The NFL Preseason began its second week of action, with the best starting quarterback performance belonging to Robert Griffin III, despite the Cleveland Browns losing to the Atlanta Falcons, throwing two touchdown passes, one of them to Terrelle Pryor. Jimmy Garoppolo looked good in a New England Patriots win, mostly against the lesser defense, and Russell Wilson looked surprisingly rusy in a Seattle Seahawks loss.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) 17 Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) 0: The Steelers are still without Ben Roethlisberger, and Landry Jones did a bad job with four interceptions thrown, one of them returned by Nolan Carroll for a touchdown. The Eagles offense wasn’t sizzling, although both Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel were effective, but didn’t throw any touchdown passes. Kenjon Barner looked good with 41 yards on 6 carries, scoring one touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) 30 Detroit Lions (1-1) 14: Andy Dalton didn’t look bad in a 7-for-9 with 78 passing yards performance, but the scoring was done by Jeremy Hill with a 9-yard touchdown, Derron Smith returning an interception 60-yards for the score, and A.J. McCarron throwing a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd. Matthew Stafford didn’t look half bad either, but both of his backups threw interceptions.
Chicago Bears (0-2) 22 New England Patriots (2-0) 23: The Bears dominated the first quarter, scoring the first 11 points, including a Jeremy Langford touchdown run, while Jay Cutler completed 8-of-12 for 83 yards. Jimmy Garoppolo was 16-of-21 for 181 yards and a touchdown, coming on the final drive of the second quarter. LeGarrette Blount ran for 69 yards and scored a touchdown for the Pats, who took the lead on 23 unanswered points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
Atlanta Falcons (2-0) 24 Cleveland Browns (0-2) 13: Despite not winning, the Browns liked what they saw from Robert Griffin III, completing 6-of-8 passes, throwing two touchdowns: One to Terrelle Pryor for 50 yards, and one to Gary Barnidge. Matt Ryan threw for 78 yards on 6-of-11, but Matt Simms threw a touchdown pass, and rushing TDs by Devonta Freeman and Brandon Wilds helped the Falcons get the win.
Oakland Raiders (1-1) 12 Green Bay Packers (2-0) 20: No Aaron Rodgers still, so the Packers got their touchdowns on the ground with Eddie Lacy and John Crockett running for one each. Derek Carr threw and interception, completing 9-of-13 for 38 yards in a disappointing day. The Raiders had just 187 offensive yards, getting their only touchdown on a blocked punt.
Minnesota Vikings (2-0) 18 Seattle Seahawks (1-1) 11: The Vikings didn’t do much on offense with Teddy Bridgewater not playing, but their defense won the game with a pick six in the fourth quarter, intercepting Trevone Boykin with 1:23 left, returned by Marcus Sherels. Russell Wilson didn’t look special, completing 5-of-11 for 77 yards.