FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady
moved the New England Patriots with ease in their Super Bowl
rematch against the penalty-prone Eagles, winning 37-20 with
a little help from running back James White and fifth-round
draft choice Ja'Whaun Bentley.
In his first action since
losing in the NFL title game to Philadelphia, Brady
completed 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns
on Thursday night to help stake New England (2-0) to a 27-7
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles
left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury after a
strip sack that Bentley recovered and ran 54 yards for a
White caught six passes for
61 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, and also ran for 31
yards in the first half of the Patriots' 37-20 victory. The
Eagles (0-2) had five penalties for 50 yards in the first
quarter — including two for lowering the head to initiate
contact and one for hitting a defenseless receiver — and
97 penalty yards in all.
After sitting out last week's
exhibition season opener, Brady led New England to scores on
four of the six series he played.
REDSKINS 15, JETS 13
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Sam
Darnold threw an interception and showed some of the growing
pains of a rookie quarterback in his first preseason start
for New York, which lost to Washington on a last-second
field goal by Dustin Hopkins.
Darnold threw an
interception, took two sacks and had a couple of balls
batted out of the air. It was a far cry from the impressive
debut in which the third overall pick went 13 of 18 for 96
yards for the Jets (1-1) and looked like the front-runner to
win New York's starting QB competition.
The former USC star played
the entire first half before giving way to veteran Teddy
Bridgewater. The former Vikings quarterback had his own
inconsistences, going 10 of 15 for 127 yards, a touchdown
and an interception.
Alex Smith was 4 of 6 for 48
yards in one series, his only work so far in the preseason
for the Redskins (1-1).
Hopkins made all five of his
field-goal attempts, including a 40-yarder as time expired
to win it.
PACKERS 51, STEELERS 34
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) —
Aaron Rodgers needed just one drive to look at home in his
first action at Lambeau Field in almost a year.
Rodgers connected with tight
end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score, and Tramon Williams
had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown on the
first play from scrimmage of Green Bay's win.
Five minutes after throwing
the pick, Mason Rudolph found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a
4-yard touchdown pass for Pittsburgh (1-1). Rudolph, who is
competing with Joshua Dobbs for a backup job, was just 5 of
12 for 47 yards in playing the first half.
Dobbs didn't look much better
after throwing a 22-yard interception returned for a
touchdown by rookie cornerback Josh Jackson in the third
quarter for the Packers (2-0). But Dobbs finished strong and
connected with rookie receiver James Washington for two