Sunday’s NFL roundup: Dolphins dominate Steelers
Miami Gardens, Fla. — The Dolphins left Ben Roethlisberger limping, and the rest of the Steelers didn’t look much better.
Roethlisberger missed one series because of a left knee injury and was held to 189 yards passing, and Miami won 30-15 Sunday.
Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries for the Dolphins (2-4).
“No need to sugarcoat,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. “We got beat soundly.”
The Steelers (4-2) had scored 74 points in their previous two games, but were outgained 474-297. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he was buoyed to see two Pittsburgh defenders become sick to their stomach late in the first half as players dealt with the 80-degree heat.
“It’s definitely a glimpse of what we can do,” Tannehill said. “Now we just have to show up every week like this.”
Roethlisberger finished 19 for 34 with two interceptions. He hobbled to the locker room and missed one series late in the second quarter when he hyperextended his knee scrambling on a play that resulted in an interception by Reshad Jones.
After the game, Roethlisberger had ice on both knees and a bruise in the middle of his back. An MRI on his knee was planned.
“It happened before I threw the ball,” Roethlisberger said. “I felt something funny in my knee. We’ll pray it’s nothing too serious.”
Roethlisberger also tweaked his right knee on the Steelers’ final play.
He had only 83 yards passing with 5 minutes left before he drove Pittsburgh 97 yards for a touchdown that made it 23-15. Miami recovered the ensuing onside kick, and on the next play Ajayi scored on a 62-yard run.
Pittsburgh’s only other touchdown came in the first quarter when Darrius Heyward-Bey scored on a 60-yard end around. Antonio Brown (Central Michigan), the NFL’s leading receiver, was held to four receptions for 39 yards.
The Dolphins (2-4) were one-touchdown underdogs at home, but the score could have been more lopsided had they not repeatedly squandered chances in the red zone. They had a 13-minute advantage in time of possession in the biggest win yet for first-year coach Adam Gase.
“I think what today proved to a lot of our guys and coaches what you possibly could be,” Gase said. “But this league is week to week. Once we hit next Sunday, nobody is going to care about what we did this week.”
(At) Washington 27, Philadephia 20: Missing their biggest offensive target and facing one of the NFL’s top defenses, Washington looked as in command as it has been all season.
Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, Washington ran for 231 yards and a touchdown.
Washington (4-2) put up 493 offensive yards against the Eagles (3-2), who came in allowing of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points.
“In spurts today I think we showed what we’re capable of. The challenge will always be to do it from the first whistle to the last,” Cousins said.
(At) Houston 26, Indianapolis 23 (OT): Nick Novak made a 33-yard field goal in overtime. Brock Osweiler threw a 36-yard pass to Jaelen Strong to get Houston to the 12 and Novak’s field goal came two plays later.
Indianapolis (2-4) got the ball first in overtime, but Benardrick McKinney sacked Andrew Luck on third down to force a punt.
Osweiler shook off a tough start to throw two touchdown passes in less than 2 minutes in the fourth quarter as Houston (4-2) erased a 14-point deficit to tie it at 23 with 54 seconds left. He found Lamar Miller on a 10-yard catch-and-run TD with 2:47 remaining and, after a stop by the defense, connected with C.J. Fiedorowicz on a 26-yarder that tied it.
(At) New Orleans 41, Carolina 38: Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, and Will Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left for the Saints.
With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton Manning for the most in the regular season.
Brees also led the Saints (2-3) to a second straight victory while Carolina lost its fourth straight.
(At) Buffalo 46, San Francisco 16: LeSean McCoy scored three times and the Bills extended their winning streak to four. McCoy had 140 yards rushing and shook off what appeared to be a frightening injury to his right knee late in the second quarter.
Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes in helping Buffalo (4-2) win four straight for the first time since the start of the 2008 season.
San Francisco (1-5) settled for three field goals by Phil Dawson, in losing its fifth straight.
(At) New England 35, Cincinnati 17: Playing in his first game in Foxborough since the end of his “Deflategate” suspension, Tom Brady (Michigan) had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career.
Cincinnati dropped to 2-4 for the first time since 2010, when it finished 4-12 — its worst season under coach Marvin Lewis.
The Bengals scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Andy Dalton and a 5-yard pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. New England is 5-1.
(At) N.Y. Giants 27, Baltimore 23: A banged-up Odell Beckham Jr. turned a short fourth-and-1 pass into a winning 66-yard catch and run with 1:24 to play as the Giants ended a three-game losing streak.
The win was the 700th in franchise history. Beckham gave it to the Giants with a career day despite going to the locker room with a hip pointer in the second quarter. Beckham returned before the half and made the Giants (3-3) a winner with a spectacular second half.
It featured a 75-yard touchdown catch and a 43-yard reception that set up one of Josh Brown’s two field goals.
The Ravens (3-3) lost their third straight.
Beckham finished with eight catches for 222 yards.
His late heroics saved the Giants, who were on the verge of a fourth straight loss after Terrance West scored on a 2-yard run with a 2:04 to play, giving the Ravens a 23-20 lead.
(At) Seattle 26, Atlanta 24: Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped the 20th career fourth quarter or overtime comeback for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks pulled out a victory.
After watching Matt Ryan blitz the Seahawks for 21 third-quarter points, Wilson led a 70-yard drive that was capped by Christine Michael’s 1-yard run with 4:47 left, but a blocked extra point by Ra’Shede Hageman still had Seattle trailing 24-23.
Ryan’s ensuing pass slipped through Julio Jones’ hands, was tipped in the air by Richard Sherman and eventually landed in the arms of Earl Thomas, giving Seattle possession at midfield with 3:48 remaining.
Seattle stalled at the Atlanta 26. This time Hauschka was perfect after missing a 29-yard attempt earlier in the fourth quarter, the result of a bad snap.
Kansas City 26, (at) Oakland 10: Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown and Alex Smith picked apart Oakland’s struggling defense.
Smith completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards, Jamaal Charles and big defensive lineman Dontari Poe each ran for scores and the Chiefs (3-2) forced two turnovers by Derek Carr to dampen a fast start to the season by the Raiders (4-2), who are trying to end a 13-year playoff drought.
Marcus Peters set up Ware’s TD run with an early interception of Carr and Dee Ford forced a fumble from Carr in the fourth quarter to end any hopes of a late comeback.
(At) Tennessee 28, Cleveland 26: Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and the Titans got their second straight victory — the first time they’ve won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.
The Titans (3-3) matched their win total for all of last season. They also beat a team other than Jacksonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 season finale and improved to 3-16 in Nashville.
Cleveland (0-6) has its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.
Jacksonville 17, (at) Chicago 16: Blake Bortles threw for 271 yards and hit a slipping Arrelious Benn for a 51-yard touchdown in the closing minutes.
The Jaguars (2-3) wiped out a 13-0 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Benn slipped as he caught a slant and so did Tracy Porter as he tried to tag the receiver. That allowed Benn, who spent the past three seasons on injured reserve, to get up and run untouched for his first touchdown in five seasons.
That gave the Jaguars a one-point lead with 2:49 left and sent the Bears (1-5) to another loss.