Osweiler solid in Texans' win over Cardinals
HOUSTON — Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins couldn't quit smiling Sunday after the Houston Texans' 34-24 exhibition victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
He's beginning to see just how good this offense can be now that new quarterback Brock Osweiler is settling into his role.
"The mindset that we have when we go out there is that we can't be stopped and today kind of showed that," Hopkins said.
Osweiler threw for 146 yards and a touchdown and Houston intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes to help the Texans improve to 3-0 in the preseason. The Cardinals are 0-3.
Osweiler led the Texans to scores on three of his four drives. He connected with Fuller on a 26-yard touchdown pass that extended Houston's lead to 24-10 before sitting down with about three minutes left in the first half.
It was Osweiler's second successful outing after he and Houston's starting offense struggled in the team's first preseason game.
"We're constantly improving, we're fixing mistakes and we're getting better each week," Osweiler said. "That's really what you want to see at this point in time."
While Osweiler was solid, Houston's starting defense starred. Andre Hal intercepted Palmer's second pass of the day to set up Houston's first score, a 1-yard touchdown run by new running back Lamar Miller.
Palmer's second drive was his only clean one, and it ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by David Johnson.
VIKINGS 23, CHARGERS 10: At Minneapolis, Teddy Bridgewater was sharp in his return from a sore shoulder, completing 12 of 16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in the first half for the Minnesota Vikings in a exhibition victory over the San Diego Chargers in the official unveiling their new stadium.
After sitting out last week at Seattle, Bridgewater found Kyle Rudolph for a 27-yard score and led the Vikings to points on three of five possessions. Bridgewater even put a slick juke on strong safety Adrian Phillips to further a 22-yard run that set up one of three short field goals by Blair Walsh.
JAGUARS 26, BENGALS 21: At Jacksonville, Fla., the Cincinnati Bengals were so sharp against Jacksonville that Andy Dalton and several teammates were done long before halftime.
Dalton led the Bengals to two touchdowns in three possessions, earning him a little extra rest in a loss to the Jaguars.