Cards dump Cowboys; Redskins lose in Griffin III's return

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(Reuters) - The Arizona Cardinals stayed atop the NFC, Robert Griffin III's return to the Washington Redskins lineup was spoiled by a Minnesota rally and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame an starter Nick Foles' injury in NFL action on Sunday.

With quarterback Tony Romo scratched from the Dallas lineup due to a back injury suffered last week, the Cardinals scored 28 consecutive points to erase a 10-point, first-quarter deficit en route to their fourth consecutive win.

Carson Palmer tossed three touchdowns and the Cardinals had a pair of interceptions off Dallas backup Brandon Weeden, who threw for just 183 yards in place of Romo.

In Houston, Philadelphia survived the loss of quarterback Foles and rallied past the Texans for a 31-21 victory.

Foles left the game in the first quarter with an apparent shoulder injury after enduring his second sack of the day with the game 7-7. Backup Mark Sanchez threw for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Eagles (6-2) remained atop the NFC East.

Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy rished for game-high 117 yards while Jeremy Maclin had 158 receiving yards and two scores.

In Minnesota, Redskins signal caller Griffin had his return to action spoiled as Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater outdueled him a 29-26 triumph.

Griffin led the Redskins on a fourth-quarter drive that put his team ahead 26-21 with nine minutes to play but Bridgewater engineered a 73-yard drive to set up the winning score with about three minutes left.

Griffin, who had been out since suffering an ankle injury in Week 2, threw for 251 yards and one touchdown but his final drive stalled at Washington 43-yard line.   Continued...

Nov 2, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin (10) during the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 29-26. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports