Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs have monster days as Buffalo edges Miami

Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen have connected 16 times in their first two games as teammates, both victories for the Buffalo Bills.
Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen have connected 16 times in their first two games as teammates, both victories for the Buffalo Bills.Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

In Miami Gardens, Fla., Josh Allen threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, and the Buffalo Bills beat AFC East rival Miami for the fourth consecutive time Sunday, 31-28.

Allen reached a career high in yards passing for the second week in a row, and became the first Buffalo quarterback to have back-to-back 300-yard games since Drew Bledsoe in 2002.

Trailing 20-17, the Bills (2-0) reclaimed the lead with 5:55 left on a 6-yard pass from Allen to rookie Gabriel Davis, who made a diving catch in the end zone. Allen’s 46-yard pass to John Brown stretched the lead to 31-20 with 3:09 left. The Bills totaled 524 yards, with 342 in the first half, the most by the team since 2000.


The Dolphins closed to 31-28 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Mike Gesicki and a successful 2-point conversion with 49 seconds left, but couldn’t recover the onside kick. Fitzpatrick went 31 for 47 for 328 yards and two TDs.

Allen threw touchdown passes to four receivers and Stefon Diggs led the Bills with eight catches for 153 yards. He led the Bills had scoring drives of 97, 84, and 73 yards in the first half.

Masked fans were scattered throughout Hard Rock Stadium, and the announced crowd of 11,075 was smaller than the maximum of 13,000 being allowed to attend the home opener. Almost half of the spectators wore Bills colors.

Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 (ot) — Harrison Butker was pure Hollywood in Inglewood, Calif., hitting hitting four field goals from 50-plus yards, including two that didn’t count in overtime and a third from 58 yards that did, edging Kansas City (2-0) past a superlative first start by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. Butker’s game-winner with 1:55 remaining was his second from 58, which tied a Chiefs record for distance. He nailed a 30-yarder on the final play of regulation. In overtime, Butker sent the ball through the uprights from 53 yards, but KC was called for a false start. Then the Chargers called timeout, giving him a rehearsal kick from 58 that he also made. Patrick Mahomes completed less than half of his passes in the first half for only the third time in his career, but rallied to finish 27 of 47 for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Herbert was 22 of 33 for 311 yards with a touchdown and interception, becoming the ninth quarterback since the merger to have a 300-yard game in his NFL debut. The sixth overall pick in April’s draft got the call after Tyrod Taylor aggravated a rib injury during warmups.


49ers 31, Jets 13 — In East Rutherford, N.J., Raheem Mostert ran for an 80-yard touchdown on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage and Jimmy Garoppolo threw two TD passes before both players sat out the second half with injuries to lead the banged-up 49ers. It was a costly victory for San Francisco (1-1), which was already hurting in a big way before losing Garoppolo to a high ankle sprain and Mostert to an injured knee. Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas were both carted off the field two plays apart with left knee injuries in the first quarter. The fear is it could be a season-ending ACL injury for Bosa; both will have additional tests on Monday. None of it mattered against New York (0-2), which allowed Jerick McKinnon to rip off a 55-yard run on a third-and-31 and scored its only touchdown in garbage time.


Titans 33, Jaguars 30 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left in Nashville, and Tennessee held on to open 2-0 for the first time in 12 years despite being outgained by Jacksonville, 480-354. Ryan Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns, an NFL best 10th straight game with at least two TDs. The Titans sacked Gardner Minshew twice and picked him off twice, the last on a batted ball by Jeffery Simmons that Harold Landry III grabbed with 47 seconds left. Minshew finished throwing for 339 yards and three TDs, his final two coming in the fourth quarter, tying the game with 7:25 left. The Jaguars revamped their defense to defend 2019 NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry better, and held him to 84 yards on 25 carries. Gostkowski also made a 51-yarder at the end of the first half after going 1 for 4 with a point-after miss in the opener; he did hit a left upright after Tannehill’s fourth TD pass.

Steelers 26, Broncos 21 — Ben Roethlisberger threw for 311 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and Pittsburgh (2-0) fended off a spirited comeback by Denver (0-2), which hung around despite losing starting quarterback Drew Lock in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury. Backup Jeff Driskel completed 18 of 34 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, and was in it until Terrell Edmunds sacked him on fourth-and-2 with less than two minutes to go — Pittsburgh’s seventh of the game, among 19 quarterback hits for a defense which led the NFL in sacks and turnovers forced last season. James Conner, who left a win over the Giants in Week 1 with a sprained left ankle, finished with 106 yards rushing and added 15 yards receiving on two receptions. Still, Pittsburgh wasn’t exactly sharp. The Steelers were flagged 10 times for 89 yards and turned it over twice.


Ravens 33, Texans 16 — Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass, Mark Ingram ran for a TD, and Baltimore (2-0) added a score on defense to beat mistake-prone Houston (0-2) on the road for its 14th straight regular-season win, the longest streak in the NFL since since Carolina won 18 in a row in 2014-15. The Ravens built a 20-10 halftime lead with the help of a fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter by L.J. Fort. Deshaun Watson threw for 275 yards and a touchdown for Houston, but also threw an interception and was sacked four times. Jackson threw for 204 yards and had 54 yards rushing on a day when the Ravens outrushed Houston, 230-51. J.J. Watt had two sacks of Jackson to give him 26 multi-sack games in his career, which is the most in the NFL since 2011.


Colts 28, Vikings 11 — Jonathan Taylor rushed 26 times for 101 yards and scored a touchdown in his first NFL start, leading host Indianapolis (1-1) past Minnesota in front of about 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium — the place where Taylor lost three Big Ten championship games while playing for Wisconsin. Taylor wasn’t Indy’s only impressive rookie: Michael Pittman Jr. caught four passes for 37 yards from Philip Rivers, Julian Blackmon tipped the ball to Khari Willis for an interception, and Rodrigo Blankenship made all four of his field-goal attempts. It was another ugly day for Minnesota, 0-2 for the first time since 2013. Kirk Cousins had a 0.0 passer rating late into the third quarter, thanks in part to drops, and finished 11 of 26 with 113 yards and three interceptions. He was tackled in the end zone for a safety for the second straight week.

Packers 42, Lions 21 — Aaron Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as Green Bay (2-0) turned a 14-3 first-quarter deficit into a rout of Matt Patricia’s Detroit (0-2), which has lost 11 straight dating to last season and became the first team in NFL history to hold double-digit leads in four straight games, then lose all four games. Jones also had a team-high 68 yards receiving on four catches as the Packers won their home opener for an eighth consecutive year. Aaron Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 240 yards, with touchdown passes to Jones and Robert Tonyan. Green Bay had given up touchdown drives on five straight series after giving up 150 yards on Detroit’s first two, but stiffened the rest of the way against a team without its top returning receiver from last year (Kenny Golladay), two starting offensive linemen (guard Joe Dahl and right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai), two of their top cornerbacks (Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman), and one starting defensive tackle (Nick Williams).

Bears 17, Giants 13 — Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes and Chicago (2-0) barely made a 17-0 halftime lead stand up after rallying from 17 down at Detroit in the season opener. The Giants (0-2) refused to go quietly even though they lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a right knee injury on the opening play of the second quarter. New York’s Dion Lewis made it 17-10 when he plowed in from the 1 in the opening minute of the fourth, a James Bradbury interception led to a Graham Gano field goal with 7:43 remaining, and a missed field goal gave New York the ball on the 40 with 2:02 left, but Golden Tate got flagged for pushing off against Eddie Jackson near the goal line on an incomplete pass as time expired. Trubisky completed 18 of 28 passes for 190 yards and was intercepted twice, and David Montgomery both caught a touchdown pass and ran for 82 yards.

Rams 37, Eagles 19 — Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes to Tyler Higbee — who matched his TD total on 69 receptions a year ago — and completed his first 13 passes, Los Angeles (2-0) immediately burying Philadelphia (0-2) in its home opener. The Eagles did get within one score in the second half, but Goff’s 28-yard TD pass to Higbee in the fourth iced it. Goff finished 20 of 27 for 242 yards. Carson Wentz, taken No. 2 in the 2016 draft immediately behind Goff, was 26 of 43 for 242 yards and two interceptions. Darrell Henderson ran for 81 yards and had his first career TD run. The Rams gained 449 total yards, including 191 on the ground.

Cardinals 30, Washington 15 — Kyler Murray threw for 286 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two more scores to lead Arizona (2-0) in dominating visiting Washington. DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, Zane Gonzalez made three field goals, and Murray alleviated any doubt about who would win early in the fourth quarter, when he darted through the middle of the field — dancing right past safety Troy Apke in the process — for a 21-yard touchdown. Both touchdowns for Washington (1-1) came in the fourth quarter, by which point they trailed, 27-3. Arizona outgained Washington, 244-96, in the first half as it built a 20-0 lead. Dwayne Haskins completed 19 of 33 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown for Washington.