ATLANTA — Desmond Ridder fended off an interception on his very first pitch to lead Atlanta to its first preseason win at home since 2016, beating Jacksonville.
Both teams relied primarily on backups and roster contenders in their preseason finale, with the Falcons (2-1) winning behind third-round draft pick Cincinnati.
Playing in the fourth quarter, Ridder completed 14 of 25 passes for 185 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to fellow rookie Tyler Allgeier in the first quarter.
Ridder also guided two impressive touchdowns in the second half before finishing with the Jaguars (0-4).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Logan Woodside rushed for a 9-yard touchdown on fourth base with 52 seconds left and Tennessee wrapped up the preseason by rallying to beat Arizona.
Woodside’s rally probably won’t be enough to keep veteran Ryan Tannehill back-up despite helping the Titans (2-1) finish the preseason with a second straight home win. Woodside was 5 of 9 for 43 yards on his lone drive, but rookie Malik Willis had his best performance this preseason on his third start.
Rookie Jarrett Guarantano tried to rally the Cardinals (1-2), but was flagged for an intentional grounding when he was caught by Titans linebacker Rashad Weaver for a down loss and a 10-second runoff . Sam Okuayinonu sacked Guarantano to end the match.
CLEVELAND — Justin Fields threw three touchdown passes in the first half, leading Chicago to a victory in its exhibition final against Cleveland, which got its first look in the game on backup starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Fields, who was sacked nine times — 4 1/2 by All-Pro Myles Garrett — during a tough visit to Cleveland as a rookie last season, looked confident and in command while moving starters from Chicago.
As the Browns rested Garrett, Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward and a few other first-team members, Fields threw a 22-yard TD pass to tight end Ryan Griffin in the first quarter, then connected with wide receiver Dante Pettis and tight end Cole Kmet in scoring. plays in the second.
Fields went 14 of 16 for 156 yards in helping the Bears (3-0) open a 21-0 lead.
Cleveland’s substitutes rallied in the second half with quarterback Josh Rosen’s TD pulling the Browns (1-2) in a point. However, Rosen’s 2-point pass attempt to receiver Javon Wims was incomplete with 2:31 left.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tua Tagovailoa connected with Tyreek Hill for 51 yards on the first play from scrimmage, and Miami set a franchise record for points in a preseason game, beating Philadelphia.
Tagovailoa played the entire first quarter, seeming more comfortable in first-year coach Mike McDaniel’s system. He was 6 of 7 for 121 yards and a touchdown in three series.
Hill played the opener, finishing with two catches for 64 yards in his only action this preseason. Miami (2-1) acquired the fast receiver in an offseason trade with Kansas City and signed him to a four-year, $120 million extension.
BALTIMORE — Anthony Brown threw for 256 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens extended their record preseason winning streak to 23 games with a 17-15 win over the Washington Commanders on Saturday night.
The Commanders (0-3) shot within two with 5:31 left when Sam Howell threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Bonnafon. A 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, helping to preserve the streak, but Baltimore defensive back Kevon Seymour injured his ankle on the play. Teammate Zakoby McClain appeared to fall on Seymour’s right leg.
It was in that preseason game last year that the Ravens (3-0) lost running back JK Dobbins to a season-ending knee injury. They seemed to be avoiding anything serious this year – although Poe, the team’s mascot, was sent off at half-time. Baltimore also announced that defensive tackle Aaron Crawford had a groin problem.
Neither team was taking too many risks: quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Carson Wentz were among those who didn’t play.
INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady led Tampa Bay to a field goal in its first and only preseason series and the Indianapolis substitutes rallied to beat the Buccaneers in the teams’ preseason finale.
Brady looked sharp in the rushing offense, going 6 of 8 with 44 yards while converting a quarterback down on an 11-play, 66-yard drive.
Seven-time Super Bowl champion Mike Evans, Julio Jones and most of the other Buccaneers starters then watched the rest of the game from the bench. Brady returned to the training ground on Monday after missing the last 11 days of training camp for personal reasons.
Matt Ryan and the Colts starters also played about a quarter.
And after Ryan led Indy to a game-breaking score — Deon Jackson’s 1-yard touchdown — on his final streak, Indy’s backups dominated.
DENVER — Baron Browning’s 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown after Sean Mannion’s McTelvin Agim strip-sack highlighted the Denver Broncos’ 23-13 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday evening.
Both teams rested their starters in the final tune-up of the season.
Browning, who the Broncos (2-1) moved from inside linebacker to rim this year, stunted in the middle and nearly ripped the ball out of Mannion’s grip himself as he passed him.
Agim was there to slap the ball as he wrapped Mannion from behind for a sack from 10 yards. Browning reached back, grabbed the ball with his right hand and snuck into the end zone to give Denver a 17-7 lead with less than a minute left in the first half. time.
Mannion put the preseason-winning Vikings in midfield for Greg Joseph’s 46-yard field goal as time expired, cutting Minnesota’s deficit to 17-10 at halftime. time.
Joseph’s 58 yards in the fourth quarter made it 17-13 and the Vikings got back behind the wheel when rookie safety Dalarrin Turner-Yell came back from a concussion check to fire Kellen Mond at fourth-and-base. denver 5.
Brandon McManus capped the scoring with a pair of field goals.