NFL preseason Week 1 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Bills rookie Matt Araiza boots 82-yard punt – CBS Sports

NFL preseason Week 1 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Bills rookie Matt Araiza boots 82-yard punt - CBS Sports

The NFL preseason is officially underway, and Week 1 of the 2022 exhibition season has been pretty eventful up to this point. Atlanta Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder threw a game-winning touchdown against the Detroit Lions with less than two minutes left, Jordan Love and Trey Lance exchanged 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.

There were also some injuries, the most notable being New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson — who tore his meniscus. However, he is expected to be good, and may not miss any time in the regular season.

This Saturday, we have a total of eight games to watch, starting with the Carolina Panthers vs. Commanders from Washington and Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears at 1 pm ET, and ending with a battle for LA between the Super Bowl champion Rams and Chargers.

Below, we’ll track down all the must-see highlights from Saturday’s action. Get ready for a full day of football.

schedule

Thursday

Giants 23, Patriots 21 (Takings)
Crows 23, Titans 10 (Summary)

friday

Falcons 27, Lions 23 (Summary)
Browns 24, Jaguars 13 (Summary)
Cardinals 36, Bengal 23 (Summary)
Jets 24, Eagles 21 (Takings)
49ers 28, packers 21 (Summary)

saturday

Bears 19, Chiefs 14 (Summary)
Panthers 23, Commanders 21 (Summary)
foals at Invoices4 pm ET (Game tracker)
Seahawks at Steelers7 pm ET (Game tracker)
Dolphins at Buccaneers7:30 pm ET (Game tracker)
saints at Texans8 pm ET (Game tracker)
cowboys at Broncos9 pm ET (Game tracker)
Rams at Chargers, 10:00 PM ET (Game tracker)

sunday

vikings at raiders4:25 pm ET (Game tracker)

‘Punt God’ boots 82 yards

They don’t call him “Puntu God” for nothing. In the closing minute of the first half of the Bills and Colts’ preseason opener, rookie kicker Matt Araiza kicked off a thunderous 82-yard punt. It bounced deep into Indy territory before going into the end zone for a touchback. Araiza’s throw had an unofficial hang time of 4.23 seconds, according to The Athletics.

The San Diego State product made a name for himself in college for punts like this, and that’s what led to him being a sixth-round pick by Buffalo in the 2022 NFL Draft. If he can continue to have punts like this and force teams to travel the length of the field against a defense that ranked No. 1 in DVOA in the NFL last year, Buffalo will be even more dangerous than initially thought.

Turnover party in Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts are the current betting favorites to emerge from their respective divisions and are among the more popular bets to win the AFC in 2022. That said, they haven’t exactly looked like pickups in the first half of their preseason. opener This exhibition quickly became a turnover party. During the first two quarters, there were a total of six turnovers, which includes a back-and-forth of four straight in the second quarter.

After stopping a fourth-and-4 attempt by the Colts, quarterback Case Keenum was stripped near midfield. Just six plays later, Indy signal-caller Nick Foles was stripped with Buffalo’s Terrel Bernard recovering the loose ball and returning it 69 yards for the touchdown.

On the very next drive following that score, Foles’ throw was intercepted. A play later, the turnover train continued to rumble as Keenum was picked off in the red zone.

Sam Howell’s striking 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 only took him five passing completions to become Washington’s leading passer against his hometown Panthers, and then he recorded this impressive 17-yard rushing touchdown.

Don’t get caught by Howell’s legs. He ran in 11 points for the Tar Heels last year.

After Carolina went three-and-out on the next possession, Howell took the field again — looking to at least tie the game midway through the fourth quarter. The Rook led a 13-play, 67-yard drive that 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.

Siamese splash plays

Justin Fields’ new mentor is leading a comeback in Chicago. Once down 14-0, the Bruins 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 also has a talented leg. Reid kicked a 65-yard field goal 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 made some commanding history when he scored the first touchdown of the new era in Washington.

Tajae Sharpe candidate of “catch of the pre-season”.

Sharpe is fighting for playing time among the Bruins’ wide receivers, and this catch will certainly help his case. He used athleticism, focus and lateral awareness to sneak this one. A new member of the Bruins, Sharpe spent the last year with the Falcons. He caught 25 passes for 230 yards in 15 games played.

Sam Darnold with an impressive TD throw

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 guided his wideout by throwing off his back foot.

The NFL world is a little nervous for the second-year Fields, as he has 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, though, who is coming off 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

OK, that’s enough. We can take Patrick Mahomes out of the game. He is still good at football. The former NFL MVP led an 11-play, 72-yard drive that included a number of highlight-reel plays, and was capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to Blake Bell.

Watson is awaiting a possible increase in punishment from the NFL — which is expected to raise 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 sure looked like someone who played his first game in 568 daysas 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 fun. The new QB in the ATL, Marcus Mariota, looked great, and so did rookie Desmond Ridder. On fourth-and-9 down three points with less than two minutes remaining, Ridder found Jared Bernhardt for the game-winning score.

Not only was this game 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 tight end 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.

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