It’s been a long preseason in my opinion. But for the players fighting to make the 53-man roster, it was a chance to leave it all on the field. Outside of Bears fans begging for General Manager Ryan Pace to pull the trigger on Khalil Mack, the Chicago Bears have some hard decisions to make.
Last night’s game against the Buffalo Bills was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. Though the Bears gave up 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, there is plenty of content in the win and loss columns.
It’s been quite the week for Packers fans! Green Bay traded back up quarterback Brett Hundley to Seattle on Wednesday, meaning DeShone Kizer will be the No. 2 quarterback this season. In the trade, the Packers received a sixth-round draft pick for 2019.
If you’ve been reading my articles the past few seasons, you know how happy this makes me! I have never had much confidence in Hundley. His lack of consistency has always frustrated me. Perhaps he can perform better for the Seahawks.
Packers fans hoped he’d learn from QB Aaron Rodgers, but maybe he will work more effectively under QB Russell Wilson. They are a bit more similar in their game-play. Though Kizer went 0-15 last season as a starter in Cleveland, I’ve always wanted him to win the No. 2 QB job in Green Bay. I feel like once Kizer was added, the writing was on the wall for Hundley.
The Chargers fell to the Saints in a disappointing 36-7 loss on Saturday, in the third week of the preseason. After scrimmaging and practicing together in the final week of training camp, the Saints dominated the Chargers for three quarters.
While this game was less than exciting for Chargers fans to watch, there were still some positive takeaways from this game.
People have such polarizing views on preseason. Some love to finally see their favorite players play after months of waiting, while others are happy to watch them sit and avoid injuries. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay falls into that second camp.
When the Rams face the Oakland Raiders September 10th, most of the offensive line will not have taken a single snap together in the preseason. Too extreme of a choice by McVay? Only time will tell.
Personally, I like to see starters sit. I also like that by sitting the offensive starters all preseason, it shows that McVay has high confidence in his offense.
He did, however, choose to play defensive starters, and we got to watch corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh take the field. It was a strong defense that helped carry the LA Rams to a 21-20 victory over the Texans.
Whether it’s your first year trying something new or you’re a veteran and managing 5 or more teams, this is an exciting time. Football season is around the corner and it’s time to prepare for ‘The Draft’ of your team.
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In preseason game #3 we saw the starters play the entire first half. Earlier in the week, Head Coach Adam Gase wasn’t sure if we would see running back Frank Gore or not. It was announced shortly before the game that Gore would dress for the first time this season.
Gore saw very limited action. He only carried the ball 1 time for -2 yards. Then he caught a short pass out of the backfield for 1 yard. The rainy conditions and wet field probably made up Gase’s mind to end Gore’s night after that.
The offense started out slowly, which was a disappointment considering Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sat all of his starters. Later in the second quarter, however, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense put together some nice drives.
Twitter went ballistic when coach Matt Nagy announced that most of the starters would sit out the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Some would argue that the Chicago Bears number ones needed more reps. Especially that of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
I have been a fan of everything I've seen from Bears rookie head coach Matt Nagy, but there are no circumstances under which the decision to not play starters, particularly Trubisky vs. the Chiefs makes sense. I continue to be a Nagy fan, this is one decision, but it's a bad one.
The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Minnesota Vikings last night, 21-20, losing their third preseason game. However, even with the loss, most Seahawks fans were very pleased with what they saw during the game.
No one will argue that Seattle had a lot of work to be done after watching the first two preseason games. Concerns about the offensive line still lingered. The run game, while looking much improved, still lacked in many areas. The defense, which had a major overhaul in the offseason, seemed to have holes. However, many of those issues seemed to shrink after this last game.
Any Seahawks fan will tell you that the offensive line has been the biggest problem for the team over the last few years. Seattle traded for offensive tackle Duane Brown toward the end of last season, then added guard D.J. Fluker in the offseason. That, along with consistency in the other positions, seems to be turning the worst offensive line in football into a solid group.