Brady Quinn leapfrogged Tim Tebow, at least for one night.
Kyle Orton, who has rendered the quarterback drama in Denver a question of who will be his backup, led the Broncos on two touchdown drives in a 24-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.
After Orton completed 10 of 13 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, Quinn came in and had an up-and-down performance with the second-stringers, completing 10 of 16 passes for 130 yards, one TD and one interception in the end zone just before halftime.
Tebow was 1 for 2 for 10 yards with a sack. He ran once for 7 yards.
Broncos coach John Fox, making his home debut, said nothing should be read into Quinn entering the game before Tebow, a reversal of the backups’ order last week.
“Last week we put Tim in first behind Orton and this week, I’ve said all along it was going to be a competition, it was just fitting in the second game to do the reverse of what we did last week,” Fox said.
Rams 17, Titans 16
After getting burned for an 83-yard touchdown pass on the first play, the Tennessee Titans’ defense stood fast. The offense thrived without holdout Chris Johnson.
St. Louis’ Sam Bradford had no other big plays in the first half and got banged around a bit, needing the backups to rally for a victory over the visiting Titans (1-1).
49ers 17, Raiders 3
About the only thing new for Alex Smith in his return to Candlestick Park was the coach on the sideline.
Smith threw for 126 yards and an interception in Jim Harbaugh’s home debut, getting showered with a mix of boos and cheers in San Francisco’s victory over cross-bay rival Oakland.
Oakland starting quarterback Jason Campbell didn’t return after taking a couple of blows on a scramble play in the second quarter. He was scheduled to have test for a concussion
Texans 27, Saints 14
Arian Foster ran for two touchdowns and Ben Tate rushed for 95 yards and another score in the first half of Houston’s win over visiting New Orleans.
Foster, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010, returned after sitting out Houston’s preseason opener against the New York Jets with a sore hamstring.
Tate was seeing his first game action since breaking his ankle in the first preseason game last year.
He had a 4-yard touchdown and gained 43 yards on another run in the second quarter.
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