The Miami Dolphins’ defense stopped Josh Allen and the Bills late on the goal line, then after punter Thomas Morstead dramatically stripped the ball from a teammate and went out of bounds for a safety in Sunday’s 21-19 win over Buffalo.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins took a 3-0 lead in the AFC East thriller when Allen and the Bills tried to punt the ball around midfield and the clock ran out on a long and forward field goal attempt. .
Tagovailoa returned after the break, although he appeared to be bothered by the head injury. Allen may have been injured heading to the X-ray room after the game. His throwing arm was checked by coaches of late.
Miami took the lead to go up 21-17 with one point with about 10 minutes left in the game and the Bills faced their first deficit of the season. Despite being sacked and flagged for an unnecessary roughness on the next drive, Allen put Buffalo down the field in a 17-play, eight-minute drive that showed how the Bills’ offense worked all game. Miami’s defense held on, though, coming close to intercepting a pass on the drive and forcing a down from the two-yard line.
Kansas City Chiefs 17-20 Indianapolis Colts
Matt Ryan threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to rookie Jelani Woods with 24 seconds left to give the Indianapolis Colts a comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ryan got his first win against the Colts in the home opener, connecting with Woods for both Indianapolis touchdowns a week after the shutout in Jacksonville.
But a 16-play, 76-yard drive by Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones following a third-down sack ended Indy’s (1-1-1) four-game winning streak with the help of a personal foul call that included two losses at the end of last season.
Ryan completed 27 of 37 for 222 yards in his 225th career start. He was sacked five times and lost two fumbles.
For the Chiefs (2-1), it’s been an unusual shootout in September. Mahomes fell to 13-3 in the opening month, going 20 of 35 for 262 yards, one TD and his first interception of the season.
Kansas City had chances. Matt Amendola missed an extra point and a 34-yard field goal with 8:38 left in the first half. Tommy Townsend threw an incompletion on a fake field goal early in the fourth.
Cincinnati Bengals 27–12 New York Jets
Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes and the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals got their first win of the season past the New York Jets.
After opening 0-2 with a three-point loss, Burrow insisted there was no panic or Super Bowl hangover for the Bengals. And they came out aggressive against the Jets, who were down after a stunning comeback win in Cleveland last week. Burrow went 23 of 36 for 275 yards with a TD to Samaje Perine, Tyler Boyd and Ja’Mar Chase.
Baltimore Ravens 37–26 New England Patriots
Lamar Jackson threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to help the Baltimore Ravens hold off the New England Patriots.
New England’s Mack Jones suffered a leg injury with less than two minutes left in the game, leaving the field and heading straight to the locker room. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards but threw three interceptions. Justin Tucker hit a 56-yard field goal, the 50th of his career from 50 yards or longer, as Baltimore secured their first regular-season win in seven tries in New England.
Jacksonville Jaguars 38-10 Los Angeles Chargers
Trevor Lawrence threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, James Robinson rushed for 100 yards and a TD and the Jacksonville Jaguars snapped an 18-game road losing streak with a crucial win over an ailing Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Herbert started after being listed as questionable all week with a rib injury. The third-year quarterback passed for 297 yards but had two turnovers and finished 25 of 45 with a touchdown.
Philadelphia Eagles 24-8 Washington Chiefs
Devonta Smith caught eight passes from Jalen Harts for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown, Carson Wentz fumbled in his first game against the team that drafted him and the Philadelphia Eagles held off the Washington Chiefs.
Smith made acrobatic throws down the sideline and all the way to the end zone for gains of 45 and 44 yards before hauling in a fourth-down TD pass to end the first half. The damage was 22 of 35 for 340 yards and three touchdown passes. Wentz, the second pick in the 2016 draft to Philadelphia on the third team in three years, was 25 of 43 for 211 yards with two fumbles and one loss.
Los Angeles Rams 20–12 Arizona Cardinals
Matthew Stafford threw for 249 yards, Cam Akers and Cooper Kupp both scored touchdowns and the Los Angeles Rams used a strong defensive effort to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-12. The Rams (2-1) have continued to dominate their NFC West rivals, winning 11 of their last 12 games since 2017, including last year’s 34-11 record in the playoffs.
New Orleans Saints 14-22 Carolina Panthers
Laviska Shenault caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield, Marquis Haynes returned it 44 yards for a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers snapped a nine-game losing streak with a win over the New Orleans Saints. Mayfield threw for 170 yards and Christian McCaffrey ran for 108 as the Panthers (1-2) won their first home game since beating the Saints 26-7 on Sept. 19, 2021. Jameis Winston, playing with an injured back, finished with 25. 41 passes for 353 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Las Vegas Raiders 22-24 Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill threw for 264 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and the Tennessee Titans made the playoffs for the first time this season with a 24-22 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Derrick Henry also ran for 85 yards and a touchdown. Henry also added 58 more yards receiving as the Titans (1-2) snapped their worst start since 2009 when they lost their first six games that season. The Raiders (0-3) are off to their worst start since 2018.
Houston Texans 20-23 Chicago Bears
Roquan Smith intercepted Cairo Santos’ game-ending field goal at Houston State’s Davis Mills, and the Chicago Bears beat former coach Lovie Smith and the Texans. Khalil Herbert rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago.
The Texans had third-and-one at their 26 when quarterback Angelo Blackson flagged a pass intended for Rex Burkhead. Smith, who missed all week of practice with a hip injury, chipped in the 30s, bringing it back to 12. Chicago ran Herbert down twice and punted the ball 30 yards as time expired.
Atlanta Falcons 27-23 Seattle Seahawks
Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for a career-high 141 yards and a touchdown, Marcus Mariota threw a 14-yard TD to rookie Drake London in the second half, and the Atlanta Falcons picked up their first win of the season. Patterson rushed for 107 yards in the second half and the Falcons avoided their second 0-3 start in three seasons. Mariota used the passing game to pick up some yards in the first half while Patterson teased big plays in the running game.