NFL Roundup: Dak outplays Rodgers in Dallas win

The Cowboys rookie QB was better than the Packers former MVP.

Benny Sieu—X02835
Oct 16

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott thoroughly outplayed two-time MVP counterpart Aaron Rodgers as the Dallas Cowboys ran roughshod over the Green Bay Packers 30-16 on Sunday at Lambeau Field.Prescott was 18-of-27 passing for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and sensational rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott gouged the NFL’s top-ranked run defense for 157 yards. Prescott threw an interception in the third quarter to end a record-setting interception-free streak to start a career at 176 — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady held the old record of 162 passes over the 2000 and 2001 seasons.Meanwhile, Rodgers struggled yet again. While he completed 31 of 42 for 294 yards and one touchdown, he threw one interception and had a costly fumble.Dallas (5-1) broke a five-game losing streak against the Packers (3-2) in this key early-season showdown.Dallas entered the game with the NFL’s top-ranked rushing attack and Green Bay its top-ranked rushing defense. The Cowboys won that matchup by rushing for 188 yards. The Packers had allowed 171 yards total in their first four games.Seahawks 26, Falcons 24SEATTLE — Kicker Steven Hauschka finished off a frustrating day with a 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining as Seattle survived a furious second-half comeback from the Atlanta offense.Hauschka, who missed a field-goal attempt and had the potential score-tying extra-point blocked in the fourth quarter, capped off the winning drive after teammate Earl Thomas intercepted a Matt Ryan pass with 3:48 remaining.The Falcons (4-2) had one more chance, but Ryan threw four incompletions on the final drive — including a last-gasp throw toward go-to receiver Julio Jones that saw Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman grab his arm but not get flagged for pass interference on what would result in the Falcons’ final offensive play with 1:30 remaining.Seattle (4-1) gave up 276 yards of offense in the second half while seeing Russell Wilson completed 25 of 37 passes for 270 yards. Atlanta’s Ryan completed 27 of 42 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns — all coming in a 21-point third quarter to rally the Falcons from a 17-3 halftime deficit.Dolphins 30, Steelers 15MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jay Ajayi rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 25 carries as Miami upset Pittsburgh.Ajayi, who scored twice, became the first Dolphins 200-yard rusher since Reggie Bush did it on Dec. 18, 2011, at the Buffalo Bills.It was easily the most impressive game of the season for the Dolphins (2-4), whose only other win came in overtime over the Cleveland Browns.The Steelers (4-2) survived an injury scare when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out one series in the second quarter after hurting his left knee. Roethlisberger returned in the third quarter but did not have one of his better games. He completed 19 of 34 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill outplayed Roethlisberger. Tannehill had fans calling for his benching a week ago, but he completed 24 of 32 passes for 252 yards and no interceptions against the Steelers.Patriots 35, Bengals 17FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in his 2016 home debut and the defense came up big as New England downed Cincinnati.Brady, suspended for the first four games of the season because of his role in Deflategate and a winner in Cleveland in his return last week, threw two TD passes to running back James White and one to Rob Gronkowski while also going over the 5,000-completion mark for his career.In improving to 49-1 at home against AFC opponents with Brady at the helm since 2006, the Patriots (5-1) scored 15 points in 4:07 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Brady finished 29 of 35 for 376 yards.Cincinnati drops to 2-4 for the first time since 2010.Redskins 27, Eagles 20LANDOVER, Md. — Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes as Washington defeated Philadelphia for its fourth straight win.Matt Jones rushed 16 times for 135 yards, including a 57-yarder with 1:27 left that iced the win for the Redskins (4-2). The Eagles (3-2) lost their second straight.Washington, playing without leading receiver Jordan Reed, got six catches for 77 yards from Pierre Garcon and the defense recorded five sacks of Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who faced a barrage of blitzes and completed 11 of 22 passes for 179 yards. Cousins completed 18 of 34 passes and was intercepted once.Philadelphia’s touchdowns came on Wendell Smallwood’s 86-yard kickoff return and a 64-yard interception return by Malcolm Jenkins.Bills 45, 49ers 16ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — LeSean McCoy rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns for Buffalo in an easy victory over San Francisco.Tyrod Taylor passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns and added 68 rushing yards as the Bills (4-2) won their fourth straight game for the first time since the start of the 2008 season.Buffalo’s 312 rushing yards were its most since gaining 315 in a Nov. 11, 1992 win over the New Orleans Saints. It is the most rushing yards San Francisco has allowed since giving up 324 yards to the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 9, 1958.Colin Kaepernick completed 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in his first start for the 49ers (1-5) since Nov. 1, 2015. Kaepernick also rushed for 66 yards.Lions 31, Rams 28DETROIT — Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes and Matt Prater kicked a tie-breaking 34-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining to lift Detroit over Los Angeles.Stafford completed 23 of 31 passes for 270 yards. Golden Tate caught eight passes for 165 yards and a touchdown, while Anquan Boldin contributed eight receptions for 60 yards and a score for the Lions (3-3).Case Keenum completed 27 of 32 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams (3-3) but also threw a late interception. Keenum connected on 19 consecutive passes at one point. Kenny Britt had seven receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns but Todd Gurley was held to 58 rushing yards on 14 carries.Giants 27, Ravens 23EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, two of which were deep passes to Odell Beckham Jr., as New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Baltimore.The victory was Manning’s 100th as a starter, putting him in elite company with Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, John Elway, Joe Montana and Ben Roethlisberger as the only other starting NFL quarterbacks to record 100 career victories and two Super Bowls with one team.Manning, who was 32 of 46 for 403 yards and two interceptions, connected with Beckham with 1:24 to play for the game-winning, 66-yard touchdown. Beckham, who earlier in the game had suffered a left hip pointer, finished with eight catches for 222 yards.The final pass to Beckham put the Giants (3-3) in the lead for good as Manning recorded multiple touchdowns for the first time this season. The Ravens (3-3) lost their third straight.Saints 41, Panthers 38NEW ORLEANS — Wil Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left and Drew Brees riddled a young Carolina secondary for 465 yards and four touchdowns to power New Orleans to a victory.The Saints bolted to a 21-0 lead and hung on as the Panthers came back to tie the game 38-38 with 21 fourth-quarter points.But Brees, who completed 34 of 49 passes for his NFL-record 15th 400-yard passing game, drove New Orleans 41 yards in 11 plays to set up the game-winning kick.The Saints won their second consecutive game to improve to 2-3, while the Panthers dropped to 1-5 after posting a 15-1 mark a year ago.Carolina lost its fourth straight despite the return of quarterback Cam Newton, who missed last week’s loss to Tampa Bay because of a concussion. Newton was 27-of-47 passing for 322 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception. He also ran for a 2-yard score that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 leftChiefs 26, Raiders 10OAKLAND, Calif. — Spencer Ware rushed for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Alex Smith completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards, and Kansas City defeated Oakland.The Chiefs (3-2) defeated Oakland (4-2) for the fourth consecutive time and the sixth time in the past seven meetings. The Chiefs were coming off a bye week after a 43-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Smith improved to 8-1 in nine career starts against the Raiders. He entered the game with a 106.1 career passer rating against Oakland and was even better Sunday, posting a 109.1 mark for the day.Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 22 of 34 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted once and lost a fumble. Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper caught a career-high 10 passes — nine in the first half — for 129 yards.Titans 28, Browns 26NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota threw three touchdowns as Tennessee held on to beat winless Cleveland.Mariota completed 17 of 24 passes for 284 yards with an interception, capping his second straight three-TD pass week with a 15-yard scoring strike to Anthony Fasano with 6:43 left in the game for a 28-13 advantage. It polished off a 12-play, 80-yard drive that lasted nearly seven minutes.While Mariota handled the offense, the defense clamped down on Cleveland (0-6) in the second half, not allowing a first down until the 5:32 mark of the fourth quarter and forcing four straight three-and-outs. The Titans (3-3) sacked Cody Kessler six times, their second straight game with a half-dozen sacks.Kessler, who got the call despite suffering chest and rib injuries in last week’s 33-13 loss to New England, hit on 26 of 41 attempts for 336 yards and two scores. But the Browns managed just 40 yards on 15 carries.Jaguars 17, Bears 16CHICAGO — Arrelious Benn caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter as Jacksonville mounted a come-from-behind win over Chicago.Benn’s only catch of the day provided the Jaguars (2-3) with their first lead after the Bears jumped out to a 13-0 advantage. Benn slipped as he caught the pass, but was untouched by cornerback Tracy Porter, allowing Benn to get up and finish off the long scoring play. Jason Myers added the extra point to give the Jaguars a one-point lead.Bortles, who entered the game 1-14 on the road as a starter, finished 20 of 33 for 271 yards with a touchdown and interception. Brian Hoyer, starting again in place of injured Jay Cutler, was 30 of 49 for 302 yards for the Bears (1-5).Texans 26, Colts 23 (OT)HOUSTON — Nick Novak nailed a 33-yard field goal with 8:10 remaining in overtime, and Houston came from behind for a victory over Indianapolis.Brock Osweiler completed a 38-yard pass to receiver Jaelen Strong to the Colts 12-yard-line put Houston in position to ice the victory. Osweiler completed 25 of 39 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns despite struggling for most of the night.The Texans (4-2) improved to 4-0 at home by rallying from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter. For most of the game, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who passed for 252 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, outplayed his counterpart. His 14-yard dash on the first play of the fourth quarter give Indianapolis (2-4) what looked to be an insurmountable 23-9 hole.