Giants win, Bengals beaten as kickers struggle

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NFL kickers combined to miss 12 extra points on Sunday and while the New York Giants still managed to win, the Cincinnati Bengals were beaten.

The Giants were able to overcome Robbie Gould's misses in a 22-16 win over his former team, the Chicago Bears.

The Bengals were not so fortunate as Mike Nugent's misses came into play late in a 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Minnesota kicker Kai Forbath, signed this week following the release of the struggling Blair Walsh, also missed an extra point in the Vikings' 30-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Also missing Sunday were Cleveland's Cody Parkey, Chicago's Connor Barth, Detroit's Matt Prater, Jacksonville's Jason Myers, New England's Stephen Gostkowski, Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Washington's Dustin Hopkins.

Prater, Forbath and Hauschka all had their failed extra-point attempts blocked. 

Even the reliable Adam Vinatieri missed a kick Sunday. It was not an extra point, but Vinatieri saw his NFL-record of 44 consecutive made field goals snapped with a 42-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter missing wide right.

Vinatieri, who was perfect on all 19 of his field-goal attempts this season, did make a 49-yarder in the Indianapolis Colts' 24-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

The Pittsburgh Steelers easily beat the Cleveland Browns 24-9, the Dallas Cowboys overcame the Baltimore Ravens 27-17 and the Detroit Lions rallied past the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers edged the Kansas City Chiefs 19-17, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Los Angeles Rams 14-10 and the New England Patriots claimed a 30-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15 and the Washington Redskins claimed a 42-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.

 

DANGE-RUSS WILSON STRIKES AGAIN

The Seahawks used a little trickery against the Eagles with wide receiver Doug Baldwin throwing to quarterback Russell Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown.

The Colts had a 49-yard gain on a flea flicker from running back Frank Gore to quarterback Andrew Luck and back to Gore on a screen.

The Vikings defense picked up the struggling offense during the team's 5-0 start. They were at it again Sunday with Xavier Rhodes' 100-yard pick-six.

COUSINS' COMING OUT PARTY

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins took a torch to the Packers' depleted secondary, beating defenders for passes of 70, 53, 44, 28 and 26 yards. Two from the bunch went for touchdowns to Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. Cousins finished 21 of 30 for 375 yards and three scores as the Redskins posted 515 total yards.

 

SMITH HITS MILESTONE

Ravens receiver Steve Smith finished Sunday's loss to the Cowboys with eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Smith now has 1,005 receptions for his career. He is the 14th player in NFL history with at least 1,000 catches and also ranks eighth in receiving yards with 14,454. Smith is also the first player in NFL history to have 1,000-plus catches, at least 1,000 punt return yards and over 2,000 kick return yards.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison record a sack in the win over the Browns. Harrison became the Steelers' all-time sack leader, now with 77.5 to pass the 77 sacks recorded by Jason Gildon, who played for the team from 1994-2003. Harrison recorded his first NFL sack in 2004, also against the Browns. 

 

NO RECOURSE FOR RAVENS

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was more than disappointed in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. The loss dropped the Ravens to 5-5, though they are still tied with Pittsburgh atop the AFC South.

"I felt very confident coming into this game that we should beat this team," Flacco said. "We should beat pretty much every team we play. We're obviously not as good as we would like to be. And, no I don't want to take any moral victories. We all came into this game very confident that we were going to do something nice.

"That just didn't happen."

The Dolphins rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a victory over the Rams.

"We told ourselves we have a great defense and to just continue to lean on those guys," said Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry, who caught five passes for 28 yards and a 10-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill. "At the end of the day, we knew it was going to come down to us to eventually start making plays. There was never a point in the game where we felt like it was too late."