NFL Today, Week 3
NFL Today, Week 3
The Associated Press
Sep. 28, 2015
Monday, Sept. 28
Kansas City (1-1) at Green Bay (2-0), 8:30 p.m. The Chiefs are 3-0 at Lambeau Field, and slowing Aaron Rodgers would be critical to keeping the perfect record. Rodgers has thrown 451 straight passes at home in the regular season without an interception, and 38 consecutive TD passes at home without a pick, both NFL records.
—Tom Brady, Patriots, tore apart the Jaguars for 358 yards, completing 33 of 42 throws, with two touchdowns, in a 51-17 rout. He got his 400th career TD pass.
—Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 31 of 42 for 324 yards with two TDs in a 24-12 win at Detroit. The five-time MVP joined Brett Favre as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 career completions.
—Andy Dalton, Bengals, went 20 for 32 for 383 yards and three touchdowns, including the winner with 2:10 left in a 28-24 victory at Baltimore. Joe Flacco twice connected with Steve Smith for touchdowns for the Ravens.
—Cam Newton, Panthers, completed 20 of 31 passes for 315 yards with a pair of touchdowns to tight end Greg Olsen and also ran for a score as the Panthers defeated the Saints 27-22.
—Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 24 of 36 for 285 yards and two TDs in a comeback 39-28 decision against Dallas.
—Carson Palmer, Cardinals, threw for 311 yards and a pair of TDs to Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer was 20 of 32 in a 47-7 rout of the 49ers.
—Tyrod Taylor, Bills, had a big first road start, going 21 of 29 for 277 yards and three TDs in a 41-14 romp at Miami.
—Adrian Peterson, Vikings, Peterson plowed through San Diego's defense for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 20 rushes in three quarters, and the Vikings trampled Philip Rivers and the injury-depleted Chargers 31-14.
—Ryan Mathews, Eagles, rushed for 108 yards on 25 carries starting in place of the injured DeMarco Murray, and also caught a TD pass in a 24-17 victory over the Jets.
—Alfred Blue, Texans, had 139 yards rushing with a score in a 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay.
—Devonta Freeman, Falcons, ran for 141 yards and three scores in a 39-28 win against Dallas. Freeman had no trouble with the league's No. 1 rushing defense, getting 89 yards in the second half. He also had 52 yards receiving.
—LeGarrette Blount, Patriots, rushed for three 1-yard scores and 78 yards in a 51-17 rout of Jacksonville.
—A.J. Green, Bengals, finished with 10 catches for a career-high 227 yards and two scores, including the winning 7-yarder with 2:10 to go in a 28-24 victory at Baltimore. Steve Smith Sr. had 13 catches for 186 yards and two scores for the Ravens.
—Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, caught a pair of touchdowns passes and gained 134 yards on nine receptions in a 47-7 win over the 49ers.
—Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 101 yards for the Patriots, scoring once in the 51-17 win over Jacksonville.
—Julio Jones, Falcons, had his third straight 135-plus-yard game to start the season, the first receiver to ever do so, finishing with 164 yards and a clinching 2-yard score in a 39-28 win at Dallas. Jones had 137 of his yards in the second half, including a 45-yard touchdown.
—Keenan Allen, Chargers, had 12 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 loss at Minnesota.
—Greg Olsen, Panthers, had eight catches for 134 yards and two TDs in Carolina's 27-22 win over New Orleans.
—DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, who missed practice this week because of a concussion, finished with eight receptions for 101 yards.
—Rookie Amari Cooper, Raiders, had 134 yards receiving in a 27-20 win at Cleveland.
—Darren Sproles, Eagles, had an 89-yard punt return for a score and added a 1-yard touchdown run in a 24-17 victory over the Jets.
—Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, set the record for consecutive extra points with 425. He broke the record set by Matt Stover from 1996 until he retired in 2009. Gostkowski has led the NFL in scoring in each of the past three seasons. His only miss came on a block by the Titans in 2006.
—Rookie Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown to spark a 26-0 win over Chicago. He also has a 57-yard punt runback for a TD this season.
—Marcus Murphy, Saints, returned a punt 74 yards for a TD in a 27-22 loss at Carolina.
—LB Chad Greenway, Vikings, scooted 91 yards with a fumble for a touchdown in a 31-14 win against San Diego.
—LB C.J. Mosley, Ravens, returned a fumble 41 yards for a TD in a 28-24 loss to Cincinnati. He also made six tackles.
—LB Alec Ogletree, Rams, had two of the team's five sacks as St. Louis held Pittsburgh to 12 points. But the Rams lost 12-6.
—DB Dwight Lowery, Colts, became the first defender to intercept Marcus Mariota with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown. He picked off Mariota later in the game.
—Cardinals DBs Justin Bethel (21 yards) and Tyrann Mathieu (33) scored on first-quarter interception returns off Colin Kaepernick in a 47-7 victory over San Francisco.
The Falcons are the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing in the fourth quarter of every game. ... The Ravens are 0-3 for the first time. ... Saints QB Drew Brees didn't start because of injury for the first time since joining the team in 2006. New Orleans lost 27-22 to Carolina. ... Chicago is 0-3 and was shut out for the first time since 2002 and the fourth time since 1990. ... The Lions (0-3) are off to their worst start since 2010, when they finished 6-10, after a 24-12 loss to Denver.
Kyle Brindza, who made a 58-yard field goal early in the second quarter, missed an extra point and three field goals in the second half for Tampa Bay in a 19-9 loss to Houston. ... Running back Joseph Randle, Cowboys, had 85 yards on his first three carries, including a 37-yard touchdown that helped the Cowboys to a 14-0 lead. He had just 2 yards on his next 11 runs, and the Cowboys had just three first downs in the second half after getting 20 before halftime in their 39-28 loss to Atlanta. ... Ryan Tannehill set a Dolphins record by extending his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 160, but then threw two to linebacker Preston Brown, who returned the second one 43 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's 41-14 romp.
STREAKS & STATS
Oakland snapped an 11-game road skid by winning at Cleveland 27-20. Oakland also ended a 16-game losing streak in the Eastern time zone stretching to 2009.... The Patriots racked up 35 first downs in a 51-17 lead over Jacksonville that tied a franchise record set against Denver in 2012. It was the most points ever allowed by the Jaguars (1-2). ... The Cowboys had a six-game winning streak in the regular season snapped by Atlanta. ... The Rams were 2 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down against Pittsburgh. ... Andrew Luck threw for two TDs in 56 seconds to move to 7-0 against Tennessee with a 35-33 comeback win. Tennessee has lost 13 of 14 to Indy. ... Chicago punted on all 10 of its possessions at Seattle. ... The Cardinals' 47-7 victory against the 49ers made for the first time the franchise has had two 40-point victories in a row since 1969, and its largest margin of victory since a 44-0 win over Houston in 1970. ... Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, threw a career-worst four interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 16.7 in falling to Arizona.
The McCown brothers both started on Sunday and both lost.
Josh returned as the starting quarterback for Cleveland and went 28 for 49 for 341 yards with two TDs and an interception as the Browns fell 27-20 to the Raiders.
Luke replaced injured Drew Brees behind center for New Orleans and completed 14 of his first 15 throws. He finished 31 of 38 for 310 and one pick in a 27-22 loss at Carolina.
Tom Brady hooked up with Danny Amendola on a 1-yard score for Brady's 400th career touchdown pass. Brady joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino with at least 400. Amendola got open at the back of the end zone, then ran over to the stands and handed the football to a fan in the front row. But a ball boy went over and retrieved it. ... Vikings RB Adrian Peterson scored two TDs on Sunday, hours after his wife, Ashley, gave birth to their son, Axyl. ... Raiders safety Charles Woodson intercepted Josh McCown with 38 seconds left in a 27-20 win; Woodson has at least one pick in each of his 18 NFL seasons. Hall of Fame CB Darrell Green did it in 19 seasons. ... Despite hurting his left knee. Ben Roethlisberger won his franchise-record 108th game, passing Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw in a 12-6 triumph at St. Louis.
DELAY OF GAME
Kickoff in St. Louis was delayed about 26 minutes by a small fire near a corner of the south end zone in the Edward Jones Dome from sparks emitted by a pyrotechnic display during Rams player introductions. The cleanup job was hampered by a malfunctioning wet-dry vacuum that spewed collective material back out. Neither team made any plays near a circular mark between the 3 and 4-yard line.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hurt his left knee and was replaced by Michael Vick at St. Louis. Roethlisberger will have an MRI on Monday. ... Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch left a 26-0 win over Chicago at halftime with a hamstring injury. "We've checked it all out and it's nothing to be alarmed by," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. ... Chargers left tackle King Dunlap (concussion), left guard Orlando Franklin (right ankle), center Chris Watt (groin) and cornerback Jason Verrett (foot) were hurt in a 31-14 loss at Minnesota. Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes suffered a head injury in a scary collision with teammate Andrew Sendejo in the second quarter of their win. He didn't return to the game. ... Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson injured his hamstring and running back Jonathan Stewart hurt his leg against New Orleans. ... Wide receiver Sammy Watkins missed the last three quarters of a 41-14 win at Miami after injuring his right calf. ... Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane suffered a groin injury and did not return against the Bears. ... 49ers tight end Vernon Davis injured a knee in a loss to Arizona.
"They beat us at our own game." Jets coach Todd Bowles, whose team had 10 takeaways in the first two games, both wins, and only one in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, which had four takeaways.
"It's been a while for sure." Titans QB Marcus Mariota about when he last lost two straight games. Tennessee fell 35-33 to Indianapolis.
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