NFL notes: Mark Ingram, Saints edge St. Louis
Mark Ingram had eight carries for 83 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in the first half and the visiting New Orleans Saints beat the St. Louis Rams 26-24 on Friday night.
Greg Zuerlein was barely wide left on a 59-yard field goal attempt on the final play after missing a 46-yard attempt with just under six minutes left.
Luke McCown started in place of Drew Brees, who was limited by a left oblique injury the past week. First-round pick Brandin Cooks caught a 25-yard TD pass from Ryan Griffin in the third quarter.
Shaun Hill got the start for St. Louis and threw two touchdown passes in the first half. Sam Bradford didn’t play, held out by the Rams as a precaution coming off knee surgery.
Bears 34, Eagles 28: Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen threw touchdown passes and host Chicago beat Philadelphia.
The Bears rattled Nick Foles in the early going, intercepting two passes, even though they were missing Jared Allen.
Bills 20, Panthers 18: Anthony Dixon ran for a touchdown, Dan Carpenter had a pair of field goals and Buffalo defeated host Carolina.
EJ Manuel completed 9 of 13 passes for 96 yards but the Bills struggled to cash in on scoring opportunities for the second straight game.
Falcons 16, Dolphins 10: Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan produced touchdowns on their only possessions, Sean Renfree led two field-goal drives in the second half and the Falcons held off the visiting Dolphins.
Rookie quarterback Seth Lobato led Miami to the Atlanta 5-yard line with less than 3 minutes remaining before fumbling a shotgun snap that Atlanta recovered.
Jaguars 16, Buccaneers 10: Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help Jacksonville beat visiting Tampa Bay.
Denard Robinson’s 23-yard TD run snapped a 10-10 tie with 6:27 remaining in the game. Jacksonville also scored on Winston Guy Jr.’s 68-yard interception return.
Vikings 10, Raiders 6: Matt Cassel led a crisp touchdown drive with Minnesota’s first team offense, and the Vikings beat Oakland in Minneapolis.
Playing into the third quarter, Teddy Bridgewater’s debut was mixed at best: 6 for 13 for 49 yards, two sacks and one fumble the Vikings recovered.
Dolphins starting strong safety Reshad Jones and Giants backup offensive lineman Eric Herman have each been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.