The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will play a Week 2 NFL preseason game Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field, and it's a pivotal game for players on the roster bubble.
There's only three preseason matchups this year, so this could be the best chance for players who haven't locked up a roster spot to impress their coaching staffs.
It's also a huge moment in the Patriots' quarterback competition between rookie Mac Jones and veteran Cam Newton. Newton started last week's preseason opener versus the Washington Football Team and played two drives. Jones played the next five series. Jones' performance was a bit better than Newton's, but neither player was fantastic.
It'll be interesting to see if Jones plays more with the starters against the Eagles than he did versus Washington. Most of his reps in the first preseason game came against backups on Washington's defense.
Philly's 2021 first-round draft pick, former Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, reportedly is expected to play versus New England. It would be Smith's first NFL game action.
Here's all the information you need to watch tonight's preseason action featuring the Patriots and Eagles.
The Patriots and Eagles are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 19.
The game will be broadcast on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston and NFL Network nationally.
Live stream: Patriots.com (Local market games are restricted; check TV listings for availability)
Mobile app: Patriots mobile app
Free streaming option: FuboTV (free trial)
Station: 98.5 The Sports Hub