- Walk thru practice today…Head to San Francisco to play in new Levi Field-San Francisco on Sunday afternoon….Storylines…Keep an eye on battle at ILB-Reggie Walker vs Kavell Connor to see who merits more playing time in the wake of foot injury to Manti Te’o….Walker very active last year when Te’o went down-finished season with 3-QBX and 5-TL….Connor was former starter-stay at home LB-for the Colts….CB-Jason Verrett will play-but likely will not start….lst contact workout for Verrett now that he is fully recovered from labrum surgery….Young DB’s need to play better-Stevie Williams-Darrell Stuckey when called on in secondary….Chargers gave up 41P-and tons of yards last week in Seattle…How long will Colin Kaeperneck play at QB for Niners….Backup Blaine Gabbert, who has played poorly in preseason, will play alot for Niners…SD-RB-KR Brandon Oliver needs good outing bringing back kicks to get thru first roster cut…..Tuesday teams go from 90-to-75 in roster cuts.
– Friday Night Scoreboard –
- Seattle serves notice it will very hard to win up there….Battered Bears early taking a (31-0) lead when it was lst team-vs-lst team….Russell Wilson threw for (202P-2TD) in first half alone…Legion of Doom defense mad life miserable for Jay Cutler with 3QBX-Interception in lst half.
Green Bay-W-Raiders (31-13)
- Packers QB-Aaron Rodgers survives slow start-finishes with (139P-2TD)…Packers put up (393Y) in offense….Defense had 3QBX-2 Takeaways….Raiders QB-Matt Schaub-very erratic (13-27) 110P….Matt McGloin comes off bench (118P)…Raiders lose LB-Sio Moore in scary injury to his neck-carried off field on gurney.
New England-W-Carolina (30-7)
- QB-Tom Brady comes out firing (204Y-2TD)…Rookie QB-Jimmy Garoppolo (105P-TD)…Patriots defense 3QBX….Cam Newton (8-12) 83P-13R…Panthers still trying to find quality at WR.
- Eli Manning gets West Coast offense untracked (139P-TD)….Ryan Nassib comes off bench throws 3 more TD passes in preseason-very impressive…Rashard Jennings leads ground attack (156R)….Jets QB-Geno Smith (137P)….Jets had (405Y) offense.
- Lions RB-Reggie Bush breaks off 86TD-run…Lions defense had 6QBX-2 Takeaways….Jaguars QB-Blake Bortels (137P) in third straight solid game…Game marred by preseason high 27-penalties.
– Saturday Previews –
- Bucs having enormous problems with OL…RB-Doug Martin cleared to play for Tampa Bay coming off surgery end of last year…Bills coach Doug Marrone upset all week at bad penalties and fights his team was in during practices.
- Cowboys Tony Romo starts second game in row after hot-hand last week in initial start…Cowboys trying to find its running game still…Dolphins struggling in OL…running game with Lamar Miller has been hit-and-miss…RB-Knowshon Moreno, coming off knee surgery, plays first game of preseason.
- Titans cranking up very aggressive defense…Falcons will have lst round pick Jake Matthews making first start at LT after loss of Sam Baker….RB-Steven Jackson still not ready to play with on going hamstring issues.
- Backyard grudge match….Robert Griffin III continues to try and refine himself by staying in pocket in Jay Gruden new offense….Joe Flacco and Ravens WR group ready to challenge very good Redskins pass rush.
- Saints hitting on all cylinders on offense…QB-Drew Brees coming off oblique injury expected to play first half….Colts have had camp shredded by injuries on both offense and defense…Uncertain if WR-Reggie Wayne will play-has been held out with rehab knee surgery.
- QB controversy-debate rages on Lake Erie…Brian Hoyer starts coming off (6-20) performance…Johnny Manziel will play with backups, but big question, what happens if Hoyer has another poor outing…he does not look comfortable in Mike Pettine’s new offensive scheme under Kyle Shanahan.
- Vikings say they don’t have QB-controversy brewing, but Teddy Bridgewater did throw for 2-TDs in 7-minutes last weekend…RB-Adrian Peterson missed workouts with personal issues…has not played in preseason game-protecting against injuries….Chiefs have RB-Jamal Charles healthy-will they play him coming off foot injury…Also without WR-Dwayne Bowe-hurt last week…KC searching for ILB with loss of Joe Mays to wrist surgery….Lots of nagging injuries to Andy Reid’s team.
- Texans defense was feisty all week in joint practices with Broncos….Will they go after Peyton Manning-can Broncos OL block Watt-Clowney combo…Texans still holding out trio of stars with injuries-Cushing-Foster-
Johnson…QB-Ryan Fitzpatrick needs strong outing to build confidence at starter.