NFL Network will be broadcasting eight games in Week 2 of the preseason for out-of-market viewers. It opens with Patriots-Eagles on Thursday and closes with 49ers-Chargers on Sunday.
With only three preseason weekends on the slate this year, the league’s up-and-coming quarterbacks are going to get a lot of attention this week. The Bears are still committed to the idea of Andy Dalton starting the season on top of the depth chart, but another impressive outing from rookie Justin Fields will make that position even more tenuous. Trey Lance’s 80-yard touchdown made the highlight reels last week. Even though he’s not going to unseat Jimmy Garoppolo for the 49ers’ starting job, Niners fans could have even more to be excited about when they see him action against the Chargers this weekend.
The first-overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, struggled a little in his preseason debut with the Jaguars last week. The rookie saw an awful lot of pressure last week, even for a preseason game, leading to a couple sacks, a forced fumble and passes thrown away. It’s not a talent issue with Lawrence, but if the Jags can’t do more to help him out this week, he could be looking at a rocky first year in the NFL.
It’s not a record that’s going to get a display of its own in Canton, but the Baltimore Ravens’ 18-game preseason winning streak is pretty impressive. Will they be able to make it 19 in a row when they travel to take on the Panthers this Saturday?
It’s hard to pick the best game on the preseason slate, but if you have to watch just one game, the Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl rematch should be a good one. Both squads have fallen off precipitously since they met in Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52. Philadelphia is pinning their future hopes on quarterback Jalen Hurts. New England will most likely have Cam Newton under center to start the season, but another solid outing from rookie Mac Jones could make for a tough decision come Week 1.
While a few teams have already gotten a jump start on trimming their roster, each franchise has to cut down to 80 players by August 24. Final 53-man rosters are due August 31. And even though there’s one more preseason game to go for each team after this week, players in the heat of a position battle or eyeing a long shot bid to survive the final cut can’t afford a misstep.
If you aren’t around a TV to check out the NFL Network slate, you can stream the games via NFL.com, the NFL Network app, and through NFL Gamepass. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription for these. If you don’t have a cable login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the games.
Thursday, August 19th
Friday, August 20th
Bengals vs. Washington
Saturday, August 21st
Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Bills TV: WIVB 4 (CBS)
Bears TV: FOX32
Moneyline odds: Bears -235, Bills +190
Sunday, August 22nd
Kickoff Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
49ers TV: KPIX 5 (CBS)
Chargers TV: CBS 2
Moneyline odds: 49ers -235, Chargers +190