The second week of the preseason moves along with a couple of star quarterbacks taking the field on Saturday night. Peyton Manning will make his debut in front of the Denver faithful while Robert Griffin III and the Redskins go on the road again to play in Chicago. Oh and then two teams in the country's biggest media market play but there don't seem to be any notable players in that game.
For your Saturday night preview, we start with the man himself, RGIII. All times are listed in Eastern.
Redskins vs. Bears: RGIII, chapter 2 (8 p.m.)
The Bears are getting a nice run of quarterbacks in the preseason. Last week it was Peyton Manning's debut with the Broncos, and this week it's the continuation of the RGIII show. The latter is what most will be focused on in this game, the development of Robert Griffin III.
RGIII was impressive last week in limited snaps, completing 4-of-6 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. The biggest surprise was how calm he seemed throughout the game, like he's been there for a few years. We know he has the football skill. He sure as hell seems to have the mental make-up for this. All that's left is to stay healthy and keep doing it consistently (oh and do it in the regular season when, you know, the games actually count).
Week 3 preview: The QB showdown at FedEx Field!
Potential Super Bowl matchup anyone? The 49ers' 2011 season ended in the NFC Championship game. The Texans were done in the divisional round. Both teams have top-notch defenses that many consider to be a major part of the reason each team is mentioned as potential Super Bowl candidates.
Sure, they have their warts. Alex Smith isn't Tom Brady and the Texans lost a lot of talent in the offseason. But the individual talent level on each of these teams is sky high across the board.
Keep an eye on this game because I have a feeling you'll be watching both of these teams in January.
The battle for the prestigious Governor's Cup, the pride of Missouri.
Or just a preseason game. One of the two.
The Chiefs enter the game on the heels of the news that Dwayne Bowe finally agreed to sign his franchise tender and rejoin the team. The Chiefs had three players with torn ACLs last year -- Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles -- and they're all back. Matt Cassel, who missed half of last season, is back and healthy.
The Rams, meanwhile, bring in a new coach in Jeff Fisher, former No. 1 pick Sam Bradford, who is still plenty young enough to ultimately become elite, and a defensive secondary that saw perhaps the biggest infusion of talent this offseason than any other position group in the league.
It's just the preseason, but for teams trying to claw their way out of the cellar the preseason matters.
Seahawks vs. Broncos: Peyton's play still the focal point (9 p.m.)
The Peyton Manning comeback tour continues. Manning admits his arm strength isn't the same and his age, 36, is what it is (which is ... really old in the NFL). He got on the field last week and showed he could still stand in the pocket and complete passes (4-of-7), which is what we were waiting the last 18 months to see. He'll make mistakes, he'll throw interceptions but that's fine. The point of this preseason for him is his health. He's healthy enough. Maybe not 100 percent but enough to play which is all the Broncos need.
Oh and Manning is expected to play through the entire first quarter and into the second.
Meanwhile, in Seattle, the Seahawks are in a three-man competition at quarterback with Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson. In reality, it's a two-man competition between Flynn and Wilson but this appears to be Flynn's job to lose. He's starting Saturday night's game, his second consecutive start. Assuming he doesn't implode, Flynn should start prepping for Week 1.
All I can ask, Cowboys, is that you give us a better game than that filth you called football last week against the Raiders. A 3-0 game in preseason football is painful to watch. Let's see Tony Romo going deep to Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray busting an 80-yarder and put those play makers to use. Let's see something, anything. Just not another 3-0 snooze fest.
The Chargers, on the other hand, just need to stay healthy after what happened last week. After an offseason that included a heaping of praise from head coach Norv Turner and others, Ryan Mathews took his first carry of preseason and promptly broke his clavicle, keeping him out 4-6 weeks. He says he'll be back Week 1 but that's debatable at this point. In terms of players you can't afford to lose, Mathews ranks around fourth or fifth.
Judging by the TV coverage this offseason, you'd never guess which team was coming off a Super Bowl and which team stumbled its way to .500 via a three-game losing streak to end the season. The Giants are one of the quietest defending Super Bowl champs I can remember in quite some time. I don't know whether they're just not that interested in the noise or whether the Jets are busy taking the attention away. Whatever it is, you have a team here that's won the Super Bowl twice in the last five years with a quarterback who is putting up credentials to rival his older brother, and it seems the eight-win team next door is dominating the media landscape.
Just wanted to point out I made it through that blurb without mentioning Him...