No need to fret about Tom Brady’s knee. Opponents have plenty to worry about his nearly perfect arm.
Two days after spraining his left knee, the New England star completed his first 11 passes before missing his last one and threw his first touchdown to new top wide receiver Danny Amendola. He played the first two series, then rested as the Patriots (2-0) went on to a 25-21 NFL exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Foxborough, Mass., on Friday night.
Brady left Wednesday’s joint practice with Tampa Bay (0-2) after he was knocked down by his own left tackle, Nate Solder, who was shoved backward by defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
An MRI on his left knee was negative and he participated fully in the teams’ walkthrough Thursday. Then he picked apart the Bucs’ starting defense on his first possession and a group sprinkled with backups on his second.
Bills 20, Vikings 16: Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills’ defense thoroughly stymied Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings (0-2) in a victory at Orchard Park, N.Y. Hughes had two sacks and forced a fumble for Buffalo (2-0).
Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel then took over in the second half to seal the win in continuing to inch his way toward securing the starting job after veteran Kevin Kolb struggled in the first half.
Former Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel completed 2 of 3 passes for 24 yards for the Bills.
Saints 28, Raiders 20: Drew Brees passed for 202 yards and a touchdown while leading five scoring drives, and host New Orleans (2-0) survived a sloppy second half for a victory over Oakland (1-1).
49ers 15, Chiefs 13: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith struggled against his former team, and backup San Francisco quarterback B.J. Daniels threw a late touchdown pass to give the 49ers (1-1) a victory over host Kansas City (0-2).
Phil Dawson hit all three of his field-goal attempts for the 49ers, two of them 55-yarders.