Steel­ers take ad­van­tage of mis­cues, top Giants


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - GOLF / NFL -

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Rookie quar­ter­back Josh Dobbs threw a 28-yard touch­down pass and Chris Boswell kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quar­ter to give Pitts­burgh the lead for good in a 20-12 preseason win over the New York Giants on Fri­day night.

The Steel­ers cap­i­tal­ized on two ma­jor Giants' turnovers in the preseason opener for both teams.

Ter­rell Wat­son added a 15-yard touch­down run in a game that had lit­tle of­fense with Ben Roeth­lis­berger of the Steel­ers and Eli Man­ning of the Giants be­ing given the night off.

Pitts­burgh also was with­out in­jured backup Landry Jones, but that didn't mat­ter be­cause the Giants didn't get much from ei­ther Josh John­son or Geno Smith, and New York was gen­er­ous with the foot­ball.

Dobbs, a fourth-round draft pick out of Ten­nessee, hit Cobi Hamil­ton on his touch­down pass on the first play af­ter Donte Deayon fum­bled a punt in­side his own 30 and Mike Hil­ton re­cov­ered.

Seven sec­onds later, Hamil­ton beat Valentino Blake for a touch­down and a 10-9 lead with 33 sec­onds left in the half.

A 45-yard field goal by Mike Nu­gent on the open­ing se­ries of the sec­ond half put New York ahead 12-10, but Arthur Moats in­ter­cepted Smith later in the quar­ter and re­turned the ball to the New York 14, set­ting up Boswell's go-ahead kick.

Wat­son capped a nine­play, 53-yard drive that Bart Hous­ton guided in his first se­ries af­ter tak­ing over for Dobbs, who was 8 of 15 for 100 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Both picks led to scores. Blake's in­ter­cep­tion and 11yard re­turn to the Steel­ers 39 set up a 27-yard field goal by rookie Aldrick Rosas, who added a 52-yarder late in the sec­ond quar­ter for a 9-3 lead.

An in­ter­cep­tion by line­man Devon Taylor led to a 30-yard field goal by Nu­gent and a 6-0 lead.

A 44-yard pass from Dobbs to Hamil­ton set up Boswell's first field goal, a 48-yarder.


Ryan Fitz­patrick made a good ini­tial im­pres­sion with Tampa Bay, com­plet­ing his first se­ries with a 6-yard touch­down run, be­fore the Cincin­nati Ben­gals pulled away to a 23-12 vic­tory over the Buc­ca­neers on Fri­day night. The 34-year-old quar­ter­back signed a one-year deal for a chance to back up Jameis Win­ston. Fitz­patrick had mixed re­sults af­ter his TD, go­ing 6 of 13 over­all with an in­ter­cep­tion. He also scram­bled twice for 15 yards. Fitz­patrick lost the ball while try­ing to throw, but re­cov­ered his fum­ble. Ryan Grif­fin — Tampa Bay’s third-string quar­ter­back the past two sea­sons — left in the fourth quar­ter with a shoul­der in­jury and didn’t re­turn, forc­ing Fitz­patrick back into the game. Tampa Bay opened the game with a 14play, 92-yard drive, but had to set­tle for a field goal af­ter Adam “Pac­man” Jones broke up a pair of Win­ston’s passes in the end zone. Jones is sus­pended by the NFL for the sea­son opener be­cause of his off­sea­son ar­rest. Ben­gals coach Mar­vin Lewis was on the side­line af­ter miss­ing a prac­tice last week be­cause of a knee prob­lem. Andy Dal­ton had his full com­ple­ment of re­ceivers — A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert have re­turned from sig­nif­i­cant in­juries last sea­son — and moved the of­fense smoothly on Cincin­nati’s open­ing drive be­fore mak­ing a bad de­ci­sion. Ver­non Har­g­reaves III an­tic­i­pated Dal­ton’s side­line throw and picked off a pass at the 1-yard line. Dal­ton had plenty of time to throw be­hind Cincin­nati’s re­con­fig­ured line. “I just wish I could have that last play back,” said Dal­ton, who was 4 of 5 for 38 yards on his only drive. Green, who missed the last half of last sea­son with a ham­string in­jury, had a pair of catches for 21 yards. Both teams have kicker com­pe­ti­tions that were in the spot­light in their preseason opener.


Steel­ers wide re­ceiver Cobi Hamil­ton (83) scores a touch­down against Giants de­fen­sive back Valentino Blake (47) dur­ing a preseason game Fri­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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