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Astros whip Nats for 3-2 series lead…Brees wins in return…Patriots, 49ers still perfect

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Houston Astros have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series against the Washington Nationals and can wrap up the series as early as tomorrow night. Gerrit Cole tossed three-hit back while striking out nine over seven innings of the Astros’ 7-1 victory at Washington. Yordan  Alvarez, Carlos Correa and George Springer hit two-run homers for the Astros, who are seeking their second championship in three years.

UNDATED (AP) – Drew Brees  has passed his first test since missing five straight games with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Brees threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns while the New Orleans Saints shut down the Arizona Cardinals in a 31-9 victory. He received great protection while completing 34 of 43 passes without being sacked to help the Saints get their sixth consecutive victory.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Tom Brady threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots knocked off the Cleveland Browns, 27-13 to improve to 8-0 for the third time in team history. Brady completed 20 of 36 passes, hitting Julian Edelman on eight of them for 78 yards and both TDs. New England capitalized on three first-quarter turnovers by Cleveland to take a 17-0 lead before Bill Belichick became the third coach in league history with 300 career victories.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Tevin Coleman scored three of his four touchdowns in the first half of the San Francisco 49ers’ highest-scoring performance in 26 years, a 51-13 assault on Carolina. Rookie Nick Bosa had three sacks to go along with an acrobatic interception to help San Francisco move to 7-0 for the first time since 1990. San Francisco intercepted three passes from Kyle Allen, who came into the game with no interceptions on 153 career attempts. The Panthers fall to 4-3.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers are 7-1 after Aaron Rodgers threw for 305 yards and three TDs in a 31-24 victory over the stumbling Chiefs in Kansas City. Aaron Jones had seven catches for 159 yards and added 67 on the ground in Green Bay’s first win at Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. Matt Moore threw for 267 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in place of injured starting QB Patrick Mahomes  but the Kansas City dropped to 5-3 with its third loss in four games.

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