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Freeman leads Falcons to another win, 48-21 over Texans

Devonta Freeman has another big game, Falcons improve to 4-0 by beating hapless Texans 48-21

Freeman leads Falcons to another win, 48-21 over Texans

ATLANTA (AP) -- Devonta Freeman scored three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten in the NFL, romping to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday.

Freeman, who took over as the starting running back after rookie Tevin Coleman sustained a rib injury in Week 2, has scored six TDs in the last two games. The Falcons improved to 4-0 for only the fourth time in club history.

Freeman had touchdown runs of 16, 23 and 6 yards. He set up another score with a 44-yard reception.

In New Orleans, Drew Brees hit C.J. Spiller with a short pass that the running back turned into an 80-yard touchdown -- the 400th of the Saints quarterback's career -- on the second play of overtime as the Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-20 for their first win this season.

Brees, who missed New Orleans' previous game because of a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder, completed 32 of 39 throws for 279 yards in his return. Mark Ingram gained 126 yards from scrimmage, and Khiry Robinson had a 1-yard touchdown run for New Orleans (1-3).

Joseph Randle scored the lone TD for Dallas (2-2) on a 1-yard run in the first half.

Cincinnati's Andy Dalton added to his streak of impressive games and big plays, throwing a 55-yard touchdown pass on the run as the Bengals remained unbeaten with a 36-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Bengals (4-0) matched the third-best start in club history, two wins short of the club record.

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and Josh Norman returned one of Carolina's four interceptions of Jameis Winston for his second TD of the season.

The Green Bay Packers are off their first 4-0 start in four years as Aaron Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, and ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score.

Denver's Brandon McManus kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:51 left as the Broncos sneaked past the Minnesota Vikings 23-20, while Todd Gurley rushed for all but 2 of 146 yards in the second half as the St. Louis Rams held on to hand the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season 24-22.

In other games, San Diego rookie Josh Lambo got his first game-winning kick in the NFL as the Chargers beat the Cleveland Browns 30-27, in London the New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-14 and the Washington Redskins claimed a last-minute 23-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chicago Bears edged the Oakland Raiders 22-20, the New York Giants downed the Buffalo Bills 24-10 and the Indiana Colts were 16-13 overtime winners over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Updated : 2021-09-24 10:25 GMT+08:00