Falcons defeat Bengals

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2004

ATLANTA For the second straight week, Matt Schaub passed for three touchdowns, leading the Atlanta Falcons past the Cincinnati Bengals and their young quarterback, Carson Palmer, 37-10, in a preseason game Saturday night.

Michael Vick, expected to play the first half, was held out after aggravating a hamstring injury during pregame warmups.

Ravens 17, Lions 6

BALTIMORE Chester Taylor ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and the Ravens got a solid performance from their depleted defense.

Cornerback Chris McAlister remains a holdout, and the Ravens were without injured starters Anthony Weaver, Peter Boulware, Marques Douglas and Corey Fuller. But with middle linebacker Ray Lewis leading the way, Baltimore (2-1) did not yield a touchdown for the second time in three games.

Bucs 17, Dolphins 10

TAMPA, Fla. Chris Simms tightened his grip on Tampa Bay's backup quarterback job, and Ryan Nece returned a fourth-quarter interception 55 yards for a touchdown.

Simms completed 11 of 13 passes for 145 yards to remain well ahead of Brian Griese for the No. 2 spot behind Brad Johnson. The second-year pro was 4-of-4 for 76 yards in a 78-yard drive that Earnest Graham finished with a 2-yard TD run.

Colts 30, Bills 17

INDIANAPOLIS Mike Doss recovered a fumbled punt return and blocked another punt that went for a touchdown, Dominic Rhodes returned a kickoff 84 yards to set up another score and Mike Vanderjagt kicked three field goals.

The victory was hardly by design. Again the Colts' high-octane offense frequently backfired, generating just one scoring drive. Again Peyton Manning looked out of sync. And again Indianapolis (2-1) committed far too many mistakes with two interceptions, two fumbles and seven penalties, three on the game's first series.

Browns 21, Chiefs 19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Rookie quarterback Luke McCown hit rookie Richard Alston with a 34-yard TD pass with no time left. McCown, a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, engineered an eight-play, 80-yard drive in the final 1 minute, 39 seconds. He also hit C.J. Jones for 37 yards in the drive.

Panthers 20, Patriots 17

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Panthers got a measure of revenge for their Super Bowl loss to New England even if they again struggled to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense.

Rodney Peete found Walter Young for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 to play.

Jake Delhomme threw for 201 yards and a touchdown for Carolina, which has won eight straight preseason games. Linebacker Brandon Short added a key interception to set up the winning drive.

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