PHILADELPHIA >> Give Michael Vick a slight edge over Nick Foles in the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback competition.
While Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a pair of 80-yard TD drives in his only two series in a 31-22 win over Philadelphia on Friday, Vick did his best to secure a starting job.
"I’m just trying to bring my ‘A’ game," Vick said after throwing a 47-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. "I’m trying to make a statement every day, and treating every snap like it’s my last."
The new-look Eagles kicked off the Chip Kelly era the same way they ended Andy Reid’s long tenure — with another loss. Kelly’s biggest decision will be picking a starting quarterback.
Vick and Foles each led the Eagles to a touchdown in two series apiece, and Kelly wouldn’t let on if he’s leaning toward one guy.
"I thought they both did a good job," he said, adding that he might not pick a starter until after the fourth preseason game.
"Both got us in the end zone. I was pleased. They played pretty well. Both rose to the occasion. I was excited with the way they played."
Vick’s TD drive came against New England’s starters and he looked sharp, completing four of five passes for 94 yards. Foles lost a fumble on his second play and then went 5-for-6 for 43 yards. Kelly already said Foles will start next Thursday night against Carolina.
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"Always a good feeling when adversity happens in a game and we come back from it," Foles said.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have no QB controversies. Tim Tebow made his New England debut after backup Ryan Mallett left with a head injury late in the second quarter. Tebow was 4-for-12 for 55 yards and ran for 31 on four carries.
As for Brady, the two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP finished 7-for-8 for 65 yards and one TD.
LeGarrette Blount had a nifty, 51-yard TD run, reversing direction twice on the play. The former 1,000-yard rusher with Tampa Bay had 101 yards rushing on 11 carries in his first game for New England.
Stevan Ridley had 92 yards rushing for the Patriots, including a 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. He finished that drive with a 1-yard TD run.
Fans eager to see Kelly’s up-tempo offense have to wait until the Eagles play meaningful games next month.
Kelly kept it vanilla for the most part. The Eagles showed some of Kelly’s fast-paced style, but they’re clearly saving everything else for the regular season.
"We didn’t do a third of what we normally would do," Vick said.
Lions 26, Jets 17
DETROIT >> Mark Sanchez had an interception returned for a touchdown, and Geno Smith left with an apparent ankle injury in New York’s loss to Detroit.
Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah made an immediate impression, intercepting Sanchez’s pass and returning it 14 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Ghana put his hands up just in time to pick off Sanchez’s screen pass in the first quarter. He had an easy return to the end zone for the game’s first TD.
Sanchez played three series, going 10-for-13 for 125 yards and a TD. Smith was 6-for-7 for 47 yards.
Texans 27, Vikings 13
MINNEAPOLIS >> Rookie DeAndre Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in Houston’s victory over Minnesota.
The Vikings showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Cordarrelle Patterson.
Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.
Cardinals 17, Packers 0
GREEN BAY, Wis. >> Stepfan Taylor rushed for 64 yards on 20 carries in his rookie debut, and Arizona picked apart Green Bay on both sides of the ball.
Hawaii alum Alex Green carried seven times for 16 yards for the Packers. Punahou graduate Robby Toma caught a 28-yard pass for the Cardinals.
Dolphins 27, Jaguars 3
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. >> Ryan Tannehill connected with Dustin Keller for a 22-yard touchdown, and Miami thumped Jacksonville.
Saint Louis graduate Tyson Alualu had two tackles for Jacksonville.
Panthers 24, Bears 17
CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Chicago forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but Carolina capitalized on turnovers to spoil Marc Trestman’s NFL head coaching debut.
Hawaii and Damien alum Kealoha Pilares caught a 13-yard pass, returned a kick 20 yards and made two tackles for Carolina. Kamehameha graduate Brandon Hardin made one tackle for Chicago.
Raiders 19, Cowboys 17
OAKLAND, Calif. >> Sean Lee and rookie J.J. Wilcox forced first-half turnovers for Dallas’ revamped defense before Oakland rallied to win its exhibition opener.
Lee flattened Matt Flynn on a delayed blitz on the opening drive of the game to force a fumble deep in Oakland territory.
Wilcox intercepted an ill-advised pass from Terrelle Pryor in the end zone to thwart a promising Raiders drive.
Saints 17, Chiefs 13
NEW ORLEANS >> Preston Parker had a pair of touchdown catches in his bid to fill one open receiver spots, and New Orleans defeated Kansas City in coach Sean Payton’s first game back from his bounty suspension.
New Chiefs coach Andy Reid saw all he needed of new starting quarterback Alex Smith in the opening drive, which went 80 yards on 14 plays, capped by Jamaal Charles’ TD run. Smith was 7-for-8 for 68 yards.