Cowboys drill Raiders, 52-13
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells knows better than to get too giddy over anything that happens in the preseason.
But he also recognizes that beating the Oakland Raiders 52-13 Thursday night can have residual benefits for the Dallas Cowboys -- especially considering they set a franchise-record for preseason points, scored on all five drives led by newly named starting quarterback Quincy Carter and got touchdowns from the defense and special
"It means something to me because I think it gives the players something to build on, something to think about," Parcells said. "You can only get confidence if you demonstrate an ability to do something. We did that tonight."
The Cowboys (2-2) scored 31 points in the first half, then added three more touchdowns -- including a 96-yard
kickoff return by Reggie Swinton -- to break the team record for points in a preseason game was set by the 1971 club that went on to win the team's first Super Bowl title.
This wasn't exactly the Oakland team that played in the Super Bowl last January.
Quarterback Rich Gannon and his top receivers played only five snaps. Gannon was 0-for-3, with his first pass bouncing off Jerry Rice's shoulder and being returned 24 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Mario Edwards.
Backup Marques Tuiasosopo was 22-of-28 for 198 yards and ran four times for 52, but cost at least three points when he was tackled at the 3-yard line in the final 10 seconds of the first half with no timeouts left.
Jets 17, Eagles 9
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets had no trouble keeping their starters healthy. They barely used any of them.
Marquel Blackwell threw two touchdown passes, leading the Jets' backups over Philadelphia's second- and third-stringers 17-9 in the final preseason game for both teams.
Despite resting their starters, the Eagles (2-2) lost a key player when first-round pick Jerome McDougle went down with a left hip and ankle injury in the third quarter. He was taken off the field for X-rays, but the extent of the injuries wasn't immediately known.
Blackwell, the No. 4 quarterback for the Jets (3-2), was 7-of-12 for 111 yards. He tossed TDs of 8 yards to B.J. Askew and 39 yards to Jonathan Carter.
David Akers, a second-team All-Pro last season, kicked field goals of 37, 40 and 46 yards for Philadelphia. Greg Lewis, a rookie free agent from Illinois, had six catches for 113 yards.
Dolphins 24, Saints 10
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jay Fiedler only threw five times and connected just twice. Then, like most of the starters for both teams, he took the night off to save himself for the regular season.
Fiedler, who played in two series, hit Chris Chambers for a 38-yard gain that took the Dolphins to the Saints' 14-yard line. He followed that up with a touchdown toss to Derrius Thompson, putting Miami up 7-0 in a game they went on to win.
Ki-Jana Carter, the No. 1 pick overall in the 1995 draft by Cincinnati, gained 94 yards in 25 carries.
Titans 27, Packers 3
In Green Bay, Wisc., torrential rains made for a messy first half and maybe a fourth of the 69,126 fans -- who got a double dose of disappointment when Brett Favre and Ahman Green sat out altogether -- stuck around to watch play resume at 11:01 p.m. CDT, after a 2-hour, 33-minute lightning delay.
They got a hearty laugh when the two-minute warning was announced one play later, and let out a huge cheer when it was announced that the usual 12-minute halftime would last only one minute.
The fourth quarter didn't start until after midnight and the game ended at 12:46 a.m.
Steve McNair took three snaps for the Titans.
Jaguars 17, Redskins 15
In Jacksonville, Fla., Brunell threw a touchdown pass in the first quarter and after the game was named the starter by first-year coach Jack Del Rio.
Brunell's future has come into question in the past week, as talk that the Jaguars were putting out trade feelers about the 11-year veteran circulated around the league. Washington starter Patrick Ramsey went 1-for-3 for 3 yards in two series.
Bucs 34, Texans 3
At Tampa, Fla., Shaun King threw for 146 yards and a touchdown as Tampa Bay dominated Houston.
The Super Bowl champions (4-1) outgained the Texans (0-4) 243-47 while amassing 17 first downs to Houston's two in the opening half. Tampa Bay's starting defense played only one series, but the Bucs didn't allow a TD for the second straight week.
Chiefs 22, Rams 6
In St. Louis, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk didn't start for St. Louis (1-3) in the final tuneup for the regular season, a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game.
Giants 30, Ravens 24
In Baltimore, Boller threw two touchdown passes to stake the Ravens to a 17-point lead before the Giants' backups rallied to overcome the Baltimore's scrubs.
Boller, the 19th overall pick in the 2003 draft, gained the upper hand in his duel with four-year veteran Chris Redman for the right to start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh.
Playing without a host of veterans, the Giants took advantage of six turnovers to pull out the victory.
Cardinals 31, Vikings 27
At Minneapolis, Blake got hurt early, but the Cardinals' reserves played well enough to give the team its first 4-0 preseason in 12 years.
Third-string quarterback Preston Parsons ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Cardinals.
The game was played despite the Cardinals' request that it be postponed because of poor turf conditions.