Johnny Manziel's ready to hand off his nickname. Or at least share it.

Russell Wilson and Seattle's first-team offense needed just four plays to show they are ready for the regular season.

The Arizona Cardinals have to cut their roster to 53 players no later than Saturday.

OAKLAND, Calif.-With Seattle's starters mostly making the traditional cameo appearance in the final exhibition game, the Seattle Seahawks were often unrecognizable Thursday night in Oakland.

Derek Carr threw three touchdowns and the Oakland Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 41-31, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday.

With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season.

Rookie Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland's starting quarterback, and the Raiders wrapped up the preseason with a 41-31 victory Thursday night over the Seattle Seahawks.

Nick Novak nailed a 55-yard field goal among his four successful kicks as the San Diego Chargers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 12-9, in the preseason finale for both teams.

As third-string quarterback Brad Sorensen took a knee in victory formation with more than a minute left, the few thousand Chargers fans still in the stadium began to boo.

Saints coach Sean Payton watched as New Orleans' offense failed time and again to move the ball into scoring position.

Given one last chance to make a push to be Houston's backup quarterback, neither Case Keenum nor rookie Tom Savage did much to help their cause.

While Jerry Jones is concerned about a winless preseason with his defense in disarray and quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery, he also remembers his first year as owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards on 11 carries as the Minnesota Vikings concluded a perfect preseason with a 19-3 win over the Tennessee Titans.

CLEVELAND - You can assess Thursday night's Chicago Bears exhibition game against the Cleveland Browns through whatever lens you'd like.

Santonio Holmes hasn't had much time to impress the Bears. That's never been a problem for the former Super Bowl MVP, who has always done things in a hurry.

Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes in a 23-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night in which Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs.

Bills coach Doug Marrone defended his decision to play his starters in their preseason finale, even if it led to rookie receiver Sammy Watkins leaving the game after aggravating a rib injury.

The Tennessee Titans certainly are happy the preseason is over, and now they can only hope the weather's better on their home field in the regular season.

Brett Keisel looks ready for the deep end of the pool.

The Kansas City Chiefs' receiving corps took two more hits, though coach Andy Reid seemed to be a bit more worried by all the flags.

Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo gave Bill Belichick something to think about in his first start for the New England Patriots.

One of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' biggest moments came two hours prior to kickoff.

Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer played just one series against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and took Cleveland on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a Ben Tate touchdown run.

For Michael Sam, it's time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing what someone on the other end says about his future.

HOUSTON - Blaine Gabbert got the surprise start in the 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday night, and he reverted to the sketchy form that won't inspire confidence as Colin Kaepernick's top backup.

When Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and the rest of the starting offense produced a 13-play, 85-yard touchdown drive Thursday night in the preseason finale, they didn't exactly accomplish the feat against the vaunted Chicago Bears defense of 1985.

NEW ORLEANS - Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson broke sharply into his pattern across the middle of the end zone, creating separation with his speed behind the New Orleans Saints' secondary.

Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the New York Giants to a 16-13 win over the New England Patriots and spare the clubs from the indignity of preseason overtime football.

Tyrod Taylor was 10-of-17 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception as the Baltimore Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 22-13, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday night.

Josh Johnson threw three touchdown passes to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 40-13 victory over the Houston Texans in the preseason finale for both teams.

Andrew Luck watched one of his backups struggle behind an offensive line that remains the Colts' biggest concern heading into the season.

Chris Borland made one more big play to convince the 49ers he should be in the mix of linebackers to replace injured NaVorro Bowman.

In an attempt to stay "relevant" for the Sept. 7 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys sat the majority of their starters and front-line players in Thursday night's preseason final against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium.

Kapri Bibbs had two rushing touchdowns and the Denver Broncos took a 27-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to finish up the preseason.

Michael Vick made it one-and-done in his return to Philadelphia.

This felt like a preseason finale, with starters from both teams sitting out, the Vikings and Titans both keeping the clock moving to avoid injuries, and the bleachers at LP Field mostly vacant due to rain showers and an NCAA game across town on Vanderbilt's campus.

Brian Hoyer can take a deep breath. His pressure-packed preseason ended positively.

Brock Osweiler won't play a meaningful snap for the Denver Broncos until Peyton Manning gets hurt or retires.

Mike Brewster could go from being the starter to being on the street.

To Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, finishing the preseason perfect mattered.

The Miami Dolphins scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the St. Louis Rams 14-13 on Thursday night.

Kellen Moore had two touchdown passes as the Detroit Lions thumped the Buffalo Bills, 23-0, in the final preseason tune-up for both clubs.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the Dolphins starters got to relax Thursday. They didn't play a snap. The backups had the task of facing St. Louis in the preseason finale, and as a group they fared OK, defeating the Rams, 14-13, at Sun Life Stadium.

Letting the rookie quarterbacks play and keeping the starters on the sideline may have been the best decisions Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt made all night.

Fozzy Whittaker ran for 91 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers blanked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-0, in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday.

Colt McCoy threw two touchdowns to lead the Washington Redskins to a 24-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale, and Bill Belichick made sure neither the New York Giants or New England Patriots had to endure it.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson's adventures in football and fatherhood began in a delivery room Wednesday evening in Charlotte and ended in a training room at Heinz Field on Thursday night.

LOS ANGELES-The penalty was underwhelming. The angry public fallout was not.

NEW YORK - Matt Barkley did not create a backup quarterback controversy in his first start in an Eagles uniform. But if Thursday night's 37-7 win over the New York Jets in the preseason finale was an opportunity for the Eagles to measure the progress of the 2013 fourth-round pick, they can be encouraged by his improvement from last year.

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