Week 1 of the NFL preseason has come and gone, and while many of the league’s top stars didn’t bother suiting up for the start of exhibition season, there were still plenty of reasons to welcome football back into our lives. Colts fans got to see Andrew Luck throw a football in an actual game for the first time in 20 months. Vikings fans got to see their new, $84 million overlord Kirk Cousins don the purple and gold.
So yeah, it’s still the preseason, but Week 2 means we’ll see some more meaningful snaps for veteran players rounding their way into game shape. It also means position battles across the league will ramp up from a slow simmer to a low boil as general managers and executives slowly switch from pencil to pen in filling out their final rosters. So what are the biggest storylines surrounding this week of exhibition games? Here are the ones that most have our attention:
1. There are some legit marquee matchups, including a Super Bowl rematch
If this week’s lineup wasn’t just exhibition games, it would leave you glued to your couch. Thursday’s action kicks off with a Super Bowl 52 rematch between the Eagles and Patriots. While it will lean more heavily towards Sudfeld and Brian Hoyer rather than Nick Foles or Carson Wentz and Tom Brady, the game will still be worth watching.
Brady should at least play some, and his struggling receiving corps — a group Washington’s first team shut down last week — will have to find a way to make hay against a smothering Philadelphia secondary. What can new veteran additions like Michael Bennett, Haloti Ngata, and Mike Wallace add to the Eagles’ championship roster? And how are the fans in Foxborough going to handle seeing the team who sent the franchise to its record fifth Super Bowl defeat on Thursday?
But Patriots-Eagles isn’t the only game between NFL heavyweights. Aaron Rodgers, back from his collarbone injury, should get a series or two when the Steelers visit the Packers on Thursday. The Chiefs and Falcons will match up for a showdown between playoff clubs Friday. Then on Saturday, the Jaguars and Vikings will pair off for a game between the 2017’s other two conference championship participants.
2. Baker Mayfield vs. Josh Allen showdown (plus, some revenge at stake!)
Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen should see plenty of playing time this week as the Bills and the Browns face off on NFL Network this Friday night. Mayfield shredded the Giants’ backups in his debut going 11 of 20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Allen had some highlights and some lowlights in his debut against the Panthers, but he did flash off the rocket arm and pocket mobility that sold the Bills on him as a top-10 pick.
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