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NFL scores 2017: Results, highlights, and news from Aug. 19

For one last Saturday, preseason football takes center stage.

Kansas City Chiefs v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

rHighlights and results from Saturday’s preseason action.

Final: Bears 24, Cardinals 23

Recaps: Windy City Gridiron | Revenge of the Birds

The Mike Glennon era in Chicago hasn’t gone too smoothly in preseason. Keep making throws like this and the Mitch Trubisky show may have to start sooner rather than later.

Eventually we got some offense in this contest, with a Carson Palmer touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham.

Glennon would eventually get things right, and get the Bears the lead back in the second quarter.

This is one way to end the half:

Blaine Gabbert uses the wheels in the third quarter to get the Cardinals within three of the Bears.

Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to Jeremy Ross, but they couldn’t convert on the two point conversion, giving the Bears the victory.

Final: Broncos 33, 49ers 14

Recaps: Mile High Report | Niners Nation

Rookie Garett Bolles gets tied up with Dekoda Watson. Watson clearly didn’t appreciate the extra shove.

The Broncos were the first on the board in this one, with the C.J. Anderson score.

The 49ers finally showed some life in the third quarter. George Kittle was not going to be denied this touchdown.

Things are getting wild out west.

The 49ers did a good thing! 104 yards to the house.

Final: Rams 24, Raiders 21

Recaps: Turf Show Times | Silver & Black Pride

Jared Goff got off to a good start, finding Cooper Kupp for the early touchdown.

It didn’t take long for Derek Carr and the Raiders to answer. It was Carr’s first time back on his home turf since his season-ending injury last year.

Do whatever you want, Khalil Mack can be unstoppable at times.

And sometimes you can put three guys on Amari Cooper, and he still comes down with the catch.

Michael Crabtree tied the game at 14-14, but not before he took some ankles with him to the end zone.

After falling behind 17-14, the Raiders were able to get the lead with a fourth quarter score.

Sean Mannion gave the Rams a late lead with a 20-yard toss to Josh Reynolds, and it would end up being the winning score.

Final: Patriots 23, Texans 27

Recaps: Pats Pulpit | Battle Red Blog

J.J. Watt is back after missing almost all of 2016 and already looks like J.J. Watt again.

Tom Savage is trying to make sure it’s his job and not Deshaun Watson’s when Week 1 rolls around and so far, so good.

Wow. Your move, Deshaun.

Final: Lions 16, Jets 6

Recaps: Pride of Detroit | Gang Green Nation

Good news for Christian Hackenberg: He got a chance to start!

Bad news for Christian Hackenberg: He had to go against a first-team defense and this happened.

The rest of Hackenberg’s start hasn’t gone very well either.

Yikes.

Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford is looking like a guy who wants to get a huge pay day soon.

Even better than Marvin Jones’ touchdown catch was his celebration. GROUP CELEBRATIONS ARE BACK!

Final: Packers 21, Washington 17

Recaps: Acme Packing Company | Hogs Haven

The Washington offense hasn’t done much of anything, but Fabian Moreau forced a fumble on a punt and that set up a field goal. Special teams are a good way to impress in preseason.

Aaron Rodgers was already frustrating as hell to try to defend. Now he has a weapon like this?

Who needs Desean Jackson when you’ve got a tight end who moves like Vernon Davis?

Final: Cowboys 24, Colts 19

Recaps: Blogging The Boys | Stampede Blue

The Cowboys played it safe with Dak Prescott and kept him on the sideline for the first two preseason games, but he got started Saturday and picked up exactly where he left off.

Nothing like a 95-yard drive capped with a 32-yard touchdown pass to tell the haters the sophomore slump isn’t coming.

After 19 months of recovery, Jaylon Smith is finally back and was understandably fired up when he made a third down stop.

Uh, Kellen Moore, maybe hold on to the football a little more tightly.

Final: Chiefs 30, Bengals 12

Recaps: Arrowhead Pride | Cincy Jungle

Alex Smith has a reputation as a dink-and-dunk quarterback, but he didn’t look like it when he dropped a perfect pass into Travis Kelce’s arms early in the game.

Smith played well for the Chiefs and then Patrick Mahomes came in and did this.

Unfortunately, the referees ruled against fun and exciting things, and said Mahomes was out of bounds. Instead, he threw a touchdown to Demetrius Harris, who also caught a touchdown pass from Smith.

Mahomes kept his good play rolling into the second half with a 12-play touchdown drive to start the third quarter. All in all, he looked amazing.

Final: Titans 34, Panthers 27

Recaps: Music City Miracles | Cat Scratch Reader

The Titans auctioned off the right to call the first two plays of the game to a fan, and they may have to give this fan a job interview.

The first play got about 20 yards and it was followed by a 9-yard run for Marcus Mariota. Sign that fan up as offensive coordinator.

Not the best start for the Panthers. The team couldn’t get across the 10 yard line on the kickoff and then Devin Funchess fumbled on Carolina’s first offensive play.

Sidenote: How big are Kevin Byard’s hands? He picked up the football like it was a Nerf ball.

The good news for the Panthers is that their defensive line looks like a brick wall against the run.

It didn’t count because of a couple penalties, but this is exactly why the Titans took Adoree Jackson in the first round.

The Titans get another turnover — this time a Derek Anderson interception — and we can definitely say they’re beating up on the Panthers at this point.

The stars of the first half were easily Derrick Henry — 36 rushing yards and two touchdowns — and Christian McCaffrey — 33 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards, and one touchdown. It’s the 2015 Heisman race all over again.

Titans fullback Jalston Fowler was injured on a kickoff return in the third quarter and needed to be helped to the bench. A cart came out to help him, but he chose to get to the locker room under his own power. Losing him would be a blow for a team that wants to run downhill with Henry, but the Titans broadcast said it’s just a thigh bruise.

Cameron Artis-Payne has had a pretty solid day for the Panthers. On just five carries, he’s racked up 70 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers kicked a game-tying field goal with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Everybody knows overtime in preseason is to be avoided at all costs. Panthers. Please.

Tennessee linebacker Aaron Wallace saved the day with a sack in the final two minutes.

It set up a touchdown for David Fluellen on the next play and we’re definitely not going to overtime now.

Phew.

Before the games

College football is still a week away, and that means Saturday belongs to the NFL preseason. While Week 1 of the exhibition season was marred by the absence of superstars, this weekend’s action holds the promise of seeing some of the league’s top players earn between 10-12 snaps before ceding ground to a smattering of undrafted free agents.

That’s not much, but it’s a start. The NFL season is fast approaching, and this weekend’s action could wind up being the deciding factor between a fringe player earning a roster spot and ascending to a starting role and winding up back on the free agent list. The fourth quarters of Saturday’s games will provide some familiar faces for college football fans and NFL diehards who can recite team rosters down to 53 places, but won’t be nearly as engaging for Cowboys fans hoping to see Dak Prescott for more than a cameo.

A handful of big games dot the day’s schedule. The Patriots will travel south to Houston to meet the Texans in a rematch of a hard-fought Divisional playoff game from earlier this year. Tom Brady and the starters are even supposed to make an appearance.

The Packers will travel to Washington in a showdown between big-armed passers. The Panthers and Titans will each make their case as resurgent playoff teams.

And then there’s the Jets, who may be worth watching just for the spectacle of their wide receiving corps. Charone Peake and Robby Anderson lead a unit that will be catching passes from either Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, or Christian Hackenberg this fall. That group has the potential to be gruesome, and like a car crash it may be difficult to look away.

Here’s the full slate of games for Saturday, including a Jets/Lions tilt that will make the Detroit secondary seem much more proficient than it actually is. Follow along with us for score updates, highlights, injury news, and much more.

Pregame reading

Ezekiel Elliott appealed his suspension earlier this week. Here’s everything you need to know.

Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is finally expected to make his NFL debut.

The Carolina Panthers will keep the heart and soul of their defense (non-Luke Kuechly division) intact after extending linebacker Thomas Davis.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians kinda hates his wide receiving corps right now, even going so far as to tell reporters “they’ve been warned.

This is the most important month of Packers’ backup QB Brett Hundley’s pro career to date.

Chiefs rookie Tanoh Kpassagnon is a freak athlete, but his first preseason game showed just how far he’ll have to go from “project” to “star.”

The Colts are having an absolutely terrible month.

Marshawn Lynch could get his first carry as a Raider Saturday, but don’t expect him to talk about sitting during the national anthem.