NFL ROUNDUP: Seahawks improve to 3-0
Christine Michael ran for 97 yards on 11 carries and Stephen Williams snatched a ball away from cornerback Loyce Means in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown catch and the go-ahead score in the Seattle Seahawks’ 17-10 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers on Friday night.
Michael had a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the Seahawks (3-0), who stayed unbeaten but didn’t look like the team that steamrolled over Denver and San Diego the previous two weeks.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, returning to the state where he turned into a college star at Wisconsin, finished 11 of 17 for 126 yards but threw two interceptions, including a pass tipped by two defenders that landed in the opportunistic hands of Casey Hayward.
Wilson looked in midseason form on the opening series against the Packers’ first-string defense in the first quarter, guiding Seattle to the 9 by gaining chunks of yardage on long pass plays. But running back Robert Turbin was stuffed on first down. Then, the 5-foot-10 Turbin was overmatched on the edge trying to block 6-foot-3 linebacker Clay Matthews, who sacked Wilson. Seattle settled for Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal.
Aaron Rodgers looked fine in his only series for Green Bay (1-2). He was 4 of 7 for 41 yards, with a 22-yard connection to tight end Jermichael Finley to the Seattle 24 to set up Mason Crosby’s 38-yard field goal.
The Packers pulled most of their starters by the second quarter, while the most of the Seahawks starters stayed in until early in the third. Vince Young, vying for the backup job behind Rodgers, orchestrated an 11-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to backup fullback Jonathan Amosa to tie it at 10.
BEARS 34, RAIDERS 26: Jay Cutler led five first-half scoring drives, Matt Forte gained 109 yards from scrimmage and Chicago beat Oakland.
Cutler and Forte connected on a 32-yard touchdown pass, former Raiders running back Michael Bush added a pair of touchdown runs and Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 77 yards as the Bears (2-1) bolted a 27-0 lead in the first half.
A week after falling behind 23-0 in the first half against New Orleans, the Raiders (1-2) looked equally inept at the start against the Bears before backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor provided a spark with a touchdown run and touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Matt Flynn threw two interceptions on six passes before being pulled in favor of Pryor in the second quarter. Oakland’s first-team defense was shredded and the usually reliable Sebastian Janikowski missed a 49-yard field goal before connecting from 58 yards out on the final play of the first half. Pryor finished 7 of 9 for 93 yards passing to go along with 37 yards rushing and led Oakland to 20 points on five drives.
Cutler was 12 of 21 for 142 yards with the touchdown.
JETS: Santonio Holmes has been moved to the New York Jets’ active roster from the physically unable to perform list, a sign the wide receiver could be ready for the regular season.
Holmes has been sidelined since last September with an injured left foot that left his status for the start of this season uncertain.
REDSKINS: At least Robert Griffin III has a sense of humor about the $10,000 fine over his “Operation Patience” shirt.
The Washington Redskins quarterback accepted the team’s offensive player of the year award Friday at their annual Welcome Home Luncheon.
Addressing the crowd, Griffin pointed out the charity auction that had taken place a few minutes earlier, saying: “Those auctioneers did a good job. I would’ve given them 10 grand, but the NFL took it away from me this week.”
TEXANS: Houston coach Gary Kubiak says the NFL has upheld defensive end Antonio Smith’s three-game suspension.
Smith was suspended Wednesday for the last two preseason games and Houston’s season opener for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player’s helmet.
Smith appealed the suspension, but his appeal was denied Friday.