EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Jets’ quarterback picture got even murkier despite winning the annual bragging rights game with the Giants.
Billy Cundiff kicked a 32-yard field goal with 8:04 left in overtime and the Jets defeated the Giants 24-21 Saturday night. It’s the only time the rivals will play this year unless they qualify for the cold-weather Super Bowl here in February. The way the Jets and Giants played, it’s highly unlikely.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith struggled, then Mark Sanchez seemingly hurt his right shoulder, and his status is suddenly in question two weeks before the season opener
The Jets’ quarterback situation has been the No. 1 question mark for Rex Ryan’s team since training camp opened. The seriousness of Sanchez’s injury was not immediately known, and Smith didn’t look ready for prime time.
Matt Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, looked good in mop-up action. He was 6 of 10 for 120 yards, hooking up with Ryan Spadola on a 70-yard pass play to set up the winning field goal.
Sanchez (5 of 6 for 72 yards and a lost fumble) was hurt after replacing Smith, who threw three interceptions.
REDSKINS 30, BILLS 7: Kevin Kolb was sidelined by concussion symptoms, leaving visiting Buffalo with an undrafted rookie as its only healthy quarterback.
Kolb was hurt in the first quarter after he was kneed in the back of the helmet at the end of an 8-yard scramble. He remained in the game for four more plays until the drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by C.J. Spiller.
Once Kolb left, Jeff Tuel from Washington State completed 10 of 17 passes for 63 yards as the last Bills QB standing.
Kolb had the inside track in Buffalo’s quarterback competition after first-round pick EJ Manuel hurt his left knee in the Bills’ previous game. Manuel was ruled out for the rest of the preseason, and Kolb’s status will be in question given his history with concussions.
COLTS 27, BROWNS 6: Andrew Luck threw two scoring passes, and Indianapolis did not allow a touchdown for the second straight week in a win against visiting Cleveland.
The Colts (2-1) scored on the opening series of both halves before Luck and most of the starters exited early in the third quarter. Luck finished 16 of 25 for 164 yards with one interception.
BRONCOS 27, RAMS 26: Peyton Manning completed 25 of 34 passes for 234 yards in one half, and Montee Ball and Lance Ball each rushed for a touchdown in the second half as Denver (2-1) won at home.
Sam Bradford was 9 of 16 for 110 yards and one touchdown for the Rams (0-3). Rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter, then picked off a Manning pass to set up Greg Zuerlein’s 58-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
COWBOYS 24, BENGALS 18: Tony Romo threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns in likely his last preseason action as Dallas (2-2) won at home.
Romo completed 13 of 18 passes, with TD throws of 5 yards to Dez Bryant and 12 yards to Miles Austin.
Cincinnati (2-1) got its first touchdown on Brandon Tate’s 75-yard punt return, which came when Cowboys punter Chris Jones had to re-kick after hitting the large video boards hanging over the field.
TITANS 27, FALCONS 16: Jake Locker threw for 133 yards and a touchdown, and Tennessee sacked Matt Ryan five times in a win at Nashville.
CHIEFS 26, STEELERS 20: Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Kansas City’s Alex Smith fought to a first-half draw before the visiting Chiefs (1-2) won on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel to Rico Richardson in overtime.
EAGLES 31, JAGUARS 24: Bryce Brown and Chris Polk ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns as visiting Philadelphia rallied to beat Jacksonville.
BUCCANEERS 17, DOLPHINS 16: Mike Glennon’s 12-yard touchdown pass to David Douglas with 1:03 left gave Tampa Bay (1-2) a win at Miami (1-3).
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehil was 17 of 27 for 150 yards and a 4-yard score to Brandon Gibson with 10 seconds left in the first half for a 13-10 lead.