NFL preseason: John Beck, Rex Grossman continue duel, lose to Ravens
Baltimore • Rex Grossman and John Beck each threw a touchdown pass Thursday in their duel to become the starting quarterback for the Redskins, who lost to the Ravens.
Tyrod Taylor threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones with 22 seconds left for the Ravens (2-1), a score set up by LaQuan Williams' 38-yard punt return.
Grossman started for the Redskins (2-1), and each quarterback alternatingly played two series before third-stringer Kellen Clemens entered in the fourth quarter.
Grossman went 8 for 15 for 112 yards, directed an 80-yard scoring drive and finished with a quarterback rating of 99.9.
Beck completed six of 10 passes for 108 yards with an interception for a 90.8 rating. He guided Washington on a 97-yard march against Baltimore's second-string defense for a 28-21 lead in the third quarter.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has said he won't name his starter until shortly before the Sept. 11 opener against the New York Giants. At this point, the competition appears to be close to even.
Eagles 24, Browns 14 • Michael Vick led three scoring drives and the first-team defense pitched a shutout on a rain-soaked Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Vick took a lot of hits and had to escape trouble quite a bit. Still, he managed to complete 10 of 18 passes for 98 yards. He ran for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Against defending AFC champion Pittsburgh last week, Vick threw three interceptions in the first half and the starting defense allowed touchdowns on the first two drives.
Colt McCoy and the rest of Cleveland's starting offense hardly looked like the crew that scored five TDs on nine possessions in the first two preseason games. The Browns punted four times, missed a field goal and McCoy threw an interception on six first-half drives.
Bengals 24, Panthers 13 • Cincinnati rookie quarterback Andy Dalton led four first-half scoring drives at home while overall No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton of Carolina struggled.
Dalton, Cincinnati's second-round pick from Texas Christian, was 11 of 17 for 130 yards and a touchdown, putting together a 107.5 quarterback rating. He didn't play in the second half.
Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott ran for Cincinnati touchdowns.
Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner for national champion Auburn, went 3 of 12 for 43 yards in the first half. That was two yards more than he rushed for in the half, including a 16-yard touchdown scramble. He played the first three series of the third quarter and finished 6 for 19 for 75 yards.
Friday's preseason games
P St. Louis at Kansas City, 6 p.m.
• Green Bay at Indianapolis, 6 p.m., Ch. 2
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