The NFL preseason is almost over, but we still have two days of football to digest. We have eight games on Saturday, culminating in a rematch from last year’s Super Bowl when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
It started on Thursday night, when the Kansas City Chiefs took home a win over the Green Bay Packers, and the Houston Texans outdid the San Francisco 49ers.
Each of the 32 NFL teams will tackle this week differently. Some will play their starters a little, some will play their starters more and some not at all. In reality, this week is more about the reserves as the coaching staff from across the league figure out who will make their 53-man rosters.
Below, we’ll break down the highlights of all 16 preseason games. Bookmark this post as it is your one stop shop for everything you need to see.
Chiefs 17, Packers 10 (summary)
Texans 17, 49ers 0 (summary)
Panthers 21, Bills 0 (summary)
Cowboys 27, Seahawks 26 (summary)
Saints 27, Chargers 10 (summary)
Raiders 23, Patriots 6 (takeaway)
Falcons 28, Jaguars 12 (summary)
Bengal 16, Rams 7 (summary)
Titans 26, Cardinals 23 (summary)
Bears 21, Browns 20 (summary)
Dolphins 48, Eagles 10 (takeaway)
Ravens 17, Commanders 15 (summary)
Colts 27, Buccaneers 10 (summary)
Broncos 23, Vikings 13 (summary)
Giants at Jets, 1 p.m. ET, NFLN
Lions at Steelers, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Tom Brady leads Buccaneers to FG on solitary preseason ride
Brady was able to compete in one ride this preseason, finishing with 11 snaps before calling it a wrap ahead of the regular season opener. After being away from the Buccaneers for 11 days during camp, Brady finished 6 of 8 for 44 yards on a 66-yard drive that ended in a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop.
Brady was able to find Julio Jones on a 20-yard completion and found Cameron Brate — who is expected to be the No. 1 tight end — twice on the drive. The Buccaneers’ offense moved across the field in Brady’s solitary run, enough reps to get the quarterback ready for Week 1.
Justin Fields throws three TDs in the first half
The Bears sophomore quarterback was sharp in the first half of Saturday night’s game against the Browns, taking 14 of 16 for 156 yards and three touchdown passes. He also ran for 11 yards as the Bears took a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Treylon Burks returns to match, scores TD
The Titans’ first-round pick didn’t impress during the first two preseason games in Tennessee, but Saturday night was different. Burks caught a pass on the first game of the game and registered another reception later in the first quarter. However, he left the competition with a wrist injury, and was deemed doubtful of returning.
Burks eventually returned in the second quarter and caught a 14-yard touchdown for his first NFL score.
Wild choice six
Elijah Campbell shouldn’t have scored on this piece, but he did. The defensive back took advantage of a poor throw from Reid Sinnett and fought tooth and nail to take the pick back for a touchdown.
He was met by Sinnett and a swarm of Eagles on the 10-yard line, but kept his feet moving and found himself in the end zone.
Titans rookie quarterback focuses on hisas he makes the jump to the NFL, but his legs make him special. Look at this game where Willis ran to the center for a 50-yard gain.
Not only is the Liberty product fast, but it is clearly dangerous with the moves it can make in the open field. He has a good view and knows when to cut back or go down.
The Ravens have a new wide receiver, and he can be someone who has an immediate impact on the attack. Former Chiefs wideout Demarcus Robinson absolutely embarrassed Washington cornerback Danny Johnson on this route, and it resulted in a 67-yard touchdown.
This was also Anthony Brown’s first pass of the game. Are the Ravens a new quarterback factory?
Tua catches fire
How Tyreek Hill will fare in Miami’s attack compared to how he did in Kansas City is a big storyline coming in this season. There’s a story that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t have the most powerful arm, but he and new head coach Mike McDaniel are trying to combat that idea.
On the first game of the final game of the Dolphins’ preseason, Tagovailoa found Hill firing across the field for a 51 yards gain.
It took the Dolphins just four games to score the first touchdown of the game. Tagovailoa completed all three passing attempts for 72 yards, and he hit River Cracraft for an eight-yard score.
Point block touchdown
That’s how you make a case for the 53-man roster. Quinton Bell proved he can be a force in special teams with this point block touchdown as the Falcons extended their lead before halftime.
Falcon’s rookie-to-rookie connection
While Ridder threw an interception in Saturday’s first game of the game, he recovered and led a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the Falcons’ next possession. On the second goal, Ridder found another rookie in Tyler Allgeier running back for the score.
The Falcons have the versatile Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams in their running, but some expect Allgeier to play a part in his first NFL season.
Interception at the first game of the game!
Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder got the start on Saturday for Atlanta’s third and final game of the preseason, and unfortunately he threw an interception during the first round of the game!
Check out this text from Jaguars Safety Daniel Thomas:
Ben DiNucci throws winning TD for Cowboys
The Cowboys were able to win their preseason finale over the Seahawks thanks to Ben DiNucci throwing the winning touchdown pass to Peyton Hendershot. The 14-yard pass gave the Cowboys a 27-26 lead with 4:07 remaining, while Dallas overcame 10 penalties to secure the win.
DiNucci is a contender to make the Cowboys, but he could end up in the NFL sometime next week.
Brandon Smith gets a toe-tap TD catch for Cowboys
Brandon Smith is a contender to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, yet impresses the coaching staff with this highlight touchdown catch. This 8-yard catch in the back of the end zone by Will Grier evened the game with the Seahawks in the third quarter.
Smith leads Dallas with three flyouts and makes the most of his last chance.
Sam Darnold rushes for TD, leaves with ankle injury
Sam Darnold, now the No. 2 quarterback in Carolina, had quite a few hasty scores for the Panthers last season. His 1-yard score put Carolina 21-0 over Buffalo with 7:06 to play in the third quarter.
Darnold had a career-high five rushing touchdowns for the Panthers last season — or as many as he had his first three seasons in the league combined with the Jets.
It wasn’t all good news for Darnold, who was sent off after an ankle injury and won’t be returning.
Drew Lock connects on beautiful TD pass
The Drew Lock experience is in full effect. After throwing an interception on his first run of the game, Lock earned another chance to demonstrate his arm strength. Fighting for the starting quarterback job in Seattle, Lock hit Penny Hart with a 35-yard touchdown pass. Throws don’t get much better than this in week 3 of the preseason.
Lock has the chance to take the job from Geno Smith, who started this game for Seattle. Head coach Pete Carroll says he will name a starter after the third preseason game.
Mark Ingram gets second TD in opening quarter
Mark Ingram is the active leading rusher in the NFL and still has a prominent role with the Saints. of their backups.
This touchdown run was from 2 yards.
Mayfield won the Carolina starting quarterback job and puts the exclamation point at this training camp with a 19-yard strike to Shi Smith for the touchdown. Named as Mayfield’s target of choice by some of the local Carolina writers, Smith is emerging as a contender for not only a spot on the list, but for hits in regular season matches.
Mayfield has two touchdown passes in the first quarter. That might be something for him.
To the surprise of some, the Texans’ starting quarterback took the field before the start of the second half. After a pedestrian first two quarters in which he threw an interception, Mills led a six-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a touchdown – a 16-yard strike for Chris Moore.
This is a nice ball pass in the middle of the field. Houston has high hopes for his sophomore signal-caller.
It’s Bushmen’s world, we just live in it
Matt Bushman is having a great night, scoring 73 receiving yards on his first three catches. He scored his second touchdown of the game at the start of the third quarter on a play that looked like a turnover waiting to happen.
What initially seemed like a great touchdown catch from the Texans turned into a 49ers interception in the blink of an eye. Thanks to both defensive backs in this game for fighting for the ball. Samuel Womack III knocked it loose, and then Tarvarius Moore somehow reeled it in.
Whose husband was that?!
Chiefs tight end Matt Bushman ran an easy corner route, and it resulted in a 54-yard touchdown. The safety wasn’t looking in his direction and the cornerback thought he was handing the tight end to his teammate. This piece is going to look ugly when the Chiefs rate the movie.
The Packers got off to a slow start on Thursday night — going three-and-forth on their first two possessions. However, things started to click on their third drive, when Green Bay went down 83 yards on 11 plays to score the game’s first touchdown.
It was the unwritten rookie from Iowa who got into the end zone for the Packers. Check out this EXPLOSIVE run by Tyler Goodson capped off by the spin move.
Texan Dameon Pierce continues warm start
Houston’s rookie running back was one of the stars of the preseason. After an impressive outing in Week 1, Pierce didn’t play last weekend. Texan head coach Lovie Smith said he kept Pierce out because they saw a lot of him in the first preseason game. per Pro Football Networkwhich could mean he is RB1.
However, Pierce played Thursday night and on the Texans’ opening drive, he rushed six times for 37 yards, while Houston went into the field 85 yards on 11 plays and scored a touchdown. Who scored for the Texans? I’ll guess you one time.
‘Choir huddle’ honors Len Dawson
Earlier this week, legendary Hall of Fame quarterback. The former No. 5 overall pick was a Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, NFL Man of the Year, and a Chiefs legend. To open Thursday night’s game for the Chiefs’ season, Patrick Mahomes took to the field and set up his charge in the famous “chorus huddle” to honor Dawson.
After the game penalty delay, which was rejected by the Packers, Mahomes trotted off the field.