NFL Lessons From Saturday's Pre-Season Games

Saturday NFL saw many lessons being learnt - some, in hindsight, we should have seen coming. Others yet, came as quite the surprise and must be filed somewhere secure for future use. The following is a run-down of all of the best - and worst - moments gleaned from Saturday's 9 NFL pre-season games.

Best - The McCaffrey/Henry Trick

Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry played a first half pre-season matchup on Saturday that almost mirrored the 2015 NFL season. Henry broke through the best rushing defense that the NFL had to offer, clearing all of 36 yards on his determined way towards two touchdowns. McCaffrey navigated 33 rushing yards to score a sterling touchdown of his own.

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Aug 24, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) pressures Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY

Best - Perfection Is Anything Resembling The Dallas Cowboys' Opening Drive

The opening drive saw the Cowboys' defence going 95 yards down the field - culminating in a Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant touchdown. Prescott finished his pre-season evening well with a passer rating of 158.3, proving once again that his sports performance is nearing its peak.

Best - The Whole Hundred-And-Nine Yards

Whichever way you look at it, taking a kickback for all of 109 yards is a thing that is worthy of praise. Deonte Thompson did just that on Saturday when the Bears went up against the Cardinals. What makes the feat even more astonishing is that it all started as a missed field goal.

Worst - Kellen Moore, Party Pooper

Moore managed to complete only 10 of 21 passes in his pre-season game on Saturday. Enough said. NFL punters may have thrown in the towel when they saw this and started looking for AFL betting tips instead!

Worst - Blooper Extraordinaire

49ers' Brian Hoyer managed to propel the ball away from his body for all of going on 3 yards, where Denver was able to swoop in and effortlessly recover the ball near midfield. Hoyer is - or was - expected to be the starter for the 49ers going into the season, but it remains to be seen whether Kyle Shanahan will be sticking to his guns on this one after what will no doubt be dubbed Blooper Extraordinaire.

Worst - Michael Crabtree Provides For Most Disrespectful NFL Moment

Michael Crabtree on Saturday provided spectators with what is being described as the most disrespectful moment of the preseason. Crabtree started out reasonably well, catching a Derek Carr pass. What happened next can only be imagined in pictures. After having caught the pass, Crabtree immediately made for a touchdown but in the process put the brakes on Rams cornerback Troy Hill in a big way - snapping the cornerback's ankles as he made for the run.

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