ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel made his case to reclaim the starting job by going 7 of 8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-19 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.
Getting his turn to start in Buffalo’s offseason-long three-way quarterback competition, Manuel hit Charles Clay for a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He re-entered the game for two-plus series in the third quarter, and hit Tobias Palmer for a 37-yard touchdown as Buffalo improved to 2-1.
For Pittsburgh (1-3), Michael Vick hit Martavis Bryant for a 63-yard completion on his first snap from scrimmage after taking over for starter Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter. It was Vick’s debut with the Steelers, who signed the 35-year-old after backup Bruce Gradkowski sustained a season-ending left hand injury last week.
Vick finished 4 of 5 for 116 yards and was sacked once in two series.
BROWNS 31, BUCCANEERS 7: In Tampa, Florida, Josh McCown finished two long drives with touchdown passes to outplay rookie Jameis Winston.
Back in half-filled Raymond James Stadium and facing the team that released him to clear the way to select Winston No. 1 overall in this year’s draft, McCown completed 17 of 23 passes for 117 yards. He showed why the Browns (1-2) think the 36-year-old quarterback can help them contend for a playoff berth.
Winston, meanwhile, was 6 of 15 for 90 yards, threw one interception and was sacked four times before leaving after one series in the third quarter.
VIKINGS 28, COWBOYS 14: In Arlington, Texas, Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes even as Dez Bryant again sat out for the Cowboys, and Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater was perfect in the Vikings’ win.
Bridgewater completed all seven of his passes for 76 yards and finally found a connection with his new receiver. Mike Wallace had three catches for 50 yards, including a 39-yard grab.
Romo, who completed one pass for minus-1 yard in his only series while Dallas lost its first two preseason games, was 5 of 8 for 88 yards in his five series. Both TDs were in the second quarter, with a 60-yard catch-and-run by Terrance Williams.
DOLPHINS 13, FALCONS 9: In Miami Gardens, Florida, Ryan Tannehill threw for 145 yards in less than a half despite working behind a makeshift offensive line.
Miami center Mike Pouncey left in the first half because of a knee injury, leaving the Dolphins (1-2) with only two starting offensive linemen at their regular positions. Pouncey limped to the locker room shortly before halftime and didn’t return.
Tannehill went 15 for 19 for 145 yards and a touchdown before leaving shortly before halftime with Miami leading 7-3.
In three exhibition games, Tannehill is 33 for 41 for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
JETS 28, GIANTS 18: In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and Antonio Cromartie scored on a 59-yard interception return in the waning seconds of the first half.
After struggling in place of the injured Geno Smith in the first two preseason games, Fitzpatrick hit 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards. He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker and added a 24-yarder on a screen pass to Zac Stacy as the Jets showed balance on offense.