Dolphins get first preseason win, top Bucs, 20-14
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) hands off to running back Damien Williams (5) on a one-yard touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Miami Dolphins running back Damien Williams (5) spikes the football after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) celebrates with wide receiver Damian Williams after scoring against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Miami Dolphins running back Orleans Darkwa (3) is tripped up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Quinton Pointer (26) during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) runs through the end zone after catching a touchdown pass in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Anthony Gaitor (30) and free safety Bradley McDougald (49) during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks, right, sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Backup quarterback Matt Moore led the Miami Dolphins on two touchdown drives in a 20-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last night.
The Dolphins took advantage of a mistake by Bucs rookie Mike Evans.
Evans, the Bucs’ first-round pick from Texas A&M, caught a short pass from Mike Glennon in the second quarter and after breaking a tackle, sprinted down the sideline toward a 42-yard touchdown which could have given the Bucs a 14-3 lead.
After a review of the original touchdown call, however, it was ruled that Miami cornerback Brent Grimes had punched the ball out of Evans’s hands just before Evans crossed the goal line. The fumble went through the end zone, giving the Dolphins (1-1) the ball.
Moore drove the Dolphins 71 yards to a touchdown in the final 1:41 of the first half, completing six of eight passes, including a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews that gave Miami a 10-7 lead over the Bucs (0-2) with eight seconds left in the half.
Giants 27, Colts 26
Ryan Nassib led New York to two touchdowns in the final four minutes, completing a huge fourth-quarter comeback over Indianapolis.
New York trailed 26-0 early in the fourth, but the Colts couldn’t hold on.
Former Indy quarterback Curtis Painter finally got New York on the board with a 3-yard TD pass to Kellen Davis. Sixteen seconds later, Spencer Adkins recovered a Colts fumble in the end zone to make it 26-14. Michael Cox then scored on a 2-yard run with 3:59 to go, and Nassib hooked up with Corey Washington on a 6-yard TD pass with 55 seconds to go.
Indy (0-2) had a chance to win it with Pat McAfee’s 64-yard field goal with five seconds left, but the kick went wide left.
Andrew Luck was 12-of-18 for 89 yards. Eli Manning was 1-of-6 for 7 yards for New York (3-0).
Steelers 19, Bills 16
Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes in less than a half of work and Pittsburgh beat Buffalo.
Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 76-yard score on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and found Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard strike to help the Steelers (1-1) win a preseason game for the first time in nearly two years.
Roethlisberger finished 8-of-11 for 128 yards and the two scores. Shaun Suisham’s 20-yard field goal as time expired ended Pittsburgh’s five-game losing streak in exhibitions.
EJ Manuel completed 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards and an interception while playing the entire first half for Buffalo (1-2).
Ravens 37, Cowboys 30
Deonte Thompson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a score after Dallas’s Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass in his first game since back surgery last season, and Joe Flacco led three scoring drives for Baltimore.
The Ravens (2-0) also got a 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown when Courtney Upshaw picked up a botched handoff from Romo and stayed on his feet while Romo tried to drag him down by his jersey.
Romo’s final play was a 31-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant midway through the first quarter.
Jets 25, Bengals 17
Andy Dalton completed all eight of his passes and led the Bengals to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during three impressive series before New York’s reserves rallied for a victory.
Dalton went 8-for-8 for 144 yards, one touchdown and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Bengals (0-2) rolled up 173 yards while he was in the game.
Packers 21, Rams 7
Aaron Rodgers and Sam Bradford each threw a touchdown pass in their preseason debuts and played into the second quarter in Green Bay’s victory over St. Louis.
Michael Sam played in the second half and got his first sack of the preseason, dropping Matt Flynn for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter to force a 49-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. Sam had a tackle earlier in that series.
Rodgers was 11-for-13 for 128 yards and a 3-yard score to Randall Cobb in a no-huddle offense on the opening series.
Bradford showed plenty of mobility in his first action since season-ending left knee surgery last November. He was 9-for-12 for 101 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks.