Highlights: Steelers McDonald trucked Bucs safety with an open-field stiff

TAMPA, Floria — The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1-1) Vance McDonald used his speed after he trucked safety Chris Conte with an open-field stiff arm on his way to a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter. “Punish him,” said McDonald about his plan when squaring up Conte. “Inflict as much force on him as possible.” The Steelers…

Detroit Lions beat New England Patriots 26-10

DETROIT, Michigan — Detroit Lions rookie, Kerryon Johnson ( Auburn University) became the first Lions running back to crack the 100 yard mark in rushing since 2013, during their 26-10 victory over the New England Patriots at Ford Field on Sunday. Johnson had 101 yards rushing on 16 carries — Reggie Bush ran for 117…

Drew Brees passes Brett Favre for most career completions

ATLANTA, Georgia — The New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Brett Favre’s record with his 6,301st career completion in the second quarter Sunday at Atlanta — a 17-yard pass to receiver Michael Thomas. He is now less than 700 yards away from Peyton Manning’s all-time mark of 71,940 career passing yards. Drew Brees passes…

Baker Mayfield Guides Browns to comeback Win over Jets

CLEVELAND, Ohio — No. 1 overall draft selection in 2018 Baker Mayfield guided the Cleveland Browns back from a 14-0 deficit — to defeat the New York Jets in front of a sold-out crown at First Energy Stadium on Thursday night. Mayfield finished the night 17-of-23 for 201 yards, with a quarterback rating of 100.1…

Andy Dalton tosses 4 TD passes, Bengals top Ravens 34-23

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Andy Dalton tossed four touchdown passes in the first half — three to A.J. Green — to guide the Cincinnati Bengals to a 34-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. He completed 24 of 42 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns — for the undefeated Bengals (2-0, 1-0 AFC…

Darnold leads NY Jets past Lions, 48-17

DETROIT, Michigan — NY Jets rookie Sam Darnold joined elite company as he guided the visitors to a 48-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football at Ford Field. The former USC Trojan, drafted No. 3 overall,became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The 21-year-old finished…

Eagles win thriller in NFL Season Opener versus Falcons

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — The 2018 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles captured a 18-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday nights NFL season opener. With just 4:51 remaining in the game, the defending champs took possession of the ball at the 46-yard line. The Eagles mixed the short passing game –…

Antonio Gates Hits the practice field with the Bolts

LOS ANGELES, California — Future NFL Hall of Famer, Antonio Gates, returned to the practice field after re-signing with the Chargers on a 1-year deal. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he would take a conservative approach in getting Gates back on the field. “I’m going to watch him closely this week,” Lynn said. “I want…

NFL: Issues raised by Kaepernick deserve attention

NEW YORK, New York — The NFL said in a statement Tuesday that the “social justice issues” raised by Colin Kaepernick and other professional athletes “deserve our attention and action.” The league’s statement follows Monday’s announcement from Nike that Kaepernick is one of the faces of the 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It”…