Thursday's NFL Preseason Capsules
Friday, August 24, 2012
CINCINNATI (AP) — Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to a big first half Thursday night, running for 52 yards and two touchdowns during a 27-13 preseason victory over Cincinnati.
Rodgers led the way for the Packers (No. 1 in the AP Pro32), going 12 of 22 for 154 yards with an interception. He scrambled six times, scoring on runs of 12 and 5 yards.
Running back Cedric Benson made his Packers debut against his former team and ran six times for 38 yards. Benson led the Bengals (No. 14) in rushing each of the last four years, but they decided to let him leave as a free agent and signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Benson signed with the Packers (1-2) on Aug. 14. He got into a preseason game for the first time and gained 8 yards on a carry up the middle.
The Bengals (2-1) played their starters into the third quarter but they couldn't get a touchdown, failing even on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Andy Dalton played the entire first half and the opening series of the third quarter, going 5 of 17 for 40 yards and two sacks. He scrambled three times for 36 yards.
RAVENS 48, JAGUARS 17
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco completed 27 of 36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns for Baltimore before leaving early in the third quarter.
Flacco connected with nine receivers, most notably second-year wideout Torrey Smith, who finished with eight catches for 103 yards. Anquan Boldin caught a 5-yard TD pass and Vonta Leach scored on an 8-yard reception.
Baltimore (2-1) finished with 571 yards total offense and had five drives of at least 80 yards. The 48 points were the most ever scored by the Ravens in a preseason game.
The Ravens (No. 5 in the AP Pro32) built a 20-3 lead before Flacco took a seat.
Gabbert went 11 for 21 for 117 yards over three quarters for Jacksonville (No. 31) . Rashad Jennings, starting in place of holdout Maurice Jones-Drew, gained 57 yards on 13 carries for the Jaguars (2-1).
TITANS 32, CARDINALS 27
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jake Locker threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his home debut as Tennessee's starting quarterback.
Tennessee named Locker, the eighth overall draft pick in 2011, their starter for the season on Monday. He responded by throwing for 124 yards and both TDs in giving Tennessee a 17-10 halftime lead and finished 11 of 20 for 134 yards with a 109.2 passer rating. He got plenty of help as the Titans (No. 21 in the AP Pro32) got another strong showing on defense.
End Kamerion Wimbley had two sacks, linebacker Colin McCarthy returned one of his two interceptions 31 yards for a TD and the Titans (2-1) forced five turnovers overall. Returner Marc Mariani broke his left leg at the end of a punt return.
The Cardinals (No. 23) struggled without left tackle Levi Brown, who is out with torn his right triceps. John Skelton, who started at quarterback for Arizona (1-3), was 4 of 10 for 41 yards with a 12.9 passer rating.
Arizona trailed 17-3 and had only 69 yards offense until Kolb found Larry Fitzgerald on a 53-yard pass to start an 86-yard drive capped with his 3-yard TD pass to Andre Roberts.