Tue, Sep 4, 10:46am by Staff Writer
The final round of NFL pre-season matches took place over the weekend, as all attention turns to the start of the 2018 season on Friday morning, when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons.
Week four of the pre-season is traditionally a time when starters are rested and fringe players are given an opportunity to impress.
That was again the case this season, with many players vying for backup roles or just to make the 53-man squad.
Super Bowl favourites New England ($6) defeated rivals the New York Giants 17-12 at MetLife Stadium.
It was an uneventful game, with both quarterbacks throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.
Eagles quarterback hopeful Christian Hackenberg struggled as he tried to stake a claim for a roster spot, throwing just 7 for 16, including two interceptions. Despite that, the Eagles came away with a narrow 10-9 win against the New York Jets. The Eagles are $10 to win the Super Bowl.
Daniel Carlson kicked two field goals as the Minnesota Vikings ($11) consigned the Tennessee Titans ($34) to a winless pre-season.
The Green Bay Packers ($11) struggled in the second half at Kansas City, losing 33-21 to the Chiefs ($26).
It was a mixed day for quarterbacks of both teams, with the Packers’ Tim Boyle throwing two interceptions and a touchdown. Matt McGloin was the Chiefs’ most efficient player, throwing for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Oakland’s ($34) EJ Manuel threw three touchdowns in the Raiders’ 30-19 win against Seattle ($34).
Roberto Aguayo kicked a field goal in the final play of the game, as the Los Angeles Chargers ($21) defeated the San Francisco 49ers ($26) 23-21 at Santa Clara.
Despite stellar numbers of 14/15 and two touchdowns, Denver’s ($41) Paxton Lynch was cut from the Broncos’ squad. Denver defeated Arizona ($81) 21-10 in Phoenix.
The Houston Texans ($21) won a sloppy game against Dallas ($26) 14-6 in Houston.
The New Orleans Saints ($17) shut out the Los Angeles Rams ($12) 28-0 in their game in New Orleans.
The Buffalo Bills ($151) rallied from a 27-3 deficit after three quarters against the Chicago Bears ($81) to win 28-27. AJ McCarron threw three touchdowns in the game, despite connecting on only 13 of his 34 pass attempts and being sacked five times.
Baltimore ($34) defeated Washington ($67) 30-20, with Ravens backup quarterback and former Redskin Robert Griffin III watching from the stands.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ ($19) fourth string running back Tim Cook ran in two second half touchdowns in the Jags’ 25-10 win against state rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($67).
Other winners during the final weekend of pre-season action included the Pittsburg Steelers ($11), Cleveland Browns ($101), Indianapolis Colts ($5) and Miami Dolphins (81).
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New England Patriots $6
Philadelphia Eagles $10
Green Bay Packers $11
Minnesota Vikings $11
Pittsburgh Steelers $11
LA Rams $12
New Orleans Saints $17
Jacksonville Jaguars $19
Atlanta Falcons $19
LA Chargers $21
Houston Texans $21
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