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NFL preseason results and scores 2015: Tim Tebow outplays Matt Barkley for Eagles

Tim Tebow wasn't perfect, but he looked better than Matt Barkley in the preseason finale on Thursday. Plus, we've got results

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The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback situation is one of the more interesting in the league. The team as a whole has changed so much since Chip Kelly took over, and Sam Bradford is now the starting quarterback. But Bradford has had a lot of injury issues over the past several years -- enough that any team rolling with him had better pay special attention to its backup quarterbacks.

On Thursday, the entire NFL was in action for the final week of the preseason and Bradford sat out when the Eagles took on the New York Jets. Matt Barkley, one of his backups, started the game and we also saw Tim Tebow get some playing time. Mark Sanchez seems set as Bradford's backup and did not play. The Eagles haven't totally set their depth chart behind Bradford and Sanchez, so this game still had some importance.

Barkley started the game for the Eagles, and he didn't play great initially. He completed just 3 of 6 passes for 38 yards with no touchdown, but a very ugly interception, which you can see below:

Barkley did come back into the game in the third quarter and completed another pass to bring his stat line to four completions for 45 yards and the interception. It wasn't a great game for him.

Barkley gave way to Tebow, who obviously draws headlines regardless of what he does, in the second quarter, and again in the fourth. Tebow was a surprise signing by the Eagles, but he might just earn his way onto the final roster given his play in the preseason thus far, which has been pretty good. Tebow had a rushing touchdown in Week 1, a couple decent runs in Week 2 and he threw this pretty touchdown pass on Thursday:

That wasn't it for Tebow, though. He also had a beautiful 45-yard pass and then a fourth-down touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. He finished the game having completed 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and ran the ball four times for 32 yards.

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Coleman looking good for Atlanta

Tevin Coleman was one of the more interesting running backs in this year's class, but injury concerns made him fall in the draft. He also dealt with injuries throughout the preseason, but when healthy he's been making some big plays for the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman has a real shot at earning the starting role sooner than later for the Falcons, especially if he has more runs like this one:

Coleman finished Thursday's game with eight carries for 56 yards, a per-carry average of 7.0 yards. That includes the 26-yard run above. Colemand and Devonta Freeman have been competing for the starting role, but Coleman looks like a future starter at this point, and the two didn't get to battle much due to injuries to both of them. The Falcons have to like what they've seen from Coleman.

Jets try and figure out 3rd QB spot

While we talked about Philadelphia's quarterbacks above, the Jets also had something relevant going on at the quarterback position. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter after Geno Smith sustained a broken jaw, and rookie Bryce Petty is behind him. The Jets will likely carry another quarterback, which makes sense if they don't want Petty, who is very raw, to actually play. That's where Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson come into play.

Flynn and Johnson are battling for what will probably be the Jets' third-string quarterback job, at least while Smith is hurt. The two also have a lot more experience than Petty, which is a bonus. Flynn started the game and looked sharp for the most part. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 136 yards with a pair of touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and was sacked once for a loss of 8 yards before he gave way to Johnson. Still, it was a solid performance altogether.

Johnson didn't look quite as good, completing 7 of 12 passes for 82 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Johnson did have seven carries for 76 yards, though. That has to boost his stock somewhat, but he's not exactly similar in playing style to Fitzpatrick

Mariota has success in 4th preseason game, whatever that means

Tampa Bay elected to keep its rookie quarterback on the sideline on Thursday, but the Tennessee Titans rolled out Marcus Mariota against the Minnesota Vikings. Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, only played on one series, but he did manage to make a 59-yard catch-and-run touchdown look pretty easy:

Of course, that's probably because he doesn't have to do the "and run" part. That play came on a third down and it was looking like Mariota's first drive was going to end prematurely. Instead, it went for that touchdown and he finished Thursday's game 2-for-3 for 74 yards and a touchdown. Pretty solid outing for a guy that will now be looking ahead for a showdown against Jameis Winston in Week 1 of the regular season.

Final scores

Atlanta Falcons 20, Baltimore Ravens 19

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Oddly enough, Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan did play in the game ... for a single snap. Ryan handed the ball off on that snap, and then gave way to Sean Renfree, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens have to like the strong QB play from Matt Schaub and Bryn Renner on their end.

New York Jets 24, Philadelphia Eagles 18

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We talked about both sides of this game above -- the Jets and Eagles got a lot of information about their backup quarterbacks, and not a whole lot else happened. Daryl Richardson looked good running the ball for the Jets, with 22 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals 9, Indianapolis Colts 6

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Neither team's starters saw much of any playing time, and it was a low-scoring affair. Both teams gave up a ton of sacks, with A.J. McCarron being sacked four times for a loss of 14 yards and Bryan Bennett sacked four times for a loss of 24 yards.

Green Bay Packers 38, New Orleans Saints 10

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Green Bay has to be very encouraged by the play of rookie quarterback Brett Hundley. He threw for over 200 yards and four touchdowns for the Packers. New Orleans saw good things from Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown, and Brandon Coleman looked good with 82 yards receiving.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22, Miami Dolphins 17

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Jameis Winston, the top pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, has the starting job and as such, did not play against the Dolphins on Thursday. Mike Glennon started instead and threw a touchdown and two picks. The Dolphins have to like what they saw from rookie running back Jay Ajayi, who had nine carries for 66 yards.

Carolina Panthers 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 6

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Joe Webb looked great for the Panthers, completing 17 of 22 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. Michael Vick played again for Pittsburgh and completed three of five passes for 24 yards, and was sacked three times for a loss of 20 yards.

Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Washington 16

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Colt McCoy, who is now basically the primary backup for Kirk Cousins, pending whatever nonsense with RG3 happens next, had a solid game for Washington. He tosses a touchdown, completed of 20 passes and looked in control. The Jaguars got Stephen Morris a lot of playing time, and Corey Grant ran five times for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions 17, Buffalo Bills 10

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The Bills finally have a starting quarterback, but that didn't stop Matt Simms from trying his best to make things happen on Thursday. It did not go well. Otherwise, Simms looked fine, throwing for over 200 yards with 20-plus completions, but he was officially sacked three times for a loss of 45 yards.

New York Giants 12, New England Patriots 9

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Not only did Tom Brady not suit up, Jimmy Garoppolo didn't play for the Patriots either. Garoppolo is Brady's backup, but New England went with Ryan Lindley at quarterback. Lindley attempted over 40 passes, threw for over 250 yards and had an interception while getting sacked four times for a loss of 25 yards.For the Giants, Ryan Nassib got a lot of playing time and didn't play well, completing half of his passes with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Chicago Bears 24, Cleveland Browns 0

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No Johnny Manziel with the Browns, who saw Pat Devlin and Thaddeus Lewis play quarterback. Lewis had an interception, while Davis Fales threw a pair of touchdowns for the Chicago Bears. Some think Fales could be Jay Cutler's replacement in the future and he certainly looked good on Thursday.

Tennessee Titans 24, Minnesota Vikings 17

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As noted above, the Titans played Mariota and he looked good, and then they played his backup, Zach Mettenberger, briefly as well. Mettenberger completed 6 of 8 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota receiver Stefon Diggs caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Kansas City Chiefs 24, St. Louis Rams 17

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The Rams played Nick Foles for a series and that went over well, as he completed 2 of 3 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City didn't play its starters, but have to like Darrin Reaves catching eight passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, with another 40 yards on the ground.

Dallas Cowboys 21, Houston Texans 14

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Tom Savage wasn't part of the Texans' quarterback battle, but he got an extended look on Thursday, throwing for a couple touchdowns and an interception. Dallas got another look at running back Gus Johnson, who carried the ball 16 times for 68 yards and a touchdown, while Ben Malena carried it 15 times for 88 yards.

Arizona Cardinals 22, Denver Broncos 20

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Brock Osweiler continued his strong preseason for the Broncos, completing 7 of 12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. For the Cardinals, the big concern was ugly sacks given up. There were backups in the game, of course, but the offensive line has to be stellar this season to keep Carson Palmer upright. Arizona gave up five sacks for a loss of 43 yards in the game.

San Francisco 49ers 14, San Diego Chargers 12

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The star of the game for the 49ers was, once again, running back Jarryd Hayne. The Rugby League convert put up 58 yards rushing, caught two passes for 17 yards and had a couple big returns as well. San Diego definitely liked seeing Tyrell Williams grab two passes for 63 yards and touchdown.

Seattle Seahawks 31, Oakland Raiders 21

Russell Wilson actually played for the Seahawks, attempting just one pass. Of course, that pass happened to go for a 63-yard touchdown to Tyler Lockett. Oakland was probably hoping to get more out of its running backs than the handful of yards they put up given the 20-plus carries.