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Thursday’s NFL roundup (with Boise State and Idaho connections)

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Aaron Grymes (Idaho Vandals) intercepts a pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates during the first half of their NFL preseason game in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Aaron Grymes (Idaho Vandals) intercepts a pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates during the first half of their NFL preseason game in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. The Associated Press

PATRIOTS 23, BEARS 22

Tom Brady sat out his second straight game after cutting his hand with scissors before the game in Foxborough, Mass., while Jimmy Garoppolo played the entire first half and one series in the second half, finishing 16-of-21 for 181 yards and a touchdown. Jay Cutler and Chicago’s offense started with a lot more pep after an anemic effort last week.

▪ Boise State connections: OL Charles Leno played for the Bears; LB Shea McClellin did not play for the Patriots.

BENGALS 30, LIONS 14

Jeremy Hill scored a TD on Cincinnati’s first possession, but that was it for the Bengals and their top offensive players. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford was 8-of-11 for 113 yards in the home game at Detroit.

▪ Boise State connection: S George Iloka did not register any stats for the Bengals.

EAGLES 17, STEELERS 0

Pittsburgh’s Landry Jones threw four interceptions at home, giving the Eagles nine takeaways in six quarters. The Steelers have one offensive TD in two games. Eagles QB Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick, missed the game (ribs). Sam Bradford was 14-of-19 for 115 yards.

▪ Vandals connection: CB Aaron Grymes had a team-high four tackles and an interception for the Eagles before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.

PACKERS 20, RAIDERS 12

Eddie Lacy had nine carries for 45 yards and a TD as Green Bay played at Lambeau Field without Aaron Rodgers. Derek Carr ran Oakland’s offense for a half and completed 9-of-13 passes for 38 yards and an interception.

▪ Vandals connection: LB Korey Toomer had three tackles for Oakland.

FALCONS 24, BROWNS 13

Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw two TD passes in the first half in his first game in Cleveland, while Matt Ryan completed 6-of-11 passes for 78 yards.

▪ Boise State connection: CB Jamar Taylor had two tackles for the Browns.

VIKINGS 18, SEAHAWKS 11

Marcus Sherels intercepted Trevone Boykin’s pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 left and visiting Minnesota beat Seattle. With Boykin trying to lead Seattle to another late comeback for a second straight week, Sherels stepped in front of his pass intended for E.Z. Nwachukwu and went untouched for the deciding score. Seattle had pulled even at 11-11 when Troymaine Pope scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 12:49 left after his 27-yard run got the Seahawks deep in Minnesota territory and Steven Hauschka’s 49-yard field goal later in the fourth quarter.

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