Friday, December 2 2022

The final week of the 2022 NFL preseason is here. Each of the league’s 32 teams will be in action Thursday night through this weekend, with a varying number of starters appearing in their teams’ games. We’ve got a handy guide for you in the space below, with start times and TV schedules, plus what you should be looking for in each competition.

Friday August 26

Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Buffalo’s offense has dominated this preseason, so it’s worth tuning in to see if that continues. Now that Baker Mayfield has officially been named Carolina’s starting quarterback, all the snaps he takes are also worth watching. Additionally, Buffalo’s rookie cornerbacks (Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford) should see some action as they prepare for the regular season.

Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network

With Tyron Smith out for the foreseeable future, all eyes are on the Cowboys left tackle situation. Rookie Tyler Smith could get a shot, but he was unable to practice with an ankle injury this week. Josh Ball, Matt Waletzko and Aviante Collins are also options. Seattle will be without Rashaad Penny (COVID-19) and Kenneth Walker (hernia), so the running back position is one to watch.

Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

The Chargers rarely play starters in preseason games, but how the backfield rotation is going here could be a clue as to who will serve as Austin Ekeler’s main backup at the start of the regular season. What Saints rookies Chris Olave and Trevor Penning look like, if they play, is always worth watching.

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Bill Belichick vs. Josh McDaniels! Also, how the New England offense is going with Matt Patricia calling the plays.

Saturday August 27

Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, no matter how many snaps they play, deserve attention. Falcons third-round pick Desmond Ridder has looked pretty good so far in preseason, and if that continues, he might be able to supplant Marcus Mariota as a starter under center at some point this season. .

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

Undrafted free agent Lance McCutcheon showed some flashes for the Rams this preseason, and if he can do the same against a strong Bengals defense, he can earn himself a spot on the roster. LA is highly unlikely to give starters time, so players like him and the Rams’ late-round defensive picks are the standouts here. Jessie Bates is back in camp for the Bengals after signing the franchise tag, but rookie Dax Hill got a lot of preseason work and that could be a precursor to her visiting time in the regular season.

Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Chicago starters should see 25-30 snaps in this contest, so the most important thing to watch is how Justin Fields is handling the Cleveland defense. For the Browns, quarterbacks deserve attention, as we know Deshaun Watson will be out for at least the first 11 games of this season due to his suspension for violating the personal conduct policy after being charged by two dozen women of sexual misconduct. .

Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Titans first-round pick Treylon Burks has worked with deep saves in preseason games so far. Does it continue here? Can he buy time with the first team attack? Can Malik Willis continue to make plays outside of the attacking structure, and can he do more inside the pocket?

Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Will this game actually go as planned, or will the stomach bug circulating in Miami’s locker room have an effect? Seriously, a number of players will be fighting for the final spots in this game. The Dolphins are looking to see who can step in at the exhausted cornerback position, while trying to see which wide receivers will make the cut. Speaking of gaps, Jalen Reagor might have one last chance to convince the Eagles to keep him this season.

Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Commanders’ starters will see “very limited” action in this contest, but the running back position is one to watch. Antonio Gibson was seemingly passed by rookie Brian Robinson for his early work, with the team talking about Gibson’s ability to contribute on special teams and as a receiver in space. Baltimore, meanwhile, is looking to extend its record 22-game NFL preseason win streak.

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NFL+, check local rosters

Indy’s starters will play until halfway through the game, according to head coach Frank Reich. Their defense led by Gus Bradley against Tom Brady should be an interesting game. Todd Bowles, meanwhile, says “any healthy person will play,” meaning expect to see a healthy Tom Brady start the game. Also, how the inside of Tampa’s offensive line, amid a slew of injuries, fares against Indianapolis’ defensive front deserves attention.

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

The Broncos are expected to seat most of their starters for this contest. Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam has had a lot of work in the preseason, with the coaching staff saying he needs more reps. It could continue here. Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion are apparently battling it out for Minnesota quarterback, so that’s also something to watch.

Sunday August 28

Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network

Lots of rookies, including first-round picks Evan Neal, Ahmad Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson. Who takes the place of Kayvon Thibodeaux along the Giants defensive line. If Daniel Jones can continue his strong pre-season. And more.

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: SCS

Second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and Steelers rookies Kenny Pickett and George Pickens are the most noteworthy.

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