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Week One Preseason Games to Pay Attention To

It is Week One of the preseason and we are definitely ready for some football.  Perhaps some lingering and nagging questions will be answered in the preseason, so here is some games to keep a close eye on this week.

Redskins @ Titans

Aug. 8, 8 p.m. ET

We could go on about how this preseason game is equally interesting for both the Tennessee Titans and the Washington Redskins.  The Titans do have a revamped O-line, after all, and this preseason game could very well be a preview of what Tennessee will be offering up this season.  However, one guy’s initials shifts any attention the Titans would, and perhaps should, get:  RGIII

Robert Griffin III has still not been confirmed to start on Week One let alone make a preseason appearance, but his fan-base (Redskins fans and beyond) would love to see him throw the ball in a preseason game at least on a few plays.  However, this is unlikely as Mike Shanahan has been very cautious in what he is letting Griffin do, even to the point to where it is frustrating Griffin, himself.  However, unlikely it maybe, there will still be a lot of us keeping a close eye on this one and holding our breath for an RGIII appearance on the field.

Cardinals @ Packers

Aug. 9, 8 p.m. ET

QB Vince Young with his first NFL team, the Tennessee Titans

QB Vince Young with his first NFL team, the Tennessee Titans

The big buzz around the sports-world this week was that Vince Young was signed by the Green Bay Packers to back-up Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers usually does not need much backing up during the regular season, however, it will be interest to see what Young, at 30 years-old and recovering from a major career slump to put it lightly, is still capable of as he will likely play quite a bit in the preseason.

Young would often shine bright like a diamond during his time as a starter for the Titans, but he would more often shine like the rocks in a gravel driveway.  Perhaps he will step up his game for what may be the last breath of his career.

Jets @ Lions

Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET

The New York Jets preliminary depth chart has both Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez listed as the starting quarterback, meaning that we still have no answer as to who will start for the Jets.  However, how the other team in New York plays during this preseason opener could determine a lot.

The Jets are not going to want to risk injury to their starting QB, so it is safe to assume if Smith gets the majority of the play time during the preseason then Sanchez will be starting and vice-versa.  However, if either QB performs well during the preseason they could win the starting spot.  So I guess time will tell.

Patriots @ Eagles

Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET

Similar to the Jets, The Philadelphia Eagles QB situation is still murky.  However, we know that Matt Barkley will not start for the new Chip Kelley offense.

The preliminary depth chart has both Michael Vick and Nick Foles listed as starting quarterback.  Kelly has a history with Foles, yet Vick is the veteran who still may have some fight left in him.  Perhaps Kelly will use the preseason as a proven ground to see who should start come regular season.

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