By Quentin Smalls
Chicago Bears 27, Seattle Seahawks 11
Geno Smith was named the starter for this game due to Drew Lock tested positive for COVID-19. Smith would finish the game completing 10 of 12 passes for 112 yards. Justin Fields played in one series and was five out of seven for 39 yards and led the Bears to a field goal early in the game.
New England Patriots 20, Carolina Panthers 10
Mac Jones had a solid performance in his first action of the season, completing a 45-yard pass to set up a rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Jones went 4 of 8 for 61 yards and added a 7-yard run. The game was not all good news for the Carolina Panthers as rookie quarterback Matt Corral suffered a Lisfranc injury and will likely miss the entire 2022 season.
Green Bay Packers 20, New Orleans Saints 10
Ian Book played the entirety of the game for the Saints, throwing for 113 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a fumble lost. His passing touchdown was to rookie sensation Chris Olave who is having a solid camp. Unfortunately, the Packers were led by Jordan Love who was 12 of 24 for 113 yards and a touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs as the Packers came away with the victory.
Houston Texans 24, Los Angeles Rams 20
In Los Angeles, there may be a competition for backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. John Wolford started the game and finished with 14 of 22 passing and 143 yards. Bryce Perkins went 11 of 13 for 124 yards and a touchdown. Those two quarterbacks were not good enough to stop Davis Mills and the Texans. Even though Houston had 31 yards of net offense before the end of the first half. Mills threw 50 yards in two sensational completions including an 18-yard touchdown to Nico Collins at the end of the first half.
Buffalo Bills 42, Denver Broncos 15
The Buffalo Bills had over 510 yards of offense and scored touchdowns in their first six possessions. It took one drive to give Bills Mafia a great reminder on how great Josh Allen is. In the first drive, Allen was 3 for 3 with 45 yards, including a 28 yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis. Buffalo has a 10 game winning streak in the preseason.
Detroit Lions 27, Indianapolis Colts 26
In a matchup between two midwestern teams, the final score literally came down to the last few plays. Detroit’s Godwin Igwebuike scored on a 2-yard run with 4:03 left and the Lions stopped a two-point conversion from the Colts to win a close matchup and to prevent the year’s first tie.
Kansas City Chiefs 24, Washington Commanders 14
Patrick Mahomes had two touchdown drives in the first quarter as the Chiefs defeated the Commanders in Saturday preseason action. Mahomes was 12 of 19 for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Carson Wentz played three series, and while he finished 6 of 9 for 64 yards, Washington was 0 for 3 on third down conversions when he was on the field.
Tennessee Titans 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
In a game, where the talk was about the whereabouts of Tom Brady, the Titans shut down the talk. Rookie quarterback Malik Willis threw his first touchdown in the NFL as he threw a 6-yard pass to Chig Okonkwo. Willis was 7 of 17 for 80 yards and ran five times for 42 yards. Kyle Trask threw for 105 yards but he also threw an interception.
Las Vegas Raiders 15, Miami Dolphins 13
Tua Tagovailoa made his preseason debut and completed 6 of 8 passes for 58 yards. The combined works of Tua, Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Skylar Thompson was not enough to help the Dolphins. Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens led the Raiders to a close victory to be 3-0 in the preseason.
San Francisco 49ers 17, Minnesota Vikings 7
In the battle of the backups, the Niners won the encounter. Nate Sudfeld led a 14-play, 79-yard drive for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Sudfeld went 13 of 17 for 102 yards
As he was competing with rookie Brock Purdy for the backup quarterback job in San Francisco. Kellen Mond, threw an interception on the first drive, but finished 10 of 20 for 82 yards and threw two interceptions.
Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Jacksonville Jaguars 15
Trevor Lawrence had an impressive second preseason start with the 1s playing the majority of the first half. Lawrence completed 14 of 21 passes for 133 yards and led the Jaguars to four impressive drives that led to 6 points. Unfortunately it was not enough as Kenny Pickett, who was playing with the starters completed 6 of 7 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Dallas Cowboys 32, Los Angeles Chargers 18
The Cowboys were led by former USFL MVP KaVontae Turpin in this game. Turpin became the first player in nine seasons to have a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown in the same game. Talk about making a statement for a spot on the 53 man roster.
Philadelphia Eagles 21, Cleveland Browns 20
Joshua Dobbs is showing the Browns fans and coaches that he belongs as a backup for the upcoming season. Dobbs finished 14 of 20 passes for 141 yards, including scoring on a 3-yard run. Philadelphia’s Gardner Minshew led two scoring drives that ended with short touchdown runs. Minshew finished 14 0f 17 for 142 yards.
New York Giants 25, Cincinnati Bengals 22
Davis Webb threw two touchdowns to Alex Bachman in the late portions of the game to help the Giants win. But the biggest story from this game comes from New York’s rookie sensation Kayvon Thibodeaux. In the second quarter, Thibodeaux was the victim of a controversial block and hurt his right knee. He will miss 2 to 4 weeks with a sprained MCL.
Baltimore Ravens 24, Arizona Cardinals 17
With the Ravens win, two players shined in this win. Tyler Huntley completed 13 of 14 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. His best target in the game was fourth round draft pick, Isaiah Likely. The Coastal Carolina standout caught eight passes for 100 yards and is making a name for himself as a possible target for Lamar Jackson.
New York Jets 24, Atlanta Falcons 16
Marcus Mariota led the Falcons to scores on two of his three drives and rookie Desmond Riddler went 10 of 13 for 143 yards. Unfortunately, the Jets pulled off the victory even with an unsolid performance from Mike White, going 12 0f 17 for 90 yards.