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Welker returns; Pats cruise, 28-10

August 20, 2010

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Patriots 28, Falcons 10

New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor (21) reacts with teammates, including Chris Taylor (29), after Fred Taylor scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Falcons. The Patriots beat the Falcons, 28-10, in the preseason game on Thursday in Atlanta.

New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor (21) reacts with teammates, including Chris Taylor (29), after Fred Taylor scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Falcons. The Patriots beat the Falcons, 28-10, in the preseason game on Thursday in Atlanta.

Atlanta — New England’s offense looks just fine, especially with Wes Welker back at receiver. The Falcons’ defense appears to need more work.

Tom Brady threw for a touchdown, Fred Taylor ran for a score and the Patriots (2-0) cruised past Atlanta in a preseason game Thursday night.

Welker, who had 346 catches over the last three years, played for the first time since tearing up his left knee in January during the regular-season finale. Brady got him involved right away, completing passes of six and 14 yards on the second and third plays against the Falcons (1-1).

Former Kansas University wide receiver Kerry Meier caught one pass for seven yards for Atlanta.

Bills 34, Colts 21

Toronto — It took four plays for rookie first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller to begin delivering on his dynamic billing, as the running back sparked Buffalo in a preseason victory over Indianapolis.

Starting in place of injured veterans Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, Spiller opened the scoring on a powerful 31-yard run 3 minutes in. Drafted ninth overall out of Clemson, Spiller finished with 10 carries on 54 yards.

The Bills offense followed suit. Shaking off an inconsistent debut in last week’s 42-17 loss at Washington, quarterback Trent Edwards produced two scoring drives in five series, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans to put Buffalo up, 21-14.

Edwards went 5-for-8 for 93 yards and the Bills (1-1) never trailed against the Colts (0-2).

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