Canadian Claypool sets TD record as Steelers beat Jaguars
Pittsburgh remains only unbeaten team in NFL
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns Sunday as the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a slow start to remain unbeaten with a 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pittsburgh (10-0) is the only NFL team with no losses.
Roethlisberger was 32 of 46 with touchdown passes to Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron. Diontae Johnson had 12 catches for 111 yards. Benny Snell added a touchdown run.
Claypool, of Abbotsford, B.C., became the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era to catch at least 10 touchdown passes in his first 10 career games.
Only three other first-year receivers in NFL history had double-digit touchdown grabs in their first 10 games: Green Bay's Billy Howton (1952), Chicago's Harlon Hill (1954) and Houston's Bill Groman (1960). Claypool, 22, was a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He caught three touchdowns in the Steelers' Week 5 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Claypool, 22, was a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He caught three touchdowns in the Steelers' Week 5 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Burrow gets injured in Bengals loss to Washington
The Washington Football Team broke a two-game slide and dispatched the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 20-9 on Sunday at Landover, Md., in a game marred by a left knee injury to Bengals' rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrow was carted off the field after the injury early in the third quarter. He went down after getting hit below the waist while another defender hit him high from the opposite side on a throw.
Players from both teams offered words to Burrow as he was treated and taken off, including Washington quarterback Alex Smith. With the game still in progress, Burrow tweeted: "Thanks for all the love. Can't get rid of me that easy. See ya next year."
Smith, just two years removed from his own gruesome leg injury, completed 17 of 25 passes for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first home start this year for Washington (3-7), which pulled to within a half-game of the Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot in the NFC East.
Washington's win was the first for the division in nine head-to-head matchups against the AFC North in 2020 (1-8).
Brees-less Saints beat Falcons
Taysom Hill rushed for two touchdowns and the host New Orleans Saints won their seventh consecutive game by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 24-9 on Sunday afternoon.
Hill made his first NFL start at quarterback as Drew Brees began at least a three-game absence due to rib and lung injuries. Hill completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and had scoring runs of 2 and 10 yards among his team-high 51 rushing yards as the NFC South-leading Saints improved to 8-2.
New Orleans plays its next three games on the road, including a rematch with the Falcons in two weeks.
Alvin Kamara added a rushing touchdown and All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas caught nine of Hill's passes for 104 yards.
The Saints sacked Matt Ryan eight times, including three by Cameron Jordan and two each by fellow end Trey Hendrickson and tackle David Onyemata, as the Falcons fell to 3-7 overall and 3-2 under interim head coach Raheem Morris.
Ryan completed 19 of 37 passes for 232 yards with two interceptions and Atlanta managed just three field goals by Younghoe Koo. The Falcons finished with just 248 total yards and did not score in the second half.
Titans rally for OT win over Ravens
Derrick Henry's 29-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in overtime Sunday capped a Tennessee Titans' rally from a 21-10 third quarter deficit as they stopped the Baltimore Ravens 30-24 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Henry, who finished with 133 yards on 28 carries, jump-cut from left to right around a tackler and sped into the end zone for his second walk-off score of the year. It finished a 73-yard drive that started after the Ravens (6-4) went 3-and-out with their overtime possession.
Baltimore forced overtime when Justin Tucker converted his third field goal of the day, a 29-yarder with 16 seconds left in regulation.
Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 31 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Tennessee, which improved to 7-3. Lamar Jackson connected on 17 of 29 throws for 186 yards with a touchdown and a pick for the Ravens.
The action started before the game did, as the teams engaged in a pregame altercation. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh took umbrage to Tennessee players gathering on the Ravens' logo at midfield. Harbaugh, Titans coach Mike Vrabel and cornerback Malcolm Butler exchanged words.
Dalton returns in Cowboys win over Vikings
Andy Dalton returned from a two-game absence to throw three touchdown passes, hitting Dalton Schultz for a 2-yard score with 1:37 left to lift Dallas over the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 on Sunday to stop the Cowboys' four-game losing streak.
Dalton went 22 for 32 for 203 yards and one interception after fill-ins Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert started the previous two games. After missing games to a concussion and COVID-19, Dalton directed an 11-play, 66-yard drive down the stretch that was extended with a fourth-and-6 completion to Amari Cooper at the 19.
Kris Boyd stepped in front of Schultz and nearly picked off a first-and-goal pass in the end zone, but Dalton delivered to his wide open tight end two plays later. That snapped the Vikings' three-game winning streak and kept the Cowboys (3-7) alive and well in the lacklustre NFC East. They're in a three-way tie for second place behind Philadelphia (3-6-1).
Colts beat Packers in OT
Rodrigo Blankenship kicked four field goals — including a game-ending 39-yarder with 7:10 to go in overtime — as the host Indianapolis Colts rallied to defeat the Green Bay Packers 34-31 on Sunday afternoon.
Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled a screen pass from Aaron Rodgers on the opening possession of OT, Green Bay's fourth turnover of the game, to give the Colts the ball deep inside Packers territory.
Philip Rivers was 24 of 36 for 288 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Colts (7-3), who outscored the Packers 20-3 in the second half and overtime.
Rodgers was 27 of 38 for 311 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Green Bay struggled to mount a consistent rushing attack against the Colts, who outgained the Packers 420-367.
Chiefs rally in last minute to beat Raiders
Patrick Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds to play, and the Kansas City Chiefs avenged their only loss in the last 12 months with a 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.
Mahomes passed for 348 yards and led two go-ahead scoring drives in the frantic fourth quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions, who split their season series with Las Vegas (6-4) in dramatic fashion.
Kelce caught eight passes for 127 yards for the Chiefs (9-1), who are in firm control of the race for their fifth straight AFC West title — but only after another thrilling comeback led by their Super Bowl MVP, who bounced back from his second interception of the season late in the first half.
The Raiders led 24-21 on Darren Waller's TD catch on the first play of the fourth quarter, but Mahomes led a 91-yard scoring drive midway through the period capped by Le'Veon Bell's first TD for Kansas City.
Derek Carr and the Raiders replied with a crisp drive ending on Jason Witten's 1-yard TD catch with 1:43 left.
But the Chiefs' powerhouse offence needed only 75 seconds to go 75 yards for another score, with Mahomes going 6 of 7 on the drive. Kelce got open across the middle for a comfortable score.
Daniel Sorensen then picked off a heave to midfield by Carr with 19 seconds left, and the Chiefs kneeled out their 18th win in the last 19 games since Nov. 10, 2019.