Kelso Moves to 12-4 in the Pre-Season as the Packers win 50 Units over the Raiders 31-21, and the Seahawks clobber the Bears for a 10 Unit Win Friday Night!
TODAY IS KELSO'S 100-UNIT PRESEASON GAME OF THE YEAR!
Looking Ahead to the Pre-Season Weekend Action
On Saturday, it’s…
DALLAS (0-2) at MIAMI (1-1)—7 p.m. ET
Okay, Cowboys fans, you can go ahead and feel a bit better about things ‘cause QB Tony Romo will play here in this exhibition game in south Florida.
Romo—who has not practiced on back-to-back days at any point this summer following off-season back surgery—will probably play a couple of series here against a Dolphins’ defense that will be without S Walt Aikens (hand) and word is the rookie defensive back likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.
One thing Miami would like to see is improvement here in the running game—the rebuilt offensive line in the post-BullyGate Era has not fared well so far this summer but the running backs themselves appear to be a major part of the problem as last week Miami rushed the ball 26 times for 46 yards in a 20-14 win at 2 ½-point favorite Tampa Bay and note veteran RB Lamar Miller rushed for three yards on three carries.
WASHINGTON (2-0) at BALTIMORE (2-0)—7:30 p.m. ET
Well, the Beltway Battle pits a pair of unbeaten teams this summer (for what that’s worth!) and it’s interesting to see this change of philosophy on the Ravens’ side where a run-first mentality has taken hold under first-year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Note that Baltimore RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce—both of whom were downright awful a year ago—have shed some pounds and have shown more explosiveness hitting the holes and note the AFC North crew leads all NFL teams with 194 total rushing yards through the first two weeks of play.
Meanwhile, Washington would like to see more production here from third-year RB Alfred Morris who rushed for only 29 yards on 11 carries in last Monday Night’s 24-23 non-cover win against Cleveland.
NEW ORLEANS (2-0) at INDIANAPOLIS (0-2)—8 p.m. ET, CBS
Maybe you want to soak in the following statement:
The New Orleans Saints—who last season ranked 25th in the NFL while averaging just 92.1 yards rushing per game—may have an embarrassment of riches at RB this year.
Consider that veteran RB Pierre Thomas is gearing up his game more as a pass protector and pass-catcher coming out of the backfield while both RBs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson could be sharing up to 30-plus carries a game.
Here we’ll expect the Saints to grind it out in the rush game while Saints’ QB Drew Brees gets some game time after sitting out his team’s first two Preseason tilts with an oblique injury.
The Colts, on the other hand, need to see something here from RB Trent Richardson, who has rushed the ball for a putrid 2.4 yards-per-carry average through the first two preseason games against the NY Jets and the NY Giants.
You might have seen the quote this past week of Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson who said Richardson needs to “answer the bell” here or else oft-injured RB Ahmad Bradshaw could soon be stealing away a bunch of carries.
On Sunday, it’s…
SAN DIEGO (1-1) at SAN FRANCISCO (0-2)—4 p.m. ET, Fox
Now that San Fran 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has “explained” his foot injury from a year ago that hampered his production, the $64,000 question is when exactly does this Niner offense show up?
So far through the first two games of this 2014 preseason, the NFC West crew has registered a grand total of three points and in last Sunday’s 34-0 home loss against 3 ½-point underdog Denver, the Niners averaged only 3.9 yards per play and the aforementioned Kaepernick completed 5-of-9 passes for only 39 yards.
CINCINNATI (0-2) at ARIZONA (1-1)—8 p.m. ET, NBC
No doubt that the season-ending ACL injury suffered earlier this week by Arizona Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett has forced this NFC West squad to scramble for bodies along the D-line and we should see some playing time here from new signees Isaac Sopoaga and Ryan McBean—note the latter has not played in a regular-season game since 2011.
Cincinnati’s priority in this game is to jump-start a ground game that rushed for only 87 yards on 24 carries in last weekend’s 25-17 loss to the Jets. The Bengals’ most productive ball carrier in that tilt was RB Cedric Peerman (34 yards on 7 carries/that’s 4.9 yards a pop) but Cincy would like to see more from second-year Gio Bernard, who gained just 22 yards on seven carries last week versus the J-E-T-S.