Highlights and results from Thursday’s preseason action.
Final Score: Packers 24, Eagles 9
Philadelphia got on the board first when Carson Wentz hit Mack Hollins for a 38-yard touchdown, but the two-point conversion attempt failed. Once the Packers started rolling, they didn’t look back.
A 68-yard punt return gave Green Bay its first points of the game. The Packers followed it up with a Jeff Janis touchdown from Brett Hundley.
DeShone Kizer was by far the best quarterback who took the field for the Browns, and he was the team’s third-string option. A 45-yard Kizer touchdown pass sealed the win for Cleveland.
Myles Garrett is living up to that first overall pick billing.
Myles Garrett from a wide alignment. pic.twitter.com/aqWjvLyp63— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) August 11, 2017
Final Score: Broncos 24, Bears 17
The Broncos pulled off the win, but Mitchell Trubisky had a great night. The rookie finished 18 of 25 for 166 yards and a touchdown.
A Mike Glennon pick-six gave the Broncos their first score.
Yeah, things were really not going well for the Bears offense.
Then Trubisky entered and threw his first touchdown as a pro to none other than Victor Cruz.
It’s weird seeing Cruz salsa dance in a Bears uniform, though.
Trubisky is DEALING at this point. He’s 13 of 15 for 123 yards and one touchdown, and the Bears lead by 7.
But this return set the Broncos up to take a lead — and the win.
Final Score: Ravens 24, Washington 3
Not a good night for Washington. Kirk Cousins only threw two passes. Ryan Mallett got most of the action for Baltimore, and struggled mightily, finishing 9 of 18 for just 58 yards.
Justin Tucker hit a 59-yard field goal. He is ridiculously good. A solid rushing effort and Tucker brought home the win for the Ravens.
Final Score: Jaguars 31, Patriots 24
Jimmy Garoppolo went 22 of 28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad, but the Jags still pulled off the victory.
Garoppolo got the star, but that didn’t keep Touchdown Tom from going through the motions on the sideline.
The Jags scored on a pretty 97-yard pass from Chad Henne to Keelan Cole.
This is a great throw by Chad Henne and incredible speed by Keelan Cole. 97-yard touchdown. Jaguars up 10-3. pic.twitter.com/z0LfLfYdRH— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) August 11, 2017
Then Garoppolo hit Austin Carr in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
But a 79-yard touchdown run for Corey Grant got the Jags a lead they wouldn’t give back. Matt Patricia was not happy.
When your defense gives up a 79-yard touchdown run. pic.twitter.com/KJKzZFkPMc— Pats Pulpit (@patspulpit) August 11, 2017
Final Score: Vikings 17, Bills 10
It was an early field goal fandango in Buffalo until we got a couple of touchdowns in the second half. Case Keenum played the bulk of the snaps and had a pretty good day. He finished 11 of 16 for 121 yards, and the Vikings get the win.
Final score: Dolphins 23, Falcons 20
Jalen Collins, who started the Super Bowl for an injured Desmond Trufant and is facing a 10-game suspension for PEDs, just fell apart in the fourth quarter. Dolphins win!
Things were better for the Falcons early, as they tend to be. They converted fourth-and-1 with a short pass from Matt Ryan to Devonta Freeman for a score.
Soon after, the Dolphins got in the end zone. What a play.
The Falcons added a rushing touchdown from Terron Ward right before the half. Atlanta had great field position after this return.
This was a nice play from undrafted rookie Jarnor Jones.
But Miami, who mostly played backups David Fales and Brandon Doughty, held on.
Before the games
The NFL preseason officially kicked off last week when the Cowboys and Cardinals traveled to Canton, Ohio, for the Hall of Fame Game. Now, the rest of the league will get their opportunity to earn extra reps and pray for the mercy of the injury gods when the first week of the preseason ramps up Thursday night.
Some franchises aren’t even tempting fate. Former MVP Cam Newton didn’t play Wednesday night against the Texans, and Aaron Rodgers — and his top wideout, Jordy Nelson — aren’t expected to play Thursday night against the Eagles.
That could be a boon for Green Bay. Brett Hundley, Rodgers’ backup, has developed into one of the league’s most intriguing second-stringers. Some extra reps this preseason would not only give him extra prep in case of a Rodgers injury, but also boost his trade value. In a league where Mike Glennon can sign a $45 million contract after throwing 11 passes in two years, a talented young quarterback like Hundley could bring a big return as the season approaches.
While some passers sit, others will be waging another round in a fight for a starting role. The Broncos and Bears will meet with their passer situations in flux; Trevor Siemian and the aforementioned Glennon are the penciled-in starters, but two first-round draft picks, Paxton Lynch and Mitchell Trubisky, respectively, will push them.
The Browns, as is tradition, will host their annual quarterback competition on Thursday as well. This fall, the top spot will be a battle between Cody Kessler — the lone returnee of the team’s five passers to earn snaps in 2016 — Brock Osweiler, and DeShone Kizer.
At least one unquestioned starter will be taking snaps behind center Thursday. Carson Wentz will play at least one series for the Eagles.
The Jaguars and Patriots have been practicing together in Foxborough in advance of their matchup Thursday. That led to a handful of ridiculous Brandin Cooks highlights and a messy Blake Bortles performance the quarterback, sadly, could not attribute to jet lag. They’ll get the chance to elevate their scrimmage to meet the high standards of the NFL preseason at Gillette Stadium.