Brady, Patriots dominate Panthers 30-7
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers.
Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers 30-7 on Friday night.
The third preseason game for both teams was no contest as the Patriots outgained the Panthers 405-271.
Brady led the Patriots (2-1) to scores on three of his five series and completed 17 of 21 passes. Newton was 8 for 12 for 88 yards and was sacked three times. All five of his possessions for the Panthers (1-2) ended in punts.
Both quarterbacks left after their first series of the third quarter.
Coach Ron Rivera would like to limit Newton's running, despite his skill, and one dash appeared to stun him. He was tackled after running 7 yards when he couldn't find a receiver. Trainers went on the field to check on him, and he was replaced by Derek Anderson before returning after one play.
GIANTS 35, JETS 24
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Geno Smith and Michael Vick each threw for a touchdown with the New York Jets' starters, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants' backups rallied.
Rex Ryan announced that Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Jets (2-1) after a solid preseason. He was 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro.
Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and then lost a fumble, led an 11-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD toss to Eric Decker against the Giants' backups. Vick finished 4 of 5 for 35 yards in his two series against the Giants (4-0).
Manning, still adjusting to new coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense, struggled most of the way but hit Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the first half. Manning was 12 of 21 for 139 yards, including his first scoring pass of the preseason.
Giants backup Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes in the second half.
PACKERS 31, RAIDERS 21
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 1-yard score on the Green Bay Packers' opening drive and prized free agent acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the preseason in a victory over the Oakland Raiders.
The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was taken off the field with a neck injury. He gave a thumbs-up sign while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Moore was taken to a hospital.
The Raiders (1-2) also lost two other defensive starters to head injuries in cornerback Tarell Brown and linebacker Nick Roach.
A first-team defense that allowed three touchdown drives in four possessions in the first two preseason games had its ups and down against Rodgers, who finished 9 of 20 for 139 yards playing into the second quarter for the Packers (2-1).
Matt Schaub played into the third, finishing 13 of 27 for 110 yards for Oakland.
LIONS 13, JAGUARS 12
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Reggie Bush broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, one of only a few offensive highlights as the Detroit Lions edged the Jacksonville Jaguars in a penalty-filled game.
Calvin Johnson played for the first time this preseason, catching two passes for 27 yards, but Matthew Stafford was intercepted once and the Lions (2-1) struggled in the red zone.
Blake Bortles threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars (1-2). Jacksonville started Chad Henne, but Bortles — the third pick in this year's draft — was impressive in relief. He completed 10 of 16 passes, including a 13-yard touchdown to Allen Hurns.
The teams combined for 27 penalties.
Although the Lions won, it was not an especially encouraging performance from a team that made crucial mistakes down the stretch and missed the playoffs last season. Detroit was stopped on fourth down inside the Jacksonville 5 in the first half, and Mikel Leshoure lost a fumble deep in Jaguars territory in the fourth quarter. Ryan Broyles had a fumble at the Jacksonville 1 overturned on replay.
George Winn scored from there to give Detroit a 13-12 lead with 7:12 remaining.