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Week 3 NFL Preseason Preview

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EIGHT NATIONAL TV GAMES HIGHLIGHT WEEK 3 OF NFL PRESEASON

 

Week 3 of the NFL preseason features eight games on national TV.

The action starts on Thursday night when the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens host the Carolina Panthers (8:00 PM ET, ESPN).

On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on CBS (8:00 PM ET). Following the conclusion of that game, NFL Network will televise the Chicago Bears at the Oakland Raiders.

The Buffalo Bills will visit the Washington Redskins for a Saturday afternoon contest (4:30 PM ET, NFL Network). On Saturday night, the Denver Broncos will host the St. Louis Rams on CBS (8:00 PM ET). Following the conclusion of that game, NFL Network will bring fans the contest between the San Diego Chargers at the Arizona Cardinals.

The week concludes with back-to-back nationally-televised games on Sunday as the Houston Texans host the New Orleans Saints (4:00 PM ET, FOX) and the Minnesota Vikings travel to face the San Francisco 49ers (8:00 PM ET, NBC).

DATE GAME

TIME (ET)

NETWORK

Thursday, August 22 Carolina at Baltimore

8:00 PM

ESPN

Friday, August 23 Seattle at Green Bay

8:00 PM

CBS

  Chicago at Oakland

10:00 PM*

NFLN

Saturday, August 24 Buffalo at Washington

4:30 PM

NFLN

  St. Louis at Denver

8:00 PM

CBS

  San Diego at Arizona

10:00 PM*

NFLN

Sunday, August 25 New Orleans at Houston

4:00 PM

FOX

  Minnesota at San Francisco

8:00 PM

NBC

*Joined in progress after conclusion of CBS national game

Some of the highlight games in Week 3 of the NFL preseason:

CAROLINA PANTHERS at BALTIMORE RAVENS (Thursday, ESPN, 8:00 PM ET)                

Carolina dropped a 14-9 decision to Philadelphia in Week 2 of the preseason, but the team hopes to use the experience to help them when the regular season begins in a few weeks.

“It’s a big deal any time you take the field,” says Panthers tight end GREG OLSEN. “You want to play well and you want to win. But at the same time, it’s a learning experience against teams you haven’t really been game-planning for. This is the time that you want to find out what your weaknesses are so you can correct them. That’s what the preseason is all about.”

The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens improved to 2-0 with a 27-23 comeback victory over Atlanta. While head coach JOHN HARBAUGH was pleased with the victory, he still sees plenty of room for improvement if Baltimore hopes to repeat this season.

“When you play,” says Harbaugh, “you try to win. That’s why they keep score. So I’m happy about that. But there are things you can correct and they have to get done if we’re going to be the team that we hope to be.”

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at GREEN BAY PACKERS (Friday, CBS, 8:00 PM ET)                

Seattle extended its preseason winning streak to seven games with last week’s dominating 40-10 victory over Denver.

“I felt like we were doing things how we like to do them,” says Seahawks head coach PETE CARROLL about his team.

Seattle had two big scoring plays against the Broncos as JERMAINE KEARSE had a 107-yard kickoff-return TD and BRANDON BROWNER returned a fumble 106 yards for a touchdown.

AARON RODGERS completed 10 of 12 passes for 134 yards and rookie running back EDDIE LACY rushed for 40 yards on eight carries as the Packers notched a 19-7 win in St. Louis.

“As far as the overview of the game, I thought that the football team took a step forward,” says Green Bay head coach MIKE MC CARTHY. “But we obviously still have a lot to work on.”

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at HOUSTON TEXANS (Sunday, FOX, 4:00 PM ET)                

DREW BREES led five scoring drives for the Saints in the team’s 28-20 win over Oakland. He was helped by the play of two young wide receivers – rookie KENNY STILLS and second-year pro NICK TOON.

“We asked them to do a lot,” says Brees about Stills and Toon. “They did a great job adjusting to that and played with a lot of confidence.”

Houston improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 24-17 win over Miami. The game featured the first action of the 2013 preseason for linebacker BRIAN CUSHING and defensive end J.J. WATT, the 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year.

“It felt good to be out there,” says Watt. “It felt great to be in front of these fans. It’s crazy how supportive they are. It was a packed house and so loud for the preseason. You’ve got to love it.”

MINNESOTA VIKINGS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (Sunday, NBC, 8:00 PM ET)                

When the Vikings visit San Francisco on Sunday night, running back ADRIAN PETERSON, the 2012 AP Most Valuable Player, will make his preseason debut.

“We want to be a balanced offense,” says Minnesota head coach LESLIE FRAZIER about his team. “But as anyone that follows us knows, our offense is going to be run through No. 28, Adrian Peterson.”

The defending NFC champion 49ers came away with a 15-13 win last week at Kansas City. San Francisco’s defense held the Chiefs to 170 total yards and registered seven sacks.

“It bodes well,” says 49ers head coach JIM HARBAUGH about his defense’s performance. “They’ve played consistently.”

The first-team offense only played one series against Kansas City, but running back FRANK GORE made the most of the opportunity by registering a 52-yard run.

“That was Frank being Frank,” says quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK. “He’s a great running back. Our offensive line did a great job. They were downfield getting blocks and the receivers were getting blocks.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA HONORS 1972 SUPER BOWL CHAMPION MIAMI DOLPHINS AT WHITE HOUSE

On Tuesday afternoon, August 20, President BARACK OBAMA will welcome the undefeated 1972 Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins to the White House for the first White House ceremony honoring the team’s historic season.

“The entire Miami Dolphins organization is very excited and appreciative that the 1972 ‘Perfect Season’ team is going to be honored by President Obama at the White House,” says Dolphins Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner STEPHEN M. ROSS. “By going undefeated all year en route to a Super Bowl championship, the ’72 Dolphins reached the pinnacle of sports achievement and set a standard for excellence that has yet to be duplicated. In addition, coach DON SHULA and his players were just as successful off the field in their charitable and civic activities, becoming role models for the South Florida community. The players and coaches are most deserving of this unique honor, and they are looking forward to their trip to the White House and their ceremony with the President.”

The 1972 Dolphins are the only team to post a perfect season and win the Super Bowl, going 14-0 in the regular season and winning all three postseason games, including Super Bowl VII.
“I’m honored that the accomplishments of the 1972 Dolphins are going to be recognized by the President with a ceremony at the White House,” says Shula. “It is a very special occasion and I know it’s something that all of us will enjoy and remember.”

Source: NFL Media


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