Carson Wentz got the start, unsurprisingly, for the Eagles, and he looked solid. He also appeared happy to have some new receiving options in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery.
There were some stellar moments, and a couple of embarrassing ones. Here are the winners and losers from Thursday night’s games.
We don’t see fake punts in the preseason often. Hell, even during the regular season, they’re not incredibly common. But we got one from the Jaguars on Thursday night.
If you’re going to try a fake punt in a preseason game, you’d better get it right. And the Jaguars did:
Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones are serving suspensions. Promising Bengals rookie receiver John Ross also is out with a knee injury.
Despite those losses, Cincinnati remains the favorite and has not lost to Baltimore at home since 2011.
“It is a tough place to play, and they are a good football team,” Flacco said. “They have been a good football team for a lot of years now. You guys have seen it. We have a tough time winning there.”
The biggest question facing Baltimore is Flacco, who crammed an entire training camp and four preseason games into one week of practice. He has traditionally struggled in Cincinnati, posting a 2-6 mark with five touchdowns and 12 interceptions over his career.