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Dallas Cowboys back in NFC East chase after snapping 4-game skid vs. Minnesota Vikings

It had been so long that Ezekiel Elliott couldn’t remember the last time the Dallas Cowboys won a game.

Forty-two days might have seemed like 42 years to Elliott and the rest of the Cowboys, considering all that had gone wrong before beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 on Sunday.

The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, won a road game for the first time this season and put themselves in the NFC East race with six games to play, even with a 3-7 record.

“We never thought we were out of it,” Elliott said. “Our division’s been struggling this year. We’re right where we need to be with what’s been going on with the division. We’ve got to build on this success, so we can’t come out on a short week and take a step back against a division opponent. We’ve got to make sure we build on the success and keep getting better.”

The Cowboys’ season took a drastic turn on the day they beat the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 11, when Dak Prescott suffered a dislocation and compound fracture of his right ankle. Andy Dalton started two games as Prescott’s replacement before getting hurt, and he was followed by Ben DiNucci for a game and Garrett Gilbert for one more.

On Sunday, Dalton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz with 1:37 to play for the winning score, four weeks after suffering the first concussion of his career and three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Cowboys could be in first place in the NFC East with a win on Thanksgiving against the Washington Football Team. Of course, Washington can also make that claim, at least until the Philadelphia Eagles and Giants play their games.

After 10 games, no team in the division has more than three wins. The Eagles, who lost to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, are in first place with a 3-6-1 record. The Cowboys, Giants (who were idle Sunday) and Washington are all 3-7, but the Giants hold the tiebreaker, followed by Washington and the Cowboys.

“There’s a lot of football left to be played,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “You have to play your best football in November and December, so obviously with the state of our division, that focus is ours. We need to win Thursday, and this will be our first opportunity to really stack success, and that’s the key to where we are as a team. All three phases played well. This is clearly the most rounded performance, victory we’ve had this year. It took us a little longer to get here, but I clearly think the journey will make us stronger.

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To claim first place in the division, the Cowboys would need back-to-back wins for the first time under McCarthy, and the first time since they opened the 2019 season with three straight wins.

Consistency has not been a trademark of the Cowboys’ season, but the win against the Vikings could serve as the catapult they have been waiting for.

Few folks expected the Cowboys to win Sunday. But the Dallas defense came up with two takeaways, leading to nine points in the first half, and two key fourth-quarter stops. The offense was able to score four touchdowns in a game for the first time since losing Prescott. Dallas entered Sunday with just two touchdowns in the four games without Prescott.

Dalton threw for just 203 yards and had a pass intercepted for the fourth time, but he was clutch when he needed to be. Trailing 28-24 with 4:00 to play, Dalton directed an 11-play, 61-yard drive in which he completed 5 of 7 passes for 37 yards. On fourth-and-6, he hit Amari Cooper for 10 yards five plays before his scoring throw to a wide-open Schultz.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“Andy’s a guy that’s played a lot of ball,” Elliott said. “He’s a vet. I think he’s in Year 10. He’s been in that moment a bunch of times. We trust him. … He was definitely clutch and came up big at the end.”

Behind an offensive line that was using its seventh different starting combination that included Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin at right tackle, Elliott also came up big, finishing with his first 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 103 yards on 21 carries, setting up Tony Pollard’s 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Elliott also had a receiving touchdown.

Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb made a Dez Bryant-like touchdown grab in the first half and impacted the game more than his four catches for 34 yards would indicate.

In the end, a maligned Dallas defense stiffened after wilting in the second half — Adam Thielen had 123 receiving yards, Dalvin Cook had 115 rushing yards — with two key stops in the fourth quarter to set up Dalton’s winning drive and end a potential tying drive by Minnesota.

“This is what it’s about,” McCarthy said. “Trust me, it’s great to win because that’s what this is all about. It’s about winning and our team earned it.”

Cleveland Browns activate RB Nick Chubb off injured reserve

The Cleveland Browns activated the Pro Bowl running back off injured reserve Saturday, clearing the way for his return Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Chubb has been out since Week 4 with a knee injury but practiced all week with the team. He has 335 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Through the first four weeks of the season, when Chubb was healthy, the Browns led the NFL with almost 205 rushing yards per game — 25 yards more than any other offense. They also topped the league with 5.9 yards per rushing attempt.8

Kareem Hunt, considered one of the top backup running backs in the league, stepped into the starting lineup while Chubb was out. But facing tougher defenses without Chubb, the Browns ranked just 24th with 96 rushing yards per outing over their past four games, while averaging only 3.9 yards per carry — 26th in the league.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield said this week that having Chubb and Hunt together is what helps make the Cleveland rushing attack special.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“It’s a huge part of our offense to be able to sub those guys in with fresh legs, and it wears on defenses,” Mayfield said. “Later in the games when they are able to still be somewhat fresh, it is amazing how the grind and the ground game pounds on those guys.”

Seattle Seahawks take on Los Angeles Rams without running backs Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde

The Seattle Seahawks were without running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde for a third straight game when they played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Seattle downgraded Carson (foot) and Hyde (hamstring) to “out” on Saturday after initially listing them as questionable, announcing that news along with several roster moves. The Seahawks activated cornerback Neiko Thorpe off injured reserve, placed defensive tackle Bryan Mone on IR and elevated two players for Sunday’s game: running back Alex Collins and defensive tackle Damon Harrison.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Carson has an excellent chance to return next week for a home game against the Arizona Cardinals. “Absolutely,” the source said when asked if Carson would return next week.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Seahawks’ available running backs against the Rams were rookie DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer and Collins, plus fullback Nick Bellore. Dallas has started the past two games, but Homer played more snaps last week, 31 to 20, while Collins played 13 snaps in his first game since 2018. Dallas leads Seattle’s running backs over that span with 72 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

The Seahawks were without their top two cornerbacks Sunday, with Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) and Quinton Dunbar (knee) ruled out. Tre Flowers filled one starting spot, but it’s not clear who would fill the other. Thorpe, Seattle’s captain on special teams, is one candidate. Others include Linden Stephens, D.J. Reed and Ryan Neal, who previously started at strong safety while Jamal Adams was out.7

The Seahawks are 6-2 despite allowing the most passing yards (2,897) through eight games in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau data. In fact, no team has ever allowed that many passing yards through nine games.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Harrison has been waiting to make his Seahawks debut since joining their practice squad on Oct. 7. The holdup initially was that the 350-pound Harrison had to work himself back into football shape. He had been undecided over the offseason about playing in 2020 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, which he said were eased once he saw how the league was handling travel protocols and other safety measures.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said for the past few weeks that Harrison is physically ready to play. The obstacle, according to Carroll, has been the absence of an opening in Seattle’s defensive tackle rotation, which has consisted of Jarran Reed, Poona Ford and Mone. The ankle injury that landed Mone on IR creates that opening.

“We had a plan when I was coming in,” Harrison said Thursday in his first comments to reporters since joining the Seahawks. “I needed to work myself back into football shape. The only way you can get into football shape is actually playing football, so I was at home working out, trying to do as much as I could without exposing myself in too many public situations. But I spoke to the coach, I spoke to the general manager before I got here, and we knew it was going to be a process. That’s why I’ve been OK with it just working from the ground up.”

The Seahawks weree without starting center Ethan Pocic (concussion) against the Rams. Kyle Fuller was set to make his third career start in Pocic’s absence.

Colts’ No. 2-ranked defense respects Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, can’t ‘fear him’

The Indianapolis Colts made the Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins look like an overpriced free-agent quarterback. They helped make Sam Darnold’s future with the New York Jets even cloudier. They stifled Nick Foles in his first start with the Chicago Bears, holding the Bears to 11 points.

Those accomplishments have the Colts sitting at No. 2 in the NFL in total defense.

But now they’re about to face a different kind of challenge on Sunday: the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Jackson, who former Colts general manager Bill Polian believed should have switched positions to receiver when he came out of Louisville in 2018, presents multiple obstacles to defenses attempting to slow him down because he’s a threat to run the ball out of Baltimore’s option-type offense. The Ravens use a lot of motion and deception, and they attempt to disguise things offensively with Jackson leading the way.

Veteran pass-rusher Justin Houston didn’t hesitate in calling Jackson the fastest quarterback he has faced in his 10-year NFL career.8

“I played against him, so hands down and by far the quickest, fastest quarterback,” Houston said. “That’s no knock to any other quarterback. There are a lot of quarterbacks with speed, but no other quarterback moves the way he moves in that pocket. When he gets out of the pocket, he is so dangerous.”

Jackson obviously leads the Ravens in passing, but he also leads them in rushing with 411 yards this season. The difference in Jackson this year compared to his NFL MVP season in 2019 is that he hasn’t been as accurate. A season after completing 66.1% of his pass attempts and throwing only six interceptions, the third-year player has completed just 60.5% of his attempts, which ranks 29th in the league, and he has already thrown four interceptions in seven games.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“I think what we bring to the table is an 11-on-1 mentality,” coach Frank Reich said. “I think what we bring to the table is — I know every defense in this league runs to the ball, I’m obviously very biased — I think our defense has a commitment of all 11 guys running to the ball. I think the speed and talent level of our defense as a unit is at a spot that can match up against players like this.”

The weight of the Ravens is on Jackson’s shoulders even more now because they’re dealing with injuries and COVID-19 issues on the roster. Starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley is out for the season with an ankle injury. All-Pro Marlon Humphrey will miss Sunday’s game after testing positive for the coronavirus.

But that doesn’t mean Jackson won’t be effective. The Colts know they can’t be timid against Jackson.

“Biggest thing is don’t play scared,” Houston said. “Respect him, but don’t fear him. Don’t let that slow you down in your rush.”

Those are the two words that will be talked about nonstop this week when it comes to defending Jackson. The defense, as Houston said, has to play fast in pursuing Jackson. At the same time, they can’t be wild while playing fast. That’s where the discipline comes into play.

“The way we talk about it is two sides of the same coin,” Reich said. “Lamar is a great player. He’s going to make his plays, but our goal is to minimize those the best we can. One we way can do that is with speed and discipline. Has to be the combination of both. Like a two-sided coin. One is not more important than the other. They’re equally important. You need both of them to give yourselves a chance to try to stop a guy like Lamar.”

New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley begins journey to become next Adrian Peterson

The surgery on New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley’s right knee came on Friday, 40 days after it gave out while he was trying to break a tackle in a game against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 20. It was considered a success with the ACL being reconstructed and meniscus repaired.

It was the first step in a comeback Barkley hopes will get him back into the conversation surrounding the best running backs in football. And a comeback that perhaps can make him the next Adrian Peterson, in more ways than one.

A year ago, Barkley was mentioned alongside Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey as one of the NFL‘s top running backs. Then a high ankle sprain hampered Barkley’s 2019 season before the knee injury took him out in Week 2 this season. Barkley totaled 1,037 rushing yards in 15 games over the past two seasons, and will spend Monday night recovering in Los Angeles while watching the Giants host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Barkley was said to be in “good spirits” in the weeks leading up to the surgery, according to a source. He was seen in a maskless viral video with quarterback Daniel Jones and other teammates during a night out last week that earned the group some ridicule. At one point, the video showed Barkley riding a bicycle and doing what appeared to be wheelies on the street.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Barkley had been waiting for the swelling in his injured knee to go down, which is often the case when there is MCL damage. Then, the procedure was delayed until the World Series ended and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams, was available to perform the surgery.7

Even though Barkley is on injured reserve and his season is over, Giants coach Joe Judge has kept him around the team, in meeting rooms, and had him travel to Los Angeles and Philadelphia for road games.

“We count on those guys for leadership and being involved, and that was it right there,” Judge said recently of Barkley and then-injured safety Jabrill Peppers, both team captains.

Now, Barkley is ready to get to work on rehab. It will take time and effort. Sweat and pain. Nobody wants to put an exact time frame on it, but the recovery process from a torn ACL with accompanying MCL and meniscus damage is generally nine to 12 months.

He will have about 10½ months to get himself right for Week 1 of next season, so he shouldn’t rush his recovery. Knowing his tight relationship with Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who also recently tore an ACL, expect the two to intertwine their rehab this offseason while they experience a similar process.

Barkley, 23, has something to prove, as he will be entering the fourth year of his rookie deal. A lucrative new contract almost certainly awaits, but first he needs to prove he’s healthy, and as good as — or better than — his former self.

It’s possible, although there could be obstacles. Meniscus injuries complicate the rehab because repair or removal takes away some of the protective power for the knee. While ACL injuries aren’t the career-enders they were decades ago, a player’s effectiveness after returning can vary.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The good news for the Giants: Barkley isn’t just another running back. He is the generational talent with quads as wide as bookshelves who Giants general manager Dave Gettleman once said was “touched by the hand of God.”

“He is [an] Adrian Peterson-like [marvel],” one NFL general manager said of what he expects from Barkley’s comeback.

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton suffers concussion in loss to Washington

Already without starting quarterback Dak Prescott due to a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, backup Andy Dalton was forced out of the Cowboys’ 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team in the third quarter due to a concussion on Sunday.

“We need to be much better, and we’re running out of time,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Dalton, who was making his second start in place of Prescott, took a hit to the head from linebacker Jon Bostic as he slid to the turf with 6:22 to play in the third quarter. Bostic was ejected from the game; Dalton went straight to the locker room for further examination and was replaced by rookie Ben DiNucci.

Before the injury, Dalton completed 9 of 19 passes for 75 yards. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble on the Cowboys’ first possession, which led to a safety. He had one pass intercepted on a throw that was behind running back Ezekiel Elliott and tipped into linebacker Cole Holcomb’s hands.nfl cheap jerseys nike

According to a team spokesman, Dalton was alert and doing much better than he was when he came off the field following the hit. He was in “good spirits” and will be flying home with the Cowboys.

McCarthy said he was not pleased with the passive reaction teammates had to the Bostic hit.8

“We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another,” McCarthy said. “It definitely was not the response you would expect.”

Asked what he thought of when he saw Dalton get hurt, Elliott said, “Just how s—ty this year has been. Yeah, just how bad this year has been. But we’ve still got time left. We’ve got a big division game next week [at the Philadelphia Eagles]. So, I mean, we’ve got to go out there and find a way to win.”

But there was little hope the Cowboys (2-5) were going to come from behind to beat Washington with Dalton or without him.

Washington had more rushing yards on its first two series than it had averaged in the first six games. The Cowboys allowed three plays of more than 20 yards in the first half, pushing their total to 30 allowed for the season, including a 52-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Allen to Terry McLaurin, who ran by rookie Trevon Diggs for the score that gave Washington a 22-3 lead after two quarters.

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Washington finished with 208 yards rushing, led by Antonio Gibson’s 128 yards on 20 carries. It marked the third time in the past four games the Cowboys have allowed at least 200 yards on the ground.

“We’re ticked off,” Dallas defensive end Everson Griffen said. “I feel like everybody is tired of it. I feel like in order to do something about it, we have to do it as a team.”

The Cowboys’ offense also got little done, working with an offensive line in tatters with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins out for the year and Zack Martin missing Sunday’s game because of a concussion. The Cowboys’ starting line consisted of Cameron Erving, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Connor McGovern and Terence Steele, who had combined for just 35 starts with the team entering the game.

They could not hold up against Washington’s formidable front, which kept Elliott in check, while Dalton was unable to get the ball downfield.

In two games without Prescott, the Cowboys have scored two field goals and one touchdown. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Sunday marked the first time the Cowboys had just one receiver catch a pass in a game since Sept. 27, 2015, when Cole Beasley had four receptions in a loss to Atlanta.

Struggling New York Jets QB Sam Darnold gets pep talk from Adam Gase

Coming off one of the worst statistical games of his career, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold received a pep talk and a vote of confidence from coach Adam Gase.

“I just keep thinking, ‘He’s 23, none of this can be easy,'” Gase said Monday, adding that he spoke with Darnold on Sunday night. “He’s a guy that did so much good in college and won a lot of football games. Things haven’t always gone as smoothly as everybody always hopes when they get to the NFL.”

The Jets haven’t won any games this season, as Darnold — expected to make a big jump in the second year under Gase — has shown signs of regression. The slump has fueled questions about Darnold’s future, with speculation the Jets might draft Clemson star Trevor Lawrence if they land the top pick.

In Sunday’s 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold passed for only 120 yards with two interceptions for a 31.1 passer rating, the second-lowest of his career. It was a horrible offensive performance by the Jets (0-7), who managed only four yards in the second half — the team’s fewest yards in a half in 40 years.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Gase absolved Darnold of any blame, putting it squarely on the offensive line, which allowed six sacks. Gase said “it was collapsing quick on him” and he “didn’t have a lot of time to throw the ball.” When he did, the throws were tight-window attempts.7

In five starts, Darnold has twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdown passes (three). His numbers have declined from last season in all the major statistical categories.

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“If you look at it statistically, we’re not good anywhere statistically,” he said. “What I see in practice a lot of times, I see things that were better than last year. When we get to games, we just have to figure out a way to protect him and let him get in rhythm. I saw some really good things the first half [Sunday]. Then it started getting really muddy in the second half.”

Darnold said he remains upbeat, although he admitted his interception at the end of the first half was “a terrible mistake, something I truly feel won’t happen again.” He called it a “dumb decision,” a pass into heavy coverage.

He was under duress throughout the game, as the Bills cranked up their safety blitzes in the second half. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, calling plays for the first time, had no answers.

The rebuilt offensive line was supposed to be improved this season, but it has allowed 24 sacks.

“I think everyone is frustrated. I don’t think it’s unique to Sam,” guard Greg Van Roten said. “We need to put him in a position to be successful. If we, as an offensive line, are playing like we did [Sunday], we’re not giving him a chance to show what he can do.

Pittsburgh Steelers hang on, remain unbeaten as Tennessee Titans miss tying field goal

Even so, a missed 45-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski with 19 seconds left preserved the Steelers’ undefeated record, and Pittsburgh held on for a 27-24 win in Nashville despite a fourth-quarter collapse. With the win, the Steelers are 6-0 for the first time since 1978.

“Thankfully our guys didn’t blink and was able to hold it together and make enough plays to secure a victory,” coach Mike Tomlin said afterward, giving props to the Titans (5-1) in his opening statement after the win. “Not a perfect product. We understand that. But I appreciate their efforts. We are perfect from a record standpoint, and so we respect that.”

After throwing just one interception in the first five games, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (32-of-49, 268 yards, 2 TDs) was picked off three times Sunday, including on an attempt to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was defended by a linebacker, with less than three minutes to play. The Steelers were up by just three at the time and in the midst of a 16-play drive that kept the Titans and running back Derrick Henry off the field. It was the same recipe that worked in the first half, but instead of ending a long, grinding drive with a score, Smith-Schuster bobbled the ball, and Amani Hooker came down with it to give his team a window to work its fourth-quarter magic.

“It’s NFL football,” Tomlin said. “We play to win. We don’t live in our fears. Is it a combat play? Is it tight? Yes, we have a quarterback that’s been doing that for 17 years.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“Sometimes you’ve just got to acknowledge that they made the play in the moment and we desire to, and that’s why we’re not going to live in our fears. We’re going to go in those instances to secure victory.”

The Titans’ ensuing drive ended with an opportunity to force overtime with Gostkowski’s field goal attempt, but it sailed wide right, and Roethlisberger, who watched incredulously from the sideline, came out for the victory formation.6

“We feel we have a really good football team, right?” said Roethlisberger, whose team takes on the 5-1 Ravens in Baltimore next Sunday. “We feel that it could be very special and we’re happy with where we are right now, but that’s going to be a short-lived happiness because we know what’s coming up next.”

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After winning the coin toss, the Steelers elected to receive the ball and went on a 9-minute, 18-second drive that ended with a Diontae Johnson touchdown, marking their first opening-drive TD since Week 15 of the 2018 season against the Patriots.

The defense complemented the score with a three-and-out to hand the ball right back to the offense for another long scoring drive, putting the Steelers up 14-0.

“That was five-star ball,” Tomlin said. “That’s a good group. Guys like JuJu and others stepped up and made those plays, but you got to tip your cap to Tennessee. They made those plays, combat catches with tight coverage.”

Including the playoffs, Roethlisberger is 98-1-1 in his career in games in which the Steelers have a 14-point lead, the only loss coming in Week 13 of 2018 vs. the Chargers and the tie in Week 1 of that same season at the Browns.

The Steelers capitalized on the Titans’ below-average third-down defense, converting 8 of 9 attempts for their highest third-down conversion percentage in a half over the past 20 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. With that formula, the Steelers scored on each of their first four possessions to build a dominating 24-7 lead at halftime, and after the break, they added a field goal to make it 27-7.

Baker Mayfield outduels Joe Burrow as Cleveland Browns edge Cincinnati Bengals

Baker Mayfield ‘s first quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals couldn’t have gone any worse. But from then on, the Cleveland Browns quarterback was perfect.

Literally.

Mayfield rebounded from an 0-of-5 passing start, including an interception on his first throw, to break a franchise record with 21 consecutive completions, propelling Cleveland to a thrilling 37-34 comeback victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Mayfield finished 22-of-28 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns, with three coming in a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter. His final touchdown was a game-winning, 24-yard strike to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 15 seconds remaining.

“Everybody was talking we need to get to the 30 for a field goal,” Mayfield said. “I told the guys, ‘Screw that — we’re gonna win.'”

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He passed Bernie Kosar (1989) and Kelly Holcomb (2003), who previously shared the Browns’ record with 16 straight completions. No other Cleveland quarterback in the past 30 seasons had tossed three touchdowns in a fourth quarter, either, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, and none since Derek Anderson in 2007 had thrown five in a game.nike jerseys nfl cheap

“He’s such a competitor. He doesn’t give up,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said of Mayfield. “He didn’t back down. Every time I looked at him on the sidelines, he had that steely look in his eyes.”

Mayfield outdueled Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in a shootout of former Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1 overall picks.

Burrow completed 35 of 47 passes for 406 yards, the first 400-yard passing game of his pro career. Despite losing three starting offensive linemen to injury during the game, Burrow also threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another. On fourth-and-1, he connected on a 3-yard, go-ahead TD pass to running back Giovani Bernard with just over a minute to play, which only set up Mayfield’s late-game heroics.

“Hats off to him,” Burrow said. “He played great.”

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, it was the first game in NFL history with five go-ahead touchdown passes in a fourth quarter. Mayfield became just the second passer in NFL history to throw three go-ahead touchdowns in a fourth quarter, as well.

“Those guys were trading body blows,” Stefanski said. “We went for the knockout punch there.”

Mayfield has been battling a cracked rib injury on his right side, which he suffered on Oct. 11 against the Indianapolis Colts and had limited him in practice. He was also coming off one of the worst performances of his career. In a 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, Mayfield was intercepted for a pick-six on his first pass of the game, and he finished with a QBR of just 5.5 — the third-worst game rating of any NFL quarterback this year.

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton can make up to $4 million in incentives

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, elevated to the starting role because of Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury, has playing time and postseason incentives in his contract worth up to $4 million, according to a review of his contract.

Dalton will make $1 million if he leads the Cowboys to the playoffs and plays in 35% of their regular-season plays. He will make an additional $500,000 if he leads Dallas to an opening-round postseason win and plays half the snaps.wholesale jerseys cheap nfl

Dalton will make an additional $500,000 if he leads Dallas to a second-round postseason win and plays half the snaps. He will make $750,000 if he leads Dallas to an NFC Championship Game win, and another $1.25 million to lead them to a Super Bowl win.8

Dalton, 32, is scheduled to be a free agent after this season and figures to garner attention from multiple teams if he is successful with the Cowboys. The three-time Pro Bowler replaced the injured Prescott last Sunday and rallied Dallas (2-3) to a victory over the New York Giants.buy nfl jerseys cheap

After starting 133 games during his nine-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dalton said he wants to help the Cowboys’ high-powered offense avoid a drop-off without Prescott when they take the field Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’ve been in a lot of different systems and kind of been through it all, so I like everything that we’re doing, and my job is to keep this thing exactly how Dak had it,” Dalton said Friday. “Dak was playing really well, and we don’t feel like we want there to be any drop-off since he’s not going to be in there.”