NFL Game Capsules - Preseason Week 5
THURSDAY AUGUST 28
Final Score: Atlanta 24, Jacksonville 14
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Backup quarterback T.J. Yates completed 15 of his 20 passes for 243 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Seeing most of the snaps with Matt Ryan sitting out the preseason finale, Yates had touchdown throws of 66 yards to Antone Smith and 67 yards to Freddie Martino in the second quarter. Fourth-round draft pick Devonta Freeman had a 1-yard touchdown run for Atlanta in the first quarter and rushed for a game- high 42 yards on 12 carries. He had five catches for 45 yards. Ryan sat along with star receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White as the Falcons wrapped up a 2-2 preseason slate by snapping a two-game losing streak. Atlanta running back Steven Jackson missed all four preseason games with a hamstring injury but returned to practice this week and is expected to be ready for Atlanta's regular-season opener against NFC South rival New Orleans. Backup Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall draft pick, passed for 86 yards in his three possessions, most of it on a 57-yard touchdown pass to second-round pick Marqise Lee in the second quarter.
Final Score: Detroit 23, Buffalo 0
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kellen Moore had two touchdown passes as the Detroit Lions thumped the Buffalo Bills, 23-0, in the final preseason tune-up for both clubs. The Lions rested many of their starters for the game and Moore went 17-for-28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the team went 3-1 in the preseason. Dan Orlovsky started under center and in just over one quarter he led the team to a field goal, going 7-for-11 for 39 yards. The Lions open up their season at home against the Giants on Sept. 8. Buffalo played many of its starters to begin the game, and saw the plan backfire on them as first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left the game on the team's second drive. The rookie wide receiver, who had just three catches for 21 yards in the preseason, suffered an injury to his ribs after taking a hit and went to the bench. He missed the team's last game against the Buccaneers after suffering a rib injury in the second preseason game against Pittsburgh. E.J. Manuel started under center and was just 3-for-7 for 56 yards for the Bills, who went 1-4 on the preseason. Buffalo begins the regular season on the road at Chicago on Sept. 7.
Final Score: Cincinnati 35, Indianapolis 7
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Campbell went 13-of-16 passing for 123 yards and a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 35-7, in the preseason finale for each team on Thursday. Cobi Hamilton hauled in three passes for 74 yards with a touchdown and Jeremy Hill finished with 90 yards on 20 carries for the Bengals, who open the season at Baltimore. Chandler Harnish played the entire game at quarterback for Indianapolis and passed for 102 yards on 13-of-24 attempts with a touchdown and an interception. The Colts, who finished the preseason winless, will travel to Denver for a primetime matchup with the Broncos next Sunday.
Final Score: Green Bay 34, Kansas City 14
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien both threw two touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers routed the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-14, in the preseason finale. With Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay's starters resting, Flynn started the game under center and had 102 yards passing, while Tolzien spelled him and completed 12-of-18 passes for 139 yards. Four different receivers had touchdown catches. Tyler Bray had 116 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Chiefs, who also went with mostly reserves in the final tune-up before the regular season kicks off. Joe McKnight had 50 yards and a score on the ground in defeat.
Final Score: Miami 14, St. Louis 13
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the St. Louis Rams 14-13 on Thursday night. Miami was down 13-0 entering the fourth but got a 5-yard touchdown run from Daniel Thomas on fourth down and took the lead on Seth Lobato's 22-yard TD pass to Matt Hazel with 6:15 remaining. The Dolphins concluded the preseason with a 3-1 record and will host AFC East rival New England to begin the regular season. Austin Davis and Garrett Gilbert split the snaps at quarterback for St. Louis with Shaun Hill sitting out. Hill became the Rams' starter following the season-ending injury to Sam Bradford. The former No. 1 overall draft pick retore the ACL in his left knee last Saturday. Davis played the first two quarters and threw for 162 yards, including a touchdown pass to Austin Pettis. The second half belonged to Gilbert, who passed for only 50 yards.
Final Score: Philadelphia 37, NY Jets 7
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez sat against his old team, his new role as a high-profile backup settled. The same was true for former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, except for what amounted to a ceremonial snap and handoff at the beginning of the game to give the Philly crowd a chance to cheer him if they wished. So forgive this preseason finale for producing a storyline no more interesting than a kicking competition between teammates. Rookie Cody Parkey showed a strong foot with three field goals, including two over 50 yards as Philadelphia beat New York 37-7 on Thursday night. Acquired by the Eagles from the Colts last week to compete with Alex Henery, Parkey took every field goal attempt for his new team and two of the four extra-point attempts. He was good from 54, 53 and 25 yards and added some booming kickoffs to give the competition some heat. Henery, who has made just two of his five attempts over 50 yards in three NFL seasons, was called on for one extra point and a few kickoffs. Matt Barkley, taking most of the snaps with starter Nick Foles and Sanchez both sitting out, passed for 253 yards with a 43-yard touchdown to Arrelious Benn. He threw one interception, in the end zone, and also rushed for a score.
Final Score: NY Giants 16, New England 13
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the New York Giants to a 16-13 win over the New England Patriots and spare the clubs from the indignity of preseason overtime football. Most starters sit out the preseason finale, but quarterback Eli Manning played two series for New York. He didn't accomplish much, completing 1-of-4 passes for no yards. Ryan Nassib threw for 107 yards and Peyton Hillis had a 1-yard touchdown run for the Giants, who went 5-0 in the preseason and will open the regular season at Detroit on Sept. 8. New England rookie Jimmy Garoppolo played the entire game and finished 22-of-42 for 284 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots concluded the preseason at 2-2 and will visit Miami on Sept. 7.
Final Score: Carolina 10, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Fozzy Whittaker ran for 91 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers blanked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-0, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday. First-round rookie Kelvin Benjamin caught four passes for 56 yards for Carolina, which will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in its season opener next Sunday. Derek Anderson was 8-of-14 for 98 yards before leaving with an injury to his throwing hand. Joe Webb completed 8-of-11 passes for 116 yards in the triumph. Darrius Heyward-Bey had six receptions for 44 yards for the Steelers, who will host the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Landry Jones was 14- of-18 for 97 yards in defeat.
Final Score: Washington 24, Tampa Bay 10
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Colt McCoy threw two touchdowns to lead the Washington Redskins to a 24-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. McCoy played the entire game, completing 22-of-29 passes for 321 yards with two interceptions for the Redskins. Ryan Grant and Lache Seastrunk each had a receiving touchdown for Washington in the preseason finale for both teams. Silas Redd rushed for a game-high 79 yards and a touchdown, while Seastrunk caught two passes for 88 yards and rushed for 23 more yards for the Redskins, who finished 3-1 in the preseason. Washington will open the regular season in Houston on Sept. 7. Quarterback Mike Kafka went 7-of-14 for 86 yards and a score and rushed for 22 yards and Mike Glennon completed two of his three passes for just 10 yards for the Buccaneers. Jeff Demps led Tampa Bay rushers with 59 yards on 20 carries and rookie receiver Solomon Patton caught two passes for 34 yards and a score. The Buccaneers, who went 1-3 in preseason play, will host Carolina on Sept. 7 to start the season.
Final Score: Cleveland 33, Chicago 13
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer played just one series against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and took Cleveland on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a Ben Tate touchdown run. Hoyer completed 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards on the drive as the Browns rolled to a 33-13 victory in the preseason finale for both teams. Rookie Johnny Manziel connected on 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Texas A&M product also carried the ball four times for 55 yards. Isaiah Crowell carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards and a score for the Browns, who start the regular season at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. Willie Snead caught three passes for 75 yards. David Fales completed 13- of-24 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bears, who open the season at home against the Bills on Sept. 7. Santonio Holmes caught a 32-yard TD pass from Fales.
Final Score: Denver 27, Dallas 3
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kapri Bibbs had two rushing touchdowns and the Denver Broncos took a 27-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to finish up the preseason. C.J. Anderson also had a rushing touchdown while Borck Osweiler went 9-for-13 for 190 yards under center for the Broncos, who went 3-1 in the preseason. Denver begins its season at home against Indianapolis on Sept. 7. Brandon Weeden was just 6-for-12 for 75 yards and an interception in the start for the Cowboys, who finished the preseason 0-4. Dallas hosts San Francisco on Sept. 7 to start the regular season.
Final Score: San Francisco 40, Houston 13
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Johnson threw three touchdown passes to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 40-13 victory over the Houston Texans in the preseason finale for both teams. The Niners and Texans split their four tune- up games heading into the regular season, which starts on Sunday, Sept. 7 for both teams. Blaine Gabbert got the start under center for the Niners and threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Asante Cleveland in the second quarter, beginning a string of 24 straight points for San Francisco. Neither Case Keenum nor Tom Savage led Houston's reserves to any touchdowns. Savage had an interception returned for a touchdown by Chris Borland. San Francisco opens the regular season at Dallas, while Houston hosts Washington.
Final Score: Baltimore 22, New Orleans 13
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyrod Taylor was 10-of-17 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception as the Baltimore Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 22-13, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday night. Fitzgerald Toussaint carried the ball 17 times for 103 yards, while Lorenzo Taliaferro totaled 88 yards on 25 totes for the Ravens, who will host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 next Sunday. Justin Tucker hit on all five of his field-goal attempts in the win. Ryan Griffin completed 11-of-21 passes for 126 yards for New Orleans, which travels to Atlanta to face the Falcons in its season opener.
Final Score: Minnesota 19, Tennessee 3
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards on 18 carries as the Minnesota Vikings concluded a perfect preseason with a 19-3 win over the Tennessee Titans. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater started and threw a touchdown pass on the game's first drive. He was 4-of-9 for 17 yards before being replaced by Christian Ponder, who finished with 121 yards on 12-of-15 passing. Earlier this week, veteran Matt Cassel was named the Vikings' starting quarterback. Minnesota, which went 4-0 in the preseason, opens the regular season at St. Louis on Sept. 7. Rookie Zach Mettenberger got the start at quarterback for Tennessee and completed 12-of-17 passes for 154 yards. The Titans were 2-2 in the preseason and will play at Kansas City on Sept. 7.
Final Score: San Diego 12, Arizona 9
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Novak nailed a 55-yard field goal among his four successful kicks as the San Diego Chargers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 12-9, in the preseason finale for both teams. These two will also meet in Week 1 of the regular season on Sept. 8, but that game will be in Glendale. Kellen Clemens was 14-of-25 for 158 yards and an interception, Marion Grice ran for 79 yards on 17 carries and Branden Oliver totaled 71 yards on 16 totes for the Chargers, who outgained the Cardinals 347-98. Logan Thomas completed 9-of-21 passes for 73 yards and an interception for Arizona.
Final Score: Oakland 41, Seattle 31
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Carr threw three touchdowns and the Oakland Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 41-31, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday. Carr completed 11 of his 13 passes for 143 yards and Matt McGloin went 10-of-19 for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Raiders. Denarius Moore caught two touchdowns on three receptions for 58 yards, while Mychal Rivera and Brice Butler both also hauled in TD passes. Latavius Murray added a rushing score and rookie George Atkinson rushed for 63 yards on eight carries. Terrelle Pryor threw for 134 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-17 efficiency and B.J. Daniels also completed a TD pass for Seattle. Starter Russell Wilson completed all three of his passes on the opening drive for 77 yards and a score. Bryan Walters, Phil Bates and Luke Wilson each caught touchdown passes in defeat.
08/29 01:45:04 ET