Friday's NFL Preseason Capsules

Aug 25, 2007 - 5:35 AM By PA SportsTicker

NEW ENGLAND 24, CAROLINA 7 --------------------------

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Fatherhood apparently agrees with Tom Brady.

Playing just two days after flying coast-to-coast for the birth of his son, Brady was steely efficient in leading the New England Patriots to a 24-7 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Brady finished 17-of-22 for 167 yards and two touchdowns, playing one series into the third quarter. He hit backup tight end Marcellus Rivers for a six-yard TD pass and 10-0 lead with 5:42 left in the first half.

After the Panthers closed to within 10-7 on Jake Delhomme's 48-yard scoring pass to Keary Colbert with 43 seconds left in the half, Brady drove the Patriots to another touchdown to open the third quarter.

Brady directed an eight-play, 77-yard drive and capped it off with an eight-yard TD pass to backup running back Heath Evans for a 17-7 lead before calling it a night.

Evans added a two-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter for a 24-7 lead.

Second-year back Laurence Maroney, seeing his first action of the preseason, rushed for 58 yards on 15 carries for the Patriots.

Delhomme finished 11-of-18 for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers, who got a minimal contribution from their running game. DeAngelo Williams had 29 yards on nine carries and DeShaun Foster rushed three times for zero yards.

Drew Carter, battling Colbert for a starting wide receiver berth opposite Steve Smith, had three receptions for 52 yards for Carolina.

TENNESSEE 28, BUFFALO 17 ------------------------

ORCHARD PARK, New York (Ticker) - Vince Young ran the two-minute drill to perfection and the Tennessee Titans rode the momentum to a 28-17 preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills.

The Titans drove 78 yards in 2:07, capped by Young's 5-yard scoring pass to tight end Bo Scaife, to take a 14-10 halftime lead.

On the preceding drive, Bills quarterback J.P. Losman had connected on a 64-yard TD pass to Lee Evans with 2:37 left in the first half to give the Bills their first - and only -lead at 10-7.

The Titans had way with the Bills on their first two possessions, taking the game's first lead on Young's 2-yard touchdown run 1:58 into the second quarter.

Young finished 13-of-19 for 162 yards and a touchdown.

Lamont Thompson picked off Losman to set up the touchdown. It was Tennessee's fifth interception of the preseason and Thompson's second.

Second-year running back LenDale White got his first start of the preseason and finished with 51 yards on 11 carries for Tennessee.

Losman and Peerless Price connected for gains of 21 and 56 yards on the ensuing possession but Buffalo only mustered a 20-yard field goal by Ryan Lindell, cutting the deficit to 7-3 with 8:54 left in the first half.

Bills first-round pick Marshawn Lynch started and struggled for the second straight week at running back, managing nine yards on nine carries. Lynch has gained just 28 yards on 18 carries.

OAKLAND 20, ST LOUIS 10 -----------------------

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) - Daunte Culpepper had an impressive first-half performance in leading the Oakland Raiders to a 20-10 preseason victory over the St. Louis Rams.

In the absence of JaMarcus Russell, the unsigned No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft, Culpepper may have cemented his position as the Raiders' starting quarterback.

While he was only 4-of-8 for 48 yards and a TD through the air, Culpepper engineered two scoring drives, including a 19-yard TD pass to Ronald Curry early in the second quarter on a third-and-13.

Culpepper also kept drives alive with his legs, scrambling three times for 17 yards.

Josh McCown took over for Culpepper midway the second quarter and was equally impressive, going 6-for-9 for 138 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. McCown played through the third quarter before Andrew Walter took over for the final period.

His lone blemish was when he was sacked and fumbled late in the third quarter on his own 31. Rams linebacker Raonall Smith recovered the fumble.

LaMont Jordan played the whole first half for the Raiders and was a workhorse, gaining 41 yards on 18 carries, as well as turning a screen pass from McCown into a 49-yard play in the second quarter.

Jordan committed the only mishap in what was otherwise a stellar half for the Raiders, as he fumbled on the Rams' 1-yard line in the first quarter, which was recovered in the end zone by Will Witherspoon for a touchback.

Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski was 2-of-3 on field goals, including a 50-yarder in the first quarter to open the scoring.

Marc Bulger played the entire first half for the Rams, but was beleaguered in the absence of his favorite target Torry Holt. Bulger hit Isaac Bruce with a 40-yard pass on the game's first play from scrimmage, but struggled mightily the rest of the first half, ending up 8-for-21 for 109 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The biggest offensive weapon for the Rams, running back Steven Jackson, participated in only the first play from scrimmage and was taken out of the game. Bruce had four receptions for 77 yards while playing most of the first half.

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