LANDOVER, Md. — Washington’s Rex Grossman threw for 171 yards, and Buffalo’s Kevin Kolb left with concussion-like symptoms in the Redskins’ 30-7 win over the Bills on Saturday.
Grossman got the start for the Redskins because Robert Griffin III hasn’t been cleared for games following reconstructive knee surgery, and second-stringer Kirk Cousins has a sprained right foot.
Grossman completed 11 of 21 passes with one touchdown.
Kolb started for the Bills after first-round pick EJ Manuel hurt his left knee in the Bills’ previous game. But Kolb was kneed in the back of the helmet after a scramble in the first quarter, leaving undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel as Buffalo’s only healthy quarterback.
Tuel completed 10 of 17 passes for 63 yards.
COLTS 27, BROWNS 6: In Indianapolis, Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis defense did not allow a touchdown for the second straight week.
Indy’s offense was in sync most of the night. The Colts scored on the opening series of both halves before Luck and most of the starters exited early in the third quarter.
But Indy’s starting defense dominated the game.
Cleveland managed only four first downs and lined up for only three plays in Colts territory against Colts starters. The Browns looked nothing like the team that won their first two games by a combined 51-25.
Four days after being named the starter, quarterback Brandon Weeden went 12 of 25 for 105 yards. Trent Richardson ran seven times for 31 yards, while the rest of the Browns combined for 28 yards rushing.
Luck finished 16 of 25 for 164 yards with one interception.
JETS 24, GIANTS 21: In East Rutherford, N.J., Billy Cundiff kicked a 32-yard field goal with 8:04 left in overtime, and the Jets defeated the Giants.
It’s the only time the rivals will play this year unless they qualify for the cold-weather Super Bowl here in February.
The way the Jets (2-1) and Giants (1-2) played, it’s highly unlikely.
The Jets quarterback picture got even murkier, too, despite winning the annual bragging rights game.
Rookie Geno Smith struggled. Mark Sanchez seemingly hurt his right shoulder, and his status is suddenly in question two weeks before the season opener. The only guy who looked good was Matt Simms.
The seriousness of Sanchez’s injury was not immediately known, and Smith didn’t look ready for prime time.
COWBOYS 24, BENGALS 18: In Arlington, Texas, Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes and Dallas’ first-team offense finally got into the end zone.
After completing 13 of 18 passes for 137 yards, with TD passes to Dez Bryant and Miles Austin for a 14-7 halftime lead, Romo was done.
Cincinnati got its first touchdown on Brandon Tate’s 75-yard punt return. That came when Cowboys punter Chris Jones had to re-kick after hitting the large video boards hanging over the field.
Andy Dalton was 12 of 16 for 113 yards. Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green had three catches for 42 yards after missing the first two preseason games with a bruised left knee.
TITANS 27, FALCONS 16: In Nashville, Tenn., Jake Locker threw for 133 yards and a touchdown, and Tennessee sacked Matt Ryan five times.
Locker got both his first TD and the first turnover this preseason for the Titans. The third-year quarterback also posted his best game yet as he completed 11 of 13 passes and finished with a 134.9 passer rating before leaving after a series in the third quarter.
Ryan had Tony Gonzalez back after the veteran tight end reported to the Falcons this week. But a Tennessee defense without four starters got to Ryan repeatedly, including three times on third downs. Julio Jones was thrown at eight times with Roddy White resting an injured ankle, and dropped a couple while also drawing an offensive pass interference penalty.
BUCCANEERS 17, DOLPHINS 16: In Miami Gardens, Fla., Miami’s first-team offense scored its only TD just before halftime on its 17th play inside the Tampa Bay 20, but the Buccaneers scored with 1:03 left to win.
Miami’s starters netted 180 yards playing the entire first half, their most extensive outing in four exhibition games. Ryan Tannehil went 17 for 27 for 150 yards and a 4-yard score to Brandon Gibson with 10 seconds left in the half for a 13-10 lead.
EAGLES 31, JAGUARS 24: In Jacksonville, Fla., Bryce Brown and Chris Polk ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nick Foles, who lost the starting job to Michael Vick earlier in the week, completed 10 of 11 passes for 112 yards in the second half.
Vick completed 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He found Riley Cooper for a 9-yard score in the second quarter.
CHIEFS 26, STEELERS 20, OT: In Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Kansas City’s Alex Smith fought to a first-half draw, and the Chiefs beat the Steelers in overtime.
Roethlisberger was 13 of 19 for 166 yards and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Dwyer as the Steelers shook off two lethargic performances. Smith struggled early but led Kansas City to a pair of scoring drives late in the first half and finished 17 of 24 for 158 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles ran seven times for 10 yards in his first game after spraining his right foot earlier this month.
Kansas City won it on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel to Rico Richardson on the first possession of overtime.
BRONCOS 27, RAMS 26: In Denver, rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree ruined Ronnie Hillman’s night with a strip-and-score takeaway and kept Peyton Manning from turning all those passes into points with a big interception, but St. Louis lost at Denver.
Ogletree ripped the football from Hillman’s arms, scooped it up and trotted 13 yards for the score one week after Hillman’s fumble at the goal line was returned 106 yards for a touchdown in Seattle.
Manning completed 25 of 34 passes for 234 yards in one half, but Ogletree’s pick just before halftime set up Greg Zuerlein’s 58-yard field goal that gave the Rams a 20-10 halftime lead.
Ogletree also had a half-dozen tackles and two pass breakups in his breakout preseason performance.
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