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NFL Rewind: Turnovers do in the Packers, Dolphins and Cardinals

Baseball Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch used to moan: "Oh those base on balls."

Today, a lot of NFL coaches and fans must be moaning: "Oh, those turnovers."

It was one of those topsy-turvey days in the NFL Sunday. Even the New York Giants won. The Cleveland Browns almost did, except for three turnovers in the fourth quarters. The dreaded turnover plagued the  Dallas Cowbopys, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals. We won't even mention the Buffalo Bills.

And much-maligned quarterbacks such as Tom Savage (Texans), Blaine Bortles (Jaguars), Andy Dalton (Bengals) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buccaneers) were winners.

The L.A. Rams winning streak was ended at four while Minnesota's reached sixth. New England won its fifth in a row and Jacksonville its fourth straight.

Game of the day

Vikings 24, Rams 7

The scoop: The Rams took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in nine plays to take the lead on a 6-yard run by Todd Gurley. They had another series end with a fumble at the Minnesota 1-yard line. Outside of the Vikings defense owned the day and Jared Goff played like a shaky second-year quarterback. Case Keenum went all the way at quarterback for Minnesota. He passed for 280 yards with no interceptions and his 65-yard completion go Adam Thielen (six catches-123 yards) broke the game open, 21-7, in the fourth quarter. For the record: Robert Woods (8-81 yards) and Sammy Watkins (3-36) combined for 11 receptions and 117 yards for L.A.

Why the Vikings won: They allowed no sacks on Keenum and the o-line blocked for 171 rushing yards, including 95 by Latavis Murray, who ran for two scores.

The leaders

Patriots 33, Raiders 8

The scoop: Tom Brady shredded the Raiders for 339 passing yards and three touchdowns in a New England rout. The Raiders did not score until the quarter to make it 30-8. Brady passed for first hqalf touichdons to Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola before the Pats ended the half with a 62-yard Stephen Gostkowski in the rarified air of Mexico City for a 17-0 lead. In the first minute of the second half Brady threw a perfe4ctg 64-yard bomb to Brandin Cooks to make it 24-0 and Gostkowski added FGs of 51, 40 and 29.

Why the Patriots won: It must have been that week of practice in the mile high Air Force Academy in Colorado that prepared Bill Belichick's team for the Mexico City altitude.

Jaguars 19, Browns 7

The scoop: Twice the Browns were driving for a go-ahead touchdown after Josh Lambo's 39-yard field goal with 3:31 left had given the Jaguars a six-point lead. Twice they lost fumbles, the second ending up in an end-zone recovery by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith. Blake Bortles of the Jaguars and DeShone Kizer of the Browns each passed for one touchdown.

Why the Jaguars won: They sacked Kizer five times and limited Cleveland to 50 yards rushing.6

Eagles 37, Cowboys 9

The scoop: Dallas led, 9-7, at halftime before Carson Wentz of the Eagles began carving them up and the Eagles' backs began a stampede. Philadelphia took the lead on an 11-yard run by rookie Corey Clement on the first series of the second half. Then Wentz threw TD passes of 11 yards to Torrey Smith, 17 to Alshoin Jeffery and ex Bill Nigel Bradham returned a fumble 37 yards for the final score. Wentz completed 14of 27 for 168 yards. The Eagles had 215 yards rushing, 91 in seven carries by newcomer Jay Ajayi, 59 LeGarrette Blount and 50 by Clement.

Why the Eagles won: They intercepted Dak Prescott three times and sacked him four times.

Saints 34, Redskins 31 (OT)

The scoop: Washington could not hold a 15-point lead over the last 5:58 and ended up losing in overtime on a 28-yard field goal by Will Lutz. Drew Brees rallied the Saints to their eighth win in a row after opening the season with losses to Minnesota and New England. Brees passed to tight end Josh Hill for 3 yards for the first score and an 18-yard pass play to rookie running back Alvin Kamara finished an 87-yard drive in just four plays with 1:0 5 left.

Why the Saints won: It wasn't because of Kirk Cousins, who passed for 322 yards and all three Washington touchdowns. The Redskins defense just crumbled late in the game giving up 213 yards and 18 points the last three times New Orleans had the ball.

The followers

Lions 27, Bears 24

The scoop: After the Bears had tied the game with a 78-ayrd drive that ended with a 15-ayrd run by rookie Tarik Cohen with 5:02 left the Lions took it 52 yrds the other way before Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 left for the winning points.The Bears had a chance to tie it but Connor Barth missed a 46-yard field goal (wide right) with 3 seconds left.

Why the Lions won: Matt Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes for 299 yards and two touchdown enough to offset 222 rushing yards by Chicago, including 125 by Jordan Howard.

Ravens 23, Packers 0

The scoop: None of the Baltimore scoring drives were for longer than 59 yards. The Packers had five turnovers leading to 13 Ravens points. Green Bay outgained the Ravens, 285-319 and limited Baltimor to 58 yards rushing.

Why the Ravens won: Brett Hundley of the Packers was sacked six times and threw three interceptions.

Texans 31, Cardinals 21

The scoop: Houston scored the last 14 points after Arizona had taken a 21-17 lead into the fourth quarter. Rookie D'Onta Foreman had both touchdowns one on a 3-ayrd run the other for 34 yards.
Blaine Gabbert started instead of Drew Stanton at QB and passed for all three Arizona touchdowns but was picked off twice. Tom Savage passed for two Houston TDs, and overall was 22 for 32 for 230 yards..

Why the Texans won: Arizona went for it on fourth down at its 35-yard line with 6 1/2 minutes to go and failed. Houston took over and took its 34 yards on one run by Foreman to wrap it up.

Buccaneers 30, Dolphins 20

The scoop: Miami rallied from a 20-7 deficit only to lose on Patrick Murray's 35-yard field with with 4 seconds left in regulation. The Dolphins tied it on a 61-yard pass to Ken Still from Matt Moore, who took over for the injured Jay Cutler (Concussion).

Why the Bucs won: They had only 53 rushing yards but Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for two Tampa Bay touchdowns. Miami turnovers led to 17 Tampa Bay points.

Bengals 20, Broncos 17

The scoop: Andy Dalton passed for all three Cincinnati touchdowns to three different receivers. It was Cincinnati's first win since 1975 in Denver where they had lost their last 10 and are now 3-13 there.

Why the Bengals won: Dalton hit A.J. Green with an 18-yard touchdown pass on third-and-2 to give Cincinnati a 20-10 lead in the second half.

Dog of the day

Giants 12, Chiefs 6 (OT)

The scoop: It was almosts an all-field goal show at MetLife Stadium with a 23-yarder by Giants rookie Aldrick Rosas winning it with 1:54 left in overtime. Orleans Darkwa of the Giants ran 1 yard for the only touchdown in the game to give New York a 7-0 lead after Janoris Jenkins picked off an Alex Smith. The Chiefs quarterback threw two interceptions, only his second and third of the season. Eli Manning of the Giants threw none.

Why the Giants won: They played some old-fashioned Giants defense for a change as the Chiefs went 0 for 3 in the Red Zone.

News wire services contributed to this report.

 

 

 

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