NFL briefs: Lions’ Stafford outplays Brady in preseason game
Matthew Stafford threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns in less than a half, leading the Detroit Lions to a 34-10 preseason win over the New England Patriots Saturday night in Detroit.
Tom Brady struggled, connecting on just more than half of his passes for 145 yards with a TD and an interception.
Cowboys 23, Vikings 17
Gerald Sensabaugh had an interception and a hand in a special teams score for Dallas, Tony Romo connected with Dez Bryant, and the Cowboys won at Minneapolis.
Romo went 15 for 20 for 141 yards in one half, firing five passes for 67 yards to Bryant.
Titans 14, Bears 13
Seventh-round draft pick Tommie Campbell returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, and Tennessee rallied to beat Chicago at Nashville, Tenn.
Matt Hasselbeck was 12 of 22 for 134 yards as he played one series into the third quarter.
Bills 35, Jags 32 (OT)
Rian Lindell hit a 40-yard field goal with 3:04 left in overtime to lift Buffalo to a victory over Jacksonville at Buffalo, N.Y.
Lindell’s kick came after Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee missed a 53-yard attempt.
It was a back-and-forth game in which Buffalo squandered a 17-point first-half lead and had to overcome a 15-point second-half deficit.
Bucs 17, Dolphins 13
Rudy Carpenter threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Overbay with 3:11 remaining, giving Tampa Bay a victory over Miami at Tampa, Fla.
Josh Freeman directed a TD drive just before the half to finish on a positive note, and Connor Barth kicked a 28-yard field goal for the Bucs.
Steelers 34, Falcons 16
Antonio Brown continued his electrifying preseason, catching four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns as Pittsburgh beat visiting Atlanta.
Ben Roethlisberger finished 11 of 16 for 214 yards and the two touchdowns in one half.
Texans 30, 49ers 7
Matt Schaub recovered after throwing an interception on the first play of the game, leading visiting Houston on scoring drives in each of its next three series in a rout of rebuilding San Francisco.
Troy Nolan made two interceptions for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, returning the first pick 73 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans 24 straight first-half points after they fell behind 7-0.
Chargers 34, Cards 31
Bryan Walters caught a 14-yard pass from Billy Volek to give San Diego a victory over Arizona at Glendale, Ariz.
Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb and receiver Larry Fitzgerald connected on an 80-yard play for the quarterbacks’ first touchdown with his new team.
Philip Rivers completed 18 of 28 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers.
Around the league
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Kenny Britt and the Titans that he will not punish the receiver for his arrests during the lockout. Two arrests came during the lockout in Britt’s home state of New Jersey, with two arrest warrants in Tennessee for inaccurate information on his driver’s license application. … Tim Hightower, acquired in a trade with Arizona after the NFL lockout, has separated himself from the pack and is all but certain to be the starter for the Washington Redskins. “He’s done a good job,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “I’m not going to say he’s our starter, but if you were betting in Vegas you’d probably bet in that direction.” … Cincinnati Bengals backup Jordan Palmer was waived. Jordan was the No. 2 quarterback last season behind his brother, Carson Palmer, who asked for a trade after a 4-12 finish. They signed Jordan Palmer to another contract at the start of training camp. He hoped to get a chance to compete for a job, but it became clear quickly that Cincinnati had other plans. Owner Mike Brown said rookie Andy Dalton would start. The Bengals also signed veteran Bruce Gradkowski.