The Gazette, Colorado Springs
Chiefs 17, Jaguars 9 Jacksonville, Fla.: Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes, including one to returning star Travis Kelce, and Kansas City overcame three early turnovers to beat Jacksonville for their third victory against the Jags in 10 months. At the top of the list: 12 penalties for 94 yards in stifling heat and humidity that caused numerous issues for fans baking in the sun and players cramping on the field. Bills 38, Raiders 10 Orchard Park, N.Y.: Following a four-turnover season-opening dud at the New York Jets, a self-motivated Josh Allen let loose with a near-perfect performance leading the Bills to victory. Allen threw three touchdown passes in a game he opened by completing his first 13 attempts. He established a rhythm by focusing on completing mostly short and easy attempts to finish 31 of 37 for 274 yards and no turnovers. Titans 27, Chargers 24 (OT) Nashville, Tenn.: Nick Folk kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime in a sudden downpour and Nashville beat the Los Angeles Chargers. The Titans (1-1) hadn’t won since Nov. 17 in Green Bay last season, a skid that cost them a third straight AFC South title. On Sunday, they had to rally in their home opener from an 11-point deficit where the Chargers had more points than Tennessee had yards. Ravens 27, Bengals 24 Cincinnati: Lamar Jackson was 24 for 33 for 237 yards. He ran for 54 more, and Gus Edwards — with more chances because of J.K. Dobbins’ season-ending torn Achilles tendon — picked up 62 yards on 10 carries. Burrow, who limped off after throwing off his back foot for a short TD late in the game, finished 27 for 41 for 222 yards and two TDS. He said he’d have to see how his calf feels over the next two days before knowing whether it would affect his availability. Seahawks 37, Lions 31 (OT) Detroit: Geno Smith, Tyler Lockett and Seattle showed their season-opening lopsided loss may have been just an aberration. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, followed up a fantastic win with a loss that took some luster off their start to the season. Smith threw a 6-yard TD pass to Lockett on the opening drive of overtime to lift Seattle over Detroit. The Seahawks bounced back from a 30-13 stinging setback at home to the Los Angeles Rams with the impressive win. The Seahawks (1-1) earned the victory after the Lions (1-1) came back from a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter. Colts 31, Texans 20 Houston: Indianapolis quarterback Anthony Richardson played a bit more than one quarter against Houston before departing because of a concussion. Gardner Minshew took over from there, closing out a victory. Richardson rushed for two touchdowns and Minshew threw for 171 yards and a TD in the first win for coach Shane Steichen, who was hired in February after spending the last two seasons as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator. The Colts led by 18 at halftime and managed only a field goal in the second half. But their start was enough to snap an eight-game skid dating to last season. Buccaneers 27, Bears 17 Tampa, Fla.: Baker Mayfield is determined to make the most of an opportunity to jump-start his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2018 draft passed for 317 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s victory over the struggling Chicago Bears. With Mayfield playing turnover-free ball for the second straight week and Mike Evans catching six balls for 171 yards, the Bucs (2-0) handed the sputtering Bears a franchise-record 12th consecutive loss dating to last season. Evans delivered his second TD catch of the season on the next play. Falcons 25, Packers 24 Atlanta: Capping another dynamic day for the rookie running back, Bijan Robinson ripped off a 7-yard run on fourth-and-1 to set up Younghoe Koo’s 25-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining as Atlanta rallied for a win over Green Bay. He rushed for 124 yards on 19 carries and hauled in four catches for another 48 yards, showing why the Falcons (2-0) selected him No. 8 pick in the draft even though running backs aren’t supposed to go that high anymore. The fourth-down conversion came with the Falcons in field-goal range at the Green Bay 23, but 2:08 left on the clock. Smith didn’t want to leave the Packers time for a field goal. 49ers 30, Rams 23 Inglewood, Calif: Deebo Samuel snared the ball, banged his way up the left sideline, and bounded over the goal line for a 49ers touchdown that exemplified their not-so-easy victory. Samuel’s 11-yard catch-and-run put the 49ers ahead 27-17 in the fourth quarter, and, unlike the 2021 season’s NFC Championship Game, that proved too much for the Rams to overcome, much to the delight of a pro-49ers crowd inside Sofi Stadium. Giants 31, Cardinals 28 Glendale, Ariz.: Daniel Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, Graham Gano connected on a 34-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining and New York rallied from a 21-point third-quarter deficit. It was the biggest comeback win for the Giants since a 21-point rally in 1949 — also against the Cardinals. Arizona blew its biggest lead since 2011. Cowboys 30, Jets 10 Arlington, Texas: Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns, Zach Wilson had three interceptions in his first start after Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending Achilles tendon injury, and Dallas won. Ceedee Lamb had 143 yards receiving and Brandon Aubrey kicked five field goals in the 28-year-old rookie’s second game as the Cowboys (2-0) finished a season-opening sweep of the New York. Dallas routed the Giants 40-0 in the opener. Dolphins 24, Patriots 17 Foxborough, Mass.: Raheem Mostert had a pair of TD runs, including a 43-yard romp in the fourth quarter, and Tua Tagovailoa added a 2-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill to help Miami win. Mostert carried 18 times for 121 yards and Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes for 249 yards and an interception. After opening with two road wins, the Dolphins will try for their second straight 3-0 start.