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NFL Preseason Week 2 Includes Six Nationally-Televised Games

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NFL Preseason Week 2 Includes Six Nationally-Televised Games

With one week of football down, teams start to make harder roster decisions and position competitions start to clear up.

Some players, such as Dak Prescott, made a name for themselves in the first week, and week two of the NFL preseason will no doubt bring more impressive performances across the league.

Week two features six nationally televised games, all on NFL Network, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

On Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 pm ET, in-state rivals Philadelphia and Pittsburgh face off on the east side of the state as injured Eagles QB Carson Wentz is out. We’ll get to see Chase Daniel in extended time against the vaunted Steelers defense.

Later that night, at 10:00 pm ET, Minnesota travels to Seattle in what could be a playoff preview, as both teams look to be successful this season.  Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin, like Prescott, looks to repeat on a big Week 1.

On Friday, August 19, at 8:00 pm ET, Dallas hosts Miami with Prescott looking to put on another big performance on the national stage and prove he is the Cowboys’ backup QB.  This is the only nationally-televised game on Friday.

Saturday, however, features 3 nationally-televised games, starting with the Giants at the Bills at 4:oo pm ET in another in-state battle.  At 7:00 pm ET, the Baltimore Ravens travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts as Colts QB Andrew Luck looks to work out the kinks that seemed to be in his game last year.  Baltimore RB Terrance West will look to move himself up the depth chart after scoring two rushing TDs last week.  Finally, at 9:00 pm ET (coverage starts at 10:00 and will be joined live in progress), Kansas City travels to Los Angeles to face their old in-state rivals.  Jared Goff will look to prove himself as a quality NFL QB on the national stage after a underwhelming Week 1 game, although it was short and not plentiful of opportunities.

This week, the NFL is experimenting with an eight official on the field, as opposed to the standard seven.  His role will be the middle judge and will help improve overall coverage of the field.  He will line up 20 yards downfield and will focus on the center and two guards, looking for defensive holding.