With nine games on Saturday night, this is going to be the biggest “What we learned” recap of the preseason. So let’s get to it.
2. Buffalo’s starters outplayed Jacksonville’s starters. Ryan Fitzpatrick was very sharp (11-for-12, 165 yards and two scores) while racking up 17 first half points.
2. Matthew Stafford wins our preseason MVP award after a virtually flawless performance. He can make any throw.
1. There was a lot more good than bad from Chad Henne in his second straight solid performance.
2. Brandon Marshall is starting to look like he did in Denver. He made a couple great moves after the catch on long plays Saturday night. One resulted in a long score. The other resulted in a fumble.
3. Josh Freeman and the Bucs offense have quietly looked sluggish this month. The backup running back situation isn’t pretty.
4. Kellen Winslow left with an ankle injury.
1. The Cowboys held out center Andre Gurode, a precursor to a possible trade or release.
2. Dallas’ first-team defense continued to struggle. They have given up 30 points in nine preseason possessions.
4. Dez Bryant has enjoyed a quiet camp off the field, and he made noise on the field with five catches and 67 yards.
3. Even if Foster is limited early in the year, the Texans are in good shape. Second-year pro Ben Tate has been a revelation the last two weeks.
1. Chris Johnson got a little more leverage when Tennessee’s first-team offense struggled. Chicago has 16 first downs to only 7 for the Titans in the first half.
2. The Seahawks quarterback competition doesn’t seem to be a competition at all. Tarvaris Jackson played into the fourth quarter, struggling again. Seattle’s offensive line has looked awful in the preseason.
3. Peterson will need to step up because starter Greg Toler left with a potentially serious knee injury.
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