NFL Game Capsules: Fri. Aug. 9th
PATRIOTS 31, EAGLES 22
(AP) — Michael Vick took an early lead over Nick Foles in the first
round of the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback competition.
Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a pair of 80-yard TD drives in
his only two series in a 31-22 win over Philadelphia on Friday night.
threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, but the new-look
Eagles kicked off the Chip Kelly era the same way they ended Andy Reid's long tenure — with another loss.
Kelly's biggest decision
will be picking a starting quarterback. Vick and Foles each led the
Eagles to a touchdown in two series apiece.
Vick's came against
New England's starters and he looked sharp, completing 4 of 5 passes
for 94 yards. Foles lost a fumble on his second play and then went 5 of
6 for 43 yards. Kelly already said Foles will start next Thursday night
Tim Tebow made his New England debut after
backup Ryan Mallett left with a head injury late in the second quarter.
Tebow was 4 of 12 for 55 yards and ran for 31 yards on four carries.
Brady finished 7 of 8 for 65 yards and one TD.
SAINTS 17, CHIEFS 13
New Orleans (AP) — Preston Parker had a pair of touchdown catches in his
bid to fill one open receiver spots, and New Orleans defeated Kansas
City in coach Sean Payton's first game back from his bounty suspension.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid saw all he needed of new starting quarterback
Alex Smith in the opening drive, which went 80 yards on 14 plays,
capped by Jamaal Charles' TD run. Smith was 7 of 8 for 68 yards.
Drew Brees was 7 of 10 for 65 yards in two series, which produced one
longest completion went for 22 yards to rookie Kenny Stills, who like
Parker is a candidate to replace injured deep threat Joe Morgan as the
Saints' No. 3 receiver behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore.
TEXANS 27, VIKINGS 13
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie DeAndre Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown
pass in Houston's victory over Minnesota.
The Vikings showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy
first half by Cordarrelle Patterson.
the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards.
Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and
returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.
connected with Jerome Simpson for 15 yards right after that, but when
he went back to Simpson on the next play the throw was a bit high and
bounced off Simpson's hands and into Shiloh Keo's for an interception.
Ponder, entering a critical third season for his future as Minnesota's
quarterback, only took those two snaps.
CARDINALS 17, PACKERS 0
BAY, Wis. (AP) — Stepfan Taylor rushed for 63 yards on 21 carries in
his rookie debut, and Arizona picked apart Green Bay on both sides of
Tyrann Mathieu had a sack in his first game in two
years, and also returned two punts for Arizona, which was playing its
first game under new coach Bruce Arians.
Aaron Rodgers connected
with James Jones on a 50-yard gain in his only series, and Vince Young
showed flashes of potential just three days after signing with Green
Bay. But those were among the only highlights for the Packers, who were
shut out in a full preseason game for the first time since 1987. The
Packers also were shut out in the 2003 Hall of Fame game, although that
game was called because of lightning with 5:49 left in the third
LIONS 26, JETS 17
DETROIT (AP) — Mark Sanchez had an interception returned for a touchdown, and Geno Smith
left with an apparent ankle injury in New York's loss to Detroit.
rookie Ziggy Ansah made an immediate impression, intercepting Sanchez's
pass and returning it 14 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-5 defensive
end from Ghana put his hands up just in time to pick off Sanchez's
screen pass in the first quarter. He had an easy return to the end zone
for the game's first TD.
Sanchez played three series, going 10
of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Smith was 6 of 7 for 47 yards but
left shortly after halftime.
Detroit's Matthew Stafford was 3 of 8 for 58 yards.
DOLPHINS 27, JAGUARS 3
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill connected with Dustin Keller
for a 22-yard touchdown, and Miami thumped Jacksonville.
played a little longer and a lot smoother in his second preseason game.
The Jaguars can only hope Blaine Gabbert will do the same.
completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards, getting things rolling late in
the first quarter. He connected with Keller for a 24-yard gain and then
found the former New York Jets tight end five plays later for a score.
Safety Chris Prosinski looked lost on the play, the first of many
mistakes for the rebuilding Jaguars.
Jacksonville finished with four turnovers.
was hoping to make a strong impression in Jacksonville's preseason
opener. But Gabbert looked a lot like he did in his first two seasons.
He completed 5 of 10 passes for 19 yards, with an interception.
PANTHERS 24, BEARS 17
N.C. (AP) —Chicago forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker
Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but
Carolina capitalized on turnovers to spoil Marc Trestman's NFL head
The Bears — who forced four turnovers — picked
up where they left off last season when they led the NFL with 44
takeaways and finished with nine defensive touchdowns, one shy of the
Chicago's offense, however, left plenty of room for improvement.
Jay Cutler was intercepted on his first play from scrimmage by Josh Norman,
setting up a touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Brandon LaFell. Cutler
completed 6 of 8 passes for 56 yards but the Bears had three turnovers
and allowed seven sacks.
Newton was 3 of 6 for 16 yards.
Norman had two interceptions, including one he returned 60 yards for a
RAIDERS 19, COWBOYS 17
Calif. (AP) — Sean Lee and rookie J.J. Wilcox forced first-half
turnovers for Dallas' revamped defense before Oakland rallied for the
Lee flattened Matt Flynn on a delayed blitz on the
opening drive of the game to force a fumble deep in Oakland territory
in his first action since a season-ending toe injury last October.
Wilcox intercepted an ill-advised pass from Terrelle Pryor in the end
zone to thwart a promising Raiders drive.
Cowboys forced just 16 turnovers last year, contributing to the firing
of coordinator Rob Ryan, who was replaced by Monte Kiffin as the
defense moved from a three-man front to a four-man front. Dallas has
forced four turnovers in its first two preseason games under Kiffin.
NFL Preseason Capsules: Thurs. Aug 8th
TAMPA,Fla. (AP) — Joe Flacco was sharp in his preseason debut, Bernard
scored on a 20-yard run and a revamped Baltimore defense forced four
turnovers in the Ravens' 44-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on
Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw a pair of
TD passes for the Super Bowl champions, including a 21-yarder to LaQuan
Williams, who also scored when he recovered a blocked punt in the end
Josh Freeman and the rest of Tampa Bay's starters played
sparingly, so most of Baltimore's scoring came against backups and
newcomers to a defense that ranked last in the NFL against the pass
Flacco signed a $120.1 million contract this
offseason after leading the Ravens to their second NFL title. He worked
two series, completing seven of nine passes for 57 yards and one
BRONCOS 10, 49ERS 6
(AP) — Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco committed three first-half
turnovers, four in all, and missed a field goal in a sloppy loss to
Shaun Phillips scooped up D.J. Harper's second-quarter
fumble and returned it 9 yards for the game's lone touchdown. Mike
Adams added a timely interception as the Broncos began anew following
that stunning double-overtime loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion
Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs.
With the star
quarterbacks on either side — Broncos veteran Peyton Manning and
third-year pro Colin Kaepernick — playing all of one series each, it
was impossible to gauge how good their given offenses will be.
Everybody realizes if these teams were to play a meaningful matchup it
could really be something, though.
SEAHAWKS 31, CHARGERS 10
DIEGO (AP) — Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Brady
Quinn, also battling to be Russell Wilson's backup, threw for another
score to help Seattle rout San Diego in Mike McCoy's debut as Chargers
Wilson, who led the Seahawks to the playoffs last year as
a rookie, played the first three series. He threw for 23 yards and ran
Quinn threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse late in the
threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Stephen Williams on the first play of
the fourth quarter and hit Derrick Coleman on a 6-yarder in the final
minutes. Jackson also threw a 41-yard pass to Williams to set up
Spencer Ware's 6-yard scoring run late in the third quarter.
Manti Te'o had a quiet debut at inside linebacker for the Chargers,
with no tackles during the first two series.
BENGALS 34, FALCONS 10
(AP) — Giovani Bernard ran for a touchdown, Josh Johnson directed two
second-quarter touchdown drives and Cincinnati cruised.
a second-round pick from North Carolina competing for a significant
share of the Bengals' carries, played behind returning starter
Benjarvus Green-Ellis and had 10 carries for 28 yards, including a
1-yard touchdown run. He added three catches for 16 yards.
up against John Skelton for the backup job behind Andy Dalton, made big
plays with his arm and legs. Johnson passed for 100 yards, including a
21-yard score to Brandon Tate, and ran for 64 yards.
Dane Sanzenbacher had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown and a
36-yard scoring catch from Skelton.
New Falcons running back Steven Jackson found little blocking as he had
five carries for only 8 yards.
REDSKINS 22, TITANS 21
Tenn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins picked up where he left off last season
filling in at quarterback, throwing for a touchdown as Washington edged
The Redskins sat eight starters, including Robert
Griffin III, who warmed up and was on the field. Cousins looked sharp
in Griffin's place, completing six of seven passes for 52 yards and a
TD for a 137.2 passer rating in two series for the defending NFC East
The Titans showed off their revamped run game as Chris
Johnson scored on a 58-yard burst. Tennessee had 92 yards rushing and a
14-7 lead after the first quarter; Shonn Greene added a 19-yard TD run.
Pat White scored on a 9-yard TD run with 2:23 left and found Emmanuel
Ogbuehi for the 2-point conversion to avoid overtime.
BROWNS 27, RAMS 19
(AP) — Brandon Weeden threw a touchdown pass and led Cleveland on two
scoring drives, and Travis Benjamin returned a punt 91 yards for a TD
as the Browns won coach Rob Chudzinski's exhibition debut.
finished 10 of 13 for 112 yards, which should help end any talk of a
quarterback competition in Cleveland. Chudzinski has not yet chosen
Weeden his starter, but the second-year QB did everything he needed to
secure the job.
Weeden hooked up with running back Dion Lewis,
starting for Trent Richardson, for a 2-yard TD on the first play of the
St. Louis' Sam Bradford threw a 3-yard TD pass
to Chris Givens as Rams coach Jeff Fisher left his starting offense in
after Benjamin's runback made it 17-0.
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