Round-up of Sunday’s NFL action as rookie De’Von Achane exploded again to lift the Miami Dolphins to victory

Round-up of Sunday’s NFL action as rookie De’Von Achane exploded again to lift the Miami Dolphins to victory

New York Giants 16-31 Miami Dolphins

Tyreek Hill hauled in eight catches for 181 yards and De’Von Achane continued his frantic scoring pace as the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Giants 31-16.

Hill dealt the Giants a lethal blow just 54 seconds into the second half, catching a deep ball near the right sideline for a 69-yard touchdown that gave Miami (4-1) a 24-10 lead.

Graham Gano pulled New York (1-4) within 11 with a 37-yard field goal just under 10 minutes later, but Raheem Mostert’s two-yard scoring plunge as time expired in the third quarter squashed any chance of a comeback. Gano’s 51-yarder in the fourth closed the scoring.

Meanwhile, Achane finished with 151 yards and a TD on just 11 carries. He now has 455 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving) over the past three weeks, becoming just the fourth player in Dolphins franchise history to rack up at least 400 yards on the ground in a three-game span.

The Giants didn’t get on the board until Gano made good on a 49-yard field goal with 3:41 left in the first half. Miami drove down to the New York four-yard line on its ensuing possession, but Tua Tagovailoa was picked off by Jason Pinnock, whose 102-yard pick-six cut the Giants’ deficit to 14-10.

Jason Sanders drilled a 40-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to send the Dolphins into the break with a seven-point lead before Miami took control in the second half.

Tagovailoa finished with 308 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 22-for-30 passing.

New York quarterback Daniel Jones completed 14 of 20 passes for 119 yards before exiting the game due to a neck injury after being sacked early in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins totaled seven sacks on the afternoon.

New York Jets 31-21 Denver Broncos

Breece Hall rushed for a career-high 177 yards and a touchdown and Greg Zuerlein kicked five field goals to fuel the visiting New York Jets to a 31-21 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Hall scampered for a go-ahead, 72-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

The score was his first since he rushed for a 62-yard touchdown prior to sustaining a torn ACL in the Jets’ 16-9 win over the host Broncos on October 23, 2022.

Zach Wilson completed 19 of 26 passes for 199 yards before he was intercepted by Patrick Surtain II deep in Denver territory with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos’ bid to complete the rally was thwarted after Russell Wilson was sacked by Quincy Williams, with Bryce Hall scooping up the loose ball and sprinted 39 yards for a touchdown.

Zuerlein made kicks from 30, 26, 27, 22 and 49 yards to help the Jets (2-3) snap a three-game losing skid.

Denver rookie Jaleel McLaughlin rushed for 68 yards and added three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown with fellow running back Javonte Williams (quad) inactive for the contest.

Russell Wilson went 20-for-31 for 196 yards and tossed two touchdowns, including a three-yarder to tight end Adam Trautman, for the Broncos (1-4).

With Denver nursing a 13-8 lead, Hall raced up the middle and shifted to his right before leaving defenders in his dust and reaching the end zone just 1:31 into the second half.

Zuerlein tacked on the ensuing extra point and converted a trio of field goal to extend New York’s advantage to 24-13 with 7:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Trautman’s touchdown and Michael Burton’s two-point conversion run trimmed the deficit to three points with 4:44 to play.

Kansas City Chiefs 27-20 Minnesota Vikings

Patrick Mahomes completed 31 of 41 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs held on for a 27-20 win over the host Minnesota Vikings.

Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce had one touchdown reception apiece for Kansas City (4-1). Isiah Pacheco contributed 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Kirk Cousins completed 29 of 47 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (1-4). Jordan Addison had six catches for 64 yards and a score.

The score was tied at halftime before the Chiefs surged to a 27-13 lead in the third quarter.

Mahomes broke the stalemate when he found Rice for an eight-yard score. It marked the second touchdown of the season for Rice, a rookie second-round draft pick out of SMU.

Kelce put the Chiefs on top by 14 points when he hauled in a four-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes with 2:45 to go in the third quarter. He caught the pass just in front of the goal line and dived into the end zone for his third touchdown of the season.

The sequence offered reason for the Chiefs to breathe a sigh of relief about Kelce, who injured his right foot in the first half and headed to the locker room for X-rays. He returned to the sidelines to start the second half with his foot wrapped with extra tape.

Minnesota cut the deficit to 27-20 with 12:11 remaining. Alexander Mattison caught a nine-yard touchdown pass to cap a 14-play, 75-yard drive.

Philadelphia Eagles 23-14 Los Angeles Rams

Jalen Hurts passed for 303 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards and another score as the Philadelphia Eagles outlasted the Los Angeles Rams 23-14 to remain unbeaten.

Dallas Goedert had eight catches for 117 yards and an early TD for the Eagles, who are off to their second consecutive 5-0 start despite getting tested throughout this meeting of the last two NFC champions.

A.J. Brown had six catches for 127 yards, but the Eagles couldn’t reach the end zone in the second half and had to rely on their defense, which shut out the Rams (2-3) after halftime.

Cooper Kupp had eight catches for 118 yards in the former Super Bowl MVP’s dynamic season debut for the Rams, who have lost three of four despite hanging in with three probable Super Bowl contenders during that stretch.

Kupp made five catches for 56 yards on Los Angeles’ opening drive, but the offense struggled after that. Matthew Stafford passed for 222 yards and hit Tutu Atwell and rookie Puka Nacua for touchdowns, but Los Angeles’ offense didn’t cross midfield in the second half.

Philadelphia went 13 for 18 on third downs after struggling in that area last week, but also had to settle for short field goals by Jake Elliott after drives lasting 17 plays, 15 plays and 10 plays.

The Philly defense covered for the offense’s shortcomings, with Eagles rookie Jalen Carter and Haason Reddick picking up two sacks apiece.

After coming off injured reserve this week , Kupp made a remarkable return to the NFL in the first game since November 2022 for the 2021 Offensive Player of the Year. Kupp missed the final eight games of last season with an ankle injury before getting sidelined early in this year’s training camp with a hamstring injury.

Cincinnati Bengals 34-20 Arizona Cardinals

Joe Burrow threw for 317 yards and three touchdown passes to Ja’Marr Chase, who finished with a season-high 192 yards receiving as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-20.

It was a much-needed offensive performance for Burrow, who signed the NFL’s richest contract during the offseason but was slowed through his first four games of the season by a calf injury.

The 26-year-old looked plenty healthy against the Cardinals, completing 36 of 46 passes and buying time on a handful of plays with his athleticism in the pocket.

Cincinnati scored a touchdown in the first half for the first time this season and had three offensive touchdowns overall on Sunday, matching the unit’s total from the first four games combined.

The Bengals got the ball to start the second half and wasted little time scoring. Burrow unleashed a 63-yard touchdown pass to Chase on the third play of the third quarter, pushing Cincinnati’s advantage to 24-14.

The Cardinals cut that lead to 24-20 later in the third on Emari Demercado’s 11-yard touchdown run, which was the first of his pro career.

Burrow then had his one big miscue of the game – though it wasn’t completely his fault. The Bengals were driving and deep in Cardinals territory when receiver Trenton Irwin fell while running a route, leading to an easy interception for K’Von Wallace.

Cincinnati’s defense responded with a fourth down stop and Burrow led a 15-play, 83-yard drive that was capped by Chase’s third touchdown catch of the game and a 34-20 lead. This one was a three-yard dart caught by Chase as he was dashing across the back of the end zone.

Cincinnati took a 17-14 lead just before halftime, seizing the momentum when Cam Taylor-Britt picked off Joshua Dobbs’ pass and ran it back 11 yards for the touchdown.

Houston Texans 19-21 Atlanta Falcons

Younghoe Koo kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired and Desmond Ridder passed for 329 yards as the Atlanta Falcons edged the Houston Texans 21-19.

The Texans (2-3) had grabbed a 19-18 lead on C.J. Stroud’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz and Ka’imi Fairbairn’s extra point with just under two minutes left in the game. But Ridder drove the Falcons 51 yards in 10 plays to set up Koo’s last-gasp kick as Atlanta improved to 3-2.

Ridder completed 28 of 37 passes for a career-high 329 yards and a touchdown. He added a seven-yard scoring run.

In addition to his one-handed scoring grab early in the fourth quarter, Atlanta rookie running back Bijan Robinson had 10 carries for 46 yards.

Tight ends Kyle Pitts (seven receptions for 87 yards) and Jonnu Smith (six for 67 yards) paced the Falcons’ passing attack. Wideout Drake London had six receptions for 78 yards.

Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards and a TD. The No. 2 overall pick set the NFL record for most pass attempts without an interception to start a career, surpassing Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s mark of 176 in 2016. Stroud now has 185 and counting.

Tailback Dameon Pierce added 66 yards on the ground. Tight end Schultz made seven receptions for 65 yards and a score. Rookie wideout Tank Dell had three catches for 57 yards.

Fairbairn was 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts, connecting from 38, 43, 28 and 42 yards.

Baltimore Ravens 10-17 Pittsburgh Steelers

Kenny Pickett threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens with just over a minute remaining as the Pittsburgh Steelers scored 14 fourth-quarter points to notch a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

T.J. Watt recorded two sacks and also recovered a fumble as Pittsburgh (3-2) won for the sixth time in the past seven matchups with Baltimore (3-2).

Pickett completed 18 of 32 passes for 224 yards while playing through a bone bruise in his left knee. Pickens caught six passes for 130 yards.

Jackson completed 22 of 38 passes for 236 yards and one interception and also rushed for 45 yards for the Ravens. Justice Hill ran for a touchdown.

The Steelers were struggling on offense, but a big special teams play ignited them while cutting their deficit to 10-5 with 11:12 left in the contest.

Baltimore’s Jordan Stout was punting on fourth-and-16 from his own 14-yard line when Miles Killebrew rushed in and blocked the punt with his right hand and the ball slid out of the end zone for a safety.

Pittsburgh added to the momentum with Jaylen Warren making a 23-yard reception on third down and then followed that up with runs of 10 and 16 yards to the Baltimore five-yard line. The drive stalled and Chris Boswell’s 25-yard field goal moved the Steelers to within 10-8 with 7:10 remaining.

Later in the quarter, Jackson made a poor throw toward Odell Beckham Jr. on third-and-goal from the Pittsburgh five-yard line and Joey Porter Jr. grabbed it in the end zone for his first career interception.

The Steelers then moved 80 yards on eight plays with the go-ahead score coming when Pickens beat the just-activated Marlon Humphrey down the right sideline.

Alex Highsmith delivered a strip-sack of Jackson and Watt recovered with 1:02 left. Boswell then tacked on a 42-yard field goal 13 seconds later.

Baltimore’s last gasp ended when Watt sacked Jackson on fourth down with 15 seconds left. It was Watt’s eighth sack of the season.

Carolina Panthers 24-42 Detroit Lions

Jared Goff passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another as the host Detroit Lions pounded the winless Carolina Panthers 42-24.

Goff completed 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards, David Montgomery rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown and Josh Reynolds caught four passes for 76 yards and a score.

The Lions (4-1) were missing two key playmakers, as top receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) and rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) were inactive. It didn’t matter as Detroit scored six touchdowns.

Carolina rookie QB Bryce Young completed 25 of 41 passes for 247 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Adam Thielen caught 11 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (0-5).

Panthers rookie guard Chandler Zavala was carted off in the opening quarter due to a neck injury.

Detroit drove 81 yards in just three plays during its first possession to take the lead. Montgomery cut to his left and scored from 42 yards out.

Aidan Hutchinson’s one-handed interception deep in Panthers territory set up the Lions’ next scoring play. On 3rd-and-goal, Goff found Sam LaPorta for a four-yard TD.

Carolina responded with a 14-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by Young’s one-yard pass to tight end Tommy Tremble.

Another Panthers giveaway provided Detroit with a short field. Will Harris recovered a Miles Sanders fumble at the Carolina 38-yard line. A methodical 10-play drive resulted in Goff’s one-yard scoring pass to Reynolds.

Carolina’s next turnover, a Young pass picked off by Jerry Jacobs, was quickly cashed in by the Lions. They used a flea flicker to free up LaPorta and Goff connected with his rookie tight end for a 31-yard touchdown.

Goff scored on a one-yard plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Lions took a 35-10 lead.

Young connected with D.J. Chark on an 18-yard touchdown to cut Detroit’s lead to 18 points.

Craig Reynolds scored the Lions’ sixth touchdown on a five-yard run before a garbage-time score for Thielen and the Panthers.

New Orleans Saints 34-0 New England Patriots

Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and the New Orleans Saints’ defense forced three turnovers in a 34-0 victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

Carr passed for 183 yards, Alvin Kamara rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown and Tyrann Mathieu got the rout started by returning an interception of Mac Jones for the game’s first score.

The Saints (3-2) ended their NFL-worst streak of 10 consecutive games of scoring 21 or fewer points.

For the second-straight week, Jones had two interceptions and a lost fumble before being replaced by Bailey Zappe in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots (1-4) nearly matched the futility of their 38-3 loss at Dallas a week earlier, the most lopsided defeat in Bill Belichick’s 29 seasons as a head coach. Sunday’s margin was the largest in a home shutout loss in franchise history.

Belichick failed for a second consecutive week to join Don Shula and George Halas as the only NFL head coaches to win 300 games.

New England, which finished with 156 yards and eight first downs, went 1-of-14 on third-down conversions and 0-for-2 on fourth downs.

Jones lost a fumble on the first possession of the third quarter, leading to Blake Grupe’s 54-yard field goal and a 24-0 New Orleans lead at the end of the third quarter.

Pete Werner intercepted Jones at the New England 31-yard line, and Carr’s ensuing six-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau made it a 31-0 lead. Grupe’s 53-yard field goal completed the scoring with 5:43 left.

Tennessee Titans 16-23 Indianapolis Colts

Zack Moss ran 23 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts overcame a first-half injury to starting quarterback Anthony Richardson to earn a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Moss’ second score came on a three-yard run with eight minutes left in the third quarter, giving the Colts (3-2) the lead for good at 17-13.

After Tennessee’s Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the third, Matt Gay restored a four-point edge with a 35-yarder less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Tennessee (2-3) marched down to the Indianapolis five-yard line on its next possession and went for it on fourth-and-1, but Derrick Henry was stopped for no gain by defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.

The Colts took over with eight minutes left and melted more than seven of those off the clock before Gay kicked a 28-yarder with one minute left.

Rookie Colts QB Richardson departed the game with 4:29 left in the first half when he fell on his right shoulder after a four-yard run. It was the third time in four starts that he failed to finish the game due to injury. Prior to departing, he was 9 of 12 for 98 yards.

Gardner Minshew played the game’s remainder, hitting on 11 of 14 attempts for 155 yards as Indianapolis joined Jacksonville in a tie for first in the AFC South.

Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of 34 passes for 264 yards for Tennessee, but his last pass was intercepted with 10 seconds left at midfield by Julian Blackmon. DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 140 yards.

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