The second full week of the preseason kicked off Thursday, considered one of 5 straight days with NFL motion. With three weeks remaining earlier than the regular-season opener, count on extra starters and names you realize to be enjoying this week.
Two extra tilts kick off Friday, together with the primary ESPN broadcast of the 2021 season. That assembly between the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals might be a school reunion, with Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes taking up his coach at Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury — at the very least for a sequence or two.
Saturday will see the majority of the motion, with 10 video games scheduled. The day begins with a day showdown between the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears, adopted by the New York Jets going through the Green Bay Packers. We’d get to see Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson fanboying Packers legend Aaron Rodgers in actual time. The night time slate incorporates a Texas-sized battle between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys in “Jerry World” and the Las Vegas Raiders (arguably the preferred group in Los Angeles) taking up the Los Angeles Rams (who need that title).
The Odell Beckham Jr. bowl between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns is considered one of two contests on Sunday, whereas Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars go to the New Orleans Saints on Monday.
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NFL preseason Week 2 schedule
Standout performer: Patriots QB Cam Newton: 8-of-9 passing for 103 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Cam Newton made his most decisive assertion but that he is not giving up the beginning quarterback job, ending 8-of-9 for 103 yards with one landing and no interceptions over three drives. Newton seemed as snug as he is been as a Patriot, albeit towards the Eagles’ second-string protection, together with his 28-yard TD to receiver Jakobi Meyers coming after Meyers gave him a hand sign earlier than the snap to declare his intentions. That displays a QB and WR working at peak effectivity from a pre-snap communication standpoint. In the meantime, Mac Jones had some notable highlights in aid, together with his first drive overlaying 91 yards in 17 performs and chewing up 9:04 of the clock. Jones completed 13-of-19 for 146 yards over 4 drives. — Mike Reiss
Subsequent recreation: at Giants (6 p.m. ET, Aug. 29)
Rookie receiver DeVonta Smith made his preseason debut and completed with two catches for 19 yards on 4 targets in a single half of labor. Rather more vital than the stat line was the truth that Smith moved properly and did not seem like held again by the left MCL sprain that saved him off form for 2 weeks. On his second catch of the night time, he began inside, hit the brakes, and in the reduction of out to beat cornerback Michael Jackson for a 10-yard reception, exhibiting shades of his Heisman Trophy-winning kind. It took a while to knock the rust off, as Smith’s night time began with a pair drops on a pair of imperfect passes from Joe Flacco (who began for an in poor health Jalen Hurts) however Smith smoothed out as the sport progressed and sprang open fairly constantly. All in all, it was a profitable warm-up for the regular-season opener towards the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 12. — Tim McManus
Subsequent recreation: at Jets (7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 27)
Friday’s video games
Kansas City at Arizona, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Cincinnati at Washington, 8 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Saturday’s video games
Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community
New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Atlanta at Miami, 7 p.m. ET
Baltimore at Carolina, 7 p.m. ET
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m. ET
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m. ET
Sunday’s video games
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL Community
Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN