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Washington holds off Seahawks' late comeback attempt

Washington holds off Seahawks' late comeback attempt

J.D. McKissic scored two touchdowns Monday night and Kendall Fuller intercepted a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass in the end zone as the Washington Football Team nipped the Seattle Seahawks 17-15 in Landover, Md.

Washington (5-6) took the lead for good when McKissic rushed 10 yards for a tie-breaking touchdown with 8:30 left in the third quarter. With kicker Joey Slye out due to a hamstring injury, Washington went for two and Antonio Gibson ran it in.

That became the difference when Seattle (3-8) drove 96 yards and pulled within two points when Russell Wilson hit Freddie Swain with a 32-yard scoring strike with 15 seconds left. Wilson tried to connect with Swain on the two-point conversion, but Fuller intercepted the pass.

The Seahawks appeared to recover the ensuing onside kick but were flagged for an illegal formation. Washington's Adam Humphries recovered another onside kick to seal the outcome.

Taylor Heinicke completed 27 of 35 passes for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Washington. Gibson rushed 29 times for 111 yards.

Wilson was 20 of 31 for 247 yards with two touchdowns for Seattle, which had the ball for just 18:20.

After both teams went three-and-out to start the game, Washington kept the ball for nearly 9 1/2 minutes on its next possession. The drive stalled at the Seattle 5-yard line, so Slye kicked a 23-yard field goal at the 2:59 mark to initiate scoring.

Seattle responded with a six-play touchdown drive that Wilson finished with a 6-yard dart to Gerald Everett with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. Wilson's 55-yard connection with Tyler Lockett set up the score.

Neither team scored again until 56 seconds remained in the first half. That's when Heinicke flipped a short pass to McKissic and the running back did the rest for a 10-yard touchdown.

Washington's 9-7 lead was short-lived. Rasheem Green blocked Slye's low PAT attempt, scooped up the ball and rumbled into the end zone for a defensive two-point conversion that evened the score entering halftime.

Reports: Aaron Rodgers not pursuing toe surgery during Packers' bye

Reports: Aaron Rodgers not pursuing toe surgery during Packers' bye

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing with a fractured pinkie toe, but ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday that he is not planning to undergo surgery to repair the injury this week while the Packers are idle.

The Packers have a bye week in Week 13 before returning to the field Dec. 12 against the Chicago Bears. That would give Rodgers some time for it to heal up before he has to play again.

But Rodgers did not seem hindered by the toe when he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in Green Bay's 36-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The win lifted the Packers to 9-3.

"The toe felt good most of the game," Rodgers said Sunday. "Was just actually in talking with the docs. Not sure at this point; we're going to do some more testing in the morning and get a better view of what's going on in there, and then make a decision at that time."

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Monday that surgery does not appear to be Rodgers' course of action.

Rodgers said he broke the toe while quarantining with COVID-19 earlier this month. He did not practice all week leading up to the Rams game.

The reigning league MVP has thrown for 2,878 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions with a 66.2 completion percentage in 11 games.

Niners WR Deebo Samuel (groin) out 1-2 weeks

Niners WR Deebo Samuel (groin) out 1-2 weeks

San Francisco 49ers leading receiver Deebo Samuel will miss one to two weeks with a groin strain.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan also said Monday that linebacker Fred Warner will miss this week's game against Seattle with a hamstring injury.

Samuel left Sunday's game in the second half against Minnesota after his groin area got tight on a running play. He finished with six rushes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 12 yards.

He leads the 49ers in catches (56) and receiving yards (1,006). He's the first WR in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards, five receiving TDs and five rushing TDs in a season, per ESPN.

Warner will miss the first game of his career. He has 92 tackles - four for loss - and two fumble recoveries in 11 starts this season. He has played in every game in three-plus seasons in San Francisco. He made All-Pro and the Pro Bowl last season.

Shanahan also said rookie RB Trey Sermon could be headed to injured reserve with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday's game. He would need to miss three games.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) week-to-week

Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) week-to-week

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is week-to-week with knee injury he sustained in last week's Thanksgiving Day game.

An MRI last Friday revealed that Waller was spared serious injury, suffering a strained IT band.

Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said Monday that Waller improved over the weekend and will be evaluated ahead of this week's game against Washington.

Also, defensive end Carl Nassib (knee) is week-to-week with a knee injury. But Bisaccia said linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle) could return this week.

Waller, 29, did not play in the second half of Thursday's 36-33 overtime victory against the host Dallas Cowboys. He grabbed his knee after being tackled following a 21-yard catch with 12:33 left in the first half.

Waller rode the bike on the sidelines and was examined at halftime before being ruled out by the team just after the start of the third quarter.

The former sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015 had two receptions for 33 yards against the Cowboys. The 2020 Pro Bowl selection ranks second on Las Vegas (6-5) in receptions (53) and receiving yards (643) behind wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. Waller has two touchdowns in 10 games.

Falcons thankful for hybrid offensive threat Cordarrelle Patterson

Falcons thankful for hybrid offensive threat Cordarrelle Patterson

It's become clear there are two kinds of Atlanta Falcons offenses in 2021: The offense with Cordarrelle Patterson and the offense without him.

The Falcons were certainly glad to have Patterson back in the fold Sunday, as the receiver/running back hybrid propelled them to a 21-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Patterson picked up an ankle injury during the Falcons' game against the Dallas Cowboys Nov. 14, limiting him to just 15 snaps on offense. He missed Atlanta's game five days later. The Falcons' grand total in those two losses: three points.

Patterson returned against the Jaguars and found the end zone twice before halftime.

The 30-year-old is on his fifth NFL team and is finally enjoying a breakout campaign as the focal point of Atlanta's offense.

Coach Arthur Smith did not have theories as to why Patterson's talent wasn't maximized with the Minnesota Vikings (2013-16), Oakland Raiders (2017), New England Patriots (2018) or Chicago Bears (2019-20).

"I wasn't in those other places," Smith said Monday. "The only comparison I have is the same question that I used to get asked about Ryan Tannehill. Different players, different parts of their careers. You would think a lot of things in life, the experiences led you to this point that probably benefited him."

Smith mentioned Tannehill because he's received plaudits for his role in the quarterback's career while the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.

But as the coach noted, they're much different players. In Patterson's case, he bounced around the league without ever amassing gaudy stats after his seven-touchdown rookie season in Minnesota. He had game-breaking speed and not much else to show for it.

Cut to now, and in 10 games Patterson has already set career highs in not only rushing yards (411) and touchdowns (four), but also receiving yards (500) and touchdowns (five). After he began to get more touches out of the backfield in his second and last year with Chicago, the Falcons have made him a back first, even listing him as a running back on their official website -- though he still wears a receiver's jersey number, 84.

If anything, Smith took recommendations from staff members familiar with Patterson from the Bears and amplified that role.

"I don't think it's just one thing. Where he fits, what we're trying to do. ... Moving him around, we had a pretty good grasp at it as he evolved in Chicago," Smith said. "Some of the coaches that we have here, he had in Chicago. So it's a combination of a lot of things, but we're happy he's here."

So are Falcons fans, who have not seen a consistent ground game for some time. Patterson became the first Falcon since Devonta Freeman in 2016 to post 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a game when he ran for 108 on a season-high 16 carries Sunday.

After the game, Patterson didn't ask for much of the spotlight.

"With that blocking, how can I not score?" he said. "Like I said, offensive line, they did a heck of a job."

The Falcons turn their attention to the 8-3, NFC South-leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who visit Atlanta Sunday. The Bucs won their first meeting 48-25 in Week 2.

Cowboys DL Trysten Hill suspended 2 games for punch

Cowboys DL Trysten Hill suspended 2 games for punch

The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill two games without pay Monday for punching a Las Vegas player after their game last Thursday.

The suspension comes after review of video taken in the aftermath of the Raiders' 36-33 win over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Hill delivered a blow to Raiders offensive lineman John Simpson, knocking off his helmet.

Hill's suspension will begin Thursday against the New Orleans Saints, though he has the right to appeal.

"You engaged in conduct that this office considers unnecessary roughness and displays a lack of sportsmanship," NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Hill. "When you located him, you then walked toward him in the opposite direction of your locker room. You both engaged in a verbal chest-to-chest confrontation which you escalated by throwing an open hand punch to his facemask, forcible enough to cause your opponent's helmet to come off."

Hill, 23, had four tackles against the Raiders and has eight in three games this season. A second-round pick by Dallas in the 2019 draft, Hill has played in 15 games with five starts in three seasons.

Seahawks reeling, but heavily backed at WFT

Seahawks reeling, but heavily backed at WFT

The Seattle Seahawks sure could use some of that Monday night magic.

The Seahawks, who have won 11 of their past 14 Monday night appearances and whose .711 winning percentage on Monday night is tops among all teams, are practically in must-win territory heading into their road matchup against the Washington Football Team.

The defending NFC West champion Seahawks (3-7) have lost two consecutive games and five of six overall, leaving them ahead of only winless Detroit in the conference standings. Seattle took a 23-13 loss to the visiting Arizona Cardinals last week, despite the Cardinals being without quarterback Kyler Murray and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

"I feel like when you watch these games and you watch some of the games that we let slip away, a lot of it has come down to us getting in our way," Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "Whether it has been dumb penalties, whether it's been mistakes that we've made, I feel like there is time to right those wrongs."

The Seahawks are a 1-point road favorite and are being backed by lopsided action. Seattle has been supported by 58 percent of the bets and 63 percent of the spread-line handle at DraftKings and 63 and 78 percent, respectively, at PointsBet.

However, AI-driven analytics company Quarter4 is forecasting Washington with a 63 percent probability of winning.

Other than a 17-0 loss two weeks ago at Green Bay -- a game in which the score was 3-0 heading into the fourth quarter -- the Seahawks have been in nearly every game at the end. They were 8-3 in contests decided by eight points or less last season and are 1-3 in such games this year.

Injuries have played a part.

Quarterback Russell Wilson, who had never missed a game in his 10-game career, sat out three contests after finger surgery and has struggled with his passing accuracy since returning.

Starting running back Chris Carson needs neck surgery and is out for the year, as is starting cornerback Tre Brown, who sustained a knee injury last weekend. Wide receiver DK Metcalf (foot), running back Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and offensive linemen Damien Lewis (elbow) and Jamarco Jones (back) have missed practice time this week, as has defensive lineman Benson Mayowa (knee).

When asked how this season might affect how Wilson views his future in Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said, "I'm really looking at how a 7-0 finish is going to affect all of us, more so."

Washington (4-6) has won two in a row, beating defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay 29-19 at home and then posting a 27-21 victory at Carolina last week.

Taylor Heinicke had the highest passer rating (141.9) of his career against the Panthers, completing 16 of 22 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Terry McLaurin caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, and Antonio Gibson rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries.

"I think they're starting to play together," coach Ron Rivera said. "They've become resilient. They do the things they need to. They rely on each other."

Heinicke took over in Week 2 after Ryan Fitzpatrick, signed in the offseason to be the starter, sustained a hip injury in the opener.

"I'm not saying this guy is going to be a Hall of Famer, but again, if this guy continues to manage and direct and then make plays when we need them, that's what I've always said we're hoping to get out of this -- a guy that can do that," Rivera said of Heinicke. "We were fortunate where we got a lot of that last year, and we're hoping to build off of what we got right now, and we'll see what happens."

Washington offensive linemen Sam Cosmi (hip) and Tyler Larsen (knee) have missed practice this week, as has tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (hip). Gibson (shin) and fellow running back J.D. McKissic (ankle) have been limited, as have wide receivers Adam Humphries (hip) and Curtis Samuel (groin), offensive guard Brandon Scherff (knee) and linebacker Cole Holcomb (shoulder).

Cosmi was placed on injured reserve Monday and replaced by Jon Toth from the practice squad, while tight end Logan Thomas was activated from IR.

Vikings put CB Patrick Peterson on COVID list

Vikings put CB Patrick Peterson on COVID list

The Minnesota Vikings placed perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

Peterson said in June he is vaccinated, suggesting he tested positive on a breakthrough case. He'll need to be asymptomatic and return two negative tests 24 hours apart in order to play this week against the Detroit Lions.

Peterson played all 70 defensive snaps in the Vikings' loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Peterson just returned to action in Week 11 after spending time on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Peterson has 21 tackles - two for loss - and two passes defensed in eight starts in his first season with the Vikings.

He made eight Pro Bowls and earned three All-Pro honors in 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He has 28 career interceptions.

Jaguars TE Dan Arnold going on IR with MCL sprain

Jaguars TE Dan Arnold going on IR with MCL sprain

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold is headed to injured reserve with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

NFL Network reported it's a grade 2 sprain that is likely to sideline Arnold for four to six weeks, which could end his season. He'll have to miss at least three games with the IR stint.

The Jags (2-9) have six games remaining.

Arnold, 26, was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Atlanta while fighting for extra yards on what was a 9-yard catch. He left the game and did not return. He has 28 catches for 324 yards in eight games in Jacksonville.

Arnold was traded to the Jags from Carolina on Sept. 27. He has 35 catches for 408 yards overall on the season.

He has 86 career catches for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns for four teams.

James O'Shaughnessy is expected to take over as the starter. He has 10 catches for 101 yards in three games this season. He had just come off IR.

Steelers put OLB T.J. Watt on COVID list

Steelers put OLB T.J. Watt on COVID list

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed pass rush specialist T.J. Watt on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Watt, 27, is second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks.

It's unclear if Watt tested positive or is a close contact of someone who did. Watt's vaccination status will be a determining factor toward his availability to play this Sunday.

Watt returned to action Sunday against Cincinnati after missing Week 11 with hip and knee injuries. Watt has started nine games this season and has 41 tackles, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also has 13 tackles for loss.

Just before the season, Watt inked a four-year, $112 million contract extension that made him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. He was the runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.

He is a two-time All-Pro.

The Steelers fell to 5-5-1 after a blowout loss to Cincinnati on Sunday and play division-leading Baltimore in Week 13. The Steelers have given up 82 points the past two weeks.

Report: Skidding Saints moving to Taysom Hill at QB

Report: Skidding Saints moving to Taysom Hill at QB

The New Orleans Saints are planning a switch to Taysom Hill at starting quarterback this week, NFL Network reported Monday.

Hill is taking first-team reps in practice and is likely to start Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, per the report. Trevor Siemian, who has started the past four games, is taking No. 2 reps.

Hill continues to work through a foot injury and need to be healthy enough to play, per the report.

The move comes amid a four-game losing streak for the Saints, all with Siemian as the starter. Siemian replaced Jameis Winston when he went down with a knee injury in the team's Week 8 game against Tampa Bay. Siemian led the Saints to the win over the Buccaneers but is winless since.

Siemian has completed just 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions on the season. All three INTs have come in the past two games.

The Saints are now 5-6 and have fallen out of the playoff race, for the moment.

Hill has played in just seven games, rushing for 104 yards while passing for 56 yards with an interception. He's also caught four passes for 52 yards in his Swiss Army knife role.

The Cowboys (7-4) lead the NFC East.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) shut down for season

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) shut down for season

Carolina Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's 33-10 loss at Miami.

The team did not specify the exact injury, and its website said only it was "severe enough to place him on injured reserve." He left the stadium Sunday in a walking boot.

The injury occurred in the first half against the Dolphins, and McCaffrey finished the game with 10 carries and 35 yards.

McCaffrey, 25, played the first three games of the season, missed the next five with a hamstring injury, then appeared in the past four. He will finish the 2021 season with 442 yards on 99 carries to go with 343 yards on 37 receptions. He scored one rushing and one receiving touchdown each.

Injuries have severely hampered McCaffrey since 2019, when he led the league with 2,392 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns.

The Panthers selected him No. 8 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he appeared in all 48 games over his first three seasons in the league. In 2020, an ankle sprain and shoulder injury limited him to just three games.

McCaffrey signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension through the 2025 season in April 2020.

The Panthers (5-7) have a bye this week and will host the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 12. The Falcons currently are 5-6 and will play the NFC South-leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) on Sunday.

Report: Browns RT Jack Conklin (knee) out for season

Report: Browns RT Jack Conklin (knee) out for season

Tests confirmed Monday that Cleveland Browns right tackle Jack Conklin has a torn patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season, ESPN reported.

The two-time All-Pro injured his right knee while pass blocking midway through the first quarter of Sunday night's loss in Baltimore.

He initially attempted to walk off the field with the help of trainers, but the knee buckled and he almost fell to the turf. After being helped to the sidelines, he was carted back to the locker room.

Conklin, 27, had missed Cleveland's previous three games while on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow.

The six-year veteran is in his second season with the Browns. He played his first four seasons with Tennessee and has started all 79 of his games in the NFL since being drafted No. 8 overall by the Titans in 2016.

Blake Hance replaced Conklin at right tackle for the Browns (6-6) during the 16-10 loss to the Ravens.

Report: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has torn labrum, dislocated shoulder

Report: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has torn labrum, dislocated shoulder

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder late in the third quarter of Sunday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers but his injures are not considered season-ending, NFL Network reported.

Per the report, the Vikings believe Cook will miss a few weeks and then be evaluated to return. He missed the final games of the 2019 season with a similar injury and returned for the playoffs.

If placed on short-term injured reserve, Cook would miss a minimum of three games.

Cook was carted off the field after taking a big hit from 49ers defensive lineman Kevin Givens. He clutched the left side of his chest after the hit and remained on the ground for several minutes as medical personnel and teammates surrounded him. He fumbled the ball on the hit.

Cook gained 39 yards on 10 rushes and caught six passes for 64 yards before departing the contest.

The 26-year-old entered Sunday with 734 rushing yards and four touchdowns in eight games. He has surpassed 1,100 rushing yards in each of the two previous seasons.

Reports: Cowboys' Mike McCarthy tests positive for COVID-19

Reports: Cowboys' Mike McCarthy tests positive for COVID-19

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is the latest member of the organization to test positive for COVID-19, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Cowboys placed starting right tackle Terence Steele on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday.

The team said Steele would miss this Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints due to NFL protocols, along with the Cowboys' offensive line coach, two offensive assistant coaches and two strength and conditioning assistants.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper has missed the past two games in COVID protocols.

McCarthy, 58, is in his second season as the Dallas head coach. His Cowboys (7-4) have lost three of four heading into Thursday's Week 13 game at New Orleans (5-6).

Ravens come away with sloppy victory over Browns

Ravens come away with sloppy victory over Browns

Lamar Jackson passed for one touchdown and the Baltimore Ravens overcame his career-worst four interceptions to post a 16-10 home win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.

Mark Andrews caught a touchdown pass as Baltimore (8-3) maintained a one-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Justin Tucker kicked three field goals while Jackson completed 20 of 32 passes for 165 yards and added 68 yards on the ground on 17 attempts.

The Ravens limited a powerful Cleveland rushing attack to 40 yards on 17 carries. The Browns entered the game ranked second in the NFL at 156.8 yards per game.

Grant Delpit, Ronnie Harrison Jr., John Johnson III and Denzel Ward had interceptions for the Browns while Myles Garrett recorded his 14th sack to match the franchise record set by Reggie Camp in 1984.

Odafe Oweh and Patrick Queen recovered fumbles for the Ravens, who outgained Cleveland 303 to 262 and controlled the ball for 37:04.

Browns standout Nick Chubb had only 18 yards on eight carries.

The game's first touchdown came when Baltimore drove 75 yards on nine plays to start the second half. On third-and-10 from the Browns' 13-yard line, Jackson was heavily pressured and drifted back to the Cleveland 35 before Andrews got open in the middle of the end zone and caught the scoring strike to give the Ravens a 13-3 advantage.

The Browns answered with 39 seconds remaining in the quarter when Mayfield tossed a 20-yard scoring pass to Njoku.

Tucker's third field goal, a 49-yarder with 1:10 remaining, gave Baltimore a six-point lead.

Tucker booted a 52-yarder to get Baltimore on the board with 24 seconds left in the opening quarter. He added a 25-yarder with 3:53 left in the half before the Browns got on the board when Chase McLaughlin's 46-yard attempt caromed off the left upright before going through with 1:02 left in the half.

Browns standout right tackle Jack Conklin departed in the first quarter due to a right knee injury.

NFL roundup: Mac Jones leads Patriots past Titans

NFL roundup: Mac Jones leads Patriots past Titans

Mac Jones passed for a career-high 310 yards and two touchdowns as the host New England Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans 36-13 for their sixth straight win Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

The rookie quarterback completed 23 of 32 passes and eclipsed his previous high of 307 yards in New England's 54-13 rout of the New York Jets on Oct. 24. Kendrick Bourne made a pair of touchdown catches Sunday while Jakobi Meyers had a team-high 98 receiving yards for the Patriots (8-4).

The Patriots' league-leading winning streak is their longest since they opened the 2019 season with eight straight victories.

Dontrell Hilliard rushed for a career-best 131 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for Tennessee (8-4), which has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak.

Packers 36, Rams 28

Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as host Green Bay solidified its spot near the top of the NFC standings by beating Los Angeles.

Davante Adams had eight receptions for 104 yards as the Packers (9-3) turned three Rams turnovers into 17 points and took control on Rasul Douglas' 33-yard interception return for a touchdown to take a 36-17 lead late in the third quarter. Rodgers was 28-of-45 passing while playing for the second consecutive game.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was 21-of-38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown for the third consecutive game, all defeats for Los Angeles (7-4). In his second game with the Rams, Odell Beckham Jr. had a 54-yard touchdown catch.

Buccaneers 38, Colts 31

Leonard Fournette's fourth touchdown of the game, a 28-yard run with 20 seconds left, lifted Tampa Bay over host Indianapolis. The burst came as Fournette, who rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries, plowed off the left tackle with Tampa Bay (8-3) trying to set up Ryan Succop for a potential game-winning field goal.

The Colts (6-6) had a final chance after Isaiah Rodgers returned the kickoff 72 yards to the Buccaneers' 32-yard line. But Carson Wentz's pass on the final play was intercepted by Pierre Desir at the 2 to end it.

Wentz completed 27 of 44 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble early in the third quarter as Indianapolis was driving for a potential three-score lead. Tom Brady hit on 25 of 34 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Tampa Bay. Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 123 yards.

Bengals 41, Steelers 10

Proving the first meeting this season wasn't a fluke, host Cincinnati walloped Pittsburgh behind a career day by Joe Mixon.

Mixon rushed for a career-high 165 yards and punched in a pair of 1-yard touchdowns as the Bengals (7-4) swept the regular-season series from the Steelers (5-5-1) for the first time since 2009. Cincinnati has won three straight against their AFC North rivals.

Joe Burrow completed 20 of 24 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Tee Higgins made six catches for 114 yards and a score. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of 41 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown, but was also guilty of three turnovers.

Broncos 28, Chargers 13

Teddy Bridgewater shook off a lower-leg injury to throw a touchdown pass and run for another, Patrick Surtain II had two interceptions -- including a pick-six -- and host Denver beat Los Angeles.

Bridgewater finished 11-for-18 passing for 129 yards. He left the game in the first quarter but returned after halftime to lead Denver (6-5) to the win. Javonte Williams had 54 rushing yards and a score and had 57 yards receiving, Eric Saubert caught a TD pass, and Melvin Gordon III ran for 83 yards for the Broncos.

Justin Herbert was 28-for-44 passing for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Austin Ekeler and Jared Cook caught scoring passes for the Chargers (6-5). Keenan Allen had seven catches for 85 yards.

49ers 34, Vikings 26

Deebo Samuel rushed for two touchdowns, Elijah Mitchell ran for 133 yards and another score, and San Francisco held on to beat Minnesota in Santa Clara, Calif.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 17 of 26 passes for 230 yards, one touchdown and one interception for San Francisco (6-5). Jauan Jennings contributed a touchdown reception.

Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Minnesota (5-6). Adam Thielen caught the touchdown passes, and Alexander Mattison had a rushing touchdown. The loss stung worse for the Vikings because of a shoulder injury to star running back Dalvin Cook, who was carted off the field late in the third quarter.

Jets 21, Texans 14

New York held Houston scoreless in the second half, and quarterback Zach Wilson rushed for the go-ahead touchdown in his return to the lineup as the Jets (3-8) defeated the host Texans (2-9).

Wilson was 14-for-24 for 145 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception after missing four games with a sprained right knee. However, his 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Jets ahead to stay as they broke a three-game skid.

Wilson's run was the only score of the half until Matt Ammendola kicked a 37-yard field goal with 3:34 left to give New York a 21-14 lead.

Giants 13, Eagles 7

Daniel Jones passed for 202 yards and a touchdown and host New York forced four turnovers to defeat Philadelphia at East Rutherford, N.J.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw three interceptions, two of them in the red zone, and Boston Scott lost a fumble with 1:34 left as Philadelphia attempted to mount a game-winning drive.

The Giants (4-7) won for the third time in five games and beat the Eagles (5-7) for the second straight time after Philadelphia had won eight in a row in the series.

Falcons 21, Jaguars 14

Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns as Atlanta defeated host Jacksonville.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw for a touchdown, but had only 190 yards through the air. He was intercepted once. Patterson, who didn't play in the previous game because of an ankle injury, had 84 rushing yards by halftime. He finished with 16 carries.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 23-for-42 for 228 yards with a touchdown and an interception. James Robinson rushed for 86 yards, and Matthew Wright kicked two field goals for Jacksonville.

Dolphins 33, Panthers 10

Tua Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown, leading host Miami past Carolina for its fourth straight win and the Dolphins' highest point total of the season.

Carolina (5-7) benched starting quarterback Cam Newton early in the fourth quarter. Newton completed just 5 of 21 passes for 92 yards and no touchdowns. He was intercepted twice and sacked once.

Miami (5-7) got a great performance from rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who caught nine passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. It was his first career 100-yard game.

Ravens 16, Browns 10

Lamar Jackson passed for one touchdown and host Baltimore overcame his career-worst four interceptions to beat Cleveland and maintain a one-game lead in the AFC North.

Mark Andrews caught a touchdown pass for Baltimore (8-3). Justin Tucker kicked three field goals, while Jackson completed 20 of 32 passes for 165 yards and added 68 yards on the ground on 17 attempts.

Browns standout OT Jack Conklin leaves game with knee injury

Browns standout OT Jack Conklin leaves game with knee injury

Cleveland Browns standout right tackle Jack Conklin departed Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter due to a right-knee injury.

The two-time All-Pro exited with 6:27 left in the quarter. The Browns ruled him out near the end of the period.

Conklin was injured while pass blocking. He initially attempted to walk off the field with team trainers, but the knee buckled and he almost fell to the turf.

After Conklin was helped to the sidelines, he was carted back to the locker room.

Conklin missed Cleveland's previous three games with a dislocated elbow. He also missed two games with a knee injury earlier in the season.

The six-year veteran is in his second season with the Browns. He spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

Blake Hance replaced Conklin at right tackle.

Ground attack leads 49ers to win over Vikings

Ground attack leads 49ers to win over Vikings

Deebo Samuel rushed for two touchdowns, Elijah Mitchell ran for 133 yards and another score, and the San Francisco 49ers held on for a 34-26 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara, Calif.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 17 of 26 passes for 230 yards, one touchdown and one interception for San Francisco (6-5). Jauan Jennings contributed a touchdown reception.

Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Minnesota (5-6). Adam Thielen caught both of Cousins' touchdown passes, and Alexander Mattison had a rushing touchdown.

The loss stung worse for the Vikings because of a shoulder injury to star running back Dalvin Cook, who was carted off the field late in the third quarter. Cook clutched the left side of his chest after absorbing a hard hit from 49ers defensive lineman Kevin Givens, and he remained on the field for several minutes before sitting upright on the cart.

San Francisco scored back-to-back touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to seize a 28-14 lead. Samuel scored on a 3-yard run with 11:35 remaining, and after a quick interception by Azeez Al-Shaair, Mitchell punched in a 2-yard touchdown run 22 seconds later.

The Vikings pulled within 28-20 on Mattison's 6-yard touchdown run on the next possession.

The 49ers made it 31-20 on Robbie Gould's 46-yard field goal with 5:02 left in the third quarter.

Minnesota scored on the following play as Kene Nwangwu sprinted to a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt kept the score at 31-26.

Gould added a 22-yarder in the final minute of the third quarter to make it 34-26.

The score was tied 14-14 at the half.

Minnesota struck first on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Thielen with 8:31 remaining in the first quarter. But the 49ers pulled even three minutes later when Samuel took a handoff and rushed 20 yards down the right sideline to make it 7-7.

The Vikings regained a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter when Cousins hit Thielen for another score, this time from 20 yards.

San Francisco answered with a 15-play, 85-yard drive that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Jennings with 18 seconds remaining in the half.

Packers improve to 9-3 with win over Rams

Packers improve to 9-3 with win over Rams

Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers solidified their spot near the top of the NFC standings with a 36-28 victory Sunday over the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Davante Adams had eight receptions for 104 yards as the Packers (9-3) turned three Rams turnovers into 17 points and took control on Rasul Douglas' 33-yard interception return for a touchdown to take a 36-17 lead late in the third quarter.

Rodgers was 28-of-45 passing while playing for the second consecutive game with a fractured toe as the Packers moved a half-game behind the Arizona Cardinals in the battle for first place in the NFC. Teammate AJ Dillon had 69 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was 21-of-38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown for the third consecutive game, all defeats for Los Angeles (7-4).

Odell Beckham Jr. had a 54-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter while playing his second game since joining the Rams after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns.

Leading 20-17 at halftime, the Packers got a 5-yard TD reception from AJ Dillon and a 29-yard field goal from Mason Crosby for a 30-17 lead after a lost fumble by Rams punt returner J.J. Koski. Douglas' interception return made it a three-score game with more than a quarter remaining.

The Rams nearly buried themselves in the first quarter. The Packers took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Rodgers after Green Bay took over on the Rams' 6-yard line when Green Bay's Rashan Gary forced Stafford to fumble.

On their next possession, the Rams tried to convert on fourth down, only to give the Packers the ball back at the 29-yard line. Crosby made it 10-0 on a 45-yard field goal with 13:29 remaining in the half.

The Rams got their offense on track when Stafford hit Van Jefferson on a 79-yard touchdown pass with 12:42 remaining in the half before a 28-yard field goal from Crosby put Green Bay up 13-7.

Randall Cobb's 7-yard TD reception put Green Bay ahead 20-10 with 4:21 to go before halftime. Less than three minutes later, the Rams made it 20-17 on a 6-yard TD pass from Stafford to Darrell Henderson.

Cobb, who had four catches for 95 yards, did not return after halftime because of a groin injury.