NFL preseason Week 1 scores, highlights, updates: Rookies Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder throw game-winning TDs

The NFL preseason is formally in progress, and Week 1 of the 2022 exhibit season has actually been rather eventful approximately this point. Atlanta Falcons novice quarterback Desmond Ridder tossed a game-winning goal versus the Detroit Lions with under 2 minutes left, Jordan Love and Trey Lance traded long goals in the Bay and Cincinnati Bengals star kicker Evan McPherson went 3 of 3 on his basket, consisting of 2 from a minimum of 56 lawns out.

There were likewise a number of injuries, the most noteworthy being New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson — who tore his meniscus. However, he’s anticipated to be okay, and might not miss out on whenever in the routine season.

This Saturday, we have an overall of 8 video games to view, beginning with the Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Commanders and Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. ET, and ending with a fight for L.A. in between the Super Bowl champ Rams and Chargers. 

Below, we will track all the must-see highlights from Saturday’s action. Get prepared for a complete day of football.



Giants 23, Patriots 21 (Takeaways)
Ravens 23, Titans 10 (Recap)


Falcons 27, Lions 23 (Recap)
Browns 24, Jaguars 13 (Recap)
Cardinals 36, Bengals 23 (Recap)
Jets 24, Eagles 21 (Takeaways)
49ers 28, Packers 21 (Recap)


Bears 19, Chiefs 14 (Recap)
Panthers 23, Commanders 21 (Recap)
Bills 27, Colts 24 (Recap)
Steelers 32, Seahawks 25 (Takeaways)
Dolphins 26, Buccaneers 24 (Box rating)
Texans 17, Saints 13 (Box rating)
Broncos 17, Cowboys 7 (Recap)
Rams 22, Chargers 14 (fourth quarter – Gametracker)


Vikings at Raiders, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker) 

Chargers DB gets Moss’d

Montana State novice wideout Lance McCutcheon revealed himself to Los Angeles on Saturday night when he took the ball out of the air over one Chargers protector and after that shed 2 tacklers on his method for a 60-yard rating for the Rams. That’ll decrease as one of the more remarkable goals of the preseason.

Pickett strolls it off! 

Two days, 2 novice quarterbacks with game-winning goal passes. On Friday, it was Desmond Ridder getting it done versus the Lions with less than 2 minutes to play. Pickett then one-upped Ridder on Saturday, getting in touch with Tyler Vaughns, who got out of a take on and after that dove for the front-left pylon with simply 3 seconds to play. 

It was a remarkable launching for the first-round choice, who went 13-for-15 passing for 95 lawns and a set of ratings. Mitchell Trubisky still has the within track to be the Steelers’ Week 1 starter, however Pittsburgh needs to enjoy with its leading draft choice in his NFL launching.

Drew Lock impressing 

Geno Smith represented one goal in the very first half, while Lock has actually tossed for 2 goals in a little over a quarter. He’s finished 8 of his very first 11 tosses for 102 lawns and passing ratings to Dareke Young and DeeJay Dallas.

Pittsburgh aspired to invite its first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett on Saturday, satisfying him with thunderous applause as he took the field to start the 2nd half on offense for the Steelers. Pickett rewarded those in participation with an outstanding 75-yard goal drive where he finished all 5 of his passes for 33 lawns and a goal to Jaylen Warren. He likewise finished a pass to Connor Heyward for the two-point conversion.

While this might have remained in the 2nd half of a preseason video game, you can’t request a lot more from Pickett, who looked quite sharpe out of eviction. 

Leg interception!

Why utilize your hands to require a turnover when you can utilize your legs? That’s precisely what Elijah Campbell carried out in the 2nd quarter versus the Buccaneers. The Dolphins scored a goal on the next play.

Dolphins novice slings TD

With Tua Tagovailoa amongst the beginners remaining, seventh-round novice Skylar Thompson started the video game under center and has actually maximized his chance. He began the video game by finishing 10 of his very first 12 passes, with the emphasize being a 22-yard strike to Lynn Bowden Jr. The Dolphins have apparently had trade talks about Bowden and Preston Williams, however the previous revealed Miami what he might do on that play.

Geno Smith is presently ahead of Drew Lock in the fight for the Seahawks’ beginning quarterback task, and the veteran has actually been strong through one half versus the Steelers in the preseason opener. He ended up the very first 2 quarters 10-for-15 passing for 101 lawns and included a two-yard goal go to pull Seattle within a rating prior to the break.

George Pickens takes toe-tapping goal

The George Pickens buzz train will go supersonic. After turning heads over the course of training school, the Steelers’ second-round choice is now revealing the whole NFL what he gives the table. 

In Pittsburgh’s preseason opener versus Seattle, the novice wideout took an eye-popping goal catch from Mason Rudolph. On a third-and-13 effort from the Seattle 26-yard line, Rudolph uncorked a pass towards the back-right pylon in the end zone. Pickens was not just able to get an action on his protector, however was likewise able to keep both feet in bounds after making the catch. 

Ho-hum, simply another budding star receiver coming out of Pittsburgh. 

‘Punt God’ boots 82-yarder

They do not call him “Punt God” for absolutely nothing. In the closing minute of the very first half of the Bills and Colts’ preseason opener, novice punter Matt Araiza booted a thunderous 82-yard punt. It bounced deep into Indy area prior to entering into completion zone for a touchback. Araiza’s punt had an informal hang time of 4.23 seconds, according to The Athletic

The San Diego State item went far for himself in college for punts comparable to this, which’s what resulted in him being a sixth-round choice for Buffalo in the 2022 NFL Draft. If he can continue to have punts like this and require groups to take a trip the length of the field versus a defense that ranked No. 1 in DVOA the NFL in 2015, Buffalo is going to be much more unsafe than at first believed. 

Turnover-fest in Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts are the existing wagering favorites to come out of their particular departments and are amongst the more popular wagers to win the AFC in 2022. That stated, they didn’t precisely appear like juggernauts in the very first half of their preseason opener. This exhibit rapidly became a turnover-fest. Over the very first 2 quarters, there has actually been an overall of 6 turnovers, that includes a back-and-fourth of four-straight in the 2nd quarter. 

After stopping a fourh-and-4 effort by the Colts, quarterback Case Keenum was removed near midfield. Just 6 plays later on, Indy signal-caller Nick Foles was removed with Buffalo’s Terrel Bernard recuperating the loose ball and returning it 69 lawns for the goal. 

On the extremely next drive following that rating, Foles’ toss was obstructed. A play later on, the turnover train continued to down as Keenum was selected at a loss zone. 

Sam Howell’s eye-popping late rally 

Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke didn’t do much at quarterback for the Commanders, however their 3rd QB in novice Sam Howell satisfied. It took him simply 5 passing conclusions to end up being Washington’s leading passer vs. his home town Panthers, and after that he tape-recorded this remarkable 17-yard hurrying goal.

Don’t be captured off guard by Howell’s legs. He ran in 11 ratings for the Tar Heels in 2015.

After Carolina went three-and-out on the next ownership, Howell once again took the field — seeking to a minimum of connect the video game midway through the 4th quarter. The rook led a 13-play, 67-yard drive which was topped with his 2nd hurrying goal of the video game. Howell then struck Alex Erickson for the two-point conversion to take the lead, and the fans at FedEx Field went nuts.

Siemian splash plays

Justin Fields’ brand-new coach is leading a resurgence in Chicago. Once down 14-0, the Bears have actually scored 16 unanswered thanks to backup quarterback Trevor Siemian. Chicago isn’t imitating this is a preseason video game, as the offense went all out on fourth-and-2, and Siemian discovered a spotting Dante Pettis down the field.

Three plays later on, Siemian hit Dazz Newsome on a great include the corner of completion zone to pull within one point of the Chiefs. 

Safety Justin Reid kicks XP for Chiefs

Harrison Butker isn’t the just great kicker on the Chiefs’ lineup, as one of their securities has a skilled leg also. Reid kicked a 65-yard basket in training school recently, and got a shot to kick an additional point in Week 1 of the preseason. It was best. 

Rookie RB Brian Robinson shining for Commanders

It appears like the novice out of Alabama is poised to take some touches far from Antonio Gibson in 2022. Robinson hurried for 26 lawns on his very first 6 brings, and captured 2 passes for 15 lawns early also. Robinson likewise tape-recorded some Commander history, as he scored the very first goal of the brand-new period in Washington.

Tajae Sharpe a ‘catch of the preseason’ prospect

Sharpe is fighting for playing time amongst the Bears’ pass receivers, and this catch definitely will assist his case. He utilized athleticism, concentration and sideline awareness to reel this one in. A brand-new member of the Bears, Sharpe invested in 2015 with the Falcons. He captured 25 passes for 230 lawns in 15 video games played. 

Sam Darnold with remarkable TD toss

The Panthers are all over the Commanders early, and Antonio Gibson assisted his challenger’s bring on by fumbling at his own 28-yard line. Darnold changed Baker Mayfield at quarterback for Carolina’s 2nd series, and 3 plays into the drive, he got in touch with Rashard Higgins for an eight-yard goal.

This is a quite remarkable toss, as Darnold had Montez Sweat in his face, yet completely led his wideout while shaking off his back foot.

The NFL world is a bit anxious for the second-year Fields, as he’s been charged with finding success behind a doubtful offending line and with a broad getting corps few are high up on. Fields still has Mooney, nevertheless, who is coming off of a profession project in which he captured 81 passes for 1,055 lawns and 4 goals. 

Check out this toss and capture that opted for 26 lawns:

Chiefs waste no time at all scoring very first Saturday TD

Alright, that suffices. We can take Patrick Mahomes out of the video game. He’s still proficient at football. The previous NFL MVP led an 11-play, 72-yard drive that consisted of a couple highlight-reel plays, and was topped with a five-yard goal pass to Blake Bell.

Watson is waiting for a prospective boost in penalty from the NFL — who is anticipated to up his six-game suspension to something more substantial — however he took the field for the Browns’ very first preseason video game of the brand-new year versus the Jaguars. Watson definitely appeared like somebody who was playing his very first video game in 568 days, as he ended up with simply 7 passing lawns on 1 of 5 death.

In favorable news for the Browns, backup QB Joshua Dobbs looked great, finishing 10 of 13 passes for 108 lawns and a goal. 

From Friday: Ridder’s clutch video game-winning pass

The Lions-Falcons preseason game had no service being this amusing. The brand-new QB in the ATL, Marcus Mariota, looked excellent, therefore did the novice Desmond Ridder. On fourth-and-9 down 3 points with under 2 minutes staying, Ridder discovered Jared Bernhardt for the game-winning rating.

Not just was this play great to see from a novice quarterback, however the gamer on the getting end of the goal should have some credit also. Bernhardt is a previous Maryland lacrosse star and the 2021 Tewaaraton Award winner — which is offered to the very best gamer in college lacrosse. Not just was Bernhardt a lax legend at an elite school, however he then moved to Ferris State to play football, and led the program to an unbeaten record and their very first Division II championship game as a quarterback. Now, he’s captured a game-winning goal in the NFL. What a story.

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