Vinny Testaverde demonstrated last night why the quarterback controversy on the New York Jets is over the backup spot.
On the day the Jets obtained Rick Mirer from Green Bay to compete for the No. 2 job, Testaverde threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Chrebet late in the first half for the only touchdown as New York beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 10-9.
That wasn't nearly good enough for Jets Coach Bill Parcells.
"We're light years away from where we need to be to even have a chance to compete this year," Parcells said. "We stink."
Testaverde didn't. He was 11 of 14 for 130 yards, making him 22 of 27 for 247 yards in limited action in the preseason.
All but three of the points were scored in the first half, when both teams had their starters on the field. But even that was sloppy as the teams slogged shakily through a steady rain. The only score of the second half came on Norm Johnson's 25-yard field goal midway through the third quarter after Donovan McNabb, the second overall pick in April's draft, moved the Eagles 37 yards to the Jets 8. But two runs by Aaron Hayden gained nothing and McNabb threw the ball out of the end zone on third down.
McNabb was 7 of 19 for 62 yards and was sacked three times.
LIONS 16, BENGALS 0: Cincinnati's reconfigured offensive line struggled and Detroit took advantage of cornerback Corey Sawyer and the Bengals' poor punting in Pontiac, Mich.
It was the Lions' first preseason shutout since a 17-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in 1977.
Sawyer was beaten repeatedly by Lions receivers, four times on passes of 15 yards or more. Three of those came on consecutive passes by Charlie Batch when Detroit's opening drive led to the game's only touchdown. Germane Crowell, who had six catches for 81 yards, scored on a 24-yard catch.
Bengals safety Kelvin Moore was strapped to a backboard and taken from the field on a cart after his head hit the knee of Lions wide receiver Brian Stablein in the third quarter. Bengals trainer Paul Sparling said Moore was being treated for fractures of the two neck vertebrae closest to his skull. Sparling said Moore had full motor and sensory functions with no paralysis.
PANTHERS 20, STEELERS 13: In Charlotte, the competition for quarterback Steve Beuerlein's job heated up as reserves Jeff Lewis and Dameyune Craig helped the Panthers to the exhibition win.
Lewis, acquired in an offseason trade with Denver in the hopes he would become the Panthers' quarterback of the future, was 10 of 13 for 98 yards. Craig, coming off a record-breaking season in NFL Europe, directed the winning drive, a nine-play, 86-yard march that ended with a 21-yard scoring burst up the middle by Winslow Oliver with 2 minutes 19 seconds left.
The 34-year-old Beuerlein was 10 of 14 for 68 yards as the Panthers won for the first time in two exhibitions under new coach George Seifert.
CARDINALS 27, TITANS 17: Arizona, already suffering through an injury-riddled preseason, got a big scare early when quarterback Jake Plummer left the game with an injured right thumb. X-rays proved negative and the sprain was not believed to be serious. Still, Plummer watched the rest of the game as the Cardinals beat the mistake-prone Titans in Tempe, Ariz.