Week 2 of the NFL preseason continued on Saturday, with three nationally televised games and two other matchups giving us some potential playoff previews, not to mention a good look at some more young quarterbacks.
First, the Browns and Colts kicked things off after a week of heated practices that featured multiple fights between their players. In the evening, the Chiefs and Steelers took the field as Patrick Mahomes and the starting offense made their 2019 exhibition debut together. Meanwhile, at 10 p.m., the Cowboys and Rams battled in the first preseason game played in Hawaii in over four decades.
In addition to updates from Saturday's action, you can check out the entire schedule for Week 2 of the preseason below. If your favorite team isn't on national television in the coming weeks, remember to check your local listings because games that aren't being televised nationally are generally still televised in each team's local market and available for streaming on fuboTV (Try for free).
Scores and schedule
Eagles 24, Jaguars 10 (box score)
Jets 22, Falcons 10 (box score)
Ravens 26, Packers 13 (box score)
Bengals 23, Redskins 13 (box score)
Raiders 33, Cardinals 26 (box score)
Bills 27, Panthers 14 (box score)
Giants 32, Bears 13 (box score)
Buccaneers 16, Dolphins 14 (box score)
Browns 21, Colts 18 (box score)
Patriots 22 Titans 17 (box score)
Steelers 17, Chiefs 7 (box score)
Texans 30, Lions 23 (box score)
Cowboys 14, Rams 10 (box score)
Saints at Chargers, 4 p.m., CBS
Seahawks at Vikings, 8 p.m., FOX
49ers at Broncos, 8 p.m., ESPN
James Washington balls out for Steelers vs. Chiefs
James Washington continued his strong summer on Saturday night. After catching four passes for 84 yards and a score in Pittsburgh's preseason opener, the Steelers' second-round pick last year, who endured a disappointing rookie season, caught four of five targets for 78 yards that included this nifty 40-yard reception.
.@JamesWashington continues to make plays!— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 18, 2019
📺: #KCvsPIT on NFL Network (or check local listings) pic.twitter.com/2gAG8Psds0
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Bud Dupree continued his solid summer by recording two sacks and two tackles for loss while helping Pittsburgh's starting defense hold the Chiefs' offense scoreless during their two possessions with quarterback Patrick Mahomes under center.
Another Steeler who made his case to make the 53 was receiver Diontae Spencer, a former Canadian Football League star who had a 38-yard punt return and a 19-yard run that helped set up the Steelers' final touchdown. Rookie receiver Diontae Johnson, who was injured for a considerable portion of camp, also showed his potential Saturday when he caught his first preseason touchdown, a 24-yard pass from Devin Hodges -- an undrafted rookie who starred at Samford University and continues to put out impressive tape.
Speaking of Pittsburgh's quarterbacks, Mason Rudolph strengthened his case to be the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback instead of Josh Dobbs. Rudolph, Pittsburgh's third quarterback last season, completed 10 of 15 passes Saturday night while engineering an 89-yard scoring drive. Dobbs completed 6 of 11 passes for 95 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception. Dobbs did orchestrate one scoring drive that ended with Matthew Wright's 46-yard field goal.
Jarrett Stidham headlines Patriots' win over Titans
He's not Tom Brady, but he might be his new backup. A week after surprising in the Patriots' preseason opener, Stidham once again headlined New England's offense, following up four series from veteran No. 2 Brian Hoyer (6-8, 55 yards, 1 INT) with a 193-yard night -- featuring an 11-play, 99-yard scoring drive capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass. The fourth-round draft pick couldn't have had a better start to his first preseason in New England. Fellow rookie Damien Harris was equally as impressive vs. the Titans on Saturday, piling up 103 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches.
Mahomes, Chiefs starters fail to score vs. Steelers
Mahomes, a preseason MVP favorite, lit up the Steelers in Week 2 of the 2018 season, throwing six touchdowns in Kansas City's 42-37 victory. Mahomes and the Chiefs did not come close that that type of production in the quarterback's 2019 preseason debut Saturday night in Pittsburgh. In two possessions with Mahomes under center, the Chiefs gained 36 yards but were unable to score any points against Pittsburgh's starting defense. After punting on their first possession, the Chiefs' second -- and final drive -- with Mahomes ended when running back Carlos Hyde fumbled near midfield. Kansas City didn't get on the board until late in the first half, when backup quarterback Chad Henne hit Mecole Hardman on a 17-yard touchdown pass that tied the score.
Steelers honor late Coach Darryl Drake
The Steelers paid homage to late assistant coach Darryl Drake, who passed away last Sunday after reportedly experiencing chest pains the previous night. Before the game, the Steelers announced that they would wear a special decal on the back of their helmet honoring Drake for the remainder of the season. Pittsburgh's receivers also wore special hoodies during pregame warmups featuring one of Drake's offseason messages to the team. The Steelers then held a team prayer on the field just before kickoff.
Entire Steelers team kneels in prayer before kickoff for their WR coach Darryl Drake, whose funeral was today in Tennessee pic.twitter.com/rr7zrxNwwd— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 18, 2019
Flips into the end zone: Titans may be doing too much
The preseason is usually a time where NFL teams try to take it easy to avoid injuries. The play calls are very vanilla, the starters only play a few series and it's not the most entertaining football. You can't exactly say that about the Titans however.
After scoring a touchdown in the first quarter, the Titans decided to go for two. Quarterback Marcus Mariota -- the franchise's prized possession -- decided to take matters into his own hands and flipped over a defender into the end zone.
Air Mariota 🆙#NEvsTEN pic.twitter.com/sidANwZSog— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019
There is not a single coach in the NFL that wants to see their quarterback taking a shot like that in the preseason.
The Titans weren't done, however, as just a couple of drives later, running back Jeremy McNichols took a risky shot en route to the end zone. This flip was violent yet beautiful -- and he's lucky that he didn't injure himself.
BIG UPS 😱 #TitanUp @JeremyMcNichols | #NEvsTEN pic.twitter.com/GSz1gBw804— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 18, 2019
The Titans clearly have no idea that this is the preseason -- but no one tell them, because they are providing us with some entertaining football right now.
Delanie Walker returns to football in a big way
Titans tight end Delanie Walker suffered a gruesome leg injury in Week 1 last year and ended up missing the entire season. After sitting out the preseason opener last week, he suited up to play in his first game in almost a year on Saturday night against the Patriots.
On the third drive of the game, Marcus Mariota found him for a big 15-yard gain. Just a few plays later, the duo hooked up again for an 11-yard touchdown, which sent Titans fans to their feet
Delanie is back! 🤫@delaniewalker82 | #NEvsTEN pic.twitter.com/1hgZth1Fz2— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 17, 2019
Talk about a special return to football. Even though he's 35, expect Walker to be a big part of Tennessee's offense in 2019.
Steelers-Chiefs matchup delayed
Inclement weather delayed the AFC showdown of the night.
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said a strong thunderstorm is moving through the area that's capable of producing hail and wind gusts of up to 45 mph.
Deon Cain shines as wide receiver No. 1
When you think about it, the Colts are pretty stacked at wide receiver. T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, Parris Campbell, Devin Funchess and Zach Pascal are all expected to play big roles in this offense. One guy that gets forgotten in this rotation is Deon Cain.
Cain had a big game on Saturday, and led all receivers with seven catches for 80 yards. He was targeted nine times, and it didn't seem to matter who was in at quarterback -- he was the go-to guy.
The Clemson product was taken in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. After a standout training camp, Cain went down with a torn ACL and missed his entire rookie season. Now healthy, he's someone who could be a pleasant surprise for Colts fans.
Jacoby Brissett looks sharp
Everyone is still guessing when Andrew Luck will return from his calf/ankle/bone strain/sprain/bruise, but the Colts don't have a bad backup in Jacoby Brissett.
On the Colts' third drive of the game, Brissett took his offense 85 yards on 10 plays and tied the game with this beautiful 12-yard strike to tight end Eric Ebron.
BRISSETT ➡️ EBRON— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 17, 2019
TOUCHDOWN! #CLEvsIND pic.twitter.com/HbuWBQpnz7
The fourth-year backup completed eight of his first 10 passes for 100 yards and that score. It's too early to speculate if Luck will miss any regular-season games with this mysterious injury, but Brissett does have experience as a starter.
When Luck missed the entire 2017 season, Brissett played all 16 games and threw for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Colts went just 4-12 that year, but they didn't have the talent this 2019 squad does. It could be worse.