Drew Brees threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Mark Ingram rushed for a score and the New Orleans Saints overcame several mistakes to beat the Green Bay Packers 26-17 on Sunday.
Will Lutz kicked two second-half field goals, including a 44-yarder to put New Orleans up for good 19-17 with 10:26 left in the game. Brees’ one-yard sneak gave the Saints a two-score lead with 4:55 left.
The sloppy Saints were fortunate to get their fourth straight victory. The Packers lost their first game with Brett Hundley starting at quarterback for injured star Aaron Rodgers. New Orleans’ defense gave up a 46-yard touchdown run to rookie Aaron Jones on the opening drive. Brees was picked off twice in the first quarter. Lutz had a blocked extra point and New Orleans (4-2) was penalized seven times for 80 yards. But the Saints pulled away late at overcast Lambeau Field, scoring on all four of their second-half drives.
— The Los Angeles Rams will finally have something to celebrate on their long flight home. Jared Goff ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Greg Zuerelein made four field goals as the Rams won for the first time in three appearances in Britain, beating the Arizona Cardinals 33-0 at Twickenham.
Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for 235 yards with an interception and Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a touchdown for the NFC West-leading Rams (5-2). Los Angeles has won five of its first seven games for the first time since 2003 the last time the Rams finished with a winning record.
Arizona (3-4) head home with significant questions after quarterback Carson Palmer injured his left arm in the second quarter and did not return. He was later diagnosed with a broken arm.
— Blake Bortles threw for a season-high 330 yards and one touchdown, and TJ Yeldon scored on a 58-yard run, leading the Jacksonville Jaguars past the Indianapolis Colts 27-0. By ending a four-game losing streak at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Jaguars (4-3) remained atop the AFC South.
Indy (2-5) lost their second straight, both to division foes. Bortles and the offense looked good on a day when they played without rookie Leonard Fournette, the NFL’s second-leading rusher. Fournette was inactive because of a sprained right ankle.
But the Jags’ stifling defense dominated again. While Jacksonville didn’t add to their league-leading takeaway total, they matched the single-game franchise record for sacks (10), set in the season opener against Houston.
— The New York Jets appeared set for a season sweep of the Miami Dolphins when they found themselves 14 point up in the fourth quarter. But Matt Moore, who came in for the injured Jay Cutler, some careless penalties from New York and a late Josh McCown interception helped Miami to come back for a 31-28 victory and put them at 4-2 for the season. The Dolphins’ AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills, had their own narrow win and advanced to 4-2. Stephen Hauschka tied an NFL record as he made his 12th consecutive field goals from 50 yards or longer. Buffalo beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27, and Hauschka had three field goals.
— Ryan Succop’s fourth field goal a 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime extended his NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight and sent the Tennessee Titans to an ugly 12-9 win over the winless Cleveland Browns, who also lost durable Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas with an injury.
Succop’s clutch kick enabled the Titans (4-3) to get their second win in six days. Succop made five field goals in Monday night’s win over Indianapolis. The Browns tried to ice Succop with a timeout, but his kick sailed through the uprights and the kicker was mobbed by teammates. Browns rookie Zane Gonzalez forced overtime by kicking a season-long 54-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 9-9.
The Browns (0-7) committed 12 penalties and dropped to 1-22 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson. Their troubles worsened as Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler, missed his first play in 11 seasons.