Houston Texans 27 – 14 New Orleans Saints

Texans starters show off firepower.

TEXANS – In this game we finally got our first glimpse of RB Arian Foster for this season, and he helped cull all the nay sayers by rushing for 47 yards on 5 carries, including a 28 yard TD run.

WR Andre Johnson was also on top of his game going off for 100 yards in preseason action on only 4 catches, including a huge 48-yard gainer. Backup RB Ben Tate also got into the action and was very effective running for 95 yards and a TD on 9 carries and adding a 13-yard reception.

QB Matt Schaub was solid in his playing time, as he went 12/16 for 163 yards.

The Texans defense looked strong as they sacked Brees a few times, intercepted backup QB Chase Daniels and forced more than one fumble.

SAINTS – Drew Brees played about a quarter of the game and wasn’t particularly effective; he finishes 7/14 for 109 yards.

Rookie RB Mark Ingram scored a TD for the second time in as many preseason games; he totaled 25 yards and a score on 7 carries. RB Pierre Thomas was in the action, adding 33 yards on 6 carries.

Young Rookie WR Joe Morgan of the Saints added another reason the club should keep him around this year as he reeled in a 56-yard TD pass from backup QB Chase Daniels. Morgan used some blistering speed to beat his defender and never looked back as Daniels laced the ball 50 yards downfield into his hands. Robert Meachem got into the mix catching one pass for 43 yards while TE Jimmy Graham and WR Lance Moore each added 2 catches.

San Francisco 49ers 17 – 3 Oakland Raiders

Alex Smith struggles again, Jason Campbell banged up.

49ERS – 2005 1st round draft pick Alex Smith continues to struggles as he finishes this game 8/13 for 126 yards and a pretty ugly INT. Rookie Colin Kaepernick was alright in relief, going 6/8 for 52 yards.

Frank Gore saw 4 carries in this one and was able to put up 21 yards in the process, behind him, rookie RB Kendell Hunter ran 9 times for 105 yards including a 53 yard TD run while 3rd year Xavier Omon had 62 yards on 14 carries.

WR’s Braylon Edwards (making his SF debut) and Josh Morgan each hauled in 2 catches for 46 and 40 yards respectively.

Led by Patrick Willis, the San Francisco defense looked mighty in this game totaling 2 sacks and 2 INT’s, while pressuring the QB and making key tackles all game long.

RAIDERS – Starting QB Jason Campbell went 5/7 for 74 yards before being banged up on a certain lay and having to be helped off the field. Backups Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards each threw an INT in his relief.

The Oakland running game didn’t have much success either as the lead rusher was Michael Bush with 26 yards on 6 carries.

Derek Hagan had the most reception with 3 for 32 yards while Darrius Heyward-Bey had the most yards with 40 on 2 catches.

St Louis Rams 17 – 16 Tennessee Titans

Bradford strikes early in a close fought battle.

RAMS – QB Sam Bradford continues to impress, on the first play of the game he aired the ball out to a wide-open Daniel Gibson for an 83-yard TD pass. Bradford finished the game 8/15 for 138 yards along with a TD and an INT (INT came off a tipped pass). Steven Jackson saw his first preseason action but was only able to gain 10 yards on 6 carries, while new backup Cadillac Williams gained 23 yards on 6 carries.

Other than Daniel Gibson, many other Ram receivers got involved in this one. Mike Sims-Walker made an appearance by hauling in a 23 yards pass from Bradford (this is a combo I hope happens all year Bradford 2 Sims-Walker), while Donnie Avery had 2 catches for 23 yards, including the TD.

TITANS – Matt Hasselbeck started the game and was pretty good as he went 7/9 for 74 yards before being banged up a bit and taken out of the game. Rookie Jake Locker struggled a bit in relief, finishing 8/18 for 82 yards and an INT.

Once again Chris Johnson didn’t play in this game, so there is not much to talk about since he is their workhorse, but I will give the stat lines of the guys who did play since they did pretty damn good. 4th round Rookie Jamie Harper had 11 carries or 83 yards and a TD, also adding a 24 yard catch while 2nd year Stafon Johnson totaled 68 yards on his 11 carries.

3rd year TE Jared Cook continues to develop into a very nice young TE as he led the Titans in yards with 54 on 3 catches, including a very impressive 29-yard grab inside the 5 yard line.

Denver Broncos 24 – 10 Buffalo Bills

Orton shows he #1, Fitzpatrick struggles.

BRONCOS – Qb Kyle Orton showed why he is still considered the starter in Denver as he completed 10/13 passes for 135 yards and a TD before leaving the game. Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow it seems are now battling t see who will be backup, and that battle was won on this day by Brady Quinn who went 10/16 for 130 yards a TD and an INT.

Knowshon Moreno had 6 carries for 28 yards, but it was Willis McGahee who reached pay dirt despite only having 6 yards on 5 carries (whata surprise).  McGahee also added 2 carried for 33 yards including a 13-yard TD catch and run.

Brandon Lloyd was rather active in this game, as he would finish with 4 catches for 55 yards. (I’m sure he wants Orton to start)

BILLS – Ryan Fitzpatrick was very shaky in this one, he completed just 6/16 passes for 44 yards and a INT before leaving the game. Tyler Thigpen was alright in his game time he finished 11/20 for 118 yards and a TD.

One of the good things about this game for the bills was their rather effectiveness running the ball. Fred Jackson gained 34 yards on 4 carries while specialty QB Brad Smith had 24 on 4 carries. Spiller however did struggle at times; he broke a 14-yard run, but failed to add a yard on his other 5 attempts.

WR Stevie Johnson finished the game with just one catch for 11 yards, while the leading receiver was 1st year Marcus Easley who had 45 yards on 2 catches. Second year Felton Huggins hauled in a 13 yard TD pass late in the game.

Minnesota Vikings 20 – 3 Seattle Seahawks

Tavaris struggles as ‘Vikes rough up former backup.

VIKINGS – Donovan McNabb only played about 2 possessions in this one but he did look pretty good in them both though neither ended in a TD. McNabb finished 6/8 for 81 yards. Rookie Christian Ponder was 6/12 for 63 yards in relief.

Adrian Peterson saw the ball 6 times in this one and was able to gain 16 yards while 1st year RB Tristan Davis took his lone handoff of the day 35 yards for a TD with about 2 minutes left in the game.

New addition Devin Aromashodu looked good in this game as he reeled in a pair of tough catches for 30 yards.

The ‘Vikes defensive line was looking very good in this game as they sacked and pressured Seattle QB’s, especially Jackson play after play.

SEAHAWKS – Starter Tavaris Jackson struggled throughout his playing time as Vikings routinely mobbed him and brought pressure. He finished 11/21 for 75 yards and an INT. Charlie Whitehurst faired better as he went 14/19 for 97 yards and a TD pass.

Leon Washington was in the mix and was able to gain 26 yards on 4 carries while 3rd string QB Josh Portis ran for 46 yards on 4 carries while going 2/9 in the air.

I seriously feel like it would be a waist of time to talk about the Seahawks receivers from this one, no fantasy impact here really.

Notables: Players who looked good, struggled, or are trying to make a name.

Looked Good: Sam Bradford, Viking D/ST, Devin Aromashodu, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Kyle Orton, Mark Ingram, Jared Cook

Looked OK: Donovan McNabb, Mike Sims-Walker, Charlie Whitehurst, Fred Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Willis McGahee / Knowshon Moreno, Matt Hasselbeck, Drew Brees, Jason Campbell, Braylon Edwards

Struggled: Tavaris Jackson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jake Locker, Alex Smith

Trying to establish: Joe Morgan, Jamie Harper, Stafon Johnson, Kendell Hunter, Xavier Omon

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