Brady passes for 5 TDs, Buccaneers beat Falcons again


By Associated Press



Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) dives into the end zone with Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) defending for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) dives into the end zone with Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) defending for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and five touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Atlanta Falcons 48-25 on Sunday to extend their win streak to a franchise-record 10 consecutive games.

Brady improved to 9-0 lifetime against the Falcons (0-2), who have dropped seven in a row going back to last season, with three of those losses coming against the Bucs (2-0). Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of TD passes for the third straight game, including the Super Bowl.

Mike Evans also scored on receptions of 3 and 1 yards, the latter set up by Shaquil Barrett’s third-quarter interception of Matt Ryan, who fell to 0-6 against teams led by Brady.

Ryan tossed TD passes to Calvin Ridley and Cordarrelle Patterson before running for a 2-point conversion to trim an 18-point deficit to 28-25 late in the third. But he also threw a pair of interceptions that Mike Edwards returned for fourth-quarter TDs that broke the game open.

TITANS 33, SEAHAWKS 30, OT

SEATTLE (AP) — Derrick Henry ran for 182 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns for Tennessee, and Randy Bullock hit a 36-yard field goal midway through overtime.

Henry also had a career-high six receptions for 55 yards. Tannehill was 27 for 40 for 347 yards for Tennessee (1-1), and Julio Jones had six receptions for 128 yards.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson was 22 of 31 for 343 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks (1-1) led 24-9 at halftime.

CARDINALS 34, VIKINGS 33

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona topped Minnesota when Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal wide right in the final seconds.

The Cardinals (2-0) looked as if they were about to lose before Joseph’s last-second miss. He made two 52-yard field goals earlier in the game.

Kirk Cousins threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota (0-2). Dalvin Cook ran for 131 yards.

COWBOYS 20, CHARGERS 17

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys the win.

After Tristan Vizcaino tied the game with a 29-yarder with 3:58 remaining, Dallas went 49 yards in 11 plays to get into Zuerlein’s range.

Troy Pollard ran for 109 yards on 13 carries for the third 100-yard game of his career. Dak Prescott completed 23 of 27 passes for 237 yards as the Cowboys evened their record at 1-1 despite being without five players who started the opener.

Justin Herbert had his 10th 300-yard game — completing 31 of 41 passes for 338 yards — tying him for the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons. He had one touchdown pass but threw two interceptions.

Penalties loomed large for the Chargers (1-1), who were flagged 12 times for 99 yards and had a pair of touchdowns taken away.

RAIDERS 26, STEELERS 17

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns for Las Vegas, including a 61-yard strike to Henry Ruggs midway through the fourth quarter.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 295 yards for Pittsburgh (1-1), including a 25-yard catch-and-run early in the fourth quarter that rookie running back Najee Harris turned into the first touchdown of his career.

The Raiders (2-0) responded immediately. Carr uncorked a rainbow down the middle of the field, giving Ruggs plenty of time to run away from Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ahkello Witherspoon and into the end zone.

RAMS 27, COLTS 24

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matthew Stafford led Los Angeles on two late scoring drives and Matt Gay made a tiebreaking 38-yard field goal with 2:23 to play.

The Rams have won three straight in this series and have taken all five road openers under coach Sean McVay.

Stafford wasn’t as proficient as he was in the season-opening victory over Chicago but he did play well — even after appearing to hit his right thumb on the helmet of Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in the first half. He finished 19 of 30 for 278 yards, two TD passes and one interception.

Cooper Kupp caught nine passes for 163 yards and two scores for the Rams (2-0).

The Colts are 0-2 for the first time in coach Frank Reich’s four-year tenure.

BILLS 35, DOLPHINS 0

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, Zach Moss ran for two scores and the Bills knocked out Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa early with a rib injury.

Devin Singletary rushed for 82 yards and another touchdown for the Bills (1-1), who have won six consecutive games in the series.

It was the second-worst shutout loss by the Dolphins (1-1) at home, topped only by a 43-0 defeat to New England in 2019.

Jacoby Brissett took over, completing 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards. Allen completed 17 of 33 passes for 179 yards for Buffalo.

BRONCOS 23, JAGUARS 13

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Courtland Sutton had nine catches for 159 yards, and the Broncos handed the Jaguars their 17th consecutive loss.

Sutton had nearly half of Bridgewater’s 328 yards passing. Bridgewater completed 26 of 34 passes, with TD tosses to Tim Patrick and Noah Fant.

The Broncos are 2-0 for the seventh time in the last nine years and the first since 2019.

No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence capped an 83-yard drive to open the game with a 25-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones. But Jacksonville (0-2) did little right the rest of the afternoon.

PATRIOTS 25, JETS 6

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mac Jones was smart and efficient, Damien Harris and James White had touchdown runs, and the Patriots took advantage of a nightmarish outing by Zach Wilson.

With the spotlight on the Mac vs. Zach matchup of rookie first-round quarterbacks, it was Jones who shined as Wilson was intercepted four times — twice by J.C. Jackson.

Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the draft, went 22 of 30 for 186 yards for the Patriots (1-1) a week after going 29 for 39 for 281 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Miami. Sunday’s numbers were more than good enough for New England to beat New York for the 11th straight game.

Wilson was 19 of 33 for 210 yards for the Jets (0-2), who have lost 11 straight in September. It got so bad early in the fourth quarter when the No. 2 overall draft pick overthrew a receiver, the crowd at MetLife Stadium began booing the young QB.

49ERS 17, EAGLES 11

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo threw one touchdown pass and ran in for a score, leading San Francisco to the road win.

Nick Bosa had two sacks and San Francisco’s stingy defense shut down Jalen Hurts a week after Philadelphia dominated Atlanta in a 32-6 win.

Hurts completed just 12 of 23 passes for 190 yards. He ran for 82 yards, including a 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers (2-0) return home after practicing all week at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia with a pair of road wins on the East Coast to open the season.

The Eagles (1-1) got a reality check in coach Nick Sirianni’s first home game.

PANTHERS 26, SAINTS 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sam Darnold threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns, and Carolina’s defense turned in another strong performance.

Darnold improved to 2-0 as Panthers starter, connecting on TDs to Brandon Zylstra and D.J. Moore as Carolina jumped to a 17-0 lead by outgaining the Saints 274-65 in the first half.

Christian McCaffrey added 137 yards from scrimmage and scored his first touchdown of the season as the Panthers (1-1) defeated the Saints (1-1) for only the second time in the last 10 tries.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) dives into the end zone with Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) defending for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_AP21262711913155.jpgPittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) dives into the end zone with Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) defending for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday.

By Associated Press

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