The NFL preseason is officially underway, and Week 1 of the 2022 exhibition season has been quite eventful up to this point. Atlanta Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder threw a game-winning touchdown against the Detroit Lions with under two minutes left, Jordan Love and Trey Lance traded long touchdowns in the Bay and Cincinnati Bengals star kicker Evan McPherson went 3 of 3 on his field goals, including two from at least 56 yards out.
This Saturday, we have a total of eight games to watch, starting with the Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Commanders and Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. ET, and ending with a battle for L.A. between the Super Bowl champion Rams and Chargers.
Below, we will track all the must-see highlights from Saturday’s action. Get ready for a full day of football.
- 1 Schedule
- 2 Sam Howell’s eye-popping late rally
- 3 Siemian splash plays
- 4 Safety Justin Reid kicks XP for Chiefs
- 5 Rookie RB Brian Robinson shining for Commanders
- 6 Tajae Sharpe a ‘catch of the preseason’ candidate
- 7 Sam Darnold with impressive TD toss
- 8 Chiefs waste no time scoring first Saturday TD
- 9 From Friday: Ridder’s clutch game-winning pass
Bears 19, Chiefs 14 (Recap)
Panthers 23, Commanders 21 (Recap)
Colts at Bills, 4 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Seahawks at Steelers, 7 p.m ET (Gametracker)
Dolphins at Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Saints at Texans, 8 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Cowboys at Broncos, 9 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Rams at Chargers, 10 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Sam Howell’s eye-popping late rally
Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke didn’t do much at quarterback for the Commanders, but their third QB in rookie Sam Howell impressed. It took him just five passing completions to become Washington’s leading passer vs. his hometown Panthers, and then he recorded this impressive 17-yard rushing touchdown.
Don’t be caught off guard by Howell’s legs. He ran in 11 scores for the Tar Heels last year.
After Carolina went three-and-out on the next possession, Howell again took the field — looking to at least tie the game halfway through the fourth quarter. The rook led a 13-play, 67-yard drive which was capped with his second rushing touchdown of the game. Howell then hit Alex Erickson for the two-point conversion to take the lead, and the fans at FedEx Field went nuts.
Siemian splash plays
Justin Fields’ new mentor is leading a comeback in Chicago. Once down 14-0, the Bears have scored 16 unanswered thanks to backup quarterback Trevor Siemian. Chicago isn’t acting like this is a preseason game, as the offense went for it on fourth-and-2, and Siemian found a streaking Dante Pettis down the field.
Three plays later, Siemian hit Dazz Newsome on a nice throw in the corner of the end zone to pull within one point of the Chiefs.
Safety Justin Reid kicks XP for Chiefs
Harrison Butker isn’t the only good kicker on the Chiefs’ roster, as one of their safeties has a talented leg as well. Reid kicked a in training camp last week, and got a shot to kick an extra point in Week 1 of the preseason. It was perfect.
Rookie RB Brian Robinson shining for Commanders
It looks like the rookie out of Alabama is poised to take some touches away from Antonio Gibson in 2022. Robinson rushed for 26 yards on his first six carries, and caught two passes for 15 yards early as well. Robinson also recorded some Commander history, as he scored the first touchdown of the new era in Washington.
Tajae Sharpe a ‘catch of the preseason’ candidate
Sharpe is battling for playing time among the Bears’ wide receivers, and this catch certainly will help his case. He used athleticism, concentration and sideline awareness to reel this one in. A new member of the Bears, Sharpe spent last year with the Falcons. He caught 25 passes for 230 yards in 15 games played.
Sam Darnold with impressive TD toss
The Panthers are all over the Commanders early, and Antonio Gibson helped his opponent’s cause by fumbling at his own 28-yard line. Darnold replaced Baker Mayfield at quarterback for Carolina’s second series, and three plays into the drive, he connected with Rashard Higgins for an eight-yard touchdown.
This is a pretty impressive throw, as Darnold had Montez Sweat in his face, yet perfectly led his wideout while throwing off his back foot.
The NFL world is a bit nervous for the second-year Fields, as he’s been charged with finding success behind a questionable offensive line and with a wide receiving corps not many are high on. Fields still has Mooney, however, who is coming off of a career campaign in which he caught 81 passes for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns.
Check out this throw and catch that went for 26 yards:
Chiefs waste no time scoring first Saturday TD
Alright, that’s enough. We can take Patrick Mahomes out of the game. He’s still good at football. The former NFL MVP led an 11-play, 72-yard drive that included a couple highlight-reel plays, and was capped with a five-yard touchdown pass to Blake Bell.
Watson is awaiting a potential increase in punishment from the NFL — who is expected to up his six-game suspension to something more significant — but he took the field for the Browns’ first preseason game of the new year against the Jaguars. Watson certainly, as he finished with just seven passing yards on 1 of 5 passing.
In positive news for the Browns, backup QB Joshua Dobbs looked good, completing 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
From Friday: Ridder’s clutch game-winning pass
The Lions-Falcons preseason game had no business being this entertaining. The new QB in the ATL, Marcus Mariota, looked great, and so did the rookie Desmond Ridder. On fourth-and-9 down three points with under two minutes remaining, Ridder found Jared Bernhardt for the game-winning score.
Not only was this play good to see from a rookie quarterback, but the player on the receiving end of the touchdown deserves some credit as well. Bernhardt is a former Maryland lacrosse star and the 2021 Tewaaraton Award winner — which is given to the best player in college lacrosse. Not only was Bernhardt a lax legend at an elite school, but he then transferred to Ferris State to play football, and led the program to an undefeated record and their first Division II national championship as a quarterback. Now, he’s caught a game-winning touchdown in the NFL. What a story.