Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a so-so showing Friday night in Miami, which was more than some of his offensive teammates could say.
In his first game as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback, the eighth overall draft pick in April went 11-for-27 for 112 yards, one interception and a 37.9 passer rating as Miami lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 23-6.
Four of Tannehill’s passes were dropped, including a potential 4-yard touchdown throw that tight end Anthony Fasano bobbled in the end zone.
Shaky pass protection also was a problem for Tannehill, who was sacked once, forced to run twice and hit several other times.
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“We didn’t have a whole lot of rhythm,” coach Joe Philbin said. “There were a couple that were dropped. I’m sure there were a couple where the accuracy could have been better. There were others where we could have had better protection. You know how that goes. Usually when it rains, it pours. It wasn’t pretty at all.”
Tannehill was given the starting quarterback job this week, but his promotion failed to inspire an offense that has sputtered this exhibition season.
“I feel confident in where I’m at right now,” Tannehill said. “We’re really close. It’s just a mistake here and a mistake there.”
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan played midway into the third quarter and was 18-for-26 for 220 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Roddy White against reserves.
Eagles 27, at Browns 10: Rookie quarterback Nick Foles, filling in for injured starter Michael Vick, threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Philadelphia over mistake-prone Cleveland.
Foles, a former standout at the University of Arizona, was 12-for-19 for 146 yards, with one interception.
Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden went 9 of 20 for 117 yards.
Chargers 12, at Vikings 10: Nick Novak’s 45-yard field goal as time expired gave San Diego a victory over struggling Minnesota.
The Chargers had a scare in the third quarter when first-round draft pick Melvin Ingram, an outside linebacker from South Carolina, limped off in pain after trainers looked at his left knee. But the team later announced he was treated for a thigh bruise.
Bears 20, at Giants 17: Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Anderson with 8:22 to play as Chicago rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat New York.
Starting quarterbacks Jay Cutler of Chicago and Eli Manning of New York each threw a touchdown pass, and Giants rookie running back David Wilson ran for 49 yards on five carries.
At Buccaneers 30, Patriots 28: First-round draft picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin scored touchdowns as Tampa Bay beat Tom Brady and New England.
Barron, a safety, intercepted a Brady pass and returned it 22 yards for a TD.