ATLANTA (AP) — A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons’ offense.
Jones broke two tackles on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Ryan as the Falcons built a big early lead before rookie Bishop Sankey’s late scoring run lifted the Tennessee Titans to a 24-17 preseason win on Saturday night.
Atlanta (1-2) led 17-3 late in the first half and 17-10 at halftime.
Tennessee (2-1) took its first lead on the 3-yard touchdown run by Sankey, the second-round pick from Washington, with 5:45 remaining. Sankey got the call again, running off right guard for the 2-point conversion.
Sean Renfree led Atlanta to the Titans’ 4-yard line, but couldn’t complete a fourth-and-2 pass to Julian Jones with 1:08 remaining.
Buccaneers 27, Bills 14
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald provided quarterback Josh McCown and the rebuilt Buccaneers’ offense a hand in helping run up the score on the slow-starting Bills.
McDonald returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown and McCown directed two scoring drives. Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run and McCown hit first-round pick Mike Evans on a perfectly placed 24-yard fade pass to the right corner in helping the Bucs (1-2) build a 24-0 first-half lead.
McDonald’s touchdown came 1:37 after Connor Barth hit a 43-yard field goal to put Tampa Bay ahead 10-0.
With Buffalo facing first-and-20 at its 22, Adrian Clayborn burst around the left side to sack EJ Manuel and force the ball loose. McDonald scooped it up and rumbled into the end zone.
Ravens 23, Redskins 17
BALTIMORE (AP) – Joe Flacco’s final throw was a touchdown pass, providing a positive ending to an uneven performance by the Ravens’ first-team offense.
Robert Griffin III concluded his horrid outing with an interception, leaving the Redskins much to consider.
If this was a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Ravens had reason to be encouraged. Flacco went 16 for 23 for 180 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown throw to Steve Smith with 25 seconds left in the first half.
Although the Ravens (3-0) twice failed on fourth-and-1 runs and gained only 37 yards on the ground in the first half, they performed the two-minute drill to near perfection for first-year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Griffin, on the other hand, never found his groove. The third-year quarterback went 5 for 7 for 20 yards in the first half and was sacked three times. He returned in the third quarter and threw just one pass, an interception by rookie C.J. Mosley deep in Washington territory.
Dolphins 25, Cowboys 20
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Orleans Darkwa ran in from 1 yard with 1:45 left, and the Dolphins rallied from two scores down in the final minutes to beat the Cowboys.
Gator Hoskins caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt Moore earlier in the fourth period for Miami.
Ryan Tannehill completing 13 of 21 passes for 119 yards with an interception for Miami, and Knowshon Moreno had 64 yards on 10 carries in his preseason debut.
Tony Romo played the first half and completed 10 of 18 passes for 87 yards for the Cowboys. Tyler Patmon had a 9-yard interception return for a score and LaRon Byrd caught a 27-yard touchdown pass for Dallas, which got field goals of 52 and 50 yards from Dan Bailey.