NFL Preseason Capsules
Washington (4-0) finished off an unbeaten preseason for the first time in 28 years Thursday night.
Coach Mike Shanahan rested most of his starters, including Robert Griffin III, who worked out at Raymond James Stadium for about 30 minutes before walking off the field with Dr. James Andrews. Andrews was in town to examine the quarterback's surgically repaired right knee.
Griffin, who's been practicing without any reported setbacks, participated in the coin toss as a Redskins captain and watched the game from the sideline. He later tweeted he was cleared to play, but Shanahan hedged after the game.
BENGALS 27, COLTS 10
CINCINNATI -- Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive, and Josh Johnson threw for another in his bid to win the backup job and Cincinnati ended the preseason with a victory over Indianapolis.
The Bengals (3-1) played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton's brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard's 1-yard touchdown run.
The Colts (2-2) rested most of their starters, including quarterback Andrew Luck. He and Dalton joked with each other on the field before the game.
Matt Hasselbeck started for Indianapolis and led a 12-play drive to a field goal against most of the Bengals starters.
JETS 27, EAGLES 20
The son of former Giants star Phil Simms, who had his share of big games against the Eagles, was 33 of 44 for 285 yards for the Jets (3-1).
Both Rex Ryan and the Eagles' Chip Kelly rested their starters, which meant Michael Vick also sat this one out on Philadelphia's sideline. Vick won the Eagles' competition last week, earning the job ahead of Nick Foles.
Foles was 6 of 17 for 63 yards in two quarters for the Eagles (2-2) before being replaced by Matt Barkley.
PATRIOTS 28, GIANTS 20
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and one interception and New England beat New York.
In an up-and-down performance in both teams' last preseason game, Tebow had a 52-yard touchdown pass and a 13-yard run. He was 6 for 11 for 91 yards. He also gained 30 yards on six carries for the Patriots (3-1).
The third-string quarterback also was sacked four times. But he ended his game with a 9-yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds left.
LIONS 35, BILLS 13
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Matt Leinart struggled in his debut for quarterback-depleted Buffalo, which closed the preseason with a loss to Detroit.
Looking like someone who's had just three days practice, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner went 3 for 10 for 11 yards and two interceptions before being yanked after five possessions. That represents a major concern for Buffalo (2-2), which scrambled to sign the 2006 first-round draft pick Sunday after losing its top two quarterbacks to injury.
VIKINGS 24, TITANS 23
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jake Locker led the Titans to a field goal and Tennessee played many of its offensive starters in the exhibition finale.
Locker went 3 for 5 for 31 yards in a rare bit of action for a starting quarterback in the final preseason game for the Titans (1-3).
Hoping to avoid a spot on the practice squad, quarterback Rusty Smith completed 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Marcus Sherels returned a kick 109 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a last-ditch effort to make the team for the Vikings (1-3).
PANTHERS 25, STEELERS 10
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ted Ginn Jr. is showing he has something left to offer Carolina, catching five passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Panthers (3-1) over Pittsburgh.
In a game devoid of star power, Derek Anderson completed 10 of 15 passes for 220 yards, including TD strikes of 87 and 35 yards to Ginn, who's looking to find a home after being run out of Miami and San Francisco.
Rookie quarterback Landry Jones played the entire game for the Steelers (0-4), completing 16 of 35 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
DOLPHINS 24, SAINTS 21
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Drew Brees wore a uniform -- and even eye black -- but never played. Ryan Tannehill also watched from the sideline, laughing at the Kiss Cam when it showed during a timeout on the scoreboard video screen.
The final preseason game for the Saints and Dolphins was for reserves, and Miami third-string quarterback Pat Devlin led his team to a victory.
Devlin threw for 259 yards, including a 56-yard pass to Marvin McNutt on fourth-and-4 with 3:02 left for the winning score.
The Saints (3-1) open the season Sept. 8 against Atlanta. The Dolphins (2-3) open at Cleveland the same day.
JAGUARS 20, FALCONS 16
Todman, who appeared in only one game in his 2012 rookie season, was trying to take advantage of the void created when Justin Forsett missed the entire preseason with a toe injury. Todman had nine carries for 60 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown run, in his bid to win a backup job behind Maurice Jones-Drew.
Josh Vaughn, trying to win a job as Steven Jackson's backup, had a 65-yard touchdown run for the Falcons (0-4), who finished their second winless preseason in three years.
The Jaguars (1-3) earned their first preseason win.
BROWNS 18, BEARS 16
CHICAGO -- Brian Hoyer threw for 307 yards and came on down the stretch and Cleveland closed out the preseason with a victory over Chicago.
Hoyer was intercepted twice. But he also led the Browns (3-1) on a 76-yard touchdown drive that made it a one-point game in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Palmer dominated the first half for the Bears.
Robbie Gould then missed a 57-yarder wide right with just over a minute left, and the Bears (2-2) lost after leading most of the way.
CHIEFS 30, PACKERS 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tyler Bray threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns, and Kansas City beat Green Bay.
B.J. Coleman was 2 of 7 for 19 yards on the few series he played for Green Bay.
TEXANS 24, COWBOYS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Case Keenum and T.J. Yates each threw a touchdown pass in their battle for the backup job, and Cierre Wood and Dennis Johnson combined for 187 yards rushing, leading lead Houston past Dallas.
Keenum directed touchdown drives of 87 and 80 yards, the latter capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass to Lestar Jean. Yates, the backup to Matt Schaub the past two seasons, threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Andy Cruse and led another drive to a field goal.
Wood had 107 yards rushing, and Johnson had 79 yards and a touchdown for Houston (3-1).
RAMS 24, RAVENS 21
ST. LOUIS -- Bobby Rainey scored his first two touchdowns of the preseason, leading a cluster of backups fighting for jobs on both sides in St. Louis' victory to close the preseason.
The Rams (1-3) avoided their first winless preseason since 2002 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Chase Reynolds with 2:40 to go. They clinched it when Drew Thomas intercepted third-stringer Caleb Hanie at the 4 in the final minute.
The Ravens (2-2) open the NFL season next Thursday night at Denver. Coach John Harbaugh typically sits all of his regulars for the final preseason game and Hanie went the distance with second-stringer Tyrod Taylor held out.
CARDINALS 32, BRONCOS 24
DENVER -- Ryan Lindley threw for two touchdowns for Arizona (3-1) in a victory over Denver.
Now, this summer's trendy Super Bowl pick heads into next week's NFL Kickoff against defending champion Baltimore after losing both of its "Doom & Gloom" pass-rush partners. Elvis Dumervil went to the Ravens in free agency after a fax foul-up, and Von Miller will begin serving a six-game suspension.
Together, they accounted for 29½ of Denver's league-leading 52 sacks last season.
How the Broncos (2-2) make up for their absences will go a long way in determining if Miller's Super Bowl guarantee he made back in February was bold or blather.
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