NFL roundup: the raging Bills ruin the Dolphins’ unblemished streak, as the Bengals slump once more
The Buffalo Bills defeated the division foe Dolphins 48-20 on Sunday, ending Miami’s perfect start. Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes and ran for another.
A week after Miami put on one of the most stunning offensive performances in NFL history in a 70-20 victory over Denver, Buffalo (3-1) showed the Dolphins (3-1) a thing or two about efficient offense by taking over first place in the AFC East.
Stefon Diggs had three touchdown receptions and six grabs for 120 yards. Allen completed 21 of 25 passes for 320 yards and four throwing touchdowns for the 10th time this season.
Miami moved the ball well, totaling 393 yards, but the Bills forced two turnovers and sacked quarterback Tua Tagovailoa four times.
The Bills experienced a huge blow in the third quarter when cornerback Tre’Davious White was taken off with an achilles tendon injury, according to the organization. While covering Tyreek Hill, White pulled up and was unable to put any weight on his right leg.
Buffalo (3-1) never trailed and totaled 414 yards of offense, scoring on eight of their first nine possessions. Since a season-opening loss to the New York Jets, the Bills have won three consecutive. The Dolphins (3-1) blew opportunities to start a season with four wins for the first time since 1995 and to build a two-game lead in the division over Buffalo.
New York Jets 23, Kansas City Chiefs 20
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a poor performance in which they lost a 17-point lead to overcome the New York Jets.
After a fast start, Mahomes was intercepted twice and failed to get much going. Zach Wilson mishandled a snap after the Chiefs (3-1) grabbed the lead on Harrison Butker’s 26-yard field goal with 10:51 left in the game. Tershawn Wharton recovered the fumble, and Mahomes and the Chiefs took possession at the Jets 47. A holding call on Sauce Gardner negated Mahomes’ interception on third-and-20. Replays revealed that the call was debatable, and an enraged Jets coach, Robert Saleh, marched down the sideline.
Mahomes, who had a 24-yard run on third-and-22 to prolong the drive, then rushed for 11 yards on third-and-two to win the victory. Wilson had his best game since replacing an injured Aaron Rodgers, going 28 of 39 for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
3-27 Cincinnati Bengals Titans of Tennessee
Ryan Tannehill threw for 240 yards and a score as the Tennessee Titans (2-2) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, avenging the franchise’s worst offensive performance in 49 years. In last week’s loss in Cleveland, the Titans gained only 94 yards. On Sunday, they scored 27 straight points and led 24-3 at halftime, giving coach Mike Vrabel his first win against Cincinnati in four attempts. Derrick Henry scored on a 29-yard run. He also connected rookie tight end Josh Whyle for a two-yard touchdown on a wildcat leap pass just before halftime. As the Bengals fell to 1-3 this season, Joe Burrow was sacked three times and fumbled once, plagued by a calf issue.
3-38 New England Patriots Cowboys of Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys blew out the New England Patriots after DaRand Bland returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Leighton Vander Esch scooped up a fumble for a score. Mac Jones was withdrawn in the second half after being responsible for all three giveaways. It was the Patriots’ worst defeat in 24 seasons under coach Bill Belichick. With their 10th consecutive home victory, the Cowboys spoiled former star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s Dallas homecoming.
The Denver Broncos won 31-28. The Chicago Bears
Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Wil Lutz nailed a game-tying field goal with less than two minutes remaining, and the Denver Broncos rallied to win the Chicago Bears after suffering one of the most lopsided losses in franchise history.
Denver (1-3) was coming off a 70-20 loss to Miami, but Lutz’s 51-yard field goal capped a comeback from a 28-7 deficit in the third quarter. Kareem Jackson then intercepted Justin Fields near midfield for the Bears (0-4). The Bears’ 14th consecutive loss since a Week 7 victory at New England last season.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Bears had an opportunity to break a 28-28 deadlock. Instead of kicking a field goal, Chicago chose to try for it on fourth-and-one at the 18. Herbert was stopped. Fields threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns, a career high. He completed his first 16 passes and finished 28th out of 35.
31-34 Washington Commanders Eagles of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Eagles won in overtime after Jalen Hurts threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Elliott nailed a 54-yard , goal. Philadelphia is 4-0 for the second time in a row. Elliott also hit field goals of 41, 47, and 36 yards before blasting the game-winning field goal that enthralled the crowd. For the first time since 1992-1993, the NFC champion Eagles have gone 4-0 in consecutive seasons. AJ Brown had nine catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles.
16-35 Arizona Cardinals 49ers of San Francisco
Christian McCaffrey scored four touchdowns, and the San Francisco 49ers won their 14th consecutive regular-season game. McCaffrey had 177 yards from scrimmage and scored three times on three runs and one catch to help the 49ers open 4-0 for the fifth time in franchise history. In addition, he broke Jerry Rice’s franchise record by scoring a touchdown in his 13th consecutive game, including playoffs. San Francisco’s Brock Purdy completed 20 of 21 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown run and pass. The Cardinals’ Joshua Dobbs passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
28-3 Baltimore Ravens The Browns of Cleveland
Lamar Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more as the Baltimore Ravens (3-1) defeated the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland (2-2) was missing injured quarterback Deshaun Watson, and rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson struggled in his NFL debut. He was intercepted three times and sacked four times by the Ravens. Jackson scored unchallenged on 10-yard and 2-yard runs before connecting on a seven-yard scoring pass to tight end Mark Andrews with 11 seconds left in the half. In the fourth quarter, Jackson connected with Andrews again from 18 yards out.
17-24 Los Angeles Raiders Chargers of Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Las Vegas Raiders after Khalil Mack set a franchise single-game record with six sacks, Justin Herbert scored three scores, and the defense held on. It was the sixth time a player had at least six sacks in a game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Derrick Thomas of Kansas City set the record with seven in 1990. The Chargers scored on four of their first five possessions to take a 24-7 lead into halftime before the Raiders rallied to pull within one point. Aidan O’Connell took over at quarterback for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo and threw a costly late interception.
6-30 Pittsburgh Steelers Texans of Houston
CJ Stroud, a rookie, threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Houston Texans (2-2) past the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2). It’s the Texans’ second straight victory, and their first at home since beating the Chargers on December 26, 2021. Houston’s 24-point victory was the team’s highest margin of victory since a 57-14 triumph over Tennessee on October 1, 2017. Stroud, the second overall choice in the draft, continued his excellent start and tossed a touchdown pass to start things off in a 16-0 first half advantage. His second 300-yard passing game came on Sunday, and he has six touchdown passes with no interceptions in his first four games. Kenny Pickett passed for 114 yards with an interception and failed to move the Steelers offense before leaving with a knee injury late in the third quarter.