The NFL Preseason continues this week, with several games in action before this weekend to help teams determine who to keep before the final roster cuts on August 30. Here’s what’s to be expected for these upcoming matchups on the schedule.
Bears Take On Seahawks In Seattle
The Chicago Bears visit the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 of preseason action. The Bears were 0-3 last preseason and finished the regular season with a 6-10 record in 2021. They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 19-14 in the opening game last week and aren’t expected to contend for a division title as they rebuild in 2022.
Seattle is in the middle of a starting quarterback battle as Geno Smith fights for the number one QB job with Drew Lock. The Seahawks finished a disappointing 7-10 last season and hope to turn things around after trading away Russell Wilson to the division-rival Denver Broncos. However, they lost their first preseason matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers 32-25 last Saturday.
Seattle wins at home for their first victory.
Panthers Go For Second Win Against Patriots
The New England Patriots host the Carolina Panthers on Friday in the second preseason game for both teams. The Panthers won their first matchup against the Washington Commanders 23-21 last week and also have a quarterback battle brewing. Sam Darnold is trying to keep his starting job after Carolina acquired Baker Mayfield in the offseason.
The Patriots always play to win in the preseason and have a 9-2 record since 2018. They lost to the New York Giants in the opening game 23-21 as rookie QB Bailey Zappe took most of the snaps. Starter Mac Jones didn’t play in the first game but has been taking first-team reps during joint practices with the Panthers this week.
New England wins their first preseason game in this matchup.
Saints Face Packers at Lambeau
The New Orleans Saints will face the Green Bay Packers in the second preseason game for both clubs. The Saints were favorites in their last matchup against the Houston Texans on the road but fell to them 17-13 last Saturday. New head coach Dennis Allen takes over this season from Sean Payton after spending several seasons as the team’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Packers lost in their first preseason action 28-21 against the San Francisco 49ers, with QB Jordan Love playing for most of the game. It’s unlikely Aaron Rodgers will see any action this preseason, so Love can be expected to see a lot of snaps in these final two games. Packers coach Matt LaFleur doesn’t put much emphasis on winning in the preseason, with his last two victories coming in 2018.
The Saints win on the road to take this matchup.
Texans Battle Rams In LA
The Houston Texans and Los Angeles Rams go for their second win in the preseason in Friday night’s matchup. Houston is another team in the rebuilding process after being considered a contender in the AFC just two seasons ago.
Since then, they’ve lost DeShaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and T.J. Watt, who were three of the top players in the league at their positions, and are now in a complete rebuild. Houston won their preseason opener 17-13 over the Saints last week.
The defending Super Bowl champs have high expectations for 2022 and kicked off the preseason against their roommates at SoFi Stadium, the San Diego Chargers, winning 29-22. However, the Rams don’t plan on playing QB Matthew Stafford, who has recently been dealing with some elbow soreness. Coach Sean McVay also sticks to his preseason tradition of resting starters as his goal is to keep the team healthy for the start of the regular season.
Houston wins to go to 2-0 this preseason.