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NFL roundup: Wentz, Eagles win battle of Pennsylvania

September 26, 2016

Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, a fierce defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and the Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3, Sunday in Philadelphia to remain unbeaten.

The rookie No. 2 overall pick connected with Darren Sproles on a 73-yard, catch-and-run TD and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews.

“Everyone has confidence and high expectations for themselves,” Wentz said. “We’re playing inspired football.”

After beating the Browns and Bears in the first two games, the Eagles (3-0) proved they could compete with the big boys.

The Steelers (2-1) averaged 31 points the first two weeks and are considered Super Bowl contenders. Pittsburgh was 19-2 against rookie quarterbacks since 2004. But Wentz proved he is no ordinary rookie.

COWBOYS 31, BEARS 17 (at Arlington, Texas) — Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass, and the Cowboys snapped an eight-game home losing streak. Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas’ first home win since last year’s opener.

BRONCOS 29, BENGALS 17 (at Cincinnati) — Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first road start rallied Denver to a pair of fourth-quarter TDs.

The defending Super Bowl champions are 3-0 under Siemian.

PACKERS 34, LIONS 27 (at Green Bay, Wis.) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Jordy Nelson, and Green Bay snapped out of its offensive funk before holding off Detroit.

VIKINGS 22, PANTHERS 10 (at Charlotte, N.C.) — Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score and Minnesota snapped Carolina’s 14-game home winning streak. The Vikings (3-0) intercepted Cam Newton three times and sacked him eight times.

SEAHAWKS 37, 49ERS 18 (at Seattle) — Russell Wilson threw for 243 yards and a touchdown before missing the first play of his career due to injury and Seattle won in a rout. Wilson hurt his knee in the fourth quarter but returned to throw one more pass.

COLTS 26, CHARGERS 22 (at Indianapolis) — Andrew Luck shook off a sore throwing shoulder, then watched T.Y. Hilton break a tackle on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play for Indianapolis.

RAMS 37, BUCCANEERS 32 (at Tampa, Fla.) — Case Keenum threw for the Rams’ first touchdown since relocating back to Los Angeles, and Todd Gurley rushed for two more scores. The Rams (2-1), who did not get into the end zone in the first two games of the season, also scored on Ethan Westbrooks’ 77-yard fumble return and Tavon Austin’s 43-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

RAVENS 19, JAGUARS 17 (at Jacksonville, Fla.) — Justin Tucker kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining to lift Baltimore.

BILLS 33, CARDINALS 18 (at Orchard Park, N.Y.) — LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown to lead Buffalo’s upset victory.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor also scored on a 20-yard run at a time the Rex Ryan-coached Bills spent the past week taking the brunt of criticism after opening the season 0-2.

RAIDERS 17, TITANS 10 (at Nashville, Tenn.) — Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the defense for Oakland (2-1) forced three turnovers and had a sack.

DOLPHINS 30, BROWNS 24, OT (at Miami Gardens, Fla.) — Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in overtime, and Miami (1-2) avoided what would be their first 0-3 start since 2011.