Burress, Jets roll past Bengals

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Plaxico Burress saw the ball coming his way and everything started to move in slow motion.

He stretched his arms out, grabbed the pass over his shoulder and fell into the end zone for a touchdown. After being away from the game for nearly three years, Plax was back.

"Everything feels normal," the wide receiver said. "It feels like football. To be honest, it feels like I never left."

Burress caught three passes for 66 yards, including a terrific 26-yard reception for a touchdown, in his first game since 2008 to help the New York Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-7 in a preseason game Sunday night.

"It's the tip of the iceberg," Burress said. "I'm just getting started."

Signed last month after serving 20 months in prison on a gun charge, Burress made his debut with the Jets (1-1) a memorable one. He caught a 20-yard pass from Mark Sanchez on the Jets' first offensive play, prompting huge cheers from the rain-soaked crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

"He was ready to play," Sanchez said. "He's been waiting for this for a long time, so I didn't have to say anything or do anything, really, except get him a ball that he could catch and he was rolling after the first play."

Burress had another 20-yard grab in the second quarter, but the highlight came on New York's last offensive play of the first half.

Burress took off down the left sideline, drew separation from defensive back Fred Bennett and hauled in the pass as he dropped into the end zone to put New York up 17-7. Burress got up and bowed a few times to the crowd, which had seen him make similar plays for years with the Steelers and Giants.

"It's a good thing to make it seem like everything is going in slow motion because that means the game is still slow to me," he said. "Nothing's moving fast. To have that ball hanging up in the air like that with the lights and different things like that, I just trusted myself to make an over-the-shoulder catch and try to bring it in."

Chargers 20, Cowboys 7

At Arlington, Texas, Philip Rivers led San Diego to scores on two of three drives, then coach Norv Turner earned his club score another touchdown with two successful challenges on a single series in the Chargers' victory over Dallas.

Rivers went 8 of 11 for 92 yards, with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Randy McMichael.

Dallas' Tony Romo was 8 of 12 for 58 yards, with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten. Romo also threw an interception on an ill-advised pass.

Turner got an interception by Billy Volek overturned, and got a touchdown for Ryan Mathews on a play officials declared him out of bounds inside the 1.

Both teams are 1-1.

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