Andy Dalton completed all three of his passes, and the Bengals' starting offense was impressive in its only drive Friday during Cincinnati's preseason 23-10 victory over the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium.
Dalton was 3-for-3 for 31 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu. Coach Marvin Lewis decided that was enough, resting his starting offense after only 2 minutes, 55 seconds. Dalton had completions of 12, 16 and 3 yards, and Jeremy Hill ran twice for 15 yards.
It was much different for the Giants' starters. Eli Manning and the rest of the offense stayed on the field until early in the second quarter, managing only one first down and 38 yards in four series.
Falcons 31, Titans 24
Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, whose first two drives ended with an interception and a fumble, recovered to lead a touchdown drive in the Titans' 31-24 preseason loss to the Falcons in Atlanta.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan completed all six passes for 86 yards on his only possession, including a 13-yard touchdown to Julio Jones.
With the assistance of Mariota's early turnovers, the Falcons led 17-0 behind new coach Dan Quinn before the Titans pulled even at 24.
Mariota, the No. 2 overall draft pick, went 7-for-8 for 94 yards. Paul Worrilow returned Mariota's fumble 14 yards for a touchdown.
Early in his first drive, Mariota's short pass was intercepted by linebacker Justin Durant, whose 20-yard return set up a field goal.
On Tennessee's next drive, Mariota was not hit when the ball slipped out of his hand before he could pass. Worrilow scooped up the loose ball and raced to the end zone.
It was Mariota's first look at a four-man defensive front. He has worked only against the Titans' 3-4 scheme in practice. He entered the game with a streak of 186 passes without an interception in seven-on-seven and team drills at training camp.
The good news for the Titans was Mariota's recovery on his third possession. He had two 17-yard completions to Harry Douglas and a 26-yard pass to running back Antonio Andrews to set up Dexter McCluster's 6-yard scoring run.
Jaguars 23, Steelers 21
Ben Roethlisberger threw a 44-yard TD pass to Martavis Bryant on the opening drive, and visiting Pittsburgh was much more proficient in its second preseason game.
The Jaguars' win was costly. Tight end Julius Thomas injured a finger on his left hand on the second play.
The Steelers managed just three points and 191 yards last Sunday, but Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown sat out. The trio came up big in just six plays Friday.
Panthers 25, Bills 24
Joe Webb's short pass to running back Brandon Wegher led to a 42-yard touchdown with 54 seconds left and visiting Carolina won it on a 2-point conversion.
The Panthers' third-string quarterback hit Paul Browning for the 2-pointer. Panthers starter Cam Newton went 5-for-10 for 83 yards, including a 2-yard TD pass.
The loss spoiled new Bills coach Rex Ryan's first game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
NFL weary of fighting
The NFL has warned teams about fighting during games in response to inter- and intra-team altercations that have erupted in training camp, including the one that left Jets quarterback Geno Smith with a broken jaw.
In a memo, executive vice president Troy Vincent reminded all 32 teams on Friday that "fighting will not be tolerated." Vincent wrote, "These rules are in place for the protection and safety of our players and to keep them on the field."