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NFL roundup: Pre-season wins for Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks

NFL roundup: Pre-season wins for Browns, Broncos, Seahawks
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Sports Mole rounds up all the action from the first pre-season games of the 2013 NFL season.

Twelve NFL teams were in action in the early hours of this morning for their first games of the pre-season.

Three first-half turnovers and a missed field goal by the San Francisco 49ers helped the Denver Broncos to a 10-6 win over the Super Bowl runners-up.

Shaun Phillips returned a DJ Harper fumble for the only touchdown of the game, while Mike Adams intercepted an effort from 49ers backup quarterback Colt McCoy, who later left the game with a shoulder injury.

Starting QBs Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick each played just one series for their respective teams.

The Baltimore Ravens cruised to a 44-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with both teams choosing to use their starting quarterbacks sparingly.

Joe Flacco's backup Tyrod Taylor made two touchdown passes for the Super Bowl champions, including a 21-yard completion to LaQuan Williams.

It was also a comfortable night for the Ravens' AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, as they beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-10.

Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson passed for 100 yards from 16 attempts, including a touchdown pass to Brandon Tate.

Meanwhile, rookie running back Giovani Bernard scored a touchdown and added 28 rushing yards during his first game for the side.

A strong performance by Tavaris Jackson ensured a 31-10 win for the Seattle Seahawks over the San Diego Chargers.

The quarterback, who is competing with Brady Quinn to be Russell Wilson's backup, threw two touchdown passes and completed 128 passing yards for the NFC West side.

Jackson connected with Stephen Williams and Derrick Coleman in the fourth quarter, while Quinn picked out Jermaine Kearse towards the end of the first half.

Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o had little involvement during his debut for the team, making no tackles.

The Washington Redskins edged to a narrow 22-21 win over the Tennessee Titans during their pre-season opener.

Kirk Cousins started the game while Robert Griffin III continues his recovery from a knee ligament injury, before Rex Grossman entered to record 119 passing yards and complete a touchdown pass.

Running back Chris Johnson looked sharp for the Titans, finding the end zone after a 58-yard run, while Shonn Greene also added a touchdown from a 19-yard rush.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden remained in the game for longer than many starters during his team's 27-19 win over the St Louis Rams as he tries to retain his place in the team.

Weeden, who is preparing for his second year in the NFL, threw a touchdown pass while leading the side on two scoring drives.

Sam Bradford had an impact during his time on the field for the Rams, completing a three-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens.

Results in full: Baltimore Ravens 44-16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals 34-10 Atlanta Falcons, St Louis Rams 19-27 Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins 22-21 Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos 10-6 San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks 31-10 San Diego Chargers.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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