For a change, the quarterback rallying the Green Bay Packers to a comeback victory wasn't Brett Favre.
Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes in the second half and led Green Bay to a 27-16 victory over the visiting New York Jets last night in the preseason opener for both teams. Jets Coach Bill Parcells suffered just his second preseason loss in three years with New York.
Packers reserves got the victory, but New York's starters outplayed Green Bay in the first half. Green Bay's offense was inconsistent under Favre and Rick Mirer, while Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde directed two razor-sharp scoring drives.
COLTS 20, BENGALS 17: With Edgerrin James watching from the sideline, no-rush Indianapolis scored on two touchdown passes and won at home on a 26-yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt with three seconds to go.
James, a first-round draft pick, was signed two days earlier and did not play. Without him, or any other effective runner, the Colts (1-1) managed 34 yards rushing.
BRONCOS 38, CARDINALS 7: Backup quarterback Brian Griese threw two touchdown passes and Denver coasted at Mile High Stadium.
Starting quarterback Bubby Brister and running back Terrell Davis also looked to be in regular season form for the Broncos, who outgained the Cardinals 448 yards to 161.
BUCS 30, BROWNS 3: Round One of the preseason debate over who should be Tampa Bay's starting quarterback went to Trent Dilfer. The sixth-year pro silenced his critics for at least another week, throwing two touchdowns at home.
Dilfer was 7 of 10 for 122 yards. He threw a touchdown pass of five yards to Dave Moore and one of 45 yards to Jacquez Green in the two series he played.
BILLS 24, SEAHAWKS 10: Manny Martin returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown as visiting Buffalo spoiled Mike Holmgren's debut as Seattle's coach.
For Seattle, quarterback Jon Kitna struggled to move the Seahawks under Holmgren's West Coast-style offense and failed to convert on Bills turnovers.
LIONS: For the second year in a row, linebacker Matt Russell has seen his season end after one preseason game. Russell hurt his left knee midway through the fourth quarter of the Lions' 34-31 loss to the Falcons Friday night.
Russell, who probably will miss the season, didn't survive the preseason opener last year, either. Against the Arizona Cardinals, Russell damaged his right knee on the opening kickoff and missed the season.