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 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Brett Favre was solid in his brief Jets debut after a week of cramming to learn his new playbook, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller to cap his second series in New York's 13-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday.
Just 10 days after being acquired from Green Bay, the three-time MVP finished 5-of-6 for 48 yards and the touchdown. He said his arm felt fatigued early in the week, but looked strong in his two series. He lasted 14 plays after coach Eric Mangini said he expected Favre to take 8-12 snaps.
He was replaced by backup Kellen Clemens with the Jets leading 7-3.
Favre, in his first game since losing to the Giants in the NFC championship in January, received a huge standing ovation from the half-filled Giants Stadium when he was introduced with the starting offense.
After another hearty welcome as he jogged onto the field for the game's first series, Favre got things started quickly. He zipped an 11-yard pass into Jerricho Cotchery's hands on his first play and tossed a 10-yarder to Chris Baker two plays later.
With the Jets at Washington's 4-yard line on their second possession, Favre took the snap, looked to his left and found Keller in the end zone. That gave New York a 7-0 lead with 5:25 remaining in the first quarter. Favre clapped in celebration and high-fived several of his new teammates, including the rookie tight end.
Dolphins 19, Jaguars 14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Chad Pennington led two scoring drives in his Dolphins debut a week after signing with the team.
Pennington, cut by the New York Jets to make room for Brett Favre, was 5-for-6 passing for 55 yards. He added two nifty scrambles totaling 18 yards, putting Miami ahead 10-0 after his only three drives.
Pennington had plenty of help.
Ricky Williams had 43 yards on 10 carries, looking much like the player who led the NFL in rushing in 2002. His 4-yard touchdown run gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Vikings 23, Ravens 15
BALTIMORE (AP) - Tarvaris Jackson left with a knee injury in the first quarter, ruining an otherwise productive night for the Vikings quarterback.
Jackson hurt his right knee on a 9-yard run, then stayed in for two more plays before leaving. He watched most of the second quarter from the sideline with his knee wrapped in ice.
Jackson finished 7-for-11 for 82 yards and a touchdown. He also ran twice for 22 yards before leaving during Minnesota's second series.
Troy Smith, locked in a duel with Kyle Boller to earn the starting assignment, struggled in his first start of the preseason for Baltimore. The former Heisman Trophy winner went 3-for-5 for 25 yards and an interception in the first half. He did gain 35 yards on three carries behind a makeshift offensive line.
Rams 7, Chargers 6
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Chargers' defense made some big stops despite missing more than half its starters. The Rams won on a touchdown run by Travis Minor with all backups on the field.
Antoine Cason and Cletus Gordon intercepted Marc Bulger on consecutive passes in the first quarter and the Chargers, who started reserves at six spots on defense, stopped St. Louis at their 2 in the second quarter. San Diego also opened with only three starters on offense.
The Rams' first unit has not scored a touchdown in three preseasons under coach Scott Linehan. Minor's 3-yard run in the third quarter was the game's lone touchdown.
Cardinals 27, Chiefs 17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rookie running back Tim Hightower had a short touchdown run and Matt Leinart shook off a bad start and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Steve Breaston.
Kurt Warner, the 11-year veteran who's trying his best to unseat Leinart as the No. 1 quarterback for the Cardinals, started the game and hit 6 of 9 passes for 54 yards. He directed a 13-play, 78-yard touchdown drive on his second possession, capped by Hightower's 4-yard touchdown run around right end.
Brodie Croyle directed the Chiefs on a scoring drive on the opening possession for the second week in a row. But the offense of first-year coordinator Chan Gailey produced only three field goals for the first 59 minutes.
Texans 31, Saints 27
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Houston's Matt Schaub was 14-of-16 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
The Saints' Deuce McAllister made a promising return from his second knee reconstruction in three seasons in his first appearance in a game since Week 3 of last season.
Gaining positive yards all six times he touched the ball, McAllister strung together several short gains and converted three first downs during a touchdown drive that helped New Orleans take a 20-17 lead at halftime.
 

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