Atlanta Falcons 16, Miami Dolphins 6
Atlanta’s defense stepped up for an out-of-sync offense…Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan says the team will need to iron out a few things in practice…Cornerback Dunta Robinson was scratched from the lineup prior to the game.
The Dolphins’ running game produced just 46 yards…Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith was benched for violating a team rule, which he apologized to his teammates for…Chad Henne was inconsistent, which is to be expected of a young quarterback
Washington Redskins 16, New York Jets 11
The Redskins took a step in the right direction on Friday night…Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was happier with his playing time this week…Redskins running back Clinton Portis sprained his ankle.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled as the first-team offense looked lost…Jets linebacker Calvin Pace will miss a few weeks with a foot injury…Safety Jim Leonhard is a stabilizing force in the secondary.
Philadelphia Eagles 20, Kansas City Chiefs 17
The Eagles may have won, but Kevin Kolb was not happy with his performance…Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson left the game with a back injury…Eagles defensive end Trent Cole will have an MRI on his ankle.
Despite the loss, the Chiefs’ starters rallied from a 10-point deficit and pressured the quarterback…Chiefs rookie wide receiver Dexter McCluster did a little bit of everything on Friday…Chiefs rookie linebacker Cameron Sheffield was carted off the field with a neck injury.
New Orleans Saints 36, San Diego Chargers 21
Quarterback Drew Brees was sharp in the Saints’ final dress rehearsal…Saints rookie running back Chris Ivory impressed his teammates with 76-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown…Penalties (11 for 90 yards) continue to plague the Saints.
Chargers head coach Norv Turner was pleased with how his team played in the first half…Chargers unsigned restricted free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson spoke to the NFL Network prior to the game…Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips was named in another lawsuit.
NFL News and Notes
Dallas Cowboys starters are expected to play into the third quarter tonight against Houston.
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is frustrated by questions about injuries, writes Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Carolina Panthers third-round wide receiver Brandon LaFell has a chance to win a starting job, but needs to improve his hands.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line are tired of the excuses about their poor play from 2009.
St. Louis Rams first-round quarterback Sam Bradford hasn’t won the starting job yet, head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on Friday.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart is frustrated and disappointed by his demotion, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com recaps the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp.
As concerning as it is to have Mansfield Wrotto protecting the blindside, the Seattle Seahawks can’t sit Matt Hasselbeck until a suitable left tackle is available, writes Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.
The Green Bay Packers have a bevy of talent at the tight end position.
Minnesota Vikings starters will have a full half against Seattle to answer the lingering questions about this team.
Detroit Lions first-round running back Jahvid Best appears to have a strangehold on the starting job, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins’ contractual guarantee means the team is likely to keep three QBs on the 53-man roster.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer previews tonight’s Cincinnati Bengals’ pre-season game against Buffalo.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is happy to get a few key players back for today’s final dress rehearsal against Detroit.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is throwing more of the playbook at rookie wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.
Ball security will be a focus of the Baltimore Ravens tonight against the New York Giants.
Plenty of jobs are available for wide receivers on the Buffalo Bills’ roster.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave full-throated support to Laurence Maroney, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.
Contrary to the reports on the ol’ Intermets, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew did not have knee surgery.
Tennessee Titans rookie safeties Robert Johnson and Myron Rolle know they need to produce to earn roster spots, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is not a fan of having the umpire in the backfield.
Houston Texans offensive lineman Wade Smith will make a second consecutive start at left guard.
The Denver Broncos leaky run defense has to improve, writes Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.
Oakland Raiders running backs and training camp roommates Darren McFadden and Michael Bush don’t mind sharing the workload in the backfield.
Today’s NFL birthdays: Bengals seventh-round center Reggie Stephens (23), Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter (27), Dolphins tight end Joey Haynos (26), Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (30), Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye (29), Eagles linebacker Moise Fokou (25), Seahawks linebacker Will Herring (27), Titans offensive tackle David Stewart (28) and wide receiver Nate Washington (27), free agent wide receiver Jabari Arthur (27), cornerback Jamar Fletcher (31) and Reynaldo Hill (28), center Keith Gray (24), linebacker Danny Lansanah (25), offensive tackle Brandon Pearce (25), and punter Aaron Perez (24).