(East Rutherford and London) Cooper Rush kept his perfect record and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams 22-10 on Sunday. The New York Jets scored a safety touchdown on the Miami Dolphins’ first possession and beat the Dolphins 40-17 on Sunday as the New York Giants beat the Packers 27-22 from Green Bay to London.
Posted at 1:44 p.m.
Updated at 9:42 p.m.
“It was a surreal moment,” DeMarcus Lawrence said of his second touchdown in nine NFL seasons. “When the ball left his hands and hit my feet, I was like, ‘That can’t be true.’ When I turned around and saw no one around me, I said to myself: “It’s true!”. »
The Cowboys’ impressive start to the season without Dak Prescott is also very real — even the defending Super Bowl champions couldn’t stop them.
Tony Pollard had a spectacular 57-yard touchdown for the Cowboys, who are 4-1 to start the season for the second straight year. They’ve also won their four games without Dak Prescott, who looks set to return to action after thumb surgery.
Armstrong created the fumble which was returned by Lawrence and then blocked a punt, also in the first quarter. Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott were dominant, rushing for 86 and 78 yards, respectively.
Rush, who found takers on 10 of 16 passes for 102 yards, was buoyed by the Cowboys’ running game and defense.
“Oh, it changed the whole dynamic,” linebacker Micah Parsons admitted of Armstrong and Lawrence’s actions. “We start as we end. We started with a big bang, and we ended with a big bang. »
Indeed, Parsons concluded the Rams’ last offensive sequence by creating a fumble. Overall, it was a tough day for the Rams.
Cooper Kupp caught a 75-yard touchdown pass for the Rams (2-3), who are down for the second time in six seasons under Sean McVay. The Rams were unable to score in the second half.
“We’re facing some adversity right now,” McVay said. You learn a lot about people when you pass by. We’re not good enough right now. I will never pretend otherwise. »
With the absence of three starters, the defending Super Bowl champions’ offensive line has struggled. She was unable to protect Stafford, victim of five quarterback sacks, as well as the ball carriers.
Stafford completed 28 of 42 passes and had 308 yards through the air.
Kupp’s catch and run led to the Rams’ lone touchdown in the last nine quarters. Along the way, they were defeated by the 49ers of San Francisco and the Cowboys.
Malik Hooker had a decisive interception with three minutes and 29 seconds to confirm the victory for the Cowboys.
The Dolphins defeated
The Jets ended a 12-game winless drought against rivals in the National Conference East.
Zach Wilson, Breece Hall and Braxton Berrios were also credited with majors for the Jets, which improved to 3-2 for the first time since 2017.
“Expectations have changed,” Wilson said. We expect to get on the pitch and win. And we’re surprised when that doesn’t happen. This is the way of thinking that must be present for everyone. »
It’s the team’s first win over a division rival since beating the Buffalo Bills in the 17e week of the 2019 season.
“We still get the best opposition from the teams, regardless of whether we play for the Jets,” said Hall, who carried the ball 18 times for 97 yards and added 100 yards on two catches. We’re not the old Jets, we’re the new Jets now. And we are definitely heading towards being a winning team. »
The Dolphins lost another quarterback to injury when Teddy Bridgewater — who replaced Tua Tagovailoa — was hit by cornerback Ahmad Gardner on a blitz as he was about to throw in Miami’s first game. Bridgewater was penalized with an intentional foul in the end zone, which resulted in a safety touchdown.
Bridgewater injured his elbow and was checked for concussion symptoms before being ruled out. He was replaced by rookie Skylar Thompson, who had some good offensive streaks for the Dolphins (3-2).
Thompson found takers on 19 of his 33 passes for a total of 166 won through the air. One of his passes was intercepted. In the loss, Raheem Mostert rushed for 113 yards and scored a major.
“You never want to see one of your teammates get hurt, especially on the first play, like Teddy did,” Thompson said. It took time to digest it. »
The Dolphins are down for the second straight game after starting the season with three straight wins.
Bridgewater was the starting quarterback after Tagovailoa suffered a concussion Sept. 29 against the Bengals in Cincinnati. Four days earlier, in the first half of the game against the Bills, Tagovailoa took a hard tackle from linebacker Matt Milano. He appeared disoriented and had difficulty keeping his balance as he tried to get up.
Tagovailoa was sent to the locker room to follow NFL concussion protocol and was cleared to return.
For this reason, the NFL and its Players’ Association (AJNFL) have agreed to amend the league’s concussion protocol, adding the term “ataxia” to the list of symptoms leading to player mandatory removal. In the statement, ataxia is defined as “abnormal balance/stability, motor coordination, or verbal dysfunction caused by a neurological problem.”
However, an NFL and AJNFL investigation found the Dolphins followed concussion protocol during the streak.
Giants beat Packers
Running back Saquon Barkley received a straight throw-in from center and went two yards out of the end zone in the fourth quarter to guide the New York Giants to a 27-22 win over the Green Packers. Bay on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Barkley’s touchdown not only capped a second-half comeback for the Giants, it spoiled the Packers’ first international game.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to the Giants six-yard line, but his pass on fourth down and one yard to go was knocked down at the line of scrimmage by safety Xavier McKinney with just over one minute to elapse.
After Giants kicker Jamie Gillan went out of bounds in the end zone to concede a safety touch, the Packers (3-2) recovered the ball and prepared to attempt a desperate pass from their half of the ground.
However, Rodgers was tackled at his 29-yard line by Oshane Ximines and lost control of the ball as the final seconds ticked away.
“We had opportunities, lots of opportunities,” Rodgers admitted. “The season is five weeks old, and there is still a lot of football to play. But we can’t let more games like this slip away, though, because the season is going to get pretty tough. »
The Giants (4-1) scored 17 straight points in the second half as quarterback Daniel Jones, despite a bad ankle, orchestrated three productive drives that allowed his team to erase a 20-10 deficit.
For the Giants, it’s their best start to the season since winning their first five games in 2009. Their four wins already equal their total for the 2021 season.
“We knew we were the underdogs in the game, but I think we’re a motivated group,” Jones said. “We are motivated to play for each other. »
Gary Brightwell had a two-yard touchdown to make it 20-20 after a 15-play, 91-yard offensive streak. On the streak, Jones ran for two first downs, having only made one run for a three-yard gain in the first half.
Rodgers completed his day’s work with passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns to Allen Lazard and Marcedes Lewis in the first half. He was, however, unable to add points to the scoreboard in the second half.
“Give all the credit to the Giants. They ran the game better than us, they played better than us,” Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said.
“There is no doubt that they wanted [gagner] more than us, he added. This is the story of two halves. They mistreated us in the second half. You can’t do that in this league. »
The Giants entered the duel first in the National Football League in rushing earnings, but struggled to get their ground attack going early in the game.
They found themselves facing a 17-3 deficit after Rodgers completed four-yard passes to Lazard and two yards to Lewis in the end zone.
Early in the game, Jones seemed limited in his movement by his sore ankle and didn’t pose a running threat during the first half. Barkley then accepted a straight throw-in from center for a 40-yard gain to the Packers 38 line.
Suddenly the Giants offense seemed to come to life and following a reverse double play, rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger carried the ball into the end zone to cut the Packers lead to 17-10 .
A 48-yard field goal from Mason Crosby on the final play of the first half gave the Packers a 10-point cushion.
Barkley, who briefly left the game with a shoulder problem, finished his day with rushing 70 yards on 13 carries.
Jones added 37 yards on 10 carries and completed 21 of 27 passes for 217 yards.
In the loss, Randall Cobb was the Packers’ leading receiver with seven catches for 99 yards.