PATRIOTS 25, BUCCANEERS 21
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Two days after spraining his left knee, Tom Brady completed his first 11 passes before missing his last one and
threw his first touchdown pass to new top wide receiver Danny Amendola
in the New England Patriots' 25-21 exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night.
Brady played the first two series, then rested.
Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman also started and worked two possessions
but had a much rougher time against the team they'll face in the third
game of the regular season. He was sacked three times and completed
only two of three passes before rookie Mike Glennon took over.
Brady left Wednesday's joint practice with Tampa Bay (0-2) after he was
knocked down by his own left tackle, Nate Solder, who was shoved
backward by defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
An MRI on his knee was negative and he participated fully in the
walkthrough Thursday. Then he picked apart the Bucs' starting defense
on his first possession and a group sprinkled with backups on his
Amendola, signed as a free agent from St. Louis, caught six passes for
71 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown on the game's first series.
Brady completed all eight of his passes for 72 yards, even adding a
2-point conversion pass to rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld after
Then Brady connected on his first three throws on his next possession,
reaching 107 yards passing for the night, before missing Amendola on
third-and-7. Brady has played four series in two games, starting with a
31-22 win over Philadelphia, and completed 18 of 20 passes for 172
49ERS 15, CHIEFS 13
Kansas CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith struggled
against his former team, and backup San Francisco quarterback B.J.
Daniels threw a late touchdown pass to lift the 49ers last the Chiefs.
Phil Dawson hit all three of his field-goal attempts for the 49ers
(1-1), two of them 55-yarders, while the Chiefs' Quintin Demps returned
a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown.
Smith was just 7 of 16 for 62 yards while playing the full first half,
but he did help Kansas City to two field goals. The 49ers didn't go
easy on him, either: Tony Jerod-Eddie was flagged for delivering a
helmet-to-helmet hit on Smith in the second quarter.
Colin Kaepernick, who took over Smith's starting job in San Francisco
last season, only played the first offensive series. He threw a pair of
passes with one completion for minus-3 yards. The Chiefs (0-2) played
without Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, who strained his right
foot in practice Monday.
SAINTS 28, RAIDERS 20
New Orleans (AP) — Drew Brees passed for 202 yards and a touchdown
while leading five scoring drives, and the New Orleans survived a
sloppy second half to beat Oakland.
Brees' scoring strike was a 16-yarder to rookie Kenny Stills, who made
the most of his second straight game playing with the first-team
offense. Brees completed 78 percent of his passes (14 of 18), including
a 56-yarder to Nick Toon, setting up Mark Ingam's 2-yard TD run.
New Orleans' new defense under coordinator Rob Ryan thrived, sacking
Matt Flynn five times in the first half. The Saints (2-0) led 23-0
before the Raiders (1-1) scored on Flynn's lone TD pass, an 18-yarder
to Denarius Moore, late in the first half. Flynn was 12 of 16 for 124
BILLS 20, VIKINGS 16
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie E.J. Manuel took another step toward
securing Buffalo's starting quarterback job, and the defense stuffed
Manuel went 10 of 12 for 92 yards and a touchdown through three series
in the second half. Kevin Kolb was 13 of 21 for 111 yards and an
interception in the first half.
Jerry Hughes had two sacks starting in place of defensive end Mario Williams, sidelined by soreness. Backup linebacker Jamie Blatnick
recovered a fumble for a touchdown for Buffalo (2-0).
The Vikings (0-2) struggled on offense without their star player,
Adrian Peterson, who continues to be rested through the preseason. They
combined for 74 yards offense and four first downs in the first half.
EAGLES 14, PANTHERS 9
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick was nearly flawless, Nick Foles looked
sharp and the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback competition remains
Vick and Foles each led touchdown drives in a 14-9 exhibition victory
over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
Vick completed his first nine passes before throwing an interception on
a desperation heave at the end of the second quarter after the Eagles
(1-1) got the ball with 24 seconds left in the half. He finished 9 of
10 for 105 yards and also ran for 20.
Foles was 6 of 8 for 53 yards. He had 13 yards rushing, including a
7-yard TD scamper. But Foles made a big mistake on his first series
when he tried to throw the ball out of the end zone and had the pass
Newton had a so-so effort against a defense that was picked apart last
week by New England's Tom Brady. Newton was 8 of 17 for 112 yards. He
played the first half and led the Panthers (1-1) to a pair of field
RAVENS 27, FALCONS 23
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 97 yards and a touchdown in four
series, and Atlanta limited Baltimore's starting offense to three first
downs in the first half before the Ravens' backups rallied.
Atlanta's starters bounced back nicely from a 34-10 loss to Cincinnati
one week earlier. Under Ryan's direction, the Falcons pierced Baltimore
for 11 first downs in 16½ minutes and built a 20-7 lead at halftime.
It was 23-7 before Baltimore (2-0) scored 20 fourth-quarter points,
including a 78-yard punt return by Asa Jackson with 6:18 remaining.
Ryan went 8 for 15 and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones.
Steven Jackson had 42 yards rushing against the defending Super Bowl
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played the first half, completing 7 of 9
passes for 118 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.
BEARS 33, CHARGERS 28
CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Cutler looked shaky again and the defense made up
for it, harassing Philip Rivers early on and setting the tone for
Chicago's victory over San Diego.
All eyes remain on the quarterback after the Bears made some big
changes on offense in the offseason, hiring coach Marc Trestman to
replace Lovie Smith and revising their line. Cutler played a quarter
and completed 4 of 5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, but the only
receiver he targeted was Brandon Marshall.
Matt Forte ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts after
carrying only once in a loss at Carolina in the opener. His 58-yard run
around the left end set up the game's first touchdown, a 5-yard strike
from Cutler to Marshall.
Rivers got swarmed as soon as he stepped on the field, and the Chargers
fell again after getting pounded by Seattle last week. He was 5 of 9
for 50 yards with an interception, and he lost a fumble on a sack by
Shea McClellin, leading to a 3-yard run by Forte that made it 14-0 near
the end of the first quarter.
BROWNS 24, LIONS 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes to Jordan Cameron and perhaps ended any more discussion about a quarterback
competition in Cleveland, leading the Browns past Detroit.
Weeden connected on TD passes of 10 and 5 yards to Cameron in the first
half as the Browns (2-0) opened a 17-0 lead. Weeden finished 8 of 12
for 117 yards. In two weeks, he's 18 of 25 for 229 yards and three TDs.
Browns running back Trent Richardson made his NFL exhibition debut and
gained 33 yards on six carries, showing some elusiveness and power.
Matt Stafford completed 11 of 16 passes for 74 yards for the Lions
(1-1), but was without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who sat
out with a bruised knee.
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