NFL Today, Week 6 – The Associated Press
Monday Night Game, Oct. 16
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m. EDT. The Colts (2-3) have won 11 straight in the series and 16 of the past 17. Colts coach Chuck Pagano is 10-0 against the Titans (2-3). Colts RB Frank Gore ranks seventh in NFL history with 13,304 yards rushing and has four TDs rushing in his past three games at the Titans. Titans QB Marcus Mariota has 889 yards passing with six TDs and two interceptions in his past three games against the Colts, but has been bothered by a hamstring injury. Titans RB DeMarco Murray has a TD in his past three games against Colts with 264 yards from scrimmage.
— Deshaun Watson, Texans, finished 17 for 29 for 225 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception in Houston’s 33-17 win over Cleveland. Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Watson has 12 passing touchdowns in the past three games, the most by a rookie in any three-game span. Watson has 15 passing touchdowns, the most by a rookie in his team’s first six games of a season.
— Carson Palmer, Cardinals, was 18 for 22 for 283 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception in Arizona’s 38-33 win over Tampa Bay.
— Kirk Cousins, Redskins, was 25 for 37 for 330 yards and two touchdowns and an interception in Washington’s 26-24 win over San Francisco.
— Le’Veon Bell, Steelers, had 32 carries for 179 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 19-13 victory over Kansas City.
— Jordan Howard, Bears, had 36 carries for 167 yards in Chicago’s 27-24 overtime win at Baltimore.
— Adrian Peterson, Cardinals, had 26 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s 38-33 win over Tampa Bay. It was Peterson’s first game with the team after being obtained from New Orleans on Tuesday.
— Leonard Fournette, Jaguars, had 21 carries for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in Jacksonville’s 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Fournette, who had a 90-yard touchdown run in the Jaguars’ Week 5 win at Pittsburgh, is the first rookie in NFL history with a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in consecutive games.
— Jay Ajayi, Dolphins, had 26 carries for 130 yards in Miami’s 20-17 win over Atlanta.
— Todd Gurley, Rams, had 23 carries for 116 yards in Los Angeles’ 27-17 win over Jacksonville.
— Mark Ingram, Saints, had 25 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans’ 52-38 win over Detroit.
— Antonio Brown, Steelers, had eight catches for 155 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 19-13 win over Kansas City. Brown, who has 9,077 receiving yards in 107 games, tied Randy Moss (107) for the fourth-fewest games played to reach 9,000 receiving yards in NFL history.
— Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, had 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in Arizona’s 38-33 win over Tampa Bay.
— Chris Thompson, Redskins, had four receptions for 105 yards in Washington’s 26-24 win over San Francisco.
— Adam Thielen, Vikings, had nine carries for 97 yards in Minnesota’s 23-10 win over Green Bay.
— Marvin Jones and Golden Tate, Lions. Jones had six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown and Tate had seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s 52-38 loss to New Orleans.
— Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, had six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s 24-17 win over the New York Jets.
— Pharoh Cooper and Malcolm Brown, Rams. Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown and Brown returned a blocked punt 8 yards to the end zone for a touchdown in Los Angeles’ 27-17 over Jacksonville.
— Bobby Rainey and Michael Campanaro, Ravens. Rainey returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and Campanaro returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore’s 27-24 overtime loss to Chicago.
— Jamal Agnew, Lions, returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in Detroit’s 52-38 loss to New Orleans.
— Kenny Vaccaro, Marshon Lattimore, Cameron Jordan, Saints. Vaccaro recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and Lattimore returned an interception 27 yards for a TD. Jordan intercepted a pass in the end zone for a score in New Orleans’ 52-38 win over Detroit. The Saints set a franchise record with three defensive touchdowns in a game.
— Johnathan Joseph, Texans, had two interceptions, returning one of them 82 yards for a touchdown in Houston’s 33-17 win over Cleveland.
— Adrian Amos, Bears, returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in Chicago’s 27-24 overtime win over Baltimore.
— Jason McCourty, Browns, returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in Cleveland’s 33-17 loss to Houston.
— Lavonte David, Buccaneers, returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 38-33 loss to Arizona.
— Harrison Smith, Vikings, had 1½ sacks, an interception and two pass breakups in Minnesota’s 23-10 win over Green Bay.
— A’Shawn Robinson, Lions, returned an interception 2 yards for a touchdown in Detroit’s 52-38 loss to New Orleans.
STREAKS & STATS
Carson Palmer three touchdown passes, running back Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns in his Arizona debut, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a touchdown catch in the Cardinals’ 38-33 win against Tampa Bay. Palmer has accounted for 302 touchdowns (294 passing, eight rushing), Peterson has 104 touchdowns (99 rushing, five receiving) and Fitzgerald has 107 touchdown catches. They are the only QB-RB-WR trio of teammates in NFL history to account for at least 300, 100 and 100 total touchdowns, respectively. Fitzgerald, who has 14,854 receiving yards, surpassed Steve Smith, Sr. (14,731) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history. Fitzgerald’s 14,854 receiving yards trail only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (19,247 with San Francisco) for the most receiving yards by a player with a single team. Peterson, who has 50 games with at least 100 rushing yards, is the ninth player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in 50 games. … The 49ers dropped to 0-6 with a 26-24 loss to Washington. San Francisco is the first team in NFL history to fall by three points or fewer in five consecutive games. The Browns fell to 0-6 with a 33-17 loss to Houston and they lost their 16th in a row on the road. … The Patriots have won six of the past seven meetings with the Jets and 11 of the past 13 after a 24-17 win on Sunday. They have also won 11 straight road games, the second-best streak in team history since they won 12 in a row from 2006-08.
New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 24-17 win at the New York Jets. Brady, who has 187 regular-season victories, surpassed Hall of Famer Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Brady has 212 wins (including the postseason), the most by a starting quarterback. Brady threw two touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the win. Brady and Gronkowski have connected on 71 touchdown passes, the second most from a quarterback to a tight end in NFL history. Only Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (85) of the Los Angeles Chargers have more. … New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 186 yards with two touchdowns in the Saints’ 52-38 win over Detroit. Brees has 55,084 passing yards with the Saints and is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to have at least 55,000 passing yards with a team. He joins Favre (61,655 with Green Bay) and Dan Marino (61,361 with Miami) and Brady (63,541 with New England) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat. … Los Angeles Rams kick returner Pharoh Cooper returned the game’s opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown and Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette had a 75-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage in the Rams’ 27-17 win, marking the first game in the Super Bowl era with two touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the first 30 seconds of a game.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Green Bay’s 23-10 loss to Minnesota and could miss the rest of the season. Backup cornerback Quinten Rollins (ankle) was also lost during the game. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (concussion) was knocked out of action, and left tackle David Bakhtiari’s hamstring injury flared up. Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd left the game with a calf injury. … Jameis Winston left Tampa Bay’s game at Arizona in the second quarter because of a right shoulder injury. Lions safety Glover Quin left the game against New Orleans to be evaluated for a head injury in the second half. Offensive tackle Greg Robinson limped off the field in the third quarter. … The Ravens lost another receiver when Breshad Perriman was lost to a second-quarter concussion. Tight end Maxx Williams also hurt his ankle while losing a fumble and did not return. … Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams had a pair of sacks in Kansas City, but left in the second half with a hip injury. The Steelers also lost right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who had missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, in the first half after he aggravated it.
“It’s tough. We experienced that feeling before in the Super Bowl.” — Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. after the Falcons blew a 17-0 halftime lead and lost 20-17 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
“We did a lot of dumb things, but fortunately our defense did a lot of good things. I’m trying to be happy today, but it’s hard.” — Coach Sean Payton after his Saints won their third straight game, but nearly blew a huge lead before beating Detroit 52-38.
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