If last week's Hall of Fame Game was the appetizer, then Thursday night's slate of games was the main course. Finally, after months of filler -- the combine, free agency, the draft, minicamp, and so on -- football returned with 11 preseason games on Thursday night.

It was a night of debuts. Thursday night featured the long-awaited debuts of all three first-round rookie quarterbacks (Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones, and Dwayne Haskins) in addition to Josh Rosen's Dolphins debut and Sam Darnold's debut under Adam Gase -- not to mention the coaching debuts of Freddie Kitchens, Kliff Kingsbury, and Brian Flores. 

The preseason might not be a time to worry about wins and losses -- remember, the 2017 Browns went 4-0 in the preseason before going 0-16 in the regular season -- but it is the time to evaluate unproven and untested players, for highly drafted rookies to make their entrances, and for the more experienced players to battle for roster spots and jockey for position on the depth chart. With that in mind, here at CBS Sports, we'll be providing you with updates and analysis of every single preseason game until the summer slowly, but surely turns into autumn and the regular season finally arrives. 

Below, you'll find the final scores for all 11 games that were played on Thursday night in addition to the remaining schedule for Week 1 of the preseason. Two more games will be played on Friday night followed by another three on Saturday night to wrap up the first week of the preseason. Two of the remaining games will be broadcast on national television (NFL Network). Check your local listings for local games. The rest of the games will be available for streaming on fuboTV (try for free) or NFL Game Pass (out of market).

Farther down below, you'll find 10 takeaways from Thursday night. 

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Scores and schedule


Giants 31, Jets 22 (box score)
Bills 24, Colts 16 (box score)
Ravens 29, Jaguars 0 (box score)
Titans 27, Eagles 10 (box score)
Dolphins 34, Falcons 27 (box score)
Patriots 31, Lions 3 (box score)
Browns 30,  Redskins 10 (box score)
Packers 28, Texans 26 (box score)
Panthers 23, Bears 13 (box score)
Seahawks 22, Broncos 14 (box score)
Cardinals 17, Chargers 13 (box score)


Buccaneers at Steelers, 7:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network
Vikings at Saints, 8 p.m. ET


Rams at Raiders, 8 p.m. ET
Bengals at Chiefs, 8 p.m. ET
Cowboys at 49ers, 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network

Daniel Jones' perfect start

After spending his first NFL offseason getting booed before he was even given a chance to take a meaningful snap, Giants sixth-overall pick Daniel Jones wasted no time shoving it to the fans who had already written him off.

On his first series in relief of Eli Manning, Jones led an eight-play, 79-yard scoring drive. On that drive, Jones went a perfect 5 of 5 for 67 yards, a touchdown, and a 158.3 passer rating. All throughout the series, he showed off his tremendous ball placement, including on his touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in the back of the end zone.

Let's check in on Eli Manning.

And that was before Jones got the Giants into the end zone. 

The Giants-Jets game was suspended soon after Jones' touchdown drive due to the weather. The delay lasted about one hour and the teams were able to resume play just before 8:40 p.m. However, when the game resumed, Jones was replaced by Alex Tanney

Call it a brief, but perfect preseason debut for Jones, who is supposed to sit behind Manning when the regular season begins. With a couple more preseason outings like Thursday night, Jones could pressure the Giants into at least considering starting him over Manning. There's obviously still a long ways to go. And nobody should overreact one way or the other to one preseason series. But Thursday night went about as well as it could've for Jones.

Kyler Murray sharp in debut

Like Jones, Murray only took the field for one series in his debut. Like Jones, Murray was perfect (well, kinda, but we'll get to that in a second). Unlike Jones, Murray didn't throw a touchdown, but he can hardly be blamed for the way his lone series ended (with a sack).

The No. 1 overall pick officially finished 6 of 7 for 44 yards and a 92.9 passer rating. But if you watched the game, you'll know that his lone incompletion wasn't really an incompletion. 

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss explains:

His seventh and final pass was completed to rookie WR KeeSean Johnson, who was flagged for coming back in from out of bounds to make the play. The play was also ruled an incomplete, according to league rules and the league office in NYC. 

Ignore the technicality. Murray looked sharp. It was a brief debut, but an impressive one.

It was also a reminder that Murray, if he's going to succeed immediately, is going to need to overcome a bad offensive line. In addition to getting sacked, one of his six completions came after an awesome scramble to escape pressure.

A year ago, the Cardinals' offensive line ranked 26th in pass protection, according to Football Outsiders. It was one reason why Josh Rosen (more on him in a second) was unable to find any success in Arizona. Unlike Rosen, Murray should be able to overcome shoddy protection with his athleticism and Kliff Kingsbury's modern offensive scheme (as compared to whatever it was Steve Wilks' team was running last season), but every rookie quarterback needs help.

If anything, based on what we saw on Thursday night, Murray will make the Cardinals' offense a fun one to watch. His athleticism and ability to create plays with his legs (both as a runner and a thrower on the run) should also translate to Fantasy success. 

Rosen flashes potential 

The Dolphins are not an intriguing team, especially pertaining to the upcoming season. They do, however, have arguably the most intriguing quarterback competition of the summer as journeyman (and Harvard man, of course) Ryan Fitzpatrick tries to fend off 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen.

For much of the summer, Fitzpatrick appeared to be leading Rosen in the competition, but Rosen made strides in recent practices. Like all quarterback competitions, the battle will be won and lost in the preseason, which is what made Thursday night so important for both quarterbacks.

It was Fitzpatrick who drew the start. He wound up quarterbacking the Dolphins on two series. It didn't go particularly well. He went 2 of 5 for 20 yards and a 52.1 passer rating.

Rosen stepped in after the Dolphins managed to score three points with Fitzpatrick under center. Immediately, it became clear that it was going to be difficult to evaluate Rosen given the circumstances. And by the circumstances, I mean the lack of protection that the Dolphins' offensive line provided. Rosen was under siege, taking multiple hard hits. It looked remarkably reminiscent to the situation he left behind in Arizona. 

But Rosen endured:

Rosen did well to help the Dolphins reach the end zone on his first series, but he followed up that touchdown drive with a horrendous interception. Either he didn't spot the linebacker lurking or he thought he could squeeze the pass into his target before the linebacker arrived. Either way, it was no good.

But every so often, Rosen provided a reminder as to why the Cardinals traded up to take him 10th overall a year ago. He's talented. And he's capable of making special throws.

Rosen led the Dolphins on an impressive two-minute drill to end the first half, taking the Dolphins from their own 25-yard line to the Falcons' 5-yard line with an eight-play, 70-yard drive. It ended with a field goal just before halftime. Again, the signs of the talent that made him a first-round pick a year ago are alive and well. He's not a lost cause.

He started the third quarter and immediately marched the Dolphins downfield for another touchdown. Rosen didn't score the touchdown, but it was his impressive 27-yard pass to Preston Williams into a tight window that set up the Dolphins at the 1-yard line -- also credit Williams for a heck of a grab over the defender.

Like Rosen, Williams flashed plenty of potential. Don't be surprised if he makes the roster and finds a way to make an impact during the season. From a pure-talent perspective, he was regarded as an NFL-caliber receiver, but likely due to off-the-field issues, he went undrafted. He looked like the best skill-position player out there on the field.

The Dolphins kept Rosen in the game for another series. Again, Rosen impressed. With consecutive nice throws, he took the Dolphins back into Falcons territory at the end of the third quarter, but after the break, an Allen Hurns fumble ended the series. 

Rosen finished 13 of 20 for 191 yards, averaging an impressive 9.6 yards per attempt. His passer rating was lacking (75.2) largely because he threw that interception without adding any touchdowns to his stat line, but it's important to remember he led three scoring drives -- and it likely would've been four if not for that Hurns fumble.

It's early, but on Thursday night, Rosen took a big step toward winning the Dolphins' starting job.

Bumpy debut for Dwayne Haskins

Speaking of quarterback competitions, the only other intriguing battle is in Washington, where a trio of quarterbacks are competing for the Redskins' starting job. With Colt McCoy sidelined on Thursday, both Case Keenum and first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins were given the chance to take an advantage in the race. 

Let's focus on Haskins, because he's the biggest unknown in the competition (by this point in their careers, we know what McCoy and Keenum are), because he features the most upside on the roster, and because he's the only one who has a chance to turn into the team's long-term solution at the position. It should come as no surprise to hear that Haskins -- who, unlike Jones, got an extended look under center -- submitted a choppy performance full of both towering highs and disappointing lows. In other words, he looked like a rookie.

He ended up going 8 of 14 for 117 yards, which means he averaged 8.4 yards per attempt. That's the good.

But he was also picked off twice and as a result, generated a 44.9 passer rating. That's the bad.

Given his competition is Keenum and McCoy, Haskins should still have a chance to win the starting job. But even if he doesn't, there's no need for anyone to panic. He's a rookie and he's going to make the kind of mistakes he made on Thursday night. What's important is that he uses the preseason to correct those mistakes so that when he does step in as the starter -- and that will undoubtedly happen at some point this year -- he's adequately prepared. 

Thursday night was just the first stage of a lengthy process. And while there was a lot of bad, there was also a lot of good to takeaway from his debut.

Darnold, Gase make strong first impression

In our first glimpse of Jets second-year quarterback Sam Darnold playing under new coach Adam Gase, Darnold came out firing, leading the Jets on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown pass. 

On that series, Darnold went 4 of 5 for 68 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. It was Darnold's only drive of the game, but he made the most out of his limited opportunity to make a strong impression -- as did Gase with his play-calling.

That said, it's worth noting that Darnold's first pass of the series should've been picked off, but the near-interception was dropped. Darnold looked sharp on the rest of the series, especially on his third down conversion to tight end Chris Herndon when Darnold did well to step up and avoid the rush and threw a nicely weighted ball to his tight end. 

Herndon is facing a four-game suspension to begin the regular season, but once he returns, he should become a dangerous weapon in the Jets' passing attack. He's coming off a 39-catch, 502-yard, four-touchdown rookie campaign. Both Darnold and Herndon appear to be poised to take a major step forward in their second seasons.

Mayfield looks sharp

So much for using the preseason to shake off the rust. The Browns' offense immediately picked up where it left off under Freddie Kitchens, appearing to already be in midseason form out the gate on Thursday. With Baker Mayfield under center on the opening series, the Browns journeyed 89 yards on seven plays, with Mayfield going 5 of 6 for 77 yards, a touchdown, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. 

His touchdown was tremendous. Give the Browns' offensive line credit for creating a perfect pocket. And give Mayfield credit for a throw that barely made its way to Rashard Higgins in between two defenders -- one over the top and another underneath. 

Mayfield's evening ended after that series, which makes sense. The Browns don't need to expose Mayfield and risk any unnecessary hits. And by the look of it, Mayfield is already ready for the season to start.

So this is why the Patriots drafted N'Keal Harry

With Rob Gronkowski gone and multiple Patriots receivers dealing with injuries, the Patriots need first-round rookie receiver N'Keal Harry to become an impact-now player. So far, so good.

In his preseason debut, Harry demonstrated why the Patriots drafted him and more importantly, how he could play a sizable role in replacing Gronkowski. Take a look at the catch below, because it's the perfect example of why Harry doesn't need to gain separation to be considered open. It's the kind of skill set that should be useful in tight windows, like in the red zone, where Gronk thrived as Tom Brady's primary target.

Harry caught both of his targets for 36 yards. His other reception was also impressive.

He left the game with an injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious.

Brady, who isn't playing on Thursday, should love what he saw from Harry. He lost his favorite target to retirement this offseason, but Harry has the skill set to help Brady forget about Gronk's absence. It's only one preseason game, but Harry is already everything the Patriots wanted him to be.

Mack Wilson's stellar week continues

Wilson, the former standout linebacker at Alabama who fell to the fifth round after being considered a fringe first-round pick leading up to the draft, recored two picks in his preseason debut Thursday night against the Redskins. His first pick was a interception for a score against Haskins. 

Wilson has been on fire since experiencing a breakthrough during Day 8 of the Browns' 2019 training camp. That day, he recorded his first of three camp interceptions, picking off backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert and running it in for a score.

Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens, when asked about Wilson's recent string of strong practices, said Tuesday that the young defender has reached the third stage of rookie development.

"One of them is in the spring when they are first initiated," Kitchens said, per the Akron Beacon Journal. "The second is when the minicamps and OTAs start and the speed picks up a little bit. The third, they start swimming again when the pads go on. Things start going a little faster.

"It's a process for those guys. That's why you have training camp is to get some of those things worked out. I've been very pleased with Mack in the last three days. We need to keep stringing days together."

Why did Wilson fall in the draft? Despite his successful run at Alabama, many detractors questioned Wilson's ability to play through contact, his ability to make tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, and his struggles when it comes to shedding blocks. There were also questions about Wilson's football IQ as well as his overall maturity, both on and off the field.

It appears that Wilson is answering those questions on a daily basis while making the Browns' selection of him look better and better. For Wilson, he said that the opportunity to play alongside fellow professional football players is bringing out the best in him. After watching his standout NFL debut Thursday night, it's hard to argue with him.

-- via Bryan DeArdo

Montgomery earns praise from Forte 

The Bears will likely rely on a committee of running backs this season, but rookie David Montgomery has the potential to emerge as Tarik Cohen's primary sidekick. Why the Bears, who entered the draft with limited ammunition, felt the need to trade up for Montgomery in the third round was on display on Thursday night. 

He finished with 46 yards and a touchdown on six touches.

It was enough to draw praise from former Bears running back Matt Forte, who ranks second in franchise history with 8,602 rushing yards. 

With Cohen and Mike Davis on the roster, it might be difficult for Montgomery to emerge as a viable Fantasy option. But as he demonstrated on Thursday, he should play an important role in Matt Nagy's creative offense. 

The Paxton Lynch revenge game

For everyone else, Thursday night was just the opening night of Week 1 of the preseason. For Paxton Lynch, Thursday night was his Super Bowl.

Lynch, the 2016 first-round pick of the Broncos, was cut by Denver on the eve of last season after failing to show enough signs of growth to be considered the team's future franchise quarterback or even a viable backup. He signed with the Seahawks after the season and on Thursday night, after waiting for Geno Smith to take his reps, he got the chance to get some sweet vengeance against the franchise that gave up on him 11 months ago. 

Leading up to the game, Lynch took a mild shot at his former team when he said that Seattle "feels closer, it feels like a family." In his response to Lynch, Broncos general manager John Elway both took the high road ("I'm glad he's getting another shot up here, and it'd be nice to see him have some success.") while also providing a reminder that Lynch was not very good at playing football when he was in Denver ("If you don't have success, nothing is very friendly, and when he was in Denver he didn't have a lot of success there.").

Going up against Elway's latest highly-drafted quarterback, Drew Lock, Lynch scored a touchdown that Elway would've been proud of.

Lynch finished 11 of 15 for 109 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions, and a 115.7 passer rating. He added 38 yards and a score on the ground.