NFL Preseason Capsules
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Buffalo Bills 38-32 Thursday night.
Stafford and Johnson went to the sideline healthy after their only drive to make the Lions happy that their dynamic duo avoided injuries in the fourth and final preseason game.
Detroit's offense, defense and special teams contributed toward the Lions (2-2) taking a 28-7 lead in the first quarter over the Bills (0-4).
Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed all five of his passes, including a 4-yard TD pass to Stevie Johnson, on his first and last possession.
The Bills gave Tyler Thigpen an extended opportunity to keep his job as their No. 2 QB and he didn't take advantage of it. Thigpen had an interception returned for a touchdown in his second straight game.
STEELERS 17, PANTHERS 16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Batch completed 11 of 14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown to bolster his hopes of playing a 15th NFL season and Pittsburgh beat Carolina in its preseason finale.
Batch hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 37-yard play on Pittsburgh's first drive and later found Will Johnson for a 27-yard gain to set up a field goal as the Steelers (3-1) won a battle of the backups against the Panthers (2-2).
Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen passed for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard score to rookie Lamont Bryant with 2:31 to play to bring the Panthers within a point. The 2-point conversion failed, however, and kicker Justin Medlock missed a 50-yard field goal with 32 seconds left.
BEARS 28, BROWNS 20
CLEVELAND (AP) — Quarterback Colt McCoy did little to solidify winning Cleveland's backup job — or impress any other NFL team — and Chicago's Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the first half, leading the Bears over the Browns in the exhibition finale.
McCoy, who lost his starting job in training camp to rookie Brandon Weeden, is battling Seneca Wallace to be Cleveland's No. 2 QB. McCoy went 2 of 5 for 16 yards and an interception.
The Bears (3-1) returned an interception and blocked punt for TDs in a 90-second span of the third quarter to pull away from the Browns (2-2).
McCown played the entire game, finishing 20 of 29 for 157 yards and the two TDs. He will sit behind starter Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell.
COLTS 20, BENGALS 16
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chandler Harnish threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dominique Jones, leading the Colts over Cincinnati in the preseason finale.
Neither starting quarterback stuck around long. No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck left after Indy's first series.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton left with a bruised right arm after just six plays. Coach Marvin Lewis later said Dalton would have returned had it been a regular season game.
That left the heavy-lifting to the backups — and the officials, who called 24 penalties.
Behind Harnish, the last selection in this year's draft, Indy (2-2) rallied from a 10-0 deficit to take a 14-13 halftime lead.
The Bengals (2-2) regained the lead on a third-quarter field goal, but Harnish threw for the winning score with 6:54 to play.
EAGLES 28, JETS 10
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Greg McElroy became the first quarterback to lead the Jets into the end zone this preseason in a loss to Philadelphia.
Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and most of the Jets starters didn't play in this battle between backups and guys fighting for roster spots.
Michael Vick and all of Philadelphia's starters watched from the sideline.
Trent Edwards threw for 197 yards and two TDs to help the Eagles (4-0) finish unbeaten in the preseason for the first time since 1995.
The Jets (0-4) became the first team in 35 years to go three preseason games without a touchdown, matching the 1977 Atlanta Falcons for offensive futility.
McElroy finished 12 of 17 for 90 yards and one TD. He rushed for 33 yards.
TEXANS 28, VIKINGS 24
HOUSTON (AP) — Trindon Holliday had his third kick return for a touchdown of the preseason and Justin Forsett rushed for 114 yards and two more scores in Houston's win over Minnesota in the preseason finale.
Holliday brought back a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, bolstering his case to make the Texans (3-1) solely as a special teams threat. Forsett broke a 52-yard run on Houston's second play from scrimmage and set a Texans' rushing record for a preseason game.
Jordan Todman rushed for 114 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown for Minnesota (1-3). Jarius Wright caught six passes for 122 yards, including a touchdown for the Vikings.
JAGUARS 24, FALCONS 14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Elliott had a 77-yard touchdown reception, likely solidifying his spot on the regular-season roster, and Jacksonville beat Atlanta.
The teams took vastly different approaches to the game. The Jaguars (3-1) played their offensive starters into the second quarter; the Falcons (1-3) played just two regulars: linebacker Akeem Dent and defensive tackle Peria Jerry.
The results hardly showed that.
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