August 3, 1997 in Sports

Jets Start Parcells Era Off With 31-17 Victory Over Eagles

Associated Press
 

Exhibition roundup

Aaron Glenn got the Bill Parcells era started with a weaving 97-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the New York Jets rolled to a 31-17 exhibition victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

Parcells, who took over as coach of the Jets after they went 1-15 and he led New England into the Super Bowl last season, said he was more interested in evaluating talent than winning. And Glenn, a fourth-year cornerback, showed plenty of talent in his electrifying run through the Eagles’ offense, giving the Jets a 7-0 lead.

Typical of last year for the Jets, the Eagles came back to trail 14-10 after New York led 14-3 at halftime, but backup quarterback Glenn Foley led three second-half scoring drives to put New York safely in front.

Foley set up Reggie Cobb’s 2-yard scoring run with a 36-yard flat pass to Richie Anderson, and Don Silvestri kicked a 22-yard field goal after Foley passed to Tyrone Davis for 26 yards to the 16.

Foley also passed 33 yards to the end zone to rookie Dedric Ward in the fourth quarter.

Giants 21, Ravens 20

At Baltimore, Jim Fassel won his NFL coaching debut as Brad Daluiso’s fourth field goal, a 29-yarder with 1:57 left, gave New York a victory over Baltimore.

Chargers 20, 49ers 13

Kevin Gilbride’s new offense made a successful debut for San Diego with a victory over visiting San Francisco. Gilbride and the 49ers’ Steve Mariucci made their debuts as NFL head coaches. San Diego’s Latario Rachal returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Steelers 28, Chiefs 14

At Kansas City, Kordell Stewart completed 8 of 10 passes for 108 yards and the Steelers scored 21 second-quarter points en route to a win over Kansas City.

Bears 20, Bills 17 OT

Jeff Jaeger kicked a 42-yard field goal with 6:09 remaining in overtime to give Chicago a victory over Buffalo in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Rick Mirer completed 6 of 10 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown for the Bears.

Redskins 20, Bucs 8

Alvin Harper stunned his former team with a 60-yard touchdown reception and James Thrash scored on a 91-yard kickoff return to lead visiting Washington to a victory over Tampa Bay.

Saints 21, Oilers 12

Heath Shuler moved the Saints 75 yards with the opening kickoff and the New Orleans offense played a near-flawless first half in Saints coach Mike Ditka’s debut en route to a victory over Tennessee in Memphis.

Vikings 24, Rams 6

Brad Johnson threw first-half touchdown passes of 24 yards to Cris Carter and 43 yards to Chris Walsh to lead Minnesota to a victory over St. Louis in Minneapolis.

The loss ruined Rams coach Dick Vermeil’s return to the sidelines after a 15-year hiatus.

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