NFL Roundup: Cowboys dominate Vikings, Burrow leads Bengals comeback

by Jacob Fuller

Rob Issa, FISM News


Dak Prescott and Micah Parsons helped the Dallas Cowboys deliver a dominant victory.

Tony Pollard had two touchdown catches for Dallas — including a 68-yard grab in the third quarter — and the Cowboys routed the Minnesota Vikings 40-3 on Sunday, earning the most one-sided road win in team history.

The Vikings had won seven in a row, including an impressive road victory at Buffalo last week. But Prescott, Pollard, and Ezekiel Elliott were unstoppable and Parsons wreaked havoc on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Pollard finished with a career-high 189 yards of offense. Elliott rushed for two scores in his return from injury and the Cowboys (7-3) didn’t punt until their eighth possession.

Parsons and Dorance Armstrong each had two sacks on Cousins. It was the fifth-largest loss ever for the Vikings (8-2).

Bengals 30 – Steelers 30

In Pittsburgh, Pa., Joe Burrow threw four TDs passes, including three to backup running back Samaje Perine, and the Cincinnati Bengals rallied from a halftime deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 37-30. The reigning AFC champion Bengals (6-4) have won four of their last five games. Rookie Kenny Pickett passed for 265 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers (3-7).

Ravens 13 – Panthers 3

In Baltimore, Md., Lamar Jackson ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Justin Tucker kicked two field goals and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Carolina Panthers 13-3. The Ravens (7-3) forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Baker Mayfield returned to the starting lineup for the Panthers (3-8) and threw for 196 yards.

Patriots 10 – Jets 3

In Foxborough, Mass., the New England Patriots beat the New York Jets 10-3 when Marcus Jones returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with 5 seconds remaining. The Patriots (6-4) have won three straight games and 14 in a row against the Jets (6-4). Jones’ score was the first TD on a punt return this season in the NFL. The Jets sacked Patriots QB Mac Jones six times but they only gained 103 yards of total offense

Bills 31 – Browns 23

In Detroit, Mich., Josh Allen led the snowed-out Bills to a 31-23 win over the Cleveland Browns. A major snowstorm in western New York forced the NFL to move the game from Buffalo to Detroit. Jacoby Brissett threw three TDs for the Browns (3-7). Allen didn’t turn the ball over for the Bills (7-3) after six interceptions over the previous three games.

Eagles 17 – Colts 16

In Indianapolis, Ind., Jalen Hurts ran in from the 8 with 1:20 remaining in the game to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 17-16 comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Eagles (9-1) trailed 13-3 entering the fourth quarter but the Colts (4-6-1) missed several opportunities to extend their lead and Hurts led Philadelphia back with his legs. He ran 16 times for 86 yards and also tossed a TD pass.

Lions 31 – Giants 18

In East Rutherford, N.J., Jamal Williams ran for three TDs and the Detroit Lions upset the New York Giants 31-18 for their first three-game winning streak since November 2017.

The Lions (4-6) shut down NFL leading rusher Saquon Barkley and forced the Giants (7-3) to turn the ball over three times. Giants QB Daniel Jones had 341 yards passing but two picks.

Raiders 22 – Broncos 16

In Denver, Col., Derek Carr threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams on the third play of overtime to lift the Las Vegas Raiders to a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

Both teams are 3-7. Russell Wilson completed 24 of 31 passes for 247 yards with no TDs.

Falcons 27 – Bears 24

In Atlanta, Ga., Younghoe Koo kicked a 53-yard field goal with 1:47 remaining to give the Atlanta Falcons a 27-24 win over the Chicago Bears. Marcus Mariota had a TD pass and TD run for the Falcons (5-6). Justin Fields ran 85 yards and a score, but the Bears (3-8) suffered their fourth straight game.

Atlanta’s Cordarrelle Patterson set the NFL record with his ninth career kickoff return for a TD. He ran one back 103 yards in the second quarter, breaking a tie with Joshua Cribbs and Leon Washington.

Saints 27 – Rams 20

In New Orleans, La., Andy Dalton tossed three TD passes and the New Orleans Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 27-20. Rams QB Matthew Stafford left the game to be evaluated for a concussion in the second half, two days after he was cleared to return from the NFL’s concussion protocol. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams (3-7) have lost four straight.

Commanders 23 – Texans 10

In Houston, Tex., Kendall Fuller returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Washington Commanders breezed past the Houston Texans 23-10. Taylor Heinicke improved to 4-1 starting for the injured Carson Wentz and the Commanders are 6-5. The Texans (1-8-1) have the worst record in the NFL.

Cheifs 30 – Chargers 27

In Los Angeles, Calif., Patrick Mahomes threw a 17-yard TD pass to Travis Kelce in the final minute to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 30-27 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Kelce caught three TD passes to help the Chiefs (8-2) take a three-game lead over the Chargers (5-5) in the AFC West.

Monday Night: 49ers at Cardinals

The San Francisco 49ers (5-4) will travel to the Arizona Cardinals (4-6) for an NFC West showdown tonight on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:15 EST.