New England outscores Philadelphia in exhibition game
New England scored touchdowns after three of the four turnovers Philadelphia committed, helping the Patriots beat the visiting Eagles 42-35 in an exhibition game.
The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady dived in vain at Cary Williams as the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown on the opening series.
Then the turnovers went in New England’s direction.
The Patriots scored touchdowns after three of the four Philadelphia committed, and New England beat the Eagles 42-35 in Brady’s exhibition-season debut Friday night.
“We always try to aggressively attack the ball,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Those can be game-changing plays. So when you get a chance to make them, you need to make them.”
Every quarterback who played — Brady, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett for the Patriots (1-1) and Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley for the Eagles (0-2) — threw at least one touchdown pass.
Brady was 8 of 10 for 81 yards.
At Saints 31, Titans 24
Tight end Jimmy Graham caught two touchdown passes, celebrating both with banned celebratory dunks over the crossbar, in New Orleans’ victory over Tennessee.
Graham’s celebrations drew penalties. The Saints were flagged 22 times for 184 yards.
“Obviously, that was painful to watch,” coach Sean Payton said of the penalties. “It’s the first sign of a team that has no discipline, and that’s the first sign of poor coaching. ... I’m very upset.”
Titans starter Jake Locker, a former Washington Husky, completed 8 of 11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Another ex-UW standout, rookie running back Bishop Sankey, gained 31 yards on six carries.
“It was great to see the way we came out and started,” Locker said. “It was something we can definitely build off of.”
At Raiders 27, Lions 26
Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives of the game for Detroit before Matt McGloin tossed a 19-yard TD pass to Brice Butler with six seconds to go to give Oakland the victory.
McGloin, who came in after backup Derek Carr left with injured ribs, led the winning 68-yard drive. Sebastian Janikowski kicked the deciding extra point from 33 yards.
• Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended for the season opener against Tennessee for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
• Chicago tight end Zach Miller, who suffered a foot injury in an exhibition game Thursday, was placed on season-ending injured reserve.