NFL Game Capsules - Preseason Week 4
Final Score: New England 30, Carolina 7
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Shane Vereen as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers, 30-7, in preseason action. Brady completed 17-of-21 passes for 204 yards while playing into the third quarter. He connected with Vereen for scores of 40 and six yards. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton remained in the game until the third quarter and finished 8-of-12 for 88 yards.
Final Score: NY Giants 35, NY Jets 24
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes and the New York Giants rallied past their crosstown rival Jets, 35-24, on Friday in preseason action. Nassib went 8-for-12 with 103 yards in relief of Eli Manning, who was under center for the Giants in the first half and completed 12-of-21 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Rashad Jennings gained 67 yards on 13 carries for the G-Men while Victor Cruz picked up 61 yards through the air on four receptions. All three quarterbacks who played for the Jets threw a TD, while the trio combined to connect on 22-of-33 passes. Geno Smith threw for 137 yards, Michael Vick picked up 35 and Matt Simms had 106.
Final Score: Green Bay 31, Oakland 21
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 31-21 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders on Friday. Rodgers went 9-of-20 for 139 yards, Scott Tolzien threw for 107 yards and a touchdown and Matt Flynn was 4-of-10 for 37 yards and an interception. Eddie Lacy ran for 36 yards and a touchdown and DuJuan Harris rushed for 56 yards and had 42 receiving yards. Oakland starter Matt Schaub completed 13 of his 27 passes for 110 yards, while Matt McGloin finished 10- of-17 for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Brice Butler caught two scores and Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 45 yards a touchdown.
Final Score: Seattle 34, Chicago 6
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were in midseason form Friday as Seattle crushed the Chicago Bears, 34-6, in the third preseason game for both clubs. Wilson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in leading the Seahawks to points on all five of his drives in the first half. The third-year pro completed 15-of-20 passes for 202 yards and connected with Jermaine Kearse and backup running back Christine Michael for scores. Marshawn Lynch ran for a touchdown, Kearse finished with 63 yards on four catches and Steven Hauschka kicked a 59-yard field goal in the rout. Jay Cutler and Chicago's starters were decidedly less impressive in their only half of action. Cutler tossed for 157 yards on 12-of-20 passes, while Matt Forte was limited to 17 yards on three carries.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
Final Score: Philadelphia 31, Pittsburgh 21
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles scored touchdowns in the first half and the Philadelphia Eagles grabbed a 31-21 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. McCoy caught a 22-yard score in the first half, but the team got a bit of a scare as he exited the game with a thumb injury. X-rays taken on the thumb, though, came back negative. Nick Foles ran the first-team offense for the first half and led the team on three scoring drives, going 19-for-29 for 179 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper were together on the field for the first time in the preseason and combined for nine catches for 68 yards as the Eagles won for the first time in the preseason after dropping their first two games. Ben Roethlisberger played into the third quarter and finished the game 15-for-24 for 157 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Steelers, who are 1-2 on the preseason. The Pittsburgh running back tandem of Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount played and combined for 16 carries and 55 yards, along with four catches for 17 yards. Bell and Blount were arrested on Wednesday for marijuana possession, along with a female friend, after the car Bell was driving to the airport was pulled over and the officer smelled the scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Also, Bell was taken to a local hospital for a blood test to see if he was driving under the influence.