MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins' run defense is stuck in reverse, perhaps taking the season with it.
Poor tackling, botched assignments and a manhandling up front doomed the Dolphins on Sunday, when the Detroit Lions ran for 248 yards to win 32-21.
It was Detroit's biggest total in 21 years, and the second bad game in a row for the Dolphins' run defense. They allowed 164 yards rushing a week earlier but still somehow managed to beat the Chicago Bears in overtime.
"We have a lot of work to do," defensive end Cameron Wake said. "I'm not panicking yet."
Lions rookie Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards on 19 carries, including a 71-yard draw play where he was untouched until tackled. LeGarrette Blount added 50 yards on 10 carries, and both repeatedly broke tackles as the Lions averaged 7.1 per rush.
"Johnson, LeGarrette, they're big backs," Miami defensive tackle Akeem Spence said. "With those guys, you have to tackle in committee. One guy can't bring them down. You need two, three guys. That's on the defense. We just have to be better."
With the loss, the Dolphins (4-3) fell out of first place in the AFC East. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan acknowledged they played on their heels.
"We fell back on our attack-type mentality," he said.
That meant the front seven was dominated, with the line surge so tepid Miami had not one tackle for a loss.
The issue extended beyond running plays. Matt Stafford had plenty of time to throw and went 18 for 22 for 217 yards and two scores, with just one sack.
"We couldn't stop them," Miami coach Adam Gase said. "That's just what it was. They were executing better than us, and we just didn't do enough to affect the quarterback. It didn't seem like he got out of rhythm.
"That was really the No. 1 thing we were talking about all week. That guy, if you give him time and he doesn't feel the pressure up front and we're not tight enough in coverage, you're going to have problems."
The Lions scored on seven of nine possessions. They punted once and ran out the clock once.
And they sustained drives while converting only twice on third down. The Lions gobbled up yards in such large chunks they earned 21 first downs on first- and second-down plays.
"I'm pretty sure there weren't too many third-and-longs out there," Wake said.
Miami's performance was reminiscent of a loss last November at Carolina, when the Panthers racked up 294 yards rushing. The Dolphins won only two more games the rest of the season.
In this instance, solutions need to come quickly. The Dolphins play Thursday at the Houston Texans (4-3), who earned their fourth consecutive victory Sunday by winning at Jacksonville.
"Usually I say you've got about 24 hours to pat yourself on the back or lick your wounds," Wake said. "Now you've got about 30 minutes."
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The New York Police Department is recalling nearly 3,000 body cams issued to officers after one exploded during a Saturday night shift.
An officer with the 121st Precinct “noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it,” according to a department statement. “After it was safely removed, the device exploded.”
The officer was not injured.
In light of the incident, officials recalled all Vievu LE-5 body cameras issued to its 2,990 officers.
The police academy also uses the device. A training Monday was canceled, the Daily News reported.
Older LE-4 cameras also used by the department are not affected. The NYPD has 15,500 body cameras in use, the Daily News reported.
The NYPD launched its body camera program last year with a goal to issue cameras to all of its 22,000 patrol officers by the end of 2019.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The doors opened briefly and closed a few seconds later, but the glimpse into Jacksonville's locker room told the story of the team's third consecutive loss.
Calais Campbell was holding back fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a carry-over from the screaming, shouting and finger pointing that ensued after a 20-7 loss to AFC South rival Houston (4-3) on Sunday.
"You all walk in here, you all see how it is in here, you all see how we vibe with each other, you all see how we vibe toward the coaches, you all see how it is," cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. "It is no secret what's going on here right now. Ain't nobody going to say it because we can't. But it ain't no secret what's going on and it ain't right right now."
Ngakoue declined comment, as did safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback A.J. Bouye.
Their silence spoke volumes for a team that appears to be in upheaval following a third straight lopsided loss that has seemingly derailed a season that started with Super Bowl expectations.
"I don't speak on locker room business," linebacker Telvin Smith said. "Don't ask me locker room questions."
The Jaguars (3-4) looked slightly more composed on the field, although the result was similar to road losses against Kansas City and Dallas.
Jacksonville failed to score in the first half for the third consecutive game - the first time that's happened in franchise history - and the defense allowed 141 yards rushing and sacked Deshaun Watson once.
Blake Bortles fumbled on the third play of each half, leading to 10 points and his benching.
Coach Doug Marrone said Bortles was upset with getting yanked after the second turnover - his eighth in the last three games.
"We've got to do something," Marrone said. "Like I said before, the one thing you do with that position, doesn't matter the name, doesn't matter who it is. When you make a move to get a spark, everyone goes on notice. Everyone."
Cody Kessler replaced Bortles in the third quarter and threw a touchdown pass that energized the home crowd. But Kessler also fumbled on a sack and threw an interception off T.J. Yeldon's hands with a little more than five minutes remaining.
Marrone confirmed afterward that the quarterback job is up for grabs as Jacksonville prepares to play Philadelphia in a "home game" in London next week.
"It's open," Marrone said. "Who's the starter at right tackle? Who's the starter at center? Who's the starter at receiver? Who's the starter? Everything is open. We've lost three straight games and we can't stop shooting ourselves in the foot for lack of a better expression.
"We've got to do something, but the first thing we've got to do is stop turning the damn ball over. Period. That would be the positive of how we can build."
The Jaguars are minus-12 in turnover differential on the season, including minus-8 during the three-game losing streak.
Most of the problems stem from an offense that's missing its top two left tackles, its top two tight ends, two of its top three running backs, and its leading receiver from 2017. But the defense has failed to pick up the slack.
"We're a team," Smith said. "I'm not going to point fingers. I'll just keep the one pointed at myself, continue to make sure that I get better, continue to make sure I bring my energy, continue to make sure I bring my effort, my mentality to this team. I think the guys that continue to feed off it and grow from it.
"That's one thing we cannot do is point fingers, and I ask you all, don't ask us to point fingers."
Campbell holding back Ngakoue in a combustible locker room showed it's already happening privately.
"Frustration's a part of the game, and we're emotional people and this is an emotional game," Campbell said. "At the same time, I think these guys, this group of guys, we have a different kind of heart to us. At the same time, losing sucks, you know, especially losing three in a row. Stacking losses, that's not who we are, that's not what we want to be.
"But it is who we are 'cause that's what's going on right now. I do believe that we will get it fixed. We have no choice but to get it fixed."
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Sacha Kljestan scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time and Orlando City beat Columbus 2-1 on Sunday to keep the Crew from securing a playoff spot.
Columbus (13-11-9) needed a win or a Montreal loss to claim a playoff spot with one game remaining in the regular season. The Impact beat Toronto FC 2-0, moving two points behind the sixth-place Crew in the Eastern Conference. The Crew host Minnesota United next Sunday and Montreal plays at New England.
Orlando (8-21-4) ended a three-game losing streak.
Federico Higuain opened the scoring for Columbus in the 54th minute with his sixth goal of the season, bending a free kick over the wall and inside the near post.
Three minutes later, Yoshimar Yotun scored on a penalty kick. Zack Steffen chose the right direction to dive, but Yotun calmly floated it over his head.
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Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.
The shooting happened “outside the stadium footprint” while a game was underway, but did not impact the game, authorities said
Update 5:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Jacksonville police released a photo of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting Sunday that injured six people, three of them critically.
Investigators believe the suspects were driving a silver grey four-door sedan, and that the victims were intentionally targeted.
Update 3:31 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The shooting occurred on a sidewalk at 12:35 p.m at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Sunday. The victims -- five men, one woman -- ranged in ages from “their 20s to 70s,” the spokesman said. The vehicle carrying the suspect or suspects was a silver gray sedan and possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Authorities said the shots appeared to come from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The spokesman said the shooting could be gang-related.
Update 3:28 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that six adults were shot, with three people in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was driving a gray-silver four-door vehicle.
This is a developing story.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Chandler Catanzaro was confident he would redeem himself.
"I think it's part of my DNA. I've always kind of found of way to bounce back," the Tampa Bay kicker said Sunday after his 59-yard field goal - the longest ever in overtime - gave the Buccaneers a 26-23 victory over the Cleveland Browns. "I rarely miss two in a row. Even if it's from 59, I was just looking for a shot. If it was from 66, I would have tried it."
Catanzaro missed an extra point in the first half, as well as a 40-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. Concerned the Bucs (3-3) might not get the ball back if they punted, coach Dirk Koetter didn't hesitate to give his kicker a chance to end it with 1:50 remaining in the extra period.
"He hit it from 61 in practice this week, so I knew he had the distance in him," Koetter said.
"With the 10-minute overtime ... we weren't going to get the ball back," the coach added. "So go for the win or hope for the tie. And the way that game was going, we were going for the win."
Tampa Bay, which recovered Jabrill Peppers' fumble near midfield on a punt return to give itself a chance, ended a three-game skid and handed the Browns (2-4-1) a NFL record-tying 24th consecutive road loss.
Cleveland, which has played four overtime games this season - most for a team since Arizona won all four it played in 2011, and tied for second most in NFL history - doesn't have a road victory since winning in overtime at Baltimore on Oct. 11, 2015.
The Detroit Lions also dropped 24 in a row away from home from 2001-03.
"We had our chances to win it. We just didn't finish some things," Browns coach Hue Jackson said.
"This is our fourth overtime game. We're not trying to get to overtime and if we do, we want to win the game," Jackson added. "We've got to find a way to finish these games in the W column."
Jameis Winston and DeSean Jackson scored on 14-yard runs for Tampa Bay (3-3). Rookie Ronald Jones II added his first pro TD on a 2-yard run that put Tampa Bay up 23-9 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Browns, who had 126 yards of offense through three quarters, used Nick Chubb's 1-yard TD run to cut into their deficit and pulled even on Baker Mayfield's 16-yard pass to Jarvis Landry with 2:28 remaining in regulation.
A week after completing just 48 percent of his passes and being sacked five times during a 24-point loss to the Chargers that Mayfield called the worst of his career, the No. 1 overall draft pick was 23 of 34 for 215 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions.
The Browns' defense forced four turnovers, including an interception in overtime, but Mayfield struggled to move the ball with consistency until the fourth quarter. But with Chubb playing a bigger role after Cleveland traded leading rusher Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville on Friday, Cleveland rallied.
"It's very frustrating any time you lose, especially because you could have done a lot of things better," Mayfield said. "That seems to be the moral of the season."
Winston completed 32 of 52 passes for 365 yards and no touchdowns. He was sacked four times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner also led the Bucs in rushing with 55 yards on 10 attempts.
The Browns fell to 1-2-1 in overtime games this season. The four OT games are one shy of the record five Green Bay played in 1983.
"The thing it comes down to is the little things," Mayfield said. "If we do things right we can get a few more points."
The Browns forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, but only one of them led to points.
They wasted one scoring opportunity when Mayfield, scrambling on fourth-and-2 from the Tampa Bay 11, fumbled backward on his way to picking up the first down in the final minute of the second quarter.
The Browns came away with no points again when, trailing 23-16, Mayfield was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the Bucs 1.
The defense stepped up, forcing a punt that Peppers returned 32 yards to the Bucs 16. Mayfield threw his TD pass to Landry on the next play.
Cleveland's decision to trade Hyde for a fifth-round draft choice was driven by a desire to give Chubb more touches and also get Duke Johnson, the team's best offensive playmaker, more involved. Chubb, who came in averaging 10.8 yards per carry, finished with 80 yards rushing on 18 attempts. He was targeted twice on passes, but did not have a catch.
Tampa Bay stopped a three-game losing streak that cost former defensive coordinator Mike Smith his job last week. The Bucs entered Sunday allowing a league-worst 34.6 points per game, ranked 31st in total defense, and dead last against the pass. They sacked Mayfield five times and allowed a season-low 305 yards in their debut under Smith's replacement, former linebackers coach Mark Duffner.
Browns: With CB E.J. Gaines sidelined by a concussion, T.J. Carrie started. The defense also was without LB Joe Schobert, who could be out several weeks with a hamstring injury. Cleveland did not report any injuries during the game.
Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy (calf) and DE Vinny Curry (ankle) were inactive, leaving rookie DT Vita Vea and DE Carl Nassib to make their first starts for Tampa Bay. LBs Kwon Alexander was lost to a knee injury late in the second quarter. Backup LB Jack Cichy left in the third quarter and did not return.
Browns: at Pittsburgh next Sunday
Buccaneers: at Cincinnati next Sunday
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The Roswell piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges last month was found dead in his Fulton County Jail cell Saturday morning, officials said.
Roswell resident Troy Lawrence Palmer was found hanging in his cell around 8 a.m. Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement. An investigation is underway, but the initial cause of death appears to be suicide, officials said
Palmer was accused of molesting two children “multiple times between 2008 and 2012 while inside Palmer’s home,” Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said in September. Investigators said there could have been more victims.
Palmer, 55, was arrested on Sept. 13 and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation.
He taught piano for more than 35 years, and offered lessons at his home for 13 years, Holland said. He had taught piano to hundreds of students over the years, officials said.
Palmer’s death comes just days after another metro Atlanta teacher, Zachary Meadors, was found dead after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor.
A customer left a server at a hot dog restaurant a $10,000 tip Friday after ordering two waters.
MrBeast, a YouTube star with nearly 9 million subscribers, surreptitiously sat down at Sup Dog restaurant, ordered two waters, browsed the menu and then left after plunking down 100 $100 bills and a note that read; “Thanks for the delicious water,” WRAL reported.
“He said he wants everyone to know that good things still happen to good people," restaurant owner Bret Oliverio told WRAL. "I thought it was pretty cool. I think he wanted to make someone's day and wanted to get that 'wow' factor."
Millions of viewers subscribe to MrBeast’s videos, some of which include episodes where he gives random online video game players thousands of dollars.
Some of MrBeast’s friends stayed behind to record the reaction; however, a video is not yet posted.
The server was impressed and generous. She kept $800 and split the rest with her co-workers.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - The Detroit Lions clustered on the bench under shade canopies Sunday, keeping their cool in the South Florida heat. And when they stepped onto the field and into the subtropical sunshine, they ran all over the Miami Dolphins.
Unfazed by the weather, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards and the Lions netted 248 on the ground, their highest total in 21 years, to win 32-21.
Matt Stafford was 18 for 22 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit had 457 total yards and mounted scoring drives covering 64, 85, 75, 65, 75, 63 and 44 yards.
"We're playing a team, not the weather," Stafford said. "Our guys up front dominated, and our backs were awesome. It was good to go out there and play at a high level against a good team."
The Lions (3-3) punted once and had no turnovers to win on the road for the first time. They've climbed back to .500 after being outscored 78-44 in their first two games.
Injury-ravaged Miami (4-3) lost at home for the first time this season - and lost another key player. Dynamic receiver Albert Wilson was sidelined in the first half with a leg injury.
Receiver Kenny Stills also limped to the locker room with a minute left.
The Lions, meanwhile, held up well in the 88-degree sunshine, even though it was 40 degrees warmer than in Detroit. That was in contrast to the Chicago Bears, who wilted at Miami in an overtime loss a week earlier.
Johnson, an Alabama native, said the heat didn't bother him at all.
"This is the same stuff I've been doing since I was a little boy," he said. "I've been up in Detroit freezing my tail off. To finally get to play in the sun and heat and humidity, I was loving it."
Johnson carried 19 times and needed barely a quarter to reach 100 yards. The rookie ran for 24 on Detroit's first play and found a gaping hole on a draw for a 71-yard gain, the Lions' longest running play since 2011, to set up a field goal.
"Basically they could do whatever they wanted on that side of the ball," Miami coach Adam Gase said.
Detroit averaged 7.1 yards per rush. Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, for one, was surprised how many yards rushing his team allowed.
"A lot has to go wrong for that to happen," he said.
Detroit's Michael Roberts, who had missed the past three games with a knee injury, caught touchdown passes of 15 and 4 yards.
"We're a very fine-tuned offense," Roberts said, "and it was nice to be able to show how fine-tuned we are."
Brock Osweiler threw for 239 yards for the Dolphins, and after falling behind 20-7, they tried to rally with Kenyan Drake's 54-yard touchdown run and Danny Amendola's 24-yard scoring reception.
But Prater's 50-yard field goal - his fourth - with 1:55 left sealed the victory.
A security guard hurt her shoulder when Stills blindsided her on a scoring play . Stills' momentum carried him into the guard after he caught a 5-yard pass in the corner of the end zone, and the woman tumbled to the ground.
A dazed Stills checked on her and gave her the ball as a souvenir. The Dolphins said the guard was taken to the hospital as a precaution with a sore shoulder.
Gase said he didn't consider the positioning of the guard near the end zone something that needed to be addressed.
"Every stadium is like that where that can happen," the coach said.
Miami: Wilson left the game in the second quarter after his foot appeared to buckle when he was tackled on a 25-yard reception. He limped to the locker room.
"It definitely hurts us," Osweiler said. "Albert is a tremendous player. He brings a spark. We definitely missed him."
Stills and Wilson kneeled during the anthem, as they have done before previous games, and Miami defensive end Robert Quinn again raised his right fist.
Dolphins: Miami plays Thursday night at the Houston Texans, who lead the series 7-1.
Lions: Detroit plays at home Sunday against Seattle. It's their first meeting since the Seahawks beat the Lions in an NFC wild-card game two seasons ago.
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Det_Roberts 15 pass from Stafford (Prater kick), 9:12.
Det_FG Prater 29, 12:34.
Mia_Stills 5 pass from Osweiler (Sanders kick), 7:33.
Det_Blount 2 run (Prater kick), 1:02.
Det_FG Prater 28, 8:32.
Mia_Drake 54 run (Sanders kick), 7:06.
Det_Roberts 4 pass from Stafford (run failed), 3:16.
Det_FG Prater 35, 10:04.
Mia_Amendola 24 pass from Osweiler (Sanders kick), 6:00.
Det_FG Prater 50, 1:55.
RUSHING_Detroit, K.Johnson 19-158, Blount 10-50, Tate 1-30, Stafford 4-9, Abdullah 1-1. Miami, Drake 6-72, Gore 10-29, A.Wilson 2-4, Osweiler 1-2.
PASSING_Detroit, Stafford 18-22-0-217. Miami, Osweiler 22-31-0-239.
RECEIVING_Detroit, Tate 4-36, Roberts 3-48, M.Jones 3-29, Golladay 2-37, K.Johnson 2-21, Willson 2-8, T.Jones 1-26, Abdullah 1-12. Miami, Amendola 6-84, Drake 4-15, Gesicki 3-44, A.Wilson 3-32, Grant 2-32, O'Leary 2-23, Stills 1-5, Gore 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS_Miami, Sanders 46.
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