NBA FINALS

Miami 115 LA Lakers 104

 

NFL SCOREBOARD

Carolina 31 Arizona 21

Cincinnati 33 Jacksonville 25

Cleveland 49 Dallas 38

New Orleans 35 Detroit 19

Minnesota 31 Houston 23

Seattle 31 Miami 23

Tampa Bay 38 LA Chargers 31

Baltimore 31 Washington 17

LA Rams 17 NY Giants 9

Indianapolis 19 Chicago 11

Buffalo 30 Las Vegas 23

Philadelphia 25 San Francisco 20

 

NFL WEEK 5

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

 

COLLEGE ASSOCIATED PRESS FOOTBALL POLL

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Florida
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Ohio State
  7. Miami Florida
  8. North Carolina
  9. Penn State
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Oregon
  13. Auburn
  14. Tennessee
  15. BYU
  16. Wisconsin
  17. LSU
  18. SMU
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Michigan
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Texas
  23. Louisiana
  24. Iowa State
  25. Minnesota

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Others: Kansas State (142) , USC (115) , Mississippi State (112) , UCF (112) , TCU (97) , Marshall (49) , Tulsa (46) , Utah (30) , Iowa (26) , Coastal Carolina (25) , Oklahoma (20) , North Carolina State (18) , Ole Miss (18) , UAB (15) , Army West Point (14) , West Virginia (13) , Memphis (12) , Arkansas (11) , Pittsburgh (7) , Virginia (5) , Arizona State (5) , Washington (4) , Air Force (4) , Indiana (1)

 

COLLEGE  FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Florida
  4. Georgia
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Ohio State
  7. Miami Florida
  8. Penn State
  9. North Carolina
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Tennessee
  13. Auburn
  14. Wisconsin
  15. BYU
  16. LSU
  17. Oregon
  18. Virginia Tech
  19. Michigan
  20. Texas A&M
  21. SMU
  22. Texas
  23. Louisiana
  24. Iowa State
  25. Central Florida

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Others: Minnesota (120) , Mississippi State (120) , USC (112) , Kansas State (86) , TCU (58) , Oklahoma (53) , Army West Point (51) , Marshall (46) , Iowa (39) , Coastal Carolina (38) , Utah (36) , Arkansas (35) , Memphis (35) , Pittsburgh (32) , West Virginia (30) , Boise State (30) , UAB (25) , Ole Miss (24) , North Carolina State (17) , Arizona State (16) , Tulsa (15) , Air Force (13) , Kentucky (11) , Virginia (8) , Washington (8) , Boston College (5) , Nebraska (5) , California (5) , Stanford (4) , Baylor (2) , Liberty (1)

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 8

Tulane at Houston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, October 9

Louisville at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, October 10

Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas, Noon, FOX

Virginia Tech at North Carolina, Noon, ABC

Florida at Texas A&M, Noon, ESPN

South Carolina at Vanderbilt, Noon, SEC

Louisiana Monroe at Liberty, Noon, ESPNU

NC State at Virginia, Noon, ACC

Duke at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m.

The Citadel at Army, 1:30 p.m., CBSSN

Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Texas Tech at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Texas State at Troy, 3:30 p.m.

UTSA at BYU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

Arkansas at Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC

Kansas State at TCU, 4 p.m., FOX

Pitt at Boston College, 4 p.m., ACC

Middle Tennessee at Florida International, 4 p.m., ESPNU

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss, 4 p.m., Stadium

Alabama at Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPN

Temple at Navy, 6 p.m., CBSSN

East Carolina at South Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Miami at Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ABC

Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., SEC

Florida State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC

UTEP at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Marshall at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., Stadium

Charlotte at North Texas, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Missouri at LSU, 9 p.m., ESPN

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

NCC/AREA

Friday, Oct. 9

Anderson at Richmond  7 pm

Harrison at Goshen 7 pm

Tech at Marion 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Logansport  7 pm

Muncie Central at McCutcheon  7 pm

Centerville at Union City 7 pm

Hagerstown at Tri 7 pm

Knightstown at Northeastern 7 pm

Monroe Central at Union County, 7 pm

Winchester at Lincoln 7 pm

Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock  7 pm

Wes-Del at Purdue Poly 7 pm

Batesville at Franklin County, 7 pm

Connersville at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

East Central at Greensburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Rushville, 7 pm

 

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL DRAW

AT MT. VERNON

  1. New Castle (8)

M1: Pendleton Heights vs. Greenfield-Central.

M2: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Anderson.

M3: Yorktown vs. Muncie Central.

M4: New Castle vs. Richmond.

M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

Championship: M5 winner vs. M6 winner.

 

AT MARION

  1. Marion (6)

M1: Marion vs. McCutcheon.

M2: Logansport vs. Harrison (West Lafayette).

M3: Lafayette Jefferson vs. M1 winner.

M4: Kokomo vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

 

AT LAWRENCEBURG

  1. Lawrenceburg (7)

M1: Rushville Consolidated vs. South Dearborn.

M2: Greensburg vs. Lawrenceburg.

M3: Batesville vs. Connersville.

M4: Franklin County vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

 

AT DELTA

  1. Delta (6)

M1: Norwell vs. Jay County.

M2: Muncie Burris vs. Heritage.

M3: Delta vs. M1 winner.

M4: Bellmont vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

 

AT EASTERN HANCOCK

  1. Eastern Hancock (7)

M1: Shenandoah vs. Eastern Hancock.

M2: Knightstown vs. Hagerstown.

M3: Centerville vs. Northeastern.

M4: Union County vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

 

AT WAPAHANI

  1. Wapahani (7)

M1: Elwood Community vs. Frankton.

M2: Wapahani vs. Lapel.

M3: Alexandria Monroe vs. Winchester Community.

M4: Monroe Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

 

AT BLUE RIVER

  1. Blue River Valley (7)

M1: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Randolph Southern.

M2: Union (Modoc) vs. Blue River Valley.

M3: Tri vs. Seton Catholic.

M4: Union City vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

 

 

TOP AP HEADLINES

HEAT DOWN LAKERS

Biggest moment of his career. Best game of his life.

Jimmy Butler is clearly not ready to go home quite yet. With a triple-double, he joined NBA Finals lore – and the short-handed Miami Heat might have made this title matchup a series after all.

Butler finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 on Sunday night to get within 2-1 – doing so with starters Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic still unable to play because of injury.

“I tell Coach all the time, `’I’m ready for this,'” Butler said. “The biggest stage, whatever you ask me to do, I can do.”

His coach, Erik Spoelstra, has clearly listened.

“This is what he wanted, this is what we wanted,” Spoelstra said. “It’s really hard to analyze or describe Jimmy until you actually feel him between the four lines. He’s a supreme, elite competitor and we needed it.”

It was the third 40-point triple-double in finals history. Butler was 14 for 20 from the field and, after the Heat surrendered a double-digit lead early in the fourth, he made sure this one wouldn’t get away.

“He’s one of the best competitors we have in our game,” the Lakers’ LeBron James said. “Love that opportunity. For me, personally, I don’t know how many more opportunities I’m going to have so to be able to go against a fierce competitor like that is something I’ll look back on when I’m done playing. I’ll miss those moments.”

James had 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, while Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris each had 19 points off the bench. Anthony Davis managed 15 for the Lakers.

Game 4 is Tuesday night. Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk each had 17 points for Miami, which got 13 from Duncan Robinson and 12 from Jae Crowder.

“We had players step up this whole playoffs, and it’s no different now for us,” Crowder said.

Whenever the Heat looked ready to pull away and grab control of Game 3, the Lakers always found a way to find their best gear.

A 13-point Heat lead in the early going? The Lakers had the lead back in less than five minutes.

A 14-point Heat lead after a 10-0 run to start the second half? The Lakers scored the next eight.

A 12-point Heat lead late in the third? It took the Lakers less than five minutes to put together a 20-6 run, taking the lead back at 91-89 with 8:55 left on a layup by Rajon Rondo.

“We were almost fighting back the entire game,” Morris said.

The last punch went to Miami, Butler simply unwilling to let his team go down 3-0. The only other time Miami was down 2-0 in a finals was 2006, when Dwyane Wade took over and led the Heat all the way back to the franchise’s first title.

This time, it was Butler – another Marquette guy, like Wade – in that role, at least for Sunday night.

“We know how Jimmy is in these moments, and the world has seen what Jimmy Butler is capable of,” Herro said.

Miami’s starters outscored the Lakers’ starting five 89-51, and the Heat held the Lakers to a 14-for-42 night from 3-point land.

James, who won two titles with the Heat, wasn’t in the least bit surprised that Miami showed up to fight.

“I know how resilient that bunch is and how resilient that coaching staff is and their franchise,” James said. “Also, I don’t feel like we’re concerned. We’re not concerned. We know we can play a lot better. We have another opportunity to take a commanding lead on Tuesday.”

It didn’t take Butler and the Heat long to forget Sunday and start looking to Game 4 as well.

It’s going to be a tough game, Game 4,” Herro said. “But we’ll be ready.”

TIP-INS

Lakers: Rondo hit a wild layup midway through the third, cutting from the right wing across the lane, flicking the ball up with his left hand and watching it kiss off the gray bar atop the backboard before bouncing through. … The Lakers had 10 turnovers in the first quarter, matching the NBA high for any team in any first quarter this season.

Heat: Butler had 19 points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals by halftime. The only other player to do all that in a first half this season was Karl-Anthony Towns for Minnesota against Charlotte on Oct. 25. … Nick Aquilino, the son of Heat neuromuscular therapist Vinny Aquilino, performed the anthem — a recording from a Heat game with fans in Miami.

JAMES’ ASSISTS

James had eight assists Sunday and now has 843, which is 222 more than anyone else this season; Denver’s Nikola Jokic is second with 621. That will be the biggest margin between first and second in the NBA since 2004-05, when Steve Nash (1,031) had 363 more than Stephon Marbury (668).

BUTLER’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Butler became the 21st player to have a triple-double in the NBA Finals – and four of the 21 were part of Sunday’s game. James has a finals-best 10 triple-doubles, Rondo has one and so does Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd.

 

COLTS MOVE TO 3-1

The Indianapolis Colts came into the season thinking their defense had the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. Games like this are exactly what they had in mind.

Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass on Indianapolis’ first possession, and the Colts shut down Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears in a 19-11 victory Sunday.

After Rivers connected with Mo Alie-Cox on a 13-yard score, the NFL’s top-ranked defense did its job.

“I don’t want to sound crazy, but I did see this coming,” coach Frank Reich said. “I’ve been so fired up about the defense from Day One. The way we looked in camp, I look at our personnel, I look at our coaches, look at our schemes on defense how they fit our players. I’ve spoken about our defense since Day One. I felt like it was going to be real good.”

Indianapolis upgraded the defense in the offseason by bringing in 2018 Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and 2017 All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes. And the payoff is performances like this.

The Colts (3-1) kept the Bears (3-1) out of the end zone until Allen Robinson caught a 16-yard pass with 1:35 remaining. Indianapolis recovered the onside kick and came away with its third straight win, the Colts’ best streak since beating Kansas City, Houston and Denver last October.

As for the Bears, their offense didn’t look much better with Foles starting instead of Mitchell Trubisky. There was no big comeback this time by the team that became the first, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, with two wins in the same season after trailing by 16 or more in the fourth quarter.

The Bears managed just 269 yards – only 28 on the ground. Penalties were an issue, too. They got flagged eight times for 103 yards.

“There was really never a rhythm in the game,” coach Matt Nagy said.

Foles, who led Chicago back from 16 down at Atlanta last week after Trubisky got pulled, never found a rhythm. The Super Bowl 52 MVP was 26 of 42 for 249 yards with an interception to go with the late TD in his first start since the Bears acquired him in the offseason from Jacksonville.

“I have to be better, I have to be more crisp and it’s as simple as that,” Foles said. “I look forward to improving.”

The Colts didn’t exactly light up Chicago on offense. But they did play turnover-free ball.

Rivers was 16 of 29 for 190 yards and a TD. He needs four completions to join Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning with 5,000.

“We didn’t do the dumb things,” Rivers said. “We didn’t turn the ball over three times, we didn’t a lot of those things, so I think that is key. A lot to build (on), but certainly a lot of things we need to do better.”

The Colts played the second half without All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard, who left with a groin injury. But Indianapolis still had plenty to get by.

Rookie Julian Blackmon had his first interception when he picked off Foles at the Indianapolis 7 early in the fourth quarter with the Colts leading by 13. And Rodrigo Blankenship kicked four field goals.

“Coach Frank and (defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus) brought in a culture of we’re going to play fundamentally sound defensively,” linebacker Anthony Walker said. “I really believe in that. I really believe in what they’re doing. And I think … all the guys on the team that buy into that, that’s special. And I think that’s what we have brewing over here right now.

“I think we have something really special brewing on defense.”

 

BENGALS GET FIRST WIN

In 24 hours, Joe Mixon went from a worrying hospital visit with a mysterious chest injury to busting out for one of the best games of his career.

The fourth-year running back missed practice late in the week and said he went to a hospital Saturday with pain in his chest and difficulty breathing. He didn’t say exactly what doctors told him, but he thought he might have hurt himself by sleeping on it wrong.

Mixon sure looked fine Sunday, though, rushing for 151 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns and adding a third score on a 9-yard swing pass from rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in the Bengals’ 33-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“The doctors loved up on me, and I was able to go out there and make some things work,” Mixon said.

The Bengals (1-2-1) rolled up 505 yards of offense, working through or around some of their recent offensive line problems to get their first win. Getting the running game unstuck allowed some better looks downfield for Burrow, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 300 or more yards in three consecutive games.

The Heisman Trophy winner completed 25 of 36 attempts for exactly 300 yards and the touchdown to Mixon.

After being hit 18 times and sacked eight times in a 23-23 tie against Philadelphia last week, Burrow went about his business without much trouble from the Jaguars’ pass rush. He was sacked once.

“The O-line played really, really well today,” Burrow said. “They’ve taken a lot of heat the last couple weeks, and I was super happy for those guys to have the game they did today and they’re going to continue to build on it. I know they are.”

Gardner Minshew was able to put up some good numbers, too, going 27 for 40 for 351 yards and two touchdowns for Jacksonville (1-3).

“We ran the ball well today, threw it well at times,” Minshew said. “We have to stay away from drive killers, away from turnovers, and I believe we can be really good.”

ROUGH BEGINNING

The start was inauspicious for Cincinnati. After linebacker Jordan Evans intercepted a tipped Minshew pass, the Bengals started on Jacksonville’s 40 and got nowhere, with Burrow overthrowing an open A.J. Green on third down.

Late in the first quarter, Burrow had a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd negated by a holding penalty and the Bengals settled for Randy Bullock’s 35-yard field goal. Then, looking at third-and goal from the Jacksonville 1, Burrow threw one up for grabs and was intercepted by linebacker Myles Jack in the end zone.

The Bengals started getting out of their own way on a drive late in the first half that ended in the touchdown pass to Mixon on a wheel route. Mixon then got free and tore down the right side for a 34-yard score to cap the first drive of the second half, giving the Bengals their first lead, 17-13. Mixon scored his third TD of the day on a run right up the middle of the defense.

 

BROWNS WIN AT DALLAS

Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett enjoyed their homecoming.

It was easy to forget the surroundings were familiar for Odell Beckham Jr., too.

Mayfield threw for two touchdowns, including one set up when Garrett had a strip sack in a third straight game, and Beckham scored three times and the Cleveland Browns held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 49-38 on Sunday.

The Cleveland quarterback was playing at the home of the Cowboys for the first time since winning a Big 12 championship with Oklahoma there three years ago. Now the Austin native has the Browns at 3-1 for the first time since 2001.

“No, and I don’t really care,” Mayfield said when asked if he knew it had been 19 years since Cleveland won three of its first four games. “It’s 2020 and we’re moving on to the next one.”

Garrett played just a few miles from where he grew up and played high school football, on a field he visited several times at Texas A&M before becoming the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2017.

Beckham Jr.? He spent his first six seasons with the New York Giants, a once-a-year visitor for the Cowboys as NFC East rivals. So there were plenty of people, even with the pandemic-reduced crowd of 25,021, who had seen him celebrating in an AT&T Stadium end zone before.

Beckham capped his big day with a 50-yard scoring run on a reverse after the Cowboys had cut a 41-14 deficit to three late in the fourth quarter with three straight touchdowns and 2-point conversions.

“It’s funny, Kareem (Hunt) before the play was like, `We just need 5 yards,'” said Beckham, who had 81 yards receiving and two scores with 73 yards rushing on two reverses in his first three-score game in nearly five years.

“And Harrison Bryant, the rookie is giving me advice and coaching me up and telling me to stay inbounds. I said, `Thanks, rook.’ And I turned the corner and everybody was blocking and I just turned the jets on and found the end zone.”

Dak Prescott had his first 500-yard game, throwing for 502 yards and four touchdowns while becoming the first NFL quarterback with at least 450 yards passing in three straight games.

Prescott set that record because the Cowboys (1-3) have played from way behind three straight weeks, in part because of turnovers by him. He five the past two games.

And now Dallas has lost the first of three straight home games in what could prove to be a critical stretch if coach Mike McCarthy wants to get Dallas to the playoffs in his first season. Cleveland’s Kevin Stefanski is in his first season as well.

“We keep hurting ourselves on offense, putting our defense in bad spot,” said Prescott, whose interception on his career-high 58th and final attempt ended any comeback hopes in the final two minutes. “And not starting fast enough, that’s what’s been killing us over the past few games.”

The Browns ran for 307 yards and three touchdowns despite losing lead back Nick Chubb to a knee injury in the first quarter. Stefanski said Chubb would have an MRI exam.

Hunt, who has been battling a groin injury, had 71 yards and two touchdowns, and D’Ernest Johnson doubled his career yardage of 26 yards in the first half alone, going on to finish with a team-high 95 yards.

Beckham’s first TD of the game was also Jarvis Landry’s first touchdown pass in his 100th career game, a 37-yard score on a trick play. It was the longest TD toss by a receiver since Beckham’s 49-yarder with the Giants in 2018.

“That was something that I have had on the tip of my tongue a few other games, and I just did not get it called,” Stefanski said. “I told the guys we were not going to go through another game without that one getting called.”

Garrett celebrated his homecoming early with the first of his two sacks on the second play from scrimmage. The second sack turned the tide.

In a 14-14 tie in the second quarter, Garrett forced the first of two turnovers on consecutive plays by Dallas, both converted into touchdowns as Cleveland broke the tie with 27 consecutive points.

Garrett easily beat undrafted rookie Terence Steele and hit Prescott as he was trying to throw, leading to a 1-yard scoring pass to Austin Hooper from Mayfield, who was 19 of 30 for 165 yards. After Ezekiel Elliott fumbled at the end of a 24-yard run near midfield, the Browns drove to Hunt’s 2-yard TD run.

“I am no stranger to this field so playing on this field and making big plays is not new to me,” Garrett said. “I am just glad that I was able to do it again.”

Amari Cooper had 12 catches for 134 yards and a TD for Dallas, and rookie CeeDee Lamb scored his first two touchdowns.

 

BRADY THROWS 5 TD PASSES

Tom Brady is introducing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a new way of winning.

The six-time Super Bowl champion led a come-from-behind victory for the first time since joining his new team, throwing for 369 yards and five touchdowns to help the Bucs rally from a 17-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 38-31 on Sunday.

It’s the 46th time Brady has delivered a winning drive in the fourth-quarter or overtime of a regular-season game – fourth on the NFL behind Peyton Manning (54), Drew Brees (50) and Dan Marino (47). The 43-year-old quarterback has overcome a deficit of 10 or more points to win a league-best 34 times, including postseason.

“Tom, he’s never behind in his mind. We can always make plays to win games,” coach Bruce Arians said.

“How can you not believe in him? He’s the greatest to ever do it,” receiver Scotty Miller said. “We just go in there and follow his lead.”

With several members of the newly crowned Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning cheering on from a suite at Raymond James Stadium – along with the Cup – Brady shrugged off throwing an early interception returned from a touchdown to keep the Bucs (3-1) in first place in the NFC South.

Five players – Miller, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn – caught scoring passes from Brady, who threw four of them after the Bucs fell behind 24-7 in the second quarter.

“We knew we had played poorly. It was just a show of character. I can honestly say that if this had been last year, we would have gotten beat by 20,” Arians said. “This team has a ton of character and playmakers and we started making plays. You can see that when we don’t beat ourselves, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

Brady completed 30 of 46 passes with one interception and zero sacks. It was the seventh five-TD performance of his career, first since Sept. 24, 2017 for New England against Houston.

“We’ve got to keep building on the confidence in one another because there’s nothing we’re doing out there that’s perfect,” Brady said. “But we’re going to have to keep building on the good things and learn from the bad things.”

Rookie Justin Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns for the Chargers (1-3), who’ve lost three straight with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft playing earlier than expected because of injuries to Tyrod Taylor.

Michael Davis intercepted Brady’s sideline throw intended for Justin Watson and returned the ball 73 yards for a first-quarter score and a 14-7 lead. LA extended the advantage to 17 with a 19-yard TD pass to Donald Parham Jr. and Michael Badgley’s 53-yard field goal.

“We have to get over the hump,” Herbert said, noting the Chargers came close in all three losses. “We have to learn to close big games. When we are up 17 points, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot.”

The game swung dramatically in the final minute of the opening half.

Ndamukong Suh forced a fumble inside the Los Angeles 10 with the Chargers attempting to run out at the clock. Linebacker Devin White recovered, setting up Brady’s 6-yard TD to Evans, who finished with seven catches for 122 yards.

“I was a bit surprised they didn’t just take a knee,” Evans said. “It was 24-7. They’d had a great first half. They made a mistake. We capitalized on it, got a touchdown and had momentum going into the second half and ran with it.”

The Bucs drew closer on Brady’s 28-yard scoring throw to O.J. Howard, then took took a short-lived 28-24 lead when the three-time league MVP hit Miller on consecutive plays for 44 yards and 19 yards to get the ball into the end zone again.

Herbert, who threw a 51-yard TD pass to Tyron Johnson in the first half, put the Chargers up 31-28 with a scintillating 73-yard strike to Jalen Guyton, releasing the ball under heavy pressure.

Brady’s 9-yard scoring pass to Vaughn finished a seven-play, 75-yard drive that put Tampa Bay ahead for good with 11 minutes remaining.

“We all know his track record. His resume speaks for itself.,” Evans said. “We need him to play like that week in and week out if we want to be the special team we’re capable of being. We have the upmost confidence in Tom. He had a hell of a game today.”

 

BUFFALO NOW 4-0

Not even a banged-up left shoulder can deter Josh Allen.

Shaking off a second-quarter stinger, Allen threw two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 30-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

Carving up the Raiders secondary, Allen meshed well with offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs, who finished with six receptions for 115 yards. Allen completed at least one pass to nine different targets.

“Our guys have been busting their tails in practice and my job is to just give them an opportunity to make a play,” Allen said.

Buffalo, which is averaging a league third-best 30.75 points per game, has opened 4-0 for the first time in 12 years. The Bills were 3-1 last season, when they made the playoffs.

Las Vegas (2-2) lost its second straight game and first inside the shiny new $2 billion Allegiant Stadium. Two turnovers and seven penalties were costly for the Raiders.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished 32 for 44 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Carr, who has yet to throw an interception this season, surpassed Ken Stabler and set a franchise record with 151 career touchdown passes.

But it was Allen’s brilliance in the first half, when he finished 15 of 20 with two touchdowns, that set the tone. His 26-yard strike to Gabriel Davis on the opening drive was his 13th TD of the season, surpassing Ryan Fitzpatrick (12) for the most total touchdowns by a Bills player in the first four games of the schedule. Allen also found Cole Beasley for an 11-yard reception to push Buffalo’s lead to 14-3.

The Bills survived a scare when Allen was taken to the locker room late in the first half with the shoulder injury. Allen said he fell “funky” on his non-throwing arm after sprawling in the air and shoveling an 8-yard left-handed pass to Diggs. He was back on the bench moments later, knelt on the final play of the half, and returned in the second half to pick up where he left off.

“You watch Buffalo’s offense, they do a lot,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “The quarterback can complete passes left-handed. The guy’s a beast standing back there. They got a pretty good attack.”

With its lead cut to one, 17-16, Buffalo’s defense came to life by stopping the Raiders on four consecutive possessions. Las Vegas gave the ball back to the Bills by way of punt, fumble, downs and another fumble before scoring on its final possession.

“We were talking all week we’ve got to find ways to make plays,” Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer said. “The first half, we couldn’t get off the field on third down. Second half we found some ways to get some stops and take the football away. And I think that changed the game dramatically.”

 

EAGLES RALLY FOR WIN

A couple of unlikely players helped deliver the Philadelphia Eagles their first win of the season.

Travis Fulgham caught a go-ahead 42-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 5:50 remaining and Alex Singleton returned an interception for a score to lift the Eagles to a 25-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

“It’s a huge relief. Big team win,” Wentz said. “It’s fun to see these young guys step up and make plays in big moments like this.”

With the Eagles (1-2-1) missing their top three receivers and No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert, the little-known Fulgham, who came into the game with no career catches, delivered the play of the game for Philadelphia.

The Eagles were backed up with a second-and-18 from the 42 after Jalen Hurts botched a shotgun snap. But Fulgham got past backup cornerback Dontae Johnson and Wentz delivered a perfectly placed pass for the score that gave Philadelphia an 18-14 lead.

“After we broke the huddle, Carson said: `Be ready,'” Fulgham said. “At first, I lost the ball, but since Carson gave me a great throw, I was able to locate it and caught in the bread basket.”

Nick Mullens then threw an interception that Singleton returned for a TD on the next drive for the 49ers (2-2), who were sent to their second loss in as many home games. Singleton had played only 11 defensive snaps coming into the game.

Mullens committed three turnovers, including losing a fumble on a strip sack by Cre’Von LeBlanc that Malik Jackson recovered to set up the go-ahead score.

Mullens went 18 for 26 for 200 yards and one touchdown before being replaced by C.J. Beathard following his third giveaway.

“We had plenty of opportunities. I really just didn’t execute,” Mullens said. “The way I’m feeling is pretty black and white right now. I just didn’t execute. That’s what it comes down to. Three turnovers, 14 points off turnovers. That’s really about it.”

Beathard led a late TD drive and got the Niners to the Eagles 33 before his desperation heave fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play.

“After this game, we wanted to be dog tired,” defensive back Jalen Mills said. “We had to give everything we had to get this win.”

The Niners are hoping to get starter Jimmy Garoppolo back next week from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for two games.

Rookie Brandon Aiyuk hurdled his way to a 38-yard touchdown run on a lateral from Mullens, and George Kittle had a career-high 15 catches for 183 yards and a score to lead the Niners.

Wentz came into the week with the lowest passer rating and most turnovers in the NFL. But he ran for an 11-yard TD and threw for 193 yards and a score to move the Eagles into first place in the hapless NFC East with their first win of the season.

“First place sounds really good, but we have a long way ahead of us,” coach Doug Pederson said. “Only the first quarter of the season is done. We got a long road ahead. These guys don’t quit. It’s a resilient group.”

 

SEATTLE NOW 4-0

The unbeaten Seattle Seahawks revived their blueprint from years past, winning with repeated defensive stops and one pivotal pass.

Russell Wilson’s record production pace slackened slightly, but his long completion in the final seconds of the first half helped the Seahawks begin to pull away, and they beat the Miami Dolphins 31-23 Sunday.

Wilson threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns, and Seattle improved to 4-0.

“For us to be 4-0 is a huge thing,” Wilson said. “Just keep winning one game at a time, and that’s what’s really important to us.”

The Seahawks swept their first four games only one other time in franchise history – in 2013, when they won their only Super Bowl. They’ve scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since 2015.

But it was defense that made the difference against the Dolphins (1-3), who fell behind as they settled for Jason Sanders field goals on their first five scoring drives.

“We kept them in front of us all day long and made them earn their way,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Wilson connected with David Moore for 57 yards in the final seconds of the first half to set up a touchdown that gave Seattle a 17-9 halftime lead. First-round draft pick Noah Igbinoghene blew the coverage on the play.

“I knew what to do,” Igbinoghene said. “I just made a mistake.”

The Seahawks’ headsets that went out to start the drive, and Wilson called the plays himself.

“I’m always prepared for those moments. … I know the game plan,” Wilson said. “I know how we want to attack them.”

Wilson, who went 24 for 34, tied Peyton Manning’s record of 16 touchdown passes in the first four games of a season. Manning did it 2013.

Jet lag and the subtropical heat weren’t issues for the Seahawks. Neither were injuries that left them short-handed in the secondary.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 29 for 45 and 315 yards but threw two interceptions for Miami. He also rushed for a touchdown and was the leading rusher for Miami with six carries for 47 yards.

“The story of the day was being able to move the ball effectively, and not being able to do anything in the red zone, whether it was a penalty or poor execution or a bad read by me.” Fitzpatrick said. “I felt like there were a lot of guys on our team that played well enough to win. I unfortunately was not one of them.”

Fitzpatrick scored Miami’s only touchdown with 1:50 left, but Seattle recovered the ensuing onside kick.

DK Metcalf had four catches for 106 yards, Moore had three for 95 yards, and Chris Carson rushed for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Carson was questionable coming into the game because of a sprained knee.

“Chris is a stud football player and isn’t backing down from anything,” Carroll said.

But the Seahawks were twice blanked on trips to the red zone, including when Xavien Howard intercepted Wilson. Seattle had been 10 for 10 previously this season.

Wilson tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Moore to stretch the Seahawks’ lead to 24-15 with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter.

On their next possession, Wilson hit Metcalf with a 32-yard pass to the Dolphins 1, setting up Carson’s second touchdown to make it 31-15.

 

RAMS HOLD OFF GIANTS, THEN WE HAVE A BRAWL

Until Jalen Ramsey and Golden Tate traded postgame punches in the culmination of an estranged family’s feud, there wasn’t much drama in the New York Giants’ visit to Los Angeles.

The Rams hung on to win a mostly dismal game with just enough big plays on offense and a redemptive interception by Darious Williams.

Jared Goff hit Cooper Kupp for a 55-yard touchdown with 6:56 to play, and the Rams grinded out a 17-9 victory over New York on Sunday before the wild fight between Ramsey and Tate.

Williams made a diving pick at the Los Angeles 7 with 52 seconds to play as the Rams (3-1) barely stayed unbeaten at new SoFi Stadium and kept first-year Giants coach Joe Judge winless. Los Angeles managed 240 total yards and went nearly 45 minutes between its two touchdowns, but it was enough.

“Being 3-1, it’s still a good start,” Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said. “Definitely made mistakes here and there, but I’d rather fix things off of winning instead of off a loss.”

Daniel Jones passed for 190 yards and rushed for 45 for the Giants (0-4), who haven’t scored a touchdown in their last two games. New York had two chances with the ball after Kupp’s TD, but the Giants turned it over on downs before Jones drove them deep into Rams territory.

That’s when Williams stepped up. The fourth-year cornerback was whistled for a debatable pass interference penalty on fourth down in the final minute of the Rams’ 35-32 loss at Buffalo last week, and the Bills scored the winning TD on the next play.

One week later, Williams came up huge on a pass by Jones intended for Damion Ratley, diving to get both hands on the ball just above the turf. Williams said he recognized the Giants’ play call from earlier in the game, allowing him to anticipate the throw.

“I felt like they were going to come back to it,” Williams said. “Basically just seeing that play, seeing him, everything, I knew that was kind of his play. Luckily I just made a play on it.”

After the kneeldown, even more action happened: Ramsey and Tate scuffled at midfield after a game filled with trash-talking between the two Nashville-area natives. Ramsey has two young children with Tate’s sister, and Tate was publicly upset last year when the couple went through a nasty breakup.

Ramsey and Tate both walked toward midfield when the game ended, and they immediately took swings at each other, eventually going to the turf in a heap. The veterans’ teammates pulled them apart, but no players professed knowledge of what happened.

New York’s defense gave an admirable effort against the NFL’s third-ranked offense entering Week 4, but the Giants’ offense stalled three times in the red zone before its late misadventures. Graham Gano kicked three field goals in the Giants’ first game in the Los Angeles area since 1994.

“That’s the type of team we want to be,” Giants linebacker Blake Martinez said. “But at the end of the day, it’s a production league, and getting wins is what we want. We are not going to be satisfied until that happens.”

Tight end Gerald Everett had his first career rushing touchdown for the Rams on their opening drive, but they managed just three points from their next six drives before Kupp took off through New York’s defense to cap a 91-yard march.

“It was frustrating when we gave that deep touchdown pass to Coop and I wasn’t able to get him on the ground,” Giants cornerback James Bradberry said. “I was frustrated with that. There are going to be points in the game where you’re frustrated, but you have to keep going on.”

Everett’s early fumble allowed the Giants to kick their first field goal, but the Rams battered Jones with four sacks in the first four drives. The Giants trailed only 10-6 at halftime despite gaining 67 total yards.

“I thought their defense played really well and should get a lot more credit than they have been,” Goff said on his postgame Zoom with reporters. “You guys seem awfully upset about us winning, so I’m trying to keep the mood up in here.”

 

CAROLINA TOP CARDINALS

There was a time when doctors didn’t know if Teddy Bridgewater would walk normally again, let alone play play quarterback in the NFL.

You’d never know it watching Bridgewater break the pocket, juke two defenders and race 18 yards to the end zone on Sunday, helping the Carolina Panthers defeat the Arizona Cardinals 31-21 for their second straight win.

Bridgewater also threw for 276 yards and two scores as the Panthers solved their red-zone issues from a week ago by scoring TDs on their first four trips inside the Arizona 20-yard line.

“I think the offensive staff has really homed in on, hey, what are the things that we really do well – and then (we focused) on really trying to do them well,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said.

Bridgewater scored his first rushing touchdown since before a devastating knee injury in the summer of 2016; he tore his ACL and dislocated his kneecap with the Minnesota Vikings and had to be rushed to the hospital to prevent permanent nerve damage. On Sunday, the 27-year-old Bridgewater even looked elusive at times.

“That was awesome – unexpected, but awesome,” Panthers center Matt Paradis said of Bridgewater’s TD run.

Bridgewater said he never thought of the past injury.

“I was just out there trying to score touchdowns in the red zone,” the quarterback said.

Rhule credited new offensive coordinator Joe Brady, whose play calls helped the Panthers control time of possession with scoring drives that lasted 13, nine, 10, eight and 15 plays, all the while keeping Kyler Murray and company off the field.

“We didn’t come in saying we wanted to keep the ball away from those guys,” Bridgewater said. “We came in with an aggressive mindset, but we just came away with winning the time of possession battle.”

Murray threw for three touchdowns for the Cardinals (2-2), but was limited to 133 yards passing as Arizona finished with 262 yards on offense, running just 55 plays.

DeAndre Hopkins, who came in averaging more than 10 catches and 118 yards receiving per game, was a nonfactor limited to 41 yards on seven receptions. He didn’t practice all week due to a foot injury.

The Panthers’ young pass rush kept Murray from taking shots downfield as rookie Yetur Gross-Matos set the tone with a sack-fumble early on.

“Some of those plays were designed for shots,” Murray said. “They were either covered or they forced me to tuck it down and run. If we had connected earlier in the game it would have been a different story. The offense starting slow put us in a hole. It was tough to catch up all day.”

Said Panthers DE Brian Burns: “We put emphasis on keeping eyes on (Murray). He had a nice run (for 48 yards), but he didn’t have a lot of them.”

Meanwhile, Bridgewater stayed clean all day, and completed 26 of 37 passes, most of those underneath coverage.

After the game, Bridgewater gave his offensive line the game ball.

“Teddy was able to sit back there and be comfortable in the pocket,” said wide receiver Robby Anderson, who finished with 99 yards receiving. “When you can have a long productive drive they are crucial.”

 

SAINTS WIN AT DETROIT

The New Orleans Saints overcame a two-touchdown deficit to beat Detroit – and that wasn’t the only challenge they had to overcome on short rest Sunday.

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Tre’Quan Smith 2:19 apart in the second quarter, helping the short-handed Saints rally to beat the Lions 35-29.

“Everybody just persevered and we found a way to get a big win,” Brees said.

New Orleans (2-2) played after a short night of sleep, coming off its first two-game losing streak in three years and started the game without six injured starters.

Saints fullback Michael Burton had a false positive test for the coronavirus Saturday, leading to another round of tests for players and staff overnight in the Motor City.

“Just a lot of emotions going on because you never want to be a distraction,” Burton said. “They had to wake up other guys and test them.”

Early in the game at fan-free Ford Field, the Lions (1-3) looked as though they might take advantage of facing a tired team without three starters on both sides of the ball as they led 14-0 lead 4:37 after kickoff.

In the end, Detroit earned the dubious distinction of being the first NFL team to lose six straight games in which it led by double digits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Lions also joined the 2011 Minnesota Vikings as the two teams in league history to lose three of their first four games after leading by at least 10 points.

New Orleans was the latest team to come back against Detroit, scoring 35 straight points from late in the first period to midway through the third to take control.

“I’m proud of how we got ready to play despite some of the challenges,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

Matthew Stafford ended the Saints’ run with a TD pass to T.J. Hockenson late in the third quarter. The Lions pulled within six points with 3:36 left in the fourth on Adrian Peterson’s 5-yard run and Hockenson’s 2-point conversion catch.

The Saints took a step toward sealing the win with Brees converting a third-and-5 from his 27 with a 19-yard pass to Smith.

“That was probably the biggest play of the day,” said Smith, the primary receiver on the play. “We really needed a first down. Drew trusted me and I came down with it.”

And to dash any comeback hopes Detroit had, Alvin Kamara ran for 5 yards on a third-and-3 run from midfield.

START STRONG, FINISH WEAK

Stafford capped the opening drive with a TD pass to D’Andre Swift. After Brees’ first pass was deflected and intercepted on his first snap, Stafford threw a 15-yard pass to Kenny Golladay to give Detroit its third double-digit lead that wasn’t large enough.

The Lions lost a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead the opener against Chicago. In Week 2, they were ahead by 11 points against Green Bay before giving up 31 straight points and losing an 11th straight game.

Detroit bounced back to beat Arizona with a game-ending drive last week, but embattled coach Matt Patricia fell to 10-25-1 after his team collapsed again. Patricia may have a lot of questions to answer from ownership during the bye week to keep his job.

“Let’s just talk about the Saints game,” Patricia said when asked if he was concerned about his job security.

 

VIKINGS GET FIRST WIN

In a battle between winless teams that made the playoffs last year, one was going to emerge thinking it could turn its season around and the other was going to end up even more desperate.

The Minnesota Vikings have reason for optimism after holding off a late rally by the now-despondent Houston Texans on Sunday.

“You have to string wins together,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “One game isn’t going to do anything for us. Certainly nice to get a win and get headed in the right direction. But each week is its own entity and we’ve got to be able to string some together for it to mean something and that’s what’s up ahead for us.”

Dalvin Cook ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings (1-3), who beat Houston 31-23.

“It definitely feels good to win a football game, to help the confidence of our team, to get us back in rhythm of knowing we can go out there and win the football game if we play as a whole in each phase of the game,” Cook said.

The Texans cut the lead to 8 when Deshaun Watson connected with Kenny Stills on a 24-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-10 with 5:52 remaining.

Houston’s defense got a stop and Will Fuller made an acrobatic one-handed catch on fourth down for what was initially ruled a touchdown with 1:12 left. But after a review it was determined that the ball hit the ground before Fuller gained control, and Minnesota ran out the clock from there.

Alexander Mattison added a rushing touchdown and Cousins threw for 260 yards and a TD for the Vikings.

Houston’s NFL-worst run defense continued to struggle, giving up 162 yards as the Texans dropped to 0-4 for the first time since 2008.

“This is terrible, it’s brutal,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “It’s depressing. It sucks. It sucks, I don’t know any other way to put it.”

The loss at home to a previously winless team after a difficult season-opening schedule will ratchet up pressure on coach Bill O’Brien, whose team won the AFC South the previous two seasons.

“We’ve just got to keep working,” O’Brien said. “There’s really no way out of it other than that. You have no choice.”

Watson threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns and Fuller had 108 yards receiving and a touchdown before he was unable to corral the last ball thrown to him.

Adam Thielen had eight receptions for 114 yards and a TD for the Vikings, and rookie Justin Jefferson had four catches for 103 yards, his second straight 100-yard receiving game.

The Texans opened the third quarter with a 73-yard drive capped by a 24-yard TD reception by Fuller that cut the lead to 17-13.

The Vikings missed a 55-yard field goal attempt on their next possession before Watson and Fuller hooked up again. Fuller made a 43-yard reception to get the Texans to the 8-yard line, but Houston settled for a 25-yard field goal to get within 17-16.

Thielen’s 9-yard catch with 41 seconds left in the third quarter made it 24-16.

A 15-yard run by Cook gave the Vikings a first down at the 4, but he was shaken up on the play and went to the sideline. Mattison ran untouched for a 4-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 31-16 with 10:50 to go.

Cook’s first touchdown on a 5-yard run gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

DeAndre Carter fumbled a punt return later in the quarter and it was recovered by the Vikings. Minnesota added a 31-yard field goal to make it 10-0 and a field goal by Houston midway through the second quarter cut the lead to a touchdown.

Cook shed three defenders before stiff-arming Vernon Hargreaves just before he crossed the goal line on a 7-yard run that extended the lead to 17-3 with 1:53 left before halftime.

Houston had a first down at the 10-yard line just before halftime but settled for a 28-yard field goal as many in the crowd of 12,102 booed loudly.

The Texans welcomed fans on Sunday in a limited capacity after not allowing any at their home opener two weeks ago.

 

RAVENS TOP WASHINGTON

A few big plays went a long way for the Baltimore Ravens, who took a small step toward regaining the form they displayed last year as the highest-scoring team in the league.

Lamar Jackson ran for a 50-yard touchdown and threw for two scores in a bounce-back performance by the reigning NFL MVP and the Ravens, who took control early against Washington in a 31-17 victory Sunday.

Coming off a humbling loss to Kansas City on Monday night, Baltimore (3-1) used a forced fumble, a fake punt and the longest run of Jackson’s career to build a 21-10 halftime lead.

“That was the key, plays being made,” coach John Harbaugh said.

Washington (1-3) had more first downs, owned an edge in time of possession and had only 7 fewer yards than Baltimore. But the Ravens made things happen at just the right time.

“We didn’t have gigantic plays, but we had conversion plays,” Harbaugh said, referring mostly to Jackson’s 50-yard sprint on third down and punter Sam Koch’s 15-yard completion on a fourth-and-9 that set up the first of Jackson’s two touchdown passes to tight end Mark Andrews.

“We’re close,” Andrews said of the Baltimore offense, which averaged 32 points per game in 2019. “It’s just little things here and there that need to be tightened up.”

The game was tough to watch for Washington coach Ron Rivera, and not just because of the score. Weakened by treatment he received during the week for cancer, Rivera occasionally took a break by sitting on the bench.

“I had my moments where I felt pretty strong,” he said. “Other times I waned a little bit.”

Washington’s first-year coach wore a shirt that read: “RIVERA STRONG.”

Asked what it took for him to get through the afternoon, Rivera said, “I took two bags of IV fluids before the game. I would sit down at TV timeouts. I normally don’t. I look forward to getting home and going to bed early.”

After throwing three interceptions last week, Washington’s Dwayne Haskins Jr. went 32 for 45 for a career-high 314 yards. He was sacked three times, twice by Matthew Judon.

Jackson’s numbers weren’t as big, but he managed the Baltimore offense as required while completing 14 of 21 passes for 193 yards.

Limited to 97 yards passing against the Chiefs, Jackson surpassed that total by halftime. He was backed by a strong defense looking for redemption after allowing Kansas City to amass 517 yards in a 34-20 victory.

The Ravens went up 7-0 when Mark Ingram scored from the 1 after cornerback Marlon Humphrey ripped the ball out of the grasp of J.D. McKissic and Marcus Peters recovered at the Washington 34.

“I’m not going to say we started slow, we were not playing great at the beginning and I was able to get a turnover,” Humphrey said. “It was really good to get a big play in that first quarter.”

Early in the second quarter, a 54-yard field goal try by Washington’s Dustin Hopkins clanged off the left upright. On third-and-4 from midfield, Jackson faked a handoff and took off down the middle of the field for a 50-yard score, shrugging off an attempted tackle by Kendall Fuller along the way.

Washington closed to 14-7 with a 75-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard run by Antonio Gibson.

Facing fourth down at the Washington 43, Koch threw to an open Miles Boykin, and Jackson cashed in on the punt fade with an on-the-run, 25-yard TD pass to Andrews just after the two-minute warning.

Late in the half, however, Jackson’s run of 159 straight passes without an interception ended when he was picked by Fuller. Washington cashed in with a field goal to make it 21-10.

Limited to three catches for 22 yards by Kansas City, Andrews hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 18.

 

EAGLES WIN AT SAN FRANCISCO

A couple of unlikely players helped deliver the Philadelphia Eagles their first win of the season.

Travis Fulgham caught a go-ahead 42-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 5:50 remaining and Alex Singleton returned an interception for a score to lift the Eagles to a 25-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

“It’s a huge relief. Big team win,” Wentz said. “It’s fun to see these young guys step up and make plays in big moments like this.”

With the Eagles (1-2-1) missing their top three receivers and No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert, the little-known Fulgham, who came into the game with no career catches, delivered the play of the game for Philadelphia.

The Eagles were backed up with a second-and-18 from the 42 after Jalen Hurts botched a shotgun snap. But Fulgham got past backup cornerback Dontae Johnson and Wentz delivered a perfectly placed pass for the score that gave Philadelphia an 18-14 lead.

“After we broke the huddle, Carson said: `Be ready,'” Fulgham said. “At first, I lost the ball, but since Carson gave me a great throw, I was able to locate it and caught in the bread basket.”

Nick Mullens then threw an interception that Singleton returned for a TD on the next drive for the 49ers (2-2), who were sent to their second loss in as many home games. Singleton had played only 11 defensive snaps coming into the game.

Mullens committed three turnovers, including losing a fumble on a strip sack by Cre’Von LeBlanc that Malik Jackson recovered to set up the go-ahead score.

Mullens went 18 for 26 for 200 yards and one touchdown before being replaced by C.J. Beathard following his third giveaway.

“We had plenty of opportunities. I really just didn’t execute,” Mullens said. “The way I’m feeling is pretty black and white right now. I just didn’t execute. That’s what it comes down to. Three turnovers, 14 points off turnovers. That’s really about it.”

Beathard led a late TD drive and got the Niners to the Eagles 33 before his desperation heave fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play.

“After this game, we wanted to be dog tired,” defensive back Jalen Mills said. “We had to give everything we had to get this win.”

The Niners are hoping to get starter Jimmy Garoppolo back next week from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for two games.

Rookie Brandon Aiyuk hurdled his way to a 38-yard touchdown run on a lateral from Mullens, and George Kittle had a career-high 15 catches for 183 yards and a score to lead the Niners.

Wentz came into the week with the lowest passer rating and most turnovers in the NFL. But he ran for an 11-yard TD and threw for 193 yards and a score to move the Eagles into first place in the hapless NFC East with their first win of the season.

“First place sounds really good, but we have a long way ahead of us,” coach Doug Pederson said. “Only the first quarter of the season is done. We got a long road ahead. These guys don’t quit. It’s a resilient group.”

 

OKLAHOMA DROPS OUT OF AP POLL

Oklahoma dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since September 2016 and No. 24 Iowa State jumped back into the Top 25 after a day of upsets.

There largely was stability at the top of the rankings Sunday after No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Florida all won big, though the Bulldogs and Gators switched spots. Clemson received 52 first-place votes and Alabama got eight from the panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Notre Dame was idle and held at No. 5, while No. 6 Ohio State received two first-place votes despite no Big Ten Conference games scheduled until late October.

Overall, though, five teams dropped out of the Top 25 after eight ranked teams lost Saturday, six to unranked opponents.

The Sooners were involved in one of those upsets, losing at Iowa State for the first time since 1960. Oklahoma’s first two-game, regular-season losing streak in 21 years snapped its string of 64 straight poll appearances.

That was the fourth-longest active streak in the country behind Alabama, Ohio State (not including the polls in which it was not eligible) and Clemson.

The Sooners will head into their Red River rivalry game against Texas next Saturday as an unranked team for the first time since 2005.

The 22nd-ranked Longhorns managed to hold on to a spot in the rankings, falling 13 spots after losing at home to TCU.

POLL POINTS

Alabama’s streak of poll appearances reached 201, the fourth longest of all time behind Nebraska’s record 348 (1981-2002), Florida State’s 211 (1989-2001) and Florida’s 209 (1990-2002).

Ohio State’s streak is up to 134, but it now comes with a caveat. The Buckeyes were ineligible to be ranked in the first two regular-season polls of this season because the Big Ten had postponed its football season. When the Big Ten (and other conferences) reversed course and decided to play, those teams became eligible again and the Buckeyes were back.

OUT

– UCF took the biggest fall among the five teams to drop out of the rankings, going from 11th to unranked and snapping a streak of 33 straight appearances.

– Mississippi State followed up its upset of LSU by losing to Arkansas at home. The Razorbacks snapped a 20-game SEC winning streak and the Bulldogs dropped from No. 16 to others receiving votes.

– Pitt stumbled at home to North Carolina State and dropped out.

– Memphis fell from the rankings after losing to SMU.

IN

– No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette returned to the rankings without playing. It has been quite an early season for the Ragin’ Cajuns, who last month made their first appearance in the AP Top 25 since 1943 by winning at Iowa State.

The return of Big Ten and Pac-12 teams to the rankings, combined with a couple of close victories against Sun Belt rivals, nudged the Cajuns out last week. Suddenly, beating Iowa State is looking impressive again.

– No. 18 SMU is the only 4-0 team in the country.

– No. 19 Virginia Tech got bumped by the Big Ten teams last week, but after winning another game shorthanded, the Hokies are back in.

– No. 25 Minnesota was No. 19 in the preseason but didn’t return to the AP Top 25 last week when the Big Ten became eligible again. Having star receiver Rashod Bateman opt back in and become eligible helped win over some voters.

UP

– No. 15 BYU has its best ranking since 2009, when the Cougars briefly broke into the top 10 early in the season by upsetting Oklahoma.

This BYU squad hasn’t played an opponent as notable as the Sooners yet, but no team in the country has been more dominant. The Cougars have outscored Navy, Troy and Louisiana Tech by a combined 148-24.

– No. 8 North Carolina moved up four spots to match its best ranking since 2015.

– No. 10 Oklahoma State took advantage of the the eight ranked teams losing to jump seven spots after beating Kansas.

– No. 14 Tennessee was another beneficiary of a tumultuous week for ranked teams. The Vols moved up seven spots after beating Missouri.

CONFERENCE CALL

For the first time, the Atlantic Coast Conference has four teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll. No. 7 Miami joins Clemson, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

Only twice before in the history of the 67-year-old conference have four ACC teams reached the top 10 in the same season: 2016 and 2004.

Oct. 2, 2016, was the last time three ACC teams were in the top 10 (No. 3 Clemson, No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Miami) at the same time.

The strangeness of a season altered by the coronavirus pandemic has aided the ACC in reaching this milestone. Notre Dame is a temporary member of the conference and two Power Five conferences, four FBS overall, have not even started playing.

Still, a conference that had only one ranked team at the end of last season seems to be on its way to a nice rebound.

SEC – 7 (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 17, 21).

ACC – 5 (Nos. 1, 5, 7, 8, 19).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 6, 9, 16, 20, 25).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 10, 22, 24).

American – 2 (Nos. 11, 18).

Pac-12 – 1 (No. 12).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 23)

Independent – 1 (No. 15).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson. It’s about to get real for the Hurricanes.

No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M. Aggies return home from Alabama, hoping for better against the Gators.

No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia. Vols get a chance to make a statement against a Georgia team that looked scary good against Auburn.

No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina. What could the Hokies do at full strength?

 

HAMLIN WINS TALLEDEGA’S LONGEST RACE

Denny Hamlin put himself in position to finally win in the playoffs by hanging at the back to avoid the carnage of the messiest and longest race in Talladega Superspeedway history.

His sweeping three-wide pass in triple overtime Sunday brought an end to the sloppiest race of the season. The Daytona 500 winner surged to the win coming out of the final turn – it was the 58th lead change of a race that went nearly 32 miles, or 12 laps, longer than scheduled.

Talladega was pocked with 13 cautions, two more than the record, and nearly every title contender had some sort of damage. Only six of the 12 made it to the finish.

Hamlin insisted lagging the No. 11 Toyota at the back of the field all day, waiting to pounce at the end, was his strategy all along. Either that, or he was simply the last driver standing when given the chance to snap a skid that started with the playoffs one month ago.

“I hate to say it, but you have to play the game. You have to get to the next round,” Hamlin said. “To win the championship, you have to win the last race and you have to get to the last race. For us, we played the strategy to play the numbers to make sure we got locked in.”

Fitting for this particular wreck-fest was that Hamlin’s win needed official review. He had gone below the yellow out-of-bounds line during the third overtime, but NASCAR ruled the move was legal.

“They were crashing in front of us,” Hamlin shrugged. “Obviously, I got forced down there.”

The crowd of 15,000 – the most allowed to attend the Alabama superspeedway – booed Hamlin as he was declared the winner. He dismissed any notion of a controversy over the yellow line rule, noting it had been called by NASCAR the same way the entire race.

The race went more than four hours, so long that it was moved from NBC to NBC Sports Network because local news and then NFL football needed the big network.

The brutality of the day was punctuated by Kyle Busch, who was at last given a merciful exit when he was collected in an accident during the second overtime.

The reigning Cup champion is still winless this season and on the verge of playoff elimination. He was involved in a dizzying number of incidents at Talladega, including a 13-car accident in which older brother, Kurt, went airborne over Cole Custer. That accident brought out the first of two red-flag stoppages.

Hamlin raced to his 44th Cup victory, tying him with childhood hero Bill Elliott on the career list. He also earned the automatic berth into the next round of the playoffs, joining Kurt Busch, winner last week at home track Las Vegas but one of six playoff drivers that failed to reach the finish at Talladega.

“You’re on top one week with a win and everything’s fantastic,” Busch said. “And then this week we’re here at Talladega … and next thing you know, I’m going for one of the wildest rides I’ve ever been in.”

An hour after the finish, NASCAR rescinded a penalty on Chase Elliott, which moved him up to fifth in the final running order – the highest of the playoff drivers behind Hamlin. Austin Dillon was the next highest-finishing playoff driver at 12th.

Four of 12 drivers will be eliminated next week at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The bottom four in the standings are Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Dillon.

Almirola was wrecked while leading near the end of the first stage, and Bowyer triggered the 13-car crash in which Kurt Busch went airborne. The wall was damaged in that crash which brought out the first red flag for repairs.

The second red flag stopped the second overtime, right before Elliott took the lead. At almost any other track, Elliott would have taken the checkered flag before that accident. But Talladega’s finish line is unusually close to Turn 1 and Elliott had not made it there before a crash behind him.

He then had to pit from the lead for fuel because he didn’t have enough gas for the additional, unplanned miles.

Meanwhile, blue-collar fan favorite Matt DiBenedetto stood devastated on pit road after a second-place finish.

That was then yanked away as he was dropped to 21st after NASCAR penalized him for forcing William Byron below the line. DiBenedetto was initially denied his first career victory a year ago by Hamlin the same week DiBenedetto learned he was out of a job.

This defeat came as DiBenedetto waits and wonders if his contract will be extended by Wood Brothers Racing or if he’ll be one-and-done and moved aside for Austin Cindric.

“I feel like this is the same story a lot of times, just heartbreak,” he said. “My wife and I have had a stressful week again just with the uncertainty. I mean, that was pure desperation, but that’s how I drive every race.”

The final finishing order showed Jones, himself looking for a job for 2021, finishing second to teammate Hamlin for Joe Gibbs Racing in a 1-2 for Toyota.

Ty Dillon was third in a Chevrolet for Germain Racing, which late last month sold its charter to Hamlin for Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan to start a team around driver Bubba Wallace. It was the best career finish for the team and Dillon used it to lobby for a seat next year.

 

FRENCH OPEN: TRESVISAN ADVANCES TO FRENCH QUARTERS

Martina Trevisan has been doing video chats from her hotel room with her mental coach every day along the way to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, a run the 159th-ranked qualifier acknowledges is “a little” shocking, just not as much to her as to everyone else.

So after Trevisan’s 6-4, 6-4 victory against No. 5 seed Kiki Bertens at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday, which was just as out-of-nowhere at this out-of-nowhere French Open as Iga Swiatek’s 6-1, 6-2 win against 2018 champion and No. 1 seed Simona Halep over at Court Philippe Chatrier, the 26-year-old from Florence, Italy, planned to stick to the routine.

It’s helped her for the past two years, not merely the past two weeks, which also featured unexpected wins over Coco Gauff and 20th-seeded Maria Sakkari.

Trevisan’s tennis coach, Matteo Catarsi, described one of the goals of the sessions with Florida-based Lorenzo Beltrame, whose clientele also includes three-time major semifinalist Johanna Konta, this way: “Not to feel uncomfortable in this environment, like someone who played in Grand Slam qualifying, but to feel like a queen, like a star.”

Trevisan and Beltrame chat. He gives her writing assignments. She works to find the right words to describe her thoughts and buttress her self-belief. The exercise is important for where Trevisan is these days, in her sport and in her life. It’s been quite a journey, one Trevisan said hopes offers others this message: “Don’t ever give up, even in the toughest moments, where it really feels like life wants the worst for you, like it doesn’t care about you at all. Stay strong and seek the light. Because there is light there, and it will arrive.”

A decade ago, shortly after turning 16 but beset by the pressure of others’ expectations, promising prospect Trevisan quit tennis, which her mother teaches and her brother played professionally (her father was a pro soccer player).

She had anorexia, an experience and recovery she discussed in detail in a blog post two months ago.

“I hated my muscular body and I lost weight by adopting a diet that was just enough to survive,” Trevisan wrote, saying she eventually sought help and “re-learned how to eat and to make peace with my wounds and to appreciate my new body.”

Then, having returned to tennis in 2014 from a 4 1/2-year break, having toiled at tiny events offering total prize money of $10,000, having moved up the rankings enough to enter the qualifying rounds at Grand Slam tournaments but failing on her first nine attempts to reach the main draw, she finally made a breakthrough this year.

Trevisan made her debut in a major’s 128-player bracket at the Australian Open in January after making it through qualifying, exiting from the first round with a straight-set loss to eventual champion Sofia Kenin.

Trevisan learned, though, that she was ready to compete with the best.

“I’m more confident,” she says now. “I know I belong here.”

While Rafael Nadal overwhelmed qualifier Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 – the 20-year-old American, whose father won the 1998 Australian Open, was so star-struck he asked his idol for an autograph after the rout – and U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem held off French wild-card entry Hugo Gaston 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, the unpredictable outcomes kept arriving at Roland Garros in the fourth round Sunday.

U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev lost 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to 19-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy, then said he had a fever and was short of breath, two symptoms that raise red flags during a coronavirus pandemic that postponed the French Open from May-June to September-October.

Sinner is the first man to reach the quarterfinals in his debut in Paris since – yes, you guessed it – Nadal 15 years ago and now faces the 12-time champion. Thiem, runner-up to the King of Clay the past two years, plays No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman, a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 winner against Lorenzo Sonego.

In the other women’s matches, No. 3 Elina Svitolina beat Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3 and next takes on Nadia Podoroska, a qualifier from Argentina who is ranked 131st and eliminated Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Like Trevisan, Podoroska never had won a Grand Slam match until this event.

The 54th-ranked Swiatek, a 19-year-old from Poland who ended Halep’s 17-match winning streak, also will be making her Slam quarterfinal debut when she meets Trevisan.

“Nobody surprises anybody anymore,” said two-time major champion Halep, who had to be taken aback at least a tad, considering she defeated Swiatek 6-1, 6-0 in 45 minutes a year ago in Paris.

Trevisan tossed her racket after closing out the biggest win of her career with a backhand lob she couldn’t see land; she knew the match was over when she saw the expression on 2016 French Open semifinalist Bertens’ face.

A giddy Trevisan frequently laughed as she spoke in Italian with reporters – about exactly how much she’s earned so far ($330,000, more than her total career winnings entering 2020), about how she’d describe her personality (“I try to smile a lot, and I do; but when I’m sad, you definitely can tell that I’m sad”) and whether, given everything she went through, Trevisan thought she could return to this level of play.

“Well,” she replied, “I’d never been to `this level.’

 

GARCIA WINS SANDERSON FARMS OPEN

Sergio Garcia had gone just more than a year since his last victory, which felt even longer considering he failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and fell out of the top 50 in the world for the first time since 2011.

One week, and two big shots, changed everything.

Garcia hit a 5-wood that barely cleared a bunker and set up an eagle putt from just inside 4 feet to tie for the lead, and he won the Sanderson Farms Championship with an 8-iron to 30 inches for birdie on the final hole.

“The perfect ending for an amazing week,” Garcia said.

Peter Malnati, whose lone PGA Tour victory was at the Country Club of Jackson five years ago, rallied from five shots behind with a career-best 63, punctuated by a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.

That set the target, and Garcia needed his two big shots to catch and then beat him. The 5-wood from 260 yards on the 14th hole hit the top collar of the bunker, hopped onto the fringe and rolled out close to the hole.

But it was the 482-yard closing hole into the wind that made him proud.

“I stood up on 18 and I did what I’ve been doing all week. I trusted myself,” Garcia said. “I aimed down the right side of the fairway and just hit a hard draw – really, really nice drive – and it gave me the ability to have an 8-iron into the green instead of having a 6 or something like that.”

It was his first PGA Tour victory since he won the Masters in 2017 with a back-nine rally highlighted by an 8-iron that glanced off the pin on the 15th and set up eagle. He eventually beat Justin Rose in a playoff.

“This time it was an 8-iron on 18, and to almost hit the pain again and hit it that close, it was a dream come true,” he said.

Closing his eyes right before the stroke, a habit he returned to this week, Garcia made the 30-inch birdie putt and clenched his fist with a grin not seen on the 40-year-old Spaniard lately.

It’s been a tough year.

He had only one top 10 since golf resumed in June because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he missed the cut in three of his four tournaments coming into the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Garcia also learned that his father’s brother, Angel, died of the coronavirus a week ago Saturday. His father lost another brother, Paco, to the virus at the onset of the pandemic. He choked up talking about them right after his round.

“It’s been tough on my dad,” he said. “This one is for them.”

Garcia now has won at least once worldwide in each of his last 10 years, a streak he shares with Rose. He won for the 11th time on the PGA Tour, and the 31st time worldwide.

He finished at 19-under 269 and moves to No. 38 in the world.

J.T. Poston, who started the final round in at three-way tie with Garcia and Cameron Davis of Australia, was one shot behind when he missed the 16th fairway to the right, went into a bunker and failed to save par. He finished with two pars for a 70 to finish alone in third.

Davis had three bogeys on the front nine and was never a factor, closing with a 72.

Malnati had four birdies on the front nine and then began the back nine with three straight birdies. After making a 10-foot par putt on the 14th, he added two more birdies for a 63. He never thought it was going to be good enough to win. Except for a great shot by Garcia on the final hole, it was almost good enough for a playoff.

“I feel like I won the tournament,” Malnati said after his round. “I probably won’t, but I feel like I did, and it’s amazing.”

He spent the rest of the day playing with his toddler son, and then came out to the 18th to see Garcia and saw a clutch finish for the Spaniard.

Garcia heads for Las Vegas, with the Masters just over a month away.

“A boost of confidence, there’s no doubt,” Garcia said. “Every time you play well, even if I would have not won it, it still would have been a massive high for me this week. To be able to do a lot of the things that I did, it meant a lot. It showed me a lot of what I still have and what I still can do.”

 

REID CAPSUTRES LPGA TOUR TITLE

Mel Reid felt her first LPGA Tour victory was a long time coming, and her celebration showed it.

She rapped in a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, immediately dropped her putter and ran into the arms of her caddie, Ryan Desveaux. Moments later, she was showered with a mixture of champagne and beer, and the 33-year-old from England grabbed a bottle of bubbly and took a swig.

In her first start since losing the final-round lead in Portland, Reid seized control with four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn and closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Jennifer Kupcho and Jennifer Song.

“I love champagne. So it was nice to do it. I’ve not had that feeling for a long time, so just relief honestly,” said Reid, who has six Ladies European Tour titles. “I wanted to put things right from Portland. Yeah, just felt like I handled things a lot better today than I did the final round in Portland, so just absolutely made up to be holding the trophy.”

Reid’s only mistake on the back nine was a bogey on the par-3 17th, which cut her four-shot lead in half when Kupcho and Song each made birdie.

From the right rough on the par-5 closing hole, Reid lashed a 6-iron knowing that short of the green would be fine with a two-shot lead and the other two players also in the rough. The ball came out hot and ran onto the edge of the green, effectively assuring victory.

A promising British amateur who played in the 2006 Curtis Cup and was low amateur at the 2007 Women’s British Open, her personal life derailed in 2012 when her mother was killed in a car crash near Munich while driving to watch her play a Ladies European Tour event.

She eventually got back on track, and now she believes she can achieve a lot more.

“It just goes to show, doesn’t it? No matter what life throws at you it depends how you handle it,” Reid said. “I made a huge sacrifice moving to America, leaving my comfort zone, my friends and my family, and it’s paid off. … No matter what, people can’t take away the fact that I’m an LPGA winner against a world class field. It just goes to show you just got to keep going.

“Things will get tough. I will have tough years as well ahead of me,” she said. “As long as you just keep your head down and doing the right things, good things will happen to good people. Just great to finally get it done.”

Kupcho, the former NCAA champion at Wake Forest who last year won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, lost ground with a double bogey on the par-3 eighth hole and had a shot roll back to her feet on the 16th for a crucial bogey. She closed with two birdies for a 68 to finish alone in second.

Song kept pace with Reid until a two-shot swing on the par-3 11th – Reid made her fourth birdie in the last five holes, while Song made bogey – sent her three shots behind. She closed with a 69 and finished third.

Reid had a few good par saves, particularly on the 15th, and she looked steady over her 4-foot putts to keep her distance. She finished at 19-under 265, only the second time the ShopRite LPGA Classic was contested over 72 holes.

Nasa Hataoka had a 69 to finish fourth, while Nelly Korda closed with a 66 to finish fifth. Lexi Thompson, the defending champion who has gone nearly 16 months without a victory, shot 68 and tied for 13th.

The first call Reid made was to her father in England, and she knew where to find him – a pub called the Black Swan.

“He was a bit more sober than I expected,” she said with a laugh.

Reid will have to tone down her own celebration. Next week is another major championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink outside Philadelphia.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 4 0 0 1.000 0.0 123 100 2-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 4 W
New England Patriots 2 1 0 .667 1.5 87 66 2-0-0 0-1-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Miami Dolphins 1 3 0 .250 3.0 93 96 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1 L
New York Jets 0 4 0 .000 4.0 65 131 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-1-0 4 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 91 60 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Las Vegas Raiders 2 2 0 .500 1.5 111 120 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
Denver Broncos 1 3 0 .250 2.5 82 98 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-0-0 1 W
Los Angeles Chargers 1 3 0 .250 2.5 83 95 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 3 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 80 58 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 3 W
Baltimore Ravens 3 1 0 .750 0.5 122 73 1-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Cleveland Browns 3 1 0 .750 0.5 124 126 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 3 W
Cincinnati Bengals 1 2 1 .375 2.0 99 99 1-1-0 0-1-1 1-2-0 0-1-0 1 W
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 80 74 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Indianapolis Colts 3 1 0 .750 0.5 103 56 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 3 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 3 0 .250 2.5 95 117 1-1-0 0-2-0 1-3-0 1-1-0 3 L
Houston Texans 0 4 0 .000 3.5 80 126 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 4 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Philadelphia Eagles 1 2 1 .375 0.0 84 107 0-1-1 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 1 W
Washington Football Team 1 3 0 .250 0.5 79 112 1-1-0 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 3 L
Dallas Cowboys 1 3 0 .250 0.5 126 146 1-1-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 0-0-0 2 L
New York Giants 0 4 0 .000 1.5 47 96 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 4 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Seattle Seahawks 4 0 0 1.000 0.0 142 109 2-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 4 W
Los Angeles Rams 3 1 0 .750 1.0 106 80 2-0-0 1-1-0 3-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Arizona Cardinals 2 2 0 .500 2.0 98 92 1-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2 L
San Francisco 49ers 2 2 0 .500 2.0 107 71 0-2-0 2-0-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 122 85 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 3 W
Chicago Bears 3 1 0 .750 0.5 85 81 1-1-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-0-0 1 L
Minnesota Vikings 1 3 0 .250 2.5 106 125 0-2-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
Detroit Lions 1 3 0 .250 2.5 99 127 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-3-0 0-2-0 1 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 1 0 .750 0.0 120 92 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 3 W
New Orleans Saints 2 2 0 .500 1.0 123 123 1-1-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Carolina Panthers 2 2 0 .500 1.0 99 102 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 3 0 .000 2.5 90 108 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 3 L