Giants' defense roughs up Jets

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sacks New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the first half    of the Giants' 26-3 victory.   RICH SCHULTZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sacks New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the first half of the Giants' 26-3 victory.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie Jayron Hosley returned an interception of Mark Sanchez 77 yards for a touchdown, and the New York Giants’ defense stifled the Jets’ starters in a 26-3 preseason victory between the hometown rivals on Saturday night.

Tim Tebow, making his home debut for the Jets (0-2), didn’t fare much better in his six series. But the backup quarterback led the Jets to their only points of the night – Josh Brown’s 30-yard field goal.

Lawrence Tynes kicked four field goals for the Giants (1-1). Eli Manning and the Giants starters were mostly quiet, with the Super Bowl MVP going 7 of 14 for 62 yards and an interception.

Sanchez finished 9 of 11 for 59 yards and the costly interception.

TEXANS 20, 49ERS 9

In Houston, Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to Lestar Jean, Trindon Holliday returned a punt for another score and Houston’s defense stifled San Francisco.

Schaub completed 11 of 14 passes for 128 yards in two quarters.

Alex Smith completed 5 of 9 passes for 49 yards for the 49ers. He was sacked twice by the Texans’ first-string defense.

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs injured his left knee in the first quarter. He had X-rays, which were negative and he will undergo an MRI today

RAMS 31, CHIEFS 17

In St. Louis, Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives, and the Rams made improvements on the other side of the ball in a victory over Kansas City.

Lance Kendricks and Danny Amendola scored on catches of 23 and 8 yards, and Steven Jackson ran for 49 yards on seven carries in a 151-yard first quarter that handed the backups a two-touchdown cushion. The Rams (1-1) totaled 215 yards in a 38-3 loss last week at Indianapolis.

BEARS 33, REDSKINS 31

In Chicago, Lorenzo Booker returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown and Michael Bush scored twice to lead the Bears.

Bears backup safety Brandon Hardin was taken from the field on a cart because of a neck injury early in the third quarter.

He was injured trying to tackle Logan Paulsen on a 19-yard pass from Kirk Cousins on the next play from scrimmage. He was moving his hands and gave the thumbs up sign as he left the field.

CARDINALS: Starting left tackle Levi Brown tore a right triceps and probably will not play this season.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt revealed the extent of the injury at his Saturday news conference, saying the five-year starter will require surgery, with an anticipated recovery time that would approach the end of the season.

The 6-foot-6, 324-pound Brown was injured in the first half of Arizona’s 31-27 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders on Friday night.


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