NFL roundup: Dak suffers ugly injury in Cowboys win
Greg Zuerlein kicked a game-winning field goal from 34 yards out on the final play as Dallas defeated the visiting New York Giants 37-34 Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in a game that was overshadowed by an ugly ankle injury suffered by Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Midway through the third quarter, Prescott gained 9 yards on a run and was tackled by New York safety Logan Ryan. Prescott immediately clutched his lower right leg. After he was put in a cast, Prescott appeared to be crying as he was carted off the field. He was transported to an area hospital and ESPN later reported that Prescott was expected to undergo surgery Sunday night.
Dallas gained the final possession with 52 seconds left and moved 72 yards in four plays with backup quarterback Andy Dalton at the controls to set up the winning field goal. With the win, the Cowboys (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak in their first outing against an NFC East Division rival.
The Giants (0-5) went ahead on Devonta Freeman’s 4-yard run with 8:46 remaining, extending the lead to 34-31 on Daniel Jones’ two-point conversion pass to offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. The 17-yard drive was set up after a fumble by Dalton.
Dallas led 24-23 at the time of the injury. Prescott completed 14 of 21 passes for 166 yards and an interception. Dalton was 9-for-11 for 111 yards after replacing Prescott. Jones was 20-for-33 for 222 yards. He was sacked twice.
Seahawks 27, Vikings 26
Russell Wilson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds to play as Seattle remained undefeated with a victory against visiting Minnesota at an empty CenturyLink Field.
The winning drive came after the Vikings (1-4) eschewed a short field-goal attempt that could’ve given them an eight-point lead with two minutes left. Instead, Alexander Mattison was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 from Seattle’s 6-yard line.
Wilson completed 20 of 32 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Seahawks (5-0) overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit. Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins was 27 of 39 for 249 yards and two touchdowns, both to Adam Thielen. But Cousins had a fumble and an interception as Seattle scored 21 points in the opening 6:51 of the second half to take a 21-13 lead.
Rams 30, Washington Football Team 10
Jared Goff threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns to lead Los Angeles past host Washington in Landover, Md., on a day that Alex Smith played in his first game in nearly two years.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald had four sacks and linebacker Troy Reeder had three as the Rams (4-1) finished with eight on the day.
Washington quarterback Josh Allen was sidelined after taking a hit to the head and arm late in the first half by Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. He was replaced by Smith, who was making his first NFL appearance since a gruesome leg injury on Nov. 18, 2018 that required 17 separate surgeries to fix.
Smith completed 9 of 17 passes for 37 yards and was sacked six times for Washington (1-4). Allen was 9 of 13 for 74 yards before departing. Washington finished with 108 total yards of offense.
Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and Miami erupted for 30 first-half points en route to a demolition of San Francisco at Santa Clara, Calif.
Fitzpatrick threw touchdown passes to Adam Shaheen, DeVante Parker and Preston Williams during his 14th career 350-yard game, his first since throwing for a career-best 419 against Cincinnati last December. Myles Gaskin added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Dolphins (2-3).
The loss was the second straight overall and third in a row at home for the 49ers (2-3), who benched quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after an ineffective first half in his return from a high-ankle sprain.
Browns 32, Colts 23
Baker Mayfield threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, and host Cleveland’s defense hassled Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers into major mistakes as the Browns won their fourth straight.
Mayfield was 21 of 37 with two interceptions as Cleveland improved to (4-1) by complementing its league-best rushing attack with key passes, particularly when it scored on all four first-half possessions.
Meanwhile, Rivers completed 21 of 33 for 243 yards, but tossed two interceptions. One was a pick-six that Ronnie Harrison Jr. took 47 yards at the 12:15 mark of the third quarter for a 27-10 Cleveland lead. Rivers was also pressured into an intentional grounding foul in the end zone 16 seconds into the fourth quarter, giving the Browns a safety and a nine-point lead that the Colts (3-2) could not overcome.
Ravens 27, Bengals 3
Lamar Jackson passed for two touchdowns and the Baltimore defense repeatedly flustered rookie quarterback Joe Burrow as the Ravens cruised past visiting Cincinnati.
Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown caught touchdown passes from Jackson, who was 19-of-37 passing for 180 yards and one interception for the Ravens (4-1). Baltimore’s defense forced three turnovers, including Patrick Queen’s 53-yard fumble return touchdown, and tallied seven sacks.
Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick who entered with a rookie-record three consecutive 300-yard games, completed 19 of 30 passes for 183 yards with one interception in his fifth career start for the Bengals (1-3-1).
Steelers 38, Eagles 29
Rookie Chase Claypool had three scoring catches and ran for another touchdown as Pittsburgh stayed unbeaten with a win over visiting Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh, which built a 17-point lead in the third quarter but didn’t seal it until Claypool’s fourth touchdown with 2:39 left, is 4-0 for the first time since 1979. Claypool had seven catches for 110 yards, Ben Roethlisberger was 27 of 34 for 239 yards and the three touchdowns.
For Philadelphia (1-3-1), Miles Sanders had two touchdown runs, and Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham (10 catches, 152 yards) each had a touchdown catch. Carson Wentz was 20 of 35 for 258 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions.
Panthers 23, Falcons 16
Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes in a big first half and it was enough as visiting Carolina won its third game in a row and kept Atlanta winless.
Bridgewater completed 27 of 37 passes for 313 yards — including an NFL season-high 261 yards in the first half — and Mike Davis rushed for 89 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Panthers (3-2).
Matt Ryan threw for 226 yards, but had a costly fourth-quarter interception in the end zone for the Falcons (0-5). Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 136 yards. Todd Gurley rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Cardinals 30, Jets 10
Kyler Murray accounted for 411 total yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona past winless New York in East Rutherford, N.J.
Murray’s 380 passing yards were a career high in his time with Arizona (3-2). DeAndre Hopkins was his top target, finishing with six catches for 131 yards.
Joe Flacco started in place of the injured Sam Darnold for the Jets (0-5). Flacco completed 18 of 33 passes for 195 yards and zero interceptions.
Raider 40, Chiefs 32
Derek Carr passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns, outdueling Patrick Mahomes as Las Vegas stunned previously undefeated Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo.
Josh Jacobs added 77 rushing yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Raiders (3-2), who snapped a seven-game losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium. Carr fired three quick-strike touchdowns in the second quarter on passes of 59, 5 and 72 yards from Carr to Nelson Agholor, Darren Waller and rookie Henry Ruggs.
The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Chiefs (4-1) that included last season’s Super Bowl run. Mahomes threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted once — his first of the season — and completed just 22 of 43 passes.
Texans 30, Jaguars 14
Deshaun Watson tossed three touchdowns, Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked three field goals and Houston defeated visiting Jacksonville for its first victory of the season and first under interim coach Romeo Crennel.
Watson passed for 359 yards and finally established a connection with receiver Brandin Cooks, who posted his first 100-yard game with the Texans (1-4). Cooks had eight catches for 161 yards plus a 28-yard touchdown on fourth down with 4:39 left that sealed it.
The Jaguars (1-4) lost their fourth straight game, hurt by two costly turnovers and two missed field goals by Stephen Hauschka.
–Field Level Media