Detroit Lions beat New York Jets in exhibition
The Detroit Lions beat the New York Jets 26-17 in the exhibition-season opener for both teams.
The Associated Press
DETROIT – Mark Sanchez had an interception returned for a touchdown, and rookie quarterback Geno Smith left with an ankle injury in the New York Jets’ 26-17 loss to the Detroit Lions in an exhibition game Friday night.
Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah made an immediate impression, intercepting Sanchez’s screen pass and returning it 14 yards for the game’s first TD.
Sanchez played three series, going 10 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Smith was 6 of 7 for 47 yards but left shortly after halftime because he rolled his right ankle on a scramble. X-rays were negative.
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford was 3 of 8 for 58 yards.
Dolphins 27, at Jaguars 3
Miami’s Ryan Tannehill completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller, in a rout of Jacksonville, which had four turnovers.
Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert completed 5 of 10 passes for 19 yards, with an interception.
Patriots 31, at Eagles 22
Tom Brady led New England on two 80-yard TD drives in his only two series in the victory over Philadelphia. He was 7 of 8 for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Michael Vick threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, but the new-look Eagles kicked off the Chip Kelly era the same way they ended coach Andy Reid’s long tenure — with another loss.
Ex-Oregon coach Kelly’s biggest decision will be picking a starting quarterback. Vick was 4 of 5 for 94 yards. Nick Foles lost a fumble on his second play and then went 5 of 6 for 43 yards.
Tim Tebow, previously with the Jets, made his New England debut after backup Ryan Mallett left with a head injury in the second quarter. Tebow was 4 of 12 for 55 yards and ran for 31 yards on four carries.
At Saints 17, Chiefs 13
Preston Parker had two touchdown catches in his bid to fill one of the open receiver spots, and New Orleans defeated Kansas City in Saints coach Sean Payton’s first game back from his bounty suspension.
New Chiefs coach Andy Reid saw all he needed of new starting quarterback Alex Smith in the opening drive, which went 80 yards on 14 plays. Smith was 7 of 8 for 68 yards.
New Orleans’ Drew Brees was 7 of 10 for 65 yards in two series.
Texans 27, at Vikings 13
Rookie DeAndre Hopkins, a Clemson standout who was the 27th player drafted this year, caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in Houston’s victory over Minnesota.
The Vikings showcased their rookie receiver, too, during an effective first half by Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee.
Hopkins had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.
Cardinals 17, at Packers 0
Stepfan Taylor, formerly of Stanford, rushed for 63 yards on 21 carries in his rookie debut, and Arizona picked apart Green Bay on both sides of the ball.
Ex-Louisiana State player Tyrann Mathieu had a sack in his first game in two years, and also returned two punts for Arizona, which was playing its first game under new coach Bruce Arians.
Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 50-yard gain in his only series, and backup Vince Young showed flashes of potential just three days after signing with Green Bay. The Packers were shut out in a full exhibition game for the first time since 1987; they also were blanked in the 2003 Hall of Fame Game, although that event was called because of lightning with 5:49 left in the third quarter.
At Panthers 24, Bears 17
Chicago forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a TD, but Carolina capitalized on turnovers to spoil Marc Trestman’s NFL coaching debut.
Carolina hosts the Seahawks on Sept. 8 in the regular-season opener for both teams.
The Bears — who forced four turnovers — picked up where they left off last season, when they led the league with 44 takeaways and finished with nine defensive touchdowns.
Chicago had three turnovers and allowed seven sacks.
At Raiders 19, Cowboys 17
Sean Lee and rookie J.J. Wilcox forced first-half turnovers for Dallas’ revamped defense — Monte Kiffin is the new defensive coordinator — before Oakland rallied for the victory.
Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn, a former Seahawk, was 4 of 5 for 37 yards but lost a fumble when he was flattened by Lee.
Dallas’ Tony Romo was 6 of 8 for 88 yards.