NFL 2022 preseason takeout and schedule

The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears kicked off Week 2 of the preseason Thursday in Seattle.

Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields looked sharp for the Bears in his only practice to start the game, while Seahawks starter Geno Smith and the offensive unit struggled to earn first downs during of their first two workouts.

Chicago was able to set the tone early to claim its second preseason win, while Seattle went the entire first quarter without getting a first down. The Seahawks finally managed to get one on their third practice, before returning the ball for the third time.

Smith, in contention for the starting job once the season begins, played the entire first half in an attempt to make his point.

Week 2 continues Friday with three more games before concluding on Monday Night Football with the Atlanta Falcons at the New York Jets (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Here are the biggest takeaways from Thursday night’s game, along with the rest of the week 2 pre-season schedule:

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NFL pre-season game Thursday, August 18

Bear: The Bears’ starting offense saw limited action over a short week and was finished after 10 plays in Seattle. Fields went on an opener that resulted in a field goal – the first team’s first drive of the preseason – after going 5-for-7 for 39 yards. Fields hasn’t had more than three assists on any of his first offensive possessions in 2021 and has only thrown for 39 yards (or more) once in a debut practice (Week 6 vs. Green Bay Packers), signs that his run and offense operation is coming.

Fields is under pressure at one of the highest drop rates in the NFL (44% of his dropouts) while Chicago is still trying to sort out its offensive line, especially with Teven Jenkins now in the mix to start at good guard. But we can already see the trends of this new Bears regime taking shape. The expectation of a heavy dose of game action and bootlegs showed up Thursday with two of Field’s pass attempts on engineered deployments, including his 19-yard completion to tight end Cole Kmet. Last season, Fields had just 18 attempts on designed deployments, and he completed 78% of those with two touchdowns. -Courtney Cronin

Next game: at Cleveland, 7 p.m. ET, Aug. 27

Seahawks: The Seahawks’ quarterback competition doesn’t seem to be decided anytime soon after their awful loss to the Bears. With COVID-19 ruling out Drew Lock for what would have been his first start of the summer, Smith had a chance to expand his lead but he did nothing with it.

Seattle’s six complete possessions (excluding the last in the closing seconds of the first half) with Smith under center ended in five punts (including three after three outs) and a field goal miss from 47 yards. Not that it was all Smith’s fault. He suffered three drops and several penalties. He also had Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf on the court for just one possession, then lost starting left guard Damien Lewis to an ankle injury.

Smith then watched the second half with an ice wrap on his right knee. Lock’s fight with COVID was a significant setback in his quest to overtake Smith, but Smith’s disappointing night keeps the door open. Lock will need a strong performance at next week’s preseason finale in Dallas to convince coach Pete Carroll he’s the guy – and he probably needs Smith to struggle again as well. –Brady Henderson

Next game: at Dallas, 8 p.m. ET, Aug. 26

NFL preseason games on Friday

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: 8 p.m. ET
Houston Texans vs. Los Angeles Rams: 10 p.m. ET, NFL Network

NFL preseason games on Saturday

Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts: 1 p.m. ET
Washington Commanders at Kansas City Chiefs: 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins: 7 p.m. ET
San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings: 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: 7 p.m. ET
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers: 10 p.m. ET, NFL Network

NFL preseason games on Sunday

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants: 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals: 8 p.m. ET, Fox

NFL preseason games on Monday

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

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