PHILADELPHIA Donovan McNabb watched from the press box and Terrell Owens looked on from the bench as the New York Jets’ backups dominated the Philadelphia Eagles’ junior varsity in a 37-14 victory Thursday night.
Chad Pennington played one series for the Jets, completing all three of his passes and leading the offense into the end zone. Rashad Washington returned an interception 99 yards for a score, and Derrick Blaylock and Little John Flowers had TD runs.
No matter how tenuous their relationship, it’s clear the Eagles need McNabb and Owens on the field. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback and the All-Pro wideout have been feuding and aren’t on speaking terms. But they connected five times for 131 yards, including a 64-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage, last week in their lone appearance together this preseason.
Falcons 20, Dolphins 17
MIAMI Etric Pruitt scored on a 51-yard interception return and Atlanta allowed no first downs in the opening 25 minutes.
Both Gus Frerotte and A.J. Feeley struggled in their competition to become Miami’s starting quarterback. The Dolphins totaled 16 yards in three series with Frerotte, while Feeley went 4-for-17 and threw the interception to Pruitt.
Third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Derrius Thompson and 26 yards to Wes Welker, both in the final nine minutes for Miami.
Atlanta used its starters only briefly.
Bucs 38, Texans 14
TAMPA, Fla. Tampa Bay intercepted David Carr twice in the first quarter, converting the turnovers into a field goal and touchdown.
Backup quarterback Chris Simms threw for 163 yards and three TDs for the Bucs, who didn’t allow Houston to score until third-string quarterback Dave Ragone teamed with Sloan Thomas on a 74-yard pass play late in the third quarter.
Giants 27, Patriots 3
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Jared Lorenzen and Jesse Palmer led New York to touchdowns in their battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot.
The No. 2 quarterbacks former Boston College players Doug Flutie of the Patriots and Tim Hasselbeck of the Giants played four series apiece. The Giants scored on two of theirs on Jay Feely’s field goals of 47 and 48 yards that gave them a 6-0 halftime lead
Lorenzen went 5-for-13 for 54 yards and a 26-yard scoring pass to Jamaar Taylor for a 13-3 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. Palmer entered with 13:24 left in the game and completed his only pass, a 46-yarder to Taylor to the 1. Brandon Jacobs’ 1-yard run and Feely’s extra point made it 27-3 with 11:56 left.
Browns 16, Bears 6
CHICAGO Rookie Charlie Frye did all he could to claim the backup quarterback job, completing 12 of 14 passes for 186 yards for Cleveland.
Frye, starting for Trent Dilfer, completed all seven passes and led Cleveland to a touchdown in the second quarter.
Sultan McCullough led the Browns with 103 yards rushing on 19 attempts, while Reuben Droughns, competing for time at running back with the injured Lee Suggs and William Green, rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts.
Steelers 21, Panthers 17
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Backup Charlie Batch threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Sean Morey with 1:35 to play to spoil Stephen Davis’ return from knee surgery.
Davis carried the ball five times for 17 yards in a very brief appearance designed only to test his surgically repaired right knee. He received a standing ovation after his first carry, a 4-yard surge up the middle.
He later moved the Panthers to the Pittsburgh 3 on an 8-yard run, and Jake Delhomme threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl.
Noah Herron finished with 65 yards on 22 carries and scored Pittsburgh’s only touchdown, a 1-yard run to cap a drive led by Batch that tied the score 7-7 midway through the second quarter.
Cowboys 27, Jaguars 20
IRVING, Texas Julius Jones gained 75 yards on 11 carries, softening things up for Drew Bledsoe to hit his first seven passes including a 40-yarder to Terry Glenn for a touchdown on Dallas’ opening drive.
The second series went 68 yards to the Jacksonville 8, with Dallas settling for a field goal then most of the offensive starters called it a night.
Once the game became a battle of backups, the Jaguars went ahead 17-13 early in the third quarter, but the Cowboys pulled it out behind two touchdowns from Tyson Thompson, an undrafted rookie who has been the club’s biggest find of the summer. He gained 57 yards on 14 carries.
Packers 21, Titans 17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Craig Nall tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Walt Williams early in the fourth quarter, and Mike Hawkins intercepted a pass in the end zone with 2:26 left for Green Bay.
The game started after a moment of silence for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which was only appropriate considering the number of players on both teams worried about relatives along the Gulf Coast. Both quarterbacks Brett Favre of Green Bay and Steve McNair of the Titans are Mississippi natives.
Ravens 26, Redskins 20, OT
BALTIMORE Jamal Lewis ran for 15 yards on six carries in his preseason debut for the Ravens, and third-string quarterback Derek Anderson threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Randy Hymes with 12:39 left in overtime.
The Ravens never led until Anderson hit Hymes in the right side of the end zone to make it 18-17 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter. The duo also hooked up on the 2-point conversion.
But the Redskins forced the overtime on a 46-yard field goal by John Hall as time expired.
Raiders 13, Saints 6
OAKLAND, Calif. Randy Moss caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kerry Collins in the first quarter for the game’s only touchdown, leading the Raiders over the Saints, who somehow played a competitive football game despite the situation back in New Orleans.
Transported 2,000 miles to California on Sunday, the Saints avoided the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and prepared for their game at San Jose State University. A moment of silence was held before the game.
Chargers 28, 49ers 24
SAN DIEGO Cleo Lemon, San Diego’s third-string quarterback, threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Ruvell Martin with 19 seconds left to give the Chargers the victory.
Lemon’s second TD pass of the fourth quarter came shortly after Joe Nedney kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:11 left to give the 49ers a 24-21 lead.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Lemon was flushed all the way across the field and, throwing off-balance and across his body, hit tight end Landon Trusty with a 30-yard TD pass to tie it at 21-21.
Just before halftime, top draft pick Alex Smith rolled left and threw a 23-yard pass to Fred Amey to give San Francisco a 14-14 tie.
Drew Brees threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kassim Osgood on the fourth play of San Diego’s first drive, then limped off the field with a sprained ankle.
Tim Rattay came right back and led the 49ers on a drive capped by Frank Gore’s 5-yard run to tie the game at 7.
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