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NFL Rewind: Darnold only winner among Class of '18 QBs

Who is winning the battle of the kid quarterbacks among the four who were selected among the first 10 in the 2018 NFL College Draft?

Based on Sunday’s outcomes, the apparent leader is Sam Darnold of the New York Jets, whose limited success is more than Baker Mayfield of the Browns, Josh Allen of the Bills and Josh Rosen of the Cardinals.

Darnold has the most starts of the four and the most wins. He and the Jets are 3-3, and he was the only one of the four rookies on the winning side in Sunday’s Week Six games. The other three struggled in losses.

The former University of Southern California star also has the most completions (107), highest completion percentage (59.8), most passing yards (1,346), most touchdown passes (9) and most interceptions (7) of the four.

No. 1 pick Mayfield is 1-3 as the Browns’ starter with 85 completions, 55.6 percentage, 1,076 yards, 4 TDs and 5 interceptions.

Allen, who hurt his elbow Sunday against Houston, is 2-4 as a starter with 75 completions, 53.95 percentage, 832 yards, 2 TD passes and 5 interceptions.

Rosen is 1-2 with 50 completions, 55.6 percentage, 626 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.

Sunday was not a productive day for the QB Class of 2018. Combined they led their teams to only five TDs and were sacked 13 times. Ouch.

Here’s a capsule look at Sunday’s NFL games:

Game of the day

Patriots 43, Chiefs 40

The scoop: Stephen Gostkowski’s fifth field goal of the game from 28 yards as time expired settled his wild offensive duel between Tom Brady and the Patriots and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and his speedy assistants Tyreek Hill and Karim Hunt. A 39-yard strike from Brady to Rob Gronkowski to the Chiefs’ 9 set up the winning field goal after KC had tied the game on a one-play drive, a 75-yard pass from Mahomes to Hill. It was Hill’s third touchdown catch of the game. Harrison Butker kicked four field goals for the Chiefs.

Why the Patriots won: Tie game, 3:03 left on the clock. Plenty of time for Brady to take his team to the winning score.

Steelers 28, Bengals 21

The scoop: Pittsburgh came from behind on a 31-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown with 10 seconds left in the game. Cincinnati took the lead, 21-20, on Joe Mixon’s 4-yard run with 1:18 to go.

Why the Steelers won: They contained Andy Dalton’s passing. No INTs, but three sacks and the Bengals’ longest gain through the air was only 23 yards.

A little suspense

Dolphins 31, Bears 28 (OT)

The scoop: Miami won it on Jason Sanders’ 47-yard field on the final play of overtime. Miami fell behind twice, but tied the game on a 75-yard pass from Brock Osweiler to Albert Wilson with 3:01 to play. In overtime, Kenyan Drake of the Dolphins lsot a fumble at the Bears’ 1, but Cody Parkey of the Bears missed a 53-yard field goal try coming back. Miami took over and set up the winner by Sanders.

Why the Dolphins won: The Bears defense, which had allowed 294.5 yards per game, gave up 541 yards. They apparently wilted in the 89-degree heat.

Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29

The scoop: Jameis Winston passed for four Tampa Bay touchdowns and 395 yards but could not bring the Bucs all the way back from a 21-6 first-half deficit. Matt Ryan put Atlanta ahead, 7-6, with a 35-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu and added two more TD passes in his 354-yard passing day. Tampa Bay got within two points twice in the fourth quarter but Atlanta answered with a score each time to hang on to the badly needed win. Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 143 yards for the Falcons, but he still has no touchdown receptions among his 44 catches for 707 yards this season.

Why the Falcons won: They were outgained 512-416 with no turnovers. Winston threw two.

Rams 23, Broncos 20

The scoop: The undefeated Rams never trailed but had to run off the last 1:22 to hold off the Broncos in Mile
High Denver. Todd Gurley ran for the two L.A. touchdowns and had a career-high 208 yards in 28 carries,and Cairo Santos kicked three field goals. Case Keenum passed for two Denver scores, the last a 1-yard toss to DeMaryius Thomas with 1:22 left. Jared Goff of the Rams completed only 14 of 28 for 201 yards and an interception. He was sacked five times. Von Miller of the Broncos had 1.5 sacks giving him 5.5 for the season. Chad Kelly (St. Joe’s) entered the game for one play at the end of the first half when Keenum left to go to concussion protocol.

Why the Rams won: Denver had to settle for Brandon McManus field goals after long drives.

Jets 42, Colts 34

The scoop: Jason Myers kicked seven field goals, breaking the Jets’ record of six shared by Jim Turner and Bobby Howfield. The Jets got their first score on a 17-yard interception return by Morris Claiborne just 12 seconds into the game. The other Jets touchdowns came on passes from Darnold to Terrelle Pryor and Christopher Herndon VI. Myers had kicks from 30, 48, 32, 37, 45, 37 and 45 yards, two of them after interceptions of Andrew Luck passes.

Why the Jets won: Their defense gave up 428 yards and they did not sack Luck, but intercepted three of his passes and recovered a fumble.

No drama

Cowboys 40, Jaguars 7

The scoop: Time to get off the Jacksonville bandwagon. The Jaguars were thoroughly dominated by the Cowboys, who scored on all four first half series against the league’s No. 1 defense (292.2). Dallas had 206 yards rushing, including 106 by Ezekiel Elliott, who has 586 for the season. Blake Bortles of the Jaguars completed 15 of 26 for only 149 yards, with one TD pass and one INT.

Why the Cowboys won: Jacksonville had only three first downs in the first half.

Chargers 38, Browns 14

The scoop: Philip Rivers passed to Tyrell Williams for two first-half touchdowns and Melvin Gordon ran for the opening touchdown and two more in the third quarter as L.A. led all the way. Mayfield was sacked five times and threw two interceptions and was unable to get Cleveland into the end zone until after the Chargers had a 35-6 lead. Chargers wide receivers carried six times for 70 yards on running plays including four for 41 by Keenan Allen.

Why the Chargers won: They battered the usually stout Cleveland defense for 246 yards on the ground – 132 by Gordon -- and outgained the Browns 449-317.

Vikings 27, Cardinals 17

The scoop: Minnesota broke away from a 10-10 tie to hand the Cardinals their fifth loss. They did it with a balanced offense: Kirk Cousins passed for 233 yards and one touchdown and the Vikings ran for 195 with Latavius Murray accounting for 155 and one touchdown.

Why the Vikings won: Rosen and the Cards were unable to get much offense going. They had five three-and-outs, two turnovers and didn’t produce a touchdown until it was 27-10 with only 6:57 left to play.

Seahawks 27, Raiders 3

The scoop: Russell Wilson passed for three touchdowns and Sebasian Janikowski, a former Raider, kicked two field goals against his former team in London’s Wembley Stadium. The Raiders had only 185 total yards and Derek Carr was sacked six times.

Why the Seahawks won: They controlled the game eating up 7:36 on their first TD drive and killing the last 8:25.

Redskins 23, Panthers 17

The scoop: Washington converted a D.J. Moore fumble into a first quarter touchdown, a 22-yard pass from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis, built a 17-0 lead and held off Cam Newton and the Panthers. Carolina got as close as 20-17 before Dustin Hopkins kicked a 29-yard field goal with 3:15 left that forced Carolina to go for a touchdown on its last possession and the Panthers lost the ball over on downs at the Redskins’ 16.

Why the Redskins won: They recovered two fumbles by Moore, intercepted Newton once and had no turnovers.

Dog of the day

Ravens 21, Titans 0

The scoop: Tennessee’s offense was dismal, producing only 106 yards.

Why the Ravens won: Marcus Mariota was sacked 11 times. Linebacker Za’Darius Smith led the way with three sacks.

News wire services contributed to this report.

 

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