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Dolphins Perfect In Preseason


Defensive tackle Tim Bowens made an immediate impact in his first game of the year, and the Miami Dolphins completed their first undefeated preseason since 1981 by beating the Green Bay Packers 21-7 Friday night.

Bowens,

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Miami quarterback Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a touchdown in their opening possession on Friday. (AP)
who signed a five-year, $25 million contract Tuesday after ending a month-long holdout, recovered a fumble on his third play of the exhibition season.

Jason Taylor intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 38 yards to set up Miami's second touchdown for a 14-0 halftime lead, but he and Lorenzo Bromell, both defensive linemen, left the game with knee injuries. The severity of the injuries will be determined Saturday.

The Dolphins finished the exhibition season 4-0. After going 4-0 in the 1981 preseason, they went 11-4-1 during the regular season.

Green Bay, playing its second road game in five days, finished 2-3.

Dan Marino drove the Dolphins 55 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession. The other two series he played failed to produce a first down, and he finished 3-of-7 for 27 yards.

Brett Favre played three series for Green Bay and went 4-of-7 for 69 yards.

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    Bills 27, Redskins 17

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The NFL's worst offense this preseason finally showed signs of life.

    The Buffalo Bills, who entered the game last in the league with 37 points, had first-half touchdown drives of 70 and 99 yards in a 27-17 victory over Washington on Friday night.

    Buffalo (2-2) starting quarterback Rob Johnson played the opening series, completing all four of his passes for 70 yards.

    Falcons 17, Bengals 0

    ATLANTA -- Forty-four-year-old Steve DeBerg, trying to become the oldest player in the NFL since George Blanda, directed two second-half touchdown drives Friday night to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 17-0 exhibition victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

    DeBerg, who hasn't played a regular-season game since 1993, was 10-of-14 for 129 yards and a touchdown. Almost as important, he avoided any sacks after looking lethargic in his first preseason appearance for the Falcons (2-2).

    The Bengals (1-3) were totally inept offensively with Neil O'Donnell and Paul Justin splitting most of the quarterback duties. Cincinnati crossed midfield only once - and that play ended with Ki-Jana Carter losing a fumble at the Falcons 46 in the first quarter.

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