FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady completed one of four passes before giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo, and the New England Patriots fell 22-11 to the Green Bay Packers in both teams’ exhibition opener on Thursday night.
A day after appearing before a federal judge hearing the appeal of his ”Deflategate” suspension, Brady played just two series – a three-and-out and a four-and-out.
Garoppolo, who would fill in for Brady if any part of the Super Bowl MVP’s four-game suspension is upheld, played three quarters plus one play. He went 20 for 30 for 159 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, and was sacked seven times.
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Aaron Rodgers completed 11 of 19 passes for 117 yards for Green Bay. Backup Scott Tolzien was 10 for 16 for 107 yards and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Janis. Alonzo Harris ran for a 25-yard touchdown for the 2014 NFC North winners.
REDSKINS 20, BROWNS 17
CLEVELAND (AP) – Quarterback Josh McCown threw a touchdown pass in his debut for Cleveland and backup Johnny Manziel scrambled for a TD as the Browns built an early lead before losing to Washington.
McCown, signed during the offseason to bring stability to Cleveland’s troublesome position, connected with Travis Benjamin on a 2-yard TD in the first quarter. Manziel ran 12 yards for a score in the second.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went 4 of 8 passing for 36 yards during two possessions with Washington’s starters. Griffin would have thrown a TD pass, but wide receiver Pierre Garcon dropped a long toss.
Kirk Cousins rallied the Redskins, who trailed 14-3 in the second quarter. Cousins ran for a TD and went 12 of 14 for 154 yards.
RAVENS 30, SAINTS 27
BALTIMORE (AP) – Joe Flacco and backup quarterback Matt Schaub directed first-quarter touchdown drives, and Baltimore beat New Orleans.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was held out by coach Sean Payton. Brees participated in pregame drills, but remained on the sideline after the opening kickoff.
Luke McCown started, and by the time New Orleans got its initial first down Baltimore led 17-0.
New Orleans took the lead for the first time when Marcus Murphy scored on a 3-yard run with 1:56 left. The score came after Terrence Frederick picked off a pass by Bryn Renner.
Renner answered with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2 seconds left to give Baltimore the win.
LIONS 23, JETS 3
DETROIT (AP) – Matthew Stafford threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, and rookie running back Ameer Abdullah ran for 67 yards – 45 on one play – to lift Detroit over New York.
Stafford played only one possession in Detroit’s exhibition opener. He threw for 57 yards, completing his only two pass attempts – both to Tate. The touchdown came on a throw over the middle, and Tate slipped between three defenders after the catch and ran to the end zone.
Ryan Fitzpatrick played one drive for the Jets, going 2 of 3 for 16 yards and guiding New York to a field goal. It’s been a tumultuous week for the Jets, who lost quarterback Geno Smith to a broken jaw when he was punched by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday. Enemkpali was cut shortly after.
BEARS 27, DOLPHINS 10
CHICAGO (AP) – Ryan Tannehill picked apart a rebuilt defense, throwing for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, and Miami led into the second half before Chicago rallied for a victory.
The Bears used two interceptions by reserves to set up a touchdown and field goal that gave them a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
The rally aside, it was not a promising performance by a team coming off a five-win season. The Bears hired general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox while overhauling the defense, but there clearly is work to do.
Miami, 8-8 last season, looked good until Chicago’s reserves made their move.
Tannehill, armed with a $96 million contract extension, played like a big-money quarterback, going 6 of 7 for 56 yards.
CHARGERS 17, COWBOYS 7
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Danny Woodhead scored on an 8-yard run in his first game since September and the Chargers, whose owner has angered fans by exploring a move to Los Angeles, beat the Cowboys.
Woodhead scampered through a big hole provided by the rebuilt line to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. He suffered a season-ending broken right ankle in the third game last year.
The game was played two days after Carmen Policy, who is spearheading stadium efforts in Carson, told NFL owners that ”the Chargers and Raiders are committed to Los Angeles.” The Chargers, owned by the Spanos family, walked away from negotiations for a new stadium in San Diego in mid-June and are focusing on trying to move to Carson along with the archrival Oakland Raiders.
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