NFL preseason Week 1 takeaways and schedule

The first full week of the 2022 NFL preseason began Thursday night when the New England Patriots hosted the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens welcomed the Tennessee Titans to get the league going.

A last-second field goal propelled the Giants to a 23-21 win in head coach Brian Daboll’s preseason debut from freshman year with the team, a game that included quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley on the field, among others were to be seen. For New England, Mac Jones was rested, with Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe taking the time under center for Bill Belichick and co.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Lamar Jackson didn’t see the field Thursday, but 2021 substitute Tyler Huntley was sharp in a 23-10 Ravens win that also saw rookie Malik Willis secure the start in QB for Tennessee.

Here are the key takeaways from Thursday night’s games, along with the rest of the Week 1 preseason schedule:

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NFL preseason games on Thursday, August 11th


Giants: That was exactly what the Giants offense needed after a rocky start to training camp. Quarterback Daniel Jones and the starting offense moved the ball well and probably should have reached the end zone were it not for a poor third-down drop from wide receiver Kenny Golladay near the goal line. Jones was still finishing 6 of 10 passes for 69 yards and ran for another first down. It should take any outside pressure off him, though backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor went for a touchdown throw to Richie James for 129 yards followed by a 13-of-21 pass. Overall, the Giants’ offense and their quarterbacks showed signs that they’re headed in the right direction, and there’s no reason to rush or panic before the regular season opener in Tennessee another month before the regular season opener in Tennessee. — Jordan Raanan

Next game: vs. Bengals (7 p.m. ET, Sunday, August 21)


Patriots: On a night when Mac Jones and most of the Patriots’ starters weren’t playing, it was an opportunity to focus on the touchline and get a feel for the team’s unconventional coaching setup on offense. Senior football advisor/OL coach Matt Patricia called plays for the first three series when Brian Hoyer was quarterback, and then offensive assistant/QBs coach Joe Judge appeared to call plays when rookie Bailey Zappe came in at quarterback. Signs point to Patricia being the primary playcaller, but it was noteworthy to see Judge fulfill some of those duties in the preseason opener as well. — Mike Reiss

Next game: vs. Panthers (7pm ET, Friday, August 19)


Ravens: Tyler Huntley has shown once again why he’s one of the NFL’s best backup quarterbacks. Huntley was more accurate in preseason opener than all of training camp, completing 88.9% of his passes (16 of 18) and putting a great touch on his 14-yard touchdown pass. He also converted a fourth down with a 14-yard physical run. The Ravens will always be at their best with Lamar Jackson (who didn’t play Thursday night), but they know they can remain competitive with Huntley. The Ravens extended their preseason winning streak to 21 games. “It means a lot to the culture just to show that we’re a winning team,” said Huntley. “And we don’t care what kind of game it is, the Ravens will fight to win.” — Jameson Hensley

Next game: at Cardinals (8 p.m. ET, Sunday, August 21)


Titans: The Titans got a live look at Malik Willis making a surprise start against the Ravens. Willis played into the third quarter and completed six of his 11 pass attempts for 107 yards. His best throw was a 48-yard play-action pass to Racey McMath. The rookie’s 7-yard scramble for a touchdown showed he can make big plays with the ball too. There were times when it was obvious that Willis needed to speed up his process rather than hang on to football for too long. Despite starting first, Willis is listed as the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside. He’ll be able to build on his performance in joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and next week’s second preseason game. — Turron Davenport

Next game: vs. Buccaneers (7pm ET, Saturday, August 20)


NFL preseason games on Friday, August 12

Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions: 6 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: 7 p.m. ET
Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 7:30 p.m. ET
New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 7:30 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers: 8:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network


NFL preseason games on Saturday, August 13th

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Commanders: 1 p.m. ET
Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills: 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7:30 p.m. ET
New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans: 8 p.m. ET
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos: 9 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Los Angeles Rams vs. Los Angeles Chargers: 10 p.m. ET


NFL preseason games on Sunday, August 14th

Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders: 4:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network NFL preseason Week 1 takeaways and schedule

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