For the second straight week, Matt Schaub passed for three touchdowns, leading the Falcons to a 37-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Carson Palmer last night in Atlanta.
Michael Vick, expected to play the first half, was held out after aggravating a hamstring injury during pregame warmups.
For the second straight week, Schaub was a winning backup plan.
Guiding the Falcons to a 27-7 halftime lead, Schaub completed 14 of 20 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie from Virginia completed his first six passes.
"We got off to a great start, and that always helps build confidence," Schaub said, giving credit to his teammates, including his receivers for "catching everything I was throwing them."
* PANTHERS 20, PATRIOTS 17: Carolina got a measure of revenge for its Super Bowl loss to New England -- even if it again struggled to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense. Rodney Peete found Walter Young for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute 48 seconds to play, rallying the Panthers at home.
Jake Delhomme threw for 201 yards and a touchdown for Carolina, which has won eight straight preseason games. Linebacker Brandon Short added a key interception to set up the winning drive, which erased a 17-10 lead built by New England's starters.
Brady again stung the Panthers' defense, throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the rematch of last year's Super Bowl. Adam Vinatieri, who won that game with a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left, missed a 56-yard attempt to tie it as time expired.
* BUCCANEERS 17, DOLPHINS 10: Chris Simms tightened his grip on Tampa Bay's backup quarterback job, and Ryan Nece returned a fourth-quarter interception 55 yards for a touchdown to lead the Buccaneers at home.
Simms completed 11 of 13 passes for 145 yards to remain well ahead of Brian Griese for the No. 2 spot behind Brad Johnson. The second-year pro was 4 of 4 for 76 yards in a 78-yard drive that Earnest Graham finished with a two-yard touchdown run.
* COLTS 30, BILLS 17: Mike Doss recovered a fumbled punt return and blocked another punt that went for a touchdown, Dominic Rhodes returned a kickoff 84 yards to set up another score and Mike Vanderjagt kicked three field goals to lead Indianapolis at home.
But the Colts' high-octane offense backfired, generating just one scoring drive. Again Peyton Manning looked out of sync.
It was also a lackluster night for Bills running back Willis McGahee, who made his first start since sustaining a severe left knee injury during the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.
* BROWNS 21, CHIEFS 19: Rookie quarterback Luke McCown hit rookie Richard Alston with a 34-yard touchdown pass with no time left, lifting Cleveland on the road. McCown, a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, engineered an eight-play, 80-yard drive in the final 1:39. He also hit C.J. Jones for 37 yards in the drive.