The third week of the preseason is not go time, but it’s as close as we’re going to get. While the first couple weeks of exhibition action is slightly more intense than shuffleboard at an old folks’ home, the third game is the one that most NFL teams use as a serious preparation for the regular season.
Let’s have a closer look at three of the big headlines to watch for in the second-to-last week of NFL preseason games:
Kromer Leads The Saints
It’s been a tough and trying offseason for the New Orleans Saints, who were punished by the NFL and will have to endure all sorts of suspensions. Chief among their losses will be head coach Sean Payton (season) and interim head coach Joe Vitt (six games). Without question, those making their NFL picks for the Super Bowl have grown weary of the Saints as a choice for obvious reasons.
We’ve been waiting to hear who will take over for the Saints and now we know it’s offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. He’ll lead the Saints through the first six games until Vitt is back.
Kromer’s first task will be to lead the Saints in Week 3 of the preseason, so keep a close watch on how he does.
Can Jets Handle Prime Time?
The Jets have been quite the mess this offseason as the Tim Tebow effect has merely muddied the waters on offense. There’s definitely a quarterback controversy brewing – potentially among a number of other controversies in the lock room.
The Jets will take center stage in primetime on Sunday Night Football. Let’s see how Gang Green handles the spotlight as the head is about to turn up in the regular season.
Will Manning Find The End Zone?
There’s a really good chance Peyton Manning plays very little in the Denver Broncos’ fourth preseason game, so it begs the question: will he throw a touchdown in the preseason?
So far, he’s 20-of-30 for 221 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. The Broncos will feel much better about themselves – and their offense – if Manning can lead them on a touchdown drive before the regular season begins.
Next up for the Broncos is a visit from the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon.