Monday, September 15, 2014

Petersonless Vikings rolled by Patriots

Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass, Stevan Ridley ran for another score and the New England Patriots rolled to a 30-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.
Brady passed for only 149 yards, but was aided by a New England defense that picked off Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel four times. The Patriots scored 17 points off the interceptions.
Ridley had 101 yards on 25 carries for New England (1-1), which rebounded from a season-opening loss at Miami. The Patriots last dropped their first two games of a season in 2001.
Cassel threw for 202 yards, 75 coming on the game's opening drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Matt Asiata.
The Vikings (1-1), coming off a win at St. Louis, played without Adrian Peterson. The club deactivated the running back after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.
"No, it didn't affect the team. You know what affected the team? Throwing interceptions, getting a field goal blocked, not tackling well enough, having penalties on defense. That's what affected the team," Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer said when asked if the news about Peterson was a distraction.
The Vikings moved down the field effortlessly to begin the game as New England struggled mightily covering their tight ends.
Asiata, Peterson's replacement, took a short toss from Cassel to the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. Cordarrelle Patterson had drawn the defense's attention with a fake jet sweep, leaving Asiata wide open on the right side of the field.
"They got us early in the game on some misdirection plays," said New England head coach Bill Belichick, who earned his 200th career regular-season win.
Cassel's next pass was picked off downfield by Devin McCourty, whose 60-yard return to the one-yard line set up Ridley's touchdown run.
Offensive lineman Dan Connolly recovered a Julian Edelman fumble on the next New England series, allowing Stephen Gostkowski to kick a go-ahead 48-yard field goal.
Darrelle Revis made his first interception with the Patriots early in the second quarter. The turnover led to Brady hitting Edelman for a 9-yard touchdown in the back left corner of the end zone. Brady converted a 3rd- and-14 earlier in the drive when he connected with Edelman for 44 yards.
The Vikings looked to trim their deficit before halftime, but Chandler Jones blocked Blair Walsh's field goal and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.
"Huge play and we work on it every week," Belichick said about the play by Jones. "It's great to see it happen the way it did and see that hard work from practice pay off and become reality in the game."
Cassel was picked off by Logan Ryan on Minnesota's first possession of the third quarter. The Patriots again cashed in as Gostkowski drilled a 47-yarder.
Gostkowski kicked a 27-yarder to begin the fourth quarter.
Game Notes
Belichick became the sixth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 career regular-season wins and the fourth fastest to reach the mark at only 306 games ... Brady (149) moved into sole possession of third place for the most career wins as a starting quarterback in NFL history. He had been tied with John Elway ... The Patriots won their 12th straight game against the NFC North and improved to 8-4 all-time versus Minnesota ... The Vikings haven't started 2-0 since 2009.

Brady, Patriots bounce back to beat Vikings 30-7

The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson's absence, though he might not have made much of a difference.
Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown doomed the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, as the Patriots breezed to a 30-7 win, coach Bill Belichick's 200th.
"I certainly never got into coaching expecting that to ever happen," Belichick said, "so it is very gratifying to reach that milestone. But what it really says is I had a lot of really good players."
Tom Brady went 15 for 22 for 149 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers, and Cassel's first start against his close friend and former mentor was a dud. Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan and Dominique Easley all picked him off, setting up 17 points for the Patriots and prompting chants from the crowd for rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel finished 19 for 36 for 202 yards.
New England defensive end Chandler Jones had two sacks and returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime.
This was Brady's 149th win as a starter, pushing him past John Elway into third place on the all-time list behind Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.
"I don't think about those things too much, but I'm glad we won and hopefully we can do better next week," Brady said.
Matt Asiata had only 36 yards on 13 carries in place of Peterson, who was deactivated after being charged with child abuse Friday in Texas. The Patriots let Miami rush for 191 yards last week in a season-opening loss, but they held the Vikings to 54 yards on 19 attempts without Peterson.
"I would've liked to have seen it against him, but at the same time we can't control that. I'm very proud of our team and how we responded," Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said.
The pass-run ratio last week for the Patriots was 60-20 in a shaky loss at Miami, but they established a much better balance here.
Stevan Ridley carried 25 times for 101 yards, and Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes wasn't able to keep up with Julian Edelman, who finished six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Under Belichick, the sixth coach to reach 200 NFL victories, the Patriots have consistently been able to avoid consecutive losses. The last time the Patriots lost the first two games of the season was 2001, when they went on to win their first of three Super Bowl titles.
The Vikings started strong with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cassel to a wide-open Asiata, followed by the defense forcing a three-and-out. But one bad throw by Brady's former backup shifted the momentum.
Cassel's heave to Jarius Wright hung in the air long enough for McCourty to snag it and return it 60 yards to the 1 yard line.
Ridley scored two plays later.
Revis had Greg Jennings smothered all game, and the five-time Pro Bowl pick grabbed an errant pass by Cassel early in the second quarter to set up Edelman's score.
Then, after the Vikings set up a 48-yard kick by Blair Walsh that would've pulled them within seven points, Jones powered through the line, stretched his arms out and batted down the ball. He picked it up in stride and headed for the end zone, effectively quashing hope for a second-half comeback.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Cassel would start next week at New Orleans.
"I take full responsibility for not taking care of the football today," Cassel said. "I've got to do a better job, and I will."
That will be tougher without Peterson.
"It's just part of life," Zimmer said, after dismissing several questions from reporters about Peterson's absence and status. "Would we have liked to have him? Sure."
NOTES: The Patriots beat the Vikings 31-7 on Oct. 30, 2006, their last visit to Minnesota. They're 8-4 in the series, with four wins in a row. ... Ryan, replacing injured starter Alfonzo Dennard, helped hold Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson to four catches for 56 yards. He was targeted seven times and had his TD streak stopped at six straight games.

Ginn return, backup QB lead Cardinals over Giants

The Arizona Cardinals are finding ways to win, even without starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

Offense, defense, special teams, everybody is chipping in.

Ted Ginn Jr. ran 71 yards on a punt return for a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown, backup Drew Stanton was solid in his first regular-season action since 2010 and the defense forced three of New York's four turnovers in a 25-14 win over the bumbling Giants on Sunday.

It marked the second straight game the Cardinals (2-0) have rallied in the final quarter, and this comeback gave them their ninth win in 11 games.

"It goes to show the leadership we have in this locker room," cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "We faced a lot of adversity. We let these games slip away last year, getting into the fourth quarter down. We didn't know how to dig out of the hole. Now we understand how to win ballgames. How to finish out the fourth quarter. That's what it's all about. It was a great team win out there today."

It also sent New York to its second straight loss and left many wondering if Tom Coughlin's team is headed for another horrible start. Last year it was 0-6.

"Criticism of this team now is rightfully administered," Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said. "We understand what 0-2 means in this league, and we understand we are the team that accomplished the ultimate after going 0-2 (2007). We have to stay with that mindset.

"There is no shortage of confidence here."

Stanton showed his own level of confidence after finding out he would be starting less than two hours before kickoff. Palmer was experiencing a nerve problem in his shoulder.

Stanton threw for 167 yards and led the Cardinals on three long scoring drives.

"You have to start betting on yourself," said Stanton, who was 14 of 19 and did not turn over the ball. "You have to worry about the stuff you have control over. I say that constantly, but until you start believing in that, you're not going to be any good."

Jonathan Dwyer scored on a 1-yard run and Chandler Catanzaro kicked field goals 49, 37, 32 and 33 yards, the shortest one a minute after Ginn's electrifying return.

The 37-yarder had come just before that and capped a 13-play drive that cut the Giants lead to 14-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The lead had been set up by Eli Manning's touchdown passes of 7 yards to Rueben Randle in the second quarter and 1 yard to Daniel Fells late in the third.

The Giants went three-and-out after Catanzaro's 37-yarder, with Victor Cruz dropping a third-down pass that would have been enough for a first down.

It proved costly.

Steve Weatherford, who tore ligaments in his left ankle in the season opener, got off a low punt. Ginn bounced off an initial tackle by Zack Bowman, circled right and turned upfield. Only Weatherford had a chance to tackle him and it was a mismatch.

"It couldn't have come at a better time than that," Ginn said. "You know ... you just let the game come to you. You just play the plays. That one was a great play that we had in the ballgame."

The Cardinals missed the 2-point conversion but got the ball back right away after Quintin Demps fumbled the ensuing kickoff return. Catanzaro converted from 32 yards for a 22-14 lead.

New York had a chance to tie, moving into Cardinals territory with less than five minutes to play. Then running back Rashad Jennings lost his footing after catching a swing pass and fumbled at the 15.

Stanton led the Cardinals to 10 points on their first two possessions.

Manning got the Giants back in the game with a 13-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that ended with Randle making a one-handed catch of a 7-yard fade pass to the corner of the end zone. Manning hit 6 of 7 passes on the drive, including a 25-yard to Cruz on third-and-11.

NOTES: Hall of Famer Frank Gifford served as the Giants' honorary captain. ... Giants CB Walter Thurmond left in the second half with a pectoral injury. He did not know the extent of his injury. Giants MLB Jon Beason left with a toe injury. ... Ginn's return for a touchdown was the first by the Cardinals since Peterson's 80-yarder in 2011. ... The Giants outgained the Cardinals 341-266. ... Ellington had 91 yards on 15 carries and Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 51 yards. ...Tight end Larry Donnell led New York with seven catches for 81 yards.

Defense Business-like In New York

The Cardinals took another body blow this week when Pro Bowl linebacker John Abraham left the team to ponder retirement.
The defense wobbled a bit on Sunday afternoon against the Giants, but rather than just absorbing the hit, it showed it still has a counter-punch left.
While Giants quarterback Eli Manning found success through the air and moved the ball effectively for portions of the game, the scorecard finished in the Cardinals’ corner: Only two touchdowns allowed and three forced turnovers in the 25-14 victory to move the team to 2-0 on the year.
“I know what we can be, and I know what we can do, so I want to be perfect,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “But I know

this is the NFL and those guys get paid, too, so it’s not going to happen. All in all, we had a great performance.”
Two of New York’s drives ended with a turnover in Cardinals’ territory, the first on an interception by linebacker Sam Acho in the opening quarter and the other on a fumble recovery by safety Rashad Johnson as the Giants attempted to tie the game in the fourth.
While the Cardinals took care of business, the defense felt like it lived too dangerously. The Giants totaled 341 yards compared to the Cardinals’ 266, averaging 5.0 yards per play.
“You’ll take a win – and 14 points and four turnovers normally gets you a win –and we’re happy we were able to stand tall when we needed to in the fourth quarter, but we’re not pleased with our performance today,” Johnson said. “We gave up a lot of plays by not playing our technique and not doing our jobs.”
The four-man pass-rush did not create a lot of pressure. The Cardinals hurried Manning mostly with blitzes, and besides Campbell – who finished with a team-high 10 tackles and a sack with another sack-fumble wiped out by penalty – the defensive line did not get much penetration.
It in turn put stress on the secondary, and Manning finished 26-of-39 for 277 yards and two touchdowns. The second scoring drive

was impressive and put the Giants ahead 14-10, but the Cardinals rallied back to take the lead and didn’t allow the Giants to find the end zone again down the stretch.
“They were hitting a lot of quick routes and making plays with the ball after that,” said Johnson, who had six tackles and a sack in addition to the fumble recovery. “We just adjusted our coverage, tightened up, and knew it was on us. We just tightened up and played more aggressive.”
Abraham had 11½ sacks last year and his absence was notable. He has a couple days left to decide whether he’s going to call it quits or return to the team.
“With a four-man rush, we should be getting there more often,” coach Bruce Arians said. “I’ve got my fingers crossed that somebody’s coming out of retirement Monday.”
The Cardinals have allowed an average of only 15½ points through the first two games against a pair of proven quarterbacks, but there is the desire for more. While the result on Sunday went in their favor, the defense is not yet satisfied.
“It looked good, but there’s a standard that we set here,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said. “We want to make sure we’re not below that standard.”

Cowboys spoil Titans' home opener

Using a dominating first half, Dallas handed Tennessee a 26-10 loss at LP field.

Quarterback Jake Locker and the Titans offense struggled in the first two quarters. And although they put together a couple of drives in the second half, it was way too little to comeback against Dallas.

What it means: Both teams are 1-1 after two weeks. After an impressive season-opening win at Kansas City, the Titans struggled offensively in the first half against the Cowboys and could not recover.

The Titans now face two consecutive tough road games: At Cincinnati on Sept. 21, then at Indianapolis on Sept. 28.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt: "I was disappointed we did not player better today, especially at home. It really hurts and we got a lot of things that we can correct and work on from this game. So, too many mistakes in the first half. I think one of the things that really hurt was when we forced the turnover and we did nothing with it. Of course, getting 0-for-third downs in the first half that's not something that is characteristic of us."

The player quote: "This is the hard fall off the high horse. We are going to get this fixed," Bernard Pollard.

First half to forget: The Cowboys held edges in: time of possession (21:41 to 8:19), total yardage (209-68), rushing yards (140-44), total plays (40-21), first downs (15-2).

The lopsided final stats: Dallas held a huge edge in time of possession (41:11-18:49). and in total plays (76-49).

Turning point: After the Titans trimmed a 16-0 halftime deficit to 16-10, the Cowboys went on a 12-play 80-yard scoring drive to push ahead 23-10. Dez Bryant capped the drive with a 3-yard TD reception from Tony Romo.

Titans MVP: Tight end Delanie Walker had a career day. He had 10 catches for 142 yards, including a 61-yard TD reception. On the score,he caught the ball, bounced off Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne, then outraced four Dallas defenders into the end zone.

Cowboys MVP: There was one in each half. Running back DeMarco Murray controlled the first half, running 17 times for 115 yards and a 3-yard touchdown run. He finished the day with 167 yards. In the second half, wide receiver Dez Bryant dominated the action, especially in the third quarter when the Cowboys thwarted the Titans' comeback with a long 80-yard scoring drive. Bryant had five catches for 57 yards, including a 3-yard TD catch in the third quarter. He finished with 10 receptions for 103 yards.

Final Titans statistics: Locker completed 18 of 34 passes for 234 yards, one TD and two interceptions. He targeted Walker 14 times. No other receiver had more than three receptions (Kendall Wright, 3; Justin Hunter, 2).

Locker was sacked twice. Shonn Greene led the ground game with five rushes and 40 yards. The Titans running attack had just 13 carries for 82 yards. Bernard Pollard had a team-high 11 tackles, while Jurrell Casey had two of the Titans' four sacks.

Notable Cowboys statistics: Romo completed 19 of 29 passes for 176 yards. He targeted Bryant with 14 of those passes. Tight end Jason Witten was targeted seven times. He caught four passes for 32 yards.

Stopping the run: The Titans will need to find a way to stop the run before they visit Cincinnati next week. The Bengals ran 45 times for 170 yards in their win over Arizona. Giovani Bernard had 27 carries for 90 yards and a TD on Sunday.

The series: The Cowboys lead the series 8-6.

Cowboys avoid 0-2 start, beat Titans 26-10

The Dallas Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start by bouncing back in a big way thanks to a dominating performance from DeMarco Murray and their beleaguered defense.

Murray ran for 167 yards and a touchdown, Dan Bailey kicked four field goals, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Tennessee Titans 26-10 Sunday.

"DeMarco ran really well," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "He ran hard and he ran downhill. When you can do that, drive the football again, again and again and control the football and control the game it gives you a great chance to win."

The loss spoiled Tennessee first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt's home debut.

The Cowboys haven't started 0-2 since 2010 when Wade Phillips was fired midway through the season and Jason Garrett was promoted to head coach. They didn't come close to staying winless Sunday, jumping ahead 16-0 in the first half to kick off a two-game road swing strong.

"Starting 0-2 is a very, very big hole you don't want to be in," Tony Romo said.

The Dallas defense had two sacks and two interceptions that led to 10 points.

Romo easily shook off his three interceptions in the season-opening loss to San Francisco. With Murray running so well, Romo was 19 of 29 for 176 yards and a TD.

The Titans (1-1) struggled in all areas after winning their opener at Kansas City and missed on their first 2-0 start since 2008.

"We missed tackles," Whisenhunt said. "They ran the football well. Give them credit. They did to us what we did to Kansas City last week."

Dez Bryant had a 3-yard TD catch in a game where he went to the locker room after the opening drive to get his shoulder checked out. Murray lost a fumble for a second straight game but he topped 100 yards in the second quarter. He wound up averaging 5.8 yards a carry for the game.

"It's still early," Murray said. "We still have a lot of work to do. ... We're headed in the right way, though."

Little slowed down the Cowboys. They held the ball for 41 minutes, 11 seconds and finished with a 368-314 edge in total offense, delighting their many fans who at one point chanted "Let's Go Cowboys" as Dallas ran out the clock.

Even with linebacker Justin Durant out with an injured groin and cornerback Orlando Scandrick suspended, the Cowboys got some big stops in the second half.

Rolando McClain, who starred in college at Alabama, ended one Tennessee drive slipping his hand just underneath a Locker pass for an interception early in the fourth. He might have had a touchdown if not for an official whistling the play dead as an incompletion, which was overturned after a review.

The Cowboys also forced the Titans to turn it over on downs after facing first-and-goal at the Dallas 6 with 6:22 left.

Whisenhunt is the Titans' third head coach since their last playoff berth in 2008, and hope was high for a team coming off a big win at Kansas City.

It didn't last long as the Titans could not have looked much worse for the first 30 minutes. The only highlights were Jurrell Casey coming up with two of three sacks. Jake Locker, who had a 111.4 passer rating in the opener, struggled missing receivers both too short and too high. He had only 26 yards with a passer rating of 7.6 at halftime.

After Barry Church intercepted a Locker pass, Murray ran four times and ran 40 yards and capped the drive by shoving the ball over the goal line on a 3-yard TD run for a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. Bailey added field goals of 48, 44 and 51 for a 16-0 halftime lead.

Tennessee finally got going scoring 10 points in the third quarter, including a 61-yard TD pass from Locker to Delanie Walker. The tight end bounced off Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne and outran defenders to the end zone for a 61-yard TD with 7:45 left. Locker finished 18 of 34 for 234 yards.

"We just dug ourselves too big a hole," Locker said.

Notes: Romo extended his streak with at least one TD pass to 30 straight games. ... Murray had his ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career and second straight to start this season. ... Titans CB Jason McCourty hurt his groin and missed the second half. ... Dallas now has won three of four in this series. ... Titans fall to 9-7 in home openers since 1999.

Another injury for RG3; Redskins top Jaguars 41-10

Robert Griffin III hobbled through the Washington Redskins' locker room on crutches, the kind of scene that has become so familiar.
The franchise player was hurt again Sunday, dislocating his left ankle in the first quarter of a 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The best-case scenario might have him playing again by Thanksgiving, but there's more than a decent chance he's taken his last snap of the season.
"Moments like this," Griffin said, "you just have to keep the faith."
X-rays and an MRI will offer more specifics, but the Redskins for now belong to Kirk Cousins, who looked more comfortable in new coach Jay Gruden's offense than Griffin ever did, Cousins completed his first 12 passes and finished 22 of 33 for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the woeful Jaguars.
"He's handled being a backup like a pro," Gruden said. "He's waited patiently, and now his time is going to come to really take this thing and run with it."
This was truly a next-man-up game for the Redskins (1-1). After wide receiver DeSean Jackson left in the first quarter with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder - he's hopeful of playing next week - Ryan Grant (five catches) and Andre Roberts (four) picked up the slack. Niles Paul, playing for sidelined tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring), had a touchdown catch and set career highs with eight catches for 99 yards.
And the defense dominated. Ryan Kerrigan had four sacks, and the team as a whole had 10 - both tying franchise records. Washington didn't let the Jaguars past midfield until the final two minutes of the first half and took a 21-0 lead on a team that, combined with the previous week, allowed 55 unanswered points until Chad Henne hit Marcedes Lewis for a 63-yard score with 1:40 to go in the second quarter.
The Jaguars gained 148 total yards - and 117 came on two plays. They are 0-2 for the third consecutive season.
"This one hurts now. There's some pain," Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley said. "But I think we've got to turn these wounds into wisdom."
The Redskins ended a nine-game regular-season losing streak - the second-longest in franchise history - and gave Gruden his first win as an NFL head coach, but the future is cloudy because of the health of their two most dynamic playmakers.
Griffin has been trying to learn to be more of a pocket-passer under Gruden, but he was hurt while being his typical RG3 self. He said his ankle got stuck in the ground as he made a leaping, across-the-body throw near the sideline and tumbled awkwardly out of bounds. The pass was caught by Jackson for an 11-yard gain.
After his leg was placed in a splint, Griffin wiped his brow and waved, saluted and gave a thumbs-up signal to the crowd as he was carted along the sideline toward the players' tunnel. The fans chanted "R-G-3!"
"It's an excruciating pain," Griffin said. "Anytime you look at your ankle and it's going in a strange direction, you don't want to get up."
It was the latest setback for a promising but injury-marred career. Griffin missed all or part of four games in his record-setting rookie season of 2012 due to various injuries, including a torn right ACL that led to reconstructive knee surgery. He tore the same ACL in college at Baylor.
Two plays after Griffin was hurt, Cousins hit fullback Darrel Young for a 20-yard touchdown pass for the game's first score.
On the Redskins' next series, Jackson landed on his shoulder after getting tangled with safety Josh Evans on an incomplete pass. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver was the Redskins' prized free agency acquisition this year, signing a three-year, $24 million contract with $16 million guaranteed after getting cut by the Eagles.
"This one was a little vicious, the pain right on the bone and things like that," Jackson said. "So I'm day-to-day."
Nevertheless, the Redskins soon had a three-touchdown lead after a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Alfred Morris. Morris finished with 85 yards on 22 carries on a day of mixed emotions at Washington's home opener.
"It's a special day for me, personally, a special day for this team, getting out to a great start with a home victory," Gruden said. "Unfortunately, a man out there hurt his ankle, but we just have to move on."
Notes: Lewis suffered a high left ankle sprain on the first play of the third quarter and was carted to the locker room. ... The 10 sacks allowed by the Jaguars set a franchise record. ... Henne finished 14 of 28 for 193 yards. ... Three other Redskins players left the game early: RB Roy Helu strained a quad muscle, G Shawn Lauvao sprained his right knee, and Young sprained his back. Gruden said all three will probably be day to day. ... Jaguars rookie WR Allen Hurns injured his left ankle and was scheduled for X-rays.

Jaguars fall to Redskins, 41-10; QB Henne sacked record 10 times

No RG3.
No DeSean Jackson.

No matter.

This was ugly.

The Jaguars couldn’t take advantage of two significant injuries to key Washington players, losing 41-10 Sunday at FedEx Field. The Redskins totally dominated the game, out-gaining the Jaguars 449-148.

Washington finished with 32 first downs to eight for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars allowed 10 sacks, a franchise-high and utter embarrassment.

The Redskins (1-1) built a 21-0 lead without two of their top playmakers. Quarterback Robert Griffin III was injured on Washington’s second possession, while his new receiver, Jackson, was injured on the third drive. Griffin suffered a left ankle injury, while Jackson hurt his left shoulder.

Washington didn’t miss a beat.

Led by backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins scored touchdowns on three of their first five possessions of the game. Running back Alfred Morris scored twice from a yard out after Cousins connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to fullback Darrel Young.

After being outscored 34-0 in last week’s 34-17 loss at Philadelphia, the Jaguars had surrendered 55 consecutive points without scoring. They’ll enter a Week 3 home-opener against Indianapolis having been outscored 68-10 in the last six quarters.

The Jaguars nearly stunned the Redskins early. On their first possession, quarterback Chad Henne threw an accurate pass downfield to receiver Allen Hurns. The rookie dropped the ball on what likely would’ve been a 74-yard touchdown catch.

The Jaguars (0-2) finally got going late in the first half. Henne found tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 63-yard touchdown. Lewis caught the pass near the sideline 15 yards downfield. Washington safety Bacarri Rambo gambled and tried to intercept the pass, but arrived too late. Lewis had an open field after securing the catch.

Washington out-gained the Jaguars 308-87 in the first half, recording 21 first downs to four for Jacksonville. Cousins completed 14-of-18 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown without committing a turnover. Tight end Niles Paul caught seven passes for 97 yards in the first half.

Henne was able to connect with rookie receiver Allen Robinson on a 54-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Henne completed 14-of-28 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He was also the leading rusher, gaining 17 yards. Running back Toby Gerhart had eight yards on seven carries.

To further add insult to injury, Hurns injured his left leg with the Jaguars going for it on fourth-and-16 from their 21-yard line with under 30 seconds to play.