Michael Vick was nearly flawless, Nick Foles looked sharp and the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback competition remains close.
Vick and Foles each led touchdown drives in a 14-9 exhibition victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Vick completed his first nine passes before throwing an interception on a desperation heave at the end of the second quarter after the Eagles (1-1) got the ball with 24 seconds before halftime. He finished 9-of-10 for 105 yards and also ran for 20.
Foles was 6-of-8 for 53 yards. He had 13 yards rushing, including a 7-yard TD scamper. But Foles made a big mistake on his first series when he tried to pass out of the end zone and had the pass picked off.
Newton was 8-of-17 for 112 yards in the first half for the Panthers (1-1).
At Ravens 27, Falcons 23: Matt Ryan threw for 97 yards and a touchdown in four series, and Atlanta limited Baltimore’s starting offense to three first downs in the first half before the Ravens’ backups rallied.
The Falcons’ starters bounced back nicely from a 34-10 loss to Cincinnati one week earlier. Under Ryan’s direction, Atlanta (0-2) pierced Baltimore for 11 first downs in 161/2 minutes and built a 20-7 lead at halftime.
It was 23-7 before Baltimore (2-0) scored 20 fourth-quarter points, including a 78-yard punt return by Asa Jackson with 6:18 remaining.
At Bears 33, Chargers 28: Jay Cutler looked shaky again and the defense made up for it, harassing Philip Rivers early and setting the tone for Chicago’s victory over San Diego.
Cutler played a quarter and completed 4-of-5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (1-1), but the only receiver he targeted was Brandon Marshall.
Matt Forte ran for 74 yards, which included a 58-yard run that set up the game’s first touchdown, a 5-yard strike from Cutler to Marshall.
Rivers was 5-of-9 for 50 yards with an interception for the Chargers (0-2), and he lost a fumble on a sack by Shea McClellin.
At Browns 24, Lions 6: Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes to Jordan Cameron to lead Cleveland past Detroit.
Weeden connected on TD passes of 10 and 5 yards to Cameron in the first half as the Browns (2-0) opened a 17-0 lead. Weeden finished 8-of-12 for 117 yards. In two weeks, he’s 18-of-25 for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
Cleveland running back Trent Richardson gained 33 yards on six carries.
Matt Stafford completed 11-of-16 passes for 74 yards for the Lions (1-1), but was without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who sat out with a bruised knee.
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