Ea­gles move to NFL-best 7-1 with 33-10 win over 49ers

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PHILADEL­PHIA: Car­son Wentz tossed two touch­down passes, Jalen Mills had a pick-6 and the NFLlead­ing Philadel­phia Ea­gles beat the win­less San Fran­cisco 49ers 33-10 on a sloppy, rainy Sun­day. The Ea­gles (7-1) over­came a slow start on their way to a sixth straight win. The 49ers are 0-8 for the first time in fran­chise his­tory. Wentz was 18 of 32 for 211 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion. He threw a 53-yard TD pass to Al­shon Jef­fery and 1-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz. He leads the NFL with 19 TD passes, most by an Ea­gles quar­ter­back through eight games. C.J. Beathard shov­eled a 21-yard TD pass to Matt Breida and fin­ished 17 of 36 for 167 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions in his sec­ond ca­reer start. The Ea­gles punted on six of their first eight pos­ses­sions be­fore open­ing it up in the third quar­ter. Wentz hit Jef­fery with a perfect pass to ex­tend the lead to 27-7. After Derek Bar­nett blocked Rob­bie Gould’s field goal, the Ea­gles drove 62 yards and LeGar­rette Blount ran in from the 12 for a 33 -7 lead. The 49ers lost five straight games by a field goal or less be­fore Dal­las routed them 40-10 last week.


Case Keenum threw for two touch­downs and Kai For­bath made four field goals in the last of four games held this sea­son in Bri­tain. Adam Thie­len had five catches for 98 yards and a touch­down for the NFC North-lead­ing Vik­ings (6-2), who trailed 13-12 at half­time - the first time the Browns, 0-8 for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, claimed a mid-game lead this sea­son. Cleve­land, with­out start­ing left tackle Joe Thomas for the first time since 2006, scored first, tak­ing a 6-0 lead on its sec­ond play from scrim­mage be­fore kicker Zane Gon­za­lez’s missed ex­tra point. Mid­dle line­backer Joe Schobert’s in­ter­cep­tion re­turn to the Vik­ings’ 37-yard line led to an 11-yard re­cep­tion by David Njoku and a 26-yard touch­down run by Isa­iah Crow­ell. A 1-yard run by rookie quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer with 40 sec­onds re­main­ing in the half

helped over­come For­bath’s first field goal and an 18yard touch­down re­cep­tion by Thie­len to push Cleve­land’s lead to 13-9.

SEA­HAWKS 41, TEX­ANS 38 Rus­sell Wil­son hit Jimmy Gra­ham for an 18-yard touch­down with 21 sec­onds left, his sec­ond TD catch of the fourth quar­ter. Down 38-34 with 1:39 left and out of time­outs, Wil­son took Seat­tle 80 yards in barely a minute. He hit Paul Richardson for 48 yards on a jump ball to start the drive, found Tyler Lock­ett for 19 yards, and drilled a strike to Gra­ham for the win­ner. Wil­son fin­ished 26 of 41 for a ca­reer-high 452 yards and four TDs. He hit Richardson for two TDs and found Gra­ham on a 1-yard TD pass with 5:41 left. De­shaun Wat­son was nearly the equal of Wil­son, throw­ing for 402 yards and four touch­downs. But the rookie couldn’t come up with a fi­nal an­swer and was in­ter­cepted by Richard Sher­man with 7 sec­onds left on a des­per­a­tion throw.

COWBOYS 33, RED­SKINS 19 Ezekiel El­liott ran for 150 yards and two touch­downs and the Cowboys took ad­van­tage of a blocked field goal re­turn and three turnovers. Play­ing in a driv­ing rain­storm that made it dif­fi­cult to hold onto the ball, let alone throw it, Dak Prescott com­pleted 14 of his 22 passes for 143 yards as Dal­las (4-3) heeded the mes­sage on El­liott’s cleats to “Feed Zeke.” With an­other hear­ing on his NFL sus­pen­sion com­ing Mon­day, El­liott car­ried the ball 33 times, scored twice for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game, and sur­passed 100 yards for the third week in a row. The game turned in the sec­ond quar­ter when Dal­las’ Ty­rone Craw­ford blocked Nick Rose’s field goal at­tempt and Or­lando Scan­drick re­turned it 86 yards to set up a 1-yard El­liott TD run.


Tom Brady passed for 333 yards and a touch­down, Stephen Gostkowski added four field goals. It was the fourth straight vic­tory for the Pa­tri­ots (6-2). The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Charg­ers. Los An­ge­les (3-5) got on the board first when Melvin Gor­don found a seam on the out­side and rum­bled down the side­line for an 87-yard touch­down run. But the rest of the game was marked by Los An­ge­les’ mis­takes and in­abil­ity to move the ball of­fen­sively. New Eng­land got its lone touch­down via a 2-yard toss from Brady to Rob Gronkowski in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Pa­tri­ots went 1 for 4 in the red zone, but were able to cob­ble to­gether the Gostkowki field goals and a safety.


Rookie line­backer Matt Mi­lano scored on a 40yard fum­ble re­turn on a rain-slick field, and the Bills forced four turnovers. Ty­rod Tay­lor threw a 6-yard touch­down pass to An­dre Holmes and also scored on a 1-yard run for Buf­falo. LeSean McCoy had a sea­son-best 151 yards rush­ing and also scored on a 48yard run. The Bills im­proved to 4-0 at home for the first time since win­ning their first five home games of the 1995 sea­son. And Buf­falo im­proved to 5-2, match­ing its best start dur­ing a 17-year post­sea­son drought - the long­est ac­tive streak in North Amer­ica’s four major pro­fes­sional sports.


Matt Ryan threw two touch­down passes and the Fal­cons slipped and slid to vic­tory on a soggy field. Fum­bled snaps, dropped passes and a big-time drench­ing at MetLife Sta­dium had both squads try­ing to find their foot­ing, but the Fal­cons (4-3) stead­ied them­selves just enough to snap a three-game skid all to other AFC East teams. Austin Hooper and Mo­hamed Sanu each caught touch­down passes from Ryan, who fin­ished 18 of 29 for 254 yards. The Fal­cons quar­ter­back had lots of trouble with the weather, fum­bling four snap ex­changes from cen­ter Alex Mack and los­ing two. The Jets (3-5) had their own is­sues while los­ing their third straight. Josh McCown had a bad snap ex­change and fum­bled on an­other play - but re­cov­ered - and Jeremy Ker­ley had a costly muffed punt.


Drew Brees com­pleted 23 of 28 for 299 yards against a Bears de­fense that ranked sixth in pass de­fense for the Saints’ fifth straight win. Mark Ingram and Alvin Ka­mara each ran for touch­downs for New Or­leans (5-2). Ingram fin­ished with 99 yards from scrim­mage, in­clud­ing 75 on the ground, but his two late fum­bles kept the Bears in the game into the fi­nal min­utes. Ka­mara had 76 yards from scrim­mage, 48 re­ceiv­ing. The Saints were threat­en­ing to score twice in the fourth quar­ter when the Bears stripped the ball from Ingram. Chicago con­verted the first fum­ble into its only touch­down with 3:43 to go on Tarik Co­hen’s short dive over a pile of play­ers at the goal line. The sec­ond turnover oc­curred with a lit­tle more than two min­utes left on the Bears 30, but Chicago was un­able to get a first down as rookie Mitchell Tru­bisky’s fourth-and-1 pass fell in­com­plete.

BEN­GALS 24, COLTS 23 Line­man Car­los Dun­lap bat­ted Ja­coby Bris­sett’s pass into the air, grabbed the ball and ran 16 yards to the end zone for a game-turn­ing touch­down. The de­fen­sive end ex­cels at swat­ting away passes - he led NFL line­men last sea­son - and changed the game with his third ca­reer score. The Ben­gals (3-4) couldn’t pro­tect Andy Dal­ton or get much pres­sure on Ja­coby Bris­sett, who was sacked 10 times dur­ing a 27-0 loss to Jack­sonville the pre­vi­ous week - the first time In­di­anapo­lis was blanked in 15 years. Bris­sett’s sec­ond touch­down pass had put the Colts (2-6) in po­si­tion for a sooth­ing road win. In­stead, Dun­lap snatched it away with 6:58 left, putting Cincin­nati ahead to stay in a game featuring four lead changes. The Colts drove to a fourth-and-4 at the Cincin­nati 48-yard line, and Bris­sett was hit as he threw an in­com­ple­tion with 1:18 to go.

PAN­THERS 17, BUC­CA­NEERS 3 Carolina’s de­fense didn’t al­low a TD for the sec­ond straight week, help­ing the Pan­thers snap a two-game los­ing streak. Cam New­ton re­bounded from a sub­par per­for­mance in a 14-point road loss to the Bears, lead­ing a 17-play, 82-yard TD drive that con­sumed more eight min­utes of the open­ing quar­ter. He then com­pleted three passes to Chris­tian McCaf­frey to set up a field goal for a 10-0 half­time lead. The Bucs (25) have lost four straight. The Pan­thers put the game away in the fourth quar­ter, in­ter­cept­ing Jameis Win­ston twice, with Mike Adams’ pick lead­ing to New­ton’s 25-yard TD pass to Kelvin Ben­jamin to make it 17-3. — AP

LANDOVER: Run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott #21 of the Dal­las Cowboys get tack­led by strong safety Mon­tae Ni­chol­son #35 of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins dur­ing the third quar­ter at FedEx Field in Landover, Mary­land.— AFP

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