Keenum off to a good start with Vik­ings

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Quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter need not rush back from in­jury af­ter Case Keenum showed glimpses of be­ing a ca­pa­ble backup in the Min­nesota Vik­ings’ 17-10 pre­sea­son-open­ing win over the host Buf­falo Bills on Thurs­day night.

Tak­ing over for starter Sam Brad­ford, Keenum com­pleted 11 of 16 passes for 121 yards. The former Ram en­gi­neered a pair of scor­ing drives — both set up by passes to rookie re­ceiver Stacy Co­ley.

Else­where Mitch Tru­bisky threw for 166 yards and led three scor­ing drives af­ter Mike Glen­non strug­gled for Chicago, be­fore the vis­it­ing Den­ver Bron­cos scored two long touch­downs in the clos­ing min­utes to beat the Bears 24-17. Though the Bears have in­sisted Glen­non is their starter, Tru­bisky might have cre­ated a quar­ter­back con­tro­versy. The North Carolina prod­uct com­pleted 18 of 25 passes in his first pro ap­pear­ance af­ter mak­ing only 13 col­lege starts.

Now the NFL’s high­est­paid run­ning back, At­lanta’s Devonta Free­man looked the part in a brief ap­pear­ance, scor­ing on a 15-yard re­cep­tion from Matt Ryan as the Fal­cons lost to the Dol­phins 23-20 in Mi­ami. Free­man, who agreed to terms Wed­nes­day on a $41.25-mil­lion, five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion, scored to cap the Fal­cons’ first pre­sea­son pos­ses­sion.

Quar­ter­back Carson Wentz had a perfect pre­sea­son de­but for the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. The sec­ondyear starter com­pleted all four passes for 56 yards and a score on his first se­ries, elud­ing a po­ten­tial sack and burn­ing the Green Bay Pack­ers on third and fourth downs in Philadel­phia’s 24-9 loss on the road. Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers didn’t play.

Bal­ti­more’s Ryan Mal­lett strug­gled in place of in­jured quar­ter­back Joe Flacco, throw­ing for only 58 yards while play­ing the en­tire first half, and the Ravens beat the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins 23-3 in Bal­ti­more. Flacco has yet to take a snap this summer be­cause of a bad back.

Chad Henne hit Kee­lan Cole on a 97-yard touch­down pass, Corey Grant scored on a 79-yard run and the Jack­sonville Jaguars feasted on a New Eng­land lineup with­out Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to beat the host Pa­tri­ots 31-24.

No. 1 over­all pick Myles Gar­rett showed flashes of dom­i­nance in his NFL de­but, and Cleve­land rookie quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer threw a late touch­down pass as the host Browns beat New Or­leans 20-14 while Saints stars Drew Brees and Adrian Peter­son watched. Gar­rett had a tackle for loss and blazed off the edge to pres­sure Saints backup QB Gar­rett Grayson in the first half.

Rich Barnes As­so­ci­ated Press

CASE KEENUM, the Rams’ starter for much of last sea­son, throws a first-half pass for the Vik­ings.

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