Ea­gles hand Vik­ings first de­feat, Cards Sea­hawks tie

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LOS AN­GE­LES: The Philadel­phia Ea­gles used a ball­hawk­ing de­fense and a back-break­ing kick­off re­turn to up­set the Min­nesota Vik­ings 21-10 on Sun­day, hand­ing the NFL’s final un­de­feated team its first de­feat. Nei­ther team’s of­fense was ef­fec­tive and both team’s quar­ter­backs strug­gled. Philadel­phia rookie Car­son Wentz com­pleted 16 of 28 passes for 138 yards. Min­nesota’s Sam Brad­ford, who was traded from the Ea­gles be­fore the sea­son opener, was even worse for most of the game. He com­pleted 24 of 41 passes for 224 yards.


Jay Ajayi be­came the fourth player in NFL his­tory to rush for more than 200 yards in con­sec­u­tive games, lead­ing the Miami Dol­phins to a 28-25 up­set win over the Buf­falo Bills. Ajayi, a sec­ond-year run­ning back from Boise State, ran 29 times for 214 yards and one touch­down as the Dol­phins (3-4) ended Buf­falo’s fourgame win streak. Ajayi joined O.J. Simp­son (1973 and 1976), Earl Camp­bell (1980) and Ricky Wil­liams (2002) as the only play­ers to have con­sec­u­tive 200-yard games.


Matthew Stafford con­nected with An­quan Boldin on an 18-yard touch­down pass with 16 sec­onds left, lift­ing the Detroit Lions to a 20-17 win over the Washington Red­skins. Stafford, making his 100th ca­reer start, en­gi­neered a six-play, 75-yard drive af­ter Red­skins quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins scored on a 19-yard run with 1:05 re­main­ing. Stafford com­pleted 18 of 29 passes for 266 yards as Detroit (4-3) won its third straight, all at home. The Red­skins (4-3) had a fourgame win­ning streak snapped.


Led by the ef­forts of run­ning back Spencer Ware on of­fense and a de­fense that forced two turnovers, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New Or­leans Saints 27-21. Ware touched the ball 19 times for 132 yards. He caught a short pass from quar­ter­back Alex Smith and turned it into a 46-yard touch­down play in the first quar­ter. The Kansas City (4-2) de­fense al­lowed New Or­leans (2-4) quar­ter­back Drew Brees to throw for 348 yards and three touch­downs.


Lan­don Collins and Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie each had two in­ter­cep­tions, fu­el­ing a strong de­fen­sive ef­fort in the New York Giants’ 17-10 win over the Los An­ge­les Rams at Twick­en­ham Sta­dium in Lon­don. The Giants (4-3) in­ter­cepted Rams quar­ter­back Case Keenum four times. New York had only three take­aways all sea­son be­fore Sun­day.


Matt Forte gen­er­ated 155 yards in to­tal of­fense and scored two touch­downs as the New York Jets snapped a four-game los­ing streak with a 24-16 win over the Bal­ti­more Ravens. The Jets (2-5) lost start­ing quar­ter­back Geno Smith in the sec­ond quar­ter but pulled away in the sec­ond half thanks to Forte, who had 103 to­tal yards in the final two quar­ters. New York’s op­por­tunis­tic de­fense picked off Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco twice to set up a pair of scor­ing drives.


Jeremy Hill rushed for a ca­reer-high 168 yards and Andy Dal­ton passed for 308 yards and two touch­downs, one of which was a ‘Hail Mary’ to A.J. Green at the end of the first half, to lift the Cincin­nati Ben­gals to a 31-17 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Browns. It was an­other rough af­ter­noon for Cleve­land (0-7), which lost quar­ter­back Cody Kessler to a con­cus­sion in the sec­ond quar­ter. Kessler had just com­pleted an 11-yard shovel pass when he was thrown hard to the turf by Ben­gals de­fen­sive end Car­los Dun­lap.


The In­di­anapo­lis Colts might have saved their sea­son with a 34-26 win over the Ten­nessee Ti­tans. A week af­ter blow­ing a two-touch­down lead in the fourth quar­ter and los­ing in over­time, the Colts scored two touch­downs in an eight-sec­ond span. Quar­ter­back An­drew Luck hit Jack Doyle with a 7-yard touch­down pass with 1:55 left to give the Colts (3-4) a 27-23 lead, his third scor­ing strike of the day.


The Oak­land Raiders con­tin­ued their siz­zling road form with a 33-16 win over the Jack­sonville Jaguars. Oak­land (5-2) is now 4-0 on the road this sea­son. The last time it ac­com­plished that came when the fran­chise ad­vanced to the AFC Cham­pi­onship Game in 2000.


LeGar­rette Blount ran for two touch­downs and 127 yards against his for­mer team, and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots turned to their old re­li­ables Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to hold off the Ben Roeth­lis­berger-less Pitts­burgh Steel­ers 27-16. The near-per­fect-as-usual Brady was 19 of 26 for 222 yards and no in­ter­cep­tions. Brady has eight touch­down passes and no in­ter­cep­tions in three games since re­turn­ing from his fourgame sus­pen­sion-and the Pa­tri­ots (6-1) have won all three. Steel­ers backup quar­ter­back Landry Jones, making only his third NFL start, was more than ad­e­quate in re­plac­ing Roeth­lis­berger, who is ex­pected to be out three to six weeks with a knee in­jury.


The San Diego Charg­ers came from 17 points down to beat the At­lanta Fal­cons 33-30 in over­time, post­ing con­sec­u­tive wins for the first time in nearly two years. Josh Lambo kicked the win­ning 42-yard field goal as the Charg­ers (3-4) sent the Fal­cons (4-3) to a sec­ond straight narrow loss. The Fal­cons had a chance to avoid over­time but Matt Bryant hit the left up­right on a 58yard field goal at­tempt at the end of reg­u­la­tion.


Run­ning back Jac­quizz Rodgers rushed for 156 yards, Jameis Win­ston threw three touch­down passes, and the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers came from be­hind to de­feat the San Fran­cisco 49ers 34-17. Wide receiver Mike Evans caught eight passes for 96 yards and two touch­downs for the Buc­ca­neers (3-3). Quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick started his sec­ond straight game and threw for 143 yards and one touch­down for the 49ers (1-6).


In a game fea­tur­ing two blocked kicks and missed field goals that would have won the game for both teams on what es­sen­tially were chip shots, Ari­zona and Seat­tle wound up set­tling for a tie. Car­di­nals kicker Chan­dler Catan­zaro had a chance to win the game with a sec­ond field goal in over­time, but his 24-yard at­tempt with 3:19 re­main­ing bounced off the left up­right. The Sea­hawks took over, and af­ter two long pass plays from Rus­sell Wil­son to Doug Bald­win, Seat­tle kicker Steven Hauschka shanked a 28-yard field goal wide left with seven sec­onds left to play in the ex­tra pe­riod. — Reuters

PHILADEL­PHIA: Min­nesota Vik­ings’ Xavier Rhodes (29) in­ter­cepts a pass dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, Sun­day, in Philadel­phia. — AP

PITTS­BURGH: Pitts­burgh Steel­ers run­ning back Le’Veon Bell (26) is tack­led by New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots strong safety Pa­trick Chung (23) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game in Pitts­burgh, Sun­day. — AP

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