After two games on Thursday night, folks that have given up on a social life can stay home and watch six preseason games Friday night. Here’s what we’ll be looking for.
Redskins @ Colts
The John Beck era starts. The Redskins QB battle is weighted towards Beck, so he probably just has to avoid faceplanting to win. … Can Washington establish the run again? It looked like Mike Shanahan’s system was taking hold last week. … Rookie pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan tries to improve off a sluggish first game.
Quarterback Curtis Painter may need to improve his play or the Colts could look for another veteran QB. … Rookie left tackle Anthony Castonzo gets his first start. … Indy could be without Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and Anthony Gonzalez.
Chiefs @ Ravens
Kansas City tries to calm their fanbase down after last week’s no show. … With first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin out, Jerheme Urban tries to show he’s a legit No. 2 receiver. … Kansas City’s backup quarterback Tyler
Calabaloo Palko needs to rebound from a rough practice week. … Former Ravens Jared Gaither and Kelly Gregg take on their old team.
Baltimore wants to see improvement from their offensive line play, especially at tackle. … Lee Evans makes his Ravens debut. It looks like Torrey Smith will be the No. 3 receiver.
Lions @ Browns
Lions backup running backs Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison continue to vie for snaps. … Cornerback Eric Wright takes on his old team if he’s healthy. … Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew returns from injury.
Colt McCoy will try to avoid being maimed by Ndamukong Suh. … Browns running backs Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis will sit out the game. … With injuries at linebacker, some Browns undrafted players could start and try to earn spots on the team. … Mohammed Massaquoi remains out at receiver. The other Browns wideouts could steal his snaps.
Panthers @ Dolphins
Cam Newton has a good chance to lock down the starting quarterback job with a strong effort. … Linebacker Thomas Davis returns after almost two years away from the field.
Reggie Bush makes his Dolphins debut. Rookie running back Daniel Thomas tries to improve upon a quiet camp. … Chad Henne will have to play well early to avoid any chants from the home crowd.
Cardinals @ Packers
Arizona has a lot of questions throughout their defense. Jobs at outside linebacker and in the secondary remain up for grabs. … It appears Andre Roberts is settling into the No. 2 receiver role. … Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams continue their battle at running back.
Erik Walden picked up snaps with the starting unit at outside linebacker. He remains in a position battle with Frank Zombo and Brad Jones. … Aaron Rodgers can quiet talk about an inconsistent camp with a strong performance.
Falcons @ Jaguars
Blaine Gabbert can continue to apply pressure to David Garrard. This is absolutely a quarterback competition. … Jacksonville would love to see something out of No. 2 receiver Jason Hill. … Jacksonville’s tackle depth will be tested with Eben Britton out.
Rookie Julio Jones will try to wow us again with his burst against a suspect Jaguars secondary. … We’re looking to see how young linebackers Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon are doing.