Steelers hold off Bucs...Rookies Mayfield, Rosen to start...Clemson changes QBs...Didi hopeful
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers’ 30-27 victory at Tampa. Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards. Antonio Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half TD receptions for Pittsburgh, which led 30-10 at halftime and picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick three times.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Rookie Josh Rosen is the Arizona Cardinals’ new starting quarterback and will be under center Sunday against Seattle after playing the last 4 ½ minutes of Sunday’s 16-14 loss to Chicago. The 10th overall pick in this year’s draft replaced veteran Sam Bradford after three Arizona second-half possessions ended in turnovers. Rosen threw an interception to end his first drive and was sacked to end the second, but the rookie from UCLA completed four of seven passes for 36 yards.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield will be the starting quarterback when the Cleveland Browns take in the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday. The first player taken in this year’s draft got the job following a brilliant relief effort in Thursday’s 21-17 win over the New York Jets, the Browns’ first victory since 2016. He entered for an injured Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and completed 17 of his 23 passes for 201 yards to lead Cleveland from a 14-0 deficit.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson head coach Dabo (DA’-boh) Swinney is changing starting quarterbacks for Saturday’s game against Syracuse, electing to play freshman Trevor Lawrence over senior Kelly Bryant. Lawrence replaced Bryant after two series of Saturday’s 49-21 drubbing of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, leading the Tigers on four TD drives in a five-series span in the second and third quarters. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a career-high four touchdown throws to rally the Tigers’ offense after a slow start with Bryant behind center.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) hopes to return to the lineup this week, saying his wrist injury feels “way better.” Gregorius hurt his right wrist Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks’ 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth. He is hitting .268 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs.