NFL Preseason: Vick leads TD drive; DeSean sits

NFL Preseason: Vick leads TD drive; DeSean sits
August 7, 2014, 11:15 pm
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Michael Vick (left) engineered a touchdown drive in his preseason debut with the Jets on Thursday, while DeSean Jackson did not play in the Redskins' opener because of a sore ankle. (USA Today Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Michael Vick led the New York Jets on a touchdown drive, capped by fellow newcomer Chris Johnson's 1-yard scoring run, in a victory over Indianapolis in the preseason opener for both teams.

Geno Smith, looking to retain his starting job in his second season, was 4 of 6 for 33 yards in two series with the first-team offense that included a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk before giving way to Vick. The 34-year-old backup received a hearty cheer from the crowd at MetLife Stadium, and moved the starting offense for the Jets down the field against the Colts' second-team defense.

The 14-play drive was helped by two 15-yard penalties on the Colts. Vick was 3 of 6 for 17 yards.

Andrew Luck played just one efficient drive, going 4 of 5 for 53 yards and leading Indianapolis to a field goal (see full recap).

DeSean sits, Redskins top Pats
LANDOVER, Md. -- Tom Brady took the night off, and Robert Griffin III played one series Thursday night as the Washington Redskins beat the New England Patriots 23-6 in the teams' preseason opener.

Griffin completed 2 of 4 passes for 9 yards in an 11-play drive that ended with a 39-yard field goal from Kai Forbath.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who tweaked his ankle during practice on Wednesday, did not play.

Coach Bill Belichick rested Brady, Darrelle Revis and most of his starters. The first-teamers already had plenty of good work against the Redskins this week during three days of joint practices at Washington's training camp facility.

Backups Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy each threw a touchdown pass for the Redskins under new coach Jay Gruden. Washington went a tension-filled 3-13 last year, costing coach Mike Shanahan his job (see full recap).

Flacco sharp as Ravens roll 49ers
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco needed just one drive to show how effective the Baltimore Ravens' offense can be under Gary Kubiak.

Flacco produced an 80-yard touchdown march in his only series, and the Ravens beat San Francisco 23-3 in a preseason opener.

It was the third time in three tries that Ravens coach John Harbaugh got the best of his brother, Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. Baltimore previously defeated San Francisco on Thanksgiving 2011 and in the Super Bowl ending the 2012 season.

In this one, each team played its starting unit for one series before the backups took over.

After Colin Kaepernick moved the 49ers 66 yards for a field goal, Flacco made himself right at home in Kubiak's variation of the West Coast offense, going 4 for 5 for 52 yards (see full recap).

Chiefs top Bengals in 41-39 shootout
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to the playoffs last season thanks largely to an opportunistic defense and an explosive special teams unit that accounted for nearly a touchdown a game.

Evidently, nothing has changed this preseason.

Sean Smith and Malcolm Bronson returned interceptions for scores, De'Anthony Thomas brought back a punt 80 yards for another touchdown and Kansas City held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 41-39 in their preseason opener Thursday night (see full recap).

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