NFL preseason: After shutout, Packers earn win

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z NFL preseason: After shutout, Packers earn winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ST. LOUIS - Aaron Rodgers got the Packers on the scoreboard for the first time in the preseason but settled for six points after three productive drives Saturday night in a 19-7 victory over the Rams.

Sam Bradford had only himself to blame for putting up nice numbers, going 8 for 12 for 156 yards, with nothing to show for four possessions. His highlight throw was a 57-yarder that hit Chris Givens in stride to the Packers 4, but Bradford fumbled away the snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 late in the first quarter.

Both Packers starting wide receivers are out with injuries, so Rodgers leaned on tight end Jermichael Finley while going 10 for 12 for 134 yards. All three drives stalled, and the Packers had a pair of field goals by Mason Crosby when Rodgers turned the offense over to backup Graham Harrell in the second quarter.

The Packers were shut out 17-0 by Arizona in the preseason opener.

• Seahawks 40, Broncos 10: In Seattle, Jermaine Kearse caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson and returned a kickoff 107 yards for a score, and the Seattle used big plays to rout Denver.

Brandon Browner added a 106-yard fumble return for a touchdown, one of three turnovers forced by the Seahawks in the first half. Browner earlier forced a fumble and O'Brien Schofield also had a forced fumble and recovery.

Peyton Manning played the first 1 1/2 quarters and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker.

Broncos starting defensive end Derek Wolfe was taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his neck in the first quarter, but was moving all of his extremities. Later, Denver starting right guard Louis Vasquez left with a left knee injury after already losing center Dan Koppen for the season with a torn ACL earlier in camp.

• Texans 24, Dolphins 17: In Houston, Matt Schaub was 8 of 11 for 92 yards and a touchdown to lead Houston.

Schaub played most of the first quarter and got off to a rough start, throwing an interception on his first series and being sacked on third down on the second.

He and the offense got going on the next drive, and he found tight end Owen Daniels wide open in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown to put Houston up 7-0.

Miami starter Ryan Tannehill looked sharp, completing 10 of 15 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in just under a half of work.

• Jets 37, Jaguars 13: In East Rutherford, N.J., Mark Sanchez led New York on five scoring drives in three quarters in an up-and down performance.

Sanchez, trying to fend off rookie Geno Smith to keep his starting job, threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland but also was intercepted at the goal line and cost New York an early scoring opportunity. Smith sat out with a sprained ankle suffered in the preseason opener at Detroit.

Blaine Gabbert led the Jaguars on two scoring drives and might have secured the starting job before leaving with a sprained thumb. Gabbert, competing with Chad Henne, was 13 of 16 for 165 yards and a touchdown.

• Bengals 27, Titans 19: In Cincinnati, with All-Pro receiver A.J. Green watching again, Cincinnati's offense had an impressive first half in a victory over Tennessee.

Rookie running back Giovani Bernard carried seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown and turned a short pass into a 22-yard gain.

Extra points

• The Bills quarterback competition is suddenly on indefinite hold with rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel to miss the rest of the preseason after hurting his left knee and heading for a "minor knee procedure," coach Doug Marrone said.

The announcement came during the team's day off, and following a 20-16 victory over Minnesota. It's unclear when or how Manuel was hurt. And there had been no indication the rookie first-round draft pick had been bothered by an injury following the game.

• Barkevious Mingo was released from the hospital Saturday after a two-night stay at The Cleveland Clinic because of a bruised lung.

"When I couldn't catch my breath, I went to my coach, who sent me to the trainers," the No. 6 overall pick said. "They made the decision, which was the right one, to be extra cautious. … I appreciate that."

• Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal was taken off a practice field in an ambulance after landing hard on his back after making a catch in practice Saturday.

The team said he has a bruised lung and was being evaluated for a concussion.

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