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Luck, Griffin play well in first matchup

Published August 25, 2012 10:00 pm

NFL • Quarterbacks picked first and second in the draft each throw a TD, but Redskins win.
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Landover, Md. • Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were both impressive Saturday as the Washington Redskins beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-17 in a matchup of the top two picks in the NFL Draft.

No. 1 selection Luck completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards and a 31-yard touchdown to fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton for the Colts.

No. 2 pick Griffin went 11 for 17 for 74 yards and a 4-yard scoring throw to Santana Moss.

Both played one series into the third quarter in the teams' dress rehearsal for the regular season, with the Redskins ahead 14-7 when the subs took over.

Rex Grossman threw two second-half touchdown passes for the Redskins.

Steelers 38, Bills 7 • At Orchard Park, N.Y., receiver Antonio Brown scored two touchdowns in leading Pittsburgh to a preseason rout of Buffalo.

Ben Roethlisberger shook off a slow start by engineering an 11-play, 98-yard touchdown drive for the go-ahead score with a 6-yard pass to Brown at the end of the first half. Brown then opened the second half with a 39-yard touchdown catch from backup Byron Leftwich in helping the Steelers improve to 2-1.

Fred Jackson scored on a 1-yard plunge, and high-priced defensive end Mario Williams had two sacks for the Bills.

Raiders 31, Lions 20 • At Oakland, Calif., Matthew Stafford threw for 68 yards until leaving with an injury to his non-throwing hand in Detroit's loss to Oakland.

Defensive end Dave Tollefson drove Stafford to the ground after an incomplete pass in the second quarter. Team trainers wrapped Stafford's left hand in heavy bandages and a brace on the sideline. Shaun Hill took over on Detroit's next possession.

Oakland sidelined several more Detroit players.

Cornerback Bill Bentley departed with a shoulder injury and Chris Houston with a left ankle injury in the first half for the Lions. Running back Kevin Smith also left with a right ankle injury and trainers wrapped bandages around Mikel Leshoure's midsection after his final run.

The Raiders remained mostly injury free and relied on backup Terrelle Pryor to provide the spark. He went 3 for 5 for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 90 yards and a score on five carries.

Saints 34, Texans 27 • At New Orleans, Matt Schaub and Drew Brees looked sharp in a high-scoring first half, and Joe Morgan's touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter lifted New Orleans over Houston.

Schaub completed 15 of 18 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, but three turnovers by Houston helped the Saints stay close despite two fumbles of their own.

Brees was 17 of 25 for 179 yards, including TD tosses to Lance Moore and Jimmy Graham.

Houston's Ben Tate and Arian Foster each had short touchdown runs.

Cowboys 20, Rams 19 • At Arlington, Texas, Tony Romo threw for 198 yards with two long touchdowns to Dwayne Harris while playing only the first quarter, and Dallas beat St. Louis.

In what was supposed to be Romo's most extensive action of the preseason, he showed more than enough to coach Jason Garrett in three offensive drives, even with his top three pass-catchers hurt and not playing.

Romo completed 9 of 13 passes, including a 61-yard TD after Harris got behind the Rams defense. —

Standings

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

New England 1 2 0 .333 52 63

N.Y. Jets 0 2 0 .000 9 43

Buffalo 0 3 0 .000 27 81

Miami 0 3 0 .000 30 66

South W L T Pct PF PA

Houston 2 1 0 .667 73 56

Jacksonville 2 1 0 .667 76 103

Tennessee 2 1 0 .667 79 61

Indianapolis 1 2 0 .333 79 59

North W L T Pct PF PA

Baltimore 2 1 0 .667 91 61

Cincinnati 2 1 0 .667 54 52

Cleveland 2 1 0 .667 64 54

Pittsburgh 2 1 0 .667 87 55

West W L T Pct PF PA

San Diego 3 0 0 1.000 61 43

Denver 1 1 0 .500 41 33

Kansas City 1 2 0 .333 58 92

Oakland 1 2 0 .333 58 54

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

Philadelphia 3 0 0 1.000 78 50

Dallas 2 1 0 .667 43 47

Washington 2 1 0 .667 68 56

N.Y. Giants 1 2 0 .333 74 55

South W L T Pct PF PA

Tampa Bay 2 1 0 .667 57 65

Carolina 1 1 0 .500 36 43

New Orleans 2 2 0 .500 81 71

Atlanta 1 2 0 .333 59 61

North W L T Pct PF PA

Chicago 2 1 0 .667 56 79

Detroit 1 2 0 .333 64 62

Green Bay 1 2 0 .333 50 69

Minnesota 1 2 0 .333 52 43

West W L T Pct PF PA

Seattle 3 0 0 1.000 101 41

San Francisco 1 1 0 .500 26 26

St. Louis 1 2 0 .333 53 75

Arizona 1 3 0 .250 85 103 —

NFL preseason schedule

Saturday's Games

• Washington 30, Indianapolis 17

• Oakland 31, Detroit 20

• Pittsburgh 38, Buffalo 7

• New Orleans 34, Houston 27

• Dallas 20, St. Louis 19

Sunday's Games

• San Francisco at Denver, 2 p.m., Ch. 13

• Carolina at N.Y. Jets, 6 p.m., Ch. 5