The Oakland Raiders defeated the New Orleans Saints 35-34 while Carson Wentz era got off to a rousing start as the Philadelphia Eagles earned a 29-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Raiders 35, Saints 34
Derek Carr threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts and a 2-point conversion pass to Michael Crabtree with 47 seconds left as the Oakland Raiders defeated the New Orleans Saints 35-34.
The Saints had a chance to win on the final play, but Wil Lutz’s 61-yard field-goal attempts was wide left.
Carr led the Raiders to 22 fourth-quarter points, upstaging Drew Brees’ 14th 400-yard passing game, which tied Peyton Manning for an NFL record.
Carr completed 24 of 38 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown and Brees completed 28 of 42 for 423 and four touchdowns.
Chiefs 33, Chargers 27 (overtime)
Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith scored on 2-yard run five minutes into overtime to give the Chiefs a remarkable 33-27 come-from-behind home victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Kansas City trailed 21-3 at halftime, but scored three touchdowns and a field goal in the second half. The Chiefs won the overtime coin toss and drove 70 yards on 10 plays before Smith ran right, dropped his head and blasted into the end zone.
It was a remarkable turnaround for the Chiefs after they fell behind by 18 points in the first half. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers sliced and diced the Chiefs defense producing touchdowns on three of four possessions over the first 30 minutes.
Eagles 29, Browns 10
The Carson Wentz era got off to a rousing start as the rookie quarterback led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 29-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Wentz, the second overall pick in April’s NFL draft, completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as he outplayed Browns QB Robert Griffin III.
The Browns had that No. 2 overall selection before they traded it to the Eagles, as they apparently didn’t think Wentz was worth that high a pick. And Wentz’s statistics would have been even more impressive on Sunday, but at least five of his passes were dropped.
Packers 27, Jaguars 23
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke out of an early rut to throw two touchdowns and run for another as the Green Bay Packers staved off a late Jacksonville Jaguars’ rally for a 27-23 win.
The Jaguars had a shot to pull off the upset when quarterback Blake Bortles led his offense to Green Bay’s 14-yard line with 23 seconds remaining before a short pass to receiver Allen Hurns on fourth-and-1 ended the team’s last gasp.
Bengals 23, Jets 22
Mike Nugent kicked a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds remaining as the Cincinnati Bengals edged the New York Jets 23-22.
Wide receiver A.J. Green had 12 catches, on 13 targets, for 180 yards and one touchdown for the Bengals. Despite being sacked seven times, quarterback Andy Dalton was 23 of 30 for 366 yards.
Colts 13, Bills 7
Quarterback Joe Flacco appeared fully recovered from last year’s season-ending knee injury and helped the Baltimore Ravens escape with a 13-7 home victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Flacco dealt with pressure all afternoon and was sacked four times. He completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown.
The Bills led the league in rushing last season, but managed just 65 yards on the ground.
Texans 23, Bears 14
Brock Osweiler had a memorable debut as the Houston Texans claimed a 23-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
Osweiler, a free-agent signee previously with the Broncos, completed 22 of 35 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. His 18-yard scoring pass to rookie Will Fuller with 12:44 remaining in the fourth quarter provided the Texans the lead for good.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler passed for 216 yards and a touchdown but was harassed throughout the second half by the Texans defensive front.
Vikings 25, Titans 16
The Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to stop the Tennessee Titans 25-16.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was stifled all day but the Vikings turned to defense and their kicking game to win their first game without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24
Dirk Koetter’s first season as Buccaneers coach got off to a good start as Tampa Bay defeated the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons 31-24.
Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes to prevail in a passing duel with his opposite number Matt Ryan.