Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ryan Tannehill connected with Dustin Keller for a 22-yard touchdown, and the Miami Dolphins thumped the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-3 in a preseason game Friday night.
Tannehill played a little longer and a lot smoother in his second preseason game. The Jaguars can only hope Blaine Gabbert will do the same.
Tannehill completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards, getting things rolling late in the first quarter. He connected with Keller for a 24-yard gain and then found the former New York Jets tight end five plays later for a score. Safety Chris Prosinski looked lost on the play, the first of many mistakes for the rebuilding Jaguars.
Jacksonville finished with four turnovers. Gabbert completed just 5 of 10 passes for 19 yards with an interception.
TEXANS 27, VIKINGS 13: Rookie DeAndre Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in Houston's victory over host Minnesota.
The Vikings showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Cordarrelle Patterson.
Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.
CARDINALS 17, PACKERS 0: Stepfan Taylor rushed for 63 yards on 21 carries in his rookie debut, and Arizona picked apart host Green Bay on both sides of the ball.
Tyrann Mathieu had a sack in his first game in two years, and also returned two punts for Arizona, which was playing its first game under new coach Bruce Arians.
Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 50-yard gain in his only series.
LIONS 26, JETS 17: Mark Sanchez had an interception returned for a touchdown, and Geno Smith left with an apparent ankle injury in New York's loss to host Detroit.
Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah made an immediate impression, intercepting Sanchez's pass and returning it 14 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Ghana put his hands up just in time to pick off Sanchez's screen pass in the first quarter. He had an easy return to the end zone for the game's first TD.
PANTHERS 24, BEARS 17: Chicago forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but host Carolina spoiled Marc Trestman's NFL head coaching debut.
The Bears -- who forced four turnovers -- picked up where they left off last season when they led the NFL with 44 takeaways and finished with nine defensive touchdowns.
SAINTS 17, CHIEFS 13: Preston Parker had a pair of touchdown catches in his bid to fill one of host New Orleans' open receiver spots, and the Saints won their preseason opener.
COLTS: The NFL won't allow defensive end Robert Mathis to use his face mask on game days.
At training camp, Mathis has been wearing a cagey-looking white face mask that covers up just about everything except his eyes. The only exception to wearing a customized face mask, the league said, would be for a medical reason.
BROWNS: Right guard Shawn Lauvao is undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery and will not be ready for the start of the regular season.
FALCONS: Brian Banks said his preseason debut Thursday was "better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on."
The 28-year-old Banks could cherish that high even more than a normal rookie because his life has hit lows few can imagine.
Banks spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. He is free to finally pursue his career as a NFL linebacker because the woman who made the charge when Banks was a 16-year-old high school junior recanted her accusation.
The conviction was overturned last year.
Banks had two tackles in the Falcons' 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.