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The third weekend of the NFL preseason, which is widely regarded as the dress rehearsal phase for many teams – although there are still some resting points left for star players – is completed. We learned the following:
1. It might be time to get worried in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Tennessee. These clubs are undefeated, and no NFL team has ever finished 0-4 in preseason and has left to win the Super Bowl since the league introduced the 1978 1978 1978 seasonally-scheduled season.
. 2 Interesting (worthless?) Statistic of the day: San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 7-0 as a starter in the regular season but only 4-4 in preseason.
. 3 Um, the cowboys have problems with the depth.
. 4 There is still a lot of tension around the new Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. But Kansas City's first-string offense played on the third quarter of Saturday and only 10 points against the bears, who rested most of their starters.
. 5 Steelers RB James Conner caught six passes Saturday to catch zero in his rookie season. Further evidence that Pittsburgh might be able to survive no-show Le Veon Bell?
. 6 Raiders RB Chris Warren, son of former Seahawks star RB Chris Warren, leads the NFL with 250 preseason yards. The younger Warren has not been drafted, but is backing for a roster behind Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin.
. 7 Philadelphia's first-team offensive has zero points in 10 riders this preseason, though it missed starters like LT Jason Peters, WR Alshon Jeffery … and QB Carson Wentz.
. 8 Eagles QB Nick Foles threw two INTs in half on Thursday. He threw three in six starts (including the playoffs) during last season's Super Bowl run.
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9. The second year of Brown's DE Myles Garrett seems ready to become a legitimate defensive player of the year-old. His bag Foles for a safety gave Cleveland defense two points. (The Browns attack only managed three.)
10. Bill's rookie QB Josh Allen got his first preseason start on Sunday. Buffalo scored no hits in his half, mainly because Allen was running behind suspicious blocks for his life. It seems to be a poor service to start the highest-rated Passer (Seventh Overall) in Week 1 franchise history, given Allen's lack of big-game experience and weak support that would likely force him to overcompensate.
. 11 Adam Humphrie's "Kick Six" – the Bucs receiver brought back a missed 62-yard field goal by Lions K's Matt Prater all – was the game of preseason so far. (But why should not Tampa Bay keep this game in her bag of tricks?)
12. The best moment of the preseason took place on Sunday when Bill's fans gave a standing ovation to Bengal QB's Andy Dalton, eight months after he caused a turmoil in Baltimore, throwing Buffalo into the playoffs for the first time this century.
. 13 NBC's new "green zone" feature had many fans who saw red.
14. Adrian Peterson, 33, needed only three drills and a preparatory game (56 yards on 11 jerseys) to block the Redskins' start-up job. Washed? Pfft.
15th QB Josh McCown, who started 13 games for the jets in 2017, threw a pass that preseason. He would sooner or later have to get used to watching Sam Darnold. (Rams QB Jared Goff did not snap this month … so, that'll tell you more about the preseason.)
16. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers did not play this week but threw pregame passes to former teammate Jordy Nelson in Oakland. Meanwhile, Raiders QB threw Derek Carr to Green Bay WR Davante Adams, a teammate of Carr at Fresno State.
17th Coach Mike McCarthy stopped Rodgers and a few other important starters because he did not want them to gamble on Oakland's infield baseball, former Packers WR analyst James Jones said.
18th Elsewhere, the saints scored 36 points on the Chargers football field.
19th Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has still not played in a game since breaking his ankle last season.
20th Slide, Cam … it's preseason. The Panthers QB took off with a glitter after failing to "bring this plane as smoothly as possible" while diving on the first Friday afternoon.
21. Viking's RB Dalvin Cook hastened for 1 yard on two transfers in his first game since a cracked ACL last October. Good to see how the rust dissolved.
22nd Texans DE J.J. Watt picked up a tackle on his return to the field after losing 24 games in the last two seasons. "I liked that I came from my own strength," Watt said when I asked about his performance.
23rd On the other side of the ball Houston Deshaun Watson was declined by Rams DL Ndamukong Suh. Watson was fine, but the Texans' O-line could be a problem in front of a young quarterback coming from an ACL tear.
24th The Niners CB Richard Sherman also returned to action on Saturday as his comeback progressed from an Achilles tears.
25. Colts QB Andrew Luck had his best preseason game (8-for-10, 90 yards, TD), but questions remain about the quality of his side squad.
26th Assuming that WR Marqise Lee's knee injury was as bad as she looks, the Jaguars have no player on their list who caught more than 42 passes last season. Dec
27. In more positive news, Jacksonville's first-team defense has not allowed a preseason touchdown.
28th But Jags CB Jalen Ramsey was coached Saturday by Falcons QB (and 2016 League MVP) Matt Ryan, the same man Ramsey overestimated in a recent [GQ article . Bears WR Kevin White, who missed out on 43 of 48 possible games of the season due to injury from finishing seventh in 2015, posted his first NFL TD on Saturday.
30th Bengals WR John Ross, the ninth overall mate in 2017, won his first pro TD on Sunday after registering no reception in his rookie season
31. Although Ravens rookie QB Lamar Jackson scored seven out of ten passes on Saturday, he has 47.2%. "We've seen it in practice, where he did some really good things," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "We did not really see it in the game yet, he treated himself well."
32. If you stand on the opposing sideline, you get a delay break. Thanks to Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso for the knowledge
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