9/20/2021 2:30:05 AM GMT + 00: 00 – Derek Carr threw 382 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday as the Las Vegas Raiders led hosts Pittsburgh Steelers 26-17 in Week 2.
Carr hit 28 of 37 passes, including two major completions in the fourth quarter when the Raiders improved to 2-0. The Steelers, disgruntled Buffalo Week 1 winners, failed to get a 2-0 start for the second straight season.
After teaming up with fast receiver Henry Ruggs for a 61-yard scoring strike with 9:35 left to give Las Vegas a 23:14 lead, Carr found Darren Waller for 25 yards and a first down three minutes on the clock. That helped the Raiders reduce the clock to 20 seconds, and Daniel Carlson scored with a 45-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, to thwart the result.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 27 of 40 passes for 295 yards with a touchdown pass – to rookie running back Najee Harris – and an interception for Pittsburgh. Kicker Chris Boswell pulled the Steelers within 23:17 with 3:42 in play when he hit a 56-yard field goal, the longest in Heinz Field’s 20-year history.
Bears 20, Bengal 17
Roquan Smith had eight tackles, a sack, and an interception return for a 53-yard score, and Chicago was on a visit to Cincinnati.
Allen Robinson II added a touchdown reception for Chicago (1-1), which won their home opener. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields completed six of his 13 passes for 60 yards and one interception and stormed 10 times for 31 yards as an injury replacement for starter Andy Dalton, who left with a knee injury.
Cincinnati (1-1) rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome four ball losses in the offense. Bengal’s caller Joe Burrow completed 19 of 30 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but threw interceptions on three consecutive passes in the second half.
Rams 27, Colts 24
Matthew Stafford passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns as Los Angeles bounced back from a fourth quarter deficit to defeat hosts Indianapolis.
Cooper Kupp caught nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and running back Darrell Henderson Jr. had 53 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown when the Rams won (2-0) despite losing an 11-point lead in the second half . The Rams took the final lead with 2:27 remaining after a 38-yard field goal from Matt Gay.
Carson Wentz passed for 247 yards with a touchdown for the Colts (0-2) but was off the field for Indianapolis’ final drive after rolling his ankle after a fourth-quarter goal from Ram’s defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Jacob Eason took over backup for Wentz. He was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey on his second pass attempt with 2:13 remaining.
Broncos 23, Jaguars 13
Teddy Bridgewater went for 328 yards and two touchdowns to lead Denver over host Jacksonville.
Noah Fant and Tim Patrick caught touchdown passes and Courtland Sutton had nine receptions for 159 yards for Denver. Bridgewater made 26 of 34 passes when the Broncos made their first 2-0 start since 2018.
Trevor Lawrence completed 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Jacksonville, which dropped its 17th game in a row. Jamal Agnew kicked back 102 yards for a score and Marvin Jones II caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Patriots 25, Jets 6
Mac Jones prevailed in a battle of highly acclaimed rookie quarterbacks when New England beat Zach Wilson and hosts the New York Jets.
Jones, number 15 overall in this year’s draft, completed 22 of 30 passes for 186 yards en route to his maiden NFL win. Damien Harris stormed for 62 yards and a touchdown, and James White also had a dazzling TD for New England (1-1) who bounced back from a 17-16 home loss to Miami at the start of the season.
No. 2 overall pick Wilson was intercepted four times and threw 210 yards on 19 of 33 passes for the Jets. Wilson has thrown five picks in his first two NFL games. New York (0-2) suffered their eleventh consecutive loss to New England over a period of six years.
49ers 17, Eagles 11
Jimmy Garoppolo scored his first dazzling touchdown since 2019, scooping another hit when San Francisco ended a 2-0 trip to the Eastern Time Zone with a win over Philadelphia.
A week after allowing 430 yards and 33 points in a Detroit win, the 49ers limited the Eagles to 328 yards and nothing more than a 45-yard Jake Elliott field goal for the first 55 minutes of the game.
Garoppolo’s 1-yard quarterback sneaker topped off a 16-play, 92-yard drive, giving the 49ers (2-0) a 14-3 lead with 10:52 remaining in the game.
Panther 26, saint 7
Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes and Carolina drove a solid first half to victory over visiting New Orleans in Charlotte, NC
Thanks to a stingy defense, the Panthers (2-0) took the lead 17-0 at halftime and were able to win at home for the second week in a row. The Saints (1-1) managed only 128 yards overall attack on a day when several members of the coaching staff were absent due to COVID-19 protocols.
Saints’ Jameis Winston (1-1) was limited to 111 yards on the 11-of-22 pass with two interceptions after throwing five touchdown passes in a win against the Green Bay Packers a week earlier.
Bills 35, Dolphins 0
Josh Allen fitted for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead Buffalo to a shutout from hosts Miami.
The Dolphins (1-1) lost quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the first quarter due to a rib injury. He was hit while trying to beat Jesse Davis in the game as defensive end AJ Epenesa Dolphins right tackle. Jacoby Brissett, who replaced Tagovailoa, completed 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards, no touchdowns and one pick. The Dolphins made numerous mistakes, including lost fumbles from Jakeem Grant and rookie first-round pick Jaylen Waddle.
Devin Singletary stormed for 82 yards and a touchdown 13 times to lead Buffalo (1-1). Backup running back Zack Moss added a few late touchdown rushes.
Browns 31, Texans 21
Baker Mayfield threw for one touchdown and stormed for another to lead hosts Cleveland to a win over Houston.
Mayfield completed 19 of 21 passes for 213 yards and Nick Chubb added 95 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Browns (1-1).
Tyrod Taylor completed 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Texans (1-1). He also rushed to score before leaving the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. That touchdown made it 14-7 Houston in the middle of the second quarter, but Cleveland took over from there with 17 points in a row.
Buccaneers 48, Falcons 25
Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes and Mike Edwards gave back two interceptions in the fourth quarter to complete Tampa Bay’s home win over Atlanta (0-2).
The Buccaneers led at the beginning of the fourth period by 28:25 and pulled away (2-0) when Brady scored Chris Godwin for a 12-yard touchdown with 9:18 minutes. Edwards picked up Matt Ryan less than 90 seconds later and dragged it 31 yards to make it 41-25. Edwards sealed the result with 4:01 remaining with a 15 yard interception return.
Brady completed 24 of 36 passes for 276 yards and has thrown nine scores in the first two games. Ten different receivers caught at least one pass, with Mike Evans snapping five for 75 yards.
Cowboys 20, chargers 17
Kicker Greg Zuerlein drilled a 56-yard field goal with no time to push Dallas over Los Angeles at SoFi.
The Cowboys (1-1) were led by the game in progress, which totaled 198 yards. Tony Pollard passed Dallas with 109 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Ezekiel Elliott added 71 yards and a score at 16 carries. Dak Prescott finished 23-of-27 for 237 yards and one interception. CeeDee Lamb led the cowboys with eight receptions for 81 yards.
For the Chargers (1: 1) Justin Herbert completed 31 of 41 passes for 338 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Cardinals 34, Vikings 33
Kyler Murray insisted for three touchdowns, ran for another, and ran out 431 yards on all-off, and rookie Rondale Moore had seven receptions for 114 yards and a score as hosts Arizona exhaled with a narrow win over Minnesota.
The Vikings (0-2) intercepted Murray twice in the second half and let the Cardinals (2-0) push from the 41 to a fourth and 5 with 6:12 remaining, but Murray hit Christian Kirk on a 35-yard -Fadeaway jump pass to convert and finally Matt Prater’s game-winning kick.
Minnesota had a chance to win last play, but Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal attempt to the right when time ran out.
Titans 33, Seahawks 30 (OT)
Randy Bullock scored four field goals, including a 36-yarder with 4:50 remaining in overtime, as Tennessee rallied to beat hosts Seattle (1-1).
Derrick Henry stormed 35 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns – all in the second half – as the Titans (1-1) came back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Henry scored 12:17 points remaining on a 60-yard run to pull the Titans within 30-23 and lunged out of 1-yard to even out the score with 24 seconds to go.
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