If you missed any of the motion from this week’s preseason video games, let’s get you caught up. Be certain to take a look at our record of winners and losers, too.
Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders
Straight outta 2008: Jon Gruden’s teaching on the sideline and Marshawn Lynch is flying previous defenders. Alas, this was known as again resulting from a maintain:
Coverage for Lions followers: Pride of Detroit
Coverage for Raiders followers: Silver and Black Pride
New York Jets 17, Atlanta Falcons 0
Teddy Bridgewater led a scoring drive on his first sequence within the recreation. Welcome again, Teddy!
Later, Sam Darnold was dealing too:
It was additionally the Jets’ first ever preseason shutout at residence, in order that’s one thing. Not a lot, however one thing.
Recap Falcons followers: The Falcoholic
Recap for Jets followers: Gang Green Nation
Indianapolis Colts 19, Seattle Seahawks 17
Whoa, the Seahawks misplaced a preseason recreation for the primary time since 2016.
There’s nothing like preseason follies
The Colts wrapped up a 19-17 victory over the Seahawks, snapping a six-game preseason win streak for Seattle, however not earlier than hilariously handing over seven factors with a Bennie Hill-level blooper.
The middle should’ve had preseason jitters as a result of the ball flew about 15 yards within the air earlier than it bounced one other Eight or 9 yards. It squirted one other 5 or so yards after about 5 totally different gamers couldn’t handle to seize it.
Shaquem Griffin noticed early motion and took benefit
The Seahawks didn’t wait lengthy to sub all people’s favourite fifth-round decide into the sport. Griffin entered on the Colts’ second drive of the sport and acquired proper to enterprise with 4 tackles on his first defensive drive.
He didn’t cease there, both, including this sort out for loss later within the recreation:
Griffin completed with a game-high 9 tackles. On a protection with a whole lot of new faces, Griffin already seems to be like he belongs.
Andrew Luck appeared like a purposeful quarterback once more
Indianapolis has been extraordinarily affected person and cautious with the restoration of Luck, however let him throw rather a lot on his first drive again on the sector. While he didn’t throw deep in any respect, Luck accomplished 5 of his seven passes for 55 yards on the Colts’ opening drive that went for a complete of 12 performs and ended with a discipline objective.
He completed the night time with six completions on 9 makes an attempt for 64 yards.
There’s nonetheless extra steps for Luck to take, however there’s motive to for the Colts to really feel actually optimistic after his first preseason motion.
Recap for Seahawks followers: Field Gulls
Recap for Colts followers: Stampede Blue
Houston Texans 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10
As excited as we had been for Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, neither quarterback performed a lot or did a lot. The preseason, girls and gents!
Patrick Mahomes was environment friendly early, however there have been no fireworks
You get the sensation watching Mahomes that you just’re at all times about two or three performs away from him throwing it 80 yards downfield. That didn’t occur within the first two drives towards the Texans although, because the Chiefs offensive line struggled to maintain the Houston go rush — sans J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Jadeveon Clowney — off of the second-year quarterback.
Still, Mahomes accomplished 5 of his seven passes on the primary two drives for 33 yards with a pair completions every to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.
Deshaun Watson’s return was only a dip of his toes within the water
The preseason debut for the Texans was Watson’s first recreation again from an ACL tear that ended his spectacular 2017 season. Houston performed it actually secure, although.
Watson performed in only one drive and threw only one go earlier than he was changed by Brandon Weeden on the second drive of the sport for the Texans. His solely go was a brief dump to Bruce Ellington that totaled four yards.
Houston is taking issues actual gradual with their younger star.
Recap for Texans followers: Battle Red Blog
Recap for Chiefs followers: Arrowhead Pride
Cleveland Browns 20, New York Giants 10
Here’s what jumped out at us whereas we watched the Browns beat the Giants Thursday night time.
Baker Mayfield and Antonio Callaway continued to create chemistry
Mayfield and Callaway acquired right into a groove within the second half. Mayfield hit him as soon as for a giant acquire whereas he was falling off his back foot, and the 2 linked for a 54-yard landing.
Callaway made up for his two drops earlier within the recreation. Those are performs coaches can dwell with so long as the explosive performs are being produced.
That was the final throw of the night time for Baker Mayfield. He completed the sport going 11 of 20, for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
Baker Mayfield had a really encouraging first half
The uncooked stats didn’t look nice (four of 11, 70 yards, one landing), however Mayfield performed very well in his first NFL motion. He had a command of the pocket, picked up first downs along with his legs, and appeared comfy extending performs towards and NFL protection.
Tyrod Taylor’s efficiency right now will proceed to entrench him because the beginning quarterback, however Mayfield confirmed promise.
Antonio Callaway had a case of the drops
At the halfway level for the Browns recreation towards the Giants, Antonio Callaway struggled to catch the ball. He has two drops attempting to catch passes from Mayfield; not the sport he wanted to have coming off his marijuana quotation over the weekend.
Baker Mayfield began heating up
The No. 1 total decide didn’t do a lot of something on the primary drive, however he was again with a vengeance now. Mayfield marched the Browns down the sector for a landing, changing third and fourth downs alongside the best way.
His landing throw to David Njoku was fairly strong, too.
Rashard Higgins had a robust recreation
Mayfield to Hollywood Higgins could possibly be the preseason’s Montana to Rice. The timing was good between the 2 on this comeback route.
Baker Mayfield had an uneventful first drive
Handoff for unfavourable acquire on first down. Missed deep on the second down throw. Another run for a unfavourable acquire on third down. Yes, the Browns ran it up the center on third-and-11 in a preseason recreation.
Weak play-calling on Mayfield’s first drive. Everyone on the planet knew the handoff was approaching first down and did not even attempt on third & 11
— Kevin Cole (@Cole_Kev) August 9, 2018
The Browns’ offense settled in on their second drive
Tyrod Taylor appeared proper at residence within the Browns’ second drive of the sport. He hit Rashard Higgins for 2 completions together with a deep comeback alongside the sideline earlier than throwing a strike to David Njoku for a landing.
Through two drives, Tyrod Taylor is 5/5, 99 yards, and the aforementioned landing.
Saquon Barkley appeared like Saquon Barkley on his first NFL carry
This child makes it look really easy. His persistence on the line of scrimmage and talent to burst via it’ll hopefully enable him to create extra of those large runs into the common season.
Recap for Browns followers: Dawgs By Nature
Recap for Giants followers: Big Blue View
Here’s a fast rundown of the opposite 9 video games:
San Francisco 49ers 24, Dallas Cowboys 21
Dak Prescott didn’t play a lot, however he linked with rookie Michael Gallup for a great thing about a TD early within the recreation:
The 49ers’ backup backups ended up scoring the game-winning landing with 18 seconds left towards the Cowboys’ backup backups.
Recap for Cowboys followers: Blogging the Boys
Recap for 49ers followers: Niners Nation
Carolina Panthers 28, Buffalo Bills 23
Look, Josh Allen had some good throws. We’re not attempting to be haters, however lawd, this play:
Recap for Panthers followers: Cat Scratch Reader
Recap for Bills followers: Buffalo Rumblings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26, Miami Dolphins 24
The Bucs acquired the win, however their kicker curse struck once more:
Bucs kicker Chandler Catanzaro misses a 53-yard discipline objective try within the fourth quarter. It sailed large proper. He missed an additional level try within the first quarter as effectively.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 10, 2018
Luckily, Catanzaro ended up making the game-winning kick.
Recap for Bucs followers: Bucs Nation
Recap for Dolphins followers: The Phinsider
Cincinnati Bengals 30, Chicago Bears 27
Andy Dalton solely had one dangerous throw, however we can also’t blame him a lot right here:
Andy Dalton throws a decide six. He began working down the sector to make a sort out, then got here to the sudden realization that it is a preseason recreation and stopped attempting.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) August 9, 2018
Recap for Bears followers: Windy City Gridiron
Recap for Bengals followers: Cincy Jungle
Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Philadelphia Eagles 14
Neither crew’s Super Bowl-winning quarterback was out on the sector Thursday night time (Carson Wentz isn’t fairly prepared for recreation motion both). Instead, it ended up being the JuJu Smith-Schuster present:
Recap for Steelers followers: Behind the Steel Curtain
Recap for Eagles followers: Bleeding Green Nation
New Orleans Saints 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Not many starters performed for the Saints, however they nonetheless managed to place collectively a comeback win. And though the Jags took the L, they acquired to see a glimpse of what a weapon rookie D.J. Chark could be:
Recap for Saints followers: Canal Street Chronicles
Recap for Jags followers: Big Cat Country
Baltimore Ravens 33, Los Angeles Rams 7
Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson, and RG3 all performed effectively towards a Rams crew that phoned of their first preseason recreation. However, the play of the sport belonged to Jackson:
Recap for Rams followers: Turf Show Times
Recap for Ravens followers: Baltimore Beatdown
New England Patriots 26, Washington 17
Tom Brady wasn’t on the market, however the Patriots mounted a giant comeback within the second half anyway. Worse information for Washington: rookie working again Derrius Guice left with a knee harm. And brutally, similar to that, his season is over:
Derrius Guice tore his ACL, per supply. Player lately knowledgeable.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 10, 2018
Recap for Washington followers: Hogs Haven
Recap Patriots followers: Pats Pulpit
Green Bay Packers 31, Tennessee Titans 17
Aaron Rodgers sat out, and within the battle to be his backup, Brett Hundley nonetheless has the sting over DeShone Kizer.
Recap for Titans followers: Music City Miracles
Recap for Packers followers: Acme Packing Company
Player protests proceed
Malcolm Jenkins, and different members of the Eagles, wore pregame shirts to carry consideration to social justice points, together with the mass incarceration of individuals of coloration.
Before we take pleasure in this recreation lets take a while to ponder that greater than 60% of the jail inhabitants are folks of coloration. The NFL is made up of 70% African Americans. What you witness on the sector doesn’t symbolize the truth of on a regular basis
America. We are the anomalies… pic.twitter.com/gCeNKuTl1d
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) August 9, 2018
Jenkins continued to boost a fist through the nationwide anthem.
Kenny Stills additionally wore a message on his pregame shirt:
Stills and teammate Albert Wilson kneeled through the anthem whereas one other Dolphins participant, Robert Quinn, raised his fist.
Elsewhere, a number of Jags and Seahawks gamers selected to stay within the locker room through the taking part in of the anthem.
The NFL said its policy still prohibits demonstrations through the anthem, although the league won’t implement any self-discipline whereas its discussions with the NFLPA proceed.
Cam Newton vs. Kelvin Benjamin
After Benjamin took a shot at his former quarterback final week, Newton confronted him earlier than the Bills-Panthers recreation. It didn’t seem to go effectively:
Following the sport, each gamers didn’t have a lot to say, a minimum of not publicly.
The first full week of NFL preseason is about to kick off on Thursday night with 12 video games scheduled.
We will get our first have a look at the primary total draft decide Baker Mayfield and second total decide Saquon Barkley because the Cleveland Browns will face the New York Giants. The reigning Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles will tackle Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Washington will get its first look a newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith when the crew performs the New England Patriots on the street. Houston Texans’ second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson, who suffered a season ending ACL harm in 2017, is anticipated to play within the preseason opener towards the Kansas City Chiefs.
Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck will probably be making his return to soccer after lacking the whole 2017 season resulting from a shoulder harm.
NFL Preseason Week One Schedule:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins, 7 p.m.
Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m.
Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7 p.m.
Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m., NFL Network
New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
Washington vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:00 p.m.
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers, 10:00 p.m., NFL Network
Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks, 10:00 p.m.