The Latest: Lions WR Jones with 3 first-half TDs vs. Vikings


The Latest on Week 7 in the NFL (all times EDT):

2:55 p.m.

It’s a good day to have Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones in the starting lineup of your fantasy team.

Jones caught three touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford in the first half against Minnesota on Sunday. Jones has scoring grabs of 10, 3 and 16 yards for the Lions. Jones is the first player to have three touchdown receptions against the Vikings in one half since Hall of Famer Jerry Rice caught three against Minnesota on Dec. 18, 1995.

The Lions have needed Jones to be hot to keep pace with Minnesota. The NFC North rivals headed to the half tied at 21.


2:20 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins are tied 0-0 at halftime after a dreadful first half played in the driving rain.

San Francisco was shut out for the first time this season in its sixth game. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is 3 of 10 for 10 yards, and the unbeaten 49ers have just 68 yards.

Washington shut out an opponent in the first half for the first time this season. It’s the first game to go to the half with zero points since Dallas and Philadelphia in Week 17 in 2017.

The last time an NFL game ended in a 0-0 tie was Nov. 7, 1943 between the Detroit Lions and New York Giants.

– Stephen Whyno reporting from Landover, Maryland


2:10 p.m.

It only took seven weeks, but the Miami Dolphins have a lead in the second quarter.

Miami is out of a 14-9 lead in Buffalo after former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Devante Parker for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The score marked the deepest in the season the Dolphins have held the lead in any game. Miami has actually gone ahead twice against Buffalo, double the number of times they’ve had the lead all year. Kalen Ballage scored on a 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to put the Dolphins up 7-6. Buffalo responded with a field goal but Miami went right back down the field to move back in front.

The Dolphins’ previous lead lasted 3 1/2 minutes, when they went up 7-3 with 6:39 left in the first quarter in an eventual 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 29.


1:50 p.m.

Matthew Stafford is the fastest quarterback to reach 40,000 yards passing after surpassing the milestone in the first quarter of Detroit’s game against Minnesota.

Stafford made it to 40,000 in his 147th game. The previous record was held by Matt Ryan, who reached the mark in 151 games.

The Lions led 14-7 after one quarter.

Minnesota’s Adam Thielen is questionable to return after injuring his hamstring making an acrobatic touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.

-Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.


1:35 p.m.

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has been ejected for throwing a punch at Buffalo Bills tackle Cody Ford on the second snap from scrimmage.

Wilkins was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the punch away from the play and after Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw an incompletion.

The Dolphins are winless, and their defense was already minus starting cornerback Xavien Howard, who missed his second consecutive game with a knee injury.


1:10 p.m.

It’s a different officiating crew this week, but Detroit fans don’t care.

Lions fans booed loudly when the official began talking during the opening coin toss before Sunday’s game against Minnesota. It clearly was a reaction to Monday night’s game at Green Bay, where Detroit was on the short end of some questionable calls in a 23-22 loss.

The first flag of this weekend’s game drew boos immediately when it was thrown. Then those became cheers when it turned out the penalty was on Minnesota.

– Noah Trister reporting from Detroit


11:30 a.m.

The muddled AFC South could find some clarity in Week 7.

Surging Houston is in Indianapolis to face the Colts, the key matchup during the early slate on Sunday.

Jacksonville begins the post-Jalen Ramsey era when it travels to winless Cincinnati while Tennessee will have a new look at quarterback with Ryan Tannehill under center when the Titans host the Los Angeles Chargers later in the day.

Houston has surged into first at 4-2 in the AFC South thanks to victories over Atlanta and Kansas City. The Texans have won four of their past five meetings against Indianapolis.

The Jaguars will get a chance to exhale with Ramsey finally gone following a drawn-out divorce with Jacksonville that ended with a trade to the Los Angeles Rams last week. The Titans, meanwhile, will try to give their offense a jolt by starting Tannehill in favor of struggling Marcus Mariota.

In other early games on Sunday, San Francisco has a chance to get off to the franchise’s first 6-0 start since 1990 when the 49ers play in Washington. Minnesota’s revived offense heads to Detroit to take on the Lions while Buffalo hosts Miami with a shot at improving to 5-1.

The late window includes former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas visiting Seattle as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. New Orleans will try to stay unbeaten with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback when the Saints visit Chicago. Philadelphia travels to Dallas in a showdown for first place in the underwhelming NFC East.


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Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11), raises his arms after an catching an 11-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)