Originally created 08/29/98

Exhibition wrapup: Dolphins undefeated in preseason



MIAMI -- Karim Abdul-Jabbar scored on two 1-yard runs as the Miami Dolphins completed their first undefeated preseason since 1981 by beating the Green Bay Packers 21-7 Friday night.

Jason Taylor intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 38 yards to set up Miami's second touchdown for a 14-0 halftime lead.

The Dolphins finished the exhibition season 4-0. After going 4-0 in the 1981 preseason, they went 11-4-1 during the regular season. Green Bay, playing its second road game in five days, finished 2-3.

Dan Marino drove the Dolphins 55 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession and finished 3 of 7 for 27 yards.

Tight end Hendrick Lusk, acquired off waivers Wednesday, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Damon Huard after Brett Favre played three series for Green Bay.

BILLS 27, REDSKINS 17:

The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game last in the league with 37 points, had first-half touchdown drives of 70 and 99 yards in beating Washington.

Buffalo (2-2) quarterback Rob Johnson connected on a 52-yard pass to Eric Moulds and found tight end Lonnie Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown pass that gave the Bills a 7-0 lead 6:13 into the game.

Rob Johnson left the game after just one series and was replaced by backup Doug Flutie, who led the Bills on a 14-play, 99-yard second quarter drive for a 14-0 advantage.

Gus Frerotte was just 1 for 8 for 21 yards and backup Jeff Hostetler finished 5 for 8 with 66 yards passing for the Redskins (1-3) before leaving with a sprained knee.

RAVENS 14, GIANTS 6:

Baltimore limited New York to two field goals and got a game-winning, 23-yard touchdown run from Errict Rhett in the third quarter to beat the Giants and cap a perfect preseason.

Priest Holmes scored on a 5-yard run with 28 seconds to play for the Ravens (4-0), who gave up 26 points in the exhibition season, including 12 over the last three games. In two trips to Giants Stadium, they shut out the Jets, 33-0, and beat the Giants.

Brad Daluiso kicked two field goals for New York (1-3), which ended the preseason with a three-game losing streak, the same thing it did last year for then-rookie coach Jim Fassel.

RAMS 10, CHIEFS 6:

Greg Hill scored St. Louis' only touchdown in his return to Kansas City, giving the Rams a win over the Chiefs in a penalty-filled Governor's Cup exhibition game.

The result probably helped nail down a roster spot for Hill, who was not re-signed by the Chiefs after last season and only joined St. Louis earlier this month.

Kansas City (2-3) was flagged 17 times for 135 yards. St. Louis (2-2) had 11 penalties for 97 yards.

Hill, who was Kansas City's first-round draft choice in 1994 but never really found a home in the Chiefs' offense, ran for 21 yards on nine carries and put the Rams up 7-0 with a 3-yard run in the first quarter.

VIKINGS 42, CHARGERS 28:

Brad Johnson threw three first-half touchdown passes as Minnesota finished the exhibition season unbeaten with a victory over San Diego.

After the NFL owners approved his $250 million purchase last month, new owner Red McCombs predicted that Minnesota would have a chance to win every game in 1998.

The Vikings (4-0) made the new boss look pretty smart on the way to their first unbeaten exhibition season since 1992, coach Dennis Green's first season. They set a team record with shutouts in the first two games, then rallied to beat Carolina in overtime last week.

On Friday, they cruised until mop-up time against the Chargers (3-1), who were after their first perfect preseason since 1962.

JETS 24, BEARS 7:

Wayne Chrebet caught four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown and third-string running backs Richie Anderson and Robert Farmer combined for 123 yards and a touchdown as the Jets beat the Bears.

It was the Jets' first victory over the Bears in four exhibition games. Chicago was booed off the field after finishing the preseason winless (0-4) for just the fourth time in team history.

The Jets shredded Chicago's defense, outgaining the Bears 474 yards to 218. Glenn Foley was 12-of-22 for 182 yards and a touchdown, and backup Vinny Testaverde was 10-of-15 for 71 yards.

The lone bright spot for the Bears was running back Curtis Enis, who scored on a 2-yard leap into the end zone for Chicago's only score.

SAINTS 10, BUCS 6:

After their first-string offense was shut out in the first half, the New Orleans Saints managed a touchdown with their second string and a field goal with their third string for a victory over Tampa Bay.

It was not a game to build confidence for the Saints (1-3) heading into the season, however.

Tampa Bay (2-3) started its second-string offense and even though Steve Walsh didn't throw the ball often or far, the one field goal the Buccaneers managed in the first half was almost enough for a victory.

Walsh was 10-of-12 for 76 yards as Tampa Bay's reserves outgained the Saints' starters 121 yards to 86 in the first half, including 76-28 in passing.