Published August 18, 2014
Baltimore, MD – Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - A Hail Mary at the end of the game was successful for the Cleveland Browns, but their 2-point try failed as the Washington Redskins held on for a 24-23 preseason win on Monday. With just seconds to play, Connor Shaw rolled out to the left and tossed the ball down the field and into the end zone from 45 yards out. The ball was then tipped into the hands of Emmanuel Ogbuehi to make it a one-point game. The Browns went for two points and the win, but Shaw was pressured on the roll out to the right and his pass into the end zone sailed high. Robert Griffin III struggled in the start, going 6-for-8 for 112 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. Kirk Cousins led the Redskins on a pair of scoring drives during his time under center, going 12-for-21 with 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel also struggled in his second game, although he didn't start. He did lead the team to a fourth quarter drive that saw him toss his first touchdown pass of the preseason. Washington is 2-0 on the preseason while Cleveland fell to 0-2.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
Final Score: Denver 34, San Francisco 0
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert threw one touchdown pass each and the Denver Broncos routed the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 in a preseason game on Sunday. Manning played two series and threw just two incompletions on 14 passes. His 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Julius Thomas in the back of the end zone gave the Broncos a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. C.J. Anderson scored on a 1-yard run before halftime and led all rushers with 29 yards on nine carries. The Broncos beat Seattle 21-16 in their preseason opener on Aug. 7 in Denver just over six months after losing to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Manning was sharp in that game, too, completing 10 of his 13 passes for 78 yards.Colin Kaepernick also played two series, completing five of his nine passes for the 49ers, who lost their preseason opener 23-3 to the Ravens last week. Blaine Gabbert was 8-of-14 for 40 yards and an interception and McLeod Bethel-Thompson also threw a pick.
Final Score: Carolina 28, Kansas City 16
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Newton was 4-of-9 for 65 yards in his preseason opener as the Carolina Panthers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-16, on Sunday night. Newton had left ankle surgery in March and was held out of his team's first exhibition game against Buffalo last week. Jonathan Stewart carried the ball four times for 26 yards and two touchdowns, while second- round rookie Kelvin Benjamin caught two passes for 41 yards for the Panthers. Alex Smith completed 14-of-22 passes for 127 yards for Kansas City. Dwayne Bowe had five receptions for 62 yards and Travis Kelce hauled in four passes for 63 yards and a score.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
Final Score: Green Bay 21, St. Louis 7
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers completed 11-of-13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut as the Green Bay Packers defeated the St. Louis Rams, 21-7, in the second exhibition game for both teams on Saturday afternoon. Rodgers, along with running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Jordy Nelson, were healthy scratches in Green Bay's first preseason game last week. Lacy carried the ball five times for 25 yards and added two receptions for 22 yards, while Nelson had a touchdown catch called back due to a penalty. Randall Cobb caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown and tight end Andrew Quarless had four receptions for 58 yards in the triumph. Rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who was the first openly- gay player drafted in the NFL, didn't see defensive snaps until the second half for St. Louis. He tallied a sack among his two tackles. Sam Bradford, who hadn't played since tearing his ACL last October, made his first preseason appearance. He was 9-of-12 for 101 yards and a touchdown in defeat.
Final Score: NY Giants 27, Indianapolis 26
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Nassib's 4-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington with 55 seconds left capped a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback for the New York Giants, who pulled out a 27-26 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason clash. The Giants put up 27 unanswered points in the final 10 1/2 minutes to erase a 26-0 deficit and move to 3-0 this preseason, with both Nassib and fellow backup quarterback Curtis Painter throwing for touchdowns during the rally. Nassib finished 11-of-15 for 158 yards to help offset another rough effort from Eli Manning, who hit on just 1- of-7 throws for six yards on four stalled New York possessions. Andrew Luck led three scoring drives for Indianapolis while playing into the second quarter, with the former No. 1 overall pick going 12-of-18 for 89 yards and tossing a 5-yard touchdown strike to Griff Whalen. Former Giant Hakeem Nicks paced the Colts on the receiving end with five catches for 53 yards.
Final Score: NY Jets 25, Cincinnati 17
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Clyde Gates caught a 17-yard score from Michael Vick early in the fourth quarter as the New York Jets grabbed a 25-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in preseason action on Saturday. Gates' score gave the Jets a 23-17 lead 1 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter, and IK Enemkpali blocked a Kevin Huber punt with the ball going out of the end zone to give the Jets a safety on Cincinnati's ensuing possession. The Bengals failed on an attempted fourth-down conversion just past midfield later in the fourth, and Matt Scott had a pass picked off a bit later to end the game. Geno Smith played the first half of the game under center for the Jets and went 10-of-13 for 98 yards with an interception. He also had four carries for 20 yards and a score, leading the team to two touchdowns and a field goal during his time under center. Andy Dalton was crisp under center for the Bengals, going 8-of-8 for 144 yards and a score while guiding the team to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during his three drives.
Final Score: Baltimore 37, Dallas 30
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Flacco was 9-of-17 for 113 yards and a touchdown as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 37-30, in the second preseason game for both teams on Saturday night. Flacco, who began the game just 1-of-7 and played the entire first half, didn't see his first snap until the 3:25 mark of the opening frame as Baltimore put up two non-offensive touchdowns. Courtney Upshaw returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown and Deonte Thompson took a kickoff 108 yards for a score. Torrey Smith hauled in a 19-yard TD reception from Flacco, Bernard Pierce carried the ball seven times for 55 yards and Ray Rice had just two totes for 21 yards in the triumph. Tony Romo played two series in his preseason debut. He was 4-of-5 for 80 yards and tossed a 31-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant, who caught three passes for 59 yards. Romo didn't play in the first exhibition game so he could rest his surgically repaired back.
Final Score: Miami 20, Tampa Bay 14
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Moore went 13-of-19 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown to help the Miami Dolphins in a 20-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in preseason action on Saturday. Damien Williams rushed for 20 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown and hauled in three passes for a team- high 46 yards. Rishard Matthews finished with three receptions for 43 yards and a score in the win. Tampa Bay starter Josh McCown tossed for 46 yards on 5-of-7 passing and a score for Tampa Bay. Mike Kafka also added a touchdown pass late in the contest. After each team's offense went six plays without any points in the opening minutes, Ryan Tannehill orchestrated an 11-play, 62-yard drive that resulted in a successful 48- yard field goal from John Potter. Tannehill went 9-of-14 for 110 yards in limited action.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 19, Buffalo 16
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shaun Suisham's 20-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Buffalo Bills, 19-16, in exhibition action on Saturday night. Ben Roethlisberger played the first half, ending up 8-of-11 for 128 yards and tossing first-quarter touchdown strikes to Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Brown led all receivers with 93 yards on just a pair of catches. E.J. Manuel finished 17-of-27 for 148 yards and one interception for the Bills. Anthony Dixon rushed 10 times for 26 yards and Buffalo's lone TD, a one-yard run in the third quarter. Fred Jackson led the club with seven grabs for 28 yards. Dan Carpenter connected on a pair of field goals, including a 44-yard try which knotted the score with 1:56 left in regulation. Rookie wideout Sammy Watkins left the game with a rib injury on his club's opening possession and did not return. Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed following the game that it was a rib contusion.
Final Score: Houston 32, Atlanta 7
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Fitzpatrick went 9-of-12 for 97 yards and a touchdown pass as the Houston Texans defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 32-7, in a preseason matchup. Jonathan Grimes led Houston's rushers with 42 yards off nine carries and scored a touchdown on a blocked punt return. Alfred Blue added a rushing touchdown in the rout. Sean Renfree took over for Atlanta starting quarterback Matt Ryan, who went just 3-of-7 for 37 yards, midway through the second quarter and connected with Devin Hester for a 12-yard touchdown for the Falcons' lone points.
Final Score: Minnesota 30, Arizona 28
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes, including one to Rodney Smith with 18 seconds remaining that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 30-28 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Matt Cassel started under center for Minnesota and completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie first-round draft pick Bridgewater finished 16-for-20 for 177 and two scores in relief. Joe Banyard carried six times for 64 yards for Minnesota, while tight end Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Drew Stanton had a touchdown pass for Arizona and Jonathan Dwyer, Robert Hughes and Zach Bauman had scores on the ground.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Final Score: New England 42, Philadelphia 35
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady was 8-of-10 for 81 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 42-35, in preseason action on Friday night. Second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo completed 6-of-12 passes for 72 yards and a pair of scores, while Kenbrell Thompkins caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown for the hosts. Nick Foles bounced back from last week's two- interception performance against Chicago by going 8-of-10 for 81 yards and a touchdown. His backup, Mark Sanchez, went 11-of-12 for 117 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Eagles. Second-round selection Jordan Matthews tallied nine receptions for 104 yards and LeSean McCoy carried the ball six times for 19 yards in defeat.
Final Score: New Orleans 31, Tennessee 24
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Graham caught a pair of touchdown passes from Luke McCown and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Tennessee Titans, 31-24, in preseason action on Friday night. Graham tallied five receptions for 48 yards, while McCown was 12-of-20 for 117 yards for New Orleans. Mark Ingram carried the ball five times for 19 yards and added a 23- yard TD reception in the triumph. Jake Locker completed 8-of-11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown and Justin Hunter caught four balls for 111 yards and a pair of scores for the Titans. Shonn Greene gained 46 yards on nine attempts and second-round rookie Bishop Sankey accumulated 31 yards on the ground on six totes in defeat.
Final Score: Seattle 41, San Diego 14
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Wilson ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Diego Chargers, 41-14, in preseason action on Friday night. Wilson completed 11-of-13 passes for 121 yards and added 31 yards rushing on four carries for Seattle. Robert Turbin carried the ball 12 times for 81 yards and a score and Percy Harvin caught four passes for 31 yards in the triumph. Philip Rivers, who played one series, was 2-of-4 for 20 yards, while his backup Kellen Clemens finished 14-of-21 for 149 yards and two scores for the Chargers. Keenan Allen hauled in a 13-yard TD pass in defeat.
Final Score: Oakland 27, Detroit 26
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt McGloin's 19-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler with six seconds left lifted the Oakland Raiders over the Detroit Lions 27-26 in preseason action on Friday. Darren McFadden had eight rushes for 27 yards and a score for the Raiders, while Matt Schaub went 8-for-13 with an interception in two series before being removed. McGloin was 7- for-15 passing for 114 yards and Butler finished with four catches for 74 yards. Matthew Stafford completed 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit. George Winn added a touchdown on the ground and Golden Tate caught three passes for 41 yards and a score.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14
Final Score: Chicago 20, Jacksonville 19
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Senorise Perry's 5-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds left led the Chicago Bears to a 20-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in preseason play on Thursday. Ka'Deem Carey scored on a 1-yard run earlier in the fourth quarter and Brandon Marshall caught a 4-yard score from Jay Cutler in the second quarter for the Bears, who opened the preseason with a win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Josh Scobee hit three field goals and Marqise Lee caught a 6-yard score from Chad Henne for the Jaguars, who had beaten Tampa Bay in their preseason opener.