THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Monday, November 12, 2018
NASHVILLE -- TITANS 34, PATRIOTS 10
Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his résumé. The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn't finish his 300th game. The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him repeatedly as they beat New England 34-10 Sunday, snapping a sevengame skid against the Patriots in Mike Vrabel's first game as head coach against the team he helped win three Super Bowls. It was the most sacks allowed in a game this season by the Patriots (7-3), and coach Bill Belichick pulled Brady for Brian Hoyer midway through the fourth quarter. Only Brett Favre (326) has played in more games, both regular season and postseason, as a quarterback, than Brady. The three-time NFL MVP also needed only three touchdown passes to tie Peyton Manning (579) for the NFL record for most TD passes all time for both the regular season and postseason. He left having thrown for 254 yards and no TD passes. Marcus Mariota capped each of the first two drives with TD passes and Derrick Henry ran for a pair of TDs. Ryan Succop also added two field goals as the Titans (5-4) scored a season high in points after jumping to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter. They now have beaten both of last season's Super Bowl teams in Nashville. The loss snaps a six-game winning streak going into New England's bye.
The Patriots also lost to Tennessee for the first time since Dec. 16, 2002.
CHIEFS 26, CARDINALS 14 KANSAS CITY, MO. Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, outplaying Arizona counterpart Josh Rosen in a matchup of two of the NFL's bright young quarterbacks. Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs' first-year starter 31 for the season. That broke the franchise record set by Len Dawson in 1964 - with plenty of games to go. Not to mention the playoffs, with the Chiefs (9-1) barrelling toward the No. 1 seed. Rosen had 195 yards passing with a touchdown and two picks, taking several brutal hits in the fourth quarter. David Johnson ran for 98 yards, with TDs on the ground and through the air, while Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL's career receiving yardage list late in the game. Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 50 yards to give him 15,952.
BROWNS 28, FALCONS 16 CLEVELAND Rookie Baker Mayfield threw a season-high three touchdown passes and rookie Nick Chubb streaked 92 yards for a TD as Cleveland ended a fourgame losing streak. The Browns (3-6-1) played their most complete game this season under interim coach Gregg Williams, their defensive co-ordinator who improved to 1-1 since replacing the fired Hue Jackson. Mayfield outplayed Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan with a performance that further justifies Cleveland's decision to take the QB with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. Mayfield completed his first 13 passes and finished 17 of 20 for 216 yards. He threw a 28yard scoring pass to Rashard Higgins, a 13-yarder to Chubb, and an 11-yarder to Duke Johnson. Ryan and the Falcons (4-5) had their three-game winning streak - and any playoff momentum - stopped cold.
BEARS 34, LIONS 22 CHICAGO Mitchell Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and the NFC North-leading Bears snapped a 10-game losing streak against division opponents. The Bears (6-3) had dropped nine of 10 against Detroit (3-6) and were seeking their first victory over a division opponent since Oct. 31, 2016, against Minnesota. Chicago jumped to a 26-7 halftime lead with Trubisky and Allen Robinson leading the way.
And the Bears surpassed their win total from last year with their third straight victory. Trubisky completed 23 of 30 passes against a short-handed secondary, with standout cornerback Darius Slay sidelined by a knee injury.
WASHINGTON 16, BUCCANEERS 3 TAMPA Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, and Dustin Hopkins kicked three field goals for Washington (6-3), who forced four turnovers and rebounded from a lopsided loss to Atlanta despite playing with a makeshift offensive line because of mounting injuries. Smith, who was 19 of 27 with no interceptions, threw 6 yards to Josh Doctson for the game's only touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Hopkins kicked field goals of 43, 43 and 26 yards, the last set up by Greg Stroman's fourth-quarter interception and 24-yard return to the Bucs 14. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 403 yards for Tampa Bay (3-6), but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble on a sack inside the Washington 10.
COLTS 29, JAGUARS 26 INDIANAPOLIS Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes in the first half and the Colts' defence forced a late turnover. Indy (4-5) has won three straight.
Tight end Eric Ebron had a career-high three touchdowns, including one on a 2-yard run, all in the first half. Blake Bortles threw for 319 yards and two TDs, but the Jaguars (3-6) came up short when Kenny Moore III stripped the ball from Rashad Greene Sr.
and Malik Hooker recovered for the Colts with 1:24 to go. Initially, Greene was ruled down by contact, but it was overturned on a replay review from the booth.
Jacksonville, last year's AFC runner-up, has lost five straight and six of seven since starting 2-0.
BILLS 41, JETS 10 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Matt Barkley stunningly sparked Buffalo's bumbling offence with two touchdown passes, including one to offensive tackle Dion Dawkins.
LeSean McCoy broke out of a season-long slump with 113 yards rushing and a pair of TD runs.
Barkley made his first start in nearly two years, and looked the best of any of the four quarterbacks the Bills (3-7) have trotted out this season. The 28-year-old journeyman was 15 of 25 for 232 yards while helping Buffalo snap a four-game losing streak as the Bills put up 451 yards of total offence. Barkley got the nod from coach Sean McDermott ahead of the ineffective Nathan Peterman despite having just two weeks of practice with the Bills since signing on Oct. 30. Rookie Josh Allen has missed four straight games with a sprained right elbow, and Derek Anderson is sidelined with a concussion. Barkley's last start came in the 2016 season finale for Chicago.
CHARGERS 20, RAIDERS 6 OAKLAND Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes, Melvin Gordon gained 165 yards and Los Angeles won its sixth straight game, with a win over struggling Oakland. Rivers bounced back from a first quarter with no completions to throw an 11-yard TD pass to Keenan Allen in the second quarter to give the Chargers (7-2) the lead for good and a 66-yarder to Gordon on the opening drive of the second half. Los Angeles coasted from there against the Raiders (1-8), who have lost five straight games by at least 14 points under coach Jon Gruden and have been outscored 75-9 in the past nine quarters in what has quickly become a lost season.
PACKERS 31, DOLPHINS 12 GREEN BAY Aaron Jones ran for career highs of 145 yards and two scores, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connected for two touchdown passes and Green Bay Packers beat Miami. The Packers (4-4-1) pulled away in the second half, sandwiching scoring drives around cornerback Bashaud Breeland's interception deep in Miami territory.
Green Bay went ahead 28-12 on Adams's 25-yard touchdown catch with 7:24 left in the third quarter. Maybe this is the game that will get the Packers going in the tight NFC North race following a choppy first half of the season. Rookie Jason Sanders tied a Dolphins franchise record with four field goals, but Miami (5-5) couldn't find the end zone.
RAMS 36, SEAHAWKS 31 LOS ANGELES Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Russell Wilson, and Los Angeles bounced back from their first loss of the season with a victory over Seattle. Jared Goff passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 120 yards and a score as the Rams (9-1) swept the season series with their division rivals. Los Angeles moved into commanding position for its second consecutive NFC West title, but only after plenty of late drama in a rivalry that's never lacking in excitement. Wilson threw three touchdown passes, rushed for 92 yards and nearly rallied the Seahawks (4-5) all the way back after his fumble. Los Angeles now prepares for a much anticipated prime-time showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mexico City on Nov. 19. Seattle faces a short week in preparing to host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Browns running back Nick Chubb carries the ball for a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday.
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