Vikes' Peterson gets first TD since 2013
The Latest from NFL stadiums around the country on the third Sunday of the season (all times EDT):
Adrian Peterson has been back for three weeks now. But now we can say he’s officially back.
Peterson plowed into the end zone on a 3-yard run against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter on Sunday to give the Minnesota Vikings a 10-0 lead. It was his first touchdown since Nov. 24, 2013 at Green Bay.
Peterson missed all but one game last year while addressing child abuse charges in Texas.
Jon Krawczynski reporting from Minneapolis
Marcus Mariota finally has been intercepted in the NFL, and it was returned for a touchdown.
Mariota hit tight end Delanie Walker only to have the pass go off the veteran’s hands and straight to Colts safety Dwight Lowery who returned the interception 69 yards for the touchdown. That gave the winless Colts a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans. The Colts have won seven straight and 12 of the last 13 in this series between AFC South rivals.
The rookie quarterback came in leading the NFL with a 129.9 passer rating with six touchdown passes in his first two games.
– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
Anytime you can best Merlin Olsen on the football field is noteworthy.
Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is now in elite company, becoming the franchise’s career leading tackler after surpassing the late Hall of Famer when he dragged down Le’Veon Bell following a 20-yard gain in the first quarter.
-R.B. Fallstrom reporting from St. Louis
The Dallas running game is finally moving without DeMarco Murray.
On the day Murray was inactive in Philadelphia with a hamstring injury, Joseph Randle had runs of 28 and 37 yards – the latter for a touchdown – on the Cowboys’ first series against Atlanta. Those were the only two plays on an 80-yard drive that included a 15-yard facemask penalty against Falcons cornerback Robert Alford.
The Cowboys struggled with a 3.4-yard-per-carry average in the first two weeks without Murray, last year’s NFL rushing champion.
– Schuyler Dixon reporting from Dallas
The Steelers-Rams game is being delayed after a corner of the field caught fire.
Yes, that is correct.
A corner of the field in caught fire during the Rams pre-game pyrotechnics show while introducing the starters.
The fire was quickly put out but both teams have left the field as crews cleaning things up, including removing fire extinguisher residue.
The game did get underway after the delay.
– Fallstrom reporting from St. Louis
The McCown brothers are both starting on the same day for the first time since 2007.
And Josh and Luke McCown are hoping for a different outcome this time: Each quarterback lost their respective games eight years ago.
This is the sixth time the McCowns – Luke is 36, two years older than his younger sibling – have started on the same day. Only once have they both won on that day.
Peyton and Eli Manning are the only other brother combination to pull off the feat.
Josh McCown is starting for Cleveland after returning from a concussion sustained on the season’s opening drive. Luke McCown gets the nod for New Orleans with Drew Brees out rehabbing a shoulder injury.
– Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland
DeMarco Murray is a no-go for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The star running back was inactive for the Eagles’ game against the New York Jets on Sunday with a strained hamstring. Murray, who had been listed as questionable, has struggled through two games with just 11 yards on 21 carries.
Ryan Mathews will start in Murray’s place. Mathews has 4 yards on four carries in limited action.
Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is also inactive with a sprained left knee. Rookie Devin Smith, the team’s second-round draft pick out of Ohio State, is making his NFL debut as Decker’s replacement. Smith broke a few ribs and punctured a lung while making a catch early in training camp.
Quarterback Geno Smith is also active for the first time this season after having his jaw broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Aug. 11.
– Dennis Waszak reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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