Three games down, 13 more to go this weekend. Let’s get you caught up with what’s happened so far.
Here’s a quick look at what happened in the three games Thursday night. Join us again on Friday for another night of preseason action.
New England Patriots 37, Philadelphia Eagles 20
The Patriots might have had a little bit of revenge on their minds. They came out firing on all cylinders against the defending Super Bowl champs.
41-year-old Tom Brady is still Tom Brady: Brady, who was 5-for-5 on their first drive, capped it off with a 4-yard touchdown strike to Chris Hogan:
Brady ➡️ Hogan…
— NFL (@NFL)
It wasn’t all good news for the Patriots, though. Rookie first-round tackle Isaiah Wynn left with an ankle injury.
Nick Foles had a forgettable night: Foles also visited the medical tent after he was hit by Adrian Clayborn and stripped of the ball. Ja’Whaun Bentley picked it up and took it 54 yards to put the Pats up 17-0:
Strip sack! Recovery!
TO THE HOUSE.
— NFL (@NFL)
After that, Foles’ night was done. The Eagles announced that he was dealing with a shoulder strain.
The Eagles got on the board soon after, with Nate Sudfeld at quarterback:
Shelton Gibson runs a nice route for the TD.
— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH)
Sudfeld had a pretty good night overall, throwing for 312 yards and three touchdowns, while getting picked once.
The Patriots’ two-minute drill is alive and well: With two minutes left before the half, Brady did what he does: led the Patriots down the field for another score as if it required no effort whatsoever. Brady played the entire half and went 19 of 26 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Unlike in the Super Bowl, he wasn’t sacked either.
RIP, ankles: With Brian Hoyer at QB, Cordarrelle Patterson got in the end zone for the first time with his new team — he also broke some ankles along the way:
Crossed him so hard
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown)
Recap for Eagles fans: Bleeding Green Nation
Recap for Patriots fans: Pats Pulpit
Green Bay Packers 51, Pittsburgh Steelers 34
Not a great start for Steelers QB Mason Rudolph. His first throw of the game was a pick six. For Packers fans, it had to be refreshing to see Tramon Williams looking like the player he was when these two teams met in the Super Bowl after the 2010 season. Williams is 35.
First play of the game…
Tramon Williams PICK-6!
— NFL (@NFL)
Aaron Rodgers to Graham, easy peasy. Get used to hearing that. Rodgers found Green Bay’s big ticket tight end acquisition for an 8-yard red zone touchdown to cap off their first drive.
Welcome to Green Bay, Jimmy! hits for the TOUCHDOWN!
— Green Bay Packers (@packers)
No Le’Veon Bell, no problem. Well, that’s getting a little far ahead of things, but the Steelers have to be pleased with running back James Conner’s work on a three-play touchdown drive in the first quarter. The Steelers fed it to Connor on all three plays, and he picked up 58 yards and the score.
Conner’s a second year player who beat cancer to get here, not to mention he’s pretty good at this whole football thing.
. goes BEASTMODE.
— NFL (@NFL)
Preseason or not, a 60-yard field goal is impressive. Mason Crosby booted one in the second quarter to give the Packers a 27-14 lead.
Recap for Steelers fans: Behind the Steel Curtain
Recap for Packers fans: Acme Packing Company
Washington 15, New York Jets 13
Running back woes: Washington engineered a pair of field goals in their first two drives, the first of which led by Alex Smith behind center. The second scoring drive was highlighted by Samaje Perine ripping off a 30-yard run, but left with an injured ankle after the play. Byron Marshall also left with a lower leg injury, leaving Washington’s running back depth chart depleted. But Washington still had runs of 33, 30 and 17 yards on the night.
Dead red zone: These teams combined for five trips inside the 20-yard line in the first half, two trips each for Washington and the Jets. Those red zone sojourns produced a grand total of 12 points, nine by Washington. The one trip that failed to produce points was ended when Sam Darnold on 4th-and-1 saw his pass tipped for an interception.
The rookie Troy Apke picks it off!
— NFL (@NFL)
Despite the pick, Darnold was relatively effective, completing 8-of-11 passes for 62 yards. But a pair of third-down sacks killed early drives, giving New York a total of three points in the first 30 minutes.
Colt McCoy was 9-of-12 for 113 yards on the opening half. He completed a pass into the end zone to Cam Sims, but the potential touchdown was called back due to illegal formation.
The comeback continues: Teddy Bridgewater looked very good for a second consecutive week, completing 10-of-15 passes for 127 yards in the second half. He led the Jets to the game’s first touchdown early in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to his wide receiver catching this 16-yard strike at its Peake:
Oh wow, Charone Peake!
— NFL (@NFL)
Recap for Jets fans: Gang Green Nation
Recap for Washington fans: Hogs Haven
The second week of NFL preseason will kick off on Thursday evening with three games scheduled.
The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The Patriots won their first preseason game against Washington last week.
Washington will host rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Darnold threw for 96 yards and a touchdown on 18 pass attempts in the Jets’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Baker Mayfield will be in action on Friday when the Cleveland Browns face the Buffalo Bills and their first round quarterback Josh Allen, who was recently criticized by Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The Baltimore Ravens will wrap up Week 2 action on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Preseason Week 2 Schedule:
All times listed are Eastern.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m.
New York Jets vs. Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Atlanta Falcons, 7 p.m.
New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions, 7 p.m.
Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns, 7:30 p.m., NFL Network
Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., NFL Network
Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4 p.m., NFL Network
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 7 p.m., NFL Network
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans, 8 p.m.
Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos, 9:05 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m., NFL Network
Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8 p.m., ESPN
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