Monday, October 18, 2021

NFL score: A blocked punt and game-winning drive help Saints beat Bengals

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Buccaneers 10, Chiefs 0

This was a special game between the Chiefs and Buccaneers for many reasons, most notably because both teams lead the NFC. But this was also special because the Bucs kept St. Louis and Kansas City off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.

Aubrey Huff scored on a 55-yard punt return, although Kansas City had offside on the play. The Chiefs also needed a decent throw from Patrick Mahomes to Will Fuller on fourth-and-3 from the Bucs 31 late in the third quarter. The conversion made the score 10-0, and kick returns by Corey Davis and Kamara in the fourth quarter added to the margin.

New Orleans Saints 15, Cincinnati Bengals 14

The Saints got a much-needed win over the Bengals with kicker Wil Lutz doing what he has done in recent weeks. His two field goals and two extra points gave the Saints a 15-14 win.

The offense was again very good, gaining 415 yards. It featured new offensive coordinator Dan Campbell’s “Air Raid” offense that stressed the run. New Orleans has now won four in a row and seven of eight overall.

Seattle Seahawks 24, Arizona Cardinals 3

The Seahawks won a tough one in Arizona, with a “home” game thanks to CenturyLink Field’s roof being closed for the first time in its history.

The Cardinals started fast with a touchdown drive but then the Seahawks took over. Russell Wilson directed three second-half touchdown drives, including a 34-yard pass to Nick Vannett. Seattle’s defense also sacked Cardinals QB Josh Rosen three times.

N.Y. Giants 20, Philadelphia Eagles 10

A tight end by trade, Evan Engram sparked the Giants on offense by catching six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, the first of which tied the game at 10 in the second quarter. The Eagles, coming off a 33-31 win over Atlanta, entered the game with the NFL’s best defense but were without star defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and a struggling Nelson Agholor. Philadelphia took all three points off the board after a pass interference call in the end zone.

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