Detroit Lions 35, Cleveland Browns 27
Detroit’s offense appears ready, but the defense still needs work…Lions safety Louis Delmas made several big hits before and during his pre-season debut…Lions running back Aaron Brown stated his case for the fourth running back spot.
The Browns’ first-team offense continues to inspire optimism…Browns running back Jerome Harrison knows he needs to work on ball security…The Browns’ “D” earned an “F” from Steve Doerschuck of the Canton Repository.
Buffalo Bills 35, Cincinnati Bengals 9
Bills quarterback Trent Edwards led three touchdown drives…Bills running back C.J. Spiller wasn’t happy with his negative runs or his pass-blocking…Bills linebacker Aaron Maybin flashed some pass-rush potential on Saturday night.
The Bengals’ first-team offense had their best showing of the pre-season…Bengals third-round cornerback Brandon Ghee was carted off the field with a head injury…Bengals cornerback Adam Jones may have locked up the kick return job.
Jacksonville Jaguars 19, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
Jaguars quarterback David Garrard had solid numbers, but continues to make “uh-oh” throws…Jaguars’ starters were inconsistent without Maurice Jones-Drew and their starting linebackers…Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis left the game with an ankle injury.
The Buccaneers’ stingy was stingy in the loss…Buccaneers middle linebacker Barrett Ruud knows he needs to make more splash plays…Buccaneers fourth-round wide receiver Mike Williams showed off his YAC potential.
Baltimore Ravens 24, New York Giants 10
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and the passing game was clicking against the Giants…Ravens wide receiver Donte Stallworth will miss up to two months with a broken foot…Ravens running back Ray Rice is fine with 2,000 all-purpose yards.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was disappointed in his team’s performance…Giants linebacker Keith Bulluck got the reps with the first-team base defense…Giants safety Antrel Rolle doesn’t think he did anything wrong when he was flagged for a personal foul.
Houston Texans 23, Dallas Cowboys 7
The Texans’ running game and defense dominated the Cowboys…Texans left tackle Duane Brown held his own against DeMarcus Ware…The Texans defense forced a pair of turnovers, including an interception by first-round cornerback Kareem Jackson.
Dallas’ offense went from shaky to terrible…Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips scolded his team, and may play his starters vs. the Dolphins on Thursday…Cowboys first-round wide receiver Dez Bryant may play on Thursday.
Minnesota Vikings 24, Seattle Seahawks 13
Vikings head coach Brad Childress hasn’t ruled out playing the starters in the pre-season finale…The Vikings should consider going back to plan “A” offensively…Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin says his migraine headaches may be behind him.
Seahawks first-round safety Earl Thomas scored the team’s lone touchdown on an 86-yard interception return…Seahawks defensive linemen Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons turned in “A” efforts on Saturday night…Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch has forged an honest relationship with new GM John Schneider, writes Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times.
Carolina Panthers 15, Tennessee Titans 7
The Panthers’ offense still has yet to score a touchdown this pre-season…Panthers quarterback Matt Moore has had moments of competence, but has struggled to a 56.1 passer rating this summer…The Panthers mixed things up defensively.
Titans first-round defensive end Derrick Morgan made his presence felt in his NFL debut…The Titans were dreadful on offense against the Panthers…Titans left tackle Michael Roos left the game with a knee strain.
Arizona Cardinals 14, Chicago Bears 9
Cardinals quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart were solid in the win over Chicago…The rest of the Cardinals are staying out of the Anderson/Leinart debate…Cardinals running back Beanie Wells needs to step up his game, writes Mike Sando for ESPN.com.
The Bears defense looked bad against a struggling, road-weary Cardinals offense… Bears linebacker Lance Briggs injured his left ankle and left the stadium in a walking boot…Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked uncomfortable in the pocket, leading to some poor throws.
San Francisco 49ers 28, Oakland Raiders 24
An error-filled touchdown drive in the second quarter shows the 49ers’ ability to rally from setbacks…49ers left tackle Joe Staley sprained his right knee, but it does not appear to be serious…49ers seventh-round cornerback Phillip Adams stated his case for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a stinger, while running back Michael Bush broke his left thumb…Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey showed signs of improvement with three receptions for 46 yards…With a stellar performance last night, Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski sprinted ahead of Kyle Boller in the battle to back-up Campbell.
NFL News and Notes
New England Patriots second-round tight end Rob Gronkowski is looking like a steal of a pick, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.
Ethan Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel wonders if Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby’s play will back up his talk.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin altered the team’s approach, treating this week’s game like it were the regular season.
The Indianapolis Colts shuffled their roster on Saturday, well ahead of Tuesday’s 4pm ET deadline.
San Diego Chargers first-round running back Ryan Mathews is picking up the little things, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has looked better after a difficult 2009 season.
Denver Broncos linebacker siblings D.J. Williams and Worrell Williams are enjoying playing together.
Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley inherited his competitive streak from his parents, writes Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Devin Thomas will see a lot of playing time in the pre-season finale.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has MVP potential, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
As cuts approach, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a look at the Atlanta Falcons roster.
New Orleans Saints rookie running back Chris Ivory isn’t taking anything for granted.
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford’s future is right now, writes Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Today’s NFL birthdays: Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (29), Packers defensive end Jairus Wynn (24), Texans rookie wide receiver Torri Williams (24), Chiefs offensive tackle Colin Brown (25), Jets offensive lineman Dan Gay (24), Raiders cornerback Joey Thomas (30), Seahawks running back Leon Washington (28), Titans quarterback Chris Simms (30), free agent punter T.J. Conley (25), safety Kevin Kaesviharn (34), and defensive tackle Rob Meier (33).