NFL preseason Week 1: One thing to watch in every game of busy weekend, including Trey Lance vs. Jordan Love

The first official week of the 2022 NFL preseason is here. We already have two losses after Thursday night, which means we have 14 more to go this weekend. That’s 28 teams in action over the next three days. We’ve got a handy guide for you in the space below, with kick-off times and TV listings, as well as what to look out for in each race.

Friday, August 12

Falcons at Lions

Time: 6 p.m. ET
television: NFL Network

There will be two top-10 picks in action in this game, with Falcons wide receiver Drake London and Lions edge Aidan Hutchinson taking the field for their first preseason action. We’re also likely to see a bunch of Atlanta’s third-round pick at quarterback, Desmond Reeder. Many scenes from this game will likely be included in next week’s release Hard hitsso it’s worth keeping an eye out for that too.

Browns at Jaguars

Time: 7 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, Check local listings

Jacksonville played in the Hall of Fame last week, but hardly any of the first-team players saw any action. The starters — including Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne — are expected to play multiple series in this one. We’ll also get another look at No. 1 pick Travon Walker, who suffered a sack against the Raiders earlier in the preseason. As for Cleveland, we should watch for a decision on Deshaun Watson’s appeal, as Cleveland has indicated that he will start this game, but if he receives a one-year suspension, he will be ineligible to play.

Cardinals at Bengals

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, Check local listings

Half of Arizona’s offense appears to be on the injury report, so the players to watch on that side are likely running backs Eno Benjamin and Keaontay Ingram. Tight end Trey McBride may or may not make it. Arizona also has a couple of third-round rushers who will make their respective debuts in Myjai Sanders and Cameron Thomas. With Jesse Bates still out of Bengals camp, it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on first-round pick Dax Hill, who could be in line for a significant role in the regular season if Bates doesn’t return to the fold before kickoff of the season.

Jets at Eagles

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, Check local listings

The Jets are expected to play their starters for 1-2 runs, meaning there are a whole bunch of players to keep an eye on here, including Zach Wilson, Bryce Hall, Michael Carter, Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson. Denzel Mims could be a trade target for other teams, so if he comes around it could help the Jets as well. On the other side of the ball, rookie Sos Gardner and Jermaine Johnson should also see some action. Nick Siriani was noncommittal about how much action his starters will see, but any snaps showing Jalen Hurts with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith on the field should be interesting, as should the team’s rotation with the first team. Oh, and Jordan Davis pushing New York’s pocket is something to watch out for.

Packers at 49ers

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
television: NFL Network

Jordan Love and Trey Lance are the ones to watch for however long they are there. Plus Packers rookies Romeo Dubs, Devonte Wyatt and Quay Walker and San Francisco’s first-team offensive rotation.

Saturday, August 13

Bosses at Bears

Time: 1 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, NFL Network

Andy Reid said the starters will play the first quarter of this game, so all eyes will be on Kansas City’s wide receiver rotation while Patrick Mahomes is under center. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, Mecole Hardman … who gets snaps and where do they stack up? Matt Eberflus indicated that his starters will also get some time, so keep an eye on both Justin Fields and the offensive line ahead of him.

Panthers at the commanders

Time: 1 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, Check local listings

This one’s easy: Who gets first-team action under center for the Panthers, and can Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold separate themselves in the quarterback competition?

Colts at Bills

Time: 4 p.m. ET
television: NFL Network

Indianapolis plans to play its starters in the first quarter, so the new offense with Matt Ryan under center will be something to watch. Check out who starts at left tackle, as well as how snaps are distributed between receivers after Michael Pittman. Josh Allen isn’t expected to play here, so it’s probably best to keep an eye on the other side of the ball, and specifically the cornerback situation for Buffalo. Rookies Khair Elam and Christian Benford could see some action.

Seahawks at Steelers

Time: 7 p.m. ET
television: NFL Network

Geno Smith or Drew Lock? Mitchell Trubisky or Mason Rudolph (or Kenny Pickett)? Also, Seattle offensive linemen Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas and rookie Kenneth Walker. Steelers rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin III should also see their first preseason action.

Dolphins at Buccaneers

Time: 7:30 in the evening
television: NFL+, Check local listings

Any discussions surrounding the scandalous rumors of Tom Brady to the Dolphins, even though Brady will not be attending this game as he is away from the team dealing with a personal matter. With Brady out, we’ll likely see a bunch of Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask. Keep an eye on center Robert Hainsey if he’s eligible, as he’ll be counted on to replace Ryan Jensen at center. It will be interesting to see how Mike McDaniel’s offense looks in Miami, even if Tua Tagovailoa isn’t expected to play.

Saints in Texas

Time: 8 in the evening
television: NFL+, Check local listings

New Orleans has two coaches in new roles with former defensive coordinator Dennis Allen taking over as head coach and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael taking over the player duties from Sean Payton. Rookies Chris Olave and Trevor Penning should see some action, and running backs Tony Jones Jr. and Abram Smith are worth watching in case one or both are forced into action in the event of Alvin Kamara’s suspension. Unfortunately, Houston’s first round picks Derek Stingley and Kenyon Green are not expected to play. Davis Mills should be fired up, though, and it will be interesting to see how he looks in Year 2.

Cowboys at Broncos

Time: 9 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, NFL Network

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott won’t play in this one, and it’s likely that CeeDee Lamb, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and many of Dallas’ defensive starters won’t either. Therefore, attention should focus on first-round pick Tyler Smith on the offensive line, as well as the team’s young receivers, including third-round pick Jaylen Tolbert and undrafted free agent Dennis Houston. Nathaniel Hackett has yet to indicate whether Russell Wilson and the rest of Denver’s starters will play at all against Dallas, but how different his offense looks from his predecessor’s, as well as what Ejiro Evero’s defensive structure looks like, should be paid attention to. to.

Rams at Chargers

Time: 10 p.m. ET
television: NFL+, Check local listings

These are two of the teams that give their starters the least preseason action, so we’ll mostly be looking at which lower-roster players show up and give themselves a chance to make the 53-man roster.

Sunday, August 14

Vikings at Raiders

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
television: NFL Network

After last week, I guess we have to pay attention to the Raiders defensive backfield and how the snaps are distributed between Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Ameer Abdullah, Zamir White and Brandon Bolden. Plus, there’s a connection between Derek Carr and Davante Adams if they end up playing. Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond will likely have an extended stretch as he tries to endear himself to new coach Kevin O’Connell more than Mike Zimmer. Minnesota defensive rookies Andrew Booth Jr., Louis Sinn and Akayleb Evans are also worthy of consideration.

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