NFL Preseason Week 3: Time To Get Serious
So far this preseason, we’ve seen most of the teams going through the motions as if it’s a glorified practice. In Week 3, however, we are going some more intensity as this is the week that teams take the games somewhat seriously.
Quarterback controversies are among the main storylines of the week. Let’s take a closer look at which battles will headline this week:
Are The Young QB’s Ready?
There’s a slew of either rookie or second-year quarterbacks that are going to be starting for their teams this season and the jury is out on which are ready and which aren’t. Jake Locker and Ryan Tannehill were named starters but both won the jobs because they are younger and their veteran competition has looked weak. If either team plans to contend, they’ll have to see more from their young slingers.
Meanwhile, the Redskins would like to see a better showing from Robert Griffin III, who struggled against Chicago last week and opened the door for Kirk Cousins – albeit it very slightly.
The Seahawks will also give third-round pick Russell Wilson the start on Friday in what could be a foreshadow of what’s to come in the regular season.
Jets, Cardinals Must Choose
Both the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals were hoping that a quarterback competition between two veterans would force one to emerge as the clear-cut starter, but that hasn’t happened.
The Cardinals have watched both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton look awful in their first two preseason games and would like to see more out of either one before making a decision. Meanwhile, the Jets were hoping Tim Tebow would push Mark Sanchez but both have underwhelmed in the preseason action.
Both teams will have to make decisions soon, so the third preseason game will be the time for one of the veterans to step up and make their case.
Is Peyton Manning Right?
Many people jumped to conclusions when the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning. They’re still among many people’s NFL picks to win the AFC West and even contend for the Super Bowl. But hold your horses.
Through two weeks of preseason action, Manning is 20-of-30 for 221 yards (7.37 yards per attempt) with no touchdowns and three interceptions. While it’s surely not time to panic, it’s worth monitoring in Week 3 of the preseason to see if Manning can finally get his team into the end zone and start to look like the quarterback he was two years ago.