|Friday's NFL Preseason Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 11 August 2007 17:54|
MIAMI (AP) -Trent Green struggled in his Dolphins debut, underthrowing receivers and managing just 60 yards on 6-for-15 passing with one interception in Miami's 18-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the exhibition opener for both teams Saturday night.|
Green, the Dolphins' biggest offseason acquisition, took every snap in the first half and led the Dolphins to just four first downs in six possessions. He exited amid boos from the crowd at Dolphin Stadium in four of his last five drives, and led Miami to only one scoring drive - a 26-yard field goal by Jay Feely.
Patrick Cobbs' 3-yard touchdown run, followed by his two-point conversion run, provided the winning score for the Dolphins with 3:46 left - on a drive led by rookie quarterback John Beck, who was 3-for-5 for 23 yards in the series.
Josh Scobee missed a 43-yard field from the dirt with 42 seconds left to seal Miami's victory. Scobee made an NFL-best 14 field goals last season between 40 and 49 yards.
Byron Leftwich was 7-for-11 passing for 78 yards and a touchdown in his first game for Jacksonville since a loss against the Houston Texans on Oct. 22, when he suffered a sprained left ankle and later had season-ending surgery.
Jesse Chatman, Ronnie Brown's backup, had a 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to get Miami within 17-10. Chatman finished with six rushes for 88 yards.
Browns 16, Chiefs 12
CLEVELAND (AP) - With rookie Brady Quinn watching and waiting, Charlie Frye got a leg up in the battle for the starting quarterback job in Cleveland.
Frye finished 12-of-15 for 122 yards, but also botched a swing pass in the backfield that was returned 56 yards for a touchdown by Kansas City's Benny Sapp in the first half. Moments later, Frye's mismanagement of the clock in the closing seconds cost Cleveland points.
Derek Anderson went 7-of-16 for 76 yards, underthrew several passes and never seemed to get into a rhythm.
Neither Brodie Croyle nor Damon Huard, the two possible Chiefs quarterbacks, was particularly impressive.
Croyle, a third-round pick last season, got the start from coach Herm Edwards and went 5-of-8 for 49 yards with one interception. Huard, who led the Chiefs to a playoff berth last season after Trent Green sustained a serious concussion, was just 2-of-4 for 19 yards and also threw a pick.
Panthers 24, Giants 21
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - With or without Michael Strahan, the New York Giants defense has a lot of work to do after being exposed in a loss to Carolina.
Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith combined for an opening-drive touchdown pass for the Panthers, and receiver Taye Biddle caught touchdown passes of 23 and 85 yards.
The Panthers went 81 yards in 13 plays on their opening drive with DeShaun Foster ripping off several good cutback runs that eventually set up Delhomme's 5-yard TD toss to Smith.
Eli Manning threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey late in the first quarter. The score was set up by a 67-yard kickoff return by Derrick Ward right after the Smith touchdown.
Manning only played two series, completing 3-of-5 for 27 yards. He also missed a key first down pass that would have kept their opening drive alive.
Packers 13, Steelers 9
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Green Bay backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass and led two other scoring drives in a win over Pittsburgh.
Starters Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre were both shut out in little less than a quarter's playing time.
Rodgers, 18-of-27 for 168 yards, produced the Packers' only touchdown by ending a 71-yard drive on their opening possession of the second half with a 3-yard scoring pass to Carlyle Holiday, who slipped behind safety Anthony Smith in the end zone.
Roethlisberger completed both of his passes for 14 yards while playing two series. But Cullen Jenkins stripped him of the ball and fell on Roethlisberger's fumble on a third-and-5 play from Green Bay's 36 on Pittsburgh's opening drive, and the second possession stalled at the Steelers' 38.
Favre went 2-of-7 for seven yards.
Redskins 14, Titans 6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vince Young was benched for violating a team rule, and without him Tennessee struggled in a loss to Washington.
Marcus Mason scored from a yard out and Byron Westbrook recovered a fumble in the end zone in the final 1:14, helping the Redskins pull out the win.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher refused to say why he sat Young except that he owed it to the quarterback not to say. Fisher said Young will practice and play next week.
In Young's place, Kerry Collins finished 10-of-17 for 79 yards for an offense that had only 38 yards rushing in the first half without Young's legs.
Jason Campbell continued the Redskins' offensive struggles from last preseason when the first-team unit never got inside the opponent's 20 by getting only to the Titans 29. He finished 6-of-14 for 104 yards.
Bears 20, Texans 19
HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Schaub, who replaced David Carr after backing up Michael Vick for three years in Atlanta, completed 3 of 5 passes for 25 yards in Houston's loss.
The defending NFC champion Chicago Bears scored 13 fourth quarter points, including a 47-yard go-ahead field goal by Robbie Gould with 2:23 remaining.
Schaub's first drive, which also featured a 1-yard run by new Texan Ahman Green, ended in a punt. On his second and last series, Schaub looked a bit better, finding Andre Johnson for a 15-yard gain and Owen Daniels up the middle for 8 yards.
The Texans had to settle for a field goal that put them ahead 3-0 after Schaub overthrew a wide-open Kevin Walter in the end zone on third-and-4.
Rex Grossman, hoping for more consistency in his second full season at starter, looked sharp in two series and completed his first eight passes. He finished 8-of-10 for 50 yards.
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