The Green Bay Packers-Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks-Dallas Cowboys duels stand out in week three, and the last, of the NFL preseason that
The Green Bay Packers-Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks-Dallas Cowboys duels stand out in week three, and the last, of the NFL preseason that starts this Thursday.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid still doesn’t know if his star quarterback Patrick Mahomes will get any minutes leading the offense against the Packers on Thursday.
“On Patrick we’ll see, he’s been practicing, but I haven’t decided how long he’ll play, plus you have to give time to the second and third groups who have gained experience in execution,” Reid said Tuesday.
Mahomes made his first preseason appearance last Saturday in his team’s 24-14 win over the Washington Commanders. The MVP in Super Bowl LIV passed for 122 yards, went 10-of-18 and had two touchdowns.
With the Packers the situation is similar with respect to Aaron Rodgers, four times Most Valuable Player of the NFL.
Coach Matt LaFleur doesn’t want to risk his 38-year veteran quarterback, but with the turnover of the receiving corps on the team, they need more interaction with Rodgers.
“You have to weigh the risk against the reward knowing that we have a long season ahead of us. We are going to see what is best for the team,” LaFleur explained in his conference call on Tuesday.
On Friday, the Seahawks, led by coach Pete Carroll, will be able to count on Drew Lock, a quarterback who is projected to be the main in the season, who missed last week’s game against the Chicago Bears because he tested positive for COVID- 19.
“Drew is in good shape to come back, but you never know until you get out there and start running, he’s definitely going to play a lot against Dallas,” Carroll said at the end of Monday’s practice.
Although the Seahawks are confident in the ability of their newcomer from Denver, it will be the first time in 10 years that they do not start a season with Russell Wilson as leader, who led them to win Super Bowl XLVIII and who this year emigrated to the Broncos. .
Their rival, the Cowboys, still can’t find a way to improve discipline. In the 2021 season, coach Mike McCarthy’s team received 127 penalties, the most in the NFL.
Last Saturday Dallas showed that it is far from correcting indiscipline; he was penalized 17 times in the game in which he beat the Chargers 32-18.
“The penalties are too many, we have to be better. Our number one focus is on correcting as many penalties,” McCarthy said in the week’s analysis.
For Saturday, the duel between the champion Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals stands out, rivals who played in Super Bowl LVI last February.
NFL preseason week three games:
Thursday 08.25: Parckers-Chiefs and 49ers-Texans.
Friday 08.26: Bills-Panthers, Seahawks-Cowboys, Chargers-Saints and Patriots-Raiders.
Saturday 08.27: Jaguars-Falcons, Rams-Bengals, Bears-Browns, Cardinals-Titans, Eagles-Dolphins, Commanders-Baltimore, Buccaneers-Colts and Vikings-Broncos.
Sunday 08.28: Giants-Jets and Lions-Steelers.