The first week of the preseason matters to Brady. It should matter to you, too, as long as you don't get too carried away. There will be no screaming or slamming of heavy objects, but here are our big takeaways from Thursday's six games.
» Robert Griffin IIIlooked like he belonged. There wasn't anything flashy in his 4-of-6 passing, 70-yard, one-touchdown performance, but that's kind of the point. He stood tall in the pocket. He was protected well. He found secondary receivers. Griffin looked especially good in comparison to Rex Grossman's 2-of-10 performance.
» In the battle of the backup quarterbacks for Buffalo, Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen both struggled throwing the ball. At least Young led the team in rushing.
» NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Patriots linebacker Dane Fletchertore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. It's a brutal break for a guy who was set to have a big role.
» Chants of "Andy, Andy" rang out from the Lincoln Financial Field crowd, four days after the death of the Eagles coach's son, Garrett, this week. It was an emotional night in Philadelphia.
» Wright later left with a hamstring injury and didn't return.
That was fun. We'll do this every night of games through the first three weeks of the preseason. (Even we can't pretend the fourth week matters.)