May­field sharp as Browns roll over Lions

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DETROIT (AP) — Baker May­field threw for 138 yards in a dom­i­nant first half for Cleve­land, and the Browns wrapped up the pre­sea­son with a 35-17 vic­tory over the Detroit Lions on Thurs­day night.

May­field com­pleted a 41-yard pass to Devon Ca­juste on the first play from scrimmage, and the top over­all pick in this year’s draft looked sharp through­out his two quar­ters di­rect­ing Cleve­land’s of­fense.

With Ty­rod Tay­lor atop the depth chart at quar­ter­back, the Browns are likely to bring May­field along slowly. But if the rookie doesn’t play again for a while, this was a nice note to fin­ish on be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son. COLTS 27, BEN­GALS 26

CINCIN­NATI (AP) — Matt Barkley’s left knee was in­jured by a low hit af­ter he threw a pass, giv­ing Jeff Driskel the in­side track for the Ben­gals’ backup quar­ter­back role.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the Ben­gals (3-1) lost a quar­ter­back to in­jury in the fi­nal pre­sea­son game. Last year, Driskel broke the thumb on his pass­ing hand in In­di­anapo­lis, end­ing his sea­son. Cincin­nati also has sev­enth-round pick Lo­gan Wood­side.

It was the most high-pro­file job up for grabs in a game that fea­tured few starters. The Colts’ An­drew Luck and the Ben­gals’ Andy Dal­ton watched as re­serves com­peted for ros­ter spots. DOL­PHINS 34, FAL­CONS 7

AT­LANTA (AP) — Brock Osweiler made a strong fi­nal bid for Mi­ami’s backup quar­ter­back job, lead­ing three first-quar­ter touch­down drives. Osweiler is com­pet­ing with David Fales to be Ryan Tan­nehill’s backup. Osweiler com­pleted each of his first six passes for 65 yards, in­clud­ing a 1-yard scor­ing pass to Buddy How­ell on Mi­ami’s open­ing drive. He added a 14-yard scor­ing pass to Fran­cis Owusu on the fi­nal play of the third quar­ter.

Osweiler com­pleted 16 of 25 passes for 147 yards and two touch­downs for the Dol­phins (1-3). Fales com­pleted 13 of 20 passes for 94 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion. EA­GLES 10, JETS 9

PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Chris­tian Hack­en­berg had a rough au­di­tion for an NFL ros­ter spot, toss­ing two in­ter­cep­tions, but the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles ral­lied.

Joe Cal­la­han threw a 4-yard touch­down pass to Matt Jones with 18 sec­onds left to lift Philadel­phia (1-3).

Ja­son My­ers kicked field goals of 58 and 43 yards for the Jets (1-3). New York’s de­fense didn’t al­low a touch­down in Au­gust un­til the fi­nal drive. JAGUARS 25, BUCCANEERES 10

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Fourth-stringer Tim Cook ran for a pair of sec­ond-half touch­downs, and Car­roll Phillips re­turned a fum­ble for an­other TD to help Jack­sonville.

Cook scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards, while Phillips picked up a fum­ble by rookie quar­ter­back Austin Allen and ran it back 28 yards dur­ing a 19-point third quar­ter that turned a 10-3 half­time deficit into a 12-point lead. PA­TRI­OTS 17, GI­ANTS 12

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. (AP) — Third­stringer Danny Etling tossed a 1-yard touch­down pass to Ralph Webb early in the sec­ond half and iced the game with an 86-yard run late.

Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning chat­ted with re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. in the first half, while Tom Brady sat next to the New Eng­land wa­ter cool­ers and re­laxed. VIK­INGS 13, TI­TANS 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rookie Daniel Carl­son kicked field goals of 39 and 22 yards, and Kyle Sloter added a 24-yard touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter. Carl­son re­bounded from miss­ing a pair of 42-yarders wide left a week ago af­ter beat­ing out Kai For­bath for the job. Carl­son con­nected from 39 yards late in the first half, ty­ing it 3-3. He added a 22-yarder mid­way through the third quar­ter, giv­ing the Vik­ings (3-1) a 6-3 lead. RAVENS 30, RED­SKINS 20

BAL­TI­MORE (AP) — Ravens rookie quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son ran for a touch­down while backup Robert Grif­fin III spent the en­tire game on the side­line as Bal­ti­more com­pleted its third con­sec­u­tive un­beaten pre­sea­son.

Jack­son played the first half and led Bal­ti­more (5-0) on three scor­ing drives. The 2016 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner and first-round draft pick is sure to make the team, but coach John Har­baugh has not yet re­vealed whether he will keep Grif­fin, who’s cur­rently No. 2 on the depth chart be­hind starter Joe Flacco. Grif­fin, a five-year vet­eran, went 27 for 41 dur­ing the pre­sea­son and showed no rust af­ter sit­ting out last year. STEEL­ERS 39, PAN­THERS 24

PITTS­BURGH (AP) — Josh Dobbs put to­gether a com­pelling case to be on some­one’s NFL ros­ter next week, throw­ing for a touch­down and run­ning for an­other.

Dobbs, fight­ing for one of the backup quar­ter­back jobs be­hind Ben Roeth­lis­berger, vaulted into the end zone for a 3-yard scor­ing run to cap Pitts­burgh’s first drive. He added a 27-yard strike to Tevin Jones later in the open­ing quar­ter and fin­ished 8 of 12 for 151 yards to cap an im­pres­sive train­ing camp. TEX­ANS 14, COW­BOYS 6

HOUS­TON (AP) — Hous­ton rookie run­ning back Terry Swanson rushed for a 37-yard touch­down run late in the fourth quar­ter to lift the Tex­ans. The un­drafted rookie run­ning back out of Toledo, who served as an un­der­study to the Chiefs’ Ka­reem Hunt in col­lege, found a hole with five min­utes re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter to put the Tex­ans up two scores. Swanson fin­ished with 69 yards on 17 car­ries.

Both teams rested their starters. Hous­ton took a 7-3 lead in the first quar­ter af­ter third-round pick safety Justin Reid in­ter­cepted Cooper Rush’s pass to set up a 4-yard touch­down run by Al­fred Blue. Blue, com­pet­ing for the backup job be­hind La­mar Miller, rushed for 18 yards on four car­ries, while Troy­maine Pope rushed for 21 yards on five car­ries. BILLS 28, BEARS 27

CHICAGO (AP) — AJ McCar­ron made a shaky case for a ros­ter spot, lead­ing a surge in the fourth quar­ter af­ter strug­gling for most of the game.

With both teams hold­ing out their starters and few key re­serves play­ing, the fo­cus was on McCar­ron. He ran for a touch­down and threw for three more in the fourth — in­clud­ing a 6-yarder to Keith Tow­bridge in the clos­ing minute. That capped an 84-yard drive aided by two rough­ingthe-passer calls, in­clud­ing one against Isa­iah Irv­ing on a fourth down at the Buf­falo 3. SAINTS 28, RAMS 0

NEW OR­LEANS (AP) — Cameron Mered­ith caught two passes for 72 yards and a touch­down. The former Bears wide re­ceiver was one of the top free agents signed by the Saints, who brought him in even though he had ma­jor knee surgery last fall. Mered­ith’s re­hab from the in­jury has gone well, but he was limited in train­ing camp and didn’t catch a pass in the first three pre­sea­son games.

Mered­ith caught a 56-yard pass from Taysom Hill to set up rookie Bos­ton Scott’s 4-yard touch­down run for the game’s first score. Hill threw a 16-yard touch­down pass to Mered­ith for a 12-0 half­time lead. CHIEFS 33, PACK­ERS 21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie safety Ar­mani Watts in­ter­cepted two passes, while Mak­in­ton Dor­leant re­turned an­other pick for a touch­down for Kansas City.

Chad Henne, Matt McGloin and Chase Lit­ton were all solid un­der cen­ter for Kansas City while Pa­trick Ma­homes watched from the side­line. Har­ri­son Butker was per­fect on four field-goal at­tempts.

The Chiefs’ By­ron Pringle, an un­drafted free agent who’s had a strong pre­sea­son, caught four passes for 122 yards be­fore leav­ing early in the sec­ond half with a ham­string in­jury.

DeShone Kizer started for Green Bay and was 5 of 7 for 57 yards with a touch­down and a pick. A 2017 sec­ond-round draft choice of the Browns, Kizer is ex­pected to back up Aaron Rodgers af­ter this week’s trade of erst­while backup Brett Hund­ley to the Sea­hawks. BRON­COS 21, CAR­DI­NALS 10

GLEN­DALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pax­ton Lynch made his case for backup quar­ter­back — or at least stay­ing on Den­ver’s ros­ter — with a nearper­fect sec­ond half. Lynch com­pleted 14 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two touch­downs and was not in­ter­cepted.

Chad Kelly, who seemed to have a ten­u­ous hold on the backup job be­hind Den­ver starter Case Keenum en­ter­ing the game, played the first half and went 12 of 19 for 126 yards and no touch­downs with one in­ter­cep­tion.

Lynch had TD passes of 16 yards to Jor­dan Les­lie in the third quar­ter and 10 yards to Matt LaCosse on the first play of the fourth.

Mike Glen­non, the sub­ject of some trade spec­u­la­tion as Ari­zona’s No. 3 quar­ter­back be­hind Sam Brad­ford and rookie Josh Rosen, played the en­tire first half, go­ing 8 of 10 for 69 yards and a touch­down with no in­ter­cep­tions.

Ari­zona fin­ished the pre­sea­son 3-1 and Den­ver 2-2.

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