Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:03 AM

Friday's Preseason Notes

Atlanta at N.Y. Jets (NFL Network, 7:30 p.m. ET)

The Atlanta Falcons will be searching for the final piece of the offensive line charged with protecting Matt Ryan when they open their preseason schedule.

Meanwhile, many expect the three-man quarterback competition of the New York Jets to last the entire summer.  It's been reported that head coach Todd Bowles is in no hurry to make his decision on whether it will be Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold under center as the starter in the team's regular-season opener.

The coach said he has an idea of how the Jets will use their quarterbacks in the preseason opener against Atlanta on Friday, but wants to discuss it with his staff before revealing the plan. In fact, there's no guarantee that McCown will even play against the Falcons.

Falcons

Head Coach: Dan Quinn
Quarterback Rotation: Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Garrett Grayson, Kurt Benkert (Rookie – Virginia)

Jets

Head Coach: Todd Bowles
Quarterback Rotation: Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold (Rookie - USC)

Preseason Coaching Stats

Dan Quinn, Atlanta: 5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS, 5-7 O/U
Todd Bowles, New York: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 O/U

For updated injury reports on the Falcons, we suggest following D. Orlando Ledbetter and Vaughn McClure via Twitter.

For updated injury reports on the Jets, we suggest following Rich Cimini and Manish Mehta via Twitter.

Preseason Results - Last Two Years

Atlanta

2017 (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

Atlanta (-1, 36) 20 at Miami 23
Atlanta (+3, 39) 13 at Pittsburgh 17
Atlanta (-3.5, 42.5) 14 vs. Arizona 24
Atlanta (-3, 37) 7 vs. Jacksonville 13

2016 (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

Atlanta (-3, 37) 23 vs. Washingtonm 17
Atlanta (-1, 38.5) 24 at Cleveland 13
Atlanta (PK, 41.5) 6 at Miami 17
Atlanta (-3.5, 37.5) 17 vs. Jacksonville 15

New York Jets

2017 (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

New York (+2.5, 37) 7 vs. Tennessee 3
New York (-4.5, 37) 6 at Detroit 16
New York (+4.5, 36) 31 at N.Y. Giants 32
New York (-1.5, 36) 16 vs. Philadelphia 10

2016 (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

New York (-3, 36.5) 17 vs. Jacksonville 13
New York (-3, 38.5) 18 at Washington 22
New York (PK, 42.5) 20 vs. N.Y. Giants 21
New York (-3.5, 37) 6 at Philadelphia 14

Detroit at Oakland (NFL Network, 10:30 p.m. ET)

The Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions have practiced together a couple times this week before for their preseason opener Friday at the Oakland Coliseum. The practice was conducted in a controlled environment after Raiders coach Jon Gruden met with first-year Detroit coach Matt Patricia in the offseason.

Patricia declined to say how much quarterback Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Lions starters will play on Friday. Although he won't be on the field very long, Stafford is relishing playing in a game after mostly practicing against Detroit's defense before the two workouts with Oakland.

Gruden will be making his return to the Coliseum sidelines for the first time in 17 years. He's produced solid numbers in the preseason during his previous stops in Oakland and Tampa Bay. Quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of Oakland's starters will only play a series or two, with the majority of playing time being doled out to the rookies and fringe players on the roster according to reports.

Lions

Head Coach: Matt Patricia
Quarterback Rotation: Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel, Jake Rudock

Raiders

Head Coach: John Gruden
Quarterback Rotation: Derek Carr, EJ Manuel, Connor Cook

Preseason Coaching Stats

Matt Patricia, Detroit: First Year
John Gruden, Oakland: 30-16 SU, 25-19-2 ATS, 22-24 O/U

For updated injury reports on the Lions, we suggest following Dave Birkett and Justin Rogers via Twitter.

For updated injury reports on the Raiders, we suggest following Vic Tafur and Jerry McDonald via Twitter.

Preseason Results - Last Two Years

Detroit

2017 (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

Detroit (PK, 35.5) 24 at Indianapolis 10
Detroit (-4.5, 37) 16 vs. N.Y. Jets 6
Detroit (+3.5, 43.5) 28 vs. New England 30
Detroit (+3.5, 35.5) 17 at Buffalo 27

2016 (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

Detroit (-3, 35.5) 30 at Pittsburgh 17
Detroit (PK, 41.5) 14 vs. Cincinnati 30
Detroit (-2.5, 42.5) 9 at Baltimore 30
Detroit (-3, 37.5) 31 vs. Buffalo 0

Oakland

2017 (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

Oakland (-3.5, 40) 10 at Arizona 20
Oakland (-3, 41.5) 21 vs. L.A. Rams 24
Oakland (-3, 42) 20 at Dallas 24
Oakland (+2.5, 41) 13 vs. Seattle 17

2016 (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 3-1 O/U)

Oakland (-2.5, 37.5) 31 at Arizona 10
Oakland (-3, 42.5) 12 at Green Bay 20
Oakland (-3, 40.5) 14 vs. Tennessee 27
Oakland (-1.5, 38) 21 vs. Seattle 23

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