INDIANAPOLIS — The competition for Washington's starting quarterback job is all square.
John Beck led the Redskins to scores on each of their first four possessions, kept the ball for more than 23 minutes in the first half and relied on that fast start to get Washington past the Indianapolis Colts 16-3 on Friday night.
He looked sharp and efficient and played mistake-free — the perfect counterpunch to Rex Grossman's impressive performance last week.
"I know they're confident in him, I hope they're confident in me, and I don't know how it's going to play out," Beck said. "I can only worry about me, and I just try to focus on that and be the best that I can."
So far, so good.
Beck finished 14 of 17 for 140 yards with no touchdowns and, perhaps more important, no interceptions while playing the entire first half. He was sacked three times by the defending AFC South champs.
Grossman started the second half and was 7 of 12 for 88 yards with one interception and one sack. Last week in the first half, Grossman, a former first-round draft pick and Super Bowl starter, was 19 of 26 for 207 yards with one touchdown against defending AFC champion Pittsburgh.
Round 3 will be at Baltimore.
DOLPHINS 20, PANTHERS 10: At Miami, Cam Newton threw a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete on the final play of the first half Friday night, and that's the closest he came to reaching the end zone. The top pick of the NFL draft was shut out in his first exhibition-game start. Newton played the entire first half, when the Panthers managed only three first downs, had the ball for less than eight minutes and fell behind 17-0. Newton went 7 for 14 for 66 yards, and he ran four times for 18 yards.
PACKERS 28, CARDINALS 20: At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers topped off a sharp performance with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings for the defending Super Bowl champions.
RAVENS 31, CHIEFS 13: At Baltimore, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives for Baltimore, the first ending with Jalen Parmele's go-ahead 10-yard touchdown run with 7:16 remaining.
JAGUARS 15, FALCONS 13: At Jacksonville, Fla., David Garrard did little to solidify his starting spot and rookie Blaine Gabbert was equally unimpressive for the Jaguars. Garrard completed 7 of 12 passes for 99 yards, with an interception in three series. Gabbert, the 10th pick in the April draft, completed 11 of 23 passes for 96 yards in seven series. Gabbert was plagued by several drops, including three on one second-half series that forced the Jaguars to settle for a 54-yard field goal.
LIONS 30, BROWNS 28: At Cleveland, Colt McCoy threw three touchdown passes — two to tight end Evan Moore — in the first half, but Cleveland blew a 15-point lead in a penalty-filled exhibition.
Washington at Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Atlanta at Jacksonville, 8 p.m.
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