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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 63 rushing yards and a touchdown on his return to play and the Kansas City Chiefs roughed up the Dallas Cowboys to win 19-9 on Sunday.
Chris Jones and the defense made life difficult for QB Dak Prescott and the Chiefs (7-4) posted a fourth straight victory. They show a 4-0 record this season against opponents from the Eastern section of the National Association.
“We have had a difficult few weeks. Several of our players got injured, things weren’t clicking, Jones admitted. When you take everything into consideration, we were still able to compete. To have everyone back and build that chemistry, I think that’s a huge part of our success right now. «
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of his 37 passes for gains of 260 yards. He suffered an interception and fumble, but his defense had its best performance of the season.
“There have been a number of ups and downs for everyone this season,” said Mahomes. There were games where we played well and led by a lot of points and others where we couldn’t find a way to win. «
Charvarius Ward intercepted a Prescott pass in the end zone in the dying moments of the first half and Chris Jones had three and a half sacks and caused a fumble. John Sneed sealed the outcome of the game with an interception late in the game.
Prescott was limited to 216 yards from the air for the Cowboys, who had to make do without the services of several offensive players. Left tackle Tyron Smith was missing a third game in a row as wide receiver Amari Cooper tested positive for COVID-19. Receiver CeeDee Lamb suffered a concussion before half-time.
“We had 48 healthy players ready to play,” said Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy. There were several players who couldn’t play. This is the NFL. It’s going to happen for a season. «
Ezekiel Elliott, who appeared to injure his ankle early in the game, carried the ball nine times for gains of 32 yards. Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons was the star of the game for the Cowboys (7-3), causing a fumble and hitting two sacks.
“I am not discouraged, but angry. That’s for sure, insisted Prescott. Especially when you have the opportunity to play against a team that has reached the Super Bowl in the last two seasons. We had an opportunity to show what we are capable of. Our team is resilient and we will continue to fight and improve. «
The Chiefs have found their rhythm after a difficult streak in the first seven weeks of the campaign. They were 3-4 and were last in the West Section of the American Association.
The Kansas City Troop eliminated the turnovers and penalties that hampered their offense and the defense got very fierce in November, after some very tough September and October.
Just talk to Prescott, who spent most of his Sunday running away from Chiefs defensive players.
Mahomes chopped the Cowboys’ defense to pieces in the first half. He orchestrated an 86-yard offensive streak that ended with a rushing touchdown from Travis Kelce. Mahomes then led a 65-yard streak that ended with the Edwards-Helaire middle finger.
The Cowboys responded only with a placement from Greg Zuerlein to return to the locker room 16-3 behind.
Zuerlein added two hits for the visitors in the second half. Harrison Butker, for his part, managed a field goal for the Chiefs. The two teams then exchanged several errors.
McCoy steals the show from Wilson
Colt McCoy was brilliant as a replacement for Kyler Murray, collecting 328 passing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 23-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
For the second year in a row, McCoy was called up as a starter in Seattle and once again emerged victorious. Last season, McCoy lined up with the New York Giants, but this year it was with the Cards that he was called upon to take over. Murray was missing a third straight meeting with an ankle injury.
McCoy completed 35 of his 44 assists and completely dominated his counterpart Russell Wilson who was making his first start at home since undergoing finger surgery. McCoy threw one- and two-yard touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the first half, then played luck when an interception was called off on the video replay in the third quarter and concluded the duel with a first performance of over. 300 yards since 2014.
The Cards (9-2) scored with offensive stretches of 92 and 82 yards in the first half, holding the ball for 16 minutes. In the fourth quarter, the Cards attack elapsed another 7 and a half minutes, Matt Prater missed his second field goal attempt over a distance of 36 yards.
After 20 straight offensive streaks without scoring, the Seahawks saw DeeJay Dallas finally register a major on a two-yard run with 7:08 left in the game. The Seahawks were then three points behind the Cards at 16-13.
But McCoy sealed the game with another stupendous streak, including a 20-yard pass to Ertz on a third down and seven yards. James Conner completed the comeback with a one-yard run into the end zone. The dial then read 2:20 and the fans started to leave the stadium.
Ertz ended his workday with eight receptions and 88 yards. Rondale Moore caught 11 assists. The Cards opted for variety to fill the gap for DeAndre Hopkins.
With a 3-7 record, the Seahawks conceded a fifth loss in six games. Faced with a lifeless attack and a defense unable to stop the opponent in a third down situation, the Seattle fans booed their team repeatedly, they losing for the fourth time at home.
The Raiders downgraded by the Bengals
Joe Mixon rushed for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 32-13 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Well rested, the Bengals (6-4) came back roaring from a week off to end a two-game losing streak and get back into the race in the North Division of the American Conference. In the case of the Raiders (5-5), this is the third straight setback since their week off. They were then at the top of the Western Division of the American Conference.
Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 20 of his 29 passes for 148 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the Bengals. Rookie of the Year candidate Ja’Marr Chase caught three assists, including one in the end zone. He leads the NFL rookies with eight touchdowns this season.
Bengals kicker Evan McPherson became the 13th player in history to make three field goals from 50 yards or more in the same game. McPherson finished the game with four field goals.
On the other side of the ball, the Bengals’ defense limited the Raiders to 278 yards. This is the second time this season that she has allowed less than 300 yards on the opposing offense.
Quarterback Derek Carr completed 19 passes on 27 attempts for 215 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Tight end Darren Waller caught seven passes for 116 yards while his replacement Foster Moreau caught a single pass, which however allowed him to score a touchdown on 19 yards.
The Raiders failed to win a first game on their first six third downs. Adding in the previous game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s 14 third straight games that went nowhere. It was an eight-yard pass from Carr to Hunter Renfrow with two minutes left in the game that ended the disastrous streak.
Unfortunately for Carr, he suffered two sacks on the next two games. The second made him lose the ball which was recovered by the Bengals who were able to seal their victory.
Since their week off, in the eighth week of the calendar, the Raiders have been downgraded 96-43 by their opponents.