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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finished the first half 8-for-20 passing for 61 yards. He was intercepted twice. His passer rating was 8.5. Pretty much sums up the half for Carolina, which trails 9-0.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

After a sloppy start, the Redskins' offense has done a better job. It helps that Buffalo isn't using a lot of its starters, but quarterback Kirk Cousins has made better decisions and receivers are getting more yards after the catch. Some of it is play design, as on the 39-yard catch and run by DeSean Jackson in which they clear out a side. Other times it's just a missed tackle. But it's helped the Redskins find the rhythm they wanted.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Garoppolo started, played the first three series (13 snaps), and then gave way to Tom Brady. It was Brady playing the next four drives (16 snaps), before Garoppolo came back for a final non-kneel-down series in the first half (3 snaps). The Patriots scored 9 points with Brady, and zero with Garoppolo, although a missed 30-yard FG early would have put points on the board for Garoppolo.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers DT Letroy Guion, a surprise on the will-not-dress list, does not have a serious knee injury. It's just "a slight tweak," according to a source, who added that the season-opener is not in jeopardy.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead with an incredible TD catch that may have topped all the highlight catches from Saints WR Michael Thomas so far this summer (and that's saying a lot). Snead went up for 17-yard catch in end zone in double coverage, had it popped loose, but then caught it on his back when it landed on his chest. A couple big catches for Snead tonight -- and a good reminder he's still a big part of Saints' passing game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Left elbow injury for RT Marcus Gilbert, who's out for the game. Gilbert threw his helmet after his last play.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

At this point, it would seem that Jameis Winston is making Hue Jackson feel ill.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In a sign that his roster spot might be in jeopardy, veteran DT Terrance Knighton has not played in the first half for the Patriots.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is back in the game. Perhaps Ron Rivera just wanted to give Derek Anderson a series with the first team.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Cam Heyward down on the turf for a bit, now limping off.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One good thing for Saints tonight -- they're finally winning turnover battle for first time this preseason after a forced fumble by CB Delvin Breaux, recovered by LB Dannell Ellerbe (two of their most promising playmakers this summer). Prevented Pittsburgh from kicking a field goal, but Steelers still lead 14-0 after first quarter.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson is in for NFL MVP Cam Newton with 7:02 left in the first half. Newton was supposed to play into the third quarter. Newton was 6-for-14 for 55 yards and two interceptions. He does not appear injured.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

It's the first quarter, but to this point Jameis Winston has a rating of 131.2 with a TD throw and the Bucs have averaged 4.9 yards per carry. This is called a struggling defense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A holding call spoiled it -- but nice deep completion from Drew Brees to TE Coby Fleener down the middle of the field. Fleener admitted it's been a "work in progress" to adjust to Saints' offense. But definitely has that big-play upside as pass-catching TE in this offense.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider among those in the pressbox taking in tonight's 49ers-Packers game. San Francisco plays Seattle in week 3 for the first of the team's two meetings. He also has ties to Green Bay, where he was a scout from 1993-1996, then back in the personnel department from 2002 to 2009 before going to Seattle.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers all will make their preseason debut tonight at San Francisco. Jordy Nelson will not. Here's the full "will not dress list."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

This time Steelers score TD in a hurry against Saints -- on a 57-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown vs. rookie CB De'Vante Harris out of the slot. Harris has been great this summer (and got the start as nickel corner tonight) -- but he hasn't been facing Antonio Brown all summer.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady connects with WR Chris Hogan on a 33-yard touchdown pass up the right side into the end zone on a beautifully thrown ball. The 2-point conversion pass from Brady to WR Aaron Dobson was thrown high and fell incomplete.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady 9, Panthers 0 after the New England quarterback torched Panthers cornerback Bene' Benwikere down the right side. Secondary concerns?

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger with the teardrop dime to Antonio Brown for a 57-yard touchdown. Goodness.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told that Bucs rookie linebacker Devante Bond strained his hamstring Wednesday, which is why he isn't playing. He underwent an MRI but I'm told it's not serious. Hamstring injuries can be tricky, but he's expected to be back in about two weeks.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui rides cart back to locker room with apparent leg injury. Veteran backup rotates in quite a bit, mostly as a blocker, since being acquired in trade with New England last season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton doesn't look like the NFL MVP tonight. He is 5-for-12 for 48 yards with two picks. Timing has been off from the get-go and he has had decent time to throw.