Vikings beaten on ugly day of NFL as Cardinals-Seahawks tie

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Turnovers were the feature of the NFL on Sunday, as the Minnesota Vikings suffered their first loss of the season.

Of the 13 games played on Sunday, 10 of them featured multiple turnovers in what was the sloppiest day of the season thus far.

The game with the most turnovers was the Philadelphia Eagles' 21-10 win over the Vikings.

Each team turned the ball over four times as Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw two interceptions and the Vikings' Sam Bradford tossed his first pick of the season and lost two of four fumbles.

The New England Patriots continued their fine season by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-16, while the San Diego Chargers had a 33-30 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

The only game played Sunday that did not have at least one turnover was the Miami Dolphins' 28-25 win over the Buffalo Bills.

The ugly display of football kicked off in London as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum threw four interceptions in a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants.

The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns 31-17, the Detroit Lions overcame the Washington Redskins 20-17 and the Oakland Raiders were 33-16 victors against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The New Orleans Saints went down to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21, the New York Jets beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-16 and the Indianapolis Colts enjoyed a 34-26 win over the Tennessee Titans.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded a 34-17 victory against the San Francisco 49ers, while the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks played out a 6-6 tie.

 

CASE OF THE PICKS

Giants safety Landon Collins and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each picked off Keenum twice. The first of the four interceptions was returned 44 yards for a touchdown by Collins.

The first touchdown scored in Philadelphia's win over the Vikings was Josh Huff's 98-yard kickoff return.

The Titans' Taylor Lewan was the first offensive lineman to score a touchdown since 2014.

SUPERCHARGED GORDON

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon added to his NFL-leading touchdown total with three more against the Falcons. The second-year rusher now has three games with multiple touchdowns, giving him 10 scores overall, after failing to find the end zone once during his rookie season.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 367 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a loss to the Chiefs. Despite the loss, Brees became the first player in NFL history with 100 career 300-yard passing games.

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount rumbled for 127 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers.

 

MR. RELIABLE

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of field goals in the win over the Titans. The former Patriots kicker has now made 43 consecutive field goals to set an NFL record, previously held by former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt. Vinatieri, who will turn 44 in December, has not missed a field goal attempt since week two of the 2015 season.

The Falcons lost, but quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards to set an NFL record. It was Ryan's 46th straight game with at least 200 passing yards to move past Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for the most all time. Ryan's favourite target was, of course, Julio Jones, who had nine receptions for 174 yards.

 

GRONK'D

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught the 68th touchdown of his career Sunday. He is really excited about what comes next. 

"One more and I've got 69 touchdowns, if you know what I mean," he said with a trademark childlike chuckle. 

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on his "sieve" of an offensive line that allowed six sacks: "We didn't block anybody. We were soft. We got overpowered.

"We need to do a better job. We're not going to go down the street and pick up a bunch of guys. We need to get these guys better and we need to do it quickly. I'm disappointed that we allowed that to happen. You know, going into the game, they're going to come after Bradford. I didn't go to Harvard, but I can figure that out. We didn't get it done."