The Latest: Cowboys roll with Prescott, lead Bears at half
The Latest on the third week of the NFL season (all times Eastern):
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to four scores on four possessions in the first half, giving Dallas a 24-3 halftime lead over the Chicago Bears.
Prescott was 12 of 15 for 139 yards and had one of three rushing touchdowns in the half. Lance Dunbar and Alfred Morris had the other two, giving the Cowboys seven rushing TDs for the season after they had eight all of last year, when they went 4-12.
The Cowboys, who are trying to snap an eight-game home losing streak, outgained the Bears 274-114 in the first half. Brian Hoyer made the start for Chicago in place of Jay Cutler, who was inactive with a sprained right thumb. Hoyer 8 of 12 for 71 yards.
Prescott, filling in with Tony Romo sidelined by a broken bone in his back, still doesn’t have a touchdown pass. But he’s up to 90 pass attempts without an interception to start his career. That’s second to Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz, who has 102. Those are the highest totals in NFL history.
Dallas receivers Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley were both briefly knocked out of the Sunday night game against Chicago.
Bryant went out first with what appeared to be a right ankle injury when he was tackled on his first catch, although the official update was a knee injury. Bryant went to the sideline before doing some light jogging and eventually returning.
Beasley was staggered by Bears safety Adrian Amos after making the catch on a crossing route. He stayed down for a couple of minutes before running off the field. He returned a few plays later, and officials said he had a chest injury.
The game’s opening possession ended with rookie Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott’s 1-yard sneak to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
The Rams have wrapped up a 37-32 win in Tampa Bay after being delayed 69 minutes because of lightning.
The delay prompted coaches and players to go back into the locker rooms with 2 minutes left in the game on Sunday evening while waiting for safer conditions.
The Buccaneers drove 51 yards on their final drive, but ran out of time before they could score.
With Carson Wentz passing for more than 300 yards for the first time and remaining turnover-free, the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday joined the Minnesota Vikings as the only 3-0 teams in the NFC.
Wentz completed 22 of 31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 34-3 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Alex Smith passed for 247 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City, but the story of the Chiefs’ 24-3 win over the New York Jets was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s six interceptions.
Seattle defeated San Francisco 37-18, but the Seahawks lost quarterback Russell Wilson to a knee injury in the third quarter.
Los Angeles was leading Tampa Bay 37-32 and San Diego was up on Indianapolis 22-20, with both games at the two-minute warning.
The Los Angeles Rams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game is delayed because of lightning.
Officials stopped the game during the two-minute warning, and fans were advised to leave their seats at Raymond James Stadium and seek safety in the stadium concourses. The Rams are clinging to a 37-32 lead.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson appears to be done for the day after suffering a left knee injury in the third quarter with the Seahawks leading big.
Wilson was pulled down awkwardly while being sacked by San Francisco’s Eli Harold with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter. Harold was flagged for a horse collar tackle on the play as he fell on Wilson’s lower leg. Wilson stayed down for a few moments before hoping up and limping around. He missed one play on that series — the first missed play of his career due to injury — but returned to throw one more pass, a 10-yard completion to Doug Baldwin.
Wilson was on the Seattle bench for its next offensive possession having a brace put on his left knee after a San Francisco turnover led to a quick change of possession. Trevone Boykin took over and Steven Hauschka’s third field goal gave Seattle a 30-3 lead.
The knee injury comes on top of Wilson playing the last two weeks after suffering a sprained right ankle in the opener against Miami.
— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle.
Kansas City running back Spencer Ware may have just had the roughest play of the day for fantasy footballers.
Ware, a rising star while running for the injured Jamaal Charles, appeared to run for a 6-yard touchdown against the Jets on Sunday. But a replay official overturned the score and ruled that Ware fumbled while diving for a pylon, resulting in a touchback.
The reversal resulted in a 7-point swing for fantasy players who started Ware in standard leagues with the TD wiped away and the running back credited with a lost fumble.
Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons has been taken to a hospital for evaluation after hurting his left shin in the first half against the Eagles.
Officials announced at halftime Sunday that Timmons is not expected to return to the game.
It’s not immediately clear how Timmons was hurt. He is in his 10th season with Pittsburgh.
Safety Robert Golden (hamstring) and guard Ramon Foster (chest) also didn’t return in the second half.
— Rob Maaddi reporting from Philadelphia.
Rookie Carson Wentz has thrown for 183 yards and a touchdown, and the Philadelphia Eagles lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-3 at halftime in a matchup of NFL unbeatens Sunday.
Wentz led the Eagles on a 12-play, 82-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, finishing it with a 12-yard pass to Jordan Matthews. Wentz still hasn’t committed a turnover this season.
In Seattle, Christine Michael has run for 82 yards and two touchdowns and the Seahawks lead the San Francisco 49ers 24-3.
Scores elsewhere: Tampa Bay 20, Los Angeles 17; Kansas City 17, New York Jets 3; Indianapolis 13, San Diego 6 late in the first half.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis missed the final series of the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs as he was treated for an eye injury on the sideline.
Revis has had a rough start to the season, getting burned on a few occasions. But the veteran star had been playing well for Kansas City before leaving late in the half.
Team officials say he is questionable to return.
His replacement, rookie cornerback Juston Burris, made a nice play to break up a pass just before the break. The Jets ultimately held and went to halftime trailing 17-3.
— Dave Skretta in Kansas City, Missouri.
Oakland coach Jack Del Rio says he wishes his Raiders who protested by raising their fists during the national anthem had alerted him to their intentions before kickoff Sunday.
Linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith each raised their fists. Smith said after a 17-10 win over the Tennessee Titans that he wishes he had given Del Rio a warning.
“But at the same time it just kind of came over me,” Smith said. “He’s supportive.”
Irvin and Smith raised their right fists during the anthem, while five Titans raised theirs once the anthem ended. Smith said they had thought about protesting, knowing they might receive a lot of backlash for taking a stance on the issues raised by Colin Kaepernick.
Del Rio says he respects everyone’s rights to express themselves. He also respects the flag. Del Rio also says he would like to see the Raiders do things united together.
— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
Jimmy Graham is back.
The athletic tight end who suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee last November had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in the first half on Sunday for Seattle.
Graham caught an 18-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson in the second quarter — his first TD since Sept. 27, 2015 vs. Chicago — and later wrestled a 40-yard jump ball away from safety Eric Reid that set up a field goal. Graham also had an 18-yard catch to convert third-and-15 in the first quarter. It was his second 100-yard receiving game since joining Seattle via trade before last season.
Seattle leads 24-3 at halftime.
— Tim Booth reporting from Seattle
Linebacker Manti Te’o will not return to the San Diego Chargers’ game against Indianapolis after injuring his Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
Te’o, who came into game with 19 tackles to lead the Chargers, was hurt when he planted his left leg and collapsed. He needed assistance to get off the field.
Breakout day, Trevor Siemian. Too bad he’s largely unused in fantasy leagues beyond two quarterback leagues where he’s still pretty much on the bench.
The Denver passer was the top fantasy QB after the early games Sunday, even eclipsing Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. Siemian threw for four touchdowns and 312 yards, generating 28 fantasy points in standard leagues. Rodgers had 26 fantasy points.
Detroit receiver Marvin Jones broke out with 32 points in standard leagues on 205 yards and two touchdowns.
Terrelle Pryor — owned in well less than one-third of Yahoo and ESPN leagues — had perhaps the most well-rounded day since fantasy scoring moved to computers from manual box score calculations.
The Browns wideout was used as a quarterback throughout the game during read-option plays, leading to five pass attempts, four carries and seven catches. His 135 yards receiving would have been respectable on their own, but he added 21 yards and a TD rushing and 35 passing yards. He totaled 22 fantasy points.
Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy led all running backs with 23 fantasy points after the early games.
San Francisco 49ers players Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Eli Harold kneeled during the national anthem before the game Sunday in Seattle.
The Seahawks stood together with their arms locked during the anthem, just as they did in their first two games this season.
Seattle held a moment of silence before the anthem for the victims of a mass shooting on Friday night about 90 minutes north of Seattle, where five people died.
At the Steelers-Eagles game in Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Ron Brooks were the only players from either team to raise their fists during the national anthem. Last week, they were joined by Marcus Smith and Steven Means.
Three players on the Chargers sideline in Indianapolis had their hands raised during the anthem, including offensive lineman Joe Barksdale and Chris Hairston. Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a former Charger, took a knee and also raised his fist.
In Tampa Bay, a moment of silence was held before the Rams-Buccaneers game for ace Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday.
While the meeting of the unbeaten Steelers and Eagles in Philadelphia is the main event among the 4 p.m. Eastern games, there are other intriguing matchups.
The New York Jets go on the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium is a tough venue, making this a measuring-stick game for the Jets.
On the West Coast, the Seattle Seahawks are missing two of their top three running backs, but they should be able to rely on their defense against the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle has given up just 19 points through two games.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston will go against the Los Angeles Rams looking to bounce back from a bad outing last week against Arizona.
The San Diego Chargers play at winless Indianapolis in the other late-afternoon game.
Chicago visits Dallas on Sunday night.
New York Giants center Weston Richburg was ejected from Sunday’s game against Washington in the fourth quarter after drawing two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Under a new NFL rule, a player can be thrown out of a game for committing two such fouls. Richburg got one in the second quarter, then drew another early in the fourth period when he blocked Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and then taunted him on a pass play.
Richburg was replaced by Brett Jones.
Washington starting running back Matt Jones was evaluated for a concussion after taking a tough hit that appeared to jolt his neck forward, but was cleared and allowed to return to play.
Jones was hit Sunday by Giants safety Nat Berhe after a 5-yard run. The hit caused Jones to fumble, though he recovered the ball at the Giants 45. Jones was immediately removed from the game to go through the league’s concussion protocol.
The Redskins lost four starters to injury during the game.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland hurt his right ankle during the first quarter against the New York Giants and did not return. He was injured covering rookie Sterling Shepard on a 12-yard pass down to the Redskins 1.
Trainers worked on his lower right leg, and he couldn’t put weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.
Defensive back DeAngelo Hall sprained his right knee, center Kory Lichtensteiger went out with a left calf injury and left guard Shawn Lauvao was knocked out of the game with a left ankle injury.
Oakland Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson will not return for the second half against the Tennessee Titans after hurting his right leg.
Watson was hurt late in the second quarter on a 30-yard run by DeAndre Washington. Trainers checked him out on the field, and Watson was able to walk to the sideline. The Raiders announced early in the third quarter that Watson would not return.
Oakland led 17-3 at halftime.
— Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
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