NFL ROUNDUP Preseason games
Giants 26, Jets 3
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
Rookie Jayron Hosley returned an interception of Mark Sanchez 77 yards for a touchdown, and the New York Giants’ defense stifled the Jets’ starters. Tim Tebow, making his home debut for the Jets (0-2), didn’t fare much better in his six series. But the backup quarterback led the Jets (No. 14 in the AP Pro32) to their only points of the night — Josh Brown’s 30-yard field goal.Lawrence Tynes kicked four field goals for the Giants (1-1). Eli Manning and the Giants (No. 3) starters were mostly quiet, with the Super Bowl MVP going 7 of 14 for 62 yards and an interception.Sanchez finished 9 of 11 for 59 yards and the costly interception, and was under pressure nearly every play. He was sacked three times, including twice by Jason Pierre-Paul.
Jaguars 27, Saints 24
Jordan Palmer hit Kevin Elliott with an 11-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 13 seconds left, lifting the Jaguars. Even before that score, Jacksonville saw continued progress from second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who outperformed Drew Brees of the Saints during the first half. Gabbert completed 13 of 16 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 16-yard strike to rookie Justin Blackmon, who was making his preseason debut. Brees was 10 of 13 for 133 yards and one touchdown, an 8-yard pass to Devery Henderson.
Lions 27, Ravens 12
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes, Calvin Johnson had five catches for 111 yards and a score, and Detroit topped Baltimore. Stafford went 12 for 17 for 184 yards in four possessions. He failed to produce a score in three drives last week against Cleveland, then came up empty in his first two series against Baltimore before guiding touchdown drives of 93 and 70 yards.
Panthers 23, Dolphins 17
Cam Newton outplayed rookie Ryan Tannehill in a matchup of young quarterbacks as Carolina defeated Miami. Newton looked extremely sharp, completing 8 of 11 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown as the Panthers jumped all over the injury-depleted Dolphins defense early, scoring on their first three possessions to take a 17-0 lead. Last year’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Year threw a touchdown pass to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart scored on a 2-yard plunge for the Panthers. Newton had been expected to play into the second quarter, but was removed with 1:12 left in the first after a solid night’s work. Tannehill, making his first preseason start for the Dolphins, played the entire first half and led six possessions — four of which ended in three-and-out.
Cardinals 31, Raiders 27
John Skelton made a brief appearance in his battle with Kevin Kolb for Arizona’s starting quarterback job, and threw a 3-yard toss to Anthony Sherman as part of a 17-point second quarter.Skelton entered after Oakland fumbled the ball away at its 23. He completed 3 of 3 passes for 23 yards. Kolb was 3 of 3 for 22 yards in Arizona’s opening touchdown drive but was sacked in the end zone for a safety. He completed 3 of 6 passes and was sacked three times. Raiders backup quarterback and former Cardinals starter Matt Leinart left the game in the third quarter with a finger injury to his right (non-throwing) hand after he took a late hit from Arizona’s Ricky Lumpkin. Oakland had a 184-52 advantage in yards at halftime.