Ryan Collinsworth takes a look at key takeaways for each team that played Thursday.
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New England Patriots 37, Philadelphia Eagles 20
- Closing Spread: Patriots -4.5
- Closing Over/Under: 42.5
Nick Foles looked lost in his two series, completing just 3-of-9 passes for 44 yards. Foles also lost a fumble before leaving the game with a strained shoulder.
Jay Ajayi stayed in on more third downs than expected and converted seven touches into 39 total yards, although he displayed some truly pitiful effort while allowing a sack.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady continued to show no signs of aging, completing 19-of-26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in 30 minutes of work.
James White (92 yards, TD) and Chris Hogan (25 yards, TD) are poised to work as major early-season contributors for the Pats’ offense, especially with Julian Edelman suspended for the first 4 games, Sony Michel (knee) questionable, and Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) presently sidelined.
Green Bay Packers 51, Pittsburgh Steelers 34
- Closing Spread: Packers -6
- Closing Over/Under: 43
JuJu Smith-Schuster had a receiving touchdown for the second straight preseason game, and second-year back James Conner rushed five times for 57 yards, including a nifty 26-yard touchdown run.
Through two games, Conner has demonstrated the type of three-down ability needed to be a high-end handcuff option for Le’Veon Bell.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers connected with Jimmy Graham for a red-zone touchdown on their very first drive together. Graham flashed his elite size and athleticism, and he seems poised to take Jordy Nelson’s massive red-zone target share.
Rodgers is one of few quarterbacks capable of feeding Graham the type of touchdown production he’ll need to justify his present ADP as the TE4 in both PPR and Standard leagues.
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Washington Redskins 15, New York Jets 13
- Closing Spread: Jets -2
- Closing Over/Under: 41
New York Jets
Sam Darnold drew the start and went 8-for-11 with 62 passing yards and one interception. Darnold had a couple nice third-down conversions, and his interception was off a tip from his intended receiver on fourth down.
Still, he’s ultimately averaged only 5.4 yards per attempt through two games. Eventually Darnold will have to prove he can consistently beat defenses down the field.
Samaje Perine broke off a big 30-yard rush in his lone carry before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Reports indicate Perine should be OK, and he remains in contention for lead back work following Derrius Guice’s torn ACL. Rob Kelly was underwhelming, rushing seven times for just 17 yards. Chris Thompson still looks like the fantasy back to own in Washington.