The all-important third week of the NFL preseason will pit the Cleveland Browns against the Indianapolis Colts, two teams with real postseason aspirations. The case for the Colts is clear, given that they made the wild card last year. The case for the Browns is not as easy coming off a five-win season, but the team made grand efforts to upgrade the front seven in the offseason and has performed well in preseason so far.
The Browns' biggest concern at the moment is the offensive line. The team was supposed to have acquired offensive guard John Moffitt to fill in for the injured Jason Pinkston, but the deal was voided due to a failed physical. As a result, rookie Garrett Gilkey appears to be penciled in as the team's stop-gap starter at right guard for now. How he performs Saturday should tell the Browns whether they need to try to find another replacement.
Gilkey and the rest of the Browns' offensive line will need to hold their ground against a Colts pass rush that does not appear to be very good, at least on paper. The Colts will be hoping to see a spark from first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner, who has so far been quiet through training camp and two games of the preseason. With Dwight Freeney gone and Robert Mathis advancing in age, the team will need somebody to step up.
Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. ET
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Indianapolis: WNDY Channel 23
Cleveland: NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3
NFL Preseason Live will show every game of the preseason online for a subscription fee.
NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the United States.
Indianapolis: WFNI 1070 AM, WLHK 97.1 FM
Cleveland: WKNR 850 AM, WKRK 92.3 FM, WNCX 98.5 FM