JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday.
The third overall pick in this year’s draft completed 7 of 11 passes, including a 31-yarder down the middle of the field to Mike Brown to set up a 26-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 10-3 lead late in the third quarter.
Denard Robinson’s 23-yard TD run snapped a 10-10 tie with 6:27 remaining in the game. Jacksonville also scored on Winston Guy Jr.’s 68-yard interception return in the first quarter.
Tampa Bay’s first-team offense sputtered in its debut under coach Lovie Smith.
In addition to throwing the interception that was returned for a score, Josh McCown was sacked twice and lost a fumble.
Bills 20, Panthers 18
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Anthony Dixon ran for a touchdown, Dan Carpenter had a pair of field goals and Buffalo defeated Carolina in a preseason game.
EJ Manuel completed 9 of 13 passes for 96 yards but the Bills struggled to cash in on scoring opportunities for the second straight game. Buffalo’s first-team offense reached Carolina territory on its first three possessions but managed just three points.
Saints 26, Rams 24
In St. Louis, Mark Ingram had eight carries for 83 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in the first half and New Orleans won its preseason opener without Drew Brees, beating St. Louis.
Sam Bradford didn’t play either, held out by St. Louis as a precaution coming off knee surgery.
Falcons 16, Dolphins 10
In Atlanta, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan produced touchdowns on their only possessions, Sean Renfree led two field-goal drives in the second half and the Falcons held off the Dolphins in the preseason opener for both teams.
Bears 34, Eagles 28
In Chicago, Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen threw touchdown passes and the Bears beat Philadelphia in their preseason opener.
Vikings 10, Raiders 6
In Minneapolis, Matt Cassel led a crisp touchdown drive with Minnesota’s first-team offense, and the Vikings broke in their temporary new home stadium by beating Oakland in their exhibition opener.