The second week of the NFL preseason is in the books, and there are only five teams left winless at this point. Some new faces got their chance in the spotlight this week, and some of those accomplished enough to almost guarantee a coveted spot on the roster. One standout performer this week was Miami QB Chad Henne, who looked extremely sharp in throwing 11 completions out of 14 passes and tossing two touchdowns.
Week 2 NFL Preseason Scores
Thursday, Aug. 19
Buffalo Bills 34 Indianapolis Colts 21
New England Patriots 28 Atlanta Falcons 10
Friday, Aug. 20
Baltimore Ravens 22 Cincinnati Bengals 9
Saturday, Aug. 21
Pittsburgh Steelers 24 New York Giants 17
Baltimore Ravens 23 Washington Redskins 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Kansas City 15
St Louis Rams 19 Cleveland Browns 17
New Orleans Saints 38 Houston Texans 20
New York Jets 9 Carolina Panthers 3
Oakland Raiders 32 Chicago Bears 17
Dallas Cowboys 16 Dan Diego Chargers 14
Detroit Lions 25 Denver Broncos 20
Miami Dolphins 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 26
Green Bay Packers 27 Seattle Seahawks 24
Sunday, Aug. 22
San Francisco 49ers 15 Minnesota Vikings 10
Monday, Aug. 23
Tennessee Titans 24 Arizona Cardinals10
Key Game Analysis
One of the best games of the week was the Dallas Cowboys vs. the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Friday night. Both teams’ first-string offenses did their job, scoring on their first possession, with Philip Rivers leading the Chargers and scoring on a one-yard run and Tony Romo tossing a nine-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin. The game slowed down a little as the reserves tested each other out, and both sides turned the ball over a couple of times, but San Diego scored again in the third quarter when Marcus Mason rushed to the right for a four-yard TD.
The Cowboys came back in the fourth quarter to tie it up as Jon Kitna hit Martellus Bennett in stride for a sweet 19-yard touchdown. Then, with just three minutes left in the game, San Diego running back Jonathan Crumpton fumbled the ball backwards, and then scooped it up again, but too late as Ryan Otterson of the Cowboys tackled him in the end zone for a safety. And that was the difference in the game with the final score 16-14.
The defending Superbowl champion New Orleans Saints revved up their offense this week, pouring on 38 points in defeating the Houston Texans. Drew Brees and the first-string offense picked up where they left off last year, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, and the second-string offense looked almost as good in putting up two more TDs in the second quarter, making it 28-10 at the half. The Texans defense looked hapless, but they were facing the best offensive team in the NFL. The Texans offense looked a bit better, and they did manage to score 20 points, so the game did not end up a total blowout, with the final score 38-20.