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Jet's backups turn on the afterburners

NFL PRESEASON GAMES Running back Little John Flowers made a case for why he should make the final cut when the NY Jets trim their roster to only 53 players from 70 by Sunday

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He later moved the Panthers to the Pittsburgh 3 on an 8-yard run, and Jake Delhomme threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl.

Noah Herron finished with 65 yards on 22 carries and scored Pittsburgh's only touchdown, a 1-yard run to cap a drive led by Batch that tied the score 7-7 midway through the second quarter.

Cowboys 27, Jaguars 20

At Irving, Texas, Julius Jones gained 75 yards on 11 carries, softening things up for Drew Bledsoe to hit his first seven passes -- including a 40-yarder to Terry Glenn for a touchdown on Dallas' opening drive.

The second series went 68 yards to the Jacksonville 8, with Dallas settling for a field goal -- then most of the offensive starters called it a night.

Once the game became a battle of backups, the Jaguars went ahead 17-13 early in the third quarter, but the Cowboys pulled it out behind two touchdowns from Tyson Thompson, an undrafted rookie who has been the club's biggest find of the summer. He gained 57 yards on 14 carries.

Packers 21, Titans 17

At Nashville, Tennessee, Craig Nall tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Walt Williams early in the fourth quarter, and Mike Hawkins intercepted a pass in the end zone with 2:26 left for Green Bay.

The game started after a moment of silence for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which was only appropriate considering the number of players on both teams worried about relatives along the Gulf Coast. Both quarterbacks -- Brett Favre of Green Bay and Steve McNair of the Titans -- are Mississippi natives.

Both Favre and McNair threw touchdown passes despite playing only three series apiece.

First-round draft pick Adam "Pacman" Jones unexpectedly started at right cornerback for the Titans and was welcomed with a chorus of boos.

Ravens 26, Redskins 20, OT

At Baltimore, Jamal Lewis ran for 15 yards on six carries in his preseason debut for the Ravens, and third-string quarterback Derek Anderson threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Randy Hymes with 12:39 left in overtime.

The Ravens never led until Anderson hit Hymes in the right side of the end zone to make it 18-17 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter. The duo also hooked up on the 2-point conversion.

But the Redskins forced the overtime on a 46-yard field goal by John Hall as time expired.

Lewis reported late to training camp following a stint in an Atlanta halfway house, part of his punishment for pleading guilty to using a cellphone to set up a drug buy in 2000.

Raiders 13, Saints 6

At Oakland, California, Randy Moss caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kerry Collins in the first quarter for the game's only touchdown, leading the Raiders over the Saints, who somehow played a competitive football game despite the situation back in New Orleans.

Transported 2,000 miles to California on Sunday, the Saints avoided the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and prepared for their game at San Jose State University. A moment of silence was held before the game.

Players from both teams held a prayer circle when time expired. Afterward, the Saints were headed to San Antonio with no idea when they'll go home -- or whether they even still have homes.

Although they've had a losing record on the field the last three seasons, the Washington Redskins are the NFL's biggest winners when it comes to making money.

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