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

The NFL preseason has reached its midpoint with Week 2 serving as a de facto “dress rehearsal” for the rookies 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 be without Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold against the New England Patriots on Friday, but New England will play its starters after this week’s joint practice. Jordan Love will start for the Green Bay Packers against the New Orleans Saints, who will be without Jameis Winston (foot). Rounding out the night will be the Houston Texans at the Los Angeles Rams.

Below, we’ll track down all the must-see highlights from Friday’s action, the appetizer to the main course of this weekend’s games.

Schedule

Thursday

Bears 27, Seahawks 11 (home)

Friday

Patriots 20, Panthers 10 (Vemki)
Packers 20, Saints 10 (Recap)
Texans 24, Rams 20 (Recap)

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

Falcons at Jets, 8 p.m. ET (Gametracker)

The catch of the night!

The Houston Texans played their starters for 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 beat DeRion Kendrick for the ball and went for the score.

Collins will play a role in the Texans offense in 2022. A game like this will get him more targets.

What makes this Etling touchdown run special? The play happened during an interview with Aaron Rodgers on the Packers broadcast. Rodgers’ excitement about scoring Etling makes this game 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 showcased his running ability with this 11-yard run for a first down.

Chris Olave scored his first touchdown

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

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

Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappé made a dangerous throw, rolling to his left, and Hayes read the pass to take the ball the other way and tie the game. Zappe wasn’t as sharp in his second outing of the preseason in which Matt Patricia called up to play.

Romeo Dubs touchdown

There’s room for the Dubs to earn snaps with the first team this year, and this touchdown catch by Jordan Love demonstrates why. Dubs made this impressive four-yard touchdown reception over Brian Allen to put the Packers up 10-3 over the Saints in the second quarter. Love is starting to show confidence in the fourth-round pick.

59-yard field goal by Will Lutz

Lutz missed all of 2021 with a hamstring injury as the Saints missed his reliability in the kicking department. He certainly looked like his old self with that 59-yard field goal to close out the first quarter.

Just 13 of 23 field goals over 50 yards in his career, this kick from Lutz is very encouraging.

Romeo Doubs makes his case to move up the depth chart

Dubs was one of the young wide receivers Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers criticized during the week, so he’s been in the spotlight with the second team involved for most of this week. Jordan Love’s 17-yard catch on the opening drive makes a big impression, even if the Dubs couldn’t get a third down early.

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 can still play wide receiver and running back in short-yardage situations.

The Patriots averaged just 1.9 yards per play in the first quarter with only 21 yards of offense, but Nelson Aholor changed that with this 45-yard catch on an impressive throw from Mack Jones. Against a second-team defense or not, this is what Patriots fans want to see from their new offense.

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

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