|Monday, August 21, 2017|
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|Sunday, August 20, 2017|
|National Football League|
Daniel, Kamara help Saints jolt punchless Chargers
Sunday, August 20 at 11:26 PM (EDT)
With starting quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers sitting out, the New Orleans Saints posted a 13-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night in Carson, Calif., in the second preseason game for both teams.
Chase Daniel replaced Brees and led New Orleans to 10 first-quarter points against the Chargers' first-unit defense.
Kellen Clemens subbed for Rivers and struggled for the second straight week.
The Saints (1-1) started quickly with rookie Alvin Kamara taking the first handoff 50 yards through the left side for a touchdown. Wil Lutz added a 53-yard field goal on the next series, a kick that was set up by Daniel's 28-yard pass to Michael Thomas.
Dexter McCoil returned a fourth-quarter interception 99 yards for the Chargers only points. Lutz followed with a 26-yard field goal.
Los Angeles (0-2) had trouble moving the ball against the Saints' defense, collecting only 158 total yards. That continued a disturbing trend from the Chargers' preseason-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks in which Los Angeles was blanked in the second half.
The Chargers, who haven't scored an offensive touchdown in seven consecutive quarters, got inside the Saints' 35 yard-line just once in the first half. They punted four times in the opening 30 minutes.
Cardale Jones, who is battling Clemens for the No. 2 job, marched the Chargers to the Saints 18-yard line in the third quarter before Jamaal Jones fumbled a reception.
Daniel finished 7 of 12 for 80 yards.
Clemens, who was sacked four times, completed 10 of 17 passes for 99 yards.
Kamara led all rushers with 61 yards on five carries.
Jones was the leading receiver with five catches for 47 yards.
Melvin Gordon managed just 8 yards on five carries as the Chargers rushed for 66 yards on 29 attempts.
Both Brees and Rivers went through pregame workouts and were sidelined for precautionary reasons, with Brees sitting out a second game in a row. Saints running back Adrian Peterson was also idle.
The Chargers' final home preseason game drew 21,197.
Houston's TD throw lifts Steelers over Falcons
Sunday, August 20 at 7:37 PM (EDT)
Undrafted free agent quarterback Bart Houston threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter with 6:35 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 17-13 victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers scored 14 unanswered points in the second half after falling behind 13-3 at halftime. Trey Williams scored on a 64-yard punt return in the third quarter for the Steelers other touchdown.
The comeback victory wasn't all rosy for the Steelers. The Falcons scored on their first three possessions and racked up 259 yards in the first half with most of it coming against the Steelers' first-team defense.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan played one series and led the Falcons on a 91-yard touchdown drive to open the game. He was 4 for 6 for 46 yards on the drive, including an 18-yard connection to Marvin Hall that set up Terron Ward's 5-yard touchdown run.
The Falcons did not play star receiver Julio Jones or running back Devonta Freeman, but their replacements had no problem finding holes in the Steelers' defense, even after third-string quarterback Matt Simms took over for the remainder of the first half.
Simms directed two consecutive field-goal drives after Ryan was taken out of the game. He was 11 for 19 for 157 yards in the first half, working against a Steelers' defense that played its healthy starters for most of the first half.
The Steelers were missing three starters on defense -- safety Mike Mitchell, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier and outside linebacker Bud Dupree. Of the 259 first-half yards the Steelers allowed, 211 were passing yards. The starters on the Steelers' defense played all but the final two minutes of the half.
The Steelers offense played without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to report to training camp or sign his one-year franchise player tender. Backup quarterback Landry Jones also sat out with an injury, leaving rookie Josh Dobbs to start his second consecutive preseason game.
Dobbs was 10 for 19 for 70 yards and an interception. He led the Steelers to one scoring drive, which was capped off by a 42-yard field goal by Chris Boswell.
Reserve safety Jordan Dangerfield had two second-half interceptions to lead the Steelers' defense.