Josh Vaughn is impressive in Atlanta loss

Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Atlanta Falcons 16

ATLANTA — For a Jacksonville team coming off a 2-14 season, any win — even in the preseason — is cause for celebration.


For an Atlanta team that won 13 games last season with a spot in the NFC championship game, the first priority was keeping key players healthy for the regular season.

Falcons coach Mike Smith held out almost all his starters in Thursday night's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars. So he managed a postgame smile despite his team's 0-4 record in the games that don't count.

"Our mindset this year more than anything was to try to get to that game No. 1 as healthy as possible," Smith said. "We've done a pretty good job of doing that."



In Cincinnati, Andy Dalton led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive, and Josh Johnson threw for another in his bid to win the backup job.



In East Rutherford, N.J., Matt Simms, competing for the Jets’ No. 3 quarterback job, led four scoring drives and Kahlil Bell had two touchdown runs and New York beat Philadelphia.



In Orchard Park, N.Y., Detroit’s second-and third-string quarterbacks, Shaun Hill and Kellen Moore, threw two touchdown passes each in a victory over Buffalo.


VIKINGS: Offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter night after injuring his neck in a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon.

Olsen, in his fourth season, started four games last year.


PACKERS: Place-kicker Mason Crosby agreed to restructure his contract, according to his his agent, Mike McCartney.

He is currently the only kicker on the roster after the Packers released two other kickers, Giorgio Tavecchio and Zach Ramirez, this week.





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