The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears kicked off Week 2 of the preseason Thursday in Seattle.
Second-year quarterback Justin Fields seemed sharp for the Bears in his lone drive to start the sport, whereas Seahawks starter Geno Smith and the offensive unit struggled to select up first downs of their first couple of drives.
Within the early sport Friday evening, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones overcame a shaky begin and two three-and-outs to guide the offense on a second-quarter scoring drive towards the Carolina Panthers earlier than his evening was over.
The Inexperienced Bay Packers topped the New Orleans Saints behind a roller-coaster evening from rookie receiver Romeo Doubs, who had a landing catch but in addition a few drops. In the meantime in Los Angeles, undrafted Rams huge receiver Lance McCutcheon had a standout efficiency for the second straight week.
Week 2 continues Saturday with eight video games — beginning with two at 1 p.m. ET — earlier than wrapping up on Monday Evening Soccer with the Atlanta Falcons on the New York Jets (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Listed below are the most important takeaways from the week’s video games to this point, together with the remainder of the Week 2 preseason schedule:
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NFL preseason sport on Thursday, Aug. 18
Bears: The Bears’ beginning offense noticed restricted motion on a brief week and was achieved after 10 performs in Seattle. Fields strung collectively a gap drive that culminated in a area purpose — the first-team unit’s first scoring drive of the preseason — after he went 5-for-7 for 39 yards. Fields did not have greater than three completions on any of his first offensive possessions in 2021 and threw for 39 (or extra) yards on a gap drive solely as soon as (Week 6 towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers), an indication that his execution and operation of the offense are coming alongside.
Trevor Siemian connects with Jake Tonges, who lunges previous the purpose line to attain the 2-yard landing.
Fields is being pressured at one of many highest charges within the NFL (44% of his dropbacks) whereas Chicago continues to be attempting to type out its offensive line, notably with Teven Jenkins now within the combine to start out at proper guard. However we will already see the tendencies of this new-look Bears scheme take form. The expectation of a heavy dose of play-action and bootlegs confirmed up Thursday with two of Discipline’s move makes an attempt approaching designed rollouts, together with his 19-yard completion to tight finish Cole Kmet. Final season, Fields had solely 18 makes an attempt on designed rollouts, and he accomplished 78% of these with two touchdowns. — Courtney Cronin
Subsequent sport: at Cleveland, 7 p.m. ET, Aug. 27
Seahawks: The Seahawks’ quarterback competitors appears no nearer to being determined after their ugly loss to the Bears. With COVID-19 sidelining Drew Lock for what would have been his first begin of the summer season, Smith had an opportunity to widen his lead however did not do something with it.
Seattle’s six full possessions (excluding the ultimate one within the closing seconds of the primary half) with Smith below heart ended with 5 punts (three of them after three-and-outs) and a missed 47-yard area purpose. Not that it was all Smith’s fault. He was victimized by three drops and several other penalties. He additionally had Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf on the sphere for only one possession, then misplaced beginning left guard Damien Lewis to an ankle damage.
Smith then watched the second half with an ice wrap over his proper knee. Lock’s bout with COVID was a big setback in his quest to overhaul Smith, however Smith’s underwhelming evening retains the door open. Lock will want a robust exhibiting in subsequent week’s preseason finale at Dallas to persuade coach Pete Carroll that he is the man — and he in all probability wants Smith to wrestle once more as nicely. — Brady Henderson
Subsequent sport: at Dallas, 8 p.m. ET, Aug. 26
NFL preseason video games on Friday, Aug. 19
Patriots: After a shaky begin with two three-and-out drives, quarterback Mac Jones (4-of-8 for 61 yards) ended on a excessive observe as he led an 81-yard landing drive. It was the kind of confidence enhance — albeit towards the Panthers’ backups — that Jones & Co. wanted after a coaching camp crammed with “growing pains” as they modify to a “new offense.” Jones seemed uncomfortable early (his accuracy was off) earlier than settling down on his third and last drive. A 7-yard completion to Nelson Agholor was essential to transform the primary third down of the evening, after which Jones hit Agholor with a 45-yard bomb down the left sideline. That deep ball is what gamers say ought to present up extra within the revamped offense. Final season, 41% of Jones’ move makes an attempt thrown no less than 20 yards downfield have been overthrown or underthrown, an off-target mark that ranked twenty first within the NFL (league common: 36%). Additionally, Patriots receivers ranked twenty fifth with just one.6 yards of separation on deep balls, per NFL Subsequent Gen Stats. So the Jones-to-Agholor lengthy hookup sparks promise for the staff. — Mike Reiss
Subsequent sport: at Las Vegas, 8:15 p.m. ET, Aug. 26
Carolina’s Tae Hayes intercepts Bailey Zappe’s move and returns it 50 yards for the landing.
Panthers: Left deal with Ikem Ekwonu was within the highlight with the Panthers resting quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Carolina noticed each the great and the dangerous it may count on out of the sixth general decide from the 2022 draft. He gave up two sacks on the second possession, magnifying the considerations over his readiness in move safety. He additionally had a number of key run blocks, reinforcing why offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo stated Ekwonu can “block out the sun.” The inconsistency is why the Panthers can be higher off conserving Darnold in the event that they title Mayfield the starter, as anticipated. They’re one hit from being right down to the their second quarterback, and Darnold is extra constant than PJ Walker or Matt Corral, who took all of the quarterback snaps Friday. Corral did present enchancment over his 1-for-9 efficiency final week, however left within the fourth quarter with a foot damage and is present process X-rays. — David Newton
Subsequent sport: vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET, Aug. 26
Packers: Aaron Rodgers may simply need to dwell with Romeo Doubs and his drops. The rookie receiver makes too many different performs. He did so once more Friday evening towards the Saints with three catches for twenty-four yards and a landing. His different two targets, nevertheless, have been drops — together with a deep ball on the opening drive during which he appeared to get turned out or misplayed.
Rodgers expressed his frustration with the younger receivers, though he lumped them into a bunch and did not point out anybody by title. However Doubs, a fourth-round decide, additionally had two drops and a landing in final week’s preseason opener on the 49ers.
In all, the Packers had 4 drops by first- or second-year receivers (the 2 by Doubs, one by Samori Toure on a well-placed deep ball and one by Amari Rodgers down the seam). A number of drops would have been explosive performs, affecting Jordan Love’s numbers (12-of-24 for 113 yards and one landing), however no less than they did not flip into interceptions like they did final week.
“It’s not going to be perfect,” coach Matt LaFleur stated about Doubs. “There’s going to be some lessons along the way. He’s a guy that is pretty resilient. He doesn’t get fazed by a negative play. He just keeps on playing. That’s what excites you about him. You see a guy with really good feet. He’s gotten really good in his transition. He’s got a burst. He’s been able to separate, which is something that’s tough to coach. Guys can either do it or they can’t. There’s stuff to clean up, for certain, but he’s a guy that we are excited about it.”
Doubs makes performs that not each receiver on the Packers’ roster could make. He completely timed a 4-yard fade for a landing catch, outjumping Saints security Brian Allen. He caught a 17-yard deep out and had one other 17-yarder worn out by a penalty. At this level, Doubs might be the Packers’ fourth receiver behind Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins — none of whom have performed in preseason video games. — Rob Demovsky
Subsequent sport: at Kansas Metropolis, 8 p.m. ET, Aug. 25
Saints: With many of the Saints starters sitting on the sideline for the night, the specialists ended up being the celebrities of the present. Punter Blake Gillikin boomed an 81-yard punt and kicker Wil Lutz confirmed he was again from the damage that stored him out throughout the 2021 season, simply nailing a 59-yard area purpose.
Nothing else got here so simply to the Saints, with coach Dennis Allen stating they spent a variety of time capturing themselves within the foot, because the Packers scored 10 factors after a key Saints penalty and a fumbled snap.
It was additionally an up-and-down evening for third-string quarterback Ian Guide, who performed all the sport with each Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton sitting out. Guide had a fumbled alternate and was picked off when focusing on tight finish Taysom Hill, who slipped on his route. He threw one landing to rookie first-round decide Chris Olave and completed 16-of-28 for 113 yards. — Katherine Terrell
Subsequent sport: vs. L.A. Chargers, 8 p.m. ET, Aug. 26
Texans: It wasn’t a great exhibiting for the Texans’ first-team offense, which struggled all through the primary half. The offense had six possessions and solely scored seven factors. The run sport was almost nonexistent as they ran for 34 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Davis Mills went 10-for-17 for 96 yards with one landing, however 60 of these yards got here on the one scoring drive earlier than the tip of the primary half. Not one of the Rams’ affect defensive gamers have been on the sphere both, so the Texans’ offensive struggles got here towards the Rams’ backups. The Texans’ two finest offensive gamers in wideout Brandin Cooks and left deal with Laremy Tunsil did not play, however that is no excuse to wrestle how they did towards the Rams. — DJ Bien-Aime
Subsequent sport: vs. San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. ET, Aug. 25
Rams: For the second week in a row, it is huge receiver Lance McCutcheon who’s the Rams’ high playmaker. Now, Los Angeles would not play its starters in preseason video games, however Friday evening, McCutcheon impressed anyway. The undrafted free agent completed with 5 catches for 96 yards. After McCutcheon’s efficiency within the Rams’ preseason opener (5 catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns), head coach Sean McVay stated there’s “certainly” an opportunity that McCutcheon makes the Rams’ 53-man roster to start out the season. McVay stated after that first sport that McCutcheon “shined in a really big way.” It is unlikely McVay’s view of McCutcheon goes wherever however up after his Week 2 efficiency. — Sarah Barshop
Subsequent sport: at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. ET, Aug. 27
NFL preseason video games Saturday
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Payments: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts: 1 p.m. ET
Washington Commanders at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: 4 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Las Vegas Raiders at Miami Dolphins: 7 p.m. ET
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings: 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars: 7 p.m. ET
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers: 10 p.m. ET, NFL Community
NFL preseason video games Sunday
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals: 8 p.m. ET, Fox
NFL preseason video games Monday
Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN