Bears' Cutler generates three field goals
• CHICAGO 23, INDIANAPOLIS 11: Jimmy Clausen outplayed Jay Cutler in the red zone Saturday night. Their performances aren't raising any red flags in Chicago, though.
After Cutler led the Bears to three field goals in a mistake-prone first half, his backup, Clausen, made amends for one big mistake by leading Chicago to two second-half touchdowns and a preseason victory over the host Colts.
"I thought we made progress tonight in all phases," first-year coach John Fox said after his second straight preseason win. "But by no means have we arrived."
Cutler's touchdown run was called back because of a penalty, the Bears twice settled for field goals after moving inside the Colts 10-yard line, and Clausen's interception late in the first half set up Adam Vinatieri's 25-yard go-ahead field goal. Cutler was 8-for-9 for 69 yards.
Clausen was better in the second half. He wiped out the Colts' 11-9 halftime lead by throwing a 12 -yard TD pass to Joshua Bellamy midway through the third quarter, and watched with delight as Jeremy Langford ended the next Chicago series by breaking a tackle and scoring on a 2-yard run to make it 23-11 with 2:00 left in the third.
• NEW ENGLAND 26, NEW ORLEANS 24: Brandin Cooks caught all four passes thrown his way for 117 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown from Drew Brees, and the host Saints raced to a 21-0 lead before the Patriots rallied for a victory. Brees, a healthy scratch last week when New Orleans lost at Baltimore, was 8-for-10 for 159 yards and two TDs. After Tom Brady failed to move New England for a first down on three series, backup Jimmy Garoppolo led five scoring drives, starting with his scramble and 24-yard scoring pass to Chris Harper.
• N.Y. GIANTS 22, JACKSONVILLE 12: Blake Bortles had another impressive preseason outing for Jacksonville, leading the Jaguars to three field goals in his only drives in a loss to the host Giants. Bortles, who was 11-for-15 in a preseason opener, hit 8 of 16 passes for 98 yards. Eli Manning and the Giants struggled for the second straight week, with the two-time Super Bowl MVP finishing 4-for-14 for 46 yards in three series..
• PHILADELPHIA 40, BALTIMORE 17: Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray had successful debuts, Kenjon Barber returned another punt for a score, and the host Eagles beat the Ravens. Bradford went 3-for-5 for 35 yards and led the Eagles on an 84-yard drive in his only series. He played his first game since tearing his left ACL for the second time in 11 months on Aug. 23, 2014. Bradford survived a late hit by Terrell Suggs, who lowered his helmet and tackled his knees for a roughing penalty. Murray had a 2-yard TD run and Ryan Mathews had a 14-yard TD run.
• CAROLINA 31, MIAMI 30: Ryan Tannehill completed 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and Damien Williams scored twice for the Dolphins in a loss to the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Williams scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and caught an 11-yard TD pass on a slant route from Tannehill. Williams nearly had a third touchdown, but Miami coach Joe Philbin errantly challenged an official's call that the second-year running back was stopped before the goal line after diving for the pylon. When officials reviewed the play, they determined Williams actually fumbled the ball into the end zone.
• SAN DIEGO 22, ARIZONA 19: Josh Lambo kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired and the Chargers defeated the host Cardinals.