We have reached the last week of preseason. Folks, it’s almost time for the regular season. I know every week I say that the 2022 season is almost here, but this time Really I’m serious.
Before we can get to the games that count, we must first play the third week of preseason.
The players have their last chance to show the coaches their worth as the teams assess how their season will unfold.
There are some solid matchups for the final week of preseason, including an offensive coordinator facing his old team and a Super Bowl rematch.
Here’s a look at three games to watch in the final week of preseason:
Friday, August 26 at 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: See local listings Stream: fuboTV
The Patriots will be facing a familiar face as they take on their former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is now the Raiders’ head coach.
The Patriots were asked about the upcoming matchup after their home game against the Carolina Panthers, with many players noting that while they will be facing former team members, it won’t be a family reunion and they will be focused on taking care of business.
Coming from the Patriots system, I imagine McDaniels would have the same mindset, focused on the game instead of seeing old friends again.
The Raiders are arguably in the toughest division in football and everyone seems to have different opinions on where they will end up in the AFC West.
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Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday, August 27 at 6 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network Stream: fuboTV
A few months after Super Bowl LVI, we have a rematch. This game will be very different from the championship game, when the Rams defeated the Bengals 23-20 to win the second Super Bowl at home in NFL history, but unfortunately, it’s still a rematch.
The teams will get acquainted before Saturday’s matchup as they hold joint practices at the Bengals’ facility on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rams head coach Sean McVay uses joint practices to allow starters to do replays since they don’t play during the preseason.
Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford is dealing with sore elbow but has downplayed the severity of the problem. His practice has been limited due to the problem.
New York Jets vs. New York Giants
Sunday, August 28 at 1 pm ET
TV: NFL Network Stream: fuboTV
The final game I’m highlighting for this week features teams with much lower expectations than the teams in the other matchups I mentioned.
Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons and are hoping the offseason changes can help keep them from being the embarrassment of the league, for lack of a better term.
The 2022 regular season hasn’t officially started, but both New York teams are already dealing with the loss of key players.
The Jets’ quarterback situation is less than ideal, with Zach Wilson injured in the preseason, leaving the team with Joe Flacco and Mike White to lead the offense. Jets head coach Robert Saleh expresses his support for FlaccoWho do you think should be a starter in the league?
On the other side, Giants first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux suffered an MCL sprain. The linebacker could miss Week 1 of the regular season.
Both teams call MetLife Stadium home, but this week, the Jets are the home team.