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NFL Rewind: Frustration starting to show in Week Nine play

Baseball had its dog days of summer. Midseason seems to be the NFL's version.

Tempers were frayed, frustration boiled over and the reality of a losing season was facing some teams on Sunday and it showed.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Jacksonville defensive back Jalen Ramsey were ejected for fighting in the first half of their game. After getting shoved from behind by Ramsey after a play in Sunday's game, Green retaliated by throwing Ramsey to the ground and punching him. Both players were ejected from the game.
The Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers got into it on the sidelines in New Orleans after quarterback Jameis Winston of the Bucs poked the back of the helmet of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Bucs received Mike Evans rode to the rescue of Winston, who was out of the game with an injury at the time. Evans leveled Lattimore and a scrum ensued. There were no ejections, but NFL fines or other punishment is expected.

It's been a disappointing season so far for Tampa Bay, which lost its fifth straight game and is in last place in the NFC South. Cincinnati also is going through a disappointing season and the New York Giants and Denver Broncos were shelled for more than 50 points in losses to the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.

There were no shocking results in the NFL on Sunday. Philadelphia won its seventh in a row, New Orleans it sixth and the Rams (4), Tennessee Titans (3), Carolina Panthers (3) and Dallas Cowboys (3) continued their winning streaks while the winless San Francisco 49ers dropped their ninth this season. Cleveland didn't lose because the Browns had Sunday off.

A capsule look at Sunday's Week Nine games:

Game of the day
Cowboys 28, Chiefs 17

The scoop: After the Chiefs came from behind to take the lead, 17-14, on two touchdown passes by Alex Smith, 56 yaards to Tyreek Hill and 2 yards to Travis Kelce, Dallas came back with two long drives. Ezekiel Elliott put the Cowboys back in front with a 2-yard run and Dak PRescott hit Cole Beasley with a TD pass for the second time in the game.
Why the Cowboys won: They held KC without a first down in the opening quarter and intercepted Smith in the fourth quarter with 5:05 left. It was the first pick Smith has thrown this season.

On a roll

Eagles 51, Broncos 23

The scoop: Carson Wentz passed for four touchdowns, giving him 23 for the season, and the Eagles put together four touchdown drives of 75 yards or longer against the No. 1 ranked defense in the league (261.0). Philadelphia had 419 yards in winning its seventh in a row. Jay Ajayi ran 46 yards for a touchdown in his first game with the Eagles after he was traded from Miami. It was the most points against Denver since a 59-14 loss to Oakland at Mile High in 2010. It was the most points for the Eagles since a 54-11 win over Chicago in 2013.
Why the Eagles won: Denver had little passing threat with Brock Osweiler at quarterback and only 35 rushing yards.

Saints 30, Buccaneers 10
The scoop: The Saints won their sixth in a row and the Bucs' troubles continued. Tampa Bay lost its fifth straight and saw quarterback Jameis Winston leave the game after he aggravated his injured shoulder. New Orleans got its first touchdown when Justin Hardee blocked a Tampa Bay punt and returned it 7 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. Drew Brees passed for two Saints touchdowns and rookie back Alvin Kamara scored twice and had 152 scrimmage yards.
Why the Saints won: Tampa Bay's longest running play was 15 yards by backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jaguars 23, Bengals 7

The scoop: The Jacksonville offense produced one touchdown and three field goals but the defense was more than solid. Josh Lambor kicked three field goals and Blake Bortles passed 3 yards to Marqise Lee in the second quarter. The Jaguars played their second game in a row without rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who was suspended for violating a unspecified team rule.
Why the Jaguars won: It was an embarrassing performance by the Bengals, only eight first downs, just 29 yards rushing and 148 yards total offense.

Rams 51, Giants 17
The scoop: Some in the media accused the Giants of quitting in this one. New York was outscored by L.A., 44-10, over the last three quarters. Jared Goff of the Rams passed for four touchdowns including a 52-yarder to former Bills Robert Woods in the second quarter and a 67-yarder to another ex Bill, Sammy Watkins, right after that in the second. Eli Manning (20-36, 220 yards) passed for both Giants touchdowns and became the seventh player in league history to pass for 50,000 yards, joiniging Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, John Elway and Drew Brees.
Why the Rams won: Less than two years after forcing Tom Coughlin out as head coach, the Giants are a mess. New York needs another George Young to come in and take charge of the operation.

Panthers 20, Falcons 17
The scoop: The defending NFC champion Falcons fell two games behind the first place Saints. Atlanta took a 10-0 leagd in the first 11:30 but was shutouot until Matt Ryan pasased 19 yards to Tevin Coleman for a touchdown with 3:24 left. The Falcons got the ball back with 2:18 left but could do nothing with it and turned it over on downs with 1:42 to go. Both Carolina touchdowns came on runs in the second quarter by rookie Christian McCaffrey and quarterback Cam Newton.
Why the Panthers won: Although outgained, they limited Atlanta to four third-down conversions in 12 tries.

Titans 23, Ravens 20

The scoop: Marcus Mariota of the Titans and Joe Flacco of the Ravens each passed for two scores. The Ravens ahd 10 more first downs (24-14) and 84 more yards offense than Tennessee but settled for a field goal afte reaching the Titans' 12 on their first series and turned the ball over on downs after reaching the 17 in the fourth quarter trailing 16-6.
Why the Titans won: Two interceptions of Flacco by Kevin Byard, one of which led to a Titans touchdown, spelled the difference.

Sliding by

Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

The scoop: Washington was supposed to be dead with all its injuries, but the Redskins went 70 yards in four plays in 35 seconds for the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run by Rob Kelley with 59 seconds left. Seattle had taken the lad on a 30-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin with 1:34 left. Wilson then got the Seahawks as fara as the Washington 38, before he took a sack out of field goal range. Wilson passed for 297yards and ran for 77 more.
Why the Redskins won: Kirk Cousins was sacked for a safety in the first quarter but he came back to completed 21 of 31 passes for 247 yards despite being sacked six times for 54 yards.

Colts 20, Texans 14

The scoop: Jacoby Brissett passed for both Indy touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton, one for 45 yards, the other for 80, and Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals for the winners. Tom Savage, filling in for injured rookie Deshaun Watson, passed for one Houston touchdown, but couldn't get the Texans into the end zone on fourth down at the Houston 7 as the game ended.
Why the Colts won: The Houston offense could produce only one touchdown. The other score came on a 34-yard fumble return by Lamarr Houston. The Texans are so desperate there are reports they are considering signing Colin Kaepernick.

Dog of the day

Cardinals 20. 49ers 10

The scoop: Drew Stanton passed for two Arizona touchdowns and Phil Dawson kicked two field goals for Arizona. New 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was active but did not play for San Francisco. C.J. Beathard went all the way for the Niners completed 12 of 254 for 149 yards
Why the Cardinals won: San Francisco had 14 offensive series and moved the ball on only two of them, punting eight times and turning it over twice.

News wire services contribute to this report.




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