NFL pre-season: Geno Smith unconvincing, Mark Sanchez injured in Jets win over Giants
Last Updated: August 25, 2013 10:46am
Mark Sanchez: LEft the game with an apparent shoulder injury
The New York Jets' preparations for the NFL season took another blow despite a 24-21 pre-season victory over the New York Giants.
In their third warm-up contest, which is generally seen as the most significant game before the season starts, the Jets opted to give Geno Smith the start and the rookie went on to complete only 16 of 30 passes and throw three interceptions.
Mark Sanchez had to settle for back-up duties and his night went from bad to worse when he was knocked out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury.
Smith, who also gave up a safety, played until the start of the final quarter and threw a touchdown pass to Ben Obomanu while Bilal Powell ran in a score, but it was a Matt Simms pass to Ryan Spadola and a Billy Cundiff field goal in overtime which sealed the win.
Bills 7-30 Redskins
Browns 6-27 Colts
Jets 24-21 Giants
Buccaneers 17-16 Dolphins
Chiefs 26-20 Steelers
Eagles 31-24 Jaguars
Bengals 18-24 Cowboys
Rams 26-27 Broncos
Falcons 16-27 Titans
Chargers 24-7 Cardinals
Elsewhere in pre-season action on Saturday, the Washington Redskins eased to a 30-7 win over the Buffalo Bills despite missing their top two quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins through injury.
Rex Grossman threw for 171 yards and a touchdown, while Pat White and Keiland Williams each ran in scores on the ground. CJ Spiller scored a touchdown for the Bills, whose rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was also injured.
Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts thrashed the Cleveland Browns 27-6. Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden could not maintain his promising pre-season campaign, going just 12 of 25 for 105 yards.
Michael Vick gave an impressive response to being named the Philadelphia Eagles' starter, tallying 184 passing yards and 53 rushing yards in a 31-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back-up running back Bryce Brown gained 92 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Tony Romo put in a slick performance for the Dallas Cowboys, going 13 of 18 for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Peyton Manning attempted 34 passes in the first half, completing 25 of them for 234 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Denver Broncos beat the St Louis Rams 27-26.
After Zach Potter took in a touchdown pass from Kellen Clemens late in the game, the Rams attempted a win-or-bust two-point conversion but failed to get in the end zone.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scraped their way to a 17-16 win over the Miami Dolphins but may be discouraged by the performance of Josh Freeman, who went 6 of 16 for just 59 yards. He also took five sacks and coughed up a fumble.
With Freeman withdrawn, it fell to second-string rookie Mike Glennon to throw the winning touchdown to David Douglas late in the fourth quarter. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Alex Smith led two scoring drives in the second quarter as the Kansas City Chiefs recorded a 26-20 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Smith tallied 158 passing yards and a touchdown and also had a 38-yard scamper on the ground. Jamaal Charles gained just 10 yards on seven carries.
Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick both did well as the Tennessee Titans beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-16 while the San Diego Chargers overcame the Arizona Cardinals 24-7. Arizona's first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper suffered a suspected broken leg.