Raiders bust Bron­cos to seize division lead

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Latavius Mur­ray ran for 114 yards and three touch­downs and the Oak­land Raiders showed they were ready for prime time, beat­ing the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Den­ver Bron­cos 30-20 on Sun­day night. In what was be­ing billed as the biggest game in Oak­land since the team went to the Su­per Bowl fol­low­ing the 2002 sea­son, the Raiders (7-2) put to­gether a com­plete ef­fort to over­power the Bron­cos (6-3) and take over sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the AFC West. Derek Carr threw for 184 yards and did not turn the ball over, Khalil Mack had two sacks, a forced fum­ble and a fum­ble re­cov­ery and the Raiders out­rushed Den­ver 218-33. The per­for­mance was to the de­light of an en­er­getic crowd at the Coli­seum, ex­cited to host a prime time Sun­day night game for the first time in more than a decade. Trevor Siemian looked shaky at times for Den­ver but did throw two touch­down passes, in­clud­ing a short pass be­hind the line that Kapri Biggs turned into a 69-yard touch­down catch and run in the fourth quar­ter.


Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touch­down pass to Golden Tate, who vaulted into the end zone in over­time to lift Detroit past Min­nesota. Af­ter Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal as time ex­pired to force over­time, Tate fin­ished the open­ing drive when he ran through arm tack­les by Xavier Rhodes and Har­ri­son Smith and leaped in for the win­ning score. Stafford com­pleted 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards, two touch­downs and an in­ter­cep­tion for the Lions (5-4), who have won four of their past five games. Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards. Sam Brad­ford com­pleted 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touch­down for the Vikings (5-3), who started the sea­son 5-0 but have im­ploded since com­ing out of the bye. Ste­fon Diggs had a ca­reer-high 13 catches for 80 yards.


Eli Man­ning threw for four touch­downs and New York’s de­fense had two in­ter­cep­tions and three stops on fourth downs to beat Philadel­phia. The Gi­ants (5-3) won their third straight game, hold­ing off the Ea­gles (4-4 af­ter a 3-0 start) af­ter Man­ning was in­ter­cepted with less than two min­utes to go. Two of Man­ning’s touch­downs went to Odell Beck­ham Jr., with the oth­ers to Roger Lewis Jr. and Ster­ling Shep­ard. Man­ning moved into ninth place in yards pass­ing with 46,428. Man­ning, in his 13th NFL sea­son, threw for 257 yards against Philadel­phia. He passed Vinny Tes­taverde, who had 46,233 yards through the air.


Joe Flacco threw a 95-yard touch­down pass to Mike Wal­lace, and Bal­ti­more frus­trated an in­ef­fec­tive Ben Roeth­lis­berger in a vic­tory over Pitts­burgh. Bal­ti­more (4-4) snapped a four-game los­ing streak and moved into a tie atop the AFC North with the Steel­ers (4-4), who have dropped three in a row. Three weeks af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery on his right knee, Roeth­lis­berger re­turned well ahead of sched­ule. Play­ing for the first time since Oct. 16, the 13-year vet­eran looked out of sync un­til the fourth quar­ter, when he di­rected a 75-yard drive that got the Steel­ers to 21-7 with 8:38 re­main­ing. Be­fore that, Pitts­burgh’s of­fense pro­duced only two first downs and was lim­ited to 69 yards. The Steel­ers fin­ished with 36 yards rush­ing, 32 by Le’Veon Bell. Roeth­lis­berger ran for a 4-yard score with 48 sec­onds left, but Chris Boswell botched the on­side kick - barely knock­ing it off the tee - and Bal­ti­more ran out the clock.


Melvin Gor­don ran for a ca­reer-high 196 yards and scored the go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run, and de­fen­sive backs Dwight Low­ery and Bran­don Flow­ers scored on turnovers by Mar­cus Mar­i­ota to lead the Charg­ers over Ten­nessee, which still hasn’t won in San Diego since 1990. The Charg­ers (4-5) won two days be­fore the team will ask vot­ers to ap­prove a bil­lion-dol­lar sub­sidy for a new down­town sta­dium to re­place ag­ing Qual­comm Sta­dium. The mea­sure was polling well short of the two-thirds su­per­ma­jor­ity needed to pass. Gor­don, who leads the NFL with 11 touch­downs, scored on a 1-yard run with 5:28 left in the third quar­ter to give the Charg­ers a 26-21 lead. He ran 32 times, and broke a 47-yard run in the clos­ing min­utes. He also caught four passes for 65 yards. Mar­i­ota, who led the Ti­tans to a 21-19 lead by guid­ing two quick scor­ing drives on ei­ther side of half­time, helped the Charg­ers surge to a 12-point lead when he fum­bled late in the third quar­ter. Low­ery picked up the ball ran 43 yards for a touch­down and a 33-21 lead. The Ti­tans (4-5) have lost seven straight in San Diego since 1993, when they were the Hous­ton Oil­ers. The fran­chise’s last vic­tory in San Diego was in 1990.


Frank Gore rushed for two touch­downs, Jor­dan Tod­man had a tone-set­ting 99-yard re­turn on the open­ing kick­off and Indianapolis held on for a win over Green Bay. An­drew Luck shook off two in­ter­cep­tions in the first quar­ter to fin­ish with 281 yards pass­ing and a touch­down. The Colts, who had al­lowed an NFL-worst 31 sacks com­ing into the game, gave their quar­ter­back de­cent pro­tec­tion. Indianapolis (4-5) heads into a bye week with a con­fi­dence-build­ing vic­tory af­ter sur­viv­ing a vin­tage Aaron Rodgers come­back. His 3-yard touch­down pass to Ran­dall Cobb with 3:29 left got Green Bay (44) within five, cap­ping a 14-point spurt in four­plus min­utes. Rodgers fin­ished 26 of 43 for 297 yards with three scores and an in­ter­cep­tion.

SAINTS 41, 49ERS 23

Drew Brees threw a pair of touch­down passes to Michael Thomas and an­other to Mark In­gram, who also ran for a 75-yard score a week af­ter be­ing benched and New Or­leans beat lowly San Fran­cisco. In­gram, re­placed by Tim Hightower dur­ing last Sun­day’s 25-20 win against Seattle af­ter fum­bling for a sec­ond straight game, scored his sec­ond straight TD for the Saints on a ca­reer-long run to an­swer im­me­di­ately af­ter DuJuan Har­ris caught a 47-yard touch­down pass from Colin Kaeper­nick. In­gram’s run also was the sec­ond-long­est in Saints his­tory and he wound up with 158 yards rush­ing as San Fran­cisco al­lowed an op­pos­ing 100-yard run­ner for the sev­enth straight game. The Saints (4-4) have grabbed back some mo­men­tum and re­turned to the race in the NFC South. They won for the fourth time in five games fol­low­ing an 0-3 start and eighth in the past 10 reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ings with San Fran­cisco. The Nin­ers (1-7) didn’t have nearly enough to avoid their sev­enth straight loss since shut­ting out the Rams to start the sea­son.


Cam New­ton per­se­vered through five sacks to pass for 225 yards and a touch­down, and Carolina’s de­fense shut down Los An­ge­les. Greg Olsen caught a touch­down pass in the first half and Gra­ham Gano added two fourth-quar­ter field goals for the Pan­thers (3-5), who won their sec­ond straight af­ter a four-game skid. New­ton’s of­fense man­aged just 244 yards against the Rams’ vaunted de­fense, but the Pan­thers nearly shut out Los An­ge­les in a de­fense-dom­i­nated game. Case Keenum passed for 296 yards for the Rams (3-5), who have lost four straight af­ter a strong start to their home­com­ing sea­son. Los An­ge­les’ score­less streak reached 102 min­utes, 12 sec­onds be­fore Greg Zuer­lein’s 25-yard field goal with 8:01 to play.


Rookie Kenyan Drake scored un­touched on a 96-yard kick­off re­turn with 5:15 left, and Mi­ami won a see­saw bat­tle with New York Jets. Jay Ajayi rushed for 111 yards and helped to run out the clock af­ter the Dol­phins came from be­hind for the third time.

A botched Dol­phins punt led to a touch­down that put New York ahead 23-20. On the en­su­ing kick­off , New York’s An­to­nio Allen was called for be­ing off­side, so the Jets had to kick again. Drake took the kick­off, found a lane and sped past the fi­nal Jet - kicker Nick Folk - into the clear. The Dol­phins (4-4) won their third game in a row, while New York (3-6) fell deeper into last place in the AFC East. The Jets hurt them­selves with four per­sonal foul penal­ties, two in­ter­cep­tions thrown by Ryan Fitz­patrick and nu­mer­ous missed chances.


Rookie quar­ter­back Dak Prescott threw three touch­down passes and kept any talk for Tony Romo un­nec­es­sary, lead­ing Dal­las over win­less Cleve­land. Rookie Ezekiel El­liott rushed for 92 yards and scored twice and durable tight end Ja­son Wit­ten had 134 yards re­ceiv­ing for the Cow­boys, off to their best start since 2007. Prescott has won seven straight starts since los­ing the sea­son opener, and with the Cow­boys (7-1) lead­ing the NFC East and get­ting bet­ter, there’s no rea­son for the team to ac­cel­er­ate Romo’s re­turn from a back in­jury. The mis­er­able Browns (0-9) dropped their fran­chise-record 12th straight game go­ing back to last sea­son and are 3-27 in their past 30. They also started 09 in 1975.


Kansas City stuffed Jack­sonville on fourth down with less than 2 min­utes left deep in its own ter­ri­tory, pre­serv­ing a vic­tory de­spite fin­ish­ing with­out five of­fen­sive starters. Nick Foles threw for 187 yards and a first-half touch­down toss to Al­bert Wil­son, and helped to set up four field goals by Cairo San­tos, as Kansas City (6-2) won its 10th con­sec­u­tive home game. Mean­while, the Jaguars (2-6) couldn’t over­come four turnovers - in­clud­ing a fum­ble at the goal line in the fourth quar­ter - in their first game with quar­ter­back coach Nathaniel Hack­ett di­rect­ing the of­fense.

— AP

OAK­LAND: Oak­land Raiders wide re­ceiver Michael Crab­tree (15) loses his hel­met while tack­led by Den­ver Bron­cos cor­ner­back Bradley Roby, left, cor­ner­back Chris Har­ris (25) and free safety Dar­ian Ste­wart (26) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game in Oak­land, Calif., Sun­day.

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