Stifling heat was only the beginning of Pittsburgh's problems Sunday.
The Steelers committed five turnovers, and All-Pro linebacker Kevin Greene broke his left hand. Things weren't much better for Green Bay, which won 36-13 but lost quarterback Brett Favre to a concussion in the second quarter.In Sunday's other game, the 49ers visited the San Diego Chargers in a Super Bowl rematch. On Monday, the Cleveland Browns play host to the Chicago Bears.
Playing in 93-degree heat and uncomfortable humidity, the teams used only second-liners in the second half at Pittsburgh.
The Steelers lost two fumbles, threw an interception and fell behind 20-7 at halftime, absorbing their worst home-field exhibition loss since moving into Three Rivers Stadium in 1970.
The mistakes continued even after Mike Tomczak replaced Neil O'Donnell at quarterback. The Packers forced another interception, a fumble and a safety in the third quarter alone.
Favre was 3-for-6 for 49 yards and one touchdown before he was leveled by a second-quarter blindside hit by All-Pro linebacker Greg Lloyd. Favre watched the rest of the game from the sidelines.
Raiders 27, Rams 22
On Saturday, the Raiders won the battle of Los Angeles deserters 27-22 in their first game at the Oakland Coliseum since announcing their return to the city.
Jeff Hostetler went 9-of-14 for 63 yards and a touchdown while playing most of the first half for the Raiders.
Hundreds of fans wearing silver and black jerseys, many of which had been hidden in closets since the Raiders left town in 1982, cheered wildly as the team arrived two hours before the preseason game.
"We're coming out of a drought, and this city is going to help us do it," defensive tackle Chester McGlockton said.
Bills 9, Cowboys 7
The Buffalo Bills didn't get to see much of Jim Kelly, but at least they finally beat the Dallas Cowboys in a bowl game.
Kelly, playing in his first game since undergoing offseason knee surgery, played just two series in the first 18 minutes before Buffalo's reserves took over in the American Bowl at Toronto.
"The knee feels great," said Kelly, who took only nine snaps and was 1-of-3 for 1 yard before heading to the sidelines.
Redskins 16, Oilers 13
Washington picked up veteran kicker Eddie Murray this week after cutting Chip Lohmiller. Murray, discarded by Philadelphia, kicked three field goals, including a 34-yarder in overtime, Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.
"That's the Eddie Murray I know," Redskins coach Norv Turner said.
Murray hit a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter, had a 47-yarder called back by a penalty, then edged the 53-yarder just over the crossbar to tie the game 13-13 with 131/2 minutes left to play.
Colts 20, Seahawks 17
Jim Harbaugh, relegated to a role as Craig Erickson's backup, passed 4 yards to rookie Marvin Marshall for a touchdown with 45 seconds left as Indianapolis beat Seattle.
"They told me Craig was going to be the new starter and I accept that," Harbaugh said. "I want to show my teammates that they can count on me when I'm in there."
Harbaugh gave the visiting Colts a 10-0 lead over the Seahawks on a 6-yard quarterback draw in the third quarter.
Patriots 21, Vikings 14
Despite 13 penalties for 107 yards, only three third-down conversions and allowing 11 points in the fourth quarter, New England beat Minnesota.
"Both teams suffered the effects of a ragged game," Vikings coach Dennis Green said.
The Patriots won thanks to a big play from Hassan Graham and Scott Zolak, who connected on a 67-yard touchdown pass with 2:40 remaining at Foxboro, Mass.
Eagles 13, Jets 10
Third-string quarterback Jay Fiedler directed a 91-yard drive for a field goal early in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia beat the New York Jets at Jackson, Miss.
Gary Anderson, who kicked winning 28-yard field goal, also had a 42-yarder at the end of the first half. Ricky Watters had a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter as the Eagles beat their former coach, Rich Kotite.
Panthers 19, Broncos 10
Carolina turned its inaugural home exhibition game into something another bad outing for Denver's defense.
"We've come a long way, but yet we still have a long way to go," Panthers coach Dom Capers said.
The Broncos, who had the NFL's worst defense last season, gave up two big passing plays that helped the Panthers to a 16-point second quarter at Clemson, S.C.