NFL preseason Week 3 scores, highlights: Baker Mayfield throws 2 TDs vs. Bills, Sam Darnold injures ankle – CBS Sports

NFL preseason Week 3 scores, highlights: Baker Mayfield throws 2 TDs vs. Bills, Sam Darnold injures ankle - CBS Sports

The NFL preseason is almost over, but we still have one more full weekend of football to digest. We have four games on Friday night, headlined by new Raiders coach Josh McDaniels facing his former mentor Bill Belichick and the Patriots and Baker Mayfield getting some reps against the Bills in preparation for Week 1.

Things started on Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs earned a victory in front of their home fans over the Green Bay Packers, and the Houston Texans blanked the San Francisco 49ers.

Each of the 32 NFL teams will approach this week differently. Some will play their starters a little, some will play their starters more and some not at all. In fact, this week is more about the reserves as coaching staffs around the league figure out who will make their 53-man rosters.

Below, we’ll break down highlights from all 16 preseason games. Keep this post bookmarked as it will be your one stop shop for everything you need to see.



bosses 17, packers 10 (Summary)
Texans 17, 49ers 0 (Summary)


Panthers 21, bills 0 (Summary)
Seahawks 20, cowboys 20 (Game tracker)
saints 24, Chargers 10 (Game tracker)
raiders 16, Patriots 6 (Game tracker)


Jaguars at Falcons3 pm ET, NFLN
Rams at Bengals6 pm ET, NFLN
Cardinals at Titans7 pm ET
Bears at Browns7 pm ET
Eagles at Dolphins7 pm ET
Commanders at Crows7 pm ET
pirates at foals7:30 pm ET
vikings at Broncos9 pm ET, NFLN


Giants at Jets1 p.m. ET, NFLN
lions at Steelers4:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Brandon Smith gets tiptoe TD catch for Cowboys

Brandon Smith is a long shot to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, yet is making an impression on the coaching staff with this highlight-reel touchdown catch. This 8-yard catch in the back of the end zone by Will Grier tied the game with the Seahawks in the third quarter.

Smith leads Dallas with three catches, making the most of his final opportunity.

Sam Darnold rushes for TD, exits with ankle injury

Sam Darnold, now the No. 2 quarterback in Carolina, had his fair share of rushing scores for the Panthers last season. His 1-yard score put Carolina up 21-0 on Buffalo with 7:06 to play in the third quarter.

Darnold had a career-high five rushing touchdowns last season for the Panthers — or as many as he had his first three seasons in the league combined with the Jets.

It wasn’t all good news for Darnold, who was carted off the field after suffering an ankle injury and will not return.

Drew Lock connects on a nice TD pass

The Drew Lock experience is in full effect. After throwing an interception on his first drive of the game, Lock earned another chance to show off his arm strength. Fighting for the starting quarterback job in Seattle, Lock hit Penny Hart on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Pitches don’t get any better than this in Week 3 of the preseason.

Lock has a chance to take Geno Smith’s job, who started this game for Seattle. Head coach Pete Carroll says he will name a starter after the third preseason game.

Mark Ingram gets second TD in opening quarter

Mark Ingram is the active leading rusher in the NFL and continues to have a prominent role with the Saints, rushing for two touchdowns in the first quarter as New Orleans jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers — who play the majority. from their backups.

That touchdown run was from 2 yards out.

Baker Mayfield finds Shi Smith for the score

Mayfield won the starting quarterback in Carolina and puts the exclamation point on this training camp with a 19-yard strike to Shi Smith for the touchdown. Smith has been mentioned as Mayfield’s favorite target by some of the local writers in Carolina, emerging as a contender for not just a roster spot – but snaps in regular-season games.

Mayfield has two touchdowns in the first quarter. That can be it for him.

To the surprise of some, the starting quarterback of the Texans took the field for the beginning of the second half. After a pedestrian first two quarters in which he threw an interception, Mills led a six-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a touchdown — a 16-yard strike to Chris Moore.

This is a nice bullet pass in the middle of the field. Houston has high hopes for its second-year signal caller.

It’s a Bushman’s world, we just live in it

Matt Bushman is having a big night, and he recorded 73 receiving yards on his first three catches. He scored his second touchdown of the game early in the third quarter on a play that looked like a turnover waiting to happen.

A must intercept

What first appeared to be a great Texans touchdown catch turned into a 49ers interception in the blink of an eye. Credit to both defensive backs on this play for fighting for the ball. Samuel Womack III got it loose, and then Tarvarius Moore somehow brought it in.

Whose man was that?!

Chiefs tight end Matt Bushman ran a simple corner route, and it resulted in a 54-yard touchdown. The safety didn’t look in his direction, and the cornerback thought he had handed the tight end off to his teammate. This play will look ugly when the Chiefs review the film.

The Packers got off to a slow start Thursday night — three-and-out on their first two possessions. Things started to click on their third drive, however, when Green Bay went 83 yards down the field in 11 plays to score the game’s first touchdown.

It was the undrafted rookie from Iowa who got into the end zone for the Packers. Check out this EXPLOSIVE run by Tyler Goodson, covered in the spin move.

Texans’ Dameon Pierce continues hot start

Houston’s rookie running back was one of the stars of the preseason. After an impressive Week 1 outing, Pierce did not play last weekend. Texans head coach Lovie Smith said he held out on Pierce because they saw a lot of him in the first preseason game, via Pro Football Networkwhich may mean he is an RB1.

Pierce played Thursday night, however, and on the Texans’ opening drive, he rushed six times for 37 yards as Houston went 85 yards down the field in 11 plays and scored a touchdown. Who scored for the Texans? I’ll give you one guess.

“Choir” honors Len Dawson

Earlier this week, a legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson has passed away aged 87. The former No. 5 overall pick was a Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, NFL Man of the Year and a Chiefs legend. To open Thursday night’s Chiefs preseason game, Patrick Mahomes took the field and lined up his offense in the famous “choir huddle” to honor Dawson.

After the delay of game penalty, which was declined by the Packers, Mahomo jogged off the field.

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