Colts top Bengals; Bears beat BrownsPublished 2:03am Friday, August 31, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chandler Harnish threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dominique Jones, leading the Colts to a 20-16 victory over Cincinnati in Thursday night’s preseason finale.
Neither starting quarterback stuck around long. No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck left after Indy’s first series.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton left with a bruised right arm after just six plays. Coach Marvin Lewis later said Dalton would have returned had it been a regular season game.
That left the heavy-lifting to the backups — and the officials, who called 24 penalties.
Behind Harnish, the last selection in this year’s draft, Indy (2-2) rallied from a 10-0 deficit to take a 14-13 halftime lead.
The Bengals (2-2) regained the lead on a third-quarter field goal, but Harnish threw for the winning score with 6:54 to play.
Bears 28, Browns 20
CLEVELAND (AP) — Quarterback Colt McCoy did little to solidify winning Cleveland’s backup job — or impress any other NFL team — and Chicago’s Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the first half, leading the Bears to a 28-20 victory over the Browns on Thursday night in the exhibition finale.
McCoy, who lost his starting job in training camp to rookie Brandon Weeden, is battling Seneca Wallace to be Cleveland’s No. 2 QB. McCoy went 2 of 5 for 16 yards and an interception.
The Bears (3-1) returned an interception and blocked punt for TDs in a 90-second span of the third quarter to pull away from the Browns (2-2).
McCown played the entire game, finishing 20 of 29 for 157 yards and the two TDs. He will sit behind starter Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell.