Steel­ers take ad­van­tage of New York mis­cues for win

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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.

At Ben­gals 23, Buc­ca­neers 12: Ryan Fitz­patrick made a good ini­tial im­pres­sion with Tampa Bay, com­plet­ing his first se­ries with a 6-yard touch­down run, be­fore Cincin­nati pulled away to a vic­tory over the Buc­ca­neers.

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 third­string quar­ter­back the past two sea­sons — left in the fourth quar­ter with a shoul­der in­jury and didn’t re­turn, forc­ing Fitz­patrick back into the game.

49ers 27, at Chiefs 17: Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a quick touch­down and first-round pick Pa­trick Ma­homes II had an im­pres­sive de­but, be­fore the San Fran­cisco back­ups led the 49ers to a vic­tory over Kansas City.

Smith hit speed­ster Tyreek Hill for a 32-yard gain on the first play of the game, and Spencer Ware capped a 75yard march with a short TD run to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.

It was the only se­ries for Smith, who fin­ished 4 of 6 for 48 yards.

Bills trade Watkins to Rams; get Matthews from Ea­gles: The Buf­falo Bills have shaken up their ros­ter with two sep­a­rate trades, deal­ing start­ing re­ceiver Sammy Watkins to the Los An­ge­les Rams and ac­quir­ing Jor­dan Matthews from Philadel­phia.

Both are block­buster trades in which Buf­falo also shuf­fled its cor­ner­backs. The Bills dealt Ron­ald Darby to the Ea­gles and ac­quired E.J. Gaines in the trade with the Rams.

Buf­falo also con­tin­ued stock­pil­ing 2018 draft picks by ac­quir­ing a sec­on­dround se­lec­tion from Los An­ge­les and a third-rounder from the Ea­gles. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.

The moves were an­nounced a day af­ter Buf­falo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Min­nesota. The shakeup con­tin­ues an off­sea­son over­haul un­der new coach Sean McDer­mott and GM Bran­don Beane.

Source: Tan­nehill to have knee surgery and miss sea­son: A per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion says Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill will have surgery to re­pair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the en­tire sea­son.

The per­son con­firmed the de­ci­sion to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the Dol­phins hadn’t dis­closed it pub­licly. Tan­nehill will be placed on in­jured re­serve, the per­son said.

Tan­nehill, who missed the fi­nal four games of last sea­son with two sprained lig­a­ments in his knee, rein­jured it a week into train­ing camp on Aug. 3. The Dol­phins con­sulted with spe­cial­ists be­fore de­cid­ing surgery was the best op­tion.

Jay Cut­ler, who parted with the Chicago Bears af­ter eight sea­sons, agreed to de­lay his fledg­ling net­work TV ca­reer and signed a $10 mil­lion, one-year con­tract Mon­day to re­place Tan­nehill.

Source: Bron­cos’ Billy Winn out for 2017 with knee in­jury: A per­son with knowl­edge of the di­ag­no­sis says Denver Bron­cos nose tackle Billy Winn will miss the en­tire 2017 sea­son with a se­ri­ous right knee in­jury.

The per­son, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team hadn’t an­nounced re­sults of Winn’s med­i­cal tests, said Winn tore lig­a­ments in his right knee, in­clud­ing the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment, on Thurs­day night.

Winn was caught un­der the pile on a Bears run in the first quar­ter of the Bron­cos’ ex­hi­bi­tion game in Chicago.

Pack­ers ask NFL to review hits by Ea­gles that hurt 2 play­ers: The Pack­ers have sub­mit­ted videos to the NFL of hits by Ea­gles play­ers that knocked out Green Bay’s Malachi Dupre and Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall on sep­a­rate plays.

Coach Mike McCarthy said he ex­pected the league to eval­u­ate the hits from Thurs­day’s preseason game from the per­spec­tive of player safety. When asked to clar­ify, McCarthy said, “If I turned them into the league, I don’t think they’re le­gal hits.”

New­ton takes step, throws in in­di­vid­ual drills at camp: Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton is on the mend.

New­ton threw passes to re­ceivers dur­ing an in­di­vid­ual pe­riod early in prac­tice, ac­cord­ing to the Charlotte Ob­server. How­ever, New­ton con­tin­ued to be held out of team drills.

New­ton had shoul­der surgery in March.

BRAD PEN­NER/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Steel­ers quar­ter­back Joshua Dobbs drops back to pass against the Giants dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of a preseason game Fri­day at MetLife Sta­dium in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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