Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals’ starters looked regular-season ready, while Kirk Cousins and Washington still have some work to do.
Dalton was 8-for-13 passing for 70 yards and Cincinnati’s first-team offense and defense looked sharp on Sunday as host Washington won each team’s third preseason game 23-17 on the strength of its backups.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict intercepted Cousins’ pass and returned it for a touchdown, stiff-arming the quarterback at the end zone and jumping into the stands, before leaving with a back injury.
A.J. Green had four catches for 43 yards, Jeremy Hill ran for 15 yards and a touchdown before his day was cut short with an ankle injury and the Bengals’ starters were 4-for-6 on third down. Chris Smith and rookies Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson each sacked Cousins.
After generating 1 whole yard in the first quarter, Washington’s starters eventually put together a touchdown drive, but also went three-and-out three times. Cousins was 10-for-19 passing for 109 yards and an interception as Washington’s first-team offense finished its exhibition action with nine three-and-outs on 15 possessions.
Both teams are 1-2.
Bears 19, Titans 7: Mike Glennon turned in a strong performance for visiting Chicago, but how much he helped himself to the Bears’ starting quarterback job remains to be seen.
Glennon capped an opening 96-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims in both teams’ third preseason game. Glennon was an efficient 11-for-18 for 134 yards passing despite losing starting wide receiver Cameron Meredith late in the first quarter. Meredith was carted off with a suspected left ACL injury.
Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick out of North Carolina, opened the third quarter with the Bears’ starters. But Trubisky threw two incompletions as the Bears (2-1) went three-and-out. Trubisky also fumbled a snap on his next series, though he rebounded with a 45-yard TD pass to Tanner Gentry for a 19-7 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Titans (1-2) had issues on offense, defense and special teams.
Hurricane Harvey fallout: The Houston Texans flew to Dallas after their preseason game Saturday in New Orleans instead of returning home and said they’ll stay there until conditions improve in Houston, where flooding has wreaked havoc. They’ll practice at the suburban practice facility of the Cowboys on Monday and said they will provide details on their schedule for the rest of the week later.
The Texans are scheduled to host the Cowboys at NRG Stadium on Thursday, but that game could be in jeopardy.
While in Dallas waiting out the storm, Texans star J.J. Watt started a fundraising page to help raise money for victims of the storm. By Sunday afternoon the page had raised more than $110,000.
“It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help,” Watt said in a video posted on Twitter.
Briefly: Browns rookie DeShone Kizer will start the season opener against Pittsburgh, the 27th quarterback to start for Cleveland since 1999. Kizer showed coach Hue Jackson enough in Saturday’s exhibition start against Tampa Bay to secure the job. The second-round pick out of Notre Dame was given the assignment earlier this week over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. … Chiefs running back Spencer Ware could require season-ending surgery after tearing one ligament in his right knee and damaging another during Friday night’s preseason game in Seattle. … The Jets acquired safety Terrence Brooks from the Eagles for cornerback Dexter McDougle in a trade of 2014 draft picks. New York also claimed defensive end Kony Ealy off waivers from the Patriots.