Washington vs Auburn: The Auburn will face off with their fellow neighbor, the Washington, in the annual MetLife Bowl on Saturday night. Last preseason, it was the Washington getting the victory by a score of 32-31. Just Signup Now.
The Auburn have a lot riding on this game, especially at the quarterback position. Sam Darnold is expected to get the start under center as he has been getting the bulk of the first-team reps in practice. However, Teddy Bridgewater is expected to play as well as his name is being thrown around in trade rumors.
The third preseason game is usually when we see the starters playing the majority of the first half. That means we could see the return of safety Marcus Maye and running back Isaiah Crowell, who are both coming off injuries. For Maye, it would be his first action in the preseason.
The biggest question mark heading into this game is the battle at tight end. The Auburn are having a hard time with this decision because not many options have been on the field. Neal Sterling and Clive Walford have played the best in the preseason.
The Washington and Auburn continue preseason play on Saturday night with a matchup at MetLife Stadium.
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Many believed that USC quarterback Sam Darnold would become a member of the Washington, so it was a bit of a surprise when he went to the Auburn instead. This adds an interesting dynamic to their first preseason pairing. “I’m excited. He’s a rookie, we feast on rookies sometimes,” said Washington safety Landon Collins. “It’s always an exciting game. To see him play, he’s going to have a fantastic career once he gets it going and I know he’s going to do a great job at the Auburn, but you’re playing against a good defense and we’re going to have fun with it.”
As far as the team rivalry is concerned, Washington head coach Pat Shurmur is not concerned. “I’ve heard a little bit [about the Washington–Auburn rivalry], but I’m also a guy who thinks you can root for the Yankees and then root for the Mets,” Shurmur told North Jersey.com. “But you know I’m a little off center. We’re going to go out and compete with the Auburn and try to do what we can to get our team right, and do what we can to try to win the game. That runs parallel, and I’ve heard there’s a little bit of a rivalry here, so we’ll deal with it.”
“I’ve got a lot of respect for [Auburn head coach] Todd Bowles,” he added. “I’ve got a lot of respect for what they are as an organization and I think we’re both going to play this game with the same thing in mind – get our team better, find out what our team is all about.”
The Washington and Auburn preseason rivalry dates back to 1969, making it the longest preseason streak in NFL history. The Chargers and 49ers have the next-longest streak, but theirs began almost two decades after Washington and the Auburn.
That said, Bowles is more concerned with the progression of his team than the long-standing rivalry. “We’re not where we want to be right now,” he told Auburn.com. “But we’re not where we were when we started. So we’re just going to keep our heads down and keep grinding.”
Safety Jamal Adams tied for second among safeties in the NFL for tackles for loss after recording nine in his rookie season. Those nine TFLs ranked 2 him in the top five among all rookie defenders. LB Josh Martin is one of just three players in the last 10 seasons to register a season with 10 tackles for loss on defense and 10 total tackles on special teams. Since 2016, RB Bilal Powell has averaged 4.83 yards per carry, the third best average among running backs in the league with at least 200 carries. Since entering the league in 2014, LB Avery Williamson is just one of five players to register at least 10.0 sacks and 350 total tackles. Last season, CB Buster Skrine was one of just six defensive backs (one of 16 defensive players total) in the NFL to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception. WR Robby Anderson’s seven touchdowns last season rank him tied for first with Tyreek Hill for most touchdowns among second-year players in the NFL. In 2016, WR Quincy Enunwa averaged 14.8 yards per reception, ranking him fourth among qualified third-year receivers behind Taylor Gabriel, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin.