Favre looks sharp in his 17th tuneup

first_imgYoung was 11-for-16 for 96 yards, and White ran 15 times for 58 yards with a 19-yard reception. Rookie receiver Chris Davis added a 70-yard punt return for a TD, and Rob Bironas kicked field goals of 51, 33 and 46 yards. Green Bay (2-2) missed a chance for its best preseason finish since 2004. The Packers scratched 15 players, including receiver Donald Driver (foot) and both starting cornerbacks, Al Harris and Charles Woodson. What remained of the first-team defense left after one series, a three-and-out. But Green Bay also had another running back injured.Noah Herron, starting with Vernand Morency (knee) and rookie Brandon Jackson (concussion) out, hurt his knee after catching a 6-yard TD pass from Favre. The three-time league MVP had lobbied hard to play more than the two-play series Favre was on the field in the Packers’ final exhibition last year, in part to help him improve his chemistry with rookie James Jones. From news services Brett Favre looks sharp and ready to roll into his 17th NFL season with some of his young teammates. For Vince Young and former USC running back LenDale White, the future is now. Young threw for a touchdown and ran for another for a second straight week, White added 77 total yards, and they helped the Tennessee Titans wrap up the preseason by beating Favre and the Green Bay Packers, 30-14, Thursday night in Nashville. Tennessee (3-1) wrapped up its first winning preseason since 2004. Coach Jeff Fisher used this game as his dress rehearsal for the Titans’ season opener at Jacksonville, playing most of his starters into the third quarter. Favre played two series and left with a 7-0 lead, but he accomplished his goal. He and Jones hooked up three times, and Favre was 8-for-10 for 82 yards as the Packers rolled up 129 yards offense in the first quarter. “A couple of reads I wish I had done something different,” Favre said. “I got ahead of myself a little bit. Without watching the film, the first unit, the first two drives I thought we were fine except for a couple bad decisions.” The Titans wanted to maintain their offensive rhythm, and Young and White clicked on their third series. Going on fourth-and-1 at midfield, White broke through for a 21-yard run with Packers Frank Walker and Tyrone Culver hanging on him the last 5 yards. Young tied the game four plays later with a 6-yard TD pass to Brandon Jones. He drove the Titans 10 plays on the next drive and scored on an 8-yard run after White cleared his path with a pancake block. It was a bit of a makeup for Young, playing his first game before the home fans since his rookie season. He was benched for the exhibition opener after breaking team rules by heading home to sleep the night before the game. Johnson gets started Larry Johnson got the break-in work he needed while supplying a lackluster Chiefs-Rams preseason finale with just a smidgen of star power. Johnson, who ended a 25-day holdout earlier in the month, was the only starter of substance for either team who got on the field in St. Louis’ 10-3 victory Thursday night. He shook off a bit of rust, carrying three times for 12 yards at the start of the Chiefs’ first drive. “It was good to get in the game and get a couple carries,” Johnson said. “That’s the toughest adjustment, getting back in the speed of the game and getting your timing down.” Third string quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marques Hagans in the third quarter to give the Rams (2-2) a 10-0 lead. Hagans, battling for an extra receiving spot, had four catches for 53 yards. The Chiefs (0-4) were held to a 40-yard field goal by ex-UCLA kicker Justin Medlock and wound up winless in the preseason. ETC.: St. Louis offensive lineman Todd Steussie broke his left foot in the first half. Steussie, 36, is entering his 14th season and has missed only two games since joining the league in 1994. Other exhibitions Browns 19, Bears 9: Brady Quinn says he’s ready to make an impact for Cleveland and he did in the preseason finale. When his next opportunity comes remains to be seen. The rookie from Notre Dame was efficient, if unspectacular, leading the Browns (3-1) to a touchdown in the victory at Chicago. incumbent Charlie Frye played the first two possessions, completing two of five passes, and Derek Anderson led a field-goal drive late in the first quarter before Quinn entered the game. The 22nd pick in the draft, he started the second quarter and was 9-for-14 for 64 yards. He threw an interception but led a touchdown drive. Chicago tight end Greg Olsen left with a knee injury late in the second quarter. Bills 16, Lions 13:Buffalo and Detroit hope Trent Edwards and J.T. O’Sullivan watch every significant snap this season from the sidelines. If the backup quarterbacks are forced to play, though, they might be able to draw on experience from the exhibition season.Edwards directed a 90-yard drive that set up a tiebreaking field goal with 1:46 left, and Buffalo recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seal a 16-13 win over Detroit in the preseason finale.O’Sullivan threw a perfect pass on an 18-yard touchdown to Sean McHugh late in the first half. Jaguars 31, Redskins 14: Jason Campbell got a much-needed touchdown and most of the Jaguars got a night off. Campbell returned to the starting lineup after missing last week’s game with a bruised left knee. He was 5-for-5 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown for Washington. Campbell played just one series for the Redskins (2-2). Jets 13, Eagles 11: The starters watched from the sidelines and the backups barely did anything to warrant more playing time. In a game decided by third-stringers and guys who’ll be looking for jobs in a few days, Mike Nugent kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired, lifting New York at Philly. Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Chad Pennington didn’t play and most starters for both teams sat out. Patriots 27, Giants 20: Eli Manning had another solid tuneup for the regular season, even if it was brief. Tom Brady didn’t need one. Manning led a 16-play touchdown drive on the opening series, then went to the sideline with most of the Giants’ other starters in the Patriots victory at home. Most of New England’s regulars, including Brady, didn’t play at all – not unusual for the final game before the regular season. ETC.: New England signed Chris Hanson and and released first-year punter Danny Baugher. Saints 7, Dolphins 0: Rookie Pierre Thomas may have played himself into an NFL roster spot, even if it isn’t with New Orleans. The former Illinois running back rushed 16 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, had two catches for 47 yards and added a decent kickoff return to help the Saints beat Miami in a preseason finale involving few starters in New Orleans. Vikings 23, Cowboys 14: Brooks Bollinger made his case for holding onto the backup quarterback spot in Minnesota, while Matt Moore may have sewn up the No. 3 job in Dallas. Bollinger shrugged off a shaky performance in Seattle by throwing for 109 yards and a touchdown in just under two quarters.Moore was also impressive, completing nine of his first 10 passes and finishing with 94 yards and a touchdown. Buccaneers 31, Texans 24: Luke McCown threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, and Bruce Gradkowski threw a 31-yard scoring pass to Mwith three minutes left to lift the Buccaneers at home. The TD catch was Warren’s second of the night but proved costly to the Bucs (3-1). The third-year receiver injured his left leg when he was tackled crossing the goal line and was carted off the field. Steelers 19, Panthers 3: Forced to wait out a lightning delay before sitting through a downpour, fans watched Jeff Reed kick four field goals and Tyrone Carter return an interception 32 yards for a touchdown with a minute left. The Steelers (4-1) forced six turnovers in new coach Mike Tomlin’s final tuneup. Broncos 21, Cardinals 3: The Broncos were forced to punt four times in their first five possessions, but still managed to keep Arizona winless in the preseason. The Broncos (2-2), beset by injuries all preseason, also lost two more key contributors. Defensive back Karl Paymah sustained a concussion in the second quarter, and tight end Stephen Alexander left the game with a bruised left leg. Matt Leinart struggled in his only series, completing 2 of 6 passes for 13 yards. Seahawks 19, Raiders 14: If Coach Lane Kiffin needed the preseason finale to decide who his starting quarterback will be, Daunte Culpepper should be his man. The recently deposed Miami Dolphins starter complete 11 of 19 passes for 108 yards and led the offense to its only TD in Seattle. Chargers 16, 49ers 13: On a night of faux football that was woefully lacking in star power, quarterback Alex Smith punctuated his homecoming with two turnovers in San Diego. Niners third-stringer Shaun Hill threw three interceptions and wide receiver San Diego scored 13 points off turnovers.last_img read more