The Latest on the fifth week of the NFL season (all times Eastern):
The pace has picked up a bit for the Packers’ offense going into the fourth quarter Sunday night against the New York Giants. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is looking sharp again after choppy stretches for the offense. Green Bay, though, may not have running back Eddie Lacy for the rest of the game after he injured his left ankle late in the third quarter. Green Bay’s defense has held Giants quarterback Eli Manning in check with the Packers leading 17-9.
The Green Bay Packers had a 17-6 lead over the New York Giants at halftime after a 44-yard field goal by Mason Crosby to end the second quarter.
The offenses haven’t been sharp. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 13 of 28 for 134 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, both by cornerback Janoris Jenkins. One interception came after a pass deflected off receiver Jordy Nelson’s hands.
For the Giants, quarterback Eli Manning was 6 of 16 for 87 yards. He fumbled on a sack by Kyler Fackrell to set up Crosby’s late field goal.
Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has three receptions for 42 yards, but hasn’t shown signs of the frustration following tough games against Washington and Minnesota.
Odell Beckham Jr. has had a decent night so far in Green Bay, even if the New York Giants haven’t had the ball much in the first half of the Sunday night game against the Packers.
Beckham had two catches for 29 yards early in the second quarter against a Packers secondary playing without injured starting cornerbacks Sam Shields and Damarious Randall. Another 14-yard catch early in the second quarter was wiped out because of a holding penalty.
But the star receiver hasn’t shown any frustration, unlike the previous two weeks when Beckham had tough games against Washington and Minnesota. The Packers led the Giants 7-0 in the second quarter. Green Bay held the ball for 13 of the first 18 minutes.
A botched hold on a potential game-tying field goal attempt just before the 2-minute warning resulted in more heartbreak for the San Diego Chargers, who lost 34-31 to the Oakland Raiders.
The Chargers are 1-4 with their four losses decided by a total of 14 points. Last week, they gave up two touchdowns in the final five minutes of a 35-34 loss to New Orleans.
In other late-afternoon action, LeSean McCoy ran for 150 yards as the Buffalo Bills beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-19 for their third straight victory and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-14. The Atlanta Falcons spoiled rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch’s first NFL start and defeated the Denver Broncos 23-16.
In the Sunday night game, the Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants.
The New York Giants’ battered secondary could be getting two reinforcements back on Sunday night against Green Bay, while the Packers’ secondary will be without its top two cornerbacks.
For the Giants, cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are active after missing last week’s 24-10 loss at Minnesota. They’ll be needed to help contain the Packers’ potent passing game
. Green Bay will be shorthanded in the secondary with Damarious Randall joining Sam Shields on the sideline. Randall was questionable coming into the game with a groin injury. Shields is missing his third straight game with a concussion. Second-year players Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter will draw the starting assignments at cornerback against the Giants’ dangerous receiving trio of Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz.
—Genaro Armas reporting from Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Atlanta Falcons’ 23-16 victory over the Denver Broncos leaves the Minnesota Vikings as the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team.
Minnesota, Denver and the Philadelphia Eagles all were undefeated entering Sunday’s action.
In Sunday’s early-afternoon action, the Vikings improved their record to 5-0 with a 31-13 triumph over the Houston Texans, but the Eagles lost 24-23 to the Detroit Lions.
Dak Prescott has thrown a touchdown pass and run for another score to give the Dallas Cowboys a 21-0 halftime lead over the Cincinnati Bengals.
In other late afternoon action, Devonta Freeman rushed for the game’s only first-half touchdown to give the Falcons a 13-3 lead over the Denver Broncos. That game is now in the third quarter.
Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch is making his first career start for Denver in place of an injured Trevor Siemian.
At halftime, the Buffalo Bills lead the Los Angeles Rams 16-13 and the San Diego Chargers lead the Oakland Raiders 10-9. Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 56-yard field goal in the final play of the first half.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will keep the rookie record for pass attempts without an interception for now after the run finally ended for Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz.
Prescott completed a 13-yard pass to Brice Butler for his 135th attempt without an interception to start his career. He completed his first four passes to get the record.
Wentz’s streak ended at 134 straight attempts with an interception in the final minute of the Eagles’ 24-23 loss to Detroit. Both quarterbacks have been trading the record in recent weeks.
While Wentz fell short of Tom Brady’s overall NFL record of 162 straight passes without an interception to start a career, Prescott will take aim at that. Prescott started the day tied with Warren Moon for the second-longest overall streak. Now Wentz is in that No. 2 spot.
—Schuyler Dixon reporting from Arlington, Texas.
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled during the anthem before Denver played the Atlanta Falcons.
In addition, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr., linebacker Todd Davis and offensive guard Max Garcia ran over to the goal line to bow their heads at the start of the anthem, before hopping up and returning to the sideline and listen.
At the Chargers-Raiders game, Oakland’s Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin raised their fists during the end of the anthem before their game against San Diego. Five Chargers also raised fists: offensive linemen Joe Barksdale, Chris Hairston, D.J. Fluker and Tyreek Burwell, and linebacker Joshua Perry.
Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during the anthem before his team’s game with the Buffalo Bills. Quinn has done the same thing for every game this season. He’s inactive and not in uniform for Sunday’s game.
—Schuyler Dixon reporting from Arlington, Texas, Pat Graham reporting from Denver, Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.
The defensive line showdown expected at the Coliseum isn’t happening, thanks to injuries on both sidelines.
The Los Angeles Rams will be without three starters on their vaunted line Sunday after Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and William Hayes all were ruled out with various injuries. Buffalo Bills star Marcell Dareus’ season debut also will have to wait another week after he was declared inactive.
Coach Jeff Fisher had expressed hope that his stars would heal quickly, but Quinn and Brockers apparently were unable to go. Ethan Westbrooks, Eugene Sims and Cam Thomas moved into the starting lineup.
Dareus missed the first four games for his latest violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, but then injured his hamstring in practice Friday. Adolphus Washington moved into the starting lineup.
—Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.
Tom Brady made a successful return from his four-game suspension by throwing for 406 yards with three touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett in a 33-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
In other early afternoon games, the Minnesota Vikings remained unbeaten after defeating the Houston Texans 31-13 while the Detroit Lions edged Philadelphia 24-23 to hand the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score in a 30-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Washington Redskins edged Baltimore 13-10 after the Ravens’ potential go-ahead touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman was overturned via replay. The Indianapolis Colts rallied to beat the Chicago Bears 29-23 and Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Jets 31-13.
In the late afternoon games, Paxton Lynch makes his first career start as the Denver Broncos put their undefeated record on the line against the Atlanta Falcons, the Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills, the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders host the San Diego Chargers.
The Houston Texans are hurting beyond just the scoreboard.
Already without cornerback Kareem Jackson (hamstring) for the game, two more starters in the secondary went down in the second quarter at Minnesota.
The Houston players sidelined were safety Quintin Demps (calf) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (concussion). They’ve been ruled out to return to a defense that already is missing superstar defensive end J.J. Watt (back) for the season.
In the third quarter, right guard Jeff Allen departed for concussion evaluation. Then backup tight end Ryan Griffin hurt his neck while awkwardly making a tackle after Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted Brock Osweiler. Griffin was down on the turf for several minutes before being escorted off the field and taken off by cart.
The Vikings lead 24-6.
—Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis.
Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch is preparing for his first NFL start.
Denver deactivated starting quarterback Trevor Siemian on Sunday. Siemian sprained his left AC joint in Denver’s win at Tampa Bay last weekend. The Broncos are hoping he’ll be healthy enough to start Thursday night at San Diego after a short week.
Lynch performed well in relief of Siemian last weekend, throwing for 170 yards and a touchdown while operating a narrowed playbook after Siemian got hurt when he was flung to the turf on his non-throwing shoulder.
The Broncos moved up to select Lynch with the 26th overall draft pick in April, but the Memphis star didn’t really challenge Siemian for the starting job in training camp.
However, his footwork and throwing mechanics have improved and the Broncos feel good about putting him in against the Atlanta Falcons.
—Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.
New England Patriots rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones was ejected from Sunday’s game at Cleveland early in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for unnecessary roughness.
Jones, a second-round draft pick from Alabama, was involved with Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins while a pass to Terrelle Pryor was completed on the other side of the field. Referee Bill Vinovich announced the 15-yard penalty on Jones and that he was ejected.
— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns have announced quarterback Cody Kessler won’t return to Sunday’s game with the New England Patriots.
Kessler left the game with chest and rib injuries. He was driven to the ground by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower while attempting a pass late in the first quarter. Kessler’s throw to Duke Johnson was behind the running back and went out of bounds in the end zone, giving New England a safety.
Kessler has been thrust into Cleveland’s lineup because of injuries to starters Robert Griffin III (shoulder) and Josh McCown (collarbone).
— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland
In his return from a four-game suspension, Tom Brady has thrown two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett as the New England Patriots have a 23-7 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns.
Brady is making his 2016 debut Sunday after serving a suspension for his role in the use of underinflated footballs during a playoff game. The Patriots went 3-1 without him.
In other games at halftime, Matthew Stafford has thrown three touchdown passes to give the Detroit Lions a 21-10 lead over the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles. Marcus Mariota has two touchdown passes and one touchdown run as the Tennessee Titans lead 21-14 at Miami.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the New York Jets 14-13, the Indianapolis Colts lead the Chicago Bears 16-13, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Houston Texans 24-6 and the Baltimore Ravens have a 10-6 edge over the Washington Redskins.
The first half of the early games has featured three touchdowns on punt returns — an 85-yarder by Washington’s Jamison Crowder, a 79-yarder by Minnesota’s Marcus Sherels and a 74-yarder by Miami’s Jakeem Grant.
Miami Dolphins rookie Jakeem Grant scored his first NFL touchdown on a 74-yard punt return, and then came out of the game against Tennessee with an ankle injury.
Grant later returned to the game. His score tied the game and provided a much-needed lift for the Dolphins, who were outgained 195 yards to 26 in the early going.
— Steven Wine reporting in Miami.
The Philadelphia Eagles have already given up their highest scoring total of the season.
In fact, the Detroit Lions have scored a touchdown every time they’ve had the ball so far Sunday.
The Lions lead the Eagles 21-10 at halftime after Philadelphia hadn’t allowed more than 14 points in any of its first three games. Theo Riddick has a pair of TDs for Detroit.
The Lions went 75 yards in 11 plays for their first touchdown, 53 yards in nine plays for another, and then drove 71 yards in 12 plays for the third TD. That third drive lasted 7:13.
— Noah Trister reporting from Detroit