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

The first official week of the 2022 NFL preseason is here. We’re down two games after Thursday night, which means 14 more games this weekend. That’s 28 teamwork over the next three days. We’ve got you covered below, with start times and TV listings, as well as a handy guide to what you should look for in each tournament.

Friday, August 12

Falcons at Lions

time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network

Two top-10 picks will be in action in this game, with Falcons wide receiver Drake London and Lions edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson taking the field for their first preseason action. We’ll also likely see a bunch of Atlanta’s third-round pick in quarterback, Desmond Ryder. More scenes from this game are likely to be featured in next week’s edition Hard knocksSo it is also worth watching.

Browns at Jaguar

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

Jacksonville played in the Hall of Fame Game last week, but only the first team players saw any action. Starters including Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are expected to play a couple of series in this one. We’ll also get another look at No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker, who collected a sack against the Raiders in the preseason opener. For Cleveland, we have to wait for the decision on Deshaun Watson’s appeal, Cleveland has indicated that he will start this game, but if he receives a year-long suspension, he will be ineligible to play.

Cardinals in Bengal

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

It looks like half of Arizona’s offense is on the injury report, so players worth watching on that side of the ball are likely running backs Eno Benjamin and Keonte Ingram. Tight end Trey McBride may or may not be able to suit up. Arizona also has third-round pass rushers in Maijai Sanders and Cameron Thomas set to make their respective debuts. With Jesse Bates still not in Bengals camp, it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on first-round pick Dax Hill, who could be in line for a significant regular-season role if Bates doesn’t return to the fold before the season begins.

Jet at Eagle

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

The Jets are expected to play their starters for the 1-2 series, which means a whole bunch of players 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 shows up, it could help the Jets as well. On the other side of the ball, rookies Sous Gardner and Jermaine Johnson should see some action as well. Nick Siriani was noncommittal about how much action his starters will see, but any snaps showing Jalen Hurts on the field with both AJ Brown and Devonta Smith should be interesting, as should the team’s first-team running back rotation. Oh, and Jordan Davis pushing New York’s pocket is something to behold.

Packers at 49ers

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

Jordan Love and Trey Lance are the ones to watch, however long they’re there. Also, Packers rookies Romeo Doubs, Devonte Wyatt, and Quay Walker and San Francisco’s running back rotation with the first team offense.

Saturday, August 13

Chiefs at Bears

Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: 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 the pictures, and where do they line up? Matt Eberflus indicated that his starters will get some time as well, so keep an eye on both Justin Fields and the offensive line in front of him.

Panthers in Commanders

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

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

Colts over the Bills

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

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

Seahawks at Steelers

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

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

Dolphins at Buccaneers

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

Any discussion surrounding the scandalous Tom Brady-to-the-Dolphins rumors, however, is that Brady will not be there for this game as he is away from the team dealing with personal matters. With Brady out, we’ll likely see a bunch of Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask. Keep an eye on center Robert Hensey, if he’s fit, he’ll be counted on to replace Ryan Jensen at the pivot. It will be fascinating to see what Mike McDaniel’s Miami offense looks like, even if Tua Tagovailoa isn’t expected to play.

Saints at Texans

Time: 8 p.m
TV: Check NFL+, 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 play-calling duties from Sean Payton. Rookies Kris Olav and Trevor Penning should see some action, and running backs Tony Jones Jr. and Abram Smith are worth watching if one or both are pressed into action while Alvin Kamara is suspended. Unfortunately, Houston’s first round picks, Derek Stingley and Kenyon Green, are not expected to play. Davis Mills should get some action, though, and it will be interesting to see how he looks heading into Year 2.

Cowboys at Broncos

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

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

Rams on chargers

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

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

Sunday, August 14

Vikings at Raiders

time: 4:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network

After last week, I think we need to pay attention to the Raiders backfield, and how the snaps between Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Ameer Abdullah, Jameer White, and Brandon Bolden stack up. Plus, there’s the Derek Carr-to-Davante Adams connection, if they play. Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond will likely see an extended run as he tries to endear himself to new coach Kevin O’Connell more than Mike Zimmer. Minnesota’s rookie defensive backs, Andrew Booth Jr., Lewis Cine, and Acaleb Evans are also worth watching.

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