Vikings Beat Titans 19-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown in his first NFL start, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards and the Minnesota Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason beating the Tennessee Titans 19-3 on Thursday night.
Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, and the Vikings defense had three sacks in a game where both coaches protected their starters by keeping them safely on the sidelines.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker and Matt Cassel of the Vikings both dressed and warmed up. Locker didn't bring his helmet out for kickoff with Zach Mettenberger getting his first start, while the Vikings also went with their rookie. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warmed up too, but he sat a fourth straight preseason game.
They were smart decisions by both coaches as a storm drenched LP Field most of the first half with lightning less than 3 miles away delaying the kickoff of Temple at Vanderbilt.
Bring on Week 1!
UNDATED (AP) — For the final night of the NFL preseason, nearly all 32 coaches were unanimous in one hope: nobody gets hurt.
Among the final preseason game highlights in which few regulars even played a down:
— Brian Hoyer drove Cleveland's starting offense to a rare preseason touchdown before turning things over to rookie Johnny Manziel in the Browns' 33-13 exhibition win over the Chicago Bears. Manziel threw a TD pass, finished 6 of 17 for 83 yards, ran for 55 and did some typical Johnny Football improvising.
— Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14.
— Brock Osweiler is ready for a third season as Peyton Manning's backup in Denver. Osweiler led four scoring drives in the final tuneup for another year behind Manning, and the Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-3.
— T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over Jacksonville. Yates was 15 for 20.
__ Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in a 23-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night in which Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs.