NFL preseason Week 2 takeaways: Patrick Mahomes picked off, 10 extra video games Saturday


We’re within the midst of the second full week of preseason soccer. With three weeks remaining earlier than the regular-season opener, count on extra starters and names you already know to be enjoying this week.

Issues began off Thursday with the New England Patriots rolling previous the host Philadelphia Eagles, a sport by which Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was scratched late attributable to sickness.

On Friday, the assembly between the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals was a school reunion, with Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes taking up his coach at Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury. However neither Mahomes nor Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray confirmed a lot in 1 / 4 of labor and Mahomes was intercepted on his last go.

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 evening slate contains 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 one in every of two contests on Sunday, whereas Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars go to the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

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Friday’s video games

Standout performer: Chiefs receiver Bryon Pringle: 4 receptions, 63 yards

Chris Jones continues to appear to be he is primed for a giant season. Jones had a sack in opposition to the Cardinals, giving him two in roughly three quarters of preseason play, and in addition deflected a go and compelled a fumble. The Chiefs needn’t fear about his place change to defensive finish, notably since his alternative at defensive deal with, Jarran Reed, additionally had a sack. — Adam Teicher

Subsequent sport: vs. Vikings (8 p.m. ET, Aug. 27)

It is easy to say “it is the preseason, it does not depend” however there have been a few particular performs Friday evening that might be of some concern for the Cardinals. Within the first half, there was some kind of miscommunication between quarterback Kyler Murray and huge receiver Rondale Moore on one play and A.J. Green on one other. Possibly it was only a kink that must be ironed out, however to be experiencing these sorts of errors this near the common season aren’t one thing to dismiss. The Cardinals’ first-team offense struggled. Murray accomplished simply 1 of 4 for two yards and had one run for 8 yards. It could not matter but it surely wasn’t fairly. — Josh Weinfuss

Subsequent sport: at Saints (8 p.m. ET, Aug. 28)

Standout performer: Washington RB Jaret Patterson: 16 carries, 71 yards, TD

Bengals rookie huge receiver Ja’Marr Chase will chalk the final 72 hours up as a studying expertise. Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie bought the higher of the 2021 fifth general choose throughout Wednesday’s follow. On Friday evening in opposition to Washington, Chase dropped three targets — with all of them approaching third downs. Chase has struggled with drops all through coaching camp. Nevertheless, in his breakout 2019 season at LSU, he had a mere six drops on simply 124 targets, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info. Chase’s struggles might be attributed to getting again into soccer rhythm after opting out of 2020 or only a tough couple of days. Both approach, it’s going to be one thing Chase might be trying to right earlier than the beginning of the common season. — Ben Child

Subsequent sport: vs. Dolphins (4 p.m. ET, Aug. 29)

Washington’s offense ought to be higher this season, however didn’t have a constant displaying in opposition to the Bengals. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 96 yards, however solely accomplished 7 of -of 13 passes. The passing sport lacked rhythm, although he did make a pleasant throw to Dyami Brown for 29 yards. The run sport was inconsistent with Antonio Gibson; he is a giant again however remains to be studying to run utilizing all his energy to be simpler in short-yardage conditions. The again who jumped out: undrafted rookie Jaret Patterson. He bought some work with starters and in addition returned one kickoff for 37 yards. If Washington retains 4 operating backs he’ll have to indicate he can assist on particular groups. However he continues to indicate he can run with persistence and in addition some energy and he catches the ball nicely out of the backfield. They may have discovered a gem. — John Keim

Subsequent sport: at Ravens (6 p.m. ET, Aug. 28)

Thursday’s sport

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 appeared as comfy as he is been as a Patriot, albeit in opposition to 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 reduction, 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 sport: 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. Far more necessary than the stat line was the truth that Smith moved nicely and did not look like held again by the left MCL sprain that stored him off form for 2 weeks. On his second catch of the evening, he began inside, hit the brakes, and in the reduction of out to beat cornerback Michael Jackson for a 10-yard reception, displaying shades of his Heisman Trophy-winning kind. It took a while to knock the rust off, as Smith’s evening began with a pair drops on a pair of imperfect passes from Joe Flacco (who began for an unwell 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 in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 12. — Tim McManus

Subsequent sport: at Jets (7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 27)

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

Monday’s sport

Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

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