NFL Preseason Week 4 Matchups, Live TV Times

bucsThere is just one more week of preseason football before fans can get down and dirty with the regular season. However, week four of the NFL preseason is worth watching. It is during these final days that players need to stay healthy and avoid injury but also the time when literally hundreds of players and perhaps coaches will be sent home packing.

In week four, fans should not overlook a couple of important things For one, Johnny Manziel may still be finding his footing in the game but he is someone worth paying attention to. Even though Manziel completed 10 of 15 passes for 85 yards, but also rushed for a touchdown in last week’s game against St. Louis, Coach Mike Pettine is not so sure he will get much playing time.

Manziel is a viable player and as such, needs to be on the field where he belongs. He is a strong player capable of getting the job done. However, it appears that Pettine has his mind made up so fans want to know if Manziel will play against Chicago or end up being a bench warmer. While no one knows for sure, a Chicago defense led by an overhauled line featuring Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen is his greatest adversary.

That line is not only deep, but very intimidating and with veterans, as well as rookies like Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson, Manziel will certainly have his share of problems. Now, if Manziel takes the field against other Chicago secondary members to include Tim Jennings and Charles Tilman, things could become even far more complicated.

As far as Chicago, the challenge is giving Marc Trestman one more opportunity to keep the offense in sync, something especially important against a defense with Joe Haden, as well as many other undervalued players.

Making a solid prediction is tough when it comes to a contest that features starters and an unknown amount of playing time. However, those are the very two things that lit a fire under Johnny Manziel last week. Picking against the Cleveland Browns in a matchup that appears to have two well-matched playing charts is hard for people at home to do.

Fans have little interest in witnessing a meaningless battle between two teams that had eight wins total last season yet there is intrigue when it comes to Jacksonville and Atlanta for several reasons.
For example, Gus Bradley now runs the show, but also, the Jaguars are rebuilding the team, and no. 3 overall pick, Blake Bortles, is not ready to start even though he had a 28 of 44 line for 435 yards, no interceptions, and one touchdown in his starting role.

Thu., August 28
Atlanta at Jacksonville
6 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Detroit at Buffalo
7 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
7 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Kansas City at Green Bay
7 p.m.
Thu., August 28
St. Louis at Miami
7 p.m.
Thu., August 28
NY Jets at Philadelphia
7 p.m.
Thu., August 28
New England at NY Giants
7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Carolina at Pittsburgh
7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Washington at Tampa Bay
7:30 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Chicago at Cleveland
8 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Denver at Dallas
8 p.m.
Thu., August 28
San Francisco at Houston
8 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Baltimore at New Orleans
8 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Minnesota at Tennessee
8 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Seattle at Oakland
10 p.m.
Thu., August 28
Arizona at San Diego
10 p.m.
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