Brady stars as Pats roll



New England whipped the Eagles 24-6 in its opener.
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FOXBORO, Mass. -- Another game, another solid performance for Tom Brady -- even if it was just an exhibition.
On a rainy Friday night when controversial stars made their debuts with new teams, Terrell Owens with Philadelphia and Corey Dillon with New England, the two-time Super Bowl MVP was steady in a 24-6 win over the Eagles.
In his first game since the Patriots' second championship in three years, Brady went 3-for-4 for 31 yards and a touchdown. He left the exhibition opener after two series and 11 plays.
Rohan Davey, recently chosen offensive player of the year in NFL Europe, threw two scoring passes, improving his bid to move up to the No. 2 quarterback spot in his third season with the Patriots.
The Eagles lost the last three NFC championship games and hope Owens, acquired from San Francisco, can get them beyond that.
He caught three passes for 14 yards and fans booed all three times. After each one, he walked calmly back to the huddle, showing none of the flamboyance that followed some catches with the 49ers -- once autographing a football on the field after scoring a touchdown.
Owens and Donovan McNabb played the first four series and left after the Eagles' first possession of the second quarter. McNabb was 6-for-11 for 32 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Dillon, often at odds with management during seven seasons with Cincinnati, had five runs for 23 yards. His longest, a 13-yarder three plays before Brady's 9-yard touchdown pass to David Patten, drew a loud ovation.
Giants 34, Chiefs 24
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The much-anticipated debut of Eli Manning was upstaged by another once highly regarded New York Giants first-round draft pick and a budding television star.
Ron Dayne showed flashes of his Heisman Trophy days, scoring on runs of 29 and 67 yards, and Jesse Palmer threw a game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass with 6:32 to play, rallying the Giants over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The victory in Tom Coughlin's preseason debut as coach wasn't pretty.
Trent Green and the Chiefs gained 311 first-half yards and scored on four of five possessions in shredding the Giants' rebuilding defense. If they'd stayed in, the game would not have been close.
Saints 23, Jets 13
NEW ORLEANS -- J.T. O'Sullivan made the most of his second NFL appearance, completing 10 of 13 passes for 141 yards as the New Orleans Saints' reserves beat the New York Jets' backups.
O'Sullivan, who played for Division I-AA California-Davis and was the second-highest ranked quarterback in NFL Europe this spring, made his only other NFL appearance in a 2002 preseason game.
Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks was in street clothes on the sideline. He returned to practice this week, but his strained quadriceps was still tender, and team officials did not want to risk further damage. Backup Todd Bouman, who was hobbled by a pulled stomach muscle this week, started.

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