Three weeks down, one to go.
Some groups rested their starters, however most performed their first workforce for an prolonged interval as a costume rehearsal for the common season. The outcome was the summer time’s most intriguing slate of video games.
Listed below are the most important takeaways from all 16 contests:
Browns 5, Eagles 0
Nick Foles might have misplaced his magic. We all know, preseason statistics do not imply a complete lot, however Foles was dreadful towards the Cleveland Browns, throwing two interceptions and struggling beneath stress.
If star quarterback Carson Wentz is not cleared for Week 1 – or suffers a setback throughout the yr – the defending Tremendous Bowl champions might have bother replicating the offensive manufacturing from their 2018 playoff run. The Eagles might have Foles, however he is but to indicate he will be relied on this summer time. – Alessandrini
Panthers 25, Patriots 19
Will somebody please inform Cam Newton it is the preseason. The quarterback, as soon as once more, needlessly put his physique, in addition to the Carolina Panthers‘ season, on the road by leaping head first on a scramble.
Newton was positive, but it surely was a painful reminder that the quarterback nonetheless must be saved from himself. And contemplating the Panthers’ offensive line suffered one other damage, this time to Jeremiah Sirles, Newton must be avoiding additional punishment in any respect prices. – Browne
Giants 22, Jets 16
The rookie did not precisely impress together with his regular efficiency towards the Giants, ending eight of 16 with one landing go, however the actuality is, he did not must.
Actually, Darnold’s turnover-free play seemingly bolstered the Jets’ confidence that he is prepared for the trials of being a first-year starter. The place this leaves Teddy Bridgewater, who additionally performed properly, stays to be seen. – Browne
Broncos 29, Redskins 17
It seemingly says extra in regards to the present state of the Washington Redskins‘ backfield than Adrian Peterson‘s talent set, however the former NFL MVP regarded just like the workforce’s finest runner in a powerful preseason debut.
Peterson averaged 5.1 yards on 11 first-half carries, together with a 15-yarder during which his patented uber-violent operating fashion was on show.
It is too early to say if Peterson has sufficient left within the tank to be the Redskins’ starter for the complete season, but it surely seems we’ll discover out as he seemingly earned the function for Week 1. – Browne
Vikings 21, Seahawks 20
The Vikings‘ offensive line troubles reared its ugly head towards the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Zimmer’s squad has been hit by a number of accidents in latest weeks, resulting in questions relating to the workforce’s depth.
Towards Seattle, although, 4 of Minnesota’s projected 5 starters suited up, and the outcomes had been uninspiring. The unit was overmatched, because the offense averaged simply 2.1 yards per carry within the first half, whereas quarterback Kirk Cousins was compelled to make various fast throws.
If Minnesota’s blocking deficiencies persist into the common season, the workforce’s Tremendous Bowl aspirations might take a serious hit. – Alessandrini
Lions 33, Buccaneers 30
Jameis Winston is set to silence his doubters in 2018. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback continued his sturdy preseason play towards the Detroit Lions, finishing 6 of 10 passes for 60 yards and a reasonably landing go to Chris Godwin.
Although Winston is suspended for the primary three video games, he is regarded like a quarterback able to take the following step in his improvement this summer time. The previous No. 1 choose ought to simply retain his job Week four towards the Chicago Bears. – Alessandrini
Raiders 13, Packers 6
The duo continued their unbelievable preseason Friday towards the Oakland Raiders, displaying superior protection skills whereas every recorded an interception (although Jackson’s was nullified because of a penalty).
Inexperienced Bay’s go protection has been leaky in latest seasons, however the workforce might have discovered two future stars to fill the void and provides Aaron Rodgers the assistance he wants in shootouts. – Alessandrini
Bears 27, Chiefs 20
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs‘ offense receives the majority of the eye, and for good motive, however has their playmaking potential overshadowed a higher difficulty?
Kansas Metropolis’s protection was exploited Saturday versus the Bears. The workforce displayed poor tackling, a dull pass-rush, and deficiencies in protection.
Andy Reid’s squad allowed 24 first-half factors to a Chase Daniel/Benny Cunningham-led offense. That manufacturing, or lack thereof, will not be going to chop it throughout the common season. – Alessandrini
Rams 21, Texans 20
However, with the overwhelming majority of the Rams’ starters on the sidelines, rookie John Kelly made his case for a big function in Sean McVay’s offense, speeding for 64 yards and two scores on 15 carries.
The sixth-round choose’s hard-running fashion may very well be the proper complement to the game-breaking Gurley. If Kelly permits the Rams to handle Gurley’s workload and preserve him recent for later within the season, the remainder of the NFC must be scared. – Browne
Steelers 16, Titans 6
Over three preseason video games, the Titans‘ new-look offense has fallen far in need of expectations, scoring simply 37 whole factors.
Tennessee’s first-team unit was shut out within the first half by a Pittsburgh Steelers protection that few would think about dominant, with Marcus Mariota finishing 5 of eight passes for 43 yards and an interception.
Maybe new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur is maintaining issues vanilla within the preseason and can unleash his up-tempo, spread-based playbook on an unsuspecting NFL in a couple of weeks. However proper now, the Titans look far lower than the sum of their components. – Browne
Colts 23, 49ers 17
Regardless of the addition of first-round guard Quenton Nelson, Indy’s longstanding difficulty appears to be like no nearer to being fastened. Too typically, Luck was compelled off his spot by the San Francisco 49ers‘ proficient line of defense.
The return of injured left sort out Anthony Castonzo ought to stabilize the road, however Indy’s lack of one other starting-caliber bookend is a serious concern forward of the common season. – Browne
Jaguars 17, Falcons 6
There was hope that the Falcons‘ manufacturing beneath offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would enhance in his second yr following a lackluster 2017, but it surely’s tough to stay optimistic after Saturday’s effort.
Atlanta’s offense failed to attain a landing and sputtered in every journey into Jaguars territory.
Sarkisian and Co. have lower than two weeks to proper the ship, or this may very well be his remaining season operating the Falcons’ offense. – Alessandrini
Ravens 27, Dolphins 10
Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson had his finest recreation of the preseason, displaying the pure traits that made him a first-round choose.
The Baltimore Ravens‘ dynamic passer had principally struggled this summer time, however flashed playmaking potential together with his arm and legs Saturday. The rookie accomplished 7 of 10 passes for 98 yards and a landing and tallied 39 yards and a landing on the bottom as properly.
Jackson might not begin throughout his rookie marketing campaign, however NFL defenses could have one thing to fret about quickly sufficient if he continues his fast improvement. – Alessandrini
Saints 36, Chargers 7
The versatile security performed 37 snaps versus the New Orleans Saints and was everywhere in the subject in protection. The rookie stood his floor when matched up towards dynamic operating again Alvin Kamara, and notched a powerful interception off Drew Brees.
If James carries this momentum into the common season, he ought to contend for Defensive Rookie of the 12 months honors. – Alessandrini
Bengals 26, Payments 13
Allen was sacked 5 instances and was compelled from the sector simply earlier than halftime after his head bounced off the bottom, ending his day with simply 34 yards on 6 of 12 passing. To complicate issues additional for Payments head coach Sean McDermott, Nathan Peterman continued to place his terrible NFL debut behind him.
Peterman accomplished 16 of 21 passes for 200 yards and a landing in his third sturdy preseason efficiency. Now, Buffalo should not solely determine if Allen is able to begin, but when they really feel snug placing him behind one of many league’s worst strains and danger hurting his improvement. – Browne
Cardinals 27, Cowboys 3
Some takeaways require a deep dive, whereas others are blindingly apparent. The Arizona Cardinals‘ protection and specials groups supplied the latter towards the Dallas Cowboys, registering a mind-blowing eight turnovers, together with a pick-6 from Patrick Peterson. It is evident that this workforce might nonetheless make some noise within the NFC West.
No matter who’s beneath middle, the Cardinals must be a run-first workforce with David Johnson again, and subsequently will want its different two models to step up and provides the offense additional possessions.
The losses of Calais Campbell and Tyrann Mathieu in successive seasons has precipitated Arizona’s once-vaunted protection to lose a few of its luster, however a ridiculous 16 whole preseason turnovers ought to give new head coach Steve Wilks confidence that the unit can stay among the many league’s finest. – Browne