August 24, 2012 in Sports

Locker throws for two TDs as Titans beat Cardinals

Associated Press
 

Jake Locker threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his home debut as Tennessee’s starting quarterback, and the Titans beat the Arizona Cardinals 32-27 in preseason action Thursday night.

Locker threw for 124 yards and both TDs in giving Tennessee a 17-10 halftime lead and finished 11 of 20 for 134 yards.

The Cardinals struggled without left tackle Levi Brown, who tore his right triceps last week. John Skelton, who started at quarterback for Arizona, lasted until early in the second quarter.

Packers 27, Bengals 13: Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to a big first half in Cincinnati, running for 52 yards and two touchdowns during a victory over the Bengals that got the Packers’ offense moving at full speed.

The Packers wanted to look crisp coming off a drubbing by Cleveland. Rodgers was 12 of 22 for 154 yards with an interception while leading the Packers to 245 yards and a 17-6 halftime lead. He also scrambled six times, scoring on runs of 12 and 5 yards.

The Bengals played their starters into the third quarter but they couldn’t get a touchdown, failing even on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Ravens 48, Jaguars 17: Joe Flacco completed 27 of 36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter, and Baltimore cruised to a preseason victory over visiting Jacksonville.

Baltimore finished with 571 yards total offense and had five drives of at least 80 yards.

Goodell: League seeks improvement from refs

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says possibly using replacement referees for regular-season games is worthwhile to ensure long-term improvements to officiating.

While the NFL and officials disagree on some financial matters, Goodell also characterized the differences as “philosophical.” The NFL’s proposal includes adding more crews.

Increasing the pool of officials would allow the league to replace individual officials or entire crews that are not performing well, Goodell said.

“Then it’s based on performance, which is what fans all want, players all want, coaches all want,” he said.

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