NFL Preseason Week 1 Recap

By Stephen Ur –

New York Giants 23, New England Patriots 21

New York dominated the run game, rushing for 177 yards compared to the Patriots 52 yards on the ground. In the end, it was kicker Graham Gano who kicked the game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Giants to a win in Foxboro.

Baltimore Ravens 23, Tennessee Titans 10

Titans rookie quarterback Malik Willis impressed in his preseason debut, completing six of 11 passes for 107 yards and rushing for 38 yards on five carries and a touchdown, but it was Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley who led the way in this game. He completed 16 of 18 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in the first half as Baltimore cruised to victory.

Atlanta Falcons 27, Detroit Lions 23

Detroit had the lead and the ball with just two minutes left, but Lions quarterback David Blough fumbled at his own 33-yard line and the Falcons recovered. Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder then led a game-winning touchdown drive, handing the Lions their ninth consecutive preseason loss.

Cleveland Browns 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 13

Quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled with not just the fans booing at him and shouting vulgarities at him, but also completed just one of five passes for seven yards on three drives. Despite this, and the Browns trailing 13-0 at one point, they would go on to score the final 24 points to win their opening preseason game.

Arizona Cardinals 36, Cincinnati Bengals 23

Cardinals running back Jonathon Ward score two one-yard touchdowns in the second quarter and quarterback Trace McSorely threw for 163 yards as the Cardinals bested the Joe Burrow-less Bengals at what is now known as Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. 

New York Jets 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts completed all six of his passes for just 80 yards and a touchdown and the Eagles scored the first 14 points of the game. In addition, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson left the game with a knee injury. Despite everything seeming to go the Eagles way, the Jets scored 17 consecutive points and went on to win in Philadelphia.

San Francisco 49ers 28, Green Bay Packers 21

San Francisco’s defense led the way for them as they intercepted three Jordan Love passes in the first half as they defeated the Packers, who didn’t have Aaron Rodgers play in yet another preseason game. 

Chicago Bears 19, Kansas City Chiefs 14

Kansas City led 14-0 at one point, but the Bears were able to outscore then 19-0 the rest of the way and earn new head coach Matt Eberflues his first [technical] win as their coach.

Carolina Panthers 23, Washington Commanders 21

With the most anticipated quarterback competition in the NFL still ongoing, both Panthers quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield did well in their preseason debuts as they defeated the Commanders. Washington rookie quarterback Sam Howell also impressed, throwing for 143 yards in the game. 

Buffalo Bills 27, Indianapolis Colts 24

Bills kicker Tyler Bass kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to complete Buffalo’s 14-point comeback and give them a three-point victory in their Week 1 preseason game.

Pittsburgh Steelers 32, Seattle Seahawks 25

In the most exciting preseason game of Week 1, all three Steelers quarterbacks played well, including first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett throwing the game-winning touchdown with just three seconds left to give Pittsburgh the Week 1 preseason victory.

Miami Dolphins 26, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

It was a battle of third-string quarterbacks between Kyle Trask, who threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and Skylar Thompson, who threw for 218 yards and a touchdown, as the Dolphins downed the Tom Brady-less Buccaneers in a matchup between two of the three Florida teams.

Houston Texans 17, New Orleans Saints 13

Saints quarterback Andy Dalton went a perfect five-for-five passing with a touchdown pass to boot, but it wasn’t enough as the Texans went on to win this game with a game-winning touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel in the final minute.

Denver Broncos 17, Dallas Cowboys 7

Russell Wilson didn’t make his Broncos debut against the Cowboys, but Josh Johnson had himself an impressive outing, throwing two touchdowns in the first half as Denver downed Dallas to open the 2022 preseason for both teams.

Los Angeles Rams 29, Los Angeles Chargers 22

The first-ever battle of the two Los Angeles-based NFL teams didn’t disappoint, although it didn’t count. The Rams and Chargers exchanged scores through the entire game, but the Rams scored the game-winner with 6:17 left with Bryce Perkins and Lance McCutcheon connecting for the second time of the night. The win for the Rams comes exactly six months after they defeated the Bengals in the same stadium in Super Bowl LVI.

Las Vegas Raiders 26, Minnesota Vikings 20

Las Vegas took a 10-point lead at the start of the second quarter and never gave it back up. Vikings quarterbacks Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion out-played Raiders quarterbacks Nick Mullens and Jarrett Stidham, but it was the Raiders who dominated the scoreboard en route to their victory to close out Week 1 of the NFL preseason.

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