Steelers dump the Saints, Vikings finally let the door open – NFL roundup

Vikings fans should take some solace in giving their defense a dose of their own medicine by not allowing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to beat them in the end zone.

Zach Line got the first run in the last-second against the Ravens in December 2016 and this one was extra serious. It all went wrong on an out route to safety Harrison Smith, which was disrupted by an incomplete pass to wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. This time, quarterback Case Keenum got the ball to Tyler Lockett, who broke free of safety Sean Davis for a 36-yard gain to the one-yard line, setting up the game-winning two-point conversion.

This was the third week in a row the Vikings have led or been tied in the fourth quarter. For good measure, they now lead the NFL in fourth-quarter points with 21.

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Brees and Ingram lead Saints to 7-2 start

The New Orleans Saints got another stingy showing from their defense, which isn’t surprising. New Orleans’s secondary, and especially cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and P.J. Williams, have been one of the NFL’s top units thus far.

In fact, this was the second week in a row Brees and the Saints’s offense faced an opponent’s dominant defense. In Week 4 the Seahawks allowed fewer than 180 passing yards. There is no reason to believe the Saints’ defense can’t carry the load for another week, as it continued to make plays despite a sack in the second quarter from Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward.

This time it wasn’t a close game. The Saints shut down the Steelers in every phase of the game, with Brees hitting 10 of 15 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns while Ingram averaged a season-high 5.3 yards per carry.

Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith returned to action from injury, but his performance wasn’t without its bright spots, as he finished with three catches for 47 yards. Saints corner Delvin Breaux contributed an interception and knocked down a pass that would have resulted in a Steelers touchdown before the half.

The Steelers’ DeAngelo Williams seemed like he was going to play a big role in the game when he rushed for 61 yards in the second quarter, but he looked like a shell of his former self for the rest of the night, playing sporadically and registering just two carries for minus-1 yards.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara was out because of injury, but he was still able to break off one of the best running plays of the day, running 22 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

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Ben Roethlisberger got the Pittsburgh pass game going in the first quarter, completing seven of seven passes for 105 yards, before stumbling later in the half, finishing 11-for-25 with 168 yards and two touchdowns. The run game, meanwhile, came alive. Le’Veon Bell had 15 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns, not bad for a player who, in Week 4 against Kansas City, had just 29 yards on eight carries.

The Titans were trying to bounce back from their most disappointing loss of the season at Indianapolis, but once again came up short in the first half, falling 21-7 behind Detroit. The Titans built up a 10-point lead, but inexplicably had only one first down and 13 yards of offense after taking over with just under 11 minutes to play in the first half.

However, they improved late in the third quarter, helped by a couple of questionable plays by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. He threw for an interception and also got intercepted when he tried to force a pass that was picked off by Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler. The last time Stafford threw for three interceptions was in Week 11 of the 2013 season.

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