Houston Texans, fabulous; they surprise the Bengals

Houston Texans, fabulous; they surprise the Bengals
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The Texans were supposed to be a team under construction that would have three years left to compete, however for the second consecutive Sunday they issued a statement to the league: they aspire to get a postseason berth and they have the best rookie of the season.

CJ. Stroud continues to prove that he belongs in the league by posting his second consecutive game with more than 350 yards. He is the second first-year player to accomplish this feat since 1970. The other is Cam Newton who accomplished it in 2011.

CJ Stroud followed up his record-breaking rookie performance by throwing for 356 yards on 23-of-39 passing. He added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Matt Ammendola kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to lead the visiting Houston Texans past the Cincinnati Bengals 30-27 on Sunday.

Ammendola was elevated from the practice squad to take the place of the injured Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Devin Singletary rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to lead the Texans, who blew a 10-point lead with more than three minutes left, only to salvage the game late.

Houston's Noah Brown added a game-high seven receptions for 172 yards and set up the winning score with a 22-yard catch up the middle.

Joe Burrow threw 27 of 40 for 347 yards and two touchdowns. But he threw fourth-quarter interceptions on consecutive drives before mounting a late comeback.

The Bengals (5-4) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Cincinnati was without starting defensive end Sam Hubbard and starting wide receiver Tee Higgins due to injury.

The Texans host the Cardinals next week, the Bengals visit the Ravens.

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Brock Purdy threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and Deebo Samuel scored once in his return from injury as the San Francisco 49ers routed the host Jacksonville Jaguars 34-3.

George Kittle caught three passes for 116 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Aiyuk and Kyle Juszczyk also had scoring receptions for the 49ers (6-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Talanoa Hufanga and Fred Warner had interceptions and Nick Bosa and Ambry Thomas forced fumbles.

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Trevor Lawrence threw for 185 yards and two interceptions for Jacksonville (6-3), which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Christian Kirk had six receptions for 104 yards for the Jaguars.

Chase Young made his debut in San Francisco.

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