NFL: Redskins roll behind Cousins
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LANDOVER, Md. — Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle and DeSean Jackson sprained his left shoulder in the first quarter, then Kirk Cousins stepped in. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday in Washington’s 41-10 romp past Jacksonville.
Griffin was carted to the locker room with his leg in a splint and could be out for two months. He will undergo X-rays to determine if the ankle is broken.
Cousins subbed for Griffin and completed his first 12 passes. Ryan Kerrigan had four of the Redskins’ 10 sacks, and Washington’s defense didn’t allow Jacksonville (0-2) past midfield until the final two minutes of the first half.
Washington (1-1) outgained Jacksonville 449-148.
Bears 28, 49ers 20
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jay Cutler passed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns after much of Chicago’s starting defense went down, and the Bears spoiled the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium debut.
Cutler threw three TD passes to Brandon Marshall, two in the wild fourth quarter, as Chicago erased a 13-point deficit and quieted the sellout crowd.
Chargers 30, Seahawks 21
SAN DIEGO — Antonio Gates had three touchdown catches and the Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Seattle’s offense off the field.
Gates’ 21-yard catch late in the third quarter was epic, as the star tight end split two defenders and extended for Philip Rivers’ pass, reaching out with his left hand to gather it in. Flat on his back, he held up the ball to show the officials he made the catch that gave San Diego a 27-14.
Rivers was 28 of 37 for 284 yards.
Browns 26, Saints 24
CLEVELAND — Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with 3 seconds left. Cundiff’s kick helped the Browns (1-1) snap a nine-game losing streak in home openers and gave rookie coach Mike Pettine his first NFL win.
Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff’s winner. Hoyer completed several big passes, none more crucial than his 28-yarder to Andrew Hawkins with 13 seconds to go.
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham and moved into fourth place on the NFL’s career passing list.
Packers 31, Jets 24
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, Jordy Nelson had a career-high 209 yards receiving and the Packers rallied from an 18-point deficit.
New York appeared to tie it with 5 minutes left on a 37-yard catch by Jeremy Kerley on fourth down — but it was negated because the Jets (1-1) called a timeout from the sideline just before the snap. The Packers (1-1) held on from there to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2006.
Bengals 24, Falcons 10
CINCINNATI — One Bengals player after another hobbled off and headed to the locker room. They still had more than enough to stay unbeaten with a win over Atlanta (1-1).
Running back Giovani Bernard picked up the depleted offense by running for 90 yards. Cincinnati’s defense held down Matt Ryan and the Bengals won their home opener and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006.
But Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green aggravated an injured toe on his right foot, and didn’t catch a pass for the first time in his four-year career. Tight end Alex Smith injured his left biceps, right guard Kevin Zeitler hurt his right calf, and Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict left in the second half with a pinched nerve in his neck. Burfict suffered a concussion in a season-opening win at Baltimore and missed practice during the week.
Bills 29, Dolphins 10.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — C.J. Spiller scored on a 102-yard kickoff return, and rookie receiver Sammy Watkins had a 12-yard touchdown catch.
The Dolphins (1-1) also lost a key offseason addition when running back Knowshon Moreno did not return after hurting his left elbow 11 minutes in.
Spiller and Watkins, the Clemson connection, both scored in the third quarter, putting Buffalo (2-0) ahead 23-10.
Patriots 30, Vikings 7
MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady and the Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence and Matt Cassel’s four interceptions.
Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime.
Brady went 15 for 22 for 149 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers.
Broncos 24, Chiefs 17
DENVER Terrance Knighton batted away Alex Smith’s fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe with 15 seconds left.
The Broncos (2-0) thought they had sealed the win twice earlier on the drive. Aqib Talib’s interception return for a touchdown was negated by Quanterus Smith’s hold. Then Nate Irving’s fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware’s sack and strip was ruled an incomplete pass after a replay.
Peyton Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs.
Cowboys 26, Titans 10
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — DeMarco Murray ran for 167 yards and a touchdown and Dan Bailey kicked four field goals. The loss spoiled Tennessee first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt’s home debut.
Dallas (1-1) scored the first 16 points of the game in the first half.
Even the beleaguered Dallas defense got into the act, coming up with two sacks and two interceptions.
Tony Romo easily shook off his three interceptions in the season-opening loss to San Francisco. With Murray running so well, Romo was 19 of 29 for 176 yards and a TD.
Texans 30, Raiders 14
OAKLAND, Calif. — J.J. Watt caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, Arian Foster ran for 138 yards and a score and the Texans won their second straight game.
Instead of controlling the game from his usual defensive end position, Watt made his biggest impact on the opening drive when he lined up as a tight end. He caught a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to get Houston (2-0) started.
After losing their final 14 games in a two-win season in 2013, the Texans have opened strong under new coach Bill O’Brien.
Rams 19, Buccaneers 17
TAMPA, Fla. — Greg Zuerlein’s fourth field goal, a 38-yarder with 38 seconds remaining, gave third-string quarterback Austin Davis and the Rams a tight win.
Davis completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards with no interceptions in his first NFL start.
Cardinals 25, Giants 14
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ted Ginn Jr. ran 71 yards on a punt return for a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown.
Playing in a regular-season game for the first time since 2010, Drew Stanton replaced the scratched Carson Palmer and led the Cardinals (2-0) on three long scoring drives. Arizona won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Eli Manning threw two touchdowns for the Giants (0-2), who turned over the ball four times.
Cutler threw for two scores in a 27-second span early in the final period, aided by the gutsy play of a backup cornerback.
Kyle Fuller made two late interceptions for the depleted Chicago secondary, and the first set up the go-ahead score. San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for “inappropriate language” following Fuller’s first big play.
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