NFL preseason scores, schedule, updates, news: Trubisky…

It’s go time. There are seven games on the preseason docket on Thursday, and some of the early storylines include:
Jay Cutler
in a Dolphins uniform,
Dalvin Cook
running wild for the Vikings, the
Brock Osweiler
experiment in Cleveland and
Mitchell Trubisky
‘s debut in Chicago.

Check in throughout the day and night as we keep you updated on everything you need to know from today’s preseason action.

Scores and schedule

Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans
17 (GameTracker)

Minnesota Vikings
Buffalo Bills
 10 (GameTracker)

Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Falcons
20 (GameTracker)

Baltimore Ravens
Washington Redskins
 3 (GameTracker)

Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots
 24 (GameTracker)

New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns
 20 (GameTracker)

Philadelphia Eagles
Green Bay Packers

Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears
 17 (GameTracker)

Pittsburgh Steelers
New York Giants
, 7 p.m. Fri. (GameTracker)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cincinnati Bengals
, 7:30 p.m. Fri. (GameTracker)

San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs
, 9 p.m. Fri. (GameTracker)

Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
, 7:30 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)

Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams
, 9 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)

Oakland Raiders
Arizona Cardinals
, 10 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)

Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
, 1:30 p.m. Sun. (GameTracker)

Seattle Seahawks
Los Angeles Chargers
, 8 p.m. Sun. (GameTracker)

Trubisky completely outplays Glennon

Mike Glennon
has the job as the Bears’ starting quarterback. Even No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky says so. Sure, it’s only preseason, but the Bears undoubtedly wanted to see the Glennon era get off to a better start than it did on Thursday night. 

Glennon’s first pass of the night was dropped by
Cameron Meredith
. His second was picked off and taken to the house by
Chris Harris

And Glennon’s problems did not stop there. (Glennon finished his evening 2-of-8 for 20 yards and that pick, good for a 0.0 passer rating.)   

Meanwhile, Trubisky took over under center late in the second quarter and looked electric against the Broncos’ backups. He completed his all four of his second-quarter passes for 24 yards, including this touchdown to
Victor Cruz
on a speed out just before halftime. 

The second half saw Trubisky make even better plays. 

He completed all five passes on Chicago’s opening drive of the half, totaling 50 yards. (So he started 9-of-9 for 74 yards and a score.) Chicago did a good job presenting with Trubisky with half-field reads set up by boot-action, but Trubisky did well to get out on the perimeter, survey the defense, and find his man streaking across the field.
Deonte Thompson
made two catches right up against the sideline after Trubisky rolled out to his right off a play-fake.

Trubisky also fired a perfect strike on a slant to
Rueben Randle
down near the end zone, but Randle was stopped at the one-yard line. Chicago scored on a
Benny Cunningham
rush on the next play. Not only did Trubisky do a good job with his arm, but he also showed the athleticism the Bears loved, scrambling away from defenders for a first down after drawing the Broncos offside prior to the snap. 

Trubisky looked sharp through the rest of the half, and even got a chance to lead a two-minute drill in an attempt to tie the game after the Broncos took a late seven-point lead. The drive almost didn’t have a chance to get untracked because Cruz dropped a wide-open pass over the middle of the field, but Trubisky made several nice short and intermediate throws, as well as a nifty scramble to move Chicago down the field. 

The Bears ultimately ended up on the 22-yard line with three seconds left. Trubisky bought a bunch of time with his legs and ultimately fired over his receiver’s head and out of bounds. It was a disappointing ending, but Trubisky performed about as well as could reasonably be expected: 18-of-24 for 166 yards and a score, plus 38 yards on the ground on his three carries. 

Speaking of No. 2 overall picks …

Well done, Wentz

When we ran our burning questions series here at earlier this week, the one thing we badly wanted to know about the Philadelphia Eagles was which version of
Carson Wentz
was the real one. Was it the world-beater version from Weeks 1-3 that looked like he was going to run away with Offensive Rookie of the Year voting? Or was it the inconsistent, inefficient, largely ineffective version that we saw from Weeks 5-17?

Weeks 1-3 64.7% 7.54 4.9% 0.0% 103.8 3-0
Weeks 5-17 62.0% 5.97 2.2% 3.5% 74.3 4-9

Well, the Eagles have got to feel pretty good about what they saw from Wentz during his first preseason action of Year 2. Their franchise quarterback played only one drive, but it was a 10-play, 60-yard drive that ended in a touchdown. He completed all four of his passes for 56 yards, including a 38-yard score to rookie
Mack Hollins
that came after Wentz escaped from pressure and kept his eyes down the field. 

That’s about as good as it gets in Preseason Week 1. 

Kizer shows his stuff

Cleveland Browns quarterback competitions usually aren’t all that exciting. For one night,
DeShone Kizer
changed that. Playing with the third-stringers in the second half, Kizer showed off exactly the kind of talent he has by unleashing a 52-yard laser to street free agent
Richard Mullaney

Later, Kizer stood tall in a crowded pocket and found 2016 fifth-rounder Jordan Payton streaking down the left side of the field for a 45-yard score. 

Falcons offense already in midseason form 

It looks like the transition from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian is going pretty smoothly so far for the Falcons. Sarkisian made his debut as the team’s OC during Thursday’s preseason game against the Dolphins, and Atlanta’s first team offense didn’t miss a beat. 

On their first drive, the Falcons drove 36 yards for a touchdown. On the drive,
Matt Ryan
went 3-for-3 for 32 yards and a touchdown. If the Falcons proved one thing in Miami, it’s that they’re not messing around. Atlanta’s touchdown play came on after the Falcons decided to go for it on fourth down… in a preseason game. 

The highlight of the drive was this one-handed catch by
Mohamed Sanu

The reason the Falcons had such a short field on the drive is because
Andre Roberts
took a Dolphins punt and returned it 39 yards after Miami’s opening drive. 

By the way, those will be all the highlights we’ll be seeing from the Falcons’ first-team offense in Miami because they’ve already been pulled from the game. 

Jaguars, Dolphins deliver TDs from shadow of goal line

The Patriots weren’t able to beat the Jaguars at home in their preseason opener, so consider their title defense over before it begins.

Just kidding. While the Pats leaned on their backups Thursday, this play by
Chad Henne
was still incredibly impressive:

Ninety-seven yards! But it still wasn’t the longest play of the night.

Brady doing work

Tom Brady
isn’t playing, that doesn’t mean he can’t still get in some work while the Pats take on the Jaguars. You’ve always got to stay on your toes and work on that pocket presence, even on the sideline.

Julian Edelman
clearly enjoyed this whole routine.  

Chargers, Rams begin fight for L.A. by throwing punches at joint practice

Two years ago, Los Angeles didn’t have a professional football team. Now there are two teams — the 
Los Angeles Rams
 relocated from St. Louis before the 2016 season and the 
Los Angeles Chargers
 drove 120 miles up the coast from San Diego this spring. And apparently, the city isn’t big enough for both of them.

Catch up on Wednesday’s action

Rookie quarterback
Deshaun Watson
, the Texans first-round pick back in April, made his NFL debut in Wednesday night’s game between the Texans and Panthers, and the results were encouraging, while Panthers rookie first-rounder
Christian McCaffrey
 flashed during his limited action. McCaffrey could be better than advertised — if he’s used properly in this offense.

You can read all about the important takeaways from that game as well as key news and stories from the day in football in our Wednesday recap.

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