- Associated Press - Thursday, August 28, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in a 23-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night in which Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs.

The first-round pick did not return after being struck in the left side by linebacker Ashlee Palmer on Buffalo’s second drive.

Buffalo (1-4) continued to sputter on offense and could now be without Watkins for its opener at Chicago on Sept. 7. Watkins did not play against Tampa Bay last Saturday after bruising his ribs a week earlier at Pittsburgh.

Moore hit Jeremy Ross for a 1-yard touchdown and Corey Fuller for a 25-yard score at the end of the second quarter. The Lions’ defense combined for four sacks and three interceptions.

Detroit (3-1) rested most of its starters, including quarterback Drew Stafford, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

BENGALS 35, COLTS 7

CINCINNATI (AP) - Rookie Jeremy Hill ran for 90 yards and was Cincinnati’s top receiver as well.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sat it out, as did most of the starters for both teams. Dalton didn’t even pull up his black socks, leaving them around his ankles on an 85-degree evening - he knew there was no point.

Cincinnati (2-2) pulled off several big plays in the second half against Colts (0-4) backups.

Dane Sanzenbacher returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Safety Danieal Manning intercepted Chandler Harnish’s pass and ran it back 33 yards for a score. Cobi Hamilton turned a short catch into a 50-yard TD.

Hill, a second-round pick who backs up Giovani Bernard, carried 20 times and caught six passes for 70 yards.

FALCONS 24, JAGUARS 14

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta’s backup quarterback, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Yates had shown little in the team’s first three exhibitions, completing 39.4 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Second-year player Sean Renfree posted better numbers and seemingly had an edge in the competition to be Matt Ryan’s backup.

But Yates shined against the Jaguars.

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