Favre is a hit in his Jets debut
Brett Favre threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller to cap the second series of his New York Jets debut against the Washington Redskins on Saturday night at East Rutherford, N.J.
Favre, acquired from Green Bay last week, took the snap, looked to his left and found the rookie tight end in the end zone to give the Jets a 7-0 lead with 5:25 remaining in the first quarter. Favre clapped in celebration after the score and high-fived several of his new teammates, including Keller.
Colt Brennan’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Jason Goode with 1:09 remaining gave the Redskins a 13-10 victory.
The three-time league MVP’s debut lasted 14 plays -- Coach Eric Mangini said he expected Favre to take between eight and 12 snaps -- and finished his first game completing five of six for 48 yards and the touchdown.
“Nervous, excited,” Favre said of how he felt in his debut. “Some feelings I haven’t felt in a while, but I was excited.”
Favre, who said his arm felt fatigued early in the week, looked strong in his two series. He threw a crisp 19-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery on third down to get the ball down to the Redskins 20 on the scoring drive.
Chad Pennington led two scoring drives in his debut for the Miami Dolphins a week after signing with the team.
Pennington, cut by the New York Jets to make room for Favre, was five for six passing for 55 yards in the Dolphins’ 19-14 victory over the Jaguars at Jacksonville.
Pennington also had two scrambles totaling 18 yards, helping Miami take a 10-0 lead.
Brandon Marshall had a diving three-yard touchdown catch with Dallas’ Adam Jones in coverage in a game at Denver that followed four joint workouts by the teams spiced up by a friendly feud between the two. The Broncos won, 23-13.
Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler completed his first 12 passes for 142 yards while leading Denver on two touchdown drives.
Tarvaris Jackson suffered a knee injury in the first quarter at Baltimore during Minnesota’s 23-15 victory over the Ravens, ruining an otherwise productive night for the Vikings quarterback.
Jackson hurt his right knee on a nine-yard run, then stayed in for two more plays before leaving. He finished seven of 11 for 82 yards and a touchdown. He also ran twice for 22 yards.
The San Diego defense made some big stops despite playing without more than half its starters at St. Louis.
The Rams won, 7-6, on a touchdown run by Travis Minor with the Chargers playing their backups.
Jim Sorgi eased some concerns at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.
With no apparent timetable on Peyton Manning’s return from knee surgery, the Colts were relieved that Sorgi avoided critical mistakes during their 16-9 victory over the Falcons at Atlanta.
Houston’s Matt Schaub was 14 of 16 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 31-27 victory over the Saints at New Orleans.
Rookie running back Tim Hightower had a short touchdown run and Matt Leinart threw a touchdown pass to Steve Breaston as the Arizona Cardinals beat the Chiefs, 27-17, at Kansas City, Mo.
Seattle rookie Justin Forsett, who finished with 136 yards in 15 carries, ran the Seahawks from their own 13 into range for fellow rookie Brandon Coutu to kick his fifth field goal of a the game, a 36-yarder 3:28 into overtime to give the Seahawks a 29-26 win over the Chicago Bears.