SEATTLE — Russell Wilson threw for 121 yards and ran for two touchdowns, leading Seattle to scores on all four of his possessions and the Seahawks beat the San Diego Chargers 41-14 on Friday night.
Wilson did a little of everything. He was pressured on the first snap of the game and avoided it to complete a pass. He scrambled when the pressure created clear running lanes. He threw sharp passes to open receivers and he operated Seattle’s offense with an efficiency missing in its preseason opener at Denver.
Wilson completed 11 of 13 passes, and connected on his first eight attempts in Seattle’s first appearance at home since winning the Super Bowl. He ran for another 31 yards as Seattle (1-1) finished the first half with 260 yards of offense, 255 of those with Wilson at quarterback.
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers played just one series before handing off to Kellen Clemens. San Diego (1-1) kept most of its starting offense on the field with Clemens, but the Chargers could manage only 42 yards against Seattle’s defensive starters, 37 of those coming on the one drive Rivers led.
PATRIOTS 42, EAGLES 35
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass after sitting out the first preseason game and the New England Patriots capitalized on four turnovers to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brady’s backups also were sharp in their competition for the No. 2 quarterback job. Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes, and Ryan Mallett passed and ran for scores.
Brady’s scoring pass came after he threw an interception that Cory Williams returned 77 yards for a touchdown. Williams hurt his hamstring on the play and didn’t return.
The Patriots (1-1) tied it on their next possession on Brady’s 15-yard pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. Brady was 8 of 10 for 81 yards in two series. Garoppolo threw scoring passes on his first two series, a 15-yarder to James Develin and a 4-yarder to Brandon LaFell for a 21-7 lead.
The Eagles (0-2) tied it at 21 with two scoring passes in the last four minutes of the half, a 6-yarder from Nick Foles to Zach Ertz and a 6-yarder from Mark Sanchez to Arrelious Benn.
It was 28-28 before touchdowns by two free agents, a 17-yard catch by Brian Tyms from Mallett and a 10-yard run by Roy Finch gave the Patriots a 42-28 lead in the third quarter.
Barkley’s 27-yard scoring pass to Henry Josey cut the lead to seven points on the last play of the third quarter. The Eagles drove to the 1, but were stopped on fourth down with 4:39 to go.
SAINTS 31, TITANS 24
NEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Graham caught two touchdown passes, celebrating both with banned celebratory dunks over the goal post, in New Orleans’ victory over Tennessee.
With star quarterback Drew Brees resting his sore abdomen, Luke McCown started for New Orleans (2-0) and threw both of scoring passes to Graham. However, Graham’s celebrations drew penalty flags, and coach Sean Payton appeared annoyed after the second one, barking in Graham’s direction on the sideline.
RAIDERS 27, LIONS 26
OAKLAND, Calif. — Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives for Detroit before Matt McGloin threw a 19-yard TD pass to Brice Butler with 6 seconds to go to give Oakland a victory over the Lions.
McGloin came in after backup Derek Carr left with injured ribs earlier in the fourth quarter and led the game-winning 68-yard drive. The victory for Oakland (1-1) wasn’t complete until Sebastian Janikowski kicked the 33-yard extra point.