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Page4D Tuesday,October20,2015 E2 DemocratandChronicle. com NFL PHILADELPHIA - In a s loppy, ugly game, the P hiladelphia Eagles prevailed because they made fewer mistakes. DeMarco Murray ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, Nolan Carroll returned one of Eli Manning’s two interceptions for a score and the Eagles beat the Giants 27-7 Mond ay night. S am Bradford threw f or 280 yards and a 32- y ard TD pass to Riley Cooper, but had three interceptions to keep the Giants in the game. The Eagles (3-3) have won two straight to move from last place in the NFC East into a tie for first with the Giants (3-3). The teams meet again in Week 17. Neither team looked sharp in front of a prime- time audience. They comb ined for seven turnovers and 21penalties. The Giants gave the Eagles first downs on a roughing-the-passer penalty and a running-into- the-kicker penalty to keep both of their TD drives going. W earing all-black uniforms for the third time in f ranchise history, the Eagles got off to another slow start. Manning completed h is first 10 passes, includ- i ng a 13-yard TD pass to Odell Beckham Jr. for a 7-0 lead. But things went downhill for Manning from there. T he Eagles took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter w hen Carroll jumped in front of a pass intended for Dwayne Harris and ran it back untouched for h is first career TD. A fter Nikita Whitlock ran into punter Donnie Jones to give Philadelphia afirst down at its 28, Murray took over. He had two runs of 11yards each and f inished off the drive with a12-yard TD run to give P hiladelphia a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. Murray had his best game since joining the Ea- g les after a record-break- i ng season in Dallas. The All-Pro led the NFL in rushing last year and broke Emmitt Smith’s single-season club record, but has struggled in Phila- d elphia. He entered the game with 130 yards this s eason. The Eagles were 1-3 before a 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints at h ome last week. They’ll t ravel to play unbeaten Carolina (5-0) next Sunday night. The Giants had won three in a row. They’ll host Dallas (2-3) next week. B radford had a pair of third-quarter intercept ions on poor throws, including one that Landon Collins picked in the end zone. B ut Philadelphia’s de- fense bailed him out. The Giants came out playing Chip Kelly’s style o f football, running a no- h uddle offense. They m oved right down the field and Manning connected with Beckham across the middle for a score. The Eagles went three- and-out on their first possession and the Giants were driving with a first down at Philadelphia’s 23 w hen DeMeco Ryans s tole the ball from Larry D onnell for an intercept ion. Aroughing-the-passer penalty on Damontre Moore helped the Eagles avoid another three-and- out and Bradford hit Cooper on a deep pass to tie it at 7-7. The teams traded turnovers midway through the second quarter. Malcolm Jenkins forced Rashad Jennings to fumble and Ryans recovered a t the Eagles 38. But Jay- ron Hosley intercepted Bradford’s deep pass and ran it back to the Giants 42. Caleb Sturgis hit a 37- yard field goal to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead at halftime. He nailed one from 3 9 in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were driving o n the first possession of the third quarter, but Jordan Matthews fumbled at the Giants 25 after a catch a nd Moore recovered. EAGLES 27, GIANTS 7 Murray, Carroll lead Eagles ROB MAADDI ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Philadelphia players celebrate a touchdown run by running back DeMarco Murray, right, in the second half of Monday’s game. An MRI exam shows Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota sprained his l eft MCL, and coach Ken W hisenhunt says they will have to see how the rookie’s knee progresses before determining if he can play Sunday against At- l anta. Whisenhunt said that Mariota was walking around just fine at the Tennessee headquarters on Monday. M ariota was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins when h it low by end Olivier Vernon. The rookie stayed on the field and didn’t miss a p lay. Mariota did put a brace after the series, and he remained in the game until Whisenhunt sent Zach Mettenberger in for the final series with 1:54 left. B engals: The NFL Net- w ork has apologized to Bengals players who were shown naked in the l ocker room during a post- game interview Sunday in Buffalo. A lex Riethmiller said a “regrettable mistake by a production team” was be- h ind the video. An NFL Network reporter was in- t erviewing cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones after a 34-21win in Buffalo o n Sunday, and the videographer’s angle included several players c oming out of the shower in the background. L eft tackle Andrew Whitworth was one of those shown. He said on Monday that the league s hould restrict media access to the locker room to p revent it from happening again. Riethmiller says the c rew didn’t follow network procedures that would have prevented the m istake. Browns: Police have r eleased a dash-cam video and 9-1-1emergen- cy calls from a roadside i ncident involving Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. T he former Heisman Trophy winner was quest ioned by Avon, Ohio, police last week after Manziel got into an argument with his girlfriend, Col- l een Crowley. Witnesses said Manziel p assed cars on the shoulder while driving at a high speed and he later admit- t ed drinking alcohol earlier in the day. Manziel was not c harged and he was active as Cleveland’s backup S unday during a 26-23 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. T he Browns said they have spoken to Manziel about the incident. Manz iel spent 70 days in a rehab facility during the o ffseason. Texans: The Houston Texans have flip-flopped between Brian Hoyer and R yan Mallett throughout the early part of this seas on. That indecision at quarterback appears to b e over now after Hoyer’s strong performance in Houston’s win over the J aguars on Sunday. “He’s our quarter- b ack,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “We’re going to stick with him. He’s playing r eally well. He’s playing at a high level, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in h im.” Hoyer made his second s tart this season on Sunday and it was the first time he both started and finished a game. H e won the starting job out of camp, but was b enched during the season opener after struggling early in that game. B ut Mallett had a tough time in his three starts and Hoyer took over in the l ast two of them before regaining the starting job l ast week. Lions: Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenn er is going on injured reserve with cracked ribs and a partially collapsed l ung. Coach Jim Caldwell s aid Monday that Zenner was in the hospital after being injured in Sunday’s overtime win over Chi- cago. Caldwell said Zenner would go on IR “at some point in time” but that his condition was improving. Z enner has 60 yards on 1 7 carries this season. He impressed during preseason and has received some playing time in a backfield that’s been hurt b y Joique Bell’s injury problems and Ameer Abdullah’s fumbling. Theo Riddick made the most of his opportunities Sunday, running for 28 y ards on seven carries and catching three passes for 50 yards. Ravens: The Baltimore R avens keep finding ways to lose, and coming close is of no consolation to c oach John Harbaugh. Baltimore fell to 1-5 with a 25-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Ravens’ five defeats have come by a total of 22 points, in part be- c ause they couldn’t come u p with a big play when it mattered most. In three of the losses, B altimore blew a fourth- quarter lead. In the other two, the Ravens staged c omebacks that fell short. Harbaugh said Monday: “It’s disappointing to l ose these close games the way we’re losing them. T he bottom line is we’re not good enough to win them right now.” H e insisted that the Ravens won’t stop trying to improve. B altimore faces the Arizona Cardinals next Mond ay night. NFL ROUNDUP MRI shows Mariota sprained MCL ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is tended to after being injured in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. doing so, he rarely blitzed, even sent three-man rushes, and with no pass rush whatsoever, Andy Dalton sat back there and played c atch. Mario Williams said he probably set a per- s onal record for most times in coverage. Why is Mario Williams in pass c overage? Why is Jerry H ughes? Turn those guys loose and let them do what t hey do best: sack quarter- b acks. 2. The injuries. I'm not sure what the Bills can do because injuries happen in the NFL, but man, this many? The offense is ravaged and it looked like a preseason game for most of the way Sunday with EJ Manuel, Chris Hogan, De- narius Moore, and Cyrus K ouandjio on the field. Now the Bills face the p rospect of playing the Jaguars without Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, P ercy Harvin, Karlos Will iams, Seantrel Henderson, and Marquise Goodw in. Factor in the loss of A aron Williams and Kyle Williams on defense, and Marcus Easley on special teams, and the Bills have a serious problem on their hands if most, or all, of those players are sidelined against Jacksonville. 3. Doug Whaley's most recent transact ions. Give Whaley credit for revamping this roster b ecause if all these guys weren't injured, the Bills would be a fairly formida- b le team. However, his l ast month has been gruesome. Getting only a 2017 f ifth-round pick for Matt C assel was a fleecing by the Cowboys. I wasn't against trading Cassel, but I was hoping for more than that, which basically amounts to nothing. Cutting Jordan Gay was idiotic, and that was obvious Sunday. Dan Carpenter has a weak kickoff leg and he had no touchbacks on f our tries. His first kick made it to the goal line and w as returned 49 yards. If Gay were here, that's a touchback. And dumping p unt returner Marcus T higpen for Denarius Moore. Yeah, OK. Nice f air catch at the 4. S tat pack 2011- That was the last time a Bills defense went through a game in which it didn't record a sack or force a turnover, a streak of 61games that ended against the Bengals. 28 - Completions by EJ Manuel, which set a new personal record. He also c ompleted 11straight at one point, another per- s onal best. 82.6 - A.J. Green's average yards per game re- c eiving for his Bengals c areer, which ranks him third among active play- e rs. The Bills held him to 3 6 yards. Looking ahead The Bills flew to London after the Cincinnati game and spent Monday getting adjusted to the time change and their home for the next week. Jacksonville is scuffling at 1-5 and is coming off a 31-20 home loss to H ouston. The Jaguars, who are playing in London f or the third year in a row, will arrive in England Thursday looking to snap a four-game losing streak. M AIORANA@Gan- nett.com Defense Continued from Page 1D

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