Ravens’ Lamar Jackson sharp; Packers’ Aaron Rodgers sits
Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives during a limited appearance, had an impressive touchdown run that was erased by a penalty and sparked the Baltimore Ravens to a 26-13 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers, who played Thursday night without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers developed back stiffness and was a late scratch, a move the team labeled as a “precaution.”
Instead, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle and San Marin-Novato alum Manny Wilkins struggled against a defense that last year was ranked No. 1 in the NFL.
Jets 22, Falcons 10: Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Sam Darnold both appear ready for the regular season. Ryan looked sharp in his preseason debut for host Atlanta, completing nine straight passes (10 of 14 for 118 yards overall), and Darnold led New York on another scoring drive, a 66-yard touchdown marche to start the game, capped by Ty Montgomery’s 1-yard scoring run. Le’Veon Bell sat out for the Jets.
Eagles 24, Jaguars 10: Philadelphia third-string quarterback Cody Kessler was knocked out of the team’s win on the opening drive in Jacksonville when defensive end Datone Jones came unblocked off the edge and walloped Kessler in the back. Kessler was escorted to the sideline, evaluated for a head injury in the locker room and then placed in the concussion protocol. Starter Carson Wentz rested for the second straight game. The Jaguars sat 31 players, including quarterback Nick Foles, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Myles Jack and defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell.
Bengals 23, Washington 13: Washington first-round pick Dwayne Haskins made strong throws and his share of mistakes, and rookie Ryan Finley continued to make his case to be visiting Cincinnati’s backup quarterback. Haskins threw a 55-yard TD pass to Robert Davis and was 7-for-14 for 114 yards with a fumble. The 15th overall pick was sacked twice but was more effective than veteran Case Keenum, who played the first three drives and was 3 of 7 for 52 yards. Finley, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State, completed his first nine passes and was 20-for-26 for 150 yards with two TD passes.
Briefly: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January, is expected to see his first game action since Dec. 17 when Carolina hosts the Bills on Friday night. ... Colts second-year wide receiver Daurice Fountain suffered a “significant” left ankle injury during a joint practice with the Browns that prompted players from both teams to take a knee in prayer.