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NFL preseason Week 1 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Desmond Ridder comes up clutch

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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.

There were also a couple of injuries, the most notable being New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson — who tore his meniscus. However, he’s expected to be OK, 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. 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

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

Schedule

Thursday

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

Friday

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)

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Saturday

Chiefs at Bears, 1 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Panthers at Commanders, 1 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
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)

Sunday

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

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:

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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 looked like someone who was playing his first game in 568 days, 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.

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