Sujet : Quick Hits: Preseason Week 3
With regular season football on the horizon Youth John Brown Jersey , preseason contests will continue to grow in their intensity (and hopefully their level of polish) compared to previous weeks. Below are a few storylines that are playing out in Week 3. Josh Allen gets the start for BuffaloThe Ravens will host the Bills in Week 1 of the regular season, making Buffalo’s preseason developments more interesting to the Baltimore base. While AJ McCarron is expected to return to practice soon, Josh Allen is still slated to get the start in Buffalo’s Week 3 contest against the Bengals after making strides in his last appearance.Against the Browns last Friday, Allen went nine of 13 for 60 yards and recorded one touchdown and no turnovers, resulting in a 104.6 passer rating. In Week 1, Allen completed nine of his 19 passes for 116 yards, threw one touchdown and zero interceptions for a 84.5 passer rating.Josh Allen declined in his last year at Wyoming, throwing for 1,391 less yards and 12 fewer touchdowns. However, he threw just six interceptions compared to 15 in 2016. The fact that he played in the Mountain West makes it harder to evaluate his NFL potential, given his lack of experience against Power 5 talent compared to other quarterbacks in the 2018 draft class. It will be interesting to see if he can separate himself from AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman when given the chance to perform with the first team offense.Roquan Smith to make his debut for the BearsGeorgia linebacker Youth Matt Skura Jersey , Roquan Smith is set to make his debut for the Chicago Bears when they square off against the Kansas City Chiefs. The eighth overall pick in this year’s draft, Smith held out for 29 days, 15 practiced and two preseason contests, and he was the final rookie to sign a deal. The dispute originated from contract language regarding reclaiming guaranteed money if he were to be penalized for illegal helmet hits. Given the uncertainty and disparities in enforcing the new helmet-contact rule, Smith was wise to protect himself against financial fines. In his final collegiate season, Smith had 137 total tackles (85 solo and 52 assisted), two passes defensed, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble. It will be worth watching to see if his time away from training camp impacts his ability to contribute and adjust to the pros. The helmet-contact rule saga continuesPerhaps the biggest story developing this preseason is the drama surrounding the new helmet-contact rule. Stakeholders including players, coaches, NFL alumni, media and fans have all expressed confusion and disdain for both the implementation and officiating of the new rule. On Wednesday Youth Michael Crabtree Jersey , the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations released the following statement: While the NFL is remaining steadfast, if the negative response and potential for game changing impact persists into the regular season, then the rule will surely become a hot button issue. The NFL is not that far removed from the repercussions of the 2012 NFL referee lockout and is struggling to maintain viewership, so fans should not be surprised if tweaks end up being implemented. In the meantime, the NFL is updating the league’s video tutorial on the rule for game officials, coaches and players, according to ESPN. The new video is set to be made available ahead of the regular season.AFC North Preview: Week 4 Baltimore RavensAfter a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos, the 2-1 Ravens now travel to Pittsburgh to face the 1-1-1 Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Baltimore is looking to break their three-game losing streak against their arch-rivals and prove to the league that they are true contenders. The Ravens defense is ranked first in yards per game and second in passing yards and has yet to allow a second half touchdown. However, the same unit did allow three receiving touchdowns to A.J. Green in a loss to the Bengals in Week 2, and they now face wide receiver Antonio Brown. Top cornerback Jimmy Smith is still suspended for Baltimore, so second-year corner Marlon Humphrey will have to rise to the occasion to stop Brown. Pittsburgh remains without star running back Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers are still ranked second in total offense in the league Womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey , but their rushing game is ranked 23rd, even with the emergence of running back James Conner. The Ravens have the 13th ranked run defense, but the hopeful return of both C.J. Mosley and Michael Pierce will help to greatly strengthen the unit. With a win against the Steelers and a Cincinnati loss, Baltimore could take first place in the AFC North at 3-1. Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh secured it’s first victory of the season with a thrilling 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. The Steelers now play host to the Ravens in what should be another prime time thriller. Pittsburgh’s defense has struggled so far this season, and they currently sit at 29th in total yards per game. Baltimore boasts the league’s ninth best passing attack heading into this game. The Steelers 28th ranked pass defense will have to find a way to stop quarterback Joe Flacco through the air in order to win.On the other side, Pittsburgh’s passing attack will be tested against the Ravens strong pass defense. Second-year receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will have an opportunity to make his presence felt if Baltimore’s defense focuses too heavily on stopping Brown in the passing game. Smith-Schuster is off to a great start to the season with 365 yards and one touchdown. Tight ends Jesse James and Vance McDonald could also play big roles against the Ravens. It is also worth mentioning that the last time these teams met without cornerback Jimmy Smith, Brown had 11 receptions for 213 yards.The Steelers will put themselves right back in discussion for the AFC North crown with a win over their divisional foes.Cleveland BrownsCleveland won their first game since the 2016 season against the New York Jets last week. The 1-1-1 Browns now travel to Oakland to face the 0-3 Raiders. Can Cleveland get it’s second win in a row on Sunday?The Browns defense currently leads the league in turnovers. Cleveland rookie cornerback Denzel Ward has certainly impressed with his play thus far, meeting expectations as the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft. Defensive end and former first overall pick Myles Garrett has started his second year on a strong note, recording four sacks through the first three games. Oakland’s sixth ranked passing attack will test the opportunistic defense of Cleveland.The number one overall pick Baker Mayfield made his first regular season appearance last week, sparking a comeback win. Mayfield looked poised and sharp throwing the football against the stout Jets defense on Thursday Night Football. If Mayfield can continue this success, then Cleveland could develop a deadly offense. Wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway are legit targets through the air and running backs Carlos Hyde http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic … ley-jersey , Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb combine for a solid three-headed monster on the ground. Cincinnati BengalsAfter a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, the Bengals now travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons. Rookie receiver Calvin Ridley has emerged as a true threat and compliment to star receiver Julio Jones for the Falcons, so the Bengals could have a hard time containing the duo. Atlanta and Cincinnati boast the leagues’ 11th and 12th best passing attacks respectively, while both passing defenses are in the bottom 10. Wide receiver A.J. Green looks likely to play on Sunday after suffering a minor pelvis injury last week. However, running back Joe Mixon and center Billy Price are both expected to miss the game. Starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could also be sidelined, which is concerning when facing an explosive offense like the Falcons.The Bengals would improve to 3-1 with a win over Atlanta, increasing their chances of winning the AFC North.