Here are all of the final scores, highlights, and injury news from Week 3’s Saturday games.
And here’s a running tab on the night’s most notable injuries.
Tyrod Taylor: The Bills QB went to the locker room early in the first quarter after being sacked and hitting his head pretty hard on the ground. He’s in the concussion protocol.
Justin Tucker: Baltimore lost its kicker when he tried to tackle a kick returner in the first half on Saturday. He cleared the concussion protocol before the game was over.
Eli Apple: The Giants cornerback is out of the game with an ankle injury.
Jamaal Charles: The Broncos (that still feels weird to say) running back was taken to a medical tent to be evaluated for a concussion, but he was cleared to return.
Paxton Lynch: The Broncos quarterback went to the locker room with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return to the game.
Final score: Saints 13, Texans 0
Saints 10, Texans 0: Houston still hasn’t scored and we’re into the fourth quarter.
Saints 3, Texans 0: Drew Brees and Michael Thomas are off to a solid start, but the Texans kept them out of the end zone.
Final score: Broncos 20, Packers 17
Broncos 20, Packers 17: Backup quarterback Brett Hundley ran in a touchdown to narrow the Broncos’ lead.
Broncos 13, Packers 10: Paxton Lynch went down with a shoulder injury, but the Broncos are leading.
Packers 10, Broncos 7: Close game in Denver, and Von Miller’s just doing Von Miller things.
Packers 3, Broncos 0: The Packers have an early lead in Denver.
Packers 0, Broncos 0: C.J. Anderson got dinged early, but was able to walk off the field under his own power.
Final score: Cowboys 24, Raiders 20
Raiders 20, Cowboys 10: It was a defensive touchdown for the Raiders this time around.
Raiders 13, Cowboys 10: This taco-making celebration from Taco Charlton was instantly the best part of the night.
Raiders 13, Cowboys 10: It was a 48-yard pass from Derek Carr to Amari Cooper to give the Raiders a lead.
Cowboys 10, Raiders 6: Jaylon Smith is looking good!
Cowboys 10, Raiders 3: It’s Dak Prescott to Jason Witten for the score.
Raiders 6, Cowboys 3: The PAT attempt was no good, but the Raiders did take a lead with a touchdown.
Cowboys 3, Raiders 0: Dallas strikes first with a field goal.
Final score: Chargers 21, Rams 19
Chargers 21, Rams 19: Hey, the Rams are very much still in this!
Chargers 21, Rams 6: Just to set the record straight:
Look y'all, Jared Goff's dad said Jared wants to be great. Sean Mannion's dad hasn't said that about Sean. Know your facts.— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) August 27, 2017
Chargers 21, Rams 6: don’t look now, but the Rams have scored two field goals!
Chargers 21, Rams 0: It’s going to be a long night in Los Angeles.
Chargers 14, Rams 0: It’s another interception for Goff. Not a great start for last year’s first overall pick. No pun intended.
Chargers 14, Rams 0: One of the Chargers’ two scores was a Jared Goff fumble that the Chargers ran back for a touchdown.
Final score: Colts 19, Steelers 15
Colts 13, Steelers 12: It’s a Landry Jones touchdown for the Steelers, but the extra point failed.
Colts 13, Steelers 6: And Pittsburgh answers with a field goal of their own.
Colts 13, Steelers 3: Another Adam Vinatieri field goal extends Indy’s lead.
Colts 7, Steelers 3: The Steelers are on the board with a field goal.
Colts 7, Steelers 0: A Frank Gore 1-yard run is Indianapolis’ first score of the night.
Browns vs. Buccaneers highlights
Buccaneers 9, Browns 6: It’s a field goal fiesta in Tampa Bay.
Browns 3, Buccaneers 3: The Bucs tied up this barnburner with a field goal.
Browns 3, Buccaneers 0: DeShone Kizer looks comfortable out here.
Sunday play by Kizer on 3rd and 5 pic.twitter.com/3Rh6exCPso— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 26, 2017
Browns 3, Buccaneers 0: DeShone Kizer looked good, and Cleveland’s on the board with a field goal.
Browns 0, Buccaneers 0: Good start for Cleveland with an interception.
Final score: Giants 32, Jets 31
Giants 32, Jets 31: Bryce Petty got injured, and Christian Hackenberg came back in the game and put the Jets in a position to actually win. The two-point attempt failed and we were all spared preseason overtime. Thank you, Jets.
Giants 29, Jets 18: It’s only a two-score game now at MetLife Stadium thanks to this kick-ass touchdown from Bilal Powell.
Giants 29, Jets 3: At least this isn’t the regular season, Jets fans!
Giants 19, Jets 3: Hey, the Jets scored!
Giants 12, Jets 0: Oh, dear. The Jets do not look good at all.
Giants 5, Jets 0: And a field goal extends the Giants’ lead.
Giants 2, Jets 0: A safety gets the Giants on the board.
Jets 0, Giants 0: Christian Hackenberg? More like Christian Sackenberg. Hackenberg got the start, but it was an inauspicious one.
Final score: Cardinals 24, Falcons 14
Cardinals 17, Falcons 6: Another field goal for Atlanta in what has become a backup extravaganza.
Cardinals 17, Falcons 3: There’s no lead for the Falcons to blow in this game.
Cardinals 17, Falcons 0: It’s a John Brown touchdown for the Cardinals.
Cardinals 10, Falcons 0: Rookie pass rusher Takk McKinley is a big part of the reason the Falcons defense held Arizona to a field goal.
Cardinals 7, Falcons 0: It wasn’t a good start for last season’s MVP.
Cardinals 0, Falcons 0: It was almost disaster for Falcons return specialist Andre Roberts, who badly muffed a punt, but his teammate Terron Ward recovered.
Final score: Ravens 13, Bills 9
Ravens 10, Bills 7: The Ravens are up!
Bills 7, Ravens 3: The Bills got into the end zone on a 1-yard run from Mike Tolbert before the end of the half.
Ravens 3, Bills 0: And this happened.
Brent Urban finds Shady dancing in the backfield.— Baltimore Beatdown (@BMoreBeatdown) August 26, 2017
Brent does the noodle arm dance of McGregor hahaha
Ravens 3, Bills 0: Justin Tucker hit a 40-yarder to give the Ravens a three-point lead.
Ravens 0, Bills 0: Tyrod Taylor left the game after hitting his head on the ground pretty hard while being sacked.
The third week of the NFL preseason is often considered a test run for the regular season. This is the game where teams play most of their starters into the third quarter, finalize their lineups, and work out any kinks before the real games start in two weeks.
Saturday features the busiest day of the week, with nine games set to take place. Only one will be televised nationally — the Battle of Los Angeles between the Chargers and Rams can be seen on CBS. Fans can stream it online at CBS All Access.
As for the games themselves, the real intrigue here will be seeing which quarterback battles will be decided. The Broncos have already confirmed that Trevor Siemian will start over Paxton Lynch, but the Browns are still deciding between Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer, while the Texans will settle on either Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson.
Another positional battle to watch is the running back competition in Denver. C.J. Anderson seemingly has the starting job locked down, but Jamaal Charles will be playing after sitting out the first two games. This might be his one and only chance to make the team, so it’ll be interesting if Charles shows any of his old form after multiple knee injuries derailed his career.
There’s also a Battle of New York between the Jets and Giants, which probably wouldn’t be competitive in the regular season. The Giants got a major injury scare when Odell Beckham Jr.’s leg buckled on a low tackle, but he appears to have escaped with “only” a sprained ankle. Meanwhile, the Jets are just hoping for any kind of spark on offense. Josh McCown probably won the starting job by default after another dismal performance by Christian Hackenberg.
Complete Saturday schedule (all times Eastern)
Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons, 7 p.m. (Revenge of the Birds | The Falcoholic)
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7 p.m. (Buffalo Rumblings | Baltimore Beatdown)
New York Jets vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m. (Gang Green Nation | Big Blue View)
Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:30 p.m. (Stampede Blue | Behind the Steel Curtain)
Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m. (Dawgs By Nature | Bucs Nation)
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8 p.m., CBS/CBS All Access (Bolts From the Blue | Turf Show Times)
Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8 p.m. (Silver and Black Pride | Blogging the Boys)
Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m. (Battle Red Blog | Canal Street Chronicles)
Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos, 9 p.m. (Acme Packing Company | Mile High Report)