The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers each had their first preseason games on Thursday night.
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While the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off the 2021 NFL preseason last week with their Hall of Fame game, the preseason really begins this week, with all 32 teams competing in Week 1.
It began with two games on Thursday night, with first-round quarterback Mac Jones leading the New England Patriots to a win against the Washington Football Team in his NFL debut, and former first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Three additional games are scheduled for Friday, the most notable of which is the Julio Jones bowl in Atlanta, which pits the Tennessee Titans against Jones’ old club, the Atlanta Falcons. Jones is unlikely to play against his old colleagues, but it’s still possible.
This week’s big day is Saturday, with ten games scheduled. The Denver Broncos will face the Minnesota Vikings in a homecoming game for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the afternoon. Bridgewater, a first-round selection of the Vikings in 2014, played with the Vikings from 2014 to 2017 and is battling with Drew Lock for the starting quarterback spot with the Broncos. The Las Vegas Raiders will take on the Seattle Seahawks at Allegiant Stadium, while the Los Angeles Chargers will face the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.
The schedule comes to a close on Sunday in Indianapolis, when the Colts take on the Carolina Panthers. We’ll see how the Colts intend to replace injured quarterback Carson Wentz and how Sam Darnold appears in a Panthers jersey for the first time.
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Week 1 of the NFL preseason schedule
The games on Thursday
Dwayne Haskins of the Steelers was a standout performance, completing 16 of 22 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown.
In the Steelers’ victory against the Eagles, Dwayne Haskins defeated Mason Rudolph in the preseason backup quarterback duel. Haskins threw for 161 yards and a score on 16 of 22 passing attempts. Two additional touchdown drives and a field goal drive were organized by him. Haskins had times when he looked like the Washington Football Team’s first-round quarterback, such as when he threaded the needle to Cody White for an 18-yard gain just before the two-minute warning, but he also threw shaky passes, flew shots, and seemed sluggish in his decision-making. Rudolph completed 8 of 9 passes for 77 yards, but two holding penalties against Pat Freiermuth and Trai Turner, as well as a 10-yard sack, stymied potential drives. The backup quarterback competition is far from finished, but Haskins accomplished something Rudolph hasn’t: he got the ball into the end zone on Thursday. — Brooke Pryor is an actress who plays Brooke Pryor.
The Lions are the team’s next opponent (7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 21)
Jalen Hurts completed 3-of-7 passes for 54 yards (7.7 yards per attempt) and a 69.9 quarterback rating in two series. The most important thing for coach Nick Sirianni to see was an improvement in Hurts’ rhythm throws, which he did, mostly getting the ball out on time and with precision, especially on the opening series. Hurts had a couple of drops and missed a long pass to Quez Watkins that might have been a touchdown, but it was a solid preseason start for him, and he’ll try to improve on it when the Eagles face the Patriots next Thursday. Watkins, meanwhile, continues to press for a bigger position in the offense. On a throw from Joe Flacco late in the first quarter, he showed off his jets with a 79-yard catch-and-run. Watkins has been the Eagles’ offensive star this summer, and if he keeps it up, he may wind up in the starting lineup. — McManus, Tim
The Patriots are the team’s next opponent (7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 19)
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Cam Newton began the first two series and led one field goal drive before being replaced by Mac Jones, who played the next five series (two FG drives). Newton went 4-of-7 for 47 yards and didn’t have any assistance on the first drive when LT got injured. On third down, Isaiah Wynn fumbled against DE Chase Young, putting Newton in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Jones’ finest pass was an incompletion, a lovely long ball to WR Kristian Wilkerson in the end zone that slipped through Wilkerson’s fingertips. Jones completed 13 of 19 passes for 87 yards while generally commanding the line of scrimmage. Newton remains the starter, according to Bill Belichick, but Jones has a chance to fight for the position if he proves he’s ready. It’s possible that the distance between them is shrinking quicker than Belichick expected. — Reiss, Mike
The Eagles are the team’s next opponent (7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 19)
End of the defense Chase Young had a great year in 2020, and he’s off to a great start this year. When he rounded the corner and pressed Cam Newton in what seemed to be a sack, he forced an incompletion. Young also earned a holding penalty on a run and was in a fantastic position to defend a screen due to his fast diagnosis. Young also used his speed to make a great stop on a second-and-20 run; he was stopped inside by the tight end on the play, but Young swiftly got past him when the play moved to the outside. Young dropped the back for a 3-yard gain when he cut up. He demonstrated a wide range of abilities, including the ability to win on the edge, screen awareness, and hustle for a quick gain. He creates flash plays as well as a slew of little ones that add up to a huge difference. ‘John Keim’
The Bengals are the team’s next opponent (8 p.m. ET, Friday)
The games on Friday
7 p.m. ET, Tennessee vs. Atlanta
Buffalo at Detroit, NFL Network, 7 p.m. ET
NFL Network, 10 p.m. ET, Dallas vs. Arizona
The games on Saturday
NFL Network, 1 p.m. ET, Miami vs Chicago
Denver vs. Minnesota, NFL Network, 4 p.m. ET
Cleveland vs. Jacksonville, NFL Network, 7 p.m. ET
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7 p.m. ET, New Orleans at Baltimore
7:30 p.m. ET, New York Jets vs. New York Giants
7:30 p.m. ET, Cincinnati at Tampa Bay
Green Bay at Houston, 8 p.m. ET
8:30 p.m. ET, Kansas City at San Francisco
9 p.m. ET, Seattle vs. Las Vegas
NFL Network, 10 p.m. ET, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Los Angeles Rams
The game on Sunday
Carolina vs. Indianapolis, NFL Network, 1 p.m. ET
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