NFL Preseason Weekend Guide: The Best Games To Watch in Week Three
The NFL preseason enters week three and that means the starters will play much longer than they have in the past. The coaches are trimming the rosters as the last two weeks wind down, so players are literally fighting for their football lives.
That makes this week of preseason football entertaining to watch for more than one reason.
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Here is a list of the “must-see” games in week three of the NFL preseason.
Thursday 8:00: Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers (ESPN) Lambeau Field
The week starts off with a bang when the Colts travel to Lambeau field to take on the Packers. The Packers boast one of the best fan bases in the NFL and they will bring a regular season atmosphere to this preseason game. Peyton Manning may play limited minutes with the Colts offensive line in flux, but this game should still be on the list of “must-see” games to watch in week three. This is just one of the games this weekend that are a potential preview of Super bowl XLV.
Friday 8:00: San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints (CBS) Superdome
The Chargers travel to the Big Easy to take on the defending Super bowl Champion, New Orleans Saints.
The Chargers offense has been remarkable in limited appearances in the preseason, and rookie running back Ryan Matthews is making heads turn. The Chargers running game looks dependable, explosive, and the offense is re-inventing how it works to showcase his talents. On the other side of the ball the Saints have an equally impressive offense.
The Saints offense is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who the Chargers gave up on early in his career in favor of current quarterback Phillip Rivers. Even though this is a preseason contest it still has enough intrigue to make the “must- see” list.
Saturday, 8:00 pm Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans(CBS) Reliant Stadium
When the Cowboys travel to Houston on Saturday this could be the start of a really big in-state rivalry. The Texans have improved over the years and now can play with some of the better teams in the NFL.
The Cowboys offense finally scored a touchdown last week against the Chargers, but they still have some kinks on offense that they have to work on. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant has been ruled out of this game as he still recovers from a high ankle sprain, and he joins a long list of other injured Cowboys that are trying to heal for the opener.
The Texans and the Cowboys have a chance of turning into a big rivalry and it all starts here.
Saturday 5:00 pm Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions (NFL Network) Ford Field
When an NFL fan makes a list of NFL games that they want to see, Cleveland at Detroit would not make the short list. However this is a new day and age in both franchises.
The Lions have announced that Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense will see considerably more playing time. The Lions offense is stocked with first round draft picks, like Jahvid Best and is poised to finally have a breakout season. Ndamukong Suh is giving the Lions defense a much needed pass rush presence and this team is fun to watch.
The Browns are retooling under a new regime and they brought in Jake Delhomme at quarterback. He has looked impressive in limited playing time with the Browns. This game will be interesting to watch as youngsters, and franchises, try to develop into winners.
Sunday 9:00 pm Pittsburgh at Denver (FOX) Invesco Field at Mile High
This game is an automatic “must-see” game since it is the only game featured on Sunday night and will put two talented teams against one another in Pittsburgh and Denver.
Ben Roethlisberger got his first playing time in the preseason game against the Giants in week two and he looked stellar in limited playing time. The Steelers are deep at quarterback, but have plenty of other questions that need to be answered in other areas, such as the offensive line.
What is somewhat surprising is that the Broncos have had an extraordinary passing performance this preseason.
Kyle Orton, who ranks third among starting quarterbacks in the NFL with a 116.5 passer rating this preseason, is tied for the league lead in touchdown passes with four, and is the only player to throw more than one touchdowns in each preseason game this year. The Pittsburgh secondary will be tested against an accurate Orton early in this game.
“Must-See” games are all around in the third week of the preseason so get ready for kickoff and enjoy the show!