|NFL Preseason Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 07 August 2008 17:53|
Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, struggled on his only two series in the preseason opener and the Giants lost to the Detroit Lions 13-10 on Thursday night. New York won its final 11 games away from Giants Stadium last season, including all four in the playoffs en route to the championship.
Manning completed two of his six passes for 19 yards. He was 0-for-3 on New York's first possession, including two passes that were knocked down by Lions linemen.
Eddie Johnson's 31-yard field goal with 2:47 to play gave Detroit the win.
In his two drives, Lions quarterback Jon Kitna went 6-for-7 for 106 yards and a 20-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams.
Jets 24, Browns 20
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brett Favre's big-play ability rubbed off on the New York Jets, who scored three long touchdowns in a win over Cleveland as the Jets' new star quarterback watched from the sideline.
Dwight Lowery returned a punt 62 yards to score with 10:02 left to cap New York's comeback from a 10-point deficit. Lowery and Hank Poteat both intercepted passes by Ken Dorsey in the final four minutes to preserve the lead.
Favre, acquired late Wednesday night from the Green Bay Packers, joined his club an hour before kickoff, held a news conference, then watched one of his former teammates have a big night for his new team.
David Clowney, picked up on waivers by the Jets from the Packers last October, caught touchdown passes of 71 and 70 yards from Brett Ratliff.
Cleveland scored on a 2-yard pass from Derek Anderson to Braylon Edwards, a 1-yard run by Jason Wright and two field goals by rookie Jason Reda to take a 20-10 lead.
Play was delayed an hour by lightning with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
Chiefs 24, Bears 20
CHICAGO (AP) - Back from a broken foot, Larry Johnson ran for a touchdown on the opening drive and Brodie Croyle made the most of limited time to lead Kansas City over Chicago Bears in the preseason opener.
Johnson burst through the middle, past Brian Urlacher, for a 7-yard gain on the second play from scrimmage and finished the drive with a 5-yard run. He had 18 yards on eight carries. Croyle passed for 82 yards over two possessions, and Tyler Thigpen threw the winning 27-yard pass to Bobby Sippio with 1:08 left in the game.
Meanwhile, Chicago's Kyle Orton fumbled, Rex Grossman stumbled and neither established himself as the leader in a quarterback race that could extend into the season.
Orton started and completed 7 of 10 passes for 56 yards and no interceptions. But the Bears had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Robbie Gould in the second quarter after Orton dropped the ball while scrambling, resulting in a 9-yard loss.
Grossman came in late in the first half and wasn't much better, going 4-for-8 for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Ravens 16, Patriots 15
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - With Tom Brady having the night off, New England was far from perfect in its first game after a nearly perfect season. For John Harbaugh, Baltimore's preseason win was a good start to his head coaching career.
Harbaugh got a look at the quarterbacks competing to succeed the retired Steve McNair. Kyle Boller started for Baltimore, Troy Smith replaced him and both played decently. First-round draft pick Joe Flacco looked like a rookie, losing a fumble on his second play.
Third-round choice Kevin O'Connell led the Patriots to their only touchdown on a 31-yard march after Flacco's fumble. But O'Connell played the last third of the game against defenders far down on the depth chart.
LaMont Jordan, fighting for a job behind Patriots starter Laurence Maroney, ran for 76 yards and scored on a 1-yard run just 13 days after being released by Oakland.
The Ravens got key plays from Yamon Figurs with a 52-yard punt return that set up their only touchdown and a 48-yard kickoff return that led to one of Matt Stover's two field goals.
Fabian Washington had two interceptions for the Ravens.
Matt Cassel started for New England and completed just one of four passes for four yards. Matt Gutierrez was 10-for-16 for 76 yards, and O'Connell went 6-for-13 for 57 yards. Each threw an interception.
For Baltimore, leading rusher Willis McGahee sat out with a knee injury.
Saints 24, Cardinals 10
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Drew Brees was 6-for-7 for 40 yards and a touchdown in his lone series in short-handed New Orleans' preseason victory over Arizona. Saints backup Mark Brunell was equally effective, completing 10 of 12 for 119 yards.
Matt Leinart, the third-year Arizona quarterback who missed the final 11 games last season due to a broken collarbone, completed eight of nine passes for 91 yards in the first two series of the game.
Nine Saints regulars didn't make the trip because of various minor injuries. Among them were starting tight end Jeremy Shockey and starting wide receivers Marques Colston and Devery Henderson. Running back Deuce McAllister also stayed home.
Still, New Orleans took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 13 plays. Brees lofted a 7-yard toss over the middle to David Patten for the score.
New Orleans reserves outscored their Cardinals counterparts 17-0 in the second half.