August 23, 2009 in Sports

Wildcat propels Miami

Associated Press

Chad Pennington threw well from the pocket and also from the flanker position.

The wildcat was back Saturday night, contributing to a strong showing by the Miami Dolphins’ first-team offense in a 27-17 victory over Carolina in Miami.

The Dolphins (2-0) scored 10 points in Pennington’s three series. He went 8 for 11 for 105 yards, throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Brown and hitting Patrick Cobbs for a 35-yard gain out of the wildcat.

Browns 27, Lions 10: Derek Anderson led Cleveland to its first offensive touchdown in seven games and stayed tight with Brady Quinn in their too-close-to-call quarterback competition, helping the Browns beat Detroit in their home exhibition opener in Cleveland.

Joshua Cribbs had an 84-yard TD punt return in the first half as the Browns (1-1) built a 20-0 lead.

Redskins 17, Steelers 13: Rookie Chase Daniel, fighting the odds to earn a roster spot, threw two touchdown passes long after the starters had left the game, overcoming another difficult night for Washington’s first-team offense in a win over Pittsburgh in Landover, Md.

Willie Parker had a 3-yard touchdown run for the Steelers, whose starting defense looked in regular-season form on a goal-line stand on the opening drive.

Bucs 24, Jaguars 23: Troy Williamson, a first-round bust in Minnesota who is looking to secure a roster spot in Jacksonville, caught two deep passes from David Garrard and finished with 147 yards receiving in a preseason loss to visiting Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers found few answers for their quarterback situation. Byron Leftwich was 6 of 12 passing for 63 yards, playing in Jacksonville for the first time since the Jaguars dumped him in 2007. Luke McCown was 6 of 9 for 51 yards and two touchdowns. First-round pick Josh Freeman started the second half and scrambled for a 28-yard score on his first drive.

49ers 21, Raiders 20: Alex Smith completed 3 of 9 passes and threw an interception in what might have been his last chance to beat out Shaun Hill for San Francisco’s starting quarterback job and the 49ers held off visiting Oakland.

Rookie Nate Davis led the Niners to three scores in the fourth quarter, with Kory Sheets’ 5-yard run giving San Francisco a 21-14 lead. Charlie Frye scored on a 14-yard run for Oakland but threw an incompletion on the 2-point conversion attempt with 3:30 to go.

Packers 31, Bills 21: Green Bay’s new-look defense forced turnovers on three of Buffalo’s first four possessions, powering the Packers to a preseason victory over the Bills in Green Bay, Wis.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit seven straight passes to begin the game for Green Bay, finishing 8 of 9 for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Starter Trent Edwards was 7 of 11 for 45 yards and an interception for the Bills.

Bears 17, Giants 3: Jay Cutler was sharp from the outset in leading the Bears to a victory over the visiting New York Giants.

Cutler completed 8 of 13 passes for 121 yards during his three series, leading TD drives of 80 and 92 yards as Chicago built a 17-0 lead.

Eli Manning completed 7 of 10 passes for 62 yards. He was sacked twice, fumbled once – the Giants recovered – and was also called for intentional grounding.

Saints 38, Texans 14: Mike Bell had 10 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown to help New Orleans to a win over Houston at Houston.

Bell is vying to be the Saints’ third running back behind Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.

Drew Brees was 9 of 14 for 87 yards and a touchdown after missing three days of practice to attend his mother’s funeral.

Chargers 17, Cardinals 6: San Diego’s defense got the best of Kurt Warner and Arizona’s first-team offense.

Arizona’s starters managed just a field goal, set up by a game-opening 89-yard kickoff return by rookie LaRod Stephens-Howling, in San Diego’s victory in Glendale, Ariz.

Warner completed 6 of 13 for 80 yards in Arizona’s first home game since the Super Bowl.

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