The Tennessee Oilers can start the regular season confident that they have won at least once in their new hometown.
Al Del Greco kicked three field goals, including a 51-yarder, as the Oilers held off the Denver Broncos 16-13 Saturday for their first victory in Music City.Both Denver (3-1) and Tennessee (3-1) limited their starters to the first half, with John Elway playing only one series and Steve McNair two. Each led their teams to TDs on their opening drives.
Their backups matched each other in the second quarter, leading to field goals for each team, but the Oilers didn't see what they wanted from James Ritchey in the second half. Ritchey thought he had the No. 3 job when the Oilers released Ron Powlus, only to see them pick up Steve Matthews off waivers from Jacksonville.
Against Denver, Ritchey had his chances as he started off inside the Denver 32 twice thanks to a fumble and an interception.
He dropped the center exchange twice and fumbled while trying to score. The Oilers wound up losing a total of eight yards and settled for Del Greco's field goals of 51 and 26 yards and a 16-10 lead.
PATRIOTS 24, EAGLES 7: At Foxboro, Mass., first-round pick Robert Edwards, the heir apparent to Curtis Martin, had a successful game for New England: He didn't get hurt.
Dietrich Jells, a longshot to make the team, did even better. Playing against Philadelphia's backups in the second half, he caught two TD passes and recovered a fumble as the Patriots (3-2) beat the offensively inept Eagles.
Edwards, who missed the previous three exhibition games with a groin problem after an injury-plagued career at Georgia, finished with 38 yards on 15 carries.
CARDINALS 21, RAIDERS 14: At Oakland, Calif., Michael Pittman ran for his third TD, a 4-yard run with 44 seconds remaining, to give Arizona a win over Oakland.
Pittman also had a 1-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for the Cardinals (2-2), who pulled their first-string offense in the first quarter.
Stoney Case, who was 15-of-25 for 158 yards while playing most of the game for Arizona, led the Cardinals on a 14-play, 58-yard drive in the closing minutes to set up Pittman's third scoring run.
STEELERS 38, PANTHERS 24: At Pittsburgh, Pete Gonzalez, the best of Pittsburgh's four quarterbacks during the preseason, led two fourth-quarter scoring drives in a win over Carolina.
Gonzalez, given little chance of making the Steelers' roster after starting only one year at crosstown Pitt, finished an 80-yard drive by hitting Andre Coleman for a go-ahead 5-yard TD with 9:26 to play.
Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, a 250-pound rookie running back from Utah, then scored from a yard out with 5:41 remaining.