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Kyler Murray learned how the other half live on Thursday against the Raiders, who flashed the # 1 in the standings and made him look uncomfortable. But it was not all that bad for the teens when Week 2 of the preseason started when Dwayne Haskins showed his arm with a big touchdown pass against the Bengals.
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Carson Wentz should not touch the field this preseason. The QB injuries are piling up for Philadelphia. Cody Kessler was knocked out of the game on Thursday in the first quarter with a concussion, just one week after substitute Nate Sudfeld fell with a broken wrist. Coach Doug Pederson has increased the intensity in training to enable the first team work in a controlled environment. He should continue on this path and clear Wentz until the regular season opener against Washington. The Eagles will likely need to add another arm to Kessler's concussion protocol this week. – Tim McManus
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QB Gardner Minshew needed a catch-up after a tough prelude in the preseason and delivered: 19 vs. 29 for 202 yards in three quarters despite being under 20 Pressure from the edge pretty much the whole night. Minshew lost a fumble after being hit (RT Leonard Wester was badly beaten) and also had a TD pass that was recalled because TE Ben Koyack had given a block-in-the-back penalty. Minshew scored a solid two-minute drive at the end of the first half, which led to a field goal and brought the Jaguars the first points of the preseason. Minshew felt much better than last week. He was determined and brought the ball out quickly, which is encouraging signs for the Jaguars – who again were the majority of their starters – because they count on him as a substitute for Nick Foles. His appearance on Thursday evening has pretty much substantiated that. – Mike DiRocco
Sam Darnold teams up with Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson before Ty Montgomery joins a 1-yard TD run Offensive Line opened QB Sam Darnold the second week in a row with a TD Drive. The pace was fast and Darnold was in command. It's early, but he seems to have a firm grip on the new offense. Big concern: RT Brandon Shell injured his knee during the warm-up and became the third attacking linesman to sustain an injury. Chemistry will be a topic in Week 1. – Rich Cimini
The offensive lines on Matt Ryan's first appearance in this preseason must be concerned. Ryan was fired three times and over-pressurized while completing 10 of 14 passes for 118 yards. Ryan has scored some good goals you never want to see in the preseason. The Right Attack Ty Sambrailo did not look like a starter, and the Wes Schweitzer Substitution Center had some problems, among others. The Falcons are playing without two injured players who were assumed to be on the right track: the left guard James Carpenter (quad) and the right rookie tackle Kaleb McGary (heart procedure). Jamon Brown could start with the left guard, and McGary should someday beat the fighting sambrailo when he is well. – Vaughn McClure
Rookie Ryan Finley was a strong argument for Cincinnati's number 2 quarterback this season. NC State's fourth-round selection followed its debut in the preseason with yet another strong performance. Without a sting at the end of the first half, Finley was 20 of 25 and went through for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie stabilized the Bengals after a start full of mistakes. He led Cincinnati's second unit on a stretch of 12 games and 93 meters, which was 7:36 minutes before the end of regular time in the first half. From there, the entire team found its rhythm as the visitors scored 23 of their last 30 points. In the middle of the preseason, the rookie completed 75% of his passes for 259 yards, three touchdowns and one intercept. – Ben Baby
The Redskins hoped the preseason would identify their # 1 quarterback, but after two preseason games, that did not happen. Colt McCoy can not play due to problems with his leg, and Case Keenum was normal in two starts. He still adapts to the offense and adapts to his recipients, but when he enters a contest, it becomes harder to build that chemistry. And rookie Dwayne Haskins shows more potential – as shown by his 55-yard touchdown pass for Robert Davis. He is not afraid to challenge in the field, but he has not shown enough to seriously challenge seasoned players. But with what these players have shown, it is hard to believe that Haskins will eventually come out of action this season. – John Keim
It might be too early to say that packers have a serious problem with their running game – after all, neither Aaron Jones nor Jamaal Williams (both with thigh muscle problems) have a good preseason But the installation of the new trainer Matt LaFleur, based on the outer zone, was a difficult task. The Packers only managed 7 yards in the first half of the week, after only 38 yards in the first half, with 13 runs against the Texans. That's 45 yards on 20 transfers as the opponents played starters or key backups. Any hope that sixth-seed rookie Dexter Williams could serve as a substitute looks grim as he's unable to hold on to the quarterback). Tra Carson was the starter in the absence of Jones and Jamaal Williams, but he has on average only 1.7 meters per carry. As much as LaFleur's offense revolves around the ongoing game and what it can do to play, he needs to know if the lack of production is due to the fact that he does not have the upper hand or the scheme did not come into effect. – Rob Demovsky
Lamar Jackson triggers an 18-yard touchdown, but is voided by Willie Snead IV for the illegal blindside block.
Lamar Jackson continues to improve as a Passer, but – as the Ravens start quarterback showed and said Thursday night – he is still the most dangerous when he runs the ball. In third and tenth place Jackson saw how his receivers were hidden and started. He faked Tramon Williams in the open field before jumping over Jaire Alexander to reach the end zone. The spectacular 18-yard touchdown run was wiped out by Willie Snead's illegal block, but that does not erase another highlight moment that keeps the defensive coordinators awake at night. "The four-man rush gave me a lead," Jackson said, "and I just did what I do best." Jackson finished the 6-of-10 pass for 58 yards and led the Ravens to field goals on both his rides. – Jamison Hensley
Defending the Raiders with a cast of new characters led by Vontaze Burfict, the middle linebacker, looks much better. At least that was the case for both teams in that second show, when Oakland harassed Kyler Murray for 12 yards in a 3-by-8 night, and defender Lamarcus Joyner dismissed nimble Murray for security reasons. In four series, the Raiders who started the defense let Murray run only once – for 4 yards. Joyner's safety was achieved for the third time in a row by Defense Coordinator Paul Guenther. At some point, the Raiders had surpassed the Cardinals 231-12 in yards. In addition, rookie Josh Jacobs seems prepared to start and carry the ball four times for 21 yards on the first touchdown with Derek Carr in the middle, as the Raiders' offensive only played one series. – Paul Gutierrez
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Kyler Murray forgot Thursday night. The rookie quarterback went 3-by-8 for 12 yards with a 4-yard run and did not look in sync in the four second-quarter possessions he played. He was twice marked for false starts because of his clapping and once for delaying play and went to the end zone to avoid a bag for safety reasons. While it's still preseason and the Cardinals are running a vanilla offensive program, there were still some issues that Murray and the Cardinals had to clean up. – Josh Weinfuss