NFL preseason week 2 results, highlights, updates: Saints first-round WR Chris Olave scores first career TD

The NFL preseason has reached the halfway point with Week 2 serving as the de facto “dress rehearsal” for starters to prepare for the start of the regular season, which is just three weeks away. For teams that don’t have joint practices this week, Week 2 of the preseason is critical.

The Carolina Panthers will not play Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold against the New England Patriots on Friday, but New England will play their starters after joint practices this week. Jordan Love will start for the Green Bay Packers against the New Orleans Saints, who will be without Jameis Winston (foot). To top off the night will be the Houston Texans at the Los Angeles Rams.

Below, we’ll keep track of all the unmissable highlights from the action on Friday, the appetizer for the main course of this weekend’s games.

Calendar

Thursday

Bears 27, Seahawks 11 (takeout)

Friday

Patriots 20, Panthers 10 (Take Out)
Packers 20, Saints 10 (Recap)
Rams 20, Texans 17 (Fourth Quarter – Gametracker)

Saturday

Broncos at Bills, 1 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Lions vs. Colts, 1 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Commanders at Chiefs, 4 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Steelers vs. Jaguars, 7 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Raiders at Dolphins, 7 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
49ers at Vikings, 7 p.m. ET (game tracking)
Buccaneers at Titans, 7 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Cowboys vs. Chargers, 10 p.m. ET (Gametracker)

Sunday

Eagles at Browns, 1 p.m. ET (Game Tracker)
Bengals at Giants, 7 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Ravens vs. Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET (Gametracker)

Monday

Falcons at Jets, 8 p.m. ET (Game Tracker)

Night fishing!

The Houston Texans played their starters in the first half of this preseason contest against the Los Angeles Rams, and were able to take a 7-6 halftime lead thanks to this pinpoint catch by Nico Collins in the end zone. Collins just outshone Derion Kendrick for the ball and got the score.

Collins will play a role in the Texans’ offense in 2022. Plays like this will give him more targets.

What makes this Etling touchdown run special? the play occurred during an interview with Aaron Rodgers on the Packers broadcast. Rodgers’ enthusiasm for Etling’s touchdown makes this play even more exciting.

Jordan Love run

Love looked like an NFL quarterback on Friday night, finishing with 113 yards and a touchdown pass. He also showed off his rushing ability with this 11-yard run for a first down.

Chris Olave scores his first touchdown

Olave is giving Saints fans a preview of things to come when he lines up alongside Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry this fall. The first-round pick hit Ian Book for a 20-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left in the first half, his first time in a Saints uniform.

Olave had just one catch for four yards last week, but he had two in the first half of it.

Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe made a dangerous throw rolling to his left, and Hayes read the pass to drive the ball the other way to tie the game. Zappe hasn’t been quite as successful in his second start this preseason, in which Matt Patricia calls plays.

Romeo Doubs score

There’s a place for Doubs to win snaps with the first team this year, and this Jordan Love touchdown catch proves why. Doubs came up with this impressive four-yard touchdown reception off Brian Allen to put the Packers up 10-3 over the Saints in the second quarter. Love is beginning to show confidence in the fourth-round rookie.

Wil Lutz 59-yard field goal

Lutz missed all of 2021 with a core muscle injury as the Saints missed his dependability in the kicking department. He certainly looked like himself with this 59-yard field goal to close out the first quarter.

Only 13-for-23 on field goals of 50+ yards in his career, Lutz hitting this kick is very encouraging.

Romeo Doubs arguing his case for moving up the depth chart

Doubs was one of the young wide receivers that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers criticized during the week, so he was in the spotlight with second teams participating in most of it. A 17-yard catch on the opening drive on a Jordan Love pitch makes a big impression, even if Doubs couldn’t corner a third-down pass earlier.

No longer the Saints’ quarterback, Hill has shifted his focus to tight end for the 2022 season. The No. 2 tight end in New Orleans, Hill made an early impact by catching a 10-yard pass from Ian Book. Hill adds an extra dimension to the Saints’ offense in his new role, and he can still play wide receiver and running back in low-yardage situations.

The Patriots averaged just 1.9 yards per play in the first quarter on just 21 yards of offense, but Nelson Agholor changed that with this 45-yard catch on an impressive throw from Mac Jones. Go up against a second-team defense or not, here’s what Patriots fans want to see in their new offense.

New England scored a touchdown, a two-yard run by Ty Montgomery, three plays later.

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