Burrow plays through calf injury, throws for 259 yards as Bengals top Rams 19-16 to end 2-game skid

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Burrow shook off a lingering calf injury, throwing for 259 yards as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 on Monday night to get their first win after starting the season with two losses.

Joe Mixon’s 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the reigning AFC North champs their first lead of the season. Meanwhile, Logan Wilson picked off Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford twice and the Bengals sacked him six times.

Stafford threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Tutu Atwell with just over a minute left in the game, and the PAT got the Rams to within three points, but Mitchell Wilcox fell on the ensuing onside kick to seal the win for the Bengals (1-2).

Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase had 12 catches for 141 yards, including a 43-yarder during a third-quarter drive that led to the third of four field goals in the game by Evan McPherson.

The Cincinnati defense was outstanding. Stafford was sacked twice by defensive end Trey Hendrickson, and Wilson intercepted him once in each half.

Stafford finished 18 for 39 for 269 yards as the Rams slipped to 1-2.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Hurts threw for a touchdown, ran for another and led undefeated Philadelphia on a game-ending drive that lasted more than nine minutes in a win over Tampa Bay.

Hurts improved to 20-1 over his last 21 regular-season games. He tossed a 34-yard TD pass to Olamide Zaccheaus that helped Philly build a 13-3 halftime lead, and his 1-yard scoring run gave the Eagles a 17-point advantage early in the second half.

The Eagles. one of three unbeaten teams in the NFL, led 25-3 by the time the Bucs got into the end zone on Baker Mayfield’s 1-yard TD throw to Mike Evans. A 2-point conversion trimmed Philly’s lead to 14 with 9:22 remaining, but Hurts and the Eagles never let Tampa Bay get the ball back.

The Bucs (2-1) lost for the first time with Mayfield at quarterback and Tampa Bay’s usually reliable defense yielded 201 yards rushing.

D’Andre Swift ran for 130 yards on 16 attempts for Philadelphia, which is off to a 3-0 start in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1992-93. Hurts was 23 of 37 passing for 277 yards and two interceptions.

Mayfield completed 15 of 25 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Evans had five receptions, giving him 700 in his career.


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