Twenty teams will be in action on a busy NFL Saturday as the Jets and Giants headline a full slate of preseason matchups. With just two weeks left in the preseason, teams will begin looking to finalize depth charts and rosters this weekend.
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Here is the complete list of matchups, odds and lines for Saturday's ten games, via Oddsshark.com. Click the point spreads to view line details at on their site.
E.J. Manuel looked like he had the Bills' starting quarterback job locked up, but the rookie's recent knee surgery has sidelined him for the remainder of the preseason. That leaves the door open for Kevin Kolb, who has been serviceable so far. He'll need to take a big step against the Redskins if he hopes to be under center for the regular season opener, however.
Washington is going through plenty of quarterback drama of their own, as the team continues to sit Robert Griffin III despite his pleas for playing time. You won't see the burgeoning star on Saturday -- or next week, for that matter -- but if previous games are any indicator, that won't affect the 'Skins chances to win this one. They've won their first two preseason games sans RGIII, taking down the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Browns (+4) at Colts
Cleveland's quarterback controversy came to a close earlier this week when the team announced Brandon Weeden as the Week 1 starter over Jason Campbell. Weeden has earned the nod with his play in the first two preseason games, going 18-of-25 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.
Indianapolis picked up a win last week against the New York Giants, rolling to a 20-10 victory. Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns, including one to Reggie Wayne, and looks to be on a good track to following up on his terrific rookie season.
Jets (+4) at Giants
It's football's Subway Series this weekend when New York's two teams square off in their shared stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets are still trying to sort out their quarterback situation, with Rex Ryan postponing a decision between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith until Sunday at the earliest. Smith missed last week's exhibition, but will return against the Giants to make a final push for the starting job.
The Giants' quarterback job is in much surer hands with Eli Manning, but there is uncertainty about the players that will be protecting him this season. The team recently shuffled its offensive line, moving tackle Justin Pugh and center Jim Cordle into the starting lineup. Pugh, the team's first-round pick in April, has apparently progressed quickly in camp.
Kansas City was the worst passing team in the league last season in terms of yardage. With the Matt Cassell era not working out as the team hoped, they acquired Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. Smith had his best year as a pro last year, but a concussion late in the season allowed Colin Kaepernick to wrest away the starting job. Smith struggled against his former team last week while throwing for just 62 yards, but he'll look to turn things around against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh's primary offensive focus this offseason has been dealing with the loss of wideout Mike Wallace, who left in free agency for greener ($) pastures in Miami. Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown now become the leading targets for Ben Roethlisberger. Current offensive coordinator will be seeking revenge against the Chiefs, who fired him in 2011 after three seasons as head coach.
Speaking of Mike Wallace, reports out of Dolphins camp have indicated that his connection with quarterback Ryan Tannehill has struggled. The speedy receiver put those concerns to bed last week, however, with 58 yards and a touchdown in a game against the Houston Texans.
Tampa Bay's biggest battle this week has been against not another NFL squad, but bacteria. News broke this week that the team was working to control an outbreak of staph infections at its training camp facility. They'll be without guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes, the first two victims of the outbreak.
The quarterback drama in Philadelphia is over: Michael Vick was officially named the starter over Nick Foles earlier this week. First-year head coach Chip Kelly can now focus his attention on installing his fast-paced, quick-strike offense -- a task that becomes easier with the return of left tackle Jason Peters.
Jacksonville brought an end to their own quarterback battle with the announcement that Blaine Gabbert will be the team's Week 1 starter. Unfortunately for the Jags, they also announced that the third-year signal caller will miss the remainder of the preseason with a fractured thumb. Chad Henne will start against the Eagles in his place.
Cincinnati will get wide receiver A.J. Green back from the knee injury that has kept him sidelined for the past few weeks. Head coach Marvin Lewis said that we will see Green "at some point" during Saturday's exhibition in Dallas. Andy Dalton and the rest of the Bengals' offense has done fine without him up this point, piling up a combined 61 points in wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans.
Dallas has been on the other end of the spectrum this preseason, dropping games to the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals en route to an 0-2 start. The offense struggled last week in Arizona, where the Cowboys put up only 44 yards on the ground and found the end zone only once in a 12-7 loss.
St. Louis's offense has struggled in its two preseason losses to the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers. They've had trouble on third down, converting just seven of their 27 opportunities with a -5 turnover ratio. Quarterback Sam Bradford is still working on his connection with first-round pick Tayvon Austin, who has just 28 receiving yards in two games.
There's a lot of excitement in Denver heading into Peyton Manning's second season -- especially over the addition of new target Wes Welker -- but all the attention heading into this weekend's game is on the suspension of linebacker Von Miller. Miller was suspended for six games earlier this week for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, leaving a gaping, Pro Bowler-shaped hole in the Broncos' front seven.
Falcons (E) at Titans
The Falcons showed a balanced offensive attack last week despite their loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco threw for 118 yards and a touchdown and running backs Steven Jackson and Josh Vaughan each had nice days on the ground, rushing for over 40 yards apiece and averaging a combined 6.6 yards per carry.
The Titans are 0-2 in preseason play after losses to the Redskins and Bengals. Chris Johnson has a healthy ten yard average in those two games, though, a reassuring sign that he's ready to stop the production slide he's experienced in the three years following his historic 2,000 yard season in 2009.
The Chargers came up just short in Chicago last week, losing to the Bears in a tight 33-28 affair. Unfortunately for San Diego, their starters allowed the Bears to jump out to a 14-point lead and needed a surge from their reserve players to make it close again. Four turnovers for a team that has struggled to hold onto the ball in recent years is not a good sign.
Arizona's defensive line took some hits for not generating enough of a pass rush during the team's first two games. The duo of Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell, who combined for just one quarterback pressure in 15 pass rush attempts last week against the Dallas Cowboys, will be looking to up their productivity on Saturday.