NFL Preseason Capsules
ST. LOUIS -- One perfect series and done for Sam Bradford.
No doubt, facing Baltimore's second-string defense made it easier for the former Oklahoma star selected drafted first overall.
Bradford made another favorable impression in his second preseason start, going 6 for 6 for 68 yards and a touchdown to open the St. Louis Rams' 27-21 victory over Baltimore on Thursday night.
A.J. Feeley's thumb injury gave Bradford his starting shot last week, and the rookie may have done enough to get the nod in the opener against Arizona.
The Ravens (3-1) held out all of their starters, plus backup quarterback Marc Bulger in his return to St. Louis after getting released by the Rams (3-1) in April, denying fans a shot to either cheer or boo a player who was the starter from 2003-09.
Vikings 31, Broncos 24
Tebow fumbled his first snap, Erin Henderson found the ball and scooted into the end zone from 35 yards out for the Vikings. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick from Florida then threw a wobbler over the middle that Tyrell Johnson easily intercepted and returned for 41 yards to set up a field goal.
Tebow was 12 for 16 for 167 yards and one touchdown and also ran for 21 yards on four carries. His favorite target was Matthew Willis, who caught five passes for 122 yards and a score. Minnesota native Eric Decker had 10 catches for 114 yards.
The Vikings held out 20 of their 22 starters. Brett Favre watched in a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers.
Giants 20, Patriots 17
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rhett Bomar may have nailed down the job as New York's backup quarterback, throwing a 60-yard scoring pass to Duke Calhoun with 1:49 to play as the Giants rallied to beat New England.
The winning score came just minutes after Darnell Jenkins put the Patriots ahead 17-12 by catching a short pass from Brian Hoyer and turning it into a 66-yard scoring play with one move and a burst of speed.
The good news for the teams, both 2-2 in exhibition play, was they came out the preseason finale relatively healthy.
Steelers 19, Panthers 3
Carolina's offense ended the preseason the way it began with no touchdowns as No. 3 quarterback Hunter Cantwell and No. 4 Tony Pike took all the snaps in a game both teams played with the intent of not getting any key player hurt.
Leftwich, tuning up for his anticipated start Sept. 12 against Atlanta, completed an 18-yard pass to rookie Emmanuel Sanders before being knocked off his feet as running back Mewelde Moore and safety Marcus Hudson collided near him.
Jets 21, Eagles 17
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick led Philadelphia to a field goal in two series in his first start in four years, and Kurt Coleman scored on two fumble returns, but New York (2-2) beat Philadelphia (2-2).
Cowboys 27, Dolphins 25
ARLINGTON, Texas -- David Buehler kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Dallas (3-2) past Miami (2-2).
The kick capped a convincing night for Buehler, who handled only kickoffs as a rookie last season. He also made field goals of 51, 45 and 40 yards.
Titans 27, Saints 24
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alvin Pearman had a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:18 left to help Tennessee (2-2) beat Super Bowl champion New Orleans (2-2).
The Saints' Harry Coleman recovered the ball off the first of two blocked punts for a TD, and Chase Daniel had a 35-yard TD pass to Adrian Arrington. Daniel tried to pull out the victory, but his pass to Tyler Lorenzen was intercepted by Gerald McRath in the final seconds.
Browns 13, Bears 10
CLEVELAND -- Montario Hardesty, Cleveland's highly touted rookie running back whose career at Tennessee was slowed by knee injuries, hurt his left one in the second quarter of the Browns' victory.
Fellow rookie Colt McCoy got his first pro start and went 13 of 13 for 131 yards in two-plus quarters. The former Texas star fumbled his first snap, but finally showed some potential in easily his best performance for the Browns (2-2).
Bengals 30, Colts 28
INDIANAPOLIS -- Cedric Peerman had a 93-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and reserve Jordan Palmer -- starter Carson Palmer's brother -- completed 10 of 14 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (3-2).
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning didn't play, and most of Indy's starters took the night off. Curtis Painter got the start and completed nine of 20 passes for 114 yards. Tom Brandstater was 10 of 18 for 177 yards and three TDs, all to Brandon James.
Indianapolis was 0-4 in the preseason.
Chiefs 17, Packers 13
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a host of other Green Bay starters didn't suit up for the final tuneup. Backup Matt Flynn played into the third quarter, completing 23 of 37 passes for 304 yards. The Packers were 2-2 in exhibition play.
Buccaneers 24, Texans 17
Houston backup Dan Orlovsky started and threw both interceptions to Lynch. Third-stringer John David Booty played the second half and threw touchdown passes to Bobby Williams and Derek Fine. Booty completed 17 of 37 passes for 209 yards.
Lions 28, Bills 23
Stafford's second pass was picked off by Drayton Florence and Detroit (3-1) punted on his second and last drive. Buffalo's Trent Edwards was 4 for 4 for 66 yards -- including a 50-yard pass to Lee Evans -- on his only drive to set up the first of Rian Lindell's three field goals. The Bills finished the preseason 2-2.
Jaguars 13, Falcons 9
Jacksonville's Luke McCown filled in for David Garrard and completed 5 of 12 passes for 39 yards. Chris Redman, starting in place of Matt Ryan for Atlanta (2-2), completed 15 of 22 passes for 142 yards.
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