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BRONCOS BEAT THE BEST, FALL VICTIMS TO NEWEST

The Denver Broncos have made a habit of beating top teams during the NFL exhibition season. It's the others that have given them trouble.

Capping a weird preseason Friday night, the Broncos lost to an expansion team for the second time when they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17. The Broncos, who had beaten defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco twice and Dallas once, also lost to Carolina.Mark Brunell, expected to start the season on the bench behind Steve Beuerlein, threw for 185 yards and directed two second-half touchdown drives as the Jaguars rallied to beat the Broncos.

Rookie James Stewart scored the winning touchdown on a 3-yard run with 2:09 remaining after a 71-yard drive in which Brunell completed five passes for 61 yards.

Bills 20, Falcons 14

Jim Kelly, coming off knee surgery, completed 8 of 10 passes for 68 yards and led Buffalo (2-3) to a touchdown on the opening series.

Thurman Thomas played one series and had six carries for 21 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run on Buffalo's first possession.

Jets 30, Bengals 24

Boomer Esiason threw his only touchdown pass of the preseason and Nick Lowery kicked five field goals, leading New York (2-2) over Cincinnati (1-3).

Cincinnati, already devastated by the loss of three key players, lost two more starters to injury. Guard Rich Braham severely sprained his left ankle, and defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson - last year's top draft pick - broke the ring finger on his right hand.

Saints 24, Lions 10

Vaughn Dunbar, New Orleans' No. 1 draft pick in 1992 who spent two years hampered by major knee surgery, rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 26 yards in the Saints' victory over Detroit (3-1).

Packers 35, Redskins 23

Dorsey Levens scored on a pair of 5-yard runs and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass for Green Bay.

The Packers (3-1) gained 233 yards on the ground, didn't fumble for the first time in the preseason and got three rushing touchdowns in the third period to take control.

Bucs 24, Dolphins 17

Tampa Bay got another steady performance from Trent Dilfer and wrapped up its most successful preseason in four years.

Dilfer completed 7 of 10 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown, while Martin Mayhew returned an interception 41 yards for a TD.

Raiders 32, Patriots 24

At Stanford, Calif., quarterback Billy Joe Hobert, pressed into duty in place of injured kicker Jeff Jaeger, converted a 45-yard field goal with 3:45 remaining.

Trailing 24-7 heading into the final period, the Raiders closed in behind two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Vince Evans.

Chargers 17, Rams 9

At San Diego, the Rams returned to Southern California for one night, and, like last year, were the fodder for the San Diego Chargers' lone exhibition victory.

With coach Bobby Ross watching on TV from his hospital room, Stan Humphries threw his only touchdown pass of the exhibition season and Natrone Means was impressive with 73 yards on 16 carries.

Browns 31, Cardinals 17

At Tempe, Ariz., Vinny Testaverde, who had missed two weeks with a leg infection, hit 8 of 14 passes in the first quarter, then missed two attempts before giving way to Jim McMahon.

But he produced a 10-0 lead against Arizona's first-string defense and justified coach Bill Belichick's decision to stick with him over rookie Eric Zeier.