Ravens extend preseason winning streak to 23 games


BALTIMORE (AP) — Anthony Brown threw for 256 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their preseason-record winning streak to 23 games with a 17-15 victory over the Washington Commanders on Saturday night.

The Commanders (0-3) pulled within two with 5:31 remaining when Sam Howell threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Bonnafon. A 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, helping to preserve the streak, but Baltimore defensive back Kevon Seymour injured his ankle on the play. His teammate Zakoby McClain appeared to fall on Seymour’s right leg.

It was in this preseason matchup last year that the Ravens (3-0) lost running back JK Dobbins to a season-ending knee injury. They seemed to avoid anything so serious this year, though Poe, the team’s mascot, was ejected at halftime. Baltimore also announced that defensive tackle Aaron Crawford suffered a groin problem.

Neither team was taking too much of a risk: Quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Carson Wentz were among those who didn’t play.

The Ravens haven’t lost a preseason game since Atlanta beat them 20-19 on Sept. 3, 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady guided Tampa Bay to a field goal on their first and only series of the preseason and the Indianapolis reserves rallied to beat the Buccaneers in the teams’ preseason final.

Brady looked strong on the rushing offense, going 6-of-8 for 44 yards and converting a fourth down on an 11-play, 66-yard drive.

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Mike Evans, Julio Jones and most of the other Buccaneers starters watched the rest of the game from the sidelines. Brady returned to the practice field Monday after missing the previous 11 days of training camp due to personal reasons.

Matt Ryan and the Colts starters also played about a quarter.

And after Ryan led Indy to the go-ahead score, Deon Jackson’s 1-yard touchdown run, on their final drive, Indy’s backups dominated.

Tampa Bay (0-3) made it 10-7 on Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 1-yard touchdown run, but Phillip Lindsay’s 2-yard touchdown run gave Indy the lead late in the first half. And Sam Ehlinger’s nifty 45-yard touchdown run on the second offensive play of the second half helped Indy (1-2) pull away.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tua Tagovailoa connected with Tyreek Hill for 51 yards on the first play from scrimmage, and Miami set a franchise record for points in a preseason game by beating Philadelphia.

Tagovailoa played the entire first quarter, looking more comfortable in first-year coach Mike McDaniel’s system. He went 6-for-7 for 121 yards and a touchdown on three drives.

Hill played the opening drive, finishing with two catches for 64 yards in his only action this preseason. Miami (2-1) acquired the speedy receiver in an offseason trade with Kansas City and signed him to a four-year, $120 million extension.

The Eagles (1-2) sat down their starters, including quarterback Jalen Hurts and wide receivers AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith, and instead took a closer look at players hoping to make the team’s 53-man roster.

Gardner Minshew started at quarterback, going 6-of-9 for 48 yards on two drives.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Fields threw three touchdown passes in the first half, leading Chicago to a victory in its final exhibition game over Cleveland, which saw backup starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett for the first time in the game. .

Fields, who was sacked nine times (4 1/2 by All-Pro Myles Garrett) during a tough visit to Cleveland as a rookie last season, looked confident and in command as he moved Chicago’s starters.

With the Browns resting Garrett, Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward and a few other first-team players, Fields fired a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Griffin in the first quarter and then connected with wide receiver Dante Pettis and wide receiver Dante Pettis. tight end Cole Kmet for the touchdown. he plays in the second.

Fields completed 14 of 16 passes for 156 yards and helped the Bears (3-0) open a 21-0 lead.

Cleveland’s backups rallied in the second half on a touchdown play by quarterback Josh Rosen that pulled the Browns (1-2) within a point. However, Rosen’s 2-point pass attempt to receiver Javon Wims was incomplete with 2:31 remaining.

This was Brissett’s first preseason action for the Browns, who are hoping the 29-year-old veteran can keep them in contention through December while Deshaun Watson serves his 11-game suspension from the NFL. Brissett completed 13 of 23 passes for 109 yards with an interception.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Logan Woodside scrambled for a 9-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 52 seconds remaining as Tennessee finished the preseason rallying back to beat Arizona.

Woodside’s rally probably won’t be enough to remain the backup for veteran Ryan Tannehill despite helping the Titans (2-1) finish the preseason with a second straight win at home. Woodside completed 5 of 9 passes for 43 yards on his only drive, but rookie Malik Willis got his best performance this preseason in his third start.

Rookie Jarrett Guarantano tried to help the Cardinals (1-2), but was flagged for an intentional grounder when Titans linebacker Rashad Weaver caught him to lose a down and a 10-second runoff. Sam Okuayinonu fired Guarantano to end the match.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Browning came off the bench to complete 19 of 24 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown, leading Cincinnati over Los Angeles in a preseason game played mostly by substitutes.

Tight end Justin Rigg caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Browning with 4:34 remaining to clinch victory in last season’s Super Bowl rematch, which Los Angeles won 23-20.

Two days after the teams got into a brawl to clear the benches at a joint practice during which Rams star Aaron Donald swung a helmet, the game proceeded without incident. Both teams also appeared to avoid serious injury in their preseason finale.

Bengals backup quarterback Brandon Allen played most of the first half, completing 11 of 15 passes for 130 yards. Allen and Browning are vying to become Burrow’s primary backup.

Evan McPherson made field goals of 39, 38 and 35 yards to give the Bengals (1-2) a 9-0 halftime lead. McPherson, Cincinnati’s 2021 fifth-round draft pick, went 9-for-10 in the preseason.

Perkins finished 14 of 19 for 143 yards for the Rams (1-2). He also gained 33 yards on eight carries. He was playing in place of second-string quarterback John Wolford, who was tending to an injured thumb on his throwing hand.

ATLANTA (AP) — Desmond Ridder overcame an interception on his first pitch to lead Atlanta to its first preseason victory at home since 2016, beating Jacksonville.

Both teams relied heavily on backups and roster hopefuls in their preseason finale, with the Falcons (2-1) prevailing behind their third-round draft pick out of Cincinnati.

Playing into the fourth quarter, Ridder completed 14 of 25 passes for 185 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown throw to rookie Tyler Allgeier in the first quarter.

Ridder also led two impressive second-half touchdown drives before ending the day against the Jaguars (0-4).

There was an eight-play, 90-yard possession in which the rookie completed all three of his passes for 69 yards before Caleb Huntley’s 1-yard scoring run. The Falcon then drove for 80 yards in 14 plays, with Ridder completing three more passes before Allgeier scored his second TD on a 4-yard run.

Atlanta had lost eight straight home preseason games since moving to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017.

EJ Perry went the distance at quarterback for the Jaguars. He was 19 of 27 for 201 yards with a pair of interceptions.

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