Hobbled Big Ben replaces injured Jones
The latest from NFL games around the league on the 10th Sunday of the season (all times EST):
Cam Newton’s longest career streak of consecutive completions has the Carolina Panthers leading the Tennessee Titans 14-10 at halftime.
Newton opened the game by connecting on his first 11 passes Sunday, including a 1-yard scoring toss to Ed Dickson early in the second quarter. His previous longest streak was 10.
Newton completed 12 of 13 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and had 10 yards rushing on three carries.
Jonathan Stewart had a 16-yard scoring run for the Panthers.
Marcus Mariota also had a strong first half, going 8 of 12 for 110 yards. Dexter McCluster had a 25-yard scoring run for Tennessee.
– Charles Odum reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
The Eagles started fast for change.
Sam Bradford led Philadelphia on touchdown drives on the first two possessions with a safety sandwiched in between, giving the Eagles more points (16) in the first quarter against the Dolphins than they had in the first quarter of their first eight games combined (10).
Bradford tossed a 60-yard pass to Brent Celek on Philadelphia’s first play and connected with Josh Huff on a 2-yard TD pass for the team’s first TD on the opening drive this season.
Celek had 120 yards receiving on three catches in the first half after entering the game with seven receptions for just 71 yards.
– Rob Maaddi reporting from Philadelphia
Points are suddenly hard to come by for Green Bay.
The NFC Central-leading Packers are locked in a 3-3 halftime tie with the last-place Detroit Lions.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers moved the ball effectively down the field on short passes on the game’s first drive. But the Packers only scored after Mason Crosby’s 44-yard field goal bounced off the left upright and over the crossbar.
Since then, nothing against the Lions and their 26th-ranked defense.
Rodgers is 15 of 23 for 114 yards. He overthrew open receiver Davante Adams on one throw. Randall Cobb dropped another pass to that could have led to a big gain.
– Genaro C. Armas reporting from Green Bay, Wisconsin
That New Orleans Saints’ defense sure can make an offense look good, can’t it?
On the Washington’s opening possession Sunday, Kirk Cousins directed the Redskins 96 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 16-yard TD pass to tight end Jordan Reed.
It’s the longest drive by the Redskins in 15 years – since a 98-yarder against the New York Giants in December 2000.
And on Washington’s second possession, it marched 80 yards in eight plays for yet another TD pass by Cousins, this time 11 yards to rookie receiver Jamison Crowder.
To that point, Cousins was 9 for 9 for 116 yards, including a 42-yard completion to DeSean Jackson and a 29-yarder to Matt Jones.
The Saints did answer on their first drive, though. Drew Brees and Co. needed just five plays to go 83 yards for a touchdown.
– Howard Fendrich reporting from Landover, Md.
Ben Roethlisberger is going to play after all.
The hobbled Pittsburgh quarterback entered Sunday’s game against Cleveland in the first quarter when backup Landry Jones left the game with a left ankle injury.
Roethlisberger is wearing a special shoe on the left foot he sprained late in last week’s win over Oakland. Roethlisberger was limited in practice this week.
The Steelers started Jones and made Roethlisberger the backup just in case of emergency. That emergency arrived on Pittsburgh’s second drive when he turned his left ankle while throwing an incomplete pass to Heath Miller.
Roethlisberger is 18-2 against the Browns in his career.
The St. Louis Rams didn’t waste any time getting Wes Welker in the lineup, just as coach Jeff Fisher hoped.
Welker was active Sunday against Chicago less than a week after joining the team. His action might be limited, but Fisher wanted him to be activated.
The Rams had an opening when WR Stedman Bailey was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The 13th-year pro went this far into the season without being signed. He has 9,822 yards receiving for his career with 50 touchdowns.
– R.B. Fallstrom reporting from St. Louis
Workers have covered a section of bare concrete at the Edward Jones Dome, where at least two opposing players have slipped over the past two games.
As the St. Louis Rams prepared to play the Chicago Bears Sunday, a thick rubberized surface covered the concrete.
49ers running back Reggie Bush injured a knee when he slid and fell on the concrete on Nov. 1. He is out for the season.
Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown slipped on the concrete on Oct. 25, banging his shoulder on the padded wall.
– R.B. Fallstrom reporting from St. Louis
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will dress on Sunday though it appears backup Landry Jones will start against the banged-up Browns, who will send out Johnny Manziel with Josh McCown sidelined by a rib injury.
Roethlisberger is dealing with a sprained left foot suffered in the fourth quarter of last week’s 38-35 win over Oakland. He practiced in a limited capacity late in the week and the Steelers were encouraged enough to make him active while sitting Michael Vick. Linebacker James Harrison is also inactive for the Steelers with a knee problem.
Manziel will make his fifth career start for Cleveland.
The Browns, who haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 2003, will be without McCown and three starting defensive backs with Justin Gilbert, Joe Haden and Donte Whitner inactive.
– Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh
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