NFL-Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games

Nov 5 (The Sports Xchange) - Carson Wentz threw four touchdown passes, Jay Ajayi rushed for a 46-yard score and the Philadelphia Eagles won their seventh consecutive game by routing the Denver Broncos 51-23.

The Eagles improved to 8-1, the best mark in the National Football League.

Wentz tossed at least three touchdown passes for the fourth time in the last five games. He also became the youngest player to throw at least 23 touchdown passes through nine games since Dan Marino had 27 in 1984.

Wentz was 15 of 27 for 199 yards.

The reeling Broncos fell to 3-5 and 0-4 on the road.

Denver started Brock Osweiler rather than Trevor Siemian but the change provided little momentum as Osweiler struggled and finished 18 of 37 for 207 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

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Saints 30, Buccaneers 10

Rookie running back Alvin Kamara scored two touchdowns and accounted for 152 yards from scrimmage and a rejuvenated New Orleans defense held Tampa Bay out of the end zone for 53 minutes for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Saints (6-2) knocked out Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston late in the first half.

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Winston but he could not generate any offense as Tampa Bay (2-6) lost its fifth consecutive game.

Tensions ran high in the third quarter when Winston, already out of the game, pushed Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. When Lattimore turned around, Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans slammed him, sparking a brief brawl. Evans was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

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Panthers 20, Falcons 17

Carolina blanked Atlanta for most of the final three quarters for the home victory.

Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton scored on short touchdown runs as the Panthers (6-3) wiped out an early 10-0 hole to win for the second week.

Atlanta (4-4) had a chance when regaining possession at its 21-yard line with 2:18 to play. Instead, the Falcons lost three yards and turned the ball over on downs.

Newton completed 13 of 24 passes for 137 yards. He was the game's leading rusher with 86 yards on nine carries.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 24 of 38 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns.

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Titans 23, Ravens 20

Taking advantage of two short fields and one clutch drive, Tennessee (5-3) edged Baltimore (4-5) to remain in a tie for first place in the AFC South.

The Titans managed just one first down in its first four possessions of the second half. But their defense carried the load after intermission, allowing just a three-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Javorius Allen with 8:56 left.

That was the first touchdown against the Titans' defense in 10 quarters.

Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards and a pair of scores with an interception as the Titans matched Jacksonville atop the division.

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Jaguars 23, Bengals 7

Jacksonville (5-3) utilized a quality defensive effort and an efficient outing from quarterback Blake Bortles for their first win at home as they defeated Cincinnati.

The victory enabled the Jaguars to remain tied for first place in the AFC South with Tennessee.

Cornerback Jaydon Mickens returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown with 14:35 left in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars a 23-7 lead.

Jacksonville's defense held the Bengals (3-5) to 148 yards and Bortles completed 24 of 38 passes for 259 yards with a touchdown.

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green were both ejected in the final seconds of the first half.

Ramsey shoved Green and the seventh-year veteran grabbed Ramsey by the neck and slammed him to the ground. Green then delivered several punches and benches cleared. It took minutes before order was restored.

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Rams 51, Giants 17

Quarterback Jared Goff threw four touchdown passes, including three in the first half as Los Angeles (6-2) steamrolled New York (1-7).

The 51 points allowed by the Giants represented the most they have given up in a home game since Sept. 19, 1999, when Washington scored 50.

The Rams scored on five of their first six possessions in the first half, with two of their scoring drives set up by turnovers.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning became the seventh player in NFL history to pass for 50,000 yards

- - - Colts 20, Texans 14 Jacoby Brissett and T.Y. Hilton connected on a pair of long scoring strikes and Indianapolis Colts snapped a three-game losing skid.

The Colts (3-6) held on late, with linebacker Jabaal Sheard recording a sack and forcing fumble on Texans quarterback Tom Savage on the final play from the Colts 7-yard line with seven seconds left.

Houston, playing without injured Deshaun Watson, dropped to 3-5.

Brissett completed 20 of 30 attempts for 308 yards. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

11/05/2017 17:14

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