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Bears D cures Browns O

Cleveland’s offense scores rare TD against Bears backups

Bears quarterback David Fales pitches the ball during the third quarter of Thursday's exhibition game in Cleveland. The Browns won the preseason finale 33-13.
Bears quarterback David Fales pitches the ball during the third quarter of Thursday's exhibition game in Cleveland. The Browns won the preseason finale 33-13.

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 Bears on Thursday night in Cleveland.

Hoyer and Cleveland's offensive starters needed a boost after struggling in the preseason as they learn a new system. Hoyer went 6-for-8 for 69 yards on the opening drive against Chicago's backups before Ben Tate scored on a 1-yard run.

It was just the second TD for Cleveland's first-team offense this summer, and a confidence builder for Hoyer, who barely beat out Manziel for the starting job.

Manziel threw a TD pass, finished 6-for-17 for 83 yards, ran for 55, and did some typical Johnny Football improvising.

Bears wide receiver Santonio Holmes caught a 32-yard TD pass from rookie David Fales, and returned a punt 30 yards.

Packers 34, Chiefs 14: Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each made decisive closing statements in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Flynn and Tolzien both threw for two touchdowns, and the Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason finale in Green Bay.

Flynn threw for 102 yards, and Tolzien had 139 in splitting reps by quarter in the evening's most closely watched position battle. Coach Mike McCarthy might keep both players anyway a season after Rodgers missed 7 weeks with a collarbone injury.

The Chiefs' defense looked lost at times. Kansas City also had seven penalties in the first half, which ended with Green Bay up by 13.

Lions 23, Bills 0: Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in making one last case to make the roster in a road win.

The Bills might have lost more than the game, because rookie receiver Sammy Watkins did not return after reinjuring his left ribs in the first quarter. The first-round pick was hurt on the Bills’ second possession, when he was struck in the side by linebacker Ashlee Palmer while running a slant route.

Buffalo dropped to 1-3, and has failed to settle the backup quarterback spot. Former Bear Jordan Palmer went 9-for-22 for 73 yards and three interceptions.

Vikings 19, Titans 3: Letting the rookie quarterbacks play and keeping the starters on the sideline may have been the best decisions Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made all night.

Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards, and the Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason by beating the Titans in Nashville.

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 on the sidelines, as a storm drenched LP Field most of the first half.

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