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Steelers defense dominates Bills

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2001

PITTSBURGH -- Troy Edwards scored on an 78-yard punt return and Pittsburgh's defense was dominating for the second straight game on an otherwise uneventful night -- the replacement officials were hardly noticed -- as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills 20-0 Thursday.

The Bills didn't cross midfield until the Steelers couldn't convert a fake punt attempt and turned the ball over at their 37 in the third quarter.

When the Bills finally threatened, Curtis Alexander's 39-yard run early in the fourth quarter moved them inside the 10, but they stalled again and Steve Christie's 22-yard field goal attempt clanged off the right upright.

Christies later missed from the 40, this time going wide right, and finished the preseason by missing 7 of 11 attempts.

Colts 23, Bengals 17

CINCINNATI -- The fill-ins called few penalties and had only a couple of minor problems as Indianapolis beat Cincinnati without quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning rested a sprained knee as backup Mark Rypien Rypien completed 17 of 38 for 159 yards with two interceptions and a nicely thrown 21-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Insley.

Jon Kitna, named the Bengals' starter three days earlier, had only one good drive in the first half. He was 9-of-15 for 101 yards in the half with one interception.

Eagles 13, Jets 12

PHILADELPHIA -- A.J. Feeley's 16-yard touchdown pass to Sean Scott with 23 seconds left lifted Philadelphia over New York for their second straight victory.

John Hall kicked four field goals for the Jets, including a 41-yarder with 1:48 left that made it 12-6.

Titans 28, Lions 25

PONTIAC, Mich. -- The replacement officials made an uneventful debut as Tennessee beat Detroit.

The Titans Neil O'Donnell, who played the first half and the first possession of the second, connected on 13 of 20 passes for 166 yards.

Tennessee's Steve McNair (lower back) and Eddie George did not play, but are expected to be available for the season opener against Miami on Sept. 9.

Patriots 33, Redskins 13

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England didn't need the two points they lost when a replacement official's call was reversed by instant replay as the Patriots beat Washington.

The Patriots (3-1) capitalized on three turnovers for 17 points in the last 6:14 of the second quarter, and Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals.

Washington quarterback Jeff George, limited to one quarter in the first three games by shoulder tendinitis, struggled most of the first half before throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Lockett eight seconds before halftime.

Cowboys 27, Jaguars 17

IRVING, Texas -- Troy Hambrick paid back safety Donovin Darius for a brutal tackle by pushing him out of the way on a 34-yard touchdown run that helped Dallasd beat Jacksonville.

An exchange of field goals tied the game at 17, then Tony Taylor scored the winning touchdown on a spinning 18-yard run up the middle in the third quarter. Tim Seder added another field goal with 2:18 left for the final points.



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