Game night. The Saturday games take some getting used to, but since it's the preseason, things have to be just a little off, I suppose. Either way, it sure is nice to be able to watch the St. Louis Rams on the field again. This is their last home game of the preseason, the same preseason you'll officially be sick of by Monday. A heaping helping of links on tap to help get you ready for tonight's game, including a sneak peak at the Titans. I've also thrown in a round up of last night's preseason action.
More McDaniels, less Shurmur this week - The Rams reveal a little more from Josh McDaniels' playbook tonight, after going mostly with familiar stuff last week. Bradford and the starters will give fans a sneak peak at what they could be capable of when the season starts.
Hank Fraley could get the start for Jacob Bell tonight - Hank Fraley could get the start in place of Jacob Bell tonight, but Bell's status has still not been determined. Fraley was awful in preseason play last year. Quinn Qjinnaka could sub in with the starters too.
Miklasz: What he's looking for from the Rams tonight - Bernie rattles off five things to watch for versus the Titans tonight, and it's hard to disagree with any of them. More touches for Norwood and at least two deep passes from Bradford make his list.
Bradford grows into leadership role with Rams - Just in case you had any confusion as to whether or not the Rams were officially Sam Bradford's team, rest assured, it's his team.
Packers 28, Cardinals 20 - Kevin Kolb showed his tendency to hang onto the ball too long, but with Clay Matthews on the sidelines, he didn't have to pay for that mistake like he would in the regular season. Kolb targeted Larry Fitzgerald on 4 of his 11 attempts. Arizona's first team made two long drives that ended in field goals.
Cardinals Rookie Ryan Williams Likely Out For The Season With Ruptured Patella Tendon - You hate to see a team lose a player for the season in a preseason game. The Cardinals lost a big one too, RB Ryan Williams, their second-round pick this year. He has a ruptured patellar tendon, the same thing suffered by Cadillac Williams in 2007.
Jaguars 15, Atlanta 13 - No one wants the Jaguars quarterback job, apparently. Veteran David Garrard and rookie Mizzou product Blaine Gabbert did nothing to separate themselves in Jacksonville's quarterback derby. Gabbert took over for Garrard with the first unit, but that ended with a three and out.
Dolphins 20, Panthers 10 - Not a great start to the Cam Newton era. The first-overall pick in the year's draft played the entire first half, completing 7 of 14 passes for 66 yards and leading his offense to just 3 first downs in the half. For Miami, Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas ran well, and Henne didn't play too bad either.
Lions 30, Browns 28 - The Cleveland Browns were missing a bunch of starters Friday night when they faced the Detroit Lions in the second preseason game. The offense didn't look as crisp as they did a week ago against the Green Bay Packers. And yet, Colt McCoy and the first-team offense put up three first-half touchdowns en route to a 21-13 lead. The Lions, by all, accounts played sloppy, the starters anyway. This was classic preseason football.
Ravens 31, Chiefs 13 - The Baltimore Ravens broke open a close game late and ran away from the Kansas City Chiefs to win 31-13 Friday night in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Starters for both teams played most of the first half, which was tied at 10-10 when they went into the locker room. Lee Evans caught three passes for 68 yards.
Redskins 16, Colts 3 - Colts looked inept in their second preseason game of 2011 against the Redskins. Take the Rams victory over Indy last week with a huge dose of salt. The Colts made John Beck look like an all-pro.