three turnovers in their win over winless Cleveland (0-6).
Watson passed for 225 yards and three touchdowns. With 15 touchdowns, Watson has the most by a rookie through six games since the merger with the American Football League.
The Texans (3-3) harassed Browns quarterback Keven Hogan into a miserable debut as a starter. Hogan tossed three interceptions, with Texans veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph recording a pair of picks.
Bears 27, Ravens 24 (overtime)
Connor Barth hit a 39-yard field goal with 2:11 left in overtime to give Chicago the victory over Baltimore.
Running back Jordan Howard had a 53-yard run on Chicago’s second possession in the extra period. Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky then threw an 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright that helped set up the game-winning kick.
Chicago (2-4) snapped a 10-game losing streak on the road. The Ravens (3-3) did not manage an offensive touchdown.
Redskins 26, 49ers 24
Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Washington defeated winless San Francisco.
After squandering all of a 17-0 lead, the Redskins scored nine fourth-quarter points on a field goal and a seven-yard run by Cousins with 3:34 remaining.
The 49ers are 0-6 for the first time since 1979 in Bill Walsh’s first season as head coach.
(Editing by Gene Cherry/Andrew Both)