Manning's home debut so-so in setback
DENVER — Peyton Manning's home debut for the Denver Broncos was a mixed bag in a 30-10 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
He led two scoring drives but threw two more interceptions and watched his teammates drop plenty of passes and cough up the ball.
Manning played the first half and gave the Broncos (1-1) a 10-9 lead despite three turnovers, including an interception in the red zone for the second straight week.
He looked great on a 2-minute drive, but that stalled when tight end Jacob Tamme, his old pal from Indianapolis, dropped a wide-open touchdown pass 6 seconds before halftime. They settled for a field goal and a 10-9 halftime lead.
The biggest positive for the four-time MVP, who's returning from a neck injury that required four surgeries and sidelined him all of last year, is that he took his first big hit in 19 months and got right back up.
Blasted by defensive end Bruce Irvin with 1:28 left in the half, Manning shook it off and completed a 22-yard pass to Brandon Stokley on his next play.
Manning completed 16 of 23 passes for 177 yards with no TDs and two interceptions.
Terrell Owens had a disappointing debut for the Seahawks (2-0), failing to catch any of the five passes thrown his way.
The second half was all Seahawks as they went ahead 16-10 on Kregg Lumpkin's 16-yard run before rookie Russell Wilson (10 of 17 for 155 yards) threw TD passes of 34 yards to Tyrell Sutton and 8 yards to Cooper Helfet.
Texans 20, 49ers 9
At 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 in a preseason win.
Schaub completed 11 of 14 passes for 128 yards in two quarters, looking sharp in his second game since fracturing his right foot in Week 10 last season. The 5-foot-5 Holliday, who returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score in the Texans' preseason opener, scored in the fourth quarter.
The Texans held the 49ers to 267 yards and 13 first downs. 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 left in the first quarter with a left knee injury after a hit by Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, and second-round pick LaMichael James limped off in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Jacobs will "miss a little time," but that his injury isn't serious. He said James is fine and is expected back at practice on Monday.
Randy Moss made three catches for 24 yards, his first receptions of the preseason.
Giants 23, Jets 3
At East Rutherford, N.J., rookie Jayron Hosley returned an interception of Mark Sanchez 77 yards for a touchdown, and the defending Super Bowl champions stifled the Jets.
Tim Tebow, making his home debut for the Jets (0-2), led the Jets to their only points of the night on a 30-yard field goal by Josh Brown. But he, like Sanchez, struggled to get much of anything going while working with the second-team offense.
Lawrence Tynes kicked four field goals, and former Rutgers fullback Joe Martinek had a 14-yard touchdown catch for the Giants (1-1). Eli Manning and the Giants starters were mostly quiet, too, with the Super Bowl MVP going 7 of 14 for 62 yards and an interception.
Rams 31, Chiefs 17
At St. Louis, Sam Bradford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives, and St. Louis made improvements on the other side of the ball in a preseason victory over Kansas City in the annual Governor's Cup game.
Lance Kendricks and Danny Amendola scored on catches of 23 and 8 yards, and Steven Jackson ran for 49 yards on seven carries.
Bradford was 6-for-9 for 102 yards for St. Louis. Matt Cassel played the first half for Kansas City (1-1) and was 13 of 18 for 142 yards.
Bears 33, Redskins 31
At Chicago, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall looked sharp from the start in their first appearance for the Bears.
They connected on a 41-yard pass on Chicago's first play from scrimmage to set up the first of two first-quarter touchdown runs by Michael Bush, and the defense contained Robert Griffin III.
The Bears pulled out the win on Robbie Gould's 57-yard field goal with 31 seconds left.
Held out last week following the birth of his son, Cutler threw for 122 yards and completed 7 of 13 passes.
Chargers 28, Cowboys 20
At San Diego, Shareece Wright's electrifying 73-yard interception return set up Jackie Battle's go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst threw two touchdown passes for San Diego.
The Chargers (1-1) overcame three turnovers, including two interceptions by Philip Rivers, to rally from a 10-0 deficit. The Bolts have five turnovers in two exhibitions.