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NFL Exhibition Roundup: Buccaneers stifle struggling Dolphins

August 10, 2008

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Buccaneers 17, Dolphins 6

Miami - Tampa Bay swarmed Miami's struggling quarterbacks, and Michael Bennett had 68 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead the Buccaneers to a victory over the Dolphins on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Chad Pennington flipped through play charts on the sideline in his new Dolphins jersey, watching his fellow quarterbacks audition for their jobs - and observing why Miami signed him.

Second-year man John Beck, rookie Chad Henne and Josh McCown alternated play at quarterback for the Dolphins. None led the offense to a touchdown, struggling to even get first downs.

Henne was the most effective Dolphins quarterback, throwing for 67 yards on 5-for-10 passing. He also led Miami's two scoring drives, and perhaps most importantly, he didn't throw an interception.

Jaguars 20, Falcons 17

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Jaguars rested Fred Taylor and lost three fumbles but still had enough offense in the preseason opener for both teams.

Matt Ryan, this year's No. 3 overall draft pick, entered the game with 6:41 left in the first period and led an 11-play, 74-yard touchdown drive on his second series. He completed five of six passes for 56 yards on the drive, including a 25-yard scoring pass to Roddy White, who had to twist to catch the ball.

Redskins 17, Bills 14

Landover, Md. - Redskins quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Todd Collins combined to go 15-for-21 in the first half as they continue to look sharp under new coach Jim Zorn.

Campbell played the first quarter and went 7-for-10 for 71 yards - and two of the incompletions were batted at the line of scrimmage. He led a 12-play drive that was nearly derailed by a pair of 10-yard penalties before Clinton Portis' 1-yard touchdown run on fourth and goal.

Titans 34, Rams 13

Nashville, Tenn. - Keith Bulluck intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown, and rookie Chris Johnson zipped up the middle 66 yards for a TD in the exhibition opener for both teams.

With St. Louis running back Steven Jackson holding out, the Rams had little offense. Tennessee picked off Marc Bulger once, sacked his backups three times and held the Rams to 76 yards rushing.

Panthers 23, Colts 20, OT

Charlotte, N.C. - Starting his second straight game as Peyton Manning recovers from knee surgery, backup Jim Sorgi lost a fumble and threw an interception on the Colts' first two possessions under constant pressure from Julius Peppers.

DeAngelo Williams converted both miscues into touchdown runs, finishing with nine carries for 55 yards.

Texans 19, Broncos 16

Houston - Texans backup receiver David Anderson caught six passes for 67 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown from Sage Rosenfels.

Kris Brown kicked four field goals, including the 25-yard winner on the game's final play.

Chargers 31, Cowboys 17

San Diego rookie running back Jacob Hester, who attended LSU, ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was 3-for-3 for 33 yards.

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