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NFL: Week 8 roundup

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Raiders 21, Steelers 18

One breathtaking sprint by Terrelle Pryor shook off any post-bye blues for the Oakland Raiders. Pryor ran 93 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the longest touchdown run ever by a quarterback and host Oakland won following a bye week for the first time since 2002, beating Pittsburgh.

Darren McFadden added two touchdown runs and the defense did the rest for the Raiders (3-4), who had been outscored by more than 13 points a game in losing their last 10 games out of the bye.

Ben Roethlisberger struggled against heavy pressure from Oakland’s front, and Shaun Suisham missed two short field goals as Pittsburgh (2-5) squandered any momentum gained during back-to-back wins following an 0-4 start.

Saints 35, Bills 17

A hobbled tight end and speedy rookie receiver provided Drew Brees all the help he needed for another vintage performance. Brees passed for five touchdowns and 332 yards, and host New Orleans pulled away for a victory over Buffalo.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played after missing practice most of the week with a left foot injury and scored on 13- and 15-yard passes over the middle, powering through tackles at the goal line both times.

Rookie Saints receiver Kenny Stills had touchdowns of 69 and 42 yards and Lance Moore snagged a 15-yard scoring pass in his return from a hand injury that sidelined him three games.

Bills quarterback Thad Lewis was sacked four times, intercepted once, lost two fumbles and appeared shaken up at times, but stayed in the game, finishing with 234 yards passing and one touchdown. Buffalo’s Fred Jackson scored on a 1-yard run.

Patriots 27, Dolphins 17

One solid quarter after a dismal first half was all host New England needed to beat the Dolphins. The Patriots shook off another mediocre performance by Tom Brady and played strong defense in the second half to beat the Dolphins.

Trailing 17-3 after gaining just 59 yards in the opening half, the Patriots quickly turned the game around in the third quarter with two touchdowns in a span of seven plays.

The Patriots (6-2) outscored the Dolphins (3-4) in the third quarter 17-0. Miami lost its fourth straight game.

Brady completed 13 of 22 passes, only the fifth time this season he went over 50 percent, but threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson with 6:32 gone in the third quarter that began the comeback.

Lions 31, Cowboys 30

Calvin Johnson almost broke an NFL record, and could celebrate the feat because of a comeback capped by his quarterback. Matthew Stafford’s 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Johnson’s 329 yards receiving lifted host Detroit to a win over Dallas.

Stafford threw a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who had the second-most yards receiving in NFL history, to set up his winning score. The quarterback seemed to catch his hometown Cowboys by surprise. Some of them, including linebacker Sean Lee, appeared to expect him to spike the ball.

Johnson’s total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989, in a game that went into overtime.

The Lions (5-3) overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys (4-4).

Giants 15, Eagles 7

Josh Brown outdid all of those dynamic offensive players on the Philadelphia Eagles with his leg. Brown kicked a career-high five field goals, Eli Manning played error-free and New York beat host Philadelphia.

Michael Vick returned for the Eagles (3-5) after missing 2½ games with a hamstring injury, but clearly wasn’t healthy and was removed for rookie Matt Barkley late in the second quarter.

The Giants (2-6) snapped an eight-game road losing streak while extending Philadelphia’s home losing streak to 10 games. The Eagles’ last win at the Linc was over the Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.

49ers 42, Jaguars 10

Colin Kaepernick ran and threw his way to victory, leading the San Francisco 49ers over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London.

Kaepernick threw for 164 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Frank Gore also ran for two scores.

The 49ers improved to 6-2 with the win, their fifth in a row, while the Jaguars remained winless at 0-8.

It was the eighth regular-season NFL game at Wembley, the home of England’s national soccer team, and the second this year. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 last month.

Bengals 49, Jets 9

Andy Dalton and Marvin Jones did whatever they wanted against the Jets’ shocked defense. Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes — four of them to Jones — as host Cincinnati drubbed New York, their first dominant performance of a promising season.

The third-year quarterback and second-year receiver went into the club’s record books as its top touchdown combination. Jones set a Bengals record for touchdown receptions, scoring on catches of 9, 6, 17 and 6 yards.

Dalton’s five touchdown passes gave him 11 in his last three games, his best such span. He’s the first quarterback to throw for five TDs against the Jets since Dan Marino in 1988.

Cardinals 27, Falcons 13

Andre Ellington made his first NFL start one to remember. The sixth-round draft pick from Clemson rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run, and host Arizona intercepted Matt Ryan four times in a victory over Atlanta.

Ellington’s big run, tied for third-longest in Cardinals history, was part of a 21-point second quarter that put the Cardinals (4-4) in control for good.

Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown, in the process becoming the youngest player — at 30 years, 57 days — in NFL history to reach 800 career receptions.

Broncos 45, Redskins 21

Peyton Manning overcame four turnovers and host Denver scored the last 38 points in a come-from-behind victory over former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and his new team, the Washington Redskins.

Manning finished with 354 yards and four touchdown passes to offset his three interceptions and lost fumble.

His first two turnovers led to points that gave the Redskins (2-5) a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. From there, Manning led the Broncos (7-1) on two long scoring drives, then the go-ahead score on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno.

Robert Griffin III finished with 132 yards passing, one score and two interceptions for Washington before hurting his left knee.

Packers 44, Vikings 31

Aaron Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns to lead Green Bay to a victory over host Minnesota.

Rodgers completed 24 of 29 passes and Jordy Nelson had 123 yards receiving for the Packers. Micah Hyde returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter, and Eddie Lacy rushed for 94 yards and a score for Green Bay (5-2).

Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff and Adrian Peterson rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (1-6). But Christian Ponder struggled again in his return to the starting lineup and the Packers scored on every possession until they took a knee to end the game.


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