NFL preseason 2013, Week 3: What to watch in Saturday's games

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL preseason continues with a full slate of games on Saturday.

With 10 games on the schedule, Saturday will almost feel like a Sunday during the regular season. Week 3 of the preseason is typically treated as a dress rehearsal for the regular season and many starters will play into the second half. With so many games and the starters playing bigger roles, there is a lot to pay attention to. Here are just a few things to watch.

Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Redskins (4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

While many of Saturday's games will have the feel of a regular season game, the game in Washington will not. Both the Redskins and Bills will be without their starting quarterbacks as Robert Griffin III and E.J. Manuel continue to rehab knee injuries. While neither quarterback will play, the game will feature two of the NFL's best running backs with C.J. Spiller and Alfred Morris in action. Both teams enter the game 2-0, attempting to stay perfect in the preseason.

New York Jets vs. New York Giants (7 p.m.)

The Giants will technically be the home team in the battle of New York, and all eyes will be on Geno Smith. The Jets' rookie quarterback will get the start and make his case to win the starting job. Smith didn't play last week due to an ankle injury. If he plays well, there is a very good chance he wins the starting job. If not, the Mark Sanchez era may continue in New York. Terrell Thomas will make his preseason debut for the Giants; he has not played since the 2011 preseason due to multiple ACL tears.

Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts (7 p.m.)

It will be a battle of second-year quarterbacks in Indianapolis with Andrew Luck and the Colts hosting Brandon Weeden and the Browns. Both are expected to play significant snaps, due partly to the fact that both are playing under new offensive coordinators. Jordan Cameron has had a strong preseason for Cleveland and is coming off a two-touchdown performance. It will be interesting to see what he's able to do with extended playing time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins (7:30 p.m.)

Tampa Bay won't have to travel far when it heads to Miami to face the Dolphins. The game will be the first extended playing time for Josh Freeman, who has attempted just 10 passes this preseason. Tampa Bay's first team hasn't played much as a whole, including Doug Martin. Martin has carried three times thus far. For the Dolphins, the game will be another opportunity to sort out the secondary. The team released Richard Marshall earlier this week, who was penciled in as one of the starting cornerbacks. Dimitri Patterson could secure that job with a strong performance while Will Davis and Nolan Carroll are also in the mix for snaps.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7:30 p.m.)

Getting some offensive production will be the key for Kansas City against Pittsburgh. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on their opening series of the preseason, but have not scored an offensive touchdown since; that's more than 114 minutes of game action without a touchdown. The Steelers haven't been much better offensively and are now trying to find a rotation at running back heading into the season. Rookie Le'Veon Bell injured his foot last week, so Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman will compete this week for the starting job until Bell returns.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (7:30 p.m.)

Michael Vick has been close to perfect this preseason, but will now take the field for the first time since being named the starter. Vick is 13 of 15 this preseason in limited action. Will he be able to maintain a completion percentage anywhere near that when he plays a full half or more? The Jaguars are still developing under first-year head coach Gus Bradley. The defense is a work in progress, especially the LEO, position which is a designated pass rusher in Bradley's scheme. Andre Branch has struggled in that role, and Jason Babin has been up-and-down this offseason. One may need to step up against Philadelphia or Jacksonville could be searching the waiver wire for help.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans (8 p.m.)

Atlanta has a solid starting lineup, but depth is somewhat of an issue for the Falcons. The reserves blew a 23-7 fourth-quarter lead last week. The starters will likely play the majority of the snaps against Tennessee, but it will be interesting to see how the Falcons mix in the backups, especially on defense as they try to build some depth. Accuracy has been an issue for Jake Locker dating back to his college days. He's been better this preseason, completing 61 percent of his passes. Will he be able to keep that up playing extended action?

St. Louis Rams vs. Denver Broncos (8 p.m., CBS)

The Rams have been waiting for Sam Bradford to take the next step, and he's looked close to doing so this preseason. He's completed 65 percent of his passes and is averaging more than 12.0 yards per attempt. Denver has one of the best defenses in the league and will be a great test for Bradford. After losing a few players to injury and Von Miller to suspension last week, the Broncos may just want to get through the game in one piece. Denver will have to replace Miller for six games, and finding the right combination at linebacker to do so starts against the Rams.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys (8 p.m.)

Although he isn't expected to play as much as the other starters, A.J. Green will make his preseason debut. His injury wasn't considered to be serious, although it will still be interesting to see how he performs in his first game back. A combination of new players and injuries have forced the Cowboys to shuffle their offensive line frequently this preseason. Dallas may finally be close to settling on a starting unit, depending on how things turn out against the Bengals. Cincinnati has one of the best defensive lines in football, so it will be a good test for the Cowboys.

San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals (10 p.m., NFL Network)

There may not be a unit more plagued by injuries than the San Diego wide receivers. The Chargers lost Danario Alexander to a knee injury and are currently without Malcom Floyd. The game against Arizona will be a chance for some of the younger players such as Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen to prove they are capable of playing bigger roles this season. Tyrann Mathieu has been one of the biggest stories for the Cardinals; he'll get another extended look against San Diego. A potential matchup in coverage with Antonio Gates should be one thing to keep an eye on.

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