From Comcast SportsNetGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Four days after starting the season with a demoralizing defeat, Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers looked every bit like the team they were expected to be this season.Maybe even better, at least on defense.The Packers (1-1) pulled off a perfectly executed trick play, then rattled and robbed Jay Cutler the rest of the way in a 23-10 victory over the division rival Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.The win represented an impressive rebound from a season-opening loss to San Francisco. Had the Packers lost to the Bears, they would have fallen to 0-2, with both losses coming at home."Inside the facility, there wasn't any panic," Aaron Rodgers said. "Outside, I think people were worried if we lose to Chicago, you're kind of putting yourself behind the eight ball a little bit. Good win for us. We're 1-1. Again, it's one game. We need to get better on offense; defense played incredible."Especially Matthews, who was credited with 3 of the Packers' seven sacks of Cutler.With six sacks in the Packers' first two games, Matthews already has equaled his total from last season."I think the statistics speak for themselves," Matthews said. "It's always good when you get after the quarterback, get him off his rhythm and have him throw some balls up there that I'm sure he wouldn't want, or wants back."It was a significant step backward for the Bears (1-1), who were filled with confidence after steamrolling Indianapolis in their opener.Cutler threw four interceptions to go with the seven sacks. As frustration mounted, Cutler vented with emphatic gestures throughout the game, saying afterward it was simply a sign of his desire to win."I care about this," Cutler said. "This isn't a hobby for me. I am not doing this for my health. I am trying to win football games and get first downs. When we're not doing the little things or not doing things the right way consistently, I'm going to say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn't care, they can get somebody else."Cutler was particularly upset with his offensive line, a position group that did not see a significant addition during the Bears' offseason makeover of their offense."I'm not going to just walk to the sideline and act like everything's OK," said Cutler, who was 11 for 27 for 126 yards. "It's just not going to happen."The loss left at least one prominent member of the Bears wondering if their Week 1 win was something of a mirage."Maybe we're not as good as we thought we were," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We've got a long ways to go, that's obvious. We didn't play like we did last week. Maybe Green Bay's just that good, I don't know. We just didn't play well and they played good enough to do what they did to us."The Bears also lost running back Matt Forte to an ankle injury. Bears coach Lovie Smith said the severity of the injury was unclear.Smith was impressed by the Packers' rebound during a short turnaround."You've got to give them a lot of credit," he said. "They didn't play as well as they wanted to last week and they came back this week."Smith acknowledged that his team looked "flat-footed" on the Packers' biggest play of the day, a gutsy and perfectly executed fake field goal when the Packers were facing fourth-and-26 on the Chicago 27 late in the second quarter."Good call by them," Smith said. "They executed the play to perfection. What else can I say? Normally when a fake works it's a good job by the opponent, and that's what happened tonight."The Packers lined up for a field goal, but punter Tim Masthay, the holder, flipped the ball to backup tight end Tom Crabtree, who streaked into the end zone."I had the easiest job of anybody," Masthay said. "All I'm doing is catching the snap, putting it down and flipping it to Tom. The rest of the guys were the ones doing the work. So, yeah, it was really cool."Crabtree credited the Packers' blocking."It's not really on me," he said. "I think any of you could run that play. All I did was catch the ball and run a straight line. The guys did a great job blocking. Tim had a great pitch. Like I said, I just ran a straight line. That was about it."Watching from the sideline, Rodgers at first thought something went wrong."I saw Crabby running out the back side, I couldn't believe it," Rodgers said. "That's a gutsy call. A gutsy call. You've got to score on that."The Packers' defense did the rest, holding new Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall to two catches for 24 yards.Earlier in the week, a confident Cutler wished the Packers' defensive backs "good luck" in trying to match up physically in man coverage with a new-look wide receiver corps led by Marshall. Stalked by Tramon Williams for much of the night, Marshall didn't see much of the ball. And he couldn't convert his one big opportunity, dropping a potential touchdown in the third quarter.Charles Woodson said the Packers took note of Cutler's quote."It was everywhere," Woodson said. "You know how it is. Once you make a statement these days, it doesn't take long for it to travel and get to you."Cutler shrugged off any potential fallout from his comment, noting that the Packers didn't play much man coverage."They didn't play man, so why would they say anything?" Cutler said.In all, the Packers showed they're a better team than they appeared to be after Week 1."We got kicked in the (rear end) four days ago," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "And we were motivated."
NEW YORK—Yovani Gallardo allowed eight runs in the shortest start of his career. Adam Jones was no longer on the field by the time Gallardo departed with one out in the second inning.
It was an all-around ugly night for the Orioles in the Bronx.
Since the last time the Orioles were here, on July 21, the Yankees have made major changes to their team, and their new look guys overwhelmed the Orioles 14-4 before 38,423 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
Jones left the game in the second inning with a strained left hamstring. He led off the game and didn’t beat out a grounder to third.
“Didn’t get to first base in as ample time as I wanted. So, came out of the game,” Jones said.
“Came out of the game, so something must have not felt great. Took me out of my element. I ain’t got my legs as a center fielder.”
Manager Buck Showalter said that Jones felt fine during workouts prior to the game.
“I felt fine man. It’s just the first true test comes when you hit an infield ground ball and the first instinct is to try and beat it out. Probably not the smartest thing to do,” Jones said.
Gallardo (4-6) has won just one of his last 11 starts, and this one was lost early when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and six runs scored in the second.
At one point, nine consecutive New York hitters reached.
Gallardo got the first out of the second, and then allowed a single to Chase Headley and walked Aaron Judge. Ronald Torreyes’ fly ball to center was dropped by Nolan Reimold, playing in place of Jones.
Brett Gardner singled to drive in two. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with an RBI single, and Gary Sanchez doubled for two more. After Vance Worley replaced Gallardo, Teixeira’s single gave New York (66-61) an 8-1 lead.
Gallardo worked just 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs, seven earned on six hits.
“It’s frustrating. I just wasn’t able to command the ball. I was just missing location, and the ball was up in the zone. It’s the total opposite from what it was last start. It’s definitely frustrating. I just tried to build off the last start that I had, and then something like that happens,” Gallardo said.
His catcher, Francisco Pena said that Gallardo had a good bullpen, but then things went south.
“Think he was leaving some pitches out and over the plate. After that, it was just one of those days that everything goes wrong. It wasn’t his day,” Pena said.
Worley allowed two-run home runs to Chase Headley in the fourth and Sanchez in the fifth.
For Showalter, it was difficult watching Gallardo, Worley and Mike Wright give up 14 runs, but especially Gallardo.
“Just up and wild in the strike zone and up. Never really got any sequences going. He had a chance to make a pitch in some counts, and couldn’t make it, and he paid the price. He wasn’t the only one. We didn’t pitch well tonight on a lot of fronts,” Showalter said.
Sanchez, the hot rookie catcher who assumed the job from Brian McCann at the trading deadline, has reeled off 10 home runs in 22 career games. He’s the first Yankees rookie to hit 10 homers in a month.
Manny Machado hit his 30th home run in the first off Luis Cessa (4-0). That home run gave the Orioles (70-58) three 30 home run hitters for the first time in team history.
Machado added his 31st home run in the sixth, a two-run home run to cut New York’s lead to 12-3.
Cessa allowed three runs on five hits in six innings.
Wright allowed two runs in the seventh on a run-scoring double by Torreyes and an RBI single by Gardner.
Jonathan Schoop’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Orioles their fourth run.
Jones felt awful about the injury.
“I feel like I let my team down. Put Nolan in a peculiar situation. Just put people in situations that they’re not familiar with. Let’s try and get this correct and make that big push. At this point in time in the season missing more than a few games would hurt this team,” Jones said.
He hopes not miss much time. Showalter indicated that Jones wasn’t a candidate for the disabled list.
“I don’t know. You never know. Tomorrow, might feel great. I’m always optimistic,” Jones said.
NOTES: The 10-run margin of defeat equaled the largest of the season. The Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs in three of their past eight games. … Dylan Bundy (7-4, 3.33) faces Chad Green (2-3, 3.66) on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.
The Redskins’ starting offense, playing as a unit for the first rime this preseason, got off to a slow start but Kirk Cousins and company got rolling in the second quarter and posted 21 points. It was enough for the Redskins to outlast the Bills and leave FedEx Field with a 21-16 win in preseason game No. 3.
Buffalo had a chance to take the lead late but an apparent touchdown pass was negated by a pass interference call and Kendall Fuller interception a final, desperation pass.
In the first quarter, Cousins completed three of nine passes for 17 yards with an interception. That added up to a passer rating of 2.8. To be fair, Cousins was victimized by a number of drops by his receivers.
But he got rolling in the second quarter, throwing touchdown passes to Jordan Reed, Ryan Grant, and Pierre Garçon. By the time the half was over he was 12 for 23 for 188 yards and had a passer rating of 101.3.
Rookie running back Robert Kelley may have locked up a roster spot with a strong performance. He had some tough yards, blocked well, and gained 51 yards on 12 carries in just over a half of work.
The starting defense was solid throughout although Bills starting QB Tyrod Taylor played just two series and completed five passes.
One goal in the preseason is to get out without injury concerns and the Redskins didn’t fare well in that department, although no injuries appear to be serious. The worst appears to be rookie running back Keith Marshall’s sprained elbow. He was supposed to compete with Kelley for carries but he went out after just one carry.
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Ryan Kerrigan left the game with a groin injury in the first quarter. He did not return.
RB Keith Marshall left the game in the first quarter to get X-rays on his left elbow. Was ruled out with elbow sprain.
OT Morgan Moses left the game in the second quarter with an a left ankle injury. He did not return.
CB Quinton Dunbar left in the second quarter to get his left shin X-rayed. He did not return.
C Spencer Long left in the third quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return.
FG Carpenter 28
Drive: 6 plays, 21 yards, 2:50
Drive summary: The Bills got a short field after Kirk Cousins looked left and then threw to the right. Corey White made the interception from his back after the ball was tipped. A Tyrod Taylor pass to tight end Jim Dray got a first down at the 25 but they couldn’t keep the drive going and Dan Carpenter came in a booted the field goal.
Bills 3, Redskins 0
FG Carpenter 52
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 3:56
Drive summary: The Bills got a scoring drive going with E.J. Manuel at quarterback. He got things going on the first play with a 21-yard completion to Chris Gragg. An roughness penalty on DeAngelo Hall turned a third and long into a first and 10 in Redskins territory. Dan Herron ran around right end for 12 yards, getting the Bills into position for the Carpenter field goal.
Bills 6, Redskins 0
Grant 38 yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards, 2:39
Drive summary: The Redskins put together a quick drive to take the lead. First Cousins threw a short pass to DeSean Jackson, who zigged and zagged his way down the field for 39 yards to the Buffalo 34. A couple of plays later Cousins threw to Ryan Grant a benefitted from some more YAC as the receiver spun away from a would-be tackler and dashed to the end zone.
Redskins 7, Bills 6
Reed 20 yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 4:21
Drive summary: The Redskins got some help in the form of Buffalo penalties in the course of this scoring drive. A defensive holding call negated an interception and a third-down sack turned into a first down when the Bills were called for roughing the passer. The Redskins earned some yards when Cousins threw to Pierre Garçon, who dodged a tackler and scampered 15 yards for a first down. A few plays later Cousins threw to Reed, who had gotten past the defense and easily made it across the goal line.
Redskins 14, Bills 6
Garçon 9 yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 0:48
Drive summary: The Bills were trying to get a two-minute drill going but after a completion Will Blackmon stripped TE Nick O’Leary and Greg Toler made the recovery at the Buffalo 40. They got close on a 22-yard connection between Cousins and Vernon Davis. Then on third and goal at the nine Cousins threw a nice fade to Garçon, who got both feet in in the left corner of the end zone.
Redskins 21, Bills 6
FG Carpenter 52
Drive: 5 plays 41 yards, 0:29
Drive Summary: The Bills got that two-minute drive on their second try. Manuel scrambled for 18 yards and then Manuel threw to Boom Herron for 18 to the Washington 34. Then Carpenter booted the long field goal to let the Bills steal some points with two seconds left in the half.
Redskins 21, Bills 9
Williams 37 yard run (Carpenter kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards, 1:19
Drive summary: This was a quick one for the Bills thanks to a 36-yard punt return by Walter Powell. Three plays later Jonathan Williams went up the middle on third and one, broke some tackles, and dashed in for the score.
Redskins 21, Bills 16
Postgame analysis of the Nats' 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Nationals Park.
How it happened: The Nationals have quickly gotten the sour taste of their recent four-game skid out of their mouths.
Thanks to a resurgent offense and a quality start by Gio Gonzalez, Washington got back on track with Friday’s 8-2 win over the Rockies, the Nats’ second win in as many days.
True to form, the power-laden lineup didn’t take long to strike. Jayson Werth launched a solo home run, his second in as many days and his 18th of the season, to put Washington up 1-0 in the first inning, and scored again in the third on an RBI groundout by Daniel Murphy.
With the game tied 2-2 in the fourth inning, the Nats wouldn’t create breathing room until the middle innings. The Nats took a lead they wouldn’t surrender when they scored two runs on a Jose Lobaton fielder’s choice in the fourth inning, followed by a Murphy solo home run in the fifth to make it 4-2.
From there, the game was blown open in the seventh inning thanks to a four-spot that was highlighted by an RBI double by Werth and a two-run triple by Bryce Harper that nearly left the ballpark.
The Rockies closed the gap to 8-5 on a Nick Hundley three-run home run in the ninth off Shawn Kelley, so Dusty Baker turned to Mark Melancon to notch the final out and secure the victory.
What it means: The Nats have won back to back games and have raised their record to 75-53. Pending the result of the Miami Marlins game, Washington could be up nine games in the NL East by the end of the night.
Gonzalez notches win No. 100: The lefty starter wasn’t dominant by any means, but he did what Baker wanted him to do: keep his pitch count down and avoid the big inning. Gonzalez allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings and 85 pitches, and limited the damage every time the Rockies were threatening. He could have easily gone deeper in the game, but Baker opted to pinch hit for him when the Nats had two on and two out in the bottom of the sixth. Regardless, the performance was good enough to earn Gonzalez the 100th victory of his career.
Murphy’s milestone: With his 25th home run of the season, a fifth-inning solo shot, Murphy notched his 500th career RBI. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that he currently has 98 RBI on the season, which means roughly a fifth of the runs he’s driven in have come in 2016.
Bryce back? Don’t look now, but Harper is looking very much like the reigning NL MVP these days. He added two more extra-base hits Friday night, including his first triple of the season, and is now hitting an even .400 since his return from a neck injury. His season average has suddenly risen to .254, and with the way he’s going, could get to .260 by the end of the weekend.
Up next: The middle game of this three-game set will take place Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. as the Nats send A.J. Cole (0-1, 5.14 ERA) to oppose Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 5.07 ERA).