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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Two days after spraining his left knee, Tom Brady completed his first 11 passes before missing his last one and threw his first touchdown pass to new top wide receiver Danny Amendola in the New England Patriots' 25-21 exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night.
Brady played the first two series, then rested.
Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman also started and worked two possessions but had a much rougher time against the team they'll face in the third game of the regular season. He was sacked three times and completed only two of three passes before rookie Mike Glennon took over.
Brady left Wednesday's joint practice with Tampa Bay (0-2) after he was knocked down by his own left tackle, Nate Solder, who was shoved backward by defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
An MRI on his knee was negative and he participated fully in the walkthrough Thursday. Then he picked apart the Bucs' starting defense on his first possession and a group sprinkled with backups on his second.
Amendola, signed as a free agent from St. Louis, caught six passes for 71 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown on the game's first series. Brady completed all eight of his passes for 72 yards, even adding a 2-point conversion pass to rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld after Amendola's touchdown.
Then Brady connected on his first three throws on his next possession, reaching 107 yards passing for the night, before missing Amendola on third-and-7. Brady has played four series in two games, starting with a 31-22 win over Philadelphia, and completed 18 of 20 passes for 172 yards.
49ERS 15, CHIEFS 13
Kansas CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith struggled against his former team, and backup San Francisco quarterback B.J. Daniels threw a late touchdown pass to lift the 49ers last the Chiefs.
Phil Dawson hit all three of his field-goal attempts for the 49ers (1-1), two of them 55-yarders, while the Chiefs' Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown.
Smith was just 7 of 16 for 62 yards while playing the full first half, but he did help Kansas City to two field goals. The 49ers didn't go easy on him, either: Tony Jerod-Eddie was flagged for delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Smith in the second quarter.
Colin Kaepernick, who took over Smith's starting job in San Francisco last season, only played the first offensive series. He threw a pair of passes with one completion for minus-3 yards. The Chiefs (0-2) played without Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, who strained his right foot in practice Monday.
SAINTS 28, RAIDERS 20
New Orleans (AP) — Drew Brees passed for 202 yards and a touchdown while leading five scoring drives, and the New Orleans survived a sloppy second half to beat Oakland.
Brees' scoring strike was a 16-yarder to rookie Kenny Stills, who made the most of his second straight game playing with the first-team offense. Brees completed 78 percent of his passes (14 of 18), including a 56-yarder to Nick Toon, setting up Mark Ingam's 2-yard TD run.
New Orleans' new defense under coordinator Rob Ryan thrived, sacking Matt Flynn five times in the first half. The Saints (2-0) led 23-0 before the Raiders (1-1) scored on Flynn's lone TD pass, an 18-yarder to Denarius Moore, late in the first half. Flynn was 12 of 16 for 124 yards.
BILLS 20, VIKINGS 16
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie E.J. Manuel took another step toward securing Buffalo's starting quarterback job, and the defense stuffed Minnesota.
Manuel went 10 of 12 for 92 yards and a touchdown through three series in the second half. Kevin Kolb was 13 of 21 for 111 yards and an interception in the first half.
Jerry Hughes had two sacks starting in place of defensive end Mario Williams, sidelined by soreness. Backup linebacker Jamie Blatnick recovered a fumble for a touchdown for Buffalo (2-0).
The Vikings (0-2) struggled on offense without their star player, Adrian Peterson, who continues to be rested through the preseason. They combined for 74 yards offense and four first downs in the first half.
EAGLES 14, PANTHERS 9
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick was nearly flawless, Nick Foles looked sharp and the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback competition remains close.
Vick and Foles each led touchdown drives in a 14-9 exhibition victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
Vick completed his first nine passes before throwing an interception on a desperation heave at the end of the second quarter after the Eagles (1-1) got the ball with 24 seconds left in the half. He finished 9 of 10 for 105 yards and also ran for 20.
Foles was 6 of 8 for 53 yards. He had 13 yards rushing, including a 7-yard TD scamper. But Foles made a big mistake on his first series when he tried to throw the ball out of the end zone and had the pass picked off.
Newton had a so-so effort against a defense that was picked apart last week by New England's Tom Brady. Newton was 8 of 17 for 112 yards. He played the first half and led the Panthers (1-1) to a pair of field goals.
RAVENS 27, FALCONS 23
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 97 yards and a touchdown in four series, and Atlanta limited Baltimore's starting offense to three first downs in the first half before the Ravens' backups rallied.
Atlanta's starters bounced back nicely from a 34-10 loss to Cincinnati one week earlier. Under Ryan's direction, the Falcons pierced Baltimore for 11 first downs in 16½ minutes and built a 20-7 lead at halftime.
It was 23-7 before Baltimore (2-0) scored 20 fourth-quarter points, including a 78-yard punt return by Asa Jackson with 6:18 remaining.
Ryan went 8 for 15 and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones. Steven Jackson had 42 yards rushing against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played the first half, completing 7 of 9 passes for 118 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.
BEARS 33, CHARGERS 28
CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Cutler looked shaky again and the defense made up for it, harassing Philip Rivers early on and setting the tone for Chicago's victory over San Diego.
All eyes remain on the quarterback after the Bears made some big changes on offense in the offseason, hiring coach Marc Trestman to replace Lovie Smith and revising their line. Cutler played a quarter and completed 4 of 5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, but the only receiver he targeted was Brandon Marshall.
Matt Forte ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts after carrying only once in a loss at Carolina in the opener. His 58-yard run around the left end set up the game's first touchdown, a 5-yard strike from Cutler to Marshall.
Rivers got swarmed as soon as he stepped on the field, and the Chargers fell again after getting pounded by Seattle last week. He was 5 of 9 for 50 yards with an interception, and he lost a fumble on a sack by Shea McClellin, leading to a 3-yard run by Forte that made it 14-0 near the end of the first quarter.
BROWNS 24, LIONS 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes to Jordan Cameron and perhaps ended any more discussion about a quarterback competition in Cleveland, leading the Browns past Detroit.
Weeden connected on TD passes of 10 and 5 yards to Cameron in the first half as the Browns (2-0) opened a 17-0 lead. Weeden finished 8 of 12 for 117 yards. In two weeks, he's 18 of 25 for 229 yards and three TDs.
Browns running back Trent Richardson made his NFL exhibition debut and gained 33 yards on six carries, showing some elusiveness and power.
Matt Stafford completed 11 of 16 passes for 74 yards for the Lions (1-1), but was without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who sat out with a bruised knee.
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