Newman has pick, TD in Bengals’ victory

By Joel Jellison

Former Kansas State All-American Terence Newman returned a fumble 58 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Green Bay Packers 34-30 on Sunday.

Newman had six tackles and one interception, with one tackle for loss, as the Salina native helped the Bengals orchestrate a comeback after trailing 30-14 in the second half. Newman has 17 tackles this season, becoming a vital part of a Bengals defense that has consistently ranked among the best in the league over the past two seasons.

The Packers receiving attack was led by Jordy Nelson, who grabbed eight passes for 93 yards. The former walk-on turned All-American is off to a quick start in three games this season, catching 18 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

Darren Sproles got involved in the New Orleans Saints’ 31-7 thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Although the former Doak Walker Award finalist didn’t put up big numbers, he did catch four passes for 39 yards and ran three times for 17 yards.

The Olathe native also got involved in special teams, returning three punts for 53 yards, with a long return of 28 yards.

Sproles has primarily been used as a third-down back for long yardage purposes this season, but has seen a chunk of playing time in all situations.

Daniel Thomas scored a touchdown for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in their 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas rushed five times for 21 yards and scored his second touchdown of the season.

In three seasons, Thomas has 971 yards and six career rushing touchdowns.

Rookie linebacker Arthur Brown was out of action for the Baltimore Ravens 30-9 win over the Houston Texans, after suffering a pectoral strain in week 2.

Texans’ rookie linebacker Justin Tuggle did not play in the game either.

In his second start of the season and of his career, linebacker Reggie Walker had eight tackles and a sack for the San Diego Chargers in a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Walker has 13 tackles this season, and his sack against the Titans was the first of his career.

Jeromey Clary started on the offensive line for the Chargers.

Josh Freeman had another subpar performance in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The embattled former first round pick was 19-of-41 passing for 236 yards and an interception as the Bucs fell to 0-3 on the season. Freeman is completing less than 50 percent of his passes this season, and has two touchdowns and three interceptions. He ranks last — 33rd — in the league in pass efficiency.

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