Four­nette keeps the rookie run­ning back train rolling

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HOUS­TON — Leonard Four­nette ran for 100 yards and a touch­down in his NFL de­but, and Jack­sonville had 10 sacks and forced four turnovers to help the Jaguars to a 29-7 win over the Hous­ton Texans on Sun­day.

The Texans hoped to pro­vide a boost to the area rav­aged by Hurricane Har­vey with a win. In­stead, Tom Sav­age strug­gled be­hind a por­ous line and was benched in favour of rookie De­shaun Wat­son at half­time with Hous­ton down 19-0.

Blake Bor­tles threw for 125 yards and a touch­down, Calais Camp­bell had four sacks and Dante Fowler re­turned a fum­ble 53 yards for a score as the Jaguars snapped a sixgame skid against Hous­ton.

J.J. Watt re­turned af­ter missing 13 games last sea­son af­ter back surgery, but in­jured his fin­ger in the first half and fin­ished with just one tackle.

The Texans punted on their first four pos­ses­sions, and the fifth one ended when Sav­age fum­bled on a sack by Yan­nick Ngak­oue and the Jaguars re­cov­ered the ball.

Four­nette, the fourth over­all pick in this year’s draft, added his 1-yard touch­down af­ter that.

Sav­age was sacked six times in the first half, play­ing be­hind a line with­out vet­eran left tackle Duane Brown, who is hold­ing out.

Ty­rod Tay­lor threw two touch­down passes and the new-look Bills won in Sean McDer­mott’s de­but as Buf­falo’s coach.

Mike Tol­bert also scored on a 1-yard run, while Buf­falo’s de­fence had three in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing line­backer Ramon Hum­ber pick­ing off Josh McCown’s pass to thwart a 2-point con­ver­sion in the third quar­ter.

Safety Micah Hyde, a free agent off-sea­son ad­di­tion, sealed the vic­tory by in­ter­cept­ing McCown at Buf­falo’s 41 to end the Jets’ fi­nal se­ries.

Tay­lor was 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion.

The vic­tory came in McDer­mott’s first game since the for­mer Carolina Pan­thers de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor took over in Jan­uary af­ter Rex Ryan was fired in the fi­nal week of last sea­son.

Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw two touch­down passes to tight end Jesse James as the Steel­ers, with min­i­mal help from Le’Veon Bell, opened the sea­son by hold­ing off the Browns.

Roeth­lis­berger im­proved to 21-2 against the Browns, who gave their rivals all they could handle — a pos­i­tive sign for coach Hue Jack­son and Cleveland fans af­ter a hor­rid 1-15 sea­son.

But the Browns couldn’t stop Al­lPro wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown, who made a leap­ing catch in traf­fic for 38 yards with 2:26 left to seal Pitts­burgh’s win. Brown fin­ished with 11 re­cep­tions for 182 yards.

Browns rookie quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer had pulled the Browns within three on a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Cole­man fol­lowed by a 2-point con­ver­sion.

The Browns have lost 13 straight open­ers. Cleveland’s de­fence played well de­spite not hav­ing top over­all pick Myles Gar­rett, who in­jured his an­kle ear­lier this week.

Bell, who skipped train­ing camp in a con­tract dis­pute, ran ten­ta­tively and gained just 32 yards on 10 car­ries. He re­joined his team­mates last week and signed his $12.1 mil­lion fran­chise tag, far less than he feels he de­serves.

Matt Ryan threw an 88-yard touch­down to Austin Hooper and led two fourth-quar­ter scor­ing drives as the NFC champions held on.

The butt of jokes fol­low­ing their epic Su­per Bowl col­lapse against New Eng­land, the Fal­cons sur­vived as the Bears had a first down at the At­lanta 5 in the clos­ing minute. Mike Glen­non’s pass to a lung­ing Josh Bel­lamy on first down hit off the re­ceiver’s hands, and Jor­dan Howard then dropped a sim­ple catch at the 1.

Af­ter an­other in­com­ple­tion on third down, Glen­non got sacked by Brooks Reed.

At­lanta was cling­ing to a 13-10 lead early in the fourth when a scram­bling Ryan fired to a wideopen Hooper near mid­field. The sec­ond-year tight end from Stan­ford raced up the right side and stiff-armed Quintin Demps on the way to the end zone.

The Bears then went 75 yards, with Glen­non hit­ting rookie Tarik Co­hen for a 19-yard TD mid­way through the fourth to cut it to 20-17. At­lanta’s Matt Bryant an­swered with a 37-yard field goal, mak­ing it 23-17.

Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touch­downs, and Carr won his third straight against Mar­cus Mar­i­ota and the Titans in as many years.

Amari Cooper caught a TD pass as the Raiders made the Titans pay for open­ing the sea­son with an on­side kick they couldn’t re­cover. Mar­shawn Lynch also looked very re­freshed af­ter his year away from football. Lynch fin­ished with 18 car­ries for 76 yards.

Gior­gio Tavec­chio kicked field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in his NFL de­but. He was signed Fri­day to fill in for the Raiders’ all­time lead­ing scorer and 18-year vet­eran Se­bas­tian Janikowski, who’s on in­jured re­serve with a bad back. Tavec­chio has spent time in train­ing camp with the Raiders the past four sea­sons but had never kicked in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game.

Car­son Wentz threw for 307 yards and two touch­downs as the sec­ond-year quar­ter­back guided the Eagles in a sloppy, mis­take­filled sea­son opener.

Wentz was 26 of 39 and threw an in­ter­cep­tion that Ryan Ker­ri­gan re­turned for a touch­down. But Wentz made fewer er­rors than Wash­ing­ton’s Kirk Cousins, who was picked off at the goal line and fum­bled twice. Cousins’ sec­ond fum­ble was forced by Bran­don Gra­ham and re­turned 20 yards for a touch­down by Fletcher Cox in the fi­nal min­utes, putting the game away.

Matthew Stafford threw two of his four touch­down passes to rookie Kenny Gol­la­day in the fourth quar­ter.

The Li­ons picked off three of Car­son Palmer’s passes, re­turn­ing one for a score. They also knocked David John­son out of the game af­ter forc­ing him to fum­ble in the third quar­ter Sun­day.

Detroit set an NFL record last year by ral­ly­ing to win eight games af­ter trail­ing in the fi­nal quar­ter and opened this sea­son with an­other come­back.

The Cardinals scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-9 late in the third quar­ter be­fore giv­ing up 26 straight points.

Stafford’s first pass was re­turned 82 yards for a touch­down by Justin Bethel, but the player with the rich­est con­tract in the NFL bounced back. He was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards and threw 45- and 10-yard TD passes to Gol­la­day, along with short passes to Theo Rid­dick and Marvin Jones for scores.

Bal­ti­more’s re­built de­fence picked off Andy Dalton four times and forced him to fum­ble, mak­ing it easy for Joe Flacco in his re­turn from a back in­jury.

The Ravens ended a five-game los­ing streak in Cincin­nati by pres­sur­ing Dalton into match­ing his ca­reer high for in­ter­cep­tions, three of them in the first half. The Ravens got a pair of touch­downs 24 sec­onds apart late in the half to take con­trol, with Jeremy Ma­clin scor­ing on a 48-yard run-and­catch.

Jared Goff passed for a ca­reer­high 306 yards and a touch­down in his first vic­tory as an NFL starter, and the Los An­ge­les Rams routed the In­di­anapo­lis Colts 46-9 Sun­day in Sean McVay’s im­pres­sive de­but as the youngest head coach in mod­ern league his­tory.

Todd Gur­ley had 40 yards rush­ing and 56 yards re­ceiv­ing while the Rams roared to a 37-3 lead in the third quar­ter. Los An­ge­les snapped a six-game skid at the Coli­seum with its most im­pres­sive per­for­mance since re­turn­ing home from St. Louis last year.

Rams line­backer Alec Ogle­tree cel­e­brated the win with a Ga­torade shower for McVay on the side­line in the fi­nal min­utes.

Los An­ge­les’ de­fence also ex­celled against fill-in Colts quar­ter­back Scott Tolzien. Tru­maine John­son in­ter­cepted Tolzien’s first pass and re­turned it 39 yards for a touch­down, while La­mar­cus Joyner re­turned an­other pick 29 yards for an­other score in the third quar­ter.

Cam New­ton threw a pair of touch­down passes fol­low­ing San Fran­cisco turnovers and the Carolina de­fence shut down Kyle Shana­han’s of­fence in his coach­ing de­but as the Pan­thers beat the 49ers 23-3 Sun­day.

New­ton threw a 40-yard touch­down pass to Russell Shep­ard in the first half fol­low­ing a fum­ble by Brian Hoyer, then a 9-yard touch­down to Jonathan Stewart in the third quar­ter af­ter Luke Kuechly in­ter­cepted Hoyer.

That helped the Pan­thers get off to a good start in the sea­son opener fol­low­ing last year’s dis­ap­point­ing 6-10 fin­ish . De­spite the touch­downs, New­ton did not look par­tic­u­larly sharp af­ter play­ing just one se­ries in the pre­sea­son as he re­cov­ered from surgery to re­pair a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff.

Green Bay de­fen­sive line­man Mike Daniels’ strip sack of Russell Wil­son deep in Seat­tle ter­ri­tory in the third quar­ter set up Ty Mont­gomery’s 6-yard touch­down run on the next play to spark the Packers’ 17-9 win on Sun­day.

Packers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards and added a 32-yard touch­down pass to Jordy Nel­son to make it an eight-point game late in the third quar­ter.

Rodgers’ reg­u­lar-sea­son streak of passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion ended at a ca­reer-high 251. The Sea­hawks de­fence re­in­forced by the re­turn of safety Earl Thomas bot­tled up re­ceivers from mak­ing many big plays and put plenty of pres­sure on Rodgers.

But the Packers started dent­ing Seat­tle with runs or quick passes to Nel­son, Ran­dall Cobb and Mont­gomeryinthesec­ond­half,chew­ing up clock in the process. A 12-play, 53-yard drive that took up more than 5min­ute­send­ed­with­Ma­sonCrosby’s 40-yard field goal with 8:01 left to make it a two-score game. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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Jack­sonville Jaguars’ rookie run­ning back Leonard Four­nette is tack­led by Be­nardrick McKin­ney, of the Hous­ton Texans, in the fourth quar­ter at NRG Sta­dium, on Sun­day, in Hous­ton, Texas.

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