The 2010 NFL preseason is now underway with new rookies such as Tim Tebow, Ryan Mathews and Sam Bradford making their NFL debuts.
Week one of the NFL preseason began Thursday night with the New Orleans Saints facing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. The Super Bowl champions lost to the Patriots 27-24.
Thursday night games continued with the Carolina Panthers playing the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Ravens winning 17-12. Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen made his NFL debut, going 8 for 15 for 80 yards. He threw one interception and was sacked twice.
The Oakland Raiders played the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas, finishing up the Thursday night games of preseason week one. The Raiders were able to pull off a 17-9 win, scoring all of their points in the final 5 minutes of the game.
Friday’s week one preseason games featured Jackson Jaguars vs Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills vs Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs vs Atlanta Falcons.
The Eagles beat the Jaguars 28-17, with their new starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has replaced Donovan McNabb after he went to the Washington Redskins. Kolb was 6 of 11 for 95 yards Friday night.
The Redskins crushed the Bills, winning 42-17. Donovan McNabb made his debut on the Redskins, going 5 of 8 for 58 yards. The Bills’ first round pick rookie C.J. Spiller had three carries for 14 yards.
The Falcons beat the Chiefs in Atlanta with a score of 20-10. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was 3 of 6 for 34 yards, while starting Chiefs QB Matt Cassel completed 6 of 8 passes for 25 yards.
Seven preseason games took place Saturday, August 14.
Miami Dolphins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-7. Buccaneers rookie starter Mike Williams got 30 yards on his one reception.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won 23-7 against the Detroit Lions. Ben Roethlisberger, who is suspended 4-6 games this season, sat on the sidelines while 3rd string QB Dennis Dixon completed 6 of 7 passes for 128 yards. Steelers backup quarterback Bryan Leftwich, who will be filing in for Roethlisberger for the duration of his suspension, went 6 of 10 for 43 yards. Lions rookie first-round draft pick Jahvid Best had 6 carries for 29 yards.
Arizona Cardinals beat the Houston Texans in Glendale, AZ 19-16. Texans QB Matt Schaub completed 5 of 6 passes for 78 yards, leading Houston a 16-0 lead. The Cardinals playing their first game without Kurt Warner, who retired after last season, struggled, making sloppy mistakes. Moving into the starting QB position this year, Matt Leinart completed 6 of 7 for 49 yards, but had a fumble and was sacked twice.
The Cleveland Browns won against the Green Bay Packers, 27-24. Packers QB Greg Jennings completed 12 of 13 passes for 159 yards. New to the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Jake Delhomme went 6 of 7 for 66 yards, scoring on the one drive he played in.
Minnesota Vikings played the St. Louis Rams, beating them 28-7. With Brett Favre’s future uncertain, Vikings quarterbacks Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are fighting for that starting position if Favre doesn’t return. Rosenfels went 23 of 34 for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jackson, who only took six snaps in the opening series, completed 2 of 4 passes for 11 yards. The Rams new rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who was the number one overall draft pick struggled, completing just 6 of 13 for 57 yards and getting sacked four times.
San Diego Chargers beat the Chicago Bears 25-10 Saturday night. Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews, who was a first round draft pick, gained 50 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 11 yards. Bears starting QB Jay Cutler was in for only one series, going 2 of 2 for 47 yards and getting sacked once.
The Seattle Seahawks won against the Tennessee Titans, 20-18. Titans starting QB Vince Young complete 5 of 6 passes for 78 yards. Seahawks QB Matt Hasselback, in the final year of his contract, went 4 of 10 for 26 yards. The Seahawks second string QB Charlie Whitehurst, who played most of the game, completed 14 of 22 passes for 214 yards.
Sunday games of preseason week one featured 49ers vs Colts and Broncos vs Bengals.
The San Francisco 49ers beat the Indianapolis Colts, winning 37-17. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, a four-time league MVP, started the game completing 8 of 10 passes for 91 yards. The second string Colts QB Curtis Painter didn’t play as well, completing only 9 of 19 passes for 64 yards and giving up 3 interceptions. The 49ers took advantage of Painter’s mistakes, with Reggie Smith picking off Painter on the left sideline and running it back 91 yards for a touchdown. The Colts obviously don’t take their preseason games too seriously, benching six of their starters including Dallas Clark, Dwight Freeney, Bob Sanders and Jeff Saturday.
The Cincinnati Bengals won against the Denver Broncos Sunday night, 33-24. Despite the Broncos loss, rookie QB Tim Tebow had an impressive game with 8 of 13 for 105 yards and even scrambled 7 yards in the last play getting a touchdown. Terrell Owens made his Bengals debut, catching four passes for 23 yards, but making two big mistakes.
The New York Giants beat the New York Jets Monday night, finishing the first week of the 2010 NFL preseason. Despite Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning suffering an injury that resulted in a laceration on his forehead, the Giants were able to pull out the win 31-16. Giants wide receiver rookie Victor Cruz shocked everyone with 6 receptions for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns.