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Best of NFL: After another reprieve, Ezekiel Elliott leads Cowboys over Chiefs

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Best of NFL: After another reprieve, Ezekiel Elliott leads Cowboys over Chiefs

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott ran for the go-ahead touchdown after another reprieve from his six-game suspension and the Dallas Cowboys overcame Tyreek Hill's improbable last-play touchdown in the first half, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 28-17 on Sunday.

Elliott's 2-yard plunge in the third quarter came after the Chiefs turned a 14-3 deficit into a 17-14 advantage, sparked by Hill's weaving 57-yard catch with the first-half clock expired and seven Dallas defenders inside their 25 trying to prevent the score.

Last year's NFL rushing champion as a rookie, Elliott had 93 yards, ending a streak of three straight 100-yard games but outgaining Kareem Hunt, this year's rushing leader in his first season entering the game.

Hunt matched a season low with nine carries, finishing with 37 yards as a club record-tying nine-game road winning streak ended for the Chiefs (6-3) in their third loss in four games since a 5-0 start.

Elliott got an emergency stay from a New York court Friday, stopping the suspension over alleged domestic violence for the third time (see full recap)

Cousins comes through late as Washington stuns Seattle
SEATTLE — Kirk Cousins drove Washington 70 yards in 35 seconds, capped by Rob Kelley's 1-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining, and the Washington Redskins rallied late to stun the Seattle Seahawks 17-14 on Sunday.

Seattle took a 14-10 lead with 1:34 remaining after Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 30-yard touchdown pass after the Seahawks had scuffled on offense all day. But Cousins had an unexpected answer.

Taking over at his 30-yard line, Cousins hit Brian Quick for 31 yards and Josh Doctson for 38 on consecutive throws to get to the Seattle 1 with 1:02 left. Doctson beat rookie Shaquill Griffin down the sideline and made an impressive diving catch. Kelley bulled his way in from the 1 on the next play.

Kelley finished with two touchdown runs, while Cousins was 21 of 31 for 247 yards. He was responsible for a fumble in the first half, but otherwise took care of the ball against Seattle's standout defense. He also withstood six sacks and a number of other quarterback hits behind a makeshift offensive line of backups and rookies (see full recap). 

Emotional Newton leads Panthers to 20-17 win over Falcons​
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton felt the Carolina Panthers needed an emotional lift. He gave them one on Sunday.

An energetic and seemingly motivated Newton ran for 86 yards and a scored on a head-first diving 9-yard touchdown run as the Carolina Panthers erased an early 10-point deficit to beat the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons 20-17.

Newton pumped his fist, flexed his muscles and played up to the crowd in a game he knew the Panthers (6-3) had to have to remain a half-game behind the first-place Saints in the NFC South.

"When the Panthers are emotionless, good things don't happen," Newton said. "If we can get Bank of America Stadium with a pulse, that's when we are at our best. And that is what I was trying to do."

Newton was coming off an emotional week in which his top target — and best friend on the team — Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Buffalo Bills (see full recap.)

Goff throws career-best 4 TDs, Rams rout defenseless Giants​
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If the last two games are any indication, the Los Angeles Rams are for real — and then some.

Jared Goff set career highs with four touchdown throws and 311 yards passing, Todd Gurley ran for two more scores and the surprising Rams made one big play after another in beating the defenseless New York Giants 51-17 on Sunday.

The win was the fifth in six games for the Rams, whose 6-2 start is the franchise's best since 2001, when the club went 14-2 in the regular season and eventually lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

What's even more impressive is that 31-year-old Sean McVay's team has won the last two games by a combined 84-17 margin, including a 33-0 win over the Cardinals in London (see full recap).

Best of NFL: Cowboys 'Feed Zeke,' capitalize on mistakes to beat Redskins

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Best of NFL: Cowboys 'Feed Zeke,' capitalize on mistakes to beat Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and the Dallas Cowboys took advantage of a blocked field goal return and three turnovers to beat the Washington Redskins 33-19 Sunday and move into sole possession of second place in the NFC East.

Playing in a driving rainstorm that made it difficult to hold onto the ball, let alone throw it, Dak Prescott completed 14 of his 22 passes for 143 yards as Dallas (4-3) heeded the message on Elliott's cleats to "Feed Zeke." With another hearing on his NFL suspension coming Monday, Elliott carried the ball 33 times, scored twice for the second consecutive game and surpassed 100 yards for the third time in a row.

The game turned in the second quarter when Dallas' Tyrone Crawford blocked Nick Rose's field goal attempt and Orlando Scandrick returned it 86 yards to set up a 1-yard Elliott TD run two plays later. Instead of the Redskins (3-4) leading 16-7, the Cowboys went up 14-13 and never trailed again.

Washington QB Kirk Cousins lost one fumble and kick returner Chris Thompson lost another. Cousins was 26 of 39 for 263 yards and a 1-yard TD pass to Josh Doctson that cut it to 26-19, but Rose missed the extra point and Dallas sealed it with an interception return for a touchdown by Bryon Jones with 21 seconds left (see full recap).

Wilson's heroics lead Seahawks to wild win over Texans
SEATTLE — No matter how much Deshaun Watson  impersonated Russell Wilson on Sunday, the original ended up coming out on top.

Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied for a wild 41-38 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Down 38-34 with 1:39 left and out of timeouts, Wilson took Seattle 80 yards in barely a minute. He hit Paul Richardson for 48 yards on a jump ball to start the drive, found Tyler Lockett for 19 yards, and drilled a strike to Graham for the winner.

Wilson finished 26 of 41 for a career-high 452 yards and four TDs. He hit Richardson for two TDs and found Graham on a 1-yard TD pass with 5:41 left (see full recap)

Brees leads Saints past Bears for 5th straight win
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees delivered accurate, aggressive throws downfield in tense moments, when conventional wisdom might have called for a more conservative play.

New Orleans' defense came up with a fourth-down stop and rookie Marshon Lattimore's interception on its final two series.

Kicker Wil Lutz hit from 45 and 49 yards in the second half, hitting the longer kick inside the final two minutes.

Frequent clutch performances in all phases allowed the surging Saints to once again overcome some potentially disastrous mistakes and win their fifth straight, 20-12 over the feisty Chicago Bears on Sunday (see full recap). 

Patriots capitalize on Chargers' mistakes in victory
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With his final attempt to bring his team back failed, Phillip Rivers pulled off his helmet and flung it toward the Gillette Stadium turf. It bounced back perfectly and into his waiting hands.

It was one of the few things that a Los Angeles Chargers player executed well in their 21-13 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday.

Tom Brady passed for 333 yards and a touchdown, Stephen Gostowski added four field goals to help the Patriots (6-2) hold on for the victory, their fourth straight.

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Chargers (see full recap). 

Carson Wentz recycling plays from North Dakota State days

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Carson Wentz recycling plays from North Dakota State days

This touchdown had everything but Carson Wentz and Corey Clement wearing green and yellow North Dakota State Bison jerseys.

Wentz's third-quarter touchdown pass to Clement Monday night, which gave the Eagles a 24-10 lead over the Redskins on their way to a 34-24 win, came on a play Wentz borrowed from his college playbook.

"That worked out well," Clement said. "He needs to bring more plays from North Dakota State."

Wentz said the play is one he felt comfortable with in college and generally worked in college, so why not try it here? 

"It's been effective, it's got good answers kind of all over the field," he said. "We mix it up with different things, too. It's not the same play every time, but it's something that fits us well."

Wentz said it's not that unusual for him or the other quarterbacks to make suggestions or bring in plays from previous stops.

"Nick (Foles) brings plays from offenses he used to be a part of, everybody's got plays that they love, and we can just have that open dialogue, that open conversation about what we like, why we think it's effective," Wentz said.

"Sometimes they get in the gameplan, sometimes they don't, but that's just the cool part of having a bunch of smart guys that know the game. When they all come together in that quarterback room, there's a lot of ideas flowing."

This is a 24-year-old, second-year quarterback with 23 starts under his belt that's suggesting plays to Doug Pederson and Frank Reich, who have a combined 47 years of NFL playing and coaching experience.

But this isn't an ordinary 24-year-old quarterback. Wentz is playing at an MVP level, and his knowledge and understanding of the offense is so deep that when he speaks, Pederson and Reich listen.

Intently.

"Sometimes plays have a good mojo for you, you've had a lot of success, you've got a lot of confidence in them," Reich said. "I think what happens when you run a play over and over again, you see it against all kinds of different coverages, you see it against different coverage techniques and leverage that defenders play, and really good quarterbacks learn how to beat any coverage when they have one play that they really like, and you feel like you can't stop the play. 

"And even as we've repped that play, and we have different variations of that play so teams can't zero in on it and ways to disguise it and ways to counter off of that play, but even in practice when we run the versions of that play, you can just see Carson just work the progressions and get to every receiver in the progression. 

"I mean, literally all five receivers have caught that ball in practice and have caught that on that particular route."

Clement was Wentz's last option Monday night, but it didn't matter that Clement's an undrafted running back who only caught only two touchdowns in college. 

Wentz went his way, and Clement made a circus TD catch.

"You can tell the type of trust they have in Carson," Clement said. "It's pretty awesome. They're open to all the suggestions that he has, all the corrections he thinks he might see on the field, especially after practice, and it just goes to show you the growth that he's made since he got here."

Wentz said there have been times he's actually gotten in touch with the North Dakota State football office and had them send him film of specific plays so he can relay the details to his coaches.

"Then we can run it in practice and I can convince them," he said. "It’s cool to have that relationship, that dynamic with Coach Reich, with Coach Pederson, that they respect my opinion when I bring them things like that. 

"I just love that relationship, that we can just bring up those ideas."