- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday night.

The third overall pick in this year’s draft completed 7 of 11 passes, including a 31-yarder down the middle of the field to Mike Brown to set up a 26-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 10-3 lead late in the third quarter.

Denard Robinson’s 23-yard TD run snapped a 10-10 tie with 6:27 remaining in the game. Jacksonville also scored on Winston Guy Jr.’s 68-yard interception return in the first quarter.

Tampa Bay’s first-team offense sputtered in its debut under coach Lovie Smith.

In addition to throwing the interception that was returned for a score, Josh McCown was sacked twice and lost a fumble.

BILLS 20, PANTHERS 18

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Anthony Dixon ran for a touchdown, Dan Carpenter had a pair of field goals and Buffalo defeated Carolina in a preseason game.

EJ Manuel completed 9 of 13 passes for 96 yards but the Bills struggled to cash in on scoring opportunities for the second straight game. Buffalo’s first-team offense reached Carolina territory on its first three possessions but managed just three points.

Rookie Kelvin Benjamin had no such problem finding the end zone.

Carolina’s first-round draft pick turned in the play of the game, thrilling fans with a stumbling, diving 32-yard touchdown reception in his NFL debut.

Racing down the left sideline, Benjamin stumbled after contact with cornerback Stephon Gilmore but maintained his balance long enough to haul in a diving catch in the end zone from Derek Anderson.

Anderson started for Cam Newton, who rested his recovering left ankle.

SAINTS 26, RAMS 24

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mark Ingram had eight carries for 83 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in the first half and New Orleans won its preseason opener without Drew Brees, beating St. Louis.

Sam Bradford didn’t play either, held out by the Rams as a precaution coming off knee surgery.

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