NFL preseason roundup: Bush, Lions rout Pats

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Showing the kind of threat he can be for the Lions this year, running back Reggie Bush caught five passes for 103 yards Thursday as Detroit demolished the New England Patriots 40-9 in a preseason game at Ford Field.
Bush carried the ball six times and netted 1 yard, but he made his mark as a pass-catcher. He turned a short pass from Matthew Stafford into a 67-yard gain on the Lions' first offensive series, leading to a field goal.
Like Bush, Stafford played only the first half. The Lions quarterback completed 12 of 25 passes for 166 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Tony Scheffler.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also played the first two quarters. He went 16-for-24 for 185 yards with one interception.
New England wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati, made eight receptions for 116 yards.
The Patriots (2-1) committed three turnovers, while the Lions (2-1) never gave the ball away.

Panthers 34, Ravens 27
Carolina scored three defensive touchdowns en route to a win at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Drayton Florence picked off a Joe Flacco pass in the second quarter and took it back 71 yards for a score.
Two plays later, Luke Kuechly forced a fumble from Raves running back Bernard Pierce. Thomas Davis picked up the loose ball and ran 2 yards for a touchdown that put the Panthers on top 21-7.
In the third quarter, D.J. Moore intercepted a pass thrown by Tyrod Taylor and raced for a 33-yard touchdown.
Flacco finished 18-for-24 for 169 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Ray Rice had 16 carries for 62 yards, both game highs, and he scored a 1-yard touchdown that gave Baltimore (2-1) the game's first points.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton went 10-for-19 for 99 yards, and he added 20 yards on two carries. Running back Tauren Poole gained 36 yards on 15 carries for Carolina (2-1).

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