|NFL Preseason Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 28 August 2008 16:48|
The New England Patriots and New York Giants took no chances with their quarterbacks in a preseason finale Thursday night that matched February's Super Bowl opponents. This time there was nothing at stake, except a few jobs before the final roster cutdown on Saturday.
David Carr took advantage of Manning's rare night off and threw touchdown passes to Darcy Johnson and Sinorice Moss to lead the Giants (2-2) to a 19-14 victory over the winless Patriots at Giants Stadium.
Brady missed the entire preseason because of an injury to his right foot, and again the Patriots (0-4) looked anemic until fourth-string quarterback Kevin O'Connell came on in the fourth quarter.
The good news for New England fans is that Brady, the NFL MVP, says he will be ready for the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7.
Falcons 10, Ravens 9
BALTIMORE (AP) - The top two quarterbacks selected in this year's draft started their team's final preseason game - for vastly different reasons.
Matt Ryan played two series Thursday night to get a feel for being Atlanta's starting quarterback. Joe Flacco started out of necessity for Baltimore because of illness and injury to the other quarterbacks, and his so-so performance did little to bring any clarity to the Ravens' messy situation at the position.
Ryan, the third overall pick, went 2-for-7 for 17 yards before taking a seat. The former Boston College star finished the preseason 34-for-59 for 294 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Flacco, the 18th player selected, was 8-for-13 for 72 yards. He left early in the second quarter after directing a 63-yard drive that produced a field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Jets 27, Eagles 20
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brett Favre slung a few passes during pregame drills and called it a night. He put a green cap on and stood on the sideline, arms folded, jersey slightly untucked and safe from harm.
With Favre sitting out, fourth-string quarterback Erik Ainge led the New York Jets over the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason finale.
Donovan McNabb also had a nice view from the bench, far away from potential danger. Kevin Kolb played the first half, guiding the Eagles to 13 points on their first three possessions.
Jesse Chatman had 180 total yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Jets (3-1). Hank Poteat intercepted A.J. Feeley's pass at the Jets 10 to end a drive for the Eagles (2-2) with 2:52 remaining.
Bengals 27, Colts 7
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Bengals scored touchdowns on their first two series and never gave the Colts a chance to rally, running away with a victory in the preseason finale.
Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 5-for-8 for 35 yards with one TD pass to lead the Bengals (2-2), and Chris Perry, trying to supplant Rudi Johnson at running back, ran nine times for 20 yards and one TD.
Two-time league MVP Peyton Manning dressed for the first time in five games but did not take a snap for the Colts (1-4). Bob Sanders, last year's defensive player of the year, and Dwight Freeney, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, were in street clothes. And all 22 listed starters were benched.
Jaguars 24, Redskins 3
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Gregg Williams showed up the team that let him go, his Jacksonville Jaguars defense stopping cold a Washington Redskins first-string attack that again looked far from ready for the regular season.
The Jaguars held the Redskins' starters to 14 total yards in three first-quarter drives, and David Garrard, Cleo Lemon and Todd Bouman all threw a touchdown pass in Jacksonville's victory.
The game also marked the Jaguars debut of No. 8 overall draft pick Derrick Harvey, who ended his holdout Wednesday.
But the more intriguing matchup pitted the combative Williams against his old team. The Redskins' top defensive guru for four years under Joe Gibbs, Williams was considered the favorite to get the head coaching job when Gibbs retired in January. Instead, Williams was fired by owner Dan Snyder, and Jim Zorn got the job.
Lions 14, Bills 6
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Turned out the Detroit Lions' second- and third-stringers were better than the Buffalo Bills, winning a game in which both teams were only interested in resting their starters for the regular season.
The Bills (2-2) played one starter, safety Ko Simpson, and the Lions seven, including Jerome Felton, the starting fullback, who scored on a 9-yard reception from Dan Orlovsky, the backup quarterback, in what proved to be a glorified scrimmage even by preseason standards.
The Lions closed the preseason with an NFL-best 4-0 record, the first time they've gone unbeaten since going 4-0-1 in 1993.
Steelers 19, Panthers 16
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jeff Reed kicked his fourth field goal of the game - his eighth in less than a week - a 43-yarder on the last play, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Carolina Panthers.
n games that don't count.
Dennis Dixon made sure that didn't happen by going 4-for-4 for 32 yards for the Steelers (3-1) and running 11 yards for a first down on the 47-yard drive that ended with Reed's decisive field goal.
Bears 16, Browns 10
CLEVELAND (AP) - Brady Quinn looked better prepared for the season opener in case Derek Anderson isn't ready, leading Cleveland on two scoring drives as the Browns closed their exhibition schedule with a loss to the Chicago Bears.
Quinn finished 7-of-9 for 65 yards in his two series. The second-year quarterback, who would win a popularity contest over Anderson - out with a concussion - by a landslide, completed mostly short passes and seemed to make all the right reads while leading the Browns (0-4) to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
Kyle Orton, recently picked by Bears coach Lovie Smith to start the season at quarterback over Rex Grossman, went 4-of-7 for 51 yards with one interception in two possessions as the Bears (1-3) avoided their first winless preseason since 1998.
Titans 23, Packers 21
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took the rest of the night off after throwing a touchdown pass on his first snap, but the Tennessee Titans held on to beat Green Bay.
The Titans' victory came despite continued inconsistent play by quarterback Vince Young, who made a few big plays but failed to capitalize on several scoring chances despite playing with good field position against the Packers' defensive reserves. Young was 13-for-27 for 134 yards passing and ran three times for 57 yards for the Titans (3-1).
Rodgers threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings just after the opening kickoff for the Packers (1-3).