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Bengals 31, Patriots 3
CINCINNATI -- Carson Palmer passed for three touchdowns and set up another with a 48-yard completion to Chad Johnson as Cincinnati scored on its first three possessions. Palmer played only the first half and was 12-of-19 for 179 yards. Tom Brady, New England's two-time Super Bowl MVP, also played a half and was 8-of-13 for 126 yards, with one interception. Rudi Johnson, who rushed 16 times for 76 yards, scored from the 1 to cap a five-play, 69-yard drive that included the long pass to Chad Johnson on the second play of the game. Corey Dillon, traded from the Bengals to New England in the off-season, rushed 11 times for 31 yards.
Jets 31, Colts 7
INDIANAPOLIS -- Chad Pennington completed his first 10 passes and threw for 169 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the second quarter, and the New York defense produced three first-half turnovers. For the second straight game against the Colts, Pennington outplayed his friend, Peyton Manning. Manning completed 6 of 12 passes for 85 yards with one touchdown and one interception before leaving in the second quarter.
Packers 19, Saints 14
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Darren Sharper, emboldened by strong safety Mark Roman's insertion into the lineup, returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in Green Bay's victory. Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks aggravated his strained right thigh muscle while scrambling to the sideline to avoid former teammate Grady Jackson in the second quarter and was replaced by Todd Bouman. Brett Favre completed 11 of 17 passes for 149 yards.
Redskins 17, Dolphins 0
MIAMI -- Mark Brunell directed two touchdown drives, and Washington controlled the ball for 41 minutes. Miami (1-1) made five first downs -- none in the second half -- and totaled just 98 yards. By the second quarter, the offense was drawing boos from the crowd of perhaps 30,000. Brunell played four series and led TD drives of 63 and 43 yards to help the Redskins (2-1) take a 14-0 halftime lead. Incumbent Patrick Ramsey led Washington to a score for the first time this preseason, directing a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a field goal to start the second half . A.J. Feeley, seeking to supplant Jay Fiedler as the Dolphins' quarterback, led Miami to three first downs before the opening series ended with a fumble by receiver Chris Chambers. For Washington, Clinton Portis and Rock Cartwright scored on 1-yard runs, and Ola Kimrin kicked a 26-yard field goal. Brunell went 7-for-9 for 79 yards. Ramsey was 3-for-8 for 41 yards. Travis Minor, who became the starting running back when Ricky Williams retired, rushed for 15 yards in eight carries. Fiedler went 4-for-9 for 41 yards in two series.One of Miami's few highlights was a 49-yard kickoff return by undrafted rookie Fred Russell. Antonio Freeman, signed Monday by the Dolphins, saw action on a handful of plays and made one catch for 19 yards.
Titans 16, Bills 15
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Willis McGahee found out what it's like to be the starting running back for Buffalo. McGahee scored in the second quarter after taking over for injured starter Travis Henry, but Tennessee used a 22-yard field goal by Joe Nedney as time expired to beat the Bills. McGahee finished with 11 carries for 28 yards, scoring on a 3-yard run on his second series. Steve McNair went 8-of-11 for 93 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Calico, helping Tennessee (2-0) to its sixth straight preseason victory. McNair played just two series, and was on the verge of capping another scoring drive before Antowain Smith was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1 at the Bills' 6. Titans running back Chris Brown, taking over for departed starter Eddie George, had a strong game, finishing with 10 carries for 61 yards. Trailing 15-13 in the final seconds, the Titans turned to Nedney, whose kick slipped just inside the right post as time ran out. Third-string quarterback Jason Gesser set up the score with a 13-play, 61-yard drive in the final three minutes. Nedney also hit from 40 and 42 yards. Henry sustained a rib injury when he was hit hard by Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck while attempting to catch a pass at the Tennessee 20. Favoring his left side, Henry slowly made his way off the field and was carted from the sideline to the Bills locker room.
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