Football is back and Baltimore Ravens is the first with a victory after battling Chicago Bears, 17-16, in the Hall of Fame Game.
It was an exciting evening early in the game, despite the fact that most of the two-level markers – including Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan Howard and Joe Flacco – stopped sideways. Only in the first quarter there were 17 points and three sales.
During the last three quarters, things fell and the debut by Lamar Jackson was mostly forgettable.
Here's a look back on the most interesting moments of the preseason opener, listed in reverse chronological order:
. 2:44 4th Quarter – TOUCHDOWN BEARS
Nobody wants pre-season overtime, so when Chicago did what was usually a betting touchdown at the last minute, they went instead of two. Tyler Bray could not find anyone and threw a ball through the back of the end zone.
However, he led a good run, made a touchdown and gave Bears a shot on the victory.
2nd INTERCEPTION BEARS
A device after throwing its first touchdown, Lamar Jackson beat his first interception. He was late at a throw near the sidelines so that Bears cornerback Doran Grant could move forward for a relatively easy interception.
Did we mention that it was Jackson's first pre-season?
3rd 9:09, 3rd quarter – TOUCHDOWN RAVENS
A Bears fumble gave Ravens the ball back and an unnecessarily serious penalty punished Baltimore on the threshold.
Lamar Jackson took advantage of his first touchdown of the day, finding second first round rookie Hayden Hurst on an 8-yard pass.
4th Half-time: Ravens 10, Bears 7
After 17 points, three touchdowns and other exciting things in the first quarter, the second quarter looked more like your usual Hall of Fame Game.
Baltimore took a small lead in half-time, but did not debut Lamar Jackson, so there are still plenty of reasons to keep the TV on.
MVP's first half:
- Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III: 58 passes laps, 9 riots, a touchdown and a listener.
- Ravens linebacker Kamalei Correa: Two sacks and one intercept.
- Bears coach Matt Nagy: Bears offense seems to be fun.
5th INTERCEPTION RAVENS
A game after joining the game, Chase Daniel gave Ravens another opportunity to score when he threw a pass right into the arms of the previous second round, picking Kamalei Correa.
Correa has a total of 11 tackles in two seasons with Ravens. It would be a nice development for Baltimore if he finally lived up to his draft status.
The ravens only got a field goal outside the golden field position.
6th 1st Quarter, 4pm – TOUCHDOWN RAVENS
Robert Griffin III – Looks Like Offensive Offensive Rookie Version Of Robert Griffin III – Led Ravens On An Eight Player 72-Yard Device Ending With A Rollout-Touchdown passes to the dense end of Maxx Williams.
This is a great time for Griffin to bowl out because it could put up big things in the near future.
Sold this on my video … I expect RG3 locked in this offense because I doubt they hold 3 QB so he's the odd man out. A good preseason may be a trade for him or an opportunity after being released to be number 2 somewhere without the opportunity to play at any time
– Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 3, 2018
] It should be early to say that RGIII is back … but is RGIII back?
7th 1st quarter, 8:21 – TOUCHDOWN BEARS
A fitting touchdown to a fullback? What happens to any creativity in Bears offensive?
The first points of the 2018 president come when Chase Daniel finds former Lions fullback Michael Burton over the middle of the field.
Failure of a compensated gun formation on the finish line for a touchdown. – SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) August 3, 2018
It's not Trubisky time yet, but there is still reason for Chicago fans to be excited about this early start for Bears.
8th Audio Helmet Rule Arm
A controversial new rule that does not allow using the helmet as a weapon took all five minutes in advance to make an impact.
Turn to flags flying when a player lowers his head to make a thank you.
ninth INTERCEPTION BEARS
Two units, two deflections, two interceptions. With Robert Griffin III starting at the center of Baltimore, the Ravens opens with a pass that RGIII puts straight on the hands of Breshad Perriman. Unfortunately for Baltimore, it went straight through the hands of Perri and was taken by Bears.
Not a good start for a recipient who is a former first round picking up right in the city right now.
Replay seemed to show the ball on the ground, but officials kept the call after review.
10. INTERCEPTION RAVENS
Without Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan Howard or Allen Robinson, the debut of Matt Nagy's retirement was quite exciting for Bears. Big games for Josh Bellamy and Benny Cunningham had Chicago in the Red Zone and we already saw a broader open-arms offensive.
Bears come out on the other side with four wide recipients, something they may have done four times the year before.
– charles mcdonald (lakers 0-0) (@FourVerts) August 3, 2018
The drive came to an end when Chase Daniel threw a pass to the center of the field bounced by an offensive lineman helmet and intercepted by Ravens Chuck Clark.
The NFL offense starts on Thursday night with Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game.
The ravens make their first appearance in the game, just days before Ray Lewis is set to be enrolled in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ravens failed to make the post season last season after going 9-7 and finishing second in AFC North.
Ravens first round and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson will make their pre-season debut. Jackson, who has received praise from his coach, is expected to be a backup quarterback to Joe Flacco.
Bears makes their fifth appearance in the Hall of Fame game. The bears are 4-0 in their travels to Canton. Earlier Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher will also be enshrined this weekend.
The game will be displayed on NBC and streamed via NBC Sports Live at 8:00 ET.
NFL Hall of Fame Game 2018: Time, TV schedule / live stream:
Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live, NFL Game Pass and FuboTV