Sunday, August 11th -------------------
Final Score: Buffalo 44, Indianapolis 20
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jeff Tuel tossed a pair of touchdown passes, part of a 19-of-23, 212-yard performance in Buffalo's 44-20 demolition of Indianapolis in the exhibition opener for both clubs on Sunday. E.J. Manuel added 107 yards and a score through the air on 16-of-21 efficiency for Buffalo, while Marcus Easley led all receivers with 94 yards on seven receptions. Brandon Kaufman and Dorin Dickerson posted a receiving TD each, to offset C.J. Spiller's 36-yard day in limited action. Marquise Goodwin made his presence known with a 107-yard kickoff scamper to paydirt. Andrew Luck finished 4-of-6 for 51 yards, while Chandler Harnish completed 14-of-33 passes for 109 yards and an interception for the Colts. T.Y. Hilton snagged three balls for 61 yards, including a 45-yard score from Matt Hasselbeck, and Dax Swanson returned a fumble 72 yards for a touchdown.
Saturday, August 10th ---------------------
Final Score: NY Giants 18, Pittsburgh 13
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Victor Cruz hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the New York Giants' 18-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason opener for both teams. The former undrafted free- agent Cruz, who led the Giants in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,092) and touchdown grabs (10) in 2012, signed a five-year contract extension during the offseason. Eli Manning was 2-of-5 for 73 yards for the Giants, whose 9-7 mark a year ago wasn't good enough to make the postseason. David Wilson carried the ball five times for 16 yards in the triumph. Ben Roethlisberger completed 4-of-8 passes for 36 yards for Pittsburgh, which has moved on from former Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison and veteran nose tackle Casey Hampton to go along with two of the team's younger playmakers, wide receiver Mike Wallace and cornerback Keenan Lewis, who jetted in free agency to Miami and New Orleans, respectively. LaRod Stephens-Howling picked up 40 yards on the ground on seven carries in defeat.
Friday, August 9th ------------------
Final Score: Miami 27, Jacksonville 3
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Jonas Gray rushed for two touchdowns and the Miami Dolphins dominated defensively en route to a 27-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in a preseason clash from EverBank Field. Dustin Keller accounted for Miami's other touchdown by hauling in a 22-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill that gave the Dolphins a 7-0 advantage late in the first quarter. Gray extended the lead to 14-0 with a 1-yard plunge in the second, a score set up by Nolan Carroll's interception of Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and added another 1-yard touchdown following a Jacksonville fumble deep in Dolphins' territory with under eight minutes left to play. Tannehill operated Miami's first four offensive series and amassed 75 yards while completing 5- of-9 attempts in his second start of this preseason. The Dolphins opened the schedule with a 24-20 loss to Dallas in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game from Canton, OH. Jacksonville mustered just 289 total yards and committed four turnovers in new head coach Gus Bradley's preseason debut.
Final Score: New England 31, Philadelphia 22
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady was in midseason form despite New England's tumultuous offseason, and the Patriots held on to down the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-22, in the preseason opener for both clubs. The Patriots are trying to remain an offensive juggernaut despite a lot of roster turnover that included the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested and subsequently charged with first-degree murder in late June. Brady, who will be without Hernandez and his other top five targets from a year ago until Rob Gronkowski recovers from multiple offseason surgeries, was nonetheless his usual efficient self, completing all but one of his eight attempts while throwing for 65 yards and a touchdown. The star QB was under center for two possessions, the first resulting in a Stevan Ridley 1-yard plunge after the running back galloped for 62 yards on the first play from scrimmage. While Philadelphia's defense looked suspect, the Eagles moved the ball early under new head coach Chip Kelly, who made his pro coaching debut and brought with him an uptempo offense that was highly successful at Oregon. Michael Vick responded to New England's early score by finding DeSean Jackson for a 47-yard TD on the Eagles' first touch. Vick is battling with Nick Foles for starting signal-calling duties, and appears to be the early favorite after connecting on 4-of-5 passes for 94 yards and the TD.
Final Score: Detroit 26, NY Jets 17
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Shaun Hill had a touchdown pass as the Detroit Lions took a 26-17 win over the New York Jets in the preseason opener for both clubs on Friday. Hill went 11-for-18 for 136 yards, while starter Matthew Stafford was 3-for-8 for 58 yards over two series for the Lions, who finished dead last in the NFC North last year with a 4-12 record. Calvin Johnson, fresh off his record-setting season in 2012, caught all three of Stafford's completions. Mark Sanchez threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his first series, but settled down from there and went 10-for-13 with 125 yards and a score for the Jets, who went 6-10 to tie for last place in the AFC East last season. Second-round pick Geno Smith made his NFL debut on Friday, but it was a short one as he went 6-for-7 for 47 yards and left early in the third quarter after rolling his right ankle. The Jets haven't released any word on the extent of the injury, or whether Smith will miss any time.
Final Score: Arizona 17, Green Bay 0
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - The newly-acquired Carson Palmer tossed a 38- yard touchdown pass in his first game as a Cardinal and Arizona downed the Green Bay Packers, 17-0, in the preseason opener for both teams. Palmer went 4-for-6 for 77 yards and a touchdown for Arizona, which played in its first game under new head coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals swung a deal for the veteran quarterback Palmer from the Oakland Raiders in an offseason trade. The 33-year-old spent the past two seasons in Oakland after the Raiders acquired him from Cincinnati for a pair of high picks, including a 2012 first-round choice, in October 2011. Stepfan Taylor ran for 63 yards on 21 carries in his rookie debut and Jaron Brown had five receptions for 46 yards and a score for the Cardinals, who were 5-11 a year ago. Larry Fitzgerald hauled in two passes for 21 yards in the triumph. The focus in Green Bay has shifted to the offensive line since the Pack lost projected starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga to a torn ACL earlier in the week. The pedestrian line was supposed to be bolstered by Bulaga shifting out to the all-important left tackle position. Marshall Newhouse allowed nine sacks and a team-high 33 hurries as the team's left tackle in 2012. Aaron Rodgers completed 3-of-5 passes in his only series, including a 50-yard strike to James Jones, for 62 yards for Green Bay, which lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoffs last season.
Final Score: Houston 27, Minnesota 13
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - T.J. Yates completed 13-of-21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown as the Houston Texans downed the Minnesota Vikings, 27-13, in the preseason opener for both teams. Starter Matt Schaub was 5-for-5 for 34 yards in his only series and rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins hauled in four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown for the Texans, who were knocked out of the playoffs in the AFC Divisional round by the New England Patriots after finishing with a franchise- best 12-4 mark in the regular season. Rookie quarterback Case Keenum was 13-for-18 passing for 125 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Christian Ponder was 1-for-2 for 15 yards and an interception, while newly acquired quarterback Matt Cassel completed 12-of-19 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Both teams rested their key players as running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson were inactive for the Texans, while running back Adrian Peterson and newly-acquired wide receiver Greg Jennings sat out for Minnesota.
Final Score: New Orleans 17, Kansas City 13
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Preston Parker caught a pair of touchdown passes and the New Orleans Saints greeted head coach Sean Payton back to the sideline with a 17-13 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Payton returned to the Saints following his year-long suspension for his role in the Bounty Gate scandal. New Orleans stumbled to a 7-9 record and a third place finish in the NFC South without him at the helm in 2012. Drew Brees played two series and ended 7-of-10 for 65 yards. Before exiting, he led a 10-play, 74- yard march that set up a Garrett Hartley 24-yard field goal in the second quarter. Luke McCown took the bulk of the snaps for New Orleans, completing 18-of-28 throws for 216 yards. He also tossed a pair of 2-yard third-quarter touchdowns to Parker, who had four catches for 43 yards and put the Saints ahead for good with his second score of the evening. Andy Reid made his coaching debut for the Chiefs after spending 14 largely successful seasons in Philadelphia, and looks to improve on the team's abysmal 2-14 record in 2012. Alex Smith, who came over in an offseason trade with San Francisco, was excellent on his only drive. He went 7-for-8 and threw for 68 yards, including a 13-yard throw on 3rd-and-6 that set up a 1-yard TD run for Jamaal Charles.
Final Score: Carolina 24, Chicago 17
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass on Carolina's second possession and the Panthers upended the Chicago Bears, 24-17, in the preseason opener for both teams. Cornerback Josh Norman had a pair of interceptions, one on Chicago's first offensive play and the other a 60-yard return for a TD in the third quarter. Newton, who played the first three series, completed 3-of-6 passes for 16 yards. That included a 3-yard score to Brandon LaFell. There was some excitement for Bears rookie Jon Bostic. The linebacker, who was picked in the second round out of Florida, picked off Newton and rumbled 51 yards to the end zone. The Bears played their first contest under new coach Marc Trestman, who replaced Lovie Smith. Trestman was a two-time Grey Cup winner as the pilot of the Montreal Alouettes. Derek Anderson connected on 8-of-15 throws for 133 yards and was picked off once for the Panthers, who finished 7-9 last and missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year. Jimmy Clausen was 5-of-9 for 51 yards.
Final Score: Oakland 19, Dallas 17
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Flynn completed 4-of-5 passes in his first game as a Raider, helping Oakland open its preseason schedule with a 19-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Friday. Flynn was acquired from Seattle during the offseason to guide an Oakland squad that went just 4-12 last season under first-year head coach Dennis Allen. Terrelle Pryor completed 6-of-10 passes for 88 yards with an interception in backup duty, while rookie Matt McGloin finished 4-of-7 for 78 yards and a score for the Raiders. Tony Romo, who sat out Dallas' preseason opener as a precaution, connected on 6-of-8 passes for 88 yards. Backup Kyle Orton went a perfect 6-of-6 for 52 yards and a touchdown in the setback. Dez Bryant led Dallas' receiving corps with three catches for 55 yards.
Thursday, August 8th --------------------
Final Score: Baltimore 44, Tampa Bay 16
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - LaQuan Williams scored a pair of touchdowns, one on offense and another on special teams, to help Baltimore to a 44-16 preseason rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Ravens' first action since last February's win in Super Bowl XLVII. Williams hauled in a 21-yard strike from Tyrod Taylor in the third quarter and recovered a punt blocked by Brynden Trawick in the end zone late in the second that gave the Ravens a 24-13 halftime lead. Taylor also connected with Aaron Mellette on a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and threw for 154 yards while completing 13- of-23 passes. Bernard Pierce scored Baltimore's first touchdown of the night with a 20-yard run in the second period, which came after Williams recovered a fumbled punt by Chris Owusu. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco played the entire first quarter for Baltimore and hit on 7-of-9 attempts for 57 yards and an interception over two scoreless possessions. Rookie Mike Glennon amassed 169 passing yards in his Buccaneers debut, but completed just 11-of-23 attempts and was intercepted once. Josh Freeman operated Tampa Bay's first two series and threw for 34 yards on 4-of-7 passing while leading the Bucs to a Derek Dimke field goal on one of the drives. Dimke kicked three field goals in all for Tampa Bay, while Kevin Ogletree had five receptions totaling 65 yards in the loss.
Final Score: Cincinnati 34, Atlanta 10
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The first preseason game for the Bengals and Falcons proved to be a showcase for the backups, as Josh Johnson and Dane Sanzenbacher led Cincinnati to a 34-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Neither first-team offense recorded a touchdown, though Atlanta's moved the ball somewhat more effectively. Matt Ryan, tasked with justifying a hefty contract extension after bringing the Falcons within a game of the Super Bowl last season, led Atlanta to a field goal on the game's opening drive and finished with 89 yards on 6-of-9 passing. Steven Jackson, who ran for 1,000-plus yards in eight consecutive seasons with the Rams, carried the ball five times for eight yards in his first game in a Falcons uniform after leaving St. Louis via free agency. The Bengals' projected starters also struggled, but they are still expected to be playoff contenders again after bowing out in the AFC Wild Card round the last two seasons. Andy Dalton completed 3-of-7 passes for 37 yards, while Johnson did a little bit of everything as he threw for 100 yards and a touchdown and added 64 yards on the ground.
Final Score: Cleveland 27, St. Louis 19
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Brandon Weeden went 10-for-13 with 112 yards and a touchdown as the Cleveland Browns took a 27-19 victory over the St. Louis Rams in the preseason opener for both clubs. Brian Hoyer also threw a touchdown pass as he went 10-for-14 with 100 yards for the Browns, who are coming off a 5-11 campaign as the team posted a losing season for the fifth straight year. Sam Bradford was 5-for-8 with 102 yards and a touchdown and Kellen Clemens also had a touchdown pass along with two interceptions on 6- of-13 passing for 116 yards for the Rams, who went 7-8-1 last season as the team finished under .500 for a sixth straight year.
Final Score: Washington 22, Tennessee 21
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Pat White scrambled for a 9-yard score and then found Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the go-ahead two-point conversion, as the Washington Redskins rallied to a 22-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday at LP Field. Kirk Cousins got the start under center for the Redskins with superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL he sustained in Washington's NFC wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Cousins completed 6-of-7 passes for 52 yards and a score, while backup Rex Grossman finished 10-for-21 for 119 yards and a touchdown. White, Washington's third-string quarterback, went 5-for-8 for 31 yards while rushing five times for 33 yards and a score. Jake Locker, entering his third season, played most of the first half under center for the Titans, but finished just 7-for-11 for 58 yards. Third-stringer Rusty Smith completed 7-of-10 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson made the most of his two carries, taking one 58 yards for a touchdown. Shonn Greene, who signed a three-year deal with the Titans in the offseason, carried the ball five times for 32 yards and touchdown.
Final Score: Denver 10, San Francisco 6
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Shaun Phillips' fumble return for a touchdown proved to be the difference as the Denver Broncos took a 10-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener for both clubs on Thursday. Peyton Manning played just one series and went 2-for-4 for 13 yards while Brock Osweiler was 13-for-18 for 105 yards and Matt Prater kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter for the Broncos, who went 13-3 last season to win the AFC West, winning their final 11 games in the regular season before losing to Baltimore in the divisional round of the playoffs. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to a 32-yard field goal from Phil Dawson on the first drive of the game and finished his brief stint on the field 4-for-4 with 38 yards. Dawson later added a 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for San Francisco, which lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl after going 11-4-1 in the regular season and winning the NFC West.
Final Score: Seattle 31, San Diego 10
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Tarvaris Jackson tossed a pair of touchdown passes in relief of starter Russell Wilson, as the Seattle Seahawks earned a 31-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers Thursday in the preseason opener for both teams at Qualcomm Stadium. Wilson emerged as Seattle's future during his rookie campaign last season, as the third-round pick led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and had his squad within a play of the NFC Championship Game before a last-second Matt Bryant field goal lifted the Atlanta Falcons to victory. Wilson played just two series Thursday, going 2-for-6 for 23 yards while rushing twice for nine yards. Jackson, who started under center for the Seahawks back in 2011, finished 8-of-9 for 128 yards. Brady Quinn completed 6- of-11 passes for 59 yards and a score, while rookie running back Christine Michael rushed 16 times for 89 yards in the victory. San Diego went 7-9 last season and missed the playoffs for a third straight season, prompting the firing of Norv Turner, who had manned the San Diego sideline since 2007. In his first game action under new head coach Mike McCoy, quarterback Philip Rivers went an efficient 5-of-6 for 45 yards in just one series of work. Backup Charlie Whitehurst threw a pair of interceptions in relief, while rookie Brad Sorensen completed 7-of-10 passes for 84 yards and a score. Ladarius Green hauled in San Diego's lone touchdown of the game.