TAMPA, Fla. — Pat White set up one touchdown with a 66-yard completion and ran 7 yards for another TD to help the Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-12.
Washington (4-0) finished off an unbeaten preseason for the first time in 28 years Thursday night.
Coach Mike Shanahan rested most of his starters, including Robert Griffin III, who worked out at Raymond James Stadium for about 30 minutes before walking off the field with Dr. James Andrews. Andrews was in town to examine the quarterback’s surgically repaired right knee.
Griffin, who’s been practicing without any reported setbacks, participated in the coin toss as a Redskins captain and watched the game from the sideline. He later tweeted he was cleared to play, but Shanahan hedged after the game.
BENGALS 27, COLTS 10
CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive, and Josh Johnson threw for another in his bid to win the backup job and Cincinnati ended the preseason with a victory over Indianapolis.
The Bengals (3-1) played most of their starters on offense and defense for one series only. Dalton’s brief appearance ended in Giovani Bernard’s 1-yard touchdown run.
JETS 27, EAGLES 20
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Matt Simms, competing for the Jets’ No. 3 quarterback job, led four scoring drives and Kahlil Bell had two touchdown runs and New York beat Philadelphia.
With the Jets’ quarterback competition still uncertain, Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez didn’t play. But Simms certainly showed he might deserve to stick around.
The son of former Giants star Phil Simms, who had his share of big games against the Eagles, was 33 of 44 for 285 yards for the Jets (3-1).
Both Rex Ryan and the Eagles’ Chip Kelly rested their starters, which meant Michael Vick also sat this one out on Philadelphia’s sideline. Vick won the Eagles’ competition last week, earning the job ahead of Nick Foles.
Foles was 6 of 17 for 63 yards in two quarters for the Eagles (2-2) before being replaced by Matt Barkley.
LIONS 35, BILLS 13
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Matt Leinart struggled in his debut for quarterback-depleted Buffalo, which closed the preseason with a loss to Detroit.
Looking like someone who’s had just three days practice, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner went 3 for 10 for 11 yards and two interceptions before being yanked after five possessions. That represents a major concern for Buffalo (2-2), which scrambled to sign the 2006 first-round draft pick Sunday after losing its top two quarterbacks to injury.
First-round draft pick EJ Manuel is recovering from a left knee injury, while veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Lions second- and third-string quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes each in helping Detroit (3-1) build a 35-3 lead at the half.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ted Ginn Jr. is showing he has something left to offer Carolina, catching five passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Panthers (3-1) over Pittsburgh.
In a game devoid of star power, Derek Anderson completed 10 of 15 passes for 220 yards, including TD strikes of 87 and 35 yards to Ginn, who’s looking to find a home after being run out of Miami and San Francisco.
Rookie quarterback Landry Jones played the entire game for the Steelers (0-4), completing 16 of 35 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.