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While the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers opened the 2021 NFL preseason with their Hall of Fame game matchup final week, preseason kicked off in earnest this week, as all 32 groups have been in motion.

It began Thursday with two video games, as rookie quarterback Mac Jones helped lead the New England Patriots previous the Washington Football Team in his NFL debut, whereas 2019 first-rounder Dwayne Haskins was spectacular because the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles.

Three extra video games befell Friday, together with Jared Goff‘s debut because the Detroit Lions quarterback after coming to the Motor City from the Los Angeles Rams in a commerce.

Saturday was the large day with 10 video games. In the afternoon, the Denver Broncos beat the Minnesota Vikings in a homecoming for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, the Vikings’ first-round decide in 2014, performed for Minnesota from 2014 to ’17 and is competing with Drew Lock to be the Broncos’ starter. The NFL’s two latest stadiums additionally hosted their first video games with followers, because the Las Vegas Raiders took on the Seattle Seahawks at Allegiant Stadium and the Los Angeles Chargers performed the Rams at SoFi Stadium.

The slate concluded Sunday in Indianapolis, the Colts beat the Carolina Panthers. We obtained a have a look at how the Colts would exchange injured quarterback Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold in a Panthers uniform.

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Sunday’s recreation

Standout performer: Colts QB Sam Ehlinger, 155 passing yards, 30 dashing yards

It did not matter that the Colts solely had two starters — one offensive and one defensive — enjoying in their preseason opener in opposition to Carolina. All eyes centered across the quarterback battle between Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger to be the starter if Carson Wentz will not be prepared to open the season. There’s no clear favourite after Sunday. Eason closed out his enjoying time by main the Colts to a landing late in the primary half and Ehlinger used a mixture of his arm and legs to lead them a 21-18 victory. The spotlight of Eason’s afternoon got here on his closing sequence when he ran the two-minute offense on the finish of the primary half. He led the Colts on a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a Jordan Wilkins 3-yard landing. Ehlinger’s greatest second got here on the game-timing sequence that included completions of 47 and 25 yards. Ehlinger tied the sport at 18 when he confirmed off his working abilities by maintaining the ball on a 2-point conversion. Ehlinger used six-plus minutes of the clock to get the game-winning 30-yard subject objective from Eddy Pineiro in the ultimate seconds. — Mike Wells

Next recreation: at Vikings (8 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Coach Matt Rhule known as this an enormous week for his quarterbacks. Sam Darnold performed first rate throughout two joint practices with the Colts and PJ Walker put a ways between himself and Will Grier for the backup job throughout Sunday’s 21-18 loss in Indianapolis. Walker’s greatest adverse was he obtained one landing on three journeys contained in the 20 and 4 journeys contained in the 27, not a superb signal for a staff that struggled in the these areas final season. Grier did not have an important likelihood working with third- and fourth-stringers. But Walker clearly has the sting, and proved why on the next-to-last sequence of the primary half when he took the Panthers 91 yards (3-for-3, 41 yards) for the landing — a 7-yard cross to rookie tight finish Tommy Tremble. The offensive line had six false begins. – David Newton

Next recreation: vs. Ravens (7 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performer: Bears QB Justin Fields, 142 passing yards, one landing, 33 dashing yards, one dashing landing

The Chicago Bears‘ offense was burn-the-tape unhealthy in Saturday’s first half — Miami outgained Chicago 215 yards to 79 — earlier than rookie quarterback Justin Fields injected life into Soldier Field. Fields (14-of-20 for 142 yards, one landing, 33 dashing yards, one dashing landing) regarded like, effectively, a rookie, for a lot of the second quarter when he changed Andy Dalton, however the first-round decide ultimately settled right into a groove and caught fireplace after halftime. As the sport wore on, Fields confirmed terrific command of the pocket, and when he scrambled, he usually froze Miami defenders, who have been not sure of whether or not he would throw or take off. Fields’ blazing velocity goes to be an enormous asset every time he turns into the beginning quarterback. His 8-yard landing run in the third quarter additionally showcased his power — Fields deftly prevented a Miami defender who swiped at him earlier than he took off for the rating. Is it simply the preseason? Yes. But did Fields present greater than sufficient promise for an NFL debut? Absolutely. — Jeff Dickerson

Next recreation: vs. Bills (1 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Tua Tagovailoa made just one mistake, but it surely was expensive. The Miami Dolphins‘ beginning quarterback had a productive preseason outing till he tried to thread the needle on a ball in the tip zone to Adam Shaheen that Chicago Bears security DeAndre Houston-Carson stepped in entrance of and intercepted. That one miscue — which occurred to be Tagovailoa’s final play of the afternoon — was the one adverse in an in any other case encouraging exhibiting. The 2020 first-round decide completed 8-of-11 for 99 yards as Miami’s offense totally outclassed the Bears till rookie quarterback Fields obtained sizzling after halftime. Tagovailoa’s greatest second got here on a superbly thrown downfield ball to Mike Gesicki that gained 50 yards. The Dolphins may nonetheless have quarterback considerations, however Tagovailoa principally took a step in the correct course Saturday. — Jeff Dickerson

Next recreation: vs. Falcons (7 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performers: Drew Lock, 5-of-7 passing, 151 yards, 2 TDs; Teddy Bridgewater, 7-of-8 passing, 74 yards, 1 TD

The Denver Broncos wished to see tempo, productiveness and high quality selections from quarterbacks Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason opener because the staff tries to decide on its starter. Coach Vic Fangio has constantly mentioned he hoped the 2 would make it “as hard a decision as possible.” The two combined for four scores in five possessions as the Broncos did not punt when the two were in the game. It was clear the Broncos can flourish on offense with either quarterback, but especially Lock, when they are more inclined to use some of their bigger personnel groupings, run play-action and keep the run game involved. Lock was calm in the pocket and found the big play — an 80-yard touchdown to KJ Hamler — out of a two-back set. — Jeff Legwold

Next game: at Seahawks (10 p.m. ET, Saturday)

This is probably what you’d expect a game to look like when 31 players — 21 starters and several key backups — do not play. More than anything, Saturday’s loss exposed the Vikings’ depth issues across the board. Dakota Dozier, who seemed like a good fit for a backup guard, was replaced by rookie Wyatt Davis four drives into the game, and Davis and was instantly pushed back into quarterback Jake Browning. Minnesota’s linebacker depth, which drew criticism from coach Mike Zimmer last week, is still lacking. Both quarterbacks who played — Browning and Kellen Mond — totaled 79 passing yards. The backups in the secondary are still inexperienced, which should make the Vikings feel extra good about signing veterans Patrick Peterson, Bashaud Breeland, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Woods to man starting roles. — Courtney Cronin

Next game: vs. Colts (8 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performers: Browns QB Kyle Lauletta, 212 passing yards, 2 TDs

Cleveland Browns rookies stole the show in the preseason opener, a 23-13 win over Jacksonville. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had a sack, WR Demetric Felton had 4 catches and security Richard LeCounte III had an interception. JOK and Felton especially, along with first-round pick Greg Newsome II, are looking like they will play key roles for the Browns this season. — Jake Trotter

Next game: vs. Giants (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Not precisely a dynamic debut for Trevor Lawrence in the Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor. Even so, the first-team offense was still more effective under Lawrence than Gardner Minshew. Lawrence led the Jaguars to 74 of their 120 first-half yards and led the only first-half drive into Cleveland territory. — Mike DiRocco

Next game: at Saints (8 p.m. ET, Aug. 23)


Standout performers: Jets QB Zach Wilson, 6-of-9 passing, 63 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson gave the New York Jets precisely what they wished in his preseason debut. He made good selections, confirmed poise in the pocket and delivered an environment friendly efficiency (6-for-9, 63 yards).

There have been no jaw-dropping, off-balance throws, the form of performs that wowed the Jets’ brass at his BYU professional day. He merely stayed on script and executed the performs as known as — child steps for the presumptive starter. He additionally confirmed the flexibility to orchestrate lengthy drives — 10 and 11 performs in his solely two sequence. The disclaimer: He confronted the Giants’ backup protection, so let’s maintain off on the parade. Still, this was a very constructive step for the Jets’ franchise quarterback. — Rich Cimini

Next recreation: at Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, Saturday)

The preseason opener did not ease any considerations in regards to the New York Giants‘ offensive line in Year 8 of the rebuild. There have been struggles in their three drives, particularly at the beginning. Left guard Kenny Wiggins had a whiff, proper sort out Matt Peart allowed a sack and left sort out Andrew Thomas did not precisely preserve Carl Lawson from getting in the backfield on the opening drive. The Giants’ O-line did get higher because it progressed, which might present a shred of optimism, even when it was in opposition to lesser competitors. Most notably, proper guard Will Hernandez had some promising reps as a puller on energy runs. Overall, although, the unit stays a large query mark with the season lower than a month away. — Jordan Raanan

Next recreation: at Browns (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performers: Ravens QB Tyler Huntley, 77 yards passing, 43 yards dashing, 1 TD

Tyler Huntley took the early lead in the Ravens’ backup quarterback battle, main a fourth-quarter comeback to safe Baltimore’s 18th straight preseason victory. Huntley scored the successful, 7-yard landing and completed 12-of-16 for 77 yards. Beyond the statistics, Huntley’s bodily abilities match the Ravens’ model of offense greater than Trace McSorley, who obtained the beginning in place of Lamar Jackson and was restricted by a again spasm situation. McSorley (11-of-18 for 86 yards and one interception) failed to file a primary down in his first 4 drives as Baltimore managed solely three lengthy subject targets with him. The Ravens might find yourself maintaining all three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster after utilizing a complete of 4 final season. Huntley’s scrambling skill shined on a tricky evening for Baltimore’s makeshift offensive line, which handled one other harm. Starting heart Bradley Bozeman left in the primary half with a proper ankle harm. After the sport, coach John Harbaugh mentioned Bozeman has a “minor ankle sprain.” — Jamison Hensley

Next recreation: Next recreation: at Panthers (7 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Taysom Hill obtained the beginning. Jameis Winston had the extra spectacular drive, capped by a fantastic 8-yard TD cross to WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey. But neither of the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback contenders actually separated themselves in the battle to exchange Drew Brees, with every of them throwing an interception as a part of New Orleans’ whopping whole of six turnovers in a 17-14 loss at Baltimore. Neither interception was egregious (Hill and receiver Ty Montgomery have been anticipating two completely different routes on a sizzling learn, whereas Winston’s barely underthrown deep ball to Humphrey bounced out of the receiver’s arms). But each QBs made sufficient good throws to preserve this competitors shut heading into the second spherical, with Winston anticipated to begin Aug. 23 in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars. — Mike Triplett

Next recreation: vs. Jaguars (8 p.m. ET, Aug. 23)


Standout performers: Texans RB Scottie Phillips, 66 yards, 1 TD on 13 carries

Deshaun Watson didn’t journey to Green Bay, and all eyes throughout Houston’s preseason opener in opposition to the Packers have been on the Texans’ quarterback state of affairs. After one sequence from Tyrod Taylor (4-of-4 for 40 yards), rookie Davis Mills took over, finishing 11 of twenty-two passes for 112 yards. Mills made just a few spectacular throws on third down however did throw an interception in the pink zone and was inconsistent. Throughout coaching camp, coach David Culley has talked in regards to the significance for the rookie quarterback to study from his errors. Next week in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys will give us a greater thought of whether or not Mills has made progress. While Taylor seems to be the clear-cut beginning quarterback for the Texans to begin the 2021 season, the true query is, for a way lengthy? Taylor is in Houston on a one-year deal, and it is necessary that the Texans know what they’ve in their 2021 third-round decide earlier than subsequent yr’s draft. — Sarah Barshop

Next recreation: Next recreation: at Cowboys (8 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Jordan Love‘s first NFL begin of any type was precisely that: a begin. Not an important one. Not a horrible one. But an honest place to start. The 2020 first-round draft decide, who did not get any preseason motion and by no means even placed on a recreation jersey final yr as a season-long inactive, crafted one environment friendly landing drive in which he went 6-for-6 for 89 yards, together with a 22-yard scoring cross on a display. He did not get a lot else carried out in any other case, gaining just one first down on his six different drives that included 18 performs and simply 26 whole internet yards. Still, he walked off Lambeau Field for the primary time with a 110.4 passer score whereas enjoying solely the primary half. Love ought to get loads of extra work in the remaining two preseason video games as a result of Aaron Rodgers is not anticipated to play in any respect earlier than the opener. — Rob Demovsky

Next recreation: Next recreation: vs. Jets (4:25 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performers: Bengals RB Jacques Patrick, 15 carries, 71 yards

The Cincinnati Bengals have made vital investments in their defensive position by way of each useful resource accessible. The Bengals signed an enormous free agent (Trey Hendrickson), prolonged a present participant on a rookie deal (Sam Hubbard) and used midround picks on promising gamers (Joseph Ossai, Cam Sample). It’s clear the Bengals needs to be enthusiastic about what that cross rush might appear to be this season after a 19-14 win in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hendrickson and Ossai mixed to sack Tom Brady early in the sport. Ossai was disruptive up till he was dominated out of the sport with a proper wrist harm. But the breakout star of the evening? Darius Hodge, an undrafted free agent. Hodge had 5 quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks. He simply made a powerful case to be one of many closing cuts on the 53-man roster. It’s becoming that Sample ended the evening with a sack. It was that form of evening for Cincinnati’s cross rush. — Ben Baby

Next recreation: Next recreation: at Washington (8 p.m. ET, Friday)

The Bucs’ protection notched 4 takeaways. Inside linebackers Lavonte David and K.J. Britt and security Javon Hagan all recovered fumbles. Then inside linebacker Joe Jones pick-sixed Kyle Shurmur in the fourth quarter, establishing a profitable two-point conversion from rookie quarterback Kyle Trask to tight finish Codey McElroy in the nook of the tip zone. While that was the spotlight of Trask’s debut, a sack that wound up getting known as for pointless roughness was the spotlight of first-round exterior linebacker Joe Tryon’s debut. The name itself was questionable, however Tryon’s disruption all evening wasn’t. The protection had method too many missed tackles, although, and the offense had far too many drops. — Jenna Laine

Next recreation: Next recreation: vs. Titans (7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performers: Chiefs QB Shane Buechele, 8-of-11 passing, 73 yards, 1 rush TD

The beginning offensive line performed solely a few possessions in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, however the Kansas City Chiefs had purpose to be inspired by what they noticed. The line featured 5 new starters from final season, together with three rookies, however held up effectively, albeit in opposition to a defensive opponent sitting a lot of its prime gamers. The Chiefs struggled final season to run the ball in short-yardage and goal-line conditions however transformed twice early with the working recreation in such conditions, as soon as on third-and-2 and as soon as on third-and-1. In addition to rookies Creed Humphrey at heart, Trey Smith at proper guard and Lucas Niang at proper sort out, the Chiefs have a left sort out in Orlando Brown Jr. who’s attempting to set up himself at his new place. — Adam Teicher

Next recreation: Next recreation: at Cardinals (8 p.m. ET, Friday)

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance‘s preseason debut included numerous the issues — each good and unhealthy — which were evident throughout his first NFL coaching camp and, maybe, a look at why the Niners have hesitated to name it a full-fledged competitors between Lance and starter Jimmy Garoppolo. The good included a powerful, correct deep ball that resulted in an 80-yard landing to wideout Trent Sherfield on his second cross try. Lance confirmed the flexibility to shortly work by way of his progressions and go to the correct place with the ball. But he additionally missed some throws, took 4 sacks and threw a pair of passes that have been practically intercepted. All in all, it was about what you’d anticipate from a tantalizing prospect who hadn’t performed a recreation in 315 days and by no means on the NFL degree. Another key benchmark for Lance will come subsequent week when the 49ers journey to Los Angeles for joint practices with the Chargers. — Nick Wagoner

Next recreation: Next recreation: at Chargers (7:30 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performers: Raiders QB Nathan Peterman, 29-of-39 passing, 246 passing yards

We already knew that Derek Carr was not going to play in this exhibition opener. There have been additionally doubts about Marcus Mariota, after he missed follow this week with a leg harm, and newly signed Case Cookus. But a full recreation of Nathan Peterman, the third-stringer, save for one snap? All he did was full 29 of 39 passes for 246 yards with an interception and, maybe, confirmed sufficient mettle to let the Raiders really feel comfy with him as Carr’s backup ought to the correct commerce provide come alongside for Mariota. Or maybe Peterman put himself on the commerce market. He has, in any case, been a starter in the NFL earlier than, even when he did have a tough go of it with Buffalo again in 2017. The man who performed in opposition to Seattle in Las Vegas’ 20-7 victory regarded rather more assured, composed and polished. — Paul Gutierrez

Next recreation: Next recreation: at Rams (10 p.m. ET, Saturday)

General supervisor John Schneider’s pregame feedback have been the newest indication that the Seahawks don’t desire to give left sort out Duane Brown a brand new contract this yr. What occurred over the following few hours definitely did not dissuade Brown from feeling like he deserves one.

Stone Forsythe performed three quarters and had the form of rocky evening you’d anticipate of a rookie sixth-round decide making his NFL debut. Geno Smith, beginning at QB with Russell Wilson and the remainder of the No. 1 offense sitting, left with a concussion after taking a tough hit in the primary quarter. Cedric Ogbuehi or Jamarco Jones could be at left sort out if both have been wholesome proper now, so Forsythe is not essentially the Seahawks’ various if Brown is so dug in on his need for an extension that he is keen to miss regular-season video games with out one. Then once more, there could be an enormous drop-off from a Pro Bowler like Brown to any backup. Either method, the Seahawks higher hope it would not come to that. — Brady Henderson

Next recreation: Next recreation: vs. Broncos (10 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performers:Chargers OT Rashawn Slater 21 performs, 0 QB pressures allowed

The Los Angeles Chargers have been a catastrophe on particular groups final season and after hiring Derius Swinton as the brand new particular groups coach, it is clear they nonetheless have some issues to work out. On one punt return, the Chargers have been known as for 12 males on the sphere. On one other they solely had 10 gamers however obtained away with it when KJ Sails obtained on the sphere simply in time. But they seem to have their kicker state of affairs in examine, possibly. Former 49er Tristan Vizcaino kicked two subject targets — 21 and 38 yards — in the primary half, however on Darius Bradwell‘s 1-yard landing run final season’s starter Michael Badgley kicked the additional level. — Shelley Smith

Next recreation: Next recreation: vs. 49ers (7:30 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has opted not to play starters for a fourth consecutive preseason, and this yr even some key rotational gamers and backups are also being saved on the sideline. That left loads of alternative Saturday evening in a 13-6 loss to the Chargers for rookie vast receiver Tutu Atwell to display his capabilities. Atwell, a second-round decide from Louisville who missed a portion of coaching camp on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, caught two passes for 21 yards, however extra impressively, confirmed off his velocity in the return recreation. Atwell blew previous the protection for an extended punt return, although it was known as again due to a penalty. Running again Raymond Calais, a second-year professional, additionally made his case as a returner, demonstrating his velocity on a 46-yard punt return. The younger Rams working for particular groups roles and roster spots may have one other likelihood to show their worth subsequent Saturday. –Lindsey Thiry

Next recreation: Next recreation: vs. Raiders (10 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Friday’s video games

Standout performer: Bills working again Devin Singletary, 48 whole yards, TD

The Bills’ are going to get artistic with their defensive position personnel this season. Veteran defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison didn’t play and their absence cleared the best way for rookies Greg Rousseau and Carlos Basham to get loads of run. Buffalo’s most fun lineup included the Rousseau and 2020 second-round decide AJ Epenesa on the sting with Basham and Efe Obada enjoying defensive sort out — a lineup that instantly wreaked havoc in Detroit’s backfield. Defensive line was the most important point of interest for the Bills this offseason and the early returns are thrilling. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Next recreation: at Bears (1 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Despite a tricky opening drive for brand spanking new quarterback Jared Goff, he was in a position to end the primary quarter sturdy. In restricted motion, Goff accomplished 7 of 9 passes for 56 yards with Tyrell Williams and rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown rising as his major targets, each catching two passes in the opening quarter. Goff helped engineer an 18-play drive to 5 completely different receivers, which is one thing he is by no means carried out in his regular-season or playoff profession with the Los Angeles Rams, per ESPN Stats & Information. He accomplished 7 of 8 passes on that exact drive to 5 completely different receivers, capped by a Lions subject objective. — Eric Woodyard

Next recreation: at Steelers (7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Standout performer: Cardinals kicker Matt Prater: 4-of-4 FGs, together with recreation winner from 47 yards

If the Cowboys are having a middle competitors and never telling anyone, Connor Williams didn’t assist himself in opposition to the Cardinals. He began at heart over Tyler Biadasz and had two poor shotgun snaps and might need contributed to a delay of recreation penalty in the primary two drives. Williams had some points together with his snaps earlier in camp however smoothed that situation over with extra expertise. Executive vp Stephen Jones acknowledged the Cowboys might go together with their “best five” up entrance with the belief being it is Williams or Biadasz at heart. Maybe it’s between Williams and Connor McGovern at left guard now. — Todd Archer

Next recreation: vs. Texans (8 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Despite it being a preseason recreation in opposition to a bland protection, Cardinals second-round decide Rondale Moore lived up to the billing. He confirmed off his velocity, quickness and skill to catch and run all through his 21 snaps. Moore was used in a wide range of methods, whether or not it was on jet sweeps, brief passes or deep balls. Whatever the state of affairs, he produced. If it is a preview of what is to come this season, he might find yourself being one of many Cardinals’ most dynamic offensive gamers. — Josh Weinfuss

Next recreation: vs. Chiefs (8 p.m. ET, Friday)


Standout performer: Titans linebacker Rashad Weaver: 1.5 sacks, 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QB hits, 1 PD

Having completed with solely 19 sacks final season, it was necessary for the Titans to present enchancment. Rookie exterior linebacker Rashad Weaver was one of many gamers the staff added to assist in that space. Coach Mike Vrabel mentioned Weaver was one of many gamers he was most trying ahead to seeing and Weaver completed with a sort out for a loss and a half-sack in restricted obligation throughout the Titans’ first preseason recreation. The Titans cross rush was constantly in the Falcons backfield and completed with 4 sacks. The cross rush shall be examined by a significantly better unit subsequent week throughout joint practices with the Buccaneers adopted by the second preseason recreation on Saturday. — Turron Davenport

Next recreation: at Buccaneers (7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday)

One of the most important questions for the Falcons since earlier than coaching camp was at left guard. For nearly all of camp, Josh Andrews, who signed with the staff in the offseason from the Jets, appeared to have the higher hand. Now the Falcons have to determine one thing out on the place. Andrews had a tough recreation and as one of many few potential starters to obtain enjoying time, Atlanta has to proceed that competitors. Perhaps Drew Dalman — who labored at guard however began in opposition to Tennessee at heart — will re-enter the competitors or the staff may look to Jalen Mayfield, who has spent camp at proper sort out. Whoever performs left guard will look invariably higher enjoying subsequent to left sort out Jake Matthews and heart Matt Hennessy (neither performed Friday). — Michael Rothstein

Next recreation: at Dolphins (7 p.m. ET, Saturday)


Thursday’s video games

Standout performer: Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins: 16-of-22 passing, 161 yards, 1 TD

Dwayne Haskins gained this spherical of the preseason backup quarterback competitors with Mason Rudolph in the Steelers’ win in opposition to the Eagles. Haskins accomplished 16 of twenty-two passes for 161 yards and a landing. He orchestrated two extra landing drives and a subject objective drive. Haskins had moments when he regarded just like the first-round quarterback drafted by the Washington Football Team, corresponding to when he threaded the needle to Cody White for an 18-yard achieve simply earlier than the two-minute warning, however there have been different situations when he threw wobbly passes, sailed throws or appeared gradual in his decision-making. Rudolph accomplished 8 of 9 makes an attempt for 77 yards, however had promising drives stalled thanks to two holding penalties in opposition to Pat Freiermuth and Trai Turner and a 10-yard sack. The backup quarterback battle continues to be a good distance from over, however on Thursday, Haskins did what Rudolph has not by getting the ball into the tip zone. — Brooke Pryor

Next recreation: vs. Lions (7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday)

Jalen Hurts performed two sequence and ended 3-of-7 for 54 yards (7.7 yards per try) with a 69.9 quarterback score. The greatest factor coach Nick Sirianni wished to see was an enchancment in Hurts’ rhythm throws, and Hurts confirmed progress in that space, largely getting the ball out on time and with accuracy, notably on the primary sequence. He was the sufferer of a pair drops and missed on a deep throw to Quez Watkins that might have been a landing, but it surely was an honest preseason debut for Hurts, who will look to construct on the efficiency when the Eagles host the Patriots subsequent Thursday. Meanwhile, Watkins continues his push for a bigger position in the offense. He confirmed off his jets on a 79-yard catch-and-run late in the primary quarter on a cross from Joe Flacco. Watkins has been the Eagles’ offensive star this summer time and may simply find yourself in the beginning lineup if he retains it up. — Tim McManus

Next recreation: vs. Patriots (7:30 p.m. ET, Thursday)


Standout performer: Patriots Okay Quinn Nordin: 3-for-3 FG with an extended of fifty

Cam Newton began and performed the primary two sequence (main one subject objective drive) earlier than Mac Jones changed him and performed the following 5 sequence (two FG drives). Newton completed 4-of-7 for 49 yards and wasn’t helped on the opening drive when LT Isaiah Wynn whiffed on DE Chase Young on third down and put Newton in hurt’s method. Meanwhile, Jones’ greatest throw might need been an incompletion, a fantastic deep ball to WR Kristian Wilkerson in the tip zone that went off Wilkerson’s arms. Jones completed 13-of-19 for 87 yards, whereas principally exhibiting command on the line of scrimmage. Bill Belichick has mentioned Newton is the starter, whereas leaving open the door for Jones to compete for the job when he reveals he is prepared. The hole between them may be closing quicker than Belichick anticipated. — Mike Reiss

Next recreation: at Eagles (7:30 p.m. ET, Thursday)

Defensive finish Chase Young completed 2020 sturdy — and began this yr the identical method. He compelled an incompletion when he turned the nook and pressured Cam Newton in what at first regarded like a sack. Young additionally drew a holding penalty on a run and was in nice place to defend a display as a result of he identified it shortly. Young additionally made a pleasant cease utilizing his velocity on a second-and-20 run; on the play, he was blocked inside by the tight finish, however Young shortly obtained round him because the play went to the surface. The again lower up, and Young dropped him for a 3-yard achieve. He confirmed numerous his ability: the flexibility to win off the sting, consciousness on the display and hustle to preserve it to a brief achieve. He makes flash performs, but additionally numerous little ones that make an enormous distinction. — John Keim

Next recreation: vs. Bengals (8 p.m. ET, Friday)

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