NFL preseason roundup, a 17-0 win over Atlanta Falcons
The New York Jets' preseason home opener, a 17-0 home win over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, spiced up the already intriguing quarterback situation, as rookie Sam Darnold and veteran Teddy Bridgewater each threw for almost 100 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time.
Bridgewater, the former Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback, is trying to rebound after missing almost two seasons with a torn ACL and a dislocated kneecap. He connected on 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards.
Running back Isaiah Crowell caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater with 4:38 left in the first quarter, and wide receiver Charles Johnson grabbed a 14-yard pass from Darnold with 46 seconds to go before halftime.
Raiders 16, Lions 10
With Matt Stafford not playing the opener for the Lions, Jake Rudock and Matt Cassel, in his 14th season, posted similar numbers. Rudock completed 12 of 19 passes for 84 yards. and Cassel was 10-of-18 for 81 yards.
Kerryon Johnson led Detroit running backs with 34 yards on seven carries, although the rookie from Auburn also had a nifty 57-yard run called back for a holding penalty. Running back Ameer Abdullah scored the Lions' only touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Before the game, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who had a 60-yard touchdown in the first series nullified by a penalty, remained seated on the bench for the national anthem, surrounded by his teammates, who were standing.
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