Ranking NFL preseason debuts of first-round QBs: Justin Fields, Trey Lance lead the pack with splashy plays

Forgive some fans for believing that the NFL routine season has actually currently started. After being without preseason action in 2020, fans of every NFL group delighted in exhibit football last weekend. There was a jam-packed home in the desert as the Raiders invited fans inside Allegiant Stadium for the very first time. In Chicago, Justin Fields impressed more than 43,000 fans in his NFL preseason launching. 

Several juicy stories emerged from Week 1 of the preseason. Fields’ strong launching resulted in Matt Nagy fielding more concerns about who will begin at quarterback when Chicago opens the routine season. Jordan Love’s mostly favorable NFL launching was ruined by an injury. Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater equaled each other in the fight to win the Broncos’ beginning quarterback task. Tim Tebow, following his Jaguars launching that went viral for all the incorrect factors, did not make it through the preliminary of lineup cuts. 

Week 2 of the preseason assures to provide a lot more highlights and storylines. Here’s a rundown of every Week 2 preseason video game (check out our takeaways from Thursday night’s Eagles-Patriots Thursday video game here, along with from Friday’s Chiefs-Cardinals and Bengals-WFT video games and Saturday’s early Bills-Bears and Jets-Packers video games). We’ve likewise got chances thanks to Caesars Sportsbook and something fans ought to watch on for each match. 

Saturday, Aug. 21

Time: 7 p.m. ET
Line:  Panthers +3, O/U 35.5    
WSOC (Carolina), WBAL (Baltimore)

Both groups are handling various injuries heading into Saturday’s video game. And while Matt Rhule has actually not yet picked Sam Darnold’s status, backup quarterback P.J. Walker will deal with the Ravens after tossing for 161 lawns and a goal in Carolina’s 21-18 loss to the Colts last Sunday. Another Panther to enjoy is novice running back Chuba Hubbard, who swindled a 59-yard run versus the Colts. 

Time: 7 p.m. ET
Line:  Dolphins -5, O/U 36     

Falcons fans are definitely wishing to see first-round choice Kyle Pitts make his preseason launching after the group’s brand-new tight end made appreciation from the Dolphins defense throughout today’s skirmishes. Regardless of Pitts’ status, one gamer to enjoy in this match is Dolphins backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who tossed a goal pass in his very first video game with his brand-new group versus the Bears.

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET 
Line:  Steelers -6.5, O/U 37 
TELEVISION: NFL Network, KDKA (Pittsburgh), WJBK (Detroit)

Ben Roethlisberger will make his preseason launching while likewise running Matt Canada’s offense for the very first time. Pittsburgh fans will be simply as — if not more — thrilled to enjoy Round 3 of Dwayne Haskins vs. Mason Rudolph. Haskins won the very first 2 rounds, leading the Steelers offense to 6 scoring drives throughout Pittsburgh’s initially 2 preseason video games. Rudolph, who owns a 5-4 life time record as the Steelers’ beginning quarterback, stays looking for his very first scoring drive this preseason. And while he has yet to begin this preseason, Haskins played well throughout a current two-minute drill in practice while leading the Steelers beginning offense.  

Titans at Buccaneers

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Line:  Buccaneers -1, O/U 35 
TELEVISION: WTSP (Tampa), WKRN (Tennessee)

I got some sorrow for tabbing Kyle Trask as a “loser” after the Buccaneers novice quarterback went simply 5-for-14 versus the Bengals last Saturday. Not just did he deal with substantial pressure from Cincinnati’s pass rush, Trask had 2 well-thrown deep passes stopped by his receivers. It’s safe to state that the previous Florida Gator will be champing at the bit to have a much more powerful getaway versus the Titans. 

Texans at Cowboys 

Time: 8 p.m.
Line:  Cowboys -3.5, O/U 37
TELEVISION: KTVT (Dallas), KTRK (Houston)

The Cowboys might have gotten a take in fourth-round choice Jabril Cox. The previous LSU Tiger had a team-high 8 takes on (2 for loss) in recently’s loss to the Cardinals. He connected for the group high in takes on versus the Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game. Cox will seek to assist the Cowboys win their very first preseason video game versus a Texans offense that scored 26 points recently versus the Packers. 

Time: 8 p.m. 
Line:  Vikings -2.5, O/U 38 
TELEVISION: KMSP (Minnesota), WXIN (Indianapolis)

With Carson Wentz out, the Colts were downright giddy after seeing Sam Ehlinger lead a game-winning drive in last Sunday’s win over the Panthers. Jacob Eason, the second-year quarterback who got the start, was 15-for-21 for 183 lawns in his NFL launching. Eason will play behind Ehlinger, who went 10-for-15 for 155 lawns with an interception versus Carolina. Both quarterbacks will seek to replicate the success Lock and Bridgewater had versus the Vikings defense last weekend. 

Raiders at Rams 

Time: 10 p.m. ET
Line:  Rams +6.5, O/U 35
TELEVISION: NFL Network, KCBS (Los Angeles), KVVU (Las Vegas)

Saturday night might be the very first preseason action for Marcus Mariota, who had actually been delighting in a strong training school prior to sustaining a small lower body injury on Aug. 8. With Mariota out, Nathan Peterman went the range in the Raiders’ preseason opener, going 29-for-39 with 246 lawns and an interception in Las Vegas’ 20-7 win. If he plays, Mariota will definitely be encouraged to play well, as the previous Titans quarterback is figured out to make another chance to begin for an NFL franchise. 

Time: 10 p.m. ET
Line:  Seahawks +5, O/U 37.5 
TELEVISION: KING (Seattle), KTVD (Denver)

A rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII, it will definitely be a huge video game for quarterbacks Lock and Bridgewater, who both taken pleasure in outstanding getaways in Denver’s blowout win over Minnesota. Bridgewater will begin versus the Seahawks after finishing all however among his 8 passes for 74 lawns and a rating recently. Lock — who got the start recently and tossed for 151 lawns and a rating on 5-for-7 death — will be available in after Bridgewater. Broncos coach Vic Fangio was unsure with regard to Von Miller’s status for Saturday. Miller missed out on the whole 2020 season after suffering a tendon injury right before the start of the routine season. 

Sunday, Aug. 22

Time: 1 p.m. ET
Line:  Browns -5.5, O/U 35.5 
TELEVISION: NFL Network, KTVD (Cleveland), WNBC (New York)

Cleveland delighted in an outstanding launching recently from novice linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. The previous Notre Dame standout led the Browns with 8 takes on (that consisted of 7 solo stops), 3 takes on for loss and a sack of Trevor Lawrence in Cleveland’s win over Jacksonville. The Giants would be smart to watch on Owusu-Koramoah, who just recently drew appreciation from Browns run video game planner Ben Bloom. 

Time: 7:30 ET
Line:  Chargers +5.5, O/U 34
TELEVISION: NFL Network, KABC (Los Angeles), KPIX (San Francisco)

49ers fans will continue to keep a close eye on Trey Lance, who delighted in a strong preseason launching in recently’s three-point win over the Chiefs. While he went just 5-for-14 death, the No. 3 total choice was the victim of a number of dropped passes. Lance likewise finished an 80-yard TD to receiver Trent Sherfield. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan just recently admired the play of Lance and veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who did not play in the 49ers’ preseason opener. 

Monday, Aug. 23 

Time: 8 p.m. ET
Line:  Saints -4, O/U 39
TELEVISION: ESPN, WVUE (New Orleans), WJAX (Jacksonville)

Who wishes to be the Saints’ beginning quarterback? Neither Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill played always well in recently’s loss to the Ravens. Winston, dealing with the Saints’ first-team offense throughout Thursday’s practice, left to a strong start prior to fading later on in practice. And while Hill likewise sustained an up-and-down practice, he did show much better arm strength on his deep passes after tending to under-throw on deep efforts previously in camp. Let’s see if either quarterback can get an edge over the other on Monday night. 

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