Round one went to Ryan Leaf and the San Diego Chargers. The rematch with the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning will be in October, when it counts.
The meeting Saturday night between Leaf, the second pick in the NFL draft, and Manning, the No. 1 pick, was only the second time in NFL history quarterbacks picked 1-2 in the draft had faced each other as rookies.Leaf was 15-for-24 for 172 yards, set up one touchdown and ran for a score as the Chargers broke a 3-3 tie at halftime and beat the Colts 33-3 in Indianapolis. It was only an exhibition game, but after a shaky first half, Leaf looked sharp in leading the Chargers to their third straight victory.
Manning, playing into the third quarter for the first time in the preseason, was 11-for-21 for 123 yards but twice had passes intercepted by Mike Dumas as the Colts dropped to 1-2.
San Diego, helped by Indianapolis turnovers, scored on its first five possessions of the second half. On the first play of the third quarter, Leaf passed 36 yards to Freddie Jones, starting a 10-play drive that produced a 6-yard TD run by Natrone Means.
Dumas returned his second interception 39 yards on the next series, giving San Diego the ball at the Indianapolis 18. Leaf, who was sacked three times, was thrown for a 4-yard loss by Bert Berry, but an interference penalty on Rico Clark gave the Chargers first down at the Colts 1.
Leaf ran in on the next play, his second rushing TD of the preseason, for a 17-3 lead.
The Chargers got the ball back less than two minutes later when Latario Rachal returned a punt 40 yards to the Colts 22. Casey Weldon replaced Leaf at quarterback and took the Chargers to the 3 before John Carney kicked a 21-yard field goal.
The only other quarterback matchup between No. 1 and No. 2 picks was in 1993, when Seattle and second-pick Rick Mirer beat New England and No. 1 pick Drew Bledsoe 17-14. The Colts and Chargers will play here again in a regular-season game Oct. 4.
STEELERS 28, FALCONS 22: At Morgantown, W.Va., Richard Huntley rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in the Pittsburgh Steelers' victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Huntley, a former Winston-Salem State star battling for a roster spot as backup running back, capped off two third-quarter drives with touchdown runs of 1 and 47 yards and added a 62-yard burst.
The game was played in Morgantown, about 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, because of scheduling problems in Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
BENGALS 33, LIONS 19: At Cincinnati, Neil O'Donnell made his claim on Cincinnati's starting quarterback job, completing 15-of-18 passes for 147 yards, including a 40-yard TD pass to Darnay Scott.
Incumbent Jeff Blake, who played only two series in the second half, threw a 45-yard pass to Chris Doering that set up Brandon Bennett's 1-yard TD drive with 2:09 to play. Blake was 2-of-3 for 51 yards.
Detroit's Jason Hanson went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, hitting from 26, 23, 40 and 47 yards. Both teams are 1-2 in the preseason.
PATRIOTS 20, REDSKINS 17: At Landover, Md., Phil Dawson, claimed off waiver Friday, kicked a 41-yard field goal with 2:30 left to push New England past Washington.
Dawson, who also made a 37-yarder, was signed to kick in place of Adam Vinatieri, who has a groin injury. Dawson was released Tuesday by Oakland.
Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe was 15-for-26 for 153 yards.
VIKINGS 25, PANTHERS 22, OT: At Charlotte, N.C., Gary Anderson made a 26-yard field goal with 7:59 left in overtime as Minnesota beat Carolina to improve to 3-0 in the preseason.
Carolina kicker John Kasay had a chance to win it in regulation, but his 43-yarder with five seconds left bounced off the right goal post - his first miss in 12 attempts this exhibition season.
The Vikings tied it at 22 with 3:32 left in regulation on Tony Bland's blocked punt for a touchdown, and a two-point conversion.
RAMS 22, COWBOYS 14: At St. Louis, the Cardinals' backups outscored Dallas' subs 13-0 in the second half, with the winning touchdown a 1-yard run by Greg Hill with 5:42 left in the third quarter.
Dallas' Emmitt Smith ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, Troy Aikman threw a touchdown pass and had seven straight completions in the first half, and Michael Irvin had six catches for 100 yards.
The Cowboys are 0-4 in the preseason, and have lost nine in a row dating to Week 13 of last season.
St. Louis quarterback Tony Banks also broke out of a preseason slump, passing for 107 yards and a touchdown to help the Rams improve to 1-2.
CHIEFS 22, JAGUARS 21: At Kansas City, Mo., backup quarterback Rich Gannon threw for one second-half touchdown and ran for one as Kansas City beat Jacksonville.
With 10:17 left, Gannon hit wide-open tight end Willy Tate for 11 yards, making it 21-16 with Kansas City's first offensive touchdown in 10 quarters.
Kevin Lockett, starting in place of injured Derrick Alexander, had eight receptions for 125 yards, including a 51-yard play in the first quarter that set up the first of Pete Stoyanovich's three field goals.
OILERS 26, SAINTS 24: At New Orleans, Steve McNair was 11-of-24 for 200 yards and had two runs for 24 yards in about a half as the Tennessee beat New Orleans.
McNair's final series, the first possession of the third quarter, was highlighted by a 78-yard pass to Derrick Mason on an 88-yard drive that ended with Rodney Thomas' 3-yard touchdown run.
The Oilers (2-1) scored on every possession with McNair at quarterback, getting Al Del Greco's three field goals and two touchdowns to take a 23-10 lead. The Saints are 0-3.
SEAHAWKS 31, CARDINALS 24: At Tempe, Ariz., Warren Moon, seeing game action for the first time since he ended his holdout Aug. 12, beat Arizona's young secondary for two long TD passes in the second quarter, and Seattle held on to defeat the Cardinals.
The Seahawks had a 31-7 lead until Arizona's Jake Plummer threw an 18-yard TD pass to Rob Moore with 1:02 left in the second quarter.
Plummer, who completed his first 11 passes, also had an 18-yard scoring toss to Larry Centers in the third period.