PRESEASON SCORES WEEK 2
Troy Smith, locked in a duel with Kyle Boller to earn the starting assignment, struggled in his first start of the preseason for the Ravens. The former Heisman Trophy winner went 3-for-5 for 25 yards and an interception in the first half, finishing with a 33.3 quarterback rating. He did, however, gain 35 yards on three carries behind a makeshift offensive line. "Getting out of the pocket and making plays is something we’re going to be doing this year," Smith said. Boller entered in the third quarter and went 8-for-12 for 40 yards. He also threw an interception, his third turnover in two games. Top draft pick Joe Flacco played the final two drives. "I think Troy and Kyle, by the basis of practice so far, have separated themselves from Joe in terms of being ready to line up and win a football game for us at this level," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Suddenly, the Cincinnati Bengals need help on offense so much so that they recently re-signed wayward former Bengal Chris Henry. Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson strained his left shoulder Sunday night during the Detroit Lions’ 27-10 victory over the Bengals, who now have their top two receivers and their starting tailback limited by injuries. Johnson landed awkwardly on his left side after cornerback Brian Kelly intercepted a pass thrown his way on
The Bengals already were missing Pro Bowl receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and running back Rudi Johnson. Both of them have missed the first two preseason games with hamstring injuries. In an ominous sign for the Bengals, Palmer was repeatedly hit as he threw and got sacked once. He was only 6-of-13 for 50 yards with the one costly interception. He led Chad Johnson a bit too much, giving Kelly a chance to knock the ball free and grab it in the air. Palmer was knocked to the ground five times overall. Palmer played until the middle of the second quarter, trying to get the offense moving. In his two preseason games, Palmer is 11-of-22 for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims, a third-round pick, was taken off the field on a cart after spraining a toe on his right foot in the fourth quarter.
NY Giants receiver Domenik Hixon returned a free kick 82 yards for a touchdown after a series of
It was 30-17 at halftime after Steptoe ran 7 yards for a score and Michael Adams and Eric Wright, combined for a
The Steelers were inconsistent, lacking finish on both offense and defense in suffering their first loss in four preseason trips north of the border. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a solid outing, going 9-of-11 for 142 yards with a touchdown — a 40-yarder to Santonio Holmes — in three series. More focus was on the Steelers’ backup situation, with newly signed Byron Leftwich making his first appearance after Charlie Batch broke his collarbone in a 16-10 win over