Bills hand Pa­tri­ots rare shutout loss

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The Bills handed the Pa­tri­ots their first home shutout at Gil­lette Sta­dium, win­ning 16-0 on Sun­day.

It was the first loss of the sea­son for the Pa­tri­ots (3-1), who were play­ing their fi­nal game be­fore Tom Brady re­turns from his four-game De­flate­gate sus­pen­sion. The Pa­tri­ots, who moved into Gil­lette Sta­dium in 2002, were last blanked at home 6-0 by the Jets in 1993 at Foxboro Sta­dium.

Ty­rod Tay­lor con­nected with LeSean McCoy for a 7-yard touch­down pass in the first quar­ter, and Dan Car­pen­ter added three field goals for the Bills (2-2). Raiders 28, Ravens 27: Derek Carr threw four TD passes, the last a third to Michael Crab­tree with 2:12 left. The Ravens had ral­lied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth to go ahead with 31⁄ min­utes left. Fal­cons 48, Pan­thers 33: Matt Ryan threw for a team-record 503 yards with four TDs, and Julio Jones had 12 re­cep­tions for a Fal­cons-record 300 yards. Robert Al­ford sealed the win with 30-yard INT re­turn for a TD with 1:14 left. Jaguars 30, Colts 27: Blake Bor­tles threw for two TDs and ran for an­other, and the Jags held on de­spite three fourth-quar­ter TD drives by the Colts, who trailed 23-6 af­ter three quar­ters in Lon­don. Bill Belichick and the Pa­tri­ots had no an­swers against the Bills on Sun­day in Foxbor­ough, Mass. Sea­hawks 27, Jets 17: Rus­sell Wil­son was 23 of 32 for 309 yards with three TDs de­spite play­ing with a sprained left knee and a nag­ging right-an­kle in­jury. Red­skins 31, Browns 20: Kirk Cousins threw three TD passes, in­clud­ing two to TE Jor­dan Reed, and RB Matt Jones ran for 117 yards with a score. The Browns fell to 0-4. Tex­ans 27, Ti­tans 20: Will Fuller broke a sec­ond-half tie with a 67-yard punt re­turn for a TD and added a re­ceiv­ing score to lift the Tex­ans in their first game with­out in­jured DE J.J. Watt. Saints 35, Charg­ers 34: Drew Brees threw two TD passes in the fi­nal 4:50 to rally the Saints, who won their first game. The Charg­ers led by 13, but fum­bles by RB Melvin Gor­don and WR Travis Ben­jamin set up the de­ci­sive scores. FB John Kuhn had three TDs in the win. Bears 17, Lions 14: Brian Hoyer was 28 of 36 for 302 yards and two TDs, and WR Ed­die Royal had seven catches for 111 yards and a score to give the Bears their first win. Rams 17, Car­di­nals 13: Tavon Austin re­turned a punt 47 yards to set up Case Keenum’s 4-yard TD pass to Brian Quick with 2:41 to play, and the Rams im­proved to 3-1 for the first time in a decade. Cow­boys 24, 49ers 17: Rookie RB Ezekiel El­liott ran for 138 yards and a TD, and rookie QB Dak Prescott threw for 245 yards and two scores to rally the Cow­boys from a 14-point deficit. Bron­cos 27, Buc­ca­neers 7: Rookie Pax­ton Lynch took over for in­jured starter Trevor Siemian in the sec­ond quar­ter and fin­ished with 170 pass­ing yards with a TD to help the Bron­cos re­main un­beaten. Steel­ers 43, Chiefs 14: Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw 5 TD passes for the fifth time in his ca­reer to deal the Chiefs their worst loss in 27 years. Le’Veon Bell ran for 144 yards on 18 car­ries in his re­turn from a three-game sus­pen­sion.

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