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Browns' offense dominates match against Detroit


Jeff Garcia got the Cleveland Browns into the end zone and helped them to a preseason victory they really wanted.

After failing to score a touchdown in their exhibition opener last week, Lee Suggs ran in untouched for two scores and the Browns beat the Detroit Lions 17-10 on Saturday.

Garcia led the much-improved offense, going 5-for-7 for 55 yards, including a 25-yard completion to Kellen Winslow Jr. on third and 13. Suggs scored from 8 yards out on the next play to make it 7-7.

One of the few bright spots for Detroit was running back Kevin Jones, who gained 29 yards on six carries in his first action this preseason.

Lions quarterback Joey Harrington went 5-for-12 for 45 yards and a touchdown to Charles Rogers.

Redskins 17, Dolphins 0

In Miami, Mark Brunell directed two touchdown drives, and Washington controlled the ball for 41 minutes in a shutout victory over Miami.

The Dolphins (1-1) made five first downs -- none in the second half -- and totaled just 98 yards. By the second quarter, the offense was drawing boos from the crowd of perhaps 30,000.

Brunell played four series and led TD drives of 63 and 43 yards to help the Redskins (2-1) take a 14-0 halftime lead.

Incumbent Patrick Ramsey led Washington to a score for the first time this preseason, directing a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a field goal to start the second half .

A.J. Feeley, seeking to supplant Jay Fiedler as the Dolphins' quarterback, led Miami to three first downs before the opening series ended with a fumble by receiver Chris Chambers. The Dolphins, plagued with bad field position, went three-and-out on their next three possessions before Fiedler took over.

For Washington, Clinton Portis and Rock Cartwright scored on 1-yard runs, and Ola Kimrin kicked a 26-yard field goal.

Bengals 31, Patriots 3

Indiana Cincinnati, Carson Palmer passed for three touchdowns and set up another with a 48-yard completion to Chad Johnson as Cincinnati scored on its first three possessions and beat New England.

It was a breakthrough game for Palmer and a giddy night for Bengals fans, who cheered Palmer and running back Rudi Johnson, and booed former Cincinnati running back Corey Dillon -- traded to the Super Bowl champion Patriots (1-1) during the offseason.

Palmer played only the first half of the preseason game and was 12-of-19 for 179 yards.

Tom Brady, New England's two-time Super Bowl MVP, also played a half and was 8-of-13 for 126 yards, with one interception.

Palmer led the Bengals (1-1) to three quick touchdowns before New England's initial first down.

Rudi Johnson, who rushed 16 times for 76 yards, scored from the 1 to cap a five-play, 69-yard drive that included the long pass to Chad Johnson on the second play of the game.

Titans 16, Bills 15

In Orchard Park, New York, Willis McGahee scored in the second quarter after taking over for injured Buffalo starter Travis Henry, but Tennessee used a 22-yard field goal by Joe Nedney as time expired to beat the Bills (1-1).

McGahee finished with 11 carries for 28 yards, scoring on a 3-yard run on his second series.

Steelers 38, Texans 3

In Pittsburgh, Jerome Bettis had 10 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's exhibition win over Houston.

After a 26-yard pass from Tommy Maddox to Plaxico Burress, Bettis took over at Houston's 42-yard line with runs of 14, 10 and 5 yards on the Steelers' second possession. He then scored from 1 yard.

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